Firm Profile > CBR & Associés > Paris , France

CBR & Associés
75001 PARIS

Dispute resolution: commercial litigation Tier 3

The ‘very client-orientedCBR & Associés is ‘business-focused and quick to respond’, and its work is ‘precise, clear and of a high quality’. The firm continues to distinguish itself through its impressive caseload: representing Kaefer Wanner, the firm negotiated France’s first judicial convention of public interest, with a monitoring obligation from the French anti-bribery agency, since such agreements were introduced by the French anti-corruption law Sapin II. The nine-lawyer team is particularly recommended for high-stakes commercial and consumer disputes, and has a strong presence in the telecoms, media and audiovisual sectors. Key client SFR regularly instructs the firm for its strategic matters. British American Tobacco is another longstanding client, and recently instructed the firm to defend its interests in the "Filtergate" case relating to the manipulation of filters by tobacco manufacturers, while Direct Energie instructed the firm to defend it against claims relating to allegedly abusive clauses in its terms and conditions initiated by consumer association UFC Que Choisir. TF1 Publicité, Adidas, Procter & Gamble, Eurovia and Lagardère Active are also clients. Pierre-Olivier Chartier is ‘fully and continuously dedicated to his clients and cases’, ‘explores all the possibilities and strategies available in a case before providing his advice, and manages to find all the possible legal arguments and facts that may come in useful, even when they were totally unexpected or overlooked’. Judith Vuillez is praised for her ‘very practical approach, excellent speed and very high quality of responses’, and her ability ‘to anticipate possible moves by opponents’. In addition, she has ‘great knowledge of the tobacco industry’.

Next Generation Partners

Insolvency Tier 4

CBR & Associés is praised for its ‘ability to accurately assess situations its and agility in leading negotiations’. Headed by Olivier Debeine, the team provides ‘excellent work’ that ‘mitigates potential risks’. It acts for debtors, investors and judicial administrators. The practice regularly assists Ophiliam with its asset takeover offers and advised SA Polyclinique Saint-Jean and SAS Clinique Saint-Jean l’Ermitage on their restructuring. Litigation is another area of expertise.

Media and entertainment: advertising

The three partner names to note at CBR & Associés are Alain BarsikianMichaël Majster and commercial litigator Pierre-Olivier Chartier. Recent contentious highlights include Chartier's work for TF1 regarding its dispute with Dailymotion and YouTube over their distribution of materials the rights of which belong to the client. On the music front, Majster acted on the sale of a number of music festivals, and a major French client appointed the firm to act in litigation arising from new legislation regarding licensing in the digital radio space.

Established in 1994, CBR & Associés is an independent corporate law firm made up of lawyers who enjoy excellent reputations in their various fields based on their technical expertise, the added value they bring, their ability to provide tailor-made services, their deep involvement in strategic and complex matters and their outstanding responsiveness.

The firm’s lawyers have chosen an independent structure that has, since its establishment, been built and developed in the spirit of an intellectual and professional community.

Our entrepreneurial structure facilitates flexibility and responsiveness for the service of our clients.

The firm’s lawyers have created and continue to expand networks of correspondent lawyers, especially at an international level, and maintain close working relationships with independent firms in many countries.

CBR & Associés acts in the main areas of business law, in strategic or complexes cases with a sound transactional practice, notably:

Litigation, Corporate – M&A / Private Equity / Capital Market, Media / IP / New Technologies / Telecom / Sports Law / Restructuring, Tax Law, Employment Law.

We benefit from robust sectorial experience, notably in the industries of tobacco, media, tourism, telecom, energy, music and can take advantage of high value-added practices in our transactional activities including for family offices, listed companies, turning around businesses and their partners and creditors. Our teamwork fertilizes them.


The partners of the firm: Alain Barsikian, Jean-François Carreras, Pierre-Olivier Chartier, Olivier Debeine, François Le Roquais, Michaël Majster and Judith Vuillez.


Contact: Olivier Debeine (Co-Managing Partner)


❙     Number of Partners: 7  ❙     Number of Lawyers: 17