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DS Avocats
6 RUE DURET
75116 PARIS
France

Environment Tier 1

DS Avocats advises a prominent client base made up of French and international companies, specialising in various fields, including energy, food, electronics, mining and waste management. The practice is experienced in advising on strategic files, including matters involving new waste recycling and plastic ban regulations. The team is also sought after by leading companies for the management of crisis situations and litigation, often in relation to pollution and site contamination, with highly sensitive matters concerning a nuclear plant and a major water pollution scandal under the firm's belt. Finally, the team also advises on industrial site transfers. Practice head Patricia Savin and Yvon Martinet offer extensive experience. Also recommended are Frédéric LévyGrégory Gutierrez, Joanna Peltzman, Gwladys Beauchet, Safine Hadri and Laura Ceccarelli-Le Guen.

Practice head(s):

Patricia Savin

Other key lawyers:

Yvon Martinet; Frédéric Lévy; Grégory Gutierrez; Joanna Peltzman; Gwladys Beauchet; Safine Hadri; Laura Ceccarelli-Le Guen

Key clients

IMERYS

Compagnie d’Aménagement des Coteaux de Gascogne (CACG)

GRT Gaz

VINCI ENERGIE

EIFFAGE IMMOBILIER

LES CARRIERES DE MOUEN

BIOGENIE

WIPELEC

NOVACAP

SUEZ

Banking and finance: Bank regulatory Tier 2

DS Avocats offers a designated financial services group and a specialised fintech and crypto-finance team, with the former focusing on banking, securities and stock market matters, and the latter focusing on mobile payments, crypto-finance, insurtech and blockchain matters as core lines of work. Practice head Frédéric Bellanca  and his team assist with contentious and non-contentious matters, able to draw on the firm's wider expertise in disputes and transactional work. For highly technical matters, the practice joins forces with specialised tech consultants.

Practice head(s):

Frédéric Bellanca

Key clients

BNP Securities Services (France)

Crédit Agricole Group

Crédit Agricole Titres

Crédit Lyonnais

Crédit Industriel et Commercial (CIC)

Crédit Mutuel Alliance Fédérale

Banque Publique d’Investissement (BPI France)

LVMH

Natixis

S-Money

Crédit Agricole Indosuez France

Orange Bank

ING Bank N.V.

BPCE

Total

CA Consumer Finance

Administrative and public law Tier 3

DS Avocats stands out through its excellent urban planning law expertise. The practice assists major public sector entities undertaking ambitious urban private and public development and district revitalisation projects. The deep bench, based mainly in the Paris office and also in Lyon, means that the group is able to cover a large range of public law issues, including public contract work. The Paris-based Frédéric Lévy and Lyon office managing partner Jean-Marc Poisson co-chair the practice, which also includes key members Monique AmbalDavid GuillotLaura Ceccarelli-Le GuenMichaël Moussault and Nathalie Sultan. The hiring of Stéphane Gasne from Pinsent Masons LLP in June 2020 should strengthen the firm’s project and infrastructure practice.

Practice head(s):

Frédéric Lévy; Jean-Marc Poisson

Other key lawyers:

Monique Ambal; David Guillot; Laura Ceccarelli-Le Guen; Michaël Moussault; Nathalie Sultan; Stéphane Gasne

Testimonials

Highly responsive and practical. Nathalie Sultan demonstrates strong listening skills. She can adapt to every situation and is very available’.

Key clients

Société de Livraison des Ouvrages Olympiques (SOLIDEO)

SPL Plaine Commune Développement

EPA France

Boulogne-Billancourt

Conseil régional de la Réunion

Industry focus: Energy Tier 3

DS Avocats

Key clients

Berkeley Energy China Nuclear Power Engineering Difko E.ON Climate & Renewables Enercon Engie Innogy Nordic Solar NRW Bank RALOS new energy ROMO Wind RTE RWE Renewables Searnergy Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy Sonatrel Steag New Energies Sun’R Teréga Valeco Voltalia

Industry focus: IT and internet  Tier 3

DS Avocats gained capabilities in litigation, software and e-commerce through its merger with boutique IP and IT firm Staub & Associés in October 2019 and continued to assist clients with the implementation of innovative technologies, including AI. The team is well versed in negotiating integration and outsourcing contracts and also advises on software and database development, cloud computing and GDPR compliance. New co-head Sylvain Staub is an IT contract law specialist, and founder of Data Legal Drive, a SaaS platform for managing GDPR compliance for SMEs, mid-caps and large accounts. Also leading the team, Antoine Gravereaux is a go-to for digital transformation work. Catherine Verneret and Bertrand Potot are further key contacts.

Other key lawyers:

Catherine Verneret; Bertrand Potot

Insurance Tier 3

DS Avocats

Practice head(s):

Key clients

FNIM

ALLIANZ VIE IARD

CCFA-PFA

GARANTIE PRIVEE

Institut VEDECOM

COMPARADISE

APRIL

AUTOBACS

Dispute resolution: Commercial litigation Tier 4

DS Avocats

Practice head(s):

Marie-Christine Mergny

Other key lawyers:

Bertrand Potot; Xavier Lacaze; Arnaud Constant; Guillaume Selnet; Romain Bourgade

Key clients

ACTIS

AGFA HEALTCARE

ALLIANZ VIE

APST

ARENA

AXA

BAZARCHIC SA

DZB BANK

EDF

FNIM

INTERNATIONAL CHEMICAL INESTORS FRANCE

KEP TECHNOLOGIES

RESSOURCETHICA

SAFRAN ELECTRONICS & DEFENSE

ORANGE

SAGEMCOM

STEARINERIE DUBOIS

VIATEMIS

ELIOR Group

Dispute resolution: White-collar crime Tier 4

DS Avocats

Practice head(s):

Frédéric Bellanca; Arnaud Constant; Guillaume Selnet

Intellectual property: Trade marks and designs Tier 4

DS Avocats

Practice head(s):

Key clients

Musée du Louvre

EDF

Enedis

Carrefour

AFNIC

Solocal Group (Yellow Pages / Mappy)

Francaise des Jeux

O’Tacos

Orange

EU, competition and distribution Tier 5

DS Avocats

Practice head(s):

Marie-Christine Mergny

Other key lawyers:

Xavier Lacaze; Bertrand Potot; Romain Bourgade

Key clients

ACTIS

AGFA HEALTCARE

ALLIANZ VIE

APST

ARENA

AXA

BAZARCHIC SA

DZB BANK

EDF

FNIM

INTERNATIONAL CHEMICAL INESTORS FRANCE

KEP TECHNOLOGIES

RESSOURCETHICA

SAFRAN ELECTRONICS & DEFENSE

ORANGE

SAGEMCOM

STEARINERIE DUBOIS

VIATEMIS

ELIOR Group

The firm: Founded in Paris in 1972, DS Avocats is one of the leading independent law firms in France.

Through a network of 22 offices established on four continents: Europe (Germany, Belgium, Spain, Italy), Asia (China, Vietnam, Singapore), North America (Canada), South America (Argentina, Chile, Peru) and Africa (Senegal), it is the first French law firm with an international ambitious dimension.

Around 400 lawyers offer their global clients an in-depth expertise in both public and private business laws. This dual expertise is considered as a major asset by its clients, as it enables its professionals to bring a unique perspective to best serve their interests worldwide.

In the 1980’s, DS Avocats was the first European law firm to enter the Asian market and granted three professional licenses to exercise in Asia. This strategic move was in line with the trend of European companies to expand into the Asian continent.

Since then, the firm has pursued its international development. In 2016, DS Avocats opened new offices in Spain (Madrid), America (Vancouver) and Africa (Dakar), as a result of a thorough knowledge of both national and regional legal systems. In 2017, DS opened up to South America with new offices in Santiago and Lima.

Areas of practice: 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; and banking and finance.

Department Name Email Telephone
Public business Jean-Marc Poisson
Urban development and planning strategies Daniel Chausse
Urban development and planning strategies Frédéric Lévy
Urban development and planning strategies Monique Ambal
Urban development and planning strategies Isabelle Carton de Grammont
Urban development and planning strategies Laura Ceccareli le Guen
Urban development and planning strategies David Guillot
Urban development and planning strategies Michaël Moussault
Urban development and planning strategies Eric Coutaud
Real estate Olivier Fages
Real estate Marie-Pierre Alix
Real estate Florence Bouthillier
Real estate Sébastien Legrix de la Salle
Real estate Robert Théret
Environment and sustainable development Frédéric Lévy
Environment and sustainable development Laura Ceccareli le Guen
Environment and sustainable development Patricia Savin
Environment and sustainable development Yvon Martinet
Environment and sustainable development Gwladys Beauchet
Environment and sustainable development Grégory Gutierrez
Labour Gwladys Beauchet
Labour Frédéric Godard-Auguste
Labour Patricia Jeannin
Labour Catherine Brun-Lorenzi
Contracts and commercial litigation, commercial, competition, distribution and consumer Bertrand Potot
Contracts and commercial litigation, commercial, competition, distribution and consumer Marie-Christine Mergny
Contracts and commercial litigation, commercial, competition, distribution and consumer Xavier Lacaze
Contracts and commercial litigation, commercial, competition, distribution and consumer Arnaud Constant
Contracts and commercial litigation, commercial, competition, distribution and consumer Michel Debroux
Intellectual property and innovation Bertrand Potot
Intellectual property and innovation Catherine Verneret
Corporate, mergers and acquisitions, financing Jérôme Lombard-Platet
Corporate, mergers and acquisitions, financing Bernard Tézé
Corporate, mergers and acquisitions, financing Arnaud Burg
Corporate, mergers and acquisitions, financing Arnaud Langlais
Corporate, mergers and acquisitions, financing Benoît Charriere-Bournazel
Corporate, mergers and acquisitions, financing Lubomir Roglev
Restructuring Martine Zervudacki-Farnier
Restructuring Thomas Obajtek
Restructuring Jean-Charles Gancia
Banking and finance Arnaud Burg
Banking and finance Frédéric Bellanca
Tax Jean-Luc Raffy
Tax Christophe Billet
Photo Name Position Profile
Mme Marie-Pierre Alix  photo Mme Marie-Pierre Alix Partner
Mme Monique Ambal  photo Mme Monique Ambal Partner
Mme Gwladys Beauchet  photo Mme Gwladys Beauchet Partner
Mr Frédéric Bellanca  photo Mr Frédéric Bellanca Partner
Mr Christophe Billet  photo Mr Christophe Billet Partner
Maitre Romain Bourgade photo Maitre Romain Bourgade Partner
Mme Florence Bouthillier  photo Mme Florence Bouthillier Partner
Mme Catherine Brun Lorenzi  photo Mme Catherine Brun Lorenzi Of Counsel
Mr Arnaud Burg  photo Mr Arnaud Burg Partner
Mme Isabelle Carton de Grammont  photo Mme Isabelle Carton de Grammont Partner
Mme Laura Ceccarelli le Guen  photo Mme Laura Ceccarelli le Guen Partner
Maitre Claire Champion  photo Maitre Claire Champion Partner
Mr Benoît Charrière Bournazel  photo Mr Benoît Charrière Bournazel Partner
Mr Daniel Chausse  photo Mr Daniel Chausse Of Counsel
Mr Arnaud Constant  photo Mr Arnaud Constant Partner
Maitre Jean-Claude Drié  photo Maitre Jean-Claude Drié Partner
Maitre Sophie Dumon Kappe  photo Maitre Sophie Dumon Kappe Partner
Mme Véronique FRODING  photo Mme Véronique FRODING Partner
Mr Olivier Fages  photo Mr Olivier Fages President
Maitre Thibaud Forbin  photo Maitre Thibaud Forbin Partner
Maitre Stéphane GASNE  photo Maitre Stéphane GASNE Partner
Mr Jean-Charles Gancia  photo Mr Jean-Charles Gancia Partner
Maitre Romain Giraud  photo Maitre Romain Giraud Pre-Partner
Mr Frédéric Godard-Auguste  photo Mr Frédéric Godard-Auguste Partner
Maitre Antoine Gravereaux  photo Maitre Antoine Gravereaux Partner
Mr David Guillot  photo Mr David Guillot Partner
Maitre Grégory Gutierrez photo Maitre Grégory Gutierrez Partner
Mme Safine HADRI  photo Mme Safine HADRI Partner
Mme Patricia Jeannin  photo Mme Patricia Jeannin Partner
Mr Xavier Lacaze  photo Mr Xavier Lacaze Partner
Mr Arnaud Langlais  photo Mr Arnaud Langlais Partner
Mr Sébastien Legrix de la Salle  photo Mr Sébastien Legrix de la Salle Partner
Maitre Frédéric Lévy photo Maitre Frédéric Lévy Partner
Maitre Clémentine Liet-Veaux  photo Maitre Clémentine Liet-Veaux Pre-Partner
Mr Jérôme Lombard-Platet  photo Mr Jérôme Lombard-Platet Partner
Mr Cyril MAUCOUR  photo Mr Cyril MAUCOUR Partner
Mr Yvon Martinet  photo Mr Yvon Martinet Partner
Mr Marie-Christine Mergny  photo Mr Marie-Christine Mergny Of Counsel
Mr Olivier Monange  photo Mr Olivier Monange Partner
Maitre Michaël Moussault photo Maitre Michaël Moussault Partner
Mr Thomas Objatek  photo Mr Thomas Objatek Partner
Mme Joanna PELTZMAN  photo Mme Joanna PELTZMAN Partner
Mr Jean-Marc PEYRON  photo Mr Jean-Marc PEYRON Partner
Mme Chiara POGGI FERRERO  photo Mme Chiara POGGI FERRERO Partner
Maitre Christian Pascoët photo Maitre Christian Pascoët Partner
Mr Jean-Marc Poisson  photo Mr Jean-Marc Poisson Partner
Maitre Benjamin Potier  photo Maitre Benjamin Potier Partner
Mr Bertrand Potot  photo Mr Bertrand Potot Partner
Mr Jean-Luc Raffy  photo Mr Jean-Luc Raffy Partner
Mr Lubomir Roglev  photo Mr Lubomir Roglev Partner
Mr Guillaume SELNET  photo Mr Guillaume SELNET Partner
Maitre Paul-Antoine Saint-German  photo Maitre Paul-Antoine Saint-German Partner
Mr Jean-Marie Salva  photo Mr Jean-Marie Salva Partner
Mme Patricia Savin  photo Mme Patricia Savin Partner
Mme Anne Séverin  photo Mme Anne Séverin Partner
Maitre Sylvain Staub  photo Maitre Sylvain Staub Partner
Maitre Nathalie Sultan photo Maitre Nathalie Sultan Partner
Mr Bernard Tézé  photo Mr Bernard Tézé Partner
Mme Marie TRECAN  photo Mme Marie TRECAN Partner
Maitre Fabrice Van Cauwelaert photo Maitre Fabrice Van Cauwelaert Partner
Mme Catherine Verneret  photo Mme Catherine Verneret Partner
Mme Martine Zervudacki Farnier  photo Mme Martine Zervudacki Farnier Of Counsel
Number of partners : 55
Number of lawyers : 400
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