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France: Transport 2017

In this section, we identify 41 of the country’s transport specialists. These featured lawyers excel in aviation and shipping law including financing, logistics, transactions, insurance and crisis management.

Most Highly Regarded
1. Maylis Casati-Ollier Clyde & Co, Paris
2. Vonnick le Guillou DLA Piper, Paris
3. Henri de Richemont Richemont Nicolas & Associes, Paris
4. Denis Chemla Allen & Overy, Paris

INCE & CO tops our research in this area, boasting an impressive five listings. The premier international offering for shipping, the firm is also known for its aviation and transport-related insurance expertise.
Managing partner Jérôme de Sentenac is known for his extensive experience representing clients in commercial shipping disputes. He also advises clients on contractual and general shipping matters, as well as handling admiralty claims for owners, charterers and P&I club clients.
Gilles Gautier is a founding partner of the firm’s Paris office and a seasoned practitioner known for his longstanding maritime law expertise. His shipping practice focuses on international disputes including charter party issues, pollution claims, latent defects and collisions among others.
Mathieu Croix is known for his known for his impressive shipping and transport law practice encompassing disputes, restructuring, employment law issues and yacht-related matters. He also assists clients with aviation law issues.

International heavyweight CLYDE & CO is a market-leader in transport law, providing deep insight in both the aviation and shipping sectors. The firm boasts four nominations in the following pages.
Practice head Maylis Casati-Ollier is a prominent figure in the French aviation law market with a respected practice covering contentious and non-contentious matters. According to sources, she is “an obvious inclusion” and “an accomplished litigator”.
Gildas Rostain is well known in the market thanks to his significant shipping insurance practice that sees him advise shipping clients, insurers and reinsurers.
Benjamin Potier and Fabrice Pradon are both recognised for their extensive experience in cross-border aviation disputes.

HOGAN LOVELLS is a leading player in aviation financing and contentious matters, acting for a number of major carriers, manufacturers, insurers and reinsurers. The firm’s Paris office is home to three inclusions.
Richard Jadot draws praise for his “great manner and ability to build rapport”. He is an aviation finance specialist with over 30 years’ experience and an impressive network of market contacts.
Thomas Rouhette is an accomplished litigator with a strong track record in high-profile aviation disputes, particularly those involving accident product liability.
Alexander Premont is known for his well-developed aviation and maritime finance practice that sees him advise banks, private equity clients, lessors and lessees.

ALLEN & OVERY enjoys a fantastic reputation in the French market thanks to its well-developed expertise in both aviation and maritime law. Two lawyers are recognised in this section.
Litigation practice head Denis Chemla comes highly recommended for his wealth of experience handling aviation-related product liability cases before the French courts.
Carine Chassol is commended for her expertise in handling maritime financing, particularly in relation to ship tax leasing transactions.

HMN & PARTNERS is a leading firm active in the French aviation space with a diverse range of domestic and international corporate clients, as well as insurers and reinsurers. The firm boasts two listings in this chapter.
Aviation practice head Simon Ndiaye comes highly recommended by peers, with one describing him as “one of the top names in French aviation law”. He is particularly proficient in high-profile aircraft accident cases.
Fellow name partner Gérard Honig is a long-serving practitioner at the French aviation bar with a wealth of experience in high profile contentious matters.

HOLMAN FENWICK WILLAN is a market leader in the shipping sector with an enviable list of clients ranging from cargo owners to underwriters. Two of the firm’s team are recognised in the following pages.
Shipping specialist Guillaume Brajeux is well known for his considerable experience handling major disputes on behalf of insurance and reinsurance clients.
The “excellent” Olivier Purcell focuses his practice on cross-border litigation and arbitration in the shipping, industrial risk and insurance and reinsurance areas.

Maritime law boutique VILLENEAU ROHART SIMON & ASSOCIÉS is a respected player in French maritime law with a strong reputation in both wet and dry shipping. Two lawyers are recommended.
The “brilliant” Jean-Serge Rohart is commended for his proficiency in shipping disputes, particularly those relating to carriage of goods and marine casualties.
Patrick Simon is also praised for his expertise in maritime law.

NORTON ROSE FULBRIGHT’s Parisian offering is particularly strong in both aviation and shipping finance, counting a number of major French banks among its clients. The firm sees two of its practitioners included in this chapter.
George Paterson heads the firm’s aviation team in Paris and is described as “a top-notch and respected practitioner” by sources. He regularly represents banks, airlines and export credit agencies in finance and leasing transactions.
Marc Hamilton is deemed “an obvious inclusion” by one interviewee, thanks to his market-leading reputation in aircraft and rail finance.

DLA PIPER’s Vonnick Le Guillou is a big name in the French market with a distinguished reputation for handling cross-border aviation product liability litigation.

At RICHEMONT NICOLAS & ASSOCIES, name partner Henri de Richemont leads the firm’s shipping team, handling major maritime disputes in France and francophone Africa.

GARNAULT REMBAUVILLE BUREAU TASSY’s Fernand Garnault is an eminent practitioner known for his well-established aviation arbitration practice.

At BOUCKAERT ORMEN PASSEMARD – BOPS, name partner Christian Bouckaert is a prominent and respected figure in the French legal market with a strong track record in aviation-related product liability cases.

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