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  1. Dispute resolution: Commercial litigation
  2. Other recommended firms
  3. Leading individuals
  4. Next generation lawyers

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Next generation lawyers

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    • Grégoire Bertrou - Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP
    • Pierre-Olivier Chartier - CBR & Associés
    • Thibaud d’Alès - Clifford Chance
    • Diego de Lammerville - Clifford Chance
    • Clément Dupoirier - Herbert Smith Freehills LLP
    • Kami Haeri - Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP
    • Olivier Loizon - Viguié Schmidt & Associés
    • Delphine Michot - Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP
    • Erwan Poisson - Allen & Overy LLP

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The ‘very goodBredin Prat is a well-established top choice for many leading French corporations in high-stakes corporate and commercial litigation. More recently, the firm has also been sought out by several Silicon Valley corporations to handle sensitive landmark cases. The practice is managing a prestigious caseload including high-profile shareholder and M&A disputes, as well as highly strategic commercial disputes, including handling the market’s first formal class-action for client Foncia. It also represented Areva in the context of its corporate restructuring and nuclear plant delivery issues in Finland, and acted for Uber in proceedings launched by some 3,200 Parisian taxi drivers. Airbnb and Générale de Santé are other clients. Jean-Daniel Bretzner and Florian Bouaziz are highly regarded.

Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP provides ‘precise, meticulous and quick work supported by thorough legal analysis including on unprecedented legal issues’. The firm ‘always delivers on time and is extremely responsive’ and the team is ‘very agreeable to work with’. It is highly recommended for complex strategic corporate, financial, securities, contractual and commercial disputes and handles headline cases. Leading French and US companies such as Airbus, ArcelorMittal, Allergan and Valeo, are among its clients. Jean-Yves Garaud is outstanding. Counsel Delphine Michot is ‘an excellent and pugnacious litigator with great knowledge of the procedures’.

Clifford Chance’s ‘super engaged and responsive’ 17-lawyer team has ‘a great fighting spirit’ and provides ‘excellent, thorough, timely, dedicated and personable service’. The practice is handling a broad range of disputes including M&A, banking, distribution, commercial and product liability matters, and is regularly instructed in high-stakes commercial litigation, especially in the retail and telecoms sectors. It is representing SFR in a sensitive dispute with Orange regarding the deployment of fibre optic technology in France, and successfully defended Jacob Douwe Egberts before the Court of Appeal in a case launched by Lavazza to stop the commercialisation of co-branded coffees. The practice also obtained a landmark victory at appeal stage for Royal Bank of Scotland in a major "toxic" loan litigation initiated by Lille Urban Community. The practice is also strong in sports-related disputes. Carrefour, Apax Partners, GlaxoSmithKline and J.P. Morgan are other clients. Jean-Pierre Grandjean is highly recognised. Other key names include Diego de Lammerville, who is ‘technically very good, provides strategic advice and demonstrates commitment and understanding of his clients’ business’, and Thibaud d’Alès, who is ‘a very strong and articulate litigator, well prepared, hardworking, and thinks out of the box’.

Darrois Villey Maillot Brochier is a popular choice for sensitive corporate, securities and commercial disputes. High-profile French and international companies are clients. Jean-Michel Darrois, Emmanuel Brochier, Cyril Bonan, Christophe Ingrain and Matthieu Brochier are among the market’s most recognisable figures.

Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP is entrusted by many CAC 40 and international companies to handle strategic litigation. The four-lawyer team manages an impressive and diverse caseload, dealing with corporate, shareholders, governance, securities, commercial and criminal disputes. The firm is notably representing LVMH and Tag Heuer in an insolvency-related and liability case involving Logo, as well as acting for Carrefour in a commercial dispute with one of its former suppliers. CDC and the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation are clients. Georges Terrier and Christophe Perchet rank among the market’s finest litigators. Associate Alexandre Vermynck, who joined from Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP, is also noted.

Orrick Rambaud Martel’s team stands out for its ‘great efficiency, skills and availability’. The firm handles a broad range of disputes including corporate, shareholders’ conflicts, insolvency, banking and financial cases. The practice successfully obtained a final victory for Consortium de Réalisation before the Cour de Cassation in the landmark Adidas/Bernard Tapie case challenging a €405m arbitral sentence. The firm also successfully defended Arcole Industries in litigation initiated by Mory Ducros’ judicial liquidator in which the court rendered an important decision on shareholders’ liability regarding the insolvency of their subsidiaries. Other work includes obtaining the dismissal of all charges brought against Alec Wildenstein Jr. in the Wildenstein tax fraud case. Practice head Frédéric Lalance is ‘knowledgeable, efficient, available and has excellent interpersonal skills’. Jean-Pierre Martel is highly regarded. Jean-Michel Leprêtre and Marine Lallemand are also noted.

Veil Jourde is a top choice for strategic and complex cases. The firm is dealing with numerous banking, financial, M&A, securities and shareholders’ conflicts cases. The 20-lawyer team is also increasingly solicited to handle arbitration, mediation and international matters. Large French and international corporations are clients, as well as major French banks. Crédit Agricole Leasing & Factoring, Crédit Foncier, L'Oréal, Vivendi, Société Générale, Total and BNP are clients. Jean Veil, Pierre-François Veil, Eric Deubel, Georges Jourde and Emmanuel Rosenfeld are highly regarded practitioners. Yankel Bensoussan and Marie Errera are also noted.

The newly merged Viguié Schmidt & Associés produces ‘excellent work’ and is recommended for ‘complex and sophisticated disputes’. The newly combined team, which includes five partners and eight associates, is ‘highly thorough and efficient’. It is a top choice for shareholders’ conflicts, where it handles an impressive caseload involving companies under LBOs as well as listed companies. It is representing executive officers from former Norbert Dentressangle (now XPO Logistics Europe) in a high-profile M&A and securities litigation with Elliott Management regarding XPO Logistics’ $3.5bn takeover of Norbert Dentressangle. Soitec, Axa, Imerys, Veralia and Aon France are other clients. The highly-regarded Yves Schmidt, Nicolas Viguié, Martin Donato and the ‘technically excellent and practical’ Olivier Loizon make up a top team.

Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP is entrusted by some of France’s largest corporations and leading international investment funds to handle high-profile corporate, commercial and insolvency-related cases. The eight-lawyer team is managing an impressive caseload and recently obtained a series of successful outcomes. It represented Engie in a widely publicised case brought by Soper as minority shareholder of La Compagnie du Vent, as well as acting for Cdiscount in an unfair competition dispute with Amazon. Casino, Atos, Vivendi, Bolloré and Rothschild & Cie Banque are other clients. The firm also handles commercial arbitration. Didier Malka heads the practice and Claude Serra is also a key name. Former counsel Kyum Lee joined BDGS Associés as partner.

Allen & Overy LLP has ‘in-depth know-how and a broad range of junior associates able to assist on a case’. The firm has ‘excellent knowledge of the banking field’ and is assisting several major financial institutions facing civil or criminal proceedings. The practice is also handling regulatory, corporate, commercial and private enforcement disputes and has recognised expertise managing litigation in Africa. Recent work includes acting for energy trader Vitol following a French investigation on market manipulation, and representing Shell Deutschland Oil in a dispute over the use of a pipeline run by SPSE. Practice head Denis Chemla ‘is excellent at analysing legal issues, able to provide memos setting forth legal issues in a short timeframe and willing to think outside of the box to come up with practical solutions’. Erwan Poisson is ‘an excellent listener’. David Por and Alexandre Rudoni are also noted.

Carbonnier Lamaze Rasle is ‘a large enough firm to have the necessary resources available while also small enough for clients to feel that their lawyer is their "personal" lawyer’. The firm handles a large array of disputes including commercial, corporate, banking and arbitration cases. It represents prominent families as owners of major French companies, as well as companies and banks. The practice is involved in several high-profile cases including bankruptcy and banking liability disputes. It successfully defended Baudinter as founder of Leader Price and Franprix in a highly contested shareholder agreement dispute with Casino, and is representing Enrico Macias in a challenging case with Landsbankinn. Key names include: ‘true litigator’ Edouard de Lamaze, who ‘knows how to bring his point across in courts’, Antoine Fourment, Jean-Hugues Carbonnier, Michel Rasle, Fiorella Vecchioli de Fournas, Dorothée de Bernis, Fanny Desclozeaux, Hedwige Caldairou and of counsel Geoffroy Didier.

De Pardieu Brocas Maffei is managing a highly diverse caseload of complex and challenging cases for various top financial French institutions and corporations, as well as international clients. The 16-lawyer practice handles high-stakes commercial, corporate and property-related disputes and recently obtained a series of favourable outcomes. It is representing Asian Broadcast Satellite in a dispute with Eutelsat, and is acting for Valeo in several cases including an industrial dispute with PSA. The firm is also a top choice for banks and is notably defending Dexia Crédit Local and Cacib in high-profile toxic loan cases initiated by French local authorities. It recently obtained four landmark decisions from the Versailles Court of Appeal for Dexia Crédit Local. Paul Talbourdet, Philippe Dubois, Matthieu Barthélemy, Barbara Levy and Dominique Lefort are top professionals.

Dethomas Peltier Juvigny & Associés is adept at dealing with sensitive financial and corporate-related litigation. The seven-lawyer practice recently obtained great results in several strategic cases involving investment funds and past LBO transactions. It obtained the dismissal of Chenavari's post-acquisition claims pursued against its client Apax Partners. It is also dealing with shareholders’ conflicts and represents some international and French corporations and banks. Acting for Barclays, the firm was successful in a liability suit initiated by 187 plaintiffs. ICG, BNP Paribas, Wendel and Deloitte are other clients. Arthur Dethomas and Frédéric Peltier are the key names.

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP handles high-stakes litigation and the 16-lawyer team is particularly strong in the banking sector and handles key matters involving the public sector. It is notably defending Deutsche Bank is a dispute with a public-sector housing entity regarding swap contracts, and Depfa Bank in a series of derivative and structured products disputes with municipalities and public sector entities. The practice is also handling private enforcement cases following EU or French competition authorities rulings. Other work included managing a significant commercial dispute in France for a blue-chip US-headquartered client. Volkswagen and EDF are also clients. The practice is co-headed by Stéphane Bénouville and Dimitri Lecat, who ‘has perfect mastery of banking litigation matters’ and ‘provides valuable assistance in dealing with technical and high-stakes cases to design a clear defence strategy’.

Gide Loyrette Nouel A.A.R.P.I. is regularly retained by leading French and international banks to handle sensitive disputes. The practice is notably defending BPCE, Dexia Crédit Local SFIL and BNP Paribas in more than 100 cases involving French local entities. The 23-lawyer team also handles commercial and corporation litigation, and international cases; it is notably involved in a major case in the oil downstream sector in Africa. Bruno Quentin, Patrick Ouart, who is recommended for his ‘analytical and tactical vision’, Michel Pitron and Jean-Philippe Pons-Henry are key names.

Herbert Smith Freehills LLP has ‘great resilience, a can-do attitude and has a very sharp eye’. The team handles a large range of disputes and ‘really brings added value and great help to African-related litigation’. It handles major commercial and industrial litigation, and is also regularly involved in the energy sector. The practice also has strong banking litigation expertise that is trusted by French and international banks. The ‘very eloquent’ Clément Dupoirier, who is praised for his ‘strategic vision’, and Antoine Juaristi head the practice. Also involved are of counsels: Dominique Jardin, who is ‘hands on and precise in analysing cases’, Géraldine Marteau and Martin Le Touzé -

Hogan Lovells (Paris) LLPresponds very quickly’. The large 25-lawyer practice ranks among the best firms for product liability cases. It has ‘an amazing team of brilliant lawyers’, who have ‘very good knowledge and understanding of the business and issues at stake’ in the healthcare sector. The firm is notably defending a provider of certification services against liability claims resulting from its certification of French breast implant manufacturer Pip, and is acting for Brainlab in proceedings arising from patients’ alleged over-exposure to radiation in French hospitals. Practice head Cécile Derycke ‘is one of the best litigators in France for the defence of pharmaceutical companies and medical device manufacturers in national and cross-border cases, and heads a team of young, promising and brilliant lawyers’. Thomas Rouhette is managing very sensitive product liability cases in the aviation sector for Boeing (Flash Airlines and West Caribbean Airways cases). Christine Gateau is another key contact. The practice also handles commercial litigation. The hiring of Julien Martinet from Jeantet adds banking litigation expertise.

Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP is a strong name for banking litigation. The firm is representing several leading French and international banks in a series of high-stakes class-action-type cases dealing with banks’ duty of information. The team is notably defending BPCE in about 300 procedures linked to its DoublO product, and Banque Populaire Rives de Paris in proceedings launched by more than 150 claimants following investments made in photovoltaic power stations. The firm also handles high-profile commercial and industrial cases for blue-chip corporations. Marc Henry is highly recommended.

Lantourne & Associés is a great choice for challenging cases. The firm is handling several sensitive insolvency-related disputes and is various major financial and shareholders’ conflicts litigation. Maurice Lantourne, Kristell Cattani, Flavie Hannoun and Samuel Scherman are the names to note.

The ‘excellent and very responsive’ team at Linklatersfollows matters closely’. The group, which has ‘strong business acumen’, handles commercial and financial litigation for major French and international corporations, represents companies in international corruption cases and is well known for its AMF-securities expertise. Practice head Arnaud de La Cotardière, who is a well-known figure is the market, ‘is available 24/7 and closely follows everything’. Jean-Charles Jaïs, who was promoted to the partnership, is also noted.

White & Case LLP is praised for ‘the full dedication of its partners and team members and ability to deal with a huge volume of work while providing high quality advice’. Lawyers show ‘constant allegiance to their clients, even if, and when, put under pressure’, while the firm’s ‘very useful cross-border experience, is highly appreciated’. The practice is regularly instructed by leading banks to handle complex and sensitive matters before French and international courts and regulatory authorities. It is notably involved in some class-action-type cases, where it provides ‘a tailored service for managing one-of-a-kind cases’. Recent work includes defending BNP Paribas Personal Finance against approximately 1,500 civil proceedings brought under the Helvet Immo property case. The practice is also managing a significant commercial litigation caseload and handling several unfair competition cases in the retail sector. The team acted for Free Mobile in a class action initiated by French consumer association UFC regarding alleged misleading advertising of its 3G network. Practice head Philippe Métais stands out for his ‘tactical vision, creativity and constant support’ and has ‘great knowledge of the banking world’. Yann Utzschneider is also recommended.

Altana’s ‘highly efficient and professional’ team handles a very diverse caseload spanning commercial, banking, financial and product liability litigation. The firm is involved in several sensitive cases, notably in the energy and life sciences sectors. It is also dealing with major proceedings following various rulings by the French Competition Authority. Bouygues Telecom is a client. Key names include Christophe Lapp, Guillaume Forbin, the ‘very professional, astute and efficient’ Julien Balensi, the ‘fully dedicated’ Armand Aviges, who ‘is able to give the right legal advice despite strong media pressure’, and Valérie Lafarge-Sarkozy, who was a new arrival from De Gaulle Fleurance & Associés.

August Debouzy is able to ‘manage a large amount of work in a short amount of time’. The team, which has ‘real expertise’ and is ‘highly responsive’, is particularly active in industrial sectors such as defence, aviation and telecoms. Recent work includes handling commercial litigation and shareholders’ conflicts. Quadratus, Airbus DS and Cegid are clients. Key names in the practice are Marie Danis, whose ‘great experience and analysis skills allow her to anticipate critical issues and take the right decisions’ and Benjamin van Gaver. Kami Haeri is now at Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP. Newly appointed Paris bar vice-president Basile Ader recently joined from Cabinet d'Avocats Ader Jolibois.

Boken is handling several sensitive cases as part of a highly diverse caseload that spans commercial, financial, corporate and product liability litigation. The ten-lawyer team represents leading French and international corporations and their shareholders, as well as investment funds. It is defending Alma in a dispute with the French Bar, and acting for Lyondell Basel in litigation with GRT Gaz over gas supply. The practice is led by Antoine Beauquier, the ‘expert and responsive’ Félix de Belloy, who ‘really invests himself in cases’, and Franck Poindessault.

Founded in 2017, Bougartchev Moyne Associés provides ‘exceptional quality work’. The firm has particular expertise in the space, banking and defence sectors and is a key name for sensitive cases, including shareholders’ conflicts. The ten-lawyer team is notably managing several matters in the hospitality sector, as well as a significant post-acquisition case. Clients include leading French and international corporations, a major insurance company, a high-profile banking group and investment funds. The practice is led by Kiril Bougartchev and Emmanuel Moyne, who ‘are highly available, meticulous and whose designed case strategy doesn’t usually fail’; the duo were previously with Linklaters.

Headed by Philippe Brunswick, Brunswick Société d’Avocats’ team is handling a sizeable number of post-acquisition disputes and shareholders’ conflicts. The practice acts for companies, managers and shareholders. It is notably acting for Altis Semiconductor’s former CEO in a dispute with its indirect shareholders.

CBR & Associés provides ‘extremely high quality work’. Lawyers are ‘very responsive, even in extreme situations, highly involved’ and ‘fully engaged in matters with a real wish to help their clients win’. The firm is a key name for commercial litigation and is managing a growing caseload, including a series of very sensitive matters for clients such TF1, SFR, Adidas, Direct Energie, Lagardère Active and British American Tobacco. The practice has also deep expertise in the media, telecoms and tobacco sectors, and is involved in a strategic case in the luxury goods sector. The ‘impressive, reliable, deeply involved and incredibly responsive’ Pierre-Olivier Chartier, who ‘is probably one of the best lawyers for commercial litigation’ in France, ‘sees every single detail and possible arguments of a case, fully understands the challenges and implication for his clients’ business’ and ‘will never take unnecessary risks for his clients’. Also recommended is the ‘very collaborative, highly dedicated, hardworking and very creative’ Judith Vuillez, who provides ‘very high quality work’ and has ‘a practical approach’.

Debevoise & Plimpton LLP often represents large US industrial groups in high-stakes product liability cases. The firm is also acting for a leading US investment fund in a major post-acquisition dispute. Antoine Kirry and of counsel Frederick Davis are key advisers.

Dechert LLPalways provides customer friendly advice’ and the nine-lawyer team is ‘available, diligent and brings acute and convincing arguments’. The firm handles commercial, product liability and stock market litigation. It also has strong know how in the pharmaceutical sector and is also well versed in handling cross-border and exequatur cases. The team is defending Dow Chemical in litigation before the French courts initiated by an individual, which is brought against 26 producers of Agent Orange used by the US military during the Vietnam War, and is acting for Enedis in three significant commercial disputes in the energy sector including in a dispute with Engie. Jacques Sivignon is ‘very determined, smart and curious’. Laurent Martinet, who joined from STC Partners after having been at Jones Day, ‘is a smart and fair litigator with strong expertise, who gets straight to the point, remains calm in any circumstances and has the capacity to build subtle reasoning’.

FTPA provides ‘business-oriented’ advice and acts for various high-profile French companies. The practice handles commercial litigation and has recognised expertise managing industrial cases involving long-term judicial discovery procedures. It is also appointed to deal with crisis situations and handles matters abroad. British American Tobacco, Areva, Nortel and SNCF are clients. Serge-Antoine Tchekhoff, Edouard Fabre, the ‘highly knowledgeable’ Robert Corcos and Bruno Robin are all highly regarded.

Franklin is handling several high-stakes commercial disputes for a key client in the telecoms sector. The five-lawyer team is also acting in a challenging shareholder conflict. Yann Colin is the key name. Of Counsel Vincent Pecastaing is also involved.

In December 2017, Gibson Dunn welcomed a strong team from Ashurst LLP led by Jean-Pierre Farges, Pierre-Emmanuel Fender and Eric Bouffard. The newly combined team handles sensitive industrial, commercial and insolvency-related cases. It is notably involved in the post-debt restructuring concerning the Vivarte, Solocal and Consolis cases. It is also handling football-related disputes.

Ginestié Magellan Paley-Vincent’s ‘available’ team has ‘great understanding of the commercial aspects at stake’ in cases. The firm represents some leading French, Irish and US corporations, as well as banks and investment funds. Galeries Lafayette, BforBank and Generis Capital Partners are clients. The ‘extremely professional’ Xavier Pernot ‘never leaves a stone unturned’. Catherine Paley-Vincent has leading expertise in the healthcare sector.

Jones Day has ‘a high level of expertise’ and provides ‘high-quality advice’. The firm handles a large and challenging banking litigation caseload, and is managing more than 200 disputes for Sfil and Caffil regarding loans entered into with public sector entities and has recently won a series of landmark victories. The firm acted for Depfa Bank in obtaining a major decision from the Paris Appeal Court that rejected all the claims made by Sidru. Frédéric Gros is the key contact, alongside of counsel Isabelle Maury. Ozan Akyurek handles commercial and product liability cases for major French and international industrial clients. Laurent Martinet is now at Dechert LLP, while Laurent Assaya joined Vivien & Associés.

The ‘diligentLaude Esquier Champey provides ‘high-level service with a tailored approach’ and ‘efficient solutions’. The team manages a diverse caseload including shareholders’ conflicts, insolvency-related and commercial cases. It represented Neoen in a dispute with Areva Group regarding the potential sale of former uranium fields. The ‘greatly experienced’ and ‘open-minded’ Olivier Laude is ‘highly responsive’ and delivers ‘practical and tailored solutions’. Richard Esquier, Nathalie Karpik and Victor Champey are also involved.

Lysias Partners is managing sensitive cases in the financial, banking and healthcare sectors. The firm stands out for its ability to deal with intertwined civil, commercial and criminal proceedings. It is defending UCB Pharma in the Distilbène case, and Compagnie Financière d'Outre Mer in the Crédit Martiniquais bankruptcy case. Jean-Pierre Mignard, Emmanuel Tordjman, François de Cambiaire and Adrien Basdevant are the names to note.

The ‘quick and precise’ team at Paul Hastings LLP handles commercial and corporate litigation. The team, which represents several major French corporations and financial institutions, was recently involved in a series of shareholders’ conflicts. It notably represented Sodexo and Reed Midem in distinct and complex shareholder disputes. The practice also has good compliance know how, is handling several data privacy fraud cases and is also involved in a high-profile matter involving the US authorities. Philippe Bouchez El Ghozi heads the team. Nicolas Faguer and the well-respected Dominique Borde are other key figures.

Racine handles a diverse caseload. It is notably representing family members in several shareholders’ conflicts and is also acting for major French companies in commercial and corporate litigation. Bruno Cavalié is well recognised. Sandra Graslin-Latour is also noted.

Reinhart Marville Torre’s ‘highly available and responsive’ team has been kept busy handling commercial and corporate litigation. It is representing Euromedia in a dispute with Canal+ regarding production costs over the broadcasting of several global sports events. Vinci Energies, Systeme U and investment funds Audacia and Perceva are other clients. Louis-Marie Absil, Antoine Dérot, who ‘manages crisis situations very well’, and Jérôme Marsaudon are the main contacts.

The ‘responsiveRenault Thominette Vignaud & Reeve provides ‘excellent work’. The team handles commercial, shareholders’ conflicts and financial cases, and is involved in a very high-profile succession and tax fraud case. Renaud Thominette stands out for ‘his great tactical skills, great knowledge of the French and international judicial institutions and practical approach’ and his ‘recognised expertise in French stock-market regulatory matters’.

The ‘excellentSoffer Avocats’ team is ‘very responsive’ and lawyers have ‘a can-do attitude’. The six-lawyer team has core strengths in complex multijurisdictional cases, frequently pertaining to corporate, securities, succession, patent and commercial law. The practice is involved in several major cases. The ‘very bright, commercial and practical’ Ron Soffer ‘goes the extra mile for his clients, is familiar with both civil and common law systems, and adept at handling large multijurisdictional cases’.

Villey Girard Grolleaud A.A.R.P.I. has gained several new clients following the arrival of Louis-Marie Pillebout, who was formerly counsel at Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP. The practice is recommended for sensitive matters, especially disputes concerning corporate and M&A issues and shareholders’ conflicts. It represents several high-profile French corporate clients. Founding partner Daniel Villey, who is equally at ease handling M&A transactions and litigation, is praised for his ‘listening skills and negotiation talents’.

Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLPdelivers superb services in relation to responsiveness, expertise, quality and strength of overall team’. The firm represents various high-profile French companies in high-stakes litigation pertaining to governance, corporate, unfair competition and employment matters. The practice is defending Arkema in a class-action litigation brought by 250 employees, and is acting for Transdev, as SNCM’s former shareholder, in a dispute with Stef concerning a partnership between Stef and SNCM. Air France, Nokia and Fiducial are other clients. Dominique Mondolini is ‘extremely knowledgeable, smart and efficient in the areas of corporate governance and dispute resolution’. Grégoire Bertrou is praised for his ‘ability to digest complex facts and deliver first-rate advice in a user-friendly manner’.

Winston & Strawn LLP has strong know-how handling complex shareholders’ conflicts and M&A litigation including expertise in the healthcare sector. The 13-lawyer team also manages a wide range of disputes, including commercial litigation, market manipulation and sport-related cases. The practice is notably representing German fund Uamh before the Paris Commercial Court over false information provided by M. Messier concerning Vivendi (Universal). MNH, Point Vision and Ramsay Générale de Santé are other clients. The highly regarded Gilles Bigot is a key name alongside Anne-Carine Ropars-Furet and Mathilde Lefranc-Barthe. Guillaume-Denis Faure is now with Simmons & Simmons LLP.


International arbitration

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  2. Other recommended firms
  3. Dispute resolution: international public law
  4. Hall of Fame
  5. Leading individuals: international arbitration
  6. Next generation lawyers

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Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP manages a high-value investment and commercial arbitration caseload. The 20-lawyer Paris team, which often acts alongside the firm's New York and London offices, is regularly appointed by state entities - notably European states - and also represents many leading French and international corporations. It handles a broad array of disputes and recently dealt with sovereign bonds, energy, oil and gas, mining and telecoms matters involving Europe, Russia and the Middle-East region. The firm has a particularly strong Russian practice and is also representing the Republic of Tatarstan in an UNCITRAL arbitration with Ukraine following the takeover of Ukraine's largest oil refinery. In other work, the team obtained a complete success on behalf of Telecom Italia in a landmark $15bn ICC dispute initiated by the Opportunity group regarding an investment in Brazil Telecom. The Russian Federation, OJSV Tatneft, the Arab Republic of Egypt, the French and Austrian Republics and EDF are clients. Claudia Annacker is the key name in the practice, alongside Jean-Yves Garaud. Also involved are senior counsel Robert Greig and counsel Laurie Achtouk-Spivak.

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP ranks among ‘the very few best globally and in Paris’. The 22-lawyer practice ‘stands out for its high standards and technical excellence’: it is ‘extremely well prepared’, ‘its perfect methodology covers even the smallest details of a case’ and it also provides ‘in-depth analysis of issues which, combined with the expertise and knowledge, guarantee the best possible outcome and the best possible solutions for clients’. The firm often manages large commercial, investment and interstate disputes in the energy and natural resources areas, especially in relation with Africa. It successfully represented Rusoro Mining in obtaining a $1.2bn ICSID arbitration award in a gold mining expropriation dispute with the Government of Venezuela as well as Inter RAO in two SCC and one ICSID disputes with Georgia regarding electricity tariffs, and several claimants in two separate Spanish renewables arbitrations. The public international law practice is also highly commended for providing ‘outstanding legal precision and clarity of work, depth and sophisticated analysis and high success rates’. Practice head Noah Rubins is a ‘master in strategy, in control of every process in the arbitration room and outside’ and ‘understands damages issues better than most experts’. Other key members include Peter Turner (QC) and Ben Juratowitch (QC) whose ‘ability to open doors and influence people, and the clarity and persuasiveness of his thinking and writing’ are particularly noted. Elie Kleiman joined Jones Day in April 2018.

Shearman & Sterling LLP has established itself as the leading ultimate reference for international arbitration in France: the Paris office is home to the firm’s international arbitration hub and to one of the market’s largest teams with 50 dedicated lawyers, who have a unique track record and consistently attract instructions on multibillion-dollar disputes in relation with the Arabic world, Africa and Europe. The group is managing a diverse and prominent commercial and investment arbitration portfolio spanning construction, telecoms, oil and gas price review and exploration issues. Recent highlights include representing Ukraine in an ICSID arbitration initiated by Emergofin and Velbay regarding an aluminium and alumina production company. The practice also obtained a precedent-setting victory regarding abusive claim definition when defending Algeria in a $4bn ICSID arbitration initiated by Orascom TMT. Areva, Yukos Oil‘s former majority shareholder, Egyptian Natural Gas, the Arab Republic of Egypt, Sonatrach, the Government of Lithuania and EDF are clients. Heading the firm’s global practice, Emmanuel Gaillard is the one and only market's leading figure in France. Yas Banifatemi, who leads the global public international law practice, also stands out. Coralie Darrigade, Jennifer Younan, Maude Lebois and Mohamed Shelbaya are key members, along with counsels Daniel Reich and Benjamin Siino.

‘First classWhite & Case LLP is a ‘brand of trust’. The large 40-lawyer Paris team is constantly involved in some of the world’s largest power and oil and gas matters across Africa, Latin America and Eastern Europe and is also the market’s top leading firm for construction arbitration: it is notably representing Teollisuuden Voima Oyj in multiple ICC disputes with the Areva and Siemens consortium regarding the construction of the Olkiluoto 3 nuclear power plant in Finland, and Grupo Unidos por el Canal in a $3bn ICC dispute with the Panama Canal Authority relating to the Panama Canal expansion project. Furthermore, the investment arbitration caseload has been growing in the energy sector, where the team is acting for Engie and GDF in a €700m ICSID arbitration with Hungary among other matters. Michael Polkinghorne heads the practice; ‘renowned expert’ Christopher Seppälä is another key figure in arbitration circles, while Christophe von Krause and Andrew de Lotbinière McDougall ‘show great determination to understand the merits of a case, and provide excellent support and guidance to all witnesses’. Charles Nairac, John Willems, Nicolas Bouchardie, Elizabeth Oger-Gross and Kirsten Odynski are also highly regarded.

Dechert LLP’s ‘very highly qualified’ team is well known for its strong Latin America investment practice and is handling several multibillion-dollar cases in the mining, oil and gas, and telecoms sphere. The group is acting for the Republic of Colombia in several high-profile cases and recently obtained a reduction of damages from $1.35bn to $380m for the Republic of Ecuador in an ICSID arbitration. The firm is also developing its investment caseload acting alongside Eastern European countries such as the Czech Republic. The commercial arbitration practice is equally strong with key clients including leading French and international corporations as well as some state entities. Other areas of expertise include exequatur proceedings before French courts. Eutelsat and Total Outre-Mer are clients. The ‘great, professional and availableEduardo Silva Romero co-chairs the firm’s global practice. José-Manuel García Represa is also a key name alongside the ‘very smartXavier Nyssen who ‘gives sharp advice’. Philip Dunham and Erica Stein are other names to note.

The ‘excellentDentons stands out for its ‘ability to convey complex legal issues in simple terms: when they articulate your case in front of the court it is like a light coming on in a darkened room’. The ten-lawyer Paris team has strong investment and treaty expertise and is involved in several billion-dollar cases concerning tax, gas, construction and renewable energy issues involving Africa and Europe. The practice is representing Belgian company Blusun in an ICSID arbitration with the Republic of Italy regarding a 120MW photovoltaic project, and successfully defended the People’s Republic of China in an ICSID dispute brought by Ansung Housing regarding the development of a golf course. Gazprom, Customs and Tax Consultancy and the government of Australia are other notable clients. The team is led by Barton Legum and Jean-Christophe Honlet, who ‘demonstrates the ability to understand complex financial issues and put together a compelling case’. Anna Crevon is also involved.

Each fight is fought to win - if your case can be won, they will win it’: Derains & Gharavi’s 21-lawyer boutique is ‘among the heavy weights in international arbitration’ and has ‘an enviable winning track record’. The firm, which has offices in Paris, Washington and Beirut, represents corporations, states and individual investors in highly significant commercial and investment cases in relation with the Middle East, Eastern Asia and Eastern Europe; matters touch on a broad range of sectors including construction, oil and gas, mining, construction and telecoms. It recently obtained a much talked-about victory for Caratube International Oil and Mr. Devincci Salah Hourani in the $1bn ICSID oil concession expropriation Caratube II dispute with Kazakhstan. And other highlight work included representing Bank Melli Iran and Bank Saderat Iran in a high-profile UNCITRAL arbitration with the Kingdom of Bahrain regarding an investment in joint venture Future Bank in Bahrain. Belmont Resources, the State of Qatar, the Republic of Sudan and Vinci Construction Grands Projets are other notable clients. The team is led by some of the market’s most recognisable figures including Yves Derains, who is one of the world's most sought after arbitrators, and the ‘highly involved’ Hamid Gharavi, ‘a masterful legal strategist and exceptional advocat’ whose ‘ability to look into a dispute, quickly discern an advantageous outcome and then set out a clear road map to success for the client, is unparalleled’. Also highly recommended are the ‘totally supportive’ Bertrand Derains whose ‘humble attitude, action and results speak more than words’, Melanie van Leeuwen and Nada Sader. Marie-Laure Bizeau was promoted to the partnership.

King & Spalding LLP’s nine-lawyer Paris team provides an ‘outstanding level of service’ and predominantly manages investment disputes while also being involved in commercial arbitration; cases are often handled in collaboration with the firm’s Houston office. Recent highlights include representing investors in a series of renewable energy investment cases led against Spain and Italy and handling multibillion-dollar cases involving Africa, the Middle East and Venezuela regarding mining and oil and gas assets. In other work, the practice is defending the government of Turkey in a dispute brought by the Government of Iraq regarding the export of crude oil from Kurdistan, and Veolia Propreté in an ICSID arbitration with Egypt regarding a waste management contract for the city of Alexandria. Ken Fleuriet heads the practice, the ‘smartJames Castello is ‘reliable and trustworthy’ and Joël Alquezar and Amy Frey are other key members. Eric Schwartz retired.

Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP has a ‘very solid and reliable’ practice: the 21-lawyer team handles top investment and commercial arbitration cases, often in relation with the African and European continents and especially in the oil and gas, construction and more recently intellectual property sectors. Highlights included representing Sonatrach in a $1.8bn ICC arbitration pertaining to the construction of a refinery near Algiers, as well as Italian investors in two distinct ICSID arbitrations with the Republic of Albania regarding investment in the renewable energy and media industries. Some of the world’s largest French, US and international energy groups are clients. Philippe Pinsolle ranks among the best in the international arbitration sphere. Also highly experienced are Isabelle Michou, Thomas Voisin and Michael Young. The firm recently hired one of the market’s most renowned litigators in Kami Haeri who joined from August Debouzy along with counsel Valérie Munoz-Pons; the duo adds compliance and white-collar crime expertise to the group.

International boutique offering Three Crowns LLP is ‘a top address for international arbitration’, particularly with regards to high-value commercial and investment disputes. The 16-lawyer Paris team is managing a very diverse caseload for leading international and national oil and gas companies, a high-profile French energy company, as well as many international investors and companies and some state entities; particular expertise is exhibited in the construction and energy sectors and the group also has enormous experience in advising on gas price disputes. Highlights included acting for Areva and Siemens in a very high-profile ICC dispute with TVO concerning delays and damages affecting a nuclear power facility in Finland, representing WCV World Capital Ventures Cyprus in a BIT dispute regarding lotteries investments in the Czech Republic, and acting for investors in a dispute with the Republic of Cyprus following the nationalisation of the Marfin Popular Bank. ExxonMobil and the Kingdom of Bahrain are also clients. The practice is co-headed by the ‘exceptional and extremely efficient’ Georgios Petrochilos and the ‘outstanding’ Todd Wetmore who ‘has great ability to analyse complex issues’. Newly promoted partner Kathryn Khamsi ‘gets to the bottom of things, is extremely well organized and impressively hard working’.

Excellent’ 15-lawyer boutique Betto Seraglini has ‘very good connections, is able to handle both arbitration and litigation’ and provides ‘expertise and in-depth listening’. The group is particularly strong in commercial arbitration in the defence, energy, aviation and infrastructure sectors, but has also increasingly developed its investment arbitration presence. Additionally to frequently being retained by French and international blue-chip corporations, recent highlights include representing Sergei Pugachev in a multibillion-dollar dispute with Russia. The firm is involved in several other landmark cases, notably in the mining sector in Africa and is representing Accor in a dispute with the Republic of Togo in relation to a hotel lease contract. The team is led by the highly respected Jean-Georges Betto, ‘fantastic, committed and brilliant legal mind’ Christophe Seraglini who gets ‘a very acute legal sense of the more complex issues without losing sight of the business implications’, Gaëlle Le Quillec, Julien Fouret and former Justice Minister Dominique Perben who recently joined the firm. Senior associate Alexandre Reynaud is also involved. Thierry Tomasi is now at Herbert Smith Freehills LLP, while Gaëlle Filhol recently joined from White & Case LLP.

Bredin Prat provides a ‘very high overall level of service’ including ‘accurate results, responsiveness and great client care’. The 20-lawyer team handles commercial and investment arbitration and is representing the Republic of Croatia, the Arab Republic of Egypt and the Lebanese Republic in ICSID proceedings, while more recently it also attracted new mandates from investors. The ‘very skilled and professional’ team is involved in several investment disputes in relation with the Arabic world and also represented the Republic of Croatia in several matters including an ICSID arbitration over a biomass power plant, and UC Rusal’s subsidiaries (Emergofin and Velbay) in a dispute with Ukraine pertaining to their expropriation from the Zaporozhe aluminium plant. The practice also acted in a landmark execatur case before French courts alongside Tecnimont that dealt with arbitral president independency issues. Particularly recommended is the ‘very experiencedLouis-Christophe Delanoy whose ‘briefs are very clear, detailed and effective’. Raëd Fathallah and Tim Portwood are also key names of the practice.

Clifford Chance has long-established ICC experience and also handles LCIA disputes. The 15-lawyer team advises prominent French and international companies, especially in the aviation and energy sectors and often acts in shareholder and commercial partnership related cases. Recent highlights include a multibillion-dollar mining case and a significant dispute dealing with the construction of a nuclear plant. Jason Fry co-heads the firm’s global practice. Simon Greenberg is the other key element in the practice, while counsel Sandrine Colletier is also noteworthy.

Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle LLP’s ‘very competent and professional’ 13-lawyer Paris team has ‘deep knowledge and expertise’, delivers ‘very strong case analysis and always keeps clients updated on the latest developments’. The firm is famous for only acting for governments and state-owned entities in investor-state arbitrations, but while its ICSID and UNCITRAL caseload is the most prominent, the firm also handles commercial arbitration. It is involved in a series of large billion-dollar disputes for the Republic of Kazakhstan including a $1bn ICSID dispute with Caratube International Oil and Devincci Salah Hourani. The practice also recently won a case for the Republic of Cameroon in an ICSID dispute initiated by Capital Financial Holdings Luxembourg dealing with the expropriation of its 46.5% shareholding in Commercial Bank of Cameroon. Arkema, PDVSA and the Republic of Cyprus are clients. Peter Wolrich co-heads the firm’s global practice and Geoffroy Lyonnet is also a well-known arbitration figure. Sabrina Aïnouz and Jérôme Lehucher are now at DWF (France) AARPI. Nadia Darwazeh joined Clyde & Co LLP in 2018.

DLA Piper’s ‘available and proactive’ 11-lawyer Paris team is part of the firm’s 100-lawyer global practice. The firm is handling a large Africa-related commercial arbitration caseload, notably dealing with mining, telecoms and oil infrastructure matters. It is also managing a multibillion-dollar ICSID dispute for the Republic of Guinea following BSG Resources’ claims for mining concession expropriation. Expertise also exists with regards to exequatur matters. Airbus, the Democratic Republic of Congo, the Republic of Moldova and Technip France are clients. Michael Ostrove heads the firm’s practice globally. Alexander Brabant is also involved.

Gide Loyrette Nouel A.A.R.P.I. provides ‘valuable services including timely responses and thoughtful advice’. The 22-lawyer Paris and London-based team handles commercial and investment arbitration and is notably managing several large ICC disputes in relation with gas and construction issues in Algeria. The practice is also involved in mining disputes in Turkey and frequently acts in exequatur cases: it obtained a very rare decision before the French courts defining the role of the French judge during exequatur procedures. The team also represented the ICC before the Paris Tribunal de Grande Instance de Paris in another landmark case. Carole Malinvaud is highly recommended and an increasingly appointed arbitrator. Also recommended are Christian Camboulive, Rupert Reece, who is ‘well experienced in construction disputes’ and Alexandra Munoz.

Hogan Lovells (Paris) LLP's 11-lawyer Paris practice ‘displays a healthy level of professionalism’, ‘commitment and dedication’ and particularly focuses on the energy, construction and engineering sectors, while also being increasingly involved in the media industry. The team handles investment and commercial arbitrations linked with projects in the Middle East, Africa and Latin America and is notably defending the Republic of Venezuela in several large ICSID expropriation cases in the coffee, fertilizer and food sectors. The firm also successfully acted for Edenred in a ICSID dispute with Hungary. Samsung Engineering is also a client. Practice head Laurent Gouiffès is a strong practitioner, as is Carmen Nuñez-Lagos who ‘understands the European arbitration and enforcement environment, while also mastering the Latin American system’. Thomas Kendra was promoted to the partnership.

Jones Day is particularly well known for its strong arbitration expertise in the energy, infrastructure and construction sectors concerning the Middle East region and Africa. The 12-lawyer practice represents several leading French and international energy players and is predominantly managing an ICC caseload, while also handling some investment cases. Recent highlights include a major dispute in the telecoms sector and acting for Capital Financial Holdings Luxembourg in ICSID proceedings launched against the Republic of Cameroon for expropriation of its shares in CBC bank. Michael Bühler, who ‘knows every trick in international arbitration’, and Jean-Pierre Harb are in charge. Elie Kleiman was a new arrival in April 2018 from Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP.

Latham & Watkins has built ‘an excellent team and excellent reputation’. The 13-lawyer Paris group, which handles commercial and investment arbitration cases, is well known for its Latin American capabilities and is dealing with many disputes in the oil and gas and energy sectors; it recently earned a series of new instructions from Latin American companies as well as from some leading French companies. The recent caseload includes representing the Republic of Colombia in an ICSID arbitration with Eco Oro Minerals for expropriation in the gold mining sector and acting for Charanne, Construction Investments, Roadis and Novenergia II in SCC arbitrations with Spain pertaining to the photovoltaic sector. It is also involved in a billion-dollar case in Brazil. Fernando Mantilla-Serrano, who co-chairs the firm‘s international practice, is ‘a great advocat with persuasive and detail-oriented skills’. Fabrice Fages and counsel John Adam are other names to note.

Orrick Rambaud Martel’s nine-lawyer Paris team is ‘always timely in responding’ and does an ‘appropriate and meaningful job’ in representing state entities and major private companies in investment and commercial arbitration cases. The group also has ‘deep knowledge of the gas sector and of the mechanisms of ruling price reviews’ and additionally manages cases in relation to mining, energy and infrastructure matters in Europe and Africa. It recently won an ICSID case acting for the Republic of Guinea in a dispute with Necotrans' Getma over the termination of the Conakry port terminal concession and is also representing Voigt & Collegen in ICSID proceedings with Spain pertaining to solar power feed-in tariffs. Engie is another key client. The team is co-led by Laurent Jaeger and Charles Kaplan, ‘an outstanding lawyer and arbitrator who is particularly skilled in preparing appropriate arbitration strategies and knows both the French and the US legal systems and business environment well’.

Allen & Overy LLP's eight-lawyer Paris team often acts in collaboration with the firm's London and Dubai offices in commercial and investment disputes. The practice represents high-profile French and international energy clients such as Engie and Shell and is particularly involved in energy and construction matters involving the African and European continents. Highlights included representing three European infrastructure funds in investment arbitrations with the Kingdom of Spain pertaining to renewable energy investments, and the government of Oman in an ICSID case with Samsung Engineering. Marie Stoyanov leads the team.

Offering good services’, Brown Rudnick LLP has a ‘strong London-Paris axis’ and is comprised of ‘experienced lawyers who combine common law and civil law experience in one pot’: the ten-lawyer Paris team, which is ‘efficient, result-oriented and cares about clients' expectations at all stages’, frequently handles ICC arbitrations, particularly often in relation with the Middle East and North Africa. Boston Scientific and several large French corporations are clients. London and Paris-based Nicholas Tse, who heads the firm’s international arbitration practice, is praised for ‘his very impressive and outstanding cross-examination skills and style’. Sébastien Bonnard is ‘an experienced, thorough and innovative practitioner and an impressive performer during arbitration hearings – remaining calm and persuasive in all circumstances’. Recently promoted partner Hervé Le Lay is a ‘very sharp lawyer and a strategic thinker who understands the differences and complexities in different jurisdictions and can easily adapt himself and the case strategy to any hurdles’. Jean-François Le Gal joined Pinsent Masons LLP.

Eversheds Sutherland (France) LLP’s 13-lawyer Paris team provides ‘first-rate services’, ‘is highly experienced, has an ethic of hard work’ and ‘stands out for its dedication and commitment’; it is also ‘very knowledgeable in the energy sector’, particularly acquainted with Iranian-related matters and has longstanding experience in representing states and corporations in commercial arbitrations. Recent highlights include managing a key case in the telecoms sector. David Sellers, who heads the firm’s global oil and gas practice, ‘is a safe pair of hands, good with clients even in the most difficult circumstances’ and ‘provides inspiring leadership to his team’. Recently promoted partner Wesley Pydiamah is ‘very professional and also familiar with the Middle East culture and the petrochemical industry’. Of counsel Nanette Pilkingtonis an extremely punctuate and diligent lawyer’.

FTPA provides ‘excellent services’ thanks to an ‘extremely dynamic’, ‘highly ethical and culturally sensitive’ ten-lawyer team. The firm mainly acts in ICC disputes often dealing with construction, energy and commercial issues arising in Africa, the Middle East and other parts of the world. Several leading French corporations are clients while international companies also use the firm. Practice head Serge-Antoine Tchekhoff ‘has a natural ability to resolve complex and sensitive international disputes in a commercial way’. Robert Corcos is the other key name in the practice, along with Rajeev Sharma Fokeer who ‘has a truly international and technically sound approach, and can devise effective strategies when facing both common law and civil lawyers’.

Herbert Smith Freehills LLP fields ‘a strong and experienced team for commercial and BIT cases’; including the new arrivals Thierry Tomasi from Betto Seraglini and of counsel Emily Fox from Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP. The practice represents leading French corporations as well as many international companies, especially from the oil and gas industry, in ICC and investment disputes in relation to energy matters involving Africa, the Middle East and Brazil. Recent highlights include representing ACP Axos in ICSID proceedings brought against the Republic of Kosovo following the cancellation of the privatisation of post and telecommunications of Kosovo J.S.C.. JKX Oil & Gas is also a client. Practice head Andrew Cannon is ‘very strong, experienced and steady’. Also recommended is of counsel Laurence Franc-Menget who is ‘well experienced and up and coming’. Emmanuelle Cabrol joined Ashurst LLP.

Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP delivers ‘extremely high quality of work, professionalism and a high level of commitment’ and provides ‘client-oriented advice showcasing a high degree of customized strategy that fits the needs of every different case’. The practice handles commercial and investment arbitration and acting alongside the Washington office, the Paris team is representing Ukrainian investors in five arbitrations against the Russian Federation arising from the Russian Federation’s annexation of Crimea. It is also active in energy and telecoms disputes, as well as in a number of cases concerning possible corruption issues in connection with agency agreements. Marc Henryis extremely knowledgeable, fully understands the client’s needs and forms a plan of action that is tailor-made for every possible scenario’; he also acts as counsel in cases and is a regularly appointed arbitrator. Marc-Olivier Langloisis very good at understanding technical details and at working with experts to come up with convincing arguments’.

Boutique offering Lazareff Le Bars is ‘a very good address’ for commercial arbitration and acts particularly often for leading operators in telecoms disputes in Africa. In recent investment-related work, the group represented Emirati investor DS Construction FZCO in a $1.2bn investment dispute following losses suffered in Libya and also acted for Orange in ICSID proceedings with Jordan regarding the renewal of a telecom licence. Etisalat, SFM Africa and Alcatel Lucent are clients. Benoît Le Bars takes on cases as counsel while also being regularly appointed as arbitrator. Jean-Claude Najar has now retired.

Mayer Brown’s ten-lawyer Paris practice exhibits a ‘very good level of accessibility, involvement and teamwork’, puts ‘an appropriate focus on the important issues to arbitrators’ and is ‘quick to respond’. Often working alongside the London or US offices, the Paris team, which is ‘a good option for arbitrations in Latin America’, is also highly involved in African and Middle Eastern disputes in relation to construction, mining and energy matters. It is representing Lion Mexico Consolidated in a NAFTA and ICSID dispute with Mexico regarding real estate projects, and the Arab Republic of Egypt in an ICSID case initiated by Veolia Propreté with respect to a waste management services contract. Practice head Dany Khayat is a very reliable adviser who also regularly acts as arbitrator. Also recommended and acting as lead counsel or arbitrator is Alejandro López Ortiz, ‘a highly experienced man who perfectly handles complex technical issues’. Counsel José Caicedo ‘is a brilliant litigator in hearings, with a fast and agile mind’.

Teynier Pic’s ‘super responsive’ 11-lawyer team provides an ‘outstanding level of service’, is ‘business-oriented and very hard-working’ and represents leading French companies, such as Thales, Soufflet and Orange, and international groups in commercial and investment cases. It is handling several disputes involving Africa and the Middle Eastern regions pertaining to the defence, construction and pharmaceutical sectors, but also handles some exequatur cases. Pierre Pic, Eric Teynier, who regularly receives arbitrator mandates, the ‘good communicator and very availableLaurence Kiffer and Raphaël Kaminsky, who ‘is sharp, very knowledgeable, hard-working, has a perfect command of English and spends time listening to his clients’, jointly head the practice.


Stock-market litigation

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Bredin Prat has a unique track record when it comes to strategic stock-market ligation battles. The firm was recently involved in the country’s most high-profile cases and obtained several successful outcomes. It successfully represented Foncière de Paris before the Court of Appel following proceedings launched by Gecina questioning the validity of the French stock-market regulator (AMF)’s decision authorising Eurosic’s tender offer on Foncière de Paris. The practice was also successful before the Court of Cassation in defending Euronext in the landmark Radiall case, in which Euronext rejected the delisting of shares in the context of a tender offer. Other work included major insider dealing cases and AMF’s Enforcement Committee investigations. Eric Dezeuze, Didier Martin and Sylvie Morabia are renowned.

Darrois Villey Maillot Brochier is a safe bet for strategic stock-market litigation and notably represented Eurosic against Gecina in the stock-market battle and judicial proceedings for the tender offer on Foncière de Paris. Jean-Michel Darrois and Emmanuel Brochier need no introduction.

Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP has extensive experience handling top securities cases. The practice recently acted for Gecina in the stock-market battle case against Eurosic for Foncière de Paris. The firm also assists during AMF investigations. Georges Terrier and Christophe Perchet are highly regarded.

Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP is a strong choice for stock-market tender offer litigation. The firm defended Gameloft against Vivendi's tender offer, and Disney's companies in the context of the mandatory tender offer on EuroDisney SCA. The team is also dealing with several insider trading cases. Jean-Yves Garaud stands out.

Dethomas Peltier Juvigny & Associés recently acted for minority shareholders in several high-profile cases following public takeover bids and notably represented Safran's minority shareholder The Children’s Investment Fund in a case linked to Safran’s public takeover of Zodiac Aerospace. The seven-lawyer team was also recently involved in insider trading investigations. Arthur Dethomas and Frédéric Peltier are well-known market’s figures.

Gide Loyrette Nouel A.A.R.P.I. has a ‘strong practice’ that provides ‘customised solutions to clients' needs’. The ‘experienced team’ regularly acts for banks and asset management companies, has particular experience in handling AMF Enforcement Committee regulatory matters and is involved in several market-abuse and insider trading cases. Aviva Investors, Amundi, Natixis and BPCE are clients. Bruno Quentin is highly regarded and Jean-Guillaume de Tocqueville as well as Jean-Philippe Pons-Henry enjoy ‘excellent reputation for their past litigation successes’. Stéphane Puel is ‘highly recommended for his commitment and skills, and is one of the best lawyers in France for investment funds’.

Jeantet's Frank Martin Laprade recently obtained two landmark victories in securities-related takeover cases. The team is also defending a former company's executive in litigation regarding the public communication of company's information. Martine Samuelian is a key contact for banks seeking advice on AMF or ACPR regulatory issues.

Linklaters notably represents companies, international financial institutions and high-level executives in AMF Enforcement Committee investigations. Practice head Arnaud de La Cotardière ‘is available 24/7 and closely follows everything’. Jean-Charles Jaïs made partner.

Simmons & Simmons LLP has particular strong expertise in advising on AMF sanction matters and regularly represents banks and hedge funds facing AMF compliance investigations; other areas of expertise include insider trading cases. Recent work includes acting for Covéa as one of Eurosic's shareholder in the landmark Foncière de Paris' public takeover case. Société Générale, Crédit du Nord, UBS and Deutsche Bank are clients. Thierry Gontard and Eric Boillot head the practice.

Veil Jourde regularly handles strategic disputes while also advising clients on matters pertaining to the AMF. The firm is notably involved in an insider trading case and represented a leading bank in a major tax investigation case. It also represented Icade in its negotiations with the AMF regarding its merger with HoldCo SII. Jean Veil, François Esclatine, André Dupont-Jubien and Georges Jourde are all recommended.

Viguié Schmidt & Associés is regularly active for high-level executives or individuals facing charges for insider trading or company's information miscommunication issues. Nicolas Viguié and Yves Schmidt are a strong pair of hands.

Visconti & Grundler provides high-quality work that ‘exceeds clients' already high expectations’. The firm regularly represents hedge funds and investors in stock-market and criminal financial services litigation and recently assisted several hedge funds in the context of Altice's public takeover of SFR, and one of the claimants in the Radiall case. Former trader turned Paris bar member Julien Visconti has a ‘unique background that brings him an exceptional technical, legal and financial understanding of matters at stake’.

Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP has been involved in the market’s leading public takeover cases over the past few years. In recent highlight work, the group defended Eurosic against claims brought by Gecina and Adam regarding Foncière de Paris’ high-profile stock-market battle. Didier Malka and Claude Serra are the key contacts.

Brandford Griffith has extensive securities litigation experience and handles both AMF's investigations and stock-market battles litigation on behalf of banks, companies or high-level executives. The team is regularly consulted on highly sensitive matters including governance issues. It recently acted in a case initiated by US authorities. Diane Pasturel and Henri Brandford Griffith are strong recommendations.

Clifford Chance represents international companies, CDC 40 groups and financial institutions in AMF investigations on insider trading and communication of false company's information. Standard & Poor‘s and FXCM are clients. Thomas Baudesson, Diego de Lammerville and counsel Charles-Henri Boeringer are the key contacts.

Cohen & Gresser LLP offers a very good and rare combination of high legal expertise and accurate business understanding’. The ‘very professional’ team represents companies, banks and high-level executives in securities litigation and AMF regulatory enforcement investigations. It recently obtained the cancellation of an AMF sanction decision for client Bryan Garnier & Co regarding the placement of securities in the context of an IPO. The ‘extremely reliable, dedicated, efficient and creative’ Muriel Goldberg-Darmon ‘has perfect knowledge of technical and negotiating tools’. Counsel Guillaume Guérin is also involved.

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP represents several leading French banks and companies in AMF investigations cases concerning insider trading and miscommunication of financial information. EDF and BNP Paribas are clients. Stéphane Bénouville, Dimitri Lecat and Hervé Pisani are strong advisers.

The ‘highly dynamicHenriot Avocatsperfectly masters the techniques and logics attached to disciplinary and criminal financial cases’. The firm is representing several individuals facing AMF insider trading investigations and recently obtained an important decision from the Conseil Constitutionnel regarding AMF's access to data connections that was deemed unconstitutional. The ‘very creative’ Loïc Henriot is a ‘fine strategist who is able to quickly gauge a case's strong and weak points’.

Herbert Smith Freehills LLP's Antoine Juaristi has proven banking litigation expertise and is entrusted by leading French banks to deal with AMF and ACPR regulatory investigations. The firm also advises in the context of international investigations and deals with stock-market battle litigation. Natixis Asset Management is a client.

Orrick Rambaud Martel has experience in handling stock-market battle disputes and AMF sanction cases. Jean-Pierre Martel is one of the market’s most respected names. Frédéric Lalance is also involved.

Paul Hastings LLP represents banks and corporations in AMF and international investigations. The firm notably represented Faurecia following French investigations. Dominique Borde and Philippe Bouchez El Ghozi are recommended.


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Bredin Prat is one of the must sought-after firms for domestic sensitive cases, especially in the stock market, corporate and financial sectors. The practice is involved in a series of landmark tax, fraud, money-laundering and corruption cases for the world's largest French and international companies and banks. Highlights included representing Gecina in a dispute with its former CEO Joaquín Rivero, Mr Wildenstein in the famous eponymous tax estate case, and Airbnb following claims initiated by hotels and travel industry players. It also successfully defended a former member of Altran Technologies’ board in the Altran case. Eric Dezeuze is viewed by many as the very best litigator in town. Also highly recommended are Sébastien Prat and Jean-Daniel Bretzner; Guillaume Pellegrin made partner.

Temime often acts for high-profile individuals. The firm is notably defending businessman Bernard Tapie who is facing trial for embezzlement and misuse of public funds, and Lafarge former's president Bruno Lafont following highly sensitive French investigations regarding the French group's past operations in Syria. It also successfully defended Guy Wildenstein. Hervé Temime ranks among the very best white-collar crime litigators in France and Corinne Dreyfus-Schmidt, the particularly recommended Julia Minkowski, Martin Reynaud as well as Léon del Forno are other names to note.

Veil Jourde stands out for its high concentration of many of the market's leading figures under one roof: Jean Veil, Emmanuel Rosenfeld, Georges Jourde, Pierre-François Veil and François Esclatine are all among the Paris’ Bar finest. The firm is managing a large high-profile political and financial caseload including top sensitive tax, corruption and money-laundering files. It recently achieved that charges against its client were dropped: the trust was facing prosecution in the high-profile tax fraud Wildenstein cases. The team was also recently involved in the Fillon, Bettencourt, Oil for Food, Karachi and AZF cases, and was called for assistance by Kim Kardashian after she was robbed in Paris.

One of the go-to-firms for financial institutions, Allen & Overy LLP is advising on complex matters such as fraud, market abuse, corruption and money-laundering related offenses. The firm is involved in two of France and Europe’s largest ever money-laundering cases, and is dealing with several high-profile tax fraud investigations and proceedings in France. The eight-lawyer team also completed landmark work in negotiating France’s first judiciary settlement following the recent adoption of Loi Sapin II. Finally, the group is well equipped to assist clients with compliance matters and internal investigations. CDC, BNP Paribas, Daimler, HSBC, Oberthur Fiduciaire, McDonald’s, UBS, Total and Vitol are clients. Practice head Denis Chemla ranks among the best for contentious matters while counsel Dan Benguigui has ‘great knowledge of the banking sector and is of great assistance to clients’.

Founded in January 2017, Bougartchev Moyne Associés’ ‘always available and responsive’ ten-lawyer team ‘shows great knowledge of how companies operate and of the financial industry’ and has ‘a modern approach to criminal law’. Not least because of its strong understanding of the banking and defence sectors, the group rapidly grew its client base and caseload with high-profile instructions and now frequently acts for leading companies, high-level executives, investment funds, banking institutions and family offices. It is involved in several leading cases dealing with fraud, corruption and misuse of corporate assets, but is also called upon to advise in the context of international investigations. The practice is led by two former members of Linklaters: Kiril Bougartchev whose ‘high tactical vision is a great asset in complex cases’, and the ‘astute’ Emmanuel Moyne who ‘is dedicated to his clients regardless the time of the day, is fully committed to assist with every singly detail of a case and whose acute analysis makes him a key adviser for strategic cases’.

Fischer, Tandeau de Marsac, Sur & Associés’ ‘highly technical, responsive, available and flexible’ team shows ‘great writing and pleading abilities’ and provides ‘valuable and high quality support’. It is involved in several leading political, financial and industrial cases including the carbon tax case and also represented former minister Pierre Lellouche in the Bygmalion case. The French Professional Football league is another key client. Finally, the firm has strong know-how in dealing with African-related cases, where it regularly represents African presidents and acted in the Abidjan Novotel Captives case. Former Paris Bar president Pierre-Olivier Sur is highly regarded and recently promoted partner Mathias Chichportich is also involved. Nathalie Schmelck founded Chabert Lastelle Schmelck. Clémence Witt left the firm.

French Cornut-Gentille’s ‘immensePierre Cornut-Gentille ranks among the country’s very best and is retained by high-level executives and leading French corporations to assist in sensitive cases, especially in the political and financial areas. The firm is defending Pénélope Fillon in the eponymous case and successfully defended François Pérol, President Nicolas Sarkozy's former adviser, during his presidential mandate whose subsequent appointment as head of French banking group BPCE's president drew judicial charges.

Haïk & Associés ranks among the top specialised firms for white-collar crime matters in France and benefits from longstanding experience. The firm notably defended Patrick de Maistre in the high-profile Bettencourt case and is advising former President Nicolas Sarkozy on judicial investigations. Pierre Haïk and Jacqueline Laffont are highly praised.

The ‘excellentHogan Lovells (Paris) LLP is ‘responsive, provides good advice in English and French and is a safe pair of hands’. The five-lawyer team is managing a prominent caseload including sensitive political, tax fraud, corruption and financial services matters; it also regularly deals with international issues and has particular experience in advising on compliance issues, and in the context of external or internal investigations for leading French companies. It is representing Google France in a tax fraud case, former Prime Minister and former presidential candidate François Fillon in the Penelopegate case, as well as LVMH’s security director. Bouygues, SNCF Réseau, Airbus and Renault are other key clients. Antonin Lévy is highly recommended.

Kiejman & Marembert represents many leading international and Anglophone clients, including high-level executives, banks and investment funds, in landmark tax fraud and money-laundering cases. It is also dealing with stock market-related criminal files and has particular experience in handling multijurisdictional cases. Georges Kiejman is a well-established leading Paris Bar figure. Thierry Marembert and Paul Le Fèvre are recommended.

Six-lawyer boutique firm Cabinet Maisonneuve handles high-profile cases, particularly often in the political, healthcare and sports sectors. It is involved in the leading Bygmalion, Médiator and Uramin cases and defended former economy minister Christine Lagarde during her trial before the Cour de Justice de la République regarding her past involvement in the Tapie arbitration case. Patrick Maisonneuve is an established leading name and Antoine Maisonneuve is one to follow.

Marsigny Avocats’ ‘excellent’ six-lawyer firm represents leading French and international companies, their executives as well as private individuals in contentious financial services, political, tax fraud, money-laundering and international corruption matters. The team is notably defending Equatorial Guinea‘s former Vice-President against money-laundering claims in the famous Biens mal acquis case, and SNCF Mobilité following the Brétigny-Sur-Orge train accident. The ‘genius’ Emmanuel Marsigny is highly regarded, while Louis Guesdon is also a strong adviser.

Taylor Wessing is frequently handling high-profile financial and political matters: the group notably defended Swiss Banque Reyl in the Cahuzac tax fraud case as well as several key members of the Paris Bar who are facing criminal proceedings, including former President Nicolas Sarkozy and Bernard Tapie’s defence lawyers in two landmark cases. The practice is also active in the entertainment and media sectors and represented professional football player Mathieu Valbuena in a litigious matter. Banque de France, Coface, Mondadori Magazine, IBM and Chambre Nationale des Huissiers de Justice are clients.¬¬¬ Practice head and former head of the Paris Bar Paul-Albert Iweins is highly regarded and Benoît Goulesque-Monaux is also involved.

Altana’s Philippe Goossens represents leading companies facing proceedings for fraud, employment law and work accidents-related issues. The firm is particularly involved in the engineering sector.

Bochamp handles a diverse range of cases concerning corruption, favouritism, breach of trust, money laundering and tax fraud charges for companies, banks, public-sector entities, high-level executives and private individuals facing proceedings in France or abroad, especially in Africa and Asia. It is notably active in sensitive cases in the political and defence areas. Chinese and Asian clients also turn to the firm. François Géry and Nicolas Demard are in charge. Yasong Lin regularly assists Chinese clients, while Olivier Steck and Jérôme Piton add complementary public law expertise; Corentine Tourres is the key contact for employment-related issues.

Boken is frequently involved in leading political, financial and international corruption cases and notably defended former Prime Minister Edouard Balladur in the financial Karachi case, and the former bank’s president in the Landsbanki bank case. Félix de Belloy shows ‘high expertise, availability, as well as listening and diplomatic abilities’; Antoine Beauquier is another key contact.

Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP is ‘extremely good at dealing with market abuse cases and sophisticated financial criminal cases’ and recently managed several sensitive fraud and corruption cases. It represented Royal Bank of Canada Trust in the landmark Wildenstein tax fraud case, and defended HSBC Holdings in the high-profile Swissleaks tax fraud case. Jean-Yves Garaud ‘is probably one of the market's smartest white-collar litigators, able to fight cases tooth and nail while being respected by judges and prosecutors’. Counsel Delphine Michot is also recommended.

Five-lawyer boutique Courrégé-Foreman is particularly strong in the industrial and aviation sectors and regularly involved in outstanding matters in those areas. It is notably representing Total in the groundbreaking AZF chemical-plant explosion case, and Safran Helicopter Engines following a helicopter crash. The practice is also defending Uber drivers. Mauricia Courrégé and Simon Foreman are highly recommended. New of counsel Hugo Lévy previously worked at Thierry Lévy law firm.

Delecroix Gublin Associéscombines international standards services with a tailored boutique spirit’. The firm is handling many sensitive cases raising fraud, corruption and money laundering charges in France and abroad, and has particularly strong know-how in the defence sector for strategic matters. Many leading industrial companies are clients. The team is led by Fabienne Delecroix and ‘real mastermind’ Alexis Gublin, who brings ‘high added value, always keeps his temper’, is ‘great at pleading and has perfect knowledge of complex international cases’; he is also able to ‘put a defence team together anywhere in the world’ and ‘designs innovative solutions that take into account both the international and local environment’.

Dethomas Peltier Juvigny & Associés’ seven-lawyer practice is strongly adept at dealing with financial and stock-market criminal cases and recently secured several victories for its clients: notably, the group obtained the dismissal of all charges against its client Altran Technologies in a high-profile market-abuse criminal case and also successfully challenged the constitutionality of some French regulations in the context of CGG and Airgas’ alleged insider trading investigations. Other work included obtaining the dropping of all charges against its client, the regional manager of UBS East of France, in the most talked-about UBS tax evasion case. Arthur Dethomas and Frédéric Peltier are top litigators.

Farthouat Avocats delivers ‘excellent, swift and precise work’ and demonstrates ‘constant and perfect availability and listening ability during cases’. The ten-lawyer team, which ‘quickly grasps the key issues of a file’, is particularly strong at dealing with cases connected to the healthcare, environment and employment law sectors and is also involved in several sensitive financial services, corruption and abuse of corporate asset cases. Other areas of expertise include assisting companies with anti-corruption programmes. Jean-René Farthouat, Nathalie Roret who shows ‘a perfect mastering of her files and brings great interpersonal skills and fine analysis abilities’, Nicolas Boulay and Nicolas Cassart jointly head the practice.

The ‘available, responsive and efficientGide Loyrette Nouel A.A.R.P.I. is notably involved in several high-profile public sector cases and represented one of SNCF’s top-managers following the Bretigny train accident in 2013, and SNCF Mobilités following a major train accident which occurred in Eckwersheim in 2015. Other recent work includes defending one of public agency Business France’s top managers regarding favouritism investigations linked to the organisation of a French tech event in Las Vegas in 2016 and advising on several fraud and corruption issues in Africa. Bruno Quentin is highly recommended. Also involved are Michel Pitron and the ‘highly knowledgeable’ Jean-Philippe Pons-Henry, who is also a ‘great listener’.

Henri Leclerc & Associés’s Henri Leclerc ranks among the market’s most renowned leading figures, while Frédérique Baulieu is another strong name.

Huc-Morel Labrousse Associés's Nicolas Huc-Morel is a safe pair of hands who is regularly involved in leading cases.

Jeantet is regularly called upon by leading French and international banks facing high-stakes criminal charges. The firm also represents companies, an African state and private individuals. Senior counsel Yves Repiquet, who is now based in Luxembourg, is a renowned figure and Martine Samuelian is also involved in banking and financial services cases. Julien Martinet joined Jeantet.

Lantourne & Associésalways provides quality work’ and regularly defends high-level executives facing financial, fraud, corruption or abuse of corporate assets accusations. It also deals with insolvency-related cases. Maurice Lantourne is ‘brilliant’.

Lysias Partners is involved in several high-profile financial services, fraud, corruption and cybercrime cases in the private and public sectors. The firm is representing some 60 victims in the Aristophil fraud case and The City of Paris and the Republic of Ivory Coast are other key clients. Jean-Pierre Mignard, Emmanuel Tordjman and Pierre-Emmanuel Blard are the main contacts.

MI2 Avocats is the result of Thibault de Montbrial and Ingouf Avocats’ merger in January 2017. The newly combined five-lawyer team has particular strong expertise in the defence and security sector and is involved in several sensitive financial and political cases, including the Bygmalion case. It also acts for victims of collective accidents including the Brétigny-sur-Orge train accident. Thibault de Montbrial is well known and the ‘responsive and available’ Marie-Laure Ingouf has ‘great knowledge of the Paris tribunal financial division’ and is ‘capable of pronouncing decisions in a clear and committed manner, notably on subjects where doctrine and jurisprudence are silent’.

McDermott Will & Emery AARPI is active in some of the country’s most talked-about fraud litigation as well as political and financial corruption cases. Headed by Alexis Werl, the five-lawyer team represents major financial institutions, corporations, former members of the French government, top executives and private investors. The practice also manages work-accident matters.

The ‘excellent’ and ‘highly availableNavacelle Avocats has ‘great knowledge of the financial sector’, ‘perfect knowledge of US and French law’ and great experience in advising on anti-corruption and money laundering international investigations. The firm assists several high-level bank executives, as well leading international companies and their executives with internal investigations and in dealing with French, US, UK and Latin America governmental investigations. The ‘professional, very skilled and responsive’ Stéphane de Navacelle has ‘deep anti-corruption expertise’ and ‘heads an excellent and experienced team’. Also recommended are associates Sandrine dos Santos, who shows ‘excellent skills, experience and analysis abilities’, and the ‘serious, committed and efficient’ Julie Zorrilla.

Headed by Philippe Bouchez El Ghozi, Paul Hastings LLP's team is involved in several high profile financial, political and employment law criminal cases. It is notably defending former minister Claude Guéant in a series of sensitive matters and also assists leading French companies with the establishment of compliance programmes. Faurecia, Monoprix, Rhodia, Sodexo, Total and Ubisoft are clients.

Pech de Laclause Bathmanabane & Associésefficiently commits itself to win its clients' cases’ and represents high-level executives, leading French companies and accounting firm professionals. It is notably skilled at dealing with criminal employment law matters and regularly handles sensitive international corruption cases. Finally, the firm also assists clients with compliance work. The practice is led by the highly experienced Philippe Pech de Laclause, who has ‘cutting edge tactical and pleading skills’, Emmanuel Gouesse, whose ‘high level in-depth argumentative and investigations abilities’ are particularly praised, and Arnaud Péricard.

The ‘user-friendly, performing and dynamicSchapira Associés shows ‘absolute availability’. The four-lawyer boutique is dealing with high-profile international corruption, tax fraud and embezzlement cases, and was notably involved in the most talked-about Cahuzac, Balkany and Dassault cases. Sébastien Schapira and Marion Grégoire are ‘both very high-level professionals’.

Soulez Larivière et Associés is a ‘safe bet’ and ‘extremely influential within France, but also in the international white-collar community’. The firm ‘understands the cross-border criminal law issues multinational clients face and can work with lawyers from around the globe to protect its clients' interests in disputes that span outside of France’. The ten-lawyer team has strong anti-corruption know-how and outstanding expertise in dealing with major industrial accident cases. It is notably representing Société Grande Paroisse and AZF chemical plant's director in the groundbreaking AZF case. Leading French and international companies and banks are also among the group’s clients. Daniel Soulez-Larivière ‘is essentially the father of high-end white collar practice in France’ and the ‘outstanding’ Astrid Mignon Colombet is praised for her ‘thoughtful and measured advice and always displays an excellent grasp of the facts and law’. Aurélia Grignon and Capucine Lanta de Bérard are also involved.

Tamalet Associés is ‘particularly committed to its clients’ who appreciate the firm's ‘ability to defend their interests in complex cases’. The ‘independent, available and agile’ team is handling several high-profile financial and corruption criminal cases, but is also assisting victims in terrorism and state security cases. Jean Tamalet shows ‘perfect mastering of criminal and litigation disciplines’.

Vigo Cabinet d'Avocats’ ‘efficient, responsive and timely’ 12-lawyer team represents leading groups and private individuals in money laundering, tax fraud and corruption cases, thereby exhibiting ‘high professionalism’ and ‘technical and practical expertise’. The group represented Finestim's management team following its commercialisation of a fraudulent financial product created by Aristophil, and the World Anti-Doping Agency following investigations in the athletics area. Aditionally, the firm has ‘real compliance expertise’. Emmanuel Daoud, Julie Ferrari, Emmanuel Mercinier and César Ghrénassia are the key contacts.

White & Case LLP provides ‘a clear strategy and great flexibility’ as well as ‘great knowledge of the banking sector’, where it is recommended for handling ‘complex cases with high financial stakes’. It frequently defends leading French financial institutions facing major French proceedings and deals with highly sensitive international investigations, especially led by US and UK authorities. Recent highlights include representing BNP Paribas Personal Finance in the Helvet Immo loan-related case which concerned around 4,000 potential plaintiffs. Ludovic Malgrain and Jean-Pierre Picca are recommended. Michel Beaussier has retired.

Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP represents individuals as well as high-profile French and international companies facing fraud, corruption and other criminal charges. The practice notably handles French corruption cases while also advising in the context of US international investigations and assisting with compliance programmes. It is defending Nokia before the French courts following corruption of foreign public officials charges. Air France, Agence Française de Développement, Nokia and Fiducial are clients. Dominique Mondolini is highly recommended and Grégoire Bertrou is another name to note.


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