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Simmons & Simmons LLP

5 BOULEVARD DE LA MADELEINE, 75001 PARIS, FRANCE
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Work +33 1 53 29 16 29
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Fax +33 1 53 29 16 30
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France

EU, competition and distribution
EU, competition and distribution - ranked: tier 4

Simmons & Simmons LLP

Simmons & Simmons LLP’s Ombline Ancelin has a strong track record in the pharmaceutical and life sciences sector and recently initiated three separate proceedings on behalf of Centrale des Opticiens against a network of opticians with regards to anticompetitive practices, breaches of French commercial law and a private damages claim. She also advised Plukon on the merger clearance aspects of its acquisition of DUC, guided clients through FCA investigations and acted for laboratories and pharmaceutical companies in anticompetitive practices claims, including exchange of information and abuse of dominant position.

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Employment
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Simmons & Simmons LLP

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Mergers and acquisitions
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Project finance
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Simmons & Simmons LLP

Leading individuals

Yves Baratte - Simmons & Simmons LLP (mining, oil and gas)

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Tax
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Simmons & Simmons LLP

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France: Banking and finance

Transactional work
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Simmons & Simmons LLP

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France: Dispute resolution

Commercial litigation
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Simmons & Simmons LLP

Leading individuals

Jacques-Antoine Robert - Simmons & Simmons LLP

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Stock-market litigation
Dispute resolution: stock-market litigation - ranked: tier 2

Simmons & Simmons LLP

Simmons & Simmons LLP has particular strong expertise in advising on AMF sanction matters and regularly represents banks and hedge funds facing AMF compliance investigations; other areas of expertise include insider trading cases. Recent work includes acting for Covéa as one of Eurosic's shareholder in the landmark Foncière de Paris' public takeover case. Société Générale, Crédit du Nord, UBS and Deutsche Bank are clients. Thierry Gontard and Eric Boillot head the practice.

Leading individuals

Thierry Gontard - Simmons & Simmons LLP (AMF regulatory)

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France: Industry focus

Energy
Industry focus: Energy - ranked: tier 2

Simmons & Simmons LLP

Simmons & Simmons LLP provides ‘high quality work and responsiveness’. The team has strong know-how in Africa, often assisting sponsors while also handling work for financial institutions in Morocco. Frequently working alongside the London and Beijing offices, the Paris practice is advising on some of Africa's largest mining and renewables and power projects and notably assisted Resource Capital Funds and Africa Finance with an investment into Alufer Mining in Guinea, one of the largest recent mining investments in the region, and China Three Gorges International Corporation with the 4,500MW Inga 3 hydro power project in the Democratic Republic of Congo. EDF, First Quantum Minerals, NordGold and Shell are clients. ‘Dedicated, always available and reliable’ practice head Yves Baratte ‘always keeps his clients in mind’ interests’ and Simonetta Giordano, who recently joined from Clifford Chance, adds corporate expertise.

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

Simmons & Simmons LLP

Simmons & Simmons LLP’s ‘very technical and pragmatic’ team ‘has in-depth knowledge of the sector, genuinely cares for its clients’ and provides ‘practical and business-oriented legal opinions’. In recent notable corporate work, Christian Taylor and Simonetta Giordano advised Wright Medical and Tornier SAS on the sale of their hip and knee implants business to Corin Orthopaedics, and assisted Balt International with its acquisition of two companies constituting a medical device distributor in Germany. Competition expert Ombline Ancelin is currently representing Centrale des Opticiens in three separate proceedings against a healthcare network of opticians pertaining to alleged violations of competition and commercial law as well as a private damages claim. Clients also instructed the group to handle liability litigation, tax issues arising from promotional activities, and software implementation work. Tax partner Jean-Luc Cuadrado and Jacques-Antoine Robert are also recommended by clients. Alexandre Regniault heads the team. Guillaume-Denis Faure was a new arrival in 2018 from Winston & Strawn LLP.

Leading individuals

Jacques-Antoine Robert - Simmons & Simmons LLP (litigation)

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France: Private equity

Fund formation
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Legal Developments by:
Simmons & Simmons

  • Failure to counter financial crime: Norwich Union Life

    In December 2007, the Financial Services Authority (FSA) imposed a fine of £1.26m on Norwich Union Life (part of the Aviva Group), one of the largest life insurance businesses in the UK with around seven million customers. The fine related to failures to take reasonable care to establish and maintain effective systems and controls for countering the risks of financial crime. The fine is the latest confirmation of the emphasis being placed on protecting clients and customers from the threat of financial crime.
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  • 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.
  • Réforme fiscale

    À la une Parmi les mesures annoncées par le Premier Ministre dans le cadre du plan de réduction des déficits, deux d’entre elles sont susceptibles d’affecter de nombreuses entreprises