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Accor

The Accor legal department is led from the front by François Pinon, who, in addition to his role as group legal director and secretary of the board, takes an innovative approach to dispute resolution, notably getting involved in alternative resolution mechanisms. The team has a high degree of cooperation between compliance and legal aspects, with …

Aéroports de Paris (Groupe ADP)

Aéroports de Paris, trading under Groupe ADP, historically made its mark through the operation of Paris’ main airports including Paris-Charles de Gaulle. It now operates 25 airports globally and is involved in the construction, aeronautical operation and concessions management which go along with this. Among other major milestones, Groupe ADP finalised the design of the …

Air France

The 39 members of the Air France legal team have a demanding workload to regularly navigate. Among others, the diverse areas of transport, distribution, consumers and IP, corporate, contracts and international projects, cargo, maintenance, compliance, data privacy, insurances are among the daily concerns, even before some of the more high profile work the team has …

Air France- KLM

Anne-Sophie Le Lay, formerly long-term group general counsel of Renault, leads the highly capable Air France-KLM legal function, which is the group-level legal function responsible for the immense Air France-KLM Group. The team has been responsible for some major aircraft purchases in the past year. For instance, July 2019 saw the Group sign up for …

Air Liquide

Supporting the operations of the world’s leading industrial gas supplier, the Air Liquide legal team supports a number of interesting initiatives. In late 2017, the company signed an agreement with Cargill for engineering and supply of a world-scale biodiesel plant in the US. The company is also making investments in hydrogen producers and gearing up …

Airbus

A company which is among the most famous in the world, Airbus boasts a legal and compliance team to match its stellar reputation, with approximately 450 individuals globally, Airbus has as many legal and compliance resources at its command as many full-service law firms. The highly respected John Harrison is the overall leader of the …

ALD Automotive

Céline Castillon-Valéro took over the lead of ALD Automotive’s legal function on April 2019, taking over from Amélie de Valroger in the process. The team is seven in number and has had an extremely rewarding last two years, having worked on a number of strategically important and high-value deals. In particular, the acquisition of three …

Amundi

Led by Loïc Legouet and composed of 114 full-time employees across France and 14 other countries including the US, UK, Luxembourg, Ireland and Italy, the Amundi legal team contains a vast array of legal expertise. The team supports the company’s development and projects in all classes of assets and with a wide range of investors …

Arkema

Arkema maintains a highly organised and extremely effective legal department of 75 individuals across three regional hubs – EMEA, Americas and Asia Pacific – across six offices led by group general counsel Jérôme Gandon. Two of the team’s offices, Singapore and Brazil, are new additions. These are mentioned by Gandon along with the first ever …

Astorg

Private equity group Astorg possesses a legal team which punches above its weight in support of the group’s objectives. The team is led by general counsel Sophie Saden, who has been with the company for approximately 17 years and thus brings an unparalleled level of expertise to her role. Saden emphasised the extremely proactive culture …

Atos

Atos’ 240-strong legal team is among the best-performing large in-house legal teams headquartered in France and contains top-quality lawyers from top to bottom. Among its senior staff, Alexandre Menais (Group head of M&A and corporate development, legal, compliance and contract management in addition to his position as group general secretary of Atos) and Bart Aten …

Auchan Retail International

Boasting €50bn in revenue for 2018 and a workforce of approximately 355,000 people, Auchan Retail International is one of the world’s largest employers, a fact which alone means its legal team deals with an extremely high-volume and complex workload. Auchan’s joint venture with Taiwanese supermarket RT Mart Sun Art Retail Group has significant holdings in …

AXA Group Operations

AXA Group has recently centralised most of its support functions via a Group Operations division, which includes a group legal department. The newly-created AXA Group Operations (AXA GO) legal team is currently led by Nicolas Marty and backed up by Jihen Hathroubi and Hubert Canivet, the three of them highly qualified and respected lawyers with …

Bayer HealthCare

Laurent Pitet, an extremely well respected legal director and compliance officer in his own right, has a highly competent legal team supporting Bayer Healthcare’s company objectives. ‘Each team member has the responsibility of a particular area of business based on a product line’, Pitet explains when discussing the team’s internal structure. ‘In addition, each team …

BNP Paribas M&A Legal

Responsible for the management of all legal aspects of M&A transactions for BNP Paribas Group entities and business lines around the world, the BNP Paribas M&A legal team is an elite component of the bank’s legal function. Louis-Philippe Vasconcelos heads the six-person team and describes the team’s prevailing values as ‘service excellence, independence and proximity, …

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