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Bersay
31 AVENUE HOCHE
75008 PARIS
France

France > Industry focus: Telecoms  Tier 2

The public law team at Bersay (founded in 1995) advises major public bodies and telecoms operators on a broad range of issues. These include fibre optic concession contracts, the annulment of regulations before administrative jurisdictions, regulatory issues involving local loop access and submarine issues, as well as related projects in the transport infrastructure sector. Telecoms regulatory expert Martin Tissier is the head of the practice.

Practice head(s):

Key clients

Société du Grand Paris

Syndicat Mixte Gers Numérique

Caisse des Dépôts et Consignations

SMO PACA THD

Le Havre Seine Métropole

Canal+ Telecom

Société du Canal de Provence

Fastned

Métropole de Toulouse

Syndicat Mixte Berry Numérique

Work highlights

  • Advising Société du Grand Paris on the designing and granting of a public concession contract regarding the deployment of a fibre optic infrastructure that will be incorporated in the new metro lines infrastructure.
  • Advised Canal+ telecom on the creation of a SPV intended to provide wholesale access (bitstream) on the copper local loop (XDSL).
  • Advised SMO PACA THD on the organisation of a tender to sell its public initiative fibre optic network.

France > Administrative and public law Tier 4

Bersay handles advisory and litigation work. The practice has a strong presence in the telecoms sectors where it assists clients with long-term broadband infrastructure projects. It has recently been retained by Société du Grand Paris to assist with strategic data and telecoms network projects. Lately, the practice has extended its range of to advising on electric vehicle station activities in France. In collaboration with the firm's commercial litigation practice, the team assists with the management of a dispute in the highway sector. General administrative law is also handled. Martin Tissier is in charge.

Practice head(s):

Martin Tissier

Testimonials

‘Extremely fine knowledge of public law and regulation of telecommunications. Rarely has a firm mastered the legal technique of this sector to such an extent.’

‘Martin Tissier is constantly looking for legally secure, but innovative solutions, always ready to find arrangements and operations that meet the needs of his client.’

Key clients

Société du Grand Paris

Syndicat Mixte Gers Numérique

Caisse des dépôts et consignations

SMO PACA THD

Le Havre Seine Métropole

Canal+ Telecom

Société du Canal de Provence

Fastned

Métropole de Toulouse

Syndicat Mixte Berry Numérique

Work highlights

  • Advising ‘Société du Grand Paris’ on the designing and granting of a public concession contract regarding the deployment of a fibre optic infrastructure that will be incorporated in the new metro lines infrastructure.
  • Advised Canal+ telecom on the creation of a SPV intended to provide wholesale access (bitstream) on the copper local loop (XDSL).
  • Advised SMO PACA THD on the organisation of a tender to sell their public initiative fibre optic network.

France > Employment Tier 4

Bersay

Practice head(s):

Nathalie Cerqueira; Anne-Lise Puget

Testimonials

‘The team is a pleasure to work with. There is good strength and depth. They provide commercially-focused advice and communicate this very effectively.’

‘Anne-Lise Puget and Nathalie Cerqueira are both excellent lawyers and very commercially-minded. The deliver great service, are very responsive and both are a real pleasure to work with. My go-to firm in France.’

‘We had a very positive experience working with the partner, Anne-Lise Puget. She guided us through the complex field of French labour law professionally.’

‘Anne-Lise Puget is very to the point, extremely responsive and with a good knowledge of the company and its challenges. Her advice is tailored and consistent with our social policy.’

‘Multidisciplinary and complementary team. They know how to work together with excellent coordination. Always available. Sense of service, to offer additional advice. Keeps to its deadlines. Very pleasant in the relationship.’

‘The size of the firm is a huge plus: it is not too big, but big enough to cover all the areas of law that we need, with sufficient sizes to absorb technical files. Anne-Lise Puget is very accessible: I can call her on her cell phone and she will always answer the question immediately. If it’s more technical, she comes back quickly with an analysis. She always fights for her clients and she is a good litigator. Nathalie Cerqueira shows a willingness to fight for her clients.’

‘Excellent team, positive, responsive and pragmatic. Nathalie Cerqueira is available, proactive, pragmatic. It is very pleasant to work with her.’

‘Outstanding tenacity!’

Key clients

ANGEL FRANCE

LinkBynet

ANTARES VISION GROUP

Work highlights

  • Assisting ANGEL, specialised in the production of casino chip, in the context of the reorganisation of its French subsidiary located near Beaune (Cote d’Or), for the elaboration and implementation of a PSE involving the loss of 80 out of 100 jobs.
  • Assisting LinkByNet group with the sale of LinkByNet to Accenture, including notably the management of the Works Council’s (CSE) information/consultation procedure, the creation of a managing package for all key employees and the restructuring of their employment contracts.
  • Assisting Italian company Antares Vision SPA with the acquisition of a company providing software solutions.

France > Industry focus: IT and internet  Tier 4

Bersay

Practice head(s):

Key clients

ANTARES VISION SPA

Work highlights

  • Advised Antares Vision Spa on the acquisition of the assets of French company Adents High Tech International following its judicial liquidation.

France > Private equity: LBO Tier 4

Bersay

Practice head(s):

Pierre-Louis Perin; Jérôme Bersay; Anya Hiristova; Stéphanie Molkhou

Testimonials

‘Pierre-Louis Perin is an excellent expert. Always available when needed. Respect deadlines and an excellent adviser.’

Key clients

Caisse des Depots et Consignations

Martek

County of Gers

Entrepreneur Invest

F&P

Save Market

Cbmove-It

Affaires Publiques Consultant

Work highlights

  • Advised Caisse des dépôts et consignations on its investment, alongside the country of Saint-Martin and local telecommunications network operators, in Tintamarre.
  • Assisted Martek with the acquisition of a majority stake in Actinuum Group.
  • Acted for Entrepreneur Invest on the acquisition of Do You Dream Up.

The firm: Founded in 1995, Bersay brings together 40 highly qualified lawyers, with wide-ranging expertise to address the legal needs of businesses. Its practice covers all of the main areas of business activity, in an advisory capacity as well as in litigation and arbitration, and in both national and international matters. The firm has experienced significant growth thanks to the sustained trust of its clients, who have built its reputation for excellence, thereby enabling it to attract new clients. Its satisfied small and mid-sized clients have referred it to some of the world’s most prestigious multinational corporations. Driven by a desire to remain constantly innovative, effective and competitive, Bersay became the first Paris firm to be certified ISO 9001 in 1998. This approach has contributed directly to the excellent growth the firm has experienced these last few years. With over 20 years of experience, Bersay has advised some of the world’s leading multinational companies. Lawyers working at Bersay either began their career at the firm or joined the firm having worked previously in prestigious large international or French firms. All of them are at least bilingual (French and English). Some of them are admitted to practice in foreign jurisdictions. All of the lawyers of Bersay  work in French and in English and most of them work in at least a third language (Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, Japanese, Hebrew).

Areas of practice: The firm handles international deals as well as French deals, and is particularly active in:

Corporate law/capital markets: Mergers and acquisitions, private equity, issuance of mixed securities, (for listed and unlisted companies), IPO, bankruptcy and restructuring.

Banking/finance: Regulatory advice and representation before financial regulatory agencies, advice on financing for acquisitions, bridge loans, recapitalization, and other corporate purposes.

Tax: International and domestic acquisitions, private equity, reorganisation, joint ventures.

Litigation/arbitration: Corporate, securities, competition and distribution, real estate and construction, white-collar crime, international and domestic arbitration.

Labour and employment: Collective, individual, white-collar crime.

IP/IT/telecoms/media/entertainment/data protection: Intellectual property (trademarks, patents, copyright, designs infringement (counterfeiting/passing-off)/unfair trading), information technology, internet, data protection, cybercrime, telecommunications, media, sports law.

Real estate/construction/environment: Transaction, commercial leases, construction, development, urbanism, environment.

Competition and antitrust: French and European competition law (merger control, restrictions of competition, cartels, abuses of a dominant position), distribution, including franchise, commercial contracts, R&D and cooperation agreements, technology transfer agreements, licensing agreements, regulatory law, advertising.

Public and administrative law: Government contracts (public tenders), outsourcing of public services, public-private partnerships.

DepartmentNameEmailTelephone
Corporate M&A, Litigation Jérôme Bersay, Managing Partner,jbersay@bersay.com
Tax Manuela Bitton, Counselmbitton@bersay.com
Restructuring Juliette Bour, Counseljbour@bersay.com
Labour and employment Nathalie Cerqueira, Partnerncerqueira@bersay.com
Litigation Mathilde Cousteau, Partnermcousteau@bersay.com
Litigation/arbitration, Restructuring, Real Estate Frédéric Flatrès, Partnerfflatres@bersay.com
Corporate M&A Anya Hristova, Partnerahristova@bersay.com
Real Estate Charles Koskas, Partnerckoskas@bersay.com
Tax Alain Jouan, Partnerajouan@bersay.com
Corporate M&A Stéphanie Molkhou, Partnersbm@bersay.com
Corporate / Private Equity Pierre-Louis Périn, Partnerplperin@bersay.com
Intellectual Property, IT, Data Protection Claire Poirson, Partnercpoirson@bersay.com
Labour and employment Anne-Lise Puget, Partnerapuget@bersay.com
Public Martin Tissier, Partnermtissier@bersay.com
IP-IT-Dat Protection Frédéric Lecomte, Partnerflecomte@bersay.com
Banking and Finance Mary Serhal, Partnermserhal@bersay.com
Corporate M&A / Private Equity Pauline Darmon, Counselpdarmon@bersay.com
PhotoNamePositionProfile
Stéphanie Benmoussa-Molkhou photo Stéphanie Benmoussa-Molkhou
Nathalie Cerqueira photo Nathalie CerqueiraA member of the Paris Bar since 2002, Nathalie Cerqueira is partner…
Frédéric Flatrès photo Frédéric Flatrès
Alain Jouan photo Alain Jouan
Pierre-Louis Perin photo Pierre-Louis PerinPartner
Claire Poirson photo Claire Poirson
Anne-Lise Puget photo Anne-Lise PugetA member of the Paris Bar since 2004, Anne-Lise Puget is partner…
Martin Tissier photo Martin Tissier
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Contacts : Jérôme Bersay (jbersay@bersay.com)