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France: Administrative Litigation 2017

This chapter identifies 22 of the top French litigators who focus on administrative law matters and related disputes between entities and government authorities. 

Most Highly Regarded
1. Emmanuel Guillaume Baker McKenzie, Paris
2. Henri Savoie VDarrois Villey Maillot Brochier, Paris
3. Thierry Dal Farra UGGC Avocats, Paris
4. Philippe Delelis BJones Day, Paris

JONES DAY boasts the foremost administrative litigation team in the country, as two of its leading practitioners achieve nominations this year.
Philippe Delelis enjoys a great reputation among peers as “a fantastic lawyer” and wins praise for his great experience handling complex disputes.   
Nicolas Brice is a well-known figure in the French market, and focuses his practice on public law contracts, public sector reorganisation and regulatory law.

HOGAN LOVELLS is known for acting in some of the highest-profile and most complex administrative and public law matters before both domestic and international courts. Two standout individuals at the firm receive listings in this chapter.
Ludovic Babin is a “litigation specialist” who boasts over 17 years of experience advising both public bodies and private operators.
The “brilliant” Bruno Cantier also gains recognition in this chapter from peers who rate his first-class practice.

Emmanuel Guillaume at BAKER MCKENZIE “should be at the top of the list” according to respondents, who praise his tremendous knowledge of the administrative and public sector.

Henri Savoie from DARROIS VILLEY MAILLOT BROCHIER is a “definite inclusion for the list”. He heads the firm’s public law and regulatory practice and features high up in our research for his work in the area.

At UGGC AVOCATS, Thierry Dal Farra features prominently in our research and draws high praise from respondents for his expertise in relation to disputes concerning economic regulation, contracts and liability.

Nilz Symchowicz at CABINET SYMCHOWICZ WEISSBERG & ASSOCIÉS is considered “an excellent litigator”, known for his strong expertise handling public business law matters including PPPs and public contracts.  

Marc Fornacciari from DENTONS is a well-known figure in the field. Peers praise his impressive practice and note that he is their “go-to lawyer when conflicts arise”.    

The “terrific” Paul Lignières at LINKLATERS heads the firm’s public law group and boasts over 20 years’ experience in the field.

Nicolas Nahmias at ADDEN AVOCATS is a public contracts specialist, recognised for his standout work in the fields of transport, IT, security and public works.

GIDE LOYRETTE NOUEL’s Thomas Courtel focuses his top-notch practice on all aspects of PPPs, from financing to construction.  

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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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