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Jeantet

87 AVENUE KLÉBER, 75116 PARIS, FRANCE
Tel:
Work 01 45 05 80 08
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Fax 01 47 04 20 41
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Web:
www.jeantet.fr

France

EU, competition and distribution
EU, competition and distribution - ranked: tier 3

Jeantet

Jeantet has particularly strong contentious capabilities as recently demonstrated by its successful appeal against the FCA’s decision to fine dairy producers on the grounds of anticompetitive practices on behalf of Lactalis. In other work, practice head Loraine Donnedieu de Vabres-Tranié teamed up with Thomas Picot to represent several entities belonging to the Elite group – including Elite Model Management – in FCA proceedings arising from allegations of concerted pricing practices, while Florent Prunet is acting for Fnac in a follow-on damages claim related to a competitor’s alleged anticompetitive behaviour and assisting the National Rugby League with home grown players regulations and salary cap issues arising from a complaint filed before the European Commission by a French club. Latham & Watkins attracts praise for its ‘international capacity, strong teams and relevant experience in a wide array of sectors’. The antitrust and competition offering is headed by ‘excellent team leader’ Frédéric Pradelles, who impresses with ‘great style and open disposition’, and Hugues Vallette Viallard, who splits his time between Paris and Brussels and has strong experience in cartel investigations and merger clearance work. Vania and SCA appointed the group to represent it in an appeal against the FCA’s decision to fine thirteen cosmetics and hygiene companies for cartel behaviour, and Pradelles successfully represented American Airlines in litigation proceedings against online travel agent Viaticum regarding the unauthorised redistribution of its data and the subsequent suspension of data flow. Other noteworthy work highlights include merger clearance work for clients such as Nissan and Accor. Edenred, Dachser and Labeyrie Fine Foods also feature in the group’s client roster.

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Employment
Employment - ranked: tier 2

Jeantet

Jeantet shows ‘impressive knowledge of employers' obligations and duties’ and ‘perfect technique’. The ‘very responsive’ 20-lawyer team provides ‘very good legal strategy recommendation’ and advises prominent French and international clients on high-stakes matters, notably major work reduction plans, sensitive litigation, negotiation of Sunday and evening work, work accidents and social contribution issues. The firm has particular expertise assisting companies facing insolvency proceedings and assisted Tati with its restructuring. Valeo, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, Foot Locker and Vallourec are clients. The team is led by Jean Néret, Patrick Thiébart, Déborah David and Olivier Angotti, whose ‘high professionalism and listening abilities’ are particularly praised.

Leading individuals

Jean Néret - Jeantet

Next generation lawyers

Déborah David - Jeantet

Olivier Angotti - Jeantet

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Insolvency
Insolvency - ranked: tier 3

Jeantet

Jeantet is recommended for handling ‘complex cases and building imaginative, protective and efficient solutions’; the ‘strongly responsive’ practice knows how to ‘adapt its technical and human resources’ to each case and ‘brings strong added value in negotiations to conciliate positions’. It acts for banksand investors and is regularly involved alongside insolvency receivership practitioners in complex matters including cross-border cases. The firm is assisting the judicial liquidators with Aristophil’s insolvency, and the court appointed creditors’ representative with Altis Semiconductor’s insolvency proceedings. Practice head Nicolas Partouche is ‘brilliant’.

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Mergers and acquisitions
Other recommended firms - ranked: tier 1

Jeantet

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Project finance
Other recommended firms - ranked: tier 1

Jeantet

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Tax
Other recommended firms - ranked: tier 1

Jeantet

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France: Banking and finance

Bank regulatory
Banking and finance: Bank regulatory - ranked: tier 2

Jeantet

Jeantet advises domestic and foreign clients from the banking, investment and insurance sectors on the regulations governing licenses, conduct of business and organisation, and anti-money laundering strategies, as well as handling the structuring and distribution of financial products and instruments. The group also acts for clients in enforcement procedures initiated by the AMF, the ACPR and the European Central Bank. Martine Samuelian heads the team, which also includes Jean-François Adelle; the latter assisted a client with securing payment services provider exemption status from the ACPR. In another highlight, the group advised China Construction Bank on cross-collateralisation and risk-sharing standards across jurisdictions including France, Luxembourg, Austria and China. Other clients include banks, financial institutions, investment funds and insurance companies.

Leading individuals

Martine Samuelian - Jeantet

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France: Capital markets

Equity
Other recommended firms - ranked: tier 2

Jeantet

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France: Dispute resolution

International arbitration
Other recommended firms - ranked: tier 1

Jeantet

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Stock-market litigation
Dispute resolution: stock-market litigation - ranked: tier 2

Jeantet

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.

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White-collar crime
Dispute resolution: White-collar crime - ranked: tier 3

Jeantet

Jeantet is regularly called upon by leading French and international banks facing high-stakes criminal charges. The firm also represents companies, an African state and private individuals. Senior counsel Yves Repiquet, who is now based in Luxembourg, is a renowned figure and Martine Samuelian is also involved in banking and financial services cases. Julien Martinet joined Jeantet.

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France: Industry focus

Energy
Other recommended firms - ranked: tier 1

Jeantet

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    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.
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