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France: Mining 2017

We identify 11 leading practitioners who provide counsel and representation to companies operating across the mining sector – many offering specific expertise relating to, among other matters, dirt law, native title law, mine financing and leasing.

Most Highly Regarded
1. Stéphane Brabant Herbert Smith Freehills, Paris
2. Thierry Lauriol Jeantet AARPI, Paris

HERBERT SMITH FREEHILLS leads the research in this chapter, as two of its mining lawyers achieve nominations.
According to sources, Stéphane Brabant is one of the foremost practitioners in the country when it comes to mining law. He is widely recognised for his strong focus on projects and deals in emerging countries and is particularly highly regarded for his expertise in francophone Africa.
Rebecca Major is a first-rate projects lawyer, whose work in the mining industry has earned her a reputation as a standout name in the field.

At JEANTET AARPI, Thierry Lauriol is regarded as “one of the best mining lawyers in France”. He possesses significant experience handling sector-related matters internationally, most notably throughout France and the rest of Europe; the Middle East; and Africa.  

MCDERMOTT WILL & EMERY’s Jean-Claude Petilon is internationally recognised for his world-class practice, which encompasses project financings, international contracts and tax regimes for clients who include major mining entities.

At CLEARY GOTTLIEB STEEN & HAMILTON, the “fantastic” Barthélemy Faye is recognised for his work handling large-scale mining projects and investments for high-profile clients such as ArcelorMittal and BHP Billiton.

Anthony Giustini at CLIFFORD CHANCE focuses his practice on mining projects and financial transactions, and is recognised for his particular expertise in Africa-related matters. 

GIDE LOYRETTE NOUEL AARPI is represented by François Krotoff, who continues to impress peers and clients alike with his adept handling of major mining projects in African jurisdictions.

At LINKLATERS, Bertrand Andriani is highly sought after by clients for his significant mining experience, particularly in relation to project financings in the sector. 

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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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