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Firms To Watch: Employment

Employment boutique Kopper was launched in early 2022 by Sandra Thiry and Thomas Fernandez-Boni, both formerly at Vaughan Avocats. Operating from Toulouse, the team is particularly good at international mobility work.
Littler France launched its Paris office early 2023 after it ended its long-term partnership with Fromont Briens. Well-recognised market names including Julie Beot-Rabiot, Jean-Martial Buisson, Jacques de Tonquédec, Guillaume Desmoulin and Sabrina Dougados are now with the firm.
Pauline Larroque-Daran joined Veil Jourde in September 2021 to launch the firm’s employment law practice, providing support to the firm’s M&A and insolvency practices, while also developing solid stand alone work.

Employment in France


Employment boutique firm Actance assists both SMEs and prominent French companies, as well as some international groups, specialising in various fields such as the industrial manufacturing, telecoms, financial services and communication sectors. The practice assists its clients with the management of day-to-day issues and highly strategic projects, and regularly advises on major M&A transactions and the related litigation. The team also has strong knowledge in the field of collective downsizing and reorganisation projects; it recently handled a plant closure and employee transfer matters, as well as an internal merger and carve out operations. The team has strong litigation skills and also regularly acts before courts, notably in relation to economic downsizing projects. Pierre-Alexis DumontEmeric SorelLoïc Touranchet and Lucie Vincens are particularly recommended. Chloé Bouchez, Eliane Chateauvieux, Sébastien Leroy and  Marion Robert are other key contributors.

Other key lawyers:

Lucie Vincens ; Pierre-Alexis Dumont; Emeric Sorel; Loïc Touranchet; Chloé Bouchez; Eliane Chateauvieux; Sébastien Leroy; Marion Robert; Marie-Bénédicte Bourgois; Aymeric de Lamarzelle


‘The team is very competent and quickly understands the challenges of the client, and provides very practical advice. Actance truly acts as a partner to enable us to better assess the risks. The method of contact is very simple, phone calls or emails and the reaction time is very fast, whether by email or to obtain a meeting.’

‘The collaboration with Actance is of an excellent level with an established relationship of trust, innovative advice, unparalleled pragmatism and responsiveness at the right level.’

‘Loïc Touranchet shows pragmatism, is ingenious and has innovative ideas. Marie-Bénédicte Bourgois shows great customer follow-up and responsiveness’.

‘Very high technical knowledge, great responsiveness and availability, the advice given is operational.’

‘Loïc Touranchet has great technical skills and is efficient. Aymeric de Lamarzelle is excellent in litigation. Marie-Bénédicte Bourgois is very pleasant, has excellent technical knowledge and skills, and excellent business strategy’.

‘Pierre-Alexis Dumont is open to finding solutions not only from a legal perspective but also for the business. He knows our values and gives us very useful advice. He is our trusted adviser.’

Key clients









CNP Assurances





Schneider Electric


Altice (SFR, BFM TV,RMC Sport)

Action Logement








Sienna (groupe GBL)









Aerige Avocats

Employment boutique  Aerige Avocats leverages its offices across France (Paris, Strasbourg, Lyon, Vannes, Bordeaux, Nantes, Lille, Marseille and Montpellier) to assist a prominent client base including top names in the mutual insurance, clinics, food and airport services sectors. The practice handles the whole range of employment issues and is notably retained to assist with restructuring and downsizing work, as well as managing litigation and sensitive situations such as strikes and plants closures. The firm recently advised on the creation of a new entity for a leading food company, and acted in a major dispute concerning asbestos exposure. The practice is headed up by Nicolas Czernichow and includes among its key partners Jean d’Aleman, Saïd Sadaoui and Henri Guyot.

Practice head(s):

Nicolas Czernichow

Other key lawyers:

Jean d’Aleman; Saïd Sadaoui; Henri Guyot; Thomas Godey


‘Saïd Sadaoui has the ability to easily adapt to the context of a file and to its interlocutors. He shows availability and responsiveness, in addition to his ability to adapt and to quickly grasp the issues of a case.’

‘Proximity, adaptability to situations and social context, responsiveness.’

‘Henri Guyot has strong skills to face complex situations.’

‘The brL team is extremely responsive. It knows how to be innovative.’

Key clients


Groupe FNAC


Groupe Accor

Lorca Group

General Mills and Yoplait

Cerba Healthcare

Cerballiance Group


AGCS (Allianz Group Corporate Specialty)

Kuehne Nagel

Nestlé France


Crédit Agricole Immobilier



Calzedonia France

Danone SA,

Danone Waters

SAEME Volvic

Zadig & Voltaire

DS SMITH Packaging

Lagardère Travel Retail

Work highlights

  • Assisted a large French food group with the creation of a legal structure to accommodate 1700 employees transferred from another entity.
  • Assisted a French company in the energy sector with the organisation of the social control of occupational health services.
  • Advising a company in the private hospital sector on the renewal of its work council.

Allen & Overy LLP

Allen & Overy LLP has recently been involved in several sensitive restructuring projects, notably in the fintech and retail sectors, and regularly assists clients in dealing with major collective employment issues. The team also advises on M&A transactions, including large cross-border deals. In the individual employment realm, the team regularly assists leading companies with conducting internal investigations linked to harassment and whistleblowing claims. French and British companies as well as banks and financial institutions are clients. The employment team works in close collaboration with the other departments in the firm, including the corporate and data privacy practices. The Paris practice is led by  Claire Toumieux, who was named global head of the firm’s practice in 2022, and includes Olivier Picquerey and counsel Susan Ekrami.

Practice head(s):

Claire Toumieux

Other key lawyers:

Olivier Picquerey; Susan Ekrami


‘A small but extremely dedicated team.’

‘Claire Toumieux shows great availability, and is both very expert but also practical. Her ability to manage teams is also to be highlighted, as is her ability to advise on complex subjects, and moreover in an international context.’

‘This team, and particularly Olivier Picquerey, used a lot of tact and professionalism. As for Olivier Picquerey’s mastership, it goes without saying: excellent knowledge of the law and common practices, which result in pragmatic yet sound advice.’

Key clients

Airbus Group DS SLC

Baker Hughes



Eurogarage (EG)

Groupe Bolloré



International Chamber of Commerce (ICC)


NatWest Markets N.V.

NBC Universal



Work highlights

  • Advised Groupe Bolloré on the employment related aspects of the sale of Bolloré Africa Logistics, to MSC Group.
  • Advised Wereldhave on a collective redundancy plan as a result of its decision to divest from its shopping centres activities in France.
  • Advised Dresser Produits Industriels, a Baker Hughes company, on a social plan including voluntary departures through a collective bargaining agreement with the trade unions.


ADVANT Altana acts for a prominent client base, comprised of leading French and international corporations including blue-chip luxury goods, chemical, energy and aviation companies. The experienced team has a good range of collective and individual employment law expertise, spanning restructuring and downsizing mandates, litigation, M&A, the negotiation of collective issues and other various matters such as remuneration schemes and harassment claims. The practice regularly acts for companies in disputes involving hundreds of employees and collective dismissal and remuneration issues; it also advises on the termination of top executives. The practice is co-headed by Mickaël d’Allende and Pierre Lubet.


‘A very available and responsive team, even in an emergency, with always clear solutions and initiatives.’

Key clients





















Work highlights

  • Assisted a multinational chemical company with a major reorganisation.
  • Representing a major international leisure, travel and tourism company in a dispute with a trade union, concerning the payment of a thirteenth month bonus.
  • Acted for the electric engineering subsidiary of a multinational conglomerate in several major disputes concerning collective bargaining agreements.

Ashurst LLP

Ashurst LLP

Practice head(s):

Muriel Pariente

Other key lawyers:

Sara Mauger


‘The team is responsive, commercial and understands business issues.’

‘Muriel Pariente (partner) and Sara Mauger (associate) provide first class legal advice and are a pleasure to work with. They are responsive, knowledgeable and pragmatic.’

‘The team is very knowledgeable and responsive.’

Key clients

CVC Capital Partners VIII


Work highlights

  • Advised CVC Capital Partners VIII on the exclusive negotiations with the Spanish food group Ebro regarding the acquisition of Panzani.
  • Advised Jean-Jacques Bourdin in negotiating the termination of his labour contract with RMC.
  • Advised CBRE Conseil & Transaction for the acquisition of 100% of Green Soluce.

August Debouzy

August Debouzy fields a large and highly experienced team which is trusted by many leading French and international corporations, as well as SMEs spanning the retail, travel, recycling, transport and industrial manufacturing sectors. The team is at ease dealing with complex collective and individual employment issues, and is retained to assist with major downsizing projects and high-pressure situations; the group recently helped a client facing a strike and blockade actions. The practice also deals with M&A projects, and is increasingly appointed by companies to assist with managing disputes involving former CEOs or high-level executives, as well as sensitive sexual harassment situations. The employment practice is rounded out with social security, compensation and benefits expertise, serving CAC 40 companies and major French and international industrial groups. Paris’ bar superstar Emmanuelle Barbara manages the practice, which also includes the highly regarded Fabienne HaasMarie-Hélène BensadounVirginie DevosEric MancaCatherine Le Manchec and Anaïs Qureshi. Counsels Diane ReboursierSonia Moreau and Laure Hosni also provide support, while counsels Isabelle Hadoux-Vallier and Boris Léone-Robin are key contacts for social security issues.

Practice head(s):

Emmanuelle Barbara

Other key lawyers:

Fabienne Haas; Marie-Hélène Bensadoun; Virginie Devos; Eric Manca; Catherine Le Manchec; Anaïs Qureshi; Diane Reboursier; Sonia Moreau; Laure Hosni; Isabelle Hadoux-Vallier; Boris Léone-Robin; Claire-Lisa Leclerc


‘Serious team, involved, available. Searching for the most appropriate solutions for the company.’

‘Virginie Devos is professional, committed, provides very good advice, available and looking for solutions.’

‘Claire-Lisa Leclerc has character and tenacity, provides great follow-up and understanding. Emmanuelle Barbara shows great anticipation and finesse of analysis’.

‘Excellent advice, commitment and availability, particularly from Emmanuelle Barbara and Sonia Moreau.’

‘Ultra-responsive, innovative, highly customer-oriented, extremely efficient team. The support of the other specialities of the firm where one finds some of the best lawyers in the market is a huge asset.’

‘Marie-Hélène Bensadoun has a pragmatic approach, resolutely adapted to its clients, made of a great experience in social law.’

‘Competence, responsiveness, commitment’.

Key clients

Office Depot


TUI France


Work highlights

  • Representing an individual before the Court of Appeals of Paris in the criminal matter in which they are accused of alleged fictitious employment.
  • Assisting Office Depot in a recourse claim against the French State regarding the labour inspection’s refusal to grant the authorisation to terminate “protected employees” during a reorganisation.
  • Assisting the ANEM with negotiations for a branch agreement establishing a profit-sharing agreement and an inter-company savings plan at branch level.

Avanty Avocats

Compensation and benefits boutique Avanty Avocats doubled the size of its team early 2023 following the arrival of a team from Fromont Briens, which notably includes the firm’s former practice head Charlotte Bertrand. The boutique, which was launched in 2019, now features a strong expert team, offering the whole range of expertise spanning pension schemes, executive compensation issues, health insurance work as well as matters involving employee savings and shareholding elements. The team is also knowledgeable in the field of URSSAF audits. Practice co-heads Frank WismerJean de Calbiac and Nelly Jean-Marie are well-seasoned professionals.

Practice head(s):

Frank Wismer; Jean de Calbiac; Nelly Jean-Marie

Other key lawyers:

Charlotte Bertrand

Key clients



Work highlights

  • Advised Elis on the implementation of an employee shareholding scheme in France and abroad.
  • Advised ING on all its aspects of compensation and benefits law linked to a redundancy plan.
  • Advised BPCE on the departure of the current Chief Executive Officer and the nomination of managing director.

Baker McKenzie

Baker McKenzie stands out for its strong global capabilities, and the Paris team often advises clients in the context of large cross-border restructurings and M&A deals; it recently advised on a high-end M&A transaction in the technology sector. The team assists many leading French and international corporations, especially in the healthcare sector, and is regularly mandated to handle large domestic downsizing and restructuring projects, and individual employment issues. The practice is co-headed by Olivier VassetDenise Broussal and Gilles Jolivet, and also includes Jérémie PaubelNadège Dallais and counsel Eléonore d’Anthonay.

Practice head(s):

Olivier Vasset; Gilles Jolivet; Denise Broussal

Other key lawyers:

Jérémie Paubel; Nadège Dallais; Eléonore d’Anthonay


‘Very focused on client’s need; provides practical and tailor made solutions; very easy to reach out with urgent matters and communicate with; very attentive to the company’s context and internal policies.’

‘Excellent knowledge. World class resources and support. Responsive. Partner and team are approachable. Level of spoken English very high.’

‘Nadège Dallais is approachable, a clear communicator and gives well thought through commercial advice to tricky problems.’

Key clients


BD Group (Becton Dickinson)


Computer Task Group

Crédit Agricole




Schülke & Mayr GmbH (Air Liquide)




Symphony Technology Group


Work highlights

  • Assisted Thales with the employment aspects of the sale of its Global Ground Transportation Systems Business to Hitachi.
  • Advised US company ServiceNow on the acquisition of the French company Mapwize.
  • Assisting BD Group with a number of reorganisations.

Barthélémy Avocats

As one of France’s long-established employment firms and a pioneer in the field, Barthélémy Avocats assists a prominent client base of leading French and international companies, specialising in various fields including the industrial manufacturing, aviation, retail and internet sectors; several professional trade unions and sports federations are also clients. The firm handles the full breadth of employment mandates, and recently advised on several large collective agreement negotiations, as well as significant workforce reductions and employment litigation. Key names in the substantial team include Sophie Binder and François Millet, who co-head the practice, as well as Emmanuel Andreo and Valérie Guichard.

Practice head(s):

Sophie Binder; François Millet

Other key lawyers:

Emmanuel Andreo; Valérie Guichard


‘Professional and available lawyers who adapt to their audience’.

‘Responsiveness, rigour and professionalism. Files are treated with irreproachable seriousness and an unparalleled sense of detail.’

‘François Millet is very responsive and available, and provides fair and appropriate advice.’

Work highlights

  • Advising a manufacturing group on a cross-border restructuring project impacting 2300 work positions in France and a collective dispute.
  • Advising an international industrial group with the drafting and implementation of a collective amicable termination agreement.
  • Advising a major retailer with the negotiation and drafting of a healthcare group collective agreement for 150,000 employees in France.

BCTG Avocats

BCTG Avocats

Practice head(s):

Sabine de Paillerets

Key clients





Practice head(s):

Nathalie Cerqueira; Anne-Lise Puget


‘They make French employment law easy to understand. They are very commercial in their approach which makes for a refreshing change.’

‘Anne-Lise Puget is very user-friendly and responsive, and has a good insight into the mindsets and needs of US and UK clients. It’s a bonus that she also has a good sense of humour’.

‘Nathalie Cerqueira is responsive and easy to deal with. She understands the importance of good client service and what clients want.’

‘Bersay has good translation and communication skills, and is able to assist English speaking teams’.

‘Bersay has good knowledge of the French and UK employment law.’

‘Accessible, clear communicators and good at explaining the process as well as delivering effective representation.’

‘High availability and responsiveness. Practical, business-oriented advice.’

‘The team, headed Anne-Lise Puget, is very professional.’

Key clients



Work highlights

  • Advised LinkByNet group on the sale of LinkByNet to Accenture.
  • Advised Perspecteev on the implementation of a contemplated collective termination and carve out of the B2B part of the group’s activity.



Practice head(s):

Guillaume de Saint Sernin; Marie Content

Other key lawyers:

Léa Dubrul; Nicolas le Rossignol


‘‘Professional, responsive and available team, with perfect technical knowledge but also good advice.’

‘Guillaume de Saint Sernin and Léa Dubrul are available, demonstrating pragmatism in the advice provided. Their great reactivity is appreciable for HR subjects. Very close follow-up of over time.’

‘Marie Content and her team: reactivity, sense of listening, availability.’

‘Good listening team that knows how to make detailed and constructive analyses and which follows the evolution of the files. Demonstrated adaptability to respond operationally according to the situations encountered by exposing the associated risks.’

‘The team is very responsive and the lawyers are in contact with each other for an efficient service.’

‘Marie Content is very involved, attentive with a strong ability to adapt to situations and people. Feedback is flawless. Nicolas le Rossignol is a leading jurist.’

‘Team offering new angles of reflection. Great availability and quality of listening.’

Key clients












Bird & Bird

Bird & Bird

Practice head(s):

Benjamine Fiedler; Nathalie Devernay

Other key lawyers:

Caroline Mouriquand; Sofia Merlet; Christopher Ivey


‘A team that listens to customers, very agile, good advice,’

‘A practical and operational approach taking into account all companies’ strategic projects. Responsive and very professional team.’ 

‘The team is responsive, really understands commercial issues and provides highly professional and well judged advice and provides support in dealing with highly complex and sensitive employee matters. They provide practical solutions.’

‘Caroline Mouriquand is reactive, knows how to put herself in her client’s shoes. Caroline knows how to make herself available and respect important dates. She has very good knowledge of collective social law. Sofia Merlet is very flexible, very pleasant, knows how to communicate well with American management teams. Nathalie Devernay always gives good advice, offers good tactics and good defense strategies. She is a real partner.’

‘Christopher Ivey provides excellent and well judged advice, commercially appropriate. He is always responsive with a quick turnaround, providing sound options and strategy which has helped resolve complicated issues in a timely and cost effective way.’

‘Availability, relevance of recommendations, legal support’.

Key clients



Crédit Immobilier de France



Teva France

Sodexo Pass France

Tata Consultancy Services

Work highlights

  • Assisting PPG with the review of its industrial organisation and restructuring projects (closure of the Bezons site).
  • Assisting American group (CRM software) in France with high-stakes individual litigation matters.
  • Advised Sodexo on the acquisition of the start-up Wedoogift.

Bredin Prat

Bredin Prat assists a prominent base of clients which was further enhanced recently with the addition of several key players in the telecoms and energy sectors. The employment team is increasingly working alongside the firm’s other departments on complex matters involving corporate, public law, environmental law, criminal law and tax aspects. The team is instructed to handle new emerging issues such as whistleblowing claims, internal investigations and ESG matters. In the more traditional realm, the practice has strong knowledge of advising on the employment elements of high-profile M&A transactions and restructuring projects, and is increasingly busy handling contentious work; it recently acted in a high-stakes dispute for a leading digital platform concerning the payment of social security contributions and the status of its collaborators. Practice head Pascale LagesseCyril Gaillard and Laëtitia Tombarello are recommended.

Practice head(s):

Pascale Lagesse

Other key lawyers:

Cyril Gaillard; Laëtitia Tombarello


‘Bredin Prat’s employment team provides highly commercial and practical advice, underpinned by real expertise in French employment law. We have worked with them on many fast-paced and complex transactions and are consistently happy with the excellent service they provide.’

‘Laëtitia Tombarello is a first-class partner to work with on M&A transactions. She understands the need for pragmatic solutions in what is often a complex part of a deal. We would recommend her wholeheartedly.’

Key clients




China Jianyin Investment (JIC)

Crédit Mutuel


General Electric

IAD International





Ramsay Santé






Work highlights

  • Advising General Electric (GE) on the planned sale of GE Steam Power’s nuclear power activities to EDF.
  • Advised Viatris on the French employment aspects of the sale of its global biosimilars business to Bioco for $3.3bn.
  • Advised Covéa, a leading French mutual insurer, on the acquisition of PartnerRe, the global reinsurer wholly owned by Exor, for €7.9bn.

Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner

Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner

Practice head(s):

Claire Fougea; Marion Brière Ségala


‘High competence, responsiveness, relevance, customer knowledge’.

Key clients

Maitena Biraben

Nestlé Groupe

Capstan Avocats, member of Ius Laboris

Capstan Avocats, member of Ius Laboris is one of France’s most recognised employment boutique firms, with 11 offices across the country. Its range of expertise is particularly comprehensive and its client portfolio includes many of France’s largest companies as well as large international corporations, particularly those in the industrial manufacturing, energy, telecoms, technologies, pharmaceuticals and entertainment sectors. The firm is notably entrusted to manage highly sensitive restructuring projects, large downsizings and transfers of employees, and is also frequently appointed to assist with major M&A projects. The team also handles litigation, and is notably involved in a highly strategic case raising concealed work accusations, as well as various disputes dealing with working hours and remuneration issues. Key members include Pascal Lagoutte, who leads the firm, Jean-Michel MirBruno Serizay and Guillaume Bordier.

Practice head(s):

Pascal Lagoutte

Other key lawyers:

Jean-Michel Mir; Bruno Serizay; Guillaume Bordier


‘Great technical expertise, breath of experience and good exposure to large international corporations; seasoned lawyers; solution oriented; reliable, friendly and down-to-earth people’.

‘Guillaume Bordier is a very knowledgeable, solution driven and extremely reliable professional. A pleasure to work with.’

‘Very high level expertise. Ability to have a practical and pragmatic approach. Very good knowledge of our company and the pharmaceutical sector in general.’

Charles Russell Speechlys

Charles Russell Speechlys

Practice head(s):

Kim Campion

Other key lawyers:

Auberi Foy


‘Kim Campion leads a very experienced labour law team. Their knowledge of French law, combined with years of experience dealing with complex transactions in multiple EU jurisdictions makes them a top labour law team to work with.’

‘Kim Campion is very responsive.’

Key clients








Fluke Europe



Bahamas ministry of tourism


Trek Bicycle Corporation



Oxford Instruments

Work highlights

  • Advised Azzaro on the out-of-court liquidation of the “maison de haute couture” and designed and implemented the social plan (PSE) as part of the collective redundancy of the entire workforce.
  • Assisting Berner with collective litigation involving major French trade unions and several works’ councils.
  • Successfully defended Sogecap in front of the Versailles Court in proceedings launched by the works council and major trade union (CGT) in the context of an alleged obstruction to the works council’s rights.


Employment law boutique CHASSANY WATRELOT & ASSOCIES has offices in Paris, Lyon and Sophia-Antipolis, as well as bases in Morocco, Algeria and Tunisia. The firm has strong resources and a wide range of expertise, and assists all types of clients including large French and international corporations. The team is retained to handle complex and challenging work, including large downsizing projects and the management of collective relations and litigation. The practice is also regularly called upon to assist with large M&A and private equity transactions, and complex employee transfer and reorganisation projects; it also has expertise in the compensation and benefits and social security spaces. Philippe ChassanyJérôme Watrelot and Elisabeth Graujeman co-lead the practice, which also includes key members  Hélène Guillot, Virgile Zeimet and Abdelkader Hamida.

Practice head(s):

Philippe Chassany; Jérôme Watrelot; Elisabeth Graujeman

Other key lawyers:

Hélène Guillot; Virgile Zeimet; Abdelkader Hamida; Pierre Lucas; Benoit Dorin


‘A very responsive team that knows how to serve their customers well.’

‘Lawyers invest themselves to the maximum to assist their clients.’

‘A deep knowledge of how a company does business. They know how to find solutions when it looks like the story is over. Efficiency, speed of execution and reliability. It is the perfect illustration of a modern law firm : technicality, customer service and up-to-date answers. The Best.’

‘Jérôme Watrelot, Virgile Zeimet, Pierre Lucas, Benoit Dorin and Elisabeth Graujeman work for and with their client as if it was their own company.’

‘A team with a very broad spectrum of specialities in labour law and social security, extremely responsive, available and competent, both in advice and in litigation.’

‘Elisabeth Graujeman is a leading lawyer, remarkable for her finesse, her intuition and the solidity of her analyses and her vast experience.’

Key clients

PAI partners

Groupe Carrefour




CEVA Logistics



Shiseido Group EMEA

Worlwide Flight Services

YUM (KFC, Pizza Hut)






G.A.C group

Groupe Labeyrie


Kaufman & Broad

La Croix Rouge Française


Transdev Group



Imperial Tobacco (Seita)

Leroy Merlin


ATOL Les Opticiens




La Fondation Œuvre de la Croix Saint-Simon

Work highlights

  • Successfully represented the Carrefour Group before the Constitutional Council (Conseil Constitutionel) on a Priority Question of Constitutionality (QPC) regarding the participation of shop managers in the professional elections.
  • Advised Eutelsat on the labour and employment law aspects of its combination with OneWeb to create a leading global player in Connectivity.
  • Advising the Transdev Group on the labour and employment law aspects of the transfer of management of railways lines from SNCF to the Group.

Clifford Chance

Clifford Chance

Practice head(s):

François Farmine; Anne Lemercier

Other key lawyers:

Ekaterina Zaboussova-Celsa; Emmanuel Maudet


‘Very professional team, expert in international employees share ownership plan. The team is always reflecting on innovative ideas to improve efficiency from the employer’s perspective but also from the employee’s perspective, looking at change in local regulations and best practice.’

‘Anne Lemercier and Ekaterina Zaboussova-Celsa are very responsive, and even pro-active in anticipating issues or discussions They perform accurate and relevant analysis, easy to read for a non legal expert and conclusive’.

‘François Farmine’s team is extremely fast and precise in the answers it provides. It allows its clients to benefit from unfailing support, while respecting deadlines that are sometimes extremely short.’

‘Emmanuel Maudet deserves a particular distinction for his responsiveness and his capacity for practical thought allowing particularly wise advice.’

‘Very good management of restructuring projects.’

‘The team shows availability, responsiveness, adaptability, ability to listen, taking a step back. The advice and drafting of agreements show great rigour. The team really stands out for its ability to listen, its resistance, its resilience and its human-oriented approach. The mode of collaboration is innovative and adapted.’

‘François Farmine is to be acknowledged for the rigour of his advice, his reactivity, the precision of his analyses, his adaptability, and his great ability to listen to the client.’

‘Well-organised team, reactive with a high technicality’.

Key clients

Unilever Group

Amazon France Logistique




Morgan Stanley



Hanon Systems Charleville

Visteon Corporation


Visteon Electronics France



PAI -Asmodee

Sibanye Stillwater Limited

Work highlights

  • Assisting the Unilever Group with the implementation of a worldwide reorganisation of its activities relating to the Beauty and Personal Care Products.
  • Assisting Amazon with various court proceedings relating to collective labour relations, in particular relating to multiple strike actions triggered by trade unions across several sites in France.

CMS Francis Lefebvre

CMS Francis Lefebvre advises SMEs and leading French and international companies, specialising in a wide range of industries, from the food industry to the industrial manufacturing sector. The practice has a broad range of expertise and is regularly retained to assist with the negotiation of new collective agreements; recent highlights include working on new working time organisation issues, remote working matters and post-M&A mandates. The team also frequently advises clients during M&A transactions and post-restructuring projects, and handles litigation as well as collective redundancy work. Key names in the practice include Laurent Marquet de VasselotAlain HerrmannPierre BonneauCaroline Froger-Michon and Guillaume Bossy.

Other key lawyers:

Laurent Marquet de Vasselot; Alain Herrmann; Pierre Bonneau; Caroline Froger-Michon; Guillaume Bossy; Aurélie Parchet


‘Stable and easy relationship, very complementary team of lawyers. Good knowledge of our business environment. Very structured firm, proven ability to respond, both in terms of advice and in the strictly contentious areas.’

‘Stable interlocutors, facilitated interpersonal relations. Lots of listening. Decent response times and relevant solutions.’

‘Exceptional responsiveness, innovation, competence, great practice’.

‘Caroline Froger-Michon and Aurélie Parchet are two high quality lawyers, always available, responsive, attentive. They have a pedagogical consulting approach that allows you to move forward in your HR and social practice.’

‘Well organised team. All needed expertise is available.’

‘Very professional and easy to reach out to’.

Key clients

Auchan Group

Chambre Nationale des Commissaires de Justice

Epta Group

Prysmian Group

Stanley Black & Decker Group

Auchan Group

Work highlights

  • Negotiating a collective agreement in the context of the creation of a new profession resulting from the merger of bailiff, auctioneer and Justice commissioner.
  • Assisted InPost, a logistics company, with post-acquisition employment issues, and in particular issues regarding the status of key employees and managers.
  • Advised Ebro Group on the selling of PANZANI.

Coblence Avocats

Coblence Avocats

Practice head(s):

Catherine Davico-Hoarau; Chantal Giraud-van Gaver; Laurent Guardelli; Myrtille Lapuelle; Martine Riou

Key clients

Ardian Growth

Sparring Capital

George V Hotel

Work highlights

  • Assisted Pechel and BPI France with the employment law aspects linked to the acquisitions of a majority stake in Louis Tellier Group.
  • Assisting George V Hotel before the Court of Appeal in litigation to prevent unions from communicating through the employees’ personal or professional email accounts without a company agreement allowing it.

Cohen & Gresser LLP

Cohen & Gresser LLP

Practice head(s):

Angéline Duffour; Anna Milleret-Godet


‘The team is very pragmatic and understands very well our needs and evolution. They know how to prioritize and make you feel more confident. They take all the stress out of their clients’ shoulders and make it easy to deal with.’

‘Anna Milleret-Godet is reassuring and always a step ahead. She has anticipated issues at stake very well without having to draft pages of notes. It makes things much easier to read and understand for non lawyers.’

‘Speed; professionalism; always respectful.’

‘Anna Milleret-Godet demonstrates great professional qualities: in-depth and up-to-date knowledge, availability, responsiveness and efficiency.’

‘The team has extensive experience advising foreign clients in France, which sets it apart from more traditional French firms. It knows how to adapt to its clients’ requests. It provides great support to companies in the negotiation of downsizing projects or the departure of managers and senior executives.’

‘Angéline Duffour combines dynamism, technical competence and responsiveness. Her litigation experience is highly appreciated and allows her to give very pragmatic advice. She can rely on a solid team.’

‘A reliable team that provides international clients with quick and pragmatic answers’.

‘Angéline Duffour is an outstanding specialist who provides innovative solution to tricky issues in an international context.’

Daher Avocats

Daher Avocats

Practice head(s):

Hélène Daher

Other key lawyers:

Alexandre Orts


‘An accessible and practical team.’

‘Hélène Daher is always available and gives good, pragmatic and solution-oriented advice.’

‘The team is extremely competent and responsive. The managing partner is always available, has great listening skills and a talent for strategy. Highly recommended.’

‘Hélène Daher is a remarkable lawyer, rigorous, combative, fine strategist and with an extremely appreciable ability to listen and adapt.’

‘Hélène Daher and the team are very available, efficient and transparent. They anticipate risks by offering a range of solutions. Clients can make decisions with concrete elements, taking into account a 360° problem.’

‘The Daher firm is sized and organized to be able to understand issues fairly quickly, and make clients take the right degree of risk while guaranteeing strategic priorities. The team is always available to answer our questions.’

‘Excellent level of expertise on the notion of corporate officer. Fluidity of exchanges. High availability. Exemplary responsiveness. Rigour and precision.’

‘Hélène Daher (partner) and Alexandre Orts (counsel) provide great quality advice.’

Key clients



San Regis

ALD Automotive

Grant Thornton

DFM Group





Les Bordes Golf International (Roundshield)

Domaine de Dolomieu


Atlantic Financial Group

Data 4


Work highlights

  • Advising Kantar on collective bargaining agreements.
  • Advising Klépierre on all its employment-related matters.
  • Advising Les Bordes Golf International (subsidiary of Roundshield investment fund) on the structuring of the company.

De Pardieu Brocas Maffei

De Pardieu Brocas Maffei fields a strong team, which advises a prominent client base of businesses in the energy and construction sectors. The employment team assists with strategic work and regularly handles the employment aspects of M&A transactions; it recently advised on several high-profile transactions and the related restructuring projects, notably in the construction and waste management sectors. The practice also conducted several major downsizings in the hotel sector, and advised several clients undergoing major transformation and workforce reduction projects, notably in the energy sector. Practice head Philippe Rozec is ably supported by counsels Elise Bénéat, Isabelle Dauzet and Sandrine Azou.

Practice head(s):

Philippe Rozec

Other key lawyers:

Elise Bénéat; Isabelle Dauzet; Sandrine Azou


‘Expertise, agility, responsiveness’.

‘Responsiveness, adjustment to specific customer situations and operational needs, quality and easy relationships with customers.’

Key clients










VINCI Construction

Work highlights

  • Advising TOTAL on its industrial transformation projects.
  • Advising VINCI CONSTRUCTION and EUROVIA on the creation of a joint construction division.

Dechert LLP

Dechert LLP stands out for its deep knowledge of data protection, harassment and #MeToo issues, as well as internal investigations. Recently, the practice has also been instructed by clients to assist with the implementation of new working organisation schemes and has handled complex collective law issues, including advising on several collective redundancy plans, a spin-off project and several domestic and global M&A deals, especially in the healthcare sector. The practice also handles individual and collective employment litigation. The client base is made up of large French and international companies, including major industrial manufacturers, IT companies and healthcare corporations. The practice is headed up by Philippe Thomas and includes Thibault Meiers providing key support.

Practice head(s):

Philippe Thomas

Other key lawyers:

Thibault Meiers


‘Responsiveness. Very short response times. Clear answers.’

‘Thibault Meiers always brings appropriate answers.’

‘Excellent cooperation. The support is very fast and efficient. The team knows how to highlight the risks while remaining pragmatic and being a real partner for decisions.’

‘Thibault Meiers provides very reactive advice. He understands business and his support goes beyond a single piece of information. He is very pragmatic’.

‘The team is super responsive, commercial and understands the challenges of a US-based employer.’

‘Philippe Thomas is excellent, smart, knowledgeable, commercial and a pleasure to work with.’

‘Always friendly, available and with a good sense of priorities and urgency.’

Key clients

HRA Pharma

Mayoly Spindler

Vestiaire Collective

Work highlights

  • Advising Laboratoire Mayoly on all labour and employment law aspects of a major acquisition from Ipsen.
  • Representing a leader in LED lighting products manufacturing in proceedings with former employees of business units that were sold several years ago.
  • Assisting a medical devices manufacturer in conducting an internal investigation into sexist behaviour involving a board member.

Deloitte Société d’Avocats

Deloitte Société d’Avocats

Practice head(s):

Véronique Child

Other key lawyers:

Abdelmalik Douaoui; Eric Guillemet

Key clients

Elyan Partners

Alfa Laval

D’Ieteren Group

Merieux Equity Partners

InfraVia Capital Partners

Delsol Avocats

Delsol Avocats

Practice head(s):

Delphine Bretagnolle; Elsa Lederlin; Philippe Pacotte; Camille Rousset


‘Very customer-oriented, knows how to build a real partnership; quality of service is irreproachable, real decision-making support; the firm knows and understands business imperatives.’

‘Absolute dedication: we are never left without an answer.’

‘Elsa Lederlin listens to our problems.’

Key clients















Work highlights

  • Assisted APi Group Corporation with the acquisition of the Chubb Fire & Security business from Carrier Global Corporation for $3.1bn.
  • Assisted Groupe Mondial Protection in the context of URSSAF inspections and the management of individual and collective labour law disputes.
  • Advised Rhône-Alpes PME fund (Sipartex group) on the acquisition of a majority stake in the Lyon-based SMB, Clic’issimo.


Dentons provides a whole range of assistance to its clients including handling restructurings, mass employee litigation and individual litigation (notably on harassment situations and working time issues). The practice has been notably active advising on M&A deals, particularly in the real estate sector, and is also instructed to advise on compensation, remote working and employment contract status qualification issues, notably in relation to the interim work and the luxury hotel and digital platform sectors. The practice is also increasingly called upon to assist with data privacy employment issues. The team has a large client portfolio, drawing from various industries including the luxury hotel, pharmaceuticals and banking fields, and more recently the insurance and reinsurance sectors. The Paris practice is co-headed by Julie CaussadeFrédérique Meslay-Caloni and Katell Déniel-Allioux. Of counsel Nathaly Blin also contributes.

Practice head(s):

Julie Caussade; Katell Déniel-Allioux; Frédérique Meslay-Caloni

Other key lawyers:

Nathaly Blin


‘Good knowledge of the banking sector. Responsiveness. Excellent support. Reliability’.

‘They always make themselves available very quickly.’

‘An involved team, which wants to protect the interests of its customers. Solution provider. Available, experienced and good advice.’

‘Frédérique Meslay-Caloni is involved, available and has a real understanding of situations.’

Key clients

Vitra Karo

Hotel Plaza Athénée

Work highlights

  • Assisted Paris luxury hotel, Hotel Plaza Athénée, with the implementation of an innovative system of variable compensation of the employees of the palace following the Covid-19 pandemic.
  • Successfully assisted tiles manufacturer Vitra Karo with a post-restructuring litigation (more than 40 actions).

DLA Piper

DLA Piper‘s practice benefits from a large and experienced team which assists a lot of international clients, including key names in the aeronautics, healthcare and hospitality sectors. The practice has a broad range of expertise, and is regularly entrusted to advise on restructuring, downsizing and plant closure projects, including dealing with the related litigation. The team also handles individual and mass claim litigation, spanning co-employment and moral harassment matters. Practice head Philippe DanesiBijan Eghbal, senior counsel Marine Gicquel and Jérôme Halphen are the key members of the practice.

Practice head(s):

Philippe Danesi

Other key lawyers:

Bijan Eghbal; Marine Gicquel; Jérôme Halphen


 ‘The team is very competent and available. Quality and precision of answers and advice. The team’s approach is also pragmatic.’

‘Philippe Danesi is very present and involved in files; he is an excellent lawyer who always has a strategic and pragmatic vision. It is very easy and pleasant to work with Philippe Danesi, and many delicate files have been successfully resolved thanks to the quality of his work.’

‘A strong sense of a team spirit.’

‘They have excellent listening skills and have always shown great availability. They are both pragmatic and balanced. They understand the business world’.

Key clients



Associated Press





Four Seasons globally and Hôtel Georges V (Paris)




London Stock Exchange



OpenGate Capital



TMD Friction

Varian Medical Systems


Work highlights

  • Assisted Perrigo with the reorganisation of its workforce following the acquisition of a leading European healthcare group.
  • Representing Microchip in “class action” litigation against the former owner of a plant owned by Atmel/Microchip.
  • Assisting RATP Dev with its collective employment matters and in particular in the context of succession of delegations of public transportation procurement.


Large employment boutique FACTORHY has grown significantly through recruitment and promotions. The firm is appreciated by a wide range of clients from SMEs to leading French companies and banks, which the team assists with M&A, restructuring and downsizing work as well as litigation and other various individual and collective issues. The practice recently advised on a major M&A deal and several downsizing and employee transfer projects. Co-headed by Grégory ChastagnolBenjamin Desaint and Leslie Nicolaï, the team also includes Quentin Frisoni, who focuses on social security and remuneration issues. Myriam Tourneur was named partner in 2022.

Practice head(s):

Grégory Chastagnol; Benjamin Desaint; Leslie Nicolaï

Other key lawyers:

Quentin Frisoni; Myriam Tourneur


‘The team is very attentive. The team is also extremely available, dynamic and innovative in the analyses provided.’

‘Leslie Nicolaï is particularly appreciated; strong availability and relevance of answers provided.’

‘Exceptional responsiveness, understanding of clients’ businesses and organization, pragmatic approach to problems.’

‘The highly available team has excellent expertise, provides extensive legal analysis and has perfect technical mastery.’

‘Speed. Ability to adapt to requests. Support adapted to the specificities of each client. Responsiveness.’

Key clients


















Work highlights

  • Assisted the CMA CGM group and in particular its subsidiary CEVA LOGISTICS with the takeover of GEFCO’s activities worldwide.
  • Assisted EPIGO and EXTIME, and main shareholder of EPIGO, the ADP group, with the transfer of the AREAS group’s catering outlet concessions to EXTIME.
  • Advising SWILE and BPCE on due diligence work in the context of a merger.



Practice head(s):

Stéphane Beal

Other key lawyers:

Arnaud Saint Raymond


‘Availability, adaptability, very good knowledge of our group, our agreements, press habits and customs. Reactivity and interactivity on internal and group projects. I recommend Arnaud Saint Raymond.’

‘Fidal is able to meet all our requirements by bringing together all the skills required within a team, keeping the speed and simplicity of exchanges, without loss of legal quality.’

‘We appreciate the availability and ability to respond quickly. The firm impressed us with the quality of its work, and the practical way in which it delivers its conclusions and its agility.’

Key clients





McDonald’s franchisees


Laboratoire de biologie médicale

Laboratoires Expanscience

SNCF Réseau

Cristal Union





Work highlights

  • Providing Stellantis with pre-litigation and litigation assistance in a dispute with a service provider further to the termination of contractual relations.
  • Advising Restaurants McDonald’s on a day-to-day basis.
  • Advising Hologic on dealing with various labour law matters.

Flichy Grangé Avocats

Flichy Grangé Avocats  fields a highly experienced team and acts for a prestigious client base made up of many of France’s leading corporations; the practice is also retained by large international companies. The group's comprehensive range of expertise covers collective and individual employment mandates from day-to-day issues to the most important projects, as well as social security matters. The team is regularly retained to handle the employment aspects of large and complex M&A transactions, including public and cross-border transactions, and also has experience in restructurings, collective downsizings and plant closures. The team is also recommended for large and complex collective agreement negotiations. Key names in the practice include founding partner Joël Grangé, Marine ConcheAurélie Cormier Le GoffStéphanie DumasStéphanie Guedes Da CostaCaroline Scherrmann and Olivier Kress. Romain Guichard was promoted to partner in 2022.

Practice head(s):

Joël Grangé; Philippe Montanier; Arnaud Chaulet; Marine Conche; Florence Aubonnet; Juliana Kovac; Olivier Kress; Blandine Allix; Nabila Fauche-El Aougri; Stéphanie Guedes da Costa; Stéphanie Dumas; Joumana Frangie-Moukanas; Cyprien Pialoux; Jeannie Crédoz-Rosier; Charlotte Michaud; Bruno Fieschi; Corinne Potier; Aurélie Cormier Le Goff; Florence Bacquet; Caroline Scherrman; Camille Ventejou; Frédéric-Guillaume Laprevote; Emmanuel Raynaud; Amandine Vetu; Franck Morel; Natacha Lesellier; Romain Guichard

Key clients









Work highlights

  • Advising Bouygues on the employment aspects linked to the acquisition of Equans from Engie for a total of €7.1bn.
  • Advising Castel Group on the acquisition of Guinness Cameroon.


Franklin has an experienced team, which is regularly instructed by large French and international companies including names in the aviation and telecoms sectors. The team provides the whole range of assistance to clients including dealing with the employment aspects of M&A deals, downsizings and restructuring projects as well as handling litigation. The team also regularly assists clients with compliance work and managing crisis situations such as moral and sexual harassment situations. The practice is co-headed by Patrick Thiébart and Myriam de Gaudusson.


‘Good skills and expertise, availability, interpersonal skills.’

Key clients

ACE Capital Partners


Bridford Group

Global Map Solution

Groupe Magellim

Lise Charmel


Work highlights

  • Advised Guemas International on high-stakes (€4.5m) unfair competition litigation.
  • Advised Veolia on the implementation of a specific system of rules in technical, commercial and human resources matters, for the group’s 500 senior managers.

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP’s highly seasoned team is trusted to handle complex matters and regularly advises on high-profile domestic and global cross-border M&A transactions; it was recently involved in several high-end strategic deals concerning the energy and banking sectors. The team is also highly experienced in assisting with challenging restructuring, downsizing and plant closure projects. Among its most high-profile mandates, the team is notably advising a car company on its complete reorganisation. Gwen Senlanne and Christel Cacioppo co-head the practice, which also includes counsel Elodie Favre-Thellmann.

Practice head(s):

Gwen Senlanne; Christel Cacioppo

Other key lawyers:

Elodie Favre-Thellmann


‘Availability, responsiveness, great technical skills and ability to provide precise answers’.

‘The team is very commercial. They took the time to understand the commercial needs and challenges, following which they provided quick open collaborative advice on best ways to proceed with the matters’.

‘They have a lot of experience in the international company’s labour dispute. They provided us with reasonable solutions and advised us on the procedures of the complicated French labour law. They are always responsive to our requests.’

Key clients

Volkswagen AG

Bristol-Myers Squibb


Stanley Black & Decker


Western Union


Pitney Bowes

Korean Air Lines

Boehringer Ingelheim



Axa Investment Partners

WW (Weight Watchers)

Work highlights

  • Advised HSBC on the sale of its French retail banking business to MyMoneyBank.
  • Advising BMS on the integration of the Celgene entities and employees in more than 50 jurisdictions.
  • Advising EDF on its planned acquisition of General Electric’s steam power’s nuclear activities in about 15 countries.

Fromont Briens

Fromont Briens has offices in Lyon and Paris, and still retains a large team despite departures in 2022. The group is well known for its employment law expertise as well as its strong pension, benefits and social security capabilities. It assists a prominent client base of large French and international companies, as well as SMEs, with major reorganisations and high-profile M&A work, recently completing top mandates in the financial services field. The team also regularly advises on the establishment of new remuneration schemes for top companies and handles individual employment issues and litigation. The practice is now co-headed by Maud Perilli, Ludovic Genty and Hugues Pelissier. Other key members include Sophie Pélicier-Loevenbruck, Anne Le Quinquis, Cyrille Franco and Zora Villalard. The firm announced the end of its partnership with Littler France in early 2023.

Practice head(s):

Maud Perilli; Ludovic Genty; Hugues Pélissier

Other key lawyers:

Sophie Pélicier-Loevenbruck; Anne Le Quinquis; Cyrille Franco; Zora Villalard; Sarah Daubin


‘Efficient team: available, flexible, thorough in their advice while conscious of time constraints. The team also understands practical business imperatives, which leads them to provide useful and valuable advice.’

‘Sarah Daubin and Sophie Pélicier-Loevenbruck know how to explain issues (which can be very technical) in a simple way, which shows how knowledgeable they are.’

‘A team of great professionals on whom we can rely in complete confidence. Very attentive and responsive team.’

‘Zora Villalard is very professional, always of good advice, pragmatic, efficient. She takes into account clients’ expectations, and is fast, attentive and very friendly.’

‘Very nice team, very professional. Analyzes are not simply legal but take reality into account, advice is very sound with a very business orientation. Very responsive team.’

‘Zora Villalard is always very available and ultra-reactive. She approaches problems in a serene way. She is very business oriented and her advice is very tactical and sound.’

‘Responsiveness and competence – pragmatic and practical solutions’.

‘Team attentive to the problems of the company, good understanding of specific issues, relevant and transparent interactions. A relevant, efficient and agile service’.

Key clients



Air Liquide




ES Banque

Fédération française de l’Assurance



In Extenso

Institut Pasteur



Malakoff Humanis




Sodexo Live! Worldwide



FTMS Avocats

FTMS Avocats has an experienced team, which assists a prominent client base, featuring top names in the automotive, luxury goods and hospitality sectors. The team assists with collective negotiations, restructurings and downsizing work. It also has strong litigation skills, including proven ability to handle mass disputes as well as sensitive individual criminal employment issues including work accident and moral harassment claims. Jean NéretOlivier Angotti and Sabrina Kemel co-lead the practice, which also includes counsel Isabelle Pontal.

Practice head(s):

Jean Néret; Olivier Angotti; Sabrina Kemel

Other key lawyers:

Isabelle Pontal


‘Isabelle Pontal is very available. Her advice is always fair and relevant.’

‘Isabelle Pontal is a real pillar in the team. She is always available at all hours, she has very short response times and more than a very high level of competence.’

‘Responsiveness, exceptional advice and litigation skills. Fluidity and clarity.’

‘Sabrina Kemel and her team show responsiveness, great quality of work and professionalism. I recommend their services without hesitation.’

‘Sabrina Kemel is very reactive, able to provide extremely relevant advice. She is not afraid to take a position herself.’

Key clients


Christian Dior

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles France (FCA)




FCA Bank

SMRC Automotive Modules France

SMR Automotive France

CEA (commissariat à l’énergie atomique et aux energies alternatives)


SGS France

Garance Mutuelle


Work highlights

  • Advising Valeo regarding the drafting, negotiation and implementation of company agreements at a group level in order to preserve the group’s competitiveness and safeguard jobs by amending working time and certain employees’ benefits.
  • Assisting Linamar regarding the drafting, negotiation, and implementation of company agreements in order to preserve its competitiveness.
  • Assisting FCA Bank with labour law issues arising in the context of PSA’s merger and in particular the drafting and implementation of company agreements regarding the company’s relocation.

Gibson Dunn

Gibson Dunn’s employment team regularly advises clients in the context of debt restructuring and insolvency proceedings, also involving the firm’s leading insolvency practice. In that context, the team notably assists with challenging downsizing projects, company closures and conducting negotiations with the government and handling the related-litigation. The employment team also advises on M&A deals and company reorganisations; recent highlights include mandates in the retail sector and handling the French aspects of a large global deal in the food sector. The practice is headed up by Nataline Fleury.

Practice head(s):

Nataline Fleury


‘The team is extremely available and efficient. Global strategic vision and precise expertise.’

‘Very good understanding of issues. Great technical expertise. Good support for decision-making and communication with stakeholders’.

‘Nataline Fleury is first class: she is commercial, proactive and very supportive. Nataline goes out of her way to help and be supportive – she shows strong technical knowledge, great negotiation skills and tenacity.’

Key clients


Group Vivarte

La Halle

PepsiCo, Inc.

S.I.T.I R (Pierre et Vacances SA / Center Parcs)

Savills SA

Scopelec Groupe



Schindler S.A.

Gide Loyrette Nouel A.A.R.P.I.

Gide Loyrette Nouel A.A.R.P.I. fields an impressive stand-alone practice thanks to its large and experienced team, which assists a prominent and diverse client base made up of French and international blue-chip companies, notably in the car, aviation, technology, energy and financial services sectors. The team deals with challenging work, and advises on large restructuring and site closure projects, including recently intervening on behalf of a car manufacturing client undertaking a project in a European country. The team is familiar with handling collective and individual litigation including harassment and whistleblowing claims; it recently acted in mass disputes concerning the internet platform sector and was instructed by a leading luxury goods brand to help validate its non-compete and poaching clause. The top-class team is co-headed by Aurélien BoulangerDavid Jonin, Guillaume NavarroFoulques de Rostolan, François Vergne and Benjamin Krief, who was promoted to partner in 2022.

Practice head(s):

Aurélien Boulanger; Foulques de Rostolan; David Jonin; Benjamin Krief; Guillaume Navarro; François Vergne


‘Great expertise on subjects of extreme technicality.’

‘Good listening skills and practical advice’.

‘Guillaume Navarro shows high reactivity on subjects whatever the hour or the day.’

‘Benamin Krief is very reactive, pragmatic and solution-oriented’.

‘François Vergne provides proactive and thoughtful advice in strategic areas of social law and related labour litigation.’

‘The team is always very responsive. The lawyers have good knowledge of our business and our challenges, and always offer appropriate and reassuring solutions.’

‘An excellent customer relationship and sense of service, which complement very good legal expertise on multiple subjects.’

‘The team has the ability to translate complex concepts of employment law into simple follow-up action plans. They simplify French employment law down to a user guide that can be used by non lawyers and even non French individuals.’

Key clients


Mediterranean Shipping Company

Confédération des Petites et Moyennes Entreprises (CPME)

Crédit Agricole

Neptune Energy International


Pathé Gaumont

SETE (Société d’exploitation de la Tour Eiffel)




Air Austral

Caisse de Retraite des Personnels Navigants Professionnels de l’Aéronautique Civil (CRPNPAC)



Louis Vuitton Malletier


Centaurus Hospitality Odyssey

Legris Industries

DFDS Seaways

DPD France


Stora Enso



Work highlights

  • Representing CBRE, the publicly listed US-based commercial real estate services and investment company, before the French Employment jurisdiction in a dispute with employees concerning their transfer.
  • Advising Pathé Gaumont on the reorganisation of its entire movie theatre activities.
  • Assisting GRDF with various civil and criminal disputes with unions and works councils, including dealing with major strikes.

Grant Thornton Société d’Avocats

Grant Thornton Société d’Avocats

Practice head(s):

Caroline Luche-Rocchia

Other key lawyers:

Mailys Tixier


‘A combination of deep legal knowledge; good understanding of clients’ business and needs and great customer service.’

‘Mailys Tixier is able to speak with both English and French colleagues, and communicate clearly across jurisdictions, different needs and strategies for our French businesses. Her friendly, effective, no-nonsense approach is very much appreciated.’

 ‘Caroline Luche-Rocchia is excellent; she provides pragmatic knowledge, quick responses and  shows great leadership.’

‘Excellent responsiveness. A lot of professionalism.’

‘Availability, efficiency, close to customer concerns.’

‘Fast and flexible contact.’

‘The team is approachable, quickly available for urgent cases. The recommendations are precise and straightforward. The team members are proactive and reliable.’

‘Mailys Tixier is very personable, pleasant to work with on top of being very competent and flexible.’

Key clients

UTI International


ADOVA (Tréca – Simmons)



Don’t Nod Entertainment

Tristan Capital


MFP Immobilier (IMWI)

Financière Grand Palais





Agribriefing GDS


Les Autocars Suzanne


MD Group


DAF Truck France, Paris et N.V.

CDC Mutuelle

Bank of Communications

Les Cars Bleus


SR Technics


Shang Xia





ECOBAT (Le Plomb Français, STCM)

Work highlights

  • Advised SEMIA, a subsidiary of Condition Monitoring Group (CMG Ltd), on the acquisition of D.J.B. Instruments France, a leading European manufacturer of accelerometers and associated instrumentation and calibration services.
  • Advised the investment fund CICLAD on the MBO carried out by the top management of Dragon Rouge group and ten managers including the directors of the foreign subsidiaries.
  • Advising on the LBO of Logitrade.

Herbert Smith Freehills LLP

Herbert Smith Freehills LLP's Paris team stands out for its strong dual French and UK culture. The practice has a strong presence among banks and financial institutions, which it regularly assists with remuneration issues and individual litigation; leading French and international corporations, particularly in the telecoms and retail sectors, are also clients. The strong stand-alone employment law practice also collaborates with the firm's M&A department and is notably active in mandates involving Africa. The Paris practice is co-headed by Sophie Brézin and avocat and solicitor Emma Röhsler, who also supervises the firm’s employment law EMEA activity. Also involved is of counsel Elisabeth Debrégeas.

Practice head(s):

Emma Röhsler; Sophie Brézin

Other key lawyers:

Elisabeth Debrégeas


‘The team of Sophie Brézin is of an unfailing reactivity, and offers great pedagogical clarity. Solutions and options are presented in a clear and transparent manner’.

‘Sophie Brézin listens to and supports her clients; she knows how to show all the diplomacy required.’

‘Very client oriented and pragmatic and also able to explain French law issues to foreign clients in an unrivalled manner.’

Key clients



Altran Technologies

BAE Applied Intelligence Systems

Banco Intesa San Paolo

Cellnex Telecom

Hennes & Mauritz (H&M)




Mitel France

Olivier Wyman


Société Générale




Tikehau Capital

Triplelift Inc



Work highlights

  • Advised ENGIE on the proposed sale of 100% of Equans.
  • Advised the H&M group on all of its French employment matters including the closure of the group’s flagship store on the Champs Elysées.
  • Advised Cellnex, Europe’s leading operator of wireless telecoms and broadcasting infrastructure, on the conclusion of the purchase of 100% of Hivory, a French telecoms tower operator, from Altice France and Starlight Holdco.



Practice head(s):

Frédérique Cassereau; Sophie Dechaumet

Other key lawyers:

Laura Erbertseder


‘Professional, very attentive and available.’

‘Very responsive, pragmatic, effective solutions.’

‘Sophie Dechaumet and Laura Erbertseder have a very good mastery of subjects and a success rate of 100%.’

‘A team of collaborators and partners who communicate well with each other, follow the files and are able to respond to the client regardless of their availability.’

‘Extremely competent, multidisciplinary team, a tailor-made service, very attentive to the client’.

‘Frédérique Cassereau is an extremely competent, rigorous and professional lawyer, attentive to the specificities and particular circumstances of a situation. She is a very good adviser both on strategy and on execution, and shows great availability’.

‘The lawyers of the team are very competent, reactive and have real human qualities. High quality partners and proximity to customers’.

‘Sophie Dechaumet is very combative. She reassures clients and gives confidence to her interlocutors. Very responsive and tenacious, while also very human’.

Key clients

Bourse de Commerce

Comédie Française


Expérience Capital

Groupe ADSN

Groupe ALSEI

Groupe M6 Métropole Télévision

Opéra national de Paris

Réunion des musées Nationaux


Hogan Lovells (Paris) LLP

Hogan Lovells (Paris) LLP’s practice fields a large and experienced team, which assists leading French and international corporations, notably in the automotive, healthcare and financial services sectors, as well as SMEs. Lately, the team has been managing large restructuring and downsizing projects, notably in the automotive sectors; it also assists client with day-to-day issues, remuneration work and litigation, including harassment claims and data privacy compliance matters. The employment team also provides support to the corporate department and was recently involved in a major pan-European transaction in the banking sector. Practice head Dominique MendyThierry Meillat and Marion Guertault are recommended. They are supported by counsels Alexandra Tuil and Faustine Lefevre.

Practice head(s):

Dominique Mendy

Other key lawyers:

Thierry Meillat; Marion Guertault; Alexandra Tuil; Faustine Lefevre


 ‘Lawyers are as comfortable advising as in litigation, and are able to support companies on all of their employment law issues, with remarkable combativeness and imagination.’

‘Marion Guertault is pugnacious and intelligent. She defends employers on particularly complex and sensitive cases, and wins thanks to original and reliable strategies.’

‘The Hogan Lovells team (Dominique Mendy, Marion Guertault) is extremely responsive, very competent, and offers full legal support to the firm’s restructuring experts.’

‘Marion Guertault is endowed with excellent emotional and situational intelligence and always proactive when faced with a problem.’

‘Dominique Mendy is always available for her clients. She has a sharp hands-on approach, and ability to think out of the box.’

‘Faustine Lefevre has a detailed knowledge of social law. She is always available for her clients.’

‘A professional and committed team. attentive to the needs of its customers’.

Key clients

Luderix International (PicWik Toys)

Crédit Mutuel Arkéa


Work highlights

  • Advising a car manufacturer on the reorganisation of its French legal entities.
  • Assisting Luderix International in the context of its receivership including potential headcount reduction of more than 700 employees.
  • Assisting Crédit Mutuel Arkéa with the hiring of more than 10,000 employees in France.

jasper Avocats

jasper Avocats‘ employment practice fields an experienced and well-recognised team that joined the firm in 2020; key members are Marie-Alice JourdeFrédéric Sicard and Béatrice Brugués Reix, who has particularly strong litigation expertise. The team assists a long-standing client base made up multinational French companies including top names in the media, luxury goods and banking sectors, and covers the full range of contentious and non-contentious individual and collective employment issues. The practice notably assists clients with restructuring projects and has recently been involved in a mass dispute concerning co-employment claims made by a thousand of employees. The team also regularly advises companies and top executives on termination issues, and has experience in internal investigations linked to discrimination and harassment situations. The practice also assists investment funds with corporate deals.

Practice head(s):

Frédéric Sicard; Marie-Alice Jourde; Béatrice Brugués-Reix


‘Perfect knowledge of the functioning of the healthcare sector. Answers to questions always in line with expectations.’

‘Béatrice Brugués-Reix shows availability at all times, great knowledge of files with the ability to digest terms that can put off neophytes, good expertise and advice.’

‘Great listening skills. Ability to well identify the environment. Responsiveness. Empathy. I recommend this firm without reservation.’

‘Frédéric Sicard is very valuable.’

‘Formidable efficiency in litigation and difficult negotiations.’

‘Marie-Alice Jourde is the queen of litigation; she is involved in each file and understands issues perfectly.’

‘Béatrice Brugués-Reix is an exceptional lawyer: she has great pleading skills, is available, attentive, and has incredible human qualities. Humble, attentive, available, genuinely kind, she fights for her clients in litigation matters.’

‘A dynamic and highly professional team.’

Work highlights

  • Represented the BNP Paribas bank in a dispute involving an expatriated employee.
  • Represented BNP Paribas in a number of lawsuits on the ground of discrimination.
  • Acted in a dispute relating to co-employment issues involving La Française des Jeux.



Practice head(s):

Nicolas Mancret; Laetitia Ternisien


‘Nicolas Mancret has acute competence and provides sound advice.’

‘Agile and available team. Relevant advice’.

Key clients





Joffe & Associés

Joffe & Associés

Practice head(s):

Géraldine Lepeytre; Blaise Deltombe

Jones Day

Jones Day has a key Paris-based team with strong capabilities to handle cross-border projects by combining forces with the firm’s other international offices; the Paris team was recently involved in several large cross-border M&A projects in the energy and IT sectors. The team is also well qualified to assist clients with collective negotiations and compliance review work, and is also managing several disputes concerning manager’s incentives and bonus remuneration issues. The practice is co-headed by Emmanuelle Rivez-Domont and Jean-Michel Bobillo. Recently promoted of counsel Gabriel Ferran and recent counsel promotion Camille Cournot are two other strong collaborators.

Practice head(s):

Emmanuelle Rivez-Domont; Jean-Michel Bobillo

Other key lawyers:

Gabriel Ferran; Camille Cournot


‘Skilled, clear advice and quick responses’.

‘Jones Day offers a very high level of expertise and support, with a very strong ability to propose operational solutions, taking into account constraints and multiple/transverse issues.’

‘Gabriel Ferran is always available, very reactive with an ability to propose operational solutions to achieve the desired objective.’

‘High availability and responsiveness; clearly formulated and good quality advice, adapted to the complexity of the situation.’

‘Gabriel Ferran has a very clear view of issues and sums up the different options available to us particularly well; he is able to be direct at the right time, when necessary, but allows consensus to form within the client’s team’.

Key clients

Framatome SAS

Work highlights

  • Advised Framatome on its acquisition of the Rolls-Royce Civil Nuclear Instrumentation and Control business in France, China and Czech Republic.

Karman Associés

Karman Associés

Practice head(s):

Erwan Jaglin; Romain Chiss; Florence Froment-Meurice


‘Competence, responsiveness, temperance, reliability.’

‘Quality of listening, interpersonal skills, technicality, relevance of advice.’

‘Erwan Jaglin gives full satisfaction both in his ability to adapt to the culture of the company and in his advice to resolve issues.’

‘Responsive, precise, and very educational’.

‘Erwan Jaglin is very pedagogical and has a great approach.’

‘Reactivity. High level technique’.

Key clients

Iliad (Free)



Conseil Supérieur du Notariat






Louvre Hotels

Paris Society







Agro Invest


Kedge Business School




Employment boutique KEY LAWYERS, which assists a prominent client base comprised of notable leading luxury goods and car manufacturing companies, as well as leading investment funds. The practice is able to deal with complex individual and collective matters, and regularly assists companies in dealing with sensitive executive and top manager departures. Its collective negotiation skills are also strong, and the team regularly advises on M&A and private equity transactions. Since publication, the firm dissolved and Anna-Christina Chaves is now with Addleshaw Goddard.


‘A team that is always very responsive, always taking into account the business aspect of files, havs a very global view of files, taking care to understand the operational constraints of the client’.

‘Anna-Christina Chaves is very attentive to the client, very innovative and always finding solutions’.

Key clients













BPI France

LBO France


KPMG Avocats, France

KPMG Avocats, France

Practice head(s):

Albane Eglinger; Olivier Masi


Capable team’.

‘Olivier Masi has excellent knowledge of his field. He understands clients’ expectations and offers practical  solutions. His team is efficient and reliable’.

Key clients

IK Partners

AD Education




Butler Industries








Crédit Agricole Equity


Capza Expansion


Fincantieri SpA

Work highlights

  • Advised Bouygues on the €7bn acquisition of Equans.
  • Advised GSF on the €1bn acquisition of a majority stake in its capital by Towerbrook Capital Partners.
  • Advised Wendel on the €900m sale of Cromology to DuluxGroup.

Latham & Watkins

Latham & Watkins assists top French and international companies, notably in the healthcare, media and financial sectors. The employment team handles a wide range of issues encompassing restructuring projects, M&A transactions as well as challenging individual issues. Matthias Rubner leads the team.

Practice head(s):

Matthias Rubner

Key clients

Tencent Holdings Limited


Alcentra European Direct Lending

Veracyte (Halio Dx)

Work highlights

  • Advised Tencent Holdings Limited on its acquisition of a minority stake (26%) in Stan Holding SAS (the Voodoo Group) from the founders and the investment vehicles of Goldman Sachs.
  • Advised Calliditas on its acquisition of controlling Interest in Genkyotex,
  • Advised Alcentra European Direct Lending on its bid for the BVA Group.


Linklaters assists a prominent client base encompassing leading financial institutions and banks; for the latter, the practice has recently been instructed to advise on strategic remuneration and code of ethics issues. The employment team is also regularly called upon by the firm's corporate department to assist with large M&A transactions, including coordinating employment issues relating to global transactions spanning several countries, as well as reorganisation and collective redundancy work. On the individual employment law front, the practice also assists with strategic litigation as well as internal investigations following whistleblowing allegations and harassment accusations. The team is headed up by Lionel Vuidard with Géric Clomes also a notable team member.

Practice head(s):

Lionel Vuidard; Géric Clomes

Other key lawyers:

Valentine Charrier


‘A high level of expertise on all subjects relating to employment law. The advice given is above standard. Litigation management is also proactive.’

‘Lionel Vuidard is particularly unique in his ability to provide clients with the benefit of all his expertise and his advanced level of legal knowledge.’

‘The team demonstrates responsiveness and great expertise.’

‘Lionel Vuidard and Valentine Charrier show great professionalism and unfailing availability in an often very constrained time frame.’

Key clients



Bank of America



LG Electronics

Renewable Energy Systems Limited

RTL Group

PricewaterhouseCoopers International Limited PwC


DP World

Plastic Omnium

XTX Markets


Groupe BEL

KFC Holding

Deutsche Bank


Project 44

State Street Bank

Exide Technologies

Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group Limited


Sierra Wireless


Arise Holding

Moelis & Company LLC

Reckitt Benckiser Group plc


Remi Cointreau

Union Investment Real Estate



SAP France


Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co SAS

Raffinerie Tirlemontoise

Carrier Global Corporation


Green Investment Group Limited

New Look Retailers Ltd

AptarGroup Inc

Quaero Capital SA


Work highlights

  • Advised CGI on conducting internal investigations and on the acquisition of UMANIS.
  • Advised Unilever on the employment law aspects of the global separation of its tea business from its foods and refreshment division.
  • Advised ARDIAN and Global Infrastructure Partners on their contemplated takeover offer for Suez.

LPA-CGR avocats

LPA-CGR avocats assists a prominent French client base, and also acts for international companies across the luxury goods, retail, telecoms, biotech and restaurant sectors. The team has a comprehensive range of expertise, spanning collective and individual employment law issues; it notably assists with restructuring work and employment issues arising from M&A deals. The team is increasingly active in criminal employment law issues, including matters linked to work concealment, compliance issues, illegal work and work accident matters. The team also has strong expertise in international mobility issues, advising leading companies on complex international situations, and advises high-level executives on remuneration issues. The team is headed up by Sophie Marinier, who has strong international mobility expertise, and includes Karine Bézille, Alexandre Bensoussan and Sandra Hundsdörfer.

Practice head(s):

Sophie Marinier

Other key lawyers:

Alexandre Bensoussan; Karine Bézille; Sandra Hundsdörfer; Charlotte Sicsic


‘The team takes into account the human aspect of projects and develops a real proximity which allows for complete transparency regarding the difficulties of the files. The service goes beyond legal advice.’

‘Availability, good listening skills, pragmatic, and good expertise.’

‘Karine Bézille and Charlotte Sicsic have good listening skills and show availability and responsiveness.’

‘Available, open.’

‘A very competent team with clear insight into the intricacies of French employment law.’

‘Alexandre Bensoussan is very quick to respond and in flawless English.’

‘Sophie Marinier is a very competent, efficient and responsive lawyer with a very pleasant personality. She knows how to draw our attention to the risks and benefits of proposals to resolve complex cases, she always makes herself available’.

‘Good availability, remarkable lawyers in Sophie Marinier and Charlotte Sicsic.’

Key clients

Impact Field Marketing Group (IFMG)



PORTS 1961


Lusis Avocats

Lusis Avocats

Practice head(s):

Frédéric Leclercq; Hélène Said; Hortense Gebel; Mikaël Pelan; Adeline Larvaron; Gaïa Sanchez


‘A solid team, responsive to changes in the legal environment.’

‘Adeline Larvaron shows solid analytical skills, including in complex situations with short deadlines; and vast experience.’

‘Excellent responsiveness; adapts very well to clients’ needs, operating methods and expectations.’

Key clients






















Majj Avocats

Employment boutique Majj Avocats advises a wide range of clients, including SMEs and larger corporations, spanning various industries including the software, metallurgy, temp work and energy sectors. The experienced team is able to handle the whole array of issues from collective bargaining work to sensitive individual situations such as moral harassment claims. The practice also regularly assists with M&A and private equity transactions, and recently worked on major carve out and integration projects, as well as private equity deals. The team’s expertise also extends to welfare and social security issues, including acting before courts. Julien Boucaud-MaîtreJuliette Pouyet, Mathieu Raio de San Lazaro and Anne de Gabory co-head the practice. Bérengère Nguyen Trong also contributes to the group, while expert in compensation and benefits Yoan Bessonnat joined the team in early 2023.

Practice head(s):

Julien Boucaud-Maître; Anne de Gabory; Juliette Pouyet; Mathieu Raio de San Lazaro

Other key lawyers:

Bérengère Nguyen Trong; Yoan Bessonnat


‘An available and competent team, very good advice.’

‘Close-knit and dynamic team’.

‘Juliette Pouyet is creative, and provides excellent advice, great responsiveness and speed in the processing of files.’

Key clients

Sony France


AmRest (Pizza Hut)

Canal+ subsidiaries

PSA subisdiaries

Frans Bonhomme

Royal Canin

Ascométal (Swiss Steel)


Fenwal France (Fressenius Group)

Casino Barrière

Bureau Veritas

Work highlights

  • Advised DSV on the integration of Agility group within the DSV group.
  • Advised Frans Bonhomme on its merger with its subsidiary DMTP in a difficult context.

Mayer Brown

Mayer Brown has a strong team, which assists a prominent client base comprised of major French and international corporations and financial businesses. The team has the full range of employment expertise, handling M&A, reorganisations, governance work and individual sensitive issues including moral harassment claims. The team has great experience advising on the French aspects of large global M&A transactions, and clients increasingly turn to the firm for advice on remuneration issues; it is also notably retained by many leading French corporations to assist with the global implementation of employee shareholding plans. The practice is co-headed by Julien HaureRégine Goury and Sébastien Delaunay, who is a key name in France for employee shareholding plans.

Practice head(s):

Julien Haure; Régine Goury; Sébastien Delaunay


‘Very practical and solution-oriented. Achieves great results in a difficult legal landscape.’

‘Well-trained, available and very responsive team.’

‘Practical knowledge of the field of international employee share ownership, availability, ability to put oneself in the client’s shoes, fluidity in the transmission of information’.

Key clients


Assured Guaranty


Broadcoam Inc.


IPSEN Pharma




Seagate Technology

Tanium Inc.

Verallia SA

Work highlights

  • Advising Broadcom on the implementation of the integration in France of the French assets of VMWare.
  • Advising AGPM on day-to-day matters and collective relationships with the works council and unions.

MGG Legal

MGG Legal assists a prominent client base made up of large financial services and industrial companies as well as SMEs. The team has notable experience handling major restructuring, plant closure and downsizing projects, as well as the related litigation. It is also regularly appointed by companies as well as a private equity houses to assist with M&A deals. The range of expertise also covers various collective and individual employment issues such as remuneration schemes, the hiring and termination of executives, and the management of discrimination and sexual harassment situations. Marijke Granier-Guillemarre and Loïc Héron co-head the practice, which also includes Alexandra Frelat, who was promoted to partner in 2022, and counsel Paul Romatet.

Practice head(s):

Marijke Granier-Guillemarre; Loïc Héron

Other key lawyers:

Alexandra Frelat; Paul Romatet; Claire Chesneau


‘Technically excellent, they advise clients with a practical mindset; they are responsive; their English language skills are also good.’

‘Marijke Granier-Guillemarre is skilful and sophisticated in her approach, and available. A superb trusted adviser.’

‘Paul Romatet is always responsive and available, has never missed a deadline, approaches issues with the aim of finding a practical solution. A fantastic, dedicated, commercially minded lawyer.’

Key clients







Rockwell Automation

Bla Bla Car




Thermo Fisher Scientific


Hana Group

Spie Nucléaire



Work highlights

  • Assisting CEVA Logistics with the employment aspects of litigation against Stellantis as a result of Stellantis’ ending a long-standing commercial relationship with Ceva.
  • Providing employment law advice to a private equity company on all of its M&A deals in France.
  • Assisting several clients with the design and implementation of their remote work policies post-Covid and furloughs.

Ogletree Deakins

International employment boutique Ogletree Deakins has a strong Paris office, which assists many of France’s leading companies and banks, as well as a range of international companies. The firm is able to provide the whole range of expertise and is especially recommended for complex projects including strategic restructuring and downsizing plans and litigation. The practice recently assisted a bank with the merger of several entities and worked on several downsizing projects in the transport sector. The team also advises on compliance, data privacy, remuneration and working time issues, and assists with high-profile individual litigation arising from top executive terminations. The practice is co-headed by Jean-Marc Albiol, Cécile MartinNicolas Peixoto and Stéphane Bloch, as well as Karin Dulac and Alexandre Abitbol, who were both promoted to partner in 2022.

Practice head(s):

Jean-Marc Albiol; Cécile Martin; Nicolas Peixoto; Stéphane Bloch; Karin Dulac; Alexandre Abitbol

Other key lawyers:

Jérôme Verneret


‘Availability and practical approach; good international vision’.

‘Cécile Martin and Jean-Marc Albiol: very practical vision of files and issues. Jérôme Verneret; very good knowledge of the challenges of the company and its operation due to his experience in business’.


Orrick advises a prominent client base, made up of leading French and international banks and financial services businesses. The team assists clients with the whole range of strategic collective and individual matters, and has recently been instructed to assist with the management of post Covid-19 issues such the implementation of new remuneration schemes and management crisis advice. The practice also works on restructuring and collective downsizing projects, and handles sensitive individual situations including matters involving moral harassment and sexism allegations. The practice is co-headed by Emmanuel Bénard and Nadège Owen and includes of counsel Hélène Boukez.

Practice head(s):

Emmanuel Bénard; Nadège Owen

Other key lawyers:

Hélène Boukez


‘Responsive, responsible, and commercial.’

‘Very approachable and practical. They understand cross border nuances well’.

Key clients


Antin Infrastructure


AXA France



Crédit Agricole SA

Groupe Air France (Air France / Hop !)


La Banque Postale



Work highlights

  • Advised LPB in the context of its simplified public tender offer for CNP assurances’ share capital.
  • Advised Air France and its subsidiary, Hop! regarding the drafting, negotiation and signature with trade unions of Hop!’s social plan.
  • Advised Antin Infrastructure on employment law and social aspects relating to the sale of its shares in Almaviva Capital.

Osborne Clarke

Osborne Clarke

Practice head(s):

Maxime Pigeon; Jérôme Scapoli


‘Very available, very responsive and efficient. Excellent collective work in a very tight timing.’

‘Commercially focused, responsive and personable team.’

Key clients








ORANGE (France Telecom)





Work highlights

  • Defended a former senior executive of France Telecom/Orange during the criminal trial which took place before the Paris Court of Appeal (correctional Chamber) from May to July 2022 regarding moral harassment accusations.
  • Assisting Novo Nordisk on a daily basis with its employment law issues.

Paul Hastings LLP

Paul Hastings LLP

Practice head(s):

Stéphane Henry


‘The team provides excellent support in employment law. The team is very supportive and is available in a timely fashion. Information provided is comprehensive and thorough.’

‘The team takes great effort in ensuring our understanding of their response to our questions and queries. Thorough explanations and responses provided.’

Key clients


LGT Capital Partners


Keensight Capital

Jifmar Offshore Services

Raise Investissement



Practice head(s):

Pascal Bathmanabane; Jean François Treton


‘The team is multi-skilled and is able to intervene with an appropriate profile depending on the nature of the advice or litigation file at hand. The team also works complementary with the other departments of the firm when social issues generate side effects in criminal or tax matters.’

‘Jean François Treton encourages the right collaboration according to the degree and nature of the subject to be treated. He has a remarkably precise knowledge of his clients which allows him to quickly take the right action.’

Peltier Juvigny Marpeau & Associés

Headed up by Aurelie Fournier, Peltier Juvigny Marpeau & Associés‘ practice has a strong presence among prominent financial services companies, which notably entrust the group with sensitive high-level manager and executive termination issues as well as collective files; BNP Paribas is one of the team's top clients. The group also deals with a range of collective and individual issues including litigation, downsizings and collective agreement negotiations. Counsel François Troadec is another key member of the team.

Practice head(s):

Aurélie Fournier

Other key lawyers:

François Troadec


‘Very good knowledge of the banking sector. Complete support: advice, negotiation, structuring and follow-up. Adaptation to regulatory and jurisprudential developments. Tailor-made service and advice ensuring the protection of the client’s risks. Reliability of the proposed solutions’.

‘Availability, precision, clarity’.

‘Aurélie Fournier is an excellent lawyer, she is pugnacious in litigation and a fine strategist in complex and high-stakes consulting cases. She is very responsive and efficient.’

Key clients

Getir France


BNP Paribas


Aigle Azur


Agora Technologies

Proskauer Rose LLP

Proskauer Rose LLP assists a prominent client base, which notably includes prestigious French luxury goods and automotive companies, as well as international groups and financial services companies. The firm is often retained to assist with complex and large restructuring projects, and recently advised on one of France’s top M&A transactions in the energy sector. The team deals with a variety of collective employment issues spanning working time, plant closure, remuneration and election matters. Star partner Yasmine Tarasewicz manages the practice, which also includes Béatrice Pola and Nicolas Léger. Alexandra Stocki departed the firm to found AStocki Avocats in January 2024,

Practice head(s):

Yasmine Tarasewicz

Other key lawyers:

Béatrice Pola; Nicolas Léger


‘This firm offers a very diversified panel of experience. The level of legal knowledge is high, especially on new legal aspects.’

‘Proximity to customers. Good understanding of issues. A good analysis of situations and rapidity of action’.

‘The employment practice is hands-on, diligent and responsive. It understands client’s needs and provides tailored solutions.’

‘Yasmine Tarasewicz is well-experienced and very capable of translating legal regulation into business advice. Her responsiveness and fast understanding enables quick and efficient decision-making.’

‘Excellent knowledge of current social affairs and case law’.

‘Very strong involvement of Alexandre Stocki.’

Key clients

General Electric


Pwc Société d'Avocats

Pwc Société d'Avocats

Practice head(s):

Bernard Borrely

Other key lawyers:

Aurélie Cluzel d’Andlau; Corinne Guyot Chavanon

Key clients


Smyths Toys




BC Partners

Bemis Associates

Malakoff Humanis

Bridgepoint Development Capital


Montagu Private Equity

PAI Partners



Racine assists top French and international corporations, including blue-chip names in the energy sector and financial services clients. The highly experienced employment team has been retained to assist with one of France most high-profile M&A deals, and the practice also has particular strength in handling challenging employment law issues linked to large insolvency cases and restructuring projects. It is involved in several key matters including mandates involving up to a thousand workers; it also acts in major litigation, an area where the team is also highly capable regarding both collective and individual issues. The practice is acting in several sensitive individual disputes concerning top executive terminations and sexual discrimination allegations. The practice is co-headed by Frédéric BroudCarla Di Fazio PerrinSarah Usunier and Philippe Rogez.

Practice head(s):

Frédéric Broud; Sarah Usunier; Philippe Rogez; Carla Di Fazio Perrin

Other key lawyers:

Laurianne Cunha; Amanda Galvan


‘Philippe Rogez demonstrates great efficiency and responsiveness’.

‘Professionalism, expertise, sense of customer service, responsiveness, quality of advice. The firm is a true partner, committed to its clients and that helps them to deal with sensitive and complicated files.’

‘Advanced technical knowledge, perfect management of social relations (staff representatives), great precision and skills.’

‘Cutting-edge technical expertise, solid experience, ability to mobilise adequate resources within more than tight deadlines and unfailing availability of all the members of the dedicated team. Within the social department, Frédéric Broud (partner), Sarah Usunier (partner), Laurianne Cunha (counsel and one to follow) and Amanda Galvan stand out.’

‘Carla Di Fazio Perrin’s great qualities are her availability and responsiveness.’

‘Availability, responsiveness and efficiency. Operational advice. Excellent technical skills.’

‘Frédéric Broud is a brilliant lawyer, shrewd, insightful and clear-sighted.’

Key clients



Crédit Agricole CIB

Work highlights

  • Acting for Suez in litigation relating to the suspension of Veolia’s acquisition in the context of the sale of the Suez group to Veolia.
  • Advising the Geoxia group in the context of its receivership and then liquidation of the group.
  • Defending Crédit Agricole CIB in a sexual harassment dispute.



Practice head(s):

Isabelle Ayache-Revah; Marion Ayadi


‘High availability, responsiveness and follow-up. Good organisation and follow-up, attention to detail. Understanding of business issues’.

‘Good availability, listening skills, humour. Relevance and empathy.’

‘A reactive and precise team, pleasant and always efficient.’

‘Marion Ayadi has great know-how, and knows how to meet the needs of small structures with great flexibility and relevance. She is very efficient and sympathetic, while being very pleasant.’

‘Great pleading skills.’

Key clients

Crédit Agricole CIB


Patrick Fabre Groupe

Domino’s Pizza

Groupement des Cartes Bancaires

AMI Paris

Centre Chirurgical des Princes

Credit Agricole GIP

Work highlights

  • Advising private clinic CENTRE CHIRURGICAL DES PRINCES on pre-acquisition due diligence and negotiations, as well as all employment issues related to an acquisition deal.
  • Advising FUJIFILM on a dispute with an employee regarding moral harassment allegations.
  • Advising Crédit Agricole CIB regarding the overhaul of all procedures aimed at preserving professional and banking secrecy and the overhaul of employment contract clauses as well as disciplinary procedures regarding several employees and dismissal procedures.

Reinhart Marville Torre

Reinhart Marville Torre has a strong team, which assists a lot of prominent companies and CEOs, including top names in the banking and luxury goods sectors. The team provides the full range of assistance on collective and individual employment issues. Catherine Broussot-Morin provides more general advice on employment law and, thanks to the expertise of Olivier Bluche, the practice is instructed by high-profile CEOs to advise on governance work and termination issues. Agathe Moreau is an expert in the field of work accidents and work-related illnesses.

Practice head(s):

Olivier Bluche; Catherine Broussot-Morin; Agathe Moreau

Key clients











SIARR / Horizon global

Rigaud Avocats

Rigaud Avocats is focused on providing payroll, compensation and employee benefits expertise, a field where the firm is a key name. The team advises a prominent client base comprised of France’s leading banks and companies, and also assists professional unions as well as insurers. The practice has extensive experience dealing with complex issues, including advising on the establishment and amendment of company social benefit schemes. It also assists clients with CEO departures and URSSAF reassessment controversies. The quartet made up of  David RigaudPascale BaronXavier Pignaud and Amélie Wazir-Leparquier co-head the practice.

Practice head(s):

David Rigaud; Pascale Baron; Xavier Pignaud; Amélie Wazir-Leparquier

Other key lawyers:

Vincent Alazard


‘Responsiveness, great sense of customer care, great involvement of partners.’

‘Meticulous and operational advice.’

‘Excellent social protection law expertise; provide benchmark analyses and advice.’

‘Xavier Pignaud is a high-quality lawyer whose knowledge of case law makes him a reference in disputes with the URSSAF.’

‘Proven skills and experience in the field of social benefits in France. The team meets the needs of customers and proposes innovative solutions.’

‘A complementary team. David Rigaud, Xavier Pignaud and Vincent Alazard show great availability, listening and technical skills, and efficiency.’

‘The team is solid, adaptable, innovative and is a recognised reference in the field of social protection and URSSAF. Great creativity in the face of complex issues, great network and privileged contacts within administrations and business associations, insurance companies. The firm is always one step ahead.’

‘David Rigaud has great influence in the field; Xavier Pignaud shows great adaptability and Pascale Baron is unparalleled.’

SCP Bardavid Tourneur

SCP Bardavid Tourneur

Practice head(s):

Jean-François Tourneur; Elisa Bardavid


‘Rigour. Precision. Pedagogy. Transparency.’

‘Elisa Bardavid shows high responsiveness and ability to provide concrete solutions in a short time. Regarding litigation cases, she demonstrates strong pugnacity and perseverance’.

‘Very good team with a great depth of experience.’

Simmons & Simmons

Simmons & Simmons‘ solid employment practice has a strong presence among French and international financial institutions, asset management businesses, as well as TMT and life sciences companies. The team handles collective and individual matters and notably assists clients with M&A and downsizing projects. The team has also recently provided assistance on internal investigations regarding moral harassment issues and advised clients facing investigations from the social security agency (URSSAF) regarding the use of medical experts. The team is headed up by Laurence Renard and includes Julia Gori and counsel Claire Le Touzé.

Practice head(s):

Laurence Renard

Other key lawyers:

Julia Gori; Claire Le Touzé


‘Dynamism. Very good knowledge of the banking sector and financial markets. Good follow-up of regulatory developments. Very good support in negotiation. A trusted partner’.

Key clients

Hoya Vision Care

Work highlights

  • Assisted Hoya Vision Care with the employment law aspects regarding the acquisition of Médic’Oeil.

Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP

Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP

Practice head(s):

Philippe Desprès

Key clients

Zayo Group Holdings Inc.

Silver Lake Partners

Coty Inc.


F.I.L.A. Fabbrica Italiana Lapis ed Affini S.p.A.

TriRX Pharmaceuticals

GBT Travel Services UK Limited

Willlis Towers Watson plc


XPO Logistics Europe

Work highlights

  • Advised Capgemini on the employment aspects of the sale of Odigo to Apax Partners.
  • Advising Criteo, a Paris-based, NASDAQ-listed global technology company, on its acquisition of shares and assets of Iponweb.
  • Advised L’Occitane on its acquisition of Sol de Janeiro.

Stephenson Harwood

Stephenson Harwood

Practice head(s):

Soazig Préteseille


‘Soazig Préteseille has built a small team of motivated and well educated associates.’

‘Soazig Préteseille is an outstanding labour law partner with a solution oriented approach. She is very quick in understanding and evaluating the situation and proposing different ways forward. Her advice is hands-on, sophisticated and clever. She brings clarity into a complicated legal area. She has a lot of experience dealing with restructuring and dismissal cases.’

‘Excellent understanding of customer interest and very quick response times.’

‘Soazig Préteseille provides excellent guidance on very difficult legal matters, also taking into consideration specific client interests.’

Key clients













Work highlights

  • Advising Auxitrol (Group Transdigm) and Siemens Energy on the implementation and negotiation of employment protection plans.
  • Advising AEG Power Solutions, TK Elevator and Auxitrol on the establishment and negotiation of working time agreements.
  • Acting for Siemens in litigation linked to the dismissal for gross misconduct of employees following a compliance investigation highlighting fraud to customs rules.

Taylor Wessing

Taylor Wessing

Practice head(s):

Claudia Jonath; Markus Asshoff

TNDA Avocats

TNDA Avocats is trusted by many of France’s leading companies in the transport, manufacturing and banking sectors. The team is retained to assist with the management of sensitive situations, often touching upon governance and collective conflicts. It also has extensive experience advising companies on sexual and moral harassment situations, as well as dealing with work-related illness and accidents; the team notably handles a number of asbestos-related claims. The practice is co-headed by Véronique Tuffal-Nerson, Martine Rivereau-Trzmiel, Nicolas Durand-Gasselin and Guillaume Verdier.

Practice head(s):

Véronique Tuffal-Nerson; Martine Rivereau-Trzmiel; Nicolas Durand-Gasselin; Guillaume Verdier


‘An expert law firm for handling asbestos litigation. Strong expertise and know-how in a very technical field with very high financial stakes.’

‘Guillaume Verdier advises and defends clients’ interests with great talent. He shows high availability, ability to listen, and ability to innovate in his pleadings. He has excellent results.’

‘Proven expertise; availability; responsiveness; efficiency in negotiations.’

‘A mix of agility and inventiveness.’

‘Véronique Tuffal-Nerson makes a quick summary of a situation, goes directly to the solution, and is ready to change direction ten times if necessary, depending on the strategic modifications of a file. Very inventive, she sees all the aspects at the same time (fiscal, legal, psychological, reputational, etc.) and knows where to find the right expert.’

UGGC Avocats

UGGC Avocats fields a highly experienced team, which advises a notable client base including top French luxury goods companies, banks and luxury hotel brands. The team has a broad range of expertise, spanning collective negotiations, litigation, and the management of sensitive individual files including moral and sexual harassment cases. The practice also advises on governance issues and M&A transactions, and has recently worked on several downsizing projects. The trio of Sophie UettwillerJennifer Carrel and Karine Audouze lead the practice.

Practice head(s):

Sophie Uettwiller; Jennifer Carrel; Karine Audouze


‘Karine Audouze is an experienced employment lawyer with a practical outlook and experience with international clients.’

‘The team’s availability and professionalism is outstanding.’

 ‘Very good team with a  partner always present’.

‘Availability, competence, good exchanges, feedback’.

Key clients

Kering Group

Paris 2024

Crédit Lyonnais (LCL)

Crédit Agricole Group


Sullivan & Cromwell LLP


Primaprix (LIDL Group)

Hotel Ritz-Paris

Softbank Group


MullenLowe Group

InterContinental Paris Le Grand

L’Hôtel du Collectionneur


American Airlines

Sportfive (formerly Lagardère Sports and Entertainment)

Intrado (formerly West)

British Council




Cendres et métaux




Crazy Horse Paris


Work highlights

  • Advising Le Crédit Lyonnais, a subsidiary of the Crédit Agricole Group, in connection with various collective litigation initiated by its CSEs and trade unions.
  • Advised Alstom Transport in connection with its plan to close the Alstom Aptis site, a manufacturer of electric buses.
  • Advising Primaprix on its entry into the French market.

White & Case LLP

White & Case LLP

Practice head(s):

Alexandre Jaurett; Valérie Ménard


‘White & Case has a great reputation for the management of social aspects of M&A deals.’

‘Alexandre Jaurett is very experienced and pragmatic. He is very available and friendly.’

‘The team is open to very innovative ways of collaborating.’

‘Alexandre Jaurett and Valérie Ménard are always looking to render the best service to provide and show great efficiency.’

Key clients

Ebro Foods



Goldman Sachs



Svenska Handelsbanken



Primetals Technologies


RTL Group

Aramis Group


Chedid Capital

Schneider Electric

THOM Group

Oaktree Capital Management

Whop Holding

Redwood Capital


Work highlights

  • Advised Faurecia on the launch of a tender offer for HELLA and the acquisition of 60% of HELLA’s shares currently held by the family shareholder pool.
  • Advised IFS on setting up a joint venture with BearingPoint in various European countries (including France, Germany, Italy, Switzerland, the Netherlands and the UK).



Practice head(s):

Christine Hillig-Poudevigne

Other key lawyers:

Marion Peringuey


‘Exceptional legal practitioners, who have a thorough knowledge of employment law and an excellent level of English.’

‘Christine Hillig-Poudevigne and Marion Peringuey are exceptional legal practitioners. Their knowledge and experience is excellent. They are available at very short notice, and provide solid, practical and effective advice. Their English is excellent. They are to be commended for their professionalism.’