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Vivien & Associés
75007 PARIS

France > Dispute resolution: Commercial litigation Tier 4

Vivien & Associés

Practice head(s):

Emmanuelle Bouretz


‘Professionalism, pugnacity and good understanding and daily support. Emmanuelle Bouretz is available and kind.’

France > Insolvency Tier 4

Vivien & Associés' many established clients include a leading automobile company, whom the practice assisted with difficulties faced by key suppliers, and a number of retail sector clients. The firm's role in the restructuring of communication and advertising company BVA, a recent headline case, is a testament to its strong standing in the market. The team also acts for smaller companies, handles related liabilities and distressed M&A disputes. Its strong international expertise is another asset. The practice is is able to assist any type of stakeholder. The very experienced Laurent Assaya is in charge.

Practice head(s):

Laurent Assaya

Key clients








Hermes Boisson


Work highlights

  • Advising Renault on the financial difficulties of Gupta.
  • Assisting BVA with its financial difficulties.
  • Assisting a medium-sized group with its financial restructuring.

France > Mergers and acquisitions Tier 5

Vivien & Associés

Practice head(s):

Laetitia Amzallag; Jean-Luc Bédos; Emmanuel Chauvet; Jacques Epstein; Judith Fargeot; Jean Reynaud; Julie Tchaglass; Nicolas Vivien


‘The quality of the V&A team lies in several factors: – partners who are passionate about their profession and who have a good knowledge of the company they advise – partners who are personally involved in the files, go into detail, are constructive and offer solutions – light teams who always work together on the same client – partners who work well together between practices. With respect to other firms, I find them more involved, offering high-quality work with reasonable fees.’

‘Two partners stand out: Nicolas Vivien and Judith Fargeot. They are both very experienced, maintain an Olympian calm and facilitate transactions while ensuring that the interests of the client are well defended.’

Key clients

Engie SA

Groupe La Poste


Akuo Energy

Union InVivo


Dassault Systèmes

Hirsch Gruppe




PSB Industries

Assistance Publique/Hôpitaux de Paris



Aryzta Group


Work highlights

  • Advised InVivo Wine, the subsidiary of Union In Vivo dedicated to the wine activities, on the acquisition from two French cooperatives of the control of Vinadeis, specialised in the wine distribution, and on the following merger to create Cordier by In Vivo.
  • Advised CCFA, minority shareholder of UTAC CERAM, on the sale of its minority participation to Eurazeo PME.
  • Advised Nexity and the holding New Port on the acquisition of a stake by AG2R La Mondiale in Nexity.

France > Tax Tier 5

Vivien & Associés

Practice head(s):

Jérôme Chapus; Marine Pelletier-Capes


‘Efficient team with good coordination, excellent understanding of client needs.’

‘Very strong interweaving of the corporate team and the tax team which facilitates sales and M&A operations. Human-sized firm that allows greater communication between the different teams working on a subject.’

‘High level of technical expertise on disposal and M&A operations.’


The firm

Vivien & Associés was founded in 1999 by lawyers originating from the corporate M&A, tax and labour practices of international law firms. The intention was to establish a firm of quality service, characterised by responsiveness and independence which aimed at meeting the requirements of a sophisticated international clientele without imposing the inconvenience and sparseness of larger firms.

The firm has retained a hands-on, partner-led approach in its manner of assisting clients today. It provides clients with top-quality, competitive service by proposing small, solution-oriented teams tailored to meet clients’ specific needs.

Most attorneys combine first-tier French legal training with a degree in business management (HEC, ESSEC, Sciences Po). Many attorneys also hold a law degree from another country (LLM-type). The firm’s lawyers are thus well attuned to the business environment and at ease with multi-jurisdictional matters.

The firm has an extensive network of law partners across the world.  This international network is composed of independent, specialist law firms, each a leader in their respective fields and jurisdictions. It has selected them carefully and has developed strong, non-exclusive working relationships over the years. They share the firm’s commitment to providing efficient and pragmatic solutions.

Areas of practice

Vivien & Associés offers comprehensive legal services and representation across a broad range of key practice areas.

The firm’s M&A and corporate practice covers all transactional needs: drafting and negotiating of sale and purchase agreements, representations and warranties; audits; price adjustments; joint ventures and strategic partnerships; shareholders’ arrangements; put and calls; mergers, contributions, spin-offs and carve-outs; equity and debt issuance; employee incentive mechanisms; governance and directors’ liability issues; shareholders’ disputes, etc.

The firm’s tax department offers a full-service tax practice, notably with respect to structuring transactions; carrying out or fending off tax audits; coping with issues such as tax consolidation; thin capitalisation; holding companies; management packages and incentives; mergers and group reorganisations; inbound and outbound profit flows; VAT; wealth tax management; trusts; real estate investments; etc. It also represents clients in their relationship with the French tax authorities and before the French courts.

The employment department advises on all aspects of employment law: drafting of employment contracts and recruitment, complex collective bargaining issues, employees’ representation, health and safety, profit-sharing and incentives, mass redundancy schemes, individual dismissals, settlement agreements, outsourcing, subcontracting and secondment and employment due diligence. It also represents clients before labour and other courts in relation to all types of employment disputes and claims.

The litigation department represents and assists clients at all stages of pre-litigation and litigation before French civil and commercial courts, including for summary proceedings, applications for interim relief and petitions for expedited hearings, fully fledged commercial and financial litigation, white-collar liability, etc. The team also represents clients in arbitration and alternative dispute resolution settings and may assist distressed companies or investors in pre-insolvency and insolvency proceedings.

The firm’s bankruptcy, restructuring and reorganization team acts both in formal bankruptcy settings, as well as out-of-court restructurings and workouts. The team advises corporate debtors, secured or unsecured creditors of troubled businesses, as well as investors, sponsors or other parties in complex and distressed situations. It provides practical, business-oriented advice and solutions.


Mergers and acquisitions Nicolas
Mergers and acquisitions Judith
Mergers and acquisitions Jacques
Mergers and acquisitions Laetitia
Mergers and acquisitions Emmanuel
Mergers and acquisitions Laurent
Mergers and acquisitions Jean
Mergers and acquisitions Julie
General corporate, restructuring and corporate governance Nicolas
General corporate, restructuring and corporate governance Judith
General corporate, restructuring and corporate governance Jacques
General corporate, restructuring and corporate governance Laetitia
General corporate, restructuring and corporate governance Emmanuel
Market regulation and stock exchange transactions Emmanuel
Market regulation and stock exchange transactions Emmanuelle
Tax Jérôme
Tax Marine
Labour relations and employment Joëlle
Labour relations and employment Marie-Emilie
Commercial contracts Nicolas
Commercial contracts Jacques
Commercial contracts Judith
Commercial contracts Laetitia
Commercial contracts Emmanuel
Litigation and dispute resolution Emmanuelle
Litigation and dispute resolution Laure Gé
Litigation and dispute resolution Laurent
Banking and financial regulations/compliance Emmanuelle
Restructuring and reorganisation Laurent
Restructuring and reorganisation Laure
Laetitia Amzallag photoMrs Laetitia AmzallagPartner – Laetitia focuses on mergers and acquisitions, corporate law and commercial contracts,…
Laurent Assaya photoMr Laurent AssayaPartner – Laurent Assaya is an expert in pre-insolvency proceedings (mandat ad…
Jean-Luc Bédos photoMr Jean-Luc BédosPartner – Jean-Luc Bédos represents French and international companies and investment funds on…
Emmanuelle Bouretz photoMrs Emmanuelle BouretzPartner – Emmanuelle Bouretz’s practice focuses on commercial litigation for both French &…
Jérôme Chapus photoMr Jérôme ChapusPartner – Jérôme Chapus assists and represents corporate entities as well as individuals…
Emmanuel Chauvet photoMr Emmanuel ChauvetPartner – Since 2008, Emmanuel Chauvet has focused on mergers and acquisitions and…
Jacques Epstein photoMr Jacques EpsteinPartner – Specialized in mergers and acquisitions and industrial joint-ventures, often in…
Judith Fargeot photoMrs Judith FargeotPartner – Judith Fargeot has a broad experience in mergers and acquisitions, joint-ventures…
Joëlle Hannelais photoMrs Joëlle HannelaisPartner – Joëlle Hannelais has a renowned experience in employment law. Her practice…
Marine Pelletier-Capes photoMrs Marine Pelletier-CapesPartner – Marine Pelletier-Capes has developed notable expertise in corporate taxation, including…
Jean Reynaud photoMr Jean ReynaudPartner. Jean specializes in mergers and acquisitions, particularly in cross border transactions.…
Marie-Emilie Rousseau-Brunel photoMrs Marie-Emilie Rousseau-BrunelPartner – Marie-Emilie Rousseau-Brunel practices labour and social security law, both on contentious…
Julie Tchaglass photoMrs Julie TchaglassPartner – Her practice focuses on international mergers and acquisitions, private equity…
Nicolas Vivien photoMr Nicolas VivienPartner – Nicolas Vivien has developed a broad transactional practice for international and…
Number of lawyers : 40
at this office : 40
Other offices : Brussels
Other offices : Bordeaux