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 London.
Nicolas is regularly instructed in complex and international disputes, before both French courts and arbitration tribunals. He acts for leading insurers and reinsurers, brokers, major policyholders and manufacturers. His practice includes coverage disputes (insurance and reinsurance), defence work, subrogation claims and general commercial litigation. It spans several key industry sectors (aerospace, construction, real estate, finance and manufacturing), with a particular focus on product and professional liability, and political violence and trade credit risks. Nicolas also has significant experience of complex court-appointed technical investigations, specifically relating to industrial risks.
Nicolas publishes regularly on insurance and reinsurance law and is, inter alia, one of the co-authors of The International Comparative Legal Guide to Insurance & Reinsurance, The Class Actions Law Review and the FARAD Private Life Insurance Handbook. He is bilingual in English and French and also speaks Italian. He is a member of the International Insurance Law Association (AIDA), the Insurance and Reinsurance Legacy Association (IRLA), the Association for the Management of Risk and Assurance of Enterprise (AMRAE), the British Association of Insurance Law (BILA) and the Franco-British Lawyers Society (FBLS).