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Noëlle Lenoir, Former Minister of French Government and Constitutional Court Justice, Joins Kramer Levin’s Paris Office

January 3, 2012

Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP today announced that Noëlle Lenoir has joined the Paris office as a partner, along with her team of three associates. Ms. Lenoir will focus her practice on French and European competition law (antitrust, State aid, concentrations) and more generally on European law and public business law (regulation and litigation). Ms. Lenoir joins Kramer Levin after being a partner at Jeantet et Associés.

“Noëlle is recognized as one of the leading competition lawyers in Europe,” stated Alexander Marquardt, managing partner of Kramer Levin’s Paris office. ”Her presence will enable us to reinforce our position at the forefront of European and French competition laws and French public law. As a former Minister of the French Government and a former member of France’s Constitutional Court, Noëlle’s strategic vision and her perspective on matters concerning EU regulation and public law will considerably strengthen our ability to service clients in those areas.”

This strategic appointment is part of the continued development of Kramer Levin Paris which most recently was joined by Hubert de Vauplane, formerly General Counsel, legal and compliance, for Group Crédit Agricole S.A.

Ms. Lenoir was the first woman and the youngest person ever to have served on France’s Constitutional Court (1992-2001). She served as the French Minister of European Affairs (2002-2004) and has been a member of the Conseil d’Etat (France’s highest court in administrative and tax matters) since 1984. Her career has always centered on law, at both a national and international level.

A Senate administrator, first with the Department of Legislative Studies, then with the Law Commission (1978-1982), she was appointed as chief legal officer at the National Commission on Information Technology and Civil Liberties (1982-1984). After her nomination to the Conseil d’Etat, where she was Public Rapporteur, she was appointed as Chief of Staff of the Minister of Justice (1988-1990). She was then appointed by the French government to review French and international bioethics laws working alongside the Prime Minister. Her report, Aux Frontières de la Vie: Pour une éthique biomédicale à la Française, provided the foundation for the development of French bioethics legislation.

At the same time, Noëlle Lenoir has held international offices as President of the European Group on Ethics in Science and New Technologies at the European Commission in Brussels (1991-2001) and President of UNESCO’s International Bioethics Committee (1991-1998). She has also taught as a visiting professor at Columbia Law School in New York as well as at UCL (University College London). Ms. Lenoir is a graduate of the Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris and of the Law Faculty of Paris. She teaches competition law at the Université de Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne and is also an associate professor at the Hautes Etudes de Commerce business school, where she is chairwoman of the Europe Institute.

As well as being a member of the American Law Institute and the Académie française des Technologies, Noëlle Lenoir is founder and president of the Cercle des Européens, a think tank which brings together decision-makers from diverse backgrounds. She has written various works and official reports (on ethics, technologies and corporate law) as well as numerous articles for French and foreign publications and legal reviews on constitutional law, comparative law and European law.

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