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

Leading individuals

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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 good’ Bredin 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) LLP ‘responds 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 Linklaters ‘follows 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 LLP ‘always 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 ‘diligent’ Laude 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 ‘responsive’ Renault 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 ‘excellent’ Soffer 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 LLP ‘delivers 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.

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