Firm Profile > Bignon Lebray > Paris, France

Bignon Lebray
75017 PARIS

France > Media and entertainment: Sports Tier 2

Established in 2019, the sports law practice at Bignon Lebray is particularly sought after by major rugby clubs, with Stade Toulousain and CA Brive among its clients. Neil Robertson is the key contact, and regularly represents players from the aforementioned clubs before European rugby disciplinary commissions. Other highlights include advising CA Brive on an investment into it by Vivendi Sports and on the contract termination of a senior player and handling negotiation and settlement of the subsequent dispute.

Practice head(s):

Key clients

Stade Toulousain

CA Brive

Golf de Maisons-Laffitte


France > Intellectual property: Patents Tier 3

Bignon Lebray bolstered its IP bench in January 2020 with the arrival of Barbara Bertholet and her team who joined the firm from Adaltys Avocats. With Bertholet's dual expertise in patents and healthcare law, the practice is a natural fit for clients from the healthcare and life sciences sectors, including biotechnology players, e-health providers and medical device manufactures. The caseload includes infringement and validity disputes as well licensing matters, often involving high-stakes and foreign jurisdictions. Research and development agreements, employee invention agreements and technology and know-how transfer agreements are all areas in which the team has expertise. Nicolas Moreau is the head of the intellectual property and information technology group.

Practice head(s):

Other key lawyers:

Barbara Bertholet


Bignon Lebray shows availability and great listening skills.

They always listen, are able to deliver quick solutions that take context into consideration – everybody involved in the negotiation recognised the value that the firm brought to the table.

Key clients

NG Biotech


Ermete Giudici

France > Private equity: venture/growth capital Tier 3

Practice head(s):

Edouard Waels


The Bignon Lebray team is efficient, technical and delivers solutions.

Remarkable partner: Edouard Waels. He sets himself apart through his fine understanding of transactions and the context of negotiations. He is an extraordinary negotiator with remarkable expertise.

Key clients





Perspective Habitat


Faber France



France > Employment Tier 4

Bignon Lebray

Practice head(s):

Marie-Charlotte Diriart

Other key lawyers:

Jérémie Boublil; Antoine Benoit; Bertrand Debosque


 ‘Highly reliable and responsive; concrete advice; very good knowledge of the business world and an excellent understanding of clients’ needs.

‘We have been provided with outstanding legal support and remarkable dedication by Bertrand Debosque in Lille. The extremely strong and exceptional understanding of the French employment law aspects made a huge difference to the handling of our case. We were very pleased with the flexibility in the approach displayed by Bignon Lebray with respect to fee structure and billing.’                                                                  

‘Bertrand Debosque has very rapidly become a trusted adviser.’

Key clients

Logis Metropole Habitat du Nord

Groupe LDEV

France > Administrative and public law Tier 5

Bignon Lebray

Practice head(s):

Alain Vamour; Sébastien Pinot


‘Maître Pinot and his team are very responsive and relevant, even on sensitive subjects requiring in-depth analysis.’

‘Maître Pinot demonstrates a very thorough understanding of sensitive situations, which allows relevant support whatever the issues raised.’

‘Sébastien Pinot is an excellent technician. He is precise, rigorous and imaginative in order to find solutions.’

Key clients

Lille Métropole

Ville de Paris

Groupe Mon Abri

GIE Haropa

NG Biotech

Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Arts et Métiers


Covivio (ex Foncière des Murs)

Fusion for Energy


Grand Port Maritime de Nantes


Action Logement

Grand Port Maritime du Havre

Ademe Investissement

Akzo Nobel



Région Île-de-France

CHU de Rouen

Immobilière 3F

Ministry of Economy & Finance

DGFIP (Direction Générale des Finances Publiques – Ministère de l’action et des comptes publics)

Radio France

CCI Finance


NH Hotels


Agence Française anticorruption

The firm: Bignon Lebray is a French law firm established more than 35 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 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 80 lawyers, including 31 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 & 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.

Department Name Email Telephone
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
Photo Name Position Profile
Mr Antoine Arminjon  photo Mr Antoine Arminjon Partner, Competition and distribution law
Mr Antoine Benoit  photo Mr Antoine Benoit Partner – Employment Law
 Jérémie Boublil  photo Jérémie Boublil Partner, Employment Law
Mr Thomas Buffin  photo Mr Thomas Buffin Partner, Corporate law
Mrs Caroline Cazaux  photo Mrs Caroline Cazaux Partner, Competition & Distribution law
 Frédéric Coulon  photo Frédéric Coulon Partner, Competition and distribution law
Mrs Julie Daniel  photo Mrs Julie Daniel Of Counsel, Litigation and Arbitration
Mr Bertrand Debosque photo Mr Bertrand Debosque Partner – Employment Law
Mrs Florence Dedieu  photo Mrs Florence Dedieu Partner, Corporate law
Mrs Laurence Defontaine  photo Mrs Laurence Defontaine Partner, Real Estate law, Banking and finance law
Mr Xavier Dequidt  photo Mr Xavier Dequidt Of Counsel, Corporate law
Mrs Marie-Charlotte Diriart  photo Mrs Marie-Charlotte Diriart Partner, Employment & Social security law
Mr Jean-Baptiste Dubrulle  photo Mr Jean-Baptiste Dubrulle Partner, Public and Environmental law
Mrs Elise Dufour  photo Mrs Elise Dufour Partner, Intellectuel Property et Technology Law
Mrs Xiao-Lin Fu-Bourgne  photo Mrs Xiao-Lin Fu-Bourgne Of Counsel, China desk
 Alexandre Ghesquière  photo Alexandre Ghesquière Partner, Corporate law
Mr Jacques Goyet  photo Mr Jacques Goyet Partner, Corporate law
 Jérôme Granotier  photo Jérôme Granotier partner, Tax law
 Philippe Larivière  photo Philippe Larivière Partner, Public and Environmental law
Mr Julien Lecat  photo Mr Julien Lecat Partner, Distribution and competition law
Mr Cyril Maucour  photo Mr Cyril Maucour Partner, Tax law
Mr Nicolas Moreau  photo Mr Nicolas Moreau Partner, Intellectual property & Technology law
Mr Benjamin Mourot  photo Mr Benjamin Mourot Partner, IP/IT
Mrs Delphine Nowak  photo Mrs Delphine Nowak Partner, Distribution and competition law, Real estate law
Mr Thierry Permezel  photo Mr Thierry Permezel Partner, Corporate law
 Sébastien Pinot  photo Sébastien Pinot Partner, Public and Environmental law
Mr Wilfried Polaert  photo Mr Wilfried Polaert Partner (Ongoing partnership process), Employment & Social security law
 Ondine Prévoteau  photo Ondine Prévoteau Partner, Competition & Distribution law, Property law & Property management
Mr Serge Rastorgoueff  photo Mr Serge Rastorgoueff Partner (Ongoing partnership process), Banking, Finance & Capital markets
Mr Neil Robertson  photo Mr Neil Robertson Partner, Corporate law
Mr Pierre-Emmanuel Scherrer  photo Mr Pierre-Emmanuel Scherrer Partner, Tax law
Mr Liwei Song  photo Mr Liwei Song Of Counseil, Corporate & Competition & Distribution Law
Mr Alain Vamour  photo Mr Alain Vamour Partner, Public and Environmental law
Mr Alban Van de Vyver  photo Mr Alban Van de Vyver Partner, Corporate law – Mergers & acquisitions
 François Vignalou  photo François Vignalou Partner, Tax law
Mr Edouard Waels  photo Mr Edouard Waels Partner, Corporate Law – Mergers and Acquisitions
Mr Philippe Woerner  photo Mr Philippe Woerner Partner, Corporate law, Tax law
Number of lawyers : 80
at this office : 30
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Other offices : Lille
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