France: Construction 2019

In this chapter we identify 18 construction lawyers who have been selected for their experience and expertise in advising clients in a range of dispute resolution proceedings across various industries, as well as for their pre-dispute practice and advisory service in the construction space.

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

Intentional powerhouse White & Case achieves five listings this year. 
Christopher Seppälä is one of France’s elite construction experts and is identified as a Thought Leader in the space. His expertise lies in international construction claims and disputes pertaining to civil engineering and infrastructure projects.
Andrew de Lotbinière McDougall is a highly distinguished name in the French market. He focuses on dispute resolution, and has experience in international arbitration under ICC rules. 
Charles Nairac is experienced in cross-border construction disputes around the globe as both counsel and arbitrator in commercial and investor-state proceedings. One peer effuses, “I thought he was brilliant.”
Nicolas Bouchardie is highlighted for his impressive expertise in international construction arbitrations under ICC, SCC and UNCITRAL rules.
The “excellent” Christophe von Krause is described as “very knowledgeable on technical points". His practice encompasses international arbitration and other dispute resolution proceedings.

Todd Wetmore at Three Crowns is a standout name in the construction space. He has over 25 years of experience as counsel and arbitrator and draws extensive praise from peers across Europe.

David Brown with Clyde & Co “has great experience and is a nice practitioner as well” say sources. His expertise lies in international arbitration proceedings as both counsel and arbitrator.

Marc Frilet of Frilet - Société d'Avocats draws praise from peers across the US, South America and Asia for his work on PPP and concession matters in international construction projects.

Frédéric Gillion at Pinsent Masons is lauded as “a big name in the market” by peers in France. He is experienced in handling construction project matters across a wide range of sectors including infrastructure, water and energy.

Carole Malinvaud of Gide Loyrette Nouel draws emphatic praise as “a really terrific lawyer”. Her practice focuses on international arbitrations in the construction sector under ICC and ICSID rules.

Christophe Lapp with Altana is “a prominent figure” in the the French construction market. He is highlighted by market commentators for his impressive practice in "both contentious and non-contentious work”.

Jean-Georges Betto at Betto Seraglini performs strongly in our research in to the French market. His practice specialises in construction disputes in international arbitration proceedings.

James Castello of King & Spalding International is a favourite among clients, who effuse that he is a “well known in the industry, and widely recommended”. He provides an “excellent service” leaving respondents “very impressed by his absolutely exceptional handling of the case.”

Derek Elliott at the Law Offices Elliott & Kearney brings over 40 years of experience in the construction space in Paris, and has acted for governments, employers and contractors in contentious proceedings.

Michael Bühler at Jones Day is identified as an arbitration expert in the construction space by peers across Europe. He represents clients from the public and private sectors in proceedings under most major arbitration rules.

Bruno de Cazalet at Cazalet Consult is a well-regarded lawyer in the market. He has over 20 years of experience handling construction and EPC contracts, as well as PPP and concession matters.

Stanley Chaney of Ravet & Associés is singled out for his strong expertise as well as his extensive experience as an international arbitrator acting under ICC rules.

Reed Smith’s Peter Rosher stands out in the French construction market for his impressive work handling complex disputes in international arbitration proceedings.

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