In this chapter, WWL identifies 11 of France’s leading mining lawyers. They have been selected for their experience and expertise advising companies on transactional, compliance and regulatory issues.
Most Highly Regarded
Herbert Smith Freehills stands out in the market with four listings in this chapter.
Global Elite Thought Leader Stéphane Brabant is one of Europe’s foremost authorities on mining law. His practice focuses on compliance, project development and investment structuring in the energy and mining sectors in emerging markets.
Bertrand Montembault is revered for his “depth of knowledge acquired through 27 years of experience advising clients in francophone Africa” on oil and gas, natural resources and power projects.
Nina Bowyer is well versed in assisting on transactions and projects in Africa, as well as gas-related matters in Europe, Asia and South America.
Rebecca Major is highlighted as a prominent mining lawyer whose expertise lies in acquisitions, joint ventures and project development matters in the energy and natural resources sectors.
Barthélemy Faye at Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton is an eminent mining specialist with more than 20 years of experience representing some of the world’s largest mining multinationals, such as Vale, on investment and mining issues.
Anthony Giustini of Clifford Chance wins endorsements for his focus on project finance and development matters pertaining to the oil and gas, petrochemical and mining sectors.
Philippe Auzas with Bonna Auzas Lawyers earns recognition as “a terrific lawyer” for mining and energy matters. He has over two decades of experience advising companies on international investments and contractual issues.
Norton Rose Fulbright’s Christophe Asselineau is described as “a brilliant lawyer for Africa projects” who is “well reputed and very active in the mining industry”. He has more than 25 years of experience with M&A and project development.
Bertrand Andriani at Linklaters is recognised as “the go-to lawyer for mining finance in Paris”.
The “excellent” Yves Baratte of Simmons & Simmons regularly advises investment funds, financial institutions, governments and corporate clients on mining, water and infrastructure projects.