France: Insurance & Reinsurance 2018

This year we highlight 25 leading lawyers who stand out for their abilities in insurance and reinsurance advisory matters and disputes both in the French market and internationally.

Most Highly Regarded
1. Christian Bouckaert Kennedys, Paris
2. Bernard Mettetal HMN & Partners, Paris
3. Rémi Passemard SELARL Ormen Passemard – ORPA Legal, Paris
4. Gérard Honig HMN & Partners, Paris

At leading full-service law firm HMN & PARTNERS four outstanding practitioners are recognised for their expertise in the field.
Bernard Mettetal is one of France’s most distinguished insurance lawyers. He regularly acts for the French reinsurance market on major international disputes and for insurers on banking policy, fraud and industrial risk.
Gérard Honig is “very well known in the French market” for his long-standing insurance litigation and arbitration practice and is widely respected as a leading expert on insurance-related disputes.
Sarah Xerri-Hanote is a go-to name on financial insurance claims and is “an active figure in the market” according to sources.
Simon Ndiaye is a specialist in insurance and reinsurance law and frequently acts on high-stakes matters on an international scale. One source says, “Simon is a rising star in the insurance market.”

International firm CLYDE & CO sees three individuals recommended.
David Méheut is a go-to name on insurance coverage, monitoring and defence matters. He possesses extensive experience in insurance litigation and arbitration where he acts for both insurers and reinsurers.
Yannis Samothrakis is a dean of French and European regulatory matters with significant cross-border experience. He is also well regarded for his corporate insurance work.
Gildas Rostain receives widespread praise for his work in insurance litigation where he provides market-leading expertise in risk analysis.

KENNEDYS sees two standout names recognised in this chapter.
Christian Bouckaert is a market authority on insurance and reinsurance litigation. He is frequently instructed to represent clients from numerous industry sectors before the French courts and arbitral tribunals and is described as “an excellent practitioner”.
Alexis Valençon comes highly recommended for his skills in complex court-appointed investigations relating to industrial risks and is also widely respected for his contract-drafting abilities.

HOGAN LOVELLS achieves two listings this year.
Thomas Rouhette is highly regarded for his work in insurance and product liability matters. He is a skilled litigator with in-depth knowledge of industrial risks and regulations.
Sébastien Gros is a top name in European regulatory and corporate matters and is widely respected by the insurance industry for his impressive expertise in the field.

Two esteemed figures are recognised at HOLMAN FENWICK WILLAN.
Guillaume Brajeux is “very active” in the insurance and reinsurance market where he is regarded as a specialist in industrial risks. Sources praises him as “an excellent lawyer” with “great oral skills”.
Olivier Purcell receives praise for his work in shipping insurance where he has significant experience in handling litigation and arbitration proceedings in the sector.

SELARL ORMEN PASSEMARD – ORPA LEGAL sees two go-to practitioners listed.
Rémi Passemard receives praise across the market for his work advising insurance companies, corporates and financial institutions. He is highly respected for his litigation experience and his first-class work as defence counsel before French courts.
Pascal Ormen is well known and well respected for his expertise in insurance litigation and arbitration where he represents insurers, brokers and corporations on high-stakes disputes.

Matthieu Patrimonio of SCP RAFFIN & ASSOCIÉS is widely respected as one of France’s best insurance and reinsurance lawyers and possesses experience in product liability matters and criminal litigation.

GIDE LOYRETTE NOUEL’s Richard Ghueldre is a top regulatory lawyer who is recognised for his significant knowledge in insurance and reinsurance law, with a particular focus on contracts and major disasters.

RIEUNEAU AVOCATS’ name partner Sylvain Rieuneau is a go-to name on insurance law and is highly respected within the French market for his in-depth expertise. 

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