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Squire Patton Boggs
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75008 PARIS
France

France > Insurance Tier 1

The insurance and reinsurance team at Squire Patton Boggs continues to be a key player in the practice area, employing the bench strength of its global network to advise major international insurance companies and middle-market European insurance companies on a diverse spectrum of matters. Headed by Paris office managing partner Carole Sportes (who specialises in aviation law and product liability litigation) and Valérie Ravit (an expert in environmental liability claims), the group provides a comprehensive service, which extends to regulatory compliance, reinsurance and policy review matters, and professional indemnity and coverage litigation. In addition, the team assists with handling serial losses for pharmaceutical and medical device companies.

Practice head(s):

Carole Sportes; Valérie Ravit

Testimonials

‘Squire Patton Boggs are the go-to firm for the most complex claims relating to the casualty insurance business.’

‘Valérie Ravit is the key figure in the firm and one of the most respected lawyers in the French market. One of the best insurance lawyers I have worked with in 30 years.’

France > Dispute resolution: International arbitration Tier 2

Squire Patton Boggs is the go-to-firm for large investment disputes, especially ICSID ones, or arbitration proceedings involving state entities. The firm frequently represents state entities including Latin American, Eastern European, African and Arabic states, and also acts for companies. The firm manages an impressive caseload, notably in the oil and gas field and is also involved in large disputes concerning the construction, agriculture and media sectors. The Paris team, which frequently combines forces with the firm’s international offices including New York, recently won a victory for Costa Rica. Headed by Carole Sportes, other key practitioners include José Ricardo Feris, John Adam, Sabrina AïnouzJérôme Lehucher and Rostislav Pekař, who divides his time between Prague and Paris.

Practice head(s):

Carole Sportes

Other key lawyers:

José Ricardo Feris; John Adam; Sabrina Aïnouz; Jérôme Lehucher; Rostislav Pekar

Testimonials

 ‘Very good inter-personal relationship and pragmatic advice. Lawyers are competent, personable and know their field. Billing is fair and as agreed in advance.’

‘José Ricardo Feris is outstanding at preparing cases as well as briefing and advising clients on the way forward.’

‘Rostislav Pekar is an absolute star – one of the leading arbitration advocates of his generation.’

‘They have a very strong team work spirit: roles are well defined; good use of collective experience and knowledge; dialogue within the team runs well, boosting confidence in the younger team members.’

‘They are very devoted, receptive, responsive, knowledgeable and experienced.’

Key clients

Republic of Peru

Federal Republic of Nigeria

Republic of Costa Rica

Republic of Ecuador

Turkmenistan

Turkmenhimiya

Republic of Croatia

Slovak Republic

Romania

Rand Investments, Inc

Work highlights

  • Obtained a total victory for Costa Rica in an ICSID arbitration brought by a Spanish investor in the food industry.
  • Representing the Republic of Peru in a series of three massive arbitrations relating to the construction of a metro line in Lima, with claims totalling around $2bn.
  • Representing the Republic of Nigeria in a high-profile dispute valued at more than $6bn revolving around OPL245 – an oil prospecting license that has been the subject of controversy for the past 20 years.

France > Intellectual property: Trade marks and designs Tier 3

France > Industry focus: Healthcare and life sciences Tier 4

Squire Patton Boggs has considerable expertise handling complex product liability litigation for pharmaceutical firms and medical devices manufacturers. The practice is also well-placed to advise on mass tort litigation and surgical malpractice claims. The team is jointly led by managing partner Carole Sportes and Valérie Ravit.

Practice head(s):

Carole Sportes; Valérie Ravit

Testimonials

‘The team is very reactive and is highly appreciated for its force of proposal. It has specific skills in the field of health and manages large files.’

France > Mergers and acquisitions Tier 5

Practice head(s):

Tony Reed

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Availability, professionalism, seniority of collaborators active on the files. Excellent ability to execute on complex subjects Very attentive to the client Proposes innovative ideas to unlock potential problems in a file’

‘Denis Barat: exceptional experience, ability to understand quickly, speed of execution, inventiveness and professionalism’

‘Tony and Dan work perfectly together. They manage the client relationship really well, being the sole point of contact despite the dozens of lawyers working in the background to get a multinational deal across.’

Key clients

GE

Amcor

Sony

National Oilwell Varco, Inc.

Kongsberg Automotive AS

Kiloutou

LumApps

Saint-Gobain

Danone

Building Materials Europe

DCC

HomeServe

Jabil

Live Nation

WPP

Vitaprotech Group

Groupe La Poste

Air Liquide

Heico

Scalian

Work highlights

  • Advised Animoca Brands Corporation (Honk Kong) on the acquisition of 70% of the share capital of Darewise Entertainment (France) from founders and VC funds (Lakestar and Serena Capital).
  • Advised HEICO Electronic Technologies Corp (US) on its acquisition of EXXELIA from IK PARTNERS and management.
  • Advised Jabil Inc. on its acquisition of 100% of the share capital and voting rights of YouTransactor.

France > Tax

Squire Patton Boggs hired the promising Charles Briand from Orrick in July 2021 to start its tax practice. Briand has strong expertise in the private equity field.

France > Private equity: LBO

Led by Charles Fabry, the multidisciplinary team at Squire Patton Boggs regularly handles mid-market transactions both domestically and across Europe. The practice was further bolstered by the arrivals of Maxime Dequesne from Lamartine Conseil, Anthony Guillaume from DLA Piper, and Benjamin Marché from Clifford Chance.

Latin America: International firms > International arbitration Tier 3

Squire Patton Boggs  represents a number of sovereigns and government-owned entities in major cases. Clients include the Republics of Ecuador, Peru, Panama and Costa Rica, with recent mandates including defence of the latter in a Costa Rica-Spain BIT case brought by a Spanish investor. The team is also notably active in energy and transportation-related cases. Although probably best-known for its investor-state experience, the firm is a recognised force in representing state-owned companies and private companies in commercial arbitrations. Raúl Mañón heads the international dispute resolution practice in Miami and is the key figure for Latin America-related arbitrations, along with John Adam and Jose Feris (both of them in Paris), who are senior investment and commercial arbitration specialists. Singapore partner Rodman Bundy is a leading name in public international law and has represented Latin American governments in a number of state-to-state cases.

Practice head(s):

John Adam; Jose Feris; Raúl Mañón

Key clients

Costa Rica

Peru

Ecuador

Colombia

Government of Guatemala

Government of Bolivia

Government of Panama

Work highlights

  • Represented the Republic of Costa Rica in a case brought by a Spanish investor alleging that the Costa Rican Ministry of Health conducted inspections of its chicken farm business, detected infractions, and issued administrative orders that suspended the activity, thereby indirectly causing the exit of his company from the Costa Rican market.
  • Represented The Republic of Ecuador in an UNCITRAL investment arbitration under the Ecuador-US Bilateral Investment Treaty, relating to two multibillion-dollar projects to upgrade and construct crude oil facilities in Ecuador.
  • Acted for the Republic of Peru in the damages phase of a commercial arbitration case held before the International Centre for Dispute Settlement (ICSID).

The firm: Squire Patton Boggs is one of the world’s strongest integrated law firms, providing insight at the point where law, business and government meet.

The firm gives clients a voice, supports their ambitions and is committed to working alongside them to achieve successful outcomes.

With a multidisciplinary team of more than 1,500 lawyers in 47 offices across 20 countries, Squire Patton Boggs provides unrivalled access to expertise, guidance and invaluable connections on the ground. The firm delivers a seamlessly connected service that operates on any scale – locally or globally – and encompasses virtually every matter, jurisdiction and market.

The firm offers solutions shaped by a clear, commercially-focused understanding of clients’ business. Its robust and open culture enables the firm to find the right answers quickly and effectively from committed teams who understand the geographic, sector or issue-specific challenges at hand. Recognising the impact of politics and regulation on businesses across the world today, the firm has a unique mix of world-renowned lobbying and political capabilities supporting clients across Europe, the Middle East, Latin America and Asia Pacific.

Squire Patton Boggs advises a diverse mix of clients – from long-established leading corporations to emerging businesses, startup visionaries and sovereign nations – whom the firm places at the core of everything it does.

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Restructuring and insolvency
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Tax credit finance and community development
Tax strategy and benefits
Transportation, shipping and logistics
Contact : Mark Ruehlmann (chairman/global CEO)
Contact : Christopher Wilde (managing partner)
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Recognised as one of the world’s strongest integrated law firms, Squire Patton Boggs provides insight at the point where law, business and government meet.

Squire Patton Boggs gives clients a voice, supports their ambitions and is committed to working alongside them to achieve successful outcomes.

With a multidisciplinary team of more than 1,500 lawyers in 45 offices across 20 countries, Squire Patton Boggs provides unrivalled access to expertise, guidance and invaluable connections on the ground. The firm delivers a seamlessly connected service that operates on any scale – locally or globally – and encompasses virtually every matter, jurisdiction and market.

Squire Patton Boggs offers solutions shaped by a clear, commercially focused understanding of clients’ business. The firm’s robust and open culture enables us to find the right answers quickly and effectively from committed teams of lawyers who understand the geographic, sector or issue-specific challenges at hand. Recognising the impact of politics and regulation on businesses across the world today, Squire Patton Boggs has a unique mix of world-renowned lobbying and political capabilities supporting clients across Europe, the Middle East, Latin America and Asia Pacific.

The firm advises a diverse mix of clients – from long-established leading corporations to emerging businesses, startup visionaries and sovereign nations – whom the firm places at the core of everything it does.

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Chair/Global CEO Mark J. Ruehlmann

DHS Assistant Secretary Bridget McGovern Joins Squire Patton Boggs as Partner

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