France: Commercial Litigation 2018

This year we recognise 28 leading advocates for their excellent work handling commercial disputes across a range of sectors.

Most Highly Regarded
1. Denis Chemla Allen & Overy LLP, Paris
2. Stéphane Bonifassi Bonifassi Avocats, Paris

 VEIL JOURDE boasts the leading commercial litigation offering at the French Bar, achieving five listings in this chapter.
Jean Veil is “a top litigation lawyer in France”, according to sources who commend his “leading work” across a range of matters including civil, criminal and commercial legal disputes.
Emmanuel Rosenfeld is highly sought after by clients who include major international and domestic companies and industry players. They praise his expert handling of litigation proceedings relating to transactional, competition and commercial disputes.
Georges Jourde is a widely respected figure in the French market who receives plaudits for his particular expertise in M&A-related litigation.

CLIFFORD CHANCE’s Thomas Baudesson is a top-tier advocate who wins widespread commendations for his work on commercial contractual disputes as well as product liability and white-collar matters.
Jean-Pierre Grandjean is “a must for inclusion” according to market commentators who highlight him for his impressive disputes practice. He is well versed in handling commercial and corporate litigation proceedings on behalf of both domestic and foreign companies.

At BREDIN PRAT, Jean-Daniel Bretzner stands out as “an excellent advocate” with a broad litigation practice which encompasses a range of matters including product liability, real estate, M&A, and shareholder disputes.
Louis Christophe Delanoy is well versed in handling commercial disputes across numerous sectors including construction, corporate and oil and gas, areas in which he stands out as go-to counsel.

ORRICK RAMBAUD MARTEL’s Laurent Jaeger is “a very well-regarded figure in the French market”, who is highly regarded for his impressive litigation work. He boasts strong expertise across commercial and investment disputes.
Jean-Pierre Martel is “up there with the top litigators in the country” according to impressed sources who commend his superb work on corporate and M&A disputes.  

ALLEN & OVERY’s Denis Chemla is the foremost litigator in the country in this year’s research. He boasts invaluable advocacy experience before both French criminal and civil courts, and has represented clients in relation to an array of disputes from white-collar to product liability.

Stéphane Bonifassi at BONIFASSI AVOCATS wins international commendations for his first-rate advocacy work. He is particularly well regarded for his exceptional handling of corporate crime proceedings on both a domestic and international level.

At FRESHFIELDS BRUCKHAUS DERINGER, Stéphane Bénouville leads the firm’s litigation group in Paris. He is highlighted for his specialism in corporate finance, most notably in relation to investigations and white-collar crime proceedings.

Jean-Michel Darrois at DARROIS VILLEY MAILLOT BROCHIER “enjoys a sterling reputation” in the French market as “one of the very best” when it comes to representing corporate entities as well as individuals in relation to complex commercial disputes.

Jacques-Antoine Robert at SIMMONS & SIMMONS is “very good indeed” according to respondents, who commend his adept handling of commercial and liability-related disputes across a range of industry sectors.

At HOGAN LOVELLS, Thomas Rouhette draws widespread praise for his superb litigation practice as well as his strong expertise in product liability proceedings. One source notes, “He is one of the best litigators I have ever worked with – just excellent.”

DECHERT’s Laurent Martinet is a well-recognised name in the field who is regularly involved in corporate and commercial litigation proceedings on behalf of both French and international clients.

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Nominees have been selected based upon comprehensive, independent survey work with both general counsel and private practice lawyers worldwide. Only specialists who have met independent international research criteria are listed.

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