France: Construction 2018

This year we identify 18 construction lawyers for their excellent work handling leasing, procurement and regulatory matters and their formidable experience in construction disputes.

Most Highly Regarded
1. Christopher Seppälä White & Case LLP, Paris
2. David Brown Clyde & Co LLP, Paris
3. Todd Wetmore Three Crowns LLP, Paris

WHITE & CASE boasts a prominent position in the French construction market, with an exceptional five practitioners nominated this year.
Christopher Seppälä is one of the pre-eminent names in our research and “a big name” in the field according to sources. He has over 35 years’ experience, with impressive insight into matters such as civil engineering and project finance transactions.
Charles Nairac is an outstanding lawyer who garners high praise from sources this year for his extensive experience in international construction disputes, most notably in relation to arbitration proceedings.  
Andrew de Lotbinière McDougall is a first-rate lawyer who stands out for his expert handling of construction arbitration proceedings, as well as his strong expertise in EMEA.

CLYDE & CO’s David Brown is “very good for his construction arbitration work” according to sources who commend his invaluable experience in the nuclear and infrastructure industries.

At THREE CROWNS Todd Wetmore has over 25 years’ of internationally focused experience. He stands out for his wide-ranging practice that sees him involved in issues such as nuclear power plant construction and M&A disputes.

At KING & SPALDING, James Castello has a stellar reputation in the French construction market for his work on infrastructure and oil disputes. One source notes, “He is very good on arbitration matters.”

Michael Bühler of JONES DAY has a well-established disputes practice and is “an excellent arbitrator who understands the issues” when it comes to complex construction claims, according to sources.

At FRILET - SOCIÉTÉ D'AVOCATS, founding partner Marc Frilet is a highly respected practitioner with more than 40 years of experience in French construction matters. He has specialist knowledge of mining projects, with a particular focus on Francophone Africa.

At PINSENT MASONS Frédéric Gillion is recognised for his broad practice which sees him involved in transport and nuclear energy, as well as FIDIC contract disputes.

GIDE LOYRETTE NOUEL’s Carole Malinvaud is “a big name” in the field according to sources who commend her first-class practice and strong expertise in project financing matters.

At LAW OFFICES ELLIOTT & KEARNEY, Derek Elliott has an outstanding reputation in the market and boasts over 40 years’ experience handling matters relating to the nuclear and coal sectors.

REED SMITH’s Peter Rosher is an experienced and highly regarded practitioner who is highlighted for his impressive expertise across the oil and gas, mining and energy sectors.

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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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