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Boivin & Associés has top expertise in many areas including protected sites, nuclear and mining issues. It advises the world’s largest industrial groups. Jean-Pierre Boivin, Manuel Pennaforte, Malik Memlouk, Frédéric Defradas and Steve Hercé are recommended.

DS Avocats has ‘leading environment expertise’. Joined in 2014 by a highly recognised team from Savin Martinet Associés, the firm can now offer a complete range of expertise. It advises leading industrial groups, notably during acquisition projects and assisted Open Gate with the acquisition of Kem One. The team also has strong expertise in the property and development area. The practice is led by Frédéric Lévy, Patricia Martin and Yvon Martinet. Laura Ceccarelli-Le Guen and future partners Gwladys Beauchet and Grégory Gutierrez are also involved. Arnaud Constant deals with criminal environmental law.

Huglo Lepage & Associés Conseil has ‘extensive expertise and experience advising industrial operators following environmental disasters’. The boutique fields some 20 lawyers and regularly assists local public entities and industrial groups. The practice successfully represented the victims in the aftermath of the cyclone Xynthia disaster in France. Corinne Lepage, Christian Huglo, Marie-Pierre Maître and Alexandre Moustardier are highly experienced. François Braud, Gwendoline Paul, Adrien Fourmon and Julien Girard are also names to note.

Jones Day advises many leading French and international industrial groups, such as Chevron, Ferro and General Electric. The practice has a broad range of expertise spanning advisory, compliance, crisis management and litigation work. It is particularly recommended for health and safety issues, including asbestos, REACH and site contamination. Practice head Françoise Labrousse is ‘high skilled in environmental law, very responsive and client-oriented’. Counsel Armelle Sandrin-Deforge recently joined from Shearman & Sterling LLP.

King & Spalding LLP has all-round expertise, including strong litigation experience. The five-lawyer team advises leading French and Anglophone clients on sensitive matters, including waste and REACH, pollution and remediation, gas emission, mining and asbestos matters. Recyclex, Saint Gobain and Veolia are clients. Practice head Joëlle Herschtel has ‘excellent knowledge of governmental bodies and authorities, great interpersonal skills and understands the technical demands of clients’ businesses’.

Lefèvre Pelletier & associés advises leading French and international companies including blue-chip names, notably in the chemicals, gas, rail and pharmaceuticals fields. Its high-profile workload spans M&A, regulatory work and litigation. It is highly involved in the chemicals industry and often advises on establishing local technological risk prevention plans. The team assisted UGI-Antargaz with the acquisition of Totalgaz. Practice head Vincent Sol is a key name in the market and Frédérique Chaillou is also highly recommended.

UGGC Avocats is praised for its ‘high-quality advice’ and ‘perfect availability’. The team, which often advises leading French and international industrial groups, has strong litigious and criminal law expertise and regularly handles sensitive cases. The practice also acts for the national agency in charge of managing radioactive waste and assisted Esso with matters pertaining to CO2 quotas. Other clients include ExxonMobil, Total, Holcim and Arkema. Jean-Nicolas Clément is a market-leading expert. Thomas Garancher joined Frêche & Associés.

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