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- Sullivan & Cromwell LLP
- Insurance: litigation
- Christian Bouckaert - BOPS
Gérard Honig -
HMN & Partners
Bernard Mettetal -
HMN & Partners
- Valérie Ravit - Squire Patton Boggs
Gildas Rostain -
Clyde & Co LLP
- Carole Sportes - Squire Patton Boggs
- Insurance: regulatory and corporate
- Richard Ghueldre - Gide Loyrette Nouel A.A.R.P.I.
- Sébastien Gros - Hogan Lovells (Paris) LLP
- William Torchiana - Sullivan & Cromwell LLP
BOPS provides ‘very personal service, has intimate knowledge of cases and is always willing to make itself available to discuss strategy and progress’. The practice has a comprehensive range of expertise across insurance and reinsurance, where it represents many of the market’s largest competitors. It is managing a large French and international litigation and arbitration caseload dealing with insurance coverage and product liability issues, especially in the construction and healthcare sectors, and also assists international corporations in insurance aspects of M&A transactions. The practice is led by: Christian Bouckaert, ‘a calm and strategic thinker who produces solutions that his client wants and has a wealth of international knowledge’; Pascal Ormen, who provides ‘high-quality work’; Rémi Passemard; Aurélia Cadain; the ‘thorough, logical and cautious’ Alexis Valençon; and Romain Dupeyré, who ‘gets highly involved in cases and has strong arbitration knowledge’.
Clyde & Co LLP is ‘professional, competent and highly available’. The practice stands out for its ability to bring to bear top insurance expertise in the financial services, regulatory and commercial sectors, especially shipping and aviation. The team assists leading insurers in dealing with high-profile matters and also acted for BlaBlaCar in an insurance agreement with AXA France. Other work includes representing a shipyard and its insurers in a lawsuit following the sinking of the ESTONIA. Swiss Re, Scor and Chubb are also clients. Gildas Rostain heads the practice, which includes the recommended David Méheut and Yannis Samothrakis.
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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.
Gide Loyrette Nouel A.A.R.P.I.’s ‘highly technically skilled’ team provides full-service expertise to prominent insurers such as AIG and Allianz. It has been representing AXA in the first class action ever brought in France. Richard Ghueldre is praised as having the ‘ability to come up with solutions and clear advice’. Capucine Bernier and counsel Charles-Eric Delamare-Deboutteville are also names to note.
The ‘outstanding’ Hogan Lovells (Paris) LLP is ‘top tier for regulatory and transactional’ work. The team’s ‘strong, practical and commercially focused advice makes it stands out in the French market’. It assists many leading French insurers with complex and cross-border matters and advised CNP Assurances on its partnership with AG2R La Mondiale for retirement savings. Scor and AXA are also clients. Sébastien Gros is ‘an exceptional lawyer whose knowledge of the market and the legal environment is second to none’. Associate Ghina Farah is ‘very impressive and is one to watch’. The firm is also retained by insurers and insured companies to handle top-level product liability work, especially in the aviation industry, where Thomas Rouhette is recommended. The team is adviser to Global Aerospace (Boeing’s insurer).
Holman Fenwick Willan France LLP has ‘excellent knowledge of the insurance sector and connected regulatory and litigation issues’; its ‘lawyers are highly diligent and available’. The practice is especially recommended for ‘highly complex issues’ or international matters. It is handling several high-profile disputes for leading insurers and insured companies regarding policy coverage, especially in the industrial sector. It is notably representing AXA CS and Areva NP after the discovery of defects affecting taps installed on reactors at several nuclear plants in France. Covea (MMA) and XL Catlin are clients. The key figures are practice head Olivier Purcell, Guillaume Brajeux, Pierre-Olivier Leblanc, whose ‘litigation expertise is precious’, and recently promoted partner Pauline Arroyo, who produces ‘high-quality work and has strong insurance knowledge’.
Squire Patton Boggs has great industrial risk expertise and manages an impressive caseload for leading insurers, including high-stakes litigation in the energy, pharmaceuticals and aviation sectors. The practice is also representing HDI Global and its insured Thai Union in two product liability claims brought against suppliers. AXA CS and Alpha Insurance are clients. Carole Sportes and Valérie Ravit are highly recommended.
August Debouzy produces ‘professional work and practical and pertinent answers in line with its clients’ goals’. Alexandra Cohen-Jonathan advises major insurance companies and industrial groups on policy and regulatory issues, as well as during product liability litigation. Chubb, Allianz Global Corporate & Speciality and Spie are clients.
Carakters gives ‘valuable advice’ and shows ‘great expertise dealing with complex cases’ in the insurance and industrial sectors. The ‘competent and responsive’ team assists some of the market’s largest insurers and corporations, including representing Axa CS in a policy coverage dispute with its insured Haulotte. Total Petrochemicals, Kering and Conforama are also clients. The practice is led by Philippe Savatic and Xavier Marchand, who is particularly noted for his ‘fine analytical skills’ and experience.
Headed by Vonnick Le Guillou, DLA Piper’s team has strong product liability expertise, especially in the aviation sector, where the firm advises insurers and a manufacturer on the market’s most high-profile cases. Bruce Mee is also highly recommended for advising insurers in industrial and financial institutions liability litigation. Fabrice Armand also handles litigation. Clients of the practice include Allianz Global and AXA.
H&A provides ‘very good quality work’. The team routinely assists insurers in matters with major financial consequences, including some cases dealing with tax issues and accidents at nuclear plants. François Hascoët heads the practice, in which Catherine Dupuy and the ‘clear and efficient’ François-Genêt Kiener are also names to note.
HMN & Partners is a top firm for high-end litigation, especially in the aviation and wider transport industry. Gérard Honig, Bernard Mettetal and Simon Ndiaye are recommended.
Norton Rose Fulbright is regularly retained by major insurers to advise on strategic and cross-border acquisitions or partnerships. The firm notably assisted MetLife in joint venture work with AXA France Vie and acted for Allianz during the acquisition of Zurich Assurances Maroc. Bénédicte Denis heads the practice, which also deals with regulatory and litigious mandates. APICIL, Cardif and Santander Consumer France are clients. Of counsel Orsolya Hegedus is also highly active.