The five firms representing Airbus in the settlement negotiations—Clifford Chance and August Debouzy in France, Dechert in the U.K., and Paul Hastings and Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer in the U.S.—were brought together by Airbus’ general counsel, John Harrison, whose in-house legal department effectively became the sixth player on the team.
The firms, all with leading white-collar defense practices, were chosen in part for their longstanding relationships with national enforcement bodies—though not necessarily with each other. Harrison, who devised the tactic of creating the virtual law firm, deserves credit for pulling it together and keeping it together, lawyers said.
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