Firm Profile > BCTG Avocats > Paris , France

BCTG Avocats
75017 PARIS

Industry focus: energy Tier 2

A leader in the renewables and offshore energy sector, BCTG Avocats has ‘solid public and private law litigation expertise’. The firm, which is able to provide a full range of expertise, including public law, regulatory and contractual law expertise, acts for several of France’s leading production and developer companies including long-time client EDF Energies Nouvelles, as well as Total Eren and Quadran, in addition to international clients. The practice is currently involved in the majority of France’s flagship offshore wind projects and recently handled sensitive administrative authorisation disputes in which it obtained positive outcomes. The team also advised EDF Energies Nouvelles on the acquisition of Futuren, and Voltalia on the financing of a biomass project in French Guyana. It is also sought out to advise on newer issues including auto-consumption and private project contracts and also handles a high number of regulatory litigation cases including matters concerning sponsored tariffs and access to network infrastructure and grid connection issues. The team includes the highly experienced Paul Elfassi, Diane Mouratoglou and Catherine Dupuy-Barin des Roziers. Alain de Rougé was promoted to the partnership and counsel Nelsie Bergès is also noted.

Leading individuals: Regulatory and public law

Intellectual property: Trade marks and designs Tier 2

BCTG Avocats fields a 'high-level team which is hyper involved and focused on the real concerns of its clients'. This is personified by counsel François-Xavier Boulin, who 'always guarantees matters will be treated efficiently and professionally through his experience and skills'. Practice head Gaëlle Bloret-Pucci recently represented Converse in civil and criminal proceedings against a recurring defendant pertaining to the latter's importation and sale of counterfeit shoes, and Nike continues to entrust the day-to-day oversight of its brand protection strategies to the practice, which recently advised on the seizure of counterfeit football jerseys imported into the European market in light of the FIFA World Cup. Associates Jessica Sandowski and Georgina van der Heijden are also key names.

Industry focus: Healthcare and life sciences Tier 3

BCTG Avocats' team is made up of 'real experts in their field who show diverse capabilities to match any and all requirements clients may have'. With particular strength in the competition and distribution space, the group assists major clients in the pharmaceutical and healthcare sector with the definition of their commercial policies and the negotiation of the full gamut of contracts. 'True expertHugues Villey-Desmeserets leads the department and recently advised Caudalie on two major cases pertaining to the non-renewal of selective distribution contracts and the definition of its strategy for the sale of products online. Also notable is Gaëlle Bloret-Pucci, who heads the IT and intellectual property group.

Industry focus: IT, telecoms and the internet Tier 3

Clients recommend the 'multi-disciplinary, full-service offering' at BCTG Avocats, which 'has a large enough area of expertise to advise on novel and innovative issues'. With a historic strength in the retail and sports sector, the firm has recently bolstered its activity in the advertising and communication sectors. In recent highlights, counsel François-Xavier Boulin - whose 'skills and experience' give clients 'peace of mind knowing that cases are being treated efficiently and professionally' - advised Nike on the privacy and data protection aspects of its European digital marketing strategy. He also represented Ubisoft and its subsidiary Ketchapp in copyright and unfair competition claims brought by Voodoo seeking the prohibition of a top five mobile game. Gaëlle Bloret-Pucci heads the practice and specialises in brand protection, for example through the restriction of illicit online distribution.

Next Generation Partners: Data protection

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 1970; 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 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, telecommunications/media/new technologies, industry, logistics, 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.

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.

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.

Department Name Email Telephone
Corporate – mergers and acquisitions Séverin Kullmann
Corporate – mergers and acquisitions Catherine Dupuy-Burin des Roziers
Corporate – mergers and acquisitions Diane Mouratoglou
Corporate – mergers and acquisitions Clément Sabatier
Corporate – mergers and acquisitions Augustin Nicolle
Labour Sabine de Paillerets-Matignon
Intellectual property Gaëlle Bloret-Pucci
Public business/environment Paul Elfassi
Competition/distribution/contracts Hugues Villey-Desmeserets
Competition/distribution/contracts Laetitia Lemmouchi-Maire
Litigation (conflict resolution/arbitration/mediation) Augustin Nicolle
Litigation (conflict resolution/arbitration/mediation) Diane Mouratoglou
Litigation (conflict resolution/arbitration/mediation) Séverin Kullmann
Litigation (conflict resolution/arbitration/mediation) Clément Sabatier
Litigation (conflict resolution/arbitration/mediation) Laetitia Lemmouchi-Maire
Number of lawyers : 40