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August Debouzy > The Legal 500 Rankings
Compliance Tier 1
August Debouzy advises an impressive client base consisting of many of France’s leading companies as well as several major multinationals. The practice assists with anti-corruption risk mapping and the setting up of compliance programmes. Lately, it has been advising a high number of clients facing French Anti-Corruption Agency (AFA)’s audits. Clients also increasingly solicit the team to advise on emerging issues such as business ethics, corporate governance and corporate duty of vigilance. Finally, the practice also demonstrates strength in advising on US and UK anti-corruption and bribery compliance systems, including the management of cross-border investigations led by US and UK agencies. The powerful team is co-headed by former Prime Minister Bernard Cazeneuve, Astrid Mignon Colombet and Benjamin van Gaver. Also highly recommended is counsel Olivier Attias.
The practice at August Debouzy, which was launched in the early 2000s, advises clients on data privacy projects, including managing data protection, litigation, audits, and cyber security crisis management. In addition to working with clients' in-house legal team, the group also works closely with other key stakeholders, including IT and security experts and DPOs. A majority of the team's work for both French and international clients is cross-border and highly complex. Practice head Florence Chafiol is an expert litigator in complex data protection proceedings. In January 2020, senior associate Roxane Blanc-Dubois joined from Hogan Lovells International LLP.
Other key lawyers:
‘Florence Chafiol is very responsive and provides great advice promptly and in a manner which clients can act upon; helpful, considered and effective ’
‘They have that magic combination of true expertise and practical knowledge: a rare gift.
‘To put it succinctly, they are simply superb at data.’
‘Florence Chafiol is simply outstanding, a true expert in her field, and yet willing also to be practical and commercial, and work very hard to get a client the best result.’
‘The August Debouzy team is the only team of lawyers we have worked with that is capable of answering the full range of questions we raise with the technicality and relevance they demonstrate.’
‘Florence Chafiol is has an exceptional level of skills in her field that she masters to perfection while combining, which is rare, an understanding of the company that few lawyers can demonstrate. She is also incredibly available, as are her teams.’
Philip Morris France
Total SA & Total Global Procurement
La Poste Telecom
Employment Tier 1
August Debouzy advises a prominent client base, made up of many CAC 40 corporations and major French and international companies, including insurance companies. The practice offers full-service support ranging from day-to-day assistance to the most challenging issues. Several large-scale downsizing and site closure projects, each involving several hundred up to a thousand employees, are included in the caseload. The team was also chosen to assist with challenging Covid-19 pandemic-related issues, such as safety conditions, working time and the renegotiation of paid leaves and bonuses. The practice also handles sensitive litigation, such as a high-stakes dispute involving a major digital platform concerning the contract status issues of self-employed workers or disputes involving dismissal procedures of top executives. Social security tax audits are another area of strength. Practice head Emmanuelle Barbara is highly regarded. Other key figures in the team include: Fabienne Haas, Marie-Hélène Bensadoun, Virginie Devos, Eric Manca, Catherine Le Manchec, Anaïs Qureshi , Philippe Durand, counsel Diane Reboursier and Isabelle Hadoux-Vallier and senior associate Boris Léone-Robin, the latter two specialising in remuneration, compensation and benefits issues.
Other key lawyers:
Fabienne Haas; Marie-Hélène Bensadoun; Virginie Devos; Eric Manca; Catherine Le Manchec; Anaïs Qureshi; Philippe Durand; Diane Reboursier
‘Virginie Devos is accessible and expert; it is a pleasure to work with her. Virginie also knows how to be creative in her approaches.’
‘The practice covers all sectors, each partner specialising in a field, while sharing his/her knowledge. Their interventions on such a large range of issues permit highly precise advice, which we do not find in competitors. They do not hesitate, decide quickly, and provide transversal solutions.’
‘Emmanuelle Barbara’s interventions are unique and essential. We choose her for her analysis which make a strong difference on a file. We choose her for her ability to successfully reposition a case.’
‘The labour law team is always attentive and always anticipates new labour rules.’
‘Relationships, trust and reliability of information are undeniable assets.’
The team at August Debouzy represents a range of leading IT providers, including Microsoft, and is active on significant TMT projects from launching digital commerce platforms to conducting data privacy audits. Other areas of expertise include working on regulatory compliance programs, cyber security issues and outsourcing matters. Litigation is handled in-house, with the team being instructed on several privacy disputes before both civil and criminal courts. New York and Paris-qualified IT specialist Mahasti Razavi, who is rated for providing 'workable solutions', leads the practice alongside Florence Chafiol and Alexandra Berg-Moussa. Up-and-coming counsel Anne-Sophie Lampe is a name to note for IP and IT litigation. Nicolas Quoy and Charles Bouffier are also highly regarded.
Other key lawyers:
Anne-Sophie Lampe; Nicolas Quoy; Charles Bouffier
‘Mahasti Razavi understands how to communicate with clients, always anticipating their needs and providing workable solutions.‘
‘Quick response to requests, holistic approach to legal issues. ’
‘The team has exceptional knowledge, and is well-versed in advising on complex cross-border organisations. They have gone above and beyond to understand our business and key risks during our time working together. They provide pragmatic advice and appreciate commercial imperatives.’
‘Florence Chafiol has a deep technical knowledge and provides exceptional practical advice. She has assisted us in finding pragmatic solutions to a complex evolving regulator and operates as a true partner to our in-house legal team.’
‘Alexandra Berg-Moussa works effectively with our French and international teams alike to share her depth of insights and knowledge about French law. Her experience enables her to provide tailored and specific strategic advice.‘
‘Dedicated, very thorough analysis and in-depth knowledge. The team also has a great capability to broaden the initial point of view and make sure every aspect of a topic has been reviewed.‘
‘Ability to influence and to add value to initial questions.‘
‘Strong availability and engagement towards their clients. We feel like the only client they have as they are fully dedicated and always by our side.‘
Total SA & Total Global Procurement (TGP)
Philip Morris France
The copyright practice at August Debouzy has a distinctly European outlook, with a focus on matters at the intersection of copyright and digitalisation. The team's technology expertise shows in its work on rights management in the context of an evolving technological framework, including assistance with issues regarding blockchain and data privacy issues. Its sector focus on the software and media segments therefore comes naturally, but the practice's scope also includes other areas, for example the arts. Additionally, the team is well versed in providing IP support in corporate transactions, both to the firm's own transactional experts and to other firms in need of IP expertise. The practice heads are Mahasti Razavi and Basile Ader, with counsel Amélie Tripet providing key support. Counsel Véronique Dahan joined Joffe & Associés in November 2020.
At August Debouzy, practice heads Grégoire Desrousseaux and François Pochart lead a deep bench of patent specialists, including both lawyers and patent attorneys, which allows for a particularly broad sector scope. Clients from the medical device, chemicals, energy, telecoms and agri-food sectors rely on the team with particular frequency, both for advisory work and disputes. The group is well versed in transactional work and licensing matters, including the transfer of technology and know-how, and holds its own in cross-border litigation, with particularly strong experience in coordinating multi-jurisdictional disputes in the pharmaceutical and telecom sectors. Leveraging its full-service positioning, the practice is able to draw on colleagues from other departments for optimal case staffing, with the competition teams a key asset for matters involving FRAND issues. Counsel Lionel Martin is dual-qualified as both a lawyer and a European patent attorney.
Other key lawyers:
Lionel Martin; Mathilde Raulin
‘Traditional to convey reliability and trust, yet fast-moving and proactive.’
‘Responsive and with a high degree of relevant experience.’
‘The patent team is very responsive, combining skills in litigation and patent law. The framework of the advice provided was very well adapted with useful and measured additional contributions.’
‘The advice and considerations are straightforward and clear-cut.’
‘The team is very skilled, proactive and very responsive.’
‘Gegoire Desrousseaux and Lionel Martin provide spot-on advise whenever it is needed.’
‘The team is fully devoted to its client. They look at each file from all possible angles of attack/defence. They present a realistic view of the outcome of the case. Their knowledge of IP is second to none.’
‘Grégoire Desrousseaux, he is the ‘Pope’ of IP in France: enlightened advice, very affordable, always attentive to the needs of his client. Lionel Martin is a fine technician, each document is analysed with precision in order to make the most of it.’
‘Very focused team with deep expertise. Team works in a very pleasant atmosphere. Flexibility.’
‘A competent and powerful team, with high technical and legal skill and always responsive and clear.’
‘One of the many strengths of the team is the experience and the broad professional expertise of the collaborators, both (i) technical/scientific specific with regard to the industrial sectors concerned, (ii) qualification in patent matters and (iii) purely legal expertise, particularly in matters of litigation. This broad expertise is a guarantee of (i) quality understanding of the issues for its clients and (ii) the success of the deals handled.’
‘In general, the people from August & Debouzy with whom we are in contact are characterised by their listening skills, and therefore by their very great understanding of the issues for their clients.’
‘The strength of the AD team is probably its ability to inform us about the IP strategy to adopt based on the existing state of the art. This advice is based on their experience.’
‘The flexibility of the team stands out, they are always ready to take into account our requests and our perspectives, to think about the most appropriate strategy. Also, their ability to adapt their thinking according to the elements that we bring to them, and to propose the most adapted solutions according to the needs of the company.’
‘The team is unique because it is made up of ‘classic’ lawyers, lawyers who are also European representatives. This team therefore understands perfectly and very quickly the very technical aspects of the files, which is a real plus. In addition, the team can mobilise other expertise within the firm: tax, competition law, administrative law, commercial law…’
‘Grégoire Desrousseaux, François Pochart, Abdelaziz Khatab, Lionel Martin. What sets these lawyers apart: expertise, capacity for work, responsiveness, client orientation and creativity.’
‘Competent multidisciplinary team capable of synergy.’
‘Grégoire Desrousseaux is an exceptional lawyer, remarkable for his diverse and complementary skills and for his network allowing to deepen the subjects.’
‘An experienced, responsive and pragmatic team.’
‘Grégoire Desrousseaux is a very experienced partner in patent litigation. His rigour, his reactivity, his pragmatism and his ability to quickly understand the client’s universe are real assets.’
Gaz Transport et Technigaz (GTT)
Saint Gobain Abrasifs
Fresenius Kabi Deutschland
Total marketing Services
Nutricia / Danone
With 'a perfect knowledge of press law', August Debouzy is retained by key players in the sector including Le Parisien, Radio France and RT France. Well-known for its strong contentious capabilities, the team is active in a wide range of press law proceedings covering defamation, image rights, libel and privacy cases. The firm also represents private individuals in these matters, both before criminal and civil courts. Litigator Basile Ader is the key contact; as well as being vice-president of the Paris bar, he is also the managing editor of Légipresse and Legicom. Ader is assisted by counsel Amélie Tripet who provides advisory and litigation services on press, libel and publishing matters.
Other key lawyers:
‘A perfect knowledge of press law and the procedure related to the 1881 law.‘
‘Responsiveness and perfect knowledge of the law and jurisprudence both on traditional media and on new media dissemination.‘
Fred de la Compta
Ligne de Front
Representing leading pharmaceutical companies and clients specialised in medical devices, August Debouzy is highly regarded for its expertise in pharmaceutical patent litigation before the domestic and European courts. Joint practice head François Pochart, who is described as 'very knowledgeable, confident and experienced', leads on these matters alongside co-head Grégoire Desrousseaux. A further area of expertise for the team is assisting insurers of medical device manufacturers which are the subject of product liability proceedings. Co-head Alexandra Cohen-Jonathan is the key contact for these cases.
‘Reactive and commercially aware team.‘
‘Very reactive and collaborative team.‘
‘Very clear in their explanations, good availability and follow up of cases.’
‘The team’s skills in pharmaceutical patent litigation and side laws (such as regulatory and public law) are very strong, and they master both national and European Patent Office (EPO) case law and have an excellent understanding of international issues.‘
‘The team successfully mixes attorneys-at-law and patent attorneys, often in the same individual, which makes them very efficient in quickly understanding both the legal and technical issues.‘
‘François Pochart knows his jurisdiction and French case law very thoroughly, which allows him to give reliable opinions. He also has a very good knowledge of foreign systems, which is important in pan-European or global issues in the industry.‘
‘Specialist sector and patent litigation expertise.‘
‘François Pochart is very knowledgeable, confident and experienced.‘
LFB (laboratoire français du fractionnement)
Agence nationale santé publique
AP-HP (assistance publique hôpitaux de Paris)
Medtronic lung health
Industry focus: Luxury goods Tier 2
The 'pragmatic and reactive' luxury goods practice at August Debouzy assists several leading luxury fashion brands with a variety of IP and IT issues. The firm seamlessly combines different practice areas, for example when it pooled its distribution law, data and digital/IT law teams to advise a leading cosmetics company on the creation of a distribution network and digital commerce platform. The 'business-oriented' Alexandra Berg-Moussa is a key contact for IT-related matters. Managing partner Mahasti Razavi and Florence Chafiol are recommended in the tech space, and between them have a strong track record of advising luxury brands on digital transformation issues. Counsel Véronique Dahan joined Joffe & Associés in November 2020.
Other key lawyers:
Xavier Rhomer; Marie-Hélène Bensadoun; Fabienne Haas
‘Team is very pragmatic and reactive. They take the specifics of the industry into account with great precision.‘
‘Alexandra Berg-Moussa is fantastic. Her knowledge of the law is extensive and precise; she is straight to the point and business-oriented. She is a dealmaker while anticipating any litigation risks with great caution.’
J.J. W. FRANCE
Insurance Tier 2
At August Debouzy, Alexandra Cohen-Jonathan and her team focus on high-stakes litigation, mass litigation, class action and serial dispute matters, as well as product liability disputes in addition to advisory work regarding insurance documentation and policies. The team's cross-practice strength comes particularly to the forefront when advising on matters at the intersection of insurance, IP, IT, employment and finance law as well as in the increasing number of instructions from the firm's corporate clients regarding their insurance products, especially their compliance with the insurance product distribution regulations. The independent firm's insurance practice consists primarily of multi-jurisdictional matters, with a strong domestic caseload completing the workload. Cohen-Jonathan's expertise is also sought after by French legal think tank Club des juristes, for example on the subject of self-driving cars or artificial intelligence in the healthcare sector. Flore Poloni joined Signature Litigation AARPI in September 2020.
‘Very high technical level, develops its arguments with case law, doctrine. Great collaboration between the different fiscal activities with insurance.’
Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty
Chubb Insurance Company
SPIE Batignolles Ile de France
Uniting a 'variety of competences', August Debouzy is regularly retained on large sponsorship mandates for high-profile brands such as Nike. Its track record in sports financing includes significant acquisitions, contract negotiations and restructurings, with the team recently leading on Valenciennes FC's reorganisation following its relegation to the second division. Drawing on the firm's well-established IP and TMT groups, the department has a strong sports media offering, with highlights including bringing an image rights dispute for a leading French newspaper. Distribution and consumer law expert Alexandra Berg-Moussa and litigator Basile Ader jointly lead the practice.
‘You always receive clear responses to questions. The team unites a variety of competences, making it easy to cover all bases.‘
OLYMPIQUE DE BIARRITZ
AGENCE FRANÇAISE DE LUTTE CONTRE LE DOPAGE
LOSC (LILLE OLYMPIQUE SPORTING CLUB)
AMER SPORTS CORPORATION
VAFC (VALENCIENNES FOOTBALL CLUB)
August Debouzy's team covers a broad array of issues: regulatory matters, public contracts and procurement, public domain, urban law, and litigation are all dealt with. The firm assists a wide range of big corporations, notably several blue-chip and start-up IT companies, notably with complex French, EU and international data law issues. Recently, the team has been particularly solicited for strategic assistance in relation to Covid-19 restrictions in France. Vincent Brenot and Emmanuelle Mignon co-head the practice, which also includes counsel Hélène Billery.
Vincent Brenot; Emmanuelle Mignon
Other key lawyers:
SNCF / SNCF Réseau /SNCF Mobilités
Apsys Beaugrenelle SAS / SNC Beaugrenelle Patrimoine
Province Nord de Nouvelle-Calédonie
August Debouzy manages a substantial and varied caseload and acts primarily for leading French corporations, banks and financial institutions, often in unfair competition and breach of contract disputes against key competitors. The group increasingly receives instructions to manage high-stakes financial disputes, post-M&A disputes, shareholder conflicts and CEO revocation disputes, with a particularly strong caseload in the energy and investment fund sectors. Practice co-heads Marie Danis and Benjamin van Gaver and counsel Marie Valentini are the key practitioners. Former counsel Flore Poloni joined Signature Litigation AARPI as partner in the Summer 2020.
Marie Danis; Benjamin van Gaver
Other key lawyers:
‘Great team work.’
August Debouzy handles a consistently growing corruption and money laundering-related caseload. The firm is regularly involved in cross-border corruption cases involving French and foreign judicial authorities or regulators and offers first-hand experience in handling US OFAC requests and in assisting clients with French and US settlement agreements with various authorities. The firm also defends major companies or their top executives in a range of other criminal corporate and fraud investigations and trials. Lately, the firm has also been appointed to act on matters directly linked to the Covid-19 pandemic; such as assisting retirement homes and nursing homes with investigations on involuntary manslaughter grounds. Astrid Mignon Colombet, who arrived in December 2019 from Soulez Larivière Avocats, is particularly recommended, as is Benjamin van Gaver. They both co-head the practice alongside Basile Ader. Marie Danis and counsel Olivier Attias also contribute.
Benjamin van Gaver; Astrid Mignon Colombet; Basile Ader
Other key lawyers:
Marie Danis; Olivier Attias
MR. OLIVIER BARBEROT
MR. GEERT GEKIERE
MR. HUGH BAILEY
Philip Morris Group
Insolvency Tier 3
August Debouzy‘s Laurent Cotret is handling a growing prominent caseload, spanning various industries. He is mainly appointed by debtors to handle debt restructuring, insolvency and distressed M&A work. Recently, he has been playing a key role in several headline debt restructuring and safeguard proceedings cases, such as the XL Airways. He also handled a major case in the hospitality sector.
‘High involvement in matters and high-level technique; friendly team.’
‘Very high level of legal technique and perfect knowledge of the market and its various players.’
‘Laurent Cotret demonstrates high pragmatism. He is proactive and able to come up with concrete solutions. He is surrounded by a competent team.’
DIETRICH CAREBUS GROUP
RICCOBONO PRESSE INVESTISSEMENT
SERCIB – SCCV SOLARIS
Mr Alick MOURIESSE (shareholder of SUPINFO – EDUCINVEST)
August Debouzy offers a comprehensive trade mark and design practice, ranging from litigation, prosecution and portfolio management work though to transactional assistance such as audits and due diligence. Indeed, other firms frequently rely on the team for the IP aspects of major international transactions, while the group's experience in customs litigation is a strong complement to the practice offering. The team co-led by Grégoire Desrousseaux and counsel Véronique Dahan also includes several members with extensive in-house experience. With fashion, retail and IT particularly prominent in the caseload, the team is also active in areas including food and beverages, automotive manufacture, entertainment and consumer goods.
Mergers and acquisitions Tier 3
Able to pull together cross-disciplinary teams from the firm's employment, public law, competition and tax teams, French firm August Debouzy's corporate practice is a player in the mid-cap market segment. Recognised for its sectorial expertise across aeronautics, defence, telecoms and infrastructure, the team undertakes both domestic and cross-border transactions.. Valéry Denoix de Saint Marc is a key name for the latter kind of deals, having helped launch the German desk in 2019. Gilles August, Julien Aucomte, Julien Wagmann, Jérôme Brosset and Pierre Descheemaeker are all key contacts.
Caisse des dépôts et consignations
I Squared Capital
Urban Sports Club
Cornerstone OnDemand Inc.
Tax Tier 4
August Debouzy‘s practice advises a loyal client base, made up of leading French companies, international companies, investment funds and start-ups. The team is able to handle a broad range of matters, spanning transactional issues and a substantial amount of stand-alone work, encompassing tax restructuring, transfer pricing, tax audits and regularisation matters. The practice is notably assisting a major corporation with challenging tax regularisation issues in the context of a landmark corruption case. Xavier Rohmer and Philippe Lorentz are in charge.
Xavier Rohmer; Philippe Lorentz
BIJOUX BURMA SAS
COMPAGNIE D’AFFRETEMENT ET DE TRANSPORT
Executive Channel International Pty Ltd
LA MAISON BLEUE
THIBIERGE & COMAR SA
August Debouzy > Firm Profile
For 25 years, our law firm has been driven by an entrepreneurial passion, offering our clients much more than just legal services. Our 150 lawyers take an active interest in your business, supporting you day-to-day in connection with key decisions. We can help you develop, manage your staff, innovate, add value to your assets, establish partnerships, resolve disputes, comply with your obligations and successfully position yourself in your markets. In a rapidly changing world, you can rely on us to act with the highest professional standards, enthusiasm and agility. Together, we will devise solutions that will help you anticipate, succeed and stay ahead.
With international experience of over 25 years, August Debouzy has the resources to co-ordinate any worldwide project and resolve international disputes. The firm assists its clientele throughout the world through its extensive international referral network, as well as its lawyers with foreign Bar admissions. August Debouzy works with an international alliance of best friends with over 140 law firms located in 121 countries.
August Debouzy, a French brand at your side throughout the world.
Areas of work:
- Corporate – M&A
- Private equity
- Restructuring operations
- Projects & Infrastructures
- Tax law
- IT & Data
- Patents & Technologies
- Intellectual property, Media & Art
- Competition & Distribution law
- Commercial & International agreements
- Employment law & Social security law
- Business litigation
- Public law & Public procurement law
- Environmental law
- European law
- Wealth & Asset management
|Corporate||Valéry Denoix de Saint Marc|
|Banking and Finance||Laure Bonin|
|Employment||Catherine Le Manchec|
|Technologies, intellectual property, media||Mahasti Razavi|
|Technologies, intellectual property, media||Florence Chafiol|
|Technologies, intellectual property, media||Grégoire Desrousseaux|
|Technologies, intellectual property, media||François Pochart|
|Technologies, intellectual property, media||Alexandra Berg-Moussa|
|Technologies, intellectual property, media||Basile Ader|
|Litigation, arbitration and white-collar crime||Marie Danis|
|Litigation, arbitration and white-collar crime||Benjamin van Gaver|
|Litigation, arbitration and white-collar crime||Bernard Cazeneuve|
|Litigation, arbitration and white-collar crime||Basile Ader|
|Litigation, arbitration and white-collar crime||Astrid Mignon Colombet|
|Public, regulatory and environment||Vincent Brenot|
|Public, regulatory and environment||Emmanuelle Mignon|
|Competition, distribution and consumer||Mahasti Razavi|
|Competition, distribution and consumer||Florence Chafiol|
|Competition, distribution and consumer||Alexandra Berg-Moussa|
|Competition, distribution and consumer||Renaud Christol|
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Staff FiguresNumber of lawyers : 150 Number of partners : 32
LanguagesArabic Chinese English French German Italian Persian Portuguese Russian Spanish Czech Polish Vietnamese Georgian Turkish
Since the foundation of our firm, our international culture has enabled us to advise the clients on complex cross-border transactions and disputes.
Our network of partner firms is a major advantage when working internationally. We have a support of more than 140 firms in 121 different countries, all chosen for their excellence, independence, and leadership on their domestic market. The relationships that we have developed with these “best friend” firms over the years allow us to provide our clients with centralised, organised and proactive services in the jurisdictions where they operate. Apart from this network, August Debouzy’s lawyers themselves reflect our international culture. Our team is able to work in 15 different languages.
Many of our lawyers studied and practiced law abroad, including the United States, and are the members of foreign bars such as Brussels, Berlin, Frankfurt, New York, Madrid, etc. This major strength enables us to support and assist a large number of leading international companies doing business in France. They represent 55% of our clients.
In 2019, we have also created a German Desk consisting of more than twenty French, German, and English speaking lawyers.
August Debouzy has recently developed a custom-made offer for its international clients. CustomAd was created for the companies, with offices around the globe. We have a bespoke solution for the cross border legal projects. We offer a unique possibility to choose the best law firms in the jurisdictions of our clients’ interest and to have a global overview of the working process through a single platform.
Furthermore, as an independent law firm, we are flexible when it comes to working with those in other jurisdictions. Therefore, in every country we partner with a law firm known for its excellence in the specific practice area. CustomAD allows our clients to:
- Bring together the law firms of their choice around the world within a single secure platform
- Change or add law firms during the project (e.g. if another country takes part in the project)
- Follow up a project through a dedicated lead coordinator and an easier coordination of the working methods
- Keep track of the progress of the project, through several customizable and scalable modules
- Receive a global approach of the billing fees
August Debouzy has always been committed to ensuring a balanced representation of men and women. Promotion is based solely on performance and there has never been any salary inequality between men and women in the firm. Remuneration packages consisting of salary and bonuses are based solely on performance and seniority within the firm. We do not publish any details of our employees’ remuneration since this is confidential information.
65% of the firm’s staff are women and 35% are men, and 14 of the 32 partners are women. Since 2001, the firm’s Managing Partner has been a woman. The firm has been a partner of the Women’s Forum since it was formed, and actively contributes to its research work. August Debouzy is also signatory of the statement of support for the General Counsel for Diversity & Inclusion. August Debouzy has always paid special attention to the recruitment of people from different cultures and origins. Our lawyers come from all over France, and for some of them, from even further abroad. The fact that so many languages are spoken within our firm is a good example of our commitment in this regard. The firm attaches great importance to the wealth of backgrounds within the firm, whether in terms of training (engineering, business school, etc.) or experience. August Debouzy has always promoted diversity and is proud of its lawyers’ different backgrounds, which each contribute to the firm’s strength, expertise and energy. Our lawyers come from a broad range of French and international universities, including many who have dual bar admissions and/or other professional experiences, such as in-house counsel, engineers and politicians. The firm also strives to attract lawyers with unusual career paths and experience. We believe that while training and experience in law are a prerequisite, individual talents such as entrepreneurial spirit, managerial qualities and digital skills, to mention just a few, are also essential for a large law firm.
CLIENT: Florence Samaran (General counsel continental Europe)
TESTIMONIAL: “I have the great opportunity to work with Vincent Brenot, Partner, and Hélène Billery, counsel in his team, on litigation administrative law.
I particularly value their technical skills, their good knowledge of case courts and their clients business as well as, their open speaking mindset, which enable their clients to have a clear vision of the situation, what is at stake and the risks.
They hold a strong agility to integrate a team and participate actively to the drawing of a strategy and adapt it all along if need be.
Their high commitment and responsiveness in any circumstances is also very remarkable.
Talented and great mindset which lead to an enjoyable and successful relationship.”
Top Tier Firm Rankings
- Data privacy and data protection
- Industry focus: IT and internet
- Intellectual property: Copyright
- Intellectual property: Patents
- Media and entertainment: Newspapers
- Banking and finance: transactional work
- Industry focus: Healthcare and life sciences
- Industry focus: Luxury goods
- Media and entertainment: Sports
- Social security: compensation and benefits
- Administrative and public law
- Dispute resolution: Commercial litigation
- Dispute resolution: White-collar crime
- Industry focus: Energy
- Intellectual property: Trade marks and designs
- Mergers and acquisitions
- Dispute resolution: International arbitration
- EU, competition and distribution