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LPA-CGR avocats
75008 PARIS

Environment Tier 1

LPA-CGR avocats brings together leading expertise in environment and renewable energy issues. The 16-lawyer practice receives instructions from many of France and the world’s largest industrial companies from various sectors, including the chemical, oil and gas, and mining sectors. The team also assists public sector entities. Its expertise is particularly sought after for sensitive advisory and litigation matters, especially in relation to site pollution, M&A transactions and environmental liability issues. The practice recently assisted Solvay with the sale of its Polyamides business, and Rio Tinto with the sale of its Dunkerque plant. The experienced team is also recommended for environmental crisis situations. Recently, the group was especially active as advisor on the validation of industrial risk prevention plans. The management of environmental disputes in the renewable energy sector is another key area of activity. Frédérique Chaillou heads a high-level team which includes of counsel Vincent Sol, Fabrice Cassin, Hélène Gelas, of counsel Anne Delorme and counsel Marie-Laetitia de La Ville-Baugé, a former Baker McKenzie counsel.

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The responsive and available team has excellent knowledge. It provides tailor-made advice in response to its clients’ requirements and is always looking for new ways to increase client satisfaction and the quality of its services.

‘Frédérique Chaillou shows high-level professionalism and strategic analysis and negotiation skills.’

‘Hélène Gelas always makes herself available. She has strong listening skills and provides great advice.’

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Construction Tier 2

LPA-CGR avocats assists property owners and developers on matters ranging from contract negotiations to litigation. The firm is notably advising a famous luxury goods brand on two landmark construction and renovation projects. It is also involved in several office, commercial and renewable energy construction and refurbishment projects in France and in North Africa. Aurélie Dauger, François-Régis Fabre-Falret, Denis Chardigny and Philippe Jacques co-head the practice.


‘Aurélie Dauger has excellent knowledge of the construction sector’.

Key clients

Primonial Reim

Employment Tier 2

LPA-CGR avocats advises leading French, Asian, German and other international companies. The 17-lawyer team is heavily solicited to help with downsizing, site closure and other restructuring projects, sometimes in an insolvency context. It is notably assisting a high-profile French company with its strategic reorganisation project. The practice also advises companies in the context of M&A transactions and takes on various collective and individual employment matters, such as the negotiation of collective agreements and representing clients in sensitive individual litigation. Karine Bézille and Alexandre Bensoussan are in charge. Also recommended are Françoise Pelletier, Sandra Hundsdörfer and Sophie Marinier who joined the partnership in 2019.

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Groupe SMA

Michael Kors

Groupe DUC

BNP Paribas Personal Finance

La Française de l’Energie


Moët Hennessy


Industry focus: Energy Tier 2

LPA-CGR avocats’ comprehensive energy capabilities span regulatory, public law, environmental law and corporate law expertise. The team is renowned for its leading domestic renewable energy regulatory know-how and recommended for its experience in communication with regulators and governmental authorities regarding new regulations. Permit issues and audits on major brownfield renewables projects are other areas of strength. Additionally, the group also takes on litigation matters and offers rare expertise in advising on state subsidies. The practice is involved in most of France’s largest ongoing offshore renewables projects, including successfully handling high-stake related litigation. New types of energy projects such as assisting SNCF Energie on the conclusion of one of France’s first Corporate PPA with Voltalia also form part of the caseload. Public and private sector operators and utilities are clients. Public law and regulatory experts Fabrice Cassin and Hélène Gelas share the lead of the practice. Also recommended are corporate partner Philippe Raybaud, contract and real estate specialist Philippe Jacques and finance partner Alexae Fournier de Faÿ.

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‘A strong team that is highly available.’

‘Fabrice Cassin  and Hélène Gelas stand out as key industry sector legal experts.’

‘Hélène Gelas is available, accessible and follows a great practical approach.’

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FEE (France Energie Eolienne)

Solaire Direct



RP Global



Real estate Tier 2

LPA-CGR avocats offers a strong 60-lawyer practice, able to cover the full range of property matters. The firm has attracted a prominent client base made up of leading French and international property investors, leading French and German banks, leading developers and major companies, including a high-profile luxury goods company. The practice recently advised on major office and logistic asset and portfolio transactions and acted on several landmark Parisian property development projects. Additionally, the group impresses with its property finance bench which is able to advise on high-profile transactions. Silke Nadolni heads the practice. Other key members of 15-partner team include François-Régis Fabre-Falret, Florence Defradas, Sidonie Fraîche-Dupeyrat, commercial lease expert Géraldine Piedelièvre, property finance partners Chloé Thiéblemont and Alexae Fournier-de-Faÿ, Hélène Cloëz for high-level urban planning law issues, Aurélie Dauger for development and litigation work, and tax partner Sandra Fernandes.

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‘The team follows a hands-on approach, and is flexible and adaptive, yet rigorous.’

‘The team focuses on achieving its clients’ ultimate goals and keeps everyone focused.’

‘The team shows high responsiveness, and has solid legal and market practice knowledge.’

‘Silke Nadolni is an excellent negotiator, is extremely responsive and available, and  provides practical and excellent advice.’

‘Sidonie Fraîche-Dupeyrat and Géraldine Piedelièvre are great professionals.’

‘Géraldine Piedelièvre is smart and a good negotiator.’

‘Chloé Thiéblemont is highly involved from the start of a deal up to its end. She is a deal facilitator and shows the capability to think out of the box to find solutions.’

‘Florence Defradas is very available.’

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Stam Europe







Administrative and public law Tier 3

LPA-CGR avocats has ‘outstanding knowledge in planning law’ and houses some of ‘the best specialists in this field’. The firm, which ‘has a longstanding experience in real estate’, has ‘practical knowledge of what works and what doesn't, which makes a real difference’. The firm is currently playing a critical role advising and litigating in Paris’ three most significant tower projects of the last twenty years through its advice to the Tour Triangle, Tours Hermitage and Tours Duo’s projects including managing high-profile permits’ issues. The key name on that aspect is star partner Hélène Cloëz who provides ‘exact analysis of the situations, is well known by all the public and private-sector stakeholders’ and whose ‘answers are always tailored to secure her clients’ situation’. Equally, the firm’s regulatory expertise in the energy renewables sector is among the best in France. It is currently advising on several of France’s largest offshore wind projects. Finally, the team also advises on public contract and regulatory issues in other areas. Fabrice Cassin and Hélène Gelas are recommended.


The firm has outstanding knowledge in planning law.

The firm has longstanding experience in real estate and has practical knowledge of what works and what does not, which makes a real difference.

Hélène Cloëz provides correct analysis of situations, is well known by all the public and private-sector stakeholders. Her answers are always tailored to secure her clients’ interests.’

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Ivanhoé Cambridge

Consortium Iberdrola/Res





ADP (Aéroports de Paris)

SNCF Energie

Groupama Immobilier

Industry focus: IT and internet Tier 3

LPA-CGR avocats hired practice head Prudence Cadio from CMS in 2017 to start its IT, internet and data privacy practice. The four-lawyer team, which shows great potential, already stands out through its expertise in green energy IT matters, having recently worked on several platform projects for various players in the property, greentech and energy sectors. Additionally, the team advises on contracts regarding the setting up of cutting-edge IT platforms. The Paris team regularly collaborates with colleagues from the firm's Casablanca and Hong Kong offices.

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Agence Nationale de l’Habitat

My Money Bank

CSN Energy

Caisse Nationale des Dépôts et Consignations (CDC)

Insurance Tier 3

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Banking and finance: transactional work Tier 4

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My team and I have been working with Xavier Clédat, Banking litigation partner at LPA-CGR for more than six years. Xavier obtained incredible results since he has won every one of the proceedings he assisted us with to this day.

Xavier is always calm and focused, making complex issues look simple to solve. His constant mood, his great courtesy and his ability to maintain excellent relations with magistrates makes him a very highly appreciated and respected professional. He is supported by a team of excellent associates that demonstrate the same qualities. Among others : Stéphanie Baudry, Nicolas Aynès (of counsel) and Sohel Hafiz have always been people of great kindness and availability, but also very capable and committed professionals. 

I worked with Alexae Fournier de Fay and she was really superb! We felt very well represented by her and she was always on top of the case.

High reactivity of the team, solid knowledge of law and market practice, excellence in the execution of deals.

Chloe Thieblemont – Partner.  Very high involvement from the start of the deal up to its end (and after when needed). High pragmatism in negotiation with very good arguments to obtain consensus between parties. Deal facilitator and capacity to think out of the box to find solutions. Always nice and enthusiastic, a pleasure to work with. Total trust in execution of deals.

Key clients

African Development Bank/Africa 50

World Bank

Mata Capital

Credit Agricole Corporate and investment banking

Societe Generale


Binary Investments Europe Ltd



Attijariwafa Bank

BCP/Chaabi Bank

Guidance financial

Harbert Fund Advisors

Europe Arab Bank


Dispute resolution: Commercial litigation Tier 4

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‘The team shows very high level of technical skills, is solution-oriented and pro-active’.

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Dispute resolution: White-collar crime Tier 4

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‘The team is highly available and shows great professionalism.’

‘Alexandre de Konn demonstrates an exceptional personal commitment, a rare knowledge of the cases he is dealing with and is completely adept at representing his clients before the French courts and at dealing with important procedural issues.’

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Intellectual property: Trade marks and designs Tier 4

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Caisse des dépôts et Consignations (CDC)

Brough Superior Motorcycle


Calcium Capital

Tax Tier 4

LPA-CGR avocats’ sizeable team assists French and international companies, investment funds, family offices, private and real estate investors, entrepreneurs and individuals. The firm has strong property tax expertise; tax practice head Sandra Fernandes regularly advises on key transactions in that area. The team also advises on corporate tax, and M&A and private equity transactional tax matters. International tax, transfer pricing and tax controversy are other areas of strength. Betrand Galvez and newly promoted partner Mathieu Selva-Roudon are recommended. Martine Blanck-Dap specialises in private client advice. Jacques-Henry de Bourmont joined Jeantet in March 2020.

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‘The team is very flexible and always trying to find the best way to solve any issues. Lawyers are very confident and help clients to reach their goals’

‘The team has a broad and deep knowledge of French property tax’

‘Sandra Fernandes is a real deal maker. She has an incredibly deep knowledge of French real estate matters and is capable of managing extremely complicated French fund structuring projects. Her style is very personal and tailored to the funds’

Key clients

Barings Real Estate

AG2R La Mondiale

Aberdeen Standard Investments


Generali Real Estate

Mergers and acquisitions Tier 5

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Calcium Capital




B&M European Value

Retail SA






APM Monaco







The firm

LPA-CGR avocats is a leading full-service French law firm with an international reach born in 2016 from the merger of Lefèvre Pelletier & associés and CGR Legal. The teams of over 230 lawyers in fourteen offices located in key business centres advise locally and abroad on all strategic projects.

Areas of practice

Banking and finance: the banking and finance team offers services including advice and assistance in banking or finance market, banking and financial advisory regulations, real estate finance and financial litigation.

Competition, distribution and consumer law: in Brussels and Paris, the team advises a diversified clientele before the EU and French authorities with respect to anti-competitive practices, merger control issues, multi-notification filings, dawn raids procedures, matters of private enforcement and competition law compliance, state aids and anti-dumping issues, and compliance issues of clients’ distribution networks.

Dispute resolution: LPA-CGR avocats litigation team assists its clients with all stages of a dispute, from the analysis of risks and their prevention, the implementation of amicable or alternative dispute resolution methods to legal representation and enforcement of decisions.

Employment: with 35 years’ experience in the area of labour law, the firm’s multicultural team of lawyers provides advisory and litigation services for all clients’ employment-related problems, whether in connection with complex strategic operations or the day-to-day labour management of the company.

Energy: the firm perfectly manages market trends and regulations, and contributes to the development of energy law. The government bodies, the energy regulatory authority and professional federations within the energy and renewable energy sector (Syndicat des Energies Renouvelables, France Wind Energy, Wind Europe) are among the firm’s privileged interlocutors.

Environment: LPA-CGR avocats created the first platform which integrates industrial environment and real estate sustainable development practices. The team assists major industrial groups, players in the real estate market and public institutions for the management of their assets, their resources and the risks related to their activity or to the achievement of their development or reorganisation projects.

IP/IT: the team of lawyers assists and advises clients in relation to all legal aspects of intellectual property and technology transactions. The team’s lawyers provide clients with advisory and litigation assistance for the implementation of their protection, use and intellectual property defence policies.

M&A – corporate law: over the years, the team has built up and developed a renowned practice in mergers, acquisitions and corporate law. The team, consisting of 25 lawyers, assists its clients in all aspects of their acquisitions, investment and restructuring, particularly in the energy, TMT, infrastructure and industry sectors.

Public and administrative: the team dedicated to commercial public law possesses great expertise in this area. It assists public and private clients at all stages in the conclusion and realisation of their infrastructure projects and optimises the contractual framework of the operation.

Real estate: since its creation, real estate law has been the flagship activity of the firm. With more than 50 lawyers, the real estate team is one of the largest in France and is leader for all aspects of the sector (investment, finance, tax, construction, urbanism, leases, asset management, etc) and for all types of assets.

Restructuring: the firm’s multidisciplinary team assists its clients in all issues, collective proceedings and in restructuring but also in mergers and acquisitions and corporate law, banking and finance, labour law, environment and real estate, both in advisory and litigation.

Risk and insurance: LPA-CGR avocats has built up a renowned advisory and litigation practice in the sector of insurance over more than 20 years. It draws on the multidisciplinary expertise of the firm, such as the law of mergers and acquisitions and companies, real estate and construction, tax and white-collar crime.

Tax: the team assists private and public companies in France and abroad with each stage of their projects, from the structuring of the operation until its realisation, including real estate tax.

Wealth management and patrimonial law: the team dedicated to patrimonial law and wealth management assists a diverse client base consisting of family businesses, individuals, family groups, holding companies, private banks, CGPIs and family offices in France and abroad.


Department Name Email Telephone
Chairwoman Sidonie FRAICHE-DUPEYRAT
Photo Name Position Profile
Mr Frédéric Bailly  photo Mr Frédéric Bailly Partner, Head of the Corporate – M&A department EXPERTISE in Corporate; Mergers…
Mr Hubert Bazin  photo Mr Hubert Bazin Partner at the Shanghai office
Mr Alexandre Bensoussan  photo Mr Alexandre Bensoussan Partner in the labour law department
Mr Romain Berthon  photo Mr Romain Berthon Partner at Casablanca office. Specialized in Real estate: planning, development, leasing, construction,…
Mme Martine Blanck-Dap  photo Mme Martine Blanck-Dap Partner working in the field of estate, inheritance and inheritance tax law
 Karine Bézille photo Karine Bézille Partner, head of the labour law department. Specialized in collective and individual…
Mme Prudence Cadio  photo Mme Prudence Cadio Partner specialized in computer law, protection of personal data, internet law and…
Mr Fabrice Cassin  photo Mr Fabrice Cassin Partner in public law involved in the energy sector for twenty years
 Frédérique Chaillou photo Frédérique Chaillou Partner specialized in Industrial Environment (polluted sites, energy, installations, risks, pollutions)
Mr Raphaël Chantelot  photo Mr Raphaël Chantelot Partner – Corporate M&A; Head of China desk in Paris Expertise in…
Mme Julie Cittadini  photo Mme Julie Cittadini Partner in mergers and acquisitions, contract law and restructuring
Mr Xavier Clédat  photo Mr Xavier Clédat Partner, Head of the Business Law and Litigation Department Areas of expertise…
 Hélène Cloëz photo Hélène Cloëz Partner specialized in real estate, environment and public law : local authorities…
 Aurélie Dauger photo Aurélie Dauger Partner Areas of expertise include construction law contracts, construction law litigation, joint…
Mr Alexandre De Konn  photo Mr Alexandre De Konn Partner specialised in general criminal matters, business and media
Mme Florence Defradas  photo Mme Florence Defradas Partner and advises clients on real estate and hotels transactions
Mme Anne Delorme  photo Mme Anne Delorme Of Counsel in Environmental law
Mr Arnaud Depierrefeu  photo Mr Arnaud Depierrefeu partner in the Dubai office and head of the Middle East Desk…
Mr Stéphane Erard  photo Mr Stéphane Erard Partner specialized in mergers & acquisitions (acquisition of shares/restructuring), corporate law, commercial…
Mme Alexia Eskinazi  photo Mme Alexia Eskinazi Partner in commercial and industrial litigation
 François-Régis Fabre-Falret photo François-Régis Fabre-Falret Partner Areas of expertise include real estate Investments (acquisition and disposal –…
Mme Sandra Fernandes  photo Mme Sandra Fernandes Partner, Head of the tax department. Specialized in corporate income tax dedicated…
 Alexae Fournier-De-Faÿ photo Alexae Fournier-De-Faÿ Partner in financing and restructuring
 Sidonie Fraîche-Dupeyrat photo Sidonie Fraîche-Dupeyrat Partner specialized in investment and ownership, environmental diagnostics and residential property.
Mr Betrand Galvez  photo Mr Betrand Galvez Partner working in the department of Taw Law and M&A
Mr Gilles Gassenbach  photo Mr Gilles Gassenbach Partener in the Litigation Department
 Hélène Gelas photo Hélène Gelas Partner primarly involved in the energy sector
 Sandra Hundsdörfer photo Sandra Hundsdörfer Partner in employment and commercial Law, memeber of our german desk
Mr Philippe Jacques  photo Mr Philippe Jacques Partner in contract law and real estate matters
Mme Sophie Marinier  photo Mme Sophie Marinier partner specialised in labour law
Mr Arnaud Molinier  photo Mr Arnaud Molinier Partner Areas of expertise include management of risk and major disputes; commercial…
Mme Silke Nadolni  photo Mme Silke Nadolni Partner, Head of the Real Estate department, specialized in real estate law…
Mrs Fanny Nguyen  photo Mrs Fanny Nguyen Partner advising European companied in China
 Géraldine Piedelièvre photo Géraldine Piedelièvre Partner specialized in Real Estate (Commercial Leases, Property Management, Real Estate Investment)
Mr Philippe Raybaud  photo Mr Philippe Raybaud Partner involved in Mergers & acquisitions – corporate Law
Mr Mathieu Selva-Roudon  photo Mr Mathieu Selva-Roudon partner in tax
Mr Vincent Sol  photo Mr Vincent Sol Of counsel and has been practicing in environmental law for more than…
 Chloé Thiéblemont photo Chloé Thiéblemont Patrner, head of banking and finance department. Specialised in real estate finance…
Mme Florence Trognon-Dumain  photo Mme Florence Trognon-Dumain Partner in mergers and acquisitions and corporate law
Mr Nicolas Vanderchmitt  photo Mr Nicolas Vanderchmitt Partner, Head of Honk Kong’s office. AREAS OF EXPERTISE: Mergers & Acquisitions…
Mr Romain Viret  photo Mr Romain Viret Counsel specialized in Industrial Property and in particular in patent law.
Mme Marie-Laetitia de La Ville-Baugé  photo Mme Marie-Laetitia de La Ville-Baugé Counsel in environmental law
Number of lawyers : 230
Contact : Sidonie Fraiche-Dupeyrat (Chairwoman)
Contact : Martine Blanck Dap (General Manager)
Contact : Bertrand Galvez (General Manager)
Other offices : Algiers
Other offices : Casablanca
Other offices : Douala/Yaoundé
Other offices : Dubai
Other offices : Frankfort
Other offices : Hambourg
Other offices : Hong Kong
Other offices : Munich
Other offices : Shanghai
Other offices : Singapour
Other offices : Tokyo

First of all, we can say that our international dimension illustrates our diversity:

· 13 foreign offices (in Asia, Africa, Middle East and Europe (with women as partners and associates)

· 5 foreign desks in Paris (German, Africa, Japan, Middle-East and China)

· 1st Franco-German Law Firm

· More than 15 nationalities are represented within the firm

Secondly, we have achieved parity, with 50% women partners, more than 50% women heads of departments, and at our Comex, a Chairwoman, 50% women heads of support functions. This situation reflects our constant collective vigilance to implement a genuine gender equality policy.

This successful gamble is undoubtedly explained by the fact that the firm, founded on the initiative of two men, were led by three female associates during more than 35 years ago. They were committed to carrying and transmitting this diversity.

Our objective is to maintain this parity within the firm and to enable women to take on responsibilities by ensuring that the balance between professional and private life is respected.

A series of concrete measures implemented by the management ensure this objective : an equal salary policy, flexible meeting hours, access to mobility, the right to disconnection, the right to replace women on maternity leave, support for women returning from maternity leave, access for talent to partner positions and to management bodies, the promotion of talent in support functions, feminization of names, etc.

Our Firm published its 2nd CSR report in early 2020. We were the first Law Firm to publish a CSR report, aware very early of the spine that this could represent within an organization.

This 2020 Report, which aims to gather and illustrate our approaches, particularly in terms of governance, diversity, environment, etc., reflects the commitments in which the firm’s women and men find themselves.

Finally, our law firm is engaged in associations. For example , the firm is a partner of the Relay Night (la Nuit des relais) organized by the Women’s Foundation (Fondation des Femmes) at the Grand Palais (Paris). It is a festive, supportive and a sporting evening of fundraising for the Women’s Foundation, whose main action is to financially and legally support associations working to promote gender equality and combat violence against women. Our lawyers are also doing some probono : for example, during the covid-19, some lawyers contributed to the drafting of a partnership agreement, at the end of which Gecina made available free of charge to the associations of the Fédération Nationale Solidarité des Femmes network several equipped and vacant dwellings in its student residences to accommodate women victims of domestic violence for a period of four months.

To conclude, our diversity and commitment values allows us to attract great talent by offering an international platform open to the world and other cultures.

For more than 20 years, we have been advising foreign clients in France and accompany our French clients in their international projects.

Our law firm has chosen to be part of a strong international approach with a network of 230 law professionals with highly regarded expertise in the main business law practices

We have offices in 13 different countries:

– Paris (Head office)

– Algiers, Casablanca

– Douala-Yaoundé

– Dubai

– Frankfurt

– Hamburg

– Hong Kong

– Munich

– Shanghai

– Singapore

– Tokyo

Our Office in Paris have developed International desks: Africa, China, German, Japan and Middle-East Desks.

This multicultural dimension allows us to have a team speaking French, English, Spanish, German, Arabic, Chinese, Japanese and Mandarin.

We also have special relationships with “Best Friends” law firms in countries in which we do not have offices.

“This international dimension is part of the firm’s DNA, and reflects our values of openness and collectivity.”

Bertrand Galvez, Partner and Member of the Management Board

You will find below a description of our international offices


· Head office of the law firm

· Our teams of experts advise French and international clients in all areas of business law

· Leader in the real estate, environment and energy markets, our firm has built a full service offering including corporate, banking, litigation, labor law, IP/IT and tax, with a sector-based approach.


· Expertise in property, renewable energy and financing operations sectors, in particular for international operations, foreign investments in Algeria and for Algerians living abroad

· Perfectly conversant with the Algerian business world.


· A reknowned practice in real estate, employment and commercial law


· A reknowned legal expertise and deep knowledge of the OHADA business environment

· A strategic position in the Energy sector


· Legal fields of investments, commercial contracts, mergers & acquisitions and company law, structuring of projects

· Sector-specific experience in financial services, insurance, property, construction, family groups and private clients, new technologies, and trade and distribution.

· Rare Law Firm able to deal with the civil law

Frankfurt & Hamburg

· Offices specialised in advising on Franco-German transactions in all areas where legal and tax expertise is required.

Hong Kong

· A recognized expertise in structuration and implementation of joint ventures projects, merger & acquisition operations, capital investment and foreign investments in China.

· French Law and Chinese Law capacity


· Assists German, Austrian and Swiss clients with their transactions

· Extensive experience with German funds, M&A, real estate and renewable energy funds


· A recognized expertise in structuration and implementation of commercial partnerships, joint ventures projects, merger & acquisition operations and foreign investments in China.

· A developed network with audit firms (Mazars, EY, PWC) and local partnerships


· Strategically positioned, we assist our clients with all their projects throughout South East Asia

· Intervention in international transactions, M&A and private equity, restructuring, financings, and dispute resolution

· A strong expertise in the following sectors: technology, financial services, energy, commodities and natural resources.


· A specific expertise in Mid-Cap Corporate

· Close relationship with the French-Japanese business community (CCIFJ, Tokyo Bar / Paris Bar, French Embassy, Business France, JETRO)