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Administrative and public law
Emmanuelle Barbara - August Debouzy
August Debouzy’s ‘extremely reliable and trustworthy’ team ‘provides high-level service’ and is recommended for complex and sensitive matters. The practice, which fields over 30 lawyers, is involved in transaction-related work, strategic litigation, site closures and key issues such as Sunday work and the negotiation of working time collective agreements. Orange is a client. Virginie Devos is ‘extremely skilled at nailing some incredibly difficult legal issues’. Other key figures include Emmanuelle Barbara, Fabienne Haas, Marie-Hélène Bensadoun, Eric Manca, Catherine Le Manchec and Anaïs Qureshi.
August Debouzy produces ‘professional work and practical and pertinent answers in line with its clients’ goals’. Alexandra Cohen-Jonathan advises major insurance companies and industrial groups on policy and regulatory issues, as well as during product liability litigation. Chubb, Allianz Global Corporate & Speciality and Spie are clients.
Media and entertainment
Mergers and acquisitions
August Debouzy has a strong client base which includes several leading French corporations. The team recently advised Covéa Coopérations on the purchase of a 5% stake in Scor SE and acted for Total, Géostock and Inéos on the sale of Géosud to CNP Assurances. Rexel, BPI, Orange and Dassault Aviation are also clients. Key figures in the team include practice head Gilles August, Pierre Descheemaeker, Julien Aucomte and Julien Wagmann. Notably, the firm hired Jérôme Brosset from Brandford Griffith.
France: Dispute resolution
August Debouzy’s ‘very responsible and remarkably business-minded’ team also has ‘excellent English communication skills’. The firm represents many leading French corporations and international clients in commercial litigation, such as defending Orange in a dispute with Numéricable. Airbus and Cegid are also clients. The team is led by young, talented partners Kami Haeri, Marie Danis and Benjamin van Gaver. Carine Dupeyron joined Darrois Villey Maillot Brochier.
France: Industry focus
Healthcare and life sciences
IT, telecoms and the internet
August Debouzy has strong IT and contract expertise. The practice assists many leading French and international corporations, as well as software developers and Microsoft, which is a longstanding client. It advises on the implementation of complex IT infrastructure and also handles litigation. The firm recently represented Bureau Veritas during the renegotiation of an SaaS agreement with IBM and acted for investment software company Broadridge in negotiations with leading French banks. Accenture, Orange, Dassault Systèmes are also clients. Key figures include Mahasti Razavi and Florence Chafiol, who is also recommended for data matters and whose ‘openness and capacity to manage difficult situations’ are especially noted.
France: Intellectual property
The ‘very proactive, flexible and cost-efficient’ team at August Debouzy produces ‘creative solutions; there is always a solution’. The 11-lawyer team represents many leading companies in pan-European litigation and is especially strong in the healthcare sector. It successfully acted for Teva in challenging the validity of Merck’s patent on hair loss treatment finasteride. The firm is also representing Orange in a high-profile patent enforcement case against Free. The team is led by François Pochart and Grégoire Desrousseaux; ‘being both an engineer and a lawyer, he has a quick understanding of the issues and has a synthetic approach’.
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Offices in Paris
- Administrative and public law
- Dispute resolution : Commercial litigation
- Dispute resolution : White-collar crime
- Industry focus : Energy
- Industry focus : Healthcare and life sciences
- Industry focus : IT, telecoms and the internet
- Intellectual property : Patents
- Media and entertainment
- Mergers and acquisitions