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New Paris employment practice led by Karine Audouze

New Paris employment practice led by Karine Audouze


Employment expert Karine Audouze joins WFW to spearhead Paris practice, enhancing legal services and international experience

Watson Farley & Williams (WFW) has reinforced its capabilities by welcoming Karine Audouze, an esteemed employment law specialist, as a Partner. Audouze's arrival signifies the establishment of WFW's inaugural Paris employment practice, adding depth to the firm's legal offerings.

Formerly associated with UGGC Avocats and having gained experience at Olswang and Cleary Gottlieb in the UK and US respectively, Audouze brings over two decades of expertise in French employment law. Her extensive background spans advising international corporations operating in France across diverse sectors such as healthcare, technology, media, telecommunications, and luxury goods.

Her proficiency covers various aspects, including employment law implications in corporate transactions, restructurings, transfers under TUPE regulations, employment audits, and profit-sharing schemes. Additionally, Audouze offers guidance on individual and collective employment disputes.

As a qualified professional in both France and New York, Audouze holds significant roles within the legal community. She serves as Co-Chair of the IBA Diversity and Equality Committee and represents France in the European Employment Lawyers' Association (EELA).

Romain Girtanner, WFW Paris Head, expressed enthusiasm about Audouze's appointment, emphasizing her expertise's relevance to advising international businesses in France. He highlighted the importance of establishing WFW's Paris employment law practice to complement their work in M&A, finance, tax, and the energy sector.

In response, Audouze expressed her excitement about contributing to WFW's inaugural Paris employment law team, emphasizing her eagerness to merge her international experience with comprehensive knowledge in French employment law.