Nicolas Bouckaert is a partner at Kennedys, whose Paris office he co-founded in October 2017. He is qualified as a French avocat à la cour and a solicitor in England and Wales, having studied in England (University of Oxford and University of York) and trained at a magic circle firm in the city, before relocating to Paris and joining one of France’s leading (re)insurance practices at litigation boutique firm BOPS.
Nicolas is regularly instructed in complex and international disputes, both before French courts and arbitration tribunals, where he acts for leading insurers and reinsurers, manufacturers and service providers. His practice, which has a particular focus on product and professional liability, includes the entire range of insurance and reinsurance disputes (i.e., coverage, defence and subrogation), as well as general commercial disputes and court-appointed technical investigations (specifically those relating to industrial risks). It spans several key industry sectors, such as real estate, construction, manufacturing, finance and aerospace (Nicolas leads the aerospace product liability practice of Kennedys’ Paris office). Nicolas is also very active in insurance and reinsurance matters relating to political risks and trade credit insurance.
Nicolas is recommended for insurance and aviation by leading legal directories (such as The Legal 500 and Chambers and Partners) from which he has received a number of accolades: he has been identified as a ‘Next Generation Partner’ for insurance in France by The Legal 500 in 2020 and 2021, a ‘Rising Star’ for insurance in France by Expert Guides in 2019 and 2020, a ‘Europe Rising Star’ for insurance by the Legal Media Group in 2019 and one of France’s ‘Rising Stars’ in the IFLR 2020 Europe Rising Star Awards.
He publishes regularly and is one of the co-authors of, inter alia, The Insurance and Reinsurance Law Review, The Class Action Law Review, Insurance Litigation (Lexology GTDT), the FARAD Private Life Insurance Handbook and The In-House Lawyer’s Country Comparative Guide on Insurance and Reinsurance.
Nicolas is a member of the Franco-British Lawyers Society, the British Insurance Law Association, the Insurance and Reinsurance Legacy Association, the Association Internationale du Droit des Assurances and the Association du Management des Risques et Assurances de l’Enterprise.
Nicolas is bilingual in English and French and also speaks Italian.
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