The Legal 500

Sullivan & Cromwell LLP

24 RUE JEAN GOUJON, 75008 PARIS, FRANCE
Tel:
Work +33 1 73 04 10 00
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Fax +33 1 73 04 10 10
Web:
www.sullcrom.com

France

Insurance
Insurance - ranked: tier 2

Sullivan & Cromwell LLP

Sullivan & Cromwell LLP is praised for its ‘outstanding performance’ in relation to M&A and US capital markets deals. The practice assists large French and international insurers such as Allianz and Axa. It recently advised Japanese insurer Sompo Japan Nipponkoa in its equity method investment in SCOR. Global head of the insurance and reinsurance practice William Torchiana is ‘very experienced, has a lot of authority and keeps the view of the overall situation’.

Leading individuals: regulatory and corporate

William Torchiana - Sullivan & Cromwell LLP

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Mergers and acquisitions
Mergers and acquisitions - ranked: tier 2

Sullivan & Cromwell LLP

Sullivan & Cromwell LLP has extensive experience in high-end complex and cross-border M&A transactions. The practice notably advised Alcatel-Lucent on its combination with Nokia and acted for an international consortium on its acquisition of TDF’s business in France. Other clients include Euro Disney, Allianz and Total. Olivier de Vilmorin and senior counsel Patrick Bonvarlet jointly head the practice, in which William Torchiana is a leading name for strategic M&A in the insurance sector.

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Tax
Tax - ranked: tier 2

Sullivan & Cromwell LLP

Sullivan & Cromwell LLP’s ‘outstanding’ ‘tailor-made’ practice is especially recommended for strategic and complex transactional and litigation issues. The five-lawyer team was recently involved in several groundbreaking cases alongside CAC 40 companies and obtained a number of landmark decisions from France’s highest courts. The practice assisted Vivendi regarding the worldwide consolidation regime. M&A and capital markets expertise is also top notch. The firm advised Alcatel-Lucent on its combination with Nokia. Gauthier Blanluet has ‘unique legal knowledge and credibility among tax authorities’; Nicolas de Boynes is ‘responsive and creative’.

Leading individuals: transactional/corporate tax

Gauthier Blanluet - Sullivan & Cromwell LLP

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France: Capital markets

Debt
Other recommended firms - ranked: tier 1

Sullivan & Cromwell LLP

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Equity
Capital markets: equity - ranked: tier 2

Sullivan & Cromwell LLP

Sullivan & Cromwell LLP’s versatile corporate team is able to advise on large and complex ECM and DCM transactions in France and the US. It often acts for large French issuers and advised Elis on its €750m IPO on Euronext Paris. The ‘business-minded’ Olivier de Vilmorin, senior counsel Patrick Bonvarlet, Krystian Czerniecki and William Torchiana are highly experienced.

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Legal Developments in France

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    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.
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