Employment in France
‘The firm demonstrates exceptional thoroughness and precision which is extremely comforting to clients.’
‘The team is responsive and understands very well underlying issues within a company such as the human and economics factors.’
‘The team provides high-level personalised approach.’
‘Anne-Gaëlle Finalteri is a brillian, technical and hands-on lawyer.’
Ad Ultima Group
Crown Europe Group Services
DS Smith Packaging
Boutique employment law firm Actance impresses with a large and stable team of some 60 lawyers able to tackle the full range of employment law matters. The firm has strong expertise advising on major restructuring projects and was recently entrusted with managing several large-scale collective redundancy projects. The practice is also well recognised for its litigation expertise and notably familiar with handling mass litigation, often connected to mass redundancies. The practice also recently advised on the employment aspects of several top M&A transactions. Assistance with day-today matters is also provided. Many leading companies and banks are clients. The practice is co-headed by Franck Blin, Eliane Chateauvieux, Philippe Chapuis, Pierre-Alexis Dumont, Laurent Jammet, Emeric Sorel, Loïc Touranchet and Lucie Vincens, all based in Paris, and Jean-Michel Renucci, who has particular expertise in criminal employment law issues and manages the Nice office.
‘The team has high-level expertise, shows good involvement in matters and works hand-in-hand with clients.’
‘The team is available and adapts itself to clients’ needs and emergencies.’
‘Pierre-Alexis Dumont is an exceptional lawyer who demonstrates strong listening skills and always provides great advice. He always makes himself available, finds solutions, and knows the best way to approach matters at stake.’
- Assisting Téléperformance with a dispute with trade unions challenging a collective redundancy agreement adopted according to the new Macron legal regime.
- Assisting Euralis with the implementation of a redundancy plan entailing the elimination of 240 positions.
- Assisting Natixis and BPCE with the transfer of Natixis’ specialised activities to BPCE.
Allen & Overy LLP
Allen & Overy LLP has a strong stand-alone practice which recently advised clients on downsizing, site closure and restructuring projects. The eight-lawyer team also recently assisted clients with collective agreement negotiations and the management of collective litigation, notably in relation to a major M&A transaction. The practice further dealt with remuneration and working time mass litigation. Finally, the team also advises on incentive plans, compliance and internal investigations, and provides support to the firm's M&A practice. Claire Toumieux is in charge. Olivier Picquerey, who was promoted to partner in May 2020, is the other key member.
Other key lawyers:
‘The team is commercial and responsive. Lawyers approach matters creatively and from the point of view of their clients and with a clear understanding of business drivers.’
‘The team provides strong and efficient support on project management. Advice is straightforward and reflects a good understanding of a situations’ complexities.’
‘Counsel Olivier Picquerey is very commercial, calm, clear and concise. He understands the pressures his clients face.’
Caisse des dépôts et consignations (CDC)
TUI – Corsair
- Advising on the integration of La Poste within the Caisse des dépôts.
- Successfully defended Casil Europe in proceedings launched by trade unions to suspend the sale of the client’s 49.99% interest in Toulouse airport.
Altana advises French and Asian leading companies and small and medium-sized companies, including blue-chip industrial corporations and insurers. The seven-lawyer team handles collective employment law issues, for example in the context of insolvency proceedings, on site closure and mass redundancy projects. The practice also demonstrates strength in litigation and in strategic individual employment files, especially in relation to individual contract status issues and high-ranking executives. The group also recently dealt with high-stakes matters regarding company governance and employee poaching. Finally, the team also handles remuneration and pension matters. Mickaël d’Allende and Pierre Lubet are in charge.
‘The team is made up of seasoned experts.’
‘Pierre Lubet shows strong personal commitment, as well as great listening skills and availability. He provides comprehensive analysis of matters at hand and a related suitable efficient strategy to address them.’
DO AND CO / HÉDIARD
LA BANQUE POSTALE
- Advised D’Aucy Group on the acquisition of the main assets of La Fraicherie.
- Acted for Airbus Group in several disputes with executives.
- Advised Hédiard and Do&Co in connection with the organisation of the Grand Prix France Formula 1 competition.
A small practice led by with two very skilled and dedicated partners, experts in employment law, with a business oriented approach’.
‘The firm is business-oriented and provides in-depth and bespoke analysis’.
‘Marie-Hélène Fournier Gobert provides high-quality useful advice. She has very sharp experience, knowledge and expertise in the field of labour law. She demonstrates strong pugnacity and is very creative. She never gives up’.
‘Joséphine Imbert is a very talented lawyer. She is practical, efficient and shows strong involvement in defending the interests of her clients. She is a very nice and remarkable person. Her acute sense of strategy helps win cases that seem lost in advance’.Marie-Hélène Fournier Gobert ; Joséphine Imbert
- Cuki Cofresco
August Debouzy 's large 40-lawyer team advises an impressive client base made up of many leading French companies and several high-profile international groups. The practice handles high-end work. It is in charge of a high volume of sensitive strategic transformation and restructuring projects entailing mass redundancies of often several hundred employees. The practice also assists several companies with the employment aspects of bankruptcy proceedings and is regularly called upon to help with sensitive litigation dealing with high-level corporate officers, bonus and remuneration issues, harassment accusations, and mass disputes. The group notably defended a blue-chip company in a high-profile dispute with one of its former top executives where high financial amounts were at stake. Practice head Emmanuelle Barbara is one of the market's most revered leading figures. Also highly recommended are Fabienne Haas, Marie-Hélène Bensadoun, Virginie Devos, Eric Manca, Catherine Le Manchec, Anaïs Qureshi and counsel Diane Reboursier.
Other key lawyers:
‘The firm has extensive knowledge of French employment law and provides practical advice. It is highly responsive and integrates each company’s particular habits into its advice.’
‘The team has an excellent network within institutional and governmental bodies.’
‘The team listens and understands issues at stake very quickly.’
‘Emmanuelle Barbara shows remarkable ability to find innovative solutions without losing sight of her clients’ best interests.’
‘Virginie Devos listens to her clients and finds the best solutions in all types of circumstances.’
‘Marie-Hélène Bensadoun is agile, smooth and keeps in mind her clients’ business issues and culture while providing advice.’
‘Diane Reboursier has extensive experience, is practical and always tries to find the best solutions in terms of cost and speed to solve issues. She is always available and responds in a timely manner.’
AyacheSalama's five-lawyer team regularly advises on business transfer, M&A and mass redundancy restructuring projects. The practice also handles litigation and advises on working time, the negotiation of collective agreements and remuneration issues. French and international companies are clients. Caroline André-Hesse and Justine Coret, who made partner in 2019, co-head the practice.
Baker McKenzie is particularly suited to managing global and pan-European M&A, restructuring and other cross-jurisdiction projects, but is also active in domestic projects. The Paris-based 17-lawyer counts many leading pharmaceutical companies as clients and the practice was recently involved in several landmark global transactions in the pharmaceutical sector. International companies, notably several leading US internet platforms, and several major French companies are clients. Olivier Vasset, Denise Broussal and Gilles Jolivet are in charge. Also involved are Jérémie Paubel and Nadège Dallais.
‘The team is proficient and responsive.’
‘Olivier Vasset demonstrates great experience and is both responsive and available.’
Schmolz + Bickenbach
- Advised ACCOR on the sale of a 55% stake in Accorinvest to sovereign funds and institutional investors.
- Advised Servier on the $2.4bn acquisition of Shire.
- Advised Crédit Agricole Payment Services on the outsourcing of its personalised bank cards production activity.
Other key lawyers:
‘The team shows extremely good client care and provides well fitted work’.
‘The team pays great attention on securing confidentiality’.
‘The team is very proactive and has good English language skills’.
‘The team meets clients’ needs and has ‘very good knowledge of finance activity’.
‘The confident and capable Anne-Lise Puget is always available, quite innovative and provides global and strategic vision while also taking care of details’.
Edmond de Rothschild
Lito Ventures (Beaux Arts & Cie)
- Advised Edmond de Rothschild France and Edmond de Rothschild Private Equity during the sale of 51% of the shares of Edmond de Rothschild Investment Partners.
‘The firm shows quick understanding of issues in complex situations. It is reactive and able to deliver a very clear view over matters to take the best decision in complex situations’.
IMMO DE FRANCE
FREUDENBERG FILTRATION TECHNOLOGIES
GROUPE PAS A PAS – KPF
Other key lawyers:
‘The team is responsive, clear, available, listens to its clients and is efficient’.
Teva Europe / Téva santé
Crédit Immobilier de France
- MATTERS Assisted Teva Europe and Teva Santé with the outsourcing operation of a non-core business.
Bredin Prat assists many high-profile French and international corporations. The 16-lawyer practice focuses on providing support to the firm’s thriving M&A practice in addition to handling high-level stand-alone work such as advising on collective negotiations and complex workforce-reduction projects. The team also deals with newly emerging sensitive domestic employment issues, for example whistleblowing situations and high-stake disputes questioning the status of workers in new jobs created by the digital economy. For instance, the practice assists Uber with very complex matters that directly challenge the independent status of drivers and couriers before French judicial courts and recently obtained a favourable decision from the Social Security Tribunal of Paris. Practice head Pascale Lagesse is one of France’s most recognised market figures. Also involved are Cyril Gaillard, Laëtitia Tombarello and counsel Jérôme Cordier.
‘The team is very proactive and reactive. They are not afraid to write things down; they give practical advice; they seek to make the law understandable and accessible; and they clearly explain various options which all in all makes clients feel comfortable and secure.’
‘A highly pragmatic practice recommended for complex or delicate employment matters.’
‘Pascale Lagesse is one of the best employment lawyers in town. She is close to clients, good at handling very difficult matters and always makes herself personally available. She provides very pragmatic advice.’
‘Laëtitia Tombarello is an excellent professional who has necessary gravitas to win conviction in difficult situations.’
Equistone Partners Europe
Promontoria (My Money Bank)
Ramsay Générale de Santé
- Assisted Equistone Partners with the acquisition of Courir from Go Sport.
- Assisted Ramsay Générale de Santé with its acquisition of Capio AB.
- Successfully represented Uber in very complex proceedings directly challenging the independent status of drivers and couriers before the French judicial courts, obtaining a favourable decision from the Social Security Tribunal of Paris which cancelled a previous decision from the French body in charge of collecting social security contributions (URSSAF) which had reclassified its drivers as employees and issued a €5m reassessment.
Employment law boutique brL Avocats combines a strong force of some 40 lawyers, including eight partners. The full-service labour law practice is entrusted by many leading French and international companies from various sectors. The team recently assisted its clients in dealing with post-Macron reform-related work, including advising on the setting up of new work councils (CSE). Lately, the practice was also in high demand for assistance from major pharmaceutical and healthcare sector companies undertaking strategic restructuring and M&A-related work. The group also helped clients with various collective and sensitive collective and individual litigation. The firm's expertise in social security and remuneration is increasingly solicited. Practice head Jean d’Aleman, Guillaume Brédon and Nicolas Czernichow are particularly recommended, as well the very promising Henri Guyot. Also involved are Thomas Godey, Thomas Humbert, Véronique Martin-Bozzi and Saïd Sadaoui. In addition to its main Paris base, the firm has offices in Strasbourg, Annecy, Vannes, Bordeaux, Montpellier and Lille.
Other key lawyers:
‘A team of highly professional experts working perfectly together to bring the best solutions to life. The team is outstanding as they know how to create a business partnership. They are committed to giving accurate legal advice and to deeply understand business and situations. They are great partners in designing the best strategy and course of action.’
‘The main strength of the team is its reactivity. Every aspect is anticipated, and there is real customer service and support throughout the way.’
‘The firm has a perfect mastering of employment law. They provide excellent advice and bespoke services.’
‘Jean d’Aleman is outstanding. His availability and capacity to react quickly and provide an answer and advice in a very short period of time is phenomenal. He is a true business partner. He has a unique way to find new interpretations of the law and in using all possible means to help his clients reach their goals.’
‘Nicolas Czernichow is available, has great interpersonal skills, is discreet and knows how to adapt to various companies’ staff members.’
GENERAL MILLS AND YOPLAIT
CERBA HEALTHCARE / CERBALLIANCE GROUP
AGCS (Allianz Group Corporate Specialty)
ZADIG & VOLTAIRE
- Assisted FNAC with a dispute brought by unions challenging a new collective agreement establishing the company new work council (CSE).
- Assisted JUVA SANTE with the drafting of a collective agreement on the organisation of working time.
- Assisted NESTLE with the negotiation of a new corporate status.
Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP
Capstan Avocats, member of Ius Laboris
Capstan Avocats, member of Ius Laboris, has impressive resources: the employment boutique can rely on a workforce of more than 200 lawyers who are spread out across 11 offices in France, and is a member of the international Ius laboris network. The firm receives instructions from many high-profile French and international companies to handle their most challenging projects. The practice notably advises on sensitive governance issues, negotiations of strategic collective agreements, complex company reorganisations as well as on large-scale restructuring and mass redundancy plans. It also takes on mass litigation and is regularly appointed to advise in the context of high-profile M&A transactions. Remuneration issues are also dealt with. The firm totals 60 partners, among which Pascal Lagoutte, Bruno Serizay, Jean-Michel Mir, who share the lead of the practice, and Guillaume Bordier are the leading experts. Also strongly recommended is Aurélien Louvet.
Other key lawyers:
‘Capstan has one of the strongest employment teams in France, showing real depth and quality. The team goes above and beyond to help.’
‘They have deep knowledge of French employment law.’
‘The firm is very good at understanding its client’s business. It is customer oriented, responsive and has excellent skills applying to M&A transactions.’
‘The firm ranks above its competitors, especially for litigation issues. They are ultra-responsive and committed.’
‘The firm is a real partner. They provide creative and practical solutions that totally integrate business requirements.’
‘Guillaume Bordier has a very thorough understanding of French employment law, is very seasoned and very much able to bring solutions. His proficiency in English is also a big plus.’
‘Aurélien Louvet is a fantastic advocate and adviser. He is very practical and client-focused.’
Charles Russell Speechlys
‘The level of service is excellent. The team is quick to respond to its clients’ business needs. It always gives in-depth responses and makes certain clients understand steps to be taken in regard to employment law’.
‘The team speaks good English and is able to provide concise, practical advice’.
‘ A pragmatic and commercial approach’.
‘Kim Campion is very commercial, very available and gives clear guidance. He is a real business player who has clear understanding of situations, risks and opportunities. He finds the best business solutions’.
- Advised Alere on its integration within Abbott.
- Advised Berner on a global workforce restructuring project impacting over 800 employees and involving change of the sales-force employment status.
Employment law firm Chassany Watrelot & Associés (CWA) has a stable and regularly growing team which now totals some 50 lawyers in France (Paris, Lyon, Marseille and Nice) in addition to 20 lawyers located in its four Maghreb offices. The firm is able to provide a full range of expertise to France's largest companies, as well as to many leading international corporations and investment funds. The firm is regularly entrusted to help with large-scale restructuring projects entailing important workforce reduction and site closures. It is notably assisting Carrefour Hypermarchés with the negotiation of a collective termination agreement affecting several thousand employees. The firm is also recognised for its strong M&A-related expertise and its proficiency in profit-sharing, pensions, welfare protection, social security and health and safety matters, notably thanks to the strongly recommended Elisabeth Graujeman who advises on labour law and supplementary retirement and welfare schemes. Founding partners Philippe Chassany and Jérôme Watrelot co-head the firm. Other key names of the 19-partner practice include: Sébastien Poncet, Julien Boucaud-Maître and Juliette Pouyet as well as Hélène Guillot, Xavier de Jerphanion and Laurence Cohen.
‘The firm provides exceptional service, support and guidance.’
‘Very strong team work. The team has strong knowledge, is very creative, always trying to find solutions which fit with the situations and concerns at hand.’
‘They always offer solutions combining legal requirements with the particular situation of their clients.’
‘Sébastien Poncet is available, responsive and provides good advice.’
Groupe France Télévisions
Schmolz + Bickenbach
- Assisting Carrefour Hypermarchés with the negotiation of a collective termination agreement affecting several thousand employees.
- Assisted Froneri with the contemplated closing of its Beauvais plant and development centre.
- Advised Elior on the $1.5bn sale of its Areas catering business to PAI Partners.
Clifford Chance's seven-lawyer has deep expertise assisting French and international industrial companies with the implementation of large-scale restructuring, collective redundancy and site closure projects, especially in the automotive sector. François Farmine's team is handling several key matters in that area., including high-stake mass litigation. The practice also handles discrimination and other types of employment issues. Cécile Zorro joined the firm as counsel in 2018, arriving from her own practice to strengthen the team's senior ranks.
‘The team is not only an expert in employment law, but is also a real adviser that helps clients to succeed in conducting complex reorganisation projects.’
‘An extremely knowledgeable, experienced, responsive and committed team.’
‘François Farmine provides accurate advice and has a strong ability to manage complex issues and conflicts. He is extremely smart, gives to-the-point advice, is committed, exceptionally well connected and responsive.’
Hanon Systems Charleville
Visteon Electronics France
Beckman Coulter France
- Assisting shopping trolley manufacturer Wanzl with the reorganisation of its activities in France involving the ending of the production activity in Sélestat.
- Assisting Von Roll Isola France with the implementation of a reorganisation plan resulting in the abolition of 33 positions.
- Assisting PayPal France with the implementation of a small-scale collective redundancy plan.
CMS has strong resources thanks to a 80-lawyer team based in its Paris and Lyon offices. The firm is consulted by leading French and international companies, including major industrial, retail and insurance players. The practice is able to deal with the most complex issues. It recently advised on the employment aspects of major domestic and large-scale M&A transactions. Assisting clients with large restructuring projects, including business carve-outs, site and shop closures and mass redundancies, is another key specialism. Sensitive litigation is also dealt with, including disputes regarding whistleblower status, illegal work and remuneration issues. Within the 20-partner practice, are particularly recommended: Laurent Marquet de Vasselot, Alain Herrmann, Pierre Bonneau, Raphaël Bordier, Nicolas de Sevin, Damien Decolasse, Vincent Delage, Caroline Froger-Michon and Guillaume Bossy.
Other key lawyers:
‘The firm has high-level expertise and ensures good collaboration with clients.’
‘The team has strong expertise and benefits from the firm’s integrated research and doctrine department which is very useful in the context of new bill discussions and adoption.’
‘The team is very available and has good knowledge of its clients’ businesses.’
‘Pierre Bonneau is very flexible, available and very knowledgeable in French employment law.’
Coca-Cola European Partners
The Adecco Group
- Advised Colgate-Palmolive on the employment aspects of its €1.5bn acquisition of Laboratoires Filorga Cosmétiques.
- Advised Auchan on a major reorganisation plan of the group’s retail business, entailing the sale of 21 stores and the possible loss of 733 jobs.
- Represented SNCF in a dispute with an employee claiming whistleblower status to defeat his dismissal.
Coblence Avocats has great staff resources and expertise thanks to an experienced 12-lawyer team which advises major French and international companies, including high-profile media and telecoms corporations. The firm handles collective and individual work. Recently, it notably assisted clients with the establishment of a new social and economic work council (CSE) and advised on mass redundancy and reorganisation projects. The individual employment law expertise is also very strong, notably through Chantal Giraud-van Gaver, whose expertise in strategic matters is highly sought after by high-profile CEOs, executives and managers. The firm also represents companies in sensitive disputes initiated by managers and journalists, and also handles harassment litigation. Elisabeth Laherre, Catherine Davico-Hoarau, Laurent Guardelli and Martine Riou are all excellent lawyers.
‘Laurent Guardelli has a long track record of dealing with sensitive matters and has excellent academic knowledge.’
‘Elisabeth Laherre has great technique and is practical. She is always available and committed to assist clients in difficult situations and to fight for them.’
Alcatel Submarine Networks
Althea Healthcare Group
France Médias Monde
Headed by Angéline Duffour, Cohen & Gresser LLP's four-lawyer team assists a number of high-profile French, German and other international corporations, notably in the luxury goods and life sciences and healthcare sectors. The practice handles reorganisation and collective redundancy projects and is also in charge of sensitive individual litigation involving top management. Finally, the practice also advises on professional illness issues. The firm is currently representing Spanish fashion house Loewe as claimant in a dispute with Lanvin and its designer. Counsel Anna Milleret-Godet is the other key member in the practice.
Other key lawyers:
‘The team shows great availability and responsiveness. It has excellent knowledge of issues which may arise in a transactional and M&A context. It is able to work quickly and efficiently.’
‘The team is very effective in working through problems and understanding issues to reach reasonable resolutions.’
‘Angéline Duffour has a broad range of experience which enables her to work on complex and technical issues and makes her practical and efficient in her approach. She is also available and responsive.’
- Representing Spanish fashion house Loewe as claimant in a dispute with Lanvin and its designer regarding unfair competition issues.
De Gaulle Fleurance & Associés
- Successfully represented Phictal before the Cour de Cassation court regarding a social security adjustment.
- Defending Oracle against collective and single court claims.
De Pardieu Brocas Maffei is trusted by many of France’s leading companies. The ten-lawyer team provides strategic advice on a wide range of issues. Its expertise is notably sought after to help with major restructuring and mass redundancy projects, as well as for large workforce transfers. The practice also works hand-in-hand with the firm’s renowned insolvency team to assist with the employment aspects of high-profile insolvency and pre-insolvency cases. It also provides assistance to the M&A team on transactions. Philippe Rozec is in charge. Other key members include counsels Elise Bénéat, Isabelle Dauzet and Louise Thiébaut.
Other key lawyers:
‘They understand their clients’ business well. They work quickly and provide high-quality work.’
‘Their responsiveness is exemplary. The team takes into account its clients’ business, habits and environment.’
‘The team shows great professionalism and provides bespoke advice.’
‘Philippe Rozec is a great quality and reliable lawyer. He shows strong listening skills and is flexible.’
‘Counsel Isabelle Dauzet is flexible, simple, efficient and practical. She is a great business partner.’
TOTAL RAFFINAGE CHIMIE
- Advised Henderson Park on the acquisition of the hotel Westin Paris-Vendôme.
- Assisted Terrena as shareholder and co-bidder with Doux’s insolvency proceedings.
Dechert LLP's compact five-lawyer team has built a steady client base made up of international groups which strongly rely on the practice for dealing with their most sensitive matters. The firm has lately advised on the employment aspects of several domestic and cross-border transactions, including a high-profile M&A deal. The team is also in charge of helping with several site closure, workforce transfer and restructuring projects, including related litigation. Additionally, the practice is particularly well known for its ability to deal with sensitive individual situations such as the termination of top management officers and sexual harassment accusations. Finally, the practice is also adept at assisting with database and GDPR-related issues and provides Brexit-related support to financial companies. Philippe Thomas heads the team in which senior associate Thibault Meiers is the other core member.
Other key lawyers:
‘The team is very professional and has incredible knowledge of the market.’
‘The team is very responsive and provides sensible advice. It is commercial and accessible.’
‘The team is business- and solution-oriented.’
‘The team has very strong expertise advising on restructuring and mass redundancy projects.’
‘Philippe Thomas and senior associate Thibault Meiers are very good lawyers.’
‘Philippe Thomas is very good. He remains calm under pressure.’
- Assisted CIT with the sale of its European rail leasing subsidiary group Nacco.
- Advised Onside Secure on the acquisition of Verimatrix in California.
‘The team is available, skilled and dedicated’.
‘Philippe Pacotte is committed and provides high quality advice’.
- Advised CROUZET on the acquisition of GAROS’s sensors, electronics and instrumentation activities.
Dentons has a strong 14-lawyer team which advises several leading companies, especially healthcare corporations, luxury hotels and banks. The firm recently assisted several clients with the election of their Social and Economic Committee and also dealt with site closure and reorganisation work. The practice also handles sensitive individual matters, such as advising on executive directors' departures and sexual harassment allegations. The practice is also involved in an important dispute regarding employment tax contributions. The Paris practice is co-headed by Julie Caussade and Frédérique Meslay-Caloni, while Katell Déniel-Allioux, also based in Paris, directs the firm's European practice.
‘The team is always very dedicated to every specific client and case. Team members are very pragmatic’.
‘Jean Philippe Desanlis is an outstanding lawyer. He is smart and very pragmatic, and focuses on finding solutions. He is a fantastic negotiator’.
SPIE OIL & GAS
BLACKFIN CAPITAL PARTNERS
INGENICO PAYMENT SERVICES
MANDAE / MUTUELLE GENERALE DE LA POLICE
UBP (NEXAM / UBI)
AGS Association pour une Gestion Solidiaire
GROUPE ALL INVEST
DLA Piper has a strong 20-lawyer team which regularly handles complex restructuring, workforce reduction and mass litigation work. The practice is retained by major industrial companies, healthcare corporations, banks, hotels and start-ups. The team recently worked on the combination of two major companies, and has successfully managed several sensitive mass litigation matters, including a high-stake co-employment case. The practice also handles high-level management litigation. Philippe Danesi is in charge. Also involved are Bijan Eghbal, Marine Gicquel and Jérôme Halphen.
‘Bijan Eghbal provides truly high-quality advice, is very pragmatic and business-driven, responsive and creative.’
AXA Technology services
London Stock Exchange
‘The team is involved, responsive and curious’
‘Myrtille Lapuelle is an excellent technician and strategist’.
Other key lawyers:
‘An efficient team that shows good listening skills and looks for adapted solutions’.
‘Good follow up and great understanding of matters at stake’.
CEAPC (Group BPCE)
LINPAC PACKAGING PROVENCE (KP FILMS)
- Advising Laboratoires Expanscience on the implementation and follow-up of a redundancy plan.
- Advising LFB on a global reorganisation project including the sale of a subsidiary to Novartis.
- Assisting LINPAC PACKAGING PROVENCE (KP FILMS) with the closure of the company through the implementation and follow-up of a redundancy plan
Leading employment law firm Flichy Grangé Avocats houses a large 86-lawyer team able to tackle the full spectrum of employment and social security law issues. Its high-level expertise is solicited by many of France's largest companies and banks as well as by many well-known international groups. The firm handles a high volume of work pertaining to sensitive restructuring and M&A projects and recently advised on several such key matters, includingrelated high-stakes litigation. Additionally, the practice manages several high-end litigation cases dealing with work concealment and illegal work accusations. It recently won a landmark case for Société Générale before the Court of Appeal which approved the dismissal of former trader Jérôme Kerviel for misconduct. Finally, the firm's range of expertise also spans pension, remuneration and work accident matters. The key names in the 26-partner practice are Joël Grangé, Philippe Montanier, Arnaud Chaulet, Marine Conche, Florence Aubonnet, Juliana Kovac, Olivier Kress, Stéphanie Guedes Da Costa, Stéphanie Dumas, Jeannie Crédoz-Rosier, Charlotte Michaud, Aurélie Cormier Le Goff and Florence Bacquet. Amandine Vetu was promoted partner in 2019. Laurent Gamet joined newly established employment boutique FACTORHY at the beginning of 2020.
Joël Grangé; Philippe Montanier; Arnaud Chaulet; Marine Conche; Florence Aubonnet; Juliana Kovac; Olivier Kress; Stéphanie Guédès da Costa; Stéphanie Dumas; Jeannie Crédoz-Rosier; Charlotte Michaud; Aurélie Cormier Le Goff; Florence Bacquet
‘Joël Grangé provides high-value advice and recommendations.’
- Successfully defended Société Générale before the Paris Court of Appeal which ruled that the dismissal of former trader Jérôme Kerviel in 2008 was correctly based on serious misconduct.
- Advising M6 on the acquisition of Lagardère’s TV division.
- Representing the Caisse de retraite du personnel navigant professionnel de l’aéronautique civile (CRPNPAC) in a case pertaining to accusation of illegal work and fraudulent posting of employees in France from Vueling Airlines.
Franklin 's was drastically reorganised through 2019 and 2020. The practice added several new experienced members: original founding partner Patrick Thiébart, who went to Jeantet for several years, returned to the firm in 2020 and Myriam de Gaudusson arrived in 2019 from De Gaulle Fleurance & Associés. Conversely, original team members Claire Fougea and former of counsel Marion Briere Segala both left in April 2020 to join Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP as partners.
‘Patrick Thiébart is fantastic. He is a great professional, always willing to help.’
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP
Based in Lyon and Paris and member of Littler’s international network, Fromont Briens houses some 180 lawyers who advise leading French and international companies, banks and insurers. The firm is able to assist its clients with the full range of employment issues, spanning M&A, restructuring, criminal employment law and litigation matters. It recently advised on high-profile strategic restructuring and mass employee transfer projects. The firm is also a leading name in the field of pensions, benefits and social security. Key names among the 42-partner team include: Jean-Sébastien Capisano, Sophie Pelicier-Leovenbruck, Cédric Guillon, Guillaume Desmoulin, Jean-Martial Buisson, Jean-Jacques Fournier, Sabrina Dougados, Cyrille Franco, Nicolas Chavrier, David Calvayrac and Marie-Laurence Boulanger. Also recommended are compensation and benefits expert Julie Jacotot and health and accident specialist Julie Beot-Rabiot. Olivier Thibault, Audrey Lancon and Ludovic Gentif were promoted to partners in 2019, while Mohamed Materi, Coralie Jamois and Jacques de Tonquédec made partner in 2020. 2019 also saw the departure of a team led by several of the firm’s top partners, namely Grégory Chastagnol, Benjamin Desaint, Leslie Nicolaï and Alexandre Roumieu, who all left to create FACTORHY.
Other key lawyers:
Jean-Sébastien Capisano; Sophie Pelicier-Leovenbruck; Cédric Guillon; Guillaume Desmoulin; Jean-Martial Buisson; Jean-Jacques Fournier; Sabrina Dougados; Cyrille Franc; Nicolas Chavrier; David Calvayrac; Marie-Laurence Boulanger; Julie Jacotot; Julie Beot-Rabiot
‘The practice has a deep knowledge of labour and employment-related matters. Its professionals are highly committed and have a very flexible approach.’
‘Advice is accurate, complete and of great assistance. Files are always handled in a very professional and efficient way.’
‘The team is able to perfectly master last-minute submitted complex issues.’
‘Jean-Sébastien Capisano shows great business acumen and expertise. He is dedicated.’
‘Sophie Pelicier-Leovenbruck is an excellent lawyer. She has a steely determination.’
‘Cyrille Franco is very responsive and practical. He is an excellent lawyer.’
‘Julie Jacotot has excellent knowledge of compensation and benefits issues.’
‘Cédric Guillon is highly available and responsive. He understands the matters at stake and is flexible.’
Groupe Pierre Fabre
Agence France Presse
‘Olivier Angotti shows exceptional accuracy and great judicial strategy. He also has exceptional acumen of clients’ constraints and needs’.
‘Isabelle Pontal is highly professional’
Johnson & Johnson
- Advised Singlespot on the implantation of a voluntary departure plan involving more than 15 executives.
- Advised Pregis on the closing down of the client’s main factory in France.
- Representing Johnson & Johnson Pharmaceutical in disputes with former employees claiming to have contracted work illnesses.
‘A small practice led by with two very skilled and dedicated partners, experts in employment law, with a business oriented approach’.
‘The firm is business-oriented and provides in-depth and bespoke analysis’.
‘Marie-Hélène Fournier Gobert provides high-quality useful advice. She has very sharp experience, knowledge and expertise in the field of labour law. She demonstrates strong pugnacity and is very creative. She never gives up’.
‘Joséphine Imbert is a very talented lawyer. She is practical, efficient and shows strong involvement in defending the interests of her clients. She is a very nice and remarkable person. Her acute sense of strategy helps win cases that seem lost in advance’.
- Assisted Italian company Cuki Cofresco with the establishment of a subsidiary in France with the support of the French company.
‘The firm demonstrates exceptional thoroughness and precision which is extremely comforting to clients’.
‘The team is responsive and understands very well underlying issues within a company such as the human and economics factors’.
‘The team provides high-level personalised approach’.
‘Anne-Gaëlle Finalteri is a brillian, technical and hands-on lawyer’.
‘The team follows a practical approach’.
‘The firm provides concrete and realistic advice’.
‘Lawyers are committed, highly responsive and available. They provide great quality advice’.
‘The team provides in-depth analysis, is always timely and ensures good following up of matters’.
‘Adeline Larvaron and her assistant Charlotte Blein keep their clients updated, quickly grasp issues at stake and adapt themselves to clients’ internal constraints. They are both thorough and proactive’.
AEROPORTS DE PARIS
ENGIE BU RENOUVELABLES
- Assisted AXA BANQUE with the establishment of a new work council (CSE).
- Assisted CONTINENTAL with the establishment of a new work council (CSE).
Gide Loyrette Nouel A.A.R.P.I. houses a large employment team for a full-service business law firm, totalling 25 lawyers. The firm advises a longstanding prominent French and international client base, including leading luxury goods brands and energy and aviation companies. The practice has strong expertise in dealing with large-scale restructurings and mass litigation. The practice represents several insolvent companies in dealing with former employees' mass litigation disputes. In addition, the team is solicited to advise on sensitive criminal employment, harassment, discrimination and other working conditions-related issues, and assists clients during labour control inspections. Additionally, the team provides support to the firm's M&A practice. The team combines the expertise of the highly experienced Aurélien Boulanger, David Jonin, Baudouin de Moucheron, Guillaume Navarro, Foulques de Rostolan and François Vergne.
‘Foulques de Rostolan is particularly skilled and brilliant in dealing with mass liability claims. His tenacity and deep involvement in finding and analysing every piece of documents or arguments make him completely trustful and reliable for handling this type of claims.’
‘François Vergne is solution-oriented and has impeccable English language skills.’
Paris Inn Group
Council of Europe Development Bank
- Represented Thales before the Court of Cassation in a dispute with the work council in relation to a takeover bid offer on a company.
- Advised Christian Dior on its acquisition of a fragrance factory from South Korea-based cosmetics giant Amore Pacific Group.
- Represented Finland-based manufacturer Stora Enso in a very large employee collective dispute before French labour courts.
Grant Thornton Société d’Avocats
‘The team shows excellent availability and technical knowledge’.
BANK OF COMMUNICATIONS
LES CARS BLEUS
EDITIONS ET DIFFUSION INTERNATIONALES
HORIZON ASSET MANAGEMENT
PROVISUR- CROWN COMPANY INDUSTRY
Herbert Smith Freehills LLP
Herbert Smith Freehills LLP's five lawyer-team leads a strong stand-alone practice. It is in high demand from leading financial institutions to advise on sensitive collective and individual matters, including Brexit and traders' related issues. The practice is also a strong choice for assistance on cross-border projects spanning various European and African countries, often acting as a key adviser to large corporations. The practice tackles large restructuring projects and also advises on strategic executive termination and remuneration issues. Finally, the team increasingly assists firm's corporate teams with high-profile M&A transactions, such as advising Altran Technologies on its €5bn sale to Capgemini. The practice is led by the highly dynamic duo composed of Sophie Brézin and Emma Röhsler , who is dual-qualified as a lawyer in France and England and Wales.
‘The team is very swift and knowledgeable.’
‘The team is very efficient and professional, and also very nice to work with.’
‘Emma Röhsler is very good. She knows what she is talking about, acts swiftly and is a pleasure to work with. She is always very to the point and efficient in her communication.’
BAE Applied Intelligence Systems
- Advised Altran Technologies on its €5bn sale to Capgemini.
- Advised AXPO on the acquisition of Urbasolar.
Hogan Lovells (Paris) LLP advises leading companies specialising in various industries, including the pharmaceutical, luxury goods and IT sectors. The 14-lawyer team recently assisted its clients with major reorganisation and plant closure projects, as well as with the negotiation of collective agreements and the management of sensitive litigation matters regarding working hours and social security adjustment issues. Dominique Mendy directs the practice. Also involved is Thierry Meillat. Associate Pauline Manet is also acknowledged. Muriel Pariente joined Ashurst LLP in March 2020.
Other key lawyers:
‘The team shows a high level of creativity and availability.’
‘The practice provides fantastic support on both day-to-day matters as well as on tricky ad-hoc matters that may arise. Clients know they can count on them every time they need them.’
‘Associate Pauline Manet is a rising star. She knows the lay of the land and can always be trusted in giving fast, proper advice in both day-to-day matters as well as on more difficult issues that may arise.’
MSD Animal Health
- Advising Merck Sharp & Dohme on a transformation plan linked to the digitalization of the company which entails the introduction of new technologies and substantial modifications of a vast number of positions within the company.
- Assisting Bpifrance with the setting up of the collective status for employees of a new entity created following the acquisition of the export insurance warranty activity previously managed by Coface.
- Assisting Puig France with the drafting of several collective agreements.
Joffe & Associés
‘A really strong team, able to really adapt its answers to its clients’ sector, environment and specificities. A real business partner’.
‘Efficient and always available’.
‘Géraldine Lepeytre is an outstanding partner; she is always available to help finding the best legal and business compatible solution for her clients’.
‘Blaise Deltombe is very helpful and reachable even outside work hours to help with urgent client matters’.
- Advised Fountaine Pajot on the acquisition of Dufour.
Jones Day 's seven-lawyer team is regularly advising on large-scale cross-border projects, often M&A and restructuring matters, and regularly works with colleagues from the firm's international offices, for example in several recent landmark M&A transactions. The practice also has strong know-how in the health and safety area and is notably defending leading industrial companies against whom a high volume of asbestos-related claims has been brought. The team also recently assisted several clients with site closure and mass redundancy projects, and managed sensitive individual litigation in relation to high-level officers' departures and harassment accusations. Leading French and international companies are clients. Emmanuelle Rivez-Domont and Jean-Michel Bobillo co-head the practice.
- Advised Safran on the employment law aspects its €8.7bn tender offer for the shares of Zodiac Aerospace and subsequent merger.
- Advised Lincoln Electric on its acquisition of Air Liquide Welding and its subsidiaries.
K&L Gates LLP
‘The team is responsive and provides clear and strategic advice’.
‘The team is skilled and solution-oriented’.
‘Christine Artus is able to assist clients in dealing with complex matters’.
Latham & Watkins' five-lawyer team assists many leading French, German and international companies, including blue-chip names in the aerospace, banking and pharmaceutical sectors. Headed by Matthias Rubner, the practice advises on restructuring projects and has particular expertise providing support in the context of large-scale M&A transactions. The team is also active in litigation, for example in a complex mass dispute relating to the payment of bonuses. Former counsel Emily Grimshaw joined Ngo Jung & Partners.
‘The team is great and very responsive. They do not only provide excellent legal advice, but they also share their experience. They help clients in finding a solution.’
‘Matthias Rubner is an excellent lawyer: he is easy to talk to, knows his subject and takes good care of clients.’
SOCIETE EDITRICE DU MONDE
Linklaters' 11-lawyer team provides key support to the firm’s high-profile M&A and private equity practice. The team also fields a very strong stand-alone practice, notably in managing strategic mass reduction and site closure projects, mainly for international clients. Clients also entrust the group with sensitive high-ranking executives-related litigation. Additionally, the practice assists key players from the financial and banking industry with Brexit-related issues and projects, such as workforce relocation in France. A recent example was advising Citibank on its projected transfer of some 100 employees to a newly incorporated French branch. Practice head Lionel Vuidard and counsel Géric Clomes are recommended.
Other key lawyers:
‘The team is really good, very business-oriented and always available and creative.’
‘The practice provides strategic advice and shows strong abilities to work with international customers.’
‘Lionel Vuidard knows his clients’ business and is close to companies’ management.’
Algeco Scotsman Group
Bank of America NA
Cofrac / Koracer
DSI (DYWIDAG-Systems International GmbH)
Groupe AB (Mediawan)
Morgan Stanley & Co. International
New Look Retailers Ltd
Nuveen Real Estate Limited
Public Investment Fund of Saudi Arabia
Sotheby’s France SAS
TDR Capital LLP
XTX Markets Limited
- Advised Nestlé on the sale of its skin health division.
- Assisting retailer New Look with a workforce reduction plan.
- Assisting Deutsche Bank with a workforce reduction plan.
LPA-CGR avocats advises leading French, Asian, German and other international companies. The 17-lawyer team is heavily solicited to help with downsizing, site closure and other restructuring projects, sometimes in an insolvency context. It is notably assisting a high-profile French company with its strategic reorganisation project. The practice also advises companies in the context of M&A transactions and takes on various collective and individual employment matters, such as the negotiation of collective agreements and representing clients in sensitive individual litigation. Karine Bézille and Alexandre Bensoussan are in charge. Also recommended are Françoise Pelletier, Sandra Hundsdörfer and Sophie Marinier who joined the partnership in 2019.
BNP Paribas Personal Finance
La Française de l’Energie
NEWREST WAGONS LITS France
- Advised CNH INDUSTRIAL, a company created following the merger of Fiat Industrial and Chrysler, on the partial acquisition of assets from SBMTP and TP GROUP.
Other key lawyers:
Mayer Brown's eight-lawyer team runs a solid stand-alone practice, while also undertaking work in close collaboration with the firm's other practices and international offices. Leading financial institutions, major US digital companies as well as major French and international corporations entrust their strategic matters to them, including employee transfers in the context of Brexit, restructuring and M&A integration projects. The team also deals with mobility, data and other sensitive individual matters, such as sexual harassment accusations, and also demonstrates strength in several strategic disputes. Employee shareholding plans are another strong area of expertise. The practice is co-headed by Julien Haure and Régine Goury who was made partner in 2019. Associates Charlotte Moegling and Charlène Frey are also recommended.
‘The team follows a 360-degrees approach and is able to translate local requirements in a way that make them understandable and possible to be approved by US companies.’
‘A highly available and professional team which is very responsive and gives practical guidance.’
‘The team always provides accurate and useful advice that takes into account the companies’ peculiarities and their environment. They suggest win-win solutions.’
‘Julien Haure understands multinational companies’ business needs and urgencies, and is able to think outside of the box. He always provides reliable and creative advice. He demonstrates great tactical sense. He is dedicated to his clients and has great tactical sense.’
‘Régine Goury is a great professional who follows a practical and solution-oriented approach. She provides great support.’
‘Associate Charlotte Moegling is precise, thorough and responsive. She is always aware of the latest legislative and jurisprudential evolutions.’
Innis & Gun’s
Schmolz & Bickenback
- Assisted Broadcom with the integration and restructuring of CA Technologies.
- Advised Unilever on the employment law aspects of the sales of Alsa and Moench and the acquisitions of Laboratoire Garancia, Fluocaril and Parogencyl.
- Advised Fnac Darty on the structuring of an international employee shareholding plan covering 24,000 employees around the world.
‘The firm provides a tailor-made approach and great negotiating tactics’.
‘Marie-Christine Le is incredibly dedicated and reviews files in detail. She also demonstrates sound business judgment in assessing potential negotiation scenarios’.
MGG Voltaire is the result of the January 2020 merger of the two well-known employment boutiques MGG Legal and Voltaire. The newly created 25-lawyer firm now combines a strong international network and a German desk with three French offices in Paris, Lyon and Lille. The practice brings together two teams highly experienced in dealing with crisis management and other sensitive situations including strikes and workforce reduction projects. Recently, the group worked on a high-profile restructuring project, advised a client on post Macron reform-related work and assisted a client with complex collective negotiations. The practice also has strong know-how in dealing with M&A-related matters and the dismissal and hiring of top management officers. Marijke Granier-Guillemarre, Loïc Héron, David Guillouet, François Hubert, Anne Vincent-Ibarrondo, Xavier Blunat and Philippe Pachoud make up the partnership.
‘The team provides bespoke and high-quality advice.’
‘The team has real depth and expertise in French labour law. They are very flexible and reactive. They always respect their commitments to deliver on time.’
‘The team shows a very good strategic approach in dealing with complex files and has a very high ratio of success in their handling of very complex files. They demonstrate very good availability and very high reactivity.’
‘The team has great experience. They are very reactive. They perfectly understand situations and help clients lowering their risk of being sued.’
‘The team has recognised expertise advising on collective and individual employment law issues and is very practical.’
‘Marijke Granier is very professional, shows great listening skills and provides relevant advice.’
‘Loïc Héron is an excellent and highly pragmatic lawyer. He combines a great deal of experience and knowledge, with a pragmatic approach to achieving workable and appropriate solutions. He is an incredible asset.’
‘David Guillouet, Anne Vincent-Ibarrondo and François Hubert build strong relationships with clients.’
‘David Guillouet has this ability to always provide adequate, rapid and precise solutions to his clients’ problems.’
Thermo Fisher Scientific
Bla Bla Car
Other key lawyers:
Consolidated Precision Products
- Advised Stallergenes on the termination of employment contracts of key executives on gross misconduct grounds and subsequent litigation.
International employment law giant Ogletree Deakins is now well anchored in the French market. The Paris office added two new partners in 2019 in François Millet, who joined from DS Avocats and is adviser to major French corporations and professional federations, and Sophie Binder, previously at Harlay Avocats, who assists major names in the technology field. Marc Desgranges also joined as counsel from his own firm. The French practice now has a workforce of 20 lawyers who are mostly based in Paris, but a small antenna opened in Lyon in 2019 to better assist local clients. The client base consists of many leading French and international corporations, including well-known French banks and US companies. The workload is split equally between advisory and litigation work. The practice recently handled sensitive individual and collective litigation, notably pertaining to top management dismissals in the banking and luxury goods sectors. The team was also busy managing major restructuring and mass redundancy projects, including the representation of the client in related litigation. Finally, the firm also has experience assisting clients with internal investigations. Jean-Marc Albiol and Cécile Martin, who stands out for her combined employment law and data protection expertise are other key members.
Other key lawyers:
‘Cécile Martin has in-depth expertise in entwined data privacy and human resources issues. She is highly responsive and has great ability to immediately grasp issues at stake and address clients’ needs.’
‘The firm stands out for its strong availability and responsiveness. Team members know very well their files and provide personalised services’.
‘A very good employment team which works in close collaboration with the tax team and has a strong focus on dealing with managers-linked matters. The practice is particularly recommended for handling managers’ exit issues in connection with M&A transactions’.
‘Perfect mastering of technical and negotiation aspects’.
‘Sandrine Gardel shows strong pugnacity, is a fine strategist and negotiator, and whose combined advisory and litigation experience is a precious asset’.
Orrick Rambaud Martel is appointed by the largest French and international corporations and financial institutions to handle their most complex matters. The 12-lawyer team notably assists clients in dealing with strategic collective negotiations and litigation, and guides them during large-scale restructuring projects. It is notably advising AXA IM on its landmark transformation project. The team also provides key support during high-profile M&A transactions. Strategic individual litigation is also dealt with and often involves disputes regarding the departure of high-level executives. Practice head Emmanuel Bénard is highly recommended. The other key name in the practice is newly promoted partner Nadège Owen. Hélène Daher joined Karman Associés in 2019.
Other key lawyers:
‘A strong employment team capable of dealing with large cross-border reorganisation projects. The team provides practical advice and is solution-driven.’
‘A wholly business-oriented team which provides solutions and not just basic risk analysis assessments. It is also highly responsive.’
‘The team shows high-level ability to deal with the financial aspects of matters and solves issues in practical and adapted manners.’
‘Emmanuel Bénard is extremely experienced and ably assisted by Nadège Owen who is excellent.’
‘Emmanuel Bénard is a trustworthy adviser who stands by his clients and always makes himself available when dealing with urgent situations.’
La Banque Postale
- Advising AXA IM on its landmark transformation project which included the negotiation of the first collective departure plan for the whole AXA Group in France.
- Assisting SoLocal with a reorganisation project involving more than 110 potential redundancies.
- Advised GIE AXA on its acquisition of XL.
‘understands business needs and is very practical’.
‘The team combines rigour, knowledge, responsiveness, availability, flexibility and excellent customer support’.
‘The team understands its clients’ business and expectations, and never leaves behind a customer to deal with critical situations’.
‘The amazing Maxime Pigeon’s high sense of customer support is rare to find’.
‘Jérôme Scapoli understands business needs and is very practical’.
Groupe Bertrand/ Flo
NORWEGIAN AIR RESOURCES
- Defended one of Orange top human-resources executive in the so called landmark Orange suicides trial involving 7 high ranking executives and more than 100 plaintiffs.
Paul Hastings LLP
‘Stéphane Henry and associate Alexandre Ruiz are very responsive, make it easy to work with them, respond timely, and will ensure that clients have a thorough understanding of the matter at hand’.
Société Générale Capital Partenaires
- Advised CM-CIC Investissement on the sale of Circet to Advent International.
- Advised MML Capital on the employment law aspects of the leveraged buyout of Gravotech.
- Represented Fosun Tourism Group on its spin-off from Fosun International.
Pech de Laclause Bathmanabane & Associés
‘A responsive law firm which provides good quality work’.
‘The team provides a strong support. Team members show strong listening skills and responsiveness’.
Petrel & Associés
‘The team is very competent, always quick to react and to-the-point’.
‘The firm demonstrates remarkable expertise, availability and responsiveness in dealing with complex matters’.
‘Their assistance in tackling complex issues is instrumental’.
‘The firm provides high-level quality and long-term support helping to attain clients’ objectives’.
‘Pascal Petrel understands business dynamics of listed companies and knows how to handle the most difficult cases linked to their senior executives. He is a true partner with a 360-degree vision and practical approach who has remarkable knowledge. He is both rigorous and flexible’.
Tricotages des Vosges
Elephant Vert Or Brun
- Represented Rexel Development in negotiating a remote work agreement.
Pinsent Masons LLP
‘Valérie Blandeau offers wise and practical advice that takes into consideration clients’ business objectives and potential risks’.
Pradel Avocats specialises in health and safety at work social security protection issues. The boutique advises a large French client base including several CAC 40 companies The firm has created a special certified software to process social security claims. Michel Pradel, Camille-Frédéric Pradel, Perle-Marie Pradel-Boureux and Virgile Pradel are the key contacts.
Proskauer Rose LLP has a 20-lawyer powerhouse team that advises a longstanding list of leading French and international corporations as well as many new high-profile clients. The firm manages an impressive workload which largely consists of the management of restructuring projects. The group advises on many large-scale restructuring, site closing and related mass litigation matters and is well versed in handling crisis situations, such as advising on a sensitive corporate governance case. The team also shows high proficiency in dealing with highly sensitive individual issues such as remuneration and CEO termination, discrimination and harassment cases, and internal investigations, but is also very able in handling mass litigation on challenging issues such as equal treatment. The top team is led by the high-profile Yasmine Tarasewicz who can rely on the highly experienced Béatrice Pola, Cedric Jacquelet, Nicolas Léger and new excellent hire Alexandra Stocki who joined from Bird & Bird in early 2019.
‘Alexandra Stocki is dedicated to providing high-level services. She is very professional, studies matters in detail and provides solutions to any problem.’
- Advised PAI Partners on conducting a due diligence audit in relation to the disposal of B&B Hôtels to Goldman Sachs.
Racine’s 16-lawyer team advises industrial small and medium-sized enterprises as well leading French and international banks and companies on collective and individual employment law issues. The practice has great expertise in assisting companies with the implementation of reorganisation and mass redundancy projects, including in an insolvency context. The practice is also very knowledgeable in relation to remuneration issues and is able to handle highly sensitive matters involving high-ranking executives. Litigation is another strong area of expertise. The practice is co-headed by Frédéric Broud, Carla Di Fazio Perrin, Sarah Usunier and Philippe Rogez. Alain Ménard has retired.
‘The team is responsive, always available and does its best to find solutions to complex matters.’
‘Sarah Usunier is dedicated, deeply involves herself in matters and tries to understand her clients’ environment to deliver the most suitable advice.’
‘Philippe Rogez is excellent and practical.’
- Assisted Endel Engie with conducting the employment acquisition audit of Pierre Guérin company.
‘The team is efficient, provides practical solutions and finds solutions. It is flexible’.
Reinhart Marville Torre
Reinhart Marville Torre 's 11-lawyer team combines several complementary areas of expertise. Olivier Bluche is retained by leading companies' CEOs and high-level officers facing high-profile litigation such as dismissals and criminal offence cases. Catherine Broussot-Morin and Soazig Preteseille Taillardat provide general employment law advice, assisting companies with individual and collective issues. The practice notably defended a company involved in mass litigation proceedings led by several former employees of a French subsidiary claiming co-employment status. Finally, Agathe Moreau has particular expertise representing companies and insurers in the context of work accident, professional illness and gross negligence cases.
AEG Power Solutions
- Defending AEG PS in a mass litigation dispute with 76 employees of its former subsidiary claiming co-employment status.
Rigaud Avocats is one of France's leading boutique for payroll, compensation and employee benefit issues. The 15-lawyer firm is the go-to adviser to many CAC 40 companies. It deals with the most sophisticated and high-stake issues in the field. The practice has recently been in high demand for advice on pensions issues following recent and future legislative reforms in that area. It notably assisted clients with lobbying work and is also regularly consulted by the government. The practice also handles strategic work in the railway sector and is advising clients in the context of significant URSSAF (France's social security body) audits. Founding partners David Rigaud, Pascale Baron and Xavier Pignaud are top-notch. Amélie Wazir-Leparquier was promoted partner.
Other key lawyers:
‘The team has very fine knowledge of compensation and benefits issues. Through conducting in-depth analysis of its clients’ environment, it sets up clear litigation strategy and provides bespoke services. Lawyers demonstrate exceptional commitment and have extensive knowledge of various players active in the field’.
SCP Bardavid Tourneur
‘The team has great expertise. Team members are very good labour law specialists who are used to work on M&A, private equity and other corporate matters, understanding well the issues at stake in such transactions’.
‘Jean-François Tourneur has high-level expertise and provides very high-quality advice. He is practical, a good strategist, smart and fine. He understands matters at stake and can see beyond employment law aspects to suggest creative and bespoke solutions’.
‘The team is remarkable by its high-level availability and responsiveness. Advice are well balanced between a legal and business approach’.
‘Laurence Renard has great knowledge of US companies and of what it means in terms of designing specific legal strategy’.
‘Managing associate Julia Gori is responsive and available. She provides spot-on advice’.
Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP
- Assisted Renault SA with its discussions with Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) regarding a potential merger.
Headed by Anna-Christina Chaves, Stehlin & Associés' four-lawyer team is consulted by clients in need of strategic advice. The practice notably provides key guidance to clients in the context of M&A transactions and on companies' transformation and restructuring projects. It recently assisted Safran with its merger with Zodiac. The practice also dealt with a major employment tax dispute and advises companies on the setting up of compliance programmes. It is also well recognised for its negotiation abilities in the context of high-ranking officers' exits.
‘Anna-Christina Chaves and associate Elodie De Cock have great expertise and show great responsiveness and anticipation abilities. They provide spot-on advice and are highly efficient.’
Groupe Tetra Media Studios (ITV Group)
Crédit Mutuel Arkéa
Daniel Féau Immobilier
Grenier à Pain
TNDA: Tuffal-Nerson Douarre & Associés' nine-lawyer team advises several leading French corporations and financial institutions. The boutique firm is notably called upon to advise on highly sensitive issues such as leading companies' CEOs' remuneration and departure issues, fraud-, harassment- and suicide-related individual situations. It is also retained by high-profile executive officers. The practice also has strong expertise in the health and safety area and advises in the context of M&A transactions and initial public offerings. Practice head Véronique Tuffal-Nerson is highly recommended and regularly appointed as mediator in sensitive cases. Also recommended are of counsel Martine Rivereau-Trzmiel, Nicolas Durand-Gasselin and Guillaume Verdier. Of counsel Armelle Walters-Renaud provides complementary corporate law support.
‘Lawyers are available, responsive and experts. Their advice is reliable and personalised. They take time to listen to their clients.’
‘Véronique Tuffal-Nerson demonstrates a high level of understanding of matters at stake. She combines high-level technique and a great strategic vision.’
UGGC Avocats provides general employment law guidance to leading French and international companies, including major luxury good brands, hotels and banks, as well as to smaller companies. The 11-lawyer team notably advises on the implementation of mass redundancy plans, negotiation of working time schemes and on the establishment of a CSE work council. It also handles litigation and assists in the context of the hiring and departure of high-level officers. Sophie Uettwiller is in charge. Jennifer Carrel and Karine Audouze are the other two key members.
‘The team is highly available and provides great follow up.’
‘The firm has high-level expertise. The team is very professional, shows great client care, and high responsiveness.’
‘Sophie Uettwiller provides great quality work. She understands strategic matters at stake, beyond the strict legal issues. She is highly convincing and hard-working.’
Vaughan Avocats' practice is well staffed and led by nine experienced partners. The team assists several leading French and international companies, as well as industrial and professional bodies. It recently provided assistance on post-Macron reform matters, such as the negotiation of CSE work council agreements. The practice is also highly recognised for its expertise in dealing with collective redundancy projects and mobility matters. Lately, the team advised on several large-scale redundancy plans, for example when successfully assisting Solocal with the implementation of a 1,000 job-cut plan. The team also handles sensitive individual matters and disputes. It advises companies, CEOs and other individuals such as journalists and TV presenters with individual companies' exit issues. Additionally, the practice represents low-cost airlines in several strategic litigation proceedings. Key figures include Bruno Courtine, Aude Serres van Gaver, Abdelkader Hamida, Bastien Ottaviani, Fabrice Perruchot and Thomas Fernandez-Boni.
Other key lawyers:
‘The firm provides strong and bespoke support.’
‘The firm provides very professional and high-quality work. Team members are available, committed and reliable.’
‘Abdelkader Hamida and Bruno Courtine show strong listening skills and look for the best adapted solutions.’
- Successfully assisted Solocal with the implementation of a 1,000 job-cut plan.
- Advised Evergreen Garden Care on renegotiating the collective status applying to 300 employees in France.
Employment boutique firm Karman Associés, a twenty-lawyer outfit, advises many leading French and international corporations on their most complex matters, including negotiating collective agreements, conducting mass redundancy and other strategic restructuring projects, and advising in the context of high-profile M&A transactions. The practice recently completed strategic work in the notary sector when assisting with the merger of 27 notary institutions into a single national institution (INFN). Finally, the firm is regularly consulted by the French Ministry of Labour on future reforms, and notably assisted the French governmental body APE with the drafting of a bill relating to the transformation of the national rail system company, the SNCF. The core group consists of Romain Chiss, Florence Froment-Meurice, Erwan Jaglin.
‘The team shows good listening skills.’
CONSEIL SUPÉRIEUR DU NOTARIAT
- Advised Vivendi on the sale of its participations in Universal Music Group.
‘The team has a good track-record. Lawyers are excellent’.
Total Specific Solution
Croix Rouge Française
Time Versalift SAS
OP.Serv – Rok Solution
LK Bennett Ltd. and France SARL
White & Case LLP's five-lawyer team provides regular support to the firm's M&A, private equity and capital markets practice. Headed by Alexandre Jaurett, the team recently assisted debtors with major financial restructuring and insolvency cases, advised on site closure and collective redundancy plans and handled sensitive related litigation. Counsel Valérie Ménard is the other key member.
Kraton Polymers Netherlands
Saudi Araban Oil Company
Swedish Steel AB
Visteon Software Technologies
- Advised RRJ Capital on the buyout acquisition of Gate group Holding AG from HNA.
- Assisted Steinhoff’s main creditors with the financial restructuring of subsidiary Conforama through a €316m two-tranche bond issue.
- Advised Orange on its partnership with Groupama in the French home telesurveillance sector and the establishment of a joint company named Protectline.