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Firms To Watch: Dispute resolution: Commercial litigation

BCTG Avocats further strengthened its practice in early 2023 through the hire of commercial litigator and criminal law expert Antoine Beauquier, who joined from his own boutique firm and can handle a range of commercial and corporate litigation. He co-heads the practice alongside Diane Mouratoglou and Augustin Nicolle, who regularly manage product liability and commercial disputes in relation to the renewable energy sector.
Charles Russell Speechlys strengthened its offering in this area following the arrival of Frédéric Dereux (ex Gowling WLG) in 2024, particularly in the automotive sector. He joins a team that includes commercial litigator and arbitrator Frédéric Jeannin and Simon Le Wita.
Dentons relaunched its commercial and corporate litigation practice at the end of 2022 after hiring litigator Matthieu Ollivry, who joined as a partner. The team also includes of counsel Claire Picard.
Loic Henriot left Cohen & Gresser LLP with his team to launch independent corporate and commercial litigation boutique Henriot & Associés in Autumn 2023.
HOCHE AVOCATS relaunched its commercial and corporate litigation practice in 2022 following the arrival of Solène Delafond, who was previously with Darrois Villey Maillot Brochier, and Bastien Mathieu (ex FLV). The team acts for SMEs and senior executives in post-M&A and shareholder conflicts and in commercial litigation.  
Business litigation boutique Selnet Giraud Associés was launched in early 2022 by Guillaume Selnet and Romain Giraud. The practice is active in commercial litigation, senior management liability, shareholders’ conflicts and white-collar crime disputes.
Simon Associés hired Vanessa Ruffa, who was previously with De Gaulle Fleurance & Associés, in April 2022 to lead its commercial and corporate litigation practice. Ruffa’s caseload spans shareholder conflicts, post-M&A, banking and civil liability disputes.  
Squadra Avocats is able to handle a range of disputes, covering commercial litigation, financial litigation and industrial disputes, representing SMEs as well as some larger companies and individual investors. The practice is led by Benoît Javaux, Solën Guezille, Charles Morel and Jean-Baptiste Belin.
Watson Farley & Williams LLP launched its dispute resolution practice in the summer of 2022 following the arrival of Franck Poindessault. He has a strong know-how acting for banks and financial institutions in liability and insurance disputes, while also handling international and arbitration cases and developing the firm’s litigation practice in the energy and transport sectors.

Dispute resolution: Commercial litigation in France

A&O Shearman

A&O Shearman excels at dealing with complex proceedings often relating to financial and civil liability issues. The team notably has a strong involvement alongside banks and financial institutions which it represents in a range of matters including defending them against mass claims and class actions concerning their financial products. It is also particularly recommended for arbitration award enforcement and international cases, regularly managing top arbitration exequatur cases before French courts. The team’s caseload also encompasses bankruptcy and post M&A disputes, and one of France’s first civil proceedings launched regarding duty of vigilance law and climate change.  Denis ChemlaErwan Poisson and Dan Benguigui are all remarkable. Counsel Julie Metois provides additional support.

Responsables de la pratique:

Denis Chemla; Erwan Poisson; Dan Benguigui


Autres avocats clés:

Julie Metois


Les références

‘High quality services. The team is exceptional.’

Principaux clients

Natixis Investment Managers


Shell


Weinberg Capital Partners


Alcatel (Nokia)


Citigroup


International Chamber of Commerce


BNP Paribas


Antonio Urcelay


IQVIA


Total Energies


Worldpay


Goldman Sachs


Imperial Tobacco


Adare – Davidson Kempner Capital Management Group


Holcim SA


Principaux dossiers


  • Represented Natixis in a class action initiated before French Courts by consumer association UFC-Que Choisir.
  • Representing Shell Oil Company in proceedings started by 1,234 Nicaraguan claimants before French Courts (now before the Paris Court of Appeal).
  • Representing Total Energies in the local courts of a European country on the first climate change litigation to be brought against a private company in that jurisdiction.

BDGS Associés

BDGS Associés is entrusted by high-profile companies or shareholders facing high-stakes M&A litigation and other complex proceedings. The litigation team, which works in close collaboration with the corporate, restructuring and antitrust practices, also handles challenging disputes linked to large debt restructuring proceedings and several high-stakes antitrust-related damages follow-on cases. The team is also retained to manage high-profile commercial litigation opposing leading industry champions, such as in retail. Practice head Kyum Lee is highly recognised. Also involved are the highly experienced Antoine Gosset-Grainville, who is a key name for regulatory disputes and senior associate Florian Dessault.

Responsables de la pratique:

Kyum Lee


Autres avocats clés:

Antoine Gosset-Grainville; Florian Dessault


Les références

‘Kyum Lee is an excellent business litigation lawyer. He is a fine technician and excellent litigator. Kyum covers many aspects of business law with equal competence and rigor. He masters the mysteries of civil procedure which makes him a formidable adversary.’

‘Kyum Lee is excellent and in particular in dealing with financial and stock market litigation. He certainly stands out through his legal and strategic analysis.’

‘Good availability, relevance and support on very difficult files. Kyum Lee manages cases with rigor. ’

‘An exceptional team that stands out for their strategic approach to files. They perfectly anticipate opposing positions. They never lose sight of the big picture. They are very flexible and adapt to customers’ constraints. The team is always very available.’

‘Kyum Lee and Florian Dessault stand out because of their strategic approach to cases. They are not only excellent lawyers. They always try to give advice and recommendation, without being afraid of getting involved.’

‘Excellent professionals, always available, very responsive and able to anticipate clients’ needs.’

‘Amazing team; brilliant and dedicated lawyers.’

‘Kyum is an amazing attorney and a great person. Always involved’.

Principaux clients

Engie


Carrefour


Caisse des Dépôts et Consignation


Lov Group


Equitis Gestion


Bpifrance


Ceva Santé Animale


MBDA France


Société Générale


CMA CGM


Crédit Agricole Assurances (Predica)


Airseas


La Banque Postale


Christian Dior Couture


Lanvin Group


EIM Capital


Groupe Partouche


The Bureau (GPG group)


Diageo


Neovacs


Campofrio Food Group


Principaux dossiers


  • Representing Carrefour in multiple proceedings initiated both by Carrefour and Systeme U in connection with the performance of a major international purchasing agreement.
  • Representing the board members of Bourrelier Group (formerly Bricorama) in connection with a claim for mismanagement brought by JG Capital Management (minority shareholder).
  • Representing MBDA France in connection with several claims and proceedings for fraud and conspiracy, brought by minority shareholders of Dolphin Integration who challenge the court-approved transfer of Dolphin Integration’s assets to MBDA FRANCE in the context of Dolphin Integration’s insolvency proceedings.

Bredin Prat

Bredin Prat’s team attracts instructions for high-end litigation skills from blue-chip French and international companies as well as investment funds for high-stakes corporate litigation and shareholder conflicts. The team regularly acts in challenging litigation involving top-listed French companies in state-of-the-art commercial and financial litigation and also regularly handles antitrust follow-on and bankruptcy-related work. It has been retained recently to act in one of the country's first judicial recourses initiated on the basis of France’s still recent duty of vigilance law. The practice is led Sébastien PratJean-Daniel BretznerFlorian Bouaziz and Eve Duminy, with counsels Calmann Bellity  and Tom Vauthier providing further support.

Responsables de la pratique:

Didier Martin; Jean-Daniel Bretzner; Florian Bouaziz; Sébastien Prat; Ève Duminy


Autres avocats clés:

Calmann Bellity; Tom Vauthier


Les références

‘Jean-Daniel Bretzner has an encyclopedic knowledge of many areas of law which is extremely valuable in putting risks into perspective and contributing to informed decision-making. He also has a real ability to innovate in procedural strategies and to fight to the end for his clients. His colleagues are also of excellent quality.’

‘Extremely strong team, smart, responsive, clear thinking, clear communication and very proactive. The team is quick to understand issues and provides sensible and timely advice.’

‘Ève Duminy, Jean-Daniel Bretzner and Tom Vauthier are very smart and clearly know procedures and best practices, are quick to assess and analyse information and relay it to clients.’

‘The firm is a true litigation powerhouse. The team has excellent technical and writing skills and looks deep into legal issues.’

‘Florian Bouaziz is an excellent litigation partner.’

‘Extensive experience, significant strength, very high writing and litigation management skills.’

‘Florian Bouaziz: excellent for shareholder conflicts, stock market law, liability of directors; accustomed to summary proceedings and long-term cases. Jean-Daniel Bretzner is very good and a specialist in unfair competition and civil and commercial procedure with a lot of experience. Ève Duminy: brilliant in high-stakes litigation.’

Principaux clients

Air Liquide


Airbnb


Altarea


beIN


Christian Dior Couture/LVMH


DAF


Danone


Edenred


EDF


Filmed


Foncia


Groupe Atlantic


Ineos


JC Decaux


Lactalis


Nike


NJJ


Schneider Electric


Transition


Principaux dossiers


  • Assisting Group Atlantic in the context of a litigation between shareholders.
  • Advising the French luxury fashion brand, Dior, in connection with a multijurisdictional litigation concerning the breach of a worldwide exclusive license agreement and unauthorised sales operations.
  • Advising NJJ press (a company controlled by Xavier Niel) in connection with the composition of the capital of the controlling holding company of Le Monde group.

Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton

Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton is skilled in handling cases for a stellar client base comprising many of the world’s leading companies across various industries, investment funds and even the French state and some CEOs. The firm handles many of the market’s most high-profile cases, spanning commercial, financial and corporate litigation and can cope with cases mixing together various criminal, securities, civil and corporate aspects. It is regularly retained to handle sensitive and emerging cases, including business secrecy and ESG issues, as well as fraud and breach of warranty disputes, shareholder conflicts, antitrust follow-on damages claims and insolvency-related disputes. The team acts both in domestic and cross-border cases. Jean-Yves Garaud and Delphine Michot are two excellent litigators, while senior attorney Aude Dupuis also stands out.

Responsables de la pratique:

Jean-Yves Garaud; Delphine Michot; Guillaume de Rancourt; Aude Dupuis


Les références

‘Excellent skills and experience in the field of international arbitration and litigation.’

‘Jean-Yves Garaud is first rate . He has excellent judgment and thinks strategically.’

‘Aude Dupuis has excellent judgment, is very thorough and dependable.’

Principaux clients

ArcelorMittal


Bpifrance Participations


Canal + Group


Dupont


Garuda Indonesia


Google


IronSource


JCDecaux


Novasep and Henogen


Solvay


The French State


The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company


Veolia / SARPI


Principaux dossiers


  • Representing SARPI in interim proceedings brought by Lafarge Ciments in connection with the sale of SARPI’s stake to Nouveau Suez in the context of the remedies to the Veolia-Suez merger ordered by the European Commission.
  • Representing the French State in the challenge against, and the motion for a suspension of, its acquisition of Electricité de France (EDF) through a friendly simplified public tender before the Paris Court of Appeals.
  • Representing Google in numerous matters, including in connection with several follow-on damages claims worth millions of euros by several publishers and ad tech players on the basis of the French Competition Authority’s 2021 Ad Tech decision.

Clifford Chance

Clifford Chance remains at the forefront of the market for high-stakes commercial disputes, often raising complex consumer and distribution law aspects. For instance, the firm is regularly retained by leading digital and non-digital retailers to assists with high-profile disputes brought against competitors, key suppliers, consumer associations and regulatory agencies. The team is also entrusted to deal with complex governance and shareholders conflicts, as well as M&A-related disputes, notably in the healthcare and banking sectors. Its range of work is comprehensive and also includes complex international litigation. The practice is jointly headed by Thomas BaudessonDiego de Lammerville and Thibaud d’Alès. Counsel Geoffroy Pascaud also contributes.

Responsables de la pratique:

Thomas Baudesson; Diego de Lammerville; Thibaud d’Alès


Autres avocats clés:

Geoffroy Pascaud


Les références

‘Its lawyers stand out not only for the quality of their legal arguments and their writings, but also for their ability to propose and implement an optimal procedural and judicial strategy. Their advice also demonstrates excellent knowledge of our company and our activities.’

‘Methodical, the team is not only technical but also creative and proactive.’

‘Thibaud d’Alès is a star in commercial litigation.’

Principaux clients

Carrefour


Ligue de Football Professionnel


Novartis – Sandoz


SFR


SNCF Gares & Connexions


TotalEnergies Electricité et Gaz de France


Axian


Synlab


Principaux dossiers


  • Representing SNCF Gares & Connexions in a major dispute against Ceetrus group in connection with the failure of the Gare du Nord renovation project in preparation for the 2024 Olympic Games.
  • Representing the LFP (French Professional Football League) in a sensitive dispute regarding the TV broadcasting rights of the Ligue 1 championship, following the default of the main broadcaster, Mediapro, as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic.
  • Representing Synlab biomedical laboratories before the Paris Civil Court against claims from a prominent French trade union requesting a judicial wind up of Synlab Paris for alleged regulatory breaches (presence of financial investors in the shareholding of the company).

Darrois Villey Maillot Brochier

Darrois Villey Maillot Brochier is a highly established name in the field of commercial and corporation litigation, retained by many of France’s leading companies as well as international companies and investment funds to assist with their most challenging cases. The team regularly acts in several of France’s most high-profile commercial disputes including in the telecoms and retail sectors. The team’s corporate and M&A litigation know-how, which perfectly matches the firm’s top M&A practice, also ranks among the elite in that area, while its ability extends to follow-on damages claims, product liability and insolvency-related cases. The team is headed by Cyril Bonan and includes Paris bar authority Jean-Michel Darrois, and the highly regarded Matthieu BrochierNicolas Mennesson and Julie Pasternak.

Responsables de la pratique:

Cyril Bonan


Autres avocats clés:

Jean-Michel Darrois; Matthieu Brochier; Nicolas Mennesson; Julie Pasternak


Les références

‘Competent, efficient team. ’

‘Excellent team, effectiveness of legal argument.’

‘Very complete team, excellent in stock-market litigation, commercial litigation and business criminal litigation. Very good knowledge of the courts. One of the best teams on the market. Jean-Michel Darrois is a priceless asset given his analytical finesse and his aura in the judiciary.’

Principaux clients

Abénex


bioMérieux


Bouygues Telecom


Brad Pitt


CNAJMJ


Cafeyn


Capgemini


Colgate-Palmolive


Crédit agricole


Danone


EDF


Fairbanks


Kelkoo


Kering


Korian


Laboratoires Filorga Cosmétiques


Lagardère SA


NRJ


Pari Mutuel Urbain (PMU)


Roquette Frères


Safilo


Vivendi


Webedia


Principaux dossiers


  • Acting for Bouygues Telecom in its appeal against a ruling of the Paris Commercial Court awarding Free Mobile €308 million in damages as part of a series of disputes brought by Free Mobile against its competitors and their so-called “subsidised” smartphones.
  • Successfully represented Vivendi in a French class action before the Paris commercial court (“Tribunal de commerce de Paris”) for compensation for a stock market loss of more than 2 billion euros claimed by a hundred investment funds and institutional investors.
  • Advised Daimler in several actions brought before French courts by alleged victims of the truck cartel.

Signature Litigation AARPI

Signature Litigation AARPI stands out for its ability to handle a diverse portfolio of high-stakes and complex disputes. The firm is notably retained by many leading companies (spanning various sectors such as telecoms, automotive, digital economy, healthcare, manufacturing) to handle major commercial disputes and civil liability cases, as well as toxic tort litigation where the firm is a leading name.  Additionally, the team also regularly handles one-of-a-kind cases raising new hot topics, including ESG concerns, and has the ability to handle complex international private law matters. The team is jointly led by Thomas Rouhette, product liability expert Sylvie Gallage-Alwis and Jérémie Fierville, who joined in 2023 and adds strength in the field of financial and corporate litigation. Counsels Mathilde GérotClaire Massiera and Ela Barda also noted.

Responsables de la pratique:

Thomas Rouhette; Sylvie Gallage-Alwis; Jérémie Fierville


Autres avocats clés:

Mathilde Gérot; Claire Massiera; Ela Barda


Les références

‘High quality of legal analysis, strategic thinking, great responsiveness. Thomas Rouhette’s team is extremely competent in complex litigation and knows how to communicate with clients on strategy and in a transparent and proactive manner.’

‘Thomas Rouhette demonstrates rare versatility: an excellent strategist in complex cases, his judgement is sound and always in the long-term interest of his client. His recommendations take into account in-depth understanding of his clients’ strategic and commercial issues. Ela Barda: fine and reliable legal and strategic analyses; exceptional communication skills and understanding of customer needs; transparent and serious communication.’

‘Jérémie Fierville is excellent, very focused, commercial and excellent with clients. He is a pleasure to work with.’

‘High competence; excellent communication with clients.’

‘Exceptional team, extremely efficient and in whom you can have complete confidence. Very innovative firm in its approach to clients. ’

‘Thomas Rouhette is a leader in commercial litigation in France. Sylvie Gallage-Alwis is the North Star of product liability and compliance issues. Mathilde Gérot is excellent and Inès Aramouni is a superb addition to the entire team.’

Principaux clients

Renault


Boeing


Honeywell


Airbnb


Dailymotion


Casino


Pfizer


LG Energy Solutions


Société Générale


Fondation Saint-Louis


The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company


Vorwerk


Emerson


GE


ID Logistics


Mitsubishi


Thales


Mersen


Infineum


Principaux dossiers


  • Representing Pfizer in French claims relating to the Covid-19 vaccine.
  • Representing Casino in a dispute arising from alleged non-compliance of its obligations deriving from the so-called duty of vigilance.
  • Representing Groupe Renault in the so-called dieselgate and motorgate cases.

Viguié Schmidt & Associés

Viguié Schmidt & Associés is routinely sought out by companies and investment funds to handle their most challenging cases – for instance it is not rare for the team to receive mandates to intervene solely from the appeal proceedings stage after an earlier ruling. The team excels at managing highly complex and one-of-a-kind corporate or commercial litigation and regularly acts in the market’s largest corporate, M&A and unfair competition cases, opposing high-profile companies and parties. The firm also has strong know-how in the field of international and exequatur cases, representing companies and state entities. It notably won a number of victories before courts in 2023 including a landmark decision obtaining the first annulment of an arbitral award by a French court in a case involving a foreign state on the grounds of corruption. The top practice comprises the excellent Yves Schmidt, Nicolas Viguié and Martin Donato. Counsel Laure-Anne Montigny also provides support, while corporate litigator Daniel Villey, who was previously with Villey Girard Grolleaud, joined in Autumn 2023 adding further strength. Olivier Loizon left the firm in early 2024.

Responsables de la pratique:

Yves Schmidt


Autres avocats clés:

Nicolas Viguié; Martin Donato; Daniel Villey; Laure-Anne Montigny


Les références

‘Great added value on litigation strategy; close proximity to the client and strong involvement of the partner; extensive experience in France and in complex international disputes.’

Principaux clients

Renault


EDF Renouvelables


AXA


Fimalac Entertainment


Sonepar


Rallye


Alter Equity


Abenex


OCP


Danone


Edilians


Natixis


Allianz Trade


Altitude Infra


Aon France


ATOS


Libyan Investment Authority


Cardiff City Football Club


Société Immobilière et Hôtelière du Parc Monceau (SIHPM)


State of Kuwait


State of Libya


Pearl Petrochemical FZE (Dubaï)


National Oil Corporation


Platina Equity Solutions


Hexagold


Socialist Republic of Vietnam


Mr. Dominique Desseigne


OTCex


The Belgium liquidator of some companies of Bernard Tapie Group


Principaux dossiers


  • Defending Renault, against its former CEO Mr. Carlos Ghosn, who filed actions before the French civil and commercial jurisdictions for his variable remuneration, stock options, long-term investing plan shares and his retirement guaranteed regime (“top hat” pension scheme) as well as handling Renault’s counterclaims against Mr. Carlos Ghosn.
  • Representing Welsh football club Cardiff City Football Club in proceedings against French football club FC Nantes, seeking damages in connection with the transfer of Argentine striker Emiliano Sala who died in a crash plane in the days following his transfer from FC Nantes to Cardiff City.
  • Representing various companies of the DanoneGroup in the defence of claims brought before the French courts by an Algeria-based distributor alleging brutal termination of commercial relationship and unfair competition.

White & Case LLP

White & Case LLP fields a strong team expert at managing cases mixing high-stakes commercial and distribution law issues. Several leading retail groups regularly instruct the firm when facing accusations concerning imbalanced or unfair commercial practices often raised by the French state or consumer associations; competition and distribution partner Yann Utzschneider has a strong know-how in this area. Through the highly regarded Diane Lamarche, the firm also has excellent corporate and financial dispute capabilities and acts on behalf of leading investment funds in highly complex cases involving multiple proceedings. The team also regularly manages disputes linked to high-profile debt restructuring procedures, while its caseload also encompasses a number of shareholders’ conflicts and M&A related disputes. The arrival of a leading team in early 2024 led by the highly regarded Kami Haeri and including  Alexandre Kiabski from Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP further bolsters the team's reputation in this area.

Responsables de la pratique:

Diane Lamarche


Autres avocats clés:

Yann Utzschneider; Kami Haeri; Alexandre Kiabski


Les références

‘They know how to get things done and work towards a very good result. They adapt their legal know-how to the case at hand.’

‘Diane Lamarche is truly outstanding. She is a go to person for high-value French disputes. She shows high technical skills, know-how and experience, is a strategic thinker and is solution-driven and pragmatic, while her drive and level of dedication is unparalleled. She works hard, is passionate and her passion and leadership has a very positive effect on her team. She can manage simultaneous court proceedings in different countries very well. ’

‘Yann Utzschneider is exceptionally experienced and talented. He is exceptionally convincing, thorough and pragmatic. He is always absolutely thorough and balanced in his approach’.

‘A high level of expertise and availability’.

‘Diane Lamarche is exceptional. ’

‘A first rate team in commercial and regulatory litigation. Yann Utzschneider is highly regarded in the commercial litigation space. He masters the procedures, provides wise advice and pleads exceptionally well.’

Principaux clients

Orpea.


Nestlé Nespresso SA


Nespresso SAS


OCM Luxembourg ECS Retail France (OCM)


Intermarché


Luko


Free/Iliad Group


Mrs Cristiana Crociani


Mr Nicolas Delrieu


Mrs Delrieu


Inca-a.


Robert Zarra


The Republic of the Sudan


Dufour Yachts


IPF Partners


Starwood


Principaux dossiers


  • Representing Orpea in 13 disputes in France and in the US initiated by creditors or shareholders in the context of the financial restructuring of the company.
  • Representing OCM in relation to the unwinding of its investment in Trimax Group.
  • Representing Nestlé Nespresso SA and Nespresso SAS in a case brought by a consumer association called La Confédération Consommation, Logement et Cadre de Vie (“CLCV”) before the Paris Judicial Court (Tribunal judiciaire de Paris) concerning alleged unfair commercial practices since 2016 by claiming that its coffee would be “100% carbon neutral” or that its coffee capsules would be “100% recyclable”.

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP particularly stands out for its ability to handle a range of complex disputes, spanning commercial, corporate, securities and regulatory matters. The team acts for a prominent client base, comprising many leading corporations, as well as investment funds and some banks. It is involved in several strategic cases, notably concerning the validity of commercial clauses relating to the telecoms sector and a follow-on antitrust case. The team is also capable of dealing with mass claims and has recently been retained to assist with a sensitive individual employment law dispute. Other examples of the team's varied caseload include tackling new issues pertaining to trade secret and IT data access. The practice is jointly headed by Stéphane BénouvilleDimitri Lecat and Anne-Laure Vincent. Of note, the firm recently added strong white-collar expertise after hiring Ludovic Malgrain in 2023 from White & Case LLP.

Responsables de la pratique:

Stéphane Bénouville; Dimitri Lecat; Anne-Laure Vincent


Autres avocats clés:

Ludovic Malgrain


Les références

‘An innovative and highly rigorous team, with a remarkable level of excellence’.

‘Dimitri Lecat and his team are particularly involved in the files. They show high professional and interpersonal qualities’.

‘A leading commercial litigation team with quite very diverse profiles which allow for creativity in the strategies put in place. ’

Principaux clients

Altice


France Fortress (Dashang Group)


STMicroelectronics SA


Vivendi


Volkswagen


Groupe BPCE


Principaux dossiers


  • Advising two international automotive manufacturers on more than a hundred follow-on claims proceedings introduced in France following a EU Commission decision sanctioning truck manufacturers for having exchanged information on gross trucks pricing and emission rules between 1997 and 2011.
  • Representing a multinational technology company in four actions filed by the Minister for Economic Affairs before the Paris Commercial Court following an investigation conducted by the DIRECCTE regarding the conditions in which distribution contracts, entered into between the client and the four French phone carriers, were negotiated.
  • Representing Vivendi before French Courts in relation to an alleged distortion of financial information during the period 2000-2002 raised by professional investors.

Gibson Dunn

Gibson Dunn is a go-to-firm for complex and challenging cases, especially those linked to high-profile debt restructuring and insolvency proceedings, a field where the litigation team excels. The versatile team is also capable of dealing with a variety of matters, spanning product liability, commercial litigation and arbitration award enforcement and also regularly assists companies facing mass proceedings from former employees in relation to dismissals or possible exposure to asbestos. High-profile investment funds and their portfolio companies, as well as many large companies, notably in the retail and industrial sectors, are clients. The team is headed by Jean-Pierre Farges and includes Pierre-Emmanuel Fender and Eric Bouffard. Robert Spano, formerly the President of the European Court of Human Rights who splits his time between the firm’s London and Paris offices, was a new arrival in late 2022.

Responsables de la pratique:

Jean-Pierre Farges


Autres avocats clés:

Pierre-Emmanuel Fender; Eric Bouffard


Les références

‘The team is very professional, competent, available and pleasant. It explains well the situation, the forces involved, the risks involved and advises on the best possible options.’

‘Pierre-Emmanuel Fender is very professional, has a good knowledge of his subject and provides good advice. He does not seek litigation at all costs but tries to favour negotiation and alternative ways of putting an end to the procedures.’

‘Great fluidity, strong and constant commitment to the customer. A dedicated team who knows its customer. There is no need to re-explain the same thing several times.’

Principaux clients

Columbia Capital/Devas Multimedia


Devas Mauritius


Casino


Guichard-Perrachon


Monoprix Exploitation


Camaieu


Appart’city


Scopelec


LBI Development


Lapeyre


Mutares


Celio France


La Halle


Hivest Capital Partners


Grandjean Avocats

Litigation boutique Grandjean Avocats is able to deal with a large array of cases, spanning regulatory, product liability, commercial, corporate, financial and insurance cases. The firm acts for a diverse client base, including leading French and international companies, banks and SMEs. It is currently handling a number of high-profile cases including one relating to a complex debt restructuring case, and regularly handles post M&A deal and shareholders’ conflicts. The team has also been entrusted with a sensitive case in the cryptocurrency area. The practice is co-led by the highly experienced Jean-Pierre Grandjean, Marguerite Aynès and Thomas Lambard.

Responsables de la pratique:

Jean-Pierre Grandjean; Marguerite Aynès, Thomas Lambard


Les références

‘Very nice team, tight, united, efficient, pragmatic, flexible. The team members are extremely complementary and working alongside them is a real pleasure. ’

‘Jean-Pierre Grandjean is quite extraordinary. His experience, his intuitions, his knowledge of the world of arbitration are incomparable. Marguerite Aynès is an excellent lawyer, with unfailing rigor. She is creative, committed and very pleasant to communicate with.’

‘Thomas Lambard is very impressive. He has excellent technical knowledge, valuable litigation experience, and provides his clients with strong legal and strategic advice, always taking into consideration his clients’ business needs.

Principaux clients

Mediobanca


Bank of Taïwan


United Taïwan Bank


Coinhouse


Orano Group


Haleon


Savencia Group


WeWork


Rewe Group


Taïwan Cement Corporation


Caisse Nationale de l’Assurance Maladie (CNAM)


Bénéteau


Project44


Asia Kingston


Katara Hospitality


AEW Europe / AEW Ciloger


Staycity Group


L’Astrance Restaurant


Atream


Hogan Lovells (Paris) LLP

Hogan Lovells (Paris) LLP stands out for its ability to expertly handle a wide range of disputes including high-profile commercial, corporate and post-M&A disputes. Headed by the experienced Arthur Dethomas, the team notably acts for several leading investment funds and companies in complex financial disputes, often raising parallel fraud accusations. It is currently involved in a high-profile case questioning the financial value of digital data. In addition, the firm is also well-known for its strong capabilities in the internet and life-sciences fields through Christine Gateau and Christelle Coslin, respectively ; it is notably defending top pharmaceutical companies and manufacturers in high-stakes product liability cases involving a high number of claimants. Counsels Marine De Montecler and Charles-Henri Caron provide strong support.

Responsables de la pratique:

Arthur Dethomas


Autres avocats clés:

Christine Gateau; Christelle Coslin; Marine De MonteclerCharles-Henri Caron


Les références

‘The team includes experts who can navigate a complex field and present the required qualities such as legal knowledge, strong understanding of commercial law and procedures. They also have the ability to analyze complex commercial and technical issues. Moreover, they have great communication skills.’

‘Arthur Dethomas is a seasoned litigation expert with strong negotiation skills and valuable ability to navigate alternative dispute resolution methods. He has a deep understanding of the client’s needs. His team is always available and responsive, business friendly and client oriented. They are creative and show great attention to detail.’

‘Very professional and experienced team, with a hands-on attitude. Flexible.’

‘Relevance, technicality, creativity, availability, speed, humility, empathy.’

‘The litigation practice is very good. A talented team whether at partner or associate level.’

‘Christine Gateau explains proposed strategies and associated risks effectively so as to arrive at a final position measured and understood by all stakeholders.’

‘The team has a perfect command of all aspects of commercial litigation and knows how to offer its clients innovative litigation strategies enabling them to best defend their interests.’

Principaux clients

CBRE


Eurofins Group


Merck & Co


OVH


Pari Mutuel Urbain


Schlumberger


SELARL C. Basse


SELARL Herbaut Pecou


Vodafone


Wikimedia Foundation


Chenavari Asset Management


Principaux dossiers


  • Representing OVH in several proceedings in the aftermath of a fire that destroyed one of OVH’s data centres.
  • Representing Wikimedia Foundation in disputes before French Courts.
  • Defending Merck & Co. and its French subsidiary MSD Vaccins against product liability claims in relation to alleged adverse effects of vaccine Gardasil.

Linklaters

Linklaters' litigation team is entrusted with the management of a range of cases, spanning commercial, financial, corporate, civil and criminal liability litigation in France, in addition to handling high-stakes cases in Africa. The practice represents a prominent client base of French and international companies and investment funds, across various industry sectors in major commercial disputes, including top antitrust follow-on cases and commercial relationship disputes linked to inflation. The team’s involvement also extends to regulatory disputes, notably in the stock-market area. Practice head Arnaud de La Cotardière and Jean-Charles Jaïs are strong names, while counsel Eleonore Hannezo provides additional support.

Responsables de la pratique:

Arnaud de La Cotardière


Autres avocats clés:

Jean-Charles Jaïs; Eleonore Hannezo


Orrick

Orrick is entrusted to deal with a diverse range of cases including major debt restructuring and insolvency proceedings and corporate disputes. The team’s caseload also regularly includes one-of-a-kind disputes and extends to criminal proceedings and compliance and risk prevention. Leading French and international companies as well as investment funds are among its clients. The practice is led by Frédéric Lalance and includes the highly experienced Jean-Pierre Martel, as well as associates Grégoire Piat and Amaury Ginet.

Responsables de la pratique:

Frédéric Lalance


Autres avocats clés:

Jean-Pierre Martel; Grégoire Piat; Amaury Ginet


Les références

‘Remarkable cohesion and coordination between the lawyers, consistent quality of the lawyers, excellent strategic sense and great reliability.’

‘Frédéric Lalance, exceptional leader of the team, real role model.’

‘Frédéric Lalance, for the clarity of his advice and his answers, and his ability to guide the client in their choices’

‘Very responsive team.’

‘A very strong and capable team, great strategic vision and attention to detail, excellent familiarity with dispute resolution practices in France.’

‘Frédéric Lalance is an exceptional partner, very knowledgeable and client friendly. Grégoire Piat, senior associate, is extremely diligent and bright.’

‘Strong responsiveness. Very reliable skills/expertise.’

‘Frédéric Lalance and Grégoire Piat are very competent, attentive, show good case management under pressure and with high stakes.’

Principaux clients

Air Liquide


Anchorage


Arcole Industries


Boussard & Gavaudan


Bpifrance


Bureau Veritas


Carmignac Gestion


Consortium de Réalisation


Coriolis


Crédit Agricole


Diane Wildenstein


DNCA


Dogan Holding / Sabanci Holding A.S. / Limak Yatirim Enerji Üretim Isletme Hizm


Eiffel Investment Group


Elliott


ENEL


Etablissements Peugeot Frères


Kosmos


L’Oréal


Natixis


Nvidia


Officiis Properties


Opel Bank


Production Resources Group


PwC


Rothschild & Co


Schelcher Prince Gestion


SFR


Sonos


Syma


3i Infrastructures


Principaux dossiers


  • Representing 15 of the more than 50 defendants – members of families owning the most powerful groups of companies in the Turkish economy (in the energy, telecommunications, media and construction sectors) –  against allegations of spoliation.
  • Representing the Consortium de Réalisation (CDR) in the Adidas case against Bernard Tapie, his group of companies and their liquidators, in order to enforce the Paris Court of Appeal decision of December 3, 2015, confirmed by the Supreme Court in May 2017, ordering to repay €404 million plus arbitration costs and interests.
  • Assisting 5 investment funds (Anchorage, Boussard & Gavaudan, Carmignac Gestion, Eiffel Investment Group and Schelcher Prince Gestion) in the numerous disputes initiated by a few unsatisfied creditors and shareholders against the financial safeguarding plan of ORPEA, an elderly care company.

Veil Jourde

Veil Jourde is chiefly known for its litigation practice and acts for a prominent client base of French and international industrial groups, CAC 40 companies, as well as banks and investment funds. The large and highly experienced team is entrusted to deal with strategic and complex cases, spanning commercial, civil, corporate and criminal proceedings. The practice is currently handling a diverse caseload encompassing Covid-related M&A disputes, insolvency, unfair competition and high-stakes international disputes. Georges JourdePierre-François VeilEric Deubel and Emmanuel Rosenfeld are key names and Corinne Valery Masson is another key contributor. Gaspard Lundwall left the firm in early 2024.

Responsables de la pratique:

Jean Veil; Georges Jourde; Emmanuel Rosenfeld; Pierre François Veil; Eric Deubel; Marie Errera; Corinne Valery Masson


Les références

‘Efficient team, very good knowledge of the legal sector concerned, fluid and simple relationships.’

‘Highly qualified and professional team.’

‘Eric Deubel is an outstanding lawyer.’

Principaux clients

Société Générale and subsidiaries


LVMH


Publicis


L’Oréal


Fives


Arkea


Crédit Foncier


Circles Group


Lagardère


Le Figaro


Total


Crédit Agricole Leasing & Factoring


BPCE


Principaux dossiers


  • Representing the main investors in the failure of the “Smart Treso” securitisation fund.
  • Successfully advised investment fund Montefiore against Abenex in a dispute linked to the Cruiseline acquisition during the Covid-19 crisis.

Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP

Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP is a key destination for high-profile M&A-related litigation and shareholders’ disputes involving leading private equity funds and corporations, but the team is also flexible and capable of handling all types of cases. It is notably involved in commercial and civil liability cases and also deals with sensitive bankruptcy-related disputes. Many leading French and international companies and funds are client. The practice is led by Didier Malka, with associate Ambroise Flachs providing key support.

Responsables de la pratique:

Didier Malka


Autres avocats clés:

Ambroise Flachs


Les références

‘Responsiveness, competence, good understanding of issues .’

‘The team is very solution-oriented. From the start of our dispute, the Weil team was focused on how they could simplify a very complex case. The team took the time to read all the key documents to understand the case. They arrived at a very simple and straightforward argument that positioned us for success. ’

‘Great understanding of the commercial dispute process, ability to simplify a complex case and a drive to succeed.’

Principaux clients

Orange


NJJ Holding


Altarea


Orpea


Montefiore Investment


Hilton Worldwide


Casino Group/Rallye


Atos


Idemia


Worldline


Banque Palatine


3i


Inetum


Vivendi


Westinghouse


Principaux dossiers


  • Representing Altarea (fka Altarea Cogedim), a public real estate company, in proceedings related to the acquisition of Primonial initiated by Primonial’s shareholders.
  • Representing Montefiore Investment, a PE fund, before the Paris Court of Appeals in a dispute against Abénex in connection with the sale of Cruiseline.
  • Representing Hilton International in a longstanding litigation against the owner of a luxury hotel in Paris, SIHPM, in a contract dispute.

Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP

Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP is a particularly strong name for corporate, M&A and shareholders’ conflicts litigation where the team regularly acts for large companies. Its ability also extends to commercial litigation and complex matters raising combined criminal and civil law and international aspects. Leading companies and investment funds are clients. The team is led by Dominique Mondoloni and Grégoire Bertrou and includes special European counsel Sophie-Jeanne Laroche, who is another key contributor.

Responsables de la pratique:

Grégoire Bertrou; Dominique Mondoloni


Autres avocats clés:

Sophie-Jeanne Laroche


Les références

‘The team is united, efficient and responsive. Always attentive, it knows how to resolve events with thought and accuracy.’

‘Sophie-Jeanne Laroche: good quality listening, finesse of analyses, great efficiency, elegance and essential presence.’

‘The commercial litigation department is particularly close-knit between partners, counsels and collaborators. Communication is perfectly fluid, which allows effective strategies to be developed very quickly without wasting time. The team also knows how to adapt its explanations to the technical level of its interlocutors, which is particularly appreciable.’

Principaux clients

National Bank of Canada


Transdev


Besix/Icade


Air France


Air France-KLM


Arkema


Carl Bayard


Agence Française de Développement


Sportfive


Lagardère Travel Retail


Cellectis


Naval Group


Gare du Nord 2024


Brainbox


Principaux dossiers


  • Auccessfully advised Transdev, as former shareholder of SNCM, on a dispute concerning SNCM’s partnership with STEF.
  • Advising Arkema on a class action brought against the company by over 250 employees and their unions in the context of Arkema’s sale to KemOne of one of its chemical production units in France.
  • Advisingt AFD in connection with proceedings brought by creditors of foreign sovereigns to attach sums paid by AFD pursuant to aid packages provided pursuant to France’s international development policy.

APG

APG houses a very solid litigation practice its team has notable credentials in dealing with a large array of cases and tackling high-stakes regulatory disputes that combine competition, distribution and commercial issues. The team's caseload also includes product liability and commercial disputes, and increasingly pos- M&A disputes on behalf of private investors and investment funds and concerning startups.  Its client base is diverse and includes leading companies and SMEs. The highly experienced Gilbert Parleani and Jean-Marie Gazagnes co-head the practice, with Olivier ParleaniFrançois Gagey  and Bertrand Janssens other key team members.

Responsables de la pratique:

Gilbert Parleani; Jean-Marie Gazagnes


Autres avocats clés:

Olivier Parleani; Bertrand Janssens; François Gagey


Les références

‘Competent, transparent and available team’.

‘Jean-Marie Gazagnes and Jérémie Rozier show great insight and knowledge of the business world.’

‘Very involved in the search for innovative solutions.’

‘François Gagey demonstrates real business intelligence to help finely handle complex litigation issues.’

Principaux clients

E. Leclerc


Manpower


Crédit du Nord


Les Indés Radios


British American Tobacco Caribbean


Enedis


BMW France


Fiat/Chrysler


EQUANS


Emotors (JV created by PSA for electric motors)


CNH Industrial (CaseNewHolland)


Stellantis


Emerging Capital Partners


ANTARGAZ


AIG Europe SA


FPT Industrial S.p.A.


Invivo


Société Générale


Carmignac Gestion


Entoria


Birkenstock


City of Paris


The Frankie Shop


Laboratoire Native


Groupe Cahors Holding


Not so Dark


Chubb France


Principaux dossiers


  • Advised the City of Paris in proceeding concerning Air BnB and Home Away (Abritel) before the European Court of Justice and French courts.
  • Represented E. Leclerc (Galec) in connection with a 117 million euros lawsuit brought by the French Ministry of Finance.
  • Advised Emerging Capital Partners in relation to the termination of negotiation by a leading French retail company concerning a potential acquisition of a target valued at 200 million euros.

Ashurst LLP

Headed by Hortense de Roux, Ashurst LLP’s litigation team regularly handles cases working alongside other departments, notably collaborating with colleagues on several high-profile debt restructuring cases, as well as antitrust follow-on damage claims. The team can deal with a broad range of cases, spanning commercial, financial and industrial litigation. It is increasingly involved alongside leading companies in construction and product liability disputes relating to the energy sector and in particular the nuclear field. IT is another sector strength.

Responsables de la pratique:

Hortense de Roux


Les références

‘Team works perfectly in pairs in order to ensure the proper processing of files and advise and preserve the interests of the client in the best possible way, even if it involves advocating for an amicable solution’.

‘Hortense de Roux’s in-depth legal analysis helps understands various issues, particularly technical ones, in a pragmatic manner in order to best advise her clients.’

‘The team was able to adapt and propose solutions and implement a strategy that met challenges.’

Principaux clients

IBM France


Areva


Engie


RTE


SNCF


Etam


Cushman & Wakefield


Claranet


Euromaint


Coopérative Agricole et Vinicole La Goutte d’Or


Principaux dossiers


  • Advising the French subsidiary of an IT world leader in a litigation relating to the validity of a set of agreements (mainly licenses) as part of a partnership with a client for the creation, maintenance and operation of an IT solution to counter healthcare fraud.
  • Assisting a French nuclear leader before the Commercial court of Paris in a contractual dispute relating to multiple design defects affecting equipment supplied by a European consortium.
  • Assisting Coopérative Agricole and Vinicole la Goutte d’Or as part of the Exequatur of a judgment of the Court District of NY.

August Debouzy

August Debouzy has a strong track record handling corporate and commercial disputes, and acts for SMEs and several leading French and international companies active in various sectors. The team has expertise handling shareholders’ conflicts and M&A-related litigation, and can also take on challenging commercial and contractual termination cases. It is able to manage complex cases, including international and sanctions cases, as well as matters that combine civil, commercial and criminal issues. The well-regarded Marie Danis and Benjamin van Gaver are key names.

Responsables de la pratique:

Marie Danis; Benjamin van Gaver


Les références

‘An excellent dispute resolution team. They are knowledgeable, sharp and efficient.’

‘The team is highly available and responsive, which can make the difference in high-stakes disputes. ’

‘Benjamin Van Gaver and Marie Danis are exceptionally skilled lawyers. They are very smart, quick to understand and have a real added-value to provide pragmatic solutions. It is a pleasure to work with them.’

‘Marie Danis shows great ability to synthesize complex issues, leadership and very advanced technical mastery. She does not hesitate to enter into the subtleties of clients’ activities in order to understand the issues at stake in a file.’

‘Great capacity for synthesis and strategy. The team approaches its files with great precision; actions are meticulous and the arguments always very solid. Great availability and workforce. ’

‘The team focuses on strategy and is detail-oriented. They anticipate clients’ needs and are very comfortable working with sophisticated international clients.’

‘Benjamin van Gaver is very intelligent, strategic, and client-focused, without having any hint of ego. Really a pleasure to work with.’

‘Marie Danis is highly knowledgeable, a good communicator; provides legal advice in a commercial context; is acutely aware of the commercial drivers and quick to pick up key technical issues.’

Principaux clients

Orange


Halliburton


Le Figaro


Valeo


Bertelsmann


Principaux dossiers


  • Representing Halliburton in a major industrial dispute opposing Storengy (French subsidiary of the leading gas company Engie) to UGS following an industrial accident concerning natural gas-storing well caverns.
  • Representing Le Figaro in multiple disputes against 9 regional press groups following the termination of their commercial partnership regarding the distribution of the weekly supplement, TV Magazine.
  • Representing IGS Group regarding the investigation into the actions of the founder of the company.

CBR & Associés

CBR & Associés acts for many leading French companies, notably in the TMT, retail and energy sectors. The firm is considered a reference in the market for commercial, consumer, distribution and advertising law disputes. It has recently been retained to act in cases concerning new environmental and vaping-related issues and is handling several headline cases linked to the telecoms and energy fields where leading industry competitors are embroiled in litigation. Its litigation skills are coupled with compliance and strong negotiation know-how. Pierre-Olivier Chartier and Judith Vuillez are key names.

Responsables de la pratique:

Pierre-Olivier Chartier; Judith Vuillez


Autres avocats clés:

Guillaume Soubiran


Les références

‘The team intervenes in high-level technical commercial and corporate law disputes. The service provided is constantly in line with clients’ expectations (or even beyond), this being the result of strong collaboration and excellent knowledge of their clients and their challenges.’

‘A very agile litigation team with excellent expertise in commercial litigation.’

‘Judith Vuillez is extremely available and responsive. She has solid and broad experience in various fields and an excellent understanding of the issues and challenges of her clients and their industry (regulatory, economic and competition context). These qualities allow her to provide excellent, pragmatic and adapted solutions. She provides legal support with extensive know-how in litigation management and a good sense of strategy, notably anticipating the possible actions of her opponents.’

‘Guillaume Soubiran is responsive and displays remarkable efficiency.’

‘Very high-quality work, very strong involvement in files and a keen sense of strategy.’

‘Pierre-Olivier Chartier is a remarkable professional, who has extensive knowledge of procedure and a keen sense of strategy. He always gives very good advice.’

‘Pierre-Olivier Chartier is a true litigation strategist, astute and always loyal.’

‘Pierre-Olivier Chartier is an extraordinary lawyer, undoubtedly one of the best of his generation: deeply involved in each case, immensely rigorous, an outstanding worker who measures neither his time nor his effort, attentive to the smallest detail, he is also reactive, combative and creative. He gives everything to his clients. All with deep respect for the opponent and professional rules. A model for many of his colleagues.’

Principaux clients

ADIDAS


ITV STUDIO


BACARDI MARTINI FRANCE


PROCTER & GAMBLE


TETRA MEDIA FICTION


TF1 PUBLICITE


BRITISH AMERICAN TOBACCO


ENALIA


KAEFER WANNER


SFR


NEXTRADIOTV (éditeur BMTV et autres)


SPORTSCOTV


TOTALENERGIES


PMU


EUROVIA


EUROPCAR


ARAMIS


NRJ


GRDF


Principaux dossiers


  • Representing PMU in a  damages claim initiated by sports betting operator BETCLIC further to a decision of the French Competition Authority.
  • Representing SFR in a major dispute with another mobile service provider relating to unfair competition.
  • Representing TotalEnergies in a dispute against EDF regarding the suspension of TotalEnergies’s nuclear power supply contract for force majeure due to the Covid-19 outbreak and the consequences of government measures taken in this consideration.

Chemarin & Limbour

Dispute resolution boutique Chemarin & Limbour  is regularly entrusted by leading French companies, notably in the telecoms, retail and luxury goods sectors, as well as  by international groups and banks. The team handles a high amount of strategic commercial cases in the telecoms sector for key client Orange in matters involving competitors. The practice also handles work in other areas, including representing companies in disputes with tenants. It has also been retained recently to handle a high-stakes case in the media sector. Practice head Alexandre Limbour is an excellent litigator. Valentine Foucher-Créteau is another name to note.

Responsables de la pratique:

Alexandre Limbour


Autres avocats clés:

Valentine Foucher-Créteau


Principaux clients

Sferis (Group SNCF)


Yves Rocher


Auchan Group


Lorient Football Club


Orange Group


Orientis


Rabobank


Sofrecom


Louis Vuitton (LVMH Group)


Newrest


Globecast


Michelin


Pimkie


Sun’R


Jules / Bizzbee


Viveo France


Terreal


Banque Internationale du Luxembourg


Primavista


Loomis


Suckle


Groupe Les Echos


Le Parisien (LVMH


Group)


Orano


Groupe Le Figaro


Groupe Le Monde


Orivas


Docaposte Group (La Poste Group)


Eurodep


Facilit’Rail France


Si-nergie (GIE Orano et Framatome)


Framatome


Centrale des Pharmaciens (ASTERA)


Principaux dossiers


  • Defending Orange against FREE MOBILE related to the client’s subsidised offers.
  • Advising Banque Internationale du Luxembourg in various disputes relating to the defaults of large borrowers.
  • Defending the interests of the largest players in the French press in a dispute over the principle of neighbouring rights.

De Pardieu Brocas Maffei

De Pardieu Brocas Maffei is able to take on a large array of disputes, regularly combining its litigation expertise with the firm’s corporate, antitrust, banking and insolvency strengths. The team notably handles a steady stream of commercial disputes on behalf of major French corporations, dealing with contract and distribution issues. It is also involved in high-stakes civil liability cases including in the insolvency and antitrust follow-on fields, while the firm’s top real estate practice also generates contentious work managed on behalf of leading asset managers and investors. The practice is co-headed by Barbara LevyAlexandre Vermynck and real estate expert Paul Talbourdet. Insolvency specialist Philippe Duboisis another regular contributor.

 

Responsables de la pratique:

Paul Talbourdet; Barbara Levy; Alexandre Vermynck


Autres avocats clés:

Philippe Dubois


Les références

‘The team is recognized for its legal excellence in real estate, dispute resolution and commercial law.’

‘Paul Talbourdet has excellent expertise in real estate and dispute resolution and more generally in commercial law. He is extremely skilled in negotiation and mediation.’

‘High quality work, finesse in legal analysis and great pragmatism in recommendations; excellent knowledge of litigation techniques’ intervention on extremely complex subjects and within very tight deadlines.’

‘Barbara Levy, the lawyer you want on your side to benefit from her invaluable analyzes and recommendations.’

Principaux clients

ALIER


AXA REIM


Big Mamma


BLACKBERRY


BNP PARIBAS


BOOKING.COM


C3 Institute


CA CIB


CoinPayments


Eiffel Energy


GECINA (EUROSIC)


GENERALI


Gifi Diffusion


Groupe Philippe Ginestet


INTESA BANK


Last Minute


LVMH Swiss Manufactures


Manpower


MAN TRUCKS


Mayhoola for Investments


NAPAPIJRI


Parfums Christian Dior


Pierre Balmain


SEPM (FRENCH PRESS MAGAZINES ASSOCIATION)


SHAFTESBURY


SIEMENS HEALTHCARE


SNCF / RATP


TALESUN SOLAR


THE NORTH FACE INC.


TIMBERLAND


Ulix Group


Valeo


VEOLIA


VICTORIA’S SECRET


FTMS Avocats

FTMS Avocats' team is capable of handling a large variety of cases, representing French and international companies, including several major industrial groups and French banks, in shareholders’ conflicts, commercial disputes and product liability cases pertaining to industrial equipment. The practice also has particular know-how managing mass claims disputes on behalf of French banks that are being sued regarding their financial products. The team is also active in complex international proceedings. The practice is co-headed by Cédric Fischer and Tristan Dupré de Puget, and banking and financial litigation experts Marc Henry and Silvestre Tandeau de Marsac.

Responsables de la pratique:

Cédric Fischer; Marc Henry; Silvestre Tandeau de Marsac; Tristan Dupré de Puget


Les références

‘Professional, great integrity, tenacity.’

‘Their advice has been practical, efficient, and sophisticated. ’

‘The firm is diligent and competent.’

‘Listening skills, proactive, good follow-up. ’

‘This is a competent, organized and efficient team. The quality of the service provided is truly of an exceptional level.’

‘Multidisciplinary team. Pragmatic approach to litigation, the firm tries to find the most optimal solution for the client’

‘Cédric Fischer has a pragmatic approach which provides complete confidence when it comes to the strategy to adopt.’

Principaux clients

American Bureau of Shipping (ABS)


BPCE


Banque Populaire Rives de Paris (BPRI)


Caisse d’Epargne Ile de France (CEIF)


Caisse d’Epargne Rhône-Alpes (CERA)


Caisse d’Epargne Loire Centre (CELC)


Caisse d’epargne normandie (CEN)


Berkshire


Banque populaire grand ouest


banque populaire mediterannée (bpmed)


European Investment Bank


Barrière


ONEPOINT


financiers chatelaisienne


Alfyma


SCHNEIDER ELECTRIC


ALP


Principaux dossiers


  • Assisted Mr. Alexandre BARRIERE, the newly appointed co-President of the Barrière group in the context of a conflict with Mr. Dominique DESSEIGNE, former President of the group.

Galembert Avocats

Galembert Avocats has strong expertise representing private clients, CEOs, investors and family offices in shareholder, governance and corporate litigation, particularly in the private equity space. The firm regularly acts in senior management revocation disputes and also represents several companies in M&A disputes. Noémie de Galembert is highly regarded; she is supported by counsel Pierre-Alain Marquet.

Responsables de la pratique:

Noémie de Galembert


Autres avocats clés:

Pierre-Alain Marquet


Les références

Noémie de Galembert leads a homogeneous and very hard-working team. Good technical knowledge of the entire team and good in negotiations. ’

‘Noémie de Galembert is an expert in tough negotiations and has good technical knowledge of the private equity sector. Resistance and determination are her main qualities.

‘Very dynamic, agile and very responsive team. Recommended in particular for the management of disputes involving shareholder managers given the excellent knowledge of the practices and players of the LBO market, whether in the context of an individual negotiation concerning a revocation, a dispute between shareholders or with a potential buyer. The team is innovative.’

‘Noémie de Galembert is remarkable; she carries out her activity in a committed manner for her clients.’

‘Fighting spirit and clarity.’

‘Personal approach, great sense of efficiency, sense of listening, great pragmatism, availability.’

‘Noémie de Galembert provides fantastic advice, knows how to listen and how to bring clients to a necessary compromise. Great availability, a lot of patience, she knows how to both defend your interests and get you to consider the necessary concessions with a view to a good agreement.’

Principaux clients

Primonial Group


Geopost


Armen


Zodiac


Eurazeo top executives


Founding shareholder and CEO of Greenflex


Palais des Thés


Azimut’s founders and minority shareholders


Siaci


Wansquare


Eurogroup


Principaux dossiers


  • Advised three Eurazeo executive board members against the management take-over of the Decaux Family.
  • Successfully advised the ex-CEO of Greenflex in a discovery-like procedure as part of a dispute with Groupe Total regarding his management package.
  • Advised managers and shareholders of Primonial Group in their dispute against Altarea following a major SPA breach.

Gide Loyrette Nouel A.A.R.P.I.

Gide Loyrette Nouel A.A.R.P.I. manages a variety of commercial and corporate litigation, notably spanning shareholders’ conflicts and post-M&A disputes as well as professional liability claims, for companies, investment funds and in some cases senior executives. The team is also adept at handling claims before African courts and has high-end know-how in the financial and asset management fields which regularly earn its mandates on technical cases. The multidisciplinary team also advises on complementary criminal and compliance issues, notably linked to ESG issues. The team is co-headed by Bruno Quentin, Jean-Philippe Pons-Henry, Sophie Scemla and Jean-Sébastien Bazille who was promoted to partner in July 2023. Counsel Gabriel Hannotin is another key member. The arrival of the highly regarded Olivier Loizon, who was previously with Viguié Schmidt & Associés and joins as as co-head, is a major addition to the practice.

Autres avocats clés:

Gabriel Hannotin


Les références

‘Jean-Sébastien Bazille is both pragmatic in the solutions proposed while demonstrating great rigor and responsiveness in the implementation of the strategy.’

‘They are top notch and knowledgeable, very responsive, strategic and a pleasure to work with.’

‘Jean Sébastien Bazille is very responsive and has a perfect command of both legal and technical subjects. He listens very well and is always available. He has a very quick understanding of technical subjects. Great collaborative spirit.’

‘Good ability to listen to the client; high professionalism; responsiveness and availability; good quality of service provided and innovative.’

‘Very available team. Their responsiveness and seriousness allow us to move forward in complicated situations.’

‘The team is very responsive. The written responses and legal consultations are operational and concise. Procedural documents are always written with care and quality, taking clients’ comments into account.’

‘Gabriel Hannotin: very responsive and attentive. He is very pragmatic and a high quality lawyer.’

‘The team is very competent and has experience handling large-scale commercial disputes. The team provides clients with a protected platform to transfer documents and pieces relating to a  file, which is very appreciable.’

Principaux clients

Corplex France


Phaxiam Therapeutics


Libyan Investment Authority


Principaux dossiers


  • Assisting the State of Libya’s sovereign wealth fund in its dispute against creditors regarding the attachment of its assets in France.
  • Assisting Phaxiam Therapeutic in multiple proceedings instituted by an activist shareholder, Akkadian Partners, which opposes the merger of Phaxiam Therapeutics and Pherecydes Pharma, another biotech.

Herbert Smith Freehills LLP

Herbert Smith Freehills LLP is able to offer a large array of litigation expertise to leading companies and financial institutions, regularly dealing with commercial litigation. The team has particular strength and involvement in the banking and financial sector alongside leading French and international banks as well as insurers, notably handling civil liability cases linked to the granting of financial loans and more recently has acted in a new type of case concerning an NFT and a leading crypto platform. The Paris-based practice also regularly assists companies and banks facing proceedings abroad, notably in Africa and concerning the mining and oil and gas fields. The practice is led by Clément Dupoirier and banking and financial law expert Antoine Juaristi. Martin Le Touzé is also noted for financial and regulatory disputes.

Responsables de la pratique:

Clément Dupoirier; Antoine Juaristi


Autres avocats clés:

Martin Le Touzé; Vincent Bouvard


Les références

‘Excellent support in commercial litigation with perfect knowledge of the case, the procedure, the technical arguments to be developed in defense, deadlines, and interaction between the M&A and litigation teams.’

‘Vincent Bouvard and Clément Dupoirier are excellent lawyers who have provided services that have enabled us to win a dispute both through the quality of their advice and their excellent strategic approach to supporting the interests of our company.’

 

Principaux clients

Generali


Crédit Agricole Brie Picardie


Caisse d’Epargne de Bourgogne Franche-Comté


Principaux dossiers


  • Advising Generali Vie in proceedings regarding the right of withdrawal from a life insurance contract and the execution of a life insurance contract.
  • Assisting Caisse d’Epargne Bourgogne Franche Comté (CEBFC) in its capacity as shareholder in real estate company Société Est Métropole in a dispute against the majority shareholder (LCDP).

Jones Day

Jones Day houses a comprehensive litigation practice that manages commercial, banking, corporate and product liability cases. The group has particular strength handling product liability and ESG disputes relating to environment and pollution issues through tort specialist Françoise Labrousse and Cyril Philibert whose range of expertise also extends to many other areas. The team's caseload also includes commercial disputes and it has recently been entrusted to assist with a case concerning the theft of trade secrets. Clients include many leading French and international industrial and manufacturing companies. Ozan Akyurek is a key name in the team and Frédéric Gros has been defending several banks in ‘toxic’ loan cases granted to French municipalities prior to the 2009 financial crisis.

Responsables de la pratique:

Ozan Akyurek; Cyril Philibert; Frédéric Gros


Autres avocats clés:

Françoise Labrousse


Les références

‘Cyril Philibert is very available. He is a very good technician who has a perfect command of civil and commercial procedures. His writings are very clear and relevant.’

‘Very responsive, smart, good client service.’

‘Good combination between technical expertise and sector knowledge. They have always been at the forefront of technology in terms of the solutions they provide.’

Principaux clients

Dexia Crédit Local


Société de Financement Local (SFIL)


Principaux dossiers


  • Representing Dexia Crédit Local, SFIL and Caisse Française de Financement Local in more than 200 litigation cases relating to structured products.

Lacourte Raquin Tatar

Lacourte Raquin Tatar has a broad offering in the field of litigation. Through the up-and-coming François de Bérard, the firm is retained to act in complex commercial and corporate disputes and was recently successfully involved in a headline commercial case in the telecoms sector. Additionally, the firm is one of the market’s go-to-practices for construction and property-related litigation through Alexis Le Lièpvre, who represents leading promoters and developers.

Responsables de la pratique:

Alexis Le Liepvre


Autres avocats clés:

François de Bérard


Les références

‘François de Bérard: reliable, persistent, qualified.’

‘Very responsive, technically strong and creative team.’

‘François de Bérard is a brilliant lawyer, one of the best of his generation.’

‘Efficient, responsive and reliable. ’

‘François de Bérard is an excellent lawyer.’

Principaux clients

ALTAREA-COGEDIM


GECINA


HINES FRANCE


UNIBAIL-RODAMCO WESTFIELD


ALLIANZ REAL ESTATE


VINCI IMMOBILIER


AMUNDI


WO2


NHIS


Matra Défense


Chateau Miraval


Régie Immobilière de la Ville de Paris


Groupe Roullier


Free Mobile


Nexity


Principaux dossiers


  • Assisting NHIS in a litigation related to the validity of a mortgage on land in France at Monaco’s order, and judicial sale of that land.
  • Assisting Régie Immobilière de la Ville de Paris in its litigation against the French alternative electricity supplier e-pango which decided to terminate unilaterally its contract supplying electricity to approx. 15,000 Parisian social tenants.
  • Assisting Free Mobile in its €800m litigation against Bouygues Telecom related to certain Bouygues Telecom mobile phone offers.

Latham & Watkins

Latham & Watkins handles a range of cases including complex commercial disputes and cross-border matters. The team is regularly retained by top investment funds to assist with heated shareholders’ conflicts, as well as acting for pharmaceutical companies in commercial and corporate disputes. The group, which also acts for a number of mutual insurance companies and various French and international corporations, also handles cases dealing with regulatory, IT and fraud issues. The practice is co-headed by Fabrice Fages and Myria Saarinen, with counsel Elise Auvray providing key support.

Responsables de la pratique:

Fabrice Fages; Myria Saarinen


Autres avocats clés:

Elise Auvray


Les références

‘The litigation team is quick on its feet. Fast and confident answers.

Principaux clients

Meta Platforms, Inc.


Seqens Group/SK Capital


Laude Esquier & Associés

Laude Esquier & Associés is an established dispute resolution boutique that serves major French and international companies, specialising in various sectors. The firm has solid corporate and commercial litigation expertise, while its ability also extends to product liability, international litigation, regulatory, real estate, fraud and bankruptcy-related cases. The practice is jointly headed by experienced litigators Olivier Laude and Richard Esquier. Counsels Benoit Renard and Laetitia Arzel also contribute. Of note, 2023 witnessed the departure of a number of the firm’s key members including former co-founding partner Victor Champey and Florent Bouderbala.

Responsables de la pratique:

Olivier Laude; Richard Esquier


Autres avocats clés:

Benoit Renard; Laetitia Arzel


Les références

‘The team led by Olivier Laude stands out for its responsiveness, its commitment to the quality of the work provided and the creativity in the solutions proposed. Olivier Laude’s personal commitment with his varied experience makes the difference.’

‘Olivier Laude: very pragmatic in his solutions proposed.

‘Responsiveness and high quality of trial strategies.’

‘Richard Esquier: flawless quality of approaches and conclusions in litigation.’

‘Efficiency.’

‘Excellent analytical skills.’

Principaux clients

KERING


BOSTON CONSULTING GROUP


MRABAUD SCA


LIAM HOLDINGS INVESTMENT LTD


BLABLACAR


MITSUBISHI LOGISNEXT EUROPE


EURELEC TRADING


VALLOUREC


MGA ENTERTAINMENT INC


KLESIA


VENCOREX


PIERRE ET VACANCES


CAT


Mayer Brown

Mayer Brown has particular know-how dealing with complex financial and corporate litigation on behalf of investment funds, companies and crowdfunding platforms, notably acting in challenging cases concerning ESG and fraud accusations. The Paris-based practice also handles commercial and product liability disputes and regularly assists leading French clients facing high-stakes proceedings in the US. Practice head Emilie Vasseur and counsel Nathalie Morel are key names.

Responsables de la pratique:

Emilie Vasseur


Autres avocats clés:

Nathalie Morel


Les références

‘An involved and pragmatic team, with very good knowledge of those involved in the sector. ’

‘Emilie Vasseur is essential in commercial litigation. ’

‘Emilie Vasseur is extremely competent and lucid’.

Principaux clients

Abanca Corporacion Bancaria


AGPM


Embraco Europe (hold by Whirpool)


Eurotitrisation


Groupe Demathieu Bard


Value State


Synutra


SCI Tahiti Village


Veolia


Principaux dossiers


  • Advising EuroTitrisation in its capacity as management company of the Smart Tréso securisation mutual fund (FCT Smart Tréso).
  • Represented Synutra France International, subsidiary of the dairy group, Synutra, in a litigation against Les Maîtres Laitiers du Cotentin, its subcontractor, and Crédit Agricole.
  • Advising Abanca Corporacion Bancaria in the context of the recognition of a Spanish judgment in France.

McDermott Will & Emery AARPI

McDermott Will & Emery AARPI’s litigation practice has a strong focus on managing corporate and commercial litigation disputes on behalf of leading investment funds, medtech companies and corporations. Headed by Nicolas Faguer, the team has proven ability to handle complex and high-stakes cases, and regularly manages shareholders' conflicts and post-M&A disputes frequently involving sensitive fraud and bankruptcy issues. The team can also handle class-action disputes and its versatility extends to industrial design and liability cases.

Responsables de la pratique:

Nicolas Faguer


Les références

‘The team is able to handle all types of commercial disputes.’

‘Nicolas Faguer listens to his customers and is pragmatic and diligent. He is a fantastic lawyer who knows how to find the best solutions. ’

‘Very good quality work. The legal analysis is relevant and detailed. Nothing is left to chance.’

‘Nicolas Faguer handles and monitors files with flawless legal rigor.’

‘Skill, strategy, responsiveness.’

Principaux clients

GLAS


Cise Réunion


Qualium Investissement


Malakoff Humanis


Hutchinson


Colisée


Greenyard


Biocorp


Neocom


Pierre Fabre


Energie Mutuelle


Principaux dossiers


  • Acted for GLAS in a dispute involving Chinese group Shandong Ruyi, a  shareholder of the French luxury group SMCP.
  • Defending Cise Réunion in a class action brought by French consumer association, UFC Que Choisir, regarding an alleged pollution of the water in the French Réunion Island.

Racine

Racine's team is kept busy acting for several leading companies, notably in the utilities and luxury good sectors, SMEs, investment funds and senior executives and dealing with a wide array of disputes, spanning M&A, financial and commercial litigation and including high-stakes M&A cases. The team also handles some product liability cases and shows strong ability in dealing with civil liability cases linked to insolvency proceedings. Practice head Bruno Cavalié  is highly regarded. Sandra Graslin-Latour, antitrust and distribution expert Valérie Ledoux and insolvency specialist Laurent Jourdan are other key names.

Responsables de la pratique:

Bruno Cavalié


Autres avocats clés:

Sandra Graslin-Latour ; Laurent Jourdan; Valérie Ledoux


Les références

‘High-level competence and availability. Comprehensive skills, use of the best technologies available on the market, unparalleled collaboration, adaptability to all professions and all sectors of activity.’

‘Bruno Cavalié: the best, exceptional skills and experience, exceptional listening skills, innovative solution, exceptional advice.’

‘A very good team: engaged, forward-thinking and on the ball. Excellent engagement with clients, even in the most challenging situations.’

‘Diversity of profiles and skills. Ability to mobilize different skills depending on the nature of the legal subject, Sense of customer follow-up. Creation of interpersonal relationships.’

‘Bruno Cavalié: great business sense, finesse of the strategic approach, quality of recommendations, very good oral skills’.

‘Team very focused on the client’s activity and strategy. Original and effective solutions.’

‘Valérie Ledoux: good mastery of subjects, great sense of customer service, ’

Principaux clients

CERI


Groupe Lavorel


Suez


Achadis (Adeo Group)


Degroof Pertercam SA


Labini Investments Limited


Le Nouveau Monde


Frantz Yvelin (former head of Aigle Azur)


Principaux dossiers


  • Assisting Degroof Petercam Belgian bank in a lawsuit pertaining to a loan.
  • Advising Mr. Frantz Yvelin, the former manager of the airline company Aigle Azur, in a liability action for insufficiency of assets initiated by the liquidators of the airline company.
  • Advising Achadis in the appeal procedure initiated by Courtaboeuf Ventures against the judgment of the Commercial Court of Paris dismissing all of its claims.

Reinhart Marville Torre

Reinhart Marville Torre's large and versatile team handles a diverse caseload, spanning commercial and corporate litigation, shareholders' conflicts and civil and criminal liability. The team recently won a major case related to the contentious payment of a deceased football player’s transfer fees. It is also representing clients in disputes against leading retailers and distributors. The team assists a prominent French client base, including a number of leading retailers, energy producers and investment funds. Louis-Marie AbsilAntoine DérotJérôme MarsaudonMarc Susini and Jean Reinhart are the practice heads. The arrival of commercial litigation and WCC expert Gaspard Lundwall from Veil Jourde in early 2024 further strengthens the team.

Responsables de la pratique:

Louis-Marie Absil; Antoine Dérot; Jérôme Marsaudon; Jean Reinhart; Marc Susini


Autres avocats clés:

Gaspard Lundwall


Les références

‘Speed ​​of response, ability to mobilize resources in various areas. Availability and good quality of advice’.

‘Marc Susini: availability, good listening and appropriate advice and support’.

Principaux clients

FC Nantes


Goodyear


Burger King


Lidl


Brink’s


Principaux dossiers


  • Successful represented Football Club de Nantes, a Ligue 1 professional football club, in its proceedings against Cardiff City FC in connection with the transfer of player Emiliano Sala, who  died in a plane crash shortly after the transfer.

Simmons & Simmons

Simmons & Simmons has solid resources, allowing for a good coverage of disputes. The firm is a key name in the healthcare sector, especially for product liability cases through practice head Jacques-Antoine Robert, who is an authority in this field. Additionally, the team runs a solid financial and corporate dispute practice, representing investment funds, shareholders and companies in several significant cases, dealing with asset management liability, post M&A, fraud and insolvency-related issues. Commercial litigation, including cross-border cases, is also handled, with Etienne Kowalski and Louis-Marie Pillebout the key names for this work. Guillaume-Denis Faure  left the firm in January 2024.

Responsables de la pratique:

Jacques-Antoine Robert


Autres avocats clés:

Louis-Marie Pillebout de Villey; Etienne Kowalski


Principaux clients

Abenex


Entrepreneur Invest


Sauren


Caisse des Dépôts et Consignations


LVMH


Hachette


Banque Centrale de Guinée


Principaux dossiers


  • Advised Entrepreneur Invest in a multi-forum litigation related to a €37M fraud that has affected the securitisation fund FCT Smart Tréso.
  • Advised Sauren in a litigation related to the freezing of several funds managed by London-based company H2O Asset Management.

Swift Litigation

Dispute litigation boutique Swift Litigation is a key destination for banking and financial litigation and is entrusted by high-profile French banks as well as some international ones for disputes including cases raising complex international and sanctions issues. The team regularly acts for banks in regulatory, civil liability and damages claims linked to bankruptcy cases. It also helps with loan recovery proceedings, including international ones, and manages mass consumer disputes pertaining to banks’ duty of care. Recently, the team has been entrusted to handle cases pertaining to banks’ ESG and duty of vigilance obligations regarding the financing of fossil fuels projects. Founding partner Julien Martinet has extensive experience.

Responsables de la pratique:

Julien Martinet


Les références

‘Detail-oriented. Proactive and available.’

‘Julien Martinet has a lot of experience, is intuitive and very analytical.’

‘A particularly competent, trustworthy and proactive team.’

‘Julien Martinet: excellent follow-up, great competence.’

‘Good mastery, technique and efficiency. Remarkable editorial quality. Mastery of banking litigation, financing and corporate aspects.’

‘Julien Martinet perfectly masters his subject and knows exactly how to communicate. Good advice and quality of analysis, exceptional curiosity about legal and judicial news.’

‘The team is very available and extremely competent.’

‘Julien Martinet’s recently created firm has already established itself as a reference firm for banking and financial litigation as well as for pre-litigation advice or for complex operations or special cases (complex recovery with an international dimension for example).’

Wilhelm & Associés

Wilhelm & Associés is entrusted by a prominent client base, including major retailers and broadcasters which appreciate the firm’s ability to combine strong antitrust and commercial litigation expertise to handle strategic commercial disputes, including antitrust follow-on, unfair competition and anti-competitive practice cases. The team's expertise also extends to regulatory litigation in regulated sectors including gaming and accounting, while investment funds and family offices also retain the firm for M&A-related and shareholder conflicts disputes. The practice is headed by Pascal Wilhelm and includes Emilie Dumur.

Responsables de la pratique:

Pascal Wilhelm


Autres avocats clés:

Emilie Dumur


Les références

‘Very responsive team.’

‘Serious skills .’

‘Close-knit team with intimate knowledge of the commercial issues. ’

Principaux clients

Krief


Wiles Venture


ZV Holding


Château Angelus


Carrefour


Fnac-Darty


But International


Lunettes pour tous


Guibor


Foncière des Mascareignes


Unique Heritage Presse


Société de recherche cosmétique (SRC)


Groupe Canal +


3F


Principaux dossiers


  • Advised Gilbert Krief, auditor of one of the Agripole group’s companies, on a high-profile litigation relating to a fraud conducted by the owner of food brands William Saurin, Paul Predault, Madange and Panzani.
  • Advised Carrefour on a longstanding conflict with some of their franchisees in a context of unfair competition and in an action in damages brought against one of its main competitors.

ADVANT Altana

ADVANT Altana

Responsables de la pratique:

Valérie Lafarge-Sarkozy; Christophe Lapp


Autres avocats clés:

Benjamin Dors; Julien Balensi


Les références

‘Very good team.’

‘High quality of skills, good technical communication and teaching abilities on complex subjects. The international scope is also an asset. ’

‘Valérie Lafarge-Sarkozy: responsiveness, availability, tenacity and search for solutions in the defense of clients’ interests. Good network, know how to surround herself well. ’

‘Very high availability with practical and informed advice and recommendations. Proactive.’

‘Benjamin Dors: solid expertise and skills in litigation, absolute availability. ’

Principaux clients

AG2R LA MONDIALE


AMUNDI


APAGOR


ARKEMA


ATOTECH


AXA


BANCO COMERCIAL PORTUGUES (BCP)


BNP PARIBAS


BOUYGUES


BOUYGUES TELECOM


BOUYGUES BATIMENT INTERNATIONAL


CATL BATTERY


CFAO


CGI FRANCE


Comité national olympique et sportif français (CNOSF)


COVEA


ENEDIS


ENGIE


EURAPHARMA


FRANCE CYCLISME


FAYAT


GRAND M GROUP


HAGER


HERMANDAD NACIONAL DE ARQUITECTOS (HNA)


INVIVO


L’OREAL


MAAF


MARSH


MALAKOFF MEDERIC SERVICES


MMA VIE ASSURANCES MUTUELLES


NEXIRA


NGE


ONXEO


ORANO


POSSON PACKAGING


PROXISERVE


RATP DEV


RENAULT


SAMSUNG


SCHINDLER


SPIE BATIGNOLLES


TUI


VEOLIA


VEOLIA ENVIRONNEMENT


VERALLIA


VINCI


VINCI ENERGIES


VINCI CONSTRUCTION


WEBUILD (previously SALINI-IMPREGILO)


COLAS


Principaux dossiers


  • Representing BOUYGUES TELECOM before the Paris Court of Appeal in an unfair competition dispute initiated by FREE MOBILE (€ 812 million claim).
  • Representing RENAULT in a dispute initiated by one of its former service providers for an alleged concerted practice between Renault, PSA and Accenture.
  • Defending MMA VIE ASSURANCES MUTUELLES which is being sued by the Crédit Martiniquais’s liquidator for having contributed to the company’s debt.

AdWise AARPI

Responsables de la pratique:

Antony Martinez


Autres avocats clés:

Manon Vaugeois


Les références

‘Antony Martinez is a very good combative lawyer who is fully involved in his files and with good strategic sense.’

‘A young, very dynamic and agile team. ’

‘Antony Martinez is a fine lawyer, particularly knowledgeable about legal issues pertaining to the business world. He has a keen sense of contractual strategy. An excellent litigator.

‘The team is very available and has a very varied range of technical skills and personalities.’

‘Antony Martinez: kind, caring, he knows how to take risks carefully and when to tell clients when a situation is too risky.’

‘Manon Vaugeois: a very available and competent lawyer. Manon is a real source of ideas and is extremely efficient. Clients’ words and ideas are transcribed perfectly.’

‘Antony Martinez is experienced, demonstrates calm, has a constructive approach and knows how to find solutions. He is also a very good negotiator.’

Principaux clients

Association Française de Développement


beIN Sports France


Commerzreal Investmentgesellschaft MBH


DGS Transports


QMH


Association Dentaire Française


Telmma


beIN Media


Oaktree


Vygon


DCT


Paul Bernier (Fraîche)


Even Capital


Principaux dossiers


  • Advised beIN Sports France in several high-profile and complex litigation cases involving the French football league (Ligue de Football Professionnel (“LFP”) with regards to a contract for the broadcasting of the Ligue 1 competition in France.
  • Advised beIN Sports France in a high-profile litigation opposing beIN Sports France to its commercial partner, Groupe Canal +, following the sudden termination of a €1 billion sublicense agreement by the latter.
  • Advised Deleo in an alleged unfair competition dispute initiated by its main competitor aiming at the withdrawal of aesthetic machines from the French market

Aramis

Responsables de la pratique:

Cédric de Pouzilhac; Aurélien Condomines; Benjamin May


Les références

‘The team is fast, reliable, always available and with excellent knowledge of the law and needs of the client. They can work under short deadlines in matters of high importance.’

‘Cédric de Pouzilhac is an excellent attorney with excellent knowledge of international litigation and arbitration matters. He has a keen legal mind, is very practical and always thinks about the client. He is a pleasure to work with. He is a someone a client can definitely rely upon.’

‘Very dynamic, lively and involved team’.

‘Cédric de Pouzilhac: excellent litigation lawyer, good jurist, knowledgeable. ’

‘The team is extremely professional, has excellent legal and practical knowledge that allows them to come up with the best adapted strategies, often leading to a win.’

‘Cédric de Pouzilhac and Marion Carrega are rigorous, responsive with good listening skills. They are very nice and positive’.

Principaux clients

EDF S.A.


ALSTOM SA


VOMM Impianti e Processi SpA


Techint


Cobra Europe


Enedis


Izivia


Rizzani de Eccher


Dalkia


Encevo


Electricité de Strasbourg


Eiffage Construction


La Poste Nouveaux Services


Principaux dossiers


  • Representing EDF in a multi-counterpart-litigation about the performance of a force majeure clause related to the COVID-19 situation within the scope of French regulated access to nuclear energy (ARENH).
  • Assisting Techint SpA in construction litigation pending in Portugal in cooperation with Portuguese law firm Abreu Advogados, inclusive of a jurisdiction challenge in favour of arbitration.
  • Representing Cobra Europe (Rema Tip Top Group) in relation to a post-M&A dispute for breach by the vendors of their commitments within the deal and non-fulfilment of conditions precedent.

Archers A.A.R.P.I.

Responsables de la pratique:

Pierre Mounier


Les références

‘A team that stands out for its pragmatism. ’

‘Pierre Mounier leads his troops with talent.’

‘Professionalism, responsiveness, with a very strong business sense and a good sense of innovation to explore all options.’

‘Pierre Mounier has remarkable business acumen and demonstrates impeccable professionalism.’

‘Good availability, skills and understanding of industrial and business issues.’

‘Pierre Mounier is an excellent lawyer who demonstrates great availability.’

Principaux clients

Citynove


Amundi


Amethis


Assa Abloy


Deepki


RedPill


Glady


Arbevel


Prisma Media


STEF


Big Mamma Food


Soitec


ARMA

ARMA

Responsables de la pratique:

Arnaud Péricard; Maximilien Mattéoli


Les références

‘In-depth knowledge of regulated activities. Reliable’

‘Responsiveness, availability, expertise.’

‘Arnaud Péricard has long experience advising in the area of regulated professions.’

‘Excellent.’

‘The team is responsive and has a good knowledge of the environment of accounting professionals. Arnaud Péricard does not hesitate to find out about the latest news in the profession, which makes his interventions relevant. ’

‘Arnaud Péricard has a good knowledge of the world of accounting professionals. ’

‘Arnaud Péricard: availability and responsiveness’.

‘Responsive and clear.’

Principaux clients

Covea Risks – MMA


Liberty Mutual Insurance


Gras Savoye


BDJ


Société de courtage des barreaux (SCB)


Deloitte


In Extenso


Eight Advisory


AVVENS – Crowe Horwath


BDO


Ernst & Young


SophiAssur – CNCC (National Association of Auditors)


Conseil National des Conseils en Gestion de Patrimoine


National Association of Accountants (Ordre National des Experts Comptables)


Grant Thornton


Artemont

Responsables de la pratique:

Arnaud de Barthès de Montfort; François Berthod


Principaux clients

Monnoyeur


Studia


Ubisoft


Act On group


Hopps Group


Eutelsat


Saint Laurent


Fransat NO 2020


La Maison Bleue


Baker McKenzie

Responsables de la pratique:

Katia Boneva-Desmicht


Autres avocats clés:

Clotilde Guyot-Réchard; Xavier Salvatore


Les références

‘Expertise, creativity, efficiency, determined.’

‘Team of excellent quality in terms of litigation strategy, kindness and rigor.’

‘Availability; efficiency; excellent understanding of issues; very good follow-up.’

BFPL

Responsables de la pratique:

Christophe Pech de Laclause; François Berbinau; Amaury Sonet


Les références

‘Experienced. Professional. Trustworthy. Efficient. The very high-end of litigation and business law firms.’

BG2V

Responsables de la pratique:

Xavier Carbasse; Roland Gueny; Julien Vernet; Camille de Verdelhan


Les références

‘Rigor of analyses, proactive on defense strategies, reactive and available.’

Bird & Bird

Responsables de la pratique:

Nicolas Morelli


Autres avocats clés:

Anne-Florence Raducault; Djazia Tiourtite


Les références

‘Extremely involved, responsive and professional team. Always very relevant advice.’

‘Djazia Tiourtite is always involved, very professional and particularly relevant.’

‘Very responsive and attentive team that understands exactly the needs of its customers.’

‘Responsiveness and a very pleasant working atmosphere.’

‘Djazia Tiourtite is fantastic and innovative. ’

Principaux clients

Renault


Car Sharing Mobility Services France


Alp Cars / LP Management


SunPower Energy Solutions France SAS


Photosol


Plastipak


Via Transport


AST GROUPE


Airbus Helicopter


Centrale de Traitement des Titres Restaurants


Trustpilot


BorgWarner


SunPower Energy Solutions France


Principaux dossiers


  • Representing  “CRT – Centrale de Titre Restaurants” before French courts initiated by unions and restaurant franchises further to a decision of the French competition authority which sentenced the CRT and the issuers of meal vouchers.

Bougartchev Moyne Associés

Responsables de la pratique:

Kiril Bougartchev; Emmanuel Moyne; Geoffroy Goubin; Edward Huylebrouck


Autres avocats clés:

Lisa Janaszewicz; Nathan Morin


Les références

‘Highly experienced and commercially savvy.’

‘The firm combines the advantages of large international firms with those of boutique firms.’

‘More than a lawyer, Geoffroy Goubin has a perfect command of the legal, strategic and economic aspects of a case and the industry surrounding it. In the event of conflicts, and in criminal law in particular, he will always find the fairest approach to preserve his clients’ rights. ’

‘Emmanuel Moyne and Lisa Janaszewicz are very experienced and on top of all relevant issues to be dealt with.’

‘The team is very active, attentive and able to quickly understand issues and problems. They are always available, especially in an emergency.’

‘Emmanuel Moyne, Geoffroy Goubin and Nathan Morin are excellent and very reactive.’

‘Effective and high quality.’

Principaux clients

Lazard


CNES


Generali


LVMH


Dogus


Principaux dossiers


  • Defending a world leader in plant-derived ingredients in civil and criminal proceedings aimed in particular at challenging the merger-takeover operations carried out, according to the claimants, on the grounds of vote buying.
  • Advising a hedge fund in the context of an investigation by the SEC and the French Autorité des Marchés Financiers into potential market manipulation in connection with the fall of the world’s leading vehicle leasing company.
  • Defending an Egyptian cement manufacturer in an ICC arbitration relating to the performance of a management contract for a cement plant.

Brunswick La Morinerie

Responsables de la pratique:

Maxime de La Morinerie


Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner

Responsables de la pratique:

Constantin Achillas; Philippe Métais; Élodie Valette


Autres avocats clés:

Jules Grasso


Les références

‘Amazing capacity to innovate and identify new defense strategies.’

‘Philippe Métais has a great sense of tactical approach and is fully dedicated to identifying new options, in terms of defense strategy. He is a very pleasant and open-minded partner.’

‘Elodie Valette has an excellent knowledge about civil procedure, and is a great manager of her team. ’

Principaux clients

BNP Paribas Personal Finance


BNP Paribas


Carbonnier Lamaze Rasle

Responsables de la pratique:

Edouard de Lamaze


Autres avocats clés:

Jean-Hugues Carbonnier; Dorothée de Bernis; Fanny Desclozeaux; Michel Rasle


Les références

‘High quality of their work. A reliable law firm’.

‘Dorothée De Bernis is a really skilled and talented lawyer, a real expert in banking law. She stands out for her knowledge, hardworking attitude and her professional ethics.’

‘High expertise in financial and banking disputes. Able to quickly adapt to clients’ requirements.’

‘Good mastery of languages, law and jurisprudence, ability to identify future problems and find creative solutions.’

‘Very good multidisciplinary team; fluidity of relationships; efficient and excellent strategic vision of the files. Excellent networks that help resolve delicate situations. Great diversity of profiles within the team (civil service, politics, banking, foreign bars).’

‘Edouard de Lamaze knows how to bring people together to find solutions and benefits from excellent networks that allow delicate situations to be resolved. Fanny Desclozeaux is both a very good litigator and an excellent negotiator’.

Principaux clients

ENEDIS


Madame Caroline Cayeux


Principaux dossiers


  • Defended Caroline Cayeux, in connection with an investigation opened in December 2022 for “incomplete or misleading declaration of assets” and “tax fraud laundering”.
  • Represented Bleufontaine (previously Quinta Communications), a production company, in a contractual infringement in the context of a shareholders dispute against Technicolor and its shareholders.

Chatain & Associés

Responsables de la pratique:

Antoine Chatain; Jean-Yves Demay Pajot


Les références

‘Excellent litigation team’.

‘Jean Yves Demay is a great lawyer who brings a real strategy to complex cases.’

‘They defend your interests as if they were their own.’

Principaux clients

Compass


Nethys


Cm/Cic


Monoprix


Gigafit


Daher


Galec (Groupe Leclerc)


Aig


Allianz


Biomérieux


Laboratoire Perrigo France


Leroux & Lotz Technologies/Groupe Altawest


Chambre Nationale des Commissaires de Justice


De Gaulle Fleurance & Associés

Responsables de la pratique:

Louis de Gaulle; Jean-François Paque; Aurélien Chardeau


Principaux clients

3M


Barclays UK


Belambra


Biesterfeld


Clean Biologics / Naobios


FRET SNCF


Fruehauf


Haden


IG Market


Nordea Bank


Ramboll Gruppen


Groupe Riva Acier


Tulikivi


Bayard Presse


Culligan


My Money Bank


Transgourmet


AB Medica


Action contre la faim


Alstom


BNP Paribas


BPCE


CAFE OZ


CBS


Cegedim


Celio


Certegy


Colgate-Palmolive


Corporatek


Crédit Agricole Ile de France Paris


Dexia


Foncière Paris Languedoc


Gemalto Netsize


Genoway


Gilead


Goliath


Groupe Bel


Groupe Dokhan


De Guillenchmidt & Associés (DGA)

De Guillenchmidt & Associés (DGA)

Responsables de la pratique:

Maxime de Guillenchmidt; Gilles de Boisséson


Les références

‘The team is present, accessible, methodical and very professional. Each meeting is the subject of a quick report of the discussions and the next steps. Being at their side as a customer is reassuring.’

‘Maxime De Guillenchmidt is available and responds within half a day if necessary. His advice is relevant, he explains the subjects with clarity and simplicity. He is analytical, very knowledgeable and very professional.’

‘Very professional, very close to its clients, good analysis.’

Dechert LLP

Responsables de la pratique:

Jacques Sivignon


Les références

‘The team is ultra professional, excellent in analyzing possible strategies and above all ensuring follow-up that is understandable for the client.’

‘Jacques Sivignon masters litigation perfectly; he takes into account the client’s imperatives and develops the appropriate strategy.’

‘Very high quality service. A very available and competent team.’

Principaux clients

BYD


GSK


Eurogroup


Signify


Principaux dossiers


  • Represented the founder of a large medtech company in a shareholder’s dispute related to the exercise of a call-option provided in the shareholder’s agreement and related civil and criminal proceedings.
  • Represented a leading medical device and pharmaceutical group in relation to defective product liability claims by patients and related actions from the French health insurance fund.
  • Represented a major Chinese manufacturer of electrical cars in judicial proceedings initiated by a Swiss car distributor seeking to annul an ICC arbitral award.

Delsol Avocats

Delsol Avocats

Responsables de la pratique:

Thomas Amico; Alexis Chabert; Pierre-Marie durade-replat; Stéphane Perrin


Les références

‘Competent, responsive team that knows its files perfectly.’

‘Expertise and responsiveness,’

‘Efficiency and ingenuity.’

Principaux clients

Patrick Bardinon


Principaux dossiers


  • Representing Patrick Bardinon in multiple disputes relating to the succession of his father, Pierre Bardinon, comprised of a collection of Ferrari Sport Cars.

DLA Piper

Responsables de la pratique:

Vonnick Le Guillou; Marine Lallemand; Guillaume-Denis Faure


Principaux clients

ABN Amro


AIG


Atlas Copco


AXA


AXA XL


Blackstone


Carlyle


Cube Communications Infrastructures S.A.R.L.


Fortress


Tesla Motors France


Tokio Marine


Transdev


Travelopia


DS Avocats

Responsables de la pratique:

Arnaud Constant


Autres avocats clés:

Xavier Lacaze; Fabrice Van Cauwelaert


Principaux clients

STATE OF BENIN


Landsbanki


Agence Française de développement


AIR FRANCE


FRET SNCF


CAPTRAIN FRANCE


SNCF Voyageurs


EIFFAGE


ASL Airlines France


DZB BANK


ACTIS


APST


ARENA


AXA XL


BAZARCHIC SA


EDF


FNIM


PSA


MONTE PASCHI BANK


RESSOURCETHICA


SAFRAN ELECTRONICS & DEFENSE


ORANGE


SAGEMCOM


STEARINERIE DUBOIS


VIATEMIS


WELDOM


ELIOR Group


GALIAN ASSURANCES et GALIAN COURTAGE


BRACHOT


ANCDGP


ORCA


MOLITOR ACCOR


DTMV & Associés

Responsables de la pratique:

Magali Thorne; Lin Nin


Autres avocats clés:

Sarah Larbi


Les références

‘Lin Nin is recommended for litigation in Africa.’

‘Sarah Larbi undertook an exceptional job in connection with a difficult situation. She exhibited determination; leadership; a high degree of ability to work autonomously, under pressure and with initiative; and a true empathy for those she was assisting. She is a significant asset to the team.’

Gowling WLG

Gowling WLG

Responsables de la pratique:

Philippe Rousseau; Marie-Aude Ziadé


Les références

‘A very competent, responsive team and always looking to find the most relevant solutions possible.’

‘Efficient and responsive team.’

‘Availability, pragmatic, good skills.’

‘Ability to assimilate technical issues and translate them into solid and convincing legal arguments.’

‘Philippe Rousseau has perfect legal mastery, finesse and is precise. He goes beyond pure legal points.’

‘Good quality of service and clarity of advice.’

Principaux clients

Imerys


Vert Marine


Principaux dossiers


  • Represented Imerys in a liability dispute regarding the non-performance of contracts due to the energy crisis.
  • Represented Vert Marine in a dispute pertaining to the closing of around thirty swimming pools in the context of high energy prices.

Jeantet

Responsables de la pratique:

Xavier Pernot; Florent Prunet


Les références

‘Very good customer communication, excellent follow-up.’

‘Good listening skills, attention to detail, creativity, rigor, friendly.’

‘Very professional team’.

‘Available, very good understanding of issues and professional practices, efficiency.’

Joffe & Associés

Responsables de la pratique:

Tehani Goy; Fabrice Hercot;  Stéphanie Milano


Autres avocats clés:

Fanny Callède


Les références

‘The team is extremely professional. They have an excellent collaborative and intuitive approach.’

‘Fabrice Hercot: professional and honest. He stands out for his humanity and determination.’

‘Practical, competent and helpful. Seriousness, high professionalism, altruism.’

‘Very good responsiveness, great professionalism and excellent mastery of their area of ​​expertise.’

Principaux dossiers


  • Representing the Professional Football League in a criminal complaint lodged before the Prosecutor of Paris against beOUTq, a company from Saudi Arabia/Qatar, which illegally broadcasts images hacked/stolen from BeinSports.
  • Representing Caisse Nationale d’Assurance Maladie (CNAM) in a judicial recourse against Sanofi for seeking compensation for damages resulting from denigration practices that were sanctioned by the Autorité de la Concurrence.
  • Representing Majordom in a dispute with Google.

K&L Gates LLP

Responsables de la pratique:

Louis Degos


Autres avocats clés:

Charlotte Baillot; Barthélemy Cousin


Les références

‘Good team for insurance disputes. Good availability.’

‘They are excellent at communicating with U.S.-based clients and have a good sense of what is important to their clients.’

‘Charlotte Baillot is a great communicator and excellent strategic thinker. She is client-focused and results-driven.’

Principaux clients

Sika Supply Center


SAAB


Mercuria Energy Trading


Enigma Software Group


Société Générale


Baltic International Bank


Cummins


Edeis and Bothnia


Klépierre SA


Principaux dossiers


  • Representing Sika Supply Center AG in a complex serial case in relation to a product liability litigation pertaining to a roofing membrane.
  • Representing the Lebanese Saab brothers, as owners of the Federal Bank of the Middle East, in an arbitral award set aside proceeding currently before the Court of Cassation against the Republic of Cyprus.
  • Advising Société Générale Singapore Branch on a $90m trade finance related fraud that occurred in Singapore.

King & Spalding LLP

King & Spalding LLP

Responsables de la pratique:

Vanessa Benichou


Autres avocats clés:

Anne Atlan


Les références

‘The team is extremely efficient, responsive and always provides very good advice. It is a very experienced team that knows how to take a step back from issues in order to best advise its client and has a particular understanding of the client’s expectations. The work provided is always of high quality and the team knows how to be innovative and listen to the customer, particularly in terms of invoicing.’

‘Vanessa Benichou particularly stands out in that she masters the files she handles and leaves nothing to chance, having previously checked all possible alternatives. Anne Atlan, counsel, is a fine lawyer who supports Vanessa Benichou in cases.’

‘Available, rigour, seriousness and good defense of clients’.

Principaux clients

La Française Des Jeux


Akram Ojjeh Trust


Motorola Solutions Credit Cie


Provalliance


Hugo Boss France


Veolia Environnement


Deka Immobilien


Caisse De Dépôts Et Placements Du Québec


Flowserve Inc.


Alstom


General Electric


Principaux dossiers


  • Representing the Akram Ojjeh Trust in estate litigation regarding a Trust settled in the Cayman Islands.
  • Assisting FDJ in a dispute against its former distribution network regarding the termination of an amendment to its contract signed in 2003.

Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP

Responsables de la pratique:

Marie-Christine Fournier-Gille; Dominique Penin; Marie Davy


Autres avocats clés:

Virginia Barat


Les références

‘Small attentive and responsive team for personalized support.’

‘Highly competent and very responsive team. ’

‘Responsive, involved lawyers. Easy exchanges’.

Principaux clients

Bank Julius Baer


BNP Paribas


BNP ASR


LCL Crédit Lyonnais


Société Générale (ex Crédit du Nord) et ses filiales bancaires


UBP


UBS


DMG Mori


DO & CO / Hédiard


Bostik


Arkema


International Paper


Sylvamo


Caisse d’Epargne Ile-de-France


Carrefour Banque


Banque Postale


Binance France


Banque Delubac


BRED and its subsidiary BCIMR


Principaux dossiers


  • Advising SOCIETE GENERALE in a court action brought by more than 100 people claiming the bank neglected its Tracfin monitoring and declaring duty regarding a Dom Tom tax exemption company.

Largo Avocats

Responsables de la pratique:

Anne-Jessica Fauré


Les références

‘Responsive, pleasant and competent team’.

‘Good listening skills, available and creative team.’

‘High-level technical expertise on procedure.’

Principaux clients

Eiffage Construction


Eiffage Energie Systèmes


Eiffage Concessions


Almaviva Santé


Isis Medical


Mr. Serguei Pougatchev


Jd Prod


Cushman & Wakefield Design & Build


Fiabila


Komposite


Generim


Principaux dossiers


  • Representing Almaviva in a series of disputes arising from a breach of contract committed by an oncology practice affiliated with Almaviva, after it ceased paying its annual licence fee.
     
  • Representing Komposite in litigation and technical expertise proceedings initiated by a former co-contractor claiming € 12m over alleged defective products and breach of duty to advise on the sale of IT hardware and software.
  • Representing Mr. Serguei Pougatchev in exequatur proceedings against a Russian state agency aiming to enforce a judgment sentencing him to pay over 1bn euros to an insolvent Russian Bank.

Le 16 Law

Responsables de la pratique:

Jean-Luc Larribau; Alexandra Szekely; Samuel Sauphanor


Autres avocats clés:

Anne-Claire Hans; Julie Spinelli


Les références

‘Good listening skills. Pragmatism. Experience. Expertise. Efficiency. Availability. Flexible.’

‘Committed, involved, expert team. ’

‘Jean-Luc Larribau: good analysis and synthesis skills, excellent communicator.’

‘Jean-Luc Larribau and Anne-Claire Hans are passionate about their work, focusing on details without losing the essential. ’

‘Anne-Claire Hans is extremely serious, diligent, responsive, precise. She’s a very good lawyer.’

‘The team is very competent, has a perfect mastery of procedures and is innovative in the strategies it proposes.’

‘Good litigators, good command of the English language, ability to convey substantial and procedural matters in a simple and straightforward manner, so as to allow client to easily reach a decision. Available and value for money.’

‘Competent and responsive team led by Alexandra Szekely, clarity and precision, responsiveness. A firm that deserves to be more visible.’

Principaux clients

Banque Cantonale de Genève (BCGE)


Compagnie Européenne de Garanties et Cautions (CEGC)


Monte Paschi Banque


Albioma


Pentair Water Process Technology B.V.


ABC Arbitrage


Infineon AG


Orange


Ledger


New Balance


Suez Groupe – Vigie


UPS France


Framatome


Mytilineos


Alpiq


Principaux dossiers


  • Representing Orange before the Paris Court of Appeal in proceedings brought on the grounds of deceptive commercial practices by the consumer association CLCV regarding 5G cell phone packages.
  • Representing New Balance in relation with investigations of the Paris Departmental Directorate for the Protection of Populations on alleged deceptive marketing practices.
  • Representing Groupe Séché in a litigation context relating to a portion of the shares it holds into its subsidiary Séché Environnement, a French company listed on Euronext Paris.

LPA-CGR avocats

Responsables de la pratique:

Xavier Clédat


Autres avocats clés:

Alexia Eskinazi; Stephan Lesage-Mathieu; Laurence Wynaendts


Les références

‘Fast, attentive, with an unparalleled capacity for understanding, this team is capable of dissecting the risks and offers a global and integral complementary service between “litigation” and “corporate”.’

‘Xavier Clédat’s legal analysis and risk management is impressive. ’

‘Very competent team.’

Principaux clients

Eram


Hivory (groupe Cellnex)


Franprix / Leader Price (groupe Casino)


Natixis


SFR


Suez environnement and GDF Suez


Engie


Groupe Primonial


Omnes Education (ex. Inseec u.)


Zürich Insurance


Moncey Avocats

Moncey Avocats

Responsables de la pratique:

Philippe Lauzeral


Autres avocats clés:

Valentin Besnard


Les références

‘The Moncey Avocats team is very efficient. Their responsiveness and the competence of the members of this team allowed us to find a solution to a complicated file. Its members are very professional, they study their files thoroughly and are very responsive. They work in pairs on files and are very available. As customers, we feel supported and particularly well represented.’

‘Philippe Lauzeral is an extremely conscientious, hardworking and meticulous lawyer. He has an excellent sense of analysis, knows how to be rigorous and tenacious. Through in-depth knowledge of his cases, solid knowledge and unrivaled experience, he knows how to defend his cases with conviction and perseverance, always in the interest of his clients and their integrity.’

‘Valentin Besnard is also an excellent lawyer, in close collaboration with Philippe Lauzeral, who defends his cases with great fervor, passion and conviction. He is extremely bright and competent. ’

‘Philippe Lauzeral is excellent in the management of very challenging files. He has a real talent in terms of strategy and tactics. He fights fully and totally alongside his clients, he quickly understands issues and always seeks concrete solutions in the interest of his clients. He will defend his clients until the end. But he is also able to sense the right moment to start a negotiation. Totally devoted to his clients, he is extremely tenacious, pugnacious, and never gives up. He is also very responsive, very available. He is also an educator, his writings are always very clear. ’

‘Philippe Lauzeral’s extensive experience in complex litigation and his perfect mastery of the procedure allow him to be very fast and efficient in his strategic analysis. He also knows how to innovate and imagine daring solutions, always with the interest of the client/case in mind. ’

‘Moncey Avocats is an excellent firm in litigation. Philippe Lauzeral and his team are very good at defining a litigation strategy and then implementing it, even in a very hostile environment. They know how to use all the procedural tools at their disposal. Their approach to cases is generally underpinned by a very good business vision.’

‘Philippe Lauzeral is always hands on on the files, fully available, responsive, and very invested alongside his clients. He is a very good strategist. He has a particular ability to dare and innovate in his solutions. He explores all possibilities, without exclusion, and with pragmatism. He is particularly tenacious and never gives up. He writes very well.’

Paul Hastings LLP

Responsables de la pratique:

Philippe Bouchez El Ghozi; Laurent Martinet


Autres avocats clés:

Vincent Rouer; Hélène Lenoury


Les références

‘I had the opportunity to work with Laurent Martinet, Hélène Lenoury and Vincent Rouer. In addition to undeniable technical qualities, each member of the team has demonstrated perfect mastery of the files and a constant concern for the preservation of the client’s economic interests.’

‘The team led by Laurent Martinet is particularly responsive and efficient. The lawyers who work with him and in particular Hélène Lenoury are brilliant, experts in their field and have a strategic vision of litigation which goes beyond the sole legal response.’

‘Laurent Martinet, Vincent Rouer, Hélène Lenoury Lawyer are particularly attentive, open to suggestions and have a very positive attitude.’

Principaux clients

Casino


Rhodia-Solvay


Sodexo


Dow Chemical


Enedis


Steva


Lexisnexis


Editions Dalloz


Lextenso


Lamy Liaisons


Lexbase


Fransabank


Fragomen


Silgan Dispensing


Principaux dossiers


  • Represented Enedis in multimillion-euro commercial and regulatory disputes pending before the Paris Commercial Court and the Paris Court of Appeal against French alternative electricity suppliers such as Engie, Total Energies and ENI.
  • Representing Lexisnexis, Editions Dalloz, Lextenso, Lamy Liaisons and Lexbase in the appeal proceedings initiated before the Paris Court of Appeal against Forseti, the company behind Doctrine.fr, for unfair competition.
  • Representing Dow Chemical in on-going proceedings before the Court of Appeal of Paris along with others US-based companies in relation to the production and supply of Agent Orange to the US Army during the Vietnam War.

PDGB

Responsables de la pratique:

Philippe Julien; Xavier Hugon


Autres avocats clés:

Bertrand Jardel; Jean-Marie Gueguen; Marie Albertini


Les références

‘Excellent service, competent team, always available. Very useful in difficult negotiations and discussions, knowing how to perfectly play a firm tone when necessary and propose technical solutions or compromises.’

‘Innovative communication, proximity to customer relations.’

‘Marie Albertini brings complete satisfaction.’

Principaux clients

ADILEMA


ASSOCIATION C PAS BON


Peltier Juvigny Marpeau & Associés

Responsables de la pratique:

Frédéric Peltier; Clément Wierre


Autres avocats clés:

Nicolas Partouche


Les références

‘An extremely involved and creative team with a very high level of expertise. Fine strategist and a very pragmatic approach.’

‘A very high level of technical expertise on cases with high financial stakes. Its lawyers are capable of delivering excellent quality service, worthy of the best firms in the area.’

‘Clément Wierre is one of the most talented litigators of his generation. A fine connoisseur of the courts, he knows how to get the best legal advantage out of complex situations.’

‘A dynamic, responsive, proactive, attentive team, undoubtedly demonstrating expertise in their field.’

‘Clément Wierre is extremely proactive, very business-oriented, efficient and available with real expertise in his subjects.’

Principaux clients

BTSG


MJA (Mandataires judiciaires Associés)


FAJR (Frédéric Abitbol/Joanna Rousselet)


Intermediate Capital Group (ICG)


Apax Partners


Concorde Finance


Boticinal


Corpore+Sano


Criteo


Contentsquare


Trimax Développement


Groupe Duval


Rothschild


Monoprix


Andrea Partners


Corsica Sole


Opencell


Safti Immobilier


Pinsent Masons LLP

Responsables de la pratique:

Melina Wolman


Principaux clients

Mondex Corporation


Caisse de dépôt et de placement du Quebec (CDPQ)


Joseph Ribkoff


Reed Smith

Responsables de la pratique:

Benoît Charot


Autres avocats clés:

Daniel Kadar


Les références

‘Flexibility, speed and expertise.’

Renault Thominette Vignaud & Reeve

Responsables de la pratique:

Renaud Thominette


Les références

‘Very strong responsiveness, pragmatism, adapts well to the environment.’

‘Good proximity to clients, quality of listening, relevance of advice and perfect knowledge of files.’

‘A practice as solid in advisory capacity as in litigation with perfectly complementary, dynamic and extremely responsive partners.’

‘Renaud Thominette makes a difference through the finesse of his legal analyzes in complex stock market and financial matters. His adaptation skills are also highly appreciated.’

‘The team is very technically competent and proactive.’

‘Renaud demonstrates excellent mastery of AMF procedures and stock market disputes. He quickly grasps new issues. He knows how to clearly assert his client’s position before the courts, even on the most complex subjects. It’s also very pleasant to work with him.’

‘Great availability of the team, and very technical work necessary in certain contentious files.’

‘Renaud Thominette is pragmatic, and a good listener. All while being a very good technician.’

Principaux clients

Bpifrance Investissement


Lafarge Ciments


Lafarge Granulats


Autorité des marchés financiers


Sodistour


La Boîte Rose


Cholet Dupont Oudart


Rodrigue


Australie.GAD


Alstom


EMC2


Goodwin Steel Castings Ltd


Endros Groupe


Adhex Pharma


Novaminds


Alheembouw


Principaux dossiers


  • Representing advertising agency Australie.GAD in a dispute over the enforcement of a put option, in the context of the #metoo movement in the advertising sector.
  • Representing Lafarge in a shareholder’s dispute over a joint-venture in the context of a mega merger in France in 2022.
  • Representing the Autorité des marchés financiers in several proceedings challenging investigations conducted by the Autorité.

Rondot Eychène Fréminville

Rondot Eychène Fréminville

Responsables de la pratique:

Jean Rondot; Mathieu Eychène; Guillaume de Fréminville


Les références

‘Responsiveness, professionalism, tailor-made service.’

‘Available, combative, flexible.’

‘The team is invested and involved in its files, demonstrates determination, while remaining pragmatic and proactive.’

‘Jean Rondot: advanced technical skills, ability to propose relevant litigation strategies. Strong responsiveness.’

‘Dynamic team showing great pragmatism in handling sometimes complex litigation files. Comes up with innovative solutions, such as the Dartagnan platform during Covid in order to facilitate business compensation claims by insurance companies.’

‘Mathieu Eychène shows great discernment, which allows him to propose pragmatic solutions.’

‘Responsiveness, expertise, and the combination of technical skills and business-oriented solutions. ’

‘Jean Rondot analyzes the files conscientiously and then proposes creative solutions. Mathieu Eychène is a combative, versatile lawyer and fine jurist.’

Principaux clients

Continental


Experimental Group


Natalys


Du Pareil Au Même


Sergent Major


Zadig & Voltaire


Hôtels de Paris Group


So Shape


Creads


Technitoit


Opco EP


Anytime (Groupe Orange)


Laboratoires Paris Dôme


Eurazeo


Odity


Taxis Verts


Iziwork


Moso Bamboo


Principaux dossiers


  • Acting on behalf of ContiTrade France in a dispute regarding a commercial lease and the rehabilitation of an industrial site next to Lyon.
  • Representing Zadig & Voltaire against its insurance company before the French courts regarding the compensation of its financial losses induced by the lockdown periods.

Rossi Bordes AARPI

Responsables de la pratique:

Dominique Bordes; Eric Boillot


Principaux clients

Deloitte


Socri Groupe Elancia


Deutsche Bank AG


Moma Group


Natural Grass


Sezane


The French National Olympic And Sport Committee – Comité National Olympique Et Sportif Français (Cnosf)


In Extenso


Mazars


Seattle Avocats

Responsables de la pratique:

François Ronget; François de Cambiaire; Emmanuel Tordjman


Principaux clients

Yuka


MJA liquidator Naos Acamas


Emmaus France


UCB Pharma


Fondation Cemavie (Crédit Mutuel)


Oxylio


Rivington


SEMEC (Palais des Festivals et des Congrès de Cannes)


Primaliance


Alter


NAAT


ClientEarth


Surfrider


Commune de Pontault Combault


Vendome Rem


Les Agences de Papa


Paris Contentieux


Azea Immorec


PSC


BAALBEK Management


EELV (Europe Ecologie les Verts)


Savoir Dessiner


Banque Nationale d’Algérie (BNA)


Parti Socialiste (Fédération de Seine Saint Denis)


Principaux dossiers


  • Representing UCB Pharma the client as a defendant in 15 medical liability claims regarding the “Distillbène” drug.
  • Representing YUCA  in three proceedings initiated by the Federation of Charcutiers (FICT) and two producers, for denigration and misleading commercial practices.
  • Representing 15 French municipalities, a region and 6 NGOs in challenging Total, for its failure to adequately respond to the climate crisis.

Sekri Valentin Zerrouk

Sekri Valentin Zerrouk

Responsables de la pratique:

Anne Dumas-L’Hoir


Autres avocats clés:

Céline Porta


Les références

 ‘The team is dynamic and responsive.’

‘Anne Dumas L’hoir and Céline Porta show rigor, availability and responsiveness.’

‘Quite dynamic team, good quality/price ratio. Great diversity in the team and great ability to integrate into operational teams.’

‘The team provides an excellent quality of service.’

‘Anne Dumas L’hoir and Céline Porta give us excellent, pragmatic advice, always adapted to the life of a business. They are very responsive. ’

Soffer Avocats

Responsables de la pratique:

Ron Soffer


Autres avocats clés:

Frédéric Goldberg


Les références

‘Great litigation knowledge and experience, coupled with a pragmatic and commercial approach and excellent service. ’

‘Ron Soffer: a first rate litigator, adept at managing complex multi-jurisdictional disputes.’

‘Tailor-made work, taking into account the specificities of a case, ability to put together an international team allowing the handling of complex disputes.’

Solacy Avocats

Solacy Avocats

Responsables de la pratique:

Arnaud Constans; Laura Terdjman


Principaux clients

PPS EU


SFR


Fleet


Avisa Partners


Toi Toys International


Maison Mellerio


Solon Avocats

Responsables de la pratique:

Jérémie Chouraqui; Chloé Zylberbogen; Olivier Morin; Florent Ségalen


Les références

‘Jérémie Chouraqui gets 10 out of 10: professionalism, creative thinking and much more.’

‘Solon Avocats led by Jérémie Chouraqui, always delivers a tailored service to its clients. The legal services are timely delivered and executed in a quality way. ’

‘Solon Avocate’s team is well-informed and experienced, cohesive and courteous. They are quick to understand issues and respond to requests. They are also resourceful, imaginative especially in addressing surprise challenges. They offer clear and easily understandable advice that is grounded in the real world.’

Principaux clients

Audensiel


FCPE Actions EDF


FCPE ORS EDF


Energie en actions


Ivi Data


Lenoil Holdings


SNCF social council


Sunrise Power & Transmission Company


MK2


Lutin Investments


Al Saud family


Wild and The Moon


EFTM (Education for the Many)


RED Luxury


MJ Alliance


SCI du Prince


Sogexia


Biocoop


Cofigeo


Magneto Productions


Groupe Guy Degrenne


Bertin Technologies


Leschinskiy family


Bioplasmar


Sagax 1


Blackrock 1


CLCV


Groupe Oodrive


La Tour d’Argent


Athena Partners


ANEA Santé


Principaux dossiers


  • Advising EDF’s largest minority shareholders, FCPE Actions EDF and FCPE ORS EDF, in indemnification procedures against the French State following the squeeze-out that occurred in the EUR 9.2 million delisting of EDF by the French state.
  • Advising the liquidator of several companies of Groupe CAP SUD in a multi-jurisdictional dispute involving over 250 independent investors (a 15 million investment).
  • Advising SNCF’s social council (CSE) in the investigation and lawsuit from the European Union Commission challenging 5.3 billion euros subsidies granted by the French State to SNCF subsidiary Fret SNCF.

Stephenson Harwood

Responsables de la pratique:

Nicolas Demigneux


Les références

‘Availability, good understanding of problems, excellent legal knowledge, creativity and responsiveness.’

‘Stephenson Harwood’s dispute resolution practice is pro-active, responsive and reliable. Most importantly, working with the team is uncomplicated and pleasant.’

‘Flexibility, collaboration, use of modern technologies, high level of performance.’

‘High level of negotiations, business approach, full understanding of the client’s position, not only legal expertise but also a technical expertise, wide range of contacts among other lawyers, experts and specialists worldwide’.

‘Excellent depth of knowledge; very responsive and part of a wider network of offices. ’

‘Nicolas Demigneux and his whole team are excellent, responsive, reliable, considered and very bright.’

‘This team is very professional.’

‘ Nicolas Demigneux listens, is available, and adapts to the issues and size of a company. He is imaginative, pro-active and provides good follow-up.’

Principaux clients

Maersk Line A/S


Suez Group


Sas Degrémont France


Transasia Commodities Investment LTD.


Lion Air Airline, Ciel Voyage and Transportation Partners


Qatar Museums Authority


Stefania LLC


Hiscox MGA LTD


Aviagen


Principaux dossiers


  • Representing two investment companies in a dispute against the court-appointed administrators of a company specialised in logistics and international transport, following the judicial sale and deprivation of assets of a leading company operating in the mining and civil engineering sectors in DRC.
  • Assisting an investment company in a dispute against its shareholder related to their relationship as joint shareholders of a British Virgin Islands company, which holds a participation in a Congolese leader company operating in DRC and specialised in the cement production.
  • Advising insurers of a European leader in naval defence on insurance coverage issues  following a fire that destroyed part of a nuclear attack submarine.

Taylor Wessing

Responsables de la pratique:

Paul-Albert Iweins, Philippe Glaser; Benoît Goulesque-Monaux; Pierre-Olivier Leblanc; Laure Hüe de la Colombe


Les références

‘Very high reactivity. A hands on approach from the entire team. ’

‘Available team. Very high quality services.’

Principaux clients

Lubrizol


Ibm


Banque de France


Chambre nationale des commissaires de justice


Reworld Media


RTE


Teynier Pic

Responsables de la pratique:

Eric Teynier; Pierre Pic


Autres avocats clés:

Raphael Kaminsky


Les références

‘The team is proactive with a professional approach. The quality of service provided is very appreciable.’

‘The services are professional.’

‘Raphael Kaminsky: easy to work with, experienced, good communicator.’

Principaux clients

GE (General Electric) Thermodyn


Groupe Soufflet


Metso Outotec


GE (General Electric) Lighting


Pohjola


Veolia WTS France


Abela Qatar International


Mr Barakat


Itron


Vj Jindal Cocoa


Korea Investment Corporation


Mr Paul Wei Sun


Herrera Rios et. al.


Ofar


Principaux dossiers


  • Advising Banque Libano-Française on two litigation proceedings brought before French courts by depositors in relation to the client’s refusal to proceed with international monetary transfers.
  • Advised Korea Investment Corporation on a dispute against six Iranian investors, arising from the attachments of Korea Investment Corporation’s assets by the Iranian Investors and brought before the Tribunal Judiciaire of Paris.
  • Advised Thermodyn on litigation proceedings before the Court of Appeals of Aix-en-Provence in relation to damages that occurred due to the breakdown of a turbine generator unit of a waste-processing and energy-recovery plant located in Fos-sur-Mer.

UGGC Avocats

Responsables de la pratique:

Jean-Jacques Uettwiller; Ali Bougrine; David Gordon-Krief


Autres avocats clés:

Clémence Lemétais d’Ormesson


Les références

‘This team is efficient and responsive with a good level of involvement of the partners concerned. One of the very good business litigation teams in Paris. Well connected.’

‘The team headed by Jean-Jacques Uettwiller is responsiveness and combative.’

Principaux clients

Stanwell Consulting


LafargeHolcim


TIIC


Mooncard


IRCEC (National Supplementary Pension Fund for Artists)


Monin


Atlas Biotechnology


FG Hemisphere


Sodexo France


ITL


Vivien & Associés

Responsables de la pratique:

Emmanuelle Bouretz


Winston & Strawn LLP

Responsables de la pratique:

Mathilde Lefranc-Barthe


Autres avocats clés:

Gilles Bigot; Sara Susnjar; Jerome Herbet


Les références

‘High quality of work provided.’

‘Mathilde Lefranc-Barthe shows great competence.’

‘Nice team.’

Principaux clients

Union Asset Management Holding (UAMH)


Singka International Pte. Ltd.


Niche Fused Alumina


Operateur de compétence des entreprises de proximité


Evergaz SA


DOUBLE A 1991


Immobiliare Seta


IRIS Finance SA


Vert Marine


Digital Classifieds France SAS


Centre de Rééducation Fonctionnelle JEANNE D’ARC


BIO-CLINIC (INNOVIE)


Principaux dossiers


  • Obtaining the release of goods seized by Singaporean shipping operator Austral Asia Line PTE LTD before French Courts (Rouen) for Double A and VPK Paper Normandie.
  • Represented a German pension fund Union Asset Management Holding (UAMH) regarding investment made in Vivendi based on false and fraudulent information.
  • Representing Niche Fused Alumina before French court (Mulhouse) in a commercial litigation, concerning the performance of an electricity supply contract with Vattenfall Energies.