This year’s research distinguishes 39 lawyers for their cutting-edge work throughout the energy sector, including oil, gas, nuclear and renewables matters.
Most highly regarded
Norton Rose Fulbright sees four practitioners recognised here.
Anne Lapierre garners widespread plaudits for her “exceptional knowledge of the renewables sector” and notable financing work.
Christophe Asselineau holds a “prestigious reputation” when it comes to high-value M&A transactions across the energy sector.
Alain Malek is well regarded for his “hands-on approach” to complex cross-border transactions.
Peers praise Simon Cudennec for his “attentive professionalism and active approach to energy-related issues”. He brings significant experience in upstream and project sponsorship matters.
Clifford Chance Europe receives three listings in this chapter.
Sources distinguish Delphine Siino Courtin for her “excellent transactional work” on international private finance initiatives and complex acquisitions.
Nikolaï Eatwell attracts fulsome praise for his “outstanding delivery” in energy transactions and high-value project financings.
Anthony Giustini is lauded for his “first-rate talent in oil and gas project finance” and “notable experience in the field”.
Herbert Smith Freehills sees three individuals highlighted.
Stéphane Brabant has “some of the best experience in Africa of any lawyer I have worked with”, according to one enthusiastic source. He is a “big name” in large-scale projects, transactions and risk management.
“Top pick” Rebecca Major is “great in corporate transactional work” and “extremely experienced” in an advisory and development capacity.
The “highly recommended” Nina Bowyer is widely esteemed for her effective and insightful handling of multi-jurisdictional M&A and energy financing.
Three Crowns’ Todd Wetmore is distinguished for his “client-centric, comprehensive approach to litigation filing, profound legal knowledge and excellent argumentation expertise”.
Georgios Petrochilos is highly regarded for his “cutting-edge energy work” and extensive experience in high-profile energy arbitration disputes.
Kathryn Khamsi is celebrated for her ability “to stay on top of the most complex contractual disputes” through “impressive detail orientation, excellent recall and hard work”.
Thierry Lauriol at Jeantet is universally ranked “among the top leaders in energy and natural resources in France”. Peers highlight his “excellent reputation among high-profile clients and in-depth experience”, which make him “great to work with”.
Michael Young QC at Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan has an “exceptionally strong disputes reputation”, with sources stating he “really knows his stuff” in the gas and oil industry.
Anne-Marie Lacoste impresses sources with her sweeping knowledge of energy disputes in arbitration proceedings.
François April at Linklaters is a foremost name in the “electricity and domestic renewables sphere”, with an expansive knowledge of energy-related regulatory and contractual issues.
Allen & Overy’s Alexandre Ancel distinguishes himself as a top name in the domestic and M&A energy markets.
Christine Poyer-Rufenacht ranks highly for her adept handling of major projects, including PPPs, across the energy and power sectors.
Mehdi Haroun of King & Spalding is celebrated as a “go-to lawyer for Algeria energy work”, including energy and infrastructure projects.
Commentators highlight Leïla Hubeaut of Dentons as “outstanding in the African renewable energy field”, with a strong reputation in licensing and regulatory work.
Christophe Barthélemy of CMS “excels in energy work” according to sources, who prize his wealth of experience in related projects.
White & Case’s Michael Polkinghorne is “at the top of the energy disputes field” and hailed as “one of the leading practitioners in Paris”.
Yves Baratte at Simmons & Simmons achieves ample praise for his “prestigious reputation in the market”, with observers underlining his tremendous understanding of energy and mining law.