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France: Management Labour & Employment 2016

With a number of new labour laws introduced over the last couple of years, lawyers in the field have seen a steady flow of advisory work.  With more reforms expected in the coming years, practitioners are expecting “the work to continue” and an interesting year to come in the market. There are 33 leading practitioners featured in this practice area.

Capstan leads our research, garnering an impressive five recommendations. Jean-Michel Mir is a “frontrunner” in the market whose “ability to get to the heart of the issue” is lauded by clients. Bruno Serizay receives praise for his “commercial outlook” and “pioneering solutions”, making him a “top choice” for many. Managing partner Pascal Lagoutte is a “dean of the French employment bar” and particularly noted for his “sharp intellect”. Guillaume Bordier is a “thought leader”, while Anne-Laure Périès impresses with her “diligent approach”.

Flichy Grangé Avocats has four practitioners highlighted. Hubert Flichy is a specialist of collective litigation and also advises on the implementation of restructuring plans. He is “the guru of employment law in France” and boasts an “enviable client list”. Florence Aubonnet is a “true specialist” in the collective aspects of labour law, particularly in the area of restructuring plans in the industrial sector. Olivier Kress advises French and international corporations on all aspects of labour law and is commended for his “cross-border experience”. Joël Grangé is a “leading light in the French labour law market” and is lauded for his “prowess” and the “high-quality service” that he offers clients.

From Actance Avocats, three names are featured for their work in the field of labour and employment. Philippe Chapuis is a “superb talent” who is a “first port of call” for many we spoke to. Viviane Stulz impresses with her “diligent manner” and is a “favourite among clients”, while Laurent Jammet garners praise for his “exceptional abilities” and “astute legal mind”.

Two lawyers at Fromont Briens & Associés are also highlighted. Gilles Briens is recommended for his “resolute focus”, and “always gives 110 per cent” according to clients. Yves Fromont is “extremely well thought of” in the market and “goes the extra mile to secure a settlement”.

Gide Loyrette Nouel also garners two inclusions. François Vergne works with French and international groups on their employment and labour law issues in France and in the European Union. His “unparalleled abilities” and “creative approach” make him a “first choice” for many. David Jonin boasts a “sharp mind” and impresses with his “quick grasp of complex issues”.

JeantetAssociés also sees two names recommended. Patrick Thiébart advises international companies on a wide variety of issues relating to labour law and human resources, and is a “reassuring advisor” to many. Déborah David offers clients “fantastic” advisory and litigation experience, in matters relating to employment protection plans, reorganisations and disposal of businesses in collective proceedings.

Claire Toumieux leads the Paris employment law department at Allen & Overy, advising businesses seeking to define, implement and improve their human resource management strategies. She is an “all-time great” who is “internationally renowned”.

The “unrivalled” Chantal Giraud-Van Gaver at Coblence et Associes has developed special know-how in assisting executives, employees and officers, particularly with the implementation of management packages.

Philippe Desprès heads the HR department at Eversheds, where he specialises in advising international groups on restructuring operations in France, particularly site closures and redundancy plans. He is “very user friendly” and commended for his “prestigious practice”.

Brigitte Pelletier of Dupiré & Associés helps her clients prevent litigation risks and supports them in court proceedings, making her an “invaluable asset”.

From Paul Hastings, Deborah Sankowicz has over 20 years’ experience working with both French and global companies on labour and employment matters and is a “definite inclusion on any list”.

Mary Daphné Fishelson from La Garanderie & Associés is “well versed in workforce issues” and is praised for her “great flair”.

Pascale Lagesse leads Bredin Prat’s employment law team and is a “true star” with a “strong strategic approach”.

Marie-Hélène Bensadoun at August & Debouzy specialises in all aspects of French employment and social security matters, impressing with her “impressive record”.

Stephanie Stein founded Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom’s labour and employment law practice in Paris and is an “excellent problem-solver” who is “accessible and easy to work with”.

Philippe Danesi of DLA Piper has a broad experience in assisting companies in dealing with the employment aspects of complex restructuring operations and related litigations. He “knows his stuff inside out” and is “in a league of his own”.

From Bird & Bird, Alexandra Stocki “inspired confidence” in clients and is a “highly distinguished player” in the market.

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer’s employment practice is headed by Emmanuel Benard is a “standout talent” in the market and praised for his “strategic abilities”.

Roselyn Sands at EY Société d'Avocats is recognised for her “international outlook”, and she specialises in advising US and other foreign clients on labour issues within France and Europe.

Yasmine Tarasewicz is co-head of Proskauer Rose’s French and EU employment group, impressing with her “comprehensive advice”.

Caroline André-Hesse from Ayache Salama offers clients “excellent handling of complex cases” and is a “pleasure to work with”. 

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