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Baker & McKenzie SCP


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

Baker McKenzie SCP

Baker McKenzie SCP delivers ‘exceptional quality of work’ at ‘a rare level of professionalism’. The 12-lawyer team is retained by public sector companies and entities to advise clients on key matters, spanning regulatory, public contract and litigious issues. The firm successfully represented EDF in a dispute with the French government regarding heavy fuel purchases. La Poste and SNCF are clients. The practice is jointly led by the ‘highly availableArnaud Cabanes and Emmanuel Guillaume; Alexia Robbes is also recommended.

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Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 3

Baker McKenzie SCP

Baker McKenzie SCP’s ‘absolutely excellent’ practice is ‘a breath of fresh air’. ‘Advice is always on point and aligned with the commercial realities of a project’. The team has an ‘extremely strong export finance’ practice and also ‘top legal expertise in the Commonwealth of Independent States area’. Recent highlights include assisting development banks with the granting of a corporate loan to Aga Khan Foundation for Economic Development. Practice head Michael Foundethakis is ‘the type of lawyer you want on your side of the table on a deal’.

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

Baker McKenzie SCP

Baker McKenzie SCP is involved in a high number of cartel and abuse of dominance cases before the French Competition Authority. The firm is notably representing France Farine in the flour sector case. Veolia and Avis are other clients. Alex Dowding and Léna Sersiron head the 13-lawyer team.

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Employment - ranked: tier 3

Baker McKenzie SCP

Baker McKenzie SCP delivers ‘an exemplary quality of service’ and is ‘very adept at explaining the complexities of French employment law and procedure’ to large US-originated companies. The 22-lawyer team also assists French companies and regularly advises on cross-border corporate projects. It also advises on restructuring and the termination of high-level executives. The practice is led by Olivier Vasset, who produces ‘high-level analysis’. The ‘pragmaticDenise Broussalunderstands her clients’ business concerns and the politics in the international environment’, and Gilles Jolivet gives ‘reliable advice’.

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Other recommended firms - ranked: tier 1

Baker McKenzie SCP

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Mergers and acquisitions
Mergers and acquisitions - ranked: tier 3

Baker McKenzie SCP

Baker McKenzie SCP delivers ‘highly professional, accurate and fast’ services. The 46-lawyer team has ‘strong expertise in the retail area’, as well as in the aviation and pharmaceuticals industries. The firm often advises leading French companies on deals overseas, especially in the US, and acts for large US clients regarding their deals in France and Europe. The practice recently advised Indian conglomerate Mahindra & Mahindra on the acquisition of a 51% stake in Peugeot Motocycles. Abbott, Baxter and Veolia are also clients. Practice head Stéphane Davinperfectly answers clients’ needs’ and is ‘always available’. Raphaële François-Poncet, Alyssa Gallot Auberger and Alain Sauty de Chalon are also recommended along with Eric Lasry, who is ‘a great professional, who shows acute strategic sense’, as well as the ‘efficient and rapidLaurent Barbara and Marie-Françoise Bréchignac, who both bring their ‘experience to international corporations’.

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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 provides ‘outstanding service on major and quite complicated real estate transactions’. It advises leading international and French corporate occupiers and property investors on landmark transactions in the office and commercial sectors, and has ‘excellent knowledge of the hospitality sector’. The firm assisted Wereldhave with the €850m acquisition of 11 real estate companies and acted for LaSalle Investment on the financing and acquisition of Black Grafton, operating La Tour Blanche in La Défense. Practice head Marc Mariani has ‘in-depth knowledge of the market and is able to provide prompt and efficient assistance on urgent and complicated matters’. Also recommended are ‘deal-maker’ Florence Defradas, who ‘defends very well her clients’ interests’; the ‘highly reliable’ Hervé Jégou; Pierre-Marie Ouchet, who has ‘impressive knowledge of financing of complicated real estate transactions’; and recently promoted local partner Eva Leygonie, who is ‘able to think outside the box’.

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Tax - ranked: tier 2

Baker McKenzie SCP

Baker McKenzie SCP stands out for its ‘constant strategic thinking and commercially minded advice’. ‘The overall level of service is very good in terms of skills and competences on transfer pricing matters’, while corporate tax is another strong area of expertise, and the 33-lawyer team ranks among ‘the best of the best’ in the tax controversy field, where it represents leading corporations and major online companies. The firm favourably acted for Carrefour in a tax reassessment case regarding the payment of royalties to be paid by affiliates. The firm also handled strategic work involving China. The 16-partner team is led by Véronique Millischer, Guillaume Le Camus and Caroline Silberztein, whose ‘expertise and authority are remarkable’. Practice co-head Eric Meier and local partner Régis Torlet lead ‘the market’s best litigation practice’, an area in which local partner Ariane Calloud is ‘outstanding and has unique ability to focus on the minute detail while constantly considering the strategic objectives’.

Leading individuals: litigation

Eric Meier - 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 produces ‘a quality of work that goes beyond what is expected even from a firm of that high reputation’ and ‘perfectly masters the area of IT providers and complex IT contracts’. The 18-lawyer team advises IT users on the negotiation of the largest and most complex IT systems and also handles sensitive data protection issues. It acted for Silca on the creation of a strategic partnership with Capgemini and advised SFIL on negotiating new trading and risk management software with Misys International Banking Systems. Other clients include Société Générale, Netflix, Casino and Google. The practice is led by Rémy Bricard, who is recommended for his ‘high-level expertise and global vision on a deal’, and Laurent Szuskin, whose ‘great strategic view is key to assisting his clients in the most complex and sensitive matters’. Senior counsels Christian Blomet and Denise Lebeau-Marianna are also recommended, the latter being a data protection expert and who ‘shows great creativity on new subjects’.

Leading individuals: IT

Laurent Szuskin - Baker McKenzie SCP

Rémy Bricard - 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 is ‘particularly competent, highly responsive and brings a highly technical vision to matters’. The 11-lawyer team has a full range of IP expertise with particular strength in the trade mark, design and copyright areas. The practice advises on portfolio management, transactions and litigation. It successfully represented Stage Entertainment in copyright litigation arising from the launch of a new live show. The firm advises many leading French and Anglophone companies, especially in the luxury goods and pharmaceuticals sectors areas, with clients including Unilever and Hennessy. Practice head Virginie Ulmann is ‘highly professional, always up-to-date and can design very fine strategies’. 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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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.

    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.