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Hogan Lovells (Paris) LLP


France

Administrative and public law
Administrative and public law - ranked: tier 2

Hogan Lovells (Paris) LLP

Hogan Lovells (Paris) LLP is recognised for its leading PPP expertise and regularly earns instructions from the French government. The practice is handling high-profile projects in the road sector, as well as contentious matters in the wider transport industry. It also assisted RFF with a new railway station project in Montpellier. The Ecology Ministry and CDC are other clients. Ludovic Babin and practice head Bruno Cantier are the key figures.

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Aviation
Aviation - ranked: tier 1

Hogan Lovells (Paris) LLP

Hogan Lovells (Paris) LLP is ‘highly recommended for aviation or product liability matters in France’. The firm is one of Boeing’s preferred advisers for strategic cases, including litigation arising from the Flash Airlines and West Caribbean airline disasters. Practice head Thomas Rouhette is ‘very able in court and provides keen insights into the legal strategy’.

Leading individuals

Thomas Rouhette - Hogan Lovells (Paris) LLP

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Aviation finance
Aviation finance - ranked: tier 1

Hogan Lovells (Paris) LLP

Hogan Lovells (Paris) LLP is ‘able to provide coverage on complex transactions involving many different jurisdictions’. The practice advises leading financial institutions and airline companies on the financing of commercial and corporate aircraft. It assisted Vietnam Airlines with the financing of two A321 aircraft. Richard Jadot heads the practice, which notably hired French and UK law expert Alexander Premont, who was formerly at Linklaters LLP in London; Premont is ‘able to reconcile requirements for waterproof legal documentation with necessary commercial flexibility’.

Leading individuals

Richard Jadot - Hogan Lovells (Paris) LLP

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Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 2

Hogan Lovells (Paris) LLP

Hogan Lovells (Paris) LLP’s practice combines ‘a geographical coverage to a depth of expertise and services which only a few law firms have’. The 15-lawyer team advises the largest French banks. Loans, acquisition and asset finance are the main areas of expertise. The practice recently assisted Morgan Stanley and the lenders with a €3.8bn bridge loan for Capgemini. Richard Jadot heads the practice. Also recommended are Sabine Bironneau-Loy and Michel Quéré, who ‘have a great understanding of the mid-cap market and know very well their clients’ expectations’, as well as Olivier Fille-Lambie. The hiring of French and UK law expert Alexander Premont from Linklaters LLP in London is ‘a massive boost to the firm’s finance practice in Paris

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Derivatives, structured finance and securitisation
Derivatives, structured finance and securitisation - ranked: tier 1

Hogan Lovells (Paris) LLP

Hogan Lovells (Paris) LLP combines ‘high responsiveness, flexibility and commercial sense’. The ‘always available’ 15-lawyer team shows ‘a high level of business and industry knowledge’ and follows a ‘hands-on approach’ to securitisation work and also handles derivatives. The practice recently advised high-profile automotive companies on large transactions: highlights included assisting Volkswagen with its French auto loan receivables securitisation and advising BMW Finance on its first-ever French auto lease ABS. Global practice head Sharon Lewis is ‘an excellent technical lawyer who demonstrates a great level of dedication to her clients and appropriately advises on risks’. Baptiste Gelpi is ‘efficient and available’.

Leading individuals

Sharon Lewis - Hogan Lovells (Paris) LLP

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EU competition and distribution
Other recommended firms - ranked: tier 1

Hogan Lovells (Paris) LLP

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Employment
Employment - ranked: tier 2

Hogan Lovells (Paris) LLP

Hogan Lovells (Paris) LLP’s ‘very responsive’ 20-lawyer team advises a prominent client base, including leading international groups in the fashion, healthcare and banking sectors, among them MSD France and Barclays. Recent work includes handling collective and individual litigation and restructuring projects. Dominique Mendy heads the practice, which notably includes Jean-Marc Albiol, Lorelei Gannat, Thierry Meillat and Muriel Pariente.

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Insolvency
Other recommended firms - ranked: tier 1

Hogan Lovells (Paris) LLP

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Insurance
Insurance - ranked: tier 1

Hogan Lovells (Paris) LLP

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.

Leading individuals: regulatory and corporate

Sébastien Gros - Hogan Lovells (Paris) LLP

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Media and entertainment
Other recommended firms - ranked: tier 1

Hogan Lovells (Paris) LLP

Leading individuals

Winston Maxwell - Hogan Lovells (Paris) LLP

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Mergers and acquisitions
Other recommended firms - ranked: tier 1

Hogan Lovells (Paris) LLP

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Project finance
Project finance - ranked: tier 2

Hogan Lovells (Paris) LLP

Hogan Lovells (Paris) LLP ranks among the top firms for advising public entities and sponsors on large projects in France, but also handles large infrastructure projects in Francophone Africa. The practice is notably advising the governments of Niger and Benin on a $4.3bn West African rail project. Public law experts Ludovic Babin and Bruno Cantier are recommended along with finance specialist Olivier Fille-Lambie.

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Real estate
Other recommended firms - ranked: tier 1

Hogan Lovells (Paris) LLP

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Tax
Other recommended firms - ranked: tier 1

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France: Capital markets

Debt
Other recommended firms - ranked: tier 1

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France: Dispute resolution

Commercial litigation
Dispute resolution: commercial litigation - ranked: tier 2

Hogan Lovells (Paris) LLP

Hogan Lovells (Paris) LLP is ‘highly recommended for product liability matters in France’ and is notably handling high-profile cases in the aviation and healthcare sectors. It is defending TÜV Rheinland against large-scale liability claims arising from the allegedly inappropriate certification of products made by French breast implant manufacturer PIP. The firm is also representing Boeing in its most sensitive matters, including the Flash Airlines and West Caribbean cases. The practice also undertakes commercial litigation and is defending Fondation Saint-Louis against living members of the former French Royal family regarding ownership of certain assets. Other clients include Honeywell, Natixis and Técnicas Reunidas. Practice head Thomas Rouhette is ‘very able in court and provides keen insights into legal strategy’. Cécile Derycke and Christine Gateau are also key figures in the practice. The firm is also acknowledged for ‘the appropriateness of its advice and industry knowledge’ in the banking and financial services sector through Antoine Juaristi.

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International arbitration
Dispute resolution: international arbitration - ranked: tier 3

Hogan Lovells (Paris) LLP

Hogan Lovells (Paris) LLP has ‘one of the best international arbitration teams in Europe’ and handles a high amount of work in the energy and natural resources areas. It is representing the government of Mongolia and MonAtom in a UNCITRAL arbitration brought by Khan Resources. The nine-lawyer practice is also acting for the Republic of Venezuela in several cases. Practice head Laurent Gouiffès is ‘very smart and energetic, and gets to the bottom of each issue no matter how challenging it is’. Carmen Nuñez-Lagos is also recommended along with counsel Thomas Kendra, who does not hesitate to ‘suggest alternative ways to settle disputes in the best interest of his clients’.

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Stock market litigation
Other recommended firms - ranked: tier 1

Hogan Lovells (Paris) LLP

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White-collar crime
Other recommended firms - ranked: tier 1

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France: Industry focus

Energy
Other recommended firms - ranked: tier 1

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Healthcare and life sciences
Industry focus: healthcare and life sciences - ranked: tier 1

Hogan Lovells (Paris) LLP

Hogan Lovells (Paris) LLP stands out for its ability to manage ‘very high-value mass tort claims’. It is defending TÜV Rheinland AG in sensitive litigation resulting from the certification of French breast implant PIP. Other clients include Eli Lilly and Sanofi Pasteur MSD. Practice head Cécile Derycke is ‘an excellent strategist and a refined and persistent courtroom lawyer’. The firm also assists leading laboratories with patent matters through Stanislas Roux-Vaillard, while the ‘technically excellent’ Mikael Salmela deals with regulatory work.

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IT, telecoms and the internet
Industry focus: IT, telecoms and the internet - ranked: tier 3

Hogan Lovells (Paris) LLP

Hogan Lovells (Paris) LLP is instructed by the world’s largest internet companies, such as eBay and Facebook, advising on issues such as sensitive data privacy matters; the practice also advises on telecoms. Winston Maxwell is co-head of the firm’s practice globally. Through David Taylor, the firm also ranks as one of the leading players at international level for domain names issues, wherein the team regularly advises Facebook.

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France: Intellectual property

Patents
Intellectual property: patents - ranked: tier 2

Hogan Lovells (Paris) LLP

Hogan Lovells (Paris) LLP has strong expertise in the healthcare sector and regularly represents leading pharmaceuticals groups in domestic and multi-jurisdictional litigation with new entrants. It is representing Hollister in a patent infringement case initiated by Coloplast. The firm also handles patent disputes in other sectors and advises on IP in the context of corporate transactions. Clients include Eli Lilly and Lear Corporation. Stanislas Roux-Vaillard is the key contact.

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Trade marks, designs and copyrights
Intellectual property: trade marks, designs and copyrights - ranked: tier 1

Hogan Lovells (Paris) LLP

Hogan Lovells (Paris) LLP represents leading French and international groups in domestic and multi-jurisdictional matters. The practice is involved in sensitive matters in the luxury goods and life sciences sectors. It successfully represented Beiersdorf in a dispute initiated by Laboratoires Garnier and L’Oréal for trade mark infringement regarding hygiene products. McDonald’s and Shiseido are also clients. Marie-Aimée de Dampierre heads the practice, in which counsel Olivia Bernardeau-Paupe is highly rated. The firm also has one of the world’s leading practices in the field of domain names, where companies such as Facebook are clients. David Taylor heads the global domain names practice. Xavier Buffet Delmas left the firm.

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