France: Labour & Employment 2018

This year’s research has identified 42 highly regarded labour and employment lawyers, who have been recognised by peers and clients alike for their outstanding expertise in employment matters relating to M&A and corporate reorganisation, strategic HR planning, and employee relations.

Most Highly Regarded
1. Patrick Thiébart Jeantet AARPI, Paris
2. Pascal Lagoutte Capstan Avocats, Paris
3. Guillaume Bordier Capstan Avocats, Paris
4. Olivier Kress Flichy Grangé Avocats, Paris
5. Jean-Michel Mir Capstan Avocats, Paris

With five listed lawyers in this chapter, labour law firm CAPSTAN AVOCATS is a leading player in the French market.
Managing partner Pascal Lagoutte occupies a prominent position at the top end of the French market. Peers say, “He is very much appreciated by international clients,” for his expertise in multi-jurisdictional employment matters noting, “He has the best clients in France.”
Peers highlight Guillaume Bordier as “an excellent lawyer” for complex corporate transfers and restructuring matters. He stands out for his “quick and solution-oriented advice”.
Co-founding partner Jean-Michel Mir is a highly regarded labour and employment specialist with experience spanning a broad range of sectors. Peers speak highly of his outstanding expertise in disputes arising out of M&A and restructuring transactions.
Anne-Laure Périès is a technical and responsive lawyer with impressive expertise in collective bargaining litigation and restructuring matters. She has a superb reputation for her work for major clients in the healthcare sector.
Bruno Serizay is a renowned expert in restructuring and social protection law. Peers say, “He is very well known for compensation and benefits matters,” and handles complex cases with ease.

French powerhouse AUGUST & DEBOUZY achieves five listings this year.
Managing partner Emmanuelle Barbara “is clearly one of the leading lawyers in the French market” according to peers, who highlight her excellent reputation for HR strategy advice.
Peers describe Philippe Durand as “an outstanding lawyer” and commend his pragmatic counsel on labour relations and redundancy plans. He is held in high regard for his strong litigation practice.
Marie-Hélène Bensadoun boasts “an excellent reputation” for her broad expertise in collective litigations and sophisticated negotiation abilities.
Fabienne Haas is highly visible in the French market and draws praise for her extensive experience in labour relations matters. She is a go-to adviser to major multinational corporations and peers speak highly of her work in multi-jurisdictional situations.
Mary Daphné Fishelson is “a great lawyer” who is internationally recognised for her excellent work in the labour and employment space.

Four outstanding practitioners from specialist employment firm FLICHY GRANGÉ AVOCATS are highlighted here.
Olivier Kress is a leading name in the market who is known for his broad knowledge and strategic insights on employment matters relating to acquisition and restructuring transactions. 
Joël Grangé is endorsed as “a top practitioner” for complex collective litigations and advice related to business transfers and employee restructuring.
Hubert Flichy stands out as “one of the best-recognised employment lawyers” in the French market and possesses an outstanding reputation for his related arbitration work.
Florence Aubonnet is a go-to adviser for major industrial clients and is highly recommended for her meticulous restructuring planning and implementation.

JEANTET AARPI achieves two listings in this chapter.
The “excellent” Patrick Thiébart is one of the most highly regarded lawyers in the French market. He is a seasoned litigator and is commended for his outstanding expertise in strategic restructuring and redundancy planning.
Déborah David is an esteemed expert in employment protection plans and restructuring matters. She draws praise for her pragmatic counsel and excellent advocacy abilities.

Two lawyers from full-service international firm PROSKAUER ROSE are listed here.
Yasmine Tarasewicz comes highly recommended by peers and clients alike for her fantastic knowledge of European labour law and specialist expertise in corporate restructuring matters.
Béatrice Pola is a trusted adviser to major French multinationals on a broad range of employment law issues. Clients commend “her client-oriented approach, ability to get to the heart of the key issues and reactively adjust her solutions”.

Specialist employment law firm FROMONT BRIENS achieves two listings in this chapter.
Sophie Pélicier-Loevenbruck is a seasoned adviser and litigator on complex labour relations matters and restructuring procedures, an area in which she boasts a strong international reputation.
Gilles Briens impresses peers with his first-rate pension and retirement counsel. He is a highly experienced practitioner with an excellent reputation for his work in the space.

Mathilde Houet-Weil of WEIL & ASSOCIÉS draws praise from peers and clients alike for her “precise and persuasive arguments”. She is a widely respected litigator and expert in employee restructuring, with clients noting, “She always puts our business priorities, philosophy and concerns first.”

At EY SOCIÉTÉ D'AVOCATS, Roselyn Sands “is a leader in the field” with vast experience advising foreign clients operating in the French market. Peers speak highly of her work with US clients and expert handling of global restructuring matters. 

DENTONS’ Katell Deniel-Allioux is an employment law specialist with “a great international focus”. Peers note, “She is a really hard worker, and from a technical point of view she is second to none.”

OGLETREE DEAKINS NASH SMOAK & STEWART’s managing partner Karine Audouze is highlighted as “an outstanding lawyer” for her expertise in international employee transfers and redundancies. She has broad experience in matters arising out of M&A transactions and has an excellent reputation for her work in the space.

The “fantastically intelligent” Pascale Lagesse of BREDIN PRAT draws praise for her expertise in collective bargaining and compensation plans. Peers say, “She is one of the best lawyers in Paris.”

Claire Toumieux of ALLEN & OVERY “is a highly experienced lawyer” with deep specialist expertise in HR strategy and reorganisation where she is considered a go-to practitioner among international clients. 

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