France: Energy 2019

In this chapter we highlight 39 practitioners for their outstanding work on both transactional and contentious matters in the energy sector, with their work covering regions across the globe.

Most Highly Regarded
1. Stéphane Brabant  Herbert Smith Freehills LLP, Paris 
2. Thierry Lauriol  Jeantet AARPI, Paris
3. Michael A Polkinghorne  White & Case LLP, Paris
4. Anne Lapierre  Norton Rose Fulbright LLP, Paris

Norton Rose Fulbright sees four outstanding individuals highlighted in our guide.
Anne Lapierre is one of the foremost energy lawyers in the French market. She is endorsed for her “very strong practice” and is considered “great for renewables and financing matters”.
Christophe Asselineau is a “great representative and a superb lawyer” according to impressed peers who highlight him for his expertise on international M&A transactions.
Alain Malek is “a go-to lawyer for anything arising out of Morocco” according to interviewees who commend his expert handling of energy M&A transactions in the EMEA region.
Simon Cudennec is lauded by peers as “a great lawyer who is a rising star in the space”. He runs a first-rate practice that sees him engaged in a range of upstream projects.

Herbert Smith Freehills is home to some of the country’s top lawyers and sees three practitioners included for their work in the energy space.
Stéphane Brabant is a distinguished figure in the energy market. Respondents single him out for his leading work on issues relating to project implementation and investment structuring.
Rebecca Major is “really good on the corporate side of transactions” say peers who praise her “broad experience on some of the major deals in resource development”.
The “impressive” Nina Bowyer enjoys a stellar reputation in the market for her top-tier work handling a range of international transactions in the oil and gas and power sectors.

Clifford Chance Europe holds a prominent position in the market, with three individuals highlighted this year.
Delphine Siino Courtin is a highly respected lawyer who wins widespread plaudits this year. She is credited for being “very good in project finance in the power plant space”.
Anthony Giustini has “a great deal of experience in the market” according to market sources who state that he is “very good at oil and gas project finance”.
Nikolaï Eatwell is an excellent lawyer who wins high praise from peers. He runs an enviable practice that sees him involved in energy-related project financings across Africa and the CIS region.

At White & Case, Michael Polkinghorne “has a great reputation” among market sources who consider him “very smart and wonderful to work with”. He is highlighted for his impressive experience handling contentious matters in the space.

Shearman & Sterling’s Emmanuel Gaillard is a top name in the energy space. He is commended as “an extraordinarily strong lawyer” and is described by one peer as “the master of arbitration in Paris”.

Laurent Vandomme of Sinclair is a “highly intelligent lawyer” who is commended by respondents for his “excellent practice” that provides “superb experience” on both upstream and downstream energy transactions.

At CMS Francis Lefebvre Avocats, Christophe Barthélemy is “a very hard worker and a great lawyer” according to market sources who note the valuable in-house experience he brings from his time at EDF.

Dechert’s Eduardo Silva Romero is a practitioner with a wealth of expertise in international arbitration, particularly when it comes to complex energy disputes. He wins plaudits for his “strong experience in the Latin American market”.

Allen & Overy is home to Christine Poyer-Rufenacht who draws effusive praise from market sources for her in-depth expertise on renewables projects.
Alexandre Ancel is a prominent figure in the space who receives strong praise for his handling of international M&A and joint-venture transactions across the energy sector.

At Jeantet, Thierry Lauriol has “a standout reputation in the jurisdiction for his work in Africa”. He is recognised for his world-class practice which includes international energy arbitrations.

At Three Crowns, Georgios Petrochilos has a “strong energy practice” according to commentators this year who commend him for his top-tier work on inter-state and investment disputes in the space.

Leila Hubeaut at Dentons has “a great deal of expertise on renewables matters in Africa” with peers stating that she is “a go-to lawyer with experience across a wide range of countries”.

King & Spalding’s Laurent Jaeger is greatly respected among peers and draws high praise for his excellent work on arbitration and litigation proceedings arising from investment disputes.
Mehdi Haroun is “a superb and very smart lawyer” who has “fantastic understanding of work emanating from Algeria”. He is “excellent in oil and gas work” and is noted to have “experience on a number of large projects”.

Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan’s Michael Young QC is “one of the most famous arbitrators in Paris” according to peers. They add he is a “big name in the space” who is “excellent on gas disputes”.

The “excellent” Yves Baratte of Simmons & Simmons is a well-established figure in the market who draws high praise from interviewees for his adeptness on international oil and gas, and power plant acquisitions.

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