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France

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

De Gaulle Fleurance & Associés

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Employment
Other recommended firms - ranked: tier 1

De Gaulle Fleurance & Associés

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Media and entertainment
Cinema - ranked: tier 1

De Gaulle Fleurance & Associés

Sports - ranked: tier 2

De Gaulle Fleurance & Associés

Television and radio - ranked: tier 2

De Gaulle Fleurance & Associés

De Gaulle Fleurance & Associésis highly experienced in sports law and the organisation of mass events which enables its lawyers to quickly understand the issues at hand and provide quick, useful advice’. The firm’s multidisciplinary offering features the ‘client-focused and quick-thinking’ Rhadamès Killy and Jean-François Vilotte, who ‘is able to immediately line up the appropriate team for the issues at stake’. The media law branch of the firm mainly revolves around intellectual property experts such as Charles-Edouard Renault and Julien Horn, who were recently joined by Philippe Moncorps from an in-house position at TF1. Louis de Gaulle handles a series of copyright infringement disputes and negotiated contracts for the use of copyrighted material, the production of television series and movies, and product placements in feature films. Georgie Courtois defended Twentieth Century Fox against unfair competition and copyright infringement claims arising from the client’s allegedly illegal distribution of the film Avatar. Serge Lederman is the key contact for art-related matters.

Leading individuals

Charles-Edouard Renault - De Gaulle Fleurance & Associés

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Tax
Tax - ranked: tier 4

De Gaulle Fleurance & Associés

De Gaulle Fleurance & Associés is entrusted by leading French and major international corporations. The 12-lawyer team provides full-service expertise with particular strength in handling sensitive tax litigation, but is also recommended for property tax and private client issues. The firm recently assisted Icade with its high-profile merger with Holdco Siic. Henri-Nicolas Fleurance, Blaise Philippe Chaumont, Vincent Schmitt and Gilbert Ladreyt are highly experienced. Senior counsel Frédéric Paquet is another name to note.

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France: Banking and finance

Transactional work
Other recommended firms - ranked: tier 1

De Gaulle Fleurance & Associés

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France: Dispute resolution

International arbitration
Other recommended firms - ranked: tier 1

De Gaulle Fleurance & Associés

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France: Industry focus

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

De Gaulle Fleurance & Associés

De Gaulle Fleurance & Associés’ team advises healthcare and life sciences clients on a vast array of issues in the fields of competition, intellectual property, insurance and commercial law. Cécile Théard-Jallu and Jean-Marie Job recently assisted DietSensor with the parallel launch of a new connected nutrition scanning device in France and the US, and Blandine Fauran collaborated with intellectual property partner Francine Le Péchon-Joubert to assist a pharmaceutical laboratory with allegedly unlawful and misleading advertising in the context of a convention. Other notable work included assisting a pharmaceutical company with a claim for the misappropriation of data files and libel related to the change of regional distributor. Senior manager Lionel Attal has extensive experience in commercial contracts and is a notable contact alongside public law partner Frédéric Destal.

Leading individuals

Jean-Marie Job - De Gaulle Fleurance & Associés (litigation, regulatory)

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

De Gaulle Fleurance & Associés

A continuation of its strong media and entertainment practice, De Gaulle Fleurance & Associés’ IT and telecoms offering provides clients with advice on regulations, transactions and commercial agreements as well as on contentious matters. Julien Horn and Louis de Gaulle worked alongside new hire Philippe Moncorps, who arrived from an in-house position at TF1, to represent a major television network in copyright and trade mark infringement proceedings against a leading telecoms provider related to the expiration of broadcasting licenses. On the fintech front, Anne-Hélène le Trocquer advised BPCE on an agreement with Apple regarding the implementation of a contactless payment system, and assisted the same client with the takeover of a start-up. Other notable work highlights included assisting with a subsea telecoms cable project in Latin America, anti-counterfeiting campaigns and the development of IT tools. Other notable clients are Adobe, Microsoft and Dassault System.

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France: Intellectual property

Patents
Intellectual property: Patents - ranked: tier 3

De Gaulle Fleurance & Associés

De Gaulle Fleurance & Associés’ intellectual property team regularly advises on patent issues, especially in the context of contractual matters pertaining to the transfer of ownership rights and research and development projects. Recent highlights include advising a client on the implementation of its inventions and patents policy towards its employees, as well as handling consortium agreements. Louis De Gaulle and Francine Le Péchon-Joubert are regularly supported by healthcare sector specialist Jean-Marie Job and senior counsel Jean-Sébastien Mariez.

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Trade marks, designs and copyright
Trade marks, designs and copyright - ranked: tier 2

De Gaulle Fleurance & Associés

De Gaulle Fleurance & Associés advises clients on transactional and litigious intellectual property issues. Louis de Gaulle acted for toys and games company Goliath in several litigious proceedings aiming to protect the client’s trade marks from immoral use by competitors, and Julien Horn continues to assist a longstanding client with the validation of movie titles and the protection of its trade mark portfolio which recently involved actions against distributors of counterfeit merchandise. Clients also recommend Francine le Péchon-Joubert, who is representing a trading company in its appeal against the court’s decision to condemn it for the import and distribution of infringing products, and Charles-Edouard Renault, who advised clients in the audio-visual production space on IP aspects of an exclusive output deal for a well-known television series. Other noteworthy clients include Château de Versailles, Microsoft and Twentieth Century Fox.

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Legal Developments in France

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  • The new French regulation applying to national insurance contributions for managers and shareholders

    French insurance contributions on executive and shareholder remuneration (pay + dividends) have been substantially increased by the National Insurance Funding for 2013 Act, No. 2012-1404, of 17th December 2012. Until 31st December 2012, all dividends were subject to national insurance contributions on unearned income but henceforth, under Article L136-3 of the National Insurance Code, amended by Act No. 2012-1404, certain dividends   are considered as pay received by executives and shareholders and are therefore subject to the national insurance contributions on pay. The Act also abolished the ceiling on health insurance contributions payable by the self-employed and all this means that businesses must rethink the way that they have been structured until now.
  • 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

    Types of investors The private equity (PE) funds that are active in Bulgaria are not raised or registered in the country. Some Bulgarian PE funds were raised recently, but there are no statistics as to the sources of their funding, their number, the funds that were accumulated, etc.
  • RECENT DEVELOPMENTS REGARDING COMMITMENTS

    THE PROCEDURE IS CLARIFIED, BUT MAY COMMITMENTS APPLY WITHOUT LIMIT?
  • 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 .
  • Actualité législative 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.