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The ‘highly professional, competent and available’ team at Clyde & Co LLP often advises insurers, shipyards and shipowners in high-profile cases dealing with events at sea, ship arrests, construction and insurance coverage matters, with a notable niche in yacht insurance. It is representing the shipyard and its insurers in the proceedings following the sinking of the Estonia. Gildas Rostain is highly recommended and Rozenn Lopin is another name to note.

Holman Fenwick Willan France LLP’s ‘highly responsive and available’ team is recommended for handling complex and multi-jurisdictional matters. The 12-lawyer team deals with a broad range of matters, including events at sea, international trade and commercial matters. Clients include shipowners, shipping companies, P&I clubs and insurers. The firm is representing the owners and P&I club of container ship MSC Flaminia in dealing with the proceedings arising from an explosion on board. It also assisted SNCM with the transfer of ownership of six vessels. Gard and Louis Dreyfus Armateurs are also clients. Practice head Guillaume Brajeux is ‘a great negotiator who fully understands his clients’ needs’. Other names to note are Stanislas Lequette, Stéphanie Schweitzer and Timothy Clemens-Jones, who has ‘great experience and brings UK law expertise’. Associate Vincent Bénézech is ‘brilliant and very competent’.

Ince & Co France SCP’s 15-lawyer team has ‘high-level expertise’, including ‘equal mastery of French and UK law’. The practice ‘is able to deal with a whole range of issues’ and ‘benefits from its international network’. Work covers events at sea, yachting and strong expertise in insurance, commercial matters and maritime construction. The firm recently assisted the charterer in dealing with the aftermath of the rescue of the Modern Express. Key names in the practice include: Jérôme de Sentenac, Gilles Gautier, Mathieu Croix, the ‘wise and practicalAlexandre Besnard, Vy-Loan Olivieri and Freddy Desplanques, who has ‘great technical skills’. Andrew Charlier and senior associate Aymeric de Tapol advise on financing. The firm, which has office in Paris and Le Havre, opened in Marseille in early 2017 with the hire of Fabien d’Haussy and Laurianne Ribes, who previously ran their own practice.

Lewis & Co AARPI provides ‘a top-notch service’. The ‘very responsive and attentive’ team has ‘excellent industry knowledge’ across French and UK law, with experience of handling French and cross-border litigation, including arbitration cases. The practice regularly acts for clients in commercial disputes and vessel arrests. It is currently involved in a headline case in relation with a major maritime casualty. The team is headed by ‘masterfully skilled negotiator’ Lars Lewis. Peter Iglikowski is also highly experienced and is recommended along with Guillaume de Bascher and Leïla Esnard, who has ‘a very professional and proactive approach’.

Reed Smith advises on transport and international trade matters and recently has been busy with port-related matters in Africa. Litigation and arbitration are also dealt with by the very experienced team, which is led by Ana Atallah and Luc Grellet. Counsel Andrew Tetley is also highly involved.

The ‘highly reliable’ team at Richemont Nicolas & Associés combines ‘responsiveness and efficiency and cares for its clients’ commercial needs’. The five-lawyer team deals with a whole range of issues, including events at sea, insurance and arbitration. It is highly involved in ship arrest and cargo work. The practice is led by Henri de Richemont and Christophe Nicolas, whose efficiency and personal commitment are particularly noted.

Villeneau Rohart Simon often advises on events at sea, and also deals with shipyard and insurance matters. Jean-Serge Rohart, Patrick Simon, Benoît Pincemin, Bertrand Coste and Sébastien Lootgieter are the key contacts.


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Norton Rose Fulbright assists banks and export credit agencies (ECAs), as well as some shipowners. Headed by Christine Ezcutari, the eight-lawyer team regularly advises on the financing of large carrier ships. It notably assisted Jaccar Holdings with the French tax-lease financing of four gas tankers and advised Société Générale on the financing of the CMA CGM Bougainville. Bourbon Maritime and Citibank are clients. Associate Alexandre Roth is ‘always available and business-minded’.

Stephenson Harwood advises all the major French banks involved in the field, as well as some maritime companies, on vessel financings, restructurings and commercial transactions. The highly experienced practice recently assisted BNP Paribas with the financing of the Bourbon Arctic vessel and also acted in a high-profile restructuring case. Practice head Alain Gautron ranks among the best in his field. Counsel Aude de Chavanne and tax expert Stéphane Salou are other names to note.

Watson Farley & Williams LLP has ‘great knowledge of the shipping sector’. The team advises leading French banks, as well as top cruise line companies. It recently assisted CACIB, SACE and a syndicate of banks with the financing of the Seven Seas Explorer and advised on an ECA-backed financing of a 754-passenger cruise ship to be delivered to Explorer New Build. Laurence Martinez-Bellet heads the practice. Alexia Russell has ‘high knowledge of the shipping industry’.


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