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August Debouzy

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

Florence Chafiol

Tel:
Work +33 1 45 61 79 90
Email:
August Debouzy

Work Department

Media IP/IT.

Position

Partner - Florence Chafiol-Chaumont joined August & Debouzy in 1996 and practices in the “Commercial and IP/IT” department. She advises particularly on drafting contracts, negotiations related to new technology issues including internet, personal data protection, intellectual property and on commercial law in general. Commercial, Intellectual Property and New Technologies -IT -Distribution -Outsourcing -Personal Data Protection -E-commerce / internet -Web 2.0 -Media -Commercial law -Consumer law -Economic law.

Languages

English.

Education

University of Montpellier, DESS-DJCE in Business Law, 1995 University of Montpellier Magistùre DJCE, 1993-1995. University of Florida, Gainesville, “Contracts, Business Organization” diploma.


France

Media and entertainment

Within: Media and entertainment

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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France: Industry focus

Healthcare and life sciences

Within: Healthcare and life sciences

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

Within: IT, telecoms and the Internet

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

Within: Luxury goods

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 VĂ©ronique 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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