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DS Avocats

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France

Administrative and public law
Administrative and public law - ranked: tier 4

DS Avocats

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 Bollor√© campus. TDF, Servier and Conseil d√©partemental des Hauts de Seine are clients. Fr√©d√©rique Olivier¬†and Fr√©d√©ric Levy¬†head the practice. David Guillot, Laura Ceccarelli-Le Guen, Jean-Marc Poisson, Monique Ambal¬†and Micha√ęl Moussault¬†are also recommended, along with newly promoted partners Nathalie Sultan¬†and¬†Fabrice Van Cauwelaert.

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Banking and finance: Bank regulatory
Banking and finance: Bank regulatory - ranked: tier 2

DS Avocats

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 Cr√©dit Mutuel on Eurosic's ‚ā¨2.6bn takeover of Fonci√®re de Paris and on the acquisition of Eurosic by Gecina, deals which were both led by practice head¬†Fr√©d√©ric Bellanca.¬†Thibault Verbiest, who specialises in digital banking and cryptofinance, splits his time between the Paris and Brussels offices. BNP Securities Services, Z√ľrcher Kantonalbank and Bank of China are also clients of the firm.

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Construction
Construction - ranked: tier 2

DS Avocats

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.

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EU, competition and distribution
EU, competition and distribution - ranked: tier 4

DS Avocats

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.

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Environment
Environment - ranked: tier 2

DS Avocats

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‚ÄôAm√©nagement 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 Fr√©d√©ric L√©vy¬†are highly regarded. Gwladys Beauchet, Gr√©gory Gutierrez¬†and newly promoted partner Safi Hadri¬†are also involved. Rapha√ęl Romi, who is a highly respected professor in environment law, joined as of counsel.

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Insolvency
Insolvency - ranked: tier 4

DS Avocats

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‚Äôs 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 Pasco√ęt¬† and of counsel Jean-Yves Marquet¬†are also noted.

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France: Dispute resolution

Dispute resolution: commercial litigation
Dispute resolution: commercial litigation - ranked: tier 3

DS Avocats

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.

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France: Industry focus

Industry focus: IT, telecoms and the internet
Industry focus: IT, telecoms and the internet - ranked: tier 3

DS Avocats

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.

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France: Intellectual property

Intellectual property: Trade marks and designs
Intellectual property: Trade marks and designs - ranked: tier 3

DS Avocats

DS Avocats¬†provides day-to-day advice to the Louvre regarding the management of its brand portfolio, and recently acted for¬†√Člectricit√© R√©seau 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.

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