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France

Administrative and public law
Administrative and public law - ranked: tier 5

Altana

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Construction
Construction - ranked: tier 1

Altana

Altana is instructed by many of France’s leading engineering companies to advise on public and private sector projects in France and abroad. The firm has particular knowledge of FIDIC and NEC engineering and construction contracts. It has recently assisted clients with contractual matters linked to the construction of tunnels and a French harbour. It also has strong expertise in representing clients in disputes before the courts and state authorities. Bouygues Construction, Vinci Construction and Spie Batignolles are clients. The nine-lawyer team is led by the highly experienced Christophe Lapp, Louis des Cars and François Muller.

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Dispute resolution: International arbitration
Dispute resolution: International arbitration - ranked: tier 5

Altana

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Dispute resolution: White-collar crime
Dispute resolution: White-collar crime - ranked: tier 3

Altana

Altana¬†has a ‚Äėvery good criminal litigation practice and does what it takes to win a case‚Äô. The ‚Äėexperienced‚Äô Philippe Goossens¬†is highly regarded and regularly handles sensitive cases, including money-laundering, international corruption and criminal labour law matters.

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EU, competition and distribution
EU, competition and distribution - ranked: tier 3

Altana

The competition and antitrust offering at¬†Altana¬†covers antitrust litigation, merger clearance and distribution matters under the joint leadership of¬†Marie Hindr√©,¬†Fr√©d√©ric Manin¬†and¬†Jean-Philippe Thibault. A team including counsel¬†Lucie Giret¬†- who recently arrived from¬†De Gaulle Fleurance & Associ√©s¬†- recently acted for AG2R La Mondiale and Matmut on the competition aspects of their merger, which created one of the largest insurance groups in France. Contentious highlights include Manin's advice to a major automobile company on a standalone private enforcement claim brought by a former service provider seeking compensation for losses incurred due to alleged anticompetitive behaviour by the client. In other highlights, Hindr√© continues to advise UGI on its acquisition of Totalgaz and the challenge to the FCA's merger clearance decision by a competitor. Beno√ģt Van B√©sien¬†and¬†Sylvie Grando¬†(both counsel) are also key names to note.

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Employment
Employment - ranked: tier 2

Altana

Altana¬†acts for a French and international client base, which includes major insurance groups, industrial companies and Japanese corporations. The team handles high-value work and stands out in particular for insolvency-related cases and advice on data protection issues. The practice is also managing restructuring and mass litigation claims. It is notably representing Pfizer in a dispute regarding a redundancy plan. The team also advises in the context of M&A transactions and assisted H√©diard and Do&Co in managing employment aspects linked to the 2018 Grand Prix France Formula 1 event competition. In other work, the team assists insurance companies with protection and benefits issues. Other clients include Airbus, BASF and Bouygues Construction. Micka√ęl d‚ÄôAllende¬†and Pierre Lubet¬†jointly head the team. Marianne Franjou joined FLV & Associ√©s.

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Insolvency
Insolvency - ranked: tier 2

Altana

Altana¬†stands out for its involvement in litigation, where it ‚Äėprovides innovative ideas and regular follow ups‚Äô. The highly experienced nine-lawyer team is also valued for its ‚Äėability to stick to its position and focus on what is needed to protect its clients' interests‚Äô. The practice, which primarily acts for debtors and shareholders, regularly advises on key matters and recently handled highlight work in the retail, press and IT sectors. The team assisted D‚ÄôAucy with the takeover of William Saurin's ready-made meal division together with LBO France, which led to the opening of France's first Stage III antitrust merger control proceedings. It also advised Cecab as both shareholder and supplier on Duc's restructuring and subsequent sale to Plukon Food. The practice also stands out for its involvement in restructuring cases involving foundations, mutual insurance groups and public procurement contracts. Practice co-heads¬†Michel Jockey¬†and Pierre-Gilles Wogue¬†are key contacts. Julien Balensi¬†is also noted.

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Insurance
Insurance - ranked: tier 3

Altana

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France: Dispute resolution

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

Altana

Altana‚Äôs ‚Äėcommercial, practical and responsive‚Äô team ‚Äėunderstands its clients very well and does what it takes to win a case‚Äô. The firm has the resources and ability to handle a wide range of matters, such as commercial, financial, corporate and product liability disputes. It represents high-profile French and international groups, including Asian clients and prominent companies in the pharmaceutical, telecoms and insurance sectors. The firm also handles mediation proceedings and cross-border matters. Arkema, Bouygues and Onxeo are clients. Key names in the practice include Christophe Lapp;¬†Guillaume Forbin, who is¬†‚Äėvery easy to work with and a great team leader‚Äô;¬†Val√©rie Lafarge-Sarkozy;¬†Julien Balensi;¬†Armand Aviges;¬†and the ‚Äėexperienced‚Äô¬†Jean-Philippe Thibault, who has ‚Äėan excellent track record‚Äô.

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France: Industry focus

Industry focus: Healthcare and life sciences
Industry focus: Healthcare and life sciences - ranked: tier 3

Altana

The healthcare and life sciences product liability team at Altana represents pharmaceutical companies in domestic and international litigation, M&A transactions and intellectual property matters. Three partners - Armand Aviges, Jean-Nicolas Soret and Frank Valentin - jointly lead the practice, which is currently handling patent litigation pertaining to inventor rights. Soret advised Safe Orthopaedics on the signing of an exclusive marketing agreement, and led the advice to DocteGestio regarding its takeover of three private healthcare facilities. In other highlights, corporate partner Gilles Gaillard recently acted for Europharma on its acquisition of a majority stake in a subsidiary of a leading global pharmaceutical company and its industrial partnership with the latter.

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

Altana

Pierre Lubet, Frank Valentin and Jean-Guy Ruffray are the senior names to note within the IT and data protection team at Altana. Valentin and counsel Charlotte Hébert-Salomon are representing an insurance broker in proceedings against two IT providers on the grounds of a contract breach arising from their failure to complete an integration project. Heavyweight technology clients also appoint the firm to advise on e-commerce and online distribution matters, contractual issues, data privacy and regulatory compliance, and unfair competition claims arising from allegations of restricted access to internet and telecom services.

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France: Intellectual property

Intellectual property: Patents
Intellectual property: Patents - ranked: tier 3

Altana

The four-partner team at Altana advises French and international clients on the protection and enforcement of their intangible assets and recently strengthened its offering through the promotion to partner of Jean-Guy Ruffray and the promotion to counsel of Charlotte Hébert-Salomon. In recent highlights, Frank Valentin, Armand Aviges and senior associate Cédric Meiller acted on a number of sensitive and high-stakes patent litigation cases in the technology and healthcare sectors. Alongside the contentious aspect of its practice, the team also advises on the negotiation of licensing agreements and the prosecution of patents. Pierre Lubet is also a partner within the team.

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Intellectual property: Trade marks and designs
Intellectual property: Trade marks and designs - ranked: tier 2

Altana

Altana's intellectual property team acts for its French and international clients on the protection, enforcement and commercialisation of their intangible assets. Frank Valentin and recently promoted counsel Charlotte Hébert-Salomon 'spend time learning the ins and outs of their clients' business cultures' and 'take feedback to constantly adapt and improve their service'. Along with sensitive and high-profile trade mark and design infringement litigation proceedings, the team also advised on the renegotiation of licence and coexistence agreements and the setting up of exclusive distribution networks. Other key names to note include Pierre Lubet, Armand Aviges, senior associate Cédric Meiller and Jean-Guy de Ruffray, who was recently promoted to partner.

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Intellectual property: copyright
Intellectual property: copyright - ranked: tier 2

Altana

Altana's copyright offering is especially strong in the digital world, where it advises on both transactions and litigation. Frank Valentin and recently promoted counsel Charlotte Hébert-Salomon continue to assist a major technology player with the day-to-day copyright issues arising from its audiovisual production activities in France and the EU, and Pierre Lubet is currently collaborating with Jean-Guy de Ruffray to advise a high-profile individual in the haute couture world on an action against a former designer on the grounds of moral rights infringement. The group also advised on the negotiation of licence contracts, liability reviews and pre-litigation matters.

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