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The excellent bops advises leading French and international insurers and is renowned for its product liability litigation expertise, in addition to which it handles a wide range of work, including regulatory and reinsurance matters. It is also involved in arbitrations. The practice is led by Christian Bouckaert, Pascal Ormen, Rémi Passemard, Aurélia Cadain, Alexis Valençon and Romain Dupeyré. Carole Sportes and Valérie Ravit are now at Squire Patton Boggs.

Clyde & Co LLP advises leading insurers and their insured companies, including handling high-end strategic insurance products and policy coverage matters (particularly pertaining to financial services, aviation and shipping). It is representing Liberty Mutual in a large-scale insurance coverage dispute regarding the distribution of a tax benefit scheme. Swiss Re is another client. Gildas Rostain heads the practice, which also includes the recommended Maylis Casati-Ollier, Rozenn Lopin, Yannis Samothrakis and the ‘dedicated and competent’ David Méheut.


Grenier Avocats

For over 20 years, Patrice Grenier and his team of lawyers provide legal advice to clients on all major lines of strategic insurance.  Grenier Avocats is currently handling a subrogation claim in the US for the recovery of a train derailment claim against French insurers to be judged before French courts.

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Gide Loyrette Nouel A.A.R.P.I. has the ‘best knowledge and understanding of French and European insurance issues in France’ and ‘stands out for its global, comprehensive and fine expertise’. The 17-lawyer practice assists many leading insurers and reinsurers, as well as some corporations in sensitive regulatory issues and civil liability cases. It recently represented MAF following a major fire disaster in Paris La Villette. Axa and SCOR are also clients. Practice head Richard Ghueldre is ‘the best in town’ and ‘an outstanding and relentless negotiator, who can anticipate all the possible obstacles’. Capucine Bernier has ‘outstanding pleading skills’, while counsel Charles-Eric Delamare-Deboutteville is ‘a reference for regulatory matters and insurance product distribution work’.

HMN & Partners is a top firm for high-end litigation, especially in aviation and the wider transport sector. Gérard Honig, Bernard Mettetal and Simon Ndiaye are recommended.

Hogan Lovells (Paris) LLP is a ‘top-notch law firm in France for insurance clients looking for corporate and regulatory advice’, and demonstrates ‘an industry knowledge that is quite unique, especially for reinsurance matters’. The practice advises large insurance companies on highly complex and often cross-border regulatory and corporate matters. It recently assisted Axa with the negotiation of a global European partnership with BlaBlaCar. Scor and CNP are also clients. The ‘very knowledgeableSébastien Gros provides ‘straightforward answers’ and is able to advise clients on insurance and banking regulatory matters. The firm also handles major industrial and financial insurance liability coverage issues. Thomas Rouhette leads on the contentious side.

August Debouzy’s practice provides ‘an efficient and complementary platform’, which advises leading insurers and industrial groups on regulatory and industrial litigation issues. Allianz and COVEA are clients. The firm is involved in highly strategic matters in the defence and energy sectors. It is notably representing AGCS as the insurer of EDF and ERDF. Alexandra Cohen-Jonathan is recommended.

DLA Piper hired the highly regarded Vonnick Le Guillou from Bird & Bird, thus giving the firm leading expertise in the field of product litigation, especially in the aviation area. Le Guillou is representing a leading aircraft manufacturer and its insurer in a very high-profile air disaster case. Bruce Mee handles cross-border insurance coverage work and is ‘a good choice for US companies’. The practice represents a number of leading insurance companies.

Da Ros Associés utilises its regulatory and corporate expertise in advising top insurance companies on strategic matters. The practice recently obtained a landmark judgment in the field of payment protection insurance. The team is also handling fraud and industrial cases. Clients include Société Générale Insurance and XL Insurance. Jérôme Da Ros and Isabelle Deloison are recommended.

H&A Associés has ‘perfect mastery of the insurance field’ and delivers ‘in-depth work and tailored advice’. The 12-lawyer team advises leading insurers and handles high-profile litigation in the financial services and industrial sectors. The practice is representing thousands of individuals in a Dutch class action following a toxic waste spill in Abidjan. AG2R La Mondiale is a client. Practice head François Hascoët is appreciated for his creativity and availability. Other key figures include Catherine Dupuy, François-Genêt Kiener and Pierre-Etienne Kuehn.

Holman Fenwick Willan France LLP has broad experience in industrial risk, product liability and third-party liability insurance litigation. The nine-lawyer team assists major insurance companies such as AXA Corporate Solutions, defending claims before courts and also dealing with cross-border matters and coverage issues in the financial services sector. Oliver Purcell heads the practice, which also includes Guillaume Brajeux and Pierre-Olivier Leblanc.

Norton Rose Fulbright is ‘very good for regulatory matters’, as well as in litigation, strategic partnerships and M&A. The firm notably advised Ardian on the corporate insurance and regulatory aspects of its acquisition of insurance broker Siaci Saint-Honoré. The practice also advises on warranty and indemnity insurance policies in M&A in France. AIG and Allianz are also clients. Practice head Bénédicte Denis has ‘deep knowledge of regulatory matters’, and of counsel Orsolya Hegedus is ‘available and efficient’.

Squire Patton Boggs was joined by two highly regarded experts in the form of Carole Sportes and Valérie Ravit, who now head the practice. The ‘excellent’ five-lawyer team ranks ‘among the best for industrial risks in Paris’. The firm advises large European insurance companies and is able to deal with complex coverage insurance issues and litigation. The practice is also handling high-profile cases in the aviation, healthcare and environmental sectors.

Sullivan & Cromwell LLP is praised for its ‘outstanding performance’ in relation to M&A and US capital markets deals. The practice assists large French and international insurers such as Allianz and Axa. It recently advised Japanese insurer Sompo Japan Nipponkoa in its equity method investment in SCOR. Global head of the insurance and reinsurance practice William Torchiana is ‘very experienced, has a lot of authority and keeps the view of the overall situation’.

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