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

Franklin

Franklin has strong regulatory expertise, and is notably assisting key clients in dealing with high-stakes regulatory disputes in the telecoms and energy sectors. The firm is also advising a high-profile French company, several major financial institutions and a number of property developers on public procurement, construction, public domain rights and urban law issues. SFR and Enedis are clients. Jérôme Michel leads the practice, and of counsel Jean-Pierre Delvigne is the other key member of the team.

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Banking and finance: transactional work
Banking and finance: transactional work - ranked: tier 4

Franklin

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

Franklin

The antitrust and competition team at Franklin is headed by Julie Catala Marty, who has been representing a leading food company in an audit of its commercial and distribution arrangements with regard to current regulations. In further highlights, the team is acting for a major international cosmetics company in its appeal against a fine imposed by the regulator on the grounds of cartel behaviour, and continues to provide strategic advice to a heavyweight telecoms actor following a landmark gun-jumping case.

Leading individuals

Julie Catala Marty - Franklin

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Employment
Employment - ranked: tier 3

Franklin

Franklin has 'a very professional, knowledgeable, responsive, available and creative’ team, which stands out for its ‘excellent listening skills’. Led by Claire Fougea, the four-lawyer team acts for household name French corporations as well as various international companies. The practice notably advises on restructuring projects and handles complex individual employment law issues including harassment matters. Recent work includes advising on downsizing projects and acting in high-stakes mass litigation. Of counsel Marion Briere Segala is another key contact.

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Mergers and acquisitions
Mergers and acquisitions - ranked: tier 4

Franklin

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Real estate
Real estate - ranked: tier 3

Franklin

Franklin is appreciated for its ‘hands on approach’, ‘high partner involvement’ and ability to ‘come back with good solutions and deliver on time’. The team provides a full range of expertise spanning investment, asset management and property finance. The practice is also able to draw on state-of-the-art property tax expertise. The firm recently advised on several sales of pan-European portfolios, notably assisting Goldman Sachs with the French aspects of the acquisition of a pan-European office portfolio. The team also advised HSBC on the negotiation of a lease in Paris. Key names include Henry Ranchon for corporate matters, François Verdot, who focuses on asset management issues and banking and finance specialist David Blondel. Tax experts Olivier Mesmin and Christine Daric are leading names in their field.

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Tax
Tax - ranked: tier 3

Franklin

Franklin's ‘very professional and competent’ team is praised for its ‘impressive turn-around times’. The firm has a leading reputation for high-profile tax property matters due to the presence of Christine Daric and Olivier Mesmin,  whose ‘advice is very thorough’ and who is commended for his negotiation skills in tax-related matters. The practice has a track record advising on standout, complex property transactions for leading French and international investors. It recently assisted EPI with the €600m sale of the Apple building on the Champs-Élysées. M&A and transactional tax matters are also part of the workload. The firm also houses a highly regarded wealth tax management practice, with Jérôme Barré the key name in this space.

Leading individuals: Private clients
Leading individuals: Property tax

Christine Daric - Franklin

Olivier Mesmin - Franklin

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France: Dispute resolution

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

Franklin

Franklin is highly active in the telecoms sector, where the firm is handling high-stakes financial cases opposing telecoms operators. The five-lawyer team also deals with commercial litigation and shareholders’ conflicts, and is representing a French company in mass disputes with consumers. French and international companies are clients. Yann Colin heads the team, which also includes of counsel Vincent Pecastaing.

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France: Industry focus

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

Franklin

The IT team at Franklin recently acted for major corporates on the negotiation of IT procurement contracts with leading technology companies and service providers, while maintaining its strong presence in the telecoms space. A cross-disciplinary team including Jérôme Michel, Julie Catala Marty, Christian Sauer, Kai Völpel  and Magali Masson advised a longstanding client in the telecoms space on a number of matters, including a major restructuring of its media content division, merger filings and a number of asset disposals. On the contentious side, Yann Colin is currently representing one of the main French telecoms players in a range of commercial litigation proceedings, including a high-profile contractual dispute with a well-known competitor. In other highlights, the firm's enviable client base appointed the team to advise on licensing deals, corporate transactions, antitrust compliance and data privacy issues.

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Industry focus: energy
Industry focus: energy - ranked: tier 3

Franklin

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