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Europe Guide

Insurance — France

Band 1

第一等

From the Chambers Europe guide

What the team is known for French firm regarded highly for its prowess in commercial litigation, boasting a wealth of experience in insurance law. Active in insurance and reinsurance, as well as industrial risk. Dedicated team handles a variety of liability matters. Additional expertise includes insurance-related issues in the pharmaceutical and medical industries.

Notable practitioners

Co-founding partner Christian Bouckaert's clients benefit from his extensive experience in insurance. His varied workload includes arbitration and mediation in fields such as aviation, construction and environmental law.

Pascal Ormen's work comprises insurance matters at a domestic and international level. He focuses on providing counsel on both litigation and arbitration proceedings as well as product liability.

Rémi Passemard continues to receive recognition from the market for "delivering good-quality work." He contributes a wealth of financial knowledge to the department.

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Band 1

第一等

From the Chambers Europe guide

What the team is known for Top-tier players in the insurance market, with lawyers expert in analysing and drafting policies. Also experienced in the auditing of insurance companies, the defence of insurance intermediaries and litigation. Frequently assists European clients looking to join the French market.

Notable practitioners

The well-respected Gérard Honig is an expert in aviation, maritime and space law. His experience encompasses insurance and reinsurance, industrial and construction risks and product liability.

The revered Bernard Mettetal is heavily involved in insurance and reinsurance matters. He has worked on a variety of cases concerning bank policy, international fraud and film insurance. His work spans jurisdictions worldwide.

Simon Ndiaye is noted by peers for his "deep knowledge" of insurance. He is skilled in cross-border matters including aviation law, product liability and arbitration procedures.

Sarah Xerri-Hanote has experience of international arbitration and litigation. Her expertise includes insurance and reinsurance, industrial risks and public liability insurance.

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Band 2

第二等

From the Chambers Europe guide

Basic facts about the department
- Heads of department: Richard Ghueldre and Capucine Bernier
- 2 partners
- 15 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Highly regarded practice with a broad insurance team, active in both regulatory and litigation matters. Advising domestic and international insurance companies, insurance brokers and agents as well as French authorities. It has recently focused on large-scale financial cases, with notable expertise in class actions.

Strengths Clients hold the firm in high esteem, saying: "When it gets crucial, Gide Loyrette Nouel is among our favourite few law firms."

Another source praises their "huge expertise" and "very high standards of quality at all levels."

Work highlights Advised AXA on the first class action in France in relation to insurance and finance.

Provided advice to architect insurance company MAF following the Paris La Villette fire.

Significant clients AIG, BNP Paribas, QBE, Legal & General, La Banque Postale.

Notable practitioners

Richard Ghueldre "knows all dimensions of insurance very well" and his "legal analyses are always clear, well documented and decision-oriented," according to one client. He is involved in the creation and administration of insurance programmes both nationally and internationally.

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Band 2

第二等

From the Chambers Europe guide

Basic facts about the department
- Head of department: Olivier Purcell
- 4 partners
- 6 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Well-regarded practice, handling contentious and non-contentious matters. A team of specialists in English, French and German law co-operate on an international level with offices worldwide. Advises on complex insurance claims related to industrial risks, transportation, construction and energy. The firm has further expertise in product liability and third party insurance litigation.

Strengths Observers are impressed by the firm's "good knowledge of the international insurance system and of foreign legal procedures, and its solid worldwide network."

Another source describes them as "extremely wise in terms of strategy." 

Significant clients AXA France, ACE, Helvetia, Generali, Amlin.

Notable practitioners

Guillaume Brajeux represents insurance companies and industrial groups in risk issues. He is well known for his work in litigation and specialisation in shipping.

Pierre-Olivier Leblanc has experience in marine, energy, transport and construction matters. He is involved in litigation and arbitration on a national and international level. He is described as "available and responsive" and his clients feel they can "count on him in urgent situations."

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Band 3

第三等

From the Chambers Europe guide

Basic facts about the department
- Head of department: Gildas Rostain
- 8 partners
- 11 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Advises on regulatory and litigation matters, handling a wide range of insurance disputes. It has expertise assisting clients with compliance issues, product distribution and the setting-up and restructuring of their businesses. Visible and active on many high-profile cases in recent years, with an impressive client portfolio of insurers and reinsurers.

Strengths One client states: "I am completely satisfied. They respond quickly and tell us the main points of procedure. They have perfect knowledge of the area."

Work highlights Advised international car-sharing start-up BlaBlaCar on insurance procedures and implementation of insurance cover provided by AXA France.

Significant clients Swiss Re, Scor, Liberty, AIG, Chubb.

Notable practitioners

Gildas Rostain has advised many large companies on arbitrations and disputes within the areas of industrial risk, property, personal injury, D&O and credit insurance. Clients praise his dedication, saying he "keeps us informed so that we can inform our clients."

Yannis Samothrakis has experience of insurance and reinsurance litigation and arbitration as well as corporate procedures. He takes an international perspective on cases, working on both French matters and those at a European level.

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Band 3

第三等

From the Chambers Europe guide

What the team is known for Strong knowledge of the insurance sector. Active in regulatory matters and litigation, also assisting clients with professional liability. Acts as counsel to clients on policies ranging from damages and operating losses to fraud. Represents domestic and international clients.

Notable practitioners

Insurance expert François Hascoët is well known for his work in finance and business. He is involved in high-profile litigations.

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Band 3

第三等

From the Chambers Europe guide

Basic facts about the department
- Heads of department: Sébastien Gros, Thomas Rouhette and Sharon Lewis
- 3 partners
- 8 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for A varied team of specialists with an insurance focus. Assists clients with contentious and non-contentious issues. Handles significant cases for multinational corporations and co-operates with an extended international team.

Strengths One impressed client says: "Their industry knowledge is quite unique, especially for reinsurance matters."

Another considers it their "go-to firm for regulatory advice in Paris."

Work highlights Advised CNP Assurances on the beginning of a strategic partnership regarding insurance product distribution with Santander Consumer Finance. The transaction amounted to approximately EUR290 million.

Significant clients Assurant, RGA, Allianz, Aviva, Chubb.

Notable practitioners

Sébastien Gros, Thomas Rouhette and Sharon Lewis are key contacts for clients.

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Band 3

第三等

From the Chambers Europe guide

Basic facts about the department
- Head of department: Bénédicte Denis
- 2 partners
- 7 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Offers clients a wide range of services in the insurance sector, including corporate and regulatory advice as well as dispute resolution. Also handles compliance work and corporate crime cases. Acts on global matters with a client base comprising national and international insurers.

Strengths Sources praise the lawyers for "working together, using their combined expertise to provide us with the fairest advice."

Another client notes: "They know their sector very well. They're aware of all regulatory pitfalls of the sector and can guide us through it."

Work highlights Assisted MetLife with a joint venture with AXA France Vie that involved the creation and development of the MAXIS Global Benefits Network, a company with operations in 110 countries.

Significant clients APICIL Group, Allianz, AssurOne, Santander Consumer France.

Notable practitioners  

Corporate and regulatory lawyer Bénédicte Denis provides counsel to a range of French and international insurers and industry clients, aiding them in transactions and matters such as product regulation and reinsurance. Her clients recognise her as "accessible, commercial and above all extremely knowledgeable in anything to do with regulation."

Orsolya Hegedus acts both on litigation and advisory matters. Her clients describe her as being "rigorous and pragmatic" and giving "practical solutions." She has assisted with a number of acquisitions over the past year.

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Band 3

第三等

From the Chambers Europe guide

What the team is known for Boutique firm advising individuals on life insurance matters and insurance-related issues arising from accidents. Assists with the drawing up of insurance policy with regard to the implications of regulatory and legal developments. 

Notable practitioners  

Mathieu Patrimonio focuses on insurance law as well as financial, construction, tourism and aviation law. He is considered a "good professional."

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Senior Statesmen

HMN & Partners

From the Chambers Europe guide

The well-respected Gérard Honig is an expert in aviation, maritime and space law. His experience encompasses insurance and reinsurance, industrial and construction risks and product liability.

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Senior Statesmen

TLJ & Associés

From the Chambers Europe guide

Christian Lambard of TLJ & Associés specialises in construction insurance law in France.

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Senior Statesmen

HMN & Partners

From the Chambers Europe guide

The revered Bernard Mettetal is heavily involved in insurance and reinsurance matters. He has worked on a variety of cases concerning bank policy, international fraud and film insurance. His work spans jurisdictions worldwide.

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Band 1

BOPS-Bouckaert Ormen Passemard

From the Chambers Europe guide

Co-founding partner Christian Bouckaert's clients benefit from his extensive experience in insurance. His varied workload includes arbitration and mediation in fields such as aviation, construction and environmental law.

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Band 1

Hascoët & Associés

From the Chambers Europe guide

Insurance expert François Hascoët is well known for his work in finance and business. He is involved in high-profile litigations.

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HMN & Partners

From the Chambers Europe guide

Simon Ndiaye is noted by peers for his "deep knowledge" of insurance. He is skilled in cross-border matters including aviation law, product liability and arbitration procedures.

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Band 2

Holman Fenwick Willan France LLP

From the Chambers Europe guide

Guillaume Brajeux represents insurance companies and industrial groups in risk issues. He is well known for his work in litigation and specialisation in shipping.

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Band 2

Frédérique de la Chapelle

Eversheds Sutherland

From the Chambers Europe guide

Practice head Frédérique de la Chapelle of Eversheds Sutherland has recently worked on a range of high-profile insurance cases. Her relationships with clients are strong, as attested by one source who says she is "dedicated to providing a full service matching the client's needs. She is always willing to go the extra mile."

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Band 2

Gide Loyrette Nouel AARPI

From the Chambers Europe guide

Richard Ghueldre "knows all dimensions of insurance very well" and his "legal analyses are always clear, well documented and decision-oriented," according to one client. He is involved in the creation and administration of insurance programmes both nationally and internationally.

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Band 2

BOPS-Bouckaert Ormen Passemard

From the Chambers Europe guide

Pascal Ormen's work comprises insurance matters at a domestic and international level. He focuses on providing counsel on both litigation and arbitration proceedings as well as product liability.

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Band 2

Raffin & Associés

From the Chambers Europe guide

Mathieu Patrimonio focuses on insurance law as well as financial, construction, tourism and aviation law. He is considered a "good professional."

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Band 2

HMN & Partners

From the Chambers Europe guide

Sarah Xerri-Hanote has experience of international arbitration and litigation. Her expertise includes insurance and reinsurance, industrial risks and public liability insurance.

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Band 3

August Debouzy

From the Chambers Europe guide

Alexandra Cohen-Jonathan of August Debouzy has experience of industrial risk, professional civil liability and D&O liability matters. Clients praise her for being "proactive and available" and for achieving results that were "almost undreamt of."

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Band 3

Norton Rose Fulbright

From the Chambers Europe guide

Corporate and regulatory lawyer Bénédicte Denis provides counsel to a range of French and international insurers and industry clients, aiding them in transactions and matters such as product regulation and reinsurance. Her clients recognise her as "accessible, commercial and above all extremely knowledgeable in anything to do with regulation."

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Band 3

Karila

From the Chambers Europe guide

Laurent Karila of Karila is a specialist in construction insurance along with industry risk and commercial leases. He advises on contracts and acts as mediator and arbitrator on a number of matters.

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Band 3

BOPS-Bouckaert Ormen Passemard

From the Chambers Europe guide

Rémi Passemard continues to receive recognition from the market for "delivering good-quality work." He contributes a wealth of financial knowledge to the department.

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Band 3

Sorba Payrau

From the Chambers Europe guide

Emmanuelle Payrau of Sorba Payrau heads a contentious and non-contentious practice. Her clients say she is "precise and an expert in insurance; her advice and analyses are always judicious."

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Band 3

Clyde & Co LLP

From the Chambers Europe guide

Gildas Rostain has advised many large companies on arbitrations and disputes within the areas of industrial risk, property, personal injury, D&O and credit insurance. Clients praise his dedication, saying he "keeps us informed so that we can inform our clients."

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Band 4

Stephenson Harwood AARPI

From the Chambers Europe guide

Barthélemy Cousin of Stephenson Harwood AARPI is a "litigation strategy master" who focuses on international disputes. He has a range of experience in financial lines and liability matters.

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Band 4

PHPG

From the Chambers Europe guide

Françoise Hecquet of PHPG has civil liability experience as well as a focus on product liability.

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Band 4

Norton Rose Fulbright

From the Chambers Europe guide

Orsolya Hegedus acts both on litigation and advisory matters. Her clients describe her as being "rigorous and pragmatic" and giving "practical solutions." She has assisted with a number of acquisitions over the past year.

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Band 4

Dentons

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Séverine Hotellier of Dentons has specific experience in industrial risks as well as banking and commercial fraud. Clients admire her skill and specialism in technical areas, describing her as "very available and dynamic."

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Band 4

Holman Fenwick Willan France LLP

From the Chambers Europe guide

Pierre-Olivier Leblanc has experience in marine, energy, transport and construction matters. He is involved in litigation and arbitration on a national and international level. He is described as "available and responsive" and his clients feel they can "count on him in urgent situations."

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Band 4

PHPG

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Jean-Marie Préel of PHPG concentrates on civil liability in civil engineering and construction.

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Band 4

Clyde & Co LLP

From the Chambers Europe guide

Yannis Samothrakis has experience of insurance and reinsurance litigation and arbitration as well as corporate procedures. He takes an international perspective on cases, working on both French matters and those at a European level.

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