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Squire Patton Boggs
7, RUE DU GENERAL FOY
75008 PARIS
France

France > Insurance Tier 1

The insurance and reinsurance team at Squire Patton Boggs continues to be a leader in the practice area, utilising its global presence and the experience of its team to advises major international and middle-market European insurance companies on a broad spectrum of matters. These include policy review, regulatory compliance, reinsurance, professional indemnity litigation and coverage litigation. In addition, the team specialises in handling serial losses for pharmaceutical and medical device companies. The group is led by Paris managing partner Carole Sportes, who brings expertise on aviation claims, and international dispute resolution partner Valérie Ravit, whose expertise includes environmental liability matters.

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France > Dispute resolution: International arbitration Tier 2

Squire Patton Boggs has considerably bolstered its practice in the last five years. Among its key recent hires are former ICC Deputy Secretary General José Ricardo Feris, who joined in 2017, followed by Sabrina Aïnouz and Jérôme Lehucher, who both joined from DWF (France) AARPI in September 2020, and finally John Adam, who arrived from Latham & Watkins  in April 2021. The four now join forces with Paris practice head Carole Sportes and Antoine Adeline  as well as with Stephan Adell  (Paris/Dubai), Rostislav Pekař (Prague/Paris) and Alexis Martinez  (Paris/London). Building on the firm’s global reputation and in line with the firm’s growth in a number of other jurisdictions, the Paris team has wasted no time attracting high-profile mandates. The team is heavily involved in Africa, the Middle-East, Asia and Eastern Asia, Latin America and Europe, using its wide geographical presence to its clients’ advantage. The practice excels at handling energy price disputes and investment arbitration, often representing states. It is also very solid in construction arbitration, especially in Middle-Eastern countries, and notably handles strategic matters in Libya. The firm’s extensive caseload, which comprises several billion-dollar disputes, also includes large telecoms and media matters.

Practice head(s):

Carole Sportes

Other key lawyers:

José Ricardo Feris; Stephan Adell; Rostislav Pekar; Alexis Martinez; Antoine Adeline; John Adam; Sabrina AïnouzJérôme Lehucher

Testimonials

‘They provided very professional advice, the lawyers were proactive and smart.’

‘Jérôme Lehucher and Sabrina Aïnouz are both very friendly and open people. It is easy to communicate with them. They are real fighters with expertise in investment arbitration, hard working professionals.’

‘The firm has an extremely strong practice in this area, under the fantastic leadership of Sabrina Aïnouz and Jérôme Lehucher.  They offer an exceptionally skilled team of individuals who provide advice which is always considered and on point.  They have developed a very strong following in the market. They are particularly strong in arbitrations where states are involved.’

‘Sabrina Aïnouz and Jérôme Lehucher are each superb. They each have professorial specialist knowledge of public international law and are definitely stars in the field (including treaty arbitration). Their capacity for work is phenomenal and each has an unbeatable intellect. Under their guidance, Squire Patton Boggs’ practice will inevitably continue to grow in depth and skillsets.’

‘We are very happy with the way our case is being handled. All the people we are in contact with, irrespective of their location, are working as a well-knit team and have made a cogent case and we feel optimistic about the outcome. From our perspective, they have worked seamlessly as a team to put together very good arguments, compiled the documents and have been in regular communication with us for clarifications and updates. In particular, the video-conference calls have been useful in getting them and our team on the same page.’

‘The team is excellent. It combines legal talent with a deep understanding of the technical and industrial issues that have arisen in the arbitrations in question. I mainly met José Feris and Carole Sportes who are both top-quality lawyers with extensive experience in arbitration, including ICC disputes.’

Key clients

The Republic of Costa Rica

The Republic of Croatia

The Republic of Ecuador

Turkmenistan

Turkmenhimiya

Work highlights

  • Representing the Republic of Costa Rica in an ICSID arbitration brought by a Spanish investor under the Spain-Costa Rica Bilateral Investment Treaty, with claims arising out of a series of alleged measures taken by governmental agencies against the claimant’s company.
  • Representing the Republic of Ecuador in an UNCITRAL investment arbitration brought by WorleyParsons International under the Ecuador-US Bilateral Investment Treaty.
  • Representing the State of Turkmenistan in two separate ICSID arbitrations, involving Turkish and German contractors asserting claims arising out of various construction and infrastructure projects in Turkmenistan.

France > Intellectual property: Trade marks and designs Tier 3

Squire Patton Boggs' Paris practice has developed well since the arrival of practice head Catherine Muyl (formerly at Foley Hoag) in June 2020, not least thanks to the team’s close ties to the firm’s international offices. Under Muyl’s lead the practice focuses on advising international corporations from the electronics, pharmaceutical, aerospace and energy sectors as well as companies from service industries such as the media, telecommunications and research sectors. The caseload mainly includes licensing agreements and other commercial contracts as well as contentious matters.

Practice head(s):

Catherine Muyl

Key clients

Rimac Automobili

Work highlights

  • Advised Rimac Automobili on all French IP issues relating to its combination with iconic French automotive brand Bugatti Automobiles.

France > Industry focus: Healthcare and life sciences Tier 4

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France > Tax

Latin America: International firms > International arbitration Tier 4

The practice at Squire Patton Boggs  has grown significantly in recent years, expanding its portfolio of cases in the region and making senior level lateral-hires to further strengthen its Latin American capability. ‘Exceptional’ investment arbitration and construction dispute specialist John Adam  -previously at Latham & Watkins – joined the Paris office in 2021 to co-lead the firm’s Latin American drive alongside the ‘magnificent’ Paris-based José Ricardo Feris  (a former deputy secretary general of the ICC); and Raúl Mañón  in Miami, who has a strong state-side practice. The addition of Singapore-based public international law specialist Rodman Bundy  (also in 2021), previously with Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP , has added further depth and senior expertise. Moreover, the firm also investing in its second line with the recruitment of associates Aline Ramos  (Paris) and Maria Gomez  (Miami), and the promotion of Francisco Batlle  -to senior associate- in Santo Domingo. The practice handles investment and commercial arbitration matters across a range of sectors and has built up a particularly prominent portfolio of state and state-owned entity clients.

Practice head(s):

John Adam; José Ricardo Feris; Raúl B Mañón

Testimonials

José Ricardo Feris is a magnificent lawyer and outstanding arbitrator.

John Adam has exceptional knowledge of international arbitration and local affairs in Latin America. He has an exceptional grasp of detail and at the same time can step back and assess the strategic picture.

Key clients

Costa Rica

Ecuador

Peru

Colombia

Guatemala

Work highlights

  • Representing Peru in three ICSID arbitrations arising out of Peru’s alleged breaches of a concession agreement with a Spanish-Italian-Korean consortium for the construction of a metro line in Lima.
  • Acting for Costa Rica in an arbitration arising from claims by a Spanish investor who initiated bankruptcy proceedings for a chicken farm business after permits were revoked following a Ministry of Health inspection.
  • Defending Ecuador in a UNCITRAL investment arbitration against a claim for damages sought by WorleyParsons International related to the upgrade and construction of crude oil refineries in Ecuador.

United Arab Emirates > Construction

Squire Patton Boggs assists its clients with all aspects of construction and infrastructure development. Clients include general contractors, EPC contractors, governments, private developers and project sponsors. Managing partner Thomas Wilson heads the construction and arbitration practices. Ravinder Bhullar specialises in international commercial arbitration and litigation in relation to construction, energy, real estate and infrastructure projects. For project finance mandates, Shane Wilson is a key point of contact. Stephan Adell and Jonathan Taunton are also noted. Changes in the team include the departure of Scott Hutton.

Practice head(s):

Thomas Wilson

Key clients

Veolia

Sumitomo Corporation

Sojitz Corporation

Siemens

Doosan

Standard Chartered Bank

KDB

KFW

SMTB

MUFG

Federal Authority for Nuclear Regulation (FANR)

The Department of Finance, Dubai

Maersk

UIDC

Mizuho Bank

Work highlights

  • Advising the lenders (six banks) to a consortium bidding for the Al Wakra Independent Sewage Treatment Project in Qatar.
  • Advising the UAE Federal Ministry of Infrastructure Development along with PWC Dubai on a review of the current PPP legislative and regulatory framework and engaging with stakeholders on how this framework might change.
  • Advised the government of Dubai on the structuring, procurement and implementation of a major waste-to-energy project in Dubai, UAE.

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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Aerospace, defence and government services
Automotive
Aviation
Brands and consumer products
Business immigration
Chemicals
Communications
Competition – antitrust
Construction and engineering
Corporate
Data privacy and cybersecurity
Energy and natural resources
Environmental, safety and health
Financial services
Government investigations and white-collar
Healthcare
Hospitality and leisure
Industrial products
Infrastructure
Institutional investors
Intellectual property and technology
International dispute resolution
International trade
Labour and employment
Latin America
Life sciences
Litigation
Media and advertising
Pensions
Private investment funds
Public and infrastructure finance
Public policy
Real estate
Restructuring and insolvency
Retail
Sports and entertainment
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