France: L&E Global Members Sweep The 2018 Legal 500 Rankings
Last Updated: 24 May 2018

L&E Global's member firms in Europe had another strong showing this year in the recently published 2018 edition of The Legal 500 Europe, Middle East, & Africa. The Legal 500 series is one of the world's most respected authorities on the markets' leading lawyers and law firms operating in over 100 jurisdictions across the globe. The Legal 500 is also a go-to-guide for today's in-house counsel and business leaders seeking expert legal advice from industry-recognised specialists.

Flichy Grangé Avocats | France

Flichy Grangé Avocats is to be 'recommended without moderation'. The large 70-strong boutique has an 'excellent level of expertise' that is particularly sought after for 'highly technical issues in employment and social security law'. Its lawyers, who are 'available, very responsive and have great listening skills', assist leading French and international corporations, as well as leading international and French corporate law firms, in the context of high-profile M&A transactions and large-scale restructuring projects and regularly manage mass litigation. The practice is representing SNCF before the Court of Appeal in a lawsuit led by some 1,150 Moroccan employees demanding compensation for their differentiated status, and recently obtained a favourable outcome for Charbonnage de France before the industrial tribunal following 755 claims made by former employees regarding safety at work. The team is made up of some 22 partners including top experts Joël Grangé, Arnaud Chaulet, Marine Conche, Florence Aubonnet and Philippe Montanier. Juliana Kovac, Olivier Kress, Nabila Fauché-El Aougri, Stéphanie Dumas, Joumana Frangie-Moukanas, Jeannie Crédoz-Rosier and the 'excellent, very accurate and very business-oriented' Aurélie Cormier Le Goff were also recently involved in key matters. Florence Bacquet, Caroline Scherrmann and Camille Ventejou were promoted to the partnership in 2017 and are all particularly recommended for their advice to international companies.

KLEYR | GRASSO | Luxembourg

Praised for its 'extensive knowledge of labour law', Kleyr Grasso provides 'a responsive service' to domestic and international clients on contentious and non-contentious social and employment law issues including employee remuneration schemes, transfer of undertakings and redundancy programmes. Christian Jungers and counsel Sandra Rapp have 'extensive employment law knowledge and are able to explain complex labour law aspects in an understandable way'. Recently promoted partner Philippe Ney provides 'customer-oriented advice'.

A Sobczyk i Wspólpracownicy Law Offices | Poland

A Sobczyk i Wspólpracownicy Law Offices is 'an undisputed market leader' that combines 'academic knowledge with cross-sector expertise'. The renowned Arkadiusz Sobczyk, together with Paweł Korus and Alina Giżejowska, handles contentious and non-contentious matters for public companies in the energy sector, international blue-chip corporations and major banks. Dominika Dörre-Kolasa joined Raczkowski Paruch.

Morais Leitão, Galvão Teles, Soares da Silva & Associados | Portugal

Morais Leitão, Galvão Teles, Soares da Silva & Associados' team of 'skilled professionals' cover all areas of labour and employment work. Helena Tapp Barroso led advice to Impresa on labour and social security matters as well as handling employment litigation; Luís Miguel Monteiro represented Pfizer in employment litigation. Pedro Pardal Goulão has 'an excellent control of all situations'.

Magda Volonciu & Associates | Romania

Employment boutique Magda Volonciu and Associates' team has 'a great eye for details'. Magda Volonciu is advising employers' associations on impending changes in Romania's Labour Code. Corina Radu 'does not give up until she obtains the best result'.

Advokatfirman Cederquist | Sweden

Advokatfirman Cederquist KB's team serves clients across numerous sectors, including banking, media and telecoms. Robert Stromberg and Jonas Lindskog recently represented Lagans Byggnads in litigation against its former managing director, which involved issues such as dismissal, breach of loyalty and unauthorised use of trade secrets. Jenny Jilmstad advised Swedish TV channel TV4 on the restructuring of Bonnier Broadcasting Group. Jens Tillqvist is a seasoned practitioner.

Gerlach Rechtsanwälte | Austria

Gerlach Rechtsanwälte 'runs like a clockwork' and 'provides quick and accurate advice' to employees and employers on employment contracts and pension schemes, while also assisting clients with works council negotiations and litigation. The highly regarded Roland Gerlach assisted an international chemicals company with compensation plans pertaining to its restructuring, among other matters. Other key individuals include Branco Jungwirth and associate and 'rising star' Markus Löscher.

Van Olmen & Wynant | Belgium

Van Olmen & Wynant's team has 'strong experience advising international companies', with group head Chris Van Olmen arguably 'the leading labour lawyer in Belgium'. The team also includes senior associates Nicolas Simon, who is 'solution focused', and Vincent Vuylsteke, who has 'outstanding knowledge of administrative law and the public sector'. The group advises clients such as DHL Deutsche Post and Vivaqua across the full range of employment matters.

LABLAW Studio Legale | Italy

The 'excellent' LabLaw – Studio Legale is particularly well versed in employment litigation, industrial labour relations and M&A due diligence. Francesco Rotondi advised healthcare and infant care products manufacturer Artsana on labour aspects of the acquisition of the remaining 50% of shares of Prénatal Retail held by Giochi Preziosi. Luca Failla has a 'creative and innovative approach'.

Advokatfirmaet Storeng, Beck & Due Lund (SBDL) | Norway

At employment boutique Advokatfirmaet Storeng, Beck & Due Lund (SBDL) DA, the 'incredibly experienced' team counts founding partners Nils Storeng (who 'makes sure he understands the client to the best of his ability') and the 'extremely knowledgeable' Arve Due Lund as key practitioners. Managing partner and 'experienced professional' Kari Andersen, litigator Arvid Ødegård, Terje Andersen, Thomas Braut Svendsen and the 'methodical, thorough and supportive' Erik Råd Herlofsen also receive praise.

Pusch Wahlig Legal | Germany

Pusch Wahlig Legal's 'first-class' employment law team 'strives to find business and industry-specific solutions' and is 'more needs-oriented, pragmatic and acts with far more foresight than others'. The ever-growing boutique has recently received a number of large instructions from prominent clients including Sky UK and new client McDonald's, while the team also advised a major construction sector company on reorganisation issues. Dirk Freihube is 'very experienced, reliable and a strong negotiator' and Britta Alscher is noted as being 'very good at representing company interests in works council negotiations and as having a style that contributes to a pragmatic way of working'. Counsel Holger Faust 'is quick to adapt to new circumstances and clients'. Tobias Pusch heads the team, which includes Verena Braeckeler-Kogel, who joined the Düsseldorf office from Simmons & Simmons LLP in January 2018.

Palthe Oberman | The Netherlands

Employment boutique Palthe Oberman is 'very much on top of its game', and 'aware of all the latest issues and developments'; clients include Seaway Heavy Lifting, Barilla Wasa and Grundfos. Gieneke van Wulfften Palthe provides 'very accurate' advice, Christiaan Oberman is a civil service employment expert, and Marcus Draaisma is very experienced in the intersection between employment and insolvency.

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