France: Mining 2019

Here we identify 12 leading mining experts who stand out for their exceptional work advising companies on regulatory and transactional issues as well as disputes.

Most Highly Regarded
1. Stéphane Brabant  Herbert Smith Freehills LLP, Paris 

Herbert Smith Freehills performs well this year with three mining experts recognised.
Global Elite Thought Leader Stéphane Brabant is a pre-eminent figure in the international mining market. He comes “highly recommended” for his extensive experience counselling clients in the mining and energy industries, especially in African jurisdictions.
Rebecca Major is a standout name in the mining sector who has significant experience advising clients on matters relating to African and Asian markets.
Nina Bowyer is lauded by market commentators as “very professional and knowledgeable with regard to English-speaking African jurisdictions". Her practice focuses on advising clients on project development and financing matters.

Yves Baratte at Simmons & Simmons sits in the top tier of mining specialists in the French market and is described as “a good guy” and “a sensible practitioner”. He is experienced in advising international clients on projects in northern France and sub-Saharan Africa.

Philippe Auzas of Bonna Auzas Lawyers is a top-notch lawyer and “a great choice” say market commentators who add that he is particularly “excellent at regulatory matters in Africa”.

Barthélemy Faye with Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton is a distinguished figure in France, and is recommend by sources for his expertise in matters pertaining to projects in Africa. He has over 20 years of experience handling transactional and financing matters.

 Bertrand Andriani at Linklaters is a favourite among clients for project financing and other structured finance matters. One source extols: “If you were going to do a mining finance in Paris, he's the one to go to.”

Thierry Lauriol with Jeantet AARPI draws acclaim from sources across the globe as "a well-respected lawyer for African projects". He commands over 25 years of experience in the mining sector, as well as international commercial and investment arbitration. 

Jean-Claude Petilon at McDermott Will & Emery possesses over 30 years of experience acting on the behalf of large mining companies in contract negotiation, tax matters and financing strategies.

Anthony Giustini at Clifford Chance is a top name in the French market who is known for his extensive experience internationally in the mining, petrochemical and oil and gas sectors. 

Christophe Asselineau of Norton Rose Fulbright is applauded for his “strong mining practice” by peers and endorsed as being “great for francophone African matters”, thanks to his extensive experience in project transactions and M&A.

At Gide Loyrette Nouel, François Krotoff is a “well-respected” name among peers who note he “does a lot of Africa-related work for governments”.

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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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