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August Debouzy’s luxury sector group advises clients such as Ferrari, Repossi and John Taylor on the full spectrum of IP issues, employment law, real estate matters and tax regulations. In recent work, counsel Véronique Dahan continues to assist a jewellery house with the protection and enforcement of its intellectual property rights, and Mahasti Razavi and counsel Renaud Christol handle all distribution and partnership agreements, consumer law and commercial law issues for a luxury fashion brand. Clients also seek out Florence Chafiol and Razavi’s IT and technology expertise for data privacy and protection issues, and the labour law group works alongside the white-collar crime unit to guide clients across governance obstacles and regulatory pitfalls. Other noteworthy names include tax specialist Xavier Rohmer, experienced litigator and arbitrator Kami Haeri and Fabienne Haas who is part of the employment practice.

Bird & Bird’s luxury team ‘is one of the best in Europe in the areas of privacy, intellectual property and distribution’, thereby impressing with a ‘business approach that is practical and of very high quality’. Among recent successes are Ariane Mole’s advice to a high-end couturier on the deployment of a mobile payment service across its French stores, and IT specialist Stéphane Leriche’s assistance to a ready-to-wear leather company regarding a tactical agreement with a global management consulting firm. On the distribution side, Alexandre Vuchot assisted a fashion company with the setting up of its first franchised outlet in France; and contentious work included advice on trade mark and design infringement matters. Other key names are IP specialists Marc Schuler, Anne-Charlotte le Bihan and Géraldine Arbant who is based in Lyon.

The luxury group at Dentons services clients such as Kenzo in intellectual property, tax, real estate and commercial litigation mandates. In recent highlights, tax specialist Sandra Hazan is advising J. Mendel on private equity injections, and senior counsel Gérard Delile continues to act for Fondation Le Corbusier in ongoing copyright, trade mark and design infringement cases pertaining to iconic furniture pieces designed in the late 1920s. Senior counsel Odile Caron focuses on contractual work, specifically in the context of commercial and distribution agreements, and is a key contact alongside corporate specialist Jean-Marc Grosperrin and David Masson, who heads the firm’s intellectual property offering.

Gaëtan Cordier is part of Eversheds Sutherland (France) LLP’s international intellectual property team and jointly chairs the global luxury goods group with employment partner Déborah Attali. Covering a wide array of practice areas in the luxury sector, the team continues to act for a leading corporation in all of its supply chain, franchising and sponsorship agreements, and has recently been advising Gucci on intellectual property issues regarding its operations in France and Italy. On the litigation front, Cordier represented a couturier in trade mark and unfair competition proceedings against two major online retailers pertaining to the sale of counterfeit goods across several jurisdictions. Also notable is Attali’s day-to-day employment counsel to a wide range of luxury clients.

The luxury goods team at Gide Loyrette Nouel A.A.R.P.I. includes partners from the employment, intellectual property, real estate and corporate departments to advise clients such as Tiffany & Co, Guerlain and Louis Vuitton. The group’s recent caseload includes several litigation cases such as intellectual property infringement proceedings on behalf of Dior, and Moët Hennessy’s employment dispute pertaining to the moral harassment of employees by trade union delegates. Distribution specialist Joëlle Salzmann is acting for Expanscience in the updating of its selective distribution network in several European jurisdictions and overseeing several actions against unauthorised dealers. Also noteworthy is Antoine Choffel’s competition and antitrust expertise which he recently exhibited on behalf of a household cosmetics name in an appeal against a decision by the FCA to fine home and personal care product manufacturers for coordinating their commercial policies.

Artemont’s ‘young, dynamic and innovative’ team is also ‘a talented and highly valuable offering in the field of luxury goods’. Clients retain the practice to manage their intellectual property portfolios, while others regularly instruct the group to handle contractual issues such as sponsorship agreements, trade mark licenses and partnership arrangements. On the contentious side, recent work highlights include litigation cases arising from trade mark, design and copyright infringement claims, as well as image rights issues. Kering, Saint-Lauren and Salvatore Ferragamo are notable clients. The ‘excellent and highly-experienced’ Philippe Clément and ‘rising star in the intellectual property space’ Farid Bouguettaya head the practice, which also includes distribution law specialist François Berthod.

Candé Blanchard Ducamp has an established presence in the luxury sector and focuses on intellectual property and unfair competition litigation. In addition to handling significant trade mark, copyright and design infringement proceedings, the team was recently also appointed by a household name perfume manufacturer to end the commercialisation of a counterfeit collection of perfume products in France and abroad. Founding partners Patrice de Candé, Julien Blanchard and Claire Herissay-Ducamp are the key contacts.

Meridian’s Vincent Vilchien and Julien Canlorbe ‘are agile operators both as litigators and counsellors’ and lead the firm’s luxury group. A high-end luxury products manufacturer recently appointed the group to oversee the design and construction of solar panels as well as the negotiation of leasing agreements for the installation of renewable energy plants as part of the company’s dedication to sustainability. Associate Emilie Mounic plays a crucial role in the team’s intellectual property offering which includes litigation, the transfer of property and copyrights, and the negotiation of coexistence and license agreements.

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