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Clyde & Co LLP regularly acts for airlines and insurers in the most high-profile cases following major losses. The firm is involved in several headline cases, including representing Air France, AXA CS and the insurers regarding the Rio-Paris crash lawsuits. Commercial disputes and arbitration are also covered. Practice head Maylis Casati-Ollier is top notch and Fabrice Pradon is another key figure.

DLA Piper is highly regarded for its aviation product liability expertise. The firm has been advising insurers and a leading manufacturer following crashes of commercial aircraft, including one high-profile case. The highly regarded Vonnick Le Guillou heads the practice, which also acts in smaller mechanical failure matters and is handling several helicopter accident cases. Gregory Tulquois deals with commercial matters. Airbus and Axa are clients.

HMN & Partners’ Simon Ndiaye is a key name for top aviation cases, often representing leading manufacturers.

The ‘very responsive’ team at Hogan Lovells (Paris) LLP provides ‘exceptional services’ and gives ‘very practical advice’; it has ‘deep knowledge of the aviation sector and the French courts’. The practice is handling some of the most prominent litigation cases involving its client Boeing, including the Flash Airlines and West Caribbean cases. Honeywell International and Global Aerospace are also clients. Thomas Rouhette is ‘a very skilled advocate who knows the aviation sector very well and provides sound, practical advice’.

Litigation boutique Courrégé-Foreman gives ‘very high level tailor-made advice’, showing ‘a perfect level of industry aviation knowledge (including in its more complicated technical aspects)’. The team regularly represents leading engine and device manufacturers in product liability cases; Safran Helicopter Engines is one such client. Simon Foreman is a key figure in the field.

Holman Fenwick Willan France LLP has ‘a very efficient and professional practice’. The four-lawyer team handles a broad range of transactional, dispute resolution and regulatory work, chiefly representing insurers and airline companies. The firm recently advised a client following a maintenance accident involving an Airbus A380. Air Corsica, Allianz AGCS and Waypoint Leasing are clients. Practice head Pierre Frühling has ‘very good knowledge of aviation law’.

Soulez Larivière et Associés is the regular adviser to DGAC (aviation authority) following accidents. The practice is led by Daniel Soulez-Larivière and Astrid Mignon Colombet, as well as recently promoted partners Aurélia Grignon and Capucine Lanta de Bérard.

At Squire Patton Boggs, Carole Sportes advises insurers and airline companies following major accidents or in dealing with cargo and passenger claims. The firm is representing Flash Airlines’ insurers and reinsurers following the crash of the Flash Airlines flight in Sharm El Sheikh in 2004.

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