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Dechert LLP advises major French and US and international investment funds, as well as start-up companies, especially in the healthcare sector. Highlights included assisting Accel Partners with a $30m fundraising by PeopleDoc; acting for Eurazeo and several entrepreneurs in their $110m series F investment in; and advising Sofinnova Partners and Bpifrance on their investment in Gecko Biomedical. The team is led by Matthieu Grollemund and François Hellot, who combines ‘experience, insight and commitment’. Anne-Charlotte Rivière is another name to note.

Gide Loyrette Nouel A.A.R.P.I. handles a high volume of transactions for investors and investees. Recent work includes acting for Legrand, Iris Capital and Fonds Ambition Numérique regarding their €30m investment in Netatmo, as well as advising Comuto (BlaBlaCar) on receiving a $200m investment by Insight Venture, Lead Hedge and Vostok New Ventures. Pierre Karpik is the key name in the practice.

Jones Day is praised for its ‘high-quality service, in-depth advice and quick response times’. The team is able to advise on venture and growth capital transactions, as well as capital markets and fund formation work. It advises some of the most promising French hi-tech and biotech companies and is increasingly retained by investors. It assisted NJJ and Idinvest with a €10m investment in Zenly, as well as acting for Alkemics during a €20m financing round. The firm also assisted Orange with a €75m investment in Africa Internet Group. Alven Capital, Bpifrance and Hi Inov are clients. The team is led by Renaud Bonnet, who co-chairs the practice globally, along with the highly recommended Charles Gavoty and recently promoted partner Jean-Gabriel Griboul.

Chammas & Marcheteau has ‘excellent knowledge of private equity matters’ and ‘always produces top-quality work’. The 15-lawyer team is ‘highly committed to its clients, responsive and always in a positive frame of mind’. The firm recently advised Idinvest Partners, Iris Capital, Bpifrance and Omnes Capital during a €40m fundraising round by Scality and acted for existing investors during Netatmo’s €30m fundraising. The practice is led by Lola Chammas, the ‘very good’ Denis Marcheteau, Camille-Maya Hurel and Nicolas Lecocq.

The ‘responsive and available’ team at Villechenon has ‘strong knowledge of the private equity industry’. The firm advises investment funds and start-ups. Recent mandates include assisting Witbe with its IPO on Alternext Paris; acting for Dayuse during a €15m fundraising; and advising In Vivo on a €20m investment in La Languedocienne. The practice is led by Francis Pinot de Villechenon, Morgan Hunault-Berret, Erwan Tostivint, Isabelle Burel-Blasoni, Gilles Roux and Tristan Segonds.

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  • The new French regulation applying to national insurance contributions for managers and shareholders

    French insurance contributions on executive and shareholder remuneration (pay + dividends) have been substantially increased by the National Insurance Funding for 2013 Act, No. 2012-1404, of 17th December 2012. Until 31st December 2012, all dividends were subject to national insurance contributions on unearned income but henceforth, under Article L136-3 of the National Insurance Code, amended by Act No. 2012-1404, certain dividends   are considered as pay received by executives and shareholders and are therefore subject to the national insurance contributions on pay. The Act also abolished the ceiling on health insurance contributions payable by the self-employed and all this means that businesses must rethink the way that they have been structured until now.

    The People's Republic of China has initiated an overhaul of its social security system, reformed the personal taxation regime and has extended the scope of these laws to foreigners residing in China.

    The Kingdom of Morocco is supporting the ambition of becoming the leading financial place for Africa. In this context, a wave of draft laws is to be passed and implemented within the following months, amongst which, the Law No. 53.08, setting up a new financial authority, and the Law No. 54.08, reforming public offering rules, are of paramount importance to Moroccan and foreign issuers, and financial institutions.

    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.
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    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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