May 2013 saw the first ever coordinated French and US action in a bribery case. The charges were brought against Total, a French-based oil and gas company. This action was part of a very active year for the French authorities who have stepped up criminal prosecutions of companies by a significant amount. We select 18 lawyers for inclusion in this chapter.
The latest purchasing managers’ index released in December saw France’s reading falling to a seven-month low, increasing fears of a return to recession. Talks are also ongoing regarding an EU banking union, and with consensus not yet reached on a number of key aspects, France is one of many member states waiting to see what will be decided on where the funding for failing banks is to come from. In this first edition we feature nine “outstanding” banking experts.
Asset recovery work is an emerging practice area in the French market, with practitioners noting an increase in cases since the global financial crisis. As technological advances continue to make asset tracing faster and more successful, they also allow fraudsters to hide funds in more sophisticated ways, ensuring practitioners in the field are looking forward to another busy year in 2014. In this expanding field we recognise four leading practitioners.
Paris continues to be one the most popular seats globally for commercial arbitration, with construction and infrastructure being particularly active sources of disputes. A new arbitration law (Decree no. 2011-48) introduced in May 2011 demonstrates a very flexible approach to the form and content of arbitration agreements while ensuring that the power of arbitral tribunals is undiminished. As such, France has one of the most liberal arbitration laws in the world and cements its position as a leading choice for commercial arbitration at international level. In this chapter, our research highlights 53 “outstanding” practitioners in this highly specialised field.
Administrative litigation is an increasingly active legal area in France, and government and EU regulations mean an ongoing demand for experts in this field. In this section we single out the 13 leading lawyers in this area.
In this edition Who's Who Legal singles out the world's leading individuals and firms in the field of life sciences law in four distinct areas: patent litigation; product liability defence; regulatory and transactional work. Once again international heavyweight Bird & Bird leads our research with more listings than any other firm across the four sections, with patent litigation a particular area of strength. Hogan Lovells follows close behind, with the firm garnering the most inclusions in the product liability defence sphere and Sidley Austin demonstrates particularly impressive regulatory expertise. Other standout firms include Covington & Burling, Arnold & Porter and Simmons & Simmons. We also pick out the most highly regarded individuals in the world in patent litigation, product liability defence, regulatory and transactional life sciences law.
In this edition we divide our research into four distinct sections. No single practitioner earns recognition in all of the IP, product liability, transactional and regulatory sections, which demonstrates the diverse nature of the work in this sector.
In this edition Who's Who Legal singles out the world's leading individuals and firms in the field of aviation law in three distinct sectors: contentious, finance and regulatory. Clyde & Co once again leads our research with a very impressive 28 listings, with practitioners from its offices around the globe recognised. Holman Fenwick Willan garners 23 inclusions across three continents and following closely behind is Norton Rose Fulbright with 22 listings. Clifford Chance earns 19 inclusions and US firm Condon & Forsyth boasts 17 inclusions. We also single out the world's most highly regarded individuals the areas of contentious, finance and regulatory aviation law.
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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.