Christian Bouckaert

Christian is the lead partner of our Paris office.

His considerable experience spans four decades, with particular expertise in insurance, reinsurance and commercial litigation (both before French Courts and arbitral tribunals), especially in matters relating to professional or product liability within aviation, pharmaceuticals, energy, chemicals, construction and environmental pollution.

He is regularly appointed as arbitrator and has often been instructed to act as expert on French law before foreign courts (including England and the US).

He is regularly cited and recommended in legal directories with clients maintaining that his “…personality, integrity and wisdom surpass his professional knowledge.” He is also described as “a renowned and highly regarded lawyer… a long-standing specialist and extremely respected lawyer who is ‘universally acclaimed for his dexterity in negotiations…’ and ‘one of the most respected figures in the French legal landscape’ who deserves ‘an A-plus for tremendous work, concluded in a timely fashion…his peers sing his praises as a ‘delightful human being” (Chambers Europe, 2016). Aside from his activity as Avocat à la Cour, Christian has been a member of the Board of Paris Re up to its merger with PartnerRe.

Christian is the General Secretary of the Association Internationale du Droit des Assurances France (AIDA-France). He is also a member of the Association Française d’Arbitrage (AFA), the International Association of Claim Professionals (IACP), the Centre Français d’Arbitrage d’Assurance et de Réassurance (CEFAREA) and the Federation of Defense & Corporate Counsel (FDCC).

He is a former Board member for the American Arbitration Association (AAA), and vice-chair of the European Leadership Council at the Defense Research Institute (DRI).


One of the most respected figures in the French legal landscape

Chambers Europe 2016

Market recognition

  • A Leading Individual for 'Insurance'
    "Christian Bouckaert, Nicolas Bouckaert and Alexis Valençon, noted for their 'availability and clear communication' and has already become a key player in the French market."
    The Legal 500 EMEA 2019
  • A Recommended Lawyer for 'Insurance' 
    The Legal 500 EMEA 2019 
  • A Recommended Lawyer for 'Aviation'
    "Christian lead[s] the aerospace product liability practice."
    The Legal 500 EMEA 2019
  • Notable practitioner (Band 1) for 'Insurance (France)' in Chambers Europe 2019
  • Notable practitioner for 'Dispute Resolution: Litigation (France)' in Chambers Europe 2019
  • Included in the The Best Lawyers in France 2019 for Arbitration and Mediation, Aviation Law, Insurance Law and Product Liability Litigation (Paris)
  • A Most Highly Regarded leading lawyer in Who's Who Legal 2018 for France: Insurance & Reinsurance
    Christian Bouckaert is a market authority on insurance and reinsurance litigation. He is frequently instructed to represent clients from numerous industry sectors before French courts and arbitral tribunals and is described as ‘an excellent practitioner’

Work highlights

  • Arbitrator in an energy dispute concerning crude-oil production off the coast of Angola.
  • Arbitrator in a reinsurance litigation concerning multi-year terrorist attacks on a pipeline in Colombia.
  • Representing, over the years, several US component manufacturers in the aviation industry concerning litigations in France with international implications.
  • Representing a Japanese reinsurer in an arbitration dispute arising out of the 9/11 attacks.
  • Representing one of the largest tyre manufacturers in its commercial litigations in France.
Market recognition
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    Leading Individual

    The Legal 500 EMEA 2019

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    Recommended Lawyer

    The Legal 500 EMEA 2019