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75008 PARIS

Insurance Tier 1

HFW is primarily active in the manufacturing, transport, construction, trade and energy sectors. The practice's wide-ranging portfolio of expertise spans industrial risks, product liability, professional liability and public liability. A recent cross-border highlight on the contentious side saw Pauline Arroyo defend XL Insurance and its insured, a manufacturer of specialised electrical components, against a claim brought forward against the insured's Japanese subsidiary regarding a gasket manufactured by the insured's Chinese subsidiary. Olivier Purcell heads the practice, which also counts Chubb, Helvetia and Generali among its clients.

Shipping Tier 1

HFW assists with wet shipping work, where it acts for P&I clubs, underwriters and shipowners; and dry shipping matters, where it represents charterers and cargo owners. The team includes practice head Guillaume BrajeuxTimothy Clemens-Jones, who is English qualified; Stanislas Lequette, who focuses on issues involving former French colonies in North and West Africa; and tourism and cruise expert Stéphanie Schweitzer. In recent work, the practice represented P&I club Skuld in casualty procedures arising from the running aground of a container ship on a coral reef near New Caledonia; the team worked with the firm's London and Singapore offices, leveraging its international footprint. CMA CGM, Helvetia and Corsica Linea are also clients.

Aviation Tier 2

HFW is especially active in the litigation and regulatory sectors, with particular expertise in competition and state aid cases. The team also increasingly advises on transactional matters, especially fleet transactions. Practice head Pierre Frühling, who divides his time between Paris and Brussels, recently advised Vietnam Airlines on its joint venture with Air France, with antitrust immunity one of the main concerns, and also acted for Aeromexico on compliance with French laws regarding inadmissible passengers. A recent insurance highlight saw Frühling represent Axa Corporate Solutions following the crash of an AW-139 Agusta helicopter in Benin. Other clients include KLM, Air Tahiti Nui and Waypoint Leasing.

Shipping finance Tier 2

HFW is particularly experienced in structured and tax-advantaged finance work, which is a specialism of practice head Jean-Marc Zampa. In recent work, Zampa advised Ingepar on the French tax lease financing and delivery of four new bulk carrier vessels for Sucden, and assisted Crédit Industriel et Commercial with the refinancing of two vessels for CMA CGM. Natixis is also a key client. Senior associate Serge Rastorgoueff joined Bignon Lebray in 2018.

Aviation finance Tier 3

HFW has a strong emphasis on instructions from airlines, with a large number of French airlines among its clients. However, the group expanded its portfolio with a mandate from HBG Mont Blanc Helicoptères, which it advised on its first operating lease transaction relating to a new helicopter leased to GECAS Milestone. Practice head Pierre Frühling splits his time between Paris and Brussels, and the group often cooperates with its Belgian colleagues, but with Richard Jadot the team also boasts an experienced partner operating exclusively from Paris. Cargolux Airlines International instructed the practice to advise on the purchase of a Boeing 747-400 ERF from Wells Fargo Bank Northwest, while French Blue turned to the firm for advice on the financing of an Airbus A330-300 aircraft in the context of the launch of the new French Blue airline. Aigle Azur, Aircalin and Waypoint Leasing also feature on the firm's client roster.

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 500 lawyers operating in 18 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.

Department Name Email Telephone
Admiralty Guillaume Brajeux
Admiralty Stanislas Lequette
Aviation Pierre Frühling
Aviation Richard Jadot
Aviation Stephanie Schweitzer
Banking and finance Diane de Moüy
Banking and finance Jean-Marc Zampa
Banking and finance Richard Jadot
Banking and finance Timothy Clemens-Jones
Commercial litigation Guillaume Brajeux
Commercial litigation Oliver Purcell
Commercial litigation Pauline Arroyo
Commercial litigation Stanislas Lequette
Construction Pauline Arroyo
Corporate/M&A Frank Bernauer
Corporate/M&A Robert Follie
Energy Robert Follie
Industrial risk Guillaume Brajeux
Industrial risk Olivier Purcell
Industrial risk Pauline Arroyo
Insurance and reinsurance Guillaume Brajeux
Insurance and reinsurance Olivier Purcell
Insurance and reinsurance Pauline Arroyo
International arbitration Guillaume Brajeux
International arbitration Stanislas Lequette
International arbitration Timothy Clemens-Jones
International trade Timothy Clemens-Jones
Logistics Guillaume Brajeux
Logistics Stephanie Schweitzer
Logistics Timothy Clemens-Jones
Shipping and transport litigation and arbitration Guillaume Brajeux
Shipping and transport litigation and arbitration Timothy Clemens-Jones
Shipping and transport litigation and arbitration Stanislas Lequette
Shipping and transport litigation and arbitration Stephanie Schweitzer
Travel and leisure Stephanie Schweitzer
Photo Name Position Profile
Mr Guillaume Brajeux  photo Mr Guillaume Brajeux
Mr Timothy Clemens-Jones  photo Mr Timothy Clemens-Jones
Mr Robert Follie  photo Mr Robert Follie
Mr Pierre-Olivier Leblanc  photo Mr Pierre-Olivier Leblanc
Mr Stanislas Lequette  photo Mr Stanislas Lequette
Mr Olivier Purcell  photo Mr Olivier Purcell
Ms Stéphanie Schweitzer  photo Ms Stéphanie Schweitzer
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