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Bredin Prat represents prominent clients in commercial and corporate disputes. The firm was recently involved in two very sensitive class actions. Sylvie Morabia, Jean-Daniel Bretzner, Sébastien Prat and Florian Bouaziz are high-level litigators.

Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP is particularly recommended for handling ‘the most critical litigation cases’; it provides ‘high-quality service’, where ‘work is straight-to-the-point and always delivered on time’. The practice represents many leading banks and corporations in corporate and commercial disputes, with clients including Airbus, ArcelorMittal and BNP Paribas. Jean-Yves Garaud is highly recommended and counsel Delphine Michot ‘remains calm in very stressful situations, has high-level expertise in commercial law, and is amazing at pleading’.

Clifford Chance is retained by large French and international corporations, investment funds and banks. The firm handles sensitive commercial, corporate and banking cases. It is also deals with product liability cases in the healthcare sector. Recent highlights include defending JPMorgan Chase in a dispute with ADP regarding the acquisition of a stake in Turkish airport operator TAV, and successfully representing SFR before the Court of Appeal in unfair competition litigation with Free Mobile. Carrefour, Airbus and Novartis are also clients. Jean-Pierre Grandjean, Thomas Baudesson, Diego de Lammerville and Thibaud d’Alès are recommended.

Darrois Villey Maillot Brochier is second-to-none for representing leading French and international corporations and financial institutions in the market’s most strategic or high-profile shareholder conflicts, corporate and commercial disputes. The team is made up of some of France’s finest lawyers, including Jean-Michel Darrois, whose ‘knowledge and wisdom are precious’, plus Emmanuel Brochier, Cyril Bonan, Christophe Ingrain and Matthieu Brochier.

Orrick Rambaud Martelknows how to solve complex and sensitive situations’. The ‘highly efficient and available’ team is involved in strategic shareholder conflicts and insolvency cases. It represents leading banks, corporations and investment funds. The firm successfully defended CDR in a complex dispute with the former managing director and shareholder of Banque Saga in connection with the sale of Banque Saga to Altus Finance; it is representing seven banks as senior lenders to Ludendo in a dispute with one creditor regarding a court-approved accelerated financial safeguard plan. CDR, Fondations Capital, Geodis and Marionnaud Parfumeries are also clients. Practice head Frédéric Lalance shows ‘excellent judgement’. Jean-Pierre Martel ranks among the market’s most notable figures. Jean-Michel Leprêtre and Marine Lallemand are also recommended.

Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP is handling some of the market’s most strategic corporate and commercial disputes. It is co-counsel to Eurosic in a dispute seeking control of Foncière de Paris and is assisting Vivendi with enforcing its rights under a guarantee in connection with the acquisition of Radionomy. Bolloré, Casino and Alstom are clients. Didier Malka, Claude Serra and counsel Bernard Casanova are the key contacts.

Allen & Overy LLP has ‘the resources to staff large matters’, while its ‘global presence makes it understand multinational companies’. The practice is particularly strong in the financial services area, where it is handling top civil, commercial, regulatory and criminal cases on behalf of French and international institutions. It also handles commercial and industrial cases. Practice head Denis Chemla is able to ‘handle large and complex matters without being scared to debate difficult and untested issues, and is not afraid to move out of his comfort zone to explore out-of-the-box solutions’. Erwan Poisson and David Por are other names to note.

Carbonnier Lamaze Rasle manages a high-profile caseload. The firm is often retained in highly sensitive shareholders’ conflicts and is also a great choice for banking litigation, with commercial litigation being another area of expertise. The practice acts for listed companies, SMEs, banks and investment funds. Key contacts include: head of economic law and finance Edouard de Lamaze, Antoine Fourment, Jean-Hugues Carbonnier, Fiorella Vecchioli de Fournas, Dorothée de Bernis and Hedwige Caldairou. François Falletti, formerly Paris Attorney General, joined in 2015.

Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP is instructed by leading French and international corporations, institutions and investors across a diverse caseload, including commercial, M&A and securities disputes. It successfully represented the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation in a lawsuit brought by several descendants of Peggy Guggenheim and is acting for CDC in a dispute with Groupement Privé de Gestion and its shareholder. Areva, Rothschild and Carrefour are also clients. Georges Terrier and Christophe Perchet are top notch.

De Pardieu Brocas Maffei handles a diverse caseload spanning corporate, insolvency, commercial and banking litigation. The firm represents leading banks and investors, as well as large corporations. It is representing Shaftesbury/UBS in the Docks Lyonnais case and is also involved in a very high-profile merger dispute. Société Générale, Renault and Valeo are clients. Key figures include Philippe Dubois, Matthieu Barthélemy, Barbara Levy, Paul Talbourdet, Dominique Lefort and Joanna Gumpelson.

Dethomas Peltier Juvigny & Associés handles high-stakes cases and is especially strong in financial services. Clients include many leading French and international corporations and investment funds, among them ICG, BNP Paribas and Wendel. It is handling several LBO-related cases and is also representing Barclays Bank in a liability suit initiated by 187 plaintiffs, as well as assisting Deloitte in a dispute with Europacorp. Arthur Dethomas and Frédéric Peltier are among France’s finest litigators.

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP is renowned for its strong banking sector expertise and is now increasingly involved in commercial, private enforcement and corporate disputes alongside leading corporations. The team is handling sensitive domestic and global cases, especially in the energy, automotive and telecoms sectors. JP Morgan, Natixis and Stallergènes are clients. Practice head Stéphane Bénouville and Dimitri Lecat are strongly recommended.

The ‘quick and reliableGide Loyrette Nouel A.A.R.P.I. provides ‘excellent and thorough legal advice on a wide scope of commercial litigation’; the practice ‘understands technical issues and has good strategic decision-making and business acumen’. It has particular strength in the banking sector, where it is assisting banks in sensitive matters. It is representing BPCE, SFIL, RBS et Dexia Crédit Local in more than 100 cases linked to structured loans offered to French public sector entities. The practice is led by the highly experienced Bruno Quentin, who provides ‘clear views and recommendations’, as well as Michel Pitron, Patrick Ouart, and recently promoted partner Jean-Philippe Pons-Henry, who is ‘hardworking, agile and has excellent technical skills combined with a good understanding of practical business constraints’.

Hogan Lovells (Paris) LLP has leading product liability expertise, where it is handling several prominent cases in the aviation and life sciences industries. These include representing TÜV Rheinland and AXA in a consumer fraud action over PIP faulty breast implants and acting for Boeing in the Flash Airlines and West Caribbean Airways crash cases. Honeywell and Bristol-Myers Squibb are also clients. Thomas Rouhette is ‘a very skilled advocate who knows the aviation sector very well and provides excellent insights’. Also recommended are Cécile Derycke and Christine Gateau. Antoine Juaristi joined Herbert Smith Freehills LLP.

Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP is ‘a safe bet for any type of dispute’. The firm is involved in various high-stakes litigations and has great expertise in the manufacturing sector, where it represents many leading companies in landmark cases. The practice is also very adept at handling mass litigation, especially in the banking area. It is representing BNP Paribas in a case pertaining to allegedly abusive clauses in the bank’s fund deposit contracts, as well as acting for the American Bureau of Shipping in a dispute with the French state over immunity and liability questions following the oil spill created by the sinking of the Prestige in 2002. Practice head Marc Henry is a top litigator.

Lantourne & Associés is involved in sensitive corporate and commercial cases. The eight-lawyer team advises major French and international groups. Maurice Lantourne, Kristell Cattani and Flavie Hannoun are highly recommended.

Linklaters provides ‘high quality and tailor-made work’ that includes ‘a great ability to quickly understand the complex technical aspects of a case’. The firm is highly solicited by banks to handle sensitive reputational disputes. It also represents many leading French and international corporations facing commercial and corporate litigation in France, Africa and elsewhere overseas. Practice head Arnaud de La Cotardière has ‘extensive experience, shows great listening skills and creativity and a 360-degree vision’. Kiril Bougartchev and counsel Emmanuel Moyne founded Bougartchev Moyne Associés.

Veil Jourde provides ‘sharp advice and top-quality assistance’. The firm provides ‘high added value in cases and strong results’; it is often retained to handle strategic commercial, banking and corporate cases. Clients include Crédit Agricole Leasing & Factoring, BPCE and Crédit Foncier. The practice is led by a very strong team: Pierre-François Veil, who ‘listens to his clients and their needs and puts cases into the right perspective’, Jean Veil, Eric Deubel, Georges Jourde and Emmanuel Rosenfeld. Yankel Bensoussan and Marie Errera are recently promoted partners.

Altana represents several major industrial and engineering companies. The firm deals with commercial, industrial and banking fraud disputes. Julien Balensi, Guillaume Forbin and Christophe Lapp are recommended.

Ashurst LLP has ‘valuable litigation skills and provides strategic insight in difficult contexts’. The ‘very proactive’ eight-lawyer team handles commercial, insolvency and industrial cases. BBA Aviation, Bonna Sabla and Consolis are clients. Practice head Jean-Pierre Farges and Pierre-Emmanuel Fender are ‘excellent litigators’; Eric Bouffard is also recommended.

August Debouzy’s ‘very responsible and remarkably business-minded’ team also has ‘excellent English communication skills’. The firm represents many leading French corporations and international clients in commercial litigation, such as defending Orange in a dispute with Numéricable. Airbus and Cegid are also clients. The team is led by young, talented partners Kami Haeri, Marie Danis and Benjamin van Gaver. Carine Dupeyron joined Darrois Villey Maillot Brochier.

Boken is involved in several sensitive cases and handles a diverse caseload including commercial, financial, corporate and product liability disputes. The ‘dynamic and responsive’ Antoine Beauquier, Raphaël Gauvain and Félix de Belloy ‘show high technical skills’.

FTPA represents top French industrial groups in commercial litigation in France and internationally. The firm is also involved in a major shareholder conflict case. Areva and SNCF are clients. Key contacts are practice head Serge-Antoine Tchekhoff, Edouard Fabre, Robert Corcos and Bruno Robin.

Franklin has ‘a creative, courageous, brilliant and committed team’ which ‘always produces perfect and efficient work’. It is representing some large corporations and is dealing with high-stakes matters in the telecoms sector, including a class action. Practice head Yann Colin is ‘a sharp mind’ who ‘perfectly masters his field’, ‘stands his ground’ and ‘never gives up’. Associate Baptiste Robelin is ‘brilliant, hardworking and totally dedicated’.

Ginestié Magellan Paley-Vincent advises major French and international groups and investment funds. The practice is highly recommended for handling complex commercial, financial, industrial and corporate cases. Galeries Lafayette, Hermès and Generis Capital Partners are clients. Key figures include the highly recommended Philippe Ginestié, as well as Xavier Pernot and healthcare sector expert Catherine Paley-Vincent.

The ‘high-quality’ team at Herbert Smith Freehills LLPfully lives up to high expectations’. The ‘responsive and supportive’ practice provides ‘excellent and cost-conscious services’, ‘knows how best to move forward in the procedure before courts’, and ‘takes proactive steps to best manage the litigation file’. Energy and financial services are sector strengths and the team has extensive experience of cases in Francophone Africa. The practice was recently retained by Maurel & Prom and MPI in a case brought by minority shareholders in relation to a merger project. Practice head Clément Dupoirier is ‘extremely responsive, very focused on client service, has good experience of the French and West African legal systems’, and follows ‘an approach that is both scientific and practical’. ‘Calm, experienced and strategic’ of counsel Dominique Jardin is another name to note. Early 2017, a team of six lawyers led by Antoine Juaristi joined from Hogan Lovells (Paris) LLP, adding depth in banking and finance litigation.

The ‘excellentLaude Esquier Champey displays ‘a high degree of competence, skills and innovative solutions’, and is especially recommended for ‘litigation matters requiring punchy defence’. The 20-lawyer boutique handles a broad range of disputes, spanning commercial, corporate, financial, product liability and criminal matters. Recent work includes acting for MGA Entertainment in a sensitive lawsuit following its unsuccessful takeover of Smoby. FIFA, Altran and Quinta Communications are also clients. The team is led by ‘high-quality and knowledgeable lawyer’ Richard Esquier and Olivier Laude, who has ‘a sound sense of customer service and responsiveness’, including ‘top-notch technical skills and ability to focus on the core issues of any matters’. Nathalie Karpik and Victor Champey are also names to note.

Paul Hastings LLP handles commercial and corporate litigations on behalf of major French clients, such as Sodexo and Monoprix/Casino. The team has been representing Rhodia-Solvay in several strategic matters. Nicolas Faguer and Aline Poncelet are key figures along with practice head Philippe Bouchez El Ghozi.

The ‘excellentSoffer Avocats is ‘very responsive and has a can-do attitude’. The six-lawyer team is adept at handling complex and challenging cross-border cases, including matters such as corporate, commercial, stock market, succession or patent issues. Ron Soffer is ‘a brilliant tactician’, ‘totally dedicated to his clients and providing the very best client service possible’, while his ‘ability to manage cross-border litigation is unparalleled’.

Viguié Schmidt is recommended for handling complex cases, including shareholders’ conflicts and securities or corporate disputes. Nicolas Viguié and Yves Schmidt are recommended. In July 2017 the firm merged with the ‘young but experienced, agile, quick and efficient team’ at SLVF. The corporate caseload included successfully acting for BJ Invest in a dispute with Hi-Media’s management and its subsidiary Hi-Pay; it is representing AXA as insurer of Enedis in a class action brought against both parties by solar energy investors. Sony Music Entertainment France and La Banque Postale are also clients. Martin Donato and Olivier Loizon, who ‘can manage complex cases’ and has ‘superior drafting skills’, are also recommended. Alexandre de Fontmichel left the firm.

Villey Girard Grolleaud A.A.R.P.I. regularly handles shareholders’ conflicts, banking and post-acquisition disputes. Clients include a number of family-owned businesses and wealthy families. Practice head Daniel Villey is recommended.

Headed by Philippe Métais, White & Case LLP’s nine-lawyer team is particularly strong in the banking sector, where it is involved in a number of liability cases. These include representing BNP Paribas Personal Finance in handling some 1,500 civil claims in the Helvet Immo case. The practice also handles commercial litigation.

Winston & Strawn LLP is involved in several shareholders’ conflicts, especially in the healthcare sector, acting for companies or former executives and shareholders. Mutuelle Nationale des Hospitaliers and Point Vision are clients. Practice head Gilles Bigot is held in high esteem. Guillaume-Denis Faure and Anne-Carine Ropars-Furet are also well regarded.

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