Firm Profile > DS Avocats > Paris , France
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DS Avocats stands out through its fintech, digital banking and cryptofinance group, but the practice advises on contentious and non-contentious matters regarding securities, corporate finance and capital markets. Recent transactional highlights include advising Assurances du Crédit Mutuel on Eurosic's €2.6bn takeover of Foncière de Paris and on the acquisition of Eurosic by Gecina, deals which were both led by practice head Frédéric Bellanca. Thibault Verbiest, who specialises in digital banking and cryptofinance, splits his time between the Paris and Brussels offices. BNP Securities Services, Zürcher Kantonalbank and Bank of China are also clients of the firm.
Construction Tier 2
DS Avocats is often instructed by companies and regularly handles construction litigation, including advising on judiciary surveys conducted on commercial, hospital and industrial assets. Marie-Pierre Alix heads the six-lawyer team.
Environment Tier 2
DS Avocats has a strong team of some ten dedicated lawyers who advise on environmental issues as well as hygiene, health and safety matters. The firm recently acted in criminal environmental disputes initiated by various associations against its clients for alleged violation of permits. The practice is managing several highly sensitive cases, notably in the energy and nuclear sectors. It is notably defending Compagnie d’Aménagement des Coteaux de Gascogne before courts regarding the Sivens redevelopment dam project that is being opposed by environmental associations. The firm also has strong expertise in classified sites issues and is regularly retained to advise on industrial M&A transactions. It assisted GRT Gaz with the transfer of the entire capital of Elengy to the client. Imerys, Vinci Energie and Eiffage Immobilier are clients. Practice heads Yvon Martinet, Patricia Savin and Frédéric Lévy are highly regarded. Gwladys Beauchet, Grégory Gutierrez and newly promoted partner Safi Hadri are also involved. Raphaël Romi, who is a highly respected professor in environment law, joined as of counsel.
DS Avocats is instructed by many blue-chip French companies to represent them before the courts and, increasingly, during the pre-contentious phases. The practice has a significant industrial and commercial caseload, and also handles some international disputes and advises on compliance issues. The firm successfully represented Orange's Mobistore in a case following the termination of distribution agreements with Mim Com and Waris Telecom, and obtained the condemnation of Engie for unfair competition practices from the Commercial Court of Nanterre. It is also dealing with some major banking litigation matters. Safran Electronics & Défense and PSA are clients. Bertrand Potot, Marie Christine Mergny, Sandra Dorizon and Arnaud Constant are recommended, and Frédéric Bellanca is noted for banking litigation.
DS Avocats recently acts for public sector entities on the implementation of regulatory and legal frameworks in heavily regulated sectors under the leadership of Thierry Granturco. Clients appointed the team to advise on the negotiation of contractual aspects pertaining to the implementation of software solutions in France and overseas. Catherine Verneret and counsel Gacia Kazandjian handled a number of GDPR compliance matters. Arnaud Tessalonikos heads the digital law and data privacy practice and is also a key name to note.
DS Avocats provides day-to-day advice to the Louvre regarding the management of its brand portfolio, and recently acted for Électricité Réseau Distribution France (ERDF) on the trade mark issues arising from its name change to Enedis. In other highlights, Catherine Verneret assisted a major French retailer with three litigations pertaining to the revocation of an expired trade mark, and Frisquet appointed the group to advise on infringement proceedings. Other key names include Thierry Granturco and associate Mathieu Salvia.
DS Avocats has urban law expertise combined with strong knowledge of project, public contract and general public law. The 37-lawyer practice advises public and private sector clients, including leading telecoms and transport companies, property developers and large municipalities. It is notably assisting with several large infrastructure and development projects, including advising the town of Boulogne-Billancourt with the adaptation of its urban-planning rules for the new Bolloré campus. TDF, Servier and Conseil départemental des Hauts de Seine are clients. Frédérique Olivier and Frédéric Levy head the practice. David Guillot, Laura Ceccarelli-Le Guen, Jean-Marc Poisson, Monique Ambal and Michaël Moussault are also recommended, along with newly promoted partners Nathalie Sultan and Fabrice Van Cauwelaert.
DS Avocats fields experts such as Michel Debroux and Romain Bourgade to advise on antitrust and competition issues on behalf of an enviable client roster including names such as SNCF, EDF and Eiffage. Particularly active in the telecoms, energy and logistics sectors, with strong expertise in public law, the team also includes Sandra Dorizon, Xavier Lacaze, Arnaud Constant and Safi Hadri.
Insolvency Tier 4
DS Avocats regularly acts for investors, including Chinese groups, on bidding for insolvent or distressed companies. The practice notably assisted LDC and Plouray with Doux’s acquisition, as well as PMC with the takeover of Isochem. Practice head Martine Zervudacki-Farnier has long-standing experience. Thomas Objatek, Jean-Charles Gancia, newly promoted partner Christian Pascoët and of counsel Jean-Yves Marquet are also noted.
DS Avocats > Firm Profile
The firm: Founded in Paris in 1972, DS Avocats is one of the leading independent law firms in France.
Through a network of 23 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 300 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.
|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|
|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|
|Banking and finance||Arnaud Burg|
|Banking and finance||Frédéric Bellanca|
|Mr Arnauld ACHARD||View Profile|
|Mme Marie-Pierre Alix||View Profile|
|Mme Monique Ambal||View Profile|
|Mme Gwladys Beauchet||View Profile|
|Mr Frédéric Bellanca||View Profile|
|Mr Christophe Billet||View Profile|
|Romain Bourgade||View Profile|
|Mme Florence Bouthillier||View Profile|
|Mme Catherine Brun Lorenzi||View Profile|
|Mr Arnaud Burg||View Profile|
|Mme Mélanie CORNA||View Profile|
|Mme Isabelle Carton de Grammont||View Profile|
|Mme Laura Ceccarelli le Guen||View Profile|
|Mr Benoît Charrière Bournazel||View Profile|
|Mr Daniel Chausse||View Profile|
|Mr Arnaud Constant||View Profile|
|Mr Eric Coutaud||View Profile|
|Mr Michel Debroux||View Profile|
|Mme Monique FIGUEIREDO||View Profile|
|Mme Véronique FRODING||View Profile|
|Mr Olivier Fages||View Profile|
|Mr Grégory GUTIERREZ||View Profile|
|Mr Jean-Charles Gancia||View Profile|
|Mr Frédéric Godard-Auguste||View Profile|
|Mr David Guillot||View Profile|
|Mme Safine HADRI||View Profile|
|Mme Patricia Jeannin||View Profile|
|Mr Frédéric Lévy||View Profile|
|Mr Xavier Lacaze||View Profile|
|Mr Arnaud Langlais||View Profile|
|Mr Sébastien Legrix de la Salle||View Profile|
|Mr Jérôme Lombard-Platet||View Profile|
|Mr Cyril MAUCOUR||View Profile|
|Mr Yvon Martinet||View Profile|
|Mr Marie-Christine Mergny||View Profile|
|Mr Olivier Monange||View Profile|
|Mr Michaël Moussault||View Profile|
|Mr Thomas Objatek||View Profile|
|Mme Joanna PELTZMAN||View Profile|
|Mr Jean-Marc PEYRON||View Profile|
|Mme Chiara POGGI FERRERO||View Profile|
|Christian Pascoët||View Profile|
|Mr Jean-Marc Poisson||View Profile|
|Mr Bertrand Potot||View Profile|
|Mr Jean-Luc Raffy||View Profile|
|Mr Lubomir Roglev||View Profile|
|Mr Guillaume SELNET||View Profile|
|Mr Jean-Marie Salva||View Profile|
|Mme Patricia Savin||View Profile|
|Mme Anne Séverin||View Profile|
|Mr Bernard Tézé||View Profile|
|Mme Marie TRECAN||View Profile|
|Mme Catherine Verneret||View Profile|
|Mr Philippe ZELLER||View Profile|
|Mme Martine Zervudacki Farnier||View Profile|