France: Shipping 2019

In this chapter we recognise 12 lawyers for their unrivalled handling of shipping matters, where they expertly act for clients on issues that range from disputes to financing.

Most Highly Regarded
1. Guillaume Brajeux HFW, Paris
2. Henri R Najjar Delviso-Avocats, Paris

HFW sees three practitioners highlighted in this chapter.
Guillaume Brajeux is recognised for his world-class practice, dazzling sources with his expansive knowledge in shipping disputes, commercial issues and liability matters. He regularly acts for insurers in high-value proceedings.
Olivier Purcell is a highly sought-after shipping lawyer who excels in high-stakes disputes relating to issues such as collisions, groundings and professional liability claims.  
Stanislas Lequette has vast experience in litigation and alternate dispute resolution, offering shipowners and insurers his expertise in high-value disputes.

Villeneau Rohart Simon & Associés has three lawyers listed.
Jean-Serge Rohart is a statesman in the shipping market with considerable experience gained over decades of acting in disputes in litigation and alternate dispute resolution proceedings.
Patrick Simon is a first-class shipping litigator who has experience managing a wide range of commercial disputes as well as performing ship arrests.
Sébastien Lootgieter is “an outstanding lawyer” who provides clients with “quick and to-the-point” advice on transactions, disputes and insurance matters across the sector.

Lewis & Co achieves two listings.
Lars Lewis is an experienced shipping lawyer with a diverse practice that runs the gamut of contentious matters including pollution disputes and insurance and injury claims.
Peter Iglikowski frequently acts in litigation and arbitration proceedings relating to shipping and trade, and stands out for his “creative approach” and vast experience in the sector.

Henri Najjar at Delviso Avocats stands out for his top-tier work in maritime disputes, expertly representing clients such as insurers, shipowners and charterers in sophisticated litigation.

Alain Gautron from Stephenson Harwood excels in financing matters in the shipping sector. He offers clients expert advice in asset financing, regulatory matters and transactional proceedings.

Henri de Richemont of Richemont Nicolas & Associés has an impressive practice where he acts in matters both domestically and abroad relating to high-value shipping disputes.

Reed Smith’s Luc Grellet focuses his excellent practice on contentious shipping proceedings, acting in matters that range from insurance to commodity disputes.

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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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