European specialist law firm of the year
Just three years after it was established Paris arbitration boutique Betto Seraglini picks up the title of European specialist firm of the year.
The firm was set up by former Hogan Lovells partner Jean-Georges Betto, who broke away from the international firm after experiencing issues with conflicts of interest. It now has a team of five partners, five associates and another nine staff and saw turnover growth of 22 per cent in the last full financial year.
Its internationally-focused team advises on a wide range of cross-border disputes and Betto is an associate member of London set Quadrant Chambers. At the start of this year the firm also launched an associate exchange programme with Singapore’s Rajah & Tann.
Away from the normal course of work Betto Seraglini has demonstrated a strong social conscience. It created an endowment fund for international justice, which develops its own projects aimed at fighting for human rights as well as supporting other organisations. Recent activities include supporting the French arm of ‘Lawyers Without Borders’ in its activities in Nigeria against the death penalty, and backing an educational project led by l’Ecole des Droits de l’Homme (the Human Rights School) in partnership with the City of Paris.
Betto Seraglini has also played a key role in creating a think-tank for boutique law firms, to share expertise and strategy for similar outfits.