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Gide Loyrette Nouel A.A.R.P.I.

22 COURS ALBERT IER, 75008 PARIS, FRANCE
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France

Administrative and public law
Administrative and public law - ranked: tier 2

Gide Loyrette Nouel A.A.R.P.I.

Gide Loyrette Nouel A.A.R.P.I. has one of the market’s largest teams for a full-service firm with some 21 lawyers involved. The practice is especially strong on public contracts. It is regularly retained to advise on large infrastructure projects and also handles litigation. The team also advises on regulatory and urban planning law matters. Energy is also a key area of expertise. Highlights included assisting the Agence des Participations de l’Etat with the privatisation of Nice Côte d’Azur and Lyon airports, and the Transport Ministry with the Paris-Charles de Gaulle Express rail project. Paris Saint-Germain F.C. and PSA Peugeot Citroen are clients. The ‘formidable’ Thomas Courtel is highly regarded for infrastructure projects. Also highly recommended are Bénédicte Mazel, Michel Guénaire, Emmanuel Vital-Durand and Alexandre Gauthier.

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Compliance
Compliance - ranked: tier 2

Gide Loyrette Nouel A.A.R.P.I.

Gide Loyrette Nouel A.A.R.P.I. advises leading French companies, banks and public sector entities on anti-corruption compliance and internal investigations following criminal investigations in France. The practice is very strong in the financial services sector and regularly advises on AMF and ACPR compliance issues and investigations. It is also noted for handling antitrust compliance matters. Bruno Quentin - Jean-Philippe Pons-Henry, Jean-Guillaume de Tocqueville and Antoine Choffel are key contacts.

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Derivatives, structured finance and securitisation
Derivatives, structured finance and securitisation - ranked: tier 1

Gide Loyrette Nouel A.A.R.P.I.

Gide Loyrette Nouel A.A.R.P.I. combines ‘a high level of business acumen’ with ‘quick response times’, ‘direct access to partners’ and ‘stable teams’. The team’s strengths lie in derivatives and structured products, flanked by regulatory expertise, but the group also advises on securitisations and has expertise across all asset classes, as well as in repurchasing transactions and securities lending mandates. Paris-based Arnaud Duhamel and counsel Laurent Vincent, and London-based Karine Imbrosciano, who is ‘very client-focused’, jointly head the practice. Duhamel’s skillset in structured products and strategic equity derivatives is noted, along with his strong regional focus on sub-Saharan Africa and other emerging markets. Xavier Chassin de Kergommeaux who has developed a particularly strong practice in advising building societies, is a key name for securities. In a French market first, Kergommeaux led advice to Caisse Centrale des Crédits Immobiliers de France -3CIF and BNP Paribas, as arranger, on the winding-up and liquidation of French securitisation fund CIF Assets in order to allow the bondholders to comply with legislation coming into effect in January 2018, and also handled the setting-up of a new refinancing structure for Crédit Immobilier de France containing secured intragroup loans. Société Générale, Deutsche Bank and Europcar are also clients.

Leading individuals

Xavier Chassin de Kergommeaux - Gide Loyrette Nouel A.A.R.P.I. (structured finance)

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EU, competition and distribution
EU, competition and distribution - ranked: tier 2

Gide Loyrette Nouel A.A.R.P.I.

The competition department at Gide Loyrette Nouel A.A.R.P.I. works closely with its colleagues in Brussels and recently successfully defended Drouot in antitrust litigation proceedings before the FCA against abuse of dominant position and cartel allegations filed by Figaro. In other work, Antoine Choffel and counsel Laura Castex represented Pernod Ricard in an investigation pertaining to its distribution of consumer goods in French overseas territories, and Joëlle Salzmann and Choffel advised SNCF on the FCA inquiry into the French railway freight market following a complaint by a Deutsche Bahn subsidiary. Other key contacts include Dimitri Dimitrov, who is defending Guerbet before the Brazilian competition authority in connection with its 2015 acquisition of Mallinkrodt, and Emmanuel Reille who assisted Ferrero with competition aspects of its acquisition of a branch of United Biscuits. Franck Audran was promoted to counsel.

Leading individuals

Antoine Choffel - Gide Loyrette Nouel A.A.R.P.I.

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Employment
Employment - ranked: tier 2

Gide Loyrette Nouel A.A.R.P.I.

Gide Loyrette Nouel A.A.R.P.I.’s ‘always responsive’ 23-lawyer team gives ‘excellent practical advice’ to many French leading companies and some large international groups from various industries, such as the luxury goods, leisure and hospitality, aviation and energy sectors. Recently, the practice has been dealing with highly sensitive restructuring and litigation issues including illicit subcontracting of workers, co-employment, unfair competition, site closure, employees transfers and strikes, but also advised on some large M&A transactions. Air France, EDF, LVMH and Engie are clients. Baudouin de Moucheron jointly heads the practice with Foulques de Rostolan, who ‘has longstanding experience and shows personal involvement’. Also highly recommended are Aurélien Boulanger, David Jonin, who designs ‘efficient litigation strategies’, Guillaume Navarro and François Vergne.

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Environment
Environment - ranked: tier 1

Gide Loyrette Nouel A.A.R.P.I.

Gide Loyrette Nouel A.A.R.P.I. provides a ‘very good level of service’ to many leading French industrial companies, including high-profile oil, energy and chemical groups. The five-lawyer team handles highly sensitive work, especially in the nuclear field and is regularly involved in lawsuits pertaining to classified sites and water and waste issues. The team recently defended ANDRA following a series of lawsuits introduced by NGOs regarding the implantation of a future radioactive waste disposal site. Other areas of expertise include mining law. Chimirec, Total and BIC are also clients. Top expert Jean-Nicolas Clément, who gives ‘good and practical advice’, recently assisted the French Ministry of Environment with the drafting of several soil pollution decrees.

Leading individuals

Jean-Nicolas Clément - Gide Loyrette Nouel A.A.R.P.I.

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Insolvency
Insolvency - ranked: tier 3

Gide Loyrette Nouel A.A.R.P.I.

Gide Loyrette Nouel A.A.R.P.I. has large resources and a greatly experienced team that regularly advises debtors, shareholders and investors on key matters. Highlights included assisting Viadeo with its reorganisation and takeover by Figaro Classifieds, as well as Partouche and Financière Partouche with its safeguard proceedings and recent agreement with OCM Luxembourg. Gabriel Sonier and Caroline Texier are highly recognised.

Leading individuals

Gabriel Sonier - Gide Loyrette Nouel A.A.R.P.I.

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Insurance
Insurance - ranked: tier 1

Gide Loyrette Nouel A.A.R.P.I.

The ‘very strong’ and ‘very reliable’ team at Gide Loyrette Nouel A.A.R.P.I. provides ‘a mix of technical skills and business acumen’ and is, according to one client, in ‘the top tier for the provision of legal and regulatory advice, both on contentious and non-contentious matters’. It provides ‘consistency in quality across the group’, handling insurance and reinsurance matters, with a broad range of expertise including litigation and regulatory services, and has notable strengths in transport, life insurance and construction-related matters. ‘Outstanding adviser’ Richard Ghueldre, who provides ‘smart analyses’ and ‘clear opinions’, jointly heads the team with Capucine Bernier. The department advised the Caisse Centrale de Réassurance on the setting-up of subsidiary CCR RE, a new entity focusing on market reinsurance activities. Other highlights include acting for AXA in the first class action regarding insurance and reinsurance in France, and providing industrial risk advice to MAF concerning its newly-inaugurated start-up campus Station F. On the contentious front, the group acted for Pasteur Mutualité Group in a dispute between two mutual insurers. Clients include insurers and insurance brokers such as AIG and AMV.

Leading individuals

Richard Ghueldre - Gide Loyrette Nouel A.A.R.P.I. (regulatory and corporate)

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Media and entertainment
Television and radio - ranked: tier 2

Gide Loyrette Nouel A.A.R.P.I.

The TMT department at Gide Loyrette Nouel A.A.R.P.I. consists of experienced litigator Olivier Cousi and counsel Julien Guinot-Deléry, who jointly assist major television and cinema clients with the protection of their intellectual property rights; recently, the duo advised a production and distribution company on the review of an intellectual property pledge agreement. In other work, the group represented France Télévisions in a litigation against a BBC subsidiary pertaining to the ownership and protection of a specific television series format, and advised the National Foundation of Political Sciences on the procurement of an online platform and internet service. On the sports front, recent work highlights include representing the French Tennis Federation in a major dispute with the descendants of the architect of the greenhouses in the Auteuil botanical gardens in connection with the extension of Roland-Garros and the construction of a new court in these premises. Arte, be IN Sports and RTL are other key clients.

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Mergers and acquisitions
Mergers and acquisitions - ranked: tier 3

Gide Loyrette Nouel A.A.R.P.I.

The ‘responsive’ ‘true professionals’ at Gide Loyrette Nouel A.A.R.P.I. have a ‘strong knowledge of stock exchange law’. It is particularly noted for handling public M&A transactions; recent highlights in this space include advising on AccorHotels’ €6.6bn restructuring of its property management business line Hotelinvest, and assisting Debiopharm, as a shareholder in Eurosic, with the €3.3bn acquisition of all Eurosic securities by Gecina in the context of the two companies’ friendly merger. The ‘client-oriented’ and ‘constructive’ Antoine Tézenas du Montcel is noted for his ‘very good knowledge of complex transactions’. Didier Martin, Jean-Gabriel Flandrois, Anne Tolila, Christophe Eck, Nadège Nguyen and Guillaume Rougier-Brierre are also noted. Antoine de la Gatinais relocated from the firm’s Shanghai office. Other clients include Naval Group, BNP Paribas and Total. Olivier Diaz was a new arrival in March 2018 from Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP.

Leading individuals

Olivier Diaz - Gide Loyrette Nouel A.A.R.P.I.

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Project finance
Project finance - ranked: tier 1

Gide Loyrette Nouel A.A.R.P.I.

Gide Loyrette Nouel A.A.R.P.I. is regularly retained by the French government and sponsors to advise on large infrastructure projects in France. The team recently assisted the Minister of Transport with the Paris-Charles de Gaulle Express rail project. Thomas Courtel ranks among the best in his field. Also highly recommended for domestic projects are Bénédicte Mazel and Emmanuel Vital-Durand. The practice is also highly involved in large projects in Africa, often alongside sponsors and governments: it is advising on a series of port, airport and transport projects, and is also involved in high-profile power and renewables projects such as assisting SNEDAI with the financing and construction of a 2x350MW coal-fired plant in Ivory Coast. Finally, the firm produces ‘excellent work on international industrial defence projects’ and is advising DCNS on the development of the future Australian submarine fleet. John Crothers and François Krotoff are top notch, and the ‘reliable and solid’ Stéphane Vernay ‘has large experience of various jurisdictions and industries and brings very high added-value in structuring complex industrial projects thanks to his concrete solutions’. Marie Bouvet-Guiramand, Laetitia Lemercier and counsel Victor Grandguillaume are up and coming.

Leading individuals

François Krotoff - Gide Loyrette Nouel A.A.R.P.I. (energy)

John Crothers - Gide Loyrette Nouel A.A.R.P.I. (energy)

Stéphane Vernay - Gide Loyrette Nouel A.A.R.P.I. (energy)

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Real estate
Real estate - ranked: tier 1

Gide Loyrette Nouel A.A.R.P.I.

The impressive Gide Loyrette Nouel A.A.R.P.I. is ‘among the top law firms in Paris, comes first for large deals’, is ‘very professional, delivers on time, and gives good insights on the market’s latest developments’. The large 49-lawyer team serves many high-profile European listed property companies, French and international investment funds, developers, industrial operators, high end-users and lenders and is consistently involved in the market’s largest investment deals. Highlights included assisting AccorHotels with the spin-off of its business line HotelInvest; Norges Bank Investment Management with the €1bn share-deal acquisition of a real estate complex located at Place Vendome and rue Saint Honoré in Paris, which is the largest ever transaction by value on a single asset in Paris to date; and Union Investment Real Estate with the off-plan acquisition of the "Grand Central" building. The team also assisted Total with the off-plan lease of its new headquarters. The highly recognised Frédéric Nouel, Stanislas Dwernicki, Eric Martin-Impératori and Renault Baguenault de Puchesse head the practice. Other key names in the team include Bertrand Oldra, Christopher Szostak who ‘anticipates clients’ needs and is a very trustful and pro-business adviser that you are glad to have on your side at the negotiating table’, the ‘always available’ Hugues Moreau and Nicolas Planchot. The firm is also second-to none for property finance work: the team is ‘excellent, commercial and always finds solutions’ and includes two of the market’s most well-known figures, namely the ‘efficient, discreet and commercial’ Kamel Ben Salah, who is ‘extremely well connected and has strong negotiating skills’, and Rémi Tabbagh. Laetitia Lemercier is also involved.

Leading individuals

Eric Martin-Impératori - Gide Loyrette Nouel A.A.R.P.I.

Frédéric Nouel - Gide Loyrette Nouel A.A.R.P.I.

Kamel Ben Salah - Gide Loyrette Nouel A.A.R.P.I. (real estate finance)

Rémi Tabbagh - Gide Loyrette Nouel A.A.R.P.I. (real estate finance)

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Tax
Tax - ranked: tier 3

Gide Loyrette Nouel A.A.R.P.I.

Gide Loyrette Nouel A.A.R.P.I. provides tax advice on a wide range of issues including M&A, real estate and investment funds. The 14-lawyer team has ‘long term real estate structuring experience, particularly on collective funds and investments in France or in other European countries’ and is also strong in the insurance and financial services sectors. The firm recently assisted Morgan Stanley International with the combination of all of its French activities within Morgan Stanley France, as well as AEW Europe with the acquisition of the Interstellar portfolio. Amundi, Swiss Life Reim and Mercialys are other key clients. Olivier Dauchez and Christian Nouel are highly experienced and Laurent Modave is praised for ‘his clarity, assistance in decision-making, and knowledge of the property industry’. Bertrand Jouanneau is also recommended.

Leading individuals

Laurent Modave - Gide Loyrette Nouel A.A.R.P.I. (property tax)

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France: Banking and finance

Bank regulatory
Banking and finance: Bank regulatory - ranked: tier 1

Gide Loyrette Nouel A.A.R.P.I.

Gide Loyrette Nouel A.A.R.P.I. ‘has an excellent bank regulatory department’ and provides ‘excellent service and business knowledge’. Stéphane Puel and Jean-Guillaume de Tocqueville, who impress with their ‘in-depth knowledge of regulatory matters’ and their ‘excellent contacts with regulators’, jointly head the practice. Their combined expertise includes banking, investment services and investment management regulations; fund-related regulatory matters (including issues concerning regulated and non-regulated French funds); infrastructure and distressed debt funds; business rules; and experience in acting for clients in disciplinary procedures and litigation. Highlights included advising China’s fifth-largest commercial bank, Bank of Communications, on the establishment of the Paris-based office of its Luxembourgian subsidiary; assisting Amundi Asset Management with setting up an investment platform dedicated to Coface, a leading insurance company; and handling the establishment of a new investment firm focused on equity trading in France for Morgan Stanley. Kepler Cheuvreux, Lombard Odier Europe and HSBC are also clients. Counsel Guillaume Goffin is the other name to note.

Leading individuals

Stéphane Puel - Gide Loyrette Nouel A.A.R.P.I.

Next generation lawyers

Guillaume Goffin - Gide Loyrette Nouel A.A.R.P.I.

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Transactional work
Banking and finance: Transactional work - ranked: tier 1

Gide Loyrette Nouel A.A.R.P.I.

Gide Loyrette Nouel A.A.R.P.I. ‘combines strong expertise and sector knowledge with strong execution skills’, has ‘a competent and business-oriented team’ and ‘always finds a solution’; the group is further noted for its office network outside France. Structured finance, project finance and acquisition finance are core areas of expertise, but the team also has experience in debt restructuring. The team advised HSBC France on structuring the refinancing of the public private partnership (PPP) related to the construction and maintenance of the French Ministry of Defence, involving project debt, Dailly debt and hedging agreements; and drew on its expertise in the real estate sector to act for BNP Paribas, Natixis and ING on the €550m refinancing of Parisian building complex Quadrans. In the acquisition finance space, it assisted Partners Group with the French aspects of the financing of the acquisition of the Cerba Group, and advised Europcar on its €1.5bn cross-border acquisition of Goldcar. Bank of Ireland, Natixis and Crédit Agricole Corporate and Investment Bank are other clients. The ‘efficient, discreet and proactive’ Kamel Ben Salah is ‘a very experienced lawyer in real estate financing’ and has ‘strong negotiation skills’. Ben Salah jointly leads the practice with Eric Cartier-Millon, Laetitia Lemercier and Rémi Tabbagh. Thomas Binet was promoted to the partnership in January 2018.

Leading individuals

Eric Cartier-Millon - Gide Loyrette Nouel A.A.R.P.I.

Next generation lawyers

Laetitia Lemercier - Gide Loyrette Nouel A.A.R.P.I.

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France: Capital markets

Debt
Capital markets: Debt - ranked: tier 1

Gide Loyrette Nouel A.A.R.P.I.

Gide Loyrette Nouel A.A.R.P.I. demonstrates strength across the board of debt capital market financings, with 144A debt transactions by French issuers and Euro private placements areas of particular expertise. The team has a largely domestic workload but also excels in complex, cross-border matters, such as the work undertaken for Groupe FNAC on the issuance of €650m senior notes, which are governed by New York law, listed on the Irish Stock Exchange and admitted to trading on the Irish Stock Exchange’s Global Exchange Market. In another cross-border highlight, the team advised Veolia Environnement on the first issuance of a panda bond by a French issuer. Domestic highlights include advising Europcar Groupe on the issuance of 144A high-yield senior notes. Other clients include Société Générale, Gecina and BNP Paribas. Practice heads Arnaud Duhamel, Hubert Merveilleux du Vignaux and US-qualified Melinda Stege Arsouze are the key names. Laurent Vincent was promoted to counsel.

Leading individuals

Arnaud Duhamel - Gide Loyrette Nouel A.A.R.P.I.

Hubert Merveilleux du Vignaux - Gide Loyrette Nouel A.A.R.P.I.

Next generation lawyers

Laurent Vincent - Gide Loyrette Nouel A.A.R.P.I.

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Equity
Capital markets: Equity - ranked: tier 2

Gide Loyrette Nouel A.A.R.P.I.

Gide Loyrette Nouel A.A.R.P.I. has a core focus on French issuer IPOs, but also has in-depth knowledge of US instruments, including Nasdaq listings, Regulation S and 144A transactions. Arnaud Duhamel is the key adviser and cross-border specialist Melinda Stege Arsouze is particularly active in private placements in the US. Counsels Théophile Strebelle and Guilhem Richard provide significant support. Recent work includes acting for Lysogène and Société Générale on Lysogène’s IPO on compartment C of Euronext Paris; advising BNP Paribas on a €143m capital increase for Société de la Tour Eiffel through preferential subscription rights; and handling Gensight Biologics’ private placement to investors in the US and Europe. The team has a strong following in the biotech sector, where clients also include Erytech Pharma and Inventiva. Goldman Sachs, Jefferies and Veolia are also clients.

Leading individuals

Arnaud Duhamel - Gide Loyrette Nouel A.A.R.P.I.

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France: Dispute resolution

Commercial litigation
Dispute resolution: Commercial litigation - ranked: tier 2

Gide Loyrette Nouel A.A.R.P.I.

Gide Loyrette Nouel A.A.R.P.I. is regularly retained by leading French and international banks to handle sensitive disputes. The practice is notably defending BPCE, Dexia Crédit Local SFIL and BNP Paribas in more than 100 cases involving French local entities. The 23-lawyer team also handles commercial and corporation litigation, and international cases; it is notably involved in a major case in the oil downstream sector in Africa. Bruno Quentin, Patrick Ouart, who is recommended for his ‘analytical and tactical vision’, Michel Pitron and Jean-Philippe Pons-Henry are key names.

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International arbitration
Dispute resolution: International arbitration - ranked: tier 3

Gide Loyrette Nouel A.A.R.P.I.

Gide Loyrette Nouel A.A.R.P.I. provides ‘valuable services including timely responses and thoughtful advice’. The 22-lawyer Paris and London-based team handles commercial and investment arbitration and is notably managing several large ICC disputes in relation with gas and construction issues in Algeria. The practice is also involved in mining disputes in Turkey and frequently acts in exequatur cases: it obtained a very rare decision before the French courts defining the role of the French judge during exequatur procedures. The team also represented the ICC before the Paris Tribunal de Grande Instance de Paris in another landmark case. Carole Malinvaud is highly recommended and an increasingly appointed arbitrator. Also recommended are Christian Camboulive, Rupert Reece, who is ‘well experienced in construction disputes’ and Alexandra Munoz.

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Stock-market litigation
Dispute resolution: stock-market litigation - ranked: tier 2

Gide Loyrette Nouel A.A.R.P.I.

Gide Loyrette Nouel A.A.R.P.I. has a ‘strong practice’ that provides ‘customised solutions to clients' needs’. The ‘experienced team’ regularly acts for banks and asset management companies, has particular experience in handling AMF Enforcement Committee regulatory matters and is involved in several market-abuse and insider trading cases. Aviva Investors, Amundi, Natixis and BPCE are clients. Bruno Quentin is highly regarded and Jean-Guillaume de Tocqueville as well as Jean-Philippe Pons-Henry enjoy ‘excellent reputation for their past litigation successes’. Stéphane Puel is ‘highly recommended for his commitment and skills, and is one of the best lawyers in France for investment funds’.

Leading individuals

Bruno Quentin - Gide Loyrette Nouel A.A.R.P.I.

Jean-Guillaume de Tocqueville - Gide Loyrette Nouel A.A.R.P.I. (AMF regulatory)

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White-collar crime
Dispute resolution: White-collar crime - ranked: tier 3

Gide Loyrette Nouel A.A.R.P.I.

The ‘available, responsive and efficient’ Gide Loyrette Nouel A.A.R.P.I. is notably involved in several high-profile public sector cases and represented one of SNCF’s top-managers following the Bretigny train accident in 2013, and SNCF Mobilités following a major train accident which occurred in Eckwersheim in 2015. Other recent work includes defending one of public agency Business France’s top managers regarding favouritism investigations linked to the organisation of a French tech event in Las Vegas in 2016 and advising on several fraud and corruption issues in Africa. Bruno Quentin is highly recommended. Also involved are Michel Pitron and the ‘highly knowledgeable’ Jean-Philippe Pons-Henry, who is also a ‘great listener’.

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France: Industry focus

Energy
Industry focus: Energy - ranked: tier 1

Gide Loyrette Nouel A.A.R.P.I.

Gide Loyrette Nouel A.A.R.P.I. is second-to-none for energy regulatory issues in France and is retained by leading operators to provide assistance before the energy regulatory authority. It successfully represented French main energy distributor Enedis in a high-stakes lawsuit initiated by property developer Valsophia challenging Enedis’ de facto monopoly. The team also represented Engie in a litigation against GRTgaz before the energy regulatory authority. Michel Guénaire is the key contact for regulatory energy work. The firm also advises sponsors and governments on large power and renewables projects in Africa and is assisting SNEDAI with the financing and construction of a 2x350MW coal-fired plant in Ivory Coast, and the Islamic Republic of Mauritania with a gas-to-power project. John Crothers, François Krotoff and Stéphane Vernay are highly recommended. Recently promoted partner Marie Bouvet-Guiramand and counsel Victor Grandguillaume are also noteworthy.

Leading individuals

Michel Guénaire - Gide Loyrette Nouel A.A.R.P.I. (energy regulatory)

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Healthcare and life sciences
Industry focus: Healthcare and life sciences - ranked: tier 2

Gide Loyrette Nouel A.A.R.P.I.

Gide Loyrette Nouel A.A.R.P.I.’s healthcare and life sciences group has strong intellectual property, corporate and competition law expertise and is led by Grégoire Triet, Anne Tolila and Dimitri Dimitrov, respectively. Jean-Hyacinthe de Mitry advised biopharmaceutical company Annapurna Therapeutics on its merger with Avalanche Biotechnologies, and Raphaëlle Dequiré-Portier teamed up with Emmanuel Larere to represent Ono and Bristol-Myers Squibb in a multijurisdictional patent litigation pertaining to an innovative cancer treatment. In other recent highlight work, Arnaud Michel represented Merck and five of its subsidiaries in trade mark infringement and unfair competition proceedings regarding the use of the name ‘Merck’ in France, and Dimitrov assisted a manufacturer of medical devices with the review of its contracts in light of French distribution law provisions. Other notable clients include Johnson & Johnson, Shionogi and Guerbet.

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IT, telecoms and the Internet
Industry focus: IT, telecoms and the Internet - ranked: tier 2

Gide Loyrette Nouel A.A.R.P.I.

Gide Loyrette Nouel A.A.R.P.I. ‘has a very strong understanding of the IT and technology space as a whole with vast experience in dealing with start-ups and fast-growing companies’. Practice co-head Olivier Cousi focuses on telecoms work and recently advised the national telecoms authority of Benin on the country’s legal framework and the introduction of new legislative provisions, as well as assisting the government of Cape Verde with arbitration proceedings against the national telecoms provider concerning regulatory compliance. In other work, ‘outstanding lawyer’ and counsel Julien Guinot-Deléry and practice co-head Thierry Dor provide ongoing advice to La Gazette Drouot on IT projects and contentious issues arising from its responsibility for publishing online content. Other key clients include Vodafone, Natixis, Facebook and Total, who instructed the practice to advise on data protection matters.

Leading individuals

Olivier Cousi - Gide Loyrette Nouel A.A.R.P.I.

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Luxury goods
Industry focus: Luxury goods - ranked: tier 1

Gide Loyrette Nouel A.A.R.P.I.

The luxury goods team at Gide Loyrette Nouel A.A.R.P.I. includes partners from the employment, intellectual property, real estate and corporate departments to advise clients such as Tiffany & Co, Guerlain and Louis Vuitton. The group’s recent caseload includes several litigation cases such as intellectual property infringement proceedings on behalf of Dior, and Moët Hennessy’s employment dispute pertaining to the moral harassment of employees by trade union delegates. Distribution specialist Joëlle Salzmann is acting for Expanscience in the updating of its selective distribution network in several European jurisdictions and overseeing several actions against unauthorised dealers. Also noteworthy is Antoine Choffel’s competition and antitrust expertise which he recently exhibited on behalf of a household cosmetics name in an appeal against a decision by the FCA to fine home and personal care product manufacturers for coordinating their commercial policies.

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France: Intellectual property

Patents
Intellectual property: Patents - ranked: tier 1

Gide Loyrette Nouel A.A.R.P.I.

Gide Loyrette Nouel A.A.R.P.I.’s ‘very strong and highly responsive’ intellectual property lawyers are particularly ‘well-known and connected’ in the medical devices and pharmaceutical sectors. Emmanuel Larere recently teamed up with Raphaëlle Dequiré-Portier to represent Ono and Bristol-Myers Squibb in a multijurisdictional patent dispute against Merck with regards to an innovative immunological treatment for cancer, while Grégoire Triet represented Shionogi in two infringement claims against Merck and its subsidiaries pertaining to a HIV drug. In the consumer products space, the team defended Delica and its distributor Mifroma against patent infringement claims brought by Nestlé concerning its marketing of coffee capsules compatible with the ‘Dolce Gusto’ machines. Newly promoted partner Jean-Hyacinthe de Mitry has experience in handling trade secret and ‘know-how’ protection matters; he is a notable contact alongside ‘driven, client-oriented and very strong professional’ and associate Emma Leguillon.

Leading individuals

Arnaud Michel - Gide Loyrette Nouel A.A.R.P.I.

Emmanuel Larere - Gide Loyrette Nouel A.A.R.P.I.

Grégoire Triet - Gide Loyrette Nouel A.A.R.P.I.

Next generation lawyers

Raphaëlle Dequiré-Portier - Gide Loyrette Nouel A.A.R.P.I.

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Trade marks, designs and copyright
Trade marks, designs and copyright - ranked: tier 1

Gide Loyrette Nouel A.A.R.P.I.

Gide Loyrette Nouel A.A.R.P.I. advises clients such as Dior, Tag Heuer and Johnson & Johnson on the full spread of contentious and non-contentious trade mark, design and copyright matters. Raphaëlle Dequiré-Portier recently represented Levi Strauss in a cross-border trade mark infringement claim against Dogg Label while Arnaud Michel acted for Merck and five of its French subsidiaries in a trade mark and name infringement action against MSD regarding the use of the ‘Merck’ sign in France. Emmanuel Larere defended Marks & Spencer in a major trade mark dispute brought by Auchan in connection with the client’s ‘simply M&S’ brand, and Grégoire Triet, who ‘takes a holistic view’ and provides ‘pragmatic advice’, is representing Fondazione Prada in copyright infringement proceedings brought by a former Naf Naf designer.

Leading individuals

Arnaud Michel - Gide Loyrette Nouel A.A.R.P.I.

Emmanuel Larere - Gide Loyrette Nouel A.A.R.P.I.

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France: Private equity

Fund formation
Private equity: fund formation - ranked: tier 2

Gide Loyrette Nouel A.A.R.P.I.

The ‘truly transaction-oriented’ Gide Loyrette Nouel A.A.R.P.I. ‘always delivers an outstanding level of service’, with ‘a great response in terms of time, substance and general guidance’ and, according to one client, has ‘by far the best mix of technical expertise and practical experience among asset management lawyers’. The team ‘knows the industry in France, Europe and North Africa’ and is considered ‘a trendsetter with a reliable global network’ as well as ‘a great partner for long-term matters as it provides stability’. The fund formation practice is part of the firm’s wider investment management department, and it advises sponsors and investors on private equity funds and other private funds. The team’s workload is largely domestic, although Ann Baker, who co-heads the practice with Stéphane Puel, is also admitted to the New York bar. The ‘very-well connected’ Puel ‘has an in-depth knowledge of the asset management industry in all regulatory aspects and from a business standpoint’ and is ‘a sharp-witted strategist’ and ‘key influencer in asset management and finance regulation in France’. Counsel Rima Maitrehenry provides key support. Recent highlights include advising Omnes Capital on the structuring of a fund dedicated to investments in high environmental performance buildings, a first on the French market. The group assisted Unigestion Asset Management with structuring its fourth dedicated private equity secondary fund, and also acted for Korelya Capital on the structuring and formation of the K-Fund 1, which is focused on financing European, and in particular French, start-ups. Amundi, Eiffel Investment Group and Idinvest are also clients. Benjamin Delaunauy made counsel in January 2017.

Next generation lawyers

Rima Maitrehenry - Gide Loyrette Nouel A.A.R.P.I.

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Venture and growth capital
Private equity: venture and growth capital - ranked: tier 1

Gide Loyrette Nouel A.A.R.P.I.

Gide Loyrette Nouel A.A.R.P.I. handled a large number of venture and growth capital instructions and acts for investors and target companies. The group covers the full range of investment issues, from the drafting and the negotiation of investment agreements to issuing securities and setting up profit-sharing and incentive plans, for executives and shareholders. Private investments in public equity are one of the firm’s key strengths. Pierre Karpik is the key name for venture and growth capital matters and has a core focus on the high-tech sector. Recent highlights include advising the investors on the €100m fundraising for high-tech electronics player Devialet and acting for the investors on the fundraising for Actility, which attracted investors including Bpifrance, KPN Ventures and Inmarsat. Other instructions came from ulule, dataiku and Qapa.

Leading individuals

Pierre Karpik - Gide Loyrette Nouel A.A.R.P.I.

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