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Administrative and public law
Other recommended firms - ranked: tier 1

BCTG Avocats

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Employment - ranked: tier 3

BCTG Avocats

BCTG Avocats has a ‘great team who is very hands-on and always looks for the best solution’. The six-lawyer practice regularly represents high-profile French, US and Asian corporations in sensitive mass litigation proceedings and advises on co-employment and restructuring issues. Other areas of expertise include outsourcing projects, Sunday work negotiations, asbestos exposure and managers’ departures. Practice head Sabine de Paillerets is ‘very much involved and wants the best for her clients’.

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France: Industry focus

Industry focus: Energy - ranked: tier 2

BCTG Avocats

The ‘client-oriented’ BCTG Avocats ‘provides high quality work’, is ‘expert in renewable energies’, has ‘great expertise in public, environmental and energy law’ and ‘a high success rate in litigation’. The ‘creative and available’ team, which is ‘responsive and understands its clients’ objectives and constraints’, is involved in some of France’s largest offshore wind farm projects for key client EDF Energies Nouvelles. It is notably assisting Eolien Maritime France in dealing with highly sensitive litigation where authorisations delivered for the St Nazaire, Fécamp and Courseulles-sur-mer offshore windfarm projects are at stake. The team also advises on M&A, corporate, financing and other related matters and assisted EDF Energies Nouvelles with its potential acquisition of a majority stake in Futuren. Valorem and Voltalia are also clients. The team is led by Paul Elfassi whose ‘high expertise and renewables energy sector knowledge’ is second-to-none, Catherine Dupuy-Burin des Roziers who has ‘major experience in complex projects’ and Diane Mouratoglou. Also recommended is counsel Alain de Rougé who is praised for his ‘drafting and negotiating skills’. Former counsel Paul-Henri Dubois is now at Meridian.

Leading individuals

Paul Elfassi - BCTG Avocats (energy regulatory)

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IT, telecoms and the Internet
Industry focus: IT, telecoms and the Internet - ranked: tier 3

BCTG Avocats

BCTG Avocats’ client roster includes a number of household names in a wide array of industry sectors such as retail, consumer goods and luxury. The group’s data protection offering rest on the shoulders of of counsel François-Xavier Boulin who advises a global sports goods name on data privacy aspects of its digital marketing and commerce strategy; he also represented a mobile games developer in pre-litigation against another developer which released a product infringing one of the client’s held rights. Practice head Gaëlle Bloret-Pucci acted for a number of clients in the roll-out of digital platforms and is a key contact alongside associates Pierre Trusson and Georgina van der Heijden.

Next generation lawyers

François-Xavier Boulin - BCTG Avocats

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France: Intellectual property

Trade marks, designs and copyright
Trade marks, designs and copyright - ranked: tier 2

BCTG Avocats

BCTG Avocats ‘stands out in terms of responsiveness, professionalism and practical advice’ and fields intellectual property specialists which ‘are very proactive at suggesting enforcement strategies to help clients combat counterfeits and other infringements’. In recent highlights, associate Georgina van der Heijden, who ‘stands out’ and ‘is a pleasure to work with’, teamed up with practice head Gaëlle Bloret-Pucci to handle a complex trade mark infringement case on behalf of Converse, as well as ongoing brand protection work for a number of household clothing brands involving customs seizures and criminal proceedings. Other names to note include associate Pierre Trusson, who is part of a team acting for a jeweller in copyright infringement proceedings, and counsel François-Xavier Boulin, who is assisting a major technology company with copyrights issues related to a decorative feature on the side of its headquarters.

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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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    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.

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    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 .
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