France: Labour & Employment 2019

Our research into the French labour and employment market sees 44 individuals highlighted for their excellent work on advisory and contentious matters ranging from collective litigation to restructuring and pensions issues.

Most Highly Regarded
1. Patrick Thiébart Jeantet AARPI, Paris
2. Guillaume Bordier Capstan Avocats, Paris
3. Florence Aubonnet Flichy Grangé Avocats, Paris
4. Pascal Lagoutte Capstan Avocats, Paris
5. Joël Grangé  Flichy Grangé Avocats, Paris 

Flichy Grangé Avocats is home to some of the country’s top names in the labour and employment field, four of whom are included in our guide this year.
Florence Aubonnet is "an excellent lawyer" who is "very well known in the market". She is highly thought of by peers who note she is "highly active in corporate transactions".
Joël Grangé is "an outstanding figure" who "sets the bar for French lawyers" according to sources. He is adept on collective redundancies, restructurings and employee savings schemes.
Olivier Kress receives widespread commendation for his handling of outsourcing and restructuring matters. A fluent Italian speaker, peers state that he "has a strong understanding of the Italian market".
Hubert Flichy is highly recommended by peers for his outstanding work on both disputes and advisory matters, such as collective litigation and domestic and international restructurings.

Capstan Avocats is a leading firm in the space, with six practitioners highlighted in this year’s guide.
Guillaume Bordier is a go-to name in the market with a stellar reputation for his work on employee share ownership, restructurings and corporate transfers.
Pascal Lagoutte is a one of the foremost lawyers in the space with interviewees highlighting him for his outstanding work on issues relating to collective bargaining and employment regulation.
Jean-Michel Mir wins widespread plaudits for his excellent handling of commercial transactions, as well as his superb expertise acting in an advisory capacity and in litigation proceedings.
Bruno Serizay is a first-rate lawyer with a commanding presence in the market. He is applauded for his deep understanding of restructuring and pensions issues.

Proskauer Rose achieves three listings in our guide this year.
Yasmine Tarasewicz is “a leading light in the field” with peers crediting her as someone who is “just excellent and has top clients”. She is regarded as “a visionary” in the space and is endorsed for her innovative approach.
Béatrice Pola is a well-established figure in the French market, who wins effusive praise from respondents this year for her impressive work on restructuring-related matters.
Alexandra Stocki “works very hard” according to clients who commend her “impressive knowledge of the law and large client base”. Her practice features specialist knowledge of restructuring plans and collective bargaining.

August & Debouzy’s Emmanuelle Barbara is a well-respected name in the French market. Sources state that she is “very well-known in France” and has a deep understanding of employment law issues.
Mary Daphné Fishelson garners much applause from market sources this year for her top-notch work on matters ranging from M&A and restructuring to labour relations management.

At Jeantet AARPI, Patrick Thiébart is a pre-eminent name in the space with a wealth of experience on restructuring issues. He is one of the most distinguished individuals in our research and receives high praise from respondents this year.
Déborah David is a superb practitioner who is highlighted by peers this year for her expertise on restructuring arrangements and assisting international firms in establishing themselves in France.

Bredin Prat’s Pascale Lagesse is “a fantastic lawyer” who is credited by commentators as “a leader in the field”. She has an outstanding practice that sees her involved in issues including collective bargaining and profit-sharing plans.

Orrick Rambaud Martel’s Emmanuel Bénard garners strong support from market sources this year and is highlighted for his top-drawer performance on matters arising from collective litigation and restructuring.

Gwen Senlanne of Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer is a well-established player in the market who runs an excellent practice that encompasses labour law issues relating to M&A and company restructurings.

At Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom, Philippe Desprès is a standout practitioner who receives strong support from respondents for his expert handling of collective negotiations and restructurings.

At CMS Francis Lefebvre Avocats, Nicolas de Sevin gains recognition from peers this year for his outstanding work on matters such as collective bargaining, restructuring and mass redundancies.

At Vivant Chiss, Antoine Vivant is a widely recognised practitioner who receives plaudits for his wealth of knowledge on corporate transactions and compensation arrangements.
Romain Chiss is a go-to name in the market who commands great respect from peers for his handling of M&A-related matters and collective litigation.

Chantal Giraud-Van Gaver of Coblence et Associés is a well-respected individual who peers state they “would refer work to if there were conflicts”. She is “very highly regarded in the profession for her work on negotiation and termination of top executives”.              

At Fromont Briens, Gilles Briens is a “very well-known lawyer in the market” according to interviewees who endorse him for his impressive work on pension modification and termination issues.
Sophie Pélicier-Loevenbruck is highly recommended by respondents this year for her top-notch work on restructuring and employee relations matters.

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