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France: Insurance & Reinsurance 2016

With consolidations in the insurance market continuing in 2015, practitioners on the M&A side have seen a busy year in the field, with further mergers and divestitures expected for the coming year. Cybercrime is the “hot topic” in the market at the moment, with lawyers waiting to see “how this trend will pan out”. In the meantime, they’re kept busy ensuring that clients are covered for all eventualities. In this chapter 18 practitioners are recommended.

Bouckaert Ormen Passemard Sportes – BOPS leads our research this year with three names highlighted from its ranks. Christian Bouckaert has over four decades of experience in the insurance sector, dealing in disputes relating to professional and product liability. He is a “dean of the insurance bar in France” and is lauded for his “encyclopaedic knowledge”. Pascal Ormen is a “great asset to clients” whose “ability to get to the heart of an issue” is commended. Rémi Passemard advises insurance companies on commercial litigation, insurance, banking and financial law. He is seen as a “true specialist” in the field.

HMN & Partners also garners three inclusions. Gérard Honig has been involved in a number of high-profile insurance litigations, including class actions against a French pharmaceutical company in North America, and litigation and arbitration proceedings involving a major aircraft manufacturer. He is a “force to be reckoned with” whose abilities are “unparalleled in the market”. Bernard Mettetal also boasts “vast experience” in the insurance sector, with clients praising his “diligent approach” and “technical expertise”. Sarah Xerri-Hanote is a “leading light” in the market, who is recommended for her “calm demeanour” and “sage advice”.

Clyde & Co has two partners recognised in this field. Gildas Rostain is a “famed practitioner” in the market and his “excellent style of delivery” is commended by peers. David Méheut is noted for his “bespoke solutions” when advising clients on D&O liability, political risks, reinsurance and professional liability. He is also recommended for handling international mediation and arbitrations.

Hogan Lovells also receives two inclusions in this chapter. Thomas Rouhette is head of the firm’s dispute resolution practice in France and is recommended for his “finely tuned skills” and “solutions-oriented approach” by clients. Sébastien Gros heads the financial institutions group within the corporate practice in Paris and is recognised for his “astute legal mind”.

Sylvain Rieuneau from Bernard-Hertz-Béjot boasts a “formidable reputation” in the market, offering clients “sensible advice” and a “no-nonsense approach”.

Holman Fenwick Willan’s Guillaume Brajeux advises and acts for insurance and reinsurance companies in the area of industrial risks and is a “lawyer of choice” for many.

Carole Sportes at Squire Patton Boggs specialises in insurance-related disputes and is a “consummate expert” with “straightforward and practical advice”.

Frédérique de la Chapelle is head of insurance and reinsurance within the litigation and dispute management group at Eversheds in Paris. She is lauded for her “commercial approach” by clients.

At Gide Loyrette Nouel, Richard Ghueldre has a “stellar reputation” for insurance and major disaster work, particularly in the transport sector.

Bénédicte Denis of Norton Rose Fulbright works with French and international institutions across the financial sector on domestic and cross-border transactions, and is lauded for his “international outlook”.

Jean-Marie Preel from Preel Hecquet Payet-Godel is “accessible and easy to work with”, offering clients a “high-quality service”.

SCP Raffin & Associés is represented by Matthieu Patrimonio whose “attention to detail” and “creative approach” makes him a “favourite among clients”.

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