A key focus over the past few years for French TMT lawyers has been the increase in work relating to data protection work. The issue goes hand-in-hand with that of cybersecurity, another area that owes its increase in prominence to mounting concerns over the technology rights and risks, and the subsequent changes in regulation. This year, 70 leading lawyers are recognised for their impressive work in the field.
We identify six leading lawyers for their work in the sector.
As is to be expected, the main focus for French practitioners in the mining sector continues to be francophone Africa. The mining industry is becoming an increasingly difficult market to work and has seen a slow-down in many projects. Furthermore, companies are now having to find new ways of sourcing financial support, despite the continued interest from Chinese mining companies investing in the continent. Thirteen leading lawyers are highlighted for their work in the sector.
Europe’s capital markets are less than half the size of its transatlantic neighbour and European businesses are raising about five times less than their US equivalents. In response to a need for “deeper” capital markets across the single market, the European Commission recently launched its Capital Markets Union Action Plan, which includes measures to relaunch high-quality securitisation. Ultimately the plan will help increase and diversify the funding sources for Europe’s businesses and break down barriers that are blocking cross-border investments.
It’s been another busy year for business crime defence advocates in France, with those we spoke to noting a renewed focus from the government in relation to enforcement actions. The past year has seen an attempt to speed up the process and improve the efficiency of financial crime cases, as well as a general clampdown on financial corruption. We recognise 31 leading lawyers for their work in the field.
In this chapter, 18 leading lawyers are recognised.
In this chapter we list 41 leading transport lawyers in France covering aviation finance, regulatory and contentious experts, as well as the leading shipping and maritime lawyers.
Despite the French economy still struggling with high unemployment and rigid labour laws, at the end of 2015 its trade gap decreased from €4.87 billion to €4.63 billion. This was mainly due to a 3 per cent increase in exports, a rise that fell short of market expectations; as such, the forecast for 2016 is a slow but steady increase in France’s market fortunes. Despite a small legal marketplace, the experts selected from France are “well regarded” in Europe and internationally. Four leading lawyers are listed in this chapter.
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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.