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Baker McKenzie


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

Baker & McKenzie SCP

Baker & McKenzie SCP’s 12-lawyer team produces ‘exceptional work’, adopting ‘a pragmatic approach’ and showing ‘great understanding of the matters at stake’. The client base includes blue-chip French corporations and state-owned companies, such as EDF, Atos, ADP and La Poste. The practice has leading public contract and regulatory expertise with strong knowledge of the telecoms and transport areas. The group is also dealing with highly sensitive work in the banking sector, is involved in a major construction PPP and recently won a tender award in the defence industry. The practice co-heads are Emmanuel Guillaume, who has ‘a strong knowledge of the telecoms sector and whose advice always goes beyond the pure legal aspects’, and Arnaud Cabanes, who has ‘impressive public law knowledge’. Also recommended is Alexia Robbes, who is ‘always highly involved in matters’, and whose input ‘can unlock complex situations’.

Leading individuals

Arnaud Cabanes - Baker & McKenzie SCP

Emmanuel Guillaume - Baker & McKenzie SCP

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Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 3

Baker & McKenzie SCP

Baker & McKenzie SCP is praised for its ‘quality of work, turnaround time and business approach to transactions’. The 13-lawyer team is a top choice for complex trade, commodity and loan financings in emerging markets, including ECA-backed transactions. It notably assisted Commerzbank and 34 international banks with a dual-tranche loan facility of €406m and $458m made available to African Export-Import Bank. BNP Paribas and Société Générale are clients. Practice head Michael Foundethakis is ‘brilliant, always on call when needed and always ensures that strict timelines are respected’.

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

Baker & McKenzie SCP

Baker & McKenzie SCP provides ‘a high level of expertise and efficiency’ and ‘understands what is at stake for its clients’. The practice is involved in numerous high-profile French antitrust cases, including representing Avis Budget in a cartel case and acting for France Farine before the Supreme Court. The practice is also handling key matters in the food and agribusiness sector. ‘Exceptional’ practice head Léna Sersiron ‘gets involved in matters’ and shows ‘high combativeness’. Alex Dowding is also recommended.

Next generation lawyers

Léna Sersiron - Baker & McKenzie SCP

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Employment - ranked: tier 3

Baker & McKenzie SCP

The ‘excellent, very responsive and knowledgeable’ team at Baker & McKenzie SCPcomes up with practical solutions’ and stands out for cross-border matters such as global restructuring projects. The 15-lawyer team also has a strong French practice and routinely takes on strategic restructuring and job reduction work. The practice is headed by Olivier Vasset, Gilles Jolivet and the ‘experienced and practicalDenise Broussal.

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Other recommended firms - ranked: tier 1

Baker & McKenzie SCP

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Mergers and acquisitions
Other recommended firms - ranked: tier 1

Baker & McKenzie SCP

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Project finance
Other recommended firms - ranked: tier 1

Baker & McKenzie SCP

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Real estate
Real estate - ranked: tier 2

Baker & McKenzie SCP

Baker & McKenzie SCP advises major French and international investors, including Middle Eastern clients. The practice has a broad range of experience, including investment, portfolio and finance expertise. Highlights included advising BNP REIM with the establishment of two commercial property joint ventures with Mercialys and acting for a Middle Eastern investor on the acquisition of 49-53 Avenue des Champs Elysées. AEW Europe and Club Med are clients. Practice head Marc Mariani and Pierre-Marie Ouchet are the key figures.

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Tax - ranked: tier 2

Baker & McKenzie SCP

Baker & McKenzie SCP has ‘excellent expertise’ and shows ‘great anticipation’. It has the most comprehensive set of expertise among international law firms, achieved through a team of more than 30 lawyers. The practice particularly stands out in the litigation area through the excellent Eric Meier, Régis Torlet and Ariane Calloud, with achievements including a major victory for client Orange against an alleged abuse of law. The corporate tax practice is also strong, especially in pharmaceuticals, where recent work includes assisting Abbott Laboratories with the sale of its generics business to Mylan. Many leading corporations are clients, such as Danone, Johnson Controls and Ardian. Practice head Véronique Millischer is recommended along with Guillaume Le Camus, who provides ‘excellent, timely and thoughtful tax advice’. The firm also has leading transfer-pricing expertise through ‘great adviserCaroline Silberztein, who has a strong network. The recent arrival of Anne Quenedey from the defunct King & Wood Mallesons Paris is expected to be an asset for French-Chinese work.

Leading individuals

Eric Meier - Baker & McKenzie SCP

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France: Dispute resolution

Commercial litigation
Other recommended firms - ranked: tier 1

Baker & McKenzie SCP

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France: Industry focus

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

Baker & McKenzie SCP

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

Baker & McKenzie SCP

Baker & McKenzie SCP provides ‘impeccable work’, adopting ‘an adaptable and flexible approach when dealing with very complex projects’. The 15-lawyer team is retained by the largest French corporations for handling their most challenging and global IT project implementations; data protection and telecoms are also areas of leading expertise. The team recently advised on a very innovative telemedicine projects. BNP Paribas, Google and Netflix are clients. Rémy Bricard and ‘brilliant dealmakerLaurent Szuskin are among the best in their fields; they ‘know perfectly their clients, and give tailor-made advice’. Telecoms experts Christian Blomet, and Emmanuel Guillaume are also highly recommended, as is Denise Lebeau-Marianna who has ‘great data privacy expertise’ and ‘shows creativity in new topics’.

Leading individuals

Laurent Szuskin - Baker & McKenzie SCP

Rémy Bricard - Baker & McKenzie SCP

Next generation lawyers: telecoms

Denise Lebeau-Marianna - Baker & McKenzie SCP

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France: Intellectual property

Trade marks, designs and copyrights
Intellectual property: trade marks, designs and copyrights - ranked: tier 2

Baker & McKenzie SCP

Baker & McKenzie SCP has ‘high-quality expertise’ combined with a ‘great international network’. The ‘available and responsive’ team, which ‘takes into account its clients’ interests’, is in charge of managing trade marks and design portfolios of many leading corporations such as Hennessy, Abbott and Nokia. The practice also handles litigation and is representing Intel in a dispute regarding the use of the Ultrabook trade mark; the team has several clients in disputes regarding the payment of copyright levies for private copying. Virginie Ulmann heads the practice. Local partner Nathalie Marchand is another name to note.

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Legal Developments by:
Baker McKenzie LLP

  • The New Turkish Code of Obligations: Important Changes for Leases of Residential & Business Premises

    For decades, the primary Turkish laws governing leases of residential and business premises have been the Law on Leasing Real Property dated May 27, 1955 (the “Lease Law”) and the Turkish Code of Obligations No. 818 dated April 22, 1926 (the “Obligations Code”). Both of these laws, however, will be repealed and replaced with the new Turkish Code of Obligations No. 6098 dated January 11, 2011 (the “New Obligations Code”), which will enter into force on July 7, 2012.
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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.

    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.

    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.

    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

    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.

  • 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.