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Bird & Bird

CENTRE D'AFFAIRES EDOUARD VII, 3 SQUARE EDOUARD VII, 75009 PARIS, FRANCE
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Work +33 1 42 68 60 00
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France

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

Bird & Bird

Bird & Bird assists public sector entities and sponsors regarding PPP projects and related litigation issues. Recent work includes advising Voies Navigables de France regarding the termination and award of three port concessions in Alsace, as well as representing Aéroport Nice-Côte d’Azur in disputes over a terminated concession contract. Sophie Pignon-Xardel leads the practice, which includes two notable finance experts: counsel Sophie Nicolas, who is a notable finance expert. After publication, Driss Bererhi joined Allen & Overy LLP as a partner.

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EU competition and distribution
Other recommended firms - ranked: tier 1

Bird & Bird

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Employment
Employment - ranked: tier 2

Bird & Bird

Bird & Bird is acting for some major French and international groups in challenging restructurings – such as assisting Numericable with its reorganisation – as well as handling transfers of undertakings. Litigious work includes representing Biomnis in a collective action. Benjamine Fiedler and Alexandra Stocki head the team, which includes recently promoted partner Nathalie Devernay.

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Mergers and acquisitions
Other recommended firms - ranked: tier 2

Bird & Bird

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The regions
The regions - ranked: tier 1

Bird & Bird Lyon, Paris

Bird & Bird has a main office in Paris and a significant presence in Lyon. The firm’s 30 lawyers offer a broad range of expertise.

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France: Dispute resolution

International arbitration
Other recommended firms - ranked: tier 1

Bird & Bird

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France: Industry focus

Healthcare and life sciences
Other recommended firms - ranked: tier 1

Bird & Bird

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

Bird & Bird

Bird & Bird ‘provides great service’. The ‘extremely responsive’ team gives ‘very commercial advice, and takes the time to really understand its clients’ business properly’. The practice is retained by prominent French and international corporations to advise on global IT and data projects. It recently assisted Alstom Power with splitting its IP rights pertaining to certain technology assets and advised the European Aviation Safety Authority on setting up a European programme for aviation data. Hiscox, Legrand and L’Oréal are also clients. Stéphane Leriche ranks among the best in his field. Also highly recommended are: Ariane Mole, Marion Barbier and the ‘exceptionally good’ Marc Schuler, who is ‘approachable, very commercial and very thorough in his advice’.

Leading individuals

Stéphane Leriche - Bird & Bird

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France: Intellectual property

Patents
Intellectual property: patents - ranked: tier 1

Bird & Bird

The ‘excellent’ Bird & Bird is involved in high-profile global and domestic patent cases in several sectors, although the firm is particularly strong in healthcare, food, IT and electronics. The full-service IP team attracted many new clients in 2016 and also obtained great results in several cases. The practice is defending Nestlé in an infringement action initiated by Nutricia regarding patents on nutritional supplements. It is also representing Edwards Life Sciences in a European patent infringement case concerning endovascular heart valves initiated by Boston Scientific. Accord Healthcare, Actavis and Canon are also clients. Practice head Yves Bizollon has ‘high expertise’ and is ‘easy to talk with’. The other key figure is Anne-Charlotte Le Bihan.

Leading individuals

Yves Bizollon - Bird & Bird

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Trade marks, designs and copyrights
Other recommended firms - ranked: tier 1

Bird & Bird

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France: Private equity

Venture and growth capital
Other recommended firms - ranked: tier 1

Bird & Bird

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Denmark

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Spain

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France

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Hungary

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Italy

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Netherlands

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Poland

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Slovakia

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Legal Developments by:
Bird & Bird LLP

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    Earlier this month, we reported that the list of gTLD applications would be published on 13 June 2012. "Reveal Day" has arrived and the list of gTLD applications has been published on ICANN's website. Please click here to download a PDF copy of this list for your review.
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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.