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Bredin Prat’s impressive caseload includes the market’s most sensitive pending financial, corporate and taxation disputes, and it is defending a former member of Altran Technologies’ board in the eponymous case. Eric Dezeuze is regarded as one of France’s finest white-collar crime litigators. Didier Martin, Jean-Daniel Bretzner and Florian Bouaziz are also recommended.

Temime’s Hervé Temime represents high-profile figures and the practice is notably defending Bernard Tapie, as well as acting for UMP’s former president in the Bygmalion case. François de Castro, Julia Minkowski, Julia Stasse and Corinne Dreyfus-Schmidt are other key names.

Veil Jourde has one of the market’s most prominent caseloads and successfully represented Société Générale in the Kerviel case. The team includes some of France’s finest litigators: Jean Veil, Emmanuel Rosenfeld, Georges Jourde, Pierre-François Veil and François Esclatine.

Allen & Overy LLP is ‘an excellent choice for an international company which needs a big law firm with resources and English-speaking capabilities’. The team ‘has vast experience and can draw on a huge pool of junior associates’, while ‘advice at partner level is excellent and very sound’. The firm is involved in high-profile financial services, securities and tax cases, including multi-jurisdictional and cross-border investigations. The practice recently achieved various major successes, including winning a landmark decision from the Constitutional Court regarding the non bis in idem principle. Daimler, Deutsche Bank, HSBC, UBS and Volvo are clients. Practice head Denis Chemla shows ‘good overall case management, excellent English and communication skills’, and is ‘well connected in the French legal community’. Aurélien Hamelle demonstrates ‘excellent procedural know-how, analyses situations well and calmly, and has a very good and structured way of writing’.

Dethomas Peltier Juvigny & Associés is a leading name for stock market and financial services cases. The firm, which is involved in top cases for high-profile companies and high-ranking executives, successfully defended the former head of EADS’ Airbus A380 programme in the notorious insider trading case, and is defending Altran Technologies in its eponymous case. The firm is also managing some very sensitive criminal tax disputes. Arthur Dethomas and Frédéric Peltier are highly recommended.

Jeantet AARPI is involved in high-profile political and banking cases. The firm is assisting a leading bank in relation to sensitive fraud issues and acted for a former French minister in a highly publicised case. Yves Repiquet and Martine Samuelian are the key contacts.

Soulez Larivière et Associés has handled some of the market’s most prominent industrial cases and recently obtained a major success in the AZF case. The practice also represents clients in sensitive international corruption cases and has first-hand experience negotiating US Department of Justice agreements. Daniel Soulez-Larivière is highly regarded and Astrid Mignon Colombet is also frequently involved.

Francis Szpiner and Caroline Toby at Szpiner Toby Ayela Semerdjian represent many leading companies and their executives.

Taylor Wessing’s Paul-Albert Iweins is involved in some of the most high-profile cases in the politico-financial arena today and is regularly retained by top litigators to defend them when facing proceedings. The practice has been defending Thierry Herzog, lawyer to former President Sarkozy, in a major case. Press law is an area of expertise.

White & Case LLP is second to none for representing leading financial institutions facing regulatory investigations and litigation in relation to fraud, money-laundering or corruption claims in France and overseas. The firm is also playing a key role in the Air France Flight 447 Rio-Paris crash proceedings and is representing the former CEO of France Télévisions in the Bygmalion case. The highly regarded Michel Beaussier heads the 11-lawyer team, which notably also includes Ludovic Malgrain and Jean-Pierre Picca.

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