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Adam Smith

Adam Smith photo group general counsel | Safran

With almost 30 years of experience under his belt, Adam Smith is one the most experienced GCs currently active in the French market. Smith joined multinational aerospace and defence corporation Safran in 2014 as group general counsel, where he states that ‘the first big challenge was not to “fix” something that wasn’t broken’. Instead, leading …

Adele Zangs

Adele Zangs photo vice president legal and business affairs | Deezer

‘We pride ourselves in the legal department about the fact that we keep things running smoothly despite the fact we are a small team’. Adele Zangs, vice president of legal and business affairs for Deezer, is in charge of the legal operations of the web-based music streaming service and dealing with record label giants around …

Agnès Bardel

Agnès Bardel photo head of legal | Euro Cargo Rail France

Euro Cargo Rail (ECR), a subsidiary of Deutsche Bahn and the first private railway undertaking in France, appointed Agnès Bardel as head of legal in 2009. Having begun her career as a lawyer for four years in private practice, she moved in-house with publishing company Le Figaro in 2003 where she remained legal counsel for …

Alexander Lunshof

Alexander Lunshof photo corporate senior vice president, group chief legal officer | Essilor International

Alexander Lunshof is the chief legal officer of Essilor, a world leader in the production of ophthalmic lenses and optical equipment. The position of chief legal officer is not new to Lunshof, who had previous in experience in a similar role with Orange Business Services. He started his legal career at law firm Coudert Brothers …

Alexandre De Tourtier

Alexandre De Tourtier photo group general counsel | Solocal Group

Solocal Group (previously PagesJaunes), is a leader in three different business lines; content and service provision, media and advertising representation and online media content. Alexandre De Tourtier handles the legal aspects of all major deals, in particular mergers and acquisitions, intellectual property and information technology cases. Having built strong relationships with outside counsel, he is …

Alexandre Marcotte

Alexandre Marcotte photo director legal - decorative paints | AkzoNobel

Having worked with global companies, such as Saint-Gobain and Volkswagen, for the majority of his career, Alexandre Marcotte is well suited to his current role of director legal for AkzoNobel’s decorative paint branch. Here he manages globally renowned brands such as Dulux, Sikkens and Hammerite. Over his career Marcotte has had a number of highlights, …

Alexandre Menais

Alexandre Menais photo group general counsel | Atos

Atos is an international information technology company working with clients across a wide variety of market sectors. The challenges for the legal team run deeply through the company’s history, with several acquisitions meaning a constant influx of new team members. Alexandre Menais joined in 2011 as group general counsel, the same year in which Atos …

Anne-Laure Nguyen-Fitzgerald

Anne-Laure Nguyen-Fitzgerald photo director & legal counsel | SNA Europe

With a PhD in international law at the World Trade Organization (WTO) in Asia and a lecturer in Paris and Thailand between 1993 and 1998, Anne-Laure Nguyen-Fitzgerald left her academic life behind to join the Paris law firm Kimbrough et Associés in 2003. She was counsel to foreign clients, particularly from the US and held …

Anne-Sophie Le Lay

Anne-Sophie Le Lay photo general counsel | Renault

Anne-Sophie Le Lay is responsible for overseeing Renault’s global legal activities and acts as advisor to the board of directors. She joined the company in 2001 to help oversee the sale of its Billancourt site near Paris and was gradually incorporated into its senior legal team as part of the company’s international expansion strategy. Le …

Antoine Genevois

Antoine Genevois photo general counsel - reactors and services business group | AREVA Group

Antoine Genevois has over 12 years of understanding of AREVA Group’s business across the USA and Europe, having held a number of roles. During that time he has reorganised the French legal team adding a commercial advantage to the nuclear power and renewable energy segments. Genevois merged teams that were working on similar issues and with …

Arnauld van Eeckhout

Arnauld van Eeckhout photo general counsel | Bouygues Telecom

Arnold van Eeckhout joined Bouygues group in 1993 and was appointed to the position of general counsel and member of the general management committee in 1995. He has worked on many significant international projects and has played a vital role in facilitating the company’s growth within the telecoms industry. Among his many contributions to the …

Aymar de Franqueville

Aymar de Franqueville photo general counsel | Adecco Groupe France

Aymar de Franqueville, general counsel at human resources company Adecco, runs his team so that ‘the legal department is a business line as any other’, but one focusing on compliance and the systematic review of the group’s contractual obligations. de Franqueville has spent the majority of his career as a corporate counsel, having acted in …

Aymeric Flamant

Aymeric Flamant photo general counsel | AXA Investment Managers

Aymeric Flamant has an impressive academic background holding a Master’s Degree in both business law and public-private partnerships as well as an executive diploma from Wharton University. After graduating he worked with law firms in France and the USA, equipping him with skills that would boost his career in-house which is fully vested with AXA. …

Bastien Soret

Bastien Soret photo group general counsel | Elis

Bastien Soret has been leading the legal departments of international companies for over 16 years. Taking the reins at Elis, a leader in the rental of textiles and hygiene equipment, in 2007, Soret created four new departments in France covering the securities, business, real estate and public law. In 2014 he also added a business …

Benoit Balmary

Benoit Balmary photo group general counsel | Michelin

Benoit Balmary oversees the 20 legal departments housed within global automotive giant Michelin Group. Balmary took up his current position of group general counsel in 2014 and has since won widespread praise for helping to improve communications both within the various legal teams and between legal and business functions. Under his watch, observers have noted, …

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