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Baker McKenzie


France

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

Baker McKenzie

The ‘efficient and availableBaker McKenzie is ‘result-oriented and provides real added value during negotiations’. The firm has one of the market’s largest teams and its 15-lawyer practice advises many French blue-chip state-owned companies, as well as local government entities and private corporations. It is dealing with sensitive regulatory issues in the defence and energy sectors while also handling high-stakes litigation. The practice is also involved in some major public law projects. Highlights included successfully assisting LVMH with Paris’ Jardin d'Acclimatation tender process, and acting for Métropole Européenne de Lille in litigation pertaining to the Stade Pierre Mauroy PPP contract. Atos Worldline and Pages Jaunes are other clients. Emmanuel Guillaume and the ‘client-focused and very responsiveArnaud Cabanes are high-level experts. Alexia Robbes has ‘excellent knowledge of planning and zoning rules’.

Leading individuals

Arnaud Cabanes - Baker McKenzie

Emmanuel Guillaume - Baker McKenzie

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

Baker McKenzie

Baker McKenziehas acquired a very fine understanding of the antitrust field both at the national and EU levels’ and practice head Léna Sersiron, ‘aside from her outstanding expertise in contentious matters, stands out through her tenacious, dynamic and pragmatic approach’. The team worked alongside the public sector department to assist broadcasting network operator TDF with its appeal against a fine imposed by the FCA on the grounds of abuse of dominant position, and Sersiron is leading the advice to the French Dairy Industry Federation with regards to a European Commission investigation into alleged anticompetitive behaviour as requested by the German Diary Industry Association. Senior associate Thomas Guérin regularly supports Sersiron on the competition front and Alex Dowding is currently defending Univar against a follow-on damages claim related to an FCA decision in favour of the client. Senior associate Romain Travade impresses with ‘considered, objective and rigorous reflections’.

Next generation lawyers

Léna Sersiron - Baker McKenzie

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Employment
Employment - ranked: tier 3

Baker McKenzie

Baker McKenzie stands out for its worldwide expertise that allows the firm to manage global M&A and restructuring projects undertaken by multinationals. The 17-lawyer Paris team is often handling French aspects of global projects and recently dealt with site closures, expatriation and mass redundancies. Many large French and US industrial groups are clients. The team is led by Olivier Vasset, Denise Broussal and Gilles Jolivet.

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Environment
Other recommended firms - ranked: tier 1

Baker McKenzie

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Mergers and acquisitions
Other recommended firms - ranked: tier 1

Baker McKenzie

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Project finance
Other recommended firms - ranked: tier 1

Baker McKenzie

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Real estate
Real estate - ranked: tier 3

Baker McKenzie

Baker McKenzie provides ‘excellent level of services’ revealing ‘an ability to understand the needs of foreign clients’ and ‘creativity in overcoming difficulties and disagreements with stakeholders’. The firm has a wide array of expertise and was recently particularly involved in lease negotiations while also dealing with property investment, development, fund formation, financing and partnerships work. It assists key players including major French developers and investors, as well as international investors including Chinese and Korean clients. Highlights included helping Poste Immo with the creation of new property development joint venture Arkadea, as well as Etoile Properties and Korea Investment & Securities with the financing of Novartis’ future French headquarters. Aew Europe, Lasalle Investment Management and Gecina are clients. Marc Mariani heads the practice which also includes Pierre-Marie Ouchet and ‘deal maker’ Hervé Jégou, whose ‘high technique and tenacious approach during negotiations’ are particularly appreciated.

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Tax
Tax - ranked: tier 2

Baker McKenzie

Baker McKenzie has a large 33-lawyer team which provides highly prominent clients such as Johnson Controls, Accenture, Club Med and Pierre et Vacances with its large array of expertise. Its tax litigation team is second-to-none in France and it obtained a series of astonishing victories in 2017, including obtaining a groundbreaking victory from Paris’ first level of jurisdiction for client Google in challenging the French tax authority's allegations of permanent establishment in France. It also represented Total, M6 and Carrefour in diverse tax controversies. Eric Meier, who ranks among the best in his field, Régis Torlet and Ariane Calloud are all highly recommended. The transfer pricing and international tax practice, including Caroline Silberztein, is also highly regarded and frequently entrusted by many CAC 40 clients. In other work, the group was also recently involved in several high-profile cross-border M&A and corporate transactions. Practice head Véronique Millischer and Guillaume Le Camus are highly experienced.

Leading individuals

Caroline Silberztein - Baker McKenzie (transfer pricing and international tax)

Eric Meier - Baker McKenzie (tax litigation)

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France: Banking and finance

Transactional work
Banking and finance: Transactional work - ranked: tier 3

Baker McKenzie

The ‘exceptional’ team at Baker McKenzie provides ‘short response times, has in-depth industry knowledge’ and ‘takes a very proactive and creative approach’ to matters. Michael Foundethakis leads the team, which focuses on cross-border deals in the areas of syndicated loans, project finance and acquisition finance. The group, which is ‘extremely strong in trade and export finance’, advised Commerzbank and a syndicate of lenders on a $872m dual-currency syndicated loan issued to Afreximbank. Other clients include BNP Paribas, Ardian and Lloyds.

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France: Dispute resolution

Commercial litigation
Other recommended firms - ranked: tier 1

Baker McKenzie

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International arbitration
Other recommended firms - ranked: tier 1

Baker McKenzie

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France: Industry focus

Healthcare and life sciences
Industry focus: Healthcare and life sciences - ranked: tier 3

Baker McKenzie

Baker McKenzie’s fully-dedicated healthcare team is headed by Julie Yeni and receives regular support from the firm’s corporate department and data privacy practice. In recent highlight work, the group assisted ICU Medical with its acquisition of Pfizer’s Hospira infusion system business, and advised a global leading medical technology company on regulatory repercussions of the phasing out of direct sponsorship of healthcare professionals. The practice’s recent caseload also includes advising a multinational pharmaceutical company on negotiations with third party distributors, and a series of product liability claims pertaining to allegedly defective vaccines. AbbVie, Abbott and Medtronic are other notable clients.

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

Baker McKenzie

Baker McKenzie’s IT lawyers ‘demonstrate efficiency and flexibility to mould their expertise according to clients’ needs’. The IT and communications department is jointly headed by the recommended Laurent Szuskin and Rémy Bricard and recently advised a major financial services client on contractual aspects of a major project including the implementation of cloud platforms for the provision and optimisation of internal IT services. Other notable work highlights included assisting clients with GDPR compliance, connected devices and Internet of Things (IoT) projects, as well as disputes pertaining to licensing rights, audits and aborted IT projects. Noteworthy clients include Valeo, Oracle and Google. Data privacy expert Denise Lebeau-Marianna joined DLA Piper, but the group recently welcomed Yann Padova from The Energy Regulation Committee; he now leads the firm’s personal data protection team.

Leading individuals

Laurent Szuskin - Baker McKenzie

Rémy Bricard - Baker McKenzie

Yann Padova - Baker McKenzie

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France: Intellectual property

Trade marks, designs and copyright
Trade marks, designs and copyright - ranked: tier 2

Baker McKenzie

With a particular strength in litigation work, Baker McKenzie’s Virginie Ulmann heads the intellectual property team and is supported by Nathalie Marchand, who recently acted for Canal+ in a number of disputes related to the calculation and payment of copyright levies for private copy. In other highlight work, the group defended Intel against trade mark and copyright infringement as well as unfair competition allegations pertaining to the use of the ‘ultra-book’ trade mark, including the filing of a counterclaim for the cancellation of a trade mark on the grounds of non-use; and senior associate Thomas Defaux is also working alongside Ulmann to advise the heirs of Antoine de Saint-Exupéry on their copyright and trade mark rights related to the merchandising of his works. Other noteworthy clients include Unilever, Moët-Hennessy and RealD.

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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.
  • 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.