Dispute Resolution: France
Due to the number of tables in this section, the editorial is in alphabetical order by firm name.
THE FIRM This recently established boutique firm has been successfully carving out a name for itself in the market, and dispute resolution is one of its core practice areas. It covers commercial litigation, arbitration and white-collar crime. On the commercial litigation side, it is especially active in construction, healthcare and telecoms matters .
Sources say: "The team is pragmatic, finds concrete solutions and knows how to make the link between the day-to-day and legal theory.”
KEY INDIVIDUALS Philippe Goossens is a well-known and “very smart” white-collar crime specialist. Christophe Lapp is highly regarded for his expertise in the construction sector. He has broad experience of multi-jurisdictional litigation, and lately has been especially busy on arbitrations. Guillaume Forbin has long experience of representing industrial players and financial institutions in litigation, and also has strong knowledge of environmental law and white-collar crime.
THE FIRM Clients are warm in their praise for this dispute resolution group. It focuses mainly on M&A and finance-related litigation, representing large financial institutions and companies, but also handles general commercial litigation and arbitration. Its work is mainly of a highly international nature.
Sources say: “Extremely knowledgeable, responsive and available”
KEY INDIVIDUALS “Very effective and clever” partner Jean-Pierre Farges is the best-known name on the team. He has a broad practice, encompassing litigation, arbitration and restructuring matters. Clients observe that “he pleads in court very well and has excellent technical skills,” and also appreciate that he “has great experience and is easy to work with.” Partner Eric Bouffard is also a key member of the team. His areas of activity include commercial arbitration, cross-border litigation and insolvency.
THE FIRM This dynamic French firm has achieved a strong reputation for litigation, in addition to its robust position on the corporate market. The sizeable dispute resolution team is successfully increasing its focus on domestic and international arbitration, and also handles white-collar crime matters. Its prestigious client list includes Microsoft and Philip Morris.
KEY INDIVIDUALS Kami Haeri co-heads the commercial litigation, arbitration and white-collar crime practices. He is most visible on commercial and criminal litigation cases. His fellow partner Marie Danis, who co-heads these practices with him, has a particular focus on international arbitration.
THE FIRM This compact French firm is widely renowned for its insurance and reinsurance litigation work, which forms a large part of its activity. It is regularly seen on litigation and arbitration files relating to cases in the medical, pharmaceutical, aviation and industrial sectors.
Sources say: “They are truly specialised litigators with a strategic view of the market.”
KEY INDIVIDUALS Extremely active and highly regarded name partner Christian Bouckaert continues to be a dominant force when it comes to insurance litigation.
THE FIRM This renowned French firm has a large and well-respected dispute resolution practice, covering litigation, white-collar crime and international arbitration. It is especially admired for its prowess on large corporate disputes.
KEY INDIVIDUALS Eric Dezeuze’s stellar reputation for white-collar crime litigation is undisputed. Louis Christophe Delanoy is a well-established name both for commercial litigation and for international arbitration, but is best known and most active in the latter area. Dual-qualified partner Timothy Portwood has built up an excellent reputation for international arbitration, and also has substantial experience of corporate and M&A, joint ventures and private equity deals. Star corporate and M&A partner Didier Martin spends a significant proportion of his time on litigation matters, including securities disputes, white-collar crime and bankruptcy. Long-established litigator Sylvie Morabia has particular expertise in disputes relating to securities law and takeovers. Commercial litigator Jean-Daniel Bretzner covers matters relating to distribution, unfair competition, advertising, insurance and general contact law. As well as being one of the leading corporate and M&A lawyers in the country, Sébastien Prat is an experienced and well-recognised litigator. Peers highlight relatively young partner Raed Fathallah as a name on the rise in the international arbitration world. He has a particular focus on Middle Eastern cases.
THE FIRM The large dispute resolution practice at this US firm is perhaps best known for its international arbitration capacity, but is also well regarded in the litigation field. It handles commercial and investment treaty arbitration cases throughout the world, and is particularly active in the oil and gas, aerospace, telecoms and automotive sectors. Clients are full of praise for the high level of expertise and service provided by the group.
KEY INDIVIDUALS The standout name on the team is Jean-Yves Garaud, who divides his time mainly between international commercial arbitration and litigation, but also handles some white-collar crime. Claudia Annacker has a growing reputation for international arbitration and public international law (PIL) matters. Peers are impressed by counsel Roland Ziadé, confirming that “he is making a name for himself in the arbitration world.” He is especially active on cases involving Middle Eastern companies. Senior counsel Robert Greig has long experience of international arbitration and litigation, with a particular focus on PIL matters.
THE FIRM The dispute resolution group at this magic circle firm is most readily identified by sources for its litigation capacity, but it also has a robust international arbitration practice, as well as handling some white-collar crime matters. On the litigation side, key clients include EADS, Carrefour and SFR. The majority of the team’s clients are corporate players, but it also represents banks in financial litigation. The arbitration side of its work is predominantly in the construction, infrastructure, aviation and telecoms sectors.
KEY INDIVIDUALS “Excellent and highly respected” lead partner Jean-Pierre Grandjean is extremely popular with sources. He is best known and most active as a litigator, but also has a robust name in the international arbitration area. Relatively young partner Thomas Baudesson enjoys a growing reputation and noteworthy presence on the litigation scene.
THE FIRM This French firm has a prestigious reputation in the corporate, stock exchange and finance areas, and has also built up a robust dispute resolution practice, often handling cases relating to the former areas. Securities litigation is a particular area of strength. The group also handles white-collar crime matters.
KEY INDIVIDUALS Partner Philippe Lauzeral is the most visible member of the dispute resolution practice.
THE FIRM Commercial litigation and arbitration are among the core practice areas of this elite French firm, along with corporate, M&A and competition law. On the contentious side, it is best known for advising on major corporate disputes.
KEY INDIVIDUALS Senior partner Jean-Michel Darrois is a huge name in the corporate area, and has a similarly formidable reputation for securities litigation and commercial litigation. International arbitration partner Matthieu de Boisséson acts as both counsel and arbitrator and is “one of the most recognised names in the market.” Both he and Pierre Duprey, a younger but increasingly prominent arbitrator, are viewed as “terrific” by commentators. Peers identify Emmanuel Brochier as one of the most visible members of the commercial litigation practice, dedicating a substantial proportion of his time to contentious matters.
THE FIRM This French firm is especially renowned for its banking and finance and real estate work, and these strengths are reflected in the activities of its highly regarded dispute resolution group. The sizeable team maintains its large client base of financial institutions, but has increased its representation of industrial players.
KEY INDIVIDUALS Partner Jacques Henrot is a “great personality and a skilled litigator,��� say peers. He often handles bankruptcy and restructuring-related litigation. Dominique Lefort focuses on litigation involving banking, insurance, bankruptcy, white-collar crime, M&A and securities, often representing listed companies. Commentators applaud his client-friendly approach and technical skill.
THE FIRM Strong market feedback and an impressive level of activity on major arbitration cases throughout the world confirm this firm’s high standing on the international arbitration scene. It also has a compact but well-respected litigation practice.
KEY INDIVIDUALS Standout partner Pierre Mayer is “one of the top names in the international arbitration field, both as an arbitrator and as a professor,” according to peers. “He has huge skill and authority on an international scale.” Warm praise reflects Eduardo Silva Romero’s formidable reputation as counsel and arbitrator. He has a particular focus on investment disputes, representing government and Latin American parties. Xavier Nyssen handles both international arbitration and litigation, especially in the telecoms, energy and pharmaceutical sectors. He leads a compact group of litigators, which focuses predominantly on cases involving the life sciences and pharmaceutical sectors, as well as sovereign debts.
THE FIRM This firm has a strong commitment to the dispute resolution area – with the recent hiring of several new lawyers to the group reflecting this – and maintains a robust reputation, particularly for international arbitration. In addition to a steady flow of commercial and civil litigation, the firm is also building up a white-collar crime practice. On the international arbitration side, the team excels in CEE, but has a wide geographical reach and experience.
KEY INDIVIDUALS Investment treaty arbitration expert Barton Legum leads the firm’s practice in this area. He has particularly strong experience of arbitrations in CEE. Peers highlight him as “an outstanding practitioner” in the field. Co-leading the firm’s international arbitration group, the widely recognised Jean-Christophe Honlet has broad experience of commercial arbitration and investment treaty arbitration, acting as counsel, expert witness and arbitrator. He has worked on cases involving a wide range of geographical areas, recently including Africa and Turkey. Venerable founding partner Carl Salans is less active nowadays, but maintains a formidable reputation as an arbitrator.
THE FIRM This compact and relatively recently established arbitration boutique has built up a formidable reputation for international commercial arbitration and investment treaty arbitration. Sources confirm that the three-partner firm continues to be highly active and respected. It receives praise for its expertise in the Middle East, Latin America and Eastern Europe.
Sources say: “The team is able to intervene in many jurisdictions and systems." "We appreciate its communication skills with business people, engineers and other non-lawyers, and the high-quality drafting of its briefs.”
KEY INDIVIDUALS Yves Derains has an outstanding reputation as an arbitrator, but also wins praise for his appearances as counsel. Peers comment that “there is no doubt that he is top of the list for international arbitration.” Clients are greatly satisfied with his “approach, analysis and valuable advice.” Also receiving glowing feedback, Hamid Gharavi has been extremely active on an impressive range of investment treaty and commercial arbitration cases.
THE FIRM Drawing upon the expertise of top public international lawyers, this practice is best known for investment treaty arbitrations, and for representing states against states in PIL disputes. Recent files include acting for the government of Iran on an ad hoc investment arbitration arising under a bilateral investment treaty (BIT). The team also acts for multinational companies on commercial arbitrations, although this constitutes a smaller proportion of its workload.
Sources say: “The lawyers are experts in arbitration and very good at dealing with sensitive cultural issues.”
KEY INDIVIDUALS Eminent PIL partner Rodman Bundy is “very well respected and highly rated,” say commentators. Of counsel Loretta Malintoppi is one of the best-known names on the team and a widely admired lawyer.
THE FIRM Sources identify this firm as a leader for international arbitration, in which it handles a broad range of commercial cases and investment disputes. Sectors in which the team is active include energy and natural resources, construction, telecoms, financial services and sport. It also has a strong litigation practice, covering commercial disputes, white-collar matters, insolvency, regulatory and banking cases amongst others.
KEY INDIVIDUALS Peers are united in viewing Jan Paulsson as “one of the greats of arbitration.” He is co-head of the firm’s international arbitration and PIL groups and has sat as arbitrator and counsel in numerous major cases. Dispute resolution practice head Elie Kleiman is “top-notch” and “extremely tough,” say interviewees. He has been particularly active of late on international arbitration, but also has an impressive track record on the litigation side. Widely respected and extensively experienced international arbitrator Peter Turner has acted as counsel and arbitrator in proceedings in a wide range of sectors. He has a particular focus on investor-state arbitration under BITs. International arbitration partner Georgios Petrochilos has a special focus on energy-related matters. His highly international credentials include being dual-qualified in France and Greece. Stéphane Bénouville is one of the most visible members of the litigation group, particularly in the banking and financial services area. Relatively new partner Noah Rubins is “clearly one of the young stars” and “a name to watch,” say peers. He focuses on international arbitration and is especially present on matters involving Eastern Europe and Asia.
Since publication, Jan Paulsson has retired from this practice.
Since publication, Jan Paulsson has retired from this practice.
Since publication, Jan Paulsson has joined Jan Paulsson - sole practitioner
Since publication, Jan Paulsson has joined Jan Paulsson - sole practitioner
THE FIRM Clients describe the dispute resolution practice at this large French firm as seasoned and dynamic, and appreciate its highly effective international network. It has a formidable reputation for both litigation and international arbitration.
KEY INDIVIDUALS Esteemed arbitrator Christian Camboulive has been most active recently on a range of ICC cases. Peers hold him in high regard. Fellow arbitration partner Carole Malinvaud has “a truly international aura,” observe commentators. Her recent work includes defending investors in infrastructure projects in the Middle East and in West Africa, and acting as arbitrator in ICC and LCIA arbitrations. Peers offer unanimous praise for her work. Long-standing partner Michel Pitron is identified as the most visible litigator on the team. Clients value his diverse litigation experience and report that “he reacts quickly, with poise and precision.” Also a long-experienced and widely respected litigator, Gilles Duquet has particular expertise in the aviation and energy industries, as well as substantial knowledge of criminal and labour law litigation. Relatively young litigation partner Bruno Quentin has handled a wide range of cases, including commercial, corporate, banking and finance, stock market and criminal litigation. He enters these rankings following an impressive level of activity and glowing client comments on his commitment and considerable knowledge.
THE FIRM The large dispute resolution team at this international firm continues to operate among the market leaders and enjoys a high level of activity in both international arbitration and litigation. On the arbitration side, the group has a particular focus on North Africa and the Middle East, but is also active in other parts of the world including Japan and Eastern Europe. Energy and natural resource-related cases constitute a large proportion of the firm’s arbitration work. The litigation team has been particularly busy on financial and aviation-related cases. The firm’s noteworthy white-collar crime practice is international in scope, with cases being litigated in Africa amongst other areas.
KEY INDIVIDUALS Co-head of the firm’s international arbitration practice Charles Kaplan is “an excellent lawyer, highly intelligent and very good at pleading,” say peers. He has taken part in numerous high-profile arbitration proceedings as counsel, and also receives appointments as arbitrator under the ICC and LCIA rules. Dual-qualified partner Isabelle Michou is a highly regarded and visible member of the international arbitration scene. Often acting for major companies and sovereign states, she has built up expertise in a range of sectors including hotels, aerospace and large infrastructure projects.
Since publication, Charles Kaplan has joined Orrick Rambaud Martel
THE FIRM Established in 2006, this relatively compact boutique has already achieved an impressive reputation for its litigation activity, especially in the insurance, reinsurance and product liability fields.
KEY INDIVIDUALS Gérard Honig is acclaimed for his prowess in product liability, insurance and reinsurance litigation, industrial risk, construction and aviation, amongst other areas. Also a widely acclaimed figure in the market, Bernard Mettetal focuses on reinsurance, insurance, insolvency and major product liability claims. Simon Ndiaye represents major insurance companies in domestic and international litigation and arbitration.
THE FIRM Resoundingly positive market feedback confirms this firm’s position as a strong player for both international arbitration and litigation cases. Peers admire its high visibility, quality of work and prestigious clients.
Sources say: “I am extremely happy with its work – you can always speak to the right person when you need to, and there is real transparency in the way that the group operates.” “The whole team has great expertise and provides an incredible level of service.”
KEY INDIVIDUALS Lead litigation partner Thomas Rouhette is “extremely bright, personable and easy to work with, and can translate legal concepts into a clear and concise format,” enthuse clients. He covers general commercial litigation, product liability, insurance litigation and aviation litigation. International arbitration partner Laurent Gouiffès is also applauded for his impressive handling of complex cases. His involvement in energy-related and investment treaty arbitrations is highlighted. Sources describe him as “disarmingly persuasive, knowledgeable, articulate and poised.”
THE FIRM The long-established arbitration practice at this US firm maintains the strong respect of peers, and wins glowing praise from clients. The firm also has a noteworthy commercial litigation group, representing French, US and other international clients in a wide spectrum of disputes.
KEY INDIVIDUALS Renowned US arbitrator Axel Baum has been a key figure on the Paris arbitration scene for decades, and continues to have “a very, very good reputation” and “great moral authority,” according to interviewees. Co-heading the practice, international arbitrator José Rosell is much admired by peers and acclaimed by clients as "a man of enormous intelligence and creativity, and also very personable. He's a tireless worker and is very good at making sure we are kept completely up to speed.” He has sat as counsel and arbitrator in many commercial and investment treaty arbitrations. He is also a litigator, handling disputes relating to M&A, industrial projects and finance. Leading the arbitration and litigation teams with him is Marc Henry. On the litigation side his practice encompasses corporate and finance disputes, distribution and agency, industrial, white-collar crime and insolvency matters. On the arbitration side he is known for his handling of post-M&A issues, distribution and agency, international joint ventures and international projects disputes.
THE FIRM This long-established French firm continues to command solid respect for its dispute resolution practice, despite certain recent departures. Litigation is one of the firm’s core practice areas, especially corporate disputes such as shareholder litigation, post-acquisition litigation and stock market litigation. The group also handles banking litigation, bankruptcy, general commercial litigation and white-collar crime cases.
KEY INDIVIDUALS The key contact for clients is Loraine Donnedieu de Vabres-Tranié.
THE FIRM This US firm offers a sizeable and well-regarded dispute resolution practice, with ten lawyers working on litigation and 12 lawyers on the international arbitration side. The international arbitration team handles cases for clients from throughout the world in a wide range of sectors, especially engineering, construction and oil and gas of late. The commercial litigators are also present in a variety of fields, with a particular focus recently on the aviation and healthcare industries.
Sources say: “They are very committed to the case and produce very detailed, high-quality work.”
KEY INDIVIDUALS Peers hold international arbitrator Michael Bühler in high regard, confirming that he has “an extremely good reputation and expertise. He is very familiar with arbitration proceedings generally, and particularly those under ICC.” Clients appreciate that “he is very honest and inspires you to have confidence in the case.” The team benefits from the input of French and Swedish-qualified Sigvard Jarvin, a highly respected international arbitrator who has sat on numerous major cases under a range of rules. Peers attest to his strong reputation in the market. Commercial litigation head Laurent Martinet is also a member of the firm’s healthcare group, often acting for players in the chemicals and pharmaceuticals sectors.
THE FIRM This compact boutique impresses many with its litigation expertise, particularly in the fields of media litigation and white-collar crime.
KEY INDIVIDUALS Georges Kiejman is one of the most renowned and active commercial litigation and white-collar crime lawyers in France. Peers admire his “extraordinary presence and strength” and highlight his involvement in civil rights cases. Celebrated litigator Thierry Marembert focuses primarily on white-collar crime cases, but also has a strong track record in general commercial litigation.
THE FIRM This US firm has a robust dispute resolution practice that handles commercial litigation, international arbitration and stock market litigation. Sectors in which the team is particularly active on the litigation side include energy, insurance and banking. For international arbitration, the group works closely with its colleagues in the firm’s offices around the world, representing states, industrial players and multinational companies, particularly in the oil and gas, energy and construction industries, in commercial arbitration and investment treaty disputes.
KEY INDIVIDUALS Lead litigation partner Valérie Bouaziz Torron has significant experience of product liability, corporate litigation and IT litigation. She has considerable expertise in cross-border litigation.
THE FIRM Interviewees are effusive in their praise for this magic circle dispute resolution practice, which provides a range of litigation and arbitration services, with particular strength in stock market litigation and white-collar crime cases.
Sources say: “These lawyers are extremely committed, experts in their fields and capable of thinking differently, as well as being pleasant to work with.”
KEY INDIVIDUALS Clients view Kiril Bougartchev as “an expert in white-collar crime, and really involved in his cases,” whilst peers confirm that he is one of the leading names in the field. Clients applaud the “very diplomatic and available” Arnaud de La Cotardière, who is primarily a litigator, including in white-collar crime cases, but also an experienced arbitrator. His ability to master complex subjects quickly and to translate difficult legal concepts into comprehensible terms is highlighted as a skill that has won him high-profile clients over the years. Commentators are also impressed by the quality of the firm's more junior lawyers.
THE FIRM This sizeable dispute resolution practice maintains a robust position in the market. In common with many of its competitors in France, the team’s lawyers are able to handle both contentious and transactional work. It has seen an increase in insolvency litigation and shareholder and management disputes in recent times.
KEY INDIVIDUALS Esteemed founding partner Jean-Pierre Martel continues to be hailed as “one of the best litigators in France.” Following widespread praise, "very polished" international arbitration expert Laurent Jaeger climbs the rankings. Peers admire his "perfect handling of aggressive situations." He acts for domestic and foreign industrial players from sectors including chemicals, oil and gas, mining, pharmaceuticals, hotels, aircraft and car manufacturing. He is co-head of the firm-wide international arbitration practice. Banking and commercial litigation expert Philippe Hameau has “a very fine reputation,” according to peers. Widely respected litigation partner Frédéric Lalance has been impressively active recently on disputes in a range of sectors. Also “an excellent litigator,” Jean-Michel Le Prêtre handles both transactions and disputes in a wide range of areas including M&A, stock exchange regulation, joint ventures, commercial contracts, professional liability, media and advertising law, and banking and finance. Senior counsel William Laurence Craig has been “one of the leading names on the international arbitration scene for decades.” He continues to sit as counsel and arbitrator in disputes, particularly in the telecoms sector of late.
THE FIRM This international firm has a noteworthy dispute resolution practice, handling commercial and civil litigation, arbitration, securities litigation and white-collar crime. Several recent recruitments reflect its healthy level of activity.
KEY INDIVIDUALS The best-known figure on the team is partner Dominique Borde, who focuses on securities and corporate litigation, acting for investment banks, listed companies and regulatory and professional bodies on a range of matters. He also handles white-collar crime cases.
THE FIRM Litigation is one of the pillars of this well-respected French firm. It covers a wide range of fields, including corporate, commercial, real estate and white-collar crime litigation.
KEY INDIVIDUALS Founding partner Jean Reinhart is best known as a top white-collar crime litigator, but he also has a strong corporate and financial litigation practice. Antoine Derot has focused on dispute resolution for many years, with particular expertise in litigation related to distribution, competition and commercial law.
THE FIRM Peers agree that this US firm “undoubtedly deserves its top-tier position for international arbitration.” It boasts a huge team, including several of the market's most esteemed arbitrators, and expansive international reach. Lately, the group has been especially busy on energy, investment and construction disputes, with Africa, the Middle East and Eastern Europe being particularly prominent areas of activity.
KEY INDIVIDUALS Long-standing partner Emmanuel Gaillard is hailed as “one of the gods of international arbitration, both in Paris and worldwide.” He sits as counsel and is a renowned arbitrator. Fernando Mantilla-Serrano is widely known and respected for his activity as counsel and arbitrator. He is often present on cases involving international contracts, construction, energy, banking, corporate and general commercial matters, and has expertise on arbitration in Latin America. Also recognised as a major player in the field, Yas Banifatemi acts for states, state-owned entities and companies on PIL and international arbitration issues. Following enthusiastic comments by peers regarding his visibility and prowess in international arbitration, Todd Wetmore enters these rankings. He is especially well recognised for arbitrating construction cases.
THE FIRM Sources are united in their approval of this compact but highly successful arbitration boutique, which has made an impressive name for itself on both a domestic and international level.
Sources say: “A very, very good team with an excellent track record in arbitration.”
KEY INDIVIDUALS Founding partner Eric Teynier has long-standing and varied experience of international and domestic arbitration, sitting as both counsel and arbitrator, and is recognised by interviewees as a leading figure in the area.
THE FIRM Interviewees confirm that this domestic boutique occupies a lofty position on the litigation scene in France, excelling at white-collar crime and stock market-related disputes.
KEY INDIVIDUALS Jean Veil is highly regarded for transactional corporate work and white-collar crime, but has been most active in commercial litigation of late, with peers remarking that “he is everywhere – he seems to be on every big litigation case in the country.” Georges Jourde is a well-recognised and highly active corporate and commercial litigator. Emmanuel Rosenfeld is greatly admired for his prolific activity advising on major white-collar crime cases.
THE FIRM Sources identify this compact boutique as a high-quality and impressively active player in the dispute resolution area, especially when it comes to stock market and corporate litigation.
KEY INDIVIDUALS Name partner Yves Schmidt is a widely admired litigator, who often appears on major cases. Nicolas Viguié is a high-profile name in litigation, and has helped build an accomplished team in this area.
THE FIRM This large dispute resolution team is home to numerous different nationalities, reflecting the firm’s highly international approach. International arbitration – both commercial arbitration in the construction and oil and gas sectors, and investment arbitration – is the team’s main focus, though it also has a smaller but well-regarded litigation capacity, encompassing complex commercial and financial litigation as well as white-collar crime. It handles arbitration throughout the world, particularly in North Africa, Eastern Europe and the Middle East. The arbitrators based in the Paris office work in an integrated fashion with their colleagues across the firm’s network of overseas offices.
KEY INDIVIDUALS Peers report that renowned international arbitration practice head Michael Polkinghorne is “very talented, likeable and doing an excellent job.” Christopher Seppälä is “undoubtedly one of the stars of construction arbitration – he has an incredible practice,” say interviewees. Litigation partner Philippe Métais wins praise from clients and peers, especially for his prowess on banking and insolvency litigation. Younger partner Christophe Von Krause has built up a solid name for himself in the international arbitration field, particularly in the construction, energy, hotels, pharmaceutical and industrial sectors. He is mainly present on cases in the Middle East and North Africa, with considerable experience of disputes in Algeria.
THE FIRM This international firm has built up a robust dispute resolution group, with particular strength in commercial litigation and white-collar crime cases.
KEY INDIVIDUALS Leading the group, Dominique Mondoloni is a “very tough and skilled litigator,” say peers. His activity encompasses general commercial litigation, securities litigation, other civil litigation and arbitration including M&A-related disputes, and white-collar crime. Best known as a top restructuring and insolvency lawyer, Maurice Lantourne also has a highly regarded banking, commercial and white-collar crime litigation practice.
Peers praise “very bright, experienced and tremendously energetic” Alexis Mourre
of boutique firm Castaldi Mourre & Partners, highlighting him as “one of the most promising arbitrators of the younger generation.”
He is extremely active and well regarded both as an arbitrator and as counsel. Sources appreciate his multilingual skills and mention that he is well known not only in France, but also on the Spanish and Italian arbitration scenes. His roles include vice-president of the ICC International Court of Arbitration.
At King & Spalding, partner and former secretary general of the ICC International Court of Arbitration Eric Schwartz
wins widespread praise for his activity both as counsel and as arbitrator. Sources describe him as “very impressive”
and “up there with the best of the arbitrators – he always comes up with the sharpest questions.”
He is especially sought after for construction and energy cases.
Heading a four-lawyer arbitration boutique in Paris, Thomas Webster
acts as arbitrator, counsel and mediator on a wide range of international disputes, including commercial and investment. He is particularly well known for his work as arbitrator. Sources describe him as “very knowledgeable, experienced, hard-working and helpful.”
He is author of various publications, including a handbook on ICC Arbitration.
At Université de Paris I (Panthéon-Sorbonne), Laurent Aynès
is one of the most respected arbitrators in the country.
of Université de Paris X (Nanterre) is also a highly respected and sought-after arbitrator.
At Soulez Larivière & Associés, founding partner Daniel Soulez Larivière
has been handling high-profile white-collar crime cases for decades, and maintains his formidable reputation in the field. Peers highlight his specialisation in industrial accidents.
Sole practitioner Emmanuelle Kneusé
is well known for her broad criminal law practice, including white-collar crime. Sources describe her as being “very good in front of the courts.”
Well-established white-collar crime lawyer Francis Szpiner
of Szpiner-Toby is most famous for his work on behalf of political figures.
of Stasi et Associés is a revered name on the Paris litigation scene, specialising in white-collar crime and civil and medical liability. The numerous prestigious roles that he has held include chairman of the Paris Bar. Whilst less active than in the past, he remains a prominent and highly respected figure.
A former chairman of the Paris Bar, esteemed litigator Paul-Albert Iweins
leads the dispute resolution practice at Taylor Wessing. He has a broad practice, but is especially active on white-collar crime cases and financial litigation.
Peers agree that Hervé Témime
of Témime is “one of the most visible white-collar crime practitioners nowadays”
and report that he is an “extremely good lawyer”
and “excellent in court.”
The venerable Jean-René Farthouat
of Farthouat Asselineau & Associés is well known as a former head of the Paris Bar, and as a top criminal law practitioner, mainly representing individuals. Sources describe him as an “extraordinary lawyer, very experienced and smart.”
“Extremely well-known and highly reputed”
vice-chair of the Paris Bar Jean-Yves Leborgne
is “a key figure in the criminal law world.”
Peers acclaim him as “a fantastic lawyer who is excellent in court.”
A very active and well-recognised white-collar crime expert, Thierry Dalmasso
recently moved from Morgan, Lewis & Bockius to De Gaulle Fleurance & Associés. His work on cases involving major accidents, such as aeroplane crashes, receives special mention.
of Fischer, Tandeau de Marsac, Sur & Associés is well recognised for his expertise in white-collar crime and professional liability.
Long-experienced sole practitioner Philippe Lemaire
is “one of the best criminal lawyers in Paris,”
say peers, observing that “he is fantastic in court.”
As well as white-collar crime, he handles a wide range of general criminal law cases.
At Brandford-Griffith & Associés, Diane Pasturel
specialises in stock exchange litigation, representing regulatory authorities and issuers.
Peers admire corporate and litigation partner Georges Terrier
of Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP for his “strong reputation, network, connections and visibility.”
Clients appreciate his “very quick mind and ability to understand our case and summarise the issues within a short period of time.”
Amongst his clients are major French companies from sectors including luxury goods, banking, insurance, transport and industry.
Litigator Catherine Paley-Vincent
of Ginestié Magellan Paley-Vincent is particularly well known for her expertise in the pharmaceutical and healthcare sectors.
of relatively young boutique Laude Esquier Champey wins strong approval from peers and clients. He has a broad practice, encompassing commercial, IP and IT litigation, as well as some arbitration and white-collar crime work. He is especially active in the media and telecoms sectors and on cases involving Spanish parties.
Peers see litigator Didier Malka
’s move to Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP as an excellent gain for the firm. “He really is a rising star – one of the brightest litigators of the young generation,”
says one interviewee.
Well-known litigator Valerie Lafarge-Sarkozy
recently moved to De Gaulle Fleurance & Associés from Proskauer Rose, and covers corporate litigation, commercial litigation and product liability.
At Winston & Strawn, partner Patrick Dunaud
focuses on IP and antitrust litigation, with particular expertise in media, entertainment, IT and e-commerce. He also handles corporate and securities litigation for financial institutions and French and US companies.
At the relatively young but well-respected French firm Wilhelm & Associés, Arnaud Péricard
co-leads the dispute resolution group, focusing on corporate and banking litigation.
leads the litigation practice at Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP, covering civil and commercial litigation and white-collar crime. He is especially well known for his financial litigation activity, representing large financial institutions.
Formerly deputy secretary general at the ICC International Court of Arbitration, Jennifer Kirby
recently established specialist arbitration boutique Kirby. She sits as arbitrator and counsel on disputes in a range of sectors and under a variety of rules, and is widely recognised for her expertise in the ICC.
Interviewees are enthusiastic in their praise for “very experienced and likeable” Louis Degos
, who leads the dispute resolution practice at K&L Gates. He focuses on international and domestic arbitration under a variety of rules. Clients appreciate his “in-depth knowledge of the French legal system, litigation and arbitration, his ability to put himself in our shoes, and his moral authority.”
Formerly of Herbert Smith, Michael Young
of Allen & Overy LLP is now a well-established name in the Paris-based international arbitration world, having spent several years practising in London. He has considerable experience in the energy, chemical and natural resources sectors and on infrastructure projects, sitting as both counsel and arbitrator.
At the same firm, French and New York-qualified litigator Denis Chemla
covers a wide range of complex commercial and criminal litigation. He is especially well versed in aviation-related product liability cases, and has substantial experience in banking and securities litigation. Sources describe him as “a very dynamic and famous litigator,”
and appreciate his prowess on cross-border matters, partly due to his impeccable English. He recently joined Allen & Overy after leaving Herbert Smith, where he led the litigation team and represented a number of US clients as well as French.
Formerly at Orrick Rambaud Martel, Sophie Scemla
of Heenan Blaikie AARPI focuses on white-collar crime, representing companies, executives and statutory auditors. She also handles commercial, securities and bankruptcy disputes.
Sources are united in their praise for “charming, tenacious and 100% committed”
international arbitration expert Jean-Georges Betto
. He is especially well known for his work in the defence, energy, construction and insurance sectors. He left Hogan Lovells in October 2012 to form boutique international dispute resolution firm betto seraglini.
recently left a major French firm to found Dethomas Kopf. He remains a visible player in the dispute resolution market.
recently joined Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan from Shearman & Sterling. Described as "very solid,"
France and UK-qualified Pinsolle is similarly admired for his extensive international arbitration experience and skill. He often appears on investor-state arbitrations and commercial disputes involving oil and gas, energy, construction and defence.
Since publication, Mario Stasi has passed away.