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White & Case Announces Winners of Its Annual Business Law Scholarship

Global law firm White & Case LLP has awarded its 21th Business Law Scholarship, granting a total of €40,000 to three students enabling them to continue their studies at a foreign university of their choice.

Established in 1995, the Scholarship Program encourages students to gain academic experience abroad and is unique among law firms in Paris due to the level of award and rigorous selection process. The financial support granted through the Scholarship helps students cover the cost of studying overseas.

This year's jury was co-chaired by Laurent Martinet, Vice-Bâtonnier of the Paris Bar, and Jean-Baptiste Avel, Magistrate and President of the Court of Appeal of Versaillesn and included Sophie Germain, General Counsel of Nestlé Waters, Nicolas Huet, General Counsel and Secretary of the Executive Board of Eurazeo, Christophe Jamin, Dean of the Sciences Po Law School, Charlotte Peignon, one of the 2013 prize winners, Alexandre Ippolito, White & Case executive partner, and Jean-Pierre Picca, partner at White & Case.

Of the 45 applicants 18 were shortlisted and interviewed, with ten candidates invited to meet the jury and present their academic projects. The jury selected three winners: Romain Verzeni, Elisabeth Dufau, and Julien Brunet.

About the winners

  • Romain Verzeni, 23, will use his €20,000 grant to go to King's College, London, England, to study Competition Law. He came top of his class in the Economics Law module and the CRFPA Law School entry test, for applications from Montpellier University. Romain is about to complete his Master's degree at the Magistère de Juriste d’affaires  in order to obtain the Corporate Jurist Diploma (DJCE) from Montpellier University. He specializes in Business and Tax Law.
  • Elisabeth Dufau, 23, will use her €10,000 grant to go to Cambridge University, England. Joint-top of her class at the Magistère de Juriste d’affaires from Paris II Panthéon-Assas University, Elisabeth is completing her Master's degree in Business and Tax Law. She also holds the school certificate in Banking and Finance Law as well as the Law School certificate from Paris II.
  • Julien Brunet, 27, will use his €10,000 grant to go to UCLA School of Law. Julien holds a Master's degree in Comparative Business Law from Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne University, a Master's degree in cinema, broadcasting and multimedia from the Lyon 3 Jean Moulin University and a PhD in Law in Italy from the Università degli Studi di Firenze. Since 2012 he has been an associate at a French law firm with a well-regarded Media practice.

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