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Environment Tier 1
LPA-CGR avocats is able to cover the full spectrum of environmental law issues thanks to its large 18-lawyer dedicated team. The practice acts for a prominent client base made up of many of France and the world’s leading industrial and energy companies. It has especially strong know-how in the field of polluted sites and soils and is assisting with remediation and liability issues pertaining to France’s largest industrial sites. Solvay and Rio Tinto are key clients. The firm also provides strategic support during major M&A transactions and on various projects. It notably handles a lot of regulatory and authorisation work and also has high-level expertise in water law and nature protection regulation. Its expertise is particularly sought after in the field of renewables energy projects ; the team has been handling strategic disputes in the sector concerning several of France’s landmark offshore wind projects. Practice head Frédérique Chaillou deserves all praises. Also highly recommended are senior counsel Vincent Sol, Fabrice Cassin, Hélène Gelas, of counsel Anne Delorme and counsel Marie-Laetitia de La Ville-Baugé.
Other key lawyers:
Fabrice Cassin, Hélène Gelas, Anne Delorme, Marie-Laetitia de La Ville-Baugé
‘Hélène Gélas and her team are extremely dedicated. They are proactive, available and reactive in their advice as well as in dispute management.’
‘Hélène Gélas is particularly involved in the defense of our projects, which she masters very well. She has a great deal of expertise and experience in the field of energy which she shares with her clients.’
‘Good knowledge of environmental law and of their clients; great speed and quality of work.’
‘Maître Frédérique Chaillou provides us with the best legal alternatives from an environmental standpoint.’
‘Excellent team, responsive, friendly, competent.’
‘Frédérique Chaillou, Anne Delorme and Sarah Becker have great skills, great availability, strong listening skills; they adapt to their interlocutors and know their cases well. It is a real pleasure to work with them.’
‘Great knowledge of our field, great expertise, great availability.’
‘Excellent responsiveness, great expertise and great quality of advice.’
‘The firm provides strong support for industrial projects.’
‘Fabrice Cassin knows how to exploit the weaknesses of analysis of the opposing parties. Hélène Gelas is not only endowed with exceptional legal finesse, but also a critical mind in terms of strategy on the conduct of industrial projects.’
‘The teams is very available and pragmatic. A solution is always there.’
‘ Fabrice Cassin and Yaël Cambus stand out for their availability and relevant advice.’
‘A very fine legal and technical expertise of environmental subjects, in particular in relation to soils, ICPE and neighborhood litigation issues.’
‘This practice demonstrates responsiveness, availability and excellent knowledge and understanding of the sector.’
‘We particularly recommend Frédérique Chaillou who has been able to build a dedicated team of a very good level, and who is constantly concerned with improving the quality of her services and the satisfaction of her customers. She demonstrates great professionalism, great finesse and subtlety in her approach, and is gifted both in terms of analytical or drafting work, strategy or negotiation. It is very pleasant to work with Frédérique Chaillou and her team, and to rely in all confidence on their opinions and their rigorous follow-up.’
‘The team remains very attentive and knows how to adapt to different requests.’
‘Hélène Gelas is an expert in environmental and energy law. Her litigation experience allows her to identify risks.’
GAS NATURAL FENOSA
PORTS DE PARIS
Employment Tier 2
LPA-CGR avocats' team advises a prominent client base which notably includes leading banks, healthcare, retail and industrial companies. The versatile practice recently assisted several companies with the setting up of economic and social committees and dealt with sensitive contentious issues involving the French authorities (DIRECCTE) and other matters, such as the contentious payment of various expert fees. The practice also handled a major dispute concerning methods of calculation of paid indemnities in relation to a downsizing plan. Other key areas of expertise are advising on the employment aspects of M&A and property transactions led by the firm, the management of restructuring projects, and mobility and sensitive individual files. Karine Bézille and Alexandre Bensoussan are key members of the practice which also includes Françoise Pelletier, Sandra Hundsdörfer and Sophie Marinier. Counsel Rudy Jourdan also deserves a mention.
Alexandre Bensoussan; Karine Bézille
Other key lawyers:
Françoise Pelletier; Sandra Hundsdörfer; Sophie Marinier; Rudy Jourdan
‘Professionalism, responsiveness, availability, good ability to listen and advise accordingly.’
‘Speed, excellence of expertise and analysis.’
EnBW (Energies Baden-Württemberg AG)
LINDT & SPRÜNGLI
BNP PARIBAS PERSONAL FINANCE
Industry focus: Energy Tier 2
LPA-CGR avocats’ know-how in the domestic renewables energy sector ranks among the best available in France. The firm has large resources and is able to provide a full set of expertise, with particular strength in regulatory matters and public law. The practice is involved in France’s landmark offshore projects and was recently mandated to tackle challenging regulatory litigation. The solid M&A and projects capabilities also deserve acknowledgement. Co-heads of practice Fabrice Cassin and Hélène Gelas are excellent for public law and regulatory work. Also recommended are corporate partner Philippe Raybaud, contract and real estate specialist Philippe Jacques, finance partner Alexae Fournier de Faÿ and corporate partner Florence Trognon-Dumain. Also highly involved are public law expert François Versini-Campinchi, who made partner in January 2021, and counsel Yaël Cambus. Christophe Jacomin left for Jeantet in autumn 2020.
Fabrice Cassin; Hélène Gelas
Other key lawyers:
Philippe Raybaud; Philippe Jacques; Alexae Fournier de Fay; Florence Trognon-Dumain; François Versini-Campinchi; Yael Cambus
‘Very competent, efficient and dynamic team.’
‘The team is extremely diverse and the level of expertise is excellent.’
‘I particularly appreciate the great availability of Hélène Gelas. She communicates with perfect clarity.’
‘Great availability and responsiveness of the teams.’
‘Hélène Gelas and François Versini are highly technical in environmental and energy law and have very good knowledge of the sector.’
‘Dynamic, responsive team and expert in its field.’
‘Hélène Gelas is very expert and always available to answer questions.’
‘In the renewable energies sector, the team is very involved alongside the industry professional bodies which gives them excellent relevance. Their practice of litigation makes their analyses and advice very reliable.’
‘Fabrice Cassin and Hélène Gélas are references in our sector.’
‘Very available and competent.’
‘Hélène Gelas is able to answer very specific questions in public law.’
‘Extensive experience in wind power; updated knowledge and monitoring of the regulatory and jurisprudential developments in the wind sector.’
‘ High availability and reliable answers.’
The 'competent, reactive, efficient and rigorous team' at LPA-CGR avocats' is active in compliance, data privacy and e-commerce mandates. The group represents clients in line with the firm's core focus on real estate and energy. In particular, the department is developing its presence in the green energy space and was retained by Greenflex to draft its grouping agreement in relation to intelligent house and energy consumption data. Practice head Prudence Cadio is experienced in auditing personal data processing systems.
‘A competent, reactive, efficient and rigorous team, performing at a high level and with capabilities on both contentious, IP and digital matters.‘
‘Prudence Cadio quickly identifies problems and how to solve them. She is a valued partner to our team.‘
EBS Isolation – EBS Energie
MY MONEY BANK
CAISSE DES DEPOTS ET CONSIGNATIONS
Insurance Tier 2
LPA-CGR avocats has a particularly good reputation for its industrial risks and financial risks practice, with the energy sector at the heart of the former, led by Alexia Eskinazi and Gilles Gassenbach, and Arnaud Molinier leading the latter. The dynamic trio act in contentious and non-contentious matters, with their expertise including policy review and drafting, claims management, risk analyses, and distribution matters. The firm's broad positioning allows for strong cross-practice leverage, with particularly close ties to the renowned real estate and environmental law practices.
Real estate Tier 2
LPA-CGR avocats has a long-established reputation and an veritable army of lawyers able to respond to any clients’ need in the field. With its strong German-French capabilities, the team is well suited to work for leading German banks and investors, often in financing matters. The firm runs a busy investment practice which advises on large asset and portfolio transactions, spanning office, retail and logistic assets. Its extensive experience and large resources also win the firm mandates on high-profile matters, including complex real estate partnerships. For instance, the practice assisted Groupe Casino with the €735m sale of 567 Leader Price stores and warehouses in France. The practice also has a strong commercial lease and property development know-how, having acted for a number of luxury good brands among others. Silke Nadolni is in charge. Also recommended are François-Régis Fabre-Falret, Florence Defradas, Sidonie Fraîche-Dupeyrat, commercial lease expert Géraldine Piedelièvre, property finance partners Chloé Thiéblemont and Alexae Fournier-de-Faÿ, as well as Hélène Cloëz for high-level urban planning law issues, Aurélie Dauger for development and litigation work, and tax partner Sandra Fernandes. Corporate partner Frédéric Bailly also contributes.
Other key lawyers:
François-Régis Fabre-Falret; Florence Defradas; Sidonie Fraiche-Dupeyrat; Géraldine Pedelièvre; Chloé Thiéblemont; Alexae Fournier de Faÿ; Hélène Cloëz; Aurélie Dauger; Sandra Fernandes
‘Sidonie Fraîche-Dupeyrat has intimate knowledge of the housing sector; Frédéric Bailly demonstrates good creativity in terms of structuring work.’
‘The firm has in-depth expertise in housing and is able to cover all aspects of real estate law (leases, litigation, transaction).’
‘Sidonie Fraîche-Dupeyrat is available and responsive, extremely calm, didactic and clear. She quickly understands the constraints of her client and defends its interests extremely well while being proactive in negotiations. She has surrounded herself with a very efficient team and knows how to work with other firms in perfect cooperation. She adapts to the needs and constraints of her clients.’
‘Responsiveness, professionalism and pragmatism.’
‘Very young and dynamic team, very competent and very complementary in its service offer. Very business-oriented, and a recognised leader in certain fields, such as real estate financing with Alexae Fournier de Faÿ.’
‘Alexae Fournier de Faÿ is an excellent lawyer; she knows her files perfectly, never gives up even on very complex cases and is business-oriented.’
‘Héléne Cloez is excellent on urban planning litigation and issues related to planning authorisations.’
‘High availability and good team spirit.’
‘Strong interpersonal skills and professionalism.’
‘Excellent technical expertise in tenancy law and town planning.’
‘A very available and committed team.’
‘They are passionate about their profession.’
‘A multidisciplinary real estate team, combining the advantages of a one-stop-shop with those of a law firm boutique.’
‘In-depth knowledge not only of legal matters, but also of the market which makes them real business partners.’
‘They are multilingual and also qualified in both French and German jurisdictions, an ideal set up for cross-border transactions.’
‘Silke Nadolni is a pragmatic and flexible lawyer. Her multijurisdictional qualification certainly helps to understand clients and their needs investing from abroad into the French market.’
ABERDEEN STANDARD INVESTMENTS
AG2R LA MONDIALE
AXA INVESTMENT MANAGERS REAL ASSETS
BARINGS REAL ESTATE
GENERALI REAL ESTATE
UFF (AVIVA GROUP)
The team at LPA-CGR avocats has stellar expertise in the fields of urban planning law and renewable energy regulatory matters, often involving landmark mandates. The highly prominent client base includes leading property investors and developers as well as prestigious luxury goods brands who seek out the group's expertise in diverse authorisation and permits issues linked to ambitious real estate projects; often in collaboration with the firm’s real estate practice. Outside of real estate projects, the team was involved in the telecoms sector disputes regarding the installation of antennas. Partner Hélène Cloëz is an absolute star in the urban planning law sphere. The large team also has expertise in various other areas such as public law contracts, smart cities and eco-neighbourhoods projects. Fabrice Cassin and Hélène Gelas are highly recommended.
Fabrice Cassin; Hélène Cloëz; Hélène Gelas
‘The team has unique experience in administrative litigation, particularly in regards to renewable, wind and solar energy projects. They have been advising their clients in these areas for over twenty years and have a perfect understanding of the regulations and their evolution.’
‘Fabrice Cassin and counsel Yaël Cambus are well experienced in the sector. They provide quality analyses and anticipate well developments in case law. Good understanding of client issues.’
‘The LPA-CGR team in public law has very detailed knowledge of the sector and the challenges regarding renewable energies. Its members have a great capacity to understand the problems of project development and to help remove the multiple administrative obstacles encountered.’
‘Fabrice Cassin has remarkable sector knowledge. His personal involvement in renewable energies and the breadth of cases he has handled for over 20 years make him, in my opinion, one of the most experienced public lawyers in the field.’
‘Availability, adaptability, good listening and in-depth industry knowledge.’
Fnac / Darty
ADP (Aéroports de Paris)
Tax Tier 3
LPA-CGR avocats' solid bench is able to offer a good breadth of expertise. The tax practice is particularly well regarded for its property tax know-how, regularly put to use for leading investors in major transactions led by the firm. The team was recently involved in several landmark office building transactions. The practice is also well versed in advising on the tax aspects of investment and project financing transactions made in French domestic renewable projects. Finally, the practice assists with M&A tax work and regularly assists start-ups with venture and growth capital transactions. Practice head Sandra Fernandes is particularly recommended for property tax work. Also involved are Bertrand Galvez, Martine Blanck-Dap, who focuses on advising private clients, and Mathieu Selva-Roudon. Jacques-Henry de Bourmont joined Jeantet in 2020.
Other key lawyers:
Bertrand Galvez; Martine Blanck-Dap; Mathieu Selva-Roudon
‘The team is really proactive and can claim a robust experience in real estate related issues. I would definitively suggest them to my peers.’
‘Sandra Fernandes is an excellent advisor with an excellent knowledge and experience on any topic related to the real estate sector and profound understanding of regulatory, legal and business aspects. She provides great support on both direct and indirect tax aspects, also covering cross-border tax implications.’
‘The firm is very responsive and precise, both for preliminary approaches and for very specific subjects. Perfect knowledge of real estate.’
‘Sandra Fernandes is very professional in her analyses as much as in negotiations. She is sharp, precise and pedagogical. In addition, she is a easy to work with and a deal maker.’
‘The firm has a wide range of capabilities across all sectors of real estate including tax, planning and bank finance. They work well in partnership with their German correspondent office.’
‘Sandra Fernandestreats her clients as extremely important to her and finds the time to explain complex matters. She has shown dedication to oversee complex and difficult transactions. She is very good at respecting deadlines and quotes. Her technical knowledge makes dealing with other tax advisors feel that you are not getting the full picture.’
ABERDEEN STANDARD INVESTMENTS
BARINGS REAL ESTATE
PRIMONIAL – BOUYGUES IMMOBILIER
AAREAL BANK AG
LA BANQUE DES TERRITOIRES
‘Team of strong financing negotiators, regardless of the complexity of the matter.‘
‘The practice is distinguished by its reactivity as well as its strong capacity to mobilise cross-practice teams to bring solutions both in negotiating and structuring deals.‘
‘Alexae Fournier-de Faÿ is always pragmatic and well experienced within the sector.‘
‘LPA-CGR is always looking for innovative approaches and is truly a leader in the area of real estate financing.‘
CODIC / NEXITY
CREDIT AGRICOLE CORPORATE AND INVESTMENT BANKING
THE STUDENT HOTEL
Pascaline Déchelette-Tolot; Alexandre de Konn
‘LPA-CGR is very competent in criminal law.’
‘Alexandre de Konn is an excellent professional, who knows the procedure perfectly. He is very serious and competent in his analyses.’
‘Alexandre de Konn is an expert in real estate and construction criminal law. He is a strategist, teacher, hyper efficient with exceptional results. He is particularly accessible, communicates easily with management and workers on the site, and provides very reassuring support to teams who are completely foreign to these matters. He knows how to gain the confidence of stakeholders and effectively prepares them for situations that are stressful for them. His non-aggressive attitude and his very technical approach to the matters make him a lawyer who is listened to by magistrates.’
‘Exceptional involvement and availability of the teams, which is very reassuring. Good preparation of files. Very good sense of service.’
BIBLIOTHEQUE NATIONALE DE FRANCE (BnF)
SOCIÉTÉ FONCIÈRE LYONNAISE (SFL)
CONSEIL REGIONAL DES NOTAIRES DE LA COUR D’APPEL DE PARIS
LINDT & SPRÜNGLI
LPA-CGR avocats > Firm Profile
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.
Distribution and commercial contracts: our team works in the fields of distribution, consumer law and commercial contracts, offering both advisory and litigation support. The team assists companies in developing their contractual and commercial strategy and controlling the risks related to their activities, ensuring their security and compliance.
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.
|Mme Karine Bézille||Partner, head of the labour law department. Specialized in collective and individual…||View Profile|
|Mr Frédéric Bailly||Partner, Head of the Corporate – M&A department EXPERTISE in Corporate; Mergers…||View Profile|
|Mr Hubert Bazin||Partner at the Shanghai office||View Profile|
|Mr Alexandre Bensoussan||Partner in the labour law department||View Profile|
|Mr Romain Berthon||Partner at Casablanca office. Specialized in Real estate: planning, development, leasing, construction,…||View Profile|
|Mme Martine Blanck-Dap||Partner working in the field of estate, inheritance and inheritance tax law||View Profile|
|Mme Prudence Cadio||Partner specialized in computer law, protection of personal data, internet law and…||View Profile|
|Mme Yaël Cambus||Counsel||View Profile|
|Mr Fabrice Cassin||Partner in public law involved in the energy sector for twenty years||View Profile|
|Mme Frédérique Chaillou||Partner specialized in Industrial Environment (polluted sites, energy, installations, risks, pollutions)||View Profile|
|Mr Raphaël Chantelot||Partner – Corporate M&A; Head of China desk in Paris Expertise in…||View Profile|
|Mme Julie Cittadini||Partner in mergers and acquisitions, contract law and restructuring||View Profile|
|Mr Xavier Clédat||Partner, Head of the Business Law and Litigation Department Areas of expertise…||View Profile|
|Mme Hélène Cloëz||Partner specialized in real estate, environment and public law : local authorities…||View Profile|
|Mme Aurélie Dauger||Partner Areas of expertise include construction law contracts, construction law litigation, joint…||View Profile|
|Mr Alexandre De Konn||Partner specialised in general criminal matters, business and media||View Profile|
|Mme Florence Defradas||Partner and advises clients on real estate and hotels transactions||View Profile|
|Mme Anne Delorme||Of Counsel in Environmental law||View Profile|
|Mr Arnaud Depierrefeu||partner in the Dubai office and head of the Middle East Desk…||View Profile|
|Mr Stéphane Erard||Partner specialized in mergers & acquisitions (acquisition of shares/restructuring), corporate law, commercial…||View Profile|
|Mme Alexia Eskinazi||Partner in commercial and industrial litigation||View Profile|
|Mr François-Régis Fabre-Falret||Partner Areas of expertise include real estate Investments (acquisition and disposal –…||View Profile|
|Mme Sandra Fernandes||Partner, Head of the tax department. Specialized in corporate income tax dedicated…||View Profile|
|Mme Alexae Fournier-de-Faÿ||Partner in financing and restructuring||View Profile|
|Mme Sidonie Fraîche-Dupeyrat||Partner specialized in investment and ownership, environmental diagnostics and residential property.||View Profile|
|Mr Betrand Galvez||Partner working in the department of Taw Law and M&A||View Profile|
|Mr Gilles Gassenbach||Partener in the Litigation Department||View Profile|
|Mme Hélène Gelas||Partner primarly involved in the energy sector||View Profile|
|Mme Ran Hu||Partner||View Profile|
|Mme Sandra Hundsdörfer||Partner in employment and commercial Law, memeber of our german desk||View Profile|
|Mr Philippe Jacques||Partner in contract law and real estate matters||View Profile|
|Mr Rudy Jourdan||Counsel||View Profile|
|Mr Stephan Lesage-Mathieu||Partner||View Profile|
|Mme Sophie Marinier||partner specialised in labour law||View Profile|
|Mr Arnaud Molinier||Partner Areas of expertise include management of risk and major disputes; commercial…||View Profile|
|Mme Silke Nadolni||Partner, Head of the Real Estate department, specialized in real estate law…||View Profile|
|Mrs Fanny Nguyen||Partner advising European companied in China||View Profile|
|Mme Géraldine Piedelièvre||Partner specialized in Real Estate (Commercial Leases, Property Management, Real Estate Investment)||View Profile|
|Mr Philippe Raybaud||Partner involved in Mergers & acquisitions – corporate Law||View Profile|
|Mr Michael Samol||Partner||View Profile|
|Mr Mathieu Selva-Roudon||partner in tax||View Profile|
|Mr Vincent Sol||Of counsel and has been practicing in environmental law for more than…||View Profile|
|Mme Chloé Thiéblemont||Patrner, head of banking and finance department. Specialised in real estate finance…||View Profile|
|Mme Florence Trognon-Dumain||Partner in mergers and acquisitions and corporate law||View Profile|
|Mr Nicolas Vanderchmitt||Partner, Head of Honk Kong’s office. AREAS OF EXPERTISE: Mergers & Acquisitions…||View Profile|
|Mr François Versini-Campinchi||Partner||View Profile|
|Mr Romain Viret||Counsel specialized in Industrial Property and in particular in patent law.||View Profile|
|Mme Marie-Laetitia de La Ville-Baugé||Counsel in environmental law||View Profile|
Staff FiguresNumber of lawyers : 230
LanguagesArabic English French German Italian Japanese Madarin Russian Spanish
OtherContact : 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
– Hong Kong
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.
· 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)