In a move to expand its presence in Europe, French law firm Jeantet Associes has opened a new office in Geneva.

The Geneva office will be led by former DLA Piper partner Patrice Lefe?vre-Pe?aron, who is relocating from Paris to head up the new office.

The new office, which marks as the firm’s third office outside Paris, will advise Swiss companies, multinational corporations (notably through their global or EMEA headquarters located in the Lake Geneva), family offices and investment funds.

It will also advise commodity businesses and investors in the developing BRIC (Brazil, Russia, India and China) nations and work with Swiss companies investing in France.

Additionally, the office will be developed in collaboration with Jeantet’s Luxembourg base which serves similar clients including investment funds, family offices and Swiss-headquartered corporates.

The office also has links with Jeantet’s Moroccan office, with investors based in Switzerland using the jurisdiction as a conduit for investing in Africa.

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Lefe?vre-Pe?aron joined the firm as a partner for developing the Swiss activities and coordination with the office of Luxembourg.

Philippe Portier, managing partner at Jeantet, said: "The move is a new stage in the firm’s strategy of developing a base in the main Francophone economic and financial centres in Europe as well as further afield."

"It also demonstrates our commitment to strengthen the already close working relationships that exist with the Swiss firms, particularly Geneva," added Lefèvre-Péaron.