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Dechert LLP


France

EU competition and distribution
EU competition and distribution - ranked: tier 3

Dechert LLP

Dechert LLP has ‘high-level expertise’ and is particularly recommended for ‘cases involving highly complex and partially novel legal issues’. The seven-lawyer team has strong antitrust expertise and handles cases at French and EU levels. It successfully defended Deutsche Bahn in French cartel proceedings, representing it and its subsidiary Schenker before the Court of Appeal in the package delivery industry proceedings. The practice has strong healthcare sector expertise and also handles merger control work. ‘Very service-oriented’ practice head Mélanie Thill-Tayara gives ‘extremely valuable strategic guidance in highly complex investigations’.

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Employment
Employment - ranked: tier 3

Dechert LLP

Dechert LLP provides ‘excellent legal service when dealing with highly complex legal matters’ and is ‘a very reliable firm for defending its clients’ interests in the most efficient way’. The nine-lawyer team shows ‘very strong understanding of its clients’ business and issues’ and ‘can obtain excellent outcomes in court in sensitive cases’. It represents many leading Anglophone industrial groups during restructuring, site closures and employee litigation matters. Practice head Philippe Thomas shows ‘high business acumen and an ability to assess issues in companies’ best interests’. Associate Sabrina Chekroun has ‘excellent legal skills’.

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Mergers and acquisitions
Other recommended firms - ranked: tier 1

Dechert LLP

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Tax
Other recommended firms - ranked: tier 1

Dechert LLP

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France: Capital markets

Equity
Other recommended firms - ranked: tier 2

Dechert LLP

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France: Dispute resolution

Commercial litigation
Other recommended firms - ranked: tier 1

Dechert LLP

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International arbitration
Dispute resolution: international arbitration - ranked: tier 1

Dechert LLP

Dechert LLP is made up of ‘highly dedicated members who are very experienced in the oil sector and have skills in different areas such as hydrocarbons, telecoms, environmental issues and damage assessment’. The ‘very strong’ 20-lawyer practice is highly involved in representing state entities. It is acting for Ecuador in several matters and assisting the Republic of Colombia in an ICSID mining dispute with Glencore International and Prodeco. The firm also handles major commercial disputes, especially in the telecoms and defence sectors and is dealing with several large exequatur cases. Orange is a client. ‘Extremely strong’ practice head Eduardo Silva Romero provides ‘legal arguments which are always well reasoned and clearly organised’. José-Manuel García Represa is ‘awesome at analysing and presenting quantum issues’; Xavier Nyssen and Philip Dunham are also recommended.

Leading individuals

Eduardo Silva Romero - Dechert LLP

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France: Industry focus

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

Dechert LLP

The ‘outstanding’ Dechert LLP shows ‘depth of expertise, great responsiveness to clients’ needs and responds by tailor-made services’. The firm has ‘great industry knowledge’ and ‘understands and adapts very well to constraints of a start-up company’. The practice has a wide client base made up of promising biotech firms and large pharmaceuticals groups. It provides a full range of expertise: M&A and private equity, regulatory and competition, patent and product litigation proficiency. The practice recently advised Medtech on a €13.6m issuance of convertible shares and assisted Echosens with a minority investment into the company by Cathay Capital and OrbiMed. Baxter, GlaxoSmithKline and Merck Sharpe & Dohme are also clients. The practice is jointly headed by patent expert Marianne Schaffner and the ‘incredibly smart and responsive’ Alain Decombe, who shows ‘great market understanding’. Jacques Sivignon and Mélanie Thill-Tayara, Isabelle Marguet, Anne-Charlotte Rivière are other key names in the group; corporate partner Matthieu Grollemund is also recommended.

Leading individuals

Alain Decombe - Dechert LLP (corporate)

Mélanie Thill-Tayara - Dechert LLP (competition)

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France: Intellectual property

Patents
Intellectual property: patents - ranked: tier 2

Dechert LLP

Dechert LLP ranks among ‘the strongest firms in France in patent litigation’. The team is involved in some of the most challenging and ground-breaking cases in the electronics sector and is also handling key matters in the healthcare and other areas. Lisi Aerospace, Pierre Fabre, LG Electronics, Saint Gobain and Tate & Lyle are clients. Practice head Marianne Schaffner is ‘very experienced and an excellent team leader’. The practice hired Marie Fillon from DTMV & Associés, following the departure of Romain Viret to Reed Smith.

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Trade marks, designs and copyrights
Intellectual property: trade marks, designs and copyrights - ranked: tier 2

Dechert LLP

Dechert LLP advises some very prestigious luxury goods companies, such as Gucci, but also acts for French and international groups from a broad range of other industries. Practice head Marianne Schaffner is ‘very experienced and an excellent team leader’. Marie Fillon joined from DTMV & Associés, following Romain Viret’s move to Reed Smith.

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France: Private equity

Fund formation
Private equity: fund formation - ranked: tier 1

Dechert LLP

The ‘very good’ team at Dechert LLP is ‘responsive, provides business-driven solutions and shows good knowledge of the French market and international environment’. The practice advises on the formation of a wide range of funds, including private equity, debt and infrastructure funds and also has experience of handling secondary transactions. The firm assisted Idinvest Partners with setting up Idinvest Dette Senior IV. Edmond de Rothschild Private Equity, Elaia Partners and Swen Capital Partners are also clients. The ‘proactive’ Antoine Sarailler gives ‘solution-oriented advice’. The recent arrival of tax expert Sabina Comis from Mayer Brown also adds further strength to the practice, which is headed by Olivier Dumas.

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

Dechert LLP

Dechert LLP advises major French and US and international investment funds, as well as start-up companies, especially in the healthcare sector. Highlights included assisting Accel Partners with a $30m fundraising by PeopleDoc; acting for Eurazeo and several entrepreneurs in their $110m series F investment in Farfetch.com; and advising Sofinnova Partners and Bpifrance on their investment in Gecko Biomedical. The team is led by Matthieu Grollemund and François Hellot, who combines ‘experience, insight and commitment’. Anne-Charlotte Rivière is another name to note.

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Latin America: International firms

International arbitration
International arbitration - ranked: tier 2

Dechert LLP

Dechert LLP’s ‘impressive team combines experience and youth’, and is ‘practical yet creative and optimistic in its approach’. The practice is led from Paris by leading individual Eduardo Silva Romero, who is ‘professional, thorough and knowledgeable’. It added to its already impressive list of sovereign state clients by winning work from the governments of Colombia and Paraguay in 2016. It acts for these clients both in investment treaty arbitration, including acting for Colombia in its mining contract-related ICSID dispute with Glencore International, and in commercial disputes, recently acting for Petróleos Paraguayos in an ICC dispute with PDVSA over a cooperation agreement. Investor-side highlights included representing Desarrollo Ecoturístico Cañaveral in an ICSID case with Panama relating to the construction of an ecotourism resort. José Manuel García Represa is another name to note, acting in most of the group’s most significant matters.

Leading lawyers

Eduardo Silva Romero - Dechert LLP

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