Adaltys Avocats' presence in Paris, Lyon, Marseille, Bordeaux and Rennes demonstrates its impressive coverage of French regions. Not only strong in France, the firm was also among the first foreign law firms to obtain authorisation to open an office in China. Renowned for its public law expertise, the firm has assisted numerous ministries and major French conurbations. The team also has an impressive track record of advising major private companies such as EDF and Enedis.
The regions in France
Ile de France Mobilités
Métropole de Toulon
Stade De France
Unusual for an international law firm, Bird & Bird‘s reach goes beyond Paris to Lyon where it has a well-established office which serves as a hub for the firm’s French and multinational corporations operating in the greater Rhone-Alps region. The Lyon office provides a full range of business law services drawing on cross-sector and multi-disciplinary teams, leveraging the firm’s sector expertise, for example in the consumer goods and retail, financial institutions, healthcare and life sciences, leisure, manufacturing and transportation, and technology, media and telecommunications sectors. David Malcoiffe manages the Lyon office. Nathalie Devernay and Caroline Mouriquand are recognised as ‘excellent professionals’.
‘Bird & Bird’s employment law team is very professional and very dedicated to the client. They provide good advice, are responsive and charge a price with one of the best quality-price ratios on the market. A lot of transparency on fees.’
‘The employment law team of the Lyon office (Nathalie Devernay) regularly coordinates projects with a multi-jurisdictional scope throughout Europe for us thanks to the other Bird & Bird offices and to partner firms which up to now all turned out to be of great quality.’
‘Nathalie Devernay and Caroline Mouriquand are both excellent professionals. They do not provide long theoretical analyses, but targeted and pragmatic answers.’
ABB Power Grids
Aeroport de Lyon
CMS Francis Lefebvre Lyon Avocats has a long-standing presence in Lyon and is one of the leading law firms in the regions, with lawyers specialising in business, tax and public law. Its strong regional presence makes it a go-to firm for companies operating in the Greater South East of France and large French and foreign groups based in the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region. The Lyon team is made up of François Coutard, Jean-Thomas Heintz, and Laurent Romano, who have respective expertise in employment, corporate, and health law.
- Assisted Somfy SA with an employment law case related to the redundancy of employees without severance compensation, securing a win before the civil court of appeal of Chambery and the French Supreme Court.
- Acted as counsel for the Icelandic listed group Össur on the acquisition of a majority stake of the French company Orthoway, drawing on the M&A, employment law, and life sciences/commercial law expertise of the firm.
- Assisted Roland Monterrat with competition law aspects following its acquisition of a company active in the agri-food sector in France, after discovering the existence of a price cartel with the subsidiary’s competitors.
Cornet Vincent Ségurel
Originally founded in Nantes, Cornet Vincent Ségurel is a leading firm in western France and has also established a base in Paris. Expanding greatly over the last decade, the firm has opened offices in Bordeaux, Lille, Lyon, and Rennes. Whilst each office offers full-service expertise, the regional hubs often have a specialised offering related to their geographic location, for example the wine industry focus at the Bordeaux office and the distribution law focus in Lille.
Delcade is one of the few law firms approved by Business France, a French government agency in charge of fostering the export growth of French businesses and facilitating international investment in France. Dual-qualified in French and English law, Benoit Lafourcade is the co-founder and co-managing partner of the firm and is based in Bordeaux. Managing partner, Fabrice Delouis is also based in Bordeaux and has expertise in tax law. The firm also has offices in Lille and Paris.
‘International expertise, lawyers competent in many fields.’
‘Multidisciplinary firm with a strong international expertise.’
‘Open-mindedness, reactivity, proximity, flexibility, professionalism!’
‘Excellent relationship with clients, professional, solution-oriented. They stick to their commitments and build trust.’
BFCOI (Banque Française Commerciale Ocean Indien)
PANORAMA ANTENNAS Ltd
MAIRIE DE PESSAC
- Advises all French group subsidiaries of the CINFA group, including Orliman, leader in orthopaedics, Natural Santé, developer of nutritional supplements and Santé Verte Limited.
- Advised Cacolac, a French independent company producing flavoured milk, regarding LBO structuring and intra-group flows structuring.
- Assisted Unistellar, a company specializing in manufacturing telescopes and space optics, in its investment round in the US, and advised the company on contractual aspects.
Originally founded in Lyon, Delsol Avocats also has an office in Paris. Its main base remains in Lyon, as the firm is strongly rooted in the business landscape of the Rhône-Alpes region. Due to Lyon’s proximity to Italy, the firm has also established an ‘Italian desk’, enhancing its transalpine activities. Having developed particular expertise in not-for-profits, the team regularly contributes to the development of legal and regulatory frameworks of organisations operating in the social economy. Xavier Delsol is the founder and co-head of the non-profit department.
Other key lawyers:
Minet Lacing Technologies
New MT / King Jouet
- Assisting CETIH with the tax and legal structuring of its endowment fund principal shareholder.
- Advised New MT in the context of its takeover offer over Maxi Toys following insolvency proceedings.
- Provided assistance to Bpifrance with its investment in OBSA in Skyepharma.
Lamartine Conseil is a French independent business boutique law firm that is traditionally dedicated to small-cap private equity transactions and M&A, but has since expanded both its expertise and geographical presence. The firm now offers litigation, labour law, insolvency and bankruptcy law, tax, structured finance, regulatory and competition law in the Paris and Bordeaux offices and across its new offices in Lyon and Aix-Marseille established in 2019. Stéphane Rodriguez and Cédric Sapède are names to note for corporate law in Lyon. Clyve Monfredo is the corporate expert in Aix-Marseille.
Stephane Rodriguez; Cedric Sapede; Lionel Hanachowicz; Remi Hanachowicz; Juli Degenève ; Jérôme Cochet; Clyve Monfredo; Lionel Weller; Benoît Philippe; Maryline Pic-Dehongher; Sophie Gsell
‘On each of the files, we were supported by partners specialising in their field. Reactivity, professionalism and expertise qualify Lamartine well.’
‘Pic Dehongher, Lionel Hanachowicz and Bertrand Hermant are competent and master their subject, they are responsive and available. Despite the complexity of the files and the tight timing, they have a sense of priorities in order to bring the files to fruition.’
Business law firm Oratio has an impressive presence in the west of France, with eleven offices spread across the country, including an office in Paris. Gilles Camphort oversees the firm across the offices and is primarily located in the Nantes office. The firm's head office is located in Angers where Philippe Héry is the key contact.. Not only strong in domestic matters, the firm’s position as an independent member of the Baker Tilly international network, present in more than 148 countries, extends its offering to cross-border issues.
Other key lawyers:
TRANSPORTS GAZEAU et BRELET TRANSPORTS
Local Company Finance One
Pwc Société d'Avocats
PwC Société d’Avocats has a strong presence across France with eight offices in Paris, Bordeaux, Lille, Lyon, Marseille, Nantes, Strasbourg and Toulouse. The firm’s offices in the regions support the activities of SMEs, French subsidiaries of foreign companies, entrepreneurs and regional private equity funds with tax, employment, shipping, food,IT/IP and energy law. From these offices, the firm also coordinates the legal and tax activities of PricewaterhouseCoopers’ international network of entities providing professional services in Monaco. Clients much appreciate the ‘end-to-end support approach during the initial phase until signature’. The Marseille office has particular expertise in the taxation of the maritime sector. The Bordeaux office is a go-to for wine law. Emmanuelle Veras is the tax partner overseeing the regional offices.
‘Very good availability of Pwc Nantes teams, end-to-end support approach during the initial phase until signature.’
‘They have everything I need in terms of legal skills in a professional and pedagogical capacity and in the region, which is not common.’
‘Antoine de Bonnafos & Jacques Darbois are appreciated for their listening, their understanding of the profession from a technological point of view, but also from an organizational point of view, including their flexibility. Their experience saves precious time in negotiations.’
‘I highly recommend Jacques Darbois and Antoine Bonnafos: efficient, concise, direct, exactly what I expect.’
‘They are able to gather a multi-specialist team quickly.’
- Acted as counsel to Soridec Gestion in relation to the investment in Groupe Courcelle, a transport specialist.
- Advised the founders of Beem Energy in a Series A financing round subscribed by 360 Capital and Alter Equity.
- Advised Centum Adetel Group as minority shareholder of Holiwatt which faced financial difficulties following the failure of the majority shareholder to finance the business.
Originally based in Strasbourg, Valoris Avocats has expanded its reach to Lyon and Paris. The firm has a focus on corporate and commercial law, tax law and employment law, and is particularly well known for its expertise in cross-border investments, especially with Germany. Based in Strasbourg are Luc Julien-Saint-Amand who is specialised in tax and business law, Cécile Puijalon-Radu is a specialist in cross-border M&A and business law, Annette Ludemann-Ober focuses on tax law and Florence Drevet-Wolff is the head of labor law department. In the Lyon office, Xavier Duquenne is head of global mobility and Oliver Wiesike is a commercial and corporate lawyer. With expertise in international tax, taxation of investment funds and real estate taxation, Guillaume Rubechi is the key contact in Paris.
‘Good listening and good responsiveness.’
‘Anne Antoni and Alice Enderlé are at the top of their skills and the attention paid to cases. Well done to them. Cécile Puijalon-Radu is also perfect.’
SCPI Atlantique Mur Region