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France

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

Viguié Schmidt & Associés

Iñaki Saint-Esteben and Virginie Viallard jointly head the competition practice at Viguié Schmidt & Associés, which handles both litigation and advisory mandates. The team recently oversaw Aufeminin's sale of 78.4% of its equity interest to TF1, and acted for Natixis on its joint acquisition of control of wind farms alongside General Electric. In other highlights, Viallard is currently assisting FlixBus with its response to an FCA investigation arising from a complaint filed by Transdev against SNCF on the grounds of alleged abuse of dominance, while Saint-Esteben is currently representing Johnson & Johnson in appeal proceedings before the Supreme Court of France to challenge the FCA's decision to impose fines for cartel practices. Other key clients include M6, Domino's Pizza, JDE and Vinci Construction.

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Mergers and acquisitions
Mergers and acquisitions - ranked: tier 4

Viguié Schmidt & Associés

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Tax
Tax - ranked: tier 5

Viguié Schmidt & Associés

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France: Dispute resolution

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

Viguié Schmidt & Associés

Viguié Schmidt & Associés has strong AMF expertise. The firm recently acted in a major dispute relating to a public tender offer for a French listed company. It is also representing traders and former CEOs in AMF investigations into insider trading and misleading information allegations. Nicolas Viguié and Yves Schmidt are noted advisers.

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Dispute resolution: commercial litigation
Dispute resolution: commercial litigation - ranked: tier 1

Viguié Schmidt & Associés

Corporate boutique Viguié Schmidt & Associés excels at handling complex shareholder conflicts and corporate disputes. The firm is retained by French and international companies, shareholders and executives. It is notably acting for former senior executive officers of Norbert Dentressangle (now XPO Logistics Europe) in a high-profile M&A and securities dispute with Elliott Management Corporation regarding XPO Logistics' $3.5bn takeover of Norbert Dentressangle. It also reached a favourable settlement for a former CEO of Vitalia in proceedings against Blackstone. The practice also deals with high-stakes commercial litigation. It is representing AXA Corporate Solutions, as Enedis' insurer, in more than 200 individual lawsuits brought by local solar energy electricity producers, as well as SIHPM, as the owner of the luxury Hôtel du Collectionneur, in a dispute with Hilton. The firm also handles arbitration and antitrust matters. The practice is led by experienced partners who both advise on M&A transactions and litigate: Yves Schmidt, Nicolas Viguié , Olivier Loizon and Martin Donato.

Leading individuals: Corporate and commercial litigation

Yves Schmidt - Viguié Schmidt & Associés

Next Generation Partners

Olivier Loizon - Viguié Schmidt & Associés

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France: Industry focus

Industry focus: Healthcare and life sciences
Industry focus: Healthcare and life sciences - ranked: tier 2

Viguié Schmidt & Associés

Etienne Gouesse and Iñaki Saint-Esteben jointly head the healthcare offering at Viguié Schmidt & Associés, which is particularly strong on the contentious side of the sector. With a focus on regulatory, commercial, antitrust and product liability issues, the team represents some leading names in the pharmaceutical industry.

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