Firm Profile > FTPA > Paris, France

75116 PARIS

Construction Tier 2

FTPA assists engineering companies and contractors, as well as developers, on office, residential and commercial building projects. It provides advisory, contract and litigation expertise through Robert Corcos. Public law partner Raphaël Crespelle  is also a key team member who advises public sector institutions and companies on infrastructure work. He recently managed sensitive matters linked to the building of a major public hospital.

Intellectual property: Copyright Tier 2

The team at FTPA handles contentious and non-contentious intellectual property matters for a range of clients, with a particular focus on the entertainment and media sectors. Antoine Gautier-Sauvignac represented a client in a cross-border copyright infringement case, obtaining a favourable settlement. Philippe Pochet assisted a client with drafting contracts in compliance with French intellectual property law. Boriana Guimberteau is representing a client in pending copyright litigation in a high-value matter.

Intellectual property: Trade marks and designs Tier 2

The 'very good negotiators' at FTPA are sought out by clients from a range of industries, including software, fashion, pharmaceutical and cosmetics for intellectual property advice. The firm gained several new clients from the financial sector. Joint practice heads Antoine Gautier-Sauvignac and Boriana Guimberteau assist with a range of matters, including some cross-border matters both inside and outside Europe. Contentious matters include trade mark infringement litigation. Non-contentious matters include clearance of new brands and trade mark portfolio management.


Know the market very well in general, pragmatic approach and very good negotiators.

Antoine Gautier-Sauvagnac has a very strategic approach and way of thinking and is one of the best negotiators I have known. Boriana Guimberteau has a very good understanding of the needs of the industry and of businesses in general. Pragmatic and pleasant in addition.

Administrative and public law Tier 3

FTPA’s broad range of expertise allows the group to assist with a variety of matters, including regulatory and public sector contract issues. The four-lawyer team is notably handling highly strategic advisory and litigation work in the railway sector. The practice is also retained by many leading French industrial companies to advise on the structuring of complex contracts. Hospitals and universities are also clients, as well as prestigious cultural museums and institutions. Raphaël Crespelle is highly recommended.

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The team is strong and its advice and litigation work shows great reliability. They are always careful to find solutions to any problems. Clients feel safe and comfortable in their hands.’

‘The firm shows great public law contract expertise and extremely good responsiveness. They provide efficient and practical solutions.’

‘Raphaël Crespelle leads a highly skilled and outstanding team with efficiency and great proficiency.’

Insolvency Tier 3

FTPA has a solid team of six lawyers who are involved in several landmark cases. The practice acts for debtors, judicial liquidators and creditors. It is involved in a major cross-border case and also acts on key matters from the press, retail, real estate and transport sectors. Litigation is also dealt with. The practice is co-headed by Serge-Antoine Tchekhoff, Bruno Robin, who has rare expertise in acting as trustee (fiduciaire) in insolvency cases, and Edouard Fabre.

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Private equity: venture/growth capital Tier 3



‘FTPA have a very nice team, technical and reactive. The team was very efficient, organised and accessible.’

‘The FTPA team is simply excellent. Problem-solvers, very professional with a sound knowledge of the private equity environment. Their partners are very involved.’

Key clients


Eulerian Technologies



Tikehau Capital

Scaled Risk


Nova Consulting




Employment Tier 4


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Key clients

Johnson & Johnson

Mood Media


Manoir Industries





Moma Group




Mergers and acquisitions Tier 4


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‘Available, creative, high quality of service.’

‘Tailor made advice. User friendly. Reasonably priced.’

Key clients

Orano (formerly Areva)


Orange Group


CSP Technologies

Veolia Group

Tikehau Capital


Citya Immobilier



Oceane Consulting

The firm: Founded in 1972, FTPA is one of the leading independent business law firms in France. It has offices in Paris and London (UK). FTPA now counts almost 60 lawyers, including 23 partners. At FTPA, lawyers are united by their common passion for law. Together they practice in different areas of law to provide concrete and creative solutions to the issues their clients face. FTPA lawyers take a comprehensive approach to each case, meaning that all the legal, financial and strategic aspects are considered from the outset in order to find the most fitting solution. Financial considerations in the commercial matters the firm handles are always prioritised.

As an inherent part of the firm, since its creation, FTPA’s international dimension is driven by a common vision shared by all partners and members. The cultural and professional diversity of its partners and their educational backgrounds, taken as a whole, is the firm’s most valuable asset. It handles matters in France and throughout the world.

Since its inception, FTPA has been committed to various charitable and community-support initiatives. Every year the firm participates and sponsors cultural, artistic or general interest events in a variety of fields, including research, education, environment, sports, solidarity and innovation. As part of this initiative, the firm offers financial support and/or legal advice to various associations, such as the Curie Institute.

Areas of practice: FTPA is a multidisciplinary law firm that advises and represents clients across the complete range of business law matters. With experts in each practice, the combination of the firm’s capabilities allows FTPA to adopt a global approach, aimed at optimising solutions for its clients. The firm has vast experience in a broad range of sectors allowing it to fully grasp practical issues faced by its clients, including companies, corporate groups, listed companies or directors and private individuals, associations or foundations. Where necessary, the firm calls on external specialists in areas requiring specific expertise.

The firm acts both in France and abroad. It opened a new office in London in September 2016 and has two foreign desks, an Iranian desk and a Turkish desk.

Areas of practice: aviation law, banking and compliance, dispute resolution, employment law, insolvency and restructuring, insurance and mutual insurance, intellectual property law, marketing and advertising, media law, M&A and corporate law, new technologies, private equity, public M&A and equity capital markets, public law, real estate and construction law, tax law.