Firm Profile > Jeantet > Paris , France

75116 Paris

Banking and finance: Bank regulatory Tier 2

The practice at Jeantet rests on the shoulders of Martine Samuelian , who heads up the financial institutions and services group and banking and finance department. Anti-money laundering strategies and the structuring and distribution of financial products, including the setting-up of internal compliance systems and obtaining authorisations, are other areas of strength for the firm. A series of recent hires attest to its steadily growing client roster, which now features Société Générale de Banque au Liban, and Samuelian advised on the regulatory aspects of the bank's acquisition of the share capital of KBL Richelieu Banque Privée and KBL Monaco Private Bankers.

Leading individuals

Dispute resolution: Stock market litigation Tier 2

Jeantet has a ‘very responsive and professional practice’. Frank Martin Laprade has experience representing companies, executives and investors in financial information communication and market abuse cases. Martine Samuelian is instructed by high-profile financial institutions for her expertise in dealing with regulatory and disciplinary proceedings.

Industry focus: energy Tier 2

Jeantet's team includes ‘well-versed international lawyers’, who have ‘a depth of experience in infrastructure and mining projects in West Africa’. The firm is advising international companies on several of Africa's largest mining deposits including assisting Canyon Resources with a first-class Bauxite deposit development project in Cameroon. Oil and gas is another area of sector expertise which also extends to arbitration and litigation. Highlights included advising Wineco on the acquisition of Total’s import, storage and distribution LPG business in Haiti and representing Europa Oil and Gas in French court proceedings following the state's refusal to authorise the transfer and extension of an exploration permit. Practice head Thierry Lauriol is ‘well versed in the energy, mining and infrastructure sectors and has a depth of knowledge and contacts throughout French speaking Africa’ where he is ‘a mover and shaker in the sector’. The firm also combines energy and corporate expertise to advise on renewables projects in Europe and Africa. Corporate partner Karl Hepp de Sevelinges is ‘solution-oriented, commercial and gets things done’.

Leading individuals: Mining, oil and gas and natural resources

Dispute resolution: commercial litigation Tier 3

Jeantet's dedicated litigation group is able to handle a broad range of disputes, encompassing corporate and governance litigation, and commercial and industrial cases. The antitrust team, which includes Loraine Donnedieu de Vabres-Tranié, Florent Prunet and Thomas Picot, also acts in commercial litigation, particularly in post-cartel damages cases before the French courts. The firm recently hired Xavier Pernot from Ginestié Magellan Paley-Vincent to further strengthen its litigation expertise, especially in industrial, corporate and commercial cases, while counsel Estelle Floyd is another key asset in the practice. Finally, corporate partners such as Yvon Dréano and Karl Hepp de Sevelinges also take on some litigation.

Employment Tier 3

Jeantet has ‘great legal knowledge and makes sure clients understand every step of the way, always taking its clients' opinion into account’. The 16-lawyer team is made up of ‘extremely brilliant individuals’, who are ‘proactive and really direct in their advice’. Many leading French and international groups are clients, including high-profile names in the automotive, luxury and new technology sectors. The practice recently handled union led and collective disputes. It also successfully represented Valeo in URSSAF contributions repayment litigation that led the  Constitutional Council of the French Republic to amend the law. The firm is also representing Christian Dior before the Paris Labour Court in a dispute regarding the termination of designer John Galliano's contract. Pension and criminal employment law matters are also part of the workload. Primark, Foot Locker, Vallourec, Twitter and Galeries Lafayette are among its other clients. Jean Néret and Patrick Thiébart are the practice heads. Déborah David and Olivier Angotti are other key names.

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Next Generation Partners

EU, competition and distribution Tier 3

Competition and consumer law lies at the core of Jeantet's practice. Noted especially for its strong litigation capabilities, the team handles state aid, abuse of dominant position, vertical restrictions and consumer protection litigation as well as the advisory issues of merger control. Practice head Loraine Donnedieu de Vabres-Tranié is currently advising Gerflor on the FCA investigation into the PVC flooring cartel which resulted in a total fine of €302m imposed on the main three manufacturers; she is also acting on a number of private enforcement claims seeking compensation for losses arising from anticompetitive practices. Counsel Florent Vever is also a key contact within the team.

Tax Tier 4

Jeantet ‘combines in-depth knowledge of the French legal and tax environment with an international business approach’. The ‘responsive’ 12-lawyer team also stands out for its ability to provide integrated French, Swiss and Luxembourgish tax advice that earns the firm high-profile instructions from leading corporations, asset management companies, private banks and ultra-high-net-worth shareholders' families. The practice also extends to Eastern Europe jurisdictions through its network of offices. The range of expertise spans corporate tax, private client tax and the tax-related aspects of litigation. The practice notably assisted Inter Digital with the acquisition of Technicolor's patent licensing business, as well as LBO France with the joint acquisition of Piex. Other highlights include obtaining a major victory before the French courts, which overturned ten years of jurisprudence in a landmark case and providing high-end advice on Franco-Swiss issues. Air Liquide is also a client. The practice is jointly headed by Geneva-based Patrice Lefèvre-Péaron  and the ‘highly responsiveJean-Guillaume Follorou, who ‘looks for practical solutions’.

The firm: Jeantet advises companies and management in strategic areas of business law in connection with transactions and complex high-added-value cases, both as corporate and litigation counsel.

The firm’s knowledge of the economic, industrial and financial environment, proximity to decision-makers and know-how make it one of the leading French business law firms.

For four generations of lawyers, the strength of the Jeantet name has been the result of a constant striving for independence, an unfailing international outlook and an ongoing ability to play a leading role on the economic and legal scene.

Being able to quickly form multi-disciplinary teams to meet case requirements, which have frequently shifting parameters, is another of the firm’s strengths. The technical expertise of the firm’s lawyers is complemented by their co-operation with eminent academics, who are well-known specialists in their fields. The creativity that results from their co-operation is the hallmark of Jeantet’s methods and legal excellence.

Areas of practice: Jeantet advises managers, and French and foreign listed and unlisted companies, in connection with transactions and litigation matters with major issues at stake. In order to support clients in cross-border transactions or represent them in international disputes, Jeantet maintains close relations with the best independent law firms worldwide.

Jeantet has a presence in six countries worldwide with more than 120 lawyers. With offices in Morocco and Switzerland, Jeantet is the only institutional French law firm fully integrated in these three jurisdictions, with lawyers authorised to offer a full range of services.

In connection with the pursuit of its international development, Jeantet opened a new office in Moscow in 2016 and continues its expansion into Eastern Europe. This opening is an important step forward for Jeantet and a continuation of those of the Budapest and Kiev offices in October 2015. Jeantet is strengthening its international presence and is the most dynamic French law firm in Eastern Europe.

Department Name Email Telephone
Mergers and acquisitions
Private equity
Capital markets and securities regulations
Banking and finance
Financial services
General business litigation
Labour law
Lobbying and public affairs
Public law and private practice
Criminal liability of companies and managers
Energy, mining and infrastructure
Corporate governance, ESR and compliance
Family business (Jeantet family)
Real estate
Technology, media and telecommunications
EU law and litigation
Photo Name Position Profile
 Jean-François Adelle  photo Jean-François Adelle
 Thierry Brun  photo Thierry Brun
Mr Cyril Deniaud  photo Mr Cyril Deniaud
 Loraine Donnedieu de Vabres-Tranié  photo Loraine Donnedieu de Vabres-Tranié
 Yvon Dréano  photo Yvon Dréano
 Jean-Guillaume Follorou  photo Jean-Guillaume Follorou
 Karl Hepp de Sevelinges  photo Karl Hepp de Sevelinges
 Christophe Jacomin  photo Christophe Jacomin
 David Lasfargue  photo David Lasfargue
Mr Thierry Lauriol  photo Mr Thierry Lauriol
 Patrice Lefèvre-Péaron  photo Patrice Lefèvre-Péaron
Mr Philippe Malléa  photo Mr Philippe Malléa
Mr Frank Martin Laprade  photo Mr Frank Martin Laprade
Mr Philippe Matignon  photo Mr Philippe Matignon
 Vincent Netter  photo Vincent Netter
 Thomas Picot  photo Thomas Picot
 Florent Prunet  photo Florent Prunet
 Catherine Saint Geniest  photo Catherine Saint Geniest
 Martine Samuelian  photo Martine Samuelian
 Frédéric Sardain  photo Frédéric Sardain
Mrs Anne Toupenay-Schueller  photo Mrs Anne Toupenay-Schueller
Number of lawyers : 120
Contacts : Catherine Saint Geniest
Contacts : Karl Hepp de Sevelinges
Other offices : Budapest
Other offices : Casablanca
Other offices : Geneva
Other offices : Kiev
Other offices : Moscow