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Insurance — France


Gide Loyrette Nouel AARPI - Insurance Department

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Band 1

第一等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Market-leading insurance team acting on both regulatory and litigation matters. Advising domestic and international insurance companies, insurance brokers and agents, as well as French authorities. Areas of expertise include industrial risks, transport and aviation. Also skilled at handling large-scale financial cases, including class actions.

Strengths Interviewees praise the team's services. "They work to the highest standards. They offer great depth of technical expertise," one satisfied client reports. "Their work is good, quick and effective," further sources add.

Sources also value the team's support in complex matters, particularly praising its "exceptional negotiation and communication skills."

Work highlights Assisted Caisse Centrale de Réassurance with the establishment of a subsidiary dedicated to market reinsurance activities. The matter was valued at over EUR10 million.

Advised MAF on industrial risks in the context of a disaster at the Halle Freyssinet incubator.

Notable practitioners

Richard Ghueldre advises clients on a broad range of insurance matters related to industrial, air and maritime disasters. His clients include banks, industrial groups and service providers. An interviewee says: "He is very flexible and listens to his clients. I appreciate his availability and the fact that he gets back to me really quickly. He is always able to take a step back and have a strategic approach to matters." Another source reports: "I know I can trust him with handling the most complex negotiations." He recently advised OdysseyRe on the establishment of a French reinsurance subsidiary, valued at more than EUR10 million.

Capucine Bernier enters the rankings this year on the back of strong market feedback. "She is a fantastic negotiator. She is flexible in negotiations but also rigorous and firm when needed," a client enthuses. She has a notable insurance litigation practice, advising on both non-life and life insurance disputes. Of late, she assisted the Pasteur Mutualité Group with a dispute between two mutual insurers.

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HMN & Partners - Insurance Department

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Band 1

第一等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

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. Offers specialist knowledge in a range of areas, including D&O liability, industrial and environmental risks and aviation. Frequently assists European clients looking to join the French market.

Strengths Interviewees universally hail the team as a first-class practice. One client notes: "Every time we work with them we are satisfied. They are a safe pair of hands and really give you extra value."

Another source states: "The quality of their work is excellent and they are very well known in the market."

Notable practitioners

Gérard Honig is an eminent insurance specialist with considerable experience in aviation and maritime matters. He also provides expert advice on complex product liability and industrial risk cases. Sources regard him as "an excellent practitioner" who is "very hands-on."

Bernard Mettetal offers clients the benefit of deep experience in insurance insolvency, reinsurance and product liability claims. Sources are quick to highlight his "excellent reputation" in the insurance space.

Interviewees attest to Simon Ndiaye's "tremendous reputation" for handling insurance matters. One impressed source notes that he is "a pleasure to deal with." He is particularly well versed in aviation matters and product liability cases.

Sarah Xerri-Hanote handles a wide range of insurance matters, including cases related to industrial risks and D&O liability. Clients enjoy working with her and describe her as "excellent."

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HFW - Insurance Department

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第一等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Highly 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. Notable track record advising clients on industrial risks, product liability and D&O disputes. Skilled in assisting with policy wording and the distribution of insurance products. Particularly experienced in the transportation and energy sectors. Has additional expertise in third party insurance litigation.

Strengths Clients applaud the team's approachable manner and that the lawyers are "always happy to answer their clients' questions," adding: "Technically they are top-notch but they are also able to explain complex notions to the layman."

Interviewees also highlight cross-border capabilities of the lawyers: "The quality of their work is excellent and they have a great network of offices," adding: "They are able to service international matters."

Strategic thinking is an additional strength valued by clients, who say that "they are good at anticipating potential issues and solving them before they turn into full-blown problems."

Work highlights Acted for AXA France as property damage insurers on EUR2.5 million claims against the tenant of a multi-brand supermarket following a fire disaster.

Represented Hiscox and their insured client in claims brought by the owner of rehabilitation works in a building containing asbestos.

Notable practitioners

Guillaume Brajeux acts for clients on complex litigation matters related to industrial casualties and defective products. He is experienced in advising companies in the shipping and transportation sectors. Sources note: "He is extremely accessible and has a straightforward approach. He explains things well and is attentive to our needs."

Pauline Arroyo enters the rankings this year on the back of strong market feedback. Clients enthuse: "She is always pleasant to deal with and available to answer our questions. She is good at looking at the bigger picture and takes steps to prevent problems from arising." She assists clients with insurance-related regulatory, transactional and contentious matters. Her areas of expertise include industrial risks, professional liability, construction and defective products. Of late, she advised Equinox and Edeis on court survey proceedings related to alleged defects in a set of four recently renovated buildings located in La Défense.

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Kennedys - Insurance Department

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第二等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Newly established team with strong capabilities in insurance and reinsurance litigation. Notable expertise in property damage as well as product and professional liability. Advises insurers and insured companies across a broad range of sectors, including aviation, construction, pharmaceuticals and energy.

Strengths Clients appreciate the team's strong technical expertise, adding: "They have huge experience in the insurance field."

Interviewees also highlight the team's responsiveness and international capabilities: "They are always available and quick to get back to us. The team speaks several languages, which is very handy."

Notable practitioners

Christian Bouckaert has long-standing experience in insurance litigation. He is particularly well versed in matters relating to professional and product liability. "He is very experienced and brings a lot of wisdom. He is technically excellent," one client reports. While another highlights his "rigorous approach" and ability to provide "sophisticated advice."

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SELARL Ormen Passemard – ORPA Legal - Insurance Department

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第二等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Domestic team well regarded for its prowess in commercial litigation, boasting a wealth of experience in insurance law. Active in insurance and reinsurance, as well as industrial risk. Advises clients on matters spanning the construction, pharmaceutical and transportation sectors. Also well versed in financial lines disputes. Regularly advises clients on sensitive judicial assessment proceedings.

Strengths The team impresses clients with its technical expertise and attention to detail. One satisfied client reports: "Technically they are very impressive and they are also very pleasant to deal with. The work they do is always impeccable."

Another interviewee calls the service "excellent," noting that the firm is "very good at handling financial lines insurance."

Notable practitioners

Rémi Passemard is admired by clients, who suggest: "His work is flawless. He is someone I can trust to deliver analyses to the highest standard." He is noted for his experience in D&O liability and financial lines products. He also assists with policy wording and insurance coverage disputes.

Pascal Ormen is active in contentious insurance cases and regulatory matters, with particular expertise in product liability and insurance coverage disputes. His client base consists of insurers, policyholders and brokers.

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Clyde & Co LLP - Insurance Department

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第三等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Advises on regulatory and litigation matters, handling a wide range of insurance disputes. Offers notable experience assisting clients with compliance issues, product distribution and the setting up and restructuring of their businesses. Advises an impressive client portfolio of insurers and reinsurers. Regularly instructed on matters related to industrial risks, transportation, energy and commodities. Strong domestic offering in addition to international experience, particularly in francophone Africa.

Strengths Interviewees value the lawyers' commercial approach: "We found them to be very pragmatic and commercial. They understand clients' needs and have strong business acumen."

Clients also highlight the team's effective communication: "They are very good technically and always keep us updated on how matters are progressing. They are good at communicating with clients and they take our views into account."

Work highlights Advised the French branch of an international insurer on EUR60 million worth of claims against a French pipes manufacturer related to defects in a pipeline system in Qatar.

Assisted Assurant with its bid to provide mobile devices insurance to a French telecoms operator and an electronics retail group.

Notable practitioners

Clients praise Gildas Rostain for being "extremely good technically" and value that he "works really fast and sticks to deadlines." He has substantial experience in insurance disputes arising from industrial risks, with a strong track record advising clients in the maritime sector. He also assists insurers with policy wording.

Yannis Samothrakis is singled out for his wealth of experience in regulatory matters. He frequently advises clients on insurance services provision and compliance with French laws. "He is pragmatic and proactive in finding solutions," clients report. He recently advised AXA France on the insurance of an international group's pensions liabilities.

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Hascoët & Associés - Insurance Department

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第三等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Demonstrates a broad skill set across the full range of insurance issues, from regulatory matters to substantial contentious claims. Areas of strength include professional liability and industrial risks. Represents domestic and international clients.

Notable practitioners

Clients regard François Hascoët as a "senior lawyer with a good reputation." Interviewees also note that "he is very prominent and active on a number of matters." He continues to act for clients on a wide range of insurance disputes.

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Hogan Lovells (Paris) LLP - Insurance Department

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第三等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Assists clients with contentious and non-contentious issues. Handles significant cases for multinational corporations and co-operates with an extended international team. Adept at providing regulatory advice in addition to assisting insurance clients with transactional matters.

Strengths Clients value the team's "very proactive and pragmatic" approach, adding: "They have an excellent international network and can mobilise resources on cross-border matters."

Additional sources praise the responsiveness of the lawyers, saying: "They get back to you quickly."

Work highlights Advised AXA on a European partnership with BlaBlaCar to offer ridesharing insurance products.

Acted for Boeing on a dispute regarding EUR500 million worth of compensation claims brought by over 500 claimants following the Flash Airlines B-737 crash in the Red Sea in 2004.

Notable practitioners

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

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Norton Rose Fulbright - Insurance Department

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第三等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

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. Regularly sought out for its experience in insurance-related M&A. Also handles compliance work and corporate crime cases. Acts on global matters with a client base comprising national and international insurers as well as private equity funds.

Work highlights Acted for Allianz on its EUR244 million acquisition of Zurich’s Moroccan subsidiary.

Assisted AIG with several insurance regulatory matters, including group policy structures and collective insurance policies.

Notable practitioners

Market commentators highlight Bénédicte Denis's proficiency in transactional insurance matters. She regularly acts for French and international insurers, reinsurers and intermediaries on a broad range of transactions. She is also well placed to advise on product regulation and reinsurance issues. She recently advised APICIL Group on a fintech partnership with AXA Seed Factory and Fundshop.

Orsolya Hegedus handles both regulatory and contentious issues for insurance clients. Her wide-ranging expertise encompasses product liability, professional indemnity, D&O and industrial risks matters. She recently advised AnaCap Financial Partners on its acquisition of Ellisphere from Natixis.

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Raffin & Associés - Insurance Department

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第三等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

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

Notable practitioners

Clients appreciate that Mathieu Patrimonio is "really reactive" and describe him as a "safe pair of hands." Sources also note that "he has a very good reputation in the market." He continues to advise on a wide range of insurance disputes, with particular experience in construction, tourism and aviation.

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Senior Statesperson

HMN & Partners

From the Chambers Europe guide

Gérard Honig is an eminent insurance specialist with considerable experience in aviation and maritime matters. He also provides expert advice on complex product liability and industrial risk cases. Sources regard him as "an excellent practitioner" who is "very hands-on."

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Senior Statesperson

Christian Lambard

TLJ & Associés

From the Chambers Europe guide

Christian Lambard of TLJ & Associés remains a notable figure in the French insurance space. He has a long-standing track record of advising clients on industrial risks and construction matters.

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Senior Statesperson

HMN & Partners

From the Chambers Europe guide

Bernard Mettetal offers clients the benefit of deep experience in insurance insolvency, reinsurance and product liability claims. Sources are quick to highlight his "excellent reputation" in the insurance space.

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Band 1

Christian Bouckaert

Kennedys

From the Chambers Europe guide

Christian Bouckaert has long-standing experience in insurance litigation. He is particularly well versed in matters relating to professional and product liability. "He is very experienced and brings a lot of wisdom. He is technically excellent," one client reports. While another highlights his "rigorous approach" and ability to provide "sophisticated advice."

^ See whole ranking table

Band 1

François Hascoët

Hascoët & Associés

From the Chambers Europe guide

Clients regard François Hascoët as a "senior lawyer with a good reputation." Interviewees also note that "he is very prominent and active on a number of matters." He continues to act for clients on a wide range of insurance disputes.

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Band 1

HMN & Partners

From the Chambers Europe guide

Interviewees attest to Simon Ndiaye's "tremendous reputation" for handling insurance matters. One impressed source notes that he is "a pleasure to deal with." He is particularly well versed in aviation matters and product liability cases.

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Band 2

Guillaume Brajeux

HFW

From the Chambers Europe guide

Guillaume Brajeux acts for clients on complex litigation matters related to industrial casualties and defective products. He is experienced in advising companies in the shipping and transportation sectors. Sources note: "He is extremely accessible and has a straightforward approach. He explains things well and is attentive to our needs."

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Band 2

Frédérique de la Chapelle

Eversheds Sutherland

From the Chambers Europe guide

Clients appreciate that Frédérique de la Chapelle of Eversheds Sutherland "gives very practical and well-informed advice and is pleasant to deal with." One impressed interviewee notes: "She is very precise in her recommendations," adding: "She is rigorous and delves deeply into matters." She has considerable experience in domestic and cross-border disputes, with a particular focus on cases relating to D&O, fraud, product liability and industrial risks. Her clients include a wide range of French listed companies and risk managers.

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Band 2

Gide Loyrette Nouel AARPI

From the Chambers Europe guide

Richard Ghueldre advises clients on a broad range of insurance matters related to industrial, air and maritime disasters. His clients include banks, industrial groups and service providers. An interviewee says: "He is very flexible and listens to his clients. I appreciate his availability and the fact that he gets back to me really quickly. He is always able to take a step back and have a strategic approach to matters." Another source reports: "I know I can trust him with handling the most complex negotiations." He recently advised OdysseyRe on the establishment of a French reinsurance subsidiary, valued at more than EUR10 million.

^ See whole ranking table

Band 2

SELARL Ormen Passemard – ORPA Legal

From the Chambers Europe guide

Rémi Passemard is admired by clients, who suggest: "His work is flawless. He is someone I can trust to deliver analyses to the highest standard." He is noted for his experience in D&O liability and financial lines products. He also assists with policy wording and insurance coverage disputes.

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Band 2

Mathieu Patrimonio

Raffin & Associés

From the Chambers Europe guide

Clients appreciate that Mathieu Patrimonio is "really reactive" and describe him as a "safe pair of hands." Sources also note that "he has a very good reputation in the market." He continues to advise on a wide range of insurance disputes, with particular experience in construction, tourism and aviation.

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Band 2

Sarah Xerri-Hanote

HMN & Partners

From the Chambers Europe guide

Sarah Xerri-Hanote handles a wide range of insurance matters, including cases related to industrial risks and D&O liability. Clients enjoy working with her and describe her as "excellent."

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Band 3

Alexandra Cohen-Jonathan

August Debouzy

From the Chambers Europe guide

Alexandra Cohen-Jonathan of August Debouzy advises clients across a broad range of sectors, including health, chemicals and food. She has considerable expertise in industrial risks and professional liability matters. Clients praise her technical ability and enthuse: "Her analysis is very clear and reliable." Of late, she represented MESTO, a manufacturer of industrial maintenance products, in a case relating to defective products.

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Band 3

Bénédicte Denis

Norton Rose Fulbright

From the Chambers Europe guide

Market commentators highlight Bénédicte Denis's proficiency in transactional insurance matters. She regularly acts for French and international insurers, reinsurers and intermediaries on a broad range of transactions. She is also well placed to advise on product regulation and reinsurance issues. She recently advised APICIL Group on a fintech partnership with AXA Seed Factory and Fundshop.

^ See whole ranking table

Band 3

SELARL Ormen Passemard – ORPA Legal

From the Chambers Europe guide

Pascal Ormen is active in contentious insurance cases and regulatory matters, with particular expertise in product liability and insurance coverage disputes. His client base consists of insurers, policyholders and brokers.

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Band 3

Emmanuelle Payrau

Sorba Payrau

From the Chambers Europe guide

Emmanuelle Payrau of Sorba Payrau "understands the needs of business" and is "always available when needed," according to clients. She advises on a range of contentious and non-contentious insurance matters, with a focus on industrial risk cases. Sources describe her as "very pleasant to deal with" and commend her "pragmatic approach."

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Clyde & Co LLP

From the Chambers Europe guide

Clients praise Gildas Rostain for being "extremely good technically" and value that he "works really fast and sticks to deadlines." He has substantial experience in insurance disputes arising from industrial risks, with a strong track record advising clients in the maritime sector. He also assists insurers with policy wording.

^ See whole ranking table

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HFW

From the Chambers Europe guide

Pauline Arroyo enters the rankings this year on the back of strong market feedback. Clients enthuse: "She is always pleasant to deal with and available to answer our questions. She is good at looking at the bigger picture and takes steps to prevent problems from arising." She assists clients with insurance-related regulatory, transactional and contentious matters. Her areas of expertise include industrial risks, professional liability, construction and defective products. Of late, she advised Equinox and Edeis on court survey proceedings related to alleged defects in a set of four recently renovated buildings located in La Défense.

^ See whole ranking table

Band 4

Gide Loyrette Nouel AARPI

From the Chambers Europe guide

Capucine Bernier enters the rankings this year on the back of strong market feedback. "She is a fantastic negotiator. She is flexible in negotiations but also rigorous and firm when needed," a client enthuses. She has a notable insurance litigation practice, advising on both non-life and life insurance disputes. Of late, she assisted the Pasteur Mutualité Group with a dispute between two mutual insurers.

^ See whole ranking table

Band 4

Barthélemy Cousin

Stephenson Harwood AARPI

From the Chambers Europe guide

Barthélemy Cousin of Stephenson Harwood AARPI is regarded by clients as "technically strong and nice to deal with." He frequently advises on contentious insurance matters, focusing on liability and financial lines cases.

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Band 4

Norton Rose Fulbright

From the Chambers Europe guide

Orsolya Hegedus handles both regulatory and contentious issues for insurance clients. Her wide-ranging expertise encompasses product liability, professional indemnity, D&O and industrial risks matters. She recently advised AnaCap Financial Partners on its acquisition of Ellisphere from Natixis.

^ See whole ranking table

Band 4

Séverine Hotellier

Dentons

From the Chambers Europe guide

Séverine Hotellier of Dentons advises insurance companies and industrial clients on a broad range of disputes, in addition to handling insurance policies. Interviewees highlight her focus on industrial liability cases and praise her ability to provide "rigorous advice." Of late, she represented Pathé la Villette as an insured party in negotiations with Zurich following a fire which destroyed a shopping mall and 16 theatres.

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Karila

From the Chambers Europe guide

Laurent Karila of Karila is highlighted by sources for his involvement in construction insurance mandates. He is also well versed in handling industrial risk matters.

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Pierre-Olivier Leblanc

Taylor Wessing

From the Chambers Europe guide

Sources value Pierre-Olivier Leblanc of Taylor Wessing's "great strategic thinking." His wide-ranging practice encompasses industrial risks, energy, shipping and property disputes. He is also skilled at advising clients on policy wording.

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Yannis Samothrakis

Clyde & Co LLP

From the Chambers Europe guide

Yannis Samothrakis is singled out for his wealth of experience in regulatory matters. He frequently advises clients on insurance services provision and compliance with French laws. "He is pragmatic and proactive in finding solutions," clients report. He recently advised AXA France on the insurance of an international group's pensions liabilities.

^ See whole ranking table