Firm Profile > DWF (France) AARPI > Paris, France

DWF (France) AARPI
75116 PARIS

Insurance Tier 2

DWF (France) AARPI’s increasingly prominent practice handles a diverse range of contentious, regulatory and contractual matters for major global insurers and reinsurers, including Zurich, Allianz and RSA. Litigation provides the bulk of instructions, with the construction, product liability and energy sectors standing as core areas of expertise. It also houses a connected services offering comprised of a range of consultative services which support high-volume work, including a claims management business. Romain Dupeyré heads the department and has strong experience in insurance litigation, particularly coverage disputes and recovery matters.

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Industry focus: Energy Tier 3

DWF (France) AARPI

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Glencore International AG

Rubis Terminal

Schneider Electric

Jersey Electricity

Fimosa Capital

Intellectual property: Patents Tier 3

DWF (France) AARPI is recognised for its strength in contentious and non-contentious patent matters, particularly in the area of utility patents. Led by Simon Christiaën, the team assists industrial groups, pharmaceutical, hi-tech and IT services companies with the various stages of invention, creation and innovation.

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Team dedicated to IP issues with excellent skill and expertise.

Simon Christiaën has been working in the IP area for more than 28 years and is an excellent specialist, who remains available anytime.

Simon Christiaën is a very specialised patent attorney, extremely competent, very professional, hardworking and modest. He understands quite well the economic stakes and knows how to weigh the pros and the cons.

DWF is the largest listed legal business in the world, with an award-winning reputation for client service excellence, effective operational management and innovation. The Company became the first Main Market Premium Listed legal business on the London Stock Exchange in March 2019. DWF has been named by the Financial Times as one of Europe’s most innovative legal businesses and has been independently recognised for its quality of legal advice, service delivery and responsiveness.

DWF’s stated purpose is to transform legal services through its people for its clients using its three principal strategic objectives: understanding our clients, engaging our people and doing things differently. DWF aims to deliver its strategy by building long-term relationships with its clients, recruiting talented individuals to maintain a high service level culture and continually innovating in its provision of complex legal services, managed and connected services to address client needs and increase its market share.

The business has core strengths in corporate banking, insurance and litigation and in-depth expertise in several chosen sectors, including insurance; public sector; energy and industrials; real estate; financial services; retail, food and hospitality; technology and transport.

In addition to its legal services, DWF provides a range of professional, business or consulting services, a number of which include or are enabled by technology products and solutions to its clients through its Connected Services division. This offering is complementary to the traditional legal services offered by DWF.

DWF employs over 4,000 people across 31 key locations and has steadily grown its international presence in response to client demand. In 2019 and 2020 DWF expanded its international footprint by opening a new office in Warsaw, Poland and acquired Mindcrest Inc. to establish offices in Chicago and New York, USA, and Pune, India. DWF also acquired RCD in Spain and now has offices in Barcelona, Madrid and Valencia, Spain as part of its strategic growth plans.

DWF was the first UK legal business to achieve the ‘Disability Confident’ accreditation, which highlights the firm as an inclusive recruiter of disabled talent and is a Top 30 Employer for Working Families. The business also has its own charitable enterprise, the DWF Foundation, a registered charity aimed at providing funds and support to local charities and programmes focused on education, employability, health and wellbeing and homelessness.

Photo Name Position Profile
 Sabrina Aïnouz  photo Sabrina Aïnouz Partner
 Carole Arribes  photo Carole Arribes Partner
 Ali Boroumand  photo Ali Boroumand Partner, Head of Mining & Minerals
 Simon Christiaën  photo Simon Christiaën Partner
 Romain Dupeyré  photo Romain Dupeyré Partner
 Pascale Gallien  photo Pascale Gallien Partner
 Florence Karila  photo Florence Karila Partner                                   
 Jérôme Lehucher  photo Jérôme Lehucher Partner
 Jean-Francois Mercadier  photo Jean-Francois Mercadier Partner, Managing Partner (France)
 Mathilde Plénat  photo Mathilde Plénat Partner
 Anne-Sylvie Vassenaix-Paxton  photo Anne-Sylvie Vassenaix-Paxton Partner, Head of Oil & Gas

At DWF we are proud of our reputation as a supportive and inclusive employer. We aim to be an employer of choice to talent across generations and life stages by providing interventions that advance social inclusion and enable our colleagues to balance their work lives, while providing the development opportunities to enjoy fulfilling and rewarding careers. As a responsible business and force for good in society, we embed our culture and values at the heart of everything we do, recognising that our people not only want a great place to work, but take pride in creating it.

Our Global Diversity & Inclusion Strategy 2020 sets out how we will make diversity & inclusion truly part of the way we do business. The global strategy is driven by a Diversity & Inclusion Leadership Group comprised of 39 senior leaders and supported by a growing network of diversity champions. We have identified six priority strands integral to improving inclusion in our workplace, these are: Gender, LGBT+, Disability, Agile Working, Race & Ethnicity and Age. Our Executive Sponsors for each strand serve as visible advocates to help advance the understanding of diversity & inclusion in DWF and beyond.

DWF has taken a number of tangible steps towards attracting, supporting, developing and retaining a diverse workforce:   

  • The business has been ranked in the Top 100 of Stonewall’s Workplace Equality Index 2019 as well as a Stonewall Global Champion.
  • Our partnership with Everywoman, which provides a global network of development resources, advice and inspiration for women at DWF, has enabled us to support the career progression of women into senior roles.
  • We’re a Top 30 Employer for Working Families and recognised as a business that has integrated agile working into our organisational strategy and culture.
  • The first legal business to achieve Clear Assured status and we are a Disability Confident Leader. Our inclusive recruitment practices have helped us identify and remove barriers that have the potential to exclude disabled talent.
  • We are a member of The Employers Network for Equality & Inclusion (ENEI) and in 2018, we were one of only five organisations to achieve Gold Standard in TIDE, the ENEI evaluation and benchmarking tool which measures a business’s approach to diversity and inclusion in its workforce, leadership and strategy.
  • Proud to use Rare Recruitment’s Contextual Recruitment System which allows us to consider academic achievements in the context in which they were gained.
  • We are a Living Wage Employer and a signatory of both the UN Global Compact and the UN’s Women Empowerment Principles.

Our affinity networks, open to all, provide colleagues with an opportunity to become meaningfully involved in developing and driving our diversity initiatives and programmes. Our networks include: Out Front (our LGBT+ Network), This is Me (Our Gender Network), Race & Ethnicity, Carers, Working Families, Agile Working, Disability and Age. The Networks host educational and social events internally and with our clients.