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BCTG Avocats
53 rue des Belles Feuilles
75116 Paris
France

France > Environment Tier 2

Paul Elfassi heads the environmental department at BCTG Avocats, which is especially well known for its work on renewable energy projects. This work extends from initial advice and permitting through environmental assessments to waste management and judicial and administrative litigation. Elfassi has broad knowledge of regulatory law, and particular expertise in impact studies relating to protected species, biodiversity and water. Also noted is counsel Nelsie Bergès, who supports on the full range of matters.

Practice head(s):

Paul Elfassi

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘BCTG Avocats stands out for its expertise and perfect knowledge of the renewable energy sector.’

‘Paul Elfassi stands out for his way of identifying the client’s needs and for his legal technicality in renewable energy law. Nelsie Bergès is essential on current affairs.’

Key clients

EDF RENOUVELABLES Group

NEWMONT MINING

TOTAL Group

PORT ATLANTIQUE LA ROCHELLE

VALOREM

TOTAL EREN

VOLTALIA

JPEE

VSB ENERGIES NOUVELLES

WPD

Work highlights

  • Advised Parc Eolien Offshore de Provence Grand Large (PGL) on the financing of the first floating offshore wind farm project off the coast of Port-Saint-Louis-du-Rhône, near Marseille.
  • Assisted the Grand Port of La Rochelle in the awarding of the public contract to modernise the port and increase its capacities, and advised on regulatory and environmental matters including litigation.

France > Industry focus: Energy Tier 2

The practice at BCTG Avocats ably advises its notable clients on matters in the energy sector, with a particular focus on renewable energy and environmental law. A key example is its work defending renewable energy clients on the construction of solar and wind energy projects in relation to the protected species derogation regime, and the team is described as having a ‘perfect knowledge of the renewable energy sector’. Its focus is largely on the handling of high-value litigious matters, such as its representation of EDF Renouvelables on the biggest offshore windfarm project in France. Diane Mouratoglou, Catherine Dupuy-Barin Des Roziers and Paul Elfassi are at the helm of the team; Elfassi and counsel Nelsie Bergès are on the board of directors of the Syndicat des Energies Renouvelables.

Practice head(s):

Diane Mouratoglou; Catherine Dupuy-Burin Des Roziers; Paul Elfassi

Other key lawyers:

Nelsie Bergès; Antoine Le Dylio

Testimonials

‘BCTG Avocats stands out for its expertise and perfect knowledge of the renewable energy sector.’

‘Paul Elfassi stands out for his way of identifying the client’s needs and for his legal technicality in renewable energy law. He and Nelsie Bergès are on the board of directors of the Syndicat des Energies Renouvelables, which makes them essential on current issues.’

‘BCTG Avocats benefits from exceptional knowledge and expertise in the field of renewable energies, both in terms of advice and litigation.’

‘Paul Elfassi, Nelsie Bergès and their team, in particular Antoine Le Dylio, are essential in the field of renewable energy litigation. I appreciate their knowledge of the wind sector, their availability and their quality work.’

Key clients

EDF RENOUVELABLES

VALOREM

TOTAL EREN

VOLTALIA

JPEE

VSB ENERGIES NOUVELLES

WPD ONSHORE FRANCE

TOTAL ENERGIES

ANDERA PARTNERS

GREEN LIGHT HOUSE

Work highlights

  • Handling the litigation regarding a project in Champagne-Ardennes since 2017; the project involves 64 wind turbines at an investment of €530m.
  • Handling litigation against the environmental authorisation before the Administrative Courts and advising the project company Parc Eolien Offshore de Provence Grand Large (PGL) on the financing of a floating offshore wind farm project.
  • Assisting a large number of clients in relation to the implementation of agrivoltaïsm schemes, which raise new legal questions about the complementarity of uses on the same land in the context of the fight against soil artificialisation.

France > Intellectual property: Trade marks and designs Tier 2

Focusing on trade marks and designs, BCTG Avocats' IP team advises clients on contentious and non-contentious IP matters, with a growing focus on IT-related mandates. The team is equipped to handle large-scale infringement, unfair competition and parasitism litigation before the French courts and EUIPO, acting for well-known French and foreign clients in, among others, the retail, luxury and sports sectors. Practice head Gaëlle Bloret-Pucci advises clients involved in litigation and anti-counterfeiting actions and supports them in transactional matters on all areas of IP, including contracts and author’s rights work.

Practice head(s):

Gaëlle Bloret-Pucci

Testimonials

‘The BCTG team combines a very strong expertise in intellectual & industrial property with a very good apprehension and understanding of the strategic issues of its clients’ files. BCTG always takes care to constitute a team of lawyers adapted to each case (in terms of experience and hourly cost).’

‘Gaëlle Bloret-Pucci stands out within the team by her expertise, her involvement in cases and her availability. She offers solutions adapted to the specific challenges of each case, whether legal or business-oriented.’

Key clients

Nike/Converse INC./All Star C.V.

STADA Arzneimittel AG/EG LABO

Uber/Uber Eats

Acast

Work highlights

  • Represented Nike, LVMH and Lacoste in a joint strategy to carry out brand protection measures against the operators of the flea-market in Saint-Ouen, which is a hot spot for counterfeiters.

France > Industry focus: Healthcare and life sciences Tier 3

The healthcare and life sciences team at BCTG Avocats has key strengths in commercial negotiation, contracts, and distribution law matters. Hugues Villey-Desmeserets and François Dauba jointly lead the team, both specialising in commercial policy and competition and regulatory issues. Litigator Gaëlle Bloret-Pucci handles intellectual property and data disputes.

Practice head(s):

Hugues Villey-Desmeserets; François Dauba

Other key lawyers:

Gaëlle Bloret-Pucci; Marie Paquier

Key clients

Caudalie

Teva Santé

Stada (EG Labo)

Johnson & Johnson Santé Beauté France

GenoSafe

Ipsen

Servier

NHCO Nutrition

Melisana

Uriage

Work highlights

  • Assisted Teva Santé in proceedings initiated by the DGCCRF before the Correctional Court following an alleged violation of the legal ceiling of discounts on invoices, and the anti-gift law.
  • Advised Caudalie before the Belgian Competition Authority and the French Competition Authority following a complaint filed in November 2017 by two Belgian online pharmacies for alleged resale price maintenance practices.
  • Advised Alliance Healthcare as a third party to a contemplated merger between two major pharmaceutical wholesalers active in several countries and in particular in France. Assistance was provided during the pre-notification phase in order to point out competition concerns raised by the contemplated merger, and with respect to assets.

France > Intellectual property: Copyright Tier 3

Under the leadership of Gaëlle Bloret-Pucci, the copyright team at BCTG Avocats has represented clients from the luxury goods, sport and music sectors in litigation pertaining to the unauthorised use of primarily audiovisual IP. The firm also advises a number of notable names in regard to advertising campaigns, ensuring that companies do not invite copyright claims from third parties, and provides advice on commercial contracts that involve copyright and image right issues.

Practice head(s):

Gaëlle Bloret-Pucci

Key clients

Nike

EG LABO/STADA Group

UBber

ACAST

SiDoMusic

France > Administrative and public law Tier 4

BCTG Avocats is particularly well known for its high-level expertise in the field of permit authorisations linked to renewables projects and is playing a role on several landmark domestic onshore and offshore projects, areas where practice head Paul Elfassi and counsel Nelsie Bergès are particularly active. Ludovic Babin and counsel Marie Paquier joined the firm in late 2021 from Hogan Lovells (Paris) LLP expanding the firm’s capabilities in the field of public procurement; the duo notably advise public and private entities on major public tender in various fields including transport, culture and energy.

Practice head(s):

Paul Elfassi

Other key lawyers:

Ludovic Babain; Nelsie Bergès; Marie Paquier

Testimonials

‘BCTG Avocats stands out for its expertise and perfect knowledge of the renewable energy sector.’

‘Paul Elfassi stands out for his ability to identify clients’ needs and for his legal technique in renewable energy law.’

Key clients

GROUPE EDF RENOUVELABLES

TOTAL QUADRAN

VINCI ENVIRONNEMENT

VALOREM

WPD

VSB ENERGIES NOUVELLES

JPEE

VOLTALIA

Work highlights

  • Successfully represented EDF GROUPE et ENDBRIDGE (CONSORTIUM EOLIEN MARITIME FRANCE) in disputes concerning three offshore windfarm projects (St Nazaire, Fécamp and Courseulles-sur-mer, investment of € 2,5 billion each).
  • Advising Newmont in connection with the progressive acquisition of major mining assets in French Guiana.

France > Employment Tier 4

BCTG Avocats

Practice head(s):

Sabine de Paillerets

Key clients

NIKE

COUPE DU MONDE DE RUGBY

France > Dispute resolution: White-collar crime

French independent law firm BCTG Avocats launched its white-collar criminal law practice in early 2023 with the arrivals of Antoine Beauquier and Silvia Lepel from Boken.

The firm: BCTG Avocats has developed a broad range of business law services, both in advisory and litigation matters, and focuses on delivering strategic advice. With extensive knowledge of the business world and current issues affecting the economy, the firm’s lawyers provide clients with tailored solutions that are aligned with their specific needs and business sectors.

A sustainable firm with a solid history: BCTG Avocats was founded in 1971; most of the partners have worked at the firm for over 15 years, and have developed strong long-standing client relationships.

An international outlook with a significant foreign client base: BCTG Avocats is one of the most enterprising firms in the international market, and is particularly involved in Africa and Japan. Partners of the firm are assigned to maintain business relationships in specific geographic regions, including Japan, South America, French-speaking Africa, North America and English-speaking countries, etc. BCTG is also able to support clients in their projects abroad through a network of referral firms, with which it has developed very close ties.

A unique and cross-disciplinary approach: the partners and teams across all the firm’s practice areas (public law, corporate, financing, employment, etc) work closely together to best meet clients’ needs.

Significant sectoral experience: BCTG Avocats has first-hand knowledge of many key industries (retail, health/pharmaceutical, digital, industry, infrastructures, sport, agrifood and culture & leisure etc). The firm is particularly well-versed in the energy sector, and has extensive legal and technical expertise in relation to industrial projects, particularly classified facilities subject to specific regulatory requirements, mining and renewable energy.

Areas of practice: Corporate – mergers and acquisitions: while advising in sectors as diverse as media, new technologies and telecommunications, retail, health and pharmaceutical, industry and logistics, BCTG Avocats is also well known for its practice in the energy sector, including renewable energies as well as oil and gas.

Labour law: BCTG Avocats operates in both the industrial and services sectors for international groups and large French firms assisting companies and their managers in individual or collective employment relations.

Intellectual property: BCTG Avocats advises clients on various aspects of intellectual property, particularly in the increasingly competitive environment of new technologies (data protection, fight against cyber-crime and internet piracy). The firm is also strongly identified as litigators and brand protection experts.

IT/Data: BCTG Avocats advises and assists its clients on a daily basis in the various issues related to digital, new technologies, IT & data protection, by providing strategic advice in the implementation and deployment of their digital transformation projects, particularly on the most innovative technologies on the market: Artificial Intelligence, blockchain, big data, connected objects, new methods of payment, in all type of industries.

Public business law: BCTG Avocats has widely recognised expertise in the support of urban planning or industrial projects requiring numerous authorisations or an environmental assessment. The firm also acts in the transfer and implementation of all government procurement contracts and provides consulting in public competition law and public domain law, to ensure the successful completion of complex operations. The team also assists their clients in all their contractual needs.

Competition/distribution/contracts: BCTG Avocats consults and assists its clients in the domains of competition and distribution at both French and European levels. BCTG Avocats has proven expertise in the domain of restriction of competition and the firm regularly assists its clients in their merger operations.

Litigation (conflict resolution/arbitration/mediation): BCTG Avocats has acquired considerable experience in the management of international litigation (for large foreign groups in France or abroad), and more generally in complex litigations involving several jurisdictions. BCTG Avocats has also developed specific expertise in arbitration and in alternative methods of dispute settlement.

DepartmentNameEmailTelephone
M&A / Private Equity Séverin Kullmann
M&A / Private Equity Alain de Rougé
M&A / Private Equity - Contracts Catherine Dupuy-Burin des Roziers
M&A / Private Equity - Litigation Clément Sabatier
M&A / Private Equity - Litigation Augustin Nicolle
Litigation - Contracts Diane Mouratoglou
Public business/environment Paul Elfassi
Public contracts Ludovic Babin
Labour Sabine de Paillerets-Matignon
Intellectual property Gaëlle Bloret-Pucci
Competition/distribution Hugues Villey-Desmeserets
Competition/distribution François Dauba
IT / Data Caroline Goupil
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