Legal 500 - EMEA & Paris
2023 - Legal 500 EMEA (2nd Tier)
Highly regarded environmental law expert David Desforges garners high praise from peers and prominent clients for his breadth and depth of experience in the field, his ‘attentive‘ manner and his ‘meticulous research‘. He handles predominantly transactional work and regulatory advice, for domestic and international clients, in sectors ranging from retail and real estate development to pharmaceuticals and cosmetics.
‘Listening, friendliness, and speed in processing requests.’
‘David Desforges is very attentive. He knows how to take the time to understand the challenges in society as well as the impact of future decisions. His step-by-step approach allows the client to understand and define blocking points. And his meticulous research enables clients to get past these blockages despite complex European regulations. His support and kindness facilitate the client’s understanding and acceptance.’
2022 - Legal 500 EMEA (2nd Tier)
Sole practitioner David Desforges is ‘one of the big names in environmental law in Paris’. With a full-service offering in environmental law, he is counsel to an impressive client list of big names such as Schneider Electric. Desforges is able to provide a complete service across advisory, litigation and transactional matters. In close collaboration with international law firms, Desforges is often called upon for his ‘exceptional knowledge in his area of expertise’. In a stand-out matter, he advised Seche Environnement on multi-million bids for the take-over of several municipal and industrial waste collection and disposal businesses.
‘David Desforges is one of the big names in environmental law in Paris. He has practiced it for many years on complex cases.’
‘David Desforges has an intimate knowledge of environmental law issues. His experience is impressive. It is felt in his reflection on the questions submitted to him and on the pragmatic solutions he sets out. I highly recommend.’
‘David Desforges is a brilliant lawyer. David is always extremely responsive and has exceptional knowledge in his area of expertise. Nothing is too much trouble and I would have no hesitation in recommending him.’
2021 - Legal 500 EMEA (2nd Tier)
One-man boutique, David Desforges is highly regarded. [He] handles a good balanced of advisory, litigation and compliance work. He is increasingly consulted to advise on new product compliance issues and was recently highly sought after by leading corporations, including blue-chip clients in the medical, IT and digital sectors, to advise on the new circular economy law. Environment and social governance issues account for a growing portion of his workload, as does criminal environmental law. Desforges' expertise also includes industrial sites, including site remediation and closing work. In the context of M&A and distressed M&A transactions, Desforges provides assistance to clients and other law firms.
David Desforges is widely recognised as one of the main French specialists in environmental law.’
‘David Desforges is exceptionally sharp when it comes to environment regulations. He has outstanding ability to deal with the most complex issues in a simple and straightforward way. He is also an excellent litigator before the French Administrative Courts.’
‘Responsiveness and availability. Legal precision of memorandums with no unnecessary information. Very practical angle and turned to the needs of the company.’
2020 - Legal 500 Paris (3rd Tier)
'David Desforges, (...) dispose d'une grande expérience à laquelle font appel de grands groupes industriels, ainsi que des cabinets d'avocats internationaux. Il est notamment recommandé pour sa forte expertise réglementaire. Il conseille ses clients sur des problématiques complexes et les représente devant les tribunaux. Il a récemment conseillé un client au titre de ses responsabilités en matière nucléaire selon la convention de Paris de 1968 et le droit français.'
‘David Desforges a une incroyable capacité à analyser les situations les plus complexes et fournir le conseil juridique le plus tourné vers la solution. Il obtient d’excellents résultats.’
‘Les compétences et l’état d’esprit nécessaires pour servir à la fois les clients français et anglo-saxons.’
2020 - Legal 500 EMEA (3rd Tier)
David Desforges 'has remarkable ability analyzing the most complex situations and provides the most solution-oriented legal advice. He produces great results has the skills and mindset to serve both French and Anglo-Saxon clients.’
2019 - Legal 500 - Paris (3rd Tier)
David Desforges, du cabinet David Desforges, Avocat à la Cour exerce seul au sein de sa structure. Il possède une ‘connaissance exceptionnelle de l'ensemble des problématiques de droit de l'environnement auxquelles peuvent être confrontés des entreprises’. Il peut ‘aisément guider une clientèle étrangère’ et prodigue des conseils ‘clairs, directs et constructifs’.
David Desforges est sollicité par de grands groupes industriels, ainsi que de grandes firmes d'avocats anglaises et américaines. Il a récemment été consulté sur des questions pointues en matière réglementaire et de labellisation de produits chimiques, notamment d'un fertilisant. Son champ d'expertises couvre aussi les dossiers de sites classés et de pollution. Il a conseillé Styrolution sur plusieurs sujets touchant à une usine classée Seveso et située dans le nord de la France. Enfin il intervient pour la réalisation d'audits lors d'importantes opérations en droit des sociétés. Ineos, Invista et Koch Fertilizer sont clients.
2018 - Legal 500 - Paris (3rd Tier)
David Desforges, Avocat à la Cour possède une grande expérience et conseille de nombreux groupes industriels anglo-saxons. Il intervient notamment dans le cadre d’opérations d’acquisition ou de cession d’activités industrielles. Il traite également des sujets de droit minier ou en lien avec le domaine énergétique.
2018 - Legal 500 EMEA (2nd Tier)
One-man firm David Desforges, Avocat à la Cour ‘is technically excellent, very commercial and astonishingly responsive’. His expertise is sought after for ‘highly complex strategic and permitting advice’, while his ‘strong communication skills and good appreciation of US multinationals' expectations and culture’ are also valued. Large French and international industrial clients call upon his services for land remediation, complex regulatory issues and mining law, while some governments and international organisations also seek assistance. Highlights included assisting the World Bank with Niamey's first waste water and domestic sludge treatment plant, and Wendel with assessing legal consequences of a pre-1970 land contamination.
2017 - Legal 500 EMEA
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2016 - Legal 500 EMEA
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2015 - Legal 500 EMEA
2014 – Legal 500 - Paris
The recruitment of David Desforges formerly with Jones Day and who is praised for his competencies and “great listening capacities” enables the firm [Genesis Avocats] to strongly reinforce its capabilities in the industrial environment field. (translated from French)
2013 ‑ (1st tier)
David Desforges is praised for his “detailed and straight-to-the-point guidance”
2010 ‑ (2nd tier)
David Desforges stands out for “his knowledge of environmental law and the related technical and scientific aspects”
2008 ‑ 2009 ‑ (2nd tier)
“offering very good knowledge of environmental regulations” and “very practical and user-friendly answers”