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Bredin Prat has a unique track record when it comes to strategic stock-market ligation battles. The firm was recently involved in the country’s most high-profile cases and obtained several successful outcomes. It successfully represented Foncière de Paris before the Court of Appel following proceedings launched by Gecina questioning the validity of the French stock-market regulator (AMF)’s decision authorising Eurosic’s tender offer on Foncière de Paris. The practice was also successful before the Court of Cassation in defending Euronext in the landmark Radiall case, in which Euronext rejected the delisting of shares in the context of a tender offer. Other work included major insider dealing cases and AMF’s Enforcement Committee investigations. Eric Dezeuze, Didier Martin and Sylvie Morabia are renowned.

Darrois Villey Maillot Brochier is a safe bet for strategic stock-market litigation and notably represented Eurosic against Gecina in the stock-market battle and judicial proceedings for the tender offer on Foncière de Paris. Jean-Michel Darrois and Emmanuel Brochier need no introduction.

Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP has extensive experience handling top securities cases. The practice recently acted for Gecina in the stock-market battle case against Eurosic for Foncière de Paris. The firm also assists during AMF investigations. Georges Terrier and Christophe Perchet are highly regarded.

Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP is a strong choice for stock-market tender offer litigation. The firm defended Gameloft against Vivendi's tender offer, and Disney's companies in the context of the mandatory tender offer on EuroDisney SCA. The team is also dealing with several insider trading cases. Jean-Yves Garaud stands out.

Dethomas Peltier Juvigny & Associés recently acted for minority shareholders in several high-profile cases following public takeover bids and notably represented Safran's minority shareholder The Children’s Investment Fund in a case linked to Safran’s public takeover of Zodiac Aerospace. The seven-lawyer team was also recently involved in insider trading investigations. Arthur Dethomas and Frédéric Peltier are well-known market’s figures.

Gide Loyrette Nouel A.A.R.P.I. has a ‘strong practice’ that provides ‘customised solutions to clients' needs’. The ‘experienced team’ regularly acts for banks and asset management companies, has particular experience in handling AMF Enforcement Committee regulatory matters and is involved in several market-abuse and insider trading cases. Aviva Investors, Amundi, Natixis and BPCE are clients. Bruno Quentin is highly regarded and Jean-Guillaume de Tocqueville as well as Jean-Philippe Pons-Henry enjoy ‘excellent reputation for their past litigation successes’. Stéphane Puel is ‘highly recommended for his commitment and skills, and is one of the best lawyers in France for investment funds’.

Jeantet's Frank Martin Laprade recently obtained two landmark victories in securities-related takeover cases. The team is also defending a former company's executive in litigation regarding the public communication of company's information. Martine Samuelian is a key contact for banks seeking advice on AMF or ACPR regulatory issues.

Linklaters notably represents companies, international financial institutions and high-level executives in AMF Enforcement Committee investigations. Practice head Arnaud de La Cotardière ‘is available 24/7 and closely follows everything’. Jean-Charles Jaïs made partner.

Simmons & Simmons LLP has particular strong expertise in advising on AMF sanction matters and regularly represents banks and hedge funds facing AMF compliance investigations; other areas of expertise include insider trading cases. Recent work includes acting for Covéa as one of Eurosic's shareholder in the landmark Foncière de Paris' public takeover case. Société Générale, Crédit du Nord, UBS and Deutsche Bank are clients. Thierry Gontard and Eric Boillot head the practice.

Veil Jourde regularly handles strategic disputes while also advising clients on matters pertaining to the AMF. The firm is notably involved in an insider trading case and represented a leading bank in a major tax investigation case. It also represented Icade in its negotiations with the AMF regarding its merger with HoldCo SII. Jean Veil, François Esclatine, André Dupont-Jubien and Georges Jourde are all recommended.

Viguié Schmidt & Associés is regularly active for high-level executives or individuals facing charges for insider trading or company's information miscommunication issues. Nicolas Viguié and Yves Schmidt are a strong pair of hands.

Visconti & Grundler provides high-quality work that ‘exceeds clients' already high expectations’. The firm regularly represents hedge funds and investors in stock-market and criminal financial services litigation and recently assisted several hedge funds in the context of Altice's public takeover of SFR, and one of the claimants in the Radiall case. Former trader turned Paris bar member Julien Visconti has a ‘unique background that brings him an exceptional technical, legal and financial understanding of matters at stake’.

Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP has been involved in the market’s leading public takeover cases over the past few years. In recent highlight work, the group defended Eurosic against claims brought by Gecina and Adam regarding Foncière de Paris’ high-profile stock-market battle. Didier Malka and Claude Serra are the key contacts.

Brandford Griffith has extensive securities litigation experience and handles both AMF's investigations and stock-market battles litigation on behalf of banks, companies or high-level executives. The team is regularly consulted on highly sensitive matters including governance issues. It recently acted in a case initiated by US authorities. Diane Pasturel and Henri Brandford Griffith are strong recommendations.

Clifford Chance represents international companies, CDC 40 groups and financial institutions in AMF investigations on insider trading and communication of false company's information. Standard & Poor‘s and FXCM are clients. Thomas Baudesson, Diego de Lammerville and counsel Charles-Henri Boeringer are the key contacts.

Cohen & Gresser LLP ‘offers a very good and rare combination of high legal expertise and accurate business understanding’. The ‘very professional’ team represents companies, banks and high-level executives in securities litigation and AMF regulatory enforcement investigations. It recently obtained the cancellation of an AMF sanction decision for client Bryan Garnier & Co regarding the placement of securities in the context of an IPO. The ‘extremely reliable, dedicated, efficient and creative’ Muriel Goldberg-Darmon ‘has perfect knowledge of technical and negotiating tools’. Counsel Guillaume Guérin is also involved.

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP represents several leading French banks and companies in AMF investigations cases concerning insider trading and miscommunication of financial information. EDF and BNP Paribas are clients. Stéphane Bénouville, Dimitri Lecat and Hervé Pisani are strong advisers.

The ‘highly dynamic’ Henriot Avocats ‘perfectly masters the techniques and logics attached to disciplinary and criminal financial cases’. The firm is representing several individuals facing AMF insider trading investigations and recently obtained an important decision from the Conseil Constitutionnel regarding AMF's access to data connections that was deemed unconstitutional. The ‘very creative’ Loïc Henriot is a ‘fine strategist who is able to quickly gauge a case's strong and weak points’.

Herbert Smith Freehills LLP's Antoine Juaristi has proven banking litigation expertise and is entrusted by leading French banks to deal with AMF and ACPR regulatory investigations. The firm also advises in the context of international investigations and deals with stock-market battle litigation. Natixis Asset Management is a client.

Orrick Rambaud Martel has experience in handling stock-market battle disputes and AMF sanction cases. Jean-Pierre Martel is one of the market’s most respected names. Frédéric Lalance is also involved.

Paul Hastings LLP represents banks and corporations in AMF and international investigations. The firm notably represented Faurecia following French investigations. Dominique Borde and Philippe Bouchez El Ghozi are recommended.

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