Michel Petite

In January 2008 Michel Petite former head of the European Commission's Legal Service joined 'Magic Circle' law firm Clifford Chance. The appointment comes at a time when top law firms are reporting an increase in regulatory work coming their way. Michel had been in the EC role for six years before moving to Clifford Chance. In total he had worked at the EC for 28 years.

In his role at the law firm he is advising clients on EU issues, working closely with its public policy practice, as well as the firm's anti-trust, trade, banking and taxation teams. He will also advise on international commercial law and litigation at the World Trade Organisation court. The EC's Legal Service advises the EC on proposed legislation and investigates business accused of breaking European law.

Simon Baxter, head of Clifford Chance's European competition and regulatory group, said: "Michel is one of the most senior EU officials to have moved into private practice, and is the first head of the Legal Service to make such a move."

Source: [Public Affairs News, February 2008, p.11]

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