PARIS – Global law firm Reed Smith today announces the hire of Ilana Smadja as partner in its Financial Industry Group and Paris office.

With over a decade’s experience, Smadja’s practice is focused on leveraged finance and restructuring transactions. She represents corporate borrowers, private equity sponsors, and financial institutions. Smadja joins from Weil Gotshal & Manges.

Panos Katsambas, co-chair of Reed Smith’s Financial Industry Group, commented: “We are continuing to invest the bench strength of our European finance offering to support the growing needs of our clients. Ilana is well known in the market and respected for her highly technical abilities, so we are very pleased to welcome her to the team.”

Natasha Tardif, Reed Smith’s Paris office managing partner, said: “Ilana is a driven and talented lawyer with exceptional technical skills. Her arrival enhances our flourishing transactional practice in Paris. We are very excited to welcome her to the firm.”

Smadja said: “Reed Smith stands out as an excellent firm. It has a strong global platform and is renowned for its collaborative approach towards client service delivery. I am delighted to be joining the firm at such an exciting time as it continues to grow its European finance offering.”

Reed Smith’s opened in Paris in 2005 and now comprises 70 lawyers, including 21 partners.