Firm Profile > Bignon Lebray > Paris, France
Bignon Lebray Offices
75, RUE DE TOCQUEVILLE
Bignon Lebray > The Legal 500 Rankings
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.
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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.
Other key lawyers:
‘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.‘
‘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.‘
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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.’
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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.’
Ville de Paris
Groupe Mon Abri
Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Arts et Métiers
Covivio (ex Foncière des Murs)
Fusion for Energy
Grand Port Maritime de Nantes
Grand Port Maritime du Havre
CHU de Rouen
Ministry of Economy & Finance
DGFIP (Direction Générale des Finances Publiques – Ministère de l’action et des comptes publics)
Agence Française anticorruption
Bignon Lebray > Firm Profile
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.
|Corporate – mergers and acquisitions|
|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|
|Mr Antoine Arminjon||Partner, Competition and distribution law||View Profile|
|Mr Antoine Benoit||Partner – Employment Law||View Profile|
|Jérémie Boublil||Partner, Employment Law||View Profile|
|Mr Thomas Buffin||Partner, Corporate law||View Profile|
|Mrs Caroline Cazaux||Partner, Competition & Distribution law||View Profile|
|Frédéric Coulon||Partner, Competition and distribution law||View Profile|
|Mrs Julie Daniel||Of Counsel, Litigation and Arbitration||View Profile|
|Mr Bertrand Debosque||Partner – Employment Law||View Profile|
|Mrs Florence Dedieu||Partner, Corporate law||View Profile|
|Mrs Laurence Defontaine||Partner, Real Estate law, Banking and finance law||View Profile|
|Mr Xavier Dequidt||Of Counsel, Corporate law||View Profile|
|Mrs Marie-Charlotte Diriart||Partner, Employment & Social security law||View Profile|
|Mr Jean-Baptiste Dubrulle||Partner, Public and Environmental law||View Profile|
|Mrs Elise Dufour||Partner, Intellectuel Property et Technology Law||View Profile|
|Mrs Xiao-Lin Fu-Bourgne||Of Counsel, China desk||View Profile|
|Alexandre Ghesquière||Partner, Corporate law||View Profile|
|Mr Jacques Goyet||Partner, Corporate law||View Profile|
|Jérôme Granotier||partner, Tax law||View Profile|
|Philippe Larivière||Partner, Public and Environmental law||View Profile|
|Mr Julien Lecat||Partner, Distribution and competition law||View Profile|
|Mr Cyril Maucour||Partner, Tax law||View Profile|
|Mr Nicolas Moreau||Partner, Intellectual property & Technology law||View Profile|
|Mr Benjamin Mourot||Partner, IP/IT||View Profile|
|Mrs Delphine Nowak||Partner, Distribution and competition law, Real estate law||View Profile|
|Mr Thierry Permezel||Partner, Corporate law||View Profile|
|Sébastien Pinot||Partner, Public and Environmental law||View Profile|
|Mr Wilfried Polaert||Partner (Ongoing partnership process), Employment & Social security law||View Profile|
|Ondine Prévoteau||Partner, Competition & Distribution law, Property law & Property management||View Profile|
|Mr Serge Rastorgoueff||Partner (Ongoing partnership process), Banking, Finance & Capital markets||View Profile|
|Mr Neil Robertson||Partner, Corporate law||View Profile|
|Mr Pierre-Emmanuel Scherrer||Partner, Tax law||View Profile|
|Mr Liwei Song||Of Counseil, Corporate & Competition & Distribution Law||View Profile|
|Mr Alain Vamour||Partner, Public and Environmental law||View Profile|
|Mr Alban Van de Vyver||Partner, Corporate law – Mergers & acquisitions||View Profile|
|François Vignalou||Partner, Tax law||View Profile|
|Mr Edouard Waels||Partner, Corporate Law – Mergers and Acquisitions||View Profile|
|Mr Philippe Woerner||Partner, Corporate law, Tax law||View Profile|