Firms To Watch: The regions

With a presence spanning six cities (Paris, Bordeaux, Marseille, Nice, Lyon and Nantes), the team at AdDen brings experience and bench strength to public, administrative and construction law matters.

The regions in France

Adaltys Avocats

With offices in Paris, Lyon and Marseille, Adaltys Avocats represents major clients in energy, public entities and urban planning. The firm has also increased its international reach, expanding into China with a presence in both Beijing and Shanghai. Xavier Heymans manages the team and leverages two decades of experience in environmental, construction and urban law. The group also includes Gilles Le Chatelier, an expert in public business and administrative law, based in the Lyon office. Benjamin Boiton manages the Marseille office and specialises in public business law and EU State aid rules, while Lucie Paitier heads the Rennes office advising public bodies on infrastructure and energy and environment projects.

Responsables de la pratique:

Xavier Heymans

Autres avocats clés:

Gilles Le Chatelier; Benjamin Boiton; Lucie Paitier

Principaux clients





Caisse des dépôts

French Blood Establishment

Société d’Equipement du Bassin Lorrain (SEBL)

Metropolitan area of Perpignan



Arcelormittal projects exosun

Tokai cobex


Dalkia electrotechnics

Stradley ronon lawfirm

Davis Wright Tremaine llp

Tounkara & associes



D2P Aménagement

SPL Lyon Part-Dieu

SPL Terrinov

SPL Confluence






EDF, Enedis, électricité de strasbourg


tenergie Group


Marseille airport


Lyon airport

Lyon metropolis


OFS foncière solidaire du grand lyon

SPL Part-Dieu

Paris Saint-Germain football club

Bouygues construction

CA du Puy en Velay – CAPV


South Provence Alpes Côte d’Azur region

AURA Region Auvergne-Rhône Alpes

SNCF group

Compagnie nationale du rhône (CNR)

UTC group (otis / chubb)








Laurent Perrier Group

Sequano aménagement

Joa group


Danaher Group

Becton Ddckinson

Lyon car park

Arac occitanie

Grand Lyon Habitat

Greater Lyon

Greater Marseille

Lille European Metropolis

Metropolis of Nice

Rouen Metropolitan Area

Bordeaux Metropolis

Saint-Etienne Metropolitan Area

Toulon Metropolitan Area

Nantes Metropolitan Area

Annecy Metropolis


Principaux dossiers

  • Assisting Lyon Metropolitan with the construction program / public facilities program of the Part-Dieu district.
  • Assisting Elyse Energy with the construction of a biomethanol production plant in Fos sur Mer.
  • Advising the Ministry of Ecology on the development strategy for the Sète Agglopôle and Perpignan Méditerranée Métropole areas.

Bird & Bird

Boasting cross-sector expertise and a multidisciplinary group of practitioners, Bird & Bird provides the full range of business law services from local matters to international transactions. The team caters to both domestic companies and international clients active in the Rhone-Alps region and is particularly well known for advising startups and SMEs. David Malcoiffe stands at the helm of the practice and specialises in advising investment funds and startup companies in private equity and venture capital transactions. Géraldine Arbant leverages her experience in brand management, trade mark and copyright litigation, whereas Anne-Florence Raducaul focuses on commercial and corporate disputes. Lyon-based Nathalie Devernay and Benjamin Lichtlé are other key names to note.

Responsables de la pratique:

David Malcoiffe

Autres avocats clés:

Géraldine Arbant; Anne-Florence Raducault; Nathalie Devernay; Benjamin Lichtlé

Les références

‘This team is close with its customers, listens to their requests and responds perfectly.’

‘Excellent listening, pro activity, know-how.’ 

Principaux clients


Tata Consultancy Services




Philip Morris International



Cooper Cooperation pharmaceutique française

Cosmobilis / Ucar

Cosmobilis / Beezlink Lombardels

Vidi Capital

Principaux dossiers

CMS Francis Lefebvre

A market-leading firm in the provinces, CMS Francis Lefebvre offers a comprehensive practice in business, tax and public law for both SMEs and large foreign based companies operating in the Auverge Rhône-Alpes region. Leadership is shared between Lyon-based François Coutard; Jean-Thomas Heintz, a specialist in mergers and acquisitions; Laurent Romano, an expert in health law; and François-Xavier Awatar, noted for his in-depth knowledge of commercial and distribution law. Guilaume Bossy is another key member of the team and leverages his expertise in the field of employment law.

Responsables de la pratique:

François Coutard; Jean-Thomas Heintz; Laurent Romano; François-Xavier Awatar

Autres avocats clés:

Guilaume Bossy

Les références

‘The Lyon team (in particular that of François Xavier Awatar with whom we mainly work), knows how to be responsive, the files are shared between several lawyers and collaborators, which allows us to always have someone someone to talk with and who knows how to do it.’

‘We work with Francois Xavier Awatar and are very happy with it.’

‘Creative and efficient team.’

Principaux clients

Aeroports de Lyon



Blue Altitude Invest


De Buyer



In extenso

Envia cuisine


Etex Group

Radisson hôtel group



Principaux dossiers

  • Assisting with the acquisition of a target group of companies located in Luxembourg and Belgium.
  • Advised Etex on the closure of a plant and managed the subsequent litigations with the employees concerned.
  • Advised Envia Cuisines on the development of a second franchise network to sell an upper range of kitchens and furnishing under the trademark Cuisines Gusto.


Operating at both the regional and international level, Delcade is well positioned to guide clients through the full range of business law matters from mergers and acquisitions to taxation. Of late, the firm has advised a global healthcare company on private equity investment. The practice is co-led by M&A specialist Benoit Lafourcade, and Fabrice Delouis, who leverages his considerable expertise in tax law. Frédérique Sallee is based in Lille and advises on employment law covering both arbitration and litigation, whilst Sophie Coignat leverages her 20 years of experience in private equity and M&A.

Responsables de la pratique:

Benoit Lafourcade; Fabrice Delouis

Autres avocats clés:

Frédérique Sallee; Sophie Coignat

Les références

‘Listening, availability, technical relevance, responsiveness.’

‘I have been working with Fabrice Delouis for almost 15 years, his business vision is particularly effective in focusing missions on relevant issues.’

Principaux clients



SCO Unikalo

Groupe Parot

Principaux dossiers

  • Advising Guerbet on its equity investment in Intrasense followed by the filing of a voluntary public takeover bid by Guerbet for Intrasense.
  • Advising I2S SA on the sale of its distribution activity to Basler and the acquisition of TWIGA, a specialist in embedded processing and optimized video transmission.
  • Advising SCSO Unikalo on its acquisition of the assets of the site operated by BBF Fabrications in Cesta.

Delsol Avocats

Well-established in the Rhône-Alpes region, Delsol Avocats offers a wide range of capabilities with national and international reach. The group has a broad spectrum of expertise from M&A to intellectual property. Lyon-based practitioner Emmanuel Kaeppelin, steers the group and is particularly knowledgeable of company transfers, acquisition audits and equity financing. Séverine Bravard specialises in M&A, company restructurings and financing law, while Delphine Bretagnolle focuses on collective insolvency proceedings, collective bargaining and risk audits. Brice Briel specialises in employment and social welfare and Delphine Bretagnolle has experience in legal and tax structures with regards to non-profits and community orientated structures.

Responsables de la pratique:

Emmanuel Kaeppelin

Autres avocats clés:

Séverine Bravard; Delphine Bretagnolle; Brice Briel; Laurent Butstraen

Principaux clients

BIG/Loyalty Company



Comptoir Rhodanien / Siparex






Principaux dossiers

  • Advised Dimotrans Group on the acquisition of a stake in its capital by Crédit Mutuel Equity, a subsidiary of Crédit Mutuel Alliance Fédérale
  • Advised Holnest on the sale of Olympique Lyonnais to Eagle Football Holdings.
  • Assisted Maped with the acquisition of Juratoys.


FIDAL presides over an impressive network of 87 offices and 12 regional head offices in Aquitaine Atlantique, Normandie, Centre, Bourgogne Franche-Comté, Hauts de France, Rhône Alpes, Méditerranée, Grand Est, Val de Loire, Bretagne, Midi Toulousain and Paris across a myriad of areas. The firm’s departments include tax which is overseen by Gaëlle Menu-Lejeune, while Stéphane Béal directs the employment practice, and corporate is co-led by Mathilde Dubois and Alain François Cheneau. Brigitte Petitdemange is the key name for litigation, Jean-François Desbuquois focuses on private wealth, and environment is shared between Christophe Puel and Thibaut Geib.

Responsables de la pratique:

Gaëlle Menu-Lejeune, Stéphane Béal, Mathilde Dubois, Alain-François Cheneau, Brigitte Petitdemange, Jean-François Desbuquois, Christophe Puel, Thibault Geib.

Principaux dossiers

Pwc Société d'Avocats

Bolstered by a network of eight national offices, Pwc Société d'Avocats is also distinguished for its coordination of legal and tax activities of international entities based in Monaco. Leadership is shared between key figures across the different regions. Emmanuelle Veras, who leads the Marseille office, advises international establishments on mergers and restructuring operations. In the Bordeaux office, Suzie Maillot specialises in corporate law, whereas Simon Perrot advises French and international clients on acquisitions and financial organisations from the Lyon office. Recent highlights include advising on the acquisition of a majority stakeholder of a wine manufacturer.

Responsables de la pratique:

Emmanuelle Veras; Suzie Maillot; Simon Perrot

Les références

‘A competent team that is always available. Very strong on the technical side and always attentive whatever the complexity.’

‘Emmanuelle Veras is competent, diplomatic, calm and always available. Very strong not only on the shipping part but also on all other subjects nationally and internationally.’

‘The entire team has exceptional knowledge of our sector of activity which has very specific rules.’

Principaux clients



Lawrence Wine Estate



Domaines Bouteiller

IXO Private Equity



Mozaik Eneries

Groupe RB

Bleu Jour


Principaux dossiers

  • Advised Minuty and its historic shareholders on the strategic alliance with Moët Hennessy.
  • Assisted the Valorem group with setting up an employee shareholding FCPE.
  • Assisted Dyneff with the acquisition of Neel Fraisse and CPA.

Valoris Avocats

Headquartered in Strasbourg, Lyon and Paris, Valoris Avocats has a full service offering with principal technical expertise in corporate and commercial law, tax law and labour law. The group is also active in cross-border transactions, particularly in Germanophone markets. The practice is co-chaired by seven lawyers: Cécile Puijalon-Radu, an expert in cross-border M&A and business law; Florence Drevet-Wolff, who heads the labour law department; Xavier Duquenne, specialist in tax and business law; Luc Julien-Saint-Amand, who serves as a trade advisor; Guillaume Rubechi, specialist in international tax and real estate taxation; Annette Ludemann-Ober, who works from Strasbourg and focuses on tax law and international mobility; and lastly, Lyon-based Oliver Wiesike, counsel on corporate and commercial law.

Responsables de la pratique:

Cécile Puijalon-Radu; Florence Drevet-Wolff; Xavier Duquenne; Luc Julien-Saint-Amand; Guillaume Rubechi; Annette Ludemann-Ober; Oliver Wiesike

Les références

‘The team gets to grips with new topics very quickly and provides support promptly.’

‘The colleagues communicate with clients in a very matter-of-fact way and support us especially when negotiating with clients in France.’

‘A highly professional and competent team. We have dealt with Florence Drevet Wolff, an extremely competent, responsive lawyer, capable of giving us sound advice that meets our expectations. Advice in English and French which is an asset for our Swiss company!’

‘A close-knit team.’


Principaux clients




Principaux dossiers

  • Advised PVA TEPLA on an acquisition matter.
  • Assisted InSites GmbH on an acquisition of a French entity.
  • Advised Biotope group on an acquisition of a German and an English entity.