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Jones Day


France

Administrative and public law
Administrative and public law - ranked: tier 1

Jones Day

Jones Day has leading public contract and regulatory expertise. The seven-lawyer team assists high-profile French groups in the energy, telecoms and transport sectors, for which it handles major public projects and sensitive litigation. The practice is representing Vinci Autoroutes regarding motorway toll issues. The highly regarded Philippe Delelis and Nicolas Brice head the group.

Leading individuals

Philippe Delelis - Jones Day

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Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 3

Jones Day

Jones Day has ‘a high level of business knowledge delivered in a practical way’. The firm is developing a prominent litigation practice handling cases on behalf of financial institutions such as Dexia Crédit Local, Société de Financement Local and Depfa Bank in disputes with local public entities. The practice also advises on loans, as well as asset and acquisition finance. It recently assisted Thales with the negotiation of a €1.5bn revolving back-up facility. Frédéric Gros heads the practice, which hired Diane Sénéchal from Ashurst LLP, and recently appointed Sophie Chevallier as partner. Other key figures are of counsel Isabelle Maury, who is recommended for ‘her expertise and commercial responses to any questions raised’, as well as Alban Caillemer du Ferrage and counsel Philippe Goutay, who advises on regulatory work.

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Derivatives, structured finance and securitisation
Derivatives, structured finance and securitisation - ranked: tier 1

Jones Day

Jones Day’s derivatives practice is ‘very good in terms of in-depth analysis, industry knowledge and responsiveness’. The six-lawyer team advises leading French banks and other financial institutions as well as derivatives professional bodies on regulatory and transactional matters. It recently advised BPCE on the negotiation of clearing documents with brokers. BNP Paribas is another client. Alban Caillemer du Ferrage shows ‘strong business acumen and excellent legal analysis’, and, according to one client, is ‘clearly the best lawyer in Paris in terms of derivative instruments’. Recently promoted partner Qian Hu is ‘an excellent transactional lawyer, who is very dedicated to her clients and able to meet very short deadlines’.

Leading individuals

Alban Caillemer du Ferrage - Jones Day (Derivatives)

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EU competition and distribution
EU competition and distribution - ranked: tier 2

Jones Day

Jones Day has strong expertise in cases challenging EU rules before the EU Courts; it is representing Elf Aquitaine-Total in that respect. The six-lawyer team is also involved in antitrust and private enforcement cases at national level and handles merger control work. The firm is assisting Total SA with the sale of its Bostik affiliate. DHL-Deutsche Post is another client. Eric Morgan de Rivery heads the practice, which notably also includes Eric Barbier de La Serre.

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Employment
Employment - ranked: tier 3

Jones Day

Jones Day gives ‘proactive and practical advice on complex projects in a very responsive fashion’. The nine-lawyer team assists many leading French and US companies, including in the fashion, banking and technology sectors. It recently advised on a number of restructuring projects and M&A transactions, as well as managerial departures and litigation. The team is led by Jean-Michel Bobillo and Emmanuelle Rivez-Domont, who ‘understands the needs of multinationals perfectly’.

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Environment
Environment - ranked: tier 1

Jones Day

Jones Day advises many leading French and international industrial groups, such as Chevron, Ferro and General Electric. The practice has a broad range of expertise spanning advisory, compliance, crisis management and litigation work. It is particularly recommended for health and safety issues, including asbestos, REACH and site contamination. Practice head Françoise Labrousse is ‘high skilled in environmental law, very responsive and client-oriented’. Counsel Armelle Sandrin-Deforge recently joined from Shearman & Sterling LLP.

Leading individuals

Françoise Labrousse - Jones Day

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Mergers and acquisitions
Mergers and acquisitions - ranked: tier 3

Jones Day

Jones Day is retained by many large French corporations, as well as some US and international clients. Recent highlights include assisting Wabtec with its $1.8bn offer for Faiveley Transport and acting for Safran on the creation of the Airbus Safran Launchers joint venture. Alcatel-Lucent, Total and XPO Logistics are also clients, and the firm regularly handles deals in the energy and life sciences sector. Sophie Hagège heads the 35-lawyer practice, which also notably includes Renaud Bonnet, Charles Gavoty, Alexandre de Verdun, Hervé Castelnau and Philippe Li. Since publication, *Hervé Castelnau has moved to *Latournerie Wolfrom & Associés and Philippe Li has moved to Kim & Chang in Seoul.

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Project finance
Project finance - ranked: tier 2

Jones Day

Jones Day has strong French PPP expertise and is regularly retained by major sponsors. The practice recently advised on various new projects in the university sector, including assisting Bouygues Construction with a new campus project in Aubervilliers. Philippe Delelis and Nicolas Brice are recommended on the public law aspects, as are Frédéric Gros and recently promoted partner Sophie Chevallier on the financing side. Of counsel Denis Bandet advises on international mining and infrastructure projects.

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Real estate
Other recommended firms - ranked: tier 1

Jones Day

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Tax
Tax - ranked: tier 3

Jones Day

Jones Day has broad expertise but is especially strong in the financial services sector through the ‘very experiencedSiamak Mostafavi; the team advises leading financial institutions on the most complex structured finance and derivatives transactions. It assisted Safran with the creation of the Airbus Safran Launchers joint venture. Emmanuel de la Rochethulon is recommended.

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France: Capital markets

Equity
Capital markets: equity - ranked: tier 2

Jones Day

Jones Day stands out for its broad range of experience advising start-up companies, CAC 40 companies, issuers and financial institutions on French and US law. The practice is a leading player for ECM transactions involving biotechnology and notably assisted Cellectis with its Nasdaq IPO. The firm was also busy advising on large equity-linked transactions, representing Ingenico with its €500m OCEANE issuance. Linda Hesse heads the practice, in which Renaud Bonnet, Charles Gavoty and Florent Bouyer are also recommended.

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France: Dispute resolution

Commercial litigation
Dispute resolution: commercial litigation - ranked: tier 3

Jones Day

Jones Day’s ‘very responsive’ team produces ‘high-quality work’. The practice manages a diverse caseload including commercial, contractual, product liability and industrial cases. It often acts for the very largest industrial groups, such as IBM, GE, Dow Chemical and ERDF. Laurent Martinet and Ozan Akyurek are recommended. The firm is also handling a high volume of cases in the banking sector, where it is defending SFIL, CAFFIL and Dexia Crédit Local against financial product claims brought by public entities. Frédéric Gros is the key contact for this type of case. Counsel Bénédicte Graulle, who shows ‘good business acumen and relentless determination to find a good angle and to win’, handles white-collar crime cases.

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International arbitration
Dispute resolution: international arbitration - ranked: tier 3

Jones Day

Jones Day is handling commercial arbitrations pertaining to oil and gas and construction law. The practice is often involved in matters involving the Arab world and is also dealing with a large investment dispute in the telecoms sector. The practice is led by Michael Bühler and the ‘highly competentJean-Pierre Harb.

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France: Industry focus

Energy
Other recommended firms - ranked: tier 1

Jones Day

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

Jones Day

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IT, telecoms and the internet
Industry focus: IT, telecoms and the internet - ranked: tier 3

Jones Day

Jones Day hired Rémy Fekete from Gide Loyrette Nouel A.A.R.P.I., who has ‘unparalleled understanding of TMT matters, especially in the African market’. The firm represents leading French and international telecoms operators and recently assisted Telefónica with the creation of a French joint venture with Bouygues Telecom. Counsel Olivier Haas advises major corporations and banking institutions on IT systems and data issues.

Leading individuals: telecoms

Rémy Fekete - Jones Day

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France: Intellectual property

Patents
Other recommended firms - ranked: tier 1

Jones Day

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Trade marks, designs and copyrights
Intellectual property: trade marks, designs and copyrights - ranked: tier 1

Jones Day

Jones Day has ‘an extraordinary team, extremely hardworking, quick and efficient’, which is highly regarded for its strong trade mark and geographical indication expertise. The firm assists leading French and international brands such as Sonia Rykiel and the Bureau National Interprofessionnel du Cognac. It is representing Jeff Koons in two copyright disputes. The practice is also able to deal with patent litigation at high level. Emmanuel Baud heads the practice.

Leading individuals

Emmanuel Baud - Jones Day

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France: Private equity

Fund formation
Other recommended firms - ranked: tier 1

Jones Day

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Venture and growth capital
Private equity: venture and growth capital - ranked: tier 1

Jones Day

Jones Day is a recognised leader in venture and growth capital. The firm advises on the fundraising and financing of the market’s hottest tech and life sciences companies, acting on either side. The practice assisted Condé Nast, Balderton Capital, Ventech and Idinvest Partners as incumbent co-investors with Eurazeo in connection with Vestiaire Collective’s new €33m round of financing. Elaia Partners, XAnge PE and Bpifrance are also clients. The team is led by Charles Gavoty and Renaud Bonnet, who is ‘always excellent, whatever the situation might be’.

Leading individuals

Charles Gavoty - Jones Day

Renaud Bonnet - Jones Day

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Jones Day

  • US rules regarding offshore accounts

    The Hiring Incentives to Restore Employment Act 2010, enacted on 18 March 2010, imposes a new US withholding tax and reporting regime, known as the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA). The FATCA regime applies generally to payments made after 31 December 2012, except on obligations (to be defined in future guidance) outstanding on 18 March 2012. Substantial effort is required by foreign entities to bring their worldwide operations and policies into compliance with the FATCA rules as of the effective date.

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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.