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75116 PARIS

France > Construction Tier 2

FTPA advises contractors, project developers, and companies on their construction contracts in addition to assisting with pre-litigation and litigation before courts and in arbitration proceedings. The practice is best known for advising on the reconstruction of a major landmark. Its expertise extends to the construction of a solar site for which the team is handling the drafting of all construction and operating agreements. Robert Corcos is the head of the construction team. Bernard Cazin and Julien Marceaux joined from CMAA  in 2020.


‘Very good experts in their field, very reassuring.’

‘They are involveed and proactive. A big thank you!’

‘The teams are made up equally and the partners are directly and immediately available.’

‘The cross-practice approach and a vision of legal issues arising from projects stand out. The teams are made up of experts who master the technical and concrete aspects of the locations where our projects are located.’

‘A team that suits us well. Robert Corcos has a real talent for synthesising and getting to the point. His team of professionals is discreet and recognised.’

They have kept an intimacy with their clients which the big machines have lost.’

Key clients



France > Intellectual property: Trade marks and designs Tier 2

The team at FTPA covers the full gamut of IP matters, including trade marks, designs, copyright, and patents, as well as appellations of origin and disputes involving patronymic names. Additionally, it is highly experienced in search clearances and IP litigation before French and European courts, as well as related non-contentious matters such as data privacy, IT issues, and data protection. The team is particularly strong advising clients active in luxury brands, media and entertainment, fashion, and the perfumery and cosmetic industries. Antoine Gautier-Sauvagnac specialises in IP and media law, both within France and internationally. Counsel Hélène Huet frequently litigates before French and European courts and is also experienced in IP contract drafting and negotiations. Boriana Guimberteau left the firm.

Practice head(s):

Antoine Gautier-Sauvagnac

Other key lawyers:


‘The team is very solid and very advanced in the knowledge and use of new technologies. Great efficiency in understanding files and above all the service provided is very efficient and extremely business-oriented.’

‘Antoine Gauthier-Sauvagnac is not only an extremely effective leader and very attentive but he is very business-oriented, which makes his opinions very concrete. His responsiveness is remarkable and he is very approachable.’

‘Antoine Gautier-Sauvagnac greatly supports us on trademark litigation cases involving also trade dress and unfair competition aspects. He has a lot of knowledge about the trademark, trade dress and unfair competition scene in France and we always received fast and easy to understand advice.’

France > Administrative and public law Tier 3

FTPA has a strong presence in the rail and culture sectors, with strong public procurement, regulatory and litigation expertise. The practice also advises on major construction and infrastructure matters and assisted a major client with the creation of a duty-free zone. Raphaël Crespelle co-heads the practice alongside Bernard Cazin  and Julien Marceaux, two new partners who joined in September from law firm CM Société d’Avocats, adding further strength in urban planning, public finance and public taxation.

Practice head(s):

Raphaël Crespelle; Bernard Cazin; Julien Marceau


‘The team is particularly attentive to its clients. Faced with complex situations, pragmatic and useful solutions are found within very tight deadlines. The prices offered are competitive with regard to expertise.’

‘Sports enthusiasts and very good technicians, it is a pleasure to work with that firm.’

‘Precise knowledge of issues and internal culture of public establishments. Remarkable expertise in public law and legal agility.’

‘Ability to listen and analyse situations quickly, especially in times of crisis. Advice and dialogue that are both constructive and reassuring for our institution. Remarkable availability and speed in handling and monitoring cases which has led to a strong and lasting relationship of trust.’

‘Responsiveness, very good knowledge of the sector, offers interesting solutions to the legal issues raised.’

France > Insolvency Tier 3

FTPA has a very experienced and versatile team, able to deal with the full range of issues, including corporate and litigation aspects. The firm is particularly experienced in debtor work, but can also assist shareholders, investors, court appointed representatives and credit insurers. The busy caseload includes several particularly significant matters in the aviation sector where the team has strong industry know-how. The practice also offers experience in the automotive sector and has been handling key matters in the retail, fashion and tourism sectors. Serge-Antoine TchekhoffBruno Robin and Edouard Fabre co-head the practice which also features up-and-coming counsel Romain Lantourne.

Practice head(s):

Antoine Tchekhoff; Bruno Robin; Edouard Fabre

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‘Bruno Robin and Romain Lantourne are excellent.’

‘Great adaptability and gifted individuals.’

‘Edouard Fabre is  a great professional to work with. He has a huge talent to simplify complex cases. He always finds the stronger basis on which to position our company well in complex cases.’

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Kidiliz Group


France > Private equity: venture/growth capital Tier 3

Key clients




Eutopia VC




Work highlights

  • Advised Cook-E on its fundraising with Karot Capital and other investors.
  • Advised the French Fintech Pennylane on its fundraising with Sequoia Capital and other investors (Serie A).
  • Advised Predictus AKA Fairmoney on its fundraising with US fund Tiger Global.

France > Dispute resolution: Commercial litigation Tier 4


Work highlights

    France > Mergers and acquisitions Tier 5


    Practice head(s):

    Nathalie Younan

    Other key lawyers:

    Sylvain Clérambourg

    Key clients

    Veolia Group


    Retail Robotics



    Geveko Markings

    France > Tax Tier 5


    Practice head(s):

    Nicolas Message

    Other key lawyers:

    Sophie Jouniaux


    ‘Remarkable team, great follow-up and processing of files. Good understanding of the client’s issues.’

    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

    Chairman of SB Antoine Tchekhoffsatchekhoff@ftpa.fr+33 (0)1 45 00 86 20
    Supervisory Board Bruno Robinbrobin@ftpa.fr
    Supervisory Board Fabrice Lorvoflorvo@ftpa.fr
    Supervisory Board Robert Corcosrcorcos@ftpa.fr
    Supervisory Board Raphaël Crespellercrespelle@ftpa.fr
    Managing Partner Philippe Pochetppochet@ftpa.fr
    Managing Partner Antoine Gautier-Sauvagnacagsauvagnac@ftpa.fr
    Managing Partner Nathalie Younannyounan@ftpa.fr
    Managing Partner Nicolas Messagenmessage@ftpa.fr
    Number of partners : 26
    Number of other lawyers : 40