Experience

Benoît Javaux co-chairs the “Business Litigation / Industrial Risks & Insurance” practice alongside Solën Guezille and Cataldo Cammarata.

For the past 15 years, Benoît Javaux has represented French and foreign companies in their complex litigation matters (corporate and post-acquisition disputes, IT projects, banking & finance litigation, liability claims, etc.) before domestic courts and arbitral tribunals. His pugnacity and strategic prowess have been recognised by several French and international rankings. Named a “Rising Star” in France by Legal 500 EMEA in 2020, his clients say that “Benoît Javaux demonstrates great intellectual acuity. He provides fine and pertinent analysis and is creative and hard-working” (Legal 500 EMEA 2020). Benoît was also recognized by Who’s Who Legal France in 2021 with this comment: “Benoît Javaux earns plaudits as “a stellar practitioner” in product liability, corporate and finance litigation”.

Adept at deploying aggressive litigation strategies, Benoît complements this skill with his specific expertise in the field of mediation (as both counsel and mediator).

Prior to joining Squadra, Benoît practiced business litigation for over a decade with the French full-service law firm August Debouzy, before moving on in 2017 to create, alongside Kami Haeri and three other colleagues, the Commercial Litigation, White Collar and Compliance department of the Paris office of the US litigation firm, Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan.

Qualifications

  • Training in Inter-company Mediation, Centre for Mediation and Arbitration of Paris (CMAP), 2017 
  • Master’s degree (Master II) – General Private Law, Paris I Pantheon-Sorbonne University, 2005
  • Master’s degree (Master II) – Business Law, Paris-IX Dauphine University, 2004
  • Diploma from the Institute of Political Studies, Lyon, 2001

Other Activities

Benoît is widely recognised for his academic activity stemming from his professional practice: he notably co-authored a handbook on ADR and has authored a variety of academic publications on the emergence of new types of litigation, including, in particular, the French class action and trade secret disputes.

For several years, Benoît has also dedicated time to imparting his knowledge, through the organisation of seminars for clients and other legal professionals, and by lecturing at universities and business schools. Since 2017, Benoît has been a master’s degree lecturer in Business Law at the Sciences-Po Paris, on the topics of “Collective and Class Actions” and “Amicable Dispute Resolution Methods”. He has also lectured on “Amicable Resolution Clauses” for the Advanced University Degree in ADR at Paris-Ouest Nanterre University, on “Drafting procedural submissions” for the Master II Degree in Contracts and Litigation, also at Nanterre University, and on “Domestic and International Arbitration” for the Master II Degree in Business Law at University Paris XII.

Benoît is also a member of the working group created by the judges of the Paris Commercial Court and Court of Appeal’s International Chambers, working to create a practical handbook on proceedings before these courts.

Lastly, he is a member of the Droit & Procédure Association.

Languages

  • French
  • English

Areas of Practice

  • Business litigation
  • Domestic and international arbitration
  • Liability for defective products
  • Court-mandated expert appraisals
  • Discovery / Collection of evidence
  • Class actions
  • Mediation

Distinctions

  • “High notoriety” in Mediation – Décideurs Juridiques, 2020 and 2021
  • “High notoriety” in Commercial Litigation – Décideurs Juridiques, 2021
  • “Key lawyer and rising star” in Commercial Litigation – Legal 500 EMEA, 2020 
  • “Expert lawyer” in Product Liability Defence – Who’s Who Legal, since 2018
  • “Highly recommended” in Mediation – Leaders League, 2020 

Contributions

“Guide to amicable dispute resolution 2020/21”
Guide published by LexisNexis

“Class actions in matters of consumption: conditions of admissibility and burden of proof”
Article published in Dalloz Actualité law review, 22nd July 2020

“Impact of Covid-19 on commercial disputes and arbitrations”
Article published in Lamy Droit Civil law review, 5th May 2020

“The use of evidence collection measures during the State of health emergency”
Article published on the blog of Club des Juristes, 3rd April 2020

“Latest developments and practical advice in inter-company mediation matters”
Article published on the website of CMAP,  27th February 2020

“Is France about to generalise civil fines as an alternative to punitive damages?”
Article published on the website of the International Bar Association, 13th September 2019

“Reform of the sudden breach of an established commercial relationship”
Article published in Lamy Concurrence law review, 23rd July 2019

“Consumer class action in France: a mixed assessment after four years”
Article published on the website of the International Bar Association, 6th May 2019

“Mediation: a paradigm shift in the handling of cases?”
Article published in Dalloz Avocats law review, 1st April 2019

“Civil fines: a mid-way solution falling somewhere between criminal fines and punitive damages?”
Article published in La Semaine Juridique – Edition Générale law review, 11th February 2019

“Enforcement of amicable resolution provisions: the parties’ intent and the proper administration of justice”
Article published in La Semaine Juridique – Edition Entreprise et Affaires law review, 27th July 2017

“Amicable resolution within the reform of the Law of Contracts: peace is but a continuation of war through other means”
Article published in revue des Juristes de Sciences Po, 2nd May 2017

“Class actions: what you need to know about the judgment of 27 January 2016 of the Paris Court of First Instance”
Article published in revue Dalloz, 4th August 2016

“Class actions in matters of health products: a complex procedure whose efficiency is in doubt”
Article published in revue Dalloz, 11th February 2016

“Class and Group Actions 2016 – France”
Article published on the website of International Comparative Legal Guide Global Legal Group, 8th October 2015