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Bignon Lebray
75017 PARIS

France > Media and entertainment: Sports Tier 2

Having developed an expertise in rugby, Bignon Lebray represents some of the top premiership clubs, defending its players before disciplinary panels. Equally as involved in golfing matters, the firm is the go-to counsel for Golf de Maisons Laffitte. Neil Robertson, who is also a sports agent, leads the practice and acts for clubs, players, and agents, with matters including the drafting and negotiating of employment contracts as well as of services and sponsorship agreements.

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Key clients

CA Brive

Golf de Maisons-Laffitte

Stade Toulousain


Racing 92 Rugby Club

Work highlights

  • Defended professional rugby player Fabien Sanconnie in a disciplinary hearing before the Federation Française de Rugby.
  • Represented professional rugby player Julien Marchand in a disciplinary hearing before the ECPR.
  • Defended professional rugby player Kurtley Beale in a disciplinary hearing before the Federation Française de Rugby.

France > Intellectual property: Patents Tier 3

Bignon Lebray's multidisciplinary practice covers patent law in addition to other areas of IP. The team works with a diverse set of clients, including start-ups, SMEs, multinationals, public sector companies, and investment funds. Nicolas Moreau heads the firm's intellectual property group. Elise Dufour specialises in new technologies law and Barbara Bertholet is particularly active for healthcare clients.

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‘Speed, simplicity of relations, availability, efficiency and great mastery of the subject of the team dedicated to IP.’


Key clients

Ermete Giudici spa

NG Biotech


France > Private equity: venture/growth capital Tier 3

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‘Bignon Lebray is a firm that I consider to be a real partner. The partners are fully operationally involved on the subjects, forces of proposal, in solution mode.’

Key clients







Perspective Habitat


Faber France



Work highlights

  • Advised Perspective Habitat and its managers on drafting of all the documentation relating to the fundraising and the relations between the partners.
  • Advised Red River West, Cap Horn and Raise Ventures on their investment in Worldia for a round of €19m.
  • Advised the investment funds Demeter and Capagro, historical shareholders of Naio Technologies, a Toulouse-based manufacturer of autonomous agricultural robots, on its new €14m round financing.

France > Intellectual property: Trade marks and designs Tier 4

Practice head(s):

Nicolas Moreau

Work highlights

  • Advised Agence Nationale pour la Cohésion des Territoires, the French national urban planning public agency in protecting its trademark portfolio.

France > Private equity: LBO Tier 4

Bignon Lebray

Practice head(s):

Edouard Waels

Key clients


Capital Croissance

Turenne Capital Partenaires


New Alpha Verto

Financière Fonds Privés

Antoine Rocco

Work highlights

  • Advised Capital Croissance and Turenne Capital on their acquisition of minority stake in Teaminside Group.
  • Assisted Capital Croissance with the LBO of SEGUIN groups.
  • Advised NewAlpha Verto on the LBO of OMT Transport and GPI Groups.

France > Administrative and public law Tier 5

Practice head(s):

Sébastien Pinot


‘The team is experienced, dedicated, focused and provides excellent service quality.’

‘Sébastien Pinot is the key figure, always responsive, never losing the wood for the trees and a strategic thinker.’

Key clients


Action Logement

Agence française de l’environnement et de la maîtrise de l’énergie

Agence Française Anticorruption

CCI Finance

CHU de Rouen

Crédit Agricole

Direction Générale des Finances Publiques (DGFIP) – ministry of budget


Fusion for Energy

Grand Port Maritime du Havre (Le Havre Harbour)

Immobilière 3 F

Lille Métropole

Ministry of Defense

Ministry of Culture

Ministry of Economy & Finance

NH Hoteles

Direction générale des douanes et des droits indirecte (Ministry of finance)


Radio France

Ville de Paris

Région Auvergne Rhône Alpes

Région Bourgogne Franche Comté

Région Nouvelle Aquitaine

Région Ile de France



NG Biotech

Akzo Nobel

Agence Nationale de la Cohésion des Territoires

B&B Hotels

Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Arts et Métiers

Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Work highlights

  • Advising Ville de Paris on the negotiation of a €200m loan under its EMTN programme.
  • Advising the Ministry and Atout France on international public law issues in their defence in the litigation in the USA relating to the domain name ‘’.
  • Advising ADEME on the setting up and negotiation of complex subsidy contracts and their combination with the project finance of four major innovating floating wind farm projects

France > Mergers and acquisitions Tier 5

Bignon Lebray

Practice head(s):

Edouard Waels

Other key lawyers:

Thomas Buffin; Florence Dedieu; Alexandre Ghesquière; Neil Roberston


‘Edouard Waels brings a pragmatic approach to cases.’


Key clients



Arthur Loyd

Groupe Manpower

Nactis Flavour




Capital Croissance


Atlantic Dawn


Happiness Capital

Wine Bankers


Kuehne + Nagel

La Revanche des Sites / Meet your Date


NH Hotels



Fedrus International


Work highlights

  • Acted for Nactis Flavours, the French and Belgian leader in the production and distribution of aromatic raw materials, food flavourings and aromatic and functional ingredients for the food industry, on the sale of its stake to the Italian company Nactarome S.p.A.    
  • Advised the historical partners of 3D Soft in relation to the sale of the company specialising in the organisation, production and operation management for car dealerships, to Bee2link.
  • Advised on an MBO of Arjowiggins.

The firm: Bignon Lebray is a French law firm established more than 40 years ago that provides business law services to large and medium-sized companies. The firm is recognised for delivering creative, cost-effective solutions that are tailored to the individual needs of its clients. Its fully integrated offices in France (Paris, Lille, Lyon, Aix-Marseille), its strategic presence in China (Shanghai) and India(New Delhi) and its active involvement in the Meritas International Network provide the firm with a clear overview of its clients’ markets, as well as a good understanding of the clients’ roles within those markets.

Areas of practice: The firm has 110 lawyers, including 32 partners, working within 11 practice areas.

Corporate law – mergers and acquisitions: the firm advises clients on transactions involving the purchase or sale of private and listed companies, and creation of partnerships and joint ventures. The M&A department also assists with public tender offers, audits, corporate restructuring, acquisition financing, and risk and development capital.

Private equity: Bignon Lebray is also recognised for its expertise in the field of private equity, in particular in venture capital, development capital and LBOs for small and mid-cap transactions (companies valued up to €100m).

Tax law: the firm advises companies on corporate, transactional and strategic tax matters, including transfer pricing issues. The team has extensive experience representing companies in the context of tax investigations and negotiations with tax authorities and appearing on their behalf in courts. The firm’s tax experts also provide assistance with property transactions and with matters relating to employee benefits and estate planning.

Employment and social security law: Bignon Lebray is equipped to respond to all challenges faced by companies and their management in terms of employment law, human resource management and social security. The team advises clients on both negotiations and disputes.

Banking, finance and capital markets: Bignon Lebray advises financial institutions and private and public borrowers on all types of financing, including structured finance, derivatives and capital markets. The firm’s expertise extends to regulatory and UCITS-related issues, with significant experience in managing banking and financial disputes.

Competition and distribution law: the firm has considerable expertise in distribution and competition law. The firm assists clients with the management of their contractual relationships and the implementation and enhancement of distribution techniques, as well as with compliance issues.

Property law and property management: the firm works with both institutions and professionals on property transactions. The firm’s expertise extends to mergers and acquisitions, commercial leases, construction contracts, construction claims and disputes, and co-ownership management and disputes.

Public, environmental and PPP law: the firm offers extensive experience in all areas of public and environmental law, in both transactional and litigious contexts. It assists clients with development and promotional projects, preemptions and expropriations, PPPs, project finance, mergers and acquisitions and environmental audits.

Intellectual property and technology law: Bignon Lebray assists clients with identifying, protecting and enhancing the value of their trade marks, patents, designs and models, and databases, etc. The department also has extensive experience in the advanced technologies field, notably as related to information technology and the internet.

Transport and logistics: the firm has both in-house and private practice experience, and extensive experience in the risk management and insurance fields. This allows it to assist clients in the shipping and logistics industries with both transactional and contentious matters.

Litigation and arbitration: the firm acts in disputes in all areas of business law across sectors including food, wine and spirits, industrial, transport, energy, health, urban planning, public and banking. Its lawyers assist and defend both companies and their management before civil, commercial and criminal courts.

Health: Bignon Lebray has developed specific savoir-faire and advises figures from this market throughout their projects: ensuring that the strategy is consistent with legal and regulatory frameworks, advising founders on choosing a suitable legal structure, assisting in the social management of strategic reorganisation: Acquisition or transmission of essential intellectual property for these kinds of projects, protection of enterprise-specific knowledge, marketing of products and, if required, assistance with litigations.

Sport: Sportsmanship and sporting values are profoundly embedded into Bignon Lebray’s mindset, as demonstrated by the numerous projects initiated by the firm. Our savoir-faire applies to all sports (e.g. football, rugby, golf, tennis, motorsport, equestrianism), and includes all areas of French and international business law (contracts, corporate law, taxation, competition law, intellectual property, public law, association law, mediation and litigation).

Corporate – mergers and acquisitions
Private equity
Tax law
Employment and social security law
Banking, finance and capital markets
Competition and distribution law
Property law and property management
Public, environmental and PPP law
Intellectual property and technology law
Transport & Logistics
Litigation and arbitration
Antoine Arminjon photoMr Antoine ArminjonPartner, Competition and distribution law
Antoine Benoit photoMr Antoine BenoitPartner – Employment Law
Jérémie Boublil photoMr Jérémie BoublilPartner, Employment Law
Paul  Brisset photoMr Paul BrissetCounsel, Litigation & Arbitration
Thomas Buffin photoMr Thomas BuffinPartner, Corporate law
Matthieu Bultel  photoMe Matthieu Bultel Counsel, Tax Law
Caroline Cazaux photoMrs Caroline CazauxPartner, Competition & Distribution law
Frédéric Coulon photoMr Frédéric CoulonPartner, Competition and distribution law
Bertrand Debosque photoMr Bertrand DebosquePartner – Employment Law
Florence Dedieu photoMrs Florence DedieuPartner, Corporate law
Laurence Defontaine photoMrs Laurence DefontainePartner, Real Estate law, Banking and finance law
Marie-Charlotte Diriart photoMrs Marie-Charlotte DiriartPartner, Employment & Social security law
Elise Dufour photoMrs Elise DufourPartner, Intellectuel Property et Technology Law
Xiao-Lin Fu-Bourgne photoMrs Xiao-Lin Fu-BourgneOf Counsel, China desk
Alexandre Ghesquière photoMr Alexandre GhesquièrePartner, Corporate law
Jacques Goyet photoMr Jacques GoyetPartner, Corporate law
Jérôme Granotier photoMr Jérôme Granotierpartner, Tax law
Philippe Larivière photoMr Philippe LarivièrePartner, Public and Environmental law
Julien Lecat photoMr Julien LecatPartner, Distribution and competition law
Emilie  Lesné photoMrs Emilie LesnéCounsel, Employment law & Social protection
Nicolas Moreau photoMr Nicolas MoreauPartner, Intellectual property & Technology law
Benjamin Mourot photoMr Benjamin MourotPartner, IP/IT
Delphine Nowak photoMrs Delphine NowakPartner, Distribution and competition law, Real estate law
Thierry Permezel photoMr Thierry PermezelPartner, Corporate law
Sébastien Pinot photoMr Sébastien PinotPartner, Public and Environmental law
Ondine Prévoteau photoMrs Ondine PrévoteauPartner, Competition & Distribution law, Property law & Property management
Serge Rastorgoueff photoMr Serge RastorgoueffPartner (Ongoing partnership process), Banking, Finance & Capital markets
Neil Robertson photoMr Neil RobertsonPartner, Corporate law
Pierre-Emmanuel Scherrer photoMr Pierre-Emmanuel ScherrerPartner, Tax law
Louis  Vallet photoMr Louis ValletCounsel, Corporate Law, Mergers & Acquisitions Private Equity
Alain Vamour photoMr Alain VamourPartner, Public and Environmental law
Alban Van de Vyver photoMr Alban Van de VyverPartner, Corporate law – Mergers & acquisitions
François Vignalou photoMr François VignalouPartner, Tax law
Edouard Waels photoMr Edouard WaelsPartner, Corporate Law – Mergers and Acquisitions
Number of lawyers : 110
at this office : 42
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Other offices : Aix-Marseille
Other offices : Lille
Other offices : Lyon
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