BCTG Avocats > Paris, France > Firm Profile

BCTG Avocats
53 rue des Belles Feuilles
75116 Paris
France

France > Industry focus: Energy Tier 2

BCTG Avocats has established itself as one of the few firms to turn to for high-stakes regulatory and permit authorisations relating to renewables projects in France. The firm acts in a high number of disputes in that area, including most of France’s landmark offshore wind projects in which the practice secured excellent results. The practice assists a large and prominent client base, notably wind and solar energy players. Lately, the team assisted clients with the development of new clean energy projects, such as self-consumption, hydrogen and ‘agrivoltaic’ projects (which combined a solar operation and agricultural activities). Corporate PPAs, and contract and corporate matters are other areas of strength. Star partner Paul Elfassi and the excellent Catherine Dupuy-Burin des Roziers and Diane Mouratoglou are the heads of the practice. M&A partner Alain de Rougé and public law counsel Nelsie Bergès are also noted.

Practice head(s):

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

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Testimonials

‘Excellent team in public law, both in an advisory capacity and in litigation.’

‘Paul Elfassi is an excellent adviser, always measured in his approach, who has very great expertise and mastery of regulations and jurisprudence. He is surrounded by a team of associates and counsel (in particular Nelsie Bergès) who are very sharp and competent. On the transactional side, strong competence from Diane Mouratoglou, and in M&A with Alain de Rougé.’

‘Very fine and very concrete knowledge of the renewable energy sector, the applicable regulations and of case law.’

‘Paul Elfassi and Nelsie Bergès are extremely available, know our cases very well and the various legal issues related to onshore wind power. We appreciate the quality and richness of their writing.’

Key clients

EDF RENOUVELABLES Group

VALOREM

TOTAL EREN

VOLTALIA

JPEE

VSB ENERGIES NOUVELLES

WPD

TOTAL QUADRAN

Work highlights

  • Acting for EDF RENOUVELABLES in a litigation regarding France’s biggest onshore windfarm project.
  • Successfully represented EDF GROUPE et ENDBRIDGE (CONSORTIUM EOLIEN MARITIME FRANCE) in a litigation and the financing associated with three offshore windfarm projects.
  • Assisting several clients with the implementation of agrivoltaïsm schemes (combining solar operation and agricultural activities).

France > Intellectual property: Trade marks and designs Tier 2

BCTG Avocats covers all areas of IP law, particularly in relation to trade marks and designs. The team provides strategic advice and handles litigation for French and international clients, such as those active in the retail, sports, pharmaceuticals, cosmetics and software industries. It also is active handling unfair competition matters, parasitism and ambush marketing issues. The head of the IP department is Gaëlle Bloret-Pucci, who is an expert in both advisory and contentious IP matters, with a particular focus on trade marks and designs, brand protection, marketing, and parasitism. Consumer law and competition law specialist François Dauba was promoted to partner in January 2021. He frequently represents major players in the health and food sectors.

Practice head(s):

Gaëlle Bloret-Pucci

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Key clients

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

Stada Arzneimittel/EG Labo

Uber/Uber Eats

Acast

Work highlights

  • Assisted and represented both NIKE, LVMH and LACOSTE in the elaboration of 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 counterfeit retailers in the close suburb of Paris.

France > Environment Tier 3

BCTG Avocats

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Testimonials

‘BCTG Avocats is a benchmark firm in the renewable energy sector and deserves its solid reputation. It has a diversified team, very committed and with cutting-edge expertise in renewable energies, expertise that it draws in particular from these multiple experiences as an advisor to all types of players in the sector.’

‘Paul Elfassi is remarkably clear in his explanations and his legal reasoning. He perfectly masters his field and is endowed with an agile mind. He is an excellent speaker. He is at the same time rigorous, creative and pragmatic in his advice. His great availability is greatly appreciated. He forms a very good pairing with Nelsie Bergès, who is just as competent and committed.’

‘Expertise in environmental law, high biodiversity stakes in our business sector, and the firm is particularly relevant and responsive (and proactive) in this regard.’

‘Paul Elfassi: available, concise.’

‘Nelsie Berges: available, concise and pragmatic.’

Key clients

EDF RENOUVELABLES Group

NEWMONT MINING

TOTAL Group

PORT ATLANTIQUE LA ROCHELLE

VALOREM

TOTAL EREN

VOLTALIA

JPEE

VSB ENERGIES NOUVELLES

WPD

Work highlights

  • Handling circa 180 litigations before administrative courts in respect of the validity and legality of the administrative authorisations that are necessary to build and operate a renewable energy project and other projects with environmental issues.
  • Successfully represented EDF Group and Endbridge in  litigation on the adequacy of the environmental impact studies associated with three offshore wind farm projects awarded to St Nazaire, Fécamp and Courseulles-sur-mer after the first state tender.
  • Assisted Port Atlantique la Rochelle with the awarding of the public contract of new port facilities to modernise the port, advising the client on regulatory and environmental matters, including a complex litigation against the environmental authorisation.

France > Industry focus: Healthcare and life sciences Tier 3

BCTG Avocats is best known for its knowledge of competition law, commercial contract and distribution law practice, with particular expertise in online platforms. Gaëlle Bloret-Pucci is a strong litigator and has in-depth knowledge of procedures specific to intellectual property. The team is led by Hugues Villey-Desmeserets and François Dauba who both specialise in commercial policy, the drafting and negotiation of commercial contracts, and competition and regulatory matters.

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Key clients

Caudalie

TEVA Santé

STADA (EG Labo)

Johnson & Johnson Santé Beauté France

GenoSafe

Sandoz

Phoenix Pharma

Ipsen

Servier

Work highlights

  • Representing EG Labo in proceedings challenging the legality of the creation of a group of generic drugs comprising a generic and a biological reference drug, which raises the issue of measuring the competitive impact resulting from the administrative assimilation of generic drugs and biosimilar drugs.
  • Acting as counsel to Caudalie before the Belgian Competition Authority and before the AdlC and the French courts following a complaint filed by two Belgian online pharmacies for alleged resale price maintenance practices.
  • Assisting Sandoz in various disputes relating to the interpretation of commercial agreements between Sandoz and pharmacists on the one hand, and between Sandoz and groups of pharmacists on the other.

France > Intellectual property: Copyright Tier 3

Acting for major international groups in segments such as fashion, sports, retail, pharmaceutics and advertising, BCTG Avocats advises clients on various aspects of IP law, particularly copyright protection on the Internet and social media platforms. The practice is well known for its litigation capabilities and benefits from its ability to leverage the firm’s international network of partner firms when acting on cross-border mandates. In addition to her expertise in IP and new technologies, practice head Gaëlle Bloret-Pucci is also known for her in-depth knowledge of music law, regularly representing the rights holders of major composers.

Practice head(s):

Gaëlle Bloret-Pucci

Testimonials

‘A efficient team which always provides tailored advice and solutions to the matters I bring to them. I appreciate their focus on business implications and client-related constraints which contributes to satisfactory outcomes.’

‘I very much appreciate working with Gaëlle Bloret-Pucci. Her professionalism, strong experience in litigation and solid legal expertise contributed to the success of the case.’

Key clients

NIKE

Converse Inc.

All Star CV

UBER

Acast

France > Administrative and public law Tier 4

Hogan Lovells (Paris) LLP is particularly recommended for its know-how in projects and public procurement. The practice acts for sponsors and public authorities undertaking major infrastructure projects in France and in Africa, especially in the transport and energy sectors. Lately, the team has also been defending a public authority in dealing with several compensation damages claims coming from operators. The team is led by Bruno Cantier with counsel Perrine Limousin providing key support. Ludovic Babin left the firm early 2022.BCTG Avocats is known as one of the few go-to-firms for high-stakes permit authorisations pertaining to renewables projects. The practice handles a high volume of work in that area and is involved in many of France’s landmark offshore projects, including disputes. The practice also provides regulatory expertise, foremost in the energy sector, but also in other sectors such as the telecoms and healthcare sectors. Public contract work is also handled. The practice primarily acts for private sector companies. Practice head Paul Elfassi and counsel Nelsie Bergès are the key contacts. In early 2022, the firm recruited Ludovic Babin from Hogan Lovells (Paris) LLP, extending the firm’s range of expertise to public contract law.

Practice head(s):

Bruno Cantier

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Testimonials

‘Good team cohesion and featuring brilliant of counsels.’

‘The team is extremely available. The consultations are quick, thorough and very solid.’

‘Bruno Cantier provides high-quality advice and is extremely available to his clients. He leads a quality team.’

‘Bruno Cantier ‘s team was very responsive and very educational to help us understand the real issues of an unusual contract for us. Their remarks and comments were clear and constructive.’

‘The work of Bruno Cantier, partner, and Perrine Limousin, counsel, was really appreciated. Responsive, clear and pragmatic, the team was able to give appropriate and useful advice.’

‘Knowledge of the African market, value for money, focus on what is important.’

‘I worked closely with Bruno Cantier and Perrine Limousin. Beyond legal knowledge, the team shows humility and persuasion in negotiations.’

Key clients

Engie

Meridiam

Themis Energy

Work highlights

  • Advised a consortium led by Engie and Meridam as sponsors in relation to the financing of two solar PV plants in Senegal being developed under the IFC’s Scaling Solar programme.
  • Advising Themis Energy with regards to the construction and the operation of a 44MW hydro power plant in Côte d’Ivoire.

Practice head(s):

Paul Elfassi

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Testimonials

‘The public law team offers real listening, great availability; they are pragmatic and support us to find solutions even in complex situations. They are also recommended for their accessibility, their expertise in the field of intervention (renewable energies sector), their relevance, and their humility.’

‘The partner in charge is very available and can be contacted, particularly if there is an emergency. He accompanies us on a day-to-day basis if necessary.’

Key clients

GROUPE EDF RENOUVELABLES

TOTAL QUADRAN

VINCI ENVIRONNEMENT

VALOREM

WPD

VSB ENERGIES NOUVELLES

JPEE

VOLTALIA

Work highlights

  • Successfully represented the client in litigation and financing work associated to three offshore windfarm projects (St Nazaire, Fécamp and Courseulles-sur-mer).
  • Advising Newmont on the progressive acquisition of major mining assets in French Guyana.

France > Employment Tier 4

BCTG

Practice head(s):

Sabine de Paillerets

Testimonials

‘Absolute confidentiality. Availability. Speed of execution.’

‘Sabine de Paillerets knew how to perfectly integrate the time and dynamics specific to the matter into her strategy.’

‘Sabine de Paillerets has extensive knowledge of her clients’ activities and thus perfectly anticipates their constraints and their strategic implications. The gain in efficiency is particularly remarkable. She is also particularly available.’

Key clients

NIKE

RITUALS COSMETICS FRANCE

ATALIAN

Work highlights

  • Advising Nike France on the implementation and negotiation of a redundancy plan involving nearly 160 people.
  • Representing GSF AERO in a dispute with ACNA (SERVAIR group) concerning the termination of a service contract which led to the transfer of employees (83 persons).
  • Representing MPH group in a dispute with its ex-CEO and other ex-employees (six people) in the context of various proceedings initiated on the basis of unfair competition.

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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