Law firm Reed Smith has added an asset finance partner to its offices in Paris.
Victoria Westcott has joined the firm’s Financial Industry Group (FIG) as project, asset and export finance partner.
She has come in from White & Case, another law firm. While there, she was a project finance partner for over ten years, as well as holding the role of head of asset finance practice in Paris. She also spent three years at White & Case’s Budapest office.
Westcott is to be joined by three other attorneys: Florent Rigaud as counsel, Elaine Porter as a senior associate and Abdullahi Mohammed as a mid-level associate.
Ed Estrada, global chair of Reed Smith’s FIG, said: “A strategic objective of our firm is to deliver a seamless international finance capability to our clients, who are often engaged in complex multi-jurisdictional transactions which require top-notch legal advice. Victoria’s appointment marks a significant step forward towards meeting our goal.”
Ana Atallah, head of Reed Smith’s transport and international trade practice in Paris and member of the firm’s Paris Council, added: “Our practice’s clients demand more from us than just legal guidance on finance matters – they also expect us to understand the intricacies of the projects that they engaged on.
“This is an area in which Victoria excels. Her practice, along with that of current Paris finance partner Fernand Arsanios, will add depth to an area of strength for our team and extend it for the benefit of our clients.”
Tamara Box, managing partner for Europe and the Middle East, added: “Victoria brings with her a rare quality that is of tremendous value to the France legal market: experience in delivering legal services under both English and French law and in both the English and French languages. Her stellar reputation among her clients is well-deserved.”