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2 RUE ANCELLE, 92522 NEUILLY-SUR-SEINE, FRANCE
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France

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

CMS

The team at CMS is ‘reliable, responsive and has good knowledge of the public sector actors and entities’. It is highly recommended when dealing with sensitive matters, including public-contract litigation, and is particularly strong in PPP work. The team is involved in various medium to large infrastructure projects and also has strong regulatory, urban law and public tax law expertise, especially in the energy sector. It recently advised the famous La Samaritaine with urban and tax-planning aspects of its renovation. CDC and RATP are also clients. Jean-Luc Tixier is co-head of the practice with the ‘serious and brilliant’ Christophe Barthélemy plus François Tenailleau, who has ‘rigorous public contract analytical skills’. Counsel Céline Cloché-Dubois is another name to note.

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Banking and finance
Other recommended firms - ranked: tier 1

CMS

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Derivatives, structured finance and securitisation
Other recommended firms - ranked: tier 1

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EU competition and distribution
Other recommended firms - ranked: tier 1

CMS

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Employment
Employment - ranked: tier 1

CMS

Leading individuals - ranked: tier 1

Laurent Marquet de Vasselot - CMS

Jean-Claude Anisten - CMS

Nicolas de Sevin - CMS

CMS provides ‘first-class support’: the firm ‘responds very quickly, gives very understandable advice and its international network is very efficient’. The 60-plus lawyer team is ‘very customer-oriented and able to understand the culture and needs of its clients’. Combining a full set of expertise, it represents many leading French and international corporations and multinationals in everything from day-to-day matters to highly strategic issues such as elections, downsizing, M&A and sensitive litigation. The team advised Coca-Cola Services France on a restructuring project and acted for Auchan France in its strategic partnership with Système U. Nicolas de Sevin and Laurent Marquet de Vasselot particularly stand out within the 15-partner practice. Other names to note include Ghislain Beaure d’Augères, Caroline Froger-Michon, who is ‘able to make French-specific requirements understandable to a German party’, and Vincent Delage, who ‘understands the strategic stakes and is able to coach his clients in complex situations’.

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Mergers and acquisitions
Other recommended firms - ranked: tier 2

CMS

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Project finance
Other recommended firms - ranked: tier 1

CMS

Leading individuals:

Christophe Barthélemy - CMS

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Tax
Tax - ranked: tier 1

CMS

CMS is able to combine general taxation advice with specialist service in practically every niche area. Benefiting from very large resources (over 60 partners and 135 associates), the firm serves many leading CAC 40 groups, including Air France, Lafarge, Total, Vivendi and LVMH. The practice is currently involved in the market’s most high-profile litigation cases, many of them challenging the French legal regime. It is notably representing many CAC 40 groups in the landmark 3% dividend taxation case, acting for Orange in a dispute with the French authorities following a €2bn tax penalty, and advising several leading digital companies regarding tax audits and criminal tax matters. Stéphane Austry is a leading reference in France for strategic litigation. Other key figures include Bruno Gibert, Michel Collet and Edouard Milhac for international taxation, as well as Richard Foissac and Jean Guilmoto for direct taxation. Ariane Beetschen, Henri Bitar, Arnaud Donguy, Renaud Grob, Philippe Grousset, Laurent Hepp, Luc Jaillais, Julien Saïac and Philippe Zoubritzky have been heavily involved in key matters recently.

Leading individuals

Bruno Gibert - CMS

Stéphane Austry - CMS

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The regions
The regions - ranked: tier 1

CMS Bureau Francis Lefebvre Lyon

CMS Bureau Francis Lefebvre Lyon fields some 29 partners and 66 lawyers in total. The firm provides tax, corporate and employment law support to SMEs and large French and international groups based in Rhône-Alpes; it is one of the top firms in south-eastern France.

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France: Capital markets

Debt
Capital markets: debt - ranked: tier 2

CMS

CMS has ‘very good knowledge of market standards’ and ‘produces solutions’. The firm is a leader in the EuroPP sector, where it advises on a high volume of transactions. The practice assisted APICIL Prévoyance with its inaugural €150m tier 2 bond issuance listed on the Luxembourg Stock Exchange. Practice head Marc-Etienne Sébire stands out for his ‘positive involvement in transactions’. Also recommended is counsel Rosetta Ferrère, who is ‘a success story and is state of the art in her field’.

Next generation lawyers

Marc-Etienne Sébire - CMS (debt capital markets)

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France: Dispute resolution

Commercial litigation
Other recommended firms - ranked: tier 1

CMS

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France: Industry focus

Energy
Industry focus: energy - ranked: tier 2

CMS

CMS has ‘top-level regulatory expertise’ and produces ‘excellent work’. The practice advises many electricity and gas producers and operators on strategic matters, including disputes before the energy authority (CRE) and in administrative courts. It is representing Engie before the European Court of Justice regarding France’s natural gas tariffs. Renewable energy is another area of expertise. GRTgaz and Ailes Marines are clients. The ‘brilliant’ Christophe Barthélemy delivers ‘in-depth, quality work’. Jean-Jacques Lecat handles some Africa-related mandates.

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Healthcare and life sciences
Industry focus: healthcare and life sciences - ranked: tier 2

CMS

The ‘excellent’ team at CMS has leading regulatory expertise through the ‘impressiveBernard Geneste, who ‘knows his field and understands rapidly how issues may be solved’. The team regularly challenges government rulings on drug price reimbursement, while Jean de la Hosseraye handles product liability work. Arnaud Hugot recently advised on several clinic-related transactions such as Medipole Partenaires’ sale of three sites in Paris.

Leading individuals

Bernard Geneste - CMS (regulatory)

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IT, telecoms and the internet
Other recommended firms - ranked: tier 1

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France: Intellectual property

Trade marks, designs and copyrights
Other recommended firms - ranked: tier 1

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France: Private equity

Fund formation
Other recommended firms - ranked: tier 1

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Further information on CMS

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Belgium

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Bosnia and Herzegovina

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Bulgaria

Offices in Sofia and Sofia

China

Offices in Beijing, Beijing, and Shanghai

Croatia

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Czech Republic

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Germany

Offices in Hamburg, Frankfurt, Stuttgart, Berlin, Leipzig, Dusseldorf, Cologne, and Munich

Algeria

Offices in Algiers

Spain

Offices in Madrid, Malaga, Seville, and Barcelona

France

Offices in Paris, Strasbourg, and Lyon

Hungary

Offices in Budapest

Latin America: International firms

Italy

Offices in Rome and Milan

London

Offices in London EC4N and London EC3A

Luxembourg

Offices in Luxembourg

Morocco

Offices in Casablanca

Montenegro

Offices in Podgorica

Netherlands

Offices in Utrecht and Amsterdam

Oman

Offices in Muscat

Poland

Offices in Warsaw and Poznan

Portugal

Offices in Lisbon

Romania

Offices in Bucharest

Russia

Offices in Moscow

Scotland

Offices in Edinburgh, Glasgow, and Aberdeen

Slovakia

Offices in Bratislava, Bratislava, and Bratislava

Slovenia

Offices in Ljubljana

South West

Offices in Bristol

Switzerland

Offices in Zurich and Geneva

Ukraine

Offices in Kiev and Kiev

Serbia

Offices in Belgrade

Legal Developments by:
CMS

  • Access to justice: protective costs orders in planning challenges

    Third parties and competing developers have no rights of appeal to the Secretary of State against planning decisions. Disappointed applicants can appeal to the Secretary of State and can have the merits of the application reconsidered. The only remedy available to a disappointed third party is a challenge by way of judicial review in the High Court on a point of law. The sense of frustration and disempowerment this creates has not been helped by the increasing complexity of the planning process and the use of consultation to legitimise decisions that many perceive may already have been taken.
    - CMS Group

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.