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DS Avocats
6 RUE DURET
75116 PARIS
France

France > Environment Tier 1

DS Avocats‘ extensive practice includes safety, health, circular economy, hygiene and energy-related expertise, providing clients with a one-stop-shop for all environment-related matters. Staying ahead of the curve, the firm is advising on innovative projects, namely assisting Abbott, one of the leading healthcare companies, with the establishment of the first individual waste electronic equipment stream in France. The head of the environment and sustainable development department, Patricia Savin, is especially experienced in advising on matters involving the circular economy, biodiversity issues, brownfields, CSR, and sustainable real estate. Yvon Martinet is an expert in industrial risk. Grégory Gutierrez has developed strong expertise in the field of energy, particularly the renewable energy sector. On matters relating to biological diversity and sustainable development sectors, Raphaël Romi is the name to note.

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Key clients

Groupement Les Mousquetaires

GSE

SADEV 94

Abbott

Duralex

Orange

Imerys

Laboratoires Servier

Kaufman & Broad

Wipelec

Carrott producers

NamR

Grand Port Maritime de Nantes Saint Nazaire

Autobacs

Work highlights

  • Assisting New Duralex with the management of carbon quota obligations related to the operation of its site by requesting the administration to create two sub-accounts, one corresponding to the past activity and the other to the future activity.
  • Advising nine carrot producers in Créance, France, that were prosecuted for possession and use of prohibited plant protection products.
  • Acted as counsel for French healthcare company Servier on the environmental closure of a drug production site in France.

France > Construction Tier 2

DS Avocats handles French and international construction projects in the public and private sectors. The firm particularly stands out for its market-leading expertise in Fédération Internationale des Ingénieurs - Conseils (FIDIC) contracts in France. Advising on the construction of various structures of the Paris Olympic Games, the team has also handled the construction of one of the largest data centers in France, an offshore wind turbine plant, one of the tallest skyscrapers ever built in France, and a highly ambitious energy project with 35 countries involved and cost estimates ranging between €22bn to €65bn. Frédéric Lévy leads both the real estate and construction department at the firm; Stéphane Gasne is another key name.

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Key clients

SOLIDEO

CHINA NUCLEAR POWER ENGINEERING (CNPE)

SIEMENS GAMESA RENEWABLE ENERGY (SGRE)

MERCURY ENGINEERING

Work highlights

  • Advising Solideo on the development of structures for the 2024 Olympic Games, with Solideo acting on several flagship developments, including the Olympic and Paralympic Village ZAC, the Media Cluster ZAC and various other infrastructures and public facilities.
  • Assisting the Société Fonciere Lyonnaise with the restructuring of the historic monument of the Louvre des Antiquaires, the project management of which has been entrusted to the architect Jean Nouvel, with the restructuring aimed at repurposing the building to house the Fondation Cartier.
  • Advising the China Nuclear Power Engineering consortium, made up of CNPE, Framatome and four Chinese contractors, on the Iter nuclear fusion project.

France > Administrative and public law Tier 3

DS Avocats' large team is able to cover a wide range of public law issues. The firm stands out through its high-level urban planning law expertise and is regularly retained by public entities and universities to assist with ambitious re-urbanisation development and modernisation projects. The team is notably advising on the development of new research centres as well as on several major urban projects in and around Paris and a new large port redevelopment project. Other work includes matters for various private sector clients, for example real estate development projects. The practice is co-headed by the Paris-based Frédéric Lévy and Lyon office managing partner Jean-Marc PoissonMonique AmbalDavid GuillotLaura Ceccarelli-Le GuenMichaël Moussault and Nathalie Sultan are also noted.

Practice head(s):

Frédéric Lévy; Jean-Marc Poisson

Testimonials

‘The lawyers are attentive, available, responsive and transparent.’

‘Ability to offer and mobilise the right skills; reasonable budgetary approach, and permanent concern to provide client satisfaction.’

‘A team that listens; great complementarity of skills and availability.’

Key clients

EPA PARIS SACLAY

SPL PARISEINE

BREST METROPOLE

SPL MARNE AUX BOIS

BANQUE DES TERRITOIRES

VILLE DE PARIS – PORTE DE LA VILLETTE

MINISTRY OF ECONOMY, PLANNING AND COOPERATION OF SENEGAL

Work highlights

  • Advising Etablissement Public d’Aménagement Paris on the creation of a research, teaching and economic activity center on a former military and industrial wasteland.
  • Advising Banque des Territoires on its acquisition of a stake in a SEMOP created for the management of the commercial port of Port la Nouvelle (Aude).
  • Advising SPL PARISEINE on the Porte Maillot public space redevelopment project.

France > Industry focus: Energy Tier 3

DS Avocats

Practice head(s):

Grégory Gutierrez; Véronique Fröding; Stéphane Gasne

Testimonials

‘Great expertise on financing and guarantees for energy projects in France and abroad. Excellent understanding of needs and issues. Adapted response based on great expertise and knowledge of the proposed solutions. Significant work capacity. Wide spectrum of topics covered; taxation, financing, due diligence, etc. Stéphane Gasne and his team stand out.’

Key clients

CNPE

Difko

EDF

Eqiom

Enercon

Energiequelle

GRDF

Hy2gn

IDEC

Innogy

Les Mousquetaires

Rencore Energy

RWE

Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy

STEAG

Sun’R

Teréga

Urbanomy

Vergnet Hydro

World Bank

Work highlights

  • Advising Rencore Energy on the development and financing of the largest wind farm in francophone West Africa.
  • Advising Eqiom on the first industrial scale carbon capture and storage project in France.
  • Advising Sun’R on the acquisition of a large portfolio of solar power plants in France.

France > Industry focus: IT and internet  Tier 3

With extensive experience in the French market, DS Avocats advises SMEs and large companies on transactional and contentious matters related to all areas of IT, software, e-commerce, and data protection law. Sylvain Staub is the founder and CEO of legal tech company, Data Legal Drive, a GDPR compliance management platform used by both public and private companies. The firm has been strengthened by the arrival of the IT team from Staub & Associés in October 2019. Antoine Gravereaux leads the practice with Sylvian Staub.

France > Insurance Tier 3

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Testimonials

Very good listening skills and therefore understanding of the customer ecosystem; very good capacity for synthesis.

The team is efficient both on the analysis of risks and opportunities and on the proposals.

Key clients

Planete CSCA

AXA Group – XL Insurance Group Company

April

Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty

Johnson Electric

Global Aerospace

Brachot Hermant SAS

Beazley (Lloyds)

Ornikar Assurances

Comité des constructeurs français automobiles

Amstrust (Lloyds)

Utwin

SPL Plaine Commune Carrefour Pleyel

Starbucks

Vynova

Wipelec

Autobacs

Allianz Vie Iard

Hotel Molitor

Easymile

Groupe Fiminco

Association Nationale des Conseils Diplômés en Gestion de Patrimoine (A.N.C.D.G.P.)

Galian Assurances

Galian Courtage

Fashion Cube

Medinger Environnment

APM

Work highlights

  • Assisted insurance broker Planete CSCA with its criticism of the implementation of a new governmental regime designed to reform brokerage self-regulation.
  • Provided support for Fashion Cube, a French textile group, for operating losses, declaration of claims, pre-litigation and litigation following the refusal of coverage by four of the major insurers.
  • Advising XL Insurance Company SE, the liability insurer of an aircraft which collided in air with another aircraft in France in October 2020 causing five deaths.

France > Intellectual property: Trade marks and designs Tier 3

DS Avocats impresses with its expertise in commercial contracts, contentious matters and prosecutions. The licensing practice covers matters such as distribution and technology transfer contracts, research and development contracts and contracts relating to artistic performances and productions. Contentious work includes French and cross-border disputes, spanning infringement, opposition, revocation, invalidation and cancellation actions. Disputes before the European courts and the EUIPO as well as domain name disputes are also handled. Catherine Verneret is the head of the practice.

Practice head(s):

Catherine Verneret

Key clients

EDF

Enedis

Société de Gestion Pierre Cardin

Bazarchic

O’Tacos

Carrefour

Le Louvre

Afnic

Joseph Duclos

YEGO Urban Mobility

Work highlights

  • Advising EDF on its partnership with the Olympic Committee for the 2024 Olympics.
  • Advising Société de Gestion Pierre Cardin regarding issues raised in the context of testamentary succession of Pierre Cardin and the continuity of the protection of its trade marks.
  • Managing Groupe O’Tacos’s trade mark portfolio worldwide.

France > Dispute resolution: Commercial litigation Tier 4

DS Avocats

Practice head(s):

Arnaud Constant

Other key lawyers:

Marie-Christine Mergny; Bertrand Potot; Xavier Lacaze; ; Guillaume Selnet; Romain Bourgade; Benjamin Potier; Fabrice Van Cauwelaert

Testimonials

‘Bertrand Potot knows his clients very well and offers litigation strategies tailored to the needs of our business. He is always very available and attentive to his customers. His support is greatly appreciated when making urgent and strategic decisions. His oratorical qualities are remarkable.’

Key clients

STATE OF BENIN

Landsbanki

Agence Française de développement

FRET SNCF

SNCF Voyageurs

EIFFAGE

ASL Airlines France

DZB BANK

ACTIS

APST

ARENA

AXA

BAZARCHIC SA

EDF

FNIM

INTERNATIONAL CHEMICAL INESTORS

FRANCE

PSA

MONTE PASCHI BANK

RESSOURCETHICA

SAFRAN ELECTRONICS & DEFENSE

ORANGE

SAGEMCOM

STEARINERIE DUBOIS

VIATEMIS

WELDOM

ELIOR Group

Work highlights

  • Representing the State of Benin with the exequatur on the French territory of several arbitrational decisions.
  • Representing Fragonard in damages claims based on unpaid bills and brutal rupture of commercial relationship.
  • Representing Landsbanki Bank and its liquidator in the context of loans classified as toxic by borrowers.

France > Dispute resolution: White-collar crime Tier 4

DS Avocats

France > EU, competition and distribution Tier 5

DS Avocats

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Testimonials

‘The DS firm and in particular Xavier Lacaze is a recognised expert in competition law with the advantage of combining this expertise with a very good knowledge of the railway sector.’

Key clients

Actis

Antargaz Finagaz

Arena

ASL Airlines France

Aurige

Bazarchic

EDF

Eiffage Group

Group Fast Retailing

Heppner

Itissalat al Maghrib Maroc Telecom

Maîtres Laitiers du Cotentin

Mobilitas

Syntec Ingenierie

Union Francaise des Semenciers

FT Orange

Work highlights

  • Advises Eiffage on the disclosure of documents held by Renault Trucks in order to assess its financial loss.
  • Defending MLC in the Commercial Court against Casino’s claim for compensation for the financial damage caused by the ‘dairy cartel’.
  • Advises and represents the Eiffage group in a longrunning criminal, regulatory and civil case related to a nationwide public tender fixing & illegal political financing scheme.

Founded in Paris 50 years ago, DS Avocats is one of the leading independent law firms in France with a global presence on 4 continents.

Since the 1980’s, DS Avocats operates on the Asian continent (China, Singapore, Vietnam) where it facilitates the expansion of European companies into the Asian market.

Since then, the firm has intensified its international development: currently, DS also has offices in Germany, Belgium, Spain and Italy; in Africa (Morocco, Senegal); and in the Americas (Canada, Argentina, Chile, Peru).

Today, around 400 lawyers provide their global clients with in-depth expertise in both public and private business laws. DS’s clients consider this dual expertise a major asset as it enables DS’s legal professionals to bring unique perspectives to best serve their clients’ interests worldwide.

The firm’s areas of practice are: public business law; urban development and planning strategies; real estate law; environmental law and sustainable development; contract and commercial litigation; commercial, competition, distribution and consumer law; intellectual property and innovation law; computer and digital law; data protection; corporate law, mergers and acquisitions, and financing; restructuring; tax law; labour law; banking and finance; as well as energy law, health law, customs and international trade and insurance and industrial risks.

DepartmentNameEmailTelephone
Marketing / Business Development Victor Coweybd@dsavocats.com+33 01 53 67 61 35
Head of Business Development Lionel Deschauxdeschaux@dsavocats.com+33 1 53 67 68 05
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Monique Ambal photo Monique AmbalPartner
Gwladys Beauchet photo Gwladys BeauchetPartner
Christophe Billet photo Christophe BilletPartner
Romain Bourgade photo Romain BourgadePartner
Florence Bouthillier photo Florence BouthillierPartner
Catherine Brun-Lorenzi  photo Catherine Brun-Lorenzi Of Counsel
Arnaud Burg photo Arnaud BurgPartner
Isabelle Carton De Grammont photo Isabelle Carton De GrammontPartner
Laura Ceccarelli-Le Guen photo Laura Ceccarelli-Le GuenPartner
Claire Champion  photo Claire Champion Partner
Benoît Charrière-Bournazel  photo Benoît Charrière-Bournazel Partner
Daniel Chausse photo Daniel ChausseFormer Chairman
Arnaud Constant photo Arnaud ConstantPartner
Jean-Claude Drié  photo Jean-Claude Drié Partner
Sophie Dumon Kappe  photo Sophie Dumon Kappe Partner
Olivier Fages photo Olivier FagesPresident
Thibaud Forbin  photo Thibaud Forbin Partner
Véronique Fröding  photo Véronique Fröding Partner
Jean-Charles Gancia photo Jean-Charles GanciaPartner
Stéphane Gasne  photo Stéphane Gasne Partner
Romain Giraud  photo Romain Giraud Pre-Partner
Frédéric Godard-Auguste  photo Frédéric Godard-Auguste Partner
Antoine Gravereaux  photo Antoine Gravereaux Partner
David Guillot photo David GuillotPartner
Grégory Gutierrez  photo Grégory Gutierrez Partner
Safine Hadri photo Safine HadriPartner
Patricia Jeannin photo Patricia JeanninPartner
Frédéric Lévy  photo Frédéric Lévy Partner
Frédéric Lévy  photo Frédéric Lévy Partner
Hélène Laborde  photo Hélène Laborde Pre-Partner
Xavier Lacaze photo Xavier LacazePartner
Arnaud Langlais photo Arnaud LanglaisPartner
Sébastien Legrix de La Salle  photo Sébastien Legrix de La Salle Partner
Clémentine Liet-Veaux  photo Clémentine Liet-Veaux Pre-Partner
Jérôme Lombard-Platet  photo Jérôme Lombard-Platet Partner
Yvon Martinet photo Yvon MartinetPartner
Cyril Maucour photo Cyril MaucourPartner
Marie-Christine Mergny photo Marie-Christine MergnyOf Counsel
Olivier Monange photo Olivier MonangePartner
Michaël Moussault  photo Michaël Moussault Partner
Thomas Obajtek photo Thomas ObajtekPartner
Christian Pascoët photo Christian PascoëtPartner
Joanna Peltzman photo Joanna PeltzmanPartner
Jean-Marc Peyron photo Jean-Marc PeyronPartner
Chiara Poggi Ferrero photo Chiara Poggi FerreroPartner
Benjamin Potier  photo Benjamin Potier Partner
Bertrand Potot photo Bertrand PototPartner
Jean-Luc Raffy photo Jean-Luc RaffyPartner
Lubomir Roglev photo Lubomir RoglevPartner
Paul-Antoine Saint-German  photo Paul-Antoine Saint-German Partner
Jean-Marie Salva photo Jean-Marie SalvaPartner
Patricia Savin photo Patricia SavinPartner
Guillaume Selnet photo Guillaume SelnetPartner
Sylvain Staub  photo Sylvain Staub Partner
Nathalie Sultan photo Nathalie SultanPartner
Bernard Tézé  photo Bernard Tézé Partner
Audrey Touret-Huygens  photo Audrey Touret-Huygens Partner
Marie Trécan  photo Marie Trécan Partner
Fabrice Van Cauwelaert photo Fabrice Van CauwelaertPartner
Catherine Verneret photo Catherine VerneretPartner
Martine Zervudacki-Farnier photo Martine Zervudacki-FarnierOf Counsel
Number of partners : 50
Number of lawyers : 400
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CLIENT: Lamine LO, Director
COMPANY/FIRM: Ministry of Economy, Planning and Cooperation of Senegal
TESTIMONIAL: “The Finance and PPP Department of the Ministry of Economy, Planning and Cooperation of Senegal highly appreciated DS Avocats’ knowledge of the Senegalese business environment and legal framework, as well as the quality of the work provided throughout the assignment. The responsiveness and flexibility of the team were also particularly appreciated in view of the deadlines, which were sometimes quite tight. The assistance of DS Avocats was decisive in achieving this new and innovative PPP framework.”


CLIENT: Guy PELAMOURGUE, Manager
COMPANY/FIRM: Wipelec
TESTIMONIAL: “The expertise and pragmatic support of DS Avocats enabled us to successfully assert our determination to meet our environmental and social obligations before the authorities and the courts.”


Pro Bono

Every year since 2013, DS Avocats has been welcoming 12 students from two secondary schools in the Paris region classified as priority education zones: Edouard Vaillant (Gennevilliers 92) and Camille Claudel (Paris 13).

We support these students throughout the school year, which is marked by two important steps :

  • step 1: an internship to observe the professional world at the firm in the fall
  • step 2: an eloquence contest at the end of May.

Process :

  • The Pro Bono Mission selects the topics proposed by the members of the firm.
  • Motivation letters from the student candidates: 6 students from each college are admitted to the internship.
  • At the firm, each student is supervised by a referent (associate) and mentored by an associate.
  • Choice and preparation of the subjects for the competition, supervised by the teachers, the referents, and the mentors.
  • Rehearsals are conducted at the firm.
  • The Ordre des Avocats Library hosts the eloquence contest: each student has 10 minutes to convince.
  • A jury composed of personalities from the legal world and, since two sessions, from the civil world (Marie Tabarly, Bruno Raffaëli…) selects the winners of the contest. Unless he is unavailable, Bertrand Perrier gives the counter-speech.
  • All participating students are rewarded and a cocktail party closes the event.

Offices

DS Avocats has 24 offices across 4 continents (Europe, North and South America, Asia and Africa) and close to 400 legal professionals supporting clients in 14 different countries:

  • France
  • Argentina
  • Belgium
  • Canada
  • Chile
  • China
  • Germany
  • Italy
  • Morocco
  • Peru
  • Senegal
  • Singapore
  • Spain
  • Vietnam

This international scope renders makes DS Avocats one of the leading French international law firms.

Our multicultural and multilingual staff is able to provide our clients with advice based on an in-depth knowledge of their on-the-ground know-how in each country where DS Avocats has an office.

Desks

DS Avocats has also 13 operational Desks across four continents:

  • Africa
  • Germany
  • Latin America
  • Canada
  • China
  • Spain
  • Greece
  • India
  • Indonesia
  • Italy
  • Japan
  • United Kingdom
  • USA

The DS Desks are composed of members of various Bars and of various nationalities and have been structured to assist our clients with entering markets and developing their business everywhere in the world.

DS Desks act as genuine commercial platforms for international exchanges between different jurisdictions across the world.