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France: Environment 2017

This chapter highlights 26 of the leading private practice environmental lawyers in France who have a proven track record in providing environmental legal advice to clients in transactional, litigation and regulatory matters, as well as strategic planning, dispute resolution and administrative procedures.

Most Highly Regarded
1. David Desforges David Desforges, Paris
2. Jean-Nicolas Clément Gide Loyrette Nouel, Paris
3. Marie-Laetitia De La Ville-Bauge Baker McKenzie, Paris
4. Thomas Garancher Frêche & Associés, Paris
5. Jean-Pierre Boivin Boivin & Associés, Paris

Public and environmental law boutique BOIVIN & ASSOCIÉS co-leads the way in our research this year with three individuals listed. The firm has a broad environmental law practice offering many areas of specialism within the team, from planning and development operations to environmental litigation.
Jean-Pierre Boivin is very well known in the market for his “superior practice and tremendous experience in the field.” He regularly advises major French and international industrial and financial groups in relation to petroleum, chemical, nuclear, and energy matters.
Manuel Pennaforte stands out in our research for his particular experience in the field of industrial risk advising large corporates in the petroleum, chemical and nuclear industries, as well as national public institutions and local authorities.
Steve Hercé is widely nominated by respondents for his work in the sector. His broad practice includes handling matters relating to waste, water, mining and quarrying, renewable energies, pollution and crisis management. 

Specialist environmental law firm HUGLO LEPAGE & ASSOCIÉS enjoys a strong reputation in the market and also achieves three listings in this chapter. 
Founding partner Christian Huglo is “one of the best-known environmental lawyers in France”, according to sources. His first-rate practice comprises advising clients on environmental policy and strategy, as well as litigation.
“Top-tier practitioner”, Corinne Lepage possesses extensive experience handling matters relating to pollution, liabilities, and waste management as well as sustainable development. 
Marie Pierre Maitre is described as “one of the most prominent figures in the field” by respondents. Pollution, waste, chemicals and renewable energy matters are just some of the areas in which she excels.  

International full-service outfit BAKER MCKENZIE boasts specialist climate change, carbon markets and water treatment practices. Two of the firm’s leading practitioners in the area are highlighted in this chapter. 
Marie-Laetitia De La Ville-Bauge possesses invaluable experience in the field, which has led sources to describe her as “the backbone of the firm’s environmental law practice” in the country. She focuses her practice on environmental issues relating to industrial projects, and receives praise for her effective counsel. 
Arnaud Cabanes is “a fantastic environment lawyer” and is recognised for his outstanding work on regulatory matters, an area in which he is considered a true expert.

Two impressive lawyers from FOLEY HOAG’s international environmental law practice are listed this year. The firm is well known for its particular strength in environmental litigation. 
Carine Le Roy-Gleizes is “an absolute must for inclusion”, according to respondents. Her practice includes both advisory and contentious work pertaining to environmental regulation across a range of sectors. 
Frédéric Scanvic is a top-notch litigator, and draws praise from international sources who consider him a specialist in the field. 

Further standout individuals include INDEPENDENT PRACTITIONER David Desforges, who sources describe as “the go-to environmental lawyer in France.” He is highly sought after for his ability to “simplify complex matters and explain them clearly, in a way that the client will understand.”

Jean-Nicolas Clément at GIDE LOYRETTE NOUEL is a widely recognised among peers as “a top name” in the French market. His impressive practice encompasses both advisory and litigation work in relation to industrial environmental law matters. 

At FRÊCHE & ASSOCIÉS, the “incredibly personable” Thomas Garancher is considered “a regulatory specialist” when it comes to handling environmental law matters and remains a firm favourite among peers and clients alike. 

Françoise Labrousse at JONES DAY is “most definitely one of the leaders in the field” according to respondents. She is well versed in handling environment-related issues on behalf of international corporations, governments and government-owned entities.  

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