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France: Commercial Litigation 2017

Our research highlights 24 of France’s top litigators who handle disputes covering all sectors and industries. In addition, many of those listed have substantial appellate expertise.

Most Highly Regarded
1. Denis Chemla Allen & Overy, Paris
2. Jean Veil Veil Jourde, Paris
3. Stéphane Bénouville Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, Paris
4. Jean-Michel Darrois Darrois Villey Maillot Brochier, Paris
5. Thomas Rouhette Hogan Lovells, Paris

Denis Chemla at ALLEN & OVERY heads the firm’s Paris litigation team and is widely regarded as one of the top litigators in France. He is a noted product liability expert and also proficiently advises on banking and finance and aviation matters.

Founding partner Jean Veil of VEIL JOURDE is a prominent disputes lawyer with 45 years’ experience representing clients on some of the most high-profile and complex cases, including merger litigation.
Emmanuel Rosenfeld and George Jourde are also recommended for their litigation prowess.

Exceptional lawyer Stéphane Bénouville at FRESHFIELDS BRUCKHAUS DERINGER is described by sources as a “leader in banking litigation” who adeptly handles matters in the French courts as well as before the Sanction Commission of the Autorité des Marchés Financiers.

At DARROIS VILLEY MAILLOT BROCHIER, Jean-Michel Darrois is among the most experienced and best-regarded litigators in France. He has particular expertise in company law matters.

Thomas Rouhette of HOGAN LOVELLS has a top-class and broad-based litigation practice, according to interviewees. He covers a range of sectors and industries and is particularly well known for his work in insurance and aviation disputes.

Jean-Yves Garaud at CLEARY GOTTLIEB STEEN & HAMILTON “stands out at the firm” for his expertise in litigation and arbitration matters, say sources, and offers clients more than 25 years of experience.

Two excellent practitioners from CLIFFORD CHANCE are highlighted.
Thomas Baudesson’s broad practice includes notable experience in contractual disputes as well as product liability and labour-law matters. His industry expertise covers automotive and aerospace matters, among other areas.
Jean-Pierre Grandjean is an experienced figure in the market who is particularly well known for his work in the financial services, healthcare and energy sectors.

Laurent Martinet at JONES DAY is consistently highly rated by the market for his expertise in M&A litigation and in connection with corporate law. He advises both French and international clients.

BREDIN PRAT’s Jean-Daniel Bretzner is a skilful litigator who acts on class action and shareholder litigation for prominent French and international corporations.

At GIDE LOYRETTE NOUEL, Michel Pitron gains recommendations from numerous peers across Europe for his stand-out litigation expertise. He has exceptional commercial and banking law experience and regularly acts for major corporations as well as governments.

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