France

Benchmark Litigation Reviews

Dispute resolution
brl avocats

Boutique firm brl avocats specialises in all aspects of labour and employment law disputes. The firm has offices across France including Strasbourg, Annency, Vannes, Bordeaux, Lille and Montpellier. The team is headed by Nicolas Czernichow and is made up of eight partners and 35 associates.

Other key names in the firm include Jean d’Aleman, Guillaume Brédon, Thomas Godey, Henri Guyit, Véronique Martin-Bozzi Thomas Humbert and Saïd Sadaoui.  

Notable clients for the firm include Lacoste, Nestle, and Calzedonia France.

The firm is representing Renauly retail group in a dispute relating to the organisation of professional elections. The firm is also representing Groupe Accor in issues on the construction of the business model and the validity of the use of external subcontractors.

Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton

Cleary Gottlieb has a strong reputation in all areas of dispute resolution. The firm secures a tier 1 ranking in commercial and transactions and international arbitration. The firm also highlights its strengths and capabilities in white-collar crime as evidenced by its case work during the research period.   

Jean-Yves Garaud is a key partner in the firm. Key clients for the firm include Royal Bank of Canada, The Republic of Austria, Vale, and Managers of Baupost Group. 

In a white-collar crime case, the firm represented Royal Bank of Canada in defence before the Criminal Section of the Paris Court in a case matter worth €448 million. 

International arbitration case highlights for the firm include representing The Republic of Core d’Ivoire in and ICSIC arbitration; the dispute related to a 15-year concession contract for waste management services in Abidjan. 

Commercial litigation is also a key practice area for the firm, which has ten lawyers dedicated to litigation and commercial arbitration matters. Key clients in the commercial litigation field include Airbus, Central Bank of the United Arab Emirates and Goodyear Dunlop Tires France. 

Client feedback 2020

“Very strong analytical skills and very strategic. Key senior lawyers in various countries who are highly respected in the local legal community. Work very well as a team, both within offices and between offices, to ensure that all of the firm's resources are available to clients.” - Competition/antitrust

Cohen & Gresser

Dispute resolution remains a core area of work for Cohen & Gresser. The firm regularly handles cases in commercial, tax and financial litigation. Loïc Henriot, Johannes Jonas, Angéline Duffour, Muriel Goldberg-Darmon, Franck Le Mentec and Guillaume Seligmann are all key partners in the firm. 

The firm represented Grant Thorton in a case concerning breach of fiduciary duty; the case was brought before the Court of Appeal in Paris in 2019. The firm is also representing NSIA Banque en Côte D’Ivoire in a cross-border litigation and disputes relating to financial contracts in connection with a €6 million claim relating to a deed of transfer of a €38m claim vis à vis the state of Côte d’Ivoire.

Courrégé Foreman

Courrégé Foreman was founded in 2014 and is dedicated to commercial and criminal litigation. The firm has a special focus on white-collar crime disputes. Mauricia Courrégé and Simon Foreman are key names in the firm and head the firm’s white-collar crime department in Paris. The firm represent clients in the banking, energy and transportation sector.

Crefovi

Crefovi specialises in disputes in the creative industries and has offices in London and Paris. The firm has clients in the entertainment, fashion and design sector. The firm handles case work in commercial litigation and IP.

Though the list of cases the firm worked on during the research period remains confidential, its cases highlight the firm’s capabilities in intellectual property and commercial litigation matters.

Client feedback 2020

Annabelle Gauberti

“Annabelle Gauberti was extremely knowledgeable and helpful. She helped us to resolve the issue.”

“She was fantastic in all areas.”

Darrois Villey Maillot Brochier

Independent law firm Darrois Villey Maillot Brochier advises on international and domestic arbitration. The firm's team is comprised of nine partners and 15 lawyers. Partners Laurent Aynès and Carine Dupeyron head the litigation and arbitration department. The firm is experienced in handling international and corporate disputes. The firm handle arbitration cases in the defence industry, aviation and aerospace industries.

Case highlights for the firm include advising a French telecom company in an ICC arbitration regarding development of a fibre optic network.

Dechert

Dechert is recognised for its work in international arbitration and commercial and transactions work. The commercial team has nine lawyers dedicated to casework including three partners.

Key clients for the firm include Pepsico, Steva and Dow Chemical.

The firm represented COSMA in a €40 million dispute over supply contracts for a hospital under construction in Europe. The firm also represent a French specialist retirement home in a contractual dispute with its former shareholder.

Mayer Brown

Mayer Brown’s litigation and international arbitration practice is headed by Dany Khayat. Alejandro López Ortiz and José Caicedo are key partners in the international arbitration department.

Key industry sectors for the firm include construction and materials, healthcare, energy and real estate.

The firm is representing The Republic of The Gambia against Carnegie Minerals (Gambia), a Gambian mining company in an ICSID arbitration in claims concerning a breached license agreement.