Firm Profile > Coblence Avocats > Paris, France

Coblence Avocats
75017 PARIS

Employment Tier 3

Coblence Avocats solid team assists many leading French and international corporations from various sectors, including the hospitality, retail and TMT sectors, with a number of Japanese players among them. The firm is also well known for its strong expertise in the TV and media sector. Recently, the caseload included matters pertaining to the first Covid-19 lockdown, restructuring, downsizing and other sensitive collective litigation work. It was notably involved in the plant shut down of a foreign industrial company which made headlines in France. The team also handles the employment law aspects of M&A and private equity transactions, and advises CEOs and other top executives on strategic individual and collective issues. Practice heads Elisabeth LaherreCatherine Davico-Hoarau, Chantal Giraud-van GaverLaurent Guardelli and Martine Riou are all excellent lawyers.

Practice head(s):

Catherine Davico-Hoarau; Chantal Giraud-van Gaver; Laurent Guardelli; Elisabeth Laherre; Martine Riou


‘A highly experienced team; strong personal implication of partners; strong listening skills and a willingness to know their clients well; fine technique and fine understanding of employment relationships.’

‘Very strong client service. Practical advice’.

‘Takes into consideration its clients’ environment to provide practical and well-informed advice.’

‘Each matter is dealt with with great care and in consideration of the clients’ environment.’

‘An available, responsive and practical team which provides well-adapted advice.’

‘Elisabeth Laherre and Catherine Davico-Hoarau demonstrate strong human skills and provide clear and responsive answers.’

‘Elisabeth Laherre has extensive experience, is highly available and thorough. Her clients always get a precise idea of possible solutions.’

‘Martine Riou is highly available and efficient.’

Key clients


Le Bristol



Alcatel submarine networks

Mac Donald’s France services

Althea Healthcare Group



Allianz Vie



George V



Mergers and acquisitions Tier 5


Coblence Avocats is a proactive firm that is interested in business issues, understands the ecosystem and has a global strategic vision. They are real partners in an M&A operation.’

Ludovic Dorès and Alexandre Polak have great technical skills. With great availability, they were able to provide us with legal solutions that were both adapted to our problems but also constructive and innovative with regard to the timing of our operation.

Key clients











The firm: Coblence avocats is a law firm dedicated to business law created in 1984.

The firm’s founding concept, which has become its leitmotiv, is to assist its clientele of companies, entrepreneurs and D&O to tackle the legal challenges of their markets over the long term.

With about 45 lawyers today, Coblence avocats decided to pursue sustained and managed growth to perpetuate its customised partnership approach with its clients by offering a complete and consistent range of know-how and experience.

Built and managed on entrepreneurial principles, the firm offers a pragmatic, tailored and innovative approach and strives to provide added value in all matters.

In order to deliver the best legal solution, lawyers works on a daily basis with other departments and with a network of professional partners.

All these factors have led many clients to engage the firm in complex, sensitive and high-stakes cases.

Areas of practice:

Employment: Coblence avocats provides both advisory and litigation services to French and international companies on all aspects of individual and collective employment and labour law issues. The firm has also developed special know-how in assisting executives, employees and officers, particularly with the implementation of management packages working alongside the corporate department.

Corporate: Coblence avocats advises a varied clientele: – companies, shareholders, entrepreneurs, investment funds and family offices – on a wide range of transactions (mergers, reorganisations, joint ventures and sales) including cross-border transactions. Its expertise is also highly recommended in corporate governance issues and distressed M&A.

Tax: Coblence avocats provides legal solutions on various issues related to wealth management, profit-sharing and management packages to companies, managers and individuals as well as investment funds, family offices, etc. Its expertise includes an advanced expertise in tax litigation matters.

IP-IT and communication: Coblence avocats has developed significant, recognised advisory and litigation experience in the areas of intellectual property and information technology and provides advice to a varied clientele: SSII, ad agency, retailers from diversified sectors (health, event, fooding, medtech).

Real estate and construction: Coblence avocats has an extensive knowledge of real estate law (leases, construction, urban planning, and sales) for both advisory and litigation services. Its assists all real estate professionals (institutional, social landlords, private and public project owners, developers, construction companies, etc) including in the context of legal and administrative litigation.

Restructuring: Coblence avocats possesses a strong and diverse practice in the field of prevention and handling of company difficulties, be it in the matter of advice in restructuring or litigation during insolvency proceedings. The restructuring/insolvency team enjoys multidisciplinary skills.

Business litigation: Coblence avocats relies on a leading recognized practice in the field of business litigation and assists clients at all stages of legal disputes, from pre-trial advice to defence before the French and European courts, up to the implementation of court decisions.

Department Name Email Telephone
Real estate & construction Anne-Dominique + 33 1 53 67 24 24
Corporate Alexandre Brugière + 33 1 53 67 24 24
Real estate & construction Fréderic Coppinger + 33 1 53 67 24 24
Corporate Marion Fabre + 33 1 53 67 24 24
Employment Catherine Davico-Hoarau + 33 1 53 67 24 24
Corporate ; Managing partner Ludovic Dorès + 33 1 53 67 24 24
Directors & officers Chantal Giraud-van Gaver + 33 1 53 67 24 24
Employment Laurent Guardelli + 33 1 53 67 24 24
Employment Myrtille Lapuelle + 33 1 53 67 24 24
Tax Alexandre Polak + 33 1 53 67 24 24
Employment Martine Riou + 33 1 53 67 24 24
Business litigation Benjamin Magnet + 33 1 53 67 24 24
Restructuring Benjamin Magnet + 33 1 53 67 24 24
Photo Name Position Profile
 Anne-Dominique Bousquet photo Anne-Dominique Bousquet Anne-Dominique Bousquet has extensive experience in real-estate law. She has developed special…
 Alexandre Brugière  photo Alexandre Brugière Alexandre Brugière is specialized in equity transactions and advises companies in all…
 Frédéric Coppinger  photo Frédéric Coppinger Frédéric Coppinger advises and defends a clientele consisting of real estate professionals,…
 Catherine Davico-Hoarau photo Catherine Davico-Hoarau Catherine Davico-Hoarau assists companies with the legal aspects of human resources management.…
 Ludovic Dorès  photo Ludovic Dorès Ludovic Dorès advises companies and executives on all aspects of their transactions…
 Mélanie Erber  photo Mélanie Erber Mélanie Erber advises the firm’s clients on intellectual property rights issues (trademarks,…
 Marion Fabre photo Marion Fabre Marion Fabre focuses her practice in private equity transactions. She assists her…
 Chantal Giraud-van Gaver photo Chantal Giraud-van Gaver Chantal Giraud-van Gaver has acquired unique expertise in employment and labor law…
 Laurent Guardelli photo Laurent Guardelli Laurent Guardelli advises companies and top executives on relations with employees, personnel…
 Benjamin Magnet photo Benjamin Magnet Benjamin Magnet specializes in debt restructuring and bankruptcy proceedings, both advising clients…
 Alexandre Polak photo Alexandre Polak Alexandre Polak regularly advises both French and international companies on their tax…
 Martine Riou photo Martine Riou 1990: Admitted to the Paris Bar
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