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Industry focus: energy

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  1. Industry focus: energy
  2. Next Generation Partners: Energy project
  3. Next Generation Partners: France energy regulatory
  4. Next Generation Partners: Public law and regulatory
  5. Next Generation Partners: Regulatory
  6. Leading individuals: Energy project
  7. Leading individuals: Mining, oil and gas and natural resources
  8. Leading individuals: Regulatory and public law
  9. Next Generation Partners

Next Generation Partners: Energy project

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Next Generation Partners: France energy regulatory

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Next Generation Partners: Public law and regulatory

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Next Generation Partners: Regulatory

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Leading individuals: Energy project

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Leading individuals: Mining, oil and gas and natural resources

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Next Generation Partners

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    • Mark Barges - Linklaters

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Combining first-class public law, project, finance and M&A expertise, Clifford Chance¬†has impressive capabilities that are difficult to match. In France, the firm is advising sponsors on the country's largest offshore wind projects, and also advised on major gas, heat and renewables infrastructure M&A transactions. It assisted Cube Infrastructures with the disposals of district heating supplier Idex and Taranis. The practice is equally strong in the oil and gas and power sectors at international level, often acting for lenders and also for sponsors. It is advising on large-scale LNG, gas power, geothermal and hydro projects, primarily in Africa but also in other jurisdictions including Georgia and Indonesia. Highlights included assisting Sace with the financing of the Coral Floating LNG project in Mozambique, as well as Cacib with the financing of the Muara Tawar gas-fired power plant in Indonesia, and the government of Ethiopia with a 500MW geothermal project. The group also advises on highly strategic new pipeline projects. Key names include¬†David Pr√©at, Laurent Schoenstein, Benjamin De Blegiers, Anthony Giustini, Nikola√Į Eatwell, Delphine Siino Courtin, Richard Tomlinson¬†and Daniel Zerbib.¬†Benjamin de Bl√©giers¬†is now with¬†Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP.

De Pardieu Brocas Maffei¬†has ‚Äėvery good knowledge of energy market regulations and efficiently answers precise and complex questions‚Äô. The practice stands out for its combination of leading regulatory, financing and corporate expertise. It receives instructions from all sides: banks, sponsors, developers, French blue-chip producers and many leading energy players. The practice recently advised on highly strategic brownfield infrastructure and M&A transactions while the financing of renewables projects in France remains a key area of expertise. Highlights included advising Orano on its reorganisation in view of its asset transfer to Framatome and the sale to EDF of a 75.5% stake in Framatome. It also assisted Total with the acquisition of the Pont-sur-Sambre and Toul Power companies which operate combined 825MW gas powered plants. The team also assisted Neoen with a ‚ā¨245m green bond financing for a global 1.6GW global project portfolio. Enedis, Green Yello, EDF Energies Nouvelles and Veolia are other clients. Regulatory law expert¬†Christine Le Bihan-Graf¬†and Jean-Renaud Cazali, who is the key name on the financing side, jointly head the practice. Patrick Ja√Įs, the ‚Äėvery good‚Äô Thomas Br√©art de Boisanger¬†and C√©dric Chanas¬†are noted for corporate work.

Gide Loyrette Nouel A.A.R.P.I. advises on several of Africa's largest traditional power, LNG and oil, hydropower and renewables projects, representing sponsors, investors and state entities. The practice is notably assisting EGL and the contracting states with the development of the Ruzizi III 147MWh hydropower plant in the Grands Lacs region. Other highlights include advising EDF on the development of six EPR nuclear reactors in India. The firm houses leading regulatory expertise in Michel Guénaire, who acts for several of France's main energy operators, frequently handling strategic regulatory disputes. He is notably representing electricity grid operator Enedis in facing claims concerning feed-in tariffs from around 130 solar power producers. Stéphane Vernay, John Crothers, Marie Bouvet-Guiramand and counsels Victor Grandguillaume and Nicolas Jean are highly regarded. Petroci, Engie and the state of Mauritania are other clients.

Herbert Smith Freehills LLP¬†has¬†‚Äėa strong energy practice, including a strong oil and gas practice and a very good African practice‚Äô.¬†The ‚Äėvery responsive‚Äô team stands out for its ‚Äėexceptional quality of legal drafting in multiple languages‚Äô .¬†The Paris office also benefits from a strong office network in London, Africa and Asia. With a strong local and international footprint, the Paris team, which combines civil and common law expertise, has historically been very strong in conventional energy. However, its involvement and client base has recently diversified, mirroring the new trends of an energy market currently in transition. The Paris team remains a leading player for oil and gas, power and mining work, especially in Africa where it is retained by the world‚Äôs largest utilities companies but is also increasingly acting for new players, including corporates undertaking private energy projects; it frequently partners with the firm's TMT (for smart grid projects in particular) and private equity departments. The group is also increasingly active in large renewable projects in France and Africa.¬†Nina Bowyer, who co-heads the firm's Africa practice, is¬†‚Äėan excellent negotiator whose experience in West Africa is very helpful‚Äô; she recently assisted Engie with the $3.9bn global sale of its upstream oil and gas business in 12 countries and acted for shipping company CMA GGM on its highly innovative strategic agreement with Total for LNG fuel supply for new build container ships. Paris head of energy and infrastructure, Christophe Lefort¬†is advising private interconnector developer Aquind on its France-UK interconnector project, and EDF, IFC and the government of Cameroon on the development of the Nachtigal 420MW hydroelectric power plant. Rebecca Major¬†is assisting SkyPower Global with its investment in a 100MW solar project in Nigeria, and advised MPDC Gabon on the sale of upstream assets in offshore Gabon blocks to Perenco. The experienced¬†St√©phane Brabant, who is co-chair of the firm's Africa practice, of counsel Mathias Dantin¬†and project finance experts Eric Fiszelson, R√©gis Or√©al¬†and Rachel Campbell¬†are highly regarded. The practice was further bolstered by the return of Bertrand Montembault¬†from the Johannesburg office.

Linklaters¬†impresses with its national and African reach in the energy sector. The practice combines public law, regulatory, project and financing expertise and is entrusted by various high-profile French and international utilities operators, as well as many leading sponsors, investors and banks. It is a leading national player, especially for energy M&A and large-scale renewables projects. The team recently handled major¬†regulatory, disputes, corporate and projects work¬†for key client Engie, including defending it in two abuse of dominance cases, as well as assisting the client with the ‚ā¨4.7bn sale of its 70% interest in Exploration & Production International. Its Africa-focused work includes advising lenders and sponsors on renewables projects, including assisting the IFC with the development of its Scaling Solar programme for Africa and subsequent implementation in Zambia and Senegal. It is also involved in high-profile hydrocarbons and mining projects. Ardian, Valorem, Glencore and Neoen are other clients. Bertrand Andriani, Paul Ligni√®res, Bruno Derieux, Fran√ßois April, Marc Petitier¬†and Pierre Zelenko¬†are all highly regarded in their fields. Also recommended are counsels Mark Barges¬†and J√©r√©mie Marthan.

Norton Rose Fulbright is a popular choice for sponsors and investors in the renewable energy sector. It advises on large offshore wind projects, landmark solar projects and oil and gas and mining work. Practice head Anne Lapierre is highly regarded. Other key names include Christophe Asselineau, Arnaud Bélisaire and Alain Malek.

Orrick Rambaud Martel¬†has strong domestic and African capabilities in energy-related regulatory, project and financing matters. On the domestic side, the firm is handling high-profile regulatory, M&A and project matters including advising the Ecological and Solidary Transition Ministry on negotiating contracts with the developers of six offshore wind farm projects including the renegotiation of government-sponsored tariffs. Jean-Luc Champy¬†and senior counsel No√ęl Chahid-Noura√Į¬†are key names. Corporate partner Patrick Tardivy¬†assisted Axa Investment managers and Cr√©dit Agricole Assurances with the ‚ā¨2.4bn acquisition of EDF‚Äôs assets in the Dunkirk LNG terminal. In Africa-related work, the team is advising on several of the continent's largest hydro and power plant projects, as well as assisting with several smaller solar and other power projects. The practice is notably acting for the Ministry of Energy of the Republic Democratic of Congo on the construction of the Inga 3 4,800MW hydroelectric project and is advising Eneo on Cameroon's ‚ā¨1bn Nachtigal 420MW hydroelectric power plant project. The group also handles mining work, including assisting the Republic of Guinea with the negotiation of a mining agreement concerning a $474m investment by Chalco Hong Kong. The firm also handles energy work in other parts of the world including Mongolia and is assisting Engie Brasil Energia with a major project sale in Brasil.¬†Pascal Agboyibor¬†heads the firm's Africa practice and¬†Yves Lepage¬†is deputy head of the firm's global energy and infrastructure group. Simon Ratledge¬†and of counsel Philippe Zeller¬†are also noted.

Adamas¬†has strong regulatory expertise and has successfully handled several high-profile disputes. The team obtained a victory for EDF in a case concerning regulated tariff issues and was also successful in acting for grid operator Enedis in mass litigation concerning solar tariffs. It is also advising on a large electricity interconnection project and on new innovative projects such as assisting Region Auvergne-Rh√īne-Alpes with its call for tender for its zero emission valley projects. EDF, Guernsey Electricity, Vinci Energy and E.ON are other clients. Practice head J√©r√īme L√©p√©e¬†and Gilles Le Chatelier¬†are highly regarded. Romain Granjon¬†is also noted.

Allen & Overy LLP acts for a prominent client base consisting of leading French and international utilities operators, investors, states and lenders. The firm advises on highly strategic M&A transactions, and notably assisted Total with the acquisition of Engie's LNG assets portfolio. The firm also handles major regulatory issues and large-scale renewable projects in France, notably for key client Engie, which it is advising on two offshore wind projects (1GW total). Other work includes advising on a series of Georgian hydro power projects including assisting the project company with the  Nenskra 280MW project. The practice is also advising on power projects in Africa and is well known for handling arbitration in the energy sector. Practice head Alexandre Ancel is a key name for M&A deals in the energy sector. Public law expert Romaric Lazerges and Christine Poyer-Rufenacht are also noted.

Ashurst LLP¬†significantly strengthened its involvement and capabilities in the energy sector by hiring¬†Vincent Tr√©visani¬†from¬†Watson Farley & Williams LLP; in headline work, Tr√©visani, who is a well-known figure in the market, advised¬†wpd offshore on the first French offshore wind farm tender (3,000MW in total). The team utilises its strong corporate, project and public law expertise to advise sponsors, leading energy operators and investors on traditional and renewable energy projects in France and Africa. It is notably advising Moroccan governmental agency Onee with a ‚ā¨4.6bn LNG-to-power¬† project in Morocco. The group is also advising EDF on the $1bn Octopus project in Chile, which includes offshore LNG storage and the development of a 660MW gas cycle power plant. In other work, the practice handled a major regulatory dispute as well as M&A and greenfield energy project transactions, and is assisting a client with an offshore oil exploration project. Enel Green Power, John Laing and Engie are other clients. The team is led by Michel Lequien, Tr√©visani and counsel Nacim Bounouara. Counsel Jacques Dabreteau¬†and Yann Alix¬†are also noted.

A leader in the renewables and offshore energy sector, BCTG Avocats¬†has ‚Äėsolid public and private law litigation expertise‚Äô. The firm, which is able to provide a full range of expertise, including public law, regulatory and contractual law expertise, acts for several of France‚Äôs leading production and developer companies including long-time client EDF Energies Nouvelles, as well as Total Eren and Quadran, in addition to international clients. The practice is currently involved in the majority of France‚Äôs flagship offshore wind projects and recently handled sensitive administrative authorisation disputes in which it obtained positive outcomes. The team also advised EDF Energies Nouvelles on the acquisition of Futuren, and Voltalia on the financing of a biomass project in French Guyana. It is also sought out to advise on newer issues including auto-consumption and private project contracts and also handles a high number of regulatory litigation cases including matters concerning sponsored tariffs and access to network infrastructure and grid connection issues. The team includes the highly experienced Paul Elfassi, Diane Mouratoglou¬†and Catherine Dupuy-Barin des Roziers. Alain de Roug√©¬†was promoted to the partnership and counsel Nelsie Berg√®s¬†is also noted.

Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton focuses on advising states, state entities, as well as certain sponsors in the emerging markets, and especially Africa. The firm has a strong focus on the oil and gas sectors and recently assisted various states with renegotiating their countries' external debt level through oil debt refinancings. Other highlights include advising the Republic of Chad and state-owned oil company SHT on the restructuring of a $1.3bn oil-for-cash facility agreement granted by Glencore and the renegotiation of the related commercial contract for the sale of the country’s crude oil entitlements to Glencore, as well as assisting the Lebanese Energy Ministry with its tender offer for its first offshore licensing round. It also acted for the Republic of Congo and state-owned oil company SNPC on the restructuring of various oil pre-financings. The team also regularly advises on major Africa mining work and is assisting with a major African hydro power project, as well as renewables projects in Eastern Europe. Barthélemy Faye, senior counsel Jean-Pierre Vignaud and Andrew Bernstein are high-profile lawyers.

CMS has strong regulatory expertise in the energy sector through Christophe Barthélemy, who is among the top experts in that area. The firm is advising on key matters in France spanning projects, disputes and newly introduced regulatory issues. It is notably assisting Ailes Marines with the Saint-Brieuc offshore wind project and is handling highly strategic litigation for Engie which is challenging the EU legality of France's regulated gas and electricity tariffs. The practice is also advising on hydropower, biomass and LNG projects, as well as on energy certificates matters. Public law expert François Tenailleau also advises on energy projects.

Dentons assists French and global energy, power, oil, gas and mining companies. On the domestic side, public law partner Marc Fornacciari¬†successfully¬†acted for US client Schuepbach Energy in a dispute with the¬†French state relating to shale gas exploitation; the French state was ordered to pay damages to the client. The firm is primarily involved in wind, solar, mining and oil and gas projects in Africa and Iran. It recently advised on several large projects including assisting Meridiam and Eiffage with the development of a 30MW solar plant in Senegal, as well as Quercus with a ‚ā¨500m deal with Iran‚Äôs Ministry of Energy for the development of a 600MW solar energy plant. Practice co-heads Ramin Hariri¬†and Le√Įla Hubeaut¬†are noted.

Eversheds Sutherland (France) LLP's team¬†has ‚Äėa sophisticated and in-depth knowledge of the energy industry‚Äô. The ‚Äėproactive and hands-on‚Äô team is, according to one client, ‚Äėreally patient and knows how to handle working with a West African government and proactively proposed solutions‚Äô. It is involved in several of Africa‚Äôs largest hydro and solar projects acting for state entities or sponsors. The practice also advises on solar and nuclear projects in France. ING Bank, Trinasolar and Greenwish Partners are clients. The firm also has strong contentious and non-contentious oil and gas and natural resources expertise and is a top choice for energy companies undertaking projects in Iran. Practice head David Sellers¬†has¬†‚Äėdeep knowledge, the ability to think through the commercial aspects of legal matters, and a strong command of details, and also maintains good professional relationships‚Äô. Also involved are environment expert Louis-Narito Harada¬†and banking and finance partner Sophie Perus.¬†Boris Martor¬†joined¬†Bird & Bird¬†in 2019.

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP has strong experience handling greenfield and brownfield energy and infrastructure work mainly in France, for key French clients and international companies. The firm recently advised on several of France's most high-profile M&A transactions in the gas, utilities, storage, pipeline and nuclear sectors for leading infrastructure investors and energy companies. The practice is also advising on major power, wind and offshore renewables projects. Total, Engie, EDF, Direct Energie and Antin Infrastructure are clients. Key contacts include Pascal Cuche for public law and regulatory work and Hervé Pisani for high-profile M&A transactions. The practice also has considerable arbitration expertise.

Energy is one of Hogan Lovells (Paris) LLP’s core sectors. The firm advises high-profile utilities and developers, as well as investors on projects, financing and M&A matters. The group also has additional expertise in several other areas including in the arbitration and property space. The practice is advising on large-scale domestic projects encompassing renewable and electricity interconnector projects. It is also very active in Africa and elsewhere, assisting clients with power and renewables projects. The team recently advised Themis Energy on the construction of a 40MW hydro power plant in Ivory Coast. It also handled significant matters for key client EDF, including advising on the sale of its minority stake in Powernext, and on the acquisition and financing of four power plants (750MW combined) in Chile. GE, ABB and NEoT Capital are other clients. Ludovic Babin, Bruno Cantier and finance expert Olivier Fille-Lambie are the key contacts, as well as Xavier Doumen for corporate matters and Sharon Lewis for structured finance work.

Jeantet's team includes¬†‚Äėwell-versed international lawyers‚Äô, who have ‚Äėa depth of experience in infrastructure and mining projects in West Africa‚Äô. The firm is advising international companies on several of Africa's largest mining deposits including assisting Canyon Resources with a first-class Bauxite deposit development project in Cameroon. Oil and gas is another area of sector expertise which also extends to arbitration and litigation. Highlights included advising Wineco on the acquisition of Total‚Äôs import, storage and distribution LPG business in Haiti and representing Europa Oil and Gas in French court proceedings following the state's refusal to authorise the transfer and extension of an exploration permit. Practice head Thierry Lauriol¬†is ‚Äėwell versed in the energy, mining and infrastructure sectors and has a depth of knowledge and contacts throughout French speaking Africa‚Äô where he is ‚Äėa mover and shaker in the sector‚Äô. The firm also combines energy and corporate expertise to advise on renewables projects in Europe and Africa. Corporate partner Karl Hepp de Sevelinges¬†is ‚Äėsolution-oriented, commercial and gets things done‚Äô.

Jones Day is retained by leading French utilities companies to advise on high-profile regulatory issues including tariff regulation. The firm is assisting EDF with the opening up of the operation of French hydropower plants to competitors and with France's tender offer to renew dams and hydropower plants concessions. Philippe Delelis and Nicolas Brice are top public law experts. The practice also advises on domestic renewable projects. It assisted La Banque Postale with the financing of several renewables projects including with the joint financing of a 20MW EDF Energies Nouvelles onshore wind farm. Sophie Chevallier is a key name for project finance work. The firm also handles oil and gas work. Rémy Fekete assisted Chevron with the negotiation of the renewal of a hydrocarbon exploration and exploitation concession in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Litigation and arbitration are also strengths.

King & Spalding LLP¬†has ‚Äėremarkable energy and mining expertise‚Äô and provides ‚Äėexcellent quality work‚Äô. The team is handling groundbreaking hydrocarbons and mining work in France including challenging the French state and its legal framework before the courts for major oil and gas operator clients. Counsel¬†Ruxandra Lazar is praised for her ‚Äėexceptional commitment and expertise, and ability to never leave anything aside and to ask herself the right questions‚Äô. The practice is also a popular choice for handling strategic and complex hydrocarbons deals in North Africa and was recently particularly busy in Algeria and Morocco. It is advising Dea Erdoel on various legal aspects of the Reggane upstream developments in Algeria. Arbitration and environment-related work are also strengths, while the firm is also developing its involvement in large renewables energy projects in Europe. General Electric, OMV, Vermilion Energy and Chevron are other clients.¬†Practice head¬†Mehdi Haroun¬†is highly regarded and ‚Äėresponsive‚Äô senior associate¬†Nora Djeraba¬†provides ‚Äėclear answers‚Äô.

LPA-CGR avocats has ‚Äėvery precise expertise‚Äô that brings ‚Äėhigh added value‚Äô and also has ‚Äėvery good availability in case of emergency‚Äô. The firm ranks among France's leading players for domestic renewables projects. The practice handles a wide range of matters but its public law, permit and regulatory expertise particularly stand out. It is advising on some of France's largest offshore projects including handling litigation and permit issues. The firm is notably assisting Iberdrola and Res consortium with France's first offshore wind farm calls for tender, as well as as Engie and EDP Renewables on France's second offshore wind calls for tender. The practice also advised Langa on energy and regulatory due diligence regarding its acquisition by Engie SA. In other work, the team advises on energy efficiency, auto-consumption and urban heating matters. Quadran, Solaire Direct and Kallista are other clients. Practice co-heads Fabrice Cassin¬†and H√©l√®ne Gelas¬†have strong expertise in public law renewable energy matters. Christophe Jacomin¬†advises on project finance.

Mayer Brown provides ‚Äėhigh-level work that always corresponds to clients' expectations‚Äô, stands out for its ‚Äėavailability and responsiveness‚Äô and is singled out for its ‚Äėhigh-level expertise and its great knowledge of Africa and the Middle East‚Äô. It is advising investors and sponsors on the development and financing of a high number of large solar African projects. The practice recently assisted Total Eren with the development of a 30MW solar project in Guinea. It also advised Orion Solaire and G√©n√©rale du Solaire on a number of similar projects. In other work, the team advised on a major hybrid solar project and on the construction of a large-scale coal-fired power plant and is also highly active in the oil and gas sector. It assisted Maurel & Prom with several matters including the negotiation of a $600m loan for the refinancing of its oil and gas operations in Gabon. Mining sector-related work is another strength and it assisted Toro Gold with the project financing and development of the Mako gold project in Senegal. Practice head Olivier M√©l√©do ‚Äėhas a deep understanding of the business and the industry‚Äô and is ‚Äėable to provide the required legal guidance to protect his clients and take care of any potential risks during all phases of a transaction‚Äô.¬†Alban Dorin¬†has a focus on work involving the mining sector.

Pinsent Masons LLP's expertise spans the renewables, nuclear, hydropower and oil and gas sectors in France and Africa. The team has construction (FIDIC), regulatory, project, litigation and arbitration expertise, acting for major French and international energy companies, as well as engineering companies and contractors. On the domestic side, it is advising Fusion for Energy (F4E) on the International Thermonuclear Energy project. It is also assisting with inter-connector and oil refinery projects and handles litigation related to the manufacturing of turbines. The team is also advising a member of a consortium on a large-scale nuclear construction project abroad and is involved in large hydropower projects in Africa. Other areas of expertise include advising on pipeline and oil production sharing contracts. BP, Engie Green, Nec, Neoen and Vinci Construction Grands Projets are also clients. The practice is jointly headed by Stéphane Gasne, who stands out for his ability to speak fluent Mandarin, and Frédéric Gillion, who has extensive knowledge of FIDIC contracts and handles arbitration. Melina Wolman is the key name for litigation.

Ravetto Associ√©s¬†has ‚Äėa great energy practice‚Äô. The firm is entirely dedicated to the energy sector, where its expertise spans gas, power, heat, biomass and renewables energies, and serves a wide range of players, including alternative operators, investors, banks, as well as energy transporters and consumer companies. The 12-lawyer team has ‚Äėhigh-level regulatory expertise ‚Äô and notably advises on M&A, projects and contractual work. It also has complementary banking and finance expertise. Highlights included assisting Total with the purchase of a 23% stake in Eren Renewable Energy, and EBM Trirhena AG as seller with the purchase of 73.4% of Direct Energie by Total. The practice also has strong regulatory litigation expertise and is involved in several strategic cases for major operators. Other clients include Engie, CDC, Landesbank and Leclerc. Practice head Paul Ravetto¬†is ‚Äėthorough, responsive and commits to his words‚Äô. Also noted are public law expert¬†Patrick Labayle-Pabet, the ‚Äėvery available and reliable‚Äô Anne-Laure Proisy, Claire Bretheau,¬† who ‚Äėsolves every problem that arises‚Äô, and of counsel¬†R√©my Coin, who was a new hire from GRTgaz where he was legal affairs director.

Simmons & Simmons¬†‚Äėhelps to make things happen‚Äô. The ‚Äėoutstanding team‚Äô is singled out for its ‚Äėactive listening and solid ability to convert knowledge into business value‚Äô, as well as for its ‚Äėabilities in francophone Africa and its rare ability to develop strong relationships with governments and regulatory bodies‚Äô. Lawyers are ‚Äėon top of their game with the latest legislation both for the sector but also for businesses to operate in such jurisdictions‚Äô. The firm has a strong energy and natural resources African practice and the team is currently advising on a number of large-scale and complex projects, notably involving Chinese investors. It is assisting China Three Gorges International Corporation with its bid for the Inga 3 hydro-power project in the Democratic Republic of Congo (4,500MW). The firm is also advising investors and sponsors on several other power, renewables and off-grid projects. The practice is also handling oil and gas work in Senegal and Gabon and is advising on large mining projects, particularly in Guinea. It is assisting Mauritanian Copper Mines with its mining operations in Mauritania, as well as De Run International Resources with the negotiation of a mining convention concerning a bauxite mining project in the Republic of Guinea. ‚ÄėOutstanding‚Äô practice head¬†Yves Baratte¬†is ‚Äėa trusted adviser‚Äô, ‚Äėdelivers very high-standard work‚Äô and ‚Äėmarries high levels of intellect and general commercial acumen with a razor sharp understanding of a client's particular culture and approach‚Äô.

White & Case LLP is advising on several large-scale hydro power projects in Georgia and Africa. The firm is notably acting for the state of Georgia on the 434MW Namakhvani hydropower plant project, as well as the Nareva and Enel consortium on a 850MW wind energy programme in Morocco comprising five onshore wind farms. In domestic work, the firm is assisting the ITER Organization on the construction of the eponymous international thermonuclear experimental reactor project. M&A and international arbitration are other strengths. Practice head Paule Biensan, Jacques Bouillon  and François-Guilhem Vaissier are key names.

Industry focus: Food

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  1. Industry focus: Food
  2. Leading individuals

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    • Andr√© Coutrelis - Coutrelis & Associ√©s
    • Nicole Coutrelis - Coutrelis & Associ√©s
    • Katia Merten-Lentz - Keller and Heckman LLP

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Coutrelis & Associés has strong expertise in European law and operates under the joint leadership of Nicole Coutrelis and André Coutrelis. The Paris team provides regulatory advice regarding the launch of new food products and the use of additives such as vitamins, enzymes and GMOs, as well as contentious support in product liability claims in the national and European courts.

Keller and Heckman LLP is a niche firm which specialises in EU regulatory law and fields a dedicated food and feed law team. The Paris office's recent caseload includes advising a range of high-profile clients on labelling and market access, as well as novel issues relating to enzymes and GMOs. The main names to note are regulatory and scientific affairs counselor Nathalie Henin and Katia Merten-Lentz, who leads the practice.

Product Law Firm has expertise in litigation as well as regulatory matters at both the EU and French levels, including criminal product litigation and multi-jurisdictional market access issues. Gilles Boin and Antoine de Brosses jointly head the practice and recently advised a high-profile global restaurant chain on consumer complaints and allegations of food safety issues. In other highlights,  the team advised a heavyweight global retail player on local law issues pertaining to the distribution and retail of food, and defended a food company in commercial litigation relating to the revocation of its M&A operations.

Along with the strong corporate expertise at Koehler-Magne Serres, practice head Lionel Koehler-Magne has significant experience in dispute resolution work. François Serres is also a name to note and advises on cross-border transactions and joint venture agreements.

Industry focus: Healthcare and life sciences

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  1. Industry focus: Healthcare and life sciences
  2. Leading individuals
  3. Next Generation Partners

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Allen & Overy LLP's multi-disciplinary offering in the healthcare sector acts for leading international pharmaceutical companies, technology and biotech players, and industry associations. Co-head of the global life sciences group and IP litigator¬†La√ętitia B√©nard¬†jointly leads the Paris team alongside counsel¬†Eveline Van Keymeulen,¬†who is the global head of the regulatory life sciences sub-group. On the contentious front, Novartis appointed the firm to handle a nullity and infringement action brought by Teva regarding a fixed-dose combination patent for the treatment of hypertension, and the group remains Merck Sharp & Dohme's counsel for all patent litigation in France. B√©nard and Van Keymeulen are currently collaborating to assist GSK with strategic EU data exclusivity and cross-border pricing and reimbursement issues. Also notable on the regulatory side is the firm's work in relation to new product launches, market access and research agreements. Other key clients include Bayer, Pfizer and Pierre Fabre.

Clients value¬†CMS' 'relationship-oriented approach' and the team's 'outstanding knowledge' of their business. The practice recently added to its existing capabilities in the regulatory, antitrust, tax and corporate areas with the arrival of IP expert¬†Jean-Baptiste Thi√©not,¬†who joined from Bird & Bird.¬†Arnaud Hugot¬†led the advice to Ramsay G√©n√©rale de Sant√© regarding its acquisition of 100% of H√īpital priv√© de l'Est Lyonnais from the NOALYS group, and¬†Bernard Geneste¬†represented French and European health industry unions in their appeal to the Conseil d'Etat¬†for the revocation of certain regulatory requirements for the launch of medical devices in France. On the contentious front,¬†Anne-Laure Villedieu¬†advised on a number of product liability claims and Thi√©not assisted a major global pharmaceutical company with regulatory and antitrust issues raised with the authorities by a competitor. Jean de la Hosseraye¬†heads the product liability sub-team and the main names in Lyon are¬†Laurent Stamm¬†and¬†Laurent Romano.

Dechert LLP's team 'has all and any capabilities clients could possibly require' and its lawyers 'are totally dedicated to their clients, always willing to help, challenging ideas and available whenever needed'. The firm's enviable client base includes names such as Roche, which recently instructed a team led by Mélanie Thill-Tayara and supported by Sophie Pelé and associate Marion Provost to advise on antitrust proceedings pertaining to the off-label use of its drug Avastin. Corporate experts Isabelle Marguet and the 'tremendously experienced' Alain Decombe acted for private equity fund Astorg on its acquisition of Compeed assets from Johnson & Johnson, while Jacques Sivignon is leading the advice to a pharmaceutical company on a dispute arising from the brutal termination of a distribution agreement. For intellectual property work, clients can rely on the 'technically excellent, creative and always available' Marie Fillon, who 'has the amazing ability to listen to the client and understand not just the context but also the specifics of every case'. Marianne Schaffner departed for Dentons.

The 'involved' healthcare offering at Dentons is noted by clients for its 'responsiveness and accuracy', especially in the area of 'regulations and compliance issues'. Practice co-head Pascale Poupelin 'knows exactly what in-house lawyers expect' and is distinguished by her 'pertinent legal advice regarding market access for drugs'. In recent highlights, team co-head Jean-Marc Grosperrin collaborated with tax expert Sandra Hazan and IP specialist David Masson to advise Servier on several investment ventures with startups operating in the connected devices space; the team also acted for Servier in a strategic partnership with Swiss biotech company GeNeuro to develop and commercialise products to treat MS. On the M&A front, François Vignaud represented longstanding client Pfizer in the sale of its global infusion therapy business to ICU Medical. Marianne Schaffner recently joined the firm from Dechert LLP with counsel Pierre-Olivier Ally to strengthen the intellectual property and contentious offering.

Hogan Lovells (Paris) LLP fields a cross-disciplinary team with a strong offering in the areas of competition, regulation, intellectual property, IT and litigation. Cécile Deryke - who jointly heads the Paris practice with Mikael Salmela - is currently acting for the defendant in a high-profile global product liability claim regarding the allegedly improper certification of a medical device with the support of Charles-Henri Caron. On the employment side, Muriel Pariente and Dominique Mendy are currently representing Johnson & Johnson in litigation proceedings arising from the closure of its plant in Auneau. Notable patents work included Stanislas Roux-Vaillard's advice to Icos on a nullity claim against its patent for its urology blockbuster, Cialis. Clients can also rely on IT and data protection specialist Winston Maxwell, competition partner François Brunet and counsel Patrice Navarro. Other noteworthy clients include Abbott, Daiichi Sankyo and TUV Rheinland.

Emmanuelle Trombe and Anthony Paronneau are the senior names to note in McDermott Will & Emery AARPI's Paris-based multi-faceted healthcare offering. With particular strength in the corporate and commercial space, the group recently advised Bioprojet SCR on the acquisition by Harmony of the exclusive US right to develop, register and market Pitolisant, and Trombe assisted Poxel with its strategic partnership with Sumitomo for the development and commercialisation of Imeglimin in Asia. Other highlights included the negotiation of R&D agreements, licensing contracts and funding facilities. Counsel Anne-France Moreau and the recently promoted partner Laura Morelli are also key contacts.

The key name to note at SEA AVOCATS is Alain Gorny, who continues to defend a leading medical device manufacturer in longstanding product liability claims. A retailer also appointed the group to conduct a regulatory analysis of frontier products with regard to promotional purposes. Donatienne Blin and Stéphanie Oudard were recently promoted to partner and are also key names. Diane Bandon-Tourret recently left the practice to join LexCase.

Simmons & Simmons is 'one of the best law firms in the life sciences space', according to one client; the Paris team is 'truly great and shares a fantastic spirit'. Along with its established place in the product liability arena, the group also handles commercial litigation and competition, regulatory, intellectual property, real estate and tax mandates. Corporate expert Christian Taylor assisted Wright Medical with the acquisition of French software company Imascap. Marina Cousté and her intellectual property team - including François Jonquères - joined from Reed Smith and are currently handling a number of patent disputes. Alexandre Regniault heads the international life sciences offering with the support of France head Jacques-Antoine Robert. Charlotte Damiano was recently promoted to of counsel and is also a key name to note.

While the main bulk of the healthcare and life sciences work at August Debouzy is driven by the patents and intellectual property group led by François Pochart and Grégoire Desrousseaux, the practice has substantial experience advising across the full life cycle of products. On the contentious front, Marie Danis is leading the advice to a pharmaceutical company in international arbitration proceedings brought by a competitor on the grounds of a licensing issue, and Alexandra Cohen-Jonathan is representing 500 victims of a faulty breast implant product in a class action against the party which certified it. In other highlights, labour partner Emmanuelle Barbara is advising on the reorganisation, transformation and digitalisation of a major pharmaceutical client, and Florence Chafiol acted on data protection mandates. Counsel Mathilde Rauline plays a key role within the intellectual property department and is also a name to note. Other significant clients include Ferring Pharmaceuticals, Essilor and Sofibel.

The dedicated life sciences team at Baker McKenzie is headed by Julie Yeni, who handles both litigation and advisory matters for a varied and top-notch client list. Among recent work highlights feature the group's advice to Servier regarding its acquisition of Shire's global oncology business. Other highlights included the negotiation of R&D contracts, regulatory compliance advice, licensing agreements with local startups, the launching of new connected and e-health devices, and corporate restructurings. Associate Chloé Cornet is also a key name to note alongside data privacy expert Yann Padova.

Bird & Bird's team consists of 11 partners and covers the intellectual property, corporate, data protection, commercial, employment and tax aspects of the healthcare and life sciences sector. Recent intellectual property highlights include Yves Bizollon's advice to Actavis regarding a patent revocation claim against Servier, andspan class="legalease-display-reference" data-type="contact" data-id="130007" data-parent-type="account" data-parent-id="12385" data-disabled-flag="FALSE">Anne-Charlotte Le-Bihan's work for a medical device manufacturer in the context of two multi-jurisdictional patent infringement actions. Clients such as Enterome instructed experts such as Emmanuelle Porte and Anne-Cécile Hansson to act on significant corporate and financing mandates, while Ariane Mole has been advising a leading global pharmaceutical company on a host of regulatory issues including market access and GDPR compliance. The tax front is covered by Laurence Clot and Alexandre Vuchot is the main name in the commercial sub-group.

Market access, pricing policies, competition, public procurements, intellectual property, compliance and corporate matters all fall within the expertise of¬†Clifford Chance's cross-disciplinary offering. Reinforced by the arrival of antitrust expert¬†David Tayar¬†from Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP, the team recently advised on the breakup of a joint venture between two leading global pharmaceutical players for the distribution of over-the-counter products; Tayar is also representing Teva in an investigation by the European Commission regarding a patent settlement with Cephalon.¬†Thomas Baudesson¬†and senior associate¬†Ga√ęlle Merlier¬†teamed up to defend a major pharmaceutical company against a series of product liability claims, including criminal charges. On the corporate front,¬†Laurent Schoenstein¬†assisted Synlab Labco with its acquisition of Seldaix, while regulatory expert¬†Olivier Gaillard¬†continues to advise on new anti-gift and transparency regulations. Other key clients include Pfizer, GSK and Novo Nordisk.

De Gaulle Fleurance & Associés recently acted for Icade on the contractual and regulatory aspects of its telemedicine project - particularly with regard to GDPR compliance - and an international medical device manufacturer instructed the group to negotiate several public tender offers with French entities for the supply of its products. Louis de Gaulle is currently handling litigation pertaining to the alleged unfair termination of a distribution contract, while Blandine Fauran and Francine Le Péchon-Joubert are jointly handling a matter arising from claims of misleading advertising. Other key names to note include Jean-Marie Job and Cécile Théard-Jallu, who advises an enviable client roster on a wide array of issues including R&D agreements, licensing arrangements and technology-related matters.

Headed by¬†Sonia de Kondserovsky, the dedicated healthcare and life sciences team at¬†DLA Piper¬†is comprised of five partners, including intellectual property expert¬†Karine Disdier-Mikus,¬†who recently teamed up with de Kondserovsky to advise Pierre Fabre on its long-term R&D agreement with Foresee for the development of oncology products. Also notable is Disdier-Mikus' work in the patent litigation space. On the data side,¬†Denise Lebeau-Marianna, Jonathan Rof√©¬†and associate¬†Ya√ęl Hirsch¬†- who recently arrived from¬†Simmons & Simmons¬†- collaborated to advise on a number of GDPR compliance programmes.¬†Marine Gicquel¬†is the name to note for employment issues while private equity specialist¬†Xavier Norlain¬†and¬†Jeremy Scemama¬†advise on corporate matters.

Fieldfisher's 'outstanding' life sciences practice is headed by regulatory expert Olivier Lantrès, who is currently acting on a number of sensitive international disputes pertaining to the sale of medical devices and trade mark issues. On the advisory side, he teamed up with Franck Veisse to assist a major international pharmaceutical player with the revision of the contractual framework of its commercial policy; he also collaborated with the corporate department to handle the sale of a particular branch of same client's business. Other key names include Samuel Pallotto, who specialises in capital markets matters, and of counsel Sébastien Pradeau.

Gide Loyrette Nouel A.A.R.P.I.'s¬†Dimitri Dimitrov¬†is currently advising Danish medical device company Coloplast on its acquisition and vertical integration of French distributor Lilial, while Gr√©goire Triet¬†and the recently promoted¬†Jean-Hyacinthe de Mitry¬†are representing Celltrion in a number of patent revocation claims. The multi-disciplinary offering also includes¬†Pierre Karpik,¬†who is assisting Doctolib with a round of equity financing from Eurazeo, and practice head¬†Matthias Grolier,¬†who specialises in corporate matters. On the intellectual property side,¬†Rapha√ęlle Dequir√©-Portier¬†is also a key name to note.

HBC Avocats' true strength in the healthcare sector lies in its corporate expertise and its proficiency in contractual law. Jonathan Burnham is the founding partner and acts for names such as Valneva, Xoma and Cytoo. He has advised on licensing agreements, the setting up of joint ventures for the development and commercialisation of pharmaceutical assets, and the creation of new companies.

Following its merger with Véron & Associés, the healthcare and life sciences team at HOYNG ROKH MONEGIER counts Sabine Agé, Anne Servoir, Amandine Métier and Florence Jacquand among its number. Ferring Pharmaceuticals recently appointed the team to assist with a number of matters, including patent drafting, freedom-to-operate and non-infringement reviews, and intellectual property due diligence. In other highlights, the practice advised on regulatory and competition issues pertaining to the launching of new products and patent litigation under the supervision of Benoit Strowel.

The healthcare and life sciences team at¬†Jones Day¬†consists of a corporate group with M&A, private equity and capital markets capabilities and a litigation and regulatory sub-team. In recent highlights,¬†Ga√ęl Saint Olive¬†assisted Sanofi with the sale of its infectious disease unit to Evotec as well as the¬†‚ā¨158m sale to an affiliate of the Cooper-Vemedia Group of a portfolio of over-the-counter pharmaceutical brands.¬†Linda A Hesse¬†acted for Mainstay Medical on a financing matter, and¬†Geoffroy Pineau-Valencienne¬†advised HRA Pharma on its acquisition of Lysodren from Bristol-Myers Squibb. Notable contentious work included¬†Thomas Bouvet's defence of Naos in three separate patent infringement actions brought by Beiersdorf and Derma Concept; he also provided advice on regulatory issues such as market access.¬†Fran√ßoise Labrousse¬†and¬†Renaud Bonnet¬†jointly head the practice.

Reed Smith's healthcare team provides regulatory advice on transparency obligations, advertising, market access, distribution and clinical trials. Marc Lévy and Natasha Tardif regularly represent healthcare and life sciences clients in competition litigation. Other names to note are Isabelle MacElhorne and Daniel Kadar, who has been assisting clients in the sector with a wide array of issues, including data protection compliance, corporate transactions and internal investigations. Marina Cousté and her intellectual property team have departed the firm to join Simmons & Simmons.

Etienne Gouesse¬†and¬†I√Īaki Saint-Esteben¬†jointly head the healthcare offering at¬†Vigui√© Schmidt & Associ√©s,¬†which is particularly strong on the contentious side of the sector. With a focus on regulatory, commercial, antitrust and product liability issues, the team represents some leading names in the pharmaceutical industry.

Winston & Strawn LLP's lawyers are 'quick, smart and efficient', and they have 'developed a very thorough and specific knowledge of the sector'; the healthcare and life sciences team is 'the best on the French market', according to one client. The group comprises five partners including practice head Gilles Bigot, who 'truly helped shape the market into what it is today through amazing work locally and internationally'. In recent highlights, Anne-Carine Ropars-Furet and the newly promoted Julie Vern Cesano-Gouffrant advised on the negotiation of a joint venture in the medical biology sector and the structuring of a healthcare network. Clients also appointed the group to handle fundraising, real estate transactions and contentious issues such as the termination of commercial relationships and disciplinary proceedings.

The members of Barbara Bertholet's healthcare and life sciences team at Adamas 'are very responsive, responsible and close to their clients'. Distinguished by its 'detailed knowledge of the key topics on the market', the group is currently representing a pharmaceutical company in a criminal investigation pertaining to an alleged violation of anti-gift and antitrust legislation. In other highlights, clients instructed Bertholet and her team to advise on a digitalisation project, the reorganisation of a distribution network following the integration of a new business, and patent issues. Associate Rachel Devidal recently joined the firm from Ernst & Young Société d'Avocats following the departure of Jean-Baptiste Chanial and two other associates, who entered the ranks of clients as in-house counsel.

The healthcare and life sciences product liability team at Altana represents pharmaceutical companies in domestic and international litigation, M&A transactions and intellectual property matters. Three partners - Armand Aviges, Jean-Nicolas Soret and Frank Valentin - jointly lead the practice, which is currently handling patent litigation pertaining to inventor rights. Soret advised Safe Orthopaedics on the signing of an exclusive marketing agreement, and led the advice to DocteGestio regarding its takeover of three private healthcare facilities. In other highlights, corporate partner Gilles Gaillard recently acted for Europharma on its acquisition of a majority stake in a subsidiary of a leading global pharmaceutical company and its industrial partnership with the latter.

BCTG Avocats' team is made up of 'real experts in their field who show diverse capabilities to match any and all requirements clients may have'. With particular strength in the competition and distribution space, the group assists major clients in the pharmaceutical and healthcare sector with the definition of their commercial policies and the negotiation of the full gamut of contracts.¬†'True expert'¬†Hugues Villey-Desmeserets¬†leads the department¬†and¬†recently advised Caudalie on two major cases pertaining to the non-renewal of selective distribution contracts and the definition of its strategy for the sale of products online. Also notable is¬†Ga√ęlle Bloret-Pucci,¬†who heads the IT and intellectual property group.

Delsol Avocats has 'perfect knowledge of the sector, its regulatory environment and its evolution'. Known for its 'transparent and proactive day-to-day relationships with clients, its pragmatic approach, dynamic internal co-operation and strong connections in the industry', the team is jointly headed by Jeanne Bossi Malafosse - who recently arrived from DLA Piper - and the highly recommended Thomas Roche. The firm's recent caseload includes advising on GDPR regulations, assisting industry players with contentious issues arising from clinical trial drug controls, and intellectual property disputes.

Ginestié Magellan Paley-Vincent's Catherine Paley-Vincent advises clients on corporate matters such as partnerships, regulatory mandates such as labelling, and contentious issues arising from disciplinary hearings or product liability. Also notable is the group's criminal litigation work; a recent example pertains to the unauthorised importation, possession, use and prescription of a pharmaceutical product. Recently promoted partner Agathe Lévy-Sébaux supports Paley-Vincent on the contentious front.

Intuity's Christophe Hénin advises a wide range of clients including laboratories, startups and pharmaceutical companies on regulatory issues, product liability litigation, and competition and antitrust law.

K&L Gates LLP's healthcare and life sciences offering covers corporate, IT, intellectual property and regulatory mandates within the sector under the leadership of¬†Jean-Patrice Labauti√®re. He recently assisted Axonics with its ‚ā¨35m fundraising from Gilde Healthcare and represented a bidder in the sale of a business division by a leading global healthcare company. While¬†Nicola Di Giovanni¬†focuses on corporate and private equity mandates,¬†Claude-Etienne Armingaud¬†collaborated with Labauti√®re to advise a heavyweight healthcare player on the implementation of a startup acceleration programme for the development of new technology.

Lerins & BCW's Luc Castagnet handled the creation of a healthcare complex in Paris on behalf of a mutual insurance group for both its member and non-member patients, and advised two public hospitals on their acquisitions of private clinics belonging to Ramsay Générale de Santé. Bertrand Vorms is the name to note on the regulatory front; he assisted with the restructuring of a healthcare network with respect to competition regulations, and collaborated with public law expert Bruno Lorit to advise an operator wishing to take up ophthalmic surgery in France on a civil, disciplinary and administrative dispute with a regulatory body.

Lmt Avocats regularly handles contentious matters arising from antitrust issues, regulatory violations or product liability. Olivier Samnyn and Antoine Lemétais have acted for clients in a number of false and misleading advertising claims, and assisted with the negotiation of patent licensing agreements, corporate transactions and the expansion of international distribution networks.

The lawyers at niche business law firm Mercure Avocats 'listen to their clients' needs and adapt themselves to the new trends'; 'they have great expertise in French life sciences law but they can still navigate in an international environment and deal with international matters'. Agathe Simon advised United Petfood and its investment fund Waterland Private Equity on their acquisition of specialised pet food company Crusty Food, and assisted with the regulatory aspects of a proposed telemedicine and e-health project. She co-heads the department with François-Maxime Philizot, who assisted a biotech company with fundraising matters, and acted for Biogaran on the licensing and supply aspects of its R&D activity. The team was recently strengthened by the arrival of associates Juliette Fresneau and Contance Hars.

Norton Rose Fulbright fields a multi-disciplinary healthcare and life sciences team which includes competition expert Marta Giner Asins and corporate specialist Stéphane Sabatier. Also notable is of counsel Arnaud Sanz, who supports Giner Asins on the competition side of the sector.

Squire Patton Boggs' activity in the healthcare space is focused on product liability litigation on behalf of pharmaceuticals and medical device manufacturers. The team is jointly led by head of dispute resolution Carole Sportes and Valérie Ravit, who specialises in risk management, insurance and liability issues. Assisted by associates Nora Mazeaud and Stéphanie Simon, the pair are currently handling a longstanding mass litigation action on behalf of a leading pharmaceutical company and its insurer, and Sportes is representing HDI Global and Takeda in claims filed by patients allegedly suffering side effects from their drugs.

Evelyne Friedel heads the dedicated healthcare department at Taylor Wessing and represents an enviable client roster in a variety of matters including product liability litigation. She recently advised Agilent on the regulatory aspects associated with a medical software and assisted Biotest with the launch of several market studies in France as well as their validation under advertising regulations. Other highlights included the negotiation of distribution and R&D agreements.

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    • Etienne Drouard - K&L Gates LLP
    • St√©phane Leriche - Bird & Bird

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Set apart by its 'can-do attitude and ability to think outside of the box and be innovative', August Debouzy has 'all the US and Anglo-Saxon expertise that is required for even the most sophisticated international clients'. The technology and IT team 'stands out as particularly effective and competent' through its 'first-rate client support and engagement'. Clients such as Veolia and Costco recently appointed the firm to advise on GDPR compliance, while Philip Morris instructed Florence Chafiol's team to remove a number of illicit websites selling tobacco products in France. 'Thoroughly excellent' practice co-head Mahasti Razavi has 'great intellect' and 'the rare ability to address complex issues with practical and effective solutions'; she continues to assist Microsoft with all of its IT needs in France, including litigation, transactional and advisory matters. Counsel Nicolas Quoy recently joined the firm from an in-house position at Hewlett Packard, and Anne-Sophie Lampe was promoted to counsel.

Baker McKenzie's Laurent Szuskin recently acted for the payment services subsidiary of Crédit Agricole on its partnership with Wirecard and collaborated with Rémy Bricard - with whom he co-leads the practice - to assist shipping group CMA CGM with the drafting and negotiation of a series of agreements for the development of an application, a digitalisation project and an outsourcing contract with IBM. In other highlights, the group handled the creation of a digital platform for a client in the real estate sector, the negotiation of licensing arrangements, and litigation. Yann Padova is the main name to note for data privacy work and GDPR compliance alongside Magalie Dansac Le Clerc; he is currently representing a major global technology company in litigation arising from a 'right to be forgotten' claim.

Bird & Bird regularly assists its enviable client base with litigation, major outsourcing deals, cloud-computing matters and new technology issues such as the Internet of Things, and data protection. MACSF instructed a team led by Ariane Mole to advise on its data privacy compliance, and Stéphane Leriche teamed up with Merav Griguer to oversee CDC's migration of its messaging and collaborative tools to a cloud system. Litigation specialist Marion Barbier defended a client in a software counterfeit, unfair competition and outstanding debt action. Also notable are fintech and regulatory expert Cathie-Rosalie Joy, commercial partner Alexandre Vuchot and the Lyon-based Géraldine Arbant, who specialises in intellectual property.

De Gaulle Fleurance & Associés is currently acting for a major TV broadcaster in a dispute with a group of internet providers arising from a change in the client's business model which now imposes the payment of royalty fees on parties distributing ISP and TV service packages in France. Louis de Gaulle and Georgie Courtois recently advised Groupe BCPE on the negotiation with Apple of the contractual aspects of a contactless biometric payment system in Europe, as well as on the setting up of an API banking platform in France to allow financial applications to connect with the client's banking networks. Also notable are Cécile Théard-Jallu and Jean-Marie Job, who advised on the regulatory and data privacy aspects of the launch of an e-health company's connected nutrition scanning device in France and the US. Practice co-head Julien Horn, 'very accurate and excellent' senior counsel Matthieu Dary and Jean-Sébastien Mariez are also key contacts.

DLA Piper's IT and data offering is headed by Jonathan Rofé and Stéphane Lemarchand, who acts as the firm's global co-chair of the intellectual property and technology group. An outfit including recently promoted counsel Caroline Goupil assisted Airbus with the contractual matters arising from its decision to appoint Google as preferred service provider for its digital work space, and Fabienne Panneau defended Sopra Steria against a claim that the client failed to deliver a project to implement SAP. Gregory Tulquois is currently advising on the digital transformation of a leading global luxury group, including the contractual aspects of its e-commerce structures, and Denise Lebeau-Marianna is the name to note for GDPR and data privacy matters.

The multi-disciplinary team at Hogan Lovells (Paris) LLP covers the full gamut of corporate, litigation, competition and employment matters in the IT and communications industry. A leading global technology company appointed a team led by corporate expert Winston Maxwell and litigator Christine Gateau to handle high-profile and sensitive data privacy litigation with the support of counsel Patrice Navarro, while Xavier Doumen assisted Korean internet company Naver with its acquisition of the Xerox Research Centre in Grenoble. In other highlights, the team is advising on regulatory questions pertaining to competition law, e-commerce, distribution and data privacy, for example in the context of connected devices. Also notable is David Taylor, who regularly advises clients such as Facebook and eBay on the protection of their brands online through the recuperation of domain names globally.

The team at Latham & Watkins 'perfectly understands the challenges of clients' businesses and has expert knowledge of the IT, telecoms and the internet space in France', which allows it to 'quickly provide appropriate solutions'. 'Extremely capable and trustworthy' practice co-head Jean-Luc Juhan 'knows how to create a privileged link with his clients' and recently assisted a major luxury group with the renegotiation of its global telecoms project with a global market player, and advised a communications company on its contract with an airline regarding the provision of WiFi services on its flights. Myria Saarinen co-heads the team with Juhan and advises enviable client names in the pharmaceutical, technology and luxury sectors on data protection and regulatory compliance matters.

Alain Bensoussan-Avocats is a boutique firm which caters to players in the IT, telecoms and new technology space by fielding an experienced team of experts such as directors Chloé Legris, Anne Renard, Sarah Lenoir and Eve Renaud. Led by the renowned Alain Bensoussan, the group has handled contentious matters for telecom operators sued by their clients following the hijacking of their telephone lines, as well as digitalisation projects and novel issues pertaining to artificial intelligence and robotics. On the data privacy side, Florence Mulliez is the main name to note; she advises on GDPR compliance and matters arising from cybersecurity.

Aramis provides the full range of both litigation and advisory services under the leadership of Benjamin May; in recent highlights, the firm handled the negotiation of agreements with major banks, IT projects and data privacy compliance. Assisted by associate David Roche, May recently acted for Wirecard on the negotiation of a master agreement and several application contracts with Crédit Agricole for the procurement of multi-jurisdictional payment platforms. He also assisted Carrefour with the migration of its internal messaging services to a cloud-based system, which involved questions of data privacy and cybersecurity. On the contentious side, competition specialist Aurélien Condomines was part of the team which advised a major global financial institution on pre-litigation matters in a dispute with a major French IT infrastructure provider arising from the potential reduction of the latter's role in the client's new globalised structure.

Astura's IT offering is headed by Matthieu Mélin and is currently representing a leading software publisher in infringement proceedings against a foreign insurance company. Other contentious highlights included acting for clients in contractual disputes arising from outsourcing arrangements and website development projects. On the advisory side, Mélin assisted a wide array of clients with GDPR compliance, procurement projects in the sports and business sectors, and the drafting of a website management contract with a leading global technology company.

Behring acts for an enviable client roster in the TMT and communications space. In recent highlights, founding partner Anne-Solène Gay advised a leading telecoms player on the IT aspects of its acquisition of a cloud-computing company, and continues to assist one of the main telecom operators in France with its GDPR compliance programme. The firm is also advising a leading car manufacturer on the data privacy aspects of its new connected tool, and the Bruneau Group instructed Gay's team to handle the negotiation of its mobile virtual network operation agreement with Keyyo under which the latter will provide all its IT and telecoms platforms to the client. Also notable are associates Solène Guillemin and Christelle Nouhaud.

CMS 'has a specialised team dedicated to digital issues' and clients find 'invaluable' its 'experience in dealing with data protection regulatory issues'. Practice head Anne-Laure Villedieu 'gives timely, technical and commercial advice'; she recently assisted ADInstruments with the drafting and negotiating of a major agreement with the Université de Lorraine for the provision of an e-learning and e-laboratory platform. On the contentious front, the team is currently representing Sage in disputes with clients and an online host arising from the failure of the latter's services, and Telecom Services instructed Villedieu to handle litigation against foreign suppliers regarding the procurement of defective TV transcoders, televisions and digital tablets. Clients such as Mercer and Ford also appointed the firm to oversee the implementation of their GDPR compliance programmes.

The four-partner team at Derriennic Associés consists of François-Pierre Lani, Pierre-Yves Margnoux, Georges Jenselme and recently promoted partner Alexandre Fievée. On the regulatory side, the group has been advising a host of clients on their GDPR compliance programmes, and Lani continues to assist a public sector body with the creation of national standards for the use of new technologies. Other highlights included acting for a major multinational conglomerate on the sale and migration of an online data storage system, as well as an associated dispute pertaining to problems incurred during the process, and Fiévée's negotiation of licensing agreements in the context of the procurement of a mobile banking application. Key clients include Thales, Valeo, UFC-Que Choisir and Pierre Fabre.

Covering the full range of IT contracts, data privacy, licensing and telecom issues, Féral-Schuhl/Sainte-Marie handles both litigation and transactional matters. Etienne Papin is currently advising an IT services provider on the drafting of its contractual documents, as well as handling all its disputes with clients and suppliers; he is also collaborating with senior counsel Justine Sinibaldi to review the documentation relating to a French hotel operator's online reservation platform and management software. On the data side, Richard Willemant advises clients on GDPR compliance, while Olivier de Courcel assisted a client in the perfume industry with an audit of the licensing rights on its databases. Christiane Féral-Schuhl and Bruno Grégoire Sainte Marie  founded the firm and are also key individuals to note alongside associate Stéphanie Foulgoc.

The IT team at¬†Franklin¬†recently acted for major corporates on the negotiation of IT procurement contracts with leading technology companies and service providers, while maintaining its strong presence in the telecoms space. A cross-disciplinary team including¬†J√©r√īme Michel,¬†Julie Catala Marty,¬†Christian Sauer,¬†Kai V√∂lpel¬†¬†and¬†Magali Masson¬†advised a longstanding client in the telecoms space on a number of matters, including a major restructuring of its media content division, merger filings and a number of asset disposals. On the contentious side,¬†Yann Colin¬†is currently representing one of the main French telecoms players in a range of commercial litigation proceedings, including a high-profile contractual dispute with a well-known competitor. In other highlights, the firm's enviable client base appointed the team to advise on licensing deals, corporate transactions, antitrust compliance and data privacy issues.

The senior name to note at Gibson Dunn is Ahmed Baladi, who specialises in IT law, outsourcing agreements, data privacy, regulatory advice and cybersecurity. He is currently representing a major technology client in its appeal to the Supreme Court following the imposition of sanctions by French regulatory authorities, and a leading luxury group appointed the team to advise on the contractual, regulatory and commercial aspects of the launch of a range of smart products raising questions about artificial intelligence. Further highlights included the negotiation of SaaS, cloud migration and outsourcing agreements. Of counsel Vera Lukic is also a key contact within the team.

The team at Gide Loyrette Nouel A.A.R.P.I. advises on telecom matters in France and Africa, and handles significant mandates on behalf of enviable clients in the technology sector. Olivier Cousi continues to assist leading global TMT players with the regulatory issues arising from the implementation and development of their services in France, and Alexis Pailleret is part of the team guiding two major French telecom clients through a host of issues regarding the development of their operations in North Africa. On the technology front, Thierry Dor is currently leading the advice to a UK-based software provider on its agreement with a financial services company for the digitalisation and the integration of the client's white label online banking tools. Also notable is counsel Julien Guinot-Deléry, who focuses on technology and internet issues.

Alexandra Néri heads Herbert Smith Freehills LLP's IT and intellectual property offering in Paris and has strong expertise in the fields of data privacy, cybersecurity and infringement litigation. Of counsel Sébastien Proust is also a key name to note and is currently collaborating with Néri to advise Twitter on a dispute with UFC-Que Choisir pertaining to alleged consumer law and GDPR breaches in the client's privacy policies and user terms and conditions. Non-contentious highlights included acting on Orange's acquisition of Basefarm Holding from private equity investor Abry Partners, and E Ink's investment in French-listed company SES-imagotag. On the intellectual property side, the team was recently strengthened by the arrival of Frédéric Chevallier from Allen & Overy LLP. Senior associate Jean-Baptiste Thomas-Sertillanges is also notable, especially with regard to GDPR compliance.

ITLAW Avocats covers all aspects of the IT sector, including competition and antitrust, contract law, intellectual property, media law and consumer protection. The team was significant bolstered by the arrival of new head of the data protection sub-group Odile Jami-Caston from the Ministry of Justice and the addition of intellectual property and media team head Jean-Christophe Ienné. The department is led by Claudia Weber, who recently assisted clients with the negotiation of SaaS contracts alongside associate Marine Hardy. In other highlights, the group reviewed a number of contracts with regard to GDPR compliance requirements, and acted for two major car manufacturers on the implementation of three digital platforms.

Jones Day is currently acting for Sigfox on a review and study of the regulatory and legal framework of the telecoms sectors of several African countries with regard to the licensing, terms and conditions of radio frequencies and connectivity services for the Internet of Things. Telecoms expert and practice co-head Rémy Fekete is assisting a French public investment entity with its minority stake investment in a new French operator, and is representing Djezzy in its challenge to the limitations imposed on it as an internet service provider, its official status as a dominant operator, and its effort to obtain symmetric termination rates. On the IT side, practice co-head and of counsel Olivier Haas is advising Société Générale on the drafting and negotiating of the transitional services agreement for IT and data services in the context of its divestiture of its banking and insurance activities in Croatia. Compliance with GDPR requirements, the provision of digital payment services and high-stakes disputes also feature among the firm's recent work highlights.

At K&L Gates LLP, the IP, IT and privacy group encompasses the firm's corporate and commercial offering in the technological space under the joint leadership of Claude-Etienne Armingaud and Etienne Drouard, whose 'perfect mastery of the law, outstanding understanding of complex issues and personal courage' impresses clients. The group was recently instructed by three major transport companies to advise on the provision of WiFi services in their train and subway stations and airports. Drouard is currently advising BNP Paribas on the regulatory and transactional aspects of the development of a digital mobile wallet app, and Armingaud is assisting a utility provider with the implementation of a smart city hub. Also notable is the group's work in the online marketing and advertising, connected device and new technology, and online distribution sectors.

One client describes the TMT offering at Latournerie Wolfrom Avocats as 'high quality, responsive and very knowledgeable'. Marie-Hélène Tonnellier 'is the standout lawyer in the team'; she 'is superbly efficient in all matters relating to technology law'. Home furnishings and DIY retailer Conforama appointed the group to advise on the implementation of its new human resources information system, and French confectionery company Carambar instructed Tonnellier and associate Corentin Pallot to handle the drafting of all facilities regarding its hardware and software infrastructure. Also notable is 'utterly dependable' Bordeaux-based counsel Charlotte Barraco-David, who advised Wolters Kluwer on a number of licensing agreements with major multinational conglomerates and the negotiation of SaaS contracts for the launch of a new product.

The IT team at Osborne Clarke 'is composed of professionals with very strong expertise who are able to sort things out without delay'. Clients especially value 'trustworthy' practice head Béatrice Delmas-Linel, whom 'one can count on'. She recently assisted retailer Casino with the negotiating of its strategic partnership with Ocado for the procurement of a French version of Ocado's smart e-commerce platform, and has been advising video game developer Ubisoft on a wide range of IT procurement matters. Lise Breteau advised on the data privacy aspects of several matters including software upgrades and the setting up of a marketplace in France. Also notable are regulatory and digital marketing and advertising expert Claire Bouchenard and Xavier Pican, who advised Eiffage on all agreements for the development of the 'smart city' area named 'Smartseille'. On the junior side, senior associate Grégoire Dumas and associate Lucile Beaupérin are also noteworthy.

Boutique firm Walter Billet Avocats 'is dedicated to innovative matters which means it is able to address any issues in the field, be it in the litigation, regulatory or contractual space'; the IT lawyers 'know the ins and outs of the tech landscape and are not afraid to dive deep into the practical aspects of a problem'. The 'very friendly and professional' Alan Walter is highly recommended by clients and recently advised the Baloise Group on the digitalisation of its client relationships through a new web portal, which involved issues relating to financial risk, data privacy and electronic signatures. In other highlights, YellowKorner appointed the group to handle a dispute with its website integrator pertaining to the wrongful termination of an agreement, and associate Maeva Manaud was part of the team which assisted La Fabrique with the drafting of contracts for the launch of a new product for non-profit clients as part of its startup studio activity. Other key clients include - which the group advised on the contractual issues related to the implementation of an AI-backed project management tool - and internet video advertiser Mediabong.

Bertrand Liard heads the IT and intellectual property offering at White & Case LLP with the support of partner Clara Hainsdorf, who focuses on e-commerce, IT law and commercial contracts. The pair continue to advise Facebook on technology, antitrust, consumer protection and liability litigation and pre-litigation matters arising from its activities outside of the US. Natixis appointed the firm to advise on a number of projects including digitalisation, the acquisition of cloud services, and data privacy and protection initiatives. Liard is also assisting financial software company Intuit with the development of its SaaS - QuickBooks Online - in Europe, and supported the corporate team with the IT and licensing aspects of significant corporate transactions.

Pierre Lubet, Frank Valentin and Jean-Guy Ruffray are the senior names to note within the IT and data protection team at Altana. Valentin and counsel Charlotte Hébert-Salomon are representing an insurance broker in proceedings against two IT providers on the grounds of a contract breach arising from their failure to complete an integration project. Heavyweight technology clients also appoint the firm to advise on e-commerce and online distribution matters, contractual issues, data privacy and regulatory compliance, and unfair competition claims arising from allegations of restricted access to internet and telecom services.

Artemont regularly advises on data privacy mandates and the negotiation of development, procurement and outsourcing agreements on behalf of clients such as Musée Yves Saint Laurent Paris, Sodi-Tech and Take & Buy. Farid Bouguettaya is the partner name to note; he recently acted for artificial intelligence startup All Turtles on all its data protection mandates. In further highlights, the group assisted retailers and logistics companies with issues arising from their e-commerce and distribution platforms, including online counterfeiting. Associate Alice Gautron recently joined from Bardehle Pagenberg.

Clients recommend the 'multi-disciplinary, full-service offering' at¬†BCTG Avocats,¬†which 'has a large enough area of expertise to advise on novel and innovative issues'. With a historic strength in the retail and sports sector, the firm has recently bolstered its activity in the advertising and communication sectors. In recent highlights, counsel¬†Fran√ßois-Xavier Boulin¬†- whose 'skills and experience' give clients 'peace of mind knowing that cases are being treated efficiently and professionally' - advised Nike on the privacy and data protection aspects of its European digital marketing strategy. He also represented Ubisoft and its subsidiary Ketchapp in copyright and unfair competition claims brought by Voodoo seeking the prohibition of a top five mobile game.¬†Ga√ęlle Bloret-Pucci¬†heads the practice and specialises in brand protection, for example through the restriction of illicit online distribution.

Bersay & Associés advises clients on a vast array of matters pertaining to website audits and management, e-commerce platform administration and data protection. In addition to providing ongoing and regular GDPR compliance advice, the firm is assisting a client with the launch of a new mobile application in France for a cloud-based transport optimisation platform under the leadership of counsel Delphine Touboul. Emmanuel Schulte, of counsel Martine Georges-Naim - who recently advised on regulatory matters pertaining to 3G and 4G networks overseas - and of counsel Stéphanie Benmoussa-Molkhou are also key contacts. The team was recently bolstered by the arrival of intellectual property specialist Claire Poirson from De Pardieu Brocas Maffei, who handled the drafting and negotiating of SaaS agreements.

Data protection, e-commerce and IT law all fall within Bignon Lebray's areas of expertise. Practice head Benjamin Mourot is currently advising a chemical manufacturer on all contractual negotiations and drafting in connection with the implementation of new IT infrastructure, while from the Aix-en-Provence office Julien Lecat is representing an online payment solution provider in a dispute arising from a security breach. The group also provides ongoing advice on GDPR compliance. Elise Dufour was promoted to the partnership in January 2019. Nicolas Moreau  was a new arrival from Brunswick La Morinerie.

Cohen & Gresser LLP's¬†Guillaume Seligmann¬†recently assisted Big Data company Altares with several matters, such as the setting up of a new regulated fintech and financial Big Data business, and several pre-litigation mandates pertaining to a breach of territorial exclusivity and commercial contracts. Associates¬†H√©lo√Įse Masson¬†and¬†Elsa Dalimier¬†regularly support Seligmann; they recently advised on software licensing disputes, and acted for longstanding client LVMH on the negotiation of outsourcing, licensing and service agreements with major developers and providers such as Microsoft and Oracle.

Dentons' senior counsel Isabelle Leroux recently obtained a favourable decision at the appeal stage of a software and unfair competition claim brought by Dassault on behalf of the Airbus Group, and David Masson is advising Nokia throughout Europe on the GDPR compliance of its recording of street-level data. The firm is also assisting Scalefast with all contractual issues relating to its cloud platform and e-commerce structure.

DS Avocats recently acts for public sector entities on the implementation of regulatory and legal frameworks in heavily regulated sectors under the leadership of Thierry Granturco. Clients appointed the team to advise on the negotiation of contractual aspects pertaining to the implementation of software solutions in France and overseas. Catherine Verneret and counsel Gacia Kazandjian handled a number of GDPR compliance matters. Arnaud Tessalonikos heads the digital law and data privacy practice and is also a key name to note.

Intellectual property specialist¬†Ga√ętan Cordier¬†and competition and media law specialist¬†Dan Roskis¬†are two of the main names to note in¬†Eversheds Sutherland (France) LLP's IT and telecoms offering in Paris. Along with data privacy projects and contractual negotiations in the online distribution and retail space, the firm was also active in the fintech area, where it advised on the implementation of software and a number of licensing agreements.

The main name to note in Fieldfisher's IT offering is Anne-Laure-Hélène des Ylouses, who continues to assist Enedis with the digitalisation of its relationships with its clients through the development on online tools. On the telecoms side, she recently acted for Roku on the review of its application distribution agreements in view of French regulations, and collaborated with associate Clément Hubert to advise US communications company 8x8 on the negotiation of its relationship with a French wholesaler. Also notable is Nathalie Hadjadj-Cazier, who is part of the team representing a US software company in antitrust proceedings filed by a competitor.

Especially strong in the contentious space, H2O Avocats was recently strengthened by the arrival of counsel Malvina Mairesse from Staub & Associés. The group advised on the pre-litigation stage of a dispute between its client - a live communications company - and an IT service provider arising from the failure of the client to meet the guaranteed minimum business numbers dictated by their long-term contract. Nicolas Herzog leads the offering and advised a major provider on its claim against a French industrial company following a major loss of personal data in 2011. Other key names include counsel Isabelle Vedrines and senior associate Sandra Benabou.

Herald Avocats has an established presence in the media and entertainment sectors, where it advises on data privacy and technology law. Anne Cousin heads the offering and provides regular and ongoing advice on GDPR compliance. In other highlights, she handled the IT aspects of corporate transactions and is currently acting in two litigation proceedings arising from software infringement and counterfeiting. Associate Cloé Lescourret recently joined from Bersay & Associés.

KGA Avocats' 'professional and business-oriented' team has strong expertise in data regulations but covers the full gamut of internet, communications and new technology matters. In recent highlights, an international bank appointed the group to assist with the transfer of an IT system, and a healthcare company instructed the practice to handle the disposal of its e-health platform to a Chinese company. Laurent Badiane jointly heads the offering with Matthieu Bourgeois, who recently arrived from Simon Associés with associate Marion Moine.

Lawways 'has very strong expertise in the intellectual property and data aspects of the market' but also 'has impressive capabilities when it comes to resolving contractual issues'. Practice head Gilles Rouvier is 'attentive, creative and smart' and 'knows how to manage a project from start to end'. Along with providing ongoing contractual advice to clients such as Pegasystems and Quantalys, associate Sarah Benchegra assisted the French subsidiary of a German group with its GDPR compliance programme. Other recent highlights include pre-litigation matters arising from the faulty provision of a critical IT system, digitalisation projects and the termination of a contract with a service provider following data loss.

The main names to note at Lerins & BCW are Mathilde Croze and associate Clémentine Beaussier, who recently advised UK-based Quartet FS on the negotiation of software and maintenance licence agreements with French companies. On the regulatory front, a healthcare association appointed the group to obtain authorisation from the local health authorities to implement a telemedicine platform. In other highlights, the pair handled SaaS, cloud and partnership agreements, namely regarding a profit-sharing mechanism between client Surprizemi and companies such as Kusmi Tea, Coty and Issey Miyake.

The 'very available' IT team at Luzi Avocats is led by 'very talented IT lawyer' Olivia Luzi, who 'has outstanding negotiation skills and a practical, commercial approach' which clients value. Along with associate Mehdi Massali, she conducted GDPR compliance audits for a number of high-profile clients such as Traveldoo, the NRJ Group and KPMG. In other highlights, Luzi negotiated IT contracts such as SaaS, master and application development arrangements.

Described as 'the best in class when it comes to telecom litigation' by clients, the 'very professional' team at Magenta specialises in representing alternative operators in France and overseas in competition and antitrust matters. The 'knowledgeable, smart and straight to the point' Sylvain Justier and Vincent Jaunet jointly lead the practice; Justier recently acted for OPT and Vini in an abuse of dominant position case before the Polynesian Competition Authority relating to the mobile telecom sector. Jaunet and counsel Fanny Mahler continue to provide day-to-day public law advice to Afone, as well as assisting with a number of litigation cases before the administrative courts, and are currently advising a public telecoms entity on its restructuring and the integration of two new subsidiaries.

The 'special attention to detail and in-depth understanding of the needs and interests of her clients, great professionalism and availability' of Norton Rose Fulbright's Nadège Martin make her particularly popular with clients. She recently led the advice to an international retailer on the launch in North Africa of a 'smartstore', and collaborated with the regulations and investigations team to guide a real estate client through the fallout of a cyber attack which caused data breach and other complications. In other highlights, the team advised on GDPR compliance programmes, as well as IT due diligence and contractual renegotiations in the context of M&A transactions.

Pinsent Masons LLP advises on GDPR compliance and data privacy issues arising from major IT projects and the negotiation of strategic contracts. In recent highlights, a well-known online dating platform appointed the group to assist with a number of regulatory issues in the context of a partnership with a travel operator and the management of user-generated online content. Annabelle Richard heads the practice and recently provided training sessions to major clients across a variety of sectors with regard to GDPR compliance. Melina Wolman was recently promoted to the partnership and leads the Paris litigation team; she advises on contentious IT matters.

The IT team at Pwc Société d'Avocats consists of Christophe Guénard and director Sandrine Cullafroz-Jover. In recent highlights, the group assisted a major energy player with the implementation of an Internet of Things platform and the negotiation of associated IT agreements, and a fashion retailer appointed Guénard to oversee the migration of customer data in relation to the implementation of a new client relationship management tool through SaaS. Clients also instructed the practice to advise on e-commerce, data privacy and internal crises arising from data breaches.

Simmons & Simmons's Christophe Fichet 'is an outstanding professional with unique TMT expertise and the ability to adapt to any and all situations'. He heads the firm's 'clever and imaginative' team, which has 'strong knowledge of the African TMT industry with a particular focus on regulatory issues'. Managing associate Sara Vedadi-Carca supported Fichet to advise a US client on its agreement with a French IT service provider. Also notable is the firm's advice on GDPR and data privacy, blockchain issues, digitalisation projects, outsourcing agreements and a dispute with government entities on behalf of an African TMT actor regarding frequency fees.

Covering IT outsourcing contracts, R&D projects, licensing agreements, open-source issues and regulatory issues among others, the IT and data protection team at Taylor Wessing continues to advise Hiscox on the drafting of its TMT and data risk policies. Marc Schuler - who recently arrived from Bird & Bird - is currently representing one of Septeo's affiliates in litigation filed by a user pertaining to data loss following a ransomware attack, and Fenergo appointed the team to handle the drafting and negotiating of a multi-jurisdictional SaaS agreement relating to its KYC solution with Natixis. Also notable are practice head Valérie Aumage and litigation expert Philippe Glaser.

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The luxury goods offering at Artemont is jointly led by Farid Bouguettaya and Philippe Clément and was recently strengthened by the arrival of associate Alice Gautron from Bardehle Pagenberg. The department acts for an enviable client roster featuring names such as Saint Laurent, Christian Lacroix and new client Gucci in a wide array of practice areas. In recent highlights, Bouguettaya and Clément advised Kering on intellectual property matters such as the management of intangible assets, and assisted Fondation Pierre Bergé - Yves Saint Laurent with partnership, sponsorship and licensing agreements. Recent contentious work includes handling a trade mark and copyright dispute with WY Productions and advertising agency Marques & Films on behalf of Boucheron.

August Debouzy has a strong presence in the retail sector and fields a cross-disciplinary team to advise a top-notch client roster on intellectual property, IT, corporate, real estate and employment law, among other matters. The six-partner team includes managing partner Mahasti Razavi and counsel Véronique Dahan, who continues to lead the advice to clients such as jewellery company Repossi and Valentino regarding the protection of their brands and designs. In other highlights, Razavi teamed up with Florence Chafiol and distribution expert Alexandra Berg-Moussa - who was recently promoted to partner - to advise a high-profile luxury brand on the negotiation of a complex global partnership with an online fashion platform, as well as its compliance with GDPR obligations. Associates Noémie Tashjian and Laure Arnon-Duquesnoy are also key names to note within the practice.

Alyssa Auberger¬†acts as global chair of¬†Baker McKenzie's consumer goods and retail industry group and advises a broad range of luxury sector clients on acquisitions, divestitures and joint ventures. In recent highlights, she assisted L'Or√©al with its¬†‚ā¨1bn sale of The Body Shop to Brazilian cosmetics company Natura Cosm√©ticos, and litigation specialist¬†Katia Boneva-Desmicht¬†continues to assist an iconic fashion brand with the protection of its selective distribution network. Also notable are¬†Denise Broussal,¬†who is currently advising a high-profile client on the implementation of a human resources IT system, and¬†Eric Lasry,¬†who guided Qatar Luxury Group, as majority shareholder of Le Tanneur & Co, through the recapitalisation and development of the latter so that Tolomei Participations could become majority shareholder.

The luxury offering at Bird & Bird operates as part of its global retail and consumer group, which covers the full gamut of corporate, commercial, intellectual property, regulatory and regulatory issues. The intellectual property department is headed by span class="legalease-display-reference" data-type="contact" data-id="130007" data-parent-type="account" data-parent-id="12385" data-disabled-flag="FALSE">Anne-Charlotte Le-Bihan while Alexandre Vuchot heads the competition and distribution sub-group. Data protection and IT law expert Ariane Mole recently advised a well-known drinks brand on its GDPR compliance project, which included updating its contracts with service providers, suppliers and vendors; Stéphane Leriche teamed up with Mole to assist a French fashion company with the implementation of its digital strategy as a first step towards creating an online commercial presence. Le Bihan and Géraldine Arbant acted on numerous design and intellectual property protection mandates, and Laurence Clot advised on tax and distribution issues.

Odile Caron is senior counsel within Dentons' commercial and distribution practice and a key name to note within the luxury group alongside intellectual property specialist David Masson, tax expert Sandra Hazan and corporate partner Jean-Marc Grosperrin. Pascal Chadenet is part of a multi-disciplinary team advising an independent designer fashion house on its strategic partnership with an international group, while Olivier Genevois assisted Piquadro with its acquisition of the entire share capital of Lancel. The team was recently strengthened by the arrival of Marianne Schaffner from Dechert LLP; she represented a heavyweight luxury client in a major cross-border trademark infringement and unfair competition action against a fashion group. Other key names include senior counsel Isabelle Leroux and Frédérique Meslay-Caloni, who is part of the employment and labour team.

The main name to note at¬†Eversheds Sutherland (France) LLP¬†is global luxury practice head¬†Ga√ętan Cordier;¬†he works closely with¬†D√©borah Attali,¬†who acts for a stellar client base on employment law matters. The pair continue to advise household names on intellectual property, distribution and unfair competition claims.

Gide Loyrette Nouel A.A.R.P.I.'s luxury team fields distribution expert¬†Jo√ęlle Salzmann,¬†who advises on selective distribution and e-commerce matters, and¬†Antoine Choffel,¬†who acts for clients on competition and antitrust issues, as well as employment, intellectual property and corporate partners. As part of its work involving the protection of international intangible asset portfolios and employment disputes, the team advises on the seizure of counterfeit goods and the distribution of products infringing major trademarks. Key clients include Louis Vuitton, Mo√ęt Hennessy and Dior.

ATURQUOISE advises on intellectual property matters such as licensing agreements, trademark prosecutions and sponsor arrangements on behalf of clients in the luxury sector. Anne-Marie Pecoraro is the main name to note and assists high-profile individuals such as fashion designers and artists with the protection of their copyrighted creations and the management of their brands and intangible assets.

Candé Blanchard Ducamp's offering in the luxury sector is oriented towards intellectual property issues and associated antitrust and competition matters. The team consists of five attorneys, including Patrice De Candé,  Claire Herissay-Ducamp and Julien Blanchard at the partner level. Recent work highlights pertain to global brand protection through the halting of the international distribution and commercialisation of counterfeit materials and the usurpation of trade marks and designs. The firm's client base includes household names in the cosmetics, fashion and other industry sectors.

Counsel Olivia Bernardeau-Paupe heads the multi-disciplinary luxury sub-group at Hogan Lovells (Paris) LLP. Thierry Meillat recently acted for Puig on a number of employment matters, while Marie-Aimée de Dampierre handled significant intellectual property disputes pertaining to the parallel import and distribution of infringing products. Also notable are Thomas Rouhette, who advised on regulatory issues and litigation, and corporate expert Winston Maxwell.

The luxury offering at K&L Gates LLP consists mainly of Claude-Etienne Armingaud and Etienne Drouard, who specialise in IT and data privacy matters. In recent highlights, the firm has been advising Coty, and a leading fashion brand appointed the group to assist with the implementation of radio frequency identification device tags in its products to track them through the supply, distribution and sale process. The team also advised on the remodelling of IT structures, data privacy issues and matters pertaining to e-commerce platforms.

Meridian's Julien Canlorbe and associate Emilie Mounic are currently advising a collection of fashion brands in contentious proceedings relating to the seizure and prosecution of counterfeit products sold on the grey market, and Vincent Vilchien is assisting an international media company with intellectual property disputes and pre-litigation issues arising from the publication of a sarcastic article. The firm's client roster also includes names in the live events, food and drink, and livestock sectors.

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