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Hogan Lovells (Paris) LLP


France

Administrative and public law
Administrative and public law - ranked: tier 3

Hogan Lovells (Paris) LLP

Hogan Lovells (Paris) LLP has strong PPP and public law contract expertise. The firm is regularly retained by government entities to advise on large transport infrastructure projects in France and also in Africa. The five-lawyer team is currently involved in several strategic projects including assisting ADP with the Paris – Charles de Gaulle airport express rail project, and advising the French government on the awarding of the A45 motorway concession contract. The practice is also advising on key projects in the tourism, defence and energy sectors. AccorHotels Arena, Babcok International and ABB are clients. Practice head Bruno Cantier and Ludovic Babin are highly regarded.

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Aviation
Aviation - ranked: tier 1

Hogan Lovells (Paris) LLP

Hogan Lovells (Paris) LLP’s practice group focuses heavily on litigation and arbitration proceedings, with Thomas Rouhette specialising in product liability cases and Laurent Gouiffès providing strong expertise in high-profile arbitration and mediation mandates. The firm largely acts for manufacturers, insurers and reinsurers.

Leading individuals

Thomas Rouhette - Hogan Lovells (Paris) LLP

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Compliance
Compliance - ranked: tier 2

Hogan Lovells (Paris) LLP

Hogan Lovells (Paris) LLP advises on the implementation of anti-corruption, antitrust and other international compliance programmes, such as the World Bank’s. The practice also deals with French and international investigations and is assisting clients with separate French Competition Authority and World Bank investigations. Antonin Lévy and Eric Paroche are the main contacts.

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Derivatives, structured finance and securitisation
Derivatives, structured finance and securitisation - ranked: tier 1

Hogan Lovells (Paris) LLP

Hogan Lovells (Paris) LLP has broad experience in structured finance, derivatives and securitisation mandates. Key names include practice head Sharon Lewis, who also directs the firm’s global finance and international debt capital markets group; Baptiste Gelpi; and Katia Merlini, who was promoted to the partnership in January 2017. Areas of expertise include equity-linked securities, corporate bonds and structured products, such as repackagings, as well as covered bonds and financial restructuring. A major highlight was assisting Crédit Agricole with the approximately €1.1bn securitisation of receivables from housing loans for thirty-nine regional banks. Other clients include EDF, Edmond de Rothschild (France), BNP Paribas and the Islamic Corporation for the Development of the Private Sector.

Leading individuals

Sharon Lewis - Hogan Lovells (Paris) LLP (securitisation)

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

Hogan Lovells (Paris) LLP

Hogan Lovells (Paris) LLP’s competition and distribution team recently doubled in size with the arrival of François Brunet and associates Céline Verney and Victor Levy from Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP. The team, which is jointly headed by Brunet and Eric Paroche, acted for telecoms player Altice in a gun-jumping investigation by the European Commission, and successfully obtained the termination of a European cartel investigation on behalf of Faurecia. On the transactional front, Paroche led the advice to HNA and its subsidiary Gategroup with regards to its acquisition of Servair; he was supported by senior associate Jean-Sébastien Duprey, who also assisted Pertamina with competition aspects of its €1.3bn public offer over oil company Maurel & Prom.

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Employment
Employment - ranked: tier 3

Hogan Lovells (Paris) LLP

Hogan Lovells (Paris) LLP advises many highly-profile Anglophone clients, as well as some major French corporations, including leading names in the life sciences, luxury goods and financial services sectors. The 14-lawyer team is adept at advising on restructuring, site closure, contract status and mass litigation issues and recently assisted key client MSD with the sale of one of Schering-Plough's industrial sites in France as well as Bpifrance with the setting up of a new employees' collective status scheme. Dominique Mendy heads the practice, which also includes Thierry Meillat and Muriel Pariente.

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Insolvency
Insolvency - ranked: tier 3

Hogan Lovells (Paris) LLP

Hogan Lovells (Paris) LLP is ‘one of the key players as banks’ adviser on the French restructuring market’. The practice is ‘good in negotiations and keen to find innovative solutions’ and was recently involved in several landmark cases. It represented a Natixis’ banking pool on Necotrans’ restructuring, and Bof NY Mellon as trustee in the CGG case. Cécile Dupoux heads the practice and counsel Romain de Ménonville, who joined from White & Case LLP, combines ‘perfect knowledge of the banking world, and of the insolvency and restructuring stakeholders’ with a ‘constant concern about defending his clients’ interests in the best possible way’.

Next generation lawyers

Romain de Ménonville - Hogan Lovells (Paris) LLP

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Insurance
Insurance - ranked: tier 1

Hogan Lovells (Paris) LLP

At ‘top-tier firm’ Hogan Lovells (Paris) LLP, ‘the partners and associates work closely together to deliver concise and commercially savvy advice’. The team not only has ‘a very good grasp of the French regulatory environment, but also possesses an excellent understanding of cross-border issues’ and stands out through its ‘extremely quick turn-around times and detailed, yet practical answers’. The group has a strong focus on corporate and regulatory work, alongside its proven strength in litigation. ‘True expert’ Sébastien Gros, who is ‘always on the spot’ and known for his ‘precise advice’, jointly heads the team with Thomas Rouhette. Finance expert Sharon Lewis lends support in capital markets-related insurance matters and ‘excellent’ senior associate Ghina Farah ‘is a pleasure to work with’. The team advised CNP Assurances on its partnership with AG2R La Mondiale, structured as a joint venture with AG2R La Mondiale’s retirement savings subsidiary Arial Assurance, which had a total value of €12bn in transferred insurance commitments. Other work includes acting for Boeing insurer Global Aerospace in defending claims brought by over 500 claimants following the crash of flight Flash Airlines B-737 in the Red Sea in 2004. Scor, Allianz and AXA are also clients.

Leading individuals

Sébastien Gros - Hogan Lovells (Paris) LLP (regulatory and corporate)

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Mergers and acquisitions
Mergers and acquisitions - ranked: tier 3

Hogan Lovells (Paris) LLP

Hogan Lovells (Paris) LLP acts for public and private companies from a range of sectors, including financial services, manufacturing, energy, TMT, life sciences and consumer and retail. The department is particularly strong in cross-border transactions, but also undertakes domestic mandates. Jean-Marc Franceschi, Xavier Doumen and Stéphane Huten are the practice heads; their combined expertise includes corporate governance, securities law and private equity as well as experience in joint ventures, spin-offs and recapitalisations. The team assisted Pertamina with its €1.4bn acquisition of Maurel & Prom, and advised EDF on the sale of its stake in its Hungarian subsidiary EDF Demasz Zrt to EKNSZ. Another highlight was advising HNA Partners on its acquisition of over 49.9% of Servair from Air France. Other clients include Airbus, Honeywell and AXA.

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Project finance
Project finance - ranked: tier 2

Hogan Lovells (Paris) LLP

Hogan Lovells (Paris) LLP is retained by lenders and state entities to advise on large transport infrastructure projects in France and Francophone Africa. The firm is notably assisting African Development Bank, Islamic Development Bank and Agence Française de Développement with Dakar’s new international airport project, as well as ADP with the Charles de Gaulle airport-Paris Express rail project in France. The ten-lawyer team also advises state entities, sponsors and lenders on power and renewables projects in France and Africa. It is advising the Government of Burkina Faso on one thermal power plant and five solar power plant projects. Ludovic Babin, Bruno Cantier and finance expert Olivier Fille-Lambie are the key contacts.

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Real estate
Real estate - ranked: tier 3

Hogan Lovells (Paris) LLP

Hogan Lovells (Paris) LLP’s six-lawyer team advises major French and international property investors on office building and property portfolio investments, assists companies with major office and commercial leases, and is also active in the hotel sector. It represented 25 Hours in the negotiation of a hotel management agreement relating to Terminus Nord Hotel in Paris. Sagax, AEW Europe/Ciloger, CDC and Groupama Gan Reim are other key clients. Practice head Corinne Knopp is ‘always business-oriented and an excellent negotiator’. Counsel Laure Nguyen advises on urbanism and environment issues and Michaël Lévy recently joined from Bersay & Associés.

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Tax
Other recommended firms - ranked: tier 1

Hogan Lovells (Paris) LLP

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France: Aviation

Aviation finance
Aviation finance - ranked: tier 2

Hogan Lovells (Paris) LLP

Hogan Lovells (Paris) LLP’s team ‘demonstrates expert knowledge and skills together with a top-notch ability for execution’. The group has ‘an encyclopaedic knowledge of the asset financing industry’ and provides clients with ‘a true sense of partnership between the lawyers and their clients’. The department has a varied workload ranging from credit export agency financings to acquisition financing and pre-delivery payment financings, frequently with an international element. The ‘excellent’ and ‘extremely responsive and commercial’ Alexander Premont, who is dual-qualified in English and French law, ‘treats every matter with the utmost importance and professionalism whatever its size or value’; he jointly heads the team with Olivier Fille-Lambie. Highlights included advising Chinese investment company HNA Group on its $1.2bn takeover offer for airline catering company gategroup, and assisting the same client with its acquisition of an approximately 50% stake in Servair from Air France. The team also assisted GE Capital Equipment Finance with the disposal of its portfolio of corporate jet financings in the UK and France. Babcock International Group, Natixis and UBS are other clients. Richard Jadot joined HFW

Next generation lawyers

Alexander Premont - Hogan Lovells (Paris) LLP

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France: Banking and finance

Transactional work
Banking and finance: Transactional work - ranked: tier 3

Hogan Lovells (Paris) LLP

The ‘excellent’ Hogan Lovells (Paris) LLP provides ‘a broad range of financing expertise’ and ‘a highly experienced team of lawyers capable of offering expert advice in both French and English law’. Key advisers Michel Quéré and English-qualified ‘impressive negotiator’ Alexander Premont specialise in corporate, acquisition, real estate, asset and insurance finance, but also undertake work in debt restructuring. The group has a regional focus on Africa, where its knowledge of commodities and export finance is a strength. Recent highlights include advising IDI and Orca on the financing of the acquisition of an Italian target, involving a senior acquisition financing and a mezzanine unitranche financing. The firm was appointed to the panel of HSBC France and counts Swissport, Europcar and Colina Capital as clients. Julien Martinet was a new arrival from Jeantet.

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France: Capital markets

Debt
Capital markets: Debt - ranked: tier 2

Hogan Lovells (Paris) LLP

Hogan Lovells (Paris) LLP advises on domestic and cross-border debt instruments, including Euro private placements, green bonds, social impact bonds and sukuk offerings. Global finance group head Sharon Lewis, who also leads the firm’s international debt capital markets practice, and Baptiste Gelpi, who heads the debt capital markets team in Paris, are the key names. Recent highlights include advising EDF on several bond issues totalling over €5bn, including Formosa and green bonds, and assisting the Islamic Corporation for the Development of the Private Sector as the arranger of three sukuk offerings in Ivory Coast, Senegal and Togo. The team also advised the Association for the Right to the Economic Initiative on the legal structure of the first social impact bond in France. Crédit Agricole Corporate & Investment Bank, Céréa Partenaire and Edmond de Rothschild (France) are other clients.

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France: Dispute resolution

Commercial litigation
Dispute resolution: Commercial litigation - ranked: tier 2

Hogan Lovells (Paris) LLP

Hogan Lovells (Paris) LLP ‘responds very quickly’. The large 25-lawyer practice ranks among the best firms for product liability cases. It has ‘an amazing team of brilliant lawyers’, who have ‘very good knowledge and understanding of the business and issues at stake’ in the healthcare sector. The firm is notably defending a provider of certification services against liability claims resulting from its certification of French breast implant manufacturer Pip, and is acting for Brainlab in proceedings arising from patients’ alleged over-exposure to radiation in French hospitals. Practice head Cécile Derycke ‘is one of the best litigators in France for the defence of pharmaceutical companies and medical device manufacturers in national and cross-border cases, and heads a team of young, promising and brilliant lawyers’. Thomas Rouhette is managing very sensitive product liability cases in the aviation sector for Boeing (Flash Airlines and West Caribbean Airways cases). Christine Gateau is another key contact. The practice also handles commercial litigation. The hiring of Julien Martinet from Jeantet adds banking litigation expertise.

Leading individuals

Cécile Derycke - Hogan Lovells (Paris) LLP

Thomas Rouhette - Hogan Lovells (Paris) LLP

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International arbitration
Dispute resolution: International arbitration - ranked: tier 3

Hogan Lovells (Paris) LLP

Hogan Lovells (Paris) LLP's 11-lawyer Paris practice ‘displays a healthy level of professionalism’, ‘commitment and dedication’ and particularly focuses on the energy, construction and engineering sectors, while also being increasingly involved in the media industry. The team handles investment and commercial arbitrations linked with projects in the Middle East, Africa and Latin America and is notably defending the Republic of Venezuela in several large ICSID expropriation cases in the coffee, fertilizer and food sectors. The firm also successfully acted for Edenred in a ICSID dispute with Hungary. Samsung Engineering is also a client. Practice head Laurent Gouiffès is a strong practitioner, as is Carmen Nuñez-Lagos who ‘understands the European arbitration and enforcement environment, while also mastering the Latin American system’. Thomas Kendra was promoted to the partnership.

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White-collar crime
Dispute resolution: White-collar crime - ranked: tier 2

Hogan Lovells (Paris) LLP

The ‘excellent’ Hogan Lovells (Paris) LLP is ‘responsive, provides good advice in English and French and is a safe pair of hands’. The five-lawyer team is managing a prominent caseload including sensitive political, tax fraud, corruption and financial services matters; it also regularly deals with international issues and has particular experience in advising on compliance issues, and in the context of external or internal investigations for leading French companies. It is representing Google France in a tax fraud case, former Prime Minister and former presidential candidate François Fillon in the Penelopegate case, as well as LVMH’s security director. Bouygues, SNCF Réseau, Airbus and Renault are other key clients. Antonin Lévy is highly recommended.

Next generation lawyers

Antonin Lévy - Hogan Lovells (Paris) LLP

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France: Industry focus

Energy
Other recommended firms - ranked: tier 1

Hogan Lovells (Paris) LLP

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Healthcare and life sciences
Industry focus: Healthcare and life sciences - ranked: tier 1

Hogan Lovells (Paris) LLP

Hogan Lovells (Paris) LLP’s multidisciplinary team is headed by Cécile Derycke and advises on the whole array of contractual, corporate, intellectual property, competition and real estate issues. The group is leading the global defence of a provider of certification services in product liability proceedings arising from the allegedly inappropriate certification of French breast implant manufacturer PIP, and Stanislas Roux-Vaillard is acting for Lilly in a generic attack on its oncology product Alimta. On the corporate front, Dominique Mendy advised Merck on the termination of its vaccine joint venture with Sanofi, and Mikael Salmela was instructed by a global neurovascular company to oversee the reorganisation of its distribution business in Europe after its acquisition of a privately held company. Winston Maxwell, Eric Paroche and counsel Patrice Navarro are other names to note.

Leading individuals

Cécile Derycke - Hogan Lovells (Paris) LLP (litigation)

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

Hogan Lovells (Paris) LLP

The ‘very pragmatic and reactive’ TMT team at Hogan Lovells (Paris) LLP covers corporate, employment, litigation and competition law in the IT, telecoms and technology space. Recommended dispute resolution expert Christine Gateau is handling a number of litigation cases pertaining to the right to be forgotten and data privacy issues, while also guiding clients through the French regulatory landscape. On the new technology front, Winston Maxwell regularly advises on data privacy issues arising from the development of connected vehicles, as well as on licensing and contractual matters pertaining to new IT tools for fintech clients. Also noteworthy is domain name expert David Taylor who recently acted for Facebook, eBay and several of its subsidiaries in the recuperation of domain names in numerous jurisdictions. Jane Seager was recently promoted to partner and Patrice Navarro became counsel.

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France: Intellectual property

Patents
Intellectual property: Patents - ranked: tier 2

Hogan Lovells (Paris) LLP

Hogan Lovells (Paris) LLP’s Stanislas Roux-Vaillard recently defended Icos, an affiliate of Eli Lilly, in proceedings against the validity of its European urology patent covering Cialis; he also worked at a multijurisdictional level to defend Bristol-Myers Squibbs in a special protection certificate nullification action brought by Teva in France. The team’s recent caseload also includes a number of infringement claims in the technology space, the defence of a company in the transport infrastructure sector against an invention claim by a former employee, and a transfer of patents and trade secret portfolios in the context of a major corporate transaction for a major energy company. Other notable clients include Hollister Inc, SNF Floeger and Merz Pharma. Jane Seager made partner and Marie-Aimée De Dampierre heads the team.

Next generation lawyers

Stanislas Roux-Vaillard - Hogan Lovells (Paris) LLP

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Trade marks, designs and copyright
Trade marks, designs and copyright - ranked: tier 1

Hogan Lovells (Paris) LLP

Marie-Aimée de Dampierre heads Hogan Lovells (Paris) LLP’s intellectual property, media and technology practice, which also includes newly promoted partner Jane Seager and David Taylor, who has in-depth knowledge of internet-related intellectual property issues, especially online copyright, trade marks and domain names; he frequently assists Facebook with the recuperation of domain names and with a number of litigious matters pertaining to the client’s potential liability as a hosting provider and website editor. Counsel Olivia Bernardeau-Paupe advises McDonald’s on the protection and enforcement of its copyright and trade mark portfolios as well as its image rights, and de Dampierre provides ongoing counsel to Lego in connection with customs seizures and civil and criminal proceedings. Other notable clients include Hollister Inc, Pepsi and Beiersdorf. Stanislas Roux-Vaillard is in charge of the patents sub-team and is also a key contact.

Leading individuals

David Taylor - Hogan Lovells (Paris) LLP (domain names)

Next generation lawyers

Jane Seager - Hogan Lovells (Paris) LLP (domain names)

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France: Shipping

Shipping finance
Shipping finance - ranked: tier 2

Hogan Lovells (Paris) LLP

Following the arrival of dual-qualified practice head Alexander Premont in 2015, Hogan Lovells (Paris) LLP has built a solid high-end financing practice that has ‘expert knowledge and skills in various jurisdictions’. Premont, who is noted for his ‘in-depth knowledge, pragmatism and responsiveness’, and his team ‘are good at anticipating issues before they arise’ and handle instructions pertaining to a large number of vessel types, including container ships, cruise liners, ferries and offshore oil and gas vessels, with a portfolio of expertise that covers debt and project finance, shipping loan securitisations, Islamic finance and capital markets finance instruments. Associate Joseph Newton is ‘an excellent lawyer’ who ‘always thinks a step ahead’. The group advised Société Générale on the French tax lease financing of a vessel chartered to Corsica Ferries. Other clients include BNP Paribas and A. P. Moller – Maersk.

Next generation lawyers

Alexander Premont - Hogan Lovells (Paris) LLP

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