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Allen & Overy

The Magic Circle firm’s Paris office offers leading multidisciplinary and cross-border practice groups for an impressive portfolio of clients, including Samsung, Société Générale, BNP Paribas and Vivendi. Allen & Overy has built a strong local foundation, having been in the French capital for 27 years; the office now employs over 160 lawyers, who are supported by a truly expansive network on both a European and international scale. The firm’s strength in depth is shown through its recognition in 18 separate practice areas. 


The firm is a worldwide leader in the capital markets and the Paris office is no exception. Marc Castagnede is an experienced player in the French IPO market, with respondents highlighting his “sophisticated dealmaking skills”. Meanwhile, Dan Lauder is known for his “substantial expertise” in the debt market.

The co-head of the firm’s global arbitration practice is based in Paris. Michael Young is described as “an extraordinarily good arbitrator”, particularly with reference to energy and natural resources disputes in the Middle East, North America, Europe and Africa.

Head of the firm’s Paris-based litigation department Denis Chemla is widely endorsed for his broad commercial litigation practice covering both criminal and civil courts, including product liability with a focus on aviation, business crime defence, and securities litigation.

The co-head of the worldwide life sciences group is also based in Paris. Laëtitia Bénard focuses on patent litigation and is considered “one of the best, not just in France but on the Continent” in this respect.  Clients also observed that “she has a very good team behind her”.

Florence Ninane ranks highly in our competition chapter. Peers describe her as an important player and “a certain inclusion” for her leading role in major domestic and EU merger control, cartel and abuse of dominance cases.

Romaric Lazerges heads Allen & Overy’s public law department in Paris. He is considered a leading figure in relation to advising public bodies, suppliers and contractors on high profile public contracts and procurement litigation. Clients observe that “his advice is always well-judged, extremely informative and practical”.

In sum, Allen & Overy’s Paris office is home to some of the finest and most experienced practitioners in their respective areas of business law in the country. The firm’s highlights are characterised by its involvement in high-profile cross-border matters in which it reputedly excels. 

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