David Méheut is a Managing Partner in the Paris office of Clyde & Co with almost 20-years’ experience in insurance and reinsurance law as well as in international arbitration and mediation.
David is a Managing Partner in the Paris office of Clyde & Co. His experience in insurance law covers in particular coverage, monitoring and defence in matters of directors and officers liability (D&O), political risks, reinsurance, professional liability (lawyers, accountants, brokers, experts, etc.), fine art and species, engineering disputes, new technologies/cyber, data security, fraud, and Warranty & Indemnity insurance. As such, he has acted for or advised on some of the major losses affecting the French market, including the Erika oil spillage, the Libyan revolution, reinsurance of 9/11, the Kerviel fraud, the LIBOR/EURIBOR/FOREX manipulations, the Madoff fraud, the conflict in Ukraine.
He has particular experience in handling cases in African countries operating under OHADA and CIMA rules, principally in relation to onshore and offshore oil and gas projects.
David has also developed an in-depth experience in international arbitration, more particularly ICC arbitration, in which he handles procedures both in French and in English. His commercial arbitration practice goes beyond his main sphere of activity and encompasses commercial litigation such as joint venture and distribution disputes. He generally advises insurers/reinsurers, professionals, financial institutions, industrial groups and energy companies.
David is part of the Clyde & Co’s working group on artificial intelligence and is interested in its impact on civil liability. He also studies climate change related risks, particularly in the context of class actions and ESG reporting.
David is a lecturer of the “Law and management of emerging risks” Master 2 course at Lyon 3 jean Moulin University.
He is recognised by Legal 500 as a “leading individual” and is ranked in Chambers Europe and by Best Lawyers in France™ among the highest-ranking lawyers.
David was admitted to the Paris Bar (CAPA) in 2004 after obtaining an LLB in French and English law from King’s College London and La Sorbonne, and a Master of Laws in EU law from the University of Paris II Panthéon-Assas. His command of English and his expertise in the legal concepts of civil and common law allow him to be particularly efficient in handling cases where both systems are involved.
David Méheut's pleadings before the French courts are very persuasive.
Legal 500 2023
David Méheut provides very useful advice and analysis on our complex cases.
Chambers and Partners 2023
Energy & Natural Resources
Financial Institutions, Directors & Officers
Insurance & Reinsurance Brokers
Oil & Gas
Power & Renewables
Product Liability & Recall
Stockbrokers & Fund Managers
Surveyors & Valuers
Artificial Intelligence (AI)
Banking & Finance Litigation
Corporate & Shareholder Disputes
Data Protection & Privacy
Digital Assets and Blockchain