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Administrative and public law
Administrative and public law - ranked: tier 4

Franklin

Franklin is handling several high-stakes regulatory and public law disputes for key client SFR. Other work includes acting for a telecoms operator in various disputes, including representing it in its dealings with the telecoms regulator, handling a major state aid dispute and acting for the client in another case dealing with fibre infrastructure issues. The practice is also involved in litigation in the electricity sector and handles public procurement matters. Jérôme Michel heads the team, with of counsel Jean-Pierre Delvigne another name to note.

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

Franklin

Franklin’s team is headed by Julie Catala-Marty, who represents clients in highly regulated sectors such as telecoms, energy and natural resources, and financial services, and cooperates closely with the firm’s regulatory and public law departments. In recent highlights, Catala-Marty advised on numerous investigations arising from cartel allegations and ‘gun-jumping’ practices, and assisted a longstanding client in the telecoms sectors with competition issues related to its acquisition of a foreign company and its call centre subsidiaries. The team is also present in the aviation space and recently assisted a French airline operator with the implementation of code-sharing agreements and grouped purchases with a competitor.

Leading individuals

Julie Catala-Marty - Franklin

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Employment
Employment - ranked: tier 3

Franklin

Franklin’s well-experienced four-lawyer team is regularly instructed by leading French corporations as well as some large industrial US companies seeking advice on sensitive matters including site closures, restructurings, downsizing and M&A projects. In recent highlights, the practice handled a highly strategic profit-sharing plan dispute. Claire Fougea heads the practice, which also includes of counsel Marion Briere Segala.

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Mergers and acquisitions
Other recommended firms - ranked: tier 1

Franklin

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Real estate
Real estate - ranked: tier 3

Franklin

Franklin has a large team of some 18 lawyers who provide a comprehensive range of expertise including property investment, leasing, financing and tax expertise. The firm regularly represents leading international investors and recently advised on several high-profile office building and asset portfolio acquisitions; however, the practice also acts for major French banks and assists leading asset managers and high-end users with lease negotiations. Henry Ranchon and François Verdot are the key names. David Blondel is the key contact for financing, while the recent hiring of Olivier Mesmin and Christine Daric from Fairway A.A.R.P.I. added state-of-the-art property tax expertise to the team. Jérémy Chiche made partner.

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Tax
Tax - ranked: tier 3

Franklin

Franklin bolstered its team in July 2017 by hiring Olivier Mesmin and Christine Daric from Fairway A.A.R.P.I. who are ‘both top of their game’ for tax property work. The practice offers a ‘combination of quality of advice, cost and client service’ and advises on some of the market's most high-profile property transactions. The firm also has top expertise in patrimonial tax through Jérôme Barré, who is a leading name in his field.

Leading individuals

Christine Daric - Franklin (property tax)

Jérôme Barré - Franklin (private clients)

Olivier Mesmin - Franklin (property tax)

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France: Banking and finance

Transactional work
Other recommended firms - ranked: tier 1

Franklin

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France: Dispute resolution

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

Franklin

Franklin is handling several high-stakes commercial disputes for a key client in the telecoms sector. The five-lawyer team is also acting in a challenging shareholder conflict. Yann Colin is the key name. Of Counsel Vincent Pecastaing is also involved.

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France: Industry focus

Energy
Other recommended firms - ranked: tier 1

Franklin

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

Franklin

Franklin has an established presence in the telecoms space where it provides advice on corporate transactions, competition law, public law and dispute resolution, as well as on digitalisation projects, software development and telecom infrastructure rollout programmes to corporate and private equity clients. TMT partner Bradley Joslove advised a leading energy company on a multinational cloud contract and assisted a major global technology security company with its French encryption law issues. Also notable are regulatory expert Jérôme Michel and dispute resolution partner Yann Colin, who handled a number of commercial disputes and damages claims for clients in the telecoms space.

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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.