Firm Profile > FTPA > Paris , France

75116 PARIS

Construction Tier 1

FTPA advises private companies, hospitals, universities and public sector entities, as well as engineering companies and other contractors. The firm has good knowledge of judiciary surveys and advises clients from the first stage of a construction project through to possible litigation issues. The practice is notably handling litigation cases in the rail, energy and public infrastructure sectors. Serge-Antoine Tchekhoff, Robert Corcos, Emmanuel d’Antin and Raphaël Crespelle are high-quality advisers.

Insolvency Tier 2

FTPA is appreciated for its ‘winning’ approach and for the ‘full attention given to its clients’. The team, which demonstrates ‘great capability to negotiate with a full range of stakeholders’, is able to deal with a complete range of situations including distressed M&A, restructuring and insolvency cases. The team recently handled high-profile work, especially in the transport, retail, press and hotel sectors. Highlights included representing Maranatha and its administrator in insolvency proceedings; advising Hersant Media as majority shareholder of insolvent company Antilles Guyane Media; and acting for Monplaisir on its restructuring in Guadeloupe. The group represented BAT as creditor in obtaining a landmark decision from the Versailles Appeal Court in opposing the adoption of Sequana’s safeguard proceedings agreement. Key names include Serge-Antoine Tchekhoff, Bruno Robin, who is a leading name for acting as a trustee (fiduciaire) in insolvency and distressed situations, and Edouard FabreSandra Esquiva-Hesse is now with Simmons & Simmons.

Intellectual property: copyright Tier 2

The 'very dedicated and professional' team at FTPA covers all aspects of intellectual property including trade marks, patents, designs and unfair competition matters. Antoine Gautier-Sauvignac recently advised clients on the negotiation of publishing contracts and production arrangements as well as contentious infringement cases. Other key names include Boriana Guimberteau and Philippe Pochet, who advises clients on counterfeiting.

Intellectual property: Trade marks and designs Tier 2

FTPA 'provides a very responsive and excellent overall service' through practitioners like joint practice heads Boriana Guimberteau and Antoine Gautier-Sauvignac: 'two outstanding individuals who always provide superlative advice that is easily accessible to all clients'. In addition to several high-profile and sensitive trade mark infringement and cancellation proceedings, the team is handling advisory and pre-litigation matters related to the launch of new brands in the luxury sector. On the non-contentious side, the group also advising on the filing of trade marks and the negotiation of licence agreements.

Dispute resolution: commercial litigation Tier 3

FTPA acts for various high-profile French companies. The practice handles commercial litigation and has particular expertise in industrial cases involving long-term judicial discovery procedures. It is also instructed to deal with crisis situations and international matters. Serge-Antoine Tchekhoff, Edouard Fabre, Robert Corcos and Bruno Robin are all highly regarded.

Administrative and public law Tier 4

FTPA shows ‘outstanding flexibility and client care’, displays ‘great contract drafting skills’ and is ‘always able to find solutions to problems’. The four-lawyer team is particularly proficient in public law contracts, on both the advisory and the litigation sides, and recently handled work in the transport and construction areas. Universities, hospitals, government entities, public law entities and private sector operators are clients. The practice also has a strong presence in the art and cultural sectors and notably advises prestigious cultural institutions and museums. Practice head Raphaël Crespelle ‘has a great talent for suggesting practical solutions’.

Employment Tier 4


Tax Tier 5


Media and entertainment: advertising

FTPA specialises in domestic communication and advertising matters in the sports sector but also covers disputes between agencies and sports clubs, data protection issues and the organisation of events. Fabrice Lorvo co-heads the 'knowledgeable and efficient' intangibles department and is a marketing, advertising and communications law expert; he is currently advising a media company on the commercialisation of media rights in sub-Saharan African countries with the assistance of associates Julien Lombard and Frédéric Goldberg. In other highlights, the team acted for an international client on the sale and management of a Spanish football club.

Next Generation Partners: Sports

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.