In this edition of WWL: France, we feature a more than 300 firms, ranging from full-service outfits to specialised boutiques.
However, almost 20 per cent of the total listings are achieved by six standout firms, which we profile here.
Gide Loyrette Nouel
Renowned firm Gide Loyrette Nouel performs strongly in our research into the French market this year. The firm secures 43 listings in this edition, more than any other firm in the market, across 19 different practice areas.
The firm distinguishes itself in the real estate sector in particular, with six listings for practitioners in the group. They stand out for their excellence advising domestic and international clients on a range of real estate matters, including transactions, regulatory concerns and financing issues.
The firm also performs impressively when it comes to patents law, with five practitioners securing a listing for their outstanding work on patent litigation, portfolio management and licensing issues.
M&A, corporate governance and banking matters are also a speciality of the firm, with eight practitioners listed thanks to their skill and expertise with M&A transactions, financing issues, and corporate governance disputes.
Standout names at the firm include Frédéric Nouel, a leading light in real estate law. Christian Camboulive enjoys a strong reputation for his arbitration expertise, while Antoine Choffel draws high praise for his world-class competition practice. Nadège Nguyen is a market-leading M&A and governance specialist and Xavier de Kergommeaux is renowned for his excellence in the banking sector.
Distinguished French firm Bredin Prat demonstrate their multifaceted strength, achieving 33 listings across 11 practice areas. With two offices in Paris and Brussels sitting alongside a global network of associated lawyers, the firm is esteemed as a go-to for international and domestic clients.
M&A and corporate governance law is an area of considerable strength for the firm, with seven of its practitioners securing a listing thanks to their outstanding work on a variety of M&A transactions, financing matters and regulatory issues.
Lawyers at the firm also display a meticulous understanding of corporate tax matters, with five individuals listed for their formidable abilities in a wide range of advisory and controversy matters.
The firm is also a go-to for competition issues, with five of its practitioners listed for their skill and experience in a host of merger control, abuse of dominance, cartel investigations and state aid work.
Standout names at the firm include Oliver Billard and Yelena Trifounovitch, who are highly regarded as Global Elite Thought Leaders in competition and state aid matters. Pierre-Henri Durand is esteemed as a leading figure on a wide range of complex corporate tax issues, while Pascale Lagesse is recognised as a Thought Leader in labour and employment law. Sébastien Prat secures comprehensive endorsements from peers and is selected as a Thought Leader in M&A and governance matters.
White & Case
Full-service powerhouse White & Case is a leading outfit in the French market. Its practitioners possess expertise in a broad range of fields, as demonstrated in our research this year where the firm receives 26 listings across 15 practice areas.
The firm demonstrates its excellence in dispute resolution, receiving a total of six listings across arbitration and commercial litigation. The firm is also particularly strong in the construction sector, with five impressive individuals highlighted for their leading work on large infrastructure, construction, engineering and projects matters, as well as for their work with clients from both the public and private sector.
Standout individuals at the firm include Charles Nairac and Christopher Seppälä who are both highly regarded in the international market for their first-class arbitration practices as well as their work in the construction industry. Andrew de Lotbinière McDougall QC is recognised for his top-tier arbitration practice, while Saam Golshani enjoys a stellar reputation for his leading expertise in restructuring and insolvency proceedings. Michael Polkinghorne is singled out as a go-to name for energy-related arbitrations.
CMS possesses a prominent position in the French market and continues to be recognised as one of the leading full-service law firms in the region. It illustrates the strength of its offering in our research this year, achieving 25 listings across nine practice areas.
The firm sees 13 of its practitioners celebrated for their impressive work in corporate tax. They receive recognition for their excellence in complex domestic and international tax mandates. The firm also proves itself to be a dominant player in private client matters, where it sees five lawyers listed in our corresponding chapter.
Standout individuals at the firm include Stéphane Gelin, Edouard Milhac and Michel Collet who are recognised as leading corporate tax lawyers in the French market. François Tenailleau is recognised for his first-class government contracts and public law practice while Bruno Gouthière and Sylvie Lerond are commended for their impressive private client work.
Renowned international firm Clifford Chance demonstrates the strength and depth of its offering in the French market, with 24 listings across 16 different practice areas.
Capital markets law is an area of strength for the firm, with three practitioners securing a listing for their top-notch work advising clients on structured finance matters, as well as debt and equity transactions
Lawyers at the firm also distinguish themselves in their work on energy matters, entering three practitioners into this year’s edition. Peers and clients widely endorse them for their representation of clients on a wide range of energy project disputes, transportation issues and financing matters across the oil, gas, nuclear and renewable energy sectors.
Standout names at the firm include François Bonteil, who is held in high esteem as a Global Elite Thought Leader in real estate law. Recognised Thought Leader Cédric Burford earns plaudits in a wide range of capital markets transactions, including debt and equity bond issues, while Anthony Giustini is a go-to for project finance issues. Jason Fry QC and Simon Greenberg secure emphatic endorsements from peers and are identified as Thought Leaders in the arbitration of disputes. Xavier Comaills enjoys a sterling reputation among market commentators, winning recognition as a Thought Leader in private funds matters.
Allen & Overy
Allen & Overy enjoys a strong presence in the French market, a position reflected in our research this year as it receives listings across 17 practice areas. The firm showcases its strengths across a wide range of legal matters and sees a total of 24 practitioners listed in this year’s research.
The firm excels in corporate matters. It achieves multiple listings throughout our M&A, corporate tax and capital markets chapters, highlighting the firm’s ability to handle large-scale corporate transactions.
The firm also demonstrates strong sector-focused practices, which are showcased in this edition with nominations across our energy, real estate, life sciences and banking chapters.
Key names at the firm include Denis Chemla, a leader in contentious proceedings. He is highlighted for his exceptional work across commercial litigation, product liability defence, and business crime defence and investigations. Romaric Lazerges enjoys a stellar reputation for his first-class work in administrative litigation and government contracts while Laëtitia Bénard is widely respected for her expertise in IP issues pertaining to the life sciences industry.