Firm Profile > Racine > Paris, France
40 RUE DE COURCELLES
Racine > The Legal 500 Rankings
The regions Tier 1
One of France's most thriving independent law firms, Racine has built a significant regional network in addition to its main presence in Paris. Among its five regional offices, the Nantes office is the largest and offers the widest scope of business law expertise, followed by the Bordeaux office whose main focus is on insurance law. The Lyon office demonstrates particular strength in public law, construction and urban planning law and saw the promotion of Anthony Bichelonne to partner in 2020. The Marseille and Strasbourg offices provide a wide range of business law expertise. The firm also has an office in Brussels.
Racine’s litigation practice draws on the firm’s corporate, competition and restructuring departments. The practice acts for many leading French corporations as well as international companies, with particularly strong expertise in corporate and shareholder conflicts. It recently represented one of the two key parties concerning one of France’s most high-profile M&A-related disputes. The caseload also includes several other high-level commercial and financial litigation cases, including major insolvency disputes. On the commercial side, the team acts for leading companies and commercial brands. Practice head Bruno Cavalié is well known. Also recommended are Antoine Diesbecq, Laurent Jourdan and Valérie Ledoux.
Other key lawyers:
Antoine Diesbecq; Laurent Jourdan; Valérie Ledoux
‘I call on Racine for sensitive matters for which I want to put all the odds on our side. The firm is very combative and often finds innovative and effective solutions.’
‘Bruno Cavalié is recommended for all types of corporate and commercial litigation, in particular related to M&A transactions, shareholders’ agreements, as well as criminal business law.’
‘No unnecessary mail or appointments. Ability to work in an emergency with serenity. The lawyers who write the conclusions are the ones who plead; thus, there is a mastery of the files, including in its most technical aspects. It is very reassuring for the client, and appreciated by the magistrate.’
‘In addition to their technical skills, the human qualities at Valérie Ledoux and Sophie Pasquesoone are remarkable.’
‘ Operational team that takes into account the economic context in order to provide advice best suited to the needs of its client.’
‘Valérie Ledoux and Sophie Pasquesoone show a very suitable approach and undeniable skills.’
‘A firm that is very close to its clients; very responsive; understanding of the needs; the team is is very quick and advice is always relevant.’
‘Valérie Ledoux and Bruno Cavalié are brilliant and always very insightful lawyers.’
Employment Tier 2
Racine’s team is increasingly acting in challenging cases. The practice is very active in restructuring and workforce downsizing matters and offers strong experience in assisting debtors with insolvency proceedings, including dealing with mass redundancies and connected litigation. The team recently advised several insolvent companies, notably handling strategic work for press distributor Presstalis which employed more than a 1,000 employees and was facing critical insolvency proceedings. The practice also advises on M&A transactions and recently worked on an expected landmark listed transaction. The management of sensitive individual files and remuneration issues are also included in the group's portfolio. Major French and international companies are clients. Frédéric Broud, Carla Di Fazio Perrin, Sarah Usunier and Philippe Rogez are the heads of the practice.
Frédéric Broud; Sarah Usunier; Philippe Rogez; Carla Di Fazio Perrin
‘Excellent firm in employment law, both in managing individual and collective labour relations. Maître Philippe Rogez has an excellent knowledge of the banking sector and its practices. Pragmatic, he provides very good advice. He and his associates show pragmatism while protecting the interests of the company.’
‘A very available team that works with its clients on finding solutions.’
‘Broad and transversal skills, a lot of pragmatism, very operational synthesis.’
‘Good responsiveness and legal technicality.’
‘Availability; good sense of service; flexible approach to adapt to operational challenges.’
‘The team is really brilliant; qualified, always available and pays great attention to details.’
‘Friendly, available, efficient, qualified, up to date with the latest legal trends and decisions, proactive, attentive.’
Racine demonstrates high-level urban-planning law expertise. The firm assists major companies and leading developers undertaking major land and property development projects, with recent examples including several projects around Paris’ main airports and an ambitious industrial farming project in the North of France. In addition, the practice also offers strong general public law and public contract expertise, acting for both public and private sector entities. Finally, the firm also advises on energy regulatory matters. The practice is co-headed by Thierry Gallois and Sylvain Bergès in Paris alongside Damien Richard and 2020’s newly promoted partner Anthony Bichelonne in Lyon.
Thierry Gallois; Sylvain Bergès; Damien Richard; Anthony Bichelonne
‘A dynamic and very responsive team, with a simple and effective approach to client relations.’
‘Very accessible and responsive partners, in particular Sylvain Bergès. He is very business-oriented and is always looking for an efficient solution.’
‘Very strong team.’
Grand Nancy Thermal
Edouard Denis group
The varied practice at Racine frequently acts on complex state aid matters for well known domestic clients, as well as on cross-border merger control cases. The team is particularly well known for its expertise in distribution matters, including disputes in the agribusiness and mobility sectors. Practice co-head Valérie Ledoux is an expert in antitrust litigation and distribution, while practice co-head Bastien Thomas focuses on state aid and merger control matters.
Valérie Ledoux; Bastien Thomas
Other key lawyers:
‘Bastien Thomas was remarkable in this file: coordination of companies and the file, writing of dozens of versions of the notification, strategy towards the European Commission, and negotiating optimum results for clients.’
‘Valérie Ledoux is a brilliant lawyer with always relevant advice.’
‘Bastien Thomas, competition partner, is available, attentive and responsive.’
‘Unparalleled ability to intervene in commercial disputes. Expertise on all aspects of a commercial dispute. Great availability. Exceptional operational understanding’
‘The Racine team quickly grasped their client’s needs and identified how to achieve the set objective. The modus operandi has been explained to the client and once agreed, things move quickly, the client must be responsive as well. Easy contact and not very formal helps to gain fluidity. Team strength: a peripheral question is dealt with immediately by teams specialising in the subject with the same fluidity.’
‘When these firms learned that Valérie Ledoux represented us, all the interlocutors were confident because of her notoriety, her professionalism, and the interpersonal skills that she regularly maintains with colleagues. A lot of things could be done with efficiency and fluidity, with the satisfaction of the other parties (customers of other colleagues).’
‘A team of excellent lawyers in all fields which allows to have on the same subject an analysis responding to all legal issues quickly.’
CAISSE DES DEPOTS ET DES CONSIGNATIONS
SAFT (Total group)
Racine focuses on three areas, with recognised expertise in digitalisation, data protection and litigation. Contentious work centres around the protection of concepts, algorithms, trade marks and patents. Eric Barbry is the key name and retained by a mix of international and domestic clients, notably for assistance with their digital transformation.
‘The IT and Internet department is of an outstanding level in terms of experience, sound advice and innovation in the approach and processing of cases.‘
‘Its depth of expertise is judged above all in its ability to synthesize recommendations that are personalized and contextualized and therefore relevant.‘
‘The commitment of our counsel Eric Barbry is an undeniable quality which allows us to have unfailing support and allows us to work in a context of unparalleled trust.‘
Insolvency Tier 3
Racine maintained a high level of activity throughout 2020. The team has been dealing with all sizes of restructuring and insolvency files, most often advising debtors. It has handled matters concerning various industry sectors, such as press, retail, food and aviation, and played a pivotal role advising press distributor Pressalis on its high-profile insolvency proceedings. The practice is also managing several related litigation cases. Practice co-heads Antoine Diesbecq, Laurent Jourdan and Emmanuel Laverrière are highly recommended. Also deserving a mention is associate Lisa Ducani.
Antoine Diesbecq; Laurent Jourdan; Emmanuel Laverrière
Other key lawyers:
‘Great professionalism; in-depth knowledge of bankruptcy law, but also high responsiveness and availability. On the human level, this is also a firm endowed with the highest moral values and ethics.’
‘Lisa Ducani’s responsiveness, perspicacity, fine, detailed and particularly successful analysis of complex and particularly acute legal and practical situations were very appreciated. She forms a great duo with Laurent Jourdan.’
‘Exceptional agility and involvement. Ability to manage the most complex files in the market requiring in-depth knowledge of all procedures and an ability to think out of the box.’
‘Laurent Jourdan and Lisa Ducani form a unique and very strong complementary duo. Laurent Jourdan constantly demonstrates his ability to take a collegial decision with all parties through his technical and personal qualities, and has a quality that is too little shared by his peers: humility.’
‘Lisa Ducani is part of the future of restructuring, also recognised by all players in the business.’
‘The team showed great availability, a lot of discernment and great listening and pedagogy.’
‘Laurent Jourdan, Lisa Ducani and Edern Lagadec have shown a great deal of empathy towards all the interlocutors. Their mindset is solution-driven.’
‘Dynamic, united, competent, committed and friendly team. It is a real pleasure to work with the Racine team.’
‘The Racine team is a very competent and pleasant. They are complementary individuals, get along well and know how to work together to respond to client issues. They are always available and close to their clients.’
Platina International SA
Real estate Tier 3
Racine scores with its comprehensive range of expertise. Recently, the firm received instructions from key clients, including major asset managers, developers and renters companies, to assist with significant rent and construction issues linked to the Covid-19 outbreak. In parallel, the practice advised key clients on investment transactions pertaining to major office, data and logistic assets. The group also regularly advises on leasing, construction and related litigation, and is well known for advising prestigious luxury brands on landmark leasing and construction work. Nicolas Boytchev and Carol Santoni co-head the practice. Also involved are Jean-Philippe Lorizon, Nelson Segundo and new counsel Louise Duvernois, who joined in 2020 from White & Case LLP.
Nicolas Boytchev; Carol Santoni
Other key lawyers:
Jean-Philippe Lorizon; Nelson Segundo; Louise Duvernois
‘A team able to handle efficiently all types of real estate work.’
‘Great negotiation abilities.’
‘Highly responsive and in-depth knowledge of market practices.’
‘Nicolas Boytchev’s team combines strong technical knowledge and pragmatism.’
Tristan Capital Partners
Groupe Hospitalier Paris Saint-Joseph
Tax Tier 4
Racine‘s team has strong property tax expertise through Fabrice Rymarz who is regularly retained to advise on large transactions. The practice recenty assisted key clients with the sale of major office and logistic buildings and portfolios. Rymarz also advises on the structuring of M&A transactions, often in collaboration with the firm's corporate colleagues. Xavier Rollet, who co-heads the practice with Rymarz, specialises in advising private clients, including executive officers and shareholders. He also represents companies in dealing with the tax aspects of international employee transfers, management tax incentives and employee shareholding.
Fabrice Rymarz; Xavier Rollet
‘High professionalism, technique and creativity.’
Tristan Capital Partners
Infrared Capital Partners
Bee Family Office and Crédit Agricole Régions Investissement
Racine > Firm Profile
The firm: Founded 40 years ago, today Racine is one of the principal independent French law firms and is capable of responding to all of a business’ needs. With 230 lawyers – including 68 partners – located throughout France in seven offices, the firm bases its practice on the complementarity of two essential values. First, outstanding technical expertise and exemplary knowledge of the law and its development. Second, a natural inclination toward innovation, the constant search for new paths and taking initiatives in ways of working that allow the firm to respond to its clients’ needs. The combination of these qualities, as well as the comprehensive and transverse practice of litigation, allow the firm to anticipate its clients’ legal issues.
Indeed, litigation has been a part of Racine’s DNA since its very foundation, and represents 50% of the firm’s activities. The firm’s internal organisation, along with its teams’ practice of working together, allow complex and cross-speciality matters to be managed in an integrated manner. The firm’s responsiveness to its clients is achieved in part through the accessibility of the firms’ partners, who are closely engaged in the matters handled by the firm.
Areas of practice
Mergers and acquisitions: mergers, disposals, acquisitions, equity investments, capital investments, venture capital, securities investment strategy, litigation, management packages, company law, private equity, and corporate financing, etc.
Tax: taxation of executives, patrimonial taxation, corporate taxation, real estate taxation, restructurings, assistance with tax audits and tax litigation, and cross-border funds flow management.
Banking/finance/insurance: structuring and arrangement of financial documentation, renegotiating bank debt and turnarounds, banking and finance litigation, banking and finance regulation, fund structuring.
Real estate/construction: real estate transactions, commercial leases, real estate development, construction, construction insurance, real estate asset management, urban planning, property taxation, and real estate financing.
Restructuring: financial restructurings, ad hoc mandates, conciliations, safeguard proceedings, judicial reorganisations, winding-up proceedings, bankruptcy proceedings, and advice and litigation.
Employment law: individual employment relationships, mobility and expatriation, employment law issues in company restructurings and distressed companies, preventing conflicts of interests and defending interests, relationships with social partners, conflict management, collective bargaining, and optimisation of compensation schemes, etc.
Competition/distribution: cartel and abuse of dominant position, merger control, state aid, distribution and commercial agreements and BtoC consumption.
IP/IT and Data protection: IT, in all that concerns computing, Internet, telecommunications, IT systems security, digitalization, Data protection, where the team advises on personal data protection and the deployment of the GDPR, IP, where the team acts for the protection and enhancement of the intangible assets of companies
Public law: projects financing, procurement contracts, concessions, public land transactions, town planning, environment and environmental taxation.
Agri-business: advice and litigation, organising the production and sale of agricultural products.
|Banking - finance - insurance||Barna Evva, David Masson, Rima Maitrehenry, Sandra Graslin-Latour, Antoine Hontebeyrie|
|Competition and distribution||Bastien Thomas, Valérie Ledoux|
|Employment and labour||Frédéric Broud, Carla Di Fazio-Perrin, Philippe Rogez, Sarah Usunier|
|Insurance||Annie Berland, Emmanuelle Ménard, Emilie Buttier|
|IP/IT & Data Protection||Eric Barbry|
|Litigation and arbitration||Bruno Cavalié|
|Mergers and acquisitions/corporate||Bruno Cavalié, Jean-Christophe Beaury, Luc Pons, Mélanie Coiraton, Maud Bakouche|
|Public law - Energy||Thierry Gallois, Sylvain Bergès|
|Real estate and construction||Nicolas Boytchev, Carol Santoni, Jean-Philippe Lorizon, Nelson Segundo|
|Restructuring||Antoine Diesbecq, Laurent Jourdan, Emmanuel Laverrière|
|Tax||Xavier Rollet, Fabrice Rymarz|
Staff FiguresNumber of lawyers : 230 at this office : 130
LanguagesDutch English French German Italian Spanish
OtherOther offices : Bordeaux Other offices : Brussels Other offices : Lyon Other offices : Marseilles Other offices : Nantes Other offices : Strasbourg
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