Firm Profile > DS Avocats > Paris, France

DS Avocats
6 RUE DURET
75116 PARIS
France

Banking and finance: Bank regulatory Tier 2

DS Avocats impresses with its ability to ‘anticipate regulations’, particularly in the fintech sector, where sources commend it as ‘open to technology innovation’. The department is split into two distinct units, with its financial services group responsible for advising on contentious and non-contentious matters relating to traditional banking, securities and stock market regulation. It also houses a standalone fintech group, which advises clients in the mobile payments, open banking, cryptofinance and insurtech fields. Frédéric Bellanca spearheads both sides of the practice. Thibault Verbiest recently left to join blockchain and digital services platform, Diginex.

Practice head(s):

Frédéric Bellanca

Testimonials

The team demonstrates a 360-view of topics, anticipating regulations that can impact the business of the institution and market in which it operates.’

We value its “advisory” consultancy services, which enable the institution to make informed decisions, its lawyers’ availability, its ability to listen to clients’ needs, its negotiation skills and its litigation management.’

A large team, which sets itself apart through its international dimension.’

A group dedicated to the finance industry, with knowledge in regulatory and knowledge of our business.

Expertise in custody securities, and all new market developments (including fintech, cryptoassets, securities tokens). Open to innovation, particularly technology innovation.’

Frédéric Bellanca has strong experience.’

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)

Zürcher Kantonalbank

Advenis Group

Coface

LVMH

Natixis

S-Money

Crédit Agricole Indosuez France

Orange Bank

ING Bank N.V.

BPCE

Total

Environment Tier 2

Through its 15-lawyer team, DS Avocats has wide-ranging expertise which covers the full range of environmental issues, including site pollution and remediation, industrial risk, waste management, biodiversity, and sustained development-related issues. Leading industrial companies, high-profile pharmaceutical and energy players, property developers and several public sector entities are clients of the practice. The group also provides regulatory assistance and is very experienced in crisis management and litigation cases. Patricia Savin is in charge. Other key names in the practice include Yvon Martinet, Frédéric Lévy and Grégory Gutierrez.

Practice head(s):

Patricia Savin

Key clients

IMERYS

COMPAGNIE D’AMENAGEMENT DES COTEAUX DE GASCOGNE (CACG)

GRT GAZ

VINCI ENERGIE

EIFFAGE IMMOBILIER

LES CARRIERES DE MOUEN

BIOGENIE

WIPELEC

NOVACAP

SUEZ

Administrative and public law Tier 3

DS Avocats houses one of the market's strongest urban planning law expertise. The firm is assisting several public sector entities as well as top developers working on landmark commercial and private and public property and infrastructure projects. It is notably involved in a series of Greater Paris and 2024 Olympics' urban development projects. The large 27-lawyer team also advises on public sector procurement contracts and on various other subjects. Paris-based Frédéric Lévy and Lyon-office managing partner Jean-Marc Poisson co-chair the practice, which also include key members: Monique Ambal, David Guillot, Laura Ceccarelli-Le Guen, Michaël Moussault and Nathalie Sultan. The hiring of Philippe Zeller from Orrick Rambaud Martel strengthens the group's presence in infrastructure procurement projects.

Practice head(s):

Frédéric Lévy; Jean-Marc Poisson

Testimonials

‘The team is very business-oriented and practical.’

‘Nathalie Sultan always offers a suitable solution. She is very helpful, easily accessible and very straight-to-the-point.’

Key clients

Solideo

Boulogne-Billancourt City (92)

Groupe IDEC

EPA France in Marne la Vallée

Exterimmo

Conseil régional de la Réunion

Conseil Départemental des Hauts-de-Seine

Construction Tier 3

Marie-Pierre ALIX heads the team at DS Avocats. The team acts for public and private project owners, developers and investors on all aspects of construction operations. It is handling a number of financial disputes which it endeavours to settle without recourse to litigation. Since publication of the ranking Stéphane Gasne joined from Pinsent Masons LLP.

Practice head(s):

Marie-Pierre Alix

Other key lawyers:

Stéphanie de Laroullière

Dispute resolution: Commercial litigation Tier 3

DS Avocats' 13-lawyer team regularly acts for some of France's leading companies, notably in the telecoms and energy industries. The firm recently obtained a major success before the appeal court for key client EDF in a highly fought and high stakes dispute with Engie. Other key clients include Orange, as well as international companies, banks and insurers. Marie-Christine Mergny heads the practice. Also involved are Bertrand Potot, Xavier Lacaze, Arnaud Constant, Guillaume Selnet and Romain Bourgade. Sandra Dorizon left the firm.

Practice head(s):

Marie-Christine Mergny

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

WELDOM

ELIOR

Industry focus: IT and internet Tier 3

DS Avocats considerably strengthened its practice following the integration of well-recognised IP and IT boutique Staub & Associés in October 2019. The new joining seven-lawyer team, which includes the highly regarded Sylvain Staub and Antoine Gravereaux, as well as counsel Thomas Beaugrand, has strong expertise advising leading French companies undertaking large-scale IT integration projects. The new arrivals add expertise to the existing team around Thibault Verbiest, who has recognised know-how in payment and electronic money issues and who recently advised clients on several Initial Coin Offering (ICO) transactions, and Counsel Gacia Kazandjian. Data protection work is also dealt with.

Practice head(s):

Catherine Verneret

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

‘The team has a good reputation and is safe pair of hands.’

‘Counsel Gacia Kazandjian is very experienced and easy to work with.’

Dispute resolution: White-collar crime Tier 4

DS Avocats

Practice head(s):

Guillaume Selnet; Arnaud Constant; Frédéric Bellanca

Testimonials

‘Guillaume Selnet is responsive and flexible, both specialised and versatile.’

Employment Tier 4

DS Avocats

Practice head(s):

Frédéric Godard-Auguste

Other key lawyers:

Gwladys Beauchet ; Monique Figueiredo

Key clients

Adil

Ad Ultima Group

Arena

Bank audi

Biogenie

Crown Europe Group Services

DS Smith Packaging

Elior

Franke

Graphic Control

Imerys

International Paper

MG Valdunes

MITSUBISHI

Mondial Protection

Sequens

SNCF

Tagmaster

EU, competition and distribution Tier 4

DS Avocats handles a series of long-term domestic antitrust and state aid cases on behalf of French companies. More recently, the group also advised a client facing dawn raid investigations by the French Competition Authority. The practice also deals with merger control work. Xavier Lacaze is in charge. Also involved are Michel Debroux, Romain Bourgade, Fabrice van Cauwelaert and Sandra Dorizon.

Practice head(s):

Xavier Lacaze

Testimonials

‘Xavier Lacaze has very valuable expertise. He is highly responsive, has an excellent understanding of the matters at stake and provides relevant analysis.’

Key clients

SNCF

ANTARGAZ FINAGAZ

EDF

GRTgaz

Fédération Nationale Indépendante des Mutuelles

HEPPNER

Maîtres Laitiers du Cotentin

MOBILITAS

EIFFAGE

Maroc Telecom

FT Orange

Insolvency Tier 4

DS Avocats eight-lawyer team advises debtors and investors, including Asian investors, in dealing with restructuring and insolvency proceedings. The firm also has a strong practice consisting in assisting investors putting forward asset take-over offers. The team is chaired by the greatly experienced Martine Zervudacki-Farnier has long-standing experience. Also involved are Jean-Charles GanciaChristian Pascoët, Thomas Objatek and of counsel Jean-Yves Marquet.

Practice head(s):

Martine Zervudacki Farnier

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘The team is made up of real professionals who have perfect knowledge of the various stakeholders and are well aware of the latest legal and judicial practice developments.’

‘The team is responsive and available, provides tailor-made advice.’

‘Christian Pascoët provides fine and clear analysis.’

Key clients

PANZANI

CIMC TIANDA

PARIS CITY VISION

FOGALE NANOTECH

LDC

ZETRA INTERNATIONAL

KTK SEATS FRANCE

OXALA CONSULTING

SPICESOFT

H2B / ARCOLE INDUSTRIE

H2B SERVICES

EIFFAGE ENERGIES SYSTEMES

FINANCIERE LSL

EUROPLASMA

CGMP

EDILIZIACCROBATICA

REMATE GROUP

MONDIAL PROTECTION

LINGUAPHONE

MY DESSEILLE

THE WATCH CONNECTION

TRANSPERFECT

YUTONG BUS

SCI CHRIPIMARC

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
Mr Arnauld ACHARD  photo Mr Arnauld ACHARD
Mme Marie-Pierre Alix  photo Mme Marie-Pierre Alix
Mme Monique Ambal  photo Mme Monique Ambal
Mme Gwladys Beauchet  photo Mme Gwladys Beauchet
Mr Frédéric Bellanca  photo Mr Frédéric Bellanca
Mr Christophe Billet  photo Mr Christophe Billet
 Romain Bourgade photo Romain Bourgade
Mme Florence Bouthillier  photo Mme Florence Bouthillier
Mme Catherine Brun Lorenzi  photo Mme Catherine Brun Lorenzi
Mr Arnaud Burg  photo Mr Arnaud Burg
Mme Mélanie CORNA  photo Mme Mélanie CORNA
Mme Isabelle Carton de Grammont  photo Mme Isabelle Carton de Grammont
Mme Laura Ceccarelli le Guen  photo Mme Laura Ceccarelli le Guen
Mr Benoît Charrière Bournazel  photo Mr Benoît Charrière Bournazel
Mr Daniel Chausse  photo Mr Daniel Chausse
Mr Arnaud Constant  photo Mr Arnaud Constant
Mr Eric Coutaud  photo Mr Eric Coutaud
Mr Michel Debroux  photo Mr Michel Debroux
Mme Monique FIGUEIREDO  photo Mme Monique FIGUEIREDO
Mme Véronique FRODING  photo Mme Véronique FRODING
Mr Olivier Fages  photo Mr Olivier Fages
Mr Grégory GUTIERREZ  photo Mr Grégory GUTIERREZ
Mr Jean-Charles Gancia  photo Mr Jean-Charles Gancia
Mr Frédéric Godard-Auguste  photo Mr Frédéric Godard-Auguste
Mr David Guillot  photo Mr David Guillot
Mme Safine HADRI  photo Mme Safine HADRI
Mme Patricia Jeannin  photo Mme Patricia Jeannin
Mr Frédéric Lévy  photo Mr Frédéric Lévy
Mr Xavier Lacaze  photo Mr Xavier Lacaze
Mr Arnaud Langlais  photo Mr Arnaud Langlais
Mr Sébastien Legrix de la Salle  photo Mr Sébastien Legrix de la Salle
Mr Jérôme Lombard-Platet  photo Mr Jérôme Lombard-Platet
Mr Cyril MAUCOUR  photo Mr Cyril MAUCOUR
Mr Yvon Martinet  photo Mr Yvon Martinet
Mr Marie-Christine Mergny  photo Mr Marie-Christine Mergny
Mr Olivier Monange  photo Mr Olivier Monange
Mr Michaël Moussault  photo Mr Michaël Moussault
Mr Thomas Objatek  photo Mr Thomas Objatek
Mme Joanna PELTZMAN  photo Mme Joanna PELTZMAN
Mr Jean-Marc PEYRON  photo Mr Jean-Marc PEYRON
Mme Chiara POGGI FERRERO  photo Mme Chiara POGGI FERRERO
 Christian Pascoët photo Christian Pascoët
Mr Jean-Marc Poisson  photo Mr Jean-Marc Poisson
Mr Bertrand Potot  photo Mr Bertrand Potot
Mr Jean-Luc Raffy  photo Mr Jean-Luc Raffy
Mr Lubomir Roglev  photo Mr Lubomir Roglev
Mr Guillaume SELNET  photo Mr Guillaume SELNET
Mr Jean-Marie Salva  photo Mr Jean-Marie Salva
Mme Patricia Savin  photo Mme Patricia Savin
 Nathalie Sultan photo Nathalie Sultan
Mme Anne Séverin  photo Mme Anne Séverin
Mr Bernard Tézé  photo Mr Bernard Tézé
Mme Marie TRECAN  photo Mme Marie TRECAN
 Fabrice Van Cauwelaert photo Fabrice Van Cauwelaert
Mme Catherine Verneret  photo Mme Catherine Verneret
Mr Philippe ZELLER  photo Mr Philippe ZELLER
Mme Martine Zervudacki Farnier  photo Mme Martine Zervudacki Farnier
Number of partners : 55
Number of lawyers : 400
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