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Established more than 40 years ago, Linklaters' Paris office is one of the most pre-eminent Anglo-Saxon law firms in the country. The firm boasts a distinguished practice group covering all key areas of business law, with an emphasis on complex and innovative matters that are beyond most medium-sized firms. Linklaters’ strength in our research is displayed through its prominent position in 16 of our practice area chapters. In recent news, Arnaud de La Cotardière has begun his second tenure as office managing partner in 2016 and he will be tasked with “maintaining the leading position of Linklaters recognised by its clients and the key players of the French economy”, according to the firm.

The firm’s Paris office is also a gateway to Francophone Africa, with Bertrand Andriani co-heading this particular group. He is extensively experienced in major project and structured financing transactions, with an emphasis on energy and infrastructure projects in the region. He is said to have “mastered his craft” and is recognised by peers as “a strong negotiator”. Fellow co-head Paul Lignières is commended for his marketing leading public law practice, with a stress on PPPs and procurement contracts.

Patrice Doat is another outstanding practitioner with a focus on international finance. His practice covers matters from general banking through acquisition finance and securitisation transactions. Meanwhile, Bertrand Sénéchal is acknowledged by respondents for his “pre-eminent equity capital markets practice”. Peers note that you often see him on the largest public offerings by French issuers.

The highly regarded competition team regularly acts on high-profile cartels, abuse of dominance, state aid and merger control matters with an international dimension. It boasts two standout senior practitioners: Anne Wachsmann, who is unanimously held as “an authority” in the market, and Pierre Zelenko, who is particularly praised for “his deep understanding of the economics underlying competition cases”.

The disputes resolution practice is another highlight of the Paris office. Roland Ziadé is regarded as one of the most sought-after counsel for international arbitrations, particularly in reference to ICC arbitrations. The “brilliant” Pierre Duprey is extensively experienced as a counsel and arbitrator in major ICC, LCIA and FAA arbitrations. Matthieu de Boisséson is also endorsed as a leading figure in the market, providing “clear and detailed advice” and “superb judgement” as arbitrator and counsel in international arbitrations. 

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