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Clyde & Co LLP’s key strength is the representation of airlines and insurers in major loss cases, but the group also advises on commercial contracts, product liability mandates and regulatory issues. Practice head Maylis Casati-Ollier, Fabrice Pradon and legal director Benjamin Potier all provide strong litigation expertise. Recent work includes acting for Air France, AXA and other insurers in the AF.447 loss case and representing West Caribbean Airways and insurers in multiple lawsuits in France concerning a 2005 accident in Venezuela. Other clients include Chubb, AIG and Air France.

DLA Piper’s core areas of expertise are litigation and arbitration, but the team is active in a broad array of mandates, including corporate work and commercial contracts, particularly in IP and IT. Vonnick Le Guillou, who specialises in advising aircraft manufacturers and their insurers on air crash mandates, heads the department, with Stéphane Lemarchand and Gregory Tulquois also key contacts. Recent work saw the group assist ATR with the drafting of a master services agreement and the implementation of a SaaS solution in aircraft manufacturer ATR’s IT systems. Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty instructed the department to defend its insured, an air display pilot, in proceedings brought for damage to a Mustang aircraft following an accident at an air show. Airbus and AXA Corporate Solutions are also clients.

HMN & Partners has an excellent reputation in the market and is particularly strong in handling aviation accidents, with the group’s expertise spanning advisory work in expert proceedings and criminal investigations, representation in civil and criminal trials and advising on settlement negotiations. Senior partner Simon Ndiaye has a strong track record in acting for major insurance companies in product liability and aircraft accident cases, both domestic and international.

Hogan Lovells (Paris) LLP’s practice group focuses heavily on litigation and arbitration proceedings, with Thomas Rouhette specialising in product liability cases and Laurent Gouiffès providing strong expertise in high-profile arbitration and mediation mandates. The firm largely acts for manufacturers, insurers and reinsurers.

Clifford Chance regularly handles a wide range of high-value corporate instructions for Airbus, often with a strong international component. Fabrice Cohen and Dessislava Savova, who has expertise in commercial contracts, are the key names. The promotion of Sandrine Colletier to counsel in May 2017 has further increased the group’s strength in arbitration. Recent work includes advising Airbus on the disposal of Vector Aerospace and its subsidiaries to StandardAero Aviation and assisting Airbus with the global reorganisation of the Airbus Group.

Courrégé-Foreman is mainly active in litigation matters, but also has strength in regulatory mandates. Co-founders and key contacts Mauricia Courrégé and Simon Foreman have a strong domestic practice, but also undertake international work. Courrégé recently acted for Safran Helicopter Engines in criminal and civil proceedings following a fatal helicopter crash caused by a stopped engine, while Foreman represented a professional pilot in a prosecution for infringement of air regulations. Other clients include Paris Aéroport, Global Aerospace and La Réunion Aérienne.

The aviation department at HFW acts for airlines, insurers and aircraft lessors in a wide array of matters, ranging from transactional work to accident-related matters, where, in regard to the latter, it handles litigation and regulatory instructions. Practice head Pierre Frühling, who splits his time between the firm’s Paris and Brussels offices, recently led advice to Aircalin on the restructuring and renewal of its fleet, including on the acquisition of new aircraft and on the maintenance and finance work pertaining to the operation. Other work includes assisting Delta Air Lines with the implementation of the European and French rules governing passenger name records. KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, Waypoint Leasing and AXA Corporate Solutions are other clients.

Soulez Larivière et Associés’ aviation practice is strongly centred on the recurring accident-related work for French aviation authority DGAC. Work concerning private plane accidents is another core strength, where practice head Daniel Soulez Larivière is the name to note. The team predominantly advises corporate clients, but also acts for individuals in litigation. Astrid Mignon Colombet is especially active in criminal law cases and regulatory matters; Aurélia Grignon and Capucine Lanta de Bérard are other key contacts for accident-related work.

Squire Patton Boggs is highly active in advising on matters following high-profile aviation accidents. Key practitioner Carole Sportes has long-standing expertise in handling all stages of the judicial process, from expert proceedings to settlement negotiations. Clients include airlines, insurers and reinsurers, including Lufthansa and the insurers and reinsurers of Flash Airlines. Recent work includes handling passenger claims in France for Swiss International Air Lines and representing Air New Zealand in the criminal investigation related to an accident involving one of its aircraft in 2008.

At FTPA, the team handles product liability issues; aircraft accidents; the construction, operation and maintenance of aircraft; aircraft lease agreements; and sales and purchase agreements. Its recent work has a strong litigation focus, but the group also undertakes significant advisory work. Robert Corcos is a key practitioner in a team that also includes Serge-Antoine Tchekhoff.

Jones Day acts mainly for airlines in a variety of litigation matters, but is also active in advisory work concerning corporate policy and regulatory issues. Practice head Ozan Akyurek led the team in assisting an aircraft leasing company with strategic procedural choices regarding, among others, jurisdiction, grounds of action and possible defendants following an aircraft accident. Air France, XL Airways and Turkish Airlines are other clients.

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