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Dechert LLP


France

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

Dechert

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Employment
Employment - ranked: tier 3

Dechert

Dechert has ‘a great understanding of its clients’ environment and issues’. The seven-lawyer team assists large industrial Anglophone companies and has recently been attracting major French clients. The practice ranges from restructuring work to individual litigation, such as sexual harassment, fraud and termination of executives. Practice head Philippe Thomasbrings his experience to resolve matters’. Senior associate Sabrina Chekroun combines ‘efficiency, technical skill and a solution-oriented approach’.

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Mergers and acquisitions
Other recommended firms - ranked: tier 1

Dechert

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Tax
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Dechert

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France: Capital markets

Equity
Other recommended firms - ranked: tier 2

Dechert

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France: Dispute resolution

Commercial litigation
Other recommended firms - ranked: tier 1

Dechert

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International arbitration
Dispute resolution: international arbitration - ranked: tier 2

Dechert

Dechert’s ‘excellent’ 16-lawyer practice handles high-profile investment work in Latin America in the oil and gas sector, where it is is acting for the Republic of Ecuador in several billion-dollar cases. The group also manages a high-end commercial arbitration caseload relating to energy, corporate, patent licensing and public procurement. Practice head Eduardo Silva Romero and José-Manuel García Represa make up ‘a formidable duo that gets great results, and are particularly good at handling maters in Spanish-speaking countries’. Philip Dunham is also recommended along with the ‘very smart and experiencedXavier Nyssen, whose ‘excellent human skills allow him to understand not only the legal aspects of a case but also the business and all other important aspects surrounding a dispute’. Pierre Mayer left the firm.

Leading individuals

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France: Industry focus

Healthcare and life sciences
Industry focus: healthcare and life sciences - ranked: tier 1

Dechert

Dechert has ‘unique healthcare and M&A expertise’, and the team ‘knows perfectly the pharmaceuticals business’. The practice advises a number of leading pharmaceuticals manufacturers and biotechnology groups in patent litigation and other matters. It assisted the French subsidiaries of GlaxoSmithKline during several strategic exchanges of assets with Novartis. Practice head Alain Decombe has ‘extremely good knowledge of the industry’. Also recommended are recently promoted partners Isabelle Marguet and Anne-Charlotte Rivière. Marianne Schaffner is a key name for patent litigation. The hiring of Mélanie Thill-Tayara from Norton Rose Fulbright augmented the firm’s range of experience in competition law.

Leading individuals

Alain Decombe - Dechert Corporate

Mélanie Thill-Tayara - Dechert Competition

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France: Intellectual property

Patents
Intellectual property: patents - ranked: tier 2

Dechert

Dechertquickly jumps into complex cases, providing sophisticated, highly responsive advice and representation’. The ‘impressive’ five-lawyer team has ‘strong cross-border and international experience’ and is adept at serving US clients. The firm is handling complex and high-end cases pertaining to telecoms, electronics, construction, chemicals and life sciences. Johnson & Johnson and LG Electronics are clients. Practice head Marianne Schaffner is ‘a valued adviser able to manage complex and sensitive issues rapidly and in the best way possible’. ‘Rising star’ Romain Viret ‘really understands the technology behind the patents’.

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

Dechert

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France: Private equity

Fund formation
Private equity: fund formation - ranked: tier 2

Dechert

Dechert produces ‘high-quality and rigorous work’. ‘Proactive and efficient’, the team ‘always has good suggestions and knows how to reconcile its clients’ wishes with legal requirements’. The firm advises many fund managers on the creation of venture capital, SME, LBO, debt, infrastructure and real estate funds, as well as funds of funds. ACE Management, ACG Capital, Amundi PEF, European Investment Fund and Impact Partenaires are clients. Practice head Olivier Dumas is ‘rigorous, nice and defends his clients’ interests’. The ‘committed and dedicated’ Antoine Sarailler is also recommended.

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

Dechert

Dechert provides ‘an excellent quality of service’, shows ‘high professionalism in handling complex transactions and has a global vision of all matters at stake, including non-legal matters’. The practice advises venture and investment funds, including New York-based management firms, as well as investees. It also handles some LBO work, where it often advises management teams. Recent highlights include assisting Accel Partners and Lead Edge as subscribers in connection with the closing of a large series C convertible preferred round for BlaBlaCar. The ‘very knowledgeable and responsiveMatthieu Grollemund heads the practice and has ‘unique US/French experience’ and ‘a business acumen that is rarely found in lawyers’. The ‘experienced and constructiveFrançois Hellot and recently promoted partner Anne-Charlotte Rivière are also recommended.

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Latin America: International firms

International arbitration
International arbitration - ranked: tier 2

Dechert LLP

Leveraging the ‘leadership skills, professionalism, thoroughness and industry knowledge’ of practice head Eduardo Silva Romero, Dechert LLPexcels in the quality and strategic value of its advice’. The ‘superb’ team expanded considerably in 2015 with the recruitment of several Washington DC lawyers from Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP; these included Arif Ali, whose broad portfolio of cases in forums such as the ICC, ICSID and the LCIA includes Latin America related disputes, and Alexandre de Gramont, who adds depth to the group’s already extensive investment treaty arbitration capabilities. The department maintains an impressive reputation in defending sovereign states, both in investment treaty and contract claims, and is also increasingly active for corporate entities. In one example of its recent work in the latter area, Romero and José Manuel García Represa acted for the Dutch and Costa Rican shareholders of Panamanian company Desarrollo Ecoturístico Canaveral in a dispute with the Republic of Panama arising from the state’s alleged failure to protect the claimants’ investment in the construction and development of an ecotourism resort. The Republic of Ecuador is a regular source of instructions; in one of many current cases, Romero is defending it in a contract-based dispute under UNCITRAL rules arising out of the termination of two contracts for the exploration and exploitation of hydrocarbons. All lawyers named are based in Paris unless stated otherwise.

Leading lawyers

Eduardo Silva Romero - Dechert LLP

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