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Arnaud de La Cotardière

Partner, Paris


Avocat à la Cour


Arnaud is one of the most renowned corporate litigators in France. Having acted for 30 years alongside his clients (including some States at the highest level) on their most sensitive matters, he is recognised for his determination and sense of strategy. He regularly pleads before the French courts (civil, commercial and criminal) and the AMF (French stock exchange authorities). He is also regularly acting, whether as counsel or as arbitrator, on arbitral proceedings.

First and foremost, concerned for his clients’ interests, Arnaud systematically includes the possibility of a settlement within his strategic approach. He is also very experienced in mediation.

Regularly mentioned in both the domestic and the international professional directories, Arnaud is ranked Band 1 as an individual in the Dispute Resolution Chambers ranking. He is also classed as “essential” by the leading French publication Décideurs in the following categories: Corporate-Finance Litigation, Commercial Litigation, AMF and ACPR, and is listed among the “great strategists”.

His clients praise his “quick and pugnacious mindset” and reckon he is “a great listener” as well as describing him as a “bright and without pretention” and an “outstanding professional”. They also add that Arnaud is “very business-oriented; he finds the key points very quickly” and “is senior enough to know what we can manage and what to negotiate”.

Although he now devotes all his time to his matters, Arnaud was Managing Partner of the Paris office for 10 years and member of the Executive Committee of the Firm for 4 years. This management experience is greatly helping him to understand his clients concerns.

Professional memberships

Senior Lecturer at Sciences Po in Financial Regulation
Member of the Legris Industries’ Supervisory Board
Member of the ICC French National Arbitration Committee
Member of the "ICC Task Force on Financial Institutions and International Arbitration

Professional experience

1998 to date Partner, Linklaters Paris
1990 - 1998 Gide Loyrette Nouel


1990  Paris Bar
1989 University of Paris 2


French, English