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France: Insurance & Reinsurance 2017

This chapter features 23 leading lawyers recognised for their expertise in insurance and reinsurance law in France. The lawyers listed specialise in representing insurance underwriters, reinsurers, intermediaries and corporate insurers in contentious, contractual, regulatory and transactional matters.

Most Highly Regarded
1. Christian Bouckaert Bouckaert Ormen Passemard – BOPS, Paris
2. Thomas Rouhette Hogan Lovells, Paris
3. Gérard Honig HMN & Partners, Paris
4. Bernard Mettetal HMN & Partners, Paris

BOUCKAERT ORMEN PASSEMARD – BOPS emerges as the country’s top offering in the insurance and reinsurance space this year with five listings.
Christian Bouckaert is regarded as “one of the most prominent practitioners in the French market” thanks to his four decades of expertise. He is a renowned litigator with extensive experience representing clients in disputes.
Fellow name partner Pascal Ormen is an “excellent lawyer” according to sources. He is well known for advising key clients in the insurance market on a wide range of issues, including professional liability, post-delivery liability and medical liability.
The “superb” Rémi Passemard is a recognised specialist known for his enviable list of clients. He regularly advises leading insurers in the finance sector on the gamut of insurance and reinsurance-related matters.

HMN & PARTNERS is a leading player in the French insurance market with a deep bench  of experienced lawyers known for assisting clients in policy drafting, insurance company audits and litigation. This chapter features three of the firm’s lawyers.
Founding partner Gérard Honig is an eminent member of the French insurance bar. He is known for his considerable experience in a wide range of insurance and reinsurance matters.
Fellow name partner Bernard Mettetal is recognised for his proficiency in cross-border insurance and reinsurance matters. He regularly represents French insurance clients in international matters, including disputes.
Sarah Xerri-Hanote’s impressive practice encompasses insurance and reinsurance law, as well as insurance-related litigation and arbitration.

International heavyweight CLYDE & CO boasts a strong team in Paris, seeing three lawyers listed in this chapter.
The “excellent” Gildas Rostain stands out for his extensive expertise in insurance law and industrial risk-related disputes. He also regularly handles cases involving D&O, professional indemnity and credit insurance.
David Méheut is well versed in D&O liability, political risks, reinsurance and professional liability. According to one respondent, “He is responsive and quick to understand complex insurance issues.”
Yannis Samothrakis is a well-known regulatory expert who regularly advises domestic and European clients on cross-border regulatory issues.

Commentators consider HOGAN LOVELLS’ Thomas Rouhette a “first-rate lawyer” and one of the top names in the French market. He has extensive experience assisting clients in insurance and reinsurance disputes.

At HOLMAN FENWICK WILLAN, Guillaume Brajeux draws praise for his “excellent pleading skills and strategical analysis”. He focuses his practice on advising leading insurers and reinsurers on industrial risk.
The “impressive” Olivier Purcell focuses his practice on manufacturers’ and operators’ liability work.

GIDE LOYRETTE NOUEL is home to the “fantastic” Richard Ghueldre who is commended for his impressive practice focusing on insurance issues relating to aviation, maritime and industrial disasters.

PREEL HECQUET PAYET-GODEL’s name partner Jean-Marie Preel is a recognisable figure in the market known for his longstanding practice covering civil and professional liability.

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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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