France: Energy 2018

In this chapter we highlight 41 leading energy lawyers. The individuals listed here are the most highly recommended practitioners in the market for transactional and project-related matters, as well as disputes and sophisticated regulatory advice.

Most Highly Regarded
1. Stéphane Brabant Herbert Smith Freehills LLP, Paris
2. Eduardo Silva Romero Dechert LLP, Paris
3. Laurent Jaeger Orrick Rambaud Martel SCP, Paris
4. Thierry Lauriol Jeantet AARPI, Paris
5. Michael Polkinghorne White & Case LLP, Paris

HERBERT SMITH FREEHILLS sees four highly regarded lawyers listed here.
Stéphane Brabant is an esteemed energy lawyer and expert handler of major energy transactions. He enjoys a superb reputation for his expertise in emerging markets and stands out as the leading energy lawyer in the country.
Rebecca Major is highly recommended by peers and clients alike for her fantastic expertise in M&A transactions as well as her impressive knowledge of African and Asian projects. 
Mathias Dantin is a highly knowledgeable regulatory expert with deep expertise in the energy sector. Clients describe him as “a very skilled lawyer” and commend his “excellent communication skills and ability to clarify complex legal issues”.
Nina Bowyer receives widespread praise for her impressive expertise in the oil and gas and power industries. Peers and clients alike speak highly of her expert handling of M&A transactions and project development and financing matters.

International firm NORTON ROSE FULBRIGHT also achieves four listings in this chapter.
Christophe Asselineau is “an excellent transactional lawyer” with a superb reputation for his extensive M&A experience and deep knowledge of investment in Africa.
Anne Lapierre heads the energy practice in the firm’s Paris office. She boasts “a very strong practice” in energy transactions and is highlighted for being “very knowledgeable in the wind power sector”.
Simon Cudennec is highlighted as “an excellent professional” for his project experience spanning France and Africa. Peers say, “He is very active in the market,” and he enjoys an excellent reputation for his sophisticated counsel to major oil and gas companies.
Alain Malek is highly regarded for his vast experience in cross-border transactions in European and emerging markets and is regularly engaged to advise on major natural resources and power projects. 

CLIFFORD CHANCE is home to three esteemed energy practitioners.
Anthony Giustini is “very well known in the market” for his outstanding work in project finance transactions. His expertise spans oil and gas and petrochemical projects around the world, and he is highlighted for his sophisticated knowledge of markets in Africa.
Delphine Siino Courtin enjoys “an excellent reputation in the local market” for her vast experience in energy projects and acquisitions spanning European and African markets.
Nikolaï Eatwell is highly visible in the French market and is known for his wide-ranging experience in oil and gas and power projects around the world.

Two lawyers from ORRICK RAMBAUD MARTEL are listed here.
Laurent Jaeger stands out as “a fantastic arbitrator” and impresses peers with his strong dispute resolution expertise in and experience acting in contentious energy matters around the world.
Simon Ratledge is a prominent figure in Paris and is held in high esteem for his vast expertise representing banks and commercial lenders in energy project financing matters.

QUINN EMANUEL URQUHART & SULLIVAN achieves two listings in this chapter.
Philippe Pinsolle is highly experienced as arbitrator and counsel and boasts vast experience in investor state and commercial disputes. Peers say, “It is great to see him in action,” and commend his expert handling of complex energy cases.
Michael Young QC “is excellent in the arbitration space” and is endorsed for his superb advocacy and experience in disputes in Africa, the Middle East and Asia.

ALLEN & OVERY sees two lawyers listed here.
Christine Poyer-Rufenacht draws praise as “a very experienced energy lawyer” with strong expertise in energy project financing. She is an experienced adviser in projects spanning Europe and the Middle East and boasts deep expertise in renewable energy projects.
Alexandre Ancel is highlighted as “an extremely talented lawyer” for complex transactions and project matters in the energy sector who enjoys a superb reputation for his vast M&A experience.

International firm CLEARY GOTTLIEB STEEN & HAMILTON achieves two listings.
Barthélemy Faye is described as “a very good professional” in the energy and natural resources space and “is highly considered by the market" for his broad expertise in financing and transactional matters.
Jean-Pierre Vignaud stands out as “a major player in the energy field in France”. He boasts broad transactional expertise and draws praise for his experience advising clients on major energy matters. 

At DECHERT, Eduardo Silva Romero is held in high esteem for his outstanding expertise in energy-related arbitration cases. Peers say, “He is extremely good for cases with a Latin American element.”
Thierry Lauriol at JEANTET AARPI receives widespread international praise for his first-rate energy and natural resources practice as well as his strong disputes work. 

Michael Polkinghorne is “a standout name” at WHITE & CASE who impresses peers with his extensive dispute resolution experience. Sources describe him as “a top lawyer” for industrial gas and energy disputes.

SHEARMAN & STERLING’s Emmanuel Gaillard is celebrated as “an exceptional litigator with abundant energy experience”. One peer adds: “He is the best of the best.”

At SIMMONS & SIMMONSYves Baratte boasts “an excellent reputation in the French market” and impresses peers with his outstanding experience advising on sophisticated energy projects and his intricate knowledge of African markets.

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