Firm Profile > Vivien & Associés > Paris, France

Vivien & Associés
75007 PARIS

Dispute resolution: Commercial litigation Tier 3

At Vivien & Associés, the team of the well-experienced Emmanuelle Bouretz shows great ability to deal with a broad array of cases. Its banking litigation expertise is particularly notable and was sought after for a case raising new legal issues pertaining to the termination of established banking business relationships. The team also acts for former CEOs and managers in various complex shareholder conflicts. With its experience in assisting with domestic and cross-border disputes, the group is well placed to represent French and international companies, including SMEs, in commercial and industrial litigation.

Practice head(s):

Emmanuelle Bouretz

Insolvency Tier 4

Vivien & Associés‘ is handling a large restructuring and insolvency caseload, often advising debtors, but also assisting shareholders and creditors. The firm is acting in matters spanning a range of sectors, including the retail and manufacturing sectors, with its work for communication and advertising company BVA, which faced insolvency and litigation proceedings, as a major recent instruction. The practice is also very experienced in distressed M&A work. Laurent Assaya is in charge.

Practice head(s):

Laurent Assaya


‘Laurent Assaya  is a very good practitioner, pragmatic and efficient in his approach. He has a very good knowledge of the restructuring world.’


Key clients




International Currency Exchange France


SAS Tunneling Equipment

L’Image Retrouvée

The Guilds (Europacorp)


Mergers and acquisitions Tier 5


Very professional, responsive, available, efficient, while remaining simple.

The responsiveness and availability shown by the firm is remarkable. Expertise and innovation meet expectations on all the projects we have entrusted to them.

The staff and partners  are always of an excellent quality.

Agile, efficient and multidisciplinary firm.

Responsiveness, technicality and extreme availability.

Human-sized firm with reasonable fees, but offering a range of services worthy of large firms. The partners are very competent with a high level of demand on the quality of services.

Very good human contact. Excellent business vision and excellent knowledge of the sector and issues of the film industry.

Very responsive and very business-oriented team. Always looking for pragmatic solutions for its clients.

Key clients

Engie SA

Groupe La Poste


Akuo Energy

Union InVivo


Hirsch Gruppe




PSB Industries

Assistance Publique/Hôpitaux de Paris

Aryzta Group

Tax Tier 5

Practice head(s):

Jérôme Chapus; Marine Pelletier-Capes


‘Marine Pelletier-Capes was diligent, responsive and highly professional at all times.’


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 competition and distribution team is very active across all economic sectors. Our lawyers handle merger control, antitrust issues, state aids.

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.


Department Name Email Telephone
Mergers and acquisitions Nicolas Vivien +33(0)145023950
Mergers and acquisitions Judith Fargeot +33(0)145023950
Mergers and acquisitions Jacques Epstein +33(0)145023950
Mergers and acquisitions Laetitia Amzallag +33(0)145023950
Mergers and acquisitions Emmanuel Chauvet +33(0)145023950
Mergers and acquisitions Laurent Assaya +33(0)145023950
Mergers and acquisitions Jean Reynaud +33(0)967599531
Mergers and acquisitions Julie Tchaglass +33(0)145023950
General corporate, restructuring and corporate governance Nicolas Vivien +33(0)145023950
General corporate, restructuring and corporate governance Judith Fargeot +33(0)145023950
General corporate, restructuring and corporate governance Jacques Epstein +33(0)145023950
General corporate, restructuring and corporate governance Laetitia Amzallag +33(0)145023950
General corporate, restructuring and corporate governance Emmanuel Chauvet +33(0)145023950
Market regulation and stock exchange transactions Emmanuel Chauvet +33(0)145023950
Market regulation and stock exchange transactions Emmanuelle Bouretz +33(0)145023950
Tax Jérôme Chapus +33(0)145023950
Tax Marine Pelletier-Capes +33(0)145023950
Labour relations and employment Joëlle Hannelais +33(0)145023950
Labour relations and employment Marie-Emilie Rousseau-Brunel +33(0)145023950
Commercial contracts Nicolas Vivien +33(0)145023950
Commercial contracts Jacques Epstein +33(0)145023950
Commercial contracts Judith Fargeot +33(0)145023950
Commercial contracts Laetitia Amzallag +33(0)145023950
Commercial contracts Emmanuel Chauvet +33(0)145023950
Litigation and dispute resolution Emmanuelle Bouretz +33(0)145023950
Litigation and dispute resolution Laure Géniteau +33(0)145023950
Litigation and dispute resolution Laurent Assaya +33(0)145023950
Banking and financial regulations/compliance Emmanuelle Bouretz +33(0)145023950
Restructuring and reorganisation Laurent Assaya +33(0)145023950
Restructuring and reorganisation Laure Geniteau +33(0)145023950
Competition & distribution Flora Pitti-Ferrandi +33(0)145023950
Photo Name Position Profile
Mme Laetitia Amzallag photo Mme Laetitia Amzallag Partner – Laetitia focuses on mergers and acquisitions, corporate law and commercial contracts,…
Mr Laurent Assaya  photo Mr Laurent Assaya Partner – Laurent Assaya is an expert in pre-insolvency proceedings (mandat ad…
Mme Emmanuelle Bouretz photo Mme Emmanuelle Bouretz Partner – Emmanuelle Bouretz’s practice focuses on commercial litigation for both French &…
Mr Jérôme Chapus  photo Mr Jérôme Chapus Partner – Jérôme Chapus assists and represents corporate entities as well as individuals…
Mr Emmanuel Chauvet  photo Mr Emmanuel Chauvet Partner – Since 2008, Emmanuel Chauvet has focused on mergers and acquisitions and…
Mr Jacques Epstein  photo Mr Jacques Epstein Partner – Specialized in mergers and acquisitions and industrial joint-ventures, often in…
Mme Judith Fargeot photo Mme Judith Fargeot Partner – Judith Fargeot has a broad experience in mergers and acquisitions, joint-ventures…
Mme Joëlle Hannelais photo Mme Joëlle Hannelais Partner – Joëlle Hannelais has a renowned experience in employment law. Her practice…
Mme Marine Pelletier-Capes photo Mme Marine Pelletier-Capes Partner – Marine Pelletier-Capes has developed notable expertise in corporate taxation, including…
Mme Flora Pitti-Ferrandi photo Mme Flora Pitti-Ferrandi Partner – Flora’s practice covers all aspects of EU and French competition…
Mr Jean Reynaud  photo Mr Jean Reynaud Partner. Jean specializes in mergers and acquisitions, particularly in cross border transactions.…
Mme Marie-Emilie Rousseau-Brunel photo Mme Marie-Emilie Rousseau-Brunel Partner – Marie-Emilie Rousseau-Brunel practices labour and social security law, both on contentious…
Mme Julie Tchaglass photo Mme Julie Tchaglass Partner – Her practice focuses on international mergers and acquisitions, private equity…
Mr Nicolas Vivien photo Mr Nicolas Vivien Partner – Nicolas Vivien has developed a broad transactional practice for international and…
Number of lawyers : 36
at this office : 36
Other offices : Brussels
Other offices : Bordeaux