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HFW
25-27 RUE D'ASTORG
75008 PARIS
France

France > Aviation Tier 1

HFW‘s Paris aviation team covers transactions, regulatory work and dispute resolution, regularly acting in high-profile, complex litigations involving multiple jurisdictions. Following its appointment to AXA’s global panel and French panel, the team has acted as counsel for AXA XL in several crashes and damage claims in Africa. Based in Paris and Brussels, Pierre Frühling leads the aviation team with Jean-Baptiste Charles who joined the partnership in 2020. Whilst usually acting on behalf of airlines, the firm has more recently received instructions from lessors.

Testimonials

‘Excellent collaboration between the different lawyers of HFW, which is very reassuring for the clients.’

‘Excellent communication skills.’

Key clients

Aeromexico

Air Corsica

Air Tahiti Nui

Aircalin

Allianz AGCS

All Nippon Airways

Arkia Israeli Airlines

AXA XL

Cathay Pacific

CMA CGM

Corsair

Croatia Airlines

Delta Air Lines

Delvag

El Al

Global Aerospace

Goshawk

Hi Fly

KLM Royal Dutch Airlines

Korean Air

La Réunion Aérienne

Mont Blanc Helicopteres / HBG Group

Latam

Saudia

Vietnam Airlines

Wizz Air

Work highlights

  • Representing the leading French aviation insurer AXA in several crashes and damage claims in Africa.
  • Representing Air Corsica in court in successfully defending a legal challenge against a French Public Service Obligations scheme.
  • Acting as counsel to the leading French aviation insurer Global Aerospace in several liability matters including damages to a military Airbus during maintenance in Spain.

France > Insurance Tier 1

Acting for major insurers such as AXA, Zurich and General, as well as underwriters, brokers, policyholders and other intermediaries involved in high-value cross-border claims, the insurance and reinsurance team at the Paris office of global firm HFW continues to lead in the marketplace. Headed by international commercial litigation and arbitration expert Olivier Purcell, the group’s expertise covers product liability, professional indemnity and public liability insurance coverage and claim litigation. The management of third party disputes is another area of strength. Guillaume Brajeux advises on industrial risks while Iris Vögeding specialises in matters involving the transport, renewables, pharmaceuticals and food sectors.

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Testimonials

‘I would like to point out the collaboration with Iris Vögeding, HFW France. She is a very focused lawyer and knows how to explain complicated legal issues and their meanings to her clients. She is also available for discussions regarding general legal aspects without having a concrete mandate.’

‘Very responsive team with multiple areas of expertise allowing agility and fluidity in case management.

Key clients

AXA France

AXA XL

Covea / MMA

Ergo Versicherung

Generali

Helvetia

Hiscox

Zurich

France > Shipping Tier 1

Led by Guillaume Brajeux, HFW‘s shipping experts have got  ‘indisputable legal competence’. The practice has an international full-service capacity in both wet and dry shipping. Handling travel agency liability and personal injury claims, Stéphanie Schweitzer has specialist insight into the cruise and tourism industry. Providing top-level assistance in complex litigation and arbitration, Stanislas Lequette and Vincent Bénézech often take on shipping matters in West African countries. Commercial yachting matters are another area of strength. Mona Dejean stands out at associate level.

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Testimonials

‘They have a practical and pragmatic way of working and of approaching conflicts.’

‘I have worked on several occasions with Stanislas Lequette and have got very good experiences, also with Mona Dejean.’

‘The team is available and responsive.’

‘Stéphanie Schweitzer listens, assimilates the operational constraints of the client, and offers solutions.’

‘The team has partners with different levels of seniority and experience, but always of indisputable legal competence.’

‘Timothy Clemens-Jones: very experienced, very good lawyer. Stanislas Lequette: excellent lawyer and very good contact with his clients.’

Key clients

AXA XL

BMRP

CMA CGM

Cogeas

Corsica Linea

Helvetia

Ingepar (BPCE Group)

Jifmar

Gard

Skuld

The Shipowners’ Club

The Swedish Club

North of England

SMBE

France > Aviation finance Tier 2

HFW has had extensive experience in large-scale fleet restructuring for French airlines, particularly throughout the pandemic period. Testament to its expertise, the firm has been continuously instructed by Air Corsica in the negotiation of several transactions, including the sale and leaseback of two Airbus A320ceo with Lixxbail. Advising clients on their industry breakthrough activities, the team has assisted shipping company CMA-CGM with the launch of its air cargo activity. Pierre Frühling handles both aviation transactions and disputes as well as aviation finance in Paris and Brussels.

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Air Austral

Air Corsica

Air Tahiti Nui

Aircalin

Bank of America

Cargolux

CMA CGM

Corsair

Croatia Airlines

Goshawk

Hi Fly

KUWAIT INTERNATIONAL BANK K.S.C.P.

Mont Blanc Helicopteres / HBG Group

Vietnam Airlines

Work highlights

  • Advised Air Corsica in several important fleet transactions in 2020-2021 to keep the company profitable in spite of the Covid crisis.
  • Assisted the French ship-owner CMA CGM with launching its air cargo activity in 2021.
  • Advised Goshawk in the context of the Restructuring proceedings of Lion Air opened before the Commercial Court of Paris on 21 June 2021.

France > Shipping finance Tier 2

HFW‘s expertise covers the full range of shipping finance matters, including asset finance, ECA financings, acquisition finance, and financial restructuring. The firm regularly acts as counsel for world-leading shipowners, banks, private and public financial institutions, and maritime service providers. Jean-Marc Zampa has developed over 20 years of specialised expertise in complex financial transactions and has renowned experience in big-ticket ship financings under the French tax lease structure, coupled with export credit cover for cruise vessels and container ships. Senior associate Olivier Challine is valued for his ‘pragmatism’ and ‘professionalism’.

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Testimonials

‘Rigour, sense of client interest, ability to write and find innovative solutions.’

‘Olivier Challine: availability, sense of organisation, pragmatism, professionalism.’

Key clients

CMA CGM

Ingepar (BPCE Group)

Credit Agricole Corporate and Investment Bank (CACIB)

CIC

Société Générale

France > Banking and finance: transactional work Tier 4

HFW

Practice head(s):

Jean-Marc Zampa; Diane de Moüy

Testimonials

‘Rigour. Understanding and supporting of clients’ needs.

Key clients

Airbus Bank

APAX Partners

Banco Santander

Banque Populaire Val de France

BRED Banque Populaire

BNP Paribas

Bank of Tokyo Mitsubishi France

Bpifrance Financement

Caisse d’Epargne

Crédit Agricole Centre France

Crédit Agricole Corporate and Investment Bank

CCV Beaumanoir

Genting Hong Kong

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The firm: HFW is a global, sector-focused law firm providing expert advice to clients in aviation, commodities, construction, energy and resources, insurance and reinsurance, and shipping.

The firm prides itself on the deep industry expertise of its lawyers, and its entrepreneurial, creative and collaborative culture. HFW has over 600 lawyers operating in 20 offices across the Americas, Europe, the Middle East, Asia and Australia.

Areas of practice: The Paris office is known for advising clients in insurance, reinsurance, industrial risks, energy, international trade, commodities, construction, aviation and shipping sectors. It has a strong reputation in the field of commercial litigation and arbitration, and also a strong transactional practice, that focuses on corporate and commercial law, corporate/energy, and banking and finance (asset finance, acquisition finance, export finance and debt restructurings).

The Paris office lawyers advise on national and cross border matters and have solid experience of working in Africa, in particular in North and West Africa.

DepartmentNameEmailTelephone
Admiralty Guillaume Brajeux
Admiralty Stanislas Lequette
Aviation Jean-Baptiste Charles
Aviation Pierre Frühling
Aviation Stephanie Schweitzer
Banking and finance Diane de Moüy
Banking and finance Timothy Clemens-Jones
Banking and finance Jean-Marc Zampa
Commercial litigation Pauline Arroyo
Commercial litigation Vincent Bénézech
Commercial litigation Guillaume Brajeux
Commercial litigation Jean-Baptiste Charles
Commercial litigation Stanislas Lequette
Commercial litigation Oliver Purcell
Commercial litigation Iris Vögeding
Construction Pauline Arroyo
Industrial risk Pauline Arroyo
Industrial risk Guillaume Brajeux
Industrial risk Olivier Purcell
Industrial risk Iris Vögeding
Insurance and reinsurance Pauline Arroyo
Insurance and reinsurance Guillaume Brajeux
Insurance and reinsurance Olivier Purcell
Insurance and reinsurance Iris Vögeding
International arbitration Vincent Bénézech
International arbitration Guillaume Brajeux
International arbitration Timothy Clemens-Jones
International arbitration Stanislas Lequette
International arbitration Iris Vögeding
International trade Vincent Bénézech
International trade Timothy Clemens-Jones
Logistics Guillaume Brajeux
Logistics Jean-Baptiste Charles
Logistics Stephanie Schweitzer
Shipping and transport litigation and arbitration Guillaume Brajeux
Shipping and transport litigation and arbitration Stanislas Lequette
Shipping and transport litigation and arbitration Stephanie Schweitzer
Travel and leisure Stephanie Schweitzer
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