Firm Profile > Racine > Paris, France

Racine
40 RUE DE COURCELLES
75008 PARIS
France

The regions Tier 1

Parisian law firm Racine has built a strong network of regional offices with addresses in Bordeaux, Lyon, Marseille, Nantes and Strasbourg, and also has an antenna office in Brussels. Home to over 200 lawyers in total, the firm offers a high level of expertise in a wide range of practice areas. The very dynamic team enjoys a growing reputation in the market.

Employment Tier 2

Racine’s 16-lawyer team advises industrial small and medium-sized enterprises as well leading French and international banks and companies on collective and individual employment law issues. The practice has great expertise in assisting companies with the implementation of reorganisation and mass redundancy projects, including in an insolvency context. The practice is also very knowledgeable in relation to remuneration issues and is able to handle highly sensitive matters involving high-ranking executives. Litigation is another strong area of expertise. The practice is co-headed by Frédéric Broud, Carla Di Fazio Perrin, Sarah Usunier and Philippe Rogez. Alain Ménard has retired.

Practice head(s):

Frédéric Broud; Carla Di Fazio Perrin; Sarah Usunier; Philippe Rogez

Testimonials

‘The team is responsive, always available and does its best to find solutions to complex matters.’

‘Sarah Usunier is dedicated, deeply involves herself in matters and tries to understand her clients’ environment to deliver the most suitable advice.’

‘Philippe Rogez is excellent and practical.’

Key clients

Gefco France

Isochem

Endel Engie

Insolvency Tier 2

Racine represents creditors and debtors in restructuring and insolvency proceedings. The firm handles a high volume of cases, including several significant market matters, and fields a varied caseload involving LBO, listed companies, agri-business companies, major industrial groups and small and medium-sized enterprises. Antoine Diesbecq and Laurent Jourdan co-chair the practice which includes Emmanuel Laverrière as another key member.

Practice head(s):

Antoine Diesbecq; Laurent Jourdan

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

PRESSTALIS

AUREA

CAISSE DES DEPOTS ET CONSIGNATIONS

LBO FRANCE

ORCHESTRA PREMAMAN

EDENRED

DEFI

CALLIDOUE INVEST

APAVOU

Dispute resolution: Commercial litigation Tier 3

Racine is able to handle a large range of different types of cases. The firm deals with a number of corporate disputes and shareholder conflicts, and is also a good choice for insolvency-related cases. The firm also manages commercial and contractual disputes on behalf of leading French companies. Key names include the highly regarded Bruno Cavalié, Antoine Diesbecq, Laurent Jourdan and Valérie Ledoux.

Practice head(s):

Bruno Cavalié, Antoine Diesbecq, Laurent Jourdan ; Valérie Ledoux

EU, competition and distribution Tier 3

Racine's seven lawyer team leads a comprehensive domestic practice and also deals with matters at EU level or involving foreign jurisdictions. The practice notably stands out for its knowledge of the agribusiness sector where it regularly acts on high-profile industry matters, such as the recent creation of a joint venture of companies specialising in organic fertiliser. The group is also involved in several significant domestic antitrust cases in other sectors, including the food sector, and completed several major merger control filings. Other recent highlights included a major state aid case and distribution law matters for leading brands. Valérie Ledoux, Bastien Thomas and Frédérique Chaput co-lead the practice.

Practice head(s):

Valérie Ledoux; Bastien Thomas; Frédérique Chaput 

Testimonials

‘An excellent and skilled competition team with very detailed knowledge of competition law and an ability to deal with complex issues, whether they be in merger control, state aid or antitrust cases.’

‘The firm has huge expertise and successfully handles critical cases.’

‘Bastien Thomas is a very quick thinker and amenable personality. He is very client-oriented.’

Key clients

ADECCO

ADEO GROUP

AMIV

CAISSE DES DEPOTS ET DES CONSIGNATIONS

EUROFINS

FINDIS

FNSEA

MEDIAWAN

PSA GROUP

REED

RICHEMONT

SUEZ

UNITED BISCUITS

Industry focus: IT and internet Tier 3

Racine's Eric Barbry advises leading French and international companies on the negotiation of contracts in relation to major IT and digital projects. Data privacy matters are another area of expertise.

Practice head(s):

Eric Barbry

Testimonials

‘The firm is very responsive and flexible and ensures excellent follow-up.’

Real estate Tier 3

Racine offers a 16-lawyer comprehensive practice able to cover the full range of real estate matters, including investment and leasing work. The team advises a large and prominent client base, made of up of property companies, investors and leading user companies and asset managers, including many luxury goods brands. The team recently assisted the seller with the sale of the building housing the former well-known Colette store to Hines, and completed a major transaction in the logistic sector. The practice is co-headed by Nicolas Boytchev and Carol SantoniJean-Philippe Lorizon is also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Nicolas Boytchev; Carol Santoni

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘The practice is led by talented and commercial partners who are available, efficient and not afraid to go the extra mile to close up a deal.’

‘The very responsive team has deep knowledge of the real estate market and the ability to manage claims and resolve issues.’

‘The team provides sound and practical advice on real estate and construction litigation.’

‘Nicolas Boytchev is experienced, effective, service-oriented and very efficient.’

‘Carol Santoni shows great know-how, is experienced and particularly able to assist German-speaking clients.’

‘Jean-Philippe Lorizon always defends his clients’ best interests and perfectly masters construction issues.’

Key clients

KanAm Grund

Adéo Services

Tristan Capital Partners

Gecina

BNP Real Estate

Cartier

Icade

Generali

Administrative and public law Tier 4

Racine ’s ten-lawyer team combines strong urban planning, public law contract and regulatory expertise, but also demonstrates strength in litigation. It is instructed by leading corporations and developers as well as by major cities and public local entities. The firm is advising on several important projects. Thierry Gallois, Sylvain Bergès and Damien Richard co-head the practice.

Practice head(s):

Thierry Gallois; Sylvain Bergès; Damien Richard

Testimonials

‘The team is available and proficient. It shows a great understanding of matters, provides practical answers and a great follow-up on matters.

Key clients

Bouygues Construction

Altarea Cogedim

Auchan/Immochan

SITA/Suez Environnement

Generali

BNP Paribas

Tereos

RWE / Innogy

Bordeaux Métropole

Port Autonome de Paris

PACA Region

Macéo

Grand Nancy Thermal

Leroy Merlin

Colas

Imprimerie Nationale

Tax Tier 4

Racine's scope of expertise spans corporate and property transactions tax work, as well as advising on individual taxation. The team also stands out for its strength in advising major companies' shareholders and executives on compensation, profit sharing and remuneration issues. Litigation is also a key area of work. Fabrice Rymarz, who has experience in corporate and real estate tax, and Xavier Rollet  who has expertise in private client work, co-head the practice.

Practice head(s):

Fabrice Rymarz; Xavier Rollet

Testimonials

‘The team provides high-level expertise and has deep knowledge of market practices’

‘The team is solution-oriented, hardworking and highly dedicated. It is eager to find adequate and optimised solutions’

Key clients

Hemisphere

Tristan Capital Partners

Bridgepoint

Mediawan

Malherbe

Deka Immobilien

Terreal

Infrared

Microcred

Europa Group

Essilor

Ellisphere

Mergers and acquisitions Tier 5

Racine

Practice head(s):

Bruno Cavalié; Jean-Christophe Beaury; Mélanie Coiraton; Luc Pons; Maud Bakouche

Key clients

Malherbe

Terreal

Hervé Hubert

Mediawan

Transdev

Sameole

Endel Engie

Nexity

Adecco

PCCG

Ellisphere

Fundimmo

Flight Center Travel Group

Bee Family Office

The firm: Founded over 35 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 74 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.

Agri-business: organising the production and sale of agricultural products, advice and litigation, regulation and control, bylaw management, operating agreement drafting, managing administrative restrictions, and assistance in developing farming operations, etc.

Banking – finance – insurance: structuring and arrangement of financial documentation, renegotiating bank debt and turnarounds, banking and finance litigation, banking and finance regulation.

Competition/distribution: cartel and abuse of dominant position, merger control, state aid, distribution and commercial agreements and BtoC consumption.

Public law: public/private contracts, state aid, community subsidies, regulated professions and activities, administrative authorisations, urban planning, public procurement and concessions, public property, environment and environmental tax, customs, transportation and logistics.

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.

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.

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.

IP/IT & 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

Restructuring: financial restructurings, ad hoc mandates, conciliations, safeguard proceedings, judicial reorganisations, winding-up proceedings, bankruptcy proceedings, and advice and litigation.

Department Name Email Telephone
Agriculture and agribusiness Samuel Crevel
Banking and finance Barna Evva, David Masson, Sandra Graslin-Latour, Antoine Hontebeyrie
Competition and distribution Valérie Ledoux, Frédérique Chaput, Bastien Thomas
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
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
Number of lawyers : 230
at this office : 130
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