Leading Individuals

Next Generation Partners

Aviation in France

Clyde & Co LLP

In addition to providing advice on all aspects of aviation operations, such as corporate, regulatory, financial, and contentious issues, Clyde & Co LLP has established itself as a leading firm handling insurance liability claims in the sector. Praised for its ‘expertise in both national and international matters’, the team also handles work relating to ESG and decarbonisation as well as state aid. Grégory Laville de la Plaigne is noted for his broad experience including regulatory and dispute matters, and heads the team together with the ‘efficient’ Fabrice Pradon, whose practice encompasses passenger and cargo claims, amongst others.

Responsables de la pratique:

Fabrice Pradon; Grégory Laville de la Plaigne

Les références

‘Fabrice Pardon: efficient, pragmatic.’

‘The team understands our business well and is able to research and provide counsel on some important details that are not readily apparent.’

‘Recognised expertise in both national and international matters. Clyde & Co is without a doubt the major aviation firm in France. Its international network allows it to respond effectively to requests from clients with an international practice.’

Principaux clients

Aer Lingus

Air Algérie

Air Canada

Air France

Air Senegal

Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty

Axa XL




La Réunion Aérienne

Royal Air Maroc


Thai Airways International

Wizz Air

Principaux dossiers

  • Represented Air France, AXA Corporate Solutions and their insurers in litigation before civil and criminal courts and arbitrations in matters related to the crash AF447.
  • Represented a Middle East aviation company in a dispute against an aircraft manufacturer.
  • Advised a non-European airline company on setting up in the EU and in France from several perspectives including regulatory, corporate and consumer protection law, and commercial contracts.

DLA Piper

Embedded into the firm’s global network, DLA Piper‘s aviation team in Paris continues to advise on the gamut of aviation-related issues, including passenger claims, data protection, transactions, and regulatory. The practice’s client portfolio comprises major airlines and manufacturers as well as airport authorities and ground handlers, while it also acts for a number of insurers and local government bodies. Vonnick Le Guillou regularly handles liability claims and leads the team jointly with commercial partner Gregory Tulquois and IT expert Stéphane Lemarchand.

Responsables de la pratique:

Vonnick Le Guillou; Gregory Tulquois; Stéphane Lemarchand

Les références

‘A range of talents combining knowledge of the market and aeronautical technology with in-depth practice of the related legal instruments. An ability to have a transversal and innovative approach to legal issues in the world of aeronautics.’

‘Stéphan Lemarchand for the practice of technology law applied to aeronautics. Grégory Tulquois for the transactional aspects and structuring of commercial relations in the field. Vonnick Le Guillou for her knowledge and practice of product liability and associated issues.’

‘The team has great expertise in the aeronautical field and knows the sector well enough to provide a relevant perspective as well as feedback drawn from their wealth of experience. The renderings are always of high quality and as expected.’

Principaux clients

Air Moorea

Airbus SAS

Airbus Helicopters

Allianz GCS




La Réunion Aérienne

Aura Aero


HFW specialises in transactions, regulatory work, and dispute resolution in the aviation sector. The firm frequently represents parties in cross-border matters, particularly in relation to the African market, while also fielding in-depth experience in advisory work relating to state aid, financing, and competition law. Paris and Brussels-based Pierre Frühling, who is a popular choice for airlines and insurers in non-contentious as well as dispute matters, leads the team together with aviation liability specialist Jean-Baptiste Charles. Alix d’Arjuzon fields a broad aviation practice with a focus on work pertaining to environmental issues.

Responsables de la pratique:

Pierre Frühling; Jean-Baptiste Charles

Autres avocats clés:

Alix d’Arjuzon

Principaux clients



Air Corsica


Allianz AGCS

All Nippon Airways

Arkia Israeli Airlines



Blade Urban Air Mobility

Camair Cameroun Airlines

Cargo Air

Cathay Pacific

Channel Jets



Croatia Airlines

Delta Air Lines


El Al

Global Aerospace

Goshawk (SMBC)

Hi Fly

Jung Skies Croatia

KLM Royal Dutch Airlines

Korean Air

La Réunion Aérienne

Madagascar Airlines

Mont Blanc Hélicoptères/HBG Group



Sirius Aviation Capital


Vietnam Airlines

Wizz Air

Principaux dossiers

  • Advised Air Corsica in its bid with Air France for the 2024-2028 Public Service Obligations routes between Corsica and the French mainland.
  • Defended an international product and equipment supplier in court proceedings (launched by the relatives of deceased passengers) before French courts in relation to the crash of an aircraft.
  • Advised Brazilian airline Azul on launching operations in France.

Clifford Chance

The aerospace and defence practice at Clifford Chance leverages the firm’s global network to advise on both domestic and cross-border aviation matters, ranging from transactional and compliance matters to cybersecurity and disputes. Dessislava Savova focuses on strategic industrial contracts and joint ventures, complemented by particular expertise in matters regarding technology. Compliance, investigations and white-collar crime are at the core of Thomas Baudesson‘s activity in the aviation sector, while Fabrice Cohen is noted for his experience in transactions and securities law.

Responsables de la pratique:

Dessislava Savova; Thomas Baudesson; Fabrice Cohen

Autres avocats clés:

Alexander Kennedy; Simon Greenberg

Les références

‘Professionalism, availability, support.’

‘Dessislava Savova – strategic vision, holistic approach to files and availability.’

‘Alexander Kennedy – finesse of mind, expertise and probity.’

Principaux clients

Air France

Airbus Defence and Space

Airbus Helicopters

Airbus SE


Nordic Aviation Capital

Principaux dossiers

  • Assisted Airbus in a cross-border investigation involving the French Parquet National Financier, the UK Serious Fraud Office, the US Department of Justice and the US Department of State.
  • Accompanied Airbus Defence and Space in the context of a project involving the conclusion of an agreement, with the Polish Armament Agency, for the supply of two Earth observation satellites and related services.
  • Advised Airbus, Safran and TAC in relation to the notification before the European Commission and China’s SAMR, and FDI authorities, of their acquisition of Aubert & Duval.


With a focus on insurance litigation, Kennedys has a strong reputation in the market for handling a wide variety of disputes such as product liability and cargo claims, often with a cross-border dimension. Aurélia Cadain handles the group’s carriers’ liability matters, acting on behalf of multinational insurance companies and their insureds in addition to carriers. Nicolas Bouckaert is particularly active in regard to aerospace product liability, though his broad practice also extends to commercial litigation and the defence sector.

Responsables de la pratique:

Aurélia Cadain; Nicolas Bouckaert

Signature Litigation AARPI

Signature Litigation AARPI is well equipped to handle disputes in the aviation sector, handling claims on behalf of clients such as manufacturers and insurers. Thomas Rouhette is the lead partner, known for his in-depth experience regarding product liability and commercial litigation, often with a cross-border dimension. Ela Barda was promoted to Counsel in July 2023 and focuses on international litigation and enforcement proceedings.

Responsables de la pratique:

Thomas Rouhette

Autres avocats clés:

Claire Massiera; Ela Barda; Solène Poitrinal

Les références

‘Thomas Rouhette: a lawyer mastering legal matters with strategic dimension.’

Principaux clients

Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty

The Boeing Company

Continental Technologies Aerospace

Daher Aerospace

GE Aviation

Global Aerospace

Honeywell Aerospace


Principaux dossiers

  • Assisted The Boeing Company in its French aviation litigation and regulatory matters.
  • Assisted Continental Aerospace Technologies in its French aviation litigation matters.
  • Assisted Honeywell Aerospace in its French aviation litigation matters.


Courrégé-Foreman is well versed in representing clients from the aviation sector in criminal and civil proceedings, while also handling other contentious work in regard to regulatory, environmental and product liability issues. Mauricia Courrégé and Simon Foreman jointly head the group, with Aurélie Girault constituting another key member of the team; all three specialise in litigation with a focus on aviation law.

Responsables de la pratique:

Mauricia Courrégé; Simon Foreman

Autres avocats clés:

Aurélie Girault

Les références

‘Very efficient team and knowledgeable of the industry.’

‘French boutique firm focused on criminal law, with particular expertise in aeronautical product liability.’

‘Simon Foreman: very good lawyer, very good knowledge of the aeronautical industry.’

Principaux clients

Safran Group

Aéroports de Paris

Global Aerospace Inc

La Reunion Aérienne


Principaux dossiers

  • Assisted Safran in proceedings brought in the Paris district court by families of victims of the Aeroflot flight 1492 crash in Moscow on 5 May 2019.

Leno Avocats

Singled out for its ‘knowledge of the sector,’ aviation boutique Leno Avocats covers regulatory and commercial matters as well as issues arising in relation to competition, IT and data protection, liability and insurance. The practice is jointly headed by co-founders Beatrice Fleuris and Laura Dubois, both of whom have extensive experience representing clients in investigations and litigation.

Responsables de la pratique:

Beatrice Fleuris; Laura Dubois

Les références

‘Quality of system, knowledge of the sector of activity and complex legal environment in which our company operates, constructive and efficient exchange, respect for planning/information and follow-up of files.’

Principaux clients

Dedienne Aerospace

DMJG Holdings

La Réunion Aérienne

Global Aerospace

ERGO Versicherung AG

Club Mediterranée

Axa XL

Lloyd’s of London

Union des Aéroports Français

Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty



WTW Global Aerospace

Derichebourg Aeronautics Services



Principaux dossiers

  • Advised GLOBAL AEROSPACE – Union des Aéroports Français and its liability insurers regarding events where the airport may have civil and criminal liability exposure.
  • Assisted Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty SE with a court-ordered investigation, arising from drop of an aircraft engine during transportation.
  • Assisted Generali in a recourse claim arising from a loss within air transportation of chirurgical masks during covid crisis.