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CMS

2 RUE ANCELLE, 92522 NEUILLY-SUR-SEINE, FRANCE
Tel:
Work +33 1 47 38 55 00
Web:
www.cms-bfl.com
Aberdeen , Algiers , Amsterdam , Antwerp , Barcelona , Beijing and 58 more

France

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

CMS

CMS is recommended for its ‘public finance knowledge, strength-in-depth of team and constant adaptability’. The firm has strong public contract expertise and is assisting Côte d’Opale Chamber of Commerce, Meridiam and CDC Infrastructure with the Calais and Boulogne-sur-Mer Port projects. The firm also handles high-profile litigation and has top expertise in energy, urban planning and public sector taxation. Eiffage Construction and SNCF Réseau are also clients. The practice is led by Christophe Barthélemy, François Tenailleau – whose ‘long experience in complex financing projects makes him able to understand and analyse very complex and innovative projects’ – and Jean-Luc Tixier. Former Conseil d’Etat member Olivier Dutheillet de Lamothe recently joined the team, which also includes counsel Céline Cloché-Dubois.

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Banking and finance
Other recommended firms - ranked: tier 2

CMS

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

CMS

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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

CMS’ 65-lawyer practice is retained by leading French and international companies for complex M&A transactions, restructuring, collective negotiations and litigation. The team is representing La Poste in a case concerning the remuneration policy applied to some 210,000 employees. Auchan and Kering are other clients. Key figures include the highly regarded Jean-Claude Anisten, Nicolas de Sevin and Laurent Marquet de Vasselot, as well as Pierre Bonneau, Raphaël Bordier, Nicolas Callies, Vincent Delage, Alain Herrmann, and recently promoted partners Caroline Froger-Michon and Olivier Dutheillet de Lamothe.

Leading individuals

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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: France energy regulatory

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Real estate
Other recommended firms - ranked: tier 1

CMS

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Tax
Tax - ranked: tier 1

CMS

CMS has ‘excellent technical expertise’ and ‘high international tax and controversy know-how’. The 200-lawyer team stands out for its impressive resources and comprehensive range of expertise, and is consulted by the largest French and international companies and investment funds to handle high-end work. The team is often retained to handle tax controversy work and is representing Vivendi in tax litigation. M&A, private equity and property tax expertise are other areas of work, and the practice recently assisted Blackstone with the acquisition of Vitalia. Stéphane Austry is second-to-none for strategic litigation. For international taxation, key names include Bruno Gibert, Stéphane Gelin, Pierre-Sébastien Thill, Thierry Granier and Edouard Milhac, who has ‘high technical skills and great experience when it comes to dealing with the authorities’, as well as François Hellio and Julien Saïac, who are ‘both admirable for international matters and able to provide a straightforward analysis of nested rules applicable in several countries’. Also recommended are: Christophe Frionnet for corporate tax issues, as well as Laurent Hepp, Luc Jaillais and Dimitri Leboff for direct taxation, and Laurent Chatel for local taxation; Gaëtan Berger-Picqexcels in VAT matters pertaining to real estate deals’. Recently promoted partner Frédéric Gerner is ‘excellent for direct tax matters’; Anne-Sophie Rostaing was made partner in 2016.

Leading individuals: litigation
Leading individuals: transactional/corporate tax

Bruno Gibert - CMS

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The regions
The regions - ranked: tier 1

CMS Lyon

CMS in Lyon houses around 90 lawyers. The firm is a leading player in the greater South East, where it advises SMEs and subsidiaries of large French and foreign groups.

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France: Capital markets

Debt
Capital markets: debt - ranked: tier 2

CMS

CMS is a leading player in the EuroPP area, where it assists top financial institutions and corporations. Recent highlights include advising Natixis and Octo Finances on the first Euro PP green bond issuances, as well as acting for Natixis on the first EuroPP listed on the Euronext Paris open market. The firm also advises on the establishment of Euro medium-term note (EMTN) programmes. Marc-Etienne Sébire heads the practice, in which Grégory Benteux is another name to note.

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France: Industry focus

Energy
Industry focus: energy - ranked: tier 2

CMS

CMS has leading energy regulatory expertise in France. The firm advises power producers and operators and is involved in high-stakes litigation in the gas sector, where it is representing Engie in a landmark case questioning the legality of France’s regulated gas tariffs. The practice is also acting for Ailes Marines on the Saint-Brieuc offshore wind farm project. Christophe Barthélemy is highly recommended. Jean-Jacques Lecat handles oil and gas work in Africa.

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

CMS

CMS has leading regulatory expertise and recently challenged governmental orders regarding product classifications and reimbursement. Expanscience and Negma are clients. Practice head Bernard Geneste is recommended.

Leading individuals

Bernard Geneste - CMS Regulatory

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France: Intellectual property

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

CMS

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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

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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

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Spain

Offices in Madrid , Malaga , Seville , and Barcelona

France

Offices in Paris , Strasbourg , and Lyon

Hungary

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Latin America: International firms

Italy

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London

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Luxembourg

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Morocco

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Montenegro

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Netherlands

Offices in Utrecht and Amsterdam

Oman

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Poland

Offices in Warsaw and Poznan

Portugal

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Romania

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Russia

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Scotland

Offices in Edinburgh , Glasgow , and Aberdeen

Slovakia

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Slovenia

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South West

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Switzerland

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Ukraine

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Serbia

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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.