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Celebrating 50 years in the market in 2019, Adamas was started in Lyon, which still houses most of the firm's resources (about 40 lawyers). The firm also has 11 lawyers based in Paris, 4 lawyers in Bordeaux and offices in Beijing and Shanghai. The firm, which has a strong focus and expertise in the energy and transport sectors, is well known at a national level. It has a broad range of expertise, while its public law and energy expertise are particularly highly regarded. Its healthcare and trade mark expertise is also noted.

AXTEN Avocats Associés' team of around 35 lawyers are mainly based in Aix-en-Provence (22 lawyers) and Lyon (10 lawyers). The firm also has offices in Paris and Shanghai. Serving companies and their management, the firm combines a whole range of business law expertise encompassing M&A, private equity, litigation and insolvency work.

Bignon Lebray fields a team of some 100 lawyers who have expertise in a broad range of areas. The firm has a strong reputation nationally and has experienced recent growth. While the Paris office houses most of the team (some 30 lawyers), Lille also accommodates a substantial number (some 20 lawyers). Lyon is home to some ten lawyers and Aix-en-Provence to a small team of two. The firm also has a presence in China.

UK firm Bird & Bird has its main French office in Paris and a secondary office in Lyon, which has developed very well and now houses some 40 lawyers and professionals. The Lyon office, which has a broad range of business law expertise, is jointly headed by David Malcoiffe, whose private equity expertise is well recognised, and Yves Bizollon, who ranks among France's leading patent litigation experts.

CMS Bureau Francis Lefebvre Lyon is one of France's leading business law firms. Primarily based in Paris, the firm's Lyon office also has a considerable number of resources with close to 100 lawyers providing business, tax and public law expertise to SMEs and larger domestic and international corporations operating from the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes and the greater South East regions of France. François Coutard, Pierre Devis, Jean-Thomas Heintz and Laurent Romano jointly head the office. The firm also has a third office in Strasbourg housing six lawyers.

Cornet Vincent Ségurel ranks among France's top regional firms. Originally started in Nantes, the firm also has offices in Paris, Rennes, Lille, Bordeaux and Lyon and now totals some 160 lawyers who provide a complete range of expertise.  SMEs and large corporations are clients.

Delcade's main office is in Bordeaux and houses around 15 lawyers, who provide a complete range of business law expertise. The firm also has an office in Paris. Corporate and litigation partner Benoit Lafourcade and Fabrice Delouis, whose expertise is in tax and transfer pricing, are the practice heads. They both have international experience.

Originally founded in Lyon, Delsol Avocats is one of France's most well known regional firms, with a reputation that is well established at national level. Its resources are now almost equally split between its Paris and Lyon offices. The firm advises SMEs, entrepreneurs and leading corporations. Its corporate, tax and employment law expertise are ranked. Xavier Delsol is one of France's leading not-for-profit experts.

Ernst & Young Société d'Avocats has 15 offices in France. The firm has large resources, providing leading tax know-how and a whole range of legal expertise.

FIDAL has 90 offices across France and one in Brussels. The firm, which has extensive resources (some 1,450 lawyers, jurists and consultants), has expertise in every area of business law. SMEs and leading companies are clients.

With offices in Lyon and Paris, Fromont Briens is one of France's most respected employment law and compensation and benefits specialists. It fields a team of around 180 lawyers.

PricewaterhouseCoopers International's member Pwc Société d'Avocats has a team of around 550 lawyers and professionals spread across nine offices: Paris, Bordeaux, Grenoble, Lille, Lyon, Marseille, Nantes, Strasbourg and Toulouse. The firm has expertise in tax, employment law and business law. The regional offices also have niche expertise, with Marseille a key name for maritime law, Bordeaux strong in the wine sector and the Strasbourg office noted for renewable energies law. Tax Partner Emmanuelle Veras is the key contact for the regional offices.

Parisian firm Racine has strongly developed its regional network of offices and has a presence in Bordeaux, Lyon, Marseille, Nantes and Strasbourg, as well as in Brussels. The firm is highly regarded as an independent mid-sized firm in the market and fields a team of 200 lawyers.

Lyon based Cabinet Ratheaux houses some 50 lawyers, who have good expertise in corporate, tax, employment and IP law and litigation. The firm, which also has an office in Paris, advises SMEs and leading corporations. Henri Saint-Père is the key contact.

Deloitte's affiliate firm Taj has some 545 lawyers and professionals spread across the firm's Paris, Bordeaux, Lille, Lyon and Marseille offices. The firm has high-level tax proficiency and a broad range of legal expertise.

Vaughan Avocats is home to some 50 lawyers and has a broad range of expertise. It is particularly recognised for its employment law and mobility expertise. The firm has its main office in Paris and secondary offices in Rennes, Sophia Antipolis, Toulouse and Versailles. Internationally, the firm has an office in Bamako managed by Daouda Ba, who is ‘easy to work with and always gives proper advice’.

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