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France

Administrative and public law
Administrative and public law - ranked: tier 2

Darrois Villey Maillot Brochier

Darrois Villey Maillot Brochier's five-lawyer team deals with high-end work on behalf of leading French sponsors and companies, as well as public sector entities. The practice has leading regulatory expertise and is often retained to advise on high-profile privatisation and M&A transactions involving major public law issues. It is advising Vinci regarding its offer for the acquisition of a majority share in ADP in the context of its privatisation. The practice also advises on major public procurement projects and deals with related complex litigation and contentious execution issues. It is assisting SNCF Réseau with the building and operation of the CDG Express railway line project, as well as acting for the French railway operator in handling issues raised by the construction of the Tours-Bordeaux high-speed railway line, including administrative court cases. Lately, the firm has also handled major work in the energy sector: it successfully represented EDF in a dispute over regulated electricity tariffs brought by Engie and Anode before the Conseil d’Etat. Practice head Henri Savoie and counsel Patrick Mèle are highly recommended.

Leading individuals

Henri Savoie - Darrois Villey Maillot Brochier

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Dispute resolution: International arbitration
Dispute resolution: International arbitration - ranked: tier 4

Darrois Villey Maillot Brochier

Darrois Villey Maillot Brochier's ‘very knowledgeable, experienced, responsive and well-organised’ team mainly handles commercial arbitration, while also dealing with some investment arbitration. The practice handles a diverse range of matters relating to commercial contracts, public sector procurement and construction project issues in France, Africa and other parts of the world. It is dealing with a high-profile arbitration following the withdrawal of the award of a major public sector contract, and represents leading clients in the aerospace and defence sector. The firm is also adept at handling combined arbitration and litigation cases. The practice is co-headed by the highly regarded Laurent Aynès and Carine Dupeyron, who is ‘very knowledgeable in French arbitration practice and has impressive advocacy skills’. Also recommended is Cyril Bonan.

Next Generation Partners

Carine Dupeyron  - Darrois Villey Maillot Brochier

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Dispute resolution: White-collar crime
Dispute resolution: White-collar crime - ranked: tier 2

Darrois Villey Maillot Brochier

Darrois Villey Maillot Brochier's ‘exceptional team’ has ‘deep knowledge of business criminal law’ and particularly stands out for its ‘high-quality advice on defence strategies, its personal investment in cases, and the finesse and relevance of its legal analysis’. The firm is involved in many of the country's most high-profile cases, acting for leading French companies and individuals. It regularly handles matters in the public sector relating to allegations of money laundering, international corruption, tax fraud and the misuse of public funds. The practice is handling domestic cases while also managing international and World Bank investigations. The firm is defending LafargeHolcim and Lafarge in criminal investigations into complicity in crimes against humanity, financing of terrorist enterprises and endangering of lives in relation to its Syrian activities. The team is also acting for the International Olympic Committee, which is a civil party in two judicial investigations related to corruption and money-laundering issues. It is also Veolia's legal adviser in investigations led by the Romanian authorities into alleged corruption in the attribution of water supply contracts. Practice head Christophe Ingrain is ‘a remarkable team leader and a particularly tough lawyer whose arguments are always very clear and relevant’. Jean-Michel Darrois is also recommended, while associate Rémi Lorrain ‘tirelessly works on the defence strategy and the legal flaws in each case’.

Leading individuals

Christophe Ingrain - Darrois Villey Maillot Brochier

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EU, competition and distribution
EU, competition and distribution - ranked: tier 2

Darrois Villey Maillot Brochier

Darrois Villey Maillot Brochier recently acted for TF1 on its acquisition of Aufeminin, and for Accor on its $840m takeover of FRHI, and is currently representing clients such as Daimler and Kelkoo in private enforcement actions. Didier Théophile and Igor Simic jointly lead the group; Simic is currently advising Bonduelle on its leniency application to the European Commission with regard to the latter's investigation into the canned vegetable market, while Théophile is assisting leading digital real estate portal SeLoger.com with the antitrust aspects of its acquisition of Concept Multimedia. Also notable is the firm's work for Les Echos - a leading newspaper publisher - and Gravity - a joint venture of major media groups - relating to the FCA's enquiry into the online advertising sector. On the state aid front, the French state appointed the group to oversee the restructuring of Areva as authorised by the European Commission.

Leading individuals

Didier Théophile - Darrois Villey Maillot Brochier

Igor Simic - Darrois Villey Maillot Brochier

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Insolvency
Insolvency - ranked: tier 1

Darrois Villey Maillot Brochier

Darrois Villey Maillot Brochier has ‘excellent technical skills' and ‘deep understanding of business situations and of clients' expectations and objectives’. The team, which is ‘available at any hour of the day’, is sought out to handle restructuring, insolvency and related litigation cases, frequently acting for shareholders, bondholders and companies. The practice notably represented the French State (APE) in the outstanding case of Areva's restructuring. It is also acting for the creditors’ representative in Toys R' Us insolvency proceedings. The firm also has strong litigation expertise and represented Sealynx’s liquidator before the Versailles Court of Appeal in obtaining a damages payment of €18m to be paid by Renault to Sealynx. Practice head François Kopf and associate Mathieu Della Vittoria are ‘outstanding, very fast, very accurate and serve their clients with strong proficiency’. Leading M&A and litigation partner Emmanuel Brochier also acts in some high-profile cases.

Next Generation Partners

François Kopf - Darrois Villey Maillot Brochier

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Mergers and acquisitions
Mergers and acquisitions - ranked: tier 1

Darrois Villey Maillot Brochier

Darrois Villey Maillot Brochier remains one of the key practices in the French  market for high-profile transactions. Strong in domestic and international transactions alike, the team's core area of expertise is advising public companies, but it has built an impressive portfolio of work undertaken for private companies. Highlights included advising Unibail-Rodamco on its headline-grabbing acquisition of Westfield, led by Marcus Billam, Hugo Diener and newly promoted partner Laurent Gautier. It also assisted Vivendi with its €900m acquisition of Editis, a matter led jointly by Billam and Jean-Baptiste de Martigny. Forrest Alogna, Emmanuel Brochier, Benjamin Burman, Bertrand Cardi, Jean-Michel Darrois, Olivier Huyghues Despointes, Alain Maillot and Christophe Vinsonneau are also noted.

Leading individuals

Jean-Michel Darrois - Darrois Villey Maillot Brochier

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Tax
Tax - ranked: tier 2

Darrois Villey Maillot Brochier

Darrois Villey Maillot Brochier is a leading name for high-profile M&A and property transactions. The seven-lawyer tax team regularly acts alongside the firm’s leading corporate practice to advise on many of France’s top matters. It recently assisted AccorHotels with the spin-off and subsequent sale of 57.8% of AccorInvest, and Kering with the proposed distribution of around 70% of Puma to its shareholders. The team is also retained by leading property investors to assist with their strategic office, logistics, hotel and industrial asset transactions. For key client Blackstone, the firm recently handled the French tax consequences of the sale of its logistics company (Logicor). The practice also acts for clients in complex litigation and tax audits. Vincent Agulhon ranks among the very best in the field. Loïc Védie and the experienced Alain Maillot are also noted.

Leading individuals: Property tax

Vincent Agulhon - Darrois Villey Maillot Brochier

Leading individuals: Transactional/corporate tax

Vincent Agulhon - Darrois Villey Maillot Brochier

Next Generation Partners

Loïc Védie - Darrois Villey Maillot Brochier

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France: Dispute resolution

Dispute resolution: Stock market litigation
Dispute resolution: Stock market litigation - ranked: tier 1

Darrois Villey Maillot Brochier

Darrois Villey Maillot Brochier is ‘very business-oriented and has a strong track record’. The ‘extremely committed’ team has ‘strong expertise’ in high-profile stock-market disputes and public tender offer cases. The practice also represents companies facing shareholders' mass actions and securities fraud and regulatory sanctions investigations. The firm recently acted for XPO Logistics in a cross-border dispute with a US hedge fund relating to XPO’s takeover of Norbert Dentressangle. The firm is also involved in litigation brought by over 1,000 minority shareholders of Natixis and former directors and officers arising out of various statements made to the market in connection with its initial public offering and the subprime crisis. Jean-Michel Darrois and Emmanuel Brochier are highly regarded. Also recommended are Matthieu Brochier and Nicolas Mennesson.

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Dispute resolution: commercial litigation
Dispute resolution: commercial litigation - ranked: tier 1

Darrois Villey Maillot Brochier

Darrois Villey Maillot Brochier is instructed by the largest banks and companies in the French market, as well as leading international clients, to handle high-stakes commercial and financial disputes. The practice recently acted for Casino in mediation proceedings regarding the sale by Galeries Lafayette of its stake in Monoprix. The firm also has expertise in defending banks and corporations against mass claims. Jean-Michel Darrois, Emmanuel Brochier and Cyril Bonan are all highly regarded.

Leading individuals: Corporate and commercial litigation

Emmanuel Brochier - Darrois Villey Maillot Brochier

Jean-Michel Darrois - Darrois Villey Maillot Brochier

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