France: Commercial Litigation 2019

We recognise 30 individuals in this chapter for their work in the field of commercial litigation. The practitioners stand out for their expertise on issues ranging from white-collar crime to product liability disputes.

Most Highly Regarded
1. Stéphane Bonifassi Bonifassi Avocats, Paris
2. Thomas Rouhette  Signature Litigation Paris, Paris 
3. Jean-Yves Garaud Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP, Paris 

At Bonifassi Avocats, Stéphane Bonifassi is one of the leading commercial litigators in the French market. He is commended for his superb expertise across fraud, economic sanctions and corruption charges.

At Signature Litigation Paris, Thomas Rouhette is highlighted as one of the foremost names in the space this year, with peers commenting that he is “especially good on product liability cases”.

Bredin Prat’s Jean-Daniel Bretzner is a go-to litigator in the French market. He draws high praise from sources who endorse his “in-depth understanding of procedural law”.
Louis Christophe Delanoy wins effusive praise from commentators this year who highlight his wide-ranging expertise handling disputes across the oil and gas sector.

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer’s Stéphane Bénouville is a first-rate litigator who draws strong support from market observers for his “superb pleading skills” when handling matters arising from white-collar crime.

Clifford Chance’s Thomas Baudesson has “a great reputation” among peers according to sources who laud him as a litigator who is “fantastic for international law issues”.
Jean-Pierre Grandjean receives widespread plaudits this year for his impressive ability on disputes arising from M&A, white-collar crime and product liability.

Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton’s Jean-Yves Garaud “has a very good reputation in the market” according to interviewees who commend him for his adeptness on white-collar crime and competition disputes.

Veil Jourde is home to a prominent figure in the jurisdiction in Jean Veil, who commands a stellar reputation for his work on M&A disputes.
Georges Jourde continues to impress market sources with his considerable experience handling a range of commercial and M&A-related disputes.

Fischer, Tandeau de Marsac, Sur & Associés’ Marc Henry is an outstanding litigator who is highlighted by respondents for his top-drawer work on issues arising from the banking and finance sectors.

Denis Chemla of Allen & Overy receives effusive praise from market sources for his impressive ability on product liability and business crime defence matters.

Darrois Villey Maillot Brochier’s Jean-Michel Darrois receives widespread applause in our research for his standout practice that sees him involved in a range of M&A and capital markets disputes.

At Simmons & Simmons, Jacques-Antoine Robert enjoys a strong reputation in the market for his top-notch practice and deep understanding of product liability disputes.

At Kennedys France, Christian Bouckaert is a distinguished individual who is lauded by peers as a practitioner who is "very good on insurance litigation".

Antoine Kirry of Debevoise & Plimpton is credited by respondents the breadth of his experience on matters such as investigations and product liability disputes.

Linklaters has a well-established practitioner in Arnaud de La Cotardière who garners widespread praise from peers in the market for his adept handling of white-collar crime issues.

Gide Loyrette Nouel’s Michel Pitron is a well-recognised name in the space who is highlighted in our research for his deep knowledge of contract, banking and corporate law 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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