The Board of the Foundation

The Linklaters Foundation’s Board, which has nine members, reflects its close ties with society and the firm’s commitment raised by this project.


Bénédicte Bahier - VP Legal Affairs and member of the Executive Committee, Groupe Legrand, Linklaters alumni


Graduate of ESSEC business school and a qualified lawyer, Bénédicte Bahier began working in 2002 as a business lawyer with the law firm Linklaters. She joined Legrand in 2007 as legal expert in charge of corporate and governance related aspects, before holding positions as Risk Manager and Legal Manager. She was appointed Group VP Legal Affairs in 2012.



Claire Léost - CEO of the Mass-market and Entertainment magazine division, Lagardère Active


As the CEO of mass market Brands at Lagardère Active, Claire Léost manages leading TV, people, games and kids media brands. She started her career at McKinsey in 2000. She graduated from Sciences Po (1997) and HEC (1999) and has authored Le rêve brisé des working girls, published by Fayard in 2013.


Eric de Chassey - CEO of the Institut National d’Histoire de l’Art Former Director of the Villa Médicis


Eric de Chassey is a historian of art, designer and organizer of arts programmes and director of cultural institutions. He was the director of the Académie de France in Rome – Villa Médicis from 2009 to 2015. He also is professor of contemporary art at the Ecole Normale Supérieure in Lyon, France. A former student at the Ecole Normale Supérieure in rue d’Ulm (1986), he obtained his doctorat (1994) and his habilitation à diriger des recherches in history of contemporary art at the University Paris –Sorbonne (1999) before becoming a lecturer in history of art at the University Paris-Sorbonne (1996-1999) and professor in history of art at the University François-Rabelais in Tours, France (1999-2012).



Anne Wachsmann-Guigon - Partner, President of the Linklaters Foundation

Anne Wachsmann-Guigon is a key player in the competition field. Her clients span a broad range of industry sectors, whilst her caseload reflects her clients’ confidence in her extensive knowledge of competition law and policy: cartels, abuse of dominant position, vertical restraints, merger control, from the administrative investigation stage to the procedure before domestic and EU jurisdictions. She is the National Head of Practice for Competition at Linklaters Paris office since 2013.

Since 2010, Anne Wachsmann-Guigon is in charge of the cultural patronage policy of Linklaters in Paris. As a private collector too, Anne Wachsmann-Guigon is a member of several associations of Friends of Museums, including the Musée d’Orsay, the Musée du Jeu de Paume and La Maison Rouge.



Pierre Tourres - Partner, Linklaters


A member of the Paris and New York Bars, Pierre Tourres is a partner in the Corporate department of Linklaters in Paris since 2004. He is a specialist in public and private M&A. He advises companies on their M&A transactions and corporate restructurings.


Roland Ziadé - Partner, Linklaters 


A member of the Paris, New York and Beirut Bars, Roland Ziadé is an expert in international arbitration. He conducts international arbitration proceedings in English, French and Arabic and acts both as counsel and as arbitrator (ICC, LCIA, ICSID, UNCITRAL, AFA, DIFC-LCIA, DIAC, Swiss Chambers, CRCICA).

Roland Ziadé is a member of the ICC International Court of Arbitration. He also is a member of the Executive Committee of the Foundation for International Arbitration Advocacy (FIAA), the Bureau of the French Arbitration Committee’s (CFA), the Executive Committee of the Harvard Club de France, the Editorial Board of the IBA Arbitration Newsletter, the IBA Guidelines and Rules Subcommittee Steering Group, the ICC Commission on Arbitration, the ICC Institute pf Wold Business Law, the International Arbitration Institute (IAI), the French Arbitration Association (AFA), the Swiss Arbitration Association (ASA) and the London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA). He teaches arbitration at Versailles University and is the author of numerous publications and articles on international arbitration, as well as a regular speaker at conferences.



Paul Lignières - Partner, Linklaters


Paul Lignières is Head of the Public Law/ Public Affairs department at Linklaters in Paris and co-Head of the Francophone Africa Desk. He specialises on transactions in regulated sectors, energy and in PPPs. Before he joined Linklaters, he was Senior Private Sector Development Specialist in the infrastructure division of the World Bank in Washington DC.


Paul is a member of the management committee of the Chaire Mutation de l’action publique et du droit public at Sciences Po and a member of the Board of Editors of Droit administratif (LexisNexis). He is a speaker at numerous conferences and seminars and lecturer in French Universities. Paul is the author of numerous publications and several books including Partenariats public-privé (LexisNexis, 2005) and Le temps des juristes, contribution juridique à la croissance européenne (LexisNexis, 2012).



Emilie Morcillo - COO, Linklaters


A graduate of EM Lyon Business school with a MBA from Schulich School of Business (York University, Toronto), Emilie Morcillo started her career in 2000 as an auditor at PricewaterhouseCoopers. She joined Linklaters’ Paris office in 2005 as a business manager. She became Finance manager in 2011 and was appointed Chief Operating Officer of the Paris office in 2013.


Aurore Schlumberger - CSR coordinator, Linklaters


Aurore Schlumberger holds a master in journalism from the Institut International de la Communication de Paris (IICP). She started her career in 2006 as an Events/PR manager at Art Actuel Communication. Since 2013, she is in charge of events for Linklaters in Paris and she also coordinates all the pro bono and CSR commitments and activities of the Paris office.