France: Labour & Employment 2017

This year we highlight 39 leading names in the French market for their exceptional work representing and advising management on all aspects of labour, employment and industrial relations law.

Most Highly Regarded
1. Patrick Thiébart Jeantet AARPI, Paris
2. Pascal Lagoutte Capstan Avocats, Paris
3. Guillaume Bordier Capstan Avocats, Paris
4. Olivier Kress Flichy Grangé Avocats, Paris

Specialist labour law outfit CAPSTAN AVOCATS boasts the leading labour and employment team in the country, as four of its practitioners achieve listings this year.
Managing partner Pascal Lagoutte is one of the leading names in the French market. He is commended by peers and clients alike for his top-tier practice, which encompasses labour and employment as well as pensions and compensation matters.
Guillaume Bordier is “a pragmatic and responsive practitioner” who wins praise for his “quick grasp of complex labour law issues”.
The “fantastic” Jean-Michel Mir is internationally recognised as a standout figure in the country when it comes to labour and employment law.
Bruno Serizay is noted for his expertise in the field, particularly in relation to social protection law, an area in which he is considered to be a true specialist.

At FLICHY GRANGÉ AVOCATS four individuals are recognised for their stand-out work in the space.
Olivier Kress is “an excellent lawyer” whose practice encompasses acquisition operations, collective bargaining agreements and collective redundancies. One source comments: “He is our go-to adviser in France.”
Joël Grangé is “clearly a frontrunner in France”, according to peers. He focuses his leading practice on labour and social security law.
The “brilliant” Hubert Flichy enjoys a global reputation for his expertise in labour and employment law, and is considered a leading expert on collective litigation matters.
Florence Aubonnet is also recommended for her impressive collective labour law practice.

Two practitioners at JEANTET are highlighted this year.
Patrick Thiébart draws praise from both domestic and international sources for his exceptional work handling labour law matters, including redundancy plans, collective disputes and restructurings.  
Déborah David is “a great choice” for clients seeking counsel on employment protection plans in relation to corporate restructurings. 

GIDE LOYRETTE NOUEL achieves two nominations in this chapter.
David Jonin is frequently engaged in advising both domestic and international clients on a range of labour and employment matters, including litigation, restructuring operations, collective relations and social security matters.  
François Vergne advises clients on both French and EU labour and employment law. Transactional matters, major collective redundancies, outsourcing projects and remuneration schemes are just some of the areas in which he excels.

ACTANCE AVOCATS sees two of its practitioners nominated for their outstanding labour and employment practices.
One of the firm’s founding members, Philippe Chapuis is recommended by sources for his expert handling of both collective and individual disputes, corporate reorganisations and collective bargaining agreements.
Laurent Jammet is well known for his “tremendous understanding of the law” particularly when it comes to social protection matters and class action cases.

FROMONT BRIENS also achieves two listings in this chapter.
Gilles Briens is known for his particular expertise in pensions and benefits law, and is considered one of the most impressive individuals in the market.
Sophie Pélicier-Loevenbruck focuses her first-rate practice on a wide array of employment law issues, from social security to restructuring and collective labour law matters.

Two lawyers at AUGUST & DEBOUZY are nominated for their impressive labour and employment work.
Marie-Hélène Bensadoun enjoys a great reputation in the market for her excellent work handling negotiations, social security disputes, incentive plans and compensation schemes.
Philippe Durand is also recommended for his strong expertise in the field. According to peers, “He is a true specialist who provides extremely helpful and practical advice.” 

At PROSKAUER ROSE, the “terrific” Yasmine Tarasewicz co-heads the firm’s French and EU employment practice. She is highly sought after by clients for her extensive experience, with over 20 years spent working in the area.
Béatrice Pola is highlighted for her outstanding employment law dispute resolution practice, and is well versed in handling related litigation proceedings.

Viviane Stulz at 5QB AVOCATS is a prominent name in the French market, and is recognised for her “hands-on approach” as well as the “practical” advice that delivers to clients.

Claire Toumieux at ALLEN & OVERY is “a very impressive employment lawyer” who continues to impress peers with her “great technical abilities” and “strong commercial sense”. 

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Nominees have been selected based upon comprehensive, independent survey work with both general counsel and private practice lawyers worldwide. Only specialists who have met independent international research criteria are listed.

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