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Allen & Overy LLP ranks among the market’s top firms for large international power projects in Africa. Current mandates include assisting the government of Benin with a power purchase and concession agreement for a combined 1,200MW gas-fired power project, as well as acting for the lenders on the €4.2bn financing of three natural gas power plants in Egypt. The practice also advises major energy producers on M&A. Alexandre Ancel, Rod Cork, Christine Poyer-Rufenacht and Adrian Mellor are the key names in the practice. Tim Scales relocated to London.

Clifford Chance has ‘excellent’ expertise and is particularly recommended for high-profile projects. The firm often advises export credit agencies and commercial lenders on the financing of large African power projects – such as the financing of the 450MW Azura-Edo IPP project in Nigeria – and also routinely assists state entities. It is handling energy projects in France and Europe, and is particularly active in the oil and gas and renewable energy sectors. Highlights included advising the Maltese government on the development and financing of a 215MW gas-fired power plant and an LNG storage and degasification facility. Anthony Giustini, the ‘very responsive and highly knowledgeable’ Nikolaï Eatwell, Daniel Zerbib and public law expert David Préat are leading market figures. Delphine Siino Courtin, ‘dealmaker’ Benjamin de Blegiers and Richard Tomlinson are also recommended.

Gide Loyrette Nouel A.A.R.P.I. is particularly active in Africa where the firm advises on conventional electricity and renewable energy – notably including hydropower projects – for energy producers and project sponsors. The team is assisting EGL and the three contracting states in the African Great Lakes region with the 147MW Ruzizi III hydropower plant. John Crothers, François Krotoff and Stéphane Vernay are strongly recommended. Michel Guénaire is a reference for regulatory work in France, where he is representing several electricity distributors including Enedis, URM, RMMS de la Réole in a mass litigation involving a large number of photovoltaic energy producers. Meridiam, EDF and Areva are also clients.

Linklaters ranks among the market’s leading practices for energy projects in France and Africa. The department is involved in greenfield and brownfield renewable energy projects in France – often for the sponsors – and is also advising on major electricity interconnection projects. Engie turns to the practice for sensitive regulatory issues. In Africa, the team is advising on major renewable energy and conventional power projects. It is assisting Platinum Power with five hydroelectric projects in Ivory Coast and Cameroon. Glencore and the International Finance Corporation (IFC) are also clients. Bertrand Andriani, François April and public law expert Paul Lignières are the key figures, with counsel Mark Barges being another name to note.

The ‘excellentOrrick Rambaud Martel has ‘high-level expertise’, shows ‘a complete sector understanding’ and ‘listens to its clients and puts itself in theirs shoes’. The firm is involved in some of the largest hydropower projects in Africa and is representing Golar in one of the first floating LNG facility developments in Africa (located off the coast of Cameroon). Beyond hydropower, other renewable energy work includes assisting the Malian government with the development of two photovoltaic plants. The practice is jointly headed by Yves Lepage and Pascal Agboyibor, who has ‘extensive experience and shows a fine understanding of international and local issues at stake for his clients’. Simon Ratledge, who joined from Simmons & Simmons LLP, has ‘great experience of African projects’. The firm also handles high-profile regulatory and energy project work in France through senior counsel Noël Chahid-Nouraï and Jean-Luc Champy.

BCTG Avocats is a key player in French renewable energy. The firm has top regulatory and litigation expertise and is involved in some of the country’s largest wind farm projects; it also handles sector M&A. EDF Energies Nouvelles is a cornerstone client, with other clients including Verdesis and Eren. The practice is led by Catherine Dupuy-Burin des Roziers, Diane Mouratoglou and Paul Elfassi, who ranks among the best in his field.

CMS has ‘top-level regulatory expertise’ and produces ‘excellent work’. The practice advises many electricity and gas producers and operators on strategic matters, including disputes before the energy authority (CRE) and in administrative courts. It is representing Engie before the European Court of Justice regarding France’s natural gas tariffs. Renewable energy is another area of expertise. GRTgaz and Ailes Marines are clients. The ‘brilliant’ Christophe Barthélemy delivers ‘in-depth, quality work’. Jean-Jacques Lecat handles some Africa-related mandates.

De Pardieu Brocas Maffei has been advising Areva NP during its sale to EDF. The firm also advises banks and developers on the regulatory, financing and M&A aspects of renewable energy projects in France. Christine Le Bihan-Graf is a ‘very good’ regulatory expert. Finance expert Jean-Renaud Cazali is also recommended along with corporate partner Patrick Jaïs.

Herbert Smith Freehills LLP has ‘a very experienced team, with an international mindset that provides very solid work and constructive advice’. The practice has ‘in-depth knowledge of the renewables sector’, where it advises lenders and sponsors on hydroelectric and other projects in France and Africa. It notably assisted EDF, the IFC and the government of Cameroon with Nachtigal’s 420MW hydroelectric power plant. Mining is another key area of strength, in which the practice recently advised China Molybdenum with the $2.65bn acquisition of Freeport’s indirect 56% interest in Tenke Fungurume in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Christophe Lefort now heads the practice, following the relocation of Bertrand Montembault to Johannesburg. Stéphane Brabant co-chairs the firm’s Africa practice; Leïla Hubeaut and Rebecca Major are other names to note.

King & Spalding LLP is highly recommended for oil and gas topics in North Africa and Francophone Africa. The ‘highly professional’ practice has ‘excellent knowledge of the Algerian energy industry and is well connected within the country’. It acts for oil and gas companies in Algeria’s key matters, such as representing Dea Erdoel with upstream developments in the Reggane gas field. In France, the practice is handling litigation relating to mining and oil and gas, as well as handling an offshore wind project for DONG Energy. Practice head Mehdi Haroun ‘provides very practical advice, and knows the legal and professional environment in Algeria well’. Also recommended are French public law counsel Ruxandra Lazar, whose ‘mining permit experience is a major asset’, and associate Nora Djeraba.

LPA-CGR has leading renewable energy regulatory expertise. The firm is involved in several of France’s largest offshore wind farms, including assisting Iberdrola, Eole Res and Areva with Saint-Brieuc’s offshore wind project call for tender. The practice also has financing and corporate expertise. Compagnie du Vent is another client. Fabrice Cassin ranks among the top experts in his field. Hélène Gelas is another key contact.

Norton Rose Fulbright is a leading player in the renewable energy field, where the firm advises sponsors and banks on the largest projects in France and Africa. Recent work includes acting for Impax on the sale of 11 French wind farms. The practice is also increasingly involved in large power projects in Africa, such as advising ContourGlobal on the two-stage financing of a combined cycle power plant in Cap des Biches, Senegal. BNP Paribas, the IFC and the Moroccan Agency for Solar Energy are also clients. Anne Lapierre heads the firm’s EMEA-wide practice, with Arnaud Bélisaire being co-head of the Paris team. Of counsels Véronique Bruel and Thomas Rabain are also key contributors. The firm recently hired Christophe Asselineau from Shearman & Sterling LLP; he has great experience across Africa, energy and mining matters.

Ravetto Associés shows ‘real expertise and great knowledge of the market’s different stakeholders’. The ‘highly available and efficient’ team ‘masters specific or complex litigations before the regulatory authorities and the judicial and administrative courts’. The practice assists a broad range of electricity, nuclear, renewable energy, and oil and gas players. It assisted Solaire Prime with purchasing a majority stake in the 300MW Cestas solar plant and assisted Bpifrance following its investment in Neoen. The practice is led by Paul Ravetto, whose ‘expertise is highly valuable’, Patrick Labayle-Pabet and Guillaume de Rubercy. Anne-Laure Proisy was promoted to partner.


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ProductLawFirm is ‘a top-level quality niche firm with a huge international network’. It is one of the few firms in France dedicated to the food and feed products sector. The seven-lawyer team advises many leading French, US and international food producers. The firm stands out for its full-service practice, including high-level regulatory and contentious expertise. Antoine de Brosses and Gilles Boin ‘are responsive, provide sharp advice and have in-depth know-how in food law’. Isabelle Haye left the firm.

Keller and Heckman LLP advises many leading French and European food and feed companies. Headed by Katia Merten-Lentz, who divides time between Paris and Brussels, the team advises on top EU regulatory matters and also handles litigation. Senior counsel Jean Savigny is another name to note. The practice also includes a number of scientists.

Healthcare and life sciences

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  1. Industry focus: healthcare and life sciences
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  3. Leading individuals

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Allen & Overy LLP is ‘top of the game’ in the patent space and provides ‘a very high level of service’. The firm has ‘great knowledge of the pharmaceuticals industry (patent and regulatory)’ and handles the most ground-breaking patent litigation cases. Recent cases include litigation regarding the validity of a second medical use patent and successfully defending a client in one of the first cases in France involving antibodies. The firm also handles regulatory and corporate work. Clients include leading pharmaceuticals manufacturers. Global practice co-head Laëtitia Bénard is ‘very impressive and the must-use lawyer in the life sciences area’ for patent litigation. The ‘very thoughtful’ David Por has ‘good analytical and communicative skills’ in patent litigation. Alexandre Rudoni and counsel Eveline Van Keymeulen are other names to note.

The ‘outstandingDechert LLP shows ‘depth of expertise, great responsiveness to clients’ needs and responds by tailor-made services’. The firm has ‘great industry knowledge’ and ‘understands and adapts very well to constraints of a start-up company’. The practice has a wide client base made up of promising biotech firms and large pharmaceuticals groups. It provides a full range of expertise: M&A and private equity, regulatory and competition, patent and product litigation proficiency. The practice recently advised Medtech on a €13.6m issuance of convertible shares and assisted Echosens with a minority investment into the company by Cathay Capital and OrbiMed. Baxter, GlaxoSmithKline and Merck Sharpe & Dohme are also clients. The practice is jointly headed by patent expert Marianne Schaffner and the ‘incredibly smart and responsiveAlain Decombe, who shows ‘great market understanding’. Jacques Sivignon and Mélanie Thill-Tayara, Isabelle Marguet, Anne-Charlotte Rivière are other key names in the group; corporate partner Matthieu Grollemund is also recommended.

Dentons is ‘capable of everything’. The firm provides ‘excellent, precise and strategic work’ and is highly available at all times. The practice, which has deep regulatory and M&A expertise, advises many of the world’s largest pharmaceutical laboratories. It recently assisted Servier Monde with the conclusion of a strategic international partnership with GeNeuro. Pfizer and Takeda are also clients. Pascale Poupelin and Jean-Marc Grosperrin head the team, in which Anne-Laure Marcerou and Olivia Guéguen are other strong assets.

Hogan Lovells (Paris) LLP runs one of the market’s most comprehensive practices. In particular, the team has an impressive product liability caseload, where it is trusted by the largest players in pharmaceuticals, biotech and medical devices; it is involved in the market’s largest ongoing cases, including the high-profile PIP and Gardasil disputes. Practice head Cécile Derycke is a top choice. The firm also has strong regulatory expertise in Mikael Salmela, who recently assisted Bristol-Myers Squibb with setting up its immuno-oncology research foundation. Patent litigation is another top field of expertise, where the team regularly handles cross-border cases for clients such as Eli Lilly. Stanislas Roux-Vaillard is the key contact.

McDermott Will & Emery AARPI has great expertise in collaboration agreements between major laboratories. Recent work includes assisting Servier with its strategic collaboration with Pfizer to develop and commercialise Cellectis’ UCART19 leukaemia treatment, as well as acting for Pierre Fabre in its collaboration with Array Biopharma for two novel oncology products. The team also advises biotech companies during fundraisings and works on e-health projects. Practice head Emmanuelle Trombe and Anthony Paronneau are highly recommended.

Sea Avocats has ‘strong pharmaceutical law and product liability expertise’. The ‘highly available’ team handles sensitive cases and also deals with regulatory matters. It advises leading companies in pharmaceuticals and medical devices, including Pierre Fabre Médicament, Sanofi-Pasteur MSD and Medtronic. The practice co-heads are Alain Gorny, who is ‘a great listener and gives concrete answers’, and Diane Bandon-Tourret.

Simmons & Simmons LLP is the go-to-firm for product liability cases. The team is regularly retained by top laboratories and is currently involved in a high-profile case concerning clinical trials. Alexandre Regniault and global practice head Jacques-Antoine Robert are the key contacts. Other notable contributors are tax expert Jean-Luc Cuadrado, of counsel Eric Nigri – who is a public law expert – and Ombline Ancelin, who recently advised on a merger control matter. MSD is a client.

The ‘excellent’ team at CMS has leading regulatory expertise through the ‘impressiveBernard Geneste, who ‘knows his field and understands rapidly how issues may be solved’. The team regularly challenges government rulings on drug price reimbursement, while Jean de la Hosseraye handles product liability work. Arnaud Hugot recently advised on several clinic-related transactions such as Medipole Partenaires’ sale of three sites in Paris.

De Gaulle Fleurance & Associés has top regulatory expertise and also is increasingly being retained to advise on e-health projects; IP is another strong area. The firm represents some major laboratories as well as some start-ups and biotech companies. Jean-Marie Job and Cécile Théard-Jallu are the key contacts.

Fieldfisher provides ‘excellent analysis’ for its growing client base, which includes leading pharmaceuticals and other medical manufacturers. The six-lawyer team is consulted on regulatory issues or in the context of French authority (ANSM) controls, as well as handling litigation. The key contacts are Brigitte Daille-Duclos and practice head Olivier Lantrès, who is ‘committed to the commercial success of his clients’ projects’.

Gide Loyrette Nouel A.A.R.P.I. is involved in high-profile domestic and cross-border patent proceedings in the pharmaceuticals industry, including representing Ono Pharmaceuticals and Bristol-Myers Squibb in the French aspects of a patent dispute relating to a revolutionary immuno-oncology treatment. Grégoire Triet, Arnaud Michel, Emmanuel Larere and Raphaëlle Dequiré-Portier are all recommended. The firm also advises a number of biotech companies in financing, corporate transactions and IPOs.

HBC Avocats has ‘a strong reputation in the biotechnology sector’. The ‘always available’ team has great expertise in licensing and R&D for innovator companies. It assisted Valneva with the negotiation of a major R&D agreement with GlaxoSmithKline. Jonathan Burnham has ‘great knowledge of the industry and provides high-quality intellectual property and contract legal support’.

Intuity often assists leading laboratories and medical devices companies with regulatory, litigious and competition issues; product liability is another strong area of expertise. Christophe Hénin is highly recommended. Anne Servoir joined Hoyng Rokh Monegier.

Reed Smith advises several leading US pharmaceuticals and medical devices manufacturers on regulatory and patent issues. IP experts Marina Cousté and François Jonquères have ‘great business acumen’. The IP practice is notably representing Novozymes in a sue-and-countersue patent dispute with DSM. Daniel Kadar is a key contact for regulatory work. The practice also handles litigation through Benoît Charot and Marie Albertini. The firm also advises various biotech companies on their corporate transactions, such as assisting bioMérieux with the acquisition of Applied Maths. Marc Fredj and Isabelle MacElhone are the key contacts.

Viguié Schmidt’s Etienne Gouesse assists leading laboratories in sensitive product liability cases and also handles regulatory and public sector procurement work.

Winston & Strawn LLP is top-end in a specialised niche of representing clinics and alternative healthcare provides, where it provides ‘one-of-a-kind, in-depth knowledge and extensive experience of the healthcare sector’. The ‘high-quality and friendly’ lawyers ‘meet their clients’ demands and anticipate what will need to be done’. The firm advises health institutions, clinics, professional organisations and practitioners. The practice is quite unique in its combination of strong regulatory, M&A and litigation expertise. Mutuelle Nationale des Hospitaliers, Ramsay Générale de Santé and Point Vision are clients. Practice head Gilles Bigot is ‘outstanding: his knowledge of the sector is unmatched and he has excellent judgement’. Also recommended are Jérôme Herbet and of counsel Florence Naudin, who are ‘responsive and experts in their fields’. Anne-Carine Ropars-Furet and Guillaume-Denis Faure are other names to note.

IT, telecoms and the internet

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  1. Industry focus: IT, telecoms and the internet
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Baker & McKenzie SCP provides ‘impeccable work’, adopting ‘an adaptable and flexible approach when dealing with very complex projects’. The 15-lawyer team is retained by the largest French corporations for handling their most challenging and global IT project implementations; data protection and telecoms are also areas of leading expertise. The team recently advised on a very innovative telemedicine projects. BNP Paribas, Google and Netflix are clients. Rémy Bricard and ‘brilliant dealmakerLaurent Szuskin are among the best in their fields; they ‘know perfectly their clients, and give tailor-made advice’. Telecoms experts Christian Blomet, and Emmanuel Guillaume are also highly recommended, as is Denise Lebeau-Marianna who has ‘great data privacy expertise’ and ‘shows creativity in new topics’.

Bird & Birdprovides great service’. The ‘extremely responsive’ team gives ‘very commercial advice, and takes the time to really understand its clients’ business properly’. The practice is retained by prominent French and international corporations to advise on global IT and data projects. It recently assisted Alstom Power with splitting its IP rights pertaining to certain technology assets and advised the European Aviation Safety Authority on setting up a European programme for aviation data. Hiscox, Legrand and L’Oréal are also clients. Stéphane Leriche ranks among the best in his field. Also highly recommended are: Ariane Mole, Marion Barbier and the ‘exceptionally goodMarc Schuler, who is ‘approachable, very commercial and very thorough in his advice’.

DLA Piper has top IT expertise and assists high-profile corporations with the negotiation of intricate global IT and cloud projects. Stéphane Lemarchand is a leading figure in the market and Jonathan Rofé is also highly rated. The practice also deals with data protection and Florence Guthfreund-Roland has a niche in African telecoms work. Michelin, Airbus and Sanofi are clients.

Latham & Watkins assists large French end user companies, especially in the financial services, pharmaceuticals and retail sectors. Publicis, L’Oréal and Amazon Web Services are clients. The firm advises on the negotiation of major IT and data projects, as well as handling related litigation. Jean-Luc Juhan and Myria Saarinen head the practice.

Alain Bensoussan-Avocatsprovides innovative service’. The ‘highly responsive and available’ team has ‘high-level expertise combining technical and legal expertise’. With some 80 lawyers involved, the firm has the market’s largest team and brings together a complete range of expertise. Alain Bensoussan combines ‘global perspective, analytical ability and creativity’. Eric Barbry, Jean-François Forgeron, Frédéric Forster and Benoit De Roquefeuil are also highly regarded.

Aramis runs a strong IT practice advising many large French corporations on IT systems implementation and related litigation. The firm recently assisted Yves Rocher with the integration of new infrastructure system software and acted for Airbus Oneweb Satellites in negotiating an enterprise resource planning contract. The team also has leading experience in online payment and also deals with data and internet issues. GE, Galeries Lafayette, UPS and Vinci are clients. Benjamin May is highly rated.

The ‘remarkableAsturaperfectly understands its clients’ needs and acts efficiently when dealing with complex IT projects’. Work includes negotiating major IT contracts and handling related litigation for end users; it also assists some IT providers. Matthieu Mélin is recommended for his ‘great expertise, practical knowledge and ability to defend his clients’ positions in a smart way’.

Behring is ‘a true alternative to major international law firms in IT/BPO contracts and data protection matters’. The four-lawyer team also has ‘great legal skills in telecoms and understands technical and operational constraints’. It advises high-profile players in the IT and telecoms sectors, handling work such as assisting Orange with its acquisitions of French cybersecurity company Lexsi and telecoms operator Tigo in Africa. The team also advised Swiss Post Solutions on IT contract negotiation and data protection. Practice head and ‘excellent negotiator’ Anne-Solène Gay ‘knows perfectly well the telecoms industry’ and is ‘always seeking innovative solutions in her clients’ best interests’.

Féral-Schuhl/Sainte-Marie has extensive experience of IT project integration and negotiations. The ten-lawyer firm also assists clients during audits conducted by the French data authority. Laboratoire Servier, Guerlain, Institut Pasteur, Bull and BPI are clients. Christiane Féral-Schuhl and Bruno Grégoire Sainte Marie head the practice, with Etienne Papin and Olivier de Courcel also being key contributors. Olivia Luzi recently left the firm to create her own practice, while IP law expert Richard Willemant recently joined from his own firm.

Gide Loyrette Nouel A.A.R.P.I. has ‘a very high level of IT knowledge’. The ‘very responsive and practical’ team deals with IT, data and internet matters. It is led by the ‘excellentThierry Dor, who shows ‘high commitment to solving problems’. The firm also has strong experience of advising corporations, state entities and authorities on telecoms regulations and infrastructure projects, especially in Africa. The practice notably assisted SNCF with the deployment of a wi-fi network in trains in France. Eutelsat and the Benin telecoms authorities are clients. Olivier Cousi is the key contact.

The ‘responsive, efficient and expert’ team at ITLaw Avocats has ‘deep knowledge of the internet sector’. The six-lawyer team advises many leading French and European companies, as well as some start-ups. It is often retained to advise on complex and global IT projects and also excels in data-related matters. Practice head Claudia Weber is highly recommended.

Jones Day shows ‘great understanding of the telecoms sector that goes beyond legal and regulatory aspects’. Headed by ‘top adviserRémy Fekete, the practice advises many international operators on matters in Africa. It recently assisted Orange with the acquisition of a company which is a minority stakeholder in Africa Internet Group. Lycamobile and Zain are also clients. Of counsel Olivier Haas advises on major IT outsourcing projects, especially in the banking sector, where Société Générale is a client.

K&L Gates LLP advises on sophisticated global and domestic IT projects and is another name to note in very innovative digital projects for major French clients. The seven-lawyer team is also a reference for data privacy matters and is handling an important dispute with the French data regulator regarding the use of cookies. Microsoft, Carglass, SNCF and Altarea are clients. Several high-profile luxury goods manufacturers also use the practice. Practice head Etienne Drouard is highly recommended and recently promoted partner Claude-Etienne Armingaud ‘wastes no time and is straight to the point’.

August Debouzy has strong IT and contract expertise. The practice assists many leading French and international corporations, as well as software developers and Microsoft, which is a longstanding client. It advises on the implementation of complex IT infrastructure and also handles litigation. The firm recently represented Bureau Veritas during the renegotiation of an SaaS agreement with IBM and acted for investment software company Broadridge in negotiations with leading French banks. Accenture, Orange, Dassault Systèmes are also clients. Key figures include Mahasti Razavi and Florence Chafiol, who is also recommended for data matters and whose ‘openness and capacity to manage difficult situations’ are especially noted.

Derriennic Associés is praised for its ‘very business-oriented approach’ and ‘ability to advise beyond simple questions of compliance or internal policies’. The 15-lawyer ‘moves fast and has the capability to address complex questions in a limited timeframe with a real value-added stance at the end’. The practice advises many large French companies as end users, as well as representing leading software companies, IT service providers and manufacturers. The firm regularly advises on large complex IT system integration and digital projects, as well as litigation and data privacy. The team is led by François-Pierre Lani, Georges Jenselme and Pierre-Yves Margnoux, who is recommended for the ‘negotiation of complex projects and for IT project litigation’.

Bradley Joslove heads the practice at Franklin, which is retained by leading Indian and US technology companies for e-commerce, data, encryption and IT advice. Hitachi and Twitter are clients. In telecoms, the team regularly acts for Altice and recently advised it on the sale of a 30% stake in Cablevision.

H20 Avocats was created by Nicolas Herzog, who was previously at Vaughan Avocats and is recommended for his ‘sharp advice, excellent analysis and great litigation skills’. The firm has ‘in-depth IT knowledge’ – clients include IT providers, insurers and a French Ministry. The three-lawyer team recently advised on innovative connected-object and digitalisation projects; it is also handling sensitive matters dealing with the loss of data.

Harlay Avocats is highly sought to advise on legal issues raised by innovative applications or by the implementation of new apps in France. Headed by Sabine Lipovetsky and Fabrice Perbost, the eight-lawyer team also deals with more traditional IT matters and data issues.

Herbert Smith Freehills LLP assists some of the world’s most prominent internet players, including Google France and Twitter. Headed by Alexandra Néri, the team excels at handling internet-related IP issues and is assisting Google with a series of disputes. Data privacy is another area of leading expertise and the team handles IT issues for major French and international groups. Of counsel Sébastien Proust is recommended.

Hogan Lovells (Paris) LLP’s outstanding client base in the internet sector includes eBay, PayPal and Facebook. The practice advises on strategic internet matters, including data privacy matters which are handled through Winston Maxwell. David Taylor and counsel Jane Seager have unmatched expertise in France and globally for domain name issues. Christine Gateau is another name to note. IT and telecoms matters are also areas of practice.

Cabinet Isabelle Renard has ‘a quick and thorough understanding of issues and delivers comprehensive top-level advice based on wide experience and strong skills’. The firm assists end user companies, including banks, with their IT, data and internet issues. Isabelle Renard is ‘very quick at comprehending situations, and has in-depth knowledge of industry and technological issues’.

Latournerie Wolfrom & Associés provides ‘comprehensive and acute analysis’. ‘Lawyers follow matters perfectly, show high involvement and responsiveness’ and have ‘a strategic view on issues’. The firm advises major companies with IT contract negotiation and recently assisted Thomas Cook. Data privacy is another aspect of practice, as is its ‘excellent’ telecoms expertise – the team advises operators and public local entities, recently including representing Free Mobile in several strategic matters. Public law expert Térence Cabot has ‘fine expertise and is prudent in his advice’; practice head Marie-Hélène Tonnellier is ‘extremely knowledgeable, efficient and available’.

Norton Rose Fulbright is ‘at the forefront of legal developments’, assisting major companies such as BNP Paribas, Carrefour and Pfizer with their telecoms, IT and data needs. Practice head Marc d’Haultfoeuille is ‘an excellent technician who knows how to adapt the legal framework to fast-changing environments’. Of counsel Nadège Martin) is ‘expert in IT contracts and delivers remarkable work’.

Osborne Clarke assists a mix of start-ups and major global or French corporations, including one of the world’s leading IT companies, with complex IT projects and litigation, such as software audit disputes. It assisted SNCF with the setting up of Wizway contactless mobility solutions. Data and new digital issues are also dealt with. The practice co-heads are Béatrice Delmas-Linel and Claire Bouchenard, who are ‘very client-focused and answer complex questions in a simple way’. Lise Breteau recently joined the firm from her own boutique.

Staub & Associés’ ‘outstanding’ team advises some large French corporations, international IT companies and several start-ups, advising on IT system integration and database issues. The practice is led by the highly experienced Sylvain Staub and Dominique Isel.

Taylor Wessing deals with contentious and non-contentious IT and data issues, including often acting for IBM France. Recent litigation includes several matters regarding fires in data centres. Valérie Aumage and Philippe Glaser lead the practice.

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Dentons advises one of the most prestigious French luxury houses and also assists famous designers. The practice is especially strong for trade mark and commercial matters. L’Oréal and Longchamp are also clients.

Eversheds Sutherland (France) LLP provides ‘a high level of service’ and ‘knows the industry very well’. The firm advises many leading French and Italian luxury goods companies on commercial issues and brand protection. Practice head Gaëtan Cordier is ‘always available and shows incredible business acumen’. The firm is also highly sought for advice on employment matters.

Meridian’s clients include an eminent French luxury goods company and foundation. Trade marks and other IP issues are key areas. Vincent Vilchien is the main contact. François Berthod and Philippe Clément left the firm.

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    The opportunities offered to foreign investors by the Chinese mergers and acquisitions market are increasing every year: in 2010, transactions involving foreign companies came to 60.1 billion euros, an increase of 21.2% compared with 2009. Seen from the West, where markets are declining, all sectors of the Chinese economy seem to be undergoing promising development and the statistics indicate that the Middle Empire will be a lasting springboard for growth.
  • Prime de Partage des Profits

    Le dispositif L’article 1er de la loi de financement rectificative de la Sécurité sociale pour 2011 oblige les sociétés commerciales de 50 salariés et plus, dont les dividendes par part sociale ou par action sont en augmentation par rapport à la moyenne des deux années précédentes, à verser une prime à l’ensemble de leurs salariés

    Types of investors The private equity (PE) funds that are active in Bulgaria are not raised or registered in the country. Some Bulgarian PE funds were raised recently, but there are no statistics as to the sources of their funding, their number, the funds that were accumulated, etc.

  • Landmark decision by French Competition Authority in conditioned LPG case

    cartel case closed after discovery that leniency application was largely based on forgeries and rejection of collective dominant position objection.
  • 2012 supplementary budget

    The second supplementary budget published in the Official Gazette September 19, 2011 provides for two key measures that affect the deferral of tax losses and taxation of capital gains realized on the sale of equity securities .
  • Actualité législative fiscale

    Au delà des mesures applicables à l’ensemble des contribuables (telles que la limitation du report des déficits ou la réforme du mode de calcul des plus values sur cessions de participations),le plan de réduction des déficits annoncé le 24 août dernier par le gouvernement comprend des mesures qui intéressent spécifiquement les acteurs du secteur financier.

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