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August Debouzy

6-8, AVENUE DE MESSINE, 75008 PARIS, FRANCE
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Work +33 1 45 61 51 80
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Fax +33 1 45 61 51 99
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www.august-debouzy.com
Brussels, Paris

France

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

August Debouzy

August Debouzy provides ‘remarkable analysis in very short time frames’. The nine-lawyer team is ‘highly available to address clients’ numerous solicitations’ and has deep knowledge of public contracts and strong litigation expertise including on constitutional prejudicial questions. Leading French corporations, state-owned entities and international groups are clients, such as the French Ministry of Culture, EDF, Enedis, RATP, SNCF, Systra and Costco. The practice recently assisted Havas with investigations regarding conditions surrounding the awarding of the French Tech Night event organisation at Las Vegas, and represented Orange before French courts regarding constitutionality issues concerning tax legislation. The ‘powerful and complementary team’ is made up of Christian Pierret, Emmanuelle Mignon, a former Conseil d’Etat member whose ‘in-depth knowledge of the running of the French state and administration’ is a key asset, and the ‘smart’ Vincent Brenot who adds a more ‘operational and practical vision’.

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EU, competition and distribution
Other recommended firms - ranked: tier 1

August Debouzy

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Employment
Employment - ranked: tier 1

August Debouzy

August Debouzy’s highly experienced 26-lawyer team provides ‘great expertise’ as well as ‘practical advice’ to many leading French and international groups on their most challenging and large-scale projects such as plant closures, governmental investigations, mass redundancies and litigation and M&A transactions. Accenture, Alstom Power Systems, AstraZeneca, Delphi, Lapeyre and SNCF are clients. Emmanuelle Barbara particularly stands out, while Fabienne Haas, Marie-Hélène Bensadoun, Virginie Devos, Eric Manca, Catherine Le Manchec and Anaïs Qureshi are all highly recommended.

Leading individuals

Emmanuelle Barbara - August Debouzy

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Environment
Other recommended firms - ranked: tier 1

August Debouzy

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Insolvency
Insolvency - ranked: tier 4

August Debouzy

August Debouzy has ‘proven solid expertise’ and its lawyers show ‘high analytical abilities and are able to think outside the box’. The firm mainly represents SMEs and recently assisted Guy Dauphin Environnement in facing difficulties, and Saudi Oger during its safeguard proceedings. Laurent Cotret has ‘great knowledge, is always available and a great fighter’. Counsel Véronique Dobelle is also involved.

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Insurance
Insurance - ranked: tier 2

August Debouzy

Industrial risk and professional liability matters are the key focus of August Debouzy’s team. The group’s expertise takes in personal injury litigation, product liability and construction insurance, as well as arbitration before the International Arbitration Chamber of Paris. The insurance practice is a part of the firm’s litigation department and is led by Alexandra Cohen-Jonathan, who is particularly active for clients from the health, chemistry and agri-food sectors and has strengths advising on the civil liability of officers and directors. The department acts for a number of high-profile clients, with instructions including both high-value and mid-cap matters. A major highlight was acting for Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty (AGCS) in a summary proceeding brought against AGCS and several other parties following a flood in the basement of Station F, a start-up campus in Paris, arising from an alleged defect in the sprinkler system. The group is assisting SNCF Mobilités following a fatal train crash in the Parisian suburb of Brétigny-sur-Orge in 2013. On the non-contentious side, the department advised EDF Assurance on the redrafting of its insurance policies and coordinated the renewal of the liability insurances by way of tender. Chubb, Spie and Generali are other clients.

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Media and entertainment
Sports - ranked: tier 2

August Debouzy

August Debouzy’s six-partner multidisciplinary team regularly handles commercial contracts, IP, labour, tax and corporate law issues for sponsors, clubs and sport federations. In recent highlight work, the group advised a household sporting goods brand on an FCA investigation into the distribution of the sporting goods sector, with particular focus on online terms, and Mahasti Razavi is defending a major brand against a claim filed by one of its French distributors on the grounds of the sudden termination of their commercial relationship. Internet and new technology work also holds a strong presence in the firm’s caseload, as shown by the group’s advice to a social media network dedicated to sports on the management of its trademark portfolio and a cross-border trademark dispute. Additionally, Florence Chafiol assisted a video game company with the establishment of its French entities, its acquisition of another company and several consumer claims. Other key clients include Diables Rouges Holdings, Valenciennes FC, the International Ski Federation and Nike.

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Mergers and acquisitions
Mergers and acquisitions - ranked: tier 3

August Debouzy

The service provided at August Debouzy is ‘outstanding at every level’ and the team is ‘business-oriented and practical, while also having excellent technical expertise’. The group has notable sector strength in aeronautics, defence and energy, but is also active in mandates in the healthcare, IT and consumer credit and telecoms sectors. Name partner Gilles August heads the firm’s corporate practice and M&A specialist Julien Wagmann provides ‘good technical advice’. Pierre Descheemaeker and Julien Aucomte led advice to Covéa Corporations on its takeover bid for Eurosic sur Foncière de Paris. Other clients include Orange, Dassault Aviation and new client Quadran.

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Tax
Tax - ranked: tier 4

August Debouzy

August Debouzy advises companies on tax restructuring and M&A and private equity transactions. The firm notably assisted CEA as part of a consortium with the acquisition of Areva TA's shares held by Areva SA, and XL Airways with the acquisition of La Compagnie. The 12-lawyer practice is also sought after for litigation and complex negotiations with the tax administration. Xavier Rohmer and Philippe Lorentz are in charge.

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France: Dispute resolution

Commercial litigation
Dispute resolution: Commercial litigation - ranked: tier 3

August Debouzy

August Debouzy is able to ‘manage a large amount of work in a short amount of time’. The team, which has ‘real expertise’ and is ‘highly responsive’, is particularly active in industrial sectors such as defence, aviation and telecoms. Recent work includes handling commercial litigation and shareholders’ conflicts. Quadratus, Airbus DS and Cegid are clients. Key names in the practice are Marie Danis, whose ‘great experience and analysis skills allow her to anticipate critical issues and take the right decisions’ and Benjamin van Gaver. Kami Haeri is now at Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP. Newly appointed Paris bar vice-president Basile Ader recently joined from Cabinet d'Avocats Ader Jolibois.

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International arbitration
Other recommended firms - ranked: tier 1

August Debouzy

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White-collar crime
Other recommended firms - ranked: tier 1

August Debouzy

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France: Industry focus

Energy
Other recommended firms - ranked: tier 1

August Debouzy

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

August Debouzy

August Debouzy combines the expertise of its intellectual property, corporate, competition, litigation, employment and regulatory practices to service clients in the generics, medical device and cosmetics industries. On the contentious front, Alexandra Cohen-Jonathan is representing Lima in a damages claim brought by several hip prosthesis users, and François Pochart successfully represented Teva in a series of patent infringement claims against Warner Lambert and two Pfizer subsidiaries. Florence Chafiol assisted with the data privacy and protection issues of a new medical device that is also subject to an e-health application in France, and Julien Wagmann advised start-up Glowee on its venture capital funding. Regulatory expert Vincent Brenot and employment partner Virginie Devos are other names to note.

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IT, telecoms and the Internet
Industry focus: IT, telecoms and the Internet - ranked: tier 2

August Debouzy

August Debouzy’s team ‘is extremely good and consistently delivers a top-rate legal service’. The IT and telecoms offering, which recently gained eight new associates, ‘brings a huge amount of experience in corporate contracts’ and operates under the leadership of ‘outstanding professional’ and ‘formidable negotiator’ Mahasti Razavi and the ‘exceptionally user-friendly’ Florence Chafiol who ‘is on top of her field’. The team advised Bureau Veritas on a sensitive SaaS agreement with IBM and a global partnership agreement with AT&T, and Microsoft instructed the group to advise on a connected-car agreement with Renault. Transactional work included advising a consortium on an IT carve-out agreement as part of its acquisition of Areva’s nuclear propulsor and research reactor activities, and on the litigation front, the group defended Orange in a dispute brought by SFR-Numericable arising from the alleged breach of several agreements allowing Numericable to use Orange’s infrastructure to install fibre optic cables.

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Luxury goods
Industry focus: Luxury goods - ranked: tier 1

August Debouzy

August Debouzy’s luxury sector group advises clients such as Ferrari, Repossi and John Taylor on the full spectrum of IP issues, employment law, real estate matters and tax regulations. In recent work, counsel Véronique Dahan continues to assist a jewellery house with the protection and enforcement of its intellectual property rights, and Mahasti Razavi and counsel Renaud Christol handle all distribution and partnership agreements, consumer law and commercial law issues for a luxury fashion brand. Clients also seek out Florence Chafiol and Razavi’s IT and technology expertise for data privacy and protection issues, and the labour law group works alongside the white-collar crime unit to guide clients across governance obstacles and regulatory pitfalls. Other noteworthy names include tax specialist Xavier Rohmer, experienced litigator and arbitrator Kami Haeri and Fabienne Haas who is part of the employment practice.

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France: Intellectual property

Patents
Intellectual property: Patents - ranked: tier 2

August Debouzy

Grégoire Desrousseaux and François Pochart head August Debouzy’s patents offering which recently successfully closed a longstanding infringement claim on behalf of Pfeiffer Vacuum against Till Liquidating concerning plasma-generating technology. The firm also defended the French National Scientific Research Centre against a number of employee inventor claims, and senior associate Loïc Lemercier is working alongside Pochart to challenge the validity of the French part of a European patent owned by Merck before the French Supreme Court and to appeal the granting of a special protection certificate to Novartis. Other notable contacts include Mathilde Rauline who joined the firm as counsel in 2016 from a head of patent litigation position at Sanofi and has substantial experience in both litigious actions but also the management of patent portfolios.

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