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France

Administrative and public law
Administrative and public law - ranked: tier 4

Herald Avocats

Herald Avocats' five-lawyer team has strong public sector and urban-planning expertise. The firm notably advises towns on the defence of building permits and major property developers on obtaining urban-planning authorisations. The practice is also assisting clients with urban law matters relating to the construction of an office tower and a luxury hotel. The practice also has good knowledge of public law contracts and projects. It is representing Philips France in an administrative dispute with the Agen hospital over the supply of medical devices. La Poste, the Department of Yvelines and the City of Issy-les-Moulineaux are clients. Marc Bellanger heads the practice, and Donatien De Bailliencourt is also recommended.

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Dispute resolution: White-collar crime
Dispute resolution: White-collar crime - ranked: tier 4

Herald Avocats

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EU, competition and distribution
EU, competition and distribution - ranked: tier 5

Herald Avocats

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Employment
Employment - ranked: tier 4

Herald Avocats

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Environment
Environment - ranked: tier 3

Herald Avocats

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Insurance
Insurance - ranked: tier 3

Herald Avocats

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Media and entertainment
Art - ranked: tier 2

Herald Avocats

Music - ranked: tier 1

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Television and Radio - ranked: tier 1

Herald Avocats

The IP/IT department at Herald Avocats consists of Jean Castelain and counsel Juliette Félix, who recently represented France Télévisions in several defamation proceedings, one of which was filed by a foreign government after two of the client's journalists referred to it as a 'dictatorship' in a documentary programme. Recent work in the music and art spaces includes contractual disputes, litigation pertaining to copyright issues and anti-fraud cases. Associate Rebecca Nahon recently joined the firm from VIGO Cabinet d'Avocats.

Leading individuals: Music

Jean Castelain - Herald Avocats

Next Generation Partners: Music

Juliette FĂ©lix - Herald Avocats

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Tax
Tax - ranked: tier 5

Herald Avocats

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France: Industry focus

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

Herald Avocats

Herald Avocats has an established presence in the media and entertainment sectors, where it advises on data privacy and technology law. Anne Cousin heads the offering and provides regular and ongoing advice on GDPR compliance. In other highlights, she handled the IT aspects of corporate transactions and is currently acting in two litigation proceedings arising from software infringement and counterfeiting. Associate Cloé Lescourret recently joined from Bersay & Associés.

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France: Intellectual property

Intellectual property: copyright
Intellectual property: copyright - ranked: tier 3

Herald Avocats

Herald Avocats' client roster includes TV broadcasters, literature and music publishers, production companies, research institutes and industrial groups. Jean Castelain and Richard Milchior jointly head the offering with the support of counsel Juliette Félix. Recent highlights include a number of copyright infringement disputes in the music space, as well as a dispute over the copyright aspects of the use of medical software following the dissolution of the inventor partnership.

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  • CHINA - PERSONAL TAXATION AND SOCIAL SECURITY : CHINESE AND FOREIGN NATIONALS ON AN EQUAL FOOTING

    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.
  • MOROCCO TO BECOME THE LEADING FINANCIAL PLACE IN AFRICA

    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.
  • ACQUISITIONS IN CHINA : ASSET OR SHARE DEAL?

    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.
  • Prime de Partage des Profits

    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
  • BULGARIA MARKET OVERVIEW

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  • RECENT DEVELOPMENTS REGARDING COMMITMENTS

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  • 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 .
  • ActualitĂ© lĂ©gislative 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.
  • RĂ©forme fiscale

    À la une Parmi les mesures annoncées par le Premier Ministre dans le cadre du plan de réduction des déficits, deux d’entre elles sont susceptibles d’affecter de nombreuses entreprises