Several French and international reference guides and independent organisations for the legal profession list the lawyers and law firms they consider most qualified. Based on their surveys, Soulez Larivière & Associés and its lawyers have earned highly coveted rankings.
Soulez Larivière & Associés is listed in the Chambers Europe Guide .
Dispute Resolution: White-Collar Crime: Daniel Soulez Larivière (Band 1)
2014 : "Market observers repeatedly identify Daniel Soulez Larivière of Soulez Larivière & Associés as one of the go-to lawyers for white-collar crime, representing some of the biggest names in the oil and gas and aviation sectors."
2015 : "Daniel Soulez Larivière of Soulez Larivière & Associés is recognized for his long-standing experience of handling high-profile mandates, including corporate disputes and white-collar crime cases."
Transportation: Aviation: (Band 3)
" What the team is known for: Handles a broad range of aeronautical matters including aviation and maritime crisis management. Typical work involves industrial and shipping disasters, as well as commercial disputes. A diverse list of clients extends to manufacturers, airlines, lessors, insurers and operators. Supported by a strong litigation and criminal liability practice. Advises on both domestic and international mandates and enjoys a close working relationship with France’s civil aviation authority.
Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients): "An excellent firm and top for aircraft manufacturing matters and litigation." "Strong on criminal matters in aviation.”
Significant clients: The French Civil Aviation Authority, the Safran group."
Soulez Larivière & Associés is listed in a number of categories in the French chapter of Legal 500 EMEA (Europe Europe Middle East Africa):
Aviation: Soulez Larivière & Associés is ranked as a first tier firm (2014)
“Renowned litigation boutique Soulez Larivière & Associés is regularly appointed following major airline disasters, including the Concorde case. Daniel Soulez-Larivière and Astrid Mignon Colombet are the key contacts.”
Commercial litigation: Soulez Larivière & Associés is ranked as a third tier firm (2014)
“Soulez Larivière & Associés handles high-profile industrial and product liability cases. Daniel Soulez Larivière ranks among the leading names at the French Bar. Astrid Mignon Colombet is also highly experienced.”
White-collar crime: Soulez Larivière & Associés is ranked as a second tier firm (2015)
“Soulez Larivière & Associés routinely acts in high-profile industrial and environment cases. Daniel Soulez Larivière is highly regarded and Astrid Mignon Colombet is also recommended.”
Legal 500 EMEA continues to recommend Soulez Larivière & Associés along with just 13 other law firms for its work on white collar crime.
Expert Guides has consistently listed Daniel Soulez Larivière in several of its guides for many years.
Daniel Soulez Larivière is listed in the Aviation Lawyers Guide published in 2015. Only 25 lawyers in France are recognized as specialists in this field.
Daniel Soulez Larivière is also listed in the White Collar Crime Lawyers Guide published in 2015, along with only 33 other lawyers in France.
Soulez Larivière & Associés is listed in a number of categories in the Best Lawyers surveys:
Daniel Soulez Larivière has figured in the list of top Aviation Law lawyers since 2010.
Astrid Mignon Colombet also joined the list of top Aviation Law lawyers in 2014.
The firm is therefore recognised as a “best law firm” in the Aviation Law category, as two of its partners are systematically awarded the label “best lawyers” in this field.
Daniel Soulez Larivière has also been listed as one of the “best lawyers” in the Criminal Defense category since 2012.
This year, only 9 lawyers are listed in the Aviation Law category, and only 19 in the Criminal Defense category.
The international Who’s who Legal Guide places Daniel Soulez Larivière among the 24 French lawyers singled out as leaders in Business Crime Defence law. Soulez Larivière & Associés is one of 22 French law firms recognized for their expertise in this area.
2014: “Daniel Soulez Larivière of Soulez Larivière & Associés is a “great operator” according to peers. He has extensive experience in business crime defence and is “simply top notch”.”
2015: “At Soulez Larivière & Associés, the “gifted” Daniel Soulez Larivière is a “living legend” according to his peers. He boasts a wealth of experience and handles both domestic and cross-border litigation.”
Option Droit & Affaires Classements Contentieux 2015
The magazine Option Droit & Affaires publishes commercial litigation rankings, established in conjunction with the Cercle Montesquieu association of legal directors:
Soulez Larivière & Associés is listed in the product liability and insurance litigation category. It is ranked as a second-tier firm and has been awarded four stars. Both Daniel Soulez Larivière and Astrid Mignon-Colombet are mentioned by name.
The firm is lisited in the white collar crime and anti-money laundering category. Soulez Larivière & Associés is ranked as a first tier firm with five stars. Both Daniel Soulez Larivière and Astrid Mignon Colombet are cited as leading this practice area.
The firm is mentioned in an article on white collar crime entitled Le droit pénal financier sur le devant de la scène (financial criminal law in the spotlight): “Expertise in criminal law relies on the practitioners themselves rather than on the brand, making boutique firms an excellent choice, as is evidenced by the prestigious cases handled by Soulez Larivière & Associés.”
Once again, Legal 500 Paris 2014-2015 recognizes Soulez Larivière & Associés for its litigation and business law work.
The firm is placed in the second group of law firms in the aviation category, and is among the top 12 firms recognized for their expertise:
“Soulez Larivière et Associés has a long history of representing the French Civil Aviation Authority (DGAC), handling commercial and private air crashes. The firm is assisting the air traffic control authority in connection with the Rio-Paris and Barcelona-Düsseldorf accidents. It also counts several aircraft manufacturers among its clients. The firm’s main contacts are Daniel Soulez-Larivière and Astrid Mignon Colombet.”
In the commercial litigation and company law category, Soulez Larivière is listed in the fourth group of law firms:
“Soulez Larivière et Associés provide a top-notch service managing major industrial litigation and product liability cases. The team of six lawyers also handles commercial litigation, financial litigation and M&A litigation. For example, it is currently representing a Dutch financial company which is a subsidiary of the ING bank in a series of cases with traders and the branch’s former manager. This practice area is led by Daniel Soulez-Larivière, a highly respected member of the Paris Bar, and Astrid Mignon Colombet.”
The firm is placed in the second group of law firms in the white collar crime category:
“Soulez Larivière et Associés is recognized for its expertise in this area, and has handled the most symbolic cases in the industrial sector over the past few years. The firm recently obtained the reversal of the Toulouse Appeal Court decision in the AZF case concerning a chemical factory explosion. The firm’s seven lawyers also handle sensitive international corruption cases, and have a solid understanding of justice deals negotiated with the US. For example, the firm is representing Total in connection with allegations of bribery to win oil and gas contracts with Iranian companies. Daniel Soulez-Larivière is highly regarded, and Astrid Mignon Colombet also plays a leading role in the cases handled by the firm.”
Guide Annuaire Risk Management, Assurance & contentieux 2014-2015
Soulez Larivière & Associés: Defence first and foremost
“Track Record: This firm’s lawyers have excelled in highly mediatized politico-judicial cases in the public sector, such as the sinking of the Erika, the AZF chemical factory explosion, and the Mont-Saint-Odile and Concorde air crashes. The firm also recently handled allegations of bribery of foreign public officials.
“Strenghts: In addition to its undisputed expertise in criminal law, the firm’s lawyers are confirmed litigation specialists, able to handle major high-profile cases in any sector.”
Soulez Larivière & Associé is also listed as one of the best law firms in the white collar crime category. It is placed in the second group, recognised as “excellent”. Daniel Soulez-Larivière and Astrid Mignon Colombet are mentioned by name as leading this practice area.
The firm is also listed as one of the best law firms in the aviation litigation and disasters category. It is one of the 13 firms placed in the third group recognised as “well known”. Daniel Soulez-Larivière and Astrid Mignon Colombet are mentioned by name as leading this practice area.
Soulez Larivière & Associés was nominated for the ‘Trophées du droit’ award in the ‘best team specialising in industrial risks and insurance’ category, and was awarded a silver trophy in 2014.
For further information:
- The Best Lawyers web page on the firm.
- The Legal 500 web page on the firm’s ranking and awards.
- The Chambers & Partners web page referring to the firm (not yet updated).
- The page about the firm on the Décideurs web site.