France 2022 – GC Powerlist

France 2022

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Alexander Lunshof

Group general counsel and board secretary | EssilorLuxottica

Consumer products

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Alexandre de Tourtier

Secrétaire général | Deepreach

Information technology

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Alexandre Menais

Group general counsel | L'Oréal

Consumer products

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Anne-Laure Giannesini

Directrice juridique et RH groupe | Alliance Marine Group

Consumer products

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Anne-Sophie Le Lay

Executive vice president corporate secretary | Air France- KLM

Transport and infrastructure

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Antoine Genevois

Group general counsel | EDF Renouvelables

Energy and utilities

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Arnaud Flandé

Directeur juridique risques et conformité groupe | ALTEN

Information technology

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Aurélien Hamelle

Group general counsel | TotalEnergies

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Aymar de Franqueville

Senior vice president and general counsel, France and Northen Europe | Adecco Groupe France 

Commercial and professional services

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Aymeric Flamant

Directeur Juridique | DENTRESSANGLE

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Bastien Soret

Group general counsel | SOCOTEC

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Bénédicte Bahier

Directrice des ressources humaines group | Legrand

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Benoit Balmary

Group general counsel | Michelin

Industrials and real estate

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Benoit Ternon

Chief legal counsel, region Europe South | Coloplast

Healthcare

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Boubakar Dione

Group general counsel | Bpifrance

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Bruno Zabala

Head of legal affairs, CSR, ethics and corporate governance department | Mouvement des Entreprises de France (MEDEF)

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Carlos Döring

Legal director, head of corporate finance | Nokia

Consumer products

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Carlos Pedreira Freire

CFO - head of finances and property | Alcampo

Consumer products

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Caroline Burtin

Directrice adjointe fusions and acquisitions et développement | JCDecaux

Sports and media

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Catherine Brel

General counsel | Vinted

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Cécile Gilliet

Investment general counsel | Eurazeo

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Cecile Kavalses

Associate group general counsel, head of telecom media technology and Southern Europe | Atos

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Cécile Russeil

Chief legal officer | Ubisoft Entertainment

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Cedric Florentin

Legal director and associate general counsel | Amazon France

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Céline Bourjolay

General counsel EMEA and APAC | MUREX

Information technology

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Céline Fronval

Group general counsel | Publicis Groupe

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Céline Haye-Kiousis

Group general counsel and secretary of the advisory board | Groupe BPCE

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Christine Maury-Panis

Executive vice president and general counsel | Viaccess Orca

Telecommunication services

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Christophe Brie

Legal director | Sonepar France

Commercial and professional services

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Coralie Bouscasse

Group general counsel | Safran

Industrials and real estate

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David Zeitoun

Group general counsel - executive committee member | Unibail-Rodamco-Westfield (URW)

Industrials and real estate

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Delphine Jacquemont

Directrice juridique groupe | Mersen

Materials and mining

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Didier Moutard

General counsel | Groupe Duval

Industrials and real estate

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Dominique Bourrinet

Directeur juridique groupe | Société Générale

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Dr. Anne-Laure Nguyen-Fitzgerald

European legal counsel and director | SNAP-ON

Industrials and real estate

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Dr. Harald Peter Knoebl

General secretary | Neptune Energy

Energy and utilities

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Elliott Beard

Formerly Associate general counsel | Becton Dickinson

Healthcare

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Emmanuelle Couic- Dubois

General counsel | Unilever France

Industrials and real estate

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Eric Haza

Chief legal officer | Veolia Environnement

Commercial and professional services

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Eric Le Cann

General counsel | SODICA

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Éric Boré

Directeur juridique | GEODIS

Transport and infrastructure

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Eric Thomas

General counsel | Lagardère Group

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Éric-Antoine Fredette

Group general counsel and general secretary | VALEO

Industrials and real estate

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Florence Louis-Joseph

Legal director Southern Europe and coordinator of international legal managers - SMP | BNP Paribas

Financials

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Franck Raimbault

Senior vice president human resources legal | Air France

Transport and infrastructure

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Frédéric Hérault

Director of legal and social affairs | Champagne Roederer

Food

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Frédéric Crépin

Secrétaire général | Vivendi

Sports and media

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Frédéric Lorin

Senior legal adviser | BNP Paribas

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Frédéric Vern

General secretary | Gecina

Industrials and real estate

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Frédérique Berthier-Raymond

Group general counsel | Imerys

Materials and mining

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Gadi Oron

Director general | CISAC (International Confederation of Societies of Authors and Composers)

Non-profit / public sector

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Gaëlle Boriosi

General counsel and chief compliance officer, EMEA | Sumitomo Electric

Industrials and real estate

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Geoffroy Ribadeau Dumas

Global senior vice president legal, general counsel | Reckitt

Industrials and real estate

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Georges Dirani

Group general counsel | BNP Paribas

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Géraldine Hivert-de grandi

Group legal and compliance director | RATP Dev

Transport and infrastructure

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Guillaume Hecketsweiler

General counsel | CMA CGM

Transport and infrastructure

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Guillaume Nonain

General counsel EMEA APAC | The Brink’s Company

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Helen Browne

Group general counsel | AXA Group

Financials

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Herve Bouchet

Directeur affaires juridiques | Groupe Lactalis

Food

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Hicham Khellafi

General counsel EMEA | Honeywell International

Industrials and real estate

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Isabelle Simon

Group secretary and general counsel | Thales

Information technology

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Ivan Alamilla Martinez

Head of contracts | Vivescia

Food

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Jean-Benoit Devauges

Senior vice president, strategic affairs, senior dvisor | Renault Groupe

Consumer products

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Jean-Marc Guillot

Directeur juridique groupe, DPO, responsable assurances, membre du codir | SARP

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Jean-Philippe Laligand

Group general counsel | AKKA Technologies

Information technology

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Jean-Yves Haagen

Group general counsel | Groupe Casino

Consumer products

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Jérôme Gandon

Group general counsel | Arkema

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Joël Corcessin 

General counsel | Arc

Industrials and real estate

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Johan Harrysson

Group general counsel | MF Brands Group

Consumer products

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Johan Huizing

Associate general counsel EMEA | Itron

Energy and utilities

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John Harrison

General counsel, corporate secretary and chairman of airbus UK | Airbus

Transport and infrastructure

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Julie Duvivier

Directrice juridique France et Belgique | KLEPIERRE

Industrials and real estate

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Khalid El Hanbali

Director, legal and contracting | Vestas

Energy and utilities

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Laetitia Ménasé

Secrétaire générale | CANAL+ Group

Sports and media

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Laurence Ballone-Burini

Legal director | Eiffage Construction

Industrials and real estate

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Laurent Durand

Managing associate general counsel | HSBC Continental Europe

Financials

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Laurent Pitet

Directeur juridique and compliance officer | Bayer HealthCare

Healthcare

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Maria Pernas Martinez

Group executive committee member, group general counsel and commercial and contract management | Capgemini

Information technology

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Maria Gomri

Legal director - head of legal Southern Europe | Google France

Information technology

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Marie Champey

Senior vice president general counsel | Christian Dior Couture

Consumer products

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Marie-Clothilde Vial

Directeur juridique et des ressources humaines | Groupe Siparex

Financials

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Mathilde Mason

Group chief legal officer | Webhelp

Commercial and professional services

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Miguel Videira Pimentão

Legal director, Western Europe | Colgate Palm-Olive

Consumer products

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Nicolas Guérin

Secrétaire Général | Orange

Telecommunication services

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Odile Descamps

Directeur juridique corporate | Plastic Omnium

Industrials and real estate

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Olivier Catherine

Group general counsel | Sonepar

Commercial and professional services

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Olivier Kodjo

Group head of legal | Cardinal Health

Healthcare

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Patrick Larchevêque

Directeur juridique immobilier | Covivio

Industrials and real estate

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Patrick Noonan

General counsel, secretary to the board | SOITEC

Industrials and real estate

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Patrick Remot

Head of legal and compliance | Clear Channel France

Commercial and professional services

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Patrick Richard

Directeur juridique | VINCI

Industrials and real estate

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Philippe Andrau

Group general counsel | Suez

Commercial and professional services

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Philippe Clerc

Chief compliance and ethics officer | Centre National d'Etudes Spatiales (CNES)

Non-profit / public sector

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Philippe Jutard

Directeur des affaires juridiques de l'audit et du contrôle | ISS France

Commercial and professional services

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Rémi Dujon

General counsel | XPO Logistics Europe

Transport and infrastructure

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Remi Freon

General counsel and secretary to the board | Deezer

Information technology

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Remi Leonforte

General counsel group operations | Kering

Consumer products

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Renalda Harfouche

General counsel EMEA and lead attorney for IT and IP and global vendors | Ipsos

Commercial and professional services

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Sabine Martinon

Directeur juridique Afrique et Océan Indien | Accor Hotels

Hotels, restaurants and leisure

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Sebastien Niogret

Directeur juridique France | Schneider Electric

Energy and utilities

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Sophie Gelbert

General counsel | Abeille Assurances

Financials

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Sophie Saden

General counsel | Astorg

Financials

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Stéphane Leblan

Directeur juridique, conformité et contrôle interne | Verspieren

Financials

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Stéphanie Le coq de Kerland

Directrice juridique groupe | Nexity

Industrials and real estate

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Susan Coles

General counsel and head of finance | Vivet Therapeutics

Healthcare

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Sylvestre Dhombres

General counsel and HR support director | Pylones

Commercial and professional services

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Valentine Poylo

Responsable Propriété intellectuelle et DPO | SNCF

Transport and infrastructure

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Xavier Ragot

Group general counsel | Christian Louboutin

Consumer products

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Yannick Chalme

Group general counsel | L’Oréal

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The Legal 500 GC Powerlist: France 2022 is the first edition since the Covid-19 crisis. It contains diverse topics, as conversations with general counsel touched on everything including legal technology, climate concerns, strategy and more. Despite the overall uncertainty of the markets, esteemed counsel in this edition revealed their plans to establish business longevity and how they maintain the vitalness of the in-house legal function.

The in-house community report drastic changes to their roles, companies and general outlook caused by the pandemic. Most in-house lawyers shared that they had to adapt their leadership style to ensure their team members overall wellbeing. The health crisis also ‘accelerated the use of technologies’ within in-house teams, as reported by John Harrison, general counsel, corporate secretary, and chairman of Airbus. Some of the ingenious ways technology is used is with regards to ‘centralised e-billing systems for the use of law firms to allow the tracking of legal expenses, management of budget on a real time basis and a dedicated legal entities information management system allowing them to follow the corporate life of all legal entities’ among many others.

An increased importance of in-house lawyers is growing across France. General counsel in the country when asked their thoughts on the growing trend, admitted the successive global crises such as Covid, the Ukraine crisis among others, expedited their significance within their organisations. The role of general counsel seems to have massively expanded beyond an advisory role, to include leadership and guidance outside of their usual ambit.

As put by the general counsel of Arc, Joel Corcessin, ‘the role of the general counsel within French companies is evolving, expanding beyond the habitual legal topics, such as ESG. I expect this tendency will continue and accelerate in the coming years.’ Despite the economic instability the French economy is facing, general counsel are motivated to lead their companies through this successfully. Ivan Alamilla, head of contracts at Vivescia admits that the identification and adherence to values will be important for his team to make it through this time, ‘without good, highly qualified, and determined people, no business can resist all the recent challenges. My team has kept our dearest values: solidarity, transparency, and professionalism’.

As much as these crises have ushered in a renewed reputation for the in-house community in France, it has not come without its challenges. The looming challenge now for organisations in France would be conducting ‘business as far as usual’ in a vastly volatile and unstable market. The overwhelming response to this from the in-house counsel in this edition, was that these challenges are just another opportunity to develop and prove the agility and value of the legal team within companies.

On the topic of ESG and the general sentiments in France, legal director of Eiffage construction says that climate concerns are increasingly important in her organisation, and they are taking massive steps in that direction. She likens her role to one of ‘a lawyer on one hand and then a legal manager/ ‘watchdog’ on the other hand’. David Zeitoun, group general counsel of Unibail-Rodamco-Westfield, adds that ‘in addition to the Group’s sustainable development strategy, each employee has at least one personal objective related to climate change’.

It was an honour to speak with all counsel included in this edition. I would like to congratulate all of you on this amazing achievement of being on this Powerlist of the top in-house counsel in France.

Melissa Yebisi | Lead researcher GC Powerlist France 2022 

 

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It is a privilege for Addleshaw Goddard to support the Legal 500 GC Powerlist 2022: France, less than two years after the launch of our Paris office. Most of you know that I spent the first 15 years of my career in-house, so I am personally very happy to be involved in this event.

On behalf of Addleshaw Goddard, I congratulate you all individually and collectively on your very well deserved inclusion in this elite collection of the most inspirational general counsel in our community.

After a very challenging period for us all both professionally and personally, the world in which we operate has changed profoundly, continues to change and is not going back to how it used to be. The current disruptive environment and pressures affecting all businesses requires each of us to change, develop and respond as positively as we can.

I am sure that view is shared by all those listed in this year’s Powerlist and I applaud the exceptional leadership role you are each playing to successfully navigate both domestic and global legal and commercial challenges in support of your organisation’s strategic ambitions.

Whatever the sector, solving problems requires imaginative solutions, which in turn requires fresh perspectives.

The diversity of talent in this year’s Powerlist is certainly a timely reminder of the all-round excellence and resilience of General Counsel operating across the business community. Their achievements reveal how well our profession is developing clever solutions to complex legal challenges, often through better use of technology, as well as by finding opportunities to bring real competitive advantage. The cream of this year’s French GCs are without a doubt also distinguishing themselves through a determination to bring even greater value to their organisations through a more strategic, broader contribution in response to an increasingly complex and dynamic business environment.

At Addleshaw Goddard, we understand the challenges faced by the in-house community and together with our clients, we solve them with the same, single-minded focus. We always ask: ‘What’s the smartest route to the biggest impact?’

We all know that tomorrow’s problems won’t be solved with yesterday’s answers. And, we believe that good business demands good legal advice. Which, ultimately, comes down to just four words. Yes. No. Stop. Go.

The most effective lawyers in both private practice and on the front-line in-house, are those who get close to the business, who recognise that one size doesn’t fit all, and who, are constantly looking to bring more quality, imagination and impact to every aspect of their work.

Those three characteristics underpin the client-shaped mindset we embrace at Addleshaw Goddard. Each year, over 3,000 leading companies and finance players around the world trust us to deliver. We help them in multiple industries and in over 90 countries. Not just once, but again and again. Many of our 48 FTSE100 clients have been with us for more than 20 years: one for 150.

 

GCs too must focus on consistently providing their own internal stakeholders with outstanding service delivery, time and again. The 2022 France Powerlist is a fantastic celebration of those senior in-house lawyers who have demonstrated the vision, passion and resolve to bring imagination to their decision-making, leadership to their teams and real impact to their organisations. We salute you all. Well done!

Rémy Blain – Head of Paris office Addleshaw Goddard

GC Powerlist France 2022

The Legal 500 was delighted to be back in Paris on 9th November, to celebrate the launch of the GC Powerlist France 2022! Our research editor Allan Cohen and private practice list development manager Ramesh Seegolam were joined by leading GCs from the country for a wonderful reception at the Peninsula Hotel, nearby the famous Arc de Triomphe.

A huge thank you to Addleshaw Goddard for sponsoring the publication and partnering with us to celebrate the best in-house legal talent in France. A special thanks to Rémy Blain (Partner at Addleshaw Goddard and Head of the firm’s Paris Office) and to Laurence Ballone-Burini (General Counsel at Eiffage Constructions) for speaking at the event and sharing their insights on the transformation of the role of in-house counsel and the importance for legal departments to build flexible and agile teams.