France: Insurance & Reinsurance 2019

In this chapter we recognise 25 lawyers for their leading work representing insurance underwriters, reinsurers, intermediaries and corporate insurers in contentious, contractual, regulatory and transactional matters.

Most Highly Regarded
1. Christian Bouckaert Kennedys France AARPI, Paris
2. Bernard Mettetal HMN & Partners, Paris
3. Gérard Honig HMN & Partners, Paris

HMN & Partners stands out in the French market for its top-tier insurance offering and sees four lawyers highlighted this year.
Bernard Mettetal is “an outstanding practitioner” say peers who applaud his work on litigation and industrial risk-related matters as well as complex reinsurance disputes.
Gérard Honig enjoys “a great reputation” in the French market among peers who commend his expertise when it comes to maritime insurance claims.
Simon Ndiaye is recognised by sources for his expert handling of maritime insurance cases. He is well versed in advising clients on a range of liability claims from products to D&O. 
Sarah Xerri-Hanote is highlighted as “a quick and pragmatic lawyer” by sources who note she is “very well known for financial claims”.

Clyde & Co also performs well this year with three lawyers recognised for their excellence in the field.
Yannis Samothrakis is recommended for his excellent work on insurance litigation by peers, who also consider him “a very good choice for regulatory work”.
Gildas Rostain is “great on insurance litigation” say sources. He frequently advises major clients across a wide array of sectors, including chemical and energy, on industrial risk and casualty claims.
David Méheut is well thought of among sources who note he is “very active” in the insurance market, most notably on contentious issues.

At Kennedys France, Christian Bouckaert is the foremost insurance and reinsurance lawyer in the French market. He is distinguished as “one of the top names in France” by sources, and particularly impresses with his leading work on insurance-related disputes.  
Alexis Valençon draws high praise from market sources for his top-notch insurance practice, which he focuses on disputes, coverage issues, industrial risk and financial lines.

At SELARL Ormen Passemard – ORPA Legal, Rémi Passemard is credited by sources for his first-rate work on D&O and professional indemnity claims, areas in which he is considered a go-to name.
Pascal Ormen is well respected in the market and comes highly recommended by respondents for his work on contentious matters across the insurance sector.

Solën Guezille at Squadra Avocats is well known for her work acting for insurers, and continues to impress clients who applaud her “availability and reactivity”.

Guillaume Brajeux at HFW is highlighted as an “incisive and tenacious” lawyer who stands out for his impressive maritime disputes practice. He is well respected among peers who consider him “a very good competitor”.

At DWF, Romain Dupeyré is recognised for his insurance litigation practice which spans a spectrum of matters from coverage disputes to recovery actions.

Thomas Rouhette at Signature Litigation Paris is esteemed by peers who “think very highly of him”, and is well known for his work on complex insurance 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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