France: Real Estate 2019

Our research into the French real estate space sees 32 individuals listed this year for their impressive work on a range of matters, from transactions and financing arrangements to complex domestic and international disputes.

Most Highly Regarded
1. Frédéric Nouel Gide Loyrette Nouel AARPI, Paris
2. Emmanuel Fatôme De Pardieu Brocas Maffei, Paris
3. François Bonteil Clifford Chance Europe LLP, Paris
4. Guillaume Rossignol De Pardieu Brocas Maffei, Paris

Gide Loyrette Nouel is a dominant firm in the market and sees five individuals highlighted in this chapter.
Frédéric Nouel is one of the pre-eminent figures in the jurisdiction. He enjoys a stellar reputation for his leading work on financing and transactions across the real estate sector.
Eric Martin-Impératori is a go-to name for real estate matters. He wins widespread plaudits for his strong expertise in such matters as project finance and acquisitions.
Stanislas Dwernicki is a key figure in the French market who receives strong support from peers for his impressive work on lease agreements, financing and acquisitions.
Christopher Szostak is applauded by respondents for his excellent work on real estate development projects, joint ventures and financing.
Renaud Baguenault de Puchesse is a prominent individual at the firm who is highlighted for his wealth of expertise on matters arising from real estate acquisitions.

De Pardieu Brocas Maffei continues to impress in our research with four leading individuals highlighted here.
Emmanuel Fatôme receives high praise from market observers and is credited as being one of the foremost figures for issues such as real estate financing and transactions.
Guillaume Rossignol is noted by peers to be “one of the fastest-rising names in the space”. He runs an enviable practice that sees him involved in a range of real estate investment transactions.
Paul Talbourdet is “an active figure in the market” who sources state is “an excellent lawyer” for matters arising from real estate structuring and finance, with additional expertise in insurance and insolvency law.
Pierre Gebarowski is “one of the top five in the market” according to impressed peers who state that he is “a very well-known lawyer” who is “fantastic on real estate financing”.

Clifford Chance’s François Bonteil is a prominent figure in the market who is adulated by interviewees for his deep understanding of issues ranging from M&A to financing and commercial leasing arrangements.

Olivier Fages at DS Avocats is “efficient and easy to work with” say peers, who speak highly of his excellent practice that sees him engaged in international arbitrations in the space.

At CMS Francis Lefebvre Avocats, Pierre Popesco is a distinguished practitioner whose stands out among peers for his expert handling of complex real estate transactions.

At LPA CGR Avocats, François-Régis Fabre-Falret wins effusive praise from respondents to our research, who endorse his wide-ranging experience on real estate investment transactions.
Philippe Pelletier is a notable figure in the market who receives widespread plaudits for his in-depth knowledge of the residential real estate space.

Jean-Jacques Raquin of Lacourte Raquin Tatar is a greatly respected by commentators in the space who consider him “one of the best real estate and development lawyers” in the country.

Pascal Schmitz at Dentons is “a very good lawyer” according to peers who rate him highly for his impressive handling of acquisition finance, fund structuring and joint ventures in the real estate sector.

At Paul Hastings, Jean-Louis Martin is highlighted in our research for his adeptness on issues including real estate investments and contract arrangements.

Allen & Overy is home to Jean-Dominique Casalta who is recognised as a “very active” figure in the market. He draws strong support from peers for his work on transactions ranging from portfolio structuring to joint ventures and acquisition finance.

At Fairway, Frédéric Lefébure is “a highly visible lawyer in the market” whose first-rate practice spans real estate acquisitions and commercial leasing matters.
Aubry D'Argenlieu is an outstanding practitioner who garners widespread recognition for his work on real estate investment and joint venture arrangements.

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