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White & Case

White & Case is one longest-standing international law firms in Paris, having established its office 90 years ago. The beneficiaries of this established local knowledge include institutional banks, multinationals, governments, start-ups and state-owned entities. The firm’s lawyers are regularly endorsed as among the most skilled in their respective practice areas and often find themselves working on some of the highest-profile transactions and commercial disputes in and out of the country. It thrives in international arbitration, particularly in energy and construction disputes, and for its noteworthy competition and capital markets teams.


The firm is home to some top names in the field of arbitration with four individuals receiving recognition. Andrew de Lotbinière McDougall serves as head of the firm's disputes section in Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA). He is a leading figure in high-profile international disputes and receives a further listing in our construction chapter for his prominent role in construction arbitrations. Charles Nairac also has a double listing in our arbitration and construction chapters, exercising a considerable practice over construction and energy related disputes in the EMEA. Michael Polkinghorne is known as one of the “one of the first ports of call” for international energy, infrastructure and telecoms sector disputes. Alongside them Christopher Seppälä is also prominently listed in our arbitration, energy and construction chapters.

White & Case is known for providing high-quality multi-jurisdictional competition law advice and representation. Head of the practice Jean-Paul Tran Thiet impresses with an active merger control and antitrust litigation practice, especially with regard to high-profile investigations in the telecommunications, energy, pharmaceuticals and transport industries. Juliette Goyer is regarded as “one to watch” with peers and clients praising her knowledge and professionalism.

The firm has an internationally renowned capital markets team, with a strong selection of lawyers in its Paris office. Gilles Endréo offers clients “a highly creative approach to complex securities offerings”; he was notably involved in the first renminbi bond issued by a French company in 2011. Séverin Robillard is recommended for his expertise in equity and debt issuances, and derivative transactions, with interviewees regarding him as “a stylish and effective dealmaker”.

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