France: Environment 2018

Here we highlight 27 esteemed environmental law practitioners with expertise encompassing compliance, risk management, regulatory matters and disputes.

Most Highly Regarded
1. David Desforges David Desforges, Paris
2. Jean-Nicolas Clément Gide Loyrette Nouel AARPI, Paris
3. Françoise S Labrousse Jones Day, Paris
4. Jean-Pierre Boivin Boivin & Associés, Paris

Specialist environmental and public law firm BOIVIN & ASSOCIÉS achieves three listings in this chapter.  
Jean-Pierre Boivin is widely recognised as “one of the best environmental lawyers in France" and impresses peers with his deep expertise across the construction, energy and natural resources sectors. He is a trusted adviser to a range of high-profile clients, and enjoys an excellent reputation for his work in the space.
Manuel Pennaforte “is certainly one of the best” for complex industrial risk matters according to peers. He is considered a go-to lawyer for major clients in the energy and chemical sectors. 
Steve Hercé draws praise for his broad expertise in environmental law and is highlighted for his impressive experience handling waste, pollution and crisis management matters.

Three lawyers from environmental and public law firm HUGLO LEPAGE & ASSOCIÉS are featured here.
Marie Pierre Maitre is regarded as “one of the most prominent figures in the field” and stands out as "a very impressive expert” in waste, chemical and industrial risk matters. 
Christian Huglo is a revered environmental and public law litigator who impresses peers with his vast expertise in pollution, air, soil and urban planning matters.  
Corinne Lepage is a highly respected expert in the environmental health and pollution space who draws praise for her sophisticated commercial advice and excellent advocacy.    

BAKER MCKENZIE achieves two listings in this chapter.
Marie-Laetitia de La Ville-Bauge is an esteemed environmental lawyer with vast experience in matters relating to soil and pollution. Peers note her exceptional knowledge of waste regulation.
Arnaud Cabanes is held in high regard for his deep expertise in environmental regulation and public law issues as well as his expert handling of complex sector-related transactions and disputes.

INDEPENDENT PRACTITIONER David Desforges impresses peers and clients alike with “his responsiveness, accuracy and practical advice” on a range of environmental law matters. One source effuses, “His understanding of the law goes above and beyond, and he demonstrates creativity in the answers he provides and in the solutions he advocates.”

At GIDE LOYRETTE NOUEL, Jean-Nicolas Clément is an eminent environmental adviser with vast expertise in water and waste issues. He boasts a strong litigation practice, with peers noting, “He is very well known for mining work.” 

JONES DAY is home to Françoise Labrousse who is widely regarded as “one of the best” environmental litigators in France. Peers add, “She is very well known for her vast knowledge of the carbon market.”

Joëlle Herschtel is a leading name at KING & SPALDING, who stands out as “a leading player in the market” and is widely endorsed for her expertise in environmental and toxic torts.

Arnaud Gossement heads the practice at GOSSEMENT AVOCATS and is held in high esteem as a leading environmental lawyer and go-to advisor to large companies. Sources speak highly of his vast knowledge of wind power and waste issues.

FRÊCHE & ASSOCIÉS’ Thomas Garancher is celebrated as “a highly regarded and very serious player in the market”. He draws praise for his sophisticated counsel and litigation experience spanning an array of complex pollution and risk management matters.

At THIEFFRY ET ASSOCIÉS, co-founder Patrick Thieffry enjoys a superb reputation in the market and is highlighted for his expert handling of a range of environmental law disputes.  

At PDGB AVOCATS, Laurent Deruy stands out as “an excellent environmental law practitioner” who impresses peers with his deep expertise in the nuclear energy and mining sectors.

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