Christian Bouckaert

Christian Bouckaert
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Who's Who Legal Aviation: Contentious

Christian Bouckaert is the lead partner of Kennedys’ Paris office.

Christian has more than four decades of experience as a commercial litigator, and is specialised, inter alia, in (re)insurance, industrial risk and product liability disputes relating to a host of sectors, especially the aviation and aerospace industries.

This has led Christian to be instructed in a significant proportion of the largest aviation and aerospace disputes to arise in France, or governed by French law.

Examples of his work include disputes relating to two successive crashes of Eurocopter helicopters (now Airbus Helicopters) as they were servicing offshore rigs in the North Sea; a dispute relating to the failure of hydraulic pumps integrated in Airbus A330 and A340 aircraft, and the ensuing risk of large-scale retrofits; the crash of two helicopters in South America during the production of a television show; and a dispute regarding the explosion of the Ariane V rocket during its inaugural flight.

Christian and Nicolas Bouckaert, who jointly lead the Paris office’s aerospace product liability practice, currently represent a manufacturer in the context of a product liability dispute revolving around the total loss of an A380 engine.

Christian is regularly appointed as arbitrator and has often been instructed to act as expert on French law before foreign courts (including England and the US).

Christian is the general secretary of the International Insurance Law Association (AIDA). He is also a member of the French Arbitration Association (AFA), the International Association of Claim Professionals (IACP) and the French Reinsurance and Insurance Arbitration Centre (CEFAREA).

He is a former board member of the reinsurer Paris Re and the American Arbitration Association (AAA), as well as the vice chair of the European leadership council at the Defense Research Institute (DRI).

WWL says: Christian Bouckaert enjoys “a very good reputation for his work handling severe aircraft accidents” say peers, who also highlight his “extensive knowledge of aviation-related product liability claims”.

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Christian is the lead partner of Kennedys France AARPI’s Paris office. Christian was admitted to the Paris Bar in 1975 and has considerable experience of commercial disputes, in particular for insurance, reinsurance and liability matters. Before founding Cabinet BOPS, Christian was the head of Norton Rose’s international litigation and arbitration practice in Paris.

Christian has in-depth industry-specific knowledge in the areas of insurance; aviation; banking; construction; industrial risks; pharmaceutical liability and product liability. He is used to handling large-scale and complex matters and mass litigation (especially in aviation, pharmaceutical liability and product liability).

Christian Bouckaert has also developed specific expertise of arbitration proceedings, both as counsel and arbitrator. He is a member of the board of the American Arbitration Association and a member of the ICC Commission on arbitration. He has been a member of the board of directors of a reinsurance company.

Chambers describes Christian as a “long-standing specialist and extremely respected lawyer” who is “universally acclaimed for his dexterity in negotiations”. It adds that he is “described as one of the most respected figures in the French legal landscape” and merits “an A-plus for tremendous work, concluded in a timely fashion”. The guide adds, “His peers sing his praises as a ‘delightful human being’.”

A leading French legal guide has ranked Christian has one of the 22 “leading strategists” of the Paris Bar for four years in a row. When it comes to insurance matters, he is described as “an undisputable master in the area”.

Christian has spoken at numerous conferences related to business litigation, has been a member of the editorial board of the Air & Space Law Journal and of the journal of the AIDA Reinsurance and Insurance Arbitration Society, and has extensively published in topics of interest to the business community.

WWL says: Christian Bouckaert is a prominent figure in the French market who is commended for his deep expertise in product liability matters.

This biography is an extract from Who's Who Legal: Litigation which can be purchased from our Shop.

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