France: Transport 2018

In this chapter we recognise 42 transport specialists who stand out for their excellent work in aviation and shipping law including financing, logistics, transactions, insurance and crisis management.

Most Highly Regarded
1. Maylis Casati-Ollier Clyde & Co LLP, Paris
2. Vonnick le Guillou DLA Piper, Paris
3. Jean Chevrier Cabinet d’Avocats Chevrier, Paris
4. Edward Campbell Stephenson Harwood, Paris

HOLMAN FENWICK WILLAN sees five lawyers nominated this year for their strong expertise in the field.
Guillaume Brajeux is “very active on the insurance side” according to sources who commend the “incisive counsel” he delivers to clients on related shipping matters, particularly when it comes to disputes.
Olivier Purcell is a widely respected figure in the French shipping market where he is described by market commentators as “an expert in charter party work”.
Richard Jadot “absolutely deserves to be listed” according to sources. He is a banking and finance specialist who draws praise in this chapter for his impressive work handling aviation financing matters.

INCE & CO also receives five nominations in this edition.
Mathieu Croix is “a great litigator” who is highly regarded among peers and clients alike for his work handling complex shipping matters, from collision to financial restructuring, on behalf of shipping companies, insurers and agencies.
Managing partner Jérôme de Sentenac is recognised for his well-respected disputes practice and wins high praise for his expert handling of shipping-related contentious matters including cargo, insurance and charter party claims.
Andrew Charlier focuses his practice on superyacht and jet-related business matters. He wins particular recognition from sources for his impressive work on financing issues.

CLYDE & CO sees four leading experts recognised in this chapter.
Maylis Casati-Ollier is the foremost transport lawyer in the French market who enjoys a great reputation as “a leading specialist for finance matters”. Sources praise her as “a good and hard negotiator” who is “fantastic on the finance side”.
Gildas Rostain “has a very good reputation” in the transport market, say sources. He particularly stands out for his superb work in the maritime sector with one interviewee commenting: “He is highly regarded in the field of marine insurance.”
Fabrice Pradon is widely recognised for his strong expertise in the field of aviation law. He is regularly engaged in handling complex disputes on behalf of airlines and insurers.
Benjamin Potier is well known in the French aviation market for his brilliant work in relation to aviation litigation proceedings. He possesses experience before civil, commercial and administrative national courts.

STEPHENSON HARWOOD achieves two nominations this year.
Edward Campbell boasts strong expertise in asset finance matters, and wins particular recognition in this chapter for his excellent work on aircraft financing, where he represents banks, lessors and airlines.
Alain Gautron is “very well known on the ship-finance side” according to market sources, an area in which he stands out for his top-tier work handling projects, leasing matters and acquisitions.

At NORTON ROSE FULBRIGHT, Marc Hamilton has a broad transport practice which spans a wide range of related matters including aircraft and rail finance and leasing.
Sources “have a lot of respect” for George Paterson, whom they highly recommend for his impressive aviation finance practice which encompasses leasing, transactions and financings.

Fernand Garnault at GARNAULT REMBAUVILLE BUREAU TASSY is “very well known” in the French aviation arena. Sources commend his work on major litigation and insurance claims.
Patrice Rembauville-Nicolle “has been acting in the maritime field for many years” according to respondents, one of whom notes, “He is certainly a name I would recommend.”

Vonnick le Guillou at DLA PIPER boasts “a great reputation” in the French market for his leading aviation practice. He is one of the country’s premier transport practitioners who gains particular recognition for his work on insurance and product liability claims.

INDEPENDENT PRACTITIONER Jean Chevrier is internationally recognised as a pre-eminent transport specialist. He focuses his practice on aviation law and is recommended for his work on both contentious and regulatory matters.

At DELVISO-AVOCATS, Henri Najjar continues to impress market commentators with his expert handling of shipping matters, from financing to disputes.

Henri de Richemont at RICHEMONT NICOLAS & ASSOCIES enjoys “a very good reputation as a shipping litigator”. He is well versed in advising clients on a wide range of maritime law issues, including charter party disputes, major collisions and salvage matters.

At WATSON FARLEY & WILLIAMS, Charles Viggers wins recognition for his work in the aviation field, most notably when it comes to aircraft financing, where he is considered a standout expert.

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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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