Christian Bouckaert


Cabinet BOPS
47, rue Dumont
d’Urville 75116
Paris, France

Tel: +33 (0) 1 70 37 39 02
Fax: +33 (0) 1 70 37 39 01


Christian Bouckaert has recognized expertise in insurance and reinsurance and commercial litigation, particularly in matters relating to professional or product liability in the areas of aviation, pharmaceuticals, energy, chemicals, construction and environmental pollution. He also has specialized experience in post-acquisition matters. He has acted as counsel and arbitrator in numerous arbitration cases, both institutional and ad hoc.

Christian is a member of the board of the American Arbitration Association and an ARIAS*US certified arbitrator. He is Secretary General of the French Chapter of the Association Internationale du Droit de l’Assurance (AIDA) and a member of the Association Française de l’Arbitrage. He is also a member of the board of a reinsurance company.

He is regularly invited to speak at seminars on various topics relating to international commercial litigation and dispute resolution, insurance and reinsurance, and product liability. He has received many awards and recognitions for his achievements and is listed as a leading lawyer in those areas by Chambers, Legal 500, The International Who’s Who of Business Lawyers and other professional publications.

Before founding Cabinet BOPS, Christian headed the Litigation and Insurance Department of Norton Rose in Paris (1998-2004) and was a partner of the law firm of Jeantet Associés (1989-1998).

He earned a master’s degree in law from the Lille University in 1969, a degree in economics and finance from Sciences Po (Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris) in 1971 and a DES (post-graduate degree) in business law from the University of Paris in 1973 and was admitted to the Paris Bar in 1975..

  • Chambers Global 2007: ‘A long-standing specialist and extremely respected lawyer . . . universally acclaimed for his dexterity in negotiations . . . one of the most respected figures in French legal landscape . . . A-plus for tremendous work, concluded in a timely fashion . . . His peers sing his praises as a “delightful human being”’.
  • Chambers Europe 2008 recommends Christian Bouckaert for insurance law: ‘. . . Christian Bouckaert is “an undisputable master in the area” and enjoys a superb reputation. While he frequently acts on high-profile matters, he is also committed to broadening the firm’s work and developing its scope’.
  • Legal Media Group ranks Christian Bouckaert among ‘The best of the best 2007’ for insurance law.
  • The International Who’s Who of Business Lawyers 2007 lists Christian Bouckaert in four categories: Aviation, Commercial Litigation, Insurance and Reinsurance, and Product Liability.
  • The French authoritative guide Décideurs Juridiques et Financiers describes Christian Bouckaert as one of the 22 ‘great strategists’ of the Paris Bar.
  • Chambers Europe 2009: “An insurance boutique with a strong aviation practice, BOPS is famous for its litigation skills which it deploys on behalf of major airline companies. Lufthansa and British Airways are amongst its prominent clients. The lawyers essentially handle liability disputes and are involved in passenger claims, freight-related litigation and accidents. They have been involved in several prominent air crash matters, including the Sharm El Sheikh case. Insurance and reinsurance specialist Christian Bouckaert is a distinguished litigator who is highly esteemed by peers”.
  • In 2005, Christian was awarded the silver trophy for Best Managing Partner.
Having developed through years of activity prior to the creation of our Société Civile Professionnelle d’Avocats, our team’s expertise, knowledge and reputation have all equally grown over the decades preceding the creation of the Cabinet BOPS banner known for their team spirit and dedication.

The BOPS lawyers are all avocats admitted to the Paris bar and can, as such, appear before any French court but the Cour de Cassation (France’s supreme court).
The Cabinet BOPS partners have built an esteemed niche practice recognized, both in France and abroad, as being at the forefront of its fields of expertise:

  • International commercial litigation and arbitration
  • Insurance and reinsurance law
  • Industrial risks and product liability
  • Medical and pharmaceutical law
  • Aerospace and Aviation law and air carriers’ liability
  • Bankruptcy law and D&O liability
  • Banking law and lender liability
  • Environmental liability


Clients maintain that Christian BouckaertFirst ranked in Chambers Europe 2007. ‘s “personality, integrity and wisdom surpass even his professional knowledge.” A renowned and highly regarded lawyer, he remains active in insurance litigation. Professional and product liability in the aviation, pharmaceutical, energy and construction sectors are particular areas of expertise.
Chambers Europe, 2015