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France: Construction 2017

In this section, we recognise 13 lawyers for their expertise in construction law. The featured lawyers advise clients on a range of contentious and non-contentious work, including disputes, financing, management and structuring.

Most Highly Regarded
1. Christopher Seppälä White & Case, Paris
2. Marc Frilet Frilet Société d'Avocats, Paris
3. Todd Wetmore Three Crowns, Paris

Despite its relatively recent entry into the French market, WHITE & CASE leads our nominations and achieves three listings in this year’s chapter.
The “eminent” Christopher Seppälä is internationally renowned for his experience in complex, cross-border disputes relating to civil engineering, industrial and building projects.
Andrew de Lotbinière McDougall heads the firm’s EMEA disputes department covering international arbitration and construction and is recognised for his extensive experience handling large, high-stakes international disputes.
The “fantastic” Charles Nairac is recommended for his expertise in commercial and investor-state construction arbitration.

At FRILET - SOCIÉTÉ D'AVOCATS, founder Marc Frilet draws widespread praise for his expertise in construction projects including PPPs. He is considered a prominent go-to practitioner in the French market.

At THREE CROWNS, Todd Wetmore is recognised as one of the country’s premier practitioners operating in the construction space.  He offers clients significant experience handling construction-related post-M&A and joint-venture disputes.

At boutique arbitration firm BETTO SERAGLINI, managing partner Jean-Georges Betto specialises in complex and sensitive construction and engineering disputes. He is particularly well regarded for his work in disputes relating to francophone Africa.

CLYDE & CO sees David Brown recommended for over 20 years of experience in construction-related disputes. He has acted as both counsel and sat as an arbitrator.

GIDE LOYRETTE NOUEL’s Carole Malinvaud is recognised for her considerable arbitration experience. She has represented parties as counsel and sat as an arbitrator in a number of construction-related arbitrations, particularly in cases involving African or South American parties.

At JONES DAY, the “outstanding” Michael Bühler specialises in complex construction arbitration relating to civil construction and engineering.

KING & SPALDING sees James Castello listed for his international arbitration expertise in large infrastructure disputes. He is recommended for his wide range of experience and longstanding reputation in the market.

Frédéric Gillion of PINSENT MASONS advises on all aspects of construction law including tendering, project management and disputes and is also well respected for his knowledge of contract law.

At RAVET & ASSOCIÉS, the “distinguished” Stanley Chaney is known for his longstanding arbitration expertise and has particular experience handling complex, highly technical construction disputes.

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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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