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Hogan Lovells

Hogan Lovells is represented by over 2,500 lawyers across six continents, giving clients almost unparalleled access to international and local knowledge. The firm maintains a strong presence in the French market, important for its position as one of Europe’s primary economic centres and as a legal portal to Francophone Africa. The firm boasts an impressive list of top tier local and international clients including Aéroports de Paris, Iberdrola and many of France’s largest banks. In this edition, Hogan Lovells achieves 23 listings across 13 distinct practice areas. 


Hogan Lovells is renowned for its “industry-leading” international life sciences practice and the firm is suitably well represented in Paris. Cécile Derycke leads the life sciences group in Paris and is global co-head of the life sciences litigation, arbitration and employment team. Seen as one of the leading performers on the international stage, she is a specialist in product liability and commercial litigation in the pharmaceuticals, biotechnologies and medical devices industries. Thomas Rouhette is commended by his peers for his multifaceted practice that encompasses product liability and commercial liability, as well as dispute resolution. He is noted for his client management skills and his “fine attention to detail”. Mikael Salmela has considerable expertise dealing with a variety of complex and strategic agreements in various industry sectors, such as life science, energy and IT. He is known for his ability to coordinate and facilitate negotiations between the diverse parties effectively and decisively.

Further praise goes to “rising star” Sylvie Gallage-Alwis, a senior associate in the firm’s litigation department.  Her reputation as a “dynamic and determined litigator” has seen her advise a range of clients in product liability defence and commercial litigation cases. She regularly advises leading industrial and commercial manufacturers on regulatory effects as well as the responses to regulation and often assists European product recalls.

Hogan Lovells can also boast two standout performers amongst its ranks in the field of telecommunications, media and technology. The “industrious” Winston J Maxwell is celebrated as “one of the country’s principal media, communications and data protection lawyers.” His practice covers data protection and privacy law, telecommunications and Internet, as well as the media and entertainment industries. David Taylor heads the firm’s international domain name practice and is highly regarded in the IP market, particularly for his cognisance of internet and domain name issues.

Head of the international arbitration practice in Paris is Laurent Gouiffès. He boasts over 20 years of experience acting as a counsel in arbitral proceedings under the auspices of the LCAI, ICC, ICSID, CAS and UNCITRAL, and is described as a “seasoned veteran” on the international stage. In particular, his practice encompasses the energy, natural resources, telecommunications and nuclear sectors,. He is also praised for his linguistic ability, speaking four European languages ensures that he is confident in conversing with both clients and opponents in their own languages in European arbitral proceedings.

Hogan Lovells provides its clients with highly specialised local advice, coupled with a large, international network. In this respect it is truly a market-leading firm, especially in the life sciences and TMT sectors, and in insurance and commercial disputes.

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