Firm Profile > FTPA > Paris, France

75116 PARIS

Construction Tier 2

FTPA assists contracting companies, contractors and developers with public and private sector construction matters. The practice is notably advising on the rebuilding of a landmark edifice and was the advisor of choice for damage claims arisen from defects and other construction issues pertaining to hospitals, industrial plants and offices. Key names in the practice include public law expert Raphaël Crespelle  and Robert Corcos, who brings his solid litigation expertise to the table. Emmanuel d’Antin, Samia Bendjenna, Laurence Lepinois , Bernard Cazin and Julien Marceaux also contribute.

Practice head(s):

Robert Corcos; Raphaël Crespelle; Emmanuel D’Antin; Samia Bendjenna; Laurence Lepinois; Bernard Cazin; Julien Marceaux

Key clients

Groupe Snef

Gruppo Villa Maria

Intellectual property: Copyright Tier 2

FTPA assists with advisory work and contentious matters, traditionally with a strong focus on the entertainment and media sectors. The key practitioners are Philippe Pochet, Boriana Guimberteau and Antoine Gautier-Sauvignac.

Intellectual property: Trade marks and designs Tier 2

FTPA impresses with a comprehensive soft IP practice that includes a strong trade mark and design offering. Under the lead of Boriana Guimberteau and Antoine Gautier-Sauvignac, the team acts as strategic advisor on the IP aspects of its clients' projects and has developed an impressive and substantial track record in the fashion, perfume and cosmetics sectors; it also has extensive litigation experience, and advises on both domestic and cross-border disputes. Commercial IP work, including assignments, coexistence agreements, settlement and licence agreements, also constitute part of the practice's typical caseload. Guimberteau initiated the firm's blockchain offering in 2019, so as to better assists clients with the protection of their assets, for example through recording designs, creation dates and contracts.

Other key lawyers:

Hélène Huet


‘The team has adapted very quickly to our way of working and understands how to strike a balance between preserving our rights and doing so in a cost-and time-efficient manner.’

‘Boriana Guimberteau – expert knowledge, timely replies, efficient.’

Administrative and public law Tier 3

FTPA’s team combines excellent public procurement, regulatory and litigation expertise. The firm is recommended for complex work and assists a prominent client base of public and private operators. Highly strategic public procurement projects in the rail sector are a key line of work. Other work includes a key project in the space sector and a strong caseload in the art and culture sector. The team was recently mandated to advise on the reconstruction of a landmark public building. Raphaël Crespelle is highly recommended.

Practice head(s):

Raphaël Crespelle


Mastery of the specificities of administrative law; good ability to identify legal and contextual arguments; high availability of partners and collaborators; ability to listen to the client and convince it based on legal recommendations;  immediate and good apprehension of business issues and integration of constraints and strategies.’

‘Very meticulous monitoring of cases with good anticipation of needs and deadlines; ability to identify new legal arguments and sense of priorities in the  preparation of cases.’

‘The firm has always responded with pragmatism and made it possible, within tight deadlines, to find the most appropriate solutions.’

‘Precise advice and always adapted.’

‘A reactive team (especially during the pandemic), complementary and supportive associates who work harmoniously and effectively together.’

‘ Lawyers fully involve their clients in the thinking process and in finding solutions.’

‘The team has a very good knowledge of our contractual practice which allows it to give reactive advice and to have a fair appreciation of risks.’

‘Raphaël Crespelle has very good knowledge of our practice, our problems and our specific challenges.’

‘A leading firm in the field of advice and litigation.’

‘We can only persist in recommending the public law team remarkably led by Maître Raphaël Crespelle. The qualities of this team, made up of Maître Raphaël Crespelle and Maître Ludovic Alamargot are as follows: excellent responsiveness, attention and availability.’

‘The firm demonstrates a high degree of reliability both in the field of legal advice and in litigation; this team is attentive to developing the best strategies in close collaboration with the client; they are clever tacticians. This team is always attentive to provide solutions to problems that arise. The customer benefits from legal certainty which gives it a lot of comfort. Maître Raphaël Crespelle, thanks to his long practice in contract law and public procurement, is a recognised expert in this field. He competently and efficiently leads a high-quality, remarkably efficient team.’


Private equity: venture/growth capital Tier 3

Practice head(s):

Nathalie Younan; Coralie Oger; Sylvain Clérambourg

Key clients


ADM Capital





Dispute resolution: Commercial litigation Tier 4


Practice head(s):

Serge-Antoine Tchekhoff; Robert Corcos

Key clients


HYFLUX (Singapore)









Insolvency Tier 4

FTPA has an experienced team that handles a solid caseload. The practice regularly acts for debtors, but is also retained by financial institutions and shareholders. With experience in several significant matters as well as in smaller cases and broad sector expertise, including the entertainment, press, tourism and aviation industries, the group is able to take on a wide range of cases. Serge-Antoine TchekhoffBruno Robin, who has rare expertise in acting as trustee (fiduciaire) in insolvency cases, and Edouard Fabre are the key contacts. Counsel Romain Lantourne also deserves a mention.

Practice head(s):

Antoine Tchekhoff; Bruno Robin; Edouard Fabre; Coralie Oger

Other key lawyers:

Romain Lantourne

Key clients











Mergers and acquisitions Tier 4

Practice head(s):

Key clients



Orange Group


Tikehau Capital

Veolia Group

Scaled Risk


Citya Immobilier


Oceane Consulting

Dispute resolution: International arbitration Tier 5

Practice head(s):

Serge Antoine Tchekhoff; Robert Corcos Rajeev; Sharma Fokeer

Tax Tier 5

Practice head(s):

Nicolas Message

Other key lawyers:

Sophie Jouniaux

The firm: Founded in 1972, FTPA is one of the leading independent full-service law firms in France with a thriving international practice, a dedicated London desk in this post-Brexit era and a tried and tested network of correspondents worldwide. The firm’s international dimension has grown from strength to strength driven by its partners who are recognised leaders in their respective practice areas. The cultural and professional diversity of its lawyers, allied to the diversity of their educational backgrounds, remains a valuable asset of the firm, which stands out for its collaborative approach and innovative, streetwise solutions, looking beyond the letter of the law. Drawing from its in-depth knowledge of the business world, FTPA is a pioneer in customer-oriented digital transformation. The firm offers major groups and corporate clients a wide spectrum of digital services, including a blockchain platform to protect innovation and collaboration with legal departments FTPA remains committed to social responsibility and ethics. It has in the past years made a conscious effort to go green and as a testimony of its strong expertise in the art world for example, FTPA supports various cultural projects and artists. The firm also sponsors charitable ventures and associations such as the Institut Curie.

Main areas of practice
Art law

2 partners, 5 associates

Aviation law
4 partners, 8 associates

Banking/financial services
2 partners, 4 associates

Competition, distribution and compliance
1 partner, 2 associates

Dispute resolution/arbitration
8 partners, 19 associates

Employment law
3 partners, 2 of counsels, 4 associates

Health and life sciences
3 partners, 3 associates

4 partners, 8 associates

Insurance/mutual insurance
1 partner, 3 associates

Intellectual property law
3 partners, 7 associates

Marketing and advertising
1 partner, 3 associates

Media law
5 partners, 10 associates

M&A and corporate law
5 partners, 10 associates

New technologies/data protection
4 partners, 11 associates

Private equity
4 partners, 10 associates

Public law
3 partners, 6 associates

Public M&A and equity capital markets
1 partner, 4 associates

Real estate and construction law
3 partners, 9 associates

Tax law
2 partners, 7 associates

Department Name Email Telephone
Chairman of SB Antoine Tchekhoff +33 (0)1 45 00 86 20
Supervisory Board Bruno Robin
Supervisory Board Fabrice Lorvo
Supervisory Board Robert Corcos
Supervisory Board Raphaël Crespelle
Managing Partner Philippe Pochet
Managing Partner Antoine Gautier-Sauvagnac
Managing Partner Nathalie Younan
Managing Partner Nicolas Message
Number of partners : 26
Number of other lawyers : 40