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Awards Ceremony 2015

It was an evening of celebration in Washington, DC last night as leading lawyers and firms from across the globe joined together at the W Hotel to celebrate each others’ triumphs at the second annual Who’s Who Legal awards ceremony. Highlights of the evening include the announcement of Theodore Garrett of Covington & Burling as the first recipient of our first Lifetime Achievement Award for his environmental law practice, while DLA Piper was named Pro Bono Firm of the Year. Overall winner of the night was Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, which walked away with six awards including Firm of the Year.  Click here to view our gallery of images from the night.

Top insolvency practitioners launch boutique firm Luxembourg

Leading corporate lawyers Franz Fayot and Laurent Fisch have teamed up to create FischFayot in Luxembourg. 

Cooley expands London office with the hire of life sciences duo

Cooley has bolstered its life sciences practice with the hire of London-based partners John Wilkinson and Nicola Maguire. The pair previously worked together for several years at the London office of Reed Smith.

Corporate Counsel Insight

Developing close relationships with in-house lawyers worldwide is an essential part of our research into the private practice marketplace. Over the years we have received valued insight and contributions from leading corporate counsel, which has helped us to better appreciate market conditions and the interplay between in-house teams and law firms. The following is a selection of recent corporate counsel interviews from our compendium, special reports and practice area publications.

France: Leading Firms

We have singled out 10 firms that achieve standout performances across the French legal marketplace. This section reflects the fact that the upper echelon of the market is balanced between local and international law firms. Standing above the competition, Gide Loyrette Nouel has the highest number of listings and the most comprehensive presence within our featured practice areas. A trio of local law firms are also recognised: most notably Bredin Prat, followed by CMS Bureau Francis Lefebvre and De Pardieu Brocas Maffei. Allen & Overy, Clifford Chance, Linklaters, Hogan Lovells, Herbert Smith Freehills and White & Case represent the best foreign law firms in the market. To view the full results of our research, please click here.

France: Practice Areas

France’s economy and legal system lends itself to certain practice areas. As a result of its efficient and liberal arbitration laws, the country is a leader in this form of dispute resolution and it is the largest practice by lawyer in our research. The country’s proactive Competition Authority, which has maintained a high level of antitrust enforcement this year, continues to keep French competition lawyers among the busiest in the world. Industry-related legal practices, especially life sciences and TMT, are strong thanks to a large commercial marketplace and sophisticated research centres. France’s close ties to francophone Africa ensure that energy and mining are also lucrative sources of legal work. Meanwhile, a resurgent real estate market has been a welcome sight for one of the most important commercial and legal markets in the country. In our analysis of the French legal market we feature 728 leading lawyers across 36 distinct practice areas. Click here to view the results of our research.

Expert Practice Area Reviews

We feature several exclusive practice area reviews, written by the market’s leading experts: François Tenailleau and Kawthar Ben Khelil of CMS Bureau Francis Lefebvre examine the review procedures, in particular the référé précontractuel and Tarn-et-Garonne, which take place in the administrative courts; Louis Vogel and Joseph Vogel of Vogel & Vogel review ongoing jurisprudential debates in the France competition market, which includes, in particular, abuses of a dominant position, anti-competitive agreements, mergers and commitments, private actions and procedure; and Florence Aubonnet of Flichy Grange Avocats updates us on the many changes to French labour law in recent years and how the new legislation works in practice.

Overview of the French Market

Regulatory and contentious areas are thriving, with investigations, business crime defence and tax particularly active areas of practice. It is no surprise that these make up some of the larger chapters of this guide. Activity in the telecoms market in France has also seen lawyers work on some big-ticket deals such as the sale of GVT by Vivendi to Telefónica for €7.5 billion, as well as network-sharing agreements such as that between Bouygues Telecom and SFR. Our TMT chapter features a total of 50 lawyers: an increase of nine from the previous edition. However, for the most part, law firms searching for growth continue to set their sights on Africa. Opting for either an Africa desk in Paris or expansion through offices in Algeria, Morocco and Tunisia, law firms are focused on attracting mining and natural resources, as well as work in the regulated sectors such as telecoms, water and electricity.  To read more please click here.

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