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Hogan Lovells (Paris) LLP


France

Administrative and public law
Administrative and public law - ranked: tier 2

Hogan Lovells (Paris) LLP

Hogan Lovells (Paris) LLP¬†is recognised for its expertise in advising governments on large-scale transport projects in France and Africa. The five-lawyer team, which regularly works in combination with the firm's strong banking department, has been involved in the most high-profile of the country's transport projects. It is notably assisting the French government with the awarding of the concession for the ‚ā¨1bn A45 motorway project, and ADP with the CDG Express airport rail link project. The practice has also become increasingly involved in energy projects domestically and in Africa; it recently assisted ABB as a candidate for a contract relating to the 1.4GW France-Britain electricity interconnector project. Finally, the team is advising Soci√©t√© d‚ÄôExploitation de la Tour Eiffel on the renewal of its catering and merchandising operations. Bruno Cantier¬†and Ludovic Babin¬†are highly recommended. Counsel Perrine Limousin¬†is also a key contact.

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Aviation finance
Aviation finance - ranked: tier 2

Hogan Lovells (Paris) LLP

With the French-English dual-qualified Alexander Premont at the helm, Hogan Lovells (Paris) LLP has a strong international practice. The group impresses with its rich experience in a large number of financing instruments, ranging from export credit agency financings to acquisition financings and securitisations. Islamic finance and tax-based financings, in particular French, German and Japanese tax-based financings. Recent highlights include advising Swissport Financing on the financing and acquisition of ground handling operator Aerocare, an international instruction which saw the firm leverage its global footprint. The client roster also features Société Générale, UBS and Natixis.

Next generation lawyers

Alexander Premont - Hogan Lovells (Paris) LLP

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Banking and finance: Bank regulatory
Banking and finance: Bank regulatory - ranked: tier 2

Hogan Lovells (Paris) LLP

Hogan Lovells (Paris) LLP has strong cross-border capabilities, with a substantial track record in advising on large multi-jurisdictional projects. The group covers a broad range of matters, with retail banking and payment services, e-money, anti-money laundering and corporate support work accounting for the majority of instructions. The practice often joins forces with the London office, for example when advising HSBC on the implementation of the Revised Payment Services Directive under the lead of French practice head Sébastien Gros and London-based Emily Reid.

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

Hogan Lovells (Paris) LLP

Hogan Lovells (Paris) LLP¬†has a combined finance and capital markets team with an international outlook, for which outbound financing - particularly involving African states - is an especially busy area. Recent highlights include advising Swissport Financing on a ‚ā¨660m refinancing which involved fourteen different jurisdictions and drew on a team of lawyers spread across the firm's Paris, London and New York offices. Another standout matter was the representation of senior lenders in the financing of LBO France's acquisition of Bexley France and Bexley Belgique. The core quartet of lawyers in the practice are¬†Sabine Bironneau-Loy,¬†Olivier Fille-Lambie,¬†Alexander Premont¬†and¬†Michel Qu√©r√©. Clients also include Barclays, Soci√©t√© G√©n√©rale and Chequers Capital.

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Capital markets: debt capital markets
Capital markets: debt capital markets - ranked: tier 2

Hogan Lovells (Paris) LLP

Hogan Lovells (Paris) LLP acts for issuers and financial institutions alike, with a focus on the insurance, automotive and transportation sectors and a geographical focus on African countries. It has a strong track record in innovative market transactions, including the first green bond issued by a company and the first 100-year century bond issue in sterling, and continues to act in high-profile transactions. Recent stand-out matters include advising Crédit Agricole Corporate and Investment Bank on its structured debt issuance programme, governed by French and English law and listed on the Luxembourg stock exchange, and assisting AXA Bank Belgium and AXA Bank Europe on the call option of three existing series of notes and the issue of two series of notes as part of AXA Bank Europe's EMTN programme. The key contacts are Sharon Lewis, Katia Merlini, Vincent Fidelle and Baptiste Gelpi. Laura Asbati joined from Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP. EDF, Bred Banque Populaire and SNCF Mobilités also feature on the client list.

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Capital markets: equity capital markets
Capital markets: equity capital markets - ranked: tier 4

Hogan Lovells (Paris) LLP

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

Hogan Lovells (Paris) LLP

Hogan Lovells (Paris) LLP impresses with its 'knowledge of latest market developments and its pragmatism about available business solutions, together with its excellent co-ordination between all offices and teams'. The 'very proactive' group includes Baptiste Gelpi, Vincent Fidelle, Sharon Lewis and Katia Merlini, who 'deserves praise for her judgement, poise, ability to remain calm under pressure and high delivery standards'. Counsel Laura Asbati joined from Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP and, jointly with Gelpi, advised LeasePlan on the first public securitisation of lease and related residual value receivables originated by the client's subsidiary LeasePlan France. Lewis assisted AXA Bank Belgium and AXA Bank Europe with the expiration of the MBS waiver, replacing the assets held by AXA Bank Europe with mortgage loans purchased from AXA Bank Belgium and loans granted by Axa Bank Europe to AXA Bank Belgium secured by eligible secured loans, involving a major reorganisation of AXA Bank Europe. Other clients include Crédit Agricole, Edmond de Rothschild and Bred Banque Populaire.

Leading individuals

Sharon Lewis - Hogan Lovells (Paris) LLP

Next generation lawyers

Katia Merlini - Hogan Lovells (Paris) LLP

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

Hogan Lovells (Paris) LLP

Hogan Lovells (Paris) LLP's 11-lawyer team is praised for its ‚Äėefficient involvement, ability to quickly get to the point, and understanding of clients' concerns', while its ‚Äėcritical judgement and skill during court hearings, including the pleading and cross-examination aspects, are impressive‚Äô. The practice is highly involved in African energy cases, and is also handling an important Middle Eastern TMT commercial arbitration and another major commercial arbitration case connected to the mining sector. The practice has strong Spanish-speaking abilities and recently obtained positive outcomes in several investment disputes for the Venezuelan government following alleged expropriation in the coffee, food and fertiliser sectors. The government of Mongolia is also a client. The ‚Äėvery smart and energetic‚Äô Laurent Gouiff√®s¬†‚Äėgets to the bottom of every issue no matter how difficult or challenging it is‚Äô. Carmen Nu√Īez-Lagos¬†is ‚Äėextremely good at bridging the cultural gap, especially between Latin American countries and Europe‚Äô, in addition to having ‚Äėexceptional skills as an arbitrator‚Äô. The ‚Äėbrilliant‚Äô¬†Thomas Kendra¬†‚Äėis very diligent‚Äô.

Next generation lawyers

Thomas Kendra - Hogan Lovells (Paris) LLP

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

Hogan Lovells (Paris) LLP

With a client roster that includes names such as Artsana, EDF and Newen, Hogan Lovells (Paris) LLP's antitrust and competition offering recently advised on high-profile merger control and antitrust litigation cases. François Brunet and senior associates Céline Verney and Victor Levy acted for Altice in European Commission proceedings regarding allegations of gun-jumping in the context of its acquisition of PT Portugal in 2015, while Eric Paroche assisted a leading French energy player with its strategic alliance with an overseas entity. In other highlights, Saint Louis Sucre - one of the three main sugar production sector players - appointed Brunet's team to handle its successful complaint to the FCA against its competitors Tereos and Cristal Union on the grounds of vertical restraints and abuse of dominant position. The group is also representing clients including a leading car manufacturer in DGCCRF and FCA investigations.

Next generation lawyers

Eric Paroche - Hogan Lovells (Paris) LLP

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Employment
Employment - ranked: tier 2

Hogan Lovells (Paris) LLP

Hogan Lovells (Paris) LLP's team of 14 lawyers acts for leading French and Anglophone companies, including high-profile names in the pharmaceutical and financial services sectors. The firm recently advised on modernisation and reorganisation plans, as well as negotiating new collective status and remuneration. It also handled collective litigation concerning co-employment, site closure and post-mass redundancies issues. The practice is assisting Merck Sharp & Dohme with the implementation of its transformation and digitalisation plan, and successfully defended Friedr Gustav Theis Kaltwalzwerk in facing co-employment claims from 16 former employees. The firm also advised Bpifrance on the setting up of a new employee collective status for its new entity. Johnson & Johnson Medical, Puig, Edenred and Spotify are also among its clients. Practice head Dominique Mendy, Thierry Meillat and Muriel Pariente are noted.

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Environment
Environment - ranked: tier 3

Hogan Lovells (Paris) LLP

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Insolvency
Insolvency - ranked: tier 2

Hogan Lovells (Paris) LLP

Hogan Lovells (Paris) LLP recently handled various industrial and financial restructurings. The firm was particularly involved in key restructuring matters in the automotive and retail sectors. It frequently acts for creditors and banking pools and advised BNY Mellon as trustee in CGG’s high-profile debt restructuring in France and in the US, as well as a pool of 12 banks during Ludendo and La Grande Récré’s insolvency proceedings. Large industrial groups including Volkswagen and Honeywell also instruct the firm when their suppliers are experiencing distressed situations. Practice head Cécile Dupoux and counsel Romain de Ménonville are noted.

Next generation lawyers

Romain de Ménonville  - Hogan Lovells (Paris) LLP

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Insurance
Insurance - ranked: tier 1

Hogan Lovells (Paris) LLP

Hogan Lovells (Paris) LLP fields 'a strong and well-recognised insurance and reinsurance team' that attracts praise for its 'capacity to build a trustful relationship with clients, the high availability to answer within a short time frame, thorough but pragmatic analysis and ability to find alternative solutions'. The group assists with contentious and non-contentious matters alike, with recent highlights including the instruction from AXA Global Life to advise on the structuring and implementation of the merger with AXA Global P&C as well as the transfer of its reinsurance portfolio, a cross-border mandate involving ten jurisdictions. Another stand-out instruction was the representation of AXA and several of its international affiliates regarding the offering of a first-of-its kind ridesharing insurance product in the context of a partnership with BlaBlaCar. Other work came from CNP Assurances, Tikehau Capital and Global Aerospace. 'Highly reliable' practice head Sébastien Gros 'has a deep understanding of complex structures and techniques'. Litigator Thomas Rouhette left to set up Signature Litigation AARPI.

Leading individuals

Sébastien Gros - Hogan Lovells (Paris) LLP

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Mergers and acquisitions
Mergers and acquisitions - ranked: tier 3

Hogan Lovells (Paris) LLP

The 'very dedicated' team at Hogan Lovells (Paris) LLP fields 'partners that make a deal happen', 'offering added value and pragmatic advice'. 'Very efficient in negotiations', the practice is particularly active in mid-market transactions, but the recent caseload shows an increase in larger mid-cap deals. In addition to advising Daimler on its acquisition of Chauffeur Priv√©,¬†the team assisted NeoT Capital with the creation of electric mobility investment vehicle NeoT Green Mobility, in co-operation with EDF, Mitsubishi, Caisse des D√©p√īts et Consignations and Forsee Capital.¬†Xavier Doumen¬†'is very hands-on, proactive and reliable', and 'very reassuring to have on a deal'; he heads the practice jointly with Jean-Marc Franceschi and St√©phane Huten.¬†Florian Brechon made counsel. Europcar and Edenred are also clients. Counsel Arnaud Levasseur left to join¬†Jeausserand Audouard.

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Project finance
Project finance - ranked: tier 2

Hogan Lovells (Paris) LLP

Hogan Lovells (Paris) LLP has long-standing experience advising governments on high-scale transport projects in France and Africa. The ten-lawyer practice is involved in several of France’s most high-profile matters in that area and is also advising on road and airport concession projects in Francophone Africa. It is notably assisting the French government with the awarding of the A45 motorway concession project, and development banks with the financing of the construction and operation of Dakar international airport in Senegal. The firm is also increasing its involvement in the energy market in France and Africa, acting for utilities companies and investors. It is advising the Africa Legal Support Facility as adviser to the government of Burkina Faso on the Ouagathermal 50MW power plant project, and ABB as the bidder on a 1.4GW interconnector EPC project between France and Britain. Ludovic Babin, Bruno Cantier and finance expert Olivier Fille-Lambie are very experienced. Counsel Perrine Limousin is also noted.

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Real estate
Real estate - ranked: tier 3

Hogan Lovells (Paris) LLP

Hogan Lovells (Paris) LLP¬†advises leading French and international investors on a wide range of property asset investments including offices, logistics, hotels and more recently campsites. The practice handles deals in France as well as cross-border and portfolio investments and advises on major asset management deals. M&G Investment Fund, Sagax, Fonci√®re des Murs, Fidelity International and AEW Ciloger are among its clients. The group acted for 25 Hours in negotiating an hotel management agreement for Terminus Nord Hotel in Paris. The highly experienced Corinne Knopp¬†heads the practice. Micha√ęl L√©vy¬†is another key name in the team and counsel Laure Nguyen¬†has complementary environment and urban law expertise.

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Shipping finance
Shipping finance - ranked: tier 2

Hogan Lovells (Paris) LLP

The 'dedicated' team at Hogan Lovells (Paris) LLP impresses with its 'extensive experience'. 'As a go-to team in the field', the practice combines 'good knowledge of the market with the capacity to adapt and find workable solutions'. The group's portfolio of expertise comprises all vessel types, with substantial debt, tax-structured and capital market financing expertise. In a recent highlight, Société Générale instructed the team on the structuring of the unwinding of the existing financing for two container ships chartered to Cosco, including the drafting of indemnity provisions for different creditors and the unwinding of tax leases and hedge agreements. BNP Paribas Suisse, UBS and Natixis are also clients. 'Excellent lawyer' and practice head Alexander Premont 'is very much available for his clients' and 'very reliable'.

Next generation lawyers

Alexander Premont - Hogan Lovells (Paris) LLP

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Tax
Tax - ranked: tier 5

Hogan Lovells (Paris) LLP

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France: Dispute resolution

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

Hogan Lovells (Paris) LLP

Hogan Lovells (Paris) LLP¬†is renowned for its product liability expertise, particularly in the healthcare sector, where it is handling several of the market's most high-profile cases, with¬†C√©cile Deryke¬†representing big names in the industry. Christine Gateau¬†handles commercial litigation and is notably involved in media-related disputes; she also recently obtained a major victory for Jones Lang LaSalle in proceedings arising from the breach of an exclusive mandate for the sale of a ‚ā¨190m hotel in Paris. Finally, Julien Martinet¬†is an expert in banking litigation who represents many leading banks. Newly promoted partner Christelle Coslin¬†is also recommended. Former practice head¬†Thomas Rouhette,¬†who notably managed big aviation cases, left alongside colleague Sylvie Gallage-Alwis¬†to open the Paris office of Signature Litigation AARPI.

Leading individuals: Product liability litigation

Cécile Derycke - Hogan Lovells (Paris) LLP

Next generation lawyers: Banking litigation

Julien Martinet - Hogan Lovells (Paris) LLP

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France: Industry focus

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

Hogan Lovells (Paris) LLP

Hogan Lovells (Paris) LLP fields a cross-disciplinary team with a strong offering in the areas of competition, regulation, intellectual property, IT and litigation. Cécile Deryke - who jointly heads the Paris practice with Mikael Salmela - is currently acting for the defendant in a high-profile global product liability claim regarding the allegedly improper certification of a medical device with the support of Charles-Henri Caron. On the employment side, Muriel Pariente and Dominique Mendy are currently representing Johnson & Johnson in litigation proceedings arising from the closure of its plant in Auneau. Notable patents work included Stanislas Roux-Vaillard's advice to Icos on a nullity claim against its patent for its urology blockbuster, Cialis. Clients can also rely on IT and data protection specialist Winston Maxwell, competition partner François Brunet and counsel Patrice Navarro. Other noteworthy clients include Abbott, Daiichi Sankyo and TUV Rheinland.

Leading individuals

Cécile Deryke - Hogan Lovells (Paris) LLP

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Industry focus: IT, telecoms and the internet
Industry focus: IT, telecoms and the internet - ranked: tier 1

Hogan Lovells (Paris) LLP

The multi-disciplinary team at Hogan Lovells (Paris) LLP covers the full gamut of corporate, litigation, competition and employment matters in the IT and communications industry. A leading global technology company appointed a team led by corporate expert Winston Maxwell and litigator Christine Gateau to handle high-profile and sensitive data privacy litigation with the support of counsel Patrice Navarro, while Xavier Doumen assisted Korean internet company Naver with its acquisition of the Xerox Research Centre in Grenoble. In other highlights, the team is advising on regulatory questions pertaining to competition law, e-commerce, distribution and data privacy, for example in the context of connected devices. Also notable is David Taylor, who regularly advises clients such as Facebook and eBay on the protection of their brands online through the recuperation of domain names globally.

Leading individuals: IT

David Taylor - Hogan Lovells (Paris) LLP

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Industry focus: Luxury goods
Industry focus: Luxury goods - ranked: tier 2

Hogan Lovells (Paris) LLP

Counsel Olivia Bernardeau-Paupe heads the multi-disciplinary luxury sub-group at Hogan Lovells (Paris) LLP. Thierry Meillat recently acted for Puig on a number of employment matters, while Marie-Aimée de Dampierre handled significant intellectual property disputes pertaining to the parallel import and distribution of infringing products. Also notable are Thomas Rouhette, who advised on regulatory issues and litigation, and corporate expert Winston Maxwell.

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Industry focus: energy
Industry focus: energy - ranked: tier 2

Hogan Lovells (Paris) LLP

Energy is one of Hogan Lovells (Paris) LLP’s core sectors. The firm advises high-profile utilities and developers, as well as investors on projects, financing and M&A matters. The group also has additional expertise in several other areas including in the arbitration and property space. The practice is advising on large-scale domestic projects encompassing renewable and electricity interconnector projects. It is also very active in Africa and elsewhere, assisting clients with power and renewables projects. The team recently advised Themis Energy on the construction of a 40MW hydro power plant in Ivory Coast. It also handled significant matters for key client EDF, including advising on the sale of its minority stake in Powernext, and on the acquisition and financing of four power plants (750MW combined) in Chile. GE, ABB and NEoT Capital are other clients. Ludovic Babin, Bruno Cantier and finance expert Olivier Fille-Lambie are the key contacts, as well as Xavier Doumen for corporate matters and Sharon Lewis for structured finance work.

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France: Intellectual property

Intellectual property: Patents
Intellectual property: Patents - ranked: tier 2

Hogan Lovells (Paris) LLP

Hogan Lovells (Paris) LLP's Stanislas Roux-Vaillard is currently representing Eli Lilly and one of its affiliates in validity attacks on patents covering urology products Cialis and Alimta as part of a cross-office team. He is also acting on a cross-border SPC nullification action on behalf of a major pharmaceutical company as defendant. In other highlights, the team oversaw SPC filings, patent ownership disputes against employees claiming rights or remuneration, and the defence of exclusive licence rights. Other noteworthy clients include Hollister, Merz Pharma, Dassault Systèmes and HTC. Marie-Aimée de Dampierre heads the firm's wider IP, media and technology department and is also a key name to note.

Next generation lawyers

Stanislas Roux-Vaillard - Hogan Lovells (Paris) LLP

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Intellectual property: Trade marks and designs
Intellectual property: Trade marks and designs - ranked: tier 1

Hogan Lovells (Paris) LLP

The dedicated intellectual property and media technology team at Hogan Lovells (Paris) LLP fields a specialist domain names offering jointly headed by Jane Seager and David Taylor. Counsel Olivia Bernardeau-Paupe is currently leading the advice to a heavyweight global restaurant chain on the protection of its intangible assets and image rights in France, while Marie-Aimée de Dampierre continues to represent Lego in all the contentious and advisory aspects of the management of its intellectual property portfolio, particularly pertaining to customs seizures. Facebook is also a key client and regularly benefits from Seager and Taylor's counsel on the recovery of domain names.

Leading individuals

David Taylor - Hogan Lovells (Paris) LLP

Jane Seager - Hogan Lovells (Paris) LLP

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Intellectual property: copyright
Intellectual property: copyright - ranked: tier 3

Hogan Lovells (Paris) LLP

Hogan Lovells (Paris) LLP fields experts such as counsel Olivia Bernardeau-Paupe and Marie-Aimée de Dampierre to advise clients on a wide range of intellectual property issues, including copyright litigation cases pertaining to the infringement of third-party copyrights, both economic and moral. Luxury and entertainment players also instruct the firm to provide strategic advice in the context of new product launches and international marketing.

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