Firm Profile > August Debouzy > Paris, France
August Debouzy Offices
6-8, AVENUE DE MESSINE
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August Debouzy has an established presence in the market, largely due to the presence of practice head Florence Chafiol, who has led the team since 2004 and impresses with her long track record of data protection audit matters and litigation. Crisis management, particularly in crises caused by cybersecurity breaches or data leaks, are another area of strength. The caseload attests to the group's longstanding experience in cross-border work, which account for the majority of instructions, partly because of the team's international client list which includes a strong raft of French companies operating globally alongside major players from outside of France. In July 2019, the firm hired a chief digital officer to bolster its technological services for the benefit of its clients.
‘The data privacy department managed by Florence Chafiol is exceptional: it has a wide range of competences that allows them to fully understand all the ins and outs of our difficulties, needs, preoccupations. Each time, they are able to provide an opinion that answers all our questions, leaving nothing answered (as others regularly do). They are inventive and capable of mobilising other forces in the law firm when needed.‘
‘The firm has a very good IT law practice, which makes them a great go-to firm for privacy matters. They have an excellent track record of seconding their lawyers on long-term assignments to in-house departments which allows for building great client relationships and for pragmatic counsel that understand in-house challenges and ways of working.‘
‘Florence Chafiol is to put it simply the expert in data & privacy in France. Her experience is vast and yet she handles everything with a calm focus that is very comforting for clients.‘
‘Florence Chafiol is outstanding. Her experience, her acumen and her profound knowledge are exceptional: never have we been disappointed in an opinion she gave.‘
Philip Morris France
Employment Tier 1
August Debouzy 's large 40-lawyer team advises an impressive client base made up of many leading French companies and several high-profile international groups. The practice handles high-end work. It is in charge of a high volume of sensitive strategic transformation and restructuring projects entailing mass redundancies of often several hundred employees. The practice also assists several companies with the employment aspects of bankruptcy proceedings and is regularly called upon to help with sensitive litigation dealing with high-level corporate officers, bonus and remuneration issues, harassment accusations, and mass disputes. The group notably defended a blue-chip company in a high-profile dispute with one of its former top executives where high financial amounts were at stake. Practice head Emmanuelle Barbara is one of the market's most revered leading figures. Also highly recommended are Fabienne Haas, Marie-Hélène Bensadoun, Virginie Devos, Eric Manca, Catherine Le Manchec, Anaïs Qureshi and counsel Diane Reboursier.
Other key lawyers:
‘The firm has extensive knowledge of French employment law and provides practical advice. It is highly responsive and integrates each company’s particular habits into its advice.’
‘The team has an excellent network within institutional and governmental bodies.’
‘The team listens and understands issues at stake very quickly.’
‘Emmanuelle Barbara shows remarkable ability to find innovative solutions without losing sight of her clients’ best interests.’
‘Virginie Devos listens to her clients and finds the best solutions in all types of circumstances.’
‘Marie-Hélène Bensadoun is agile, smooth and keeps in mind her clients’ business issues and culture while providing advice.’
‘Diane Reboursier has extensive experience, is practical and always tries to find the best solutions in terms of cost and speed to solve issues. She is always available and responds in a timely manner.’
August Debouzy assists a prominent client base composed of leading IT providers, such as Microsoft, as well as high-profile French technology user companies from various industry fields, such as notably the luxury goods sector. The firm advises on the setting up of various IT projects including the launch of e-commerce platforms, digitalisation matters and the signing of outsourcing contracts. The practice also handles litigation. Mahasti Razavi and Florence Chafiol are in charge. Other key names in the practice include counsels Anne-Sophie Lampe, Nicolas Quoy and Charles Bouffier.
Mahasti Razavi; Florence Chafiol
‘The team understands clients’ constraints and provides tailor-made solutions.’
‘Lawyers have profound IT and digital expertise and an understanding of related issues that a global client can be facing. The team perfectly grasps the business matters at stake which proves useful when negotiating contracts.’
‘Mahasti Ravazi is very skilled in advising on technology and IP matters. She is pragmatic and problem-solving. She is very curious and tries to understand every peculiarity of each client and project. She makes every one of her clients feels unique.’
‘Florence Chafiol is highly reactive, flexible and has a perfect understanding of clients’ needs. Client always come first and she always does all she can to fulfil clients’ requests the best way she can.’
‘Counsels Nicolas Quoy and Charles Bouffier are excellent, expert and available. They are very much appreciated for their relevant advice.’
Spectral Transactive Memory Systems
Philip Morris France
Total SA & Total Global Procurement (TGP)
The team at August Debouzy has a strong international presence, and is involved in many cross-border matters. Along with Basile Ader, who jointly heads the team with Mahasti Razavi, counsel Amélie Tripet frequently assists clients in the arts sector with copyright issues. The team also acts for clients in the media and technology sectors, including its current defence of the newspaper Le Parisien against a French photographer, Mr Fernez, who claims Le Parisien published one of his photographs without any authorisation. Other notable clients include Microsoft. Counsel Véronique Dahan is also recommended.
August Debouzy's particular strength lies in litigating on behalf of pharmaceutical companies, although the 'large team of patent professionals' also provides assistance with non-contentious matters, including drafting patent applications. The team represented Gaztransport & Technigaz in complex opposition proceedings before the European patent office in a cross-border matter with a value of €70m, which ended successfully for the client. Joint team heads Grégoire Desrousseaux and François Pochart are 'outstanding professionals allying technical and legal skills'. Also recommended are counsels Lionel Martin and Mathilde Rauline, and senior associate Martin Brion. The group was further strengthened by the arrival of counsel Philippe Lanet from Technicolor. Counsel Loïc Lemercier joined Clifford Chance in October 2019.
Grégoire Desrousseaux; François Pochart
‘In a patent infringement case which ended successfully at the Supreme Court, one of the success factors was the engagement shown by Grégoire Desrousseaux and his small team.‘
‘Grégoire Desrousseaux shows outstanding creativity and pro-activity. He keeps all the details in mind in his evaluations and his manner of reporting is excellent. This, along with the involvement of the entire team, led to our success at the end.‘
‘Large team of patent professionals, highly technically and legally qualified.‘
‘Grégoire Desrousseaux and François Pochart are outstanding professionals allying technical and legal skills.‘
FRESENIUS KABI DEUTSCHLAND GMBH
GAZ TRANSPORT ET TECHNIGAZ (GTT)
TENARIS CONNECTION BV (TCBV)
TOTAL MARKETING SERVICES (TMS)
August Debouzy's Basile Ader is adviser to several French newspapers, companies and individuals involved in press law proceedings, encompassing libel, defamation and image right and privacy issues. He recently handled several defamation disputes involving elected individuals. Counsel Amélie Tripet provides key support.
Basile Ader; Mahasti Razavi; Florence Chafiol; Alexandra Berg-Moussa
Other key lawyers:
Le Parisien / Les Echos
Members of Parliament
French anti-doping agency (AFLD)
University of Lyon 3 Jean-Moulin
Municipality of Laon
Compliance Tier 2
August Debouzy is instructed by many of France’s leading companies as well as blue-chip international corporations. The firm has strong expertise in compliance audits and risk mapping, in particularly in relation to Sapin II law anti-corruption provisions. It is also assisting several companies facing controls from the French Anti-corruption Agency and advises clients on a large set of other compliance rules, such as duty of care, GDPR data privacy and international sanctions. Former Prime Minister Bernard Cazeneuve and Benjamin van Gaver co-head the practice. Counsel Olivier Attias is also a key member. In December 2019, the firm announced the hire of Astrid Mignon Colombet from Soulez Larivière Avocats who is a very strong name in the field.
August Debouzy is recommended for its strong pharmaceutical and medical device patent expertise. The practice represents generic and biosimilar companies highly strategic disputes before French courts, the French patent office, the European Patent Office and EU courts. In a recent highlight case, the team notably acted for Teva in a high-stake litigation against MSA regarding a supplementary protection certificate for a cholesterol-lowering agent. The highly experienced François Pochart and Grégoire Desrousseaux as well as counsel Mathilde Rauline are the key contacts. In addition, Alexandra Cohen-Jonathan assists insurers of medical device manufacturers facing product liability proceedings. Data and IT issues are also dealt with.
François Pochart; Alexandra Cohen-Jonathan; Grégoire Desrousseaux
‘The patent team is very versatile and has extensive technical skills and knowledge. It also shows a very high availability and provides extremely reassuring support.’
‘They know what they are doing and communicate in a clear and comprehensive manner. They are involved in most of the top patent cases in France.’
‘François Pochart has a scientific background that allows him to have an extremely precise technical knowledge of his files. This, combined with his extensive experience and perfect knowledge of the procedure, allows him to be very effective in court. He also demonstrates exceptional availability and responsiveness.’
‘Counsel Mathilde Rauline is very pleasant to work with. She is an excellent adviser and litigator for pharmaceutical clients.’
LFB (Laboratoire Français du Fractionnement)
Agence nationale santé publique
Medtronic lung health
Industry focus: Luxury goods Tier 2
August Debouzy's counsel Véronique Dahan advises several of the world's most prestigious French and Italian luxury fashion brands on their IP issues. Also involved are Mahasti Razavi, Florence Chafiol and Alexandra Berg-Moussa, who assist prominent names in the field dealing with commercial, distribution and data issues.
Insurance Tier 2
August Debouzy has a strong track record in high-risk and multi-jurisdictional cases. In terms of the latter, over 50% of the team’s caseload involves cross-border issues and claims from foreign parties. The practice also sets itself apart through its multi-disciplinary approach and regularly collaborates with the firm’s IP, IT, employment and finance practices to advise on complex files. Other areas of expertise include product liability, mass disputes and regulatory matters. Alexandra Cohen-Jonathan heads the department and advises on industrial risk, product liability and professional civil liability cases. On the non-contentious side, Cohen-Jonathan is regularly instructed by legal and insurance think tanks to advise on key market issues, particularly in relation to artificial intelligence in the healthcare sector and self-driving cars.
‘We use this firm for the management of litigation arising in the context of damage insurance or civil liability claims, where the team has a broad practice.’
‘Alexandra Cohen-Jonathan, who leads the team, has a very good knowledge of the market issues as well as the various stakeholders involved, which allows her to give contextualised advice.’
‘Alexandra and her team know how to make themselves available and their work is of a very good standard.’
‘Alexandra Cohen-Jonathan is one of the best lawyers in the French market.’
Chubb Insurance Company of Europe SE
Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty SE
Victims of PIP
Siaci Saint Honoré
SPIE Batignolles IDF
August Debouzy advises a major professional football and rugby club, several major sport media outlets and a sport event organiser on corporate and IP rights issues. The practice is also key adviser to Nike, whom it assisted with the negotiation of a major sponsorship contract with football club Paris Saint-Germain. The group also represents clients complex and sensitive criminal investigations, including the French anti-doping agency. Alexandra Berg-Moussa and Basile Ader co-head the practice. Also involved are corporate partner Laurent Cotret and IP/IT partner Mahasti Razavi.
Alexandra Berg-Moussa; Basile Ader
Olympique de Biarritz
Mr. Ghani Yalouz
Agence Française de Lutte contre le Dopage
LOSC (Lille Olympique Sporting Club)
Amer Sports Corporation
August Debouzy combines strong regulatory and public law contract expertise. The five-lawyer team is instructed by leading French and international private companies, major state-owned and public sector entities to advise or litigate on high-stake matters. The firm recently achieved several major victories before the administrative courts regarding public procurement issues. In parallel, the firm is also advising on the conclusion of major public procurements in various sectors. The practice also stands out for its strong regulatory expertise, spanning several sectors including the transport, energy and tobacco industries where it is handling strategic work. It notably advised a major operator on Brexit preparations as well as another key client on drafting EU rules proposals. Finally, clients also turn to the firm seeking guidance on Sapin II anti-corruption law issues in relation to the public sector. Vincent Brenot and Emmanuelle Mignon are in charge. Counsel Hélène Billery and senior associate Emmanuel Weicheldinger are other key contributors.
Vincent Brenot; Emmanuelle Mignon
Other key lawyers:
August Debouzy is well-resourced and is able to deal with a wide scope of commercial, corporate and financial cases. The firm acts for prestigious French companies, as well as many international corporations. It is handling several high-stakes disputes pertaining to strategic partnerships and unfair competition issues. The team is notably acting in a high-profile case connected with a takeover offer. Marie Danis and Benjamin van Gaver are highly recommended. Counsel Flore Poloni and newly promoted counsel Marie Valentini are also key members.
August Debouzy is handling a vast array of cases ranging from money laundering and securities issues to tax fraud and matters involving the public and the private sectors. The firm is instructed by leading French and international companies or their CEOS, as well as by individuals. It is involved in several top cases; it defended Orange’s former head of human resources in the Orange suicides and moral harassment case at first instance. Benjamin van Gaver, Marie Danis and Basile Ader jointly head the practice which further strengthened its ranks by hiring the highly regarded Astrid Mignon Colombet from Soulez Larivière Avocats. Counsel Olivier Attias is another key name in the team.
Benjamin van Gaver; Marie Danis; Basile Ader; Astrid Mignon Colombet
Other key lawyers:
Philip Morris Group
Environment Tier 3
Vincent Brenot ; Emmanuelle Mignon
Other key lawyers:
GDE Groupe Ecore
Eolien en Mer Participations
Industry focus: Energy Tier 3
Vincent Brenot ; Jérôme Brosset ; Julien Wagmann
CGN (China General Nuclear Power) Energy Europe
Commissariat à l’Energie Atomique
Insolvency Tier 3
August Debouzy's Laurent Cotret advises debtors on several major restructuring and insolvency cases. The practice also acts on a good volume of smaller insolvency matters and takes on work for shareholders, commercial partners and investors. Finally, the practice assists with asset take-over bidding on distressed companies.
Chambre de Commerce et d’Industrie de Métropolitaine de Brest Ouest
THALES SIX GTS France
SOCIETE ARDENNAISE DE MENUISERIE, BOIS ET PLASTIQUE
LOSC (Lille Olympique Sporting Club)
August Debouzy is particularly valued for handling the intellectual property aspects of M&A transactions. The team drafted trade mark assignments and coexistence trade mark agreements for clients Dassault Aviation and Dasautel to assist them with acquisitions. Grégoire Desrousseaux and Véronique Dahan head a team that advises clients from a range of sectors, with a particular focus on technology. The client list is strengthened by noteworthy new additions, including Airbus and Vestiaire Collective. In contentious matters, the firm is representing claimant Trillium SA in trade mark infringement proceedings against Immomarkets.
Grégoire Desrousseaux; Véronique Dahan
B. BRAUN MEDICAL
Mergers and acquisitions Tier 3August Debouzy climbs the ranking this year having acted in a broad range of domestic and cross-border transactions, frequently as sole lead counsel. Focused predominantly on mid-cap transactions, its work covers diverse sectors including aeronautics and defense, telecoms, energy, retail, healthcare, IT services and consumer credit. Julien Aucomte, Julien Wagmann, Jérôme Brosset and Valéry Denoix de Saint Marc are particularly visible in the M&A arena. A key strength is the firm's ability to involve its employment, tax, competition, public law and regulatory teams to work with the corporate group in major transactions.
Gilles August; Julien Aucomte; Julien Wagmann; Jérôme Brosset; Pierre Descheemaeker; Valéry Denoix de Saint Marc
Caisse des dépôts et consignations
InfraVia Capital Partners
Commissariat à l’énergie atomique et aux énergies alternatives (CEA)
I Squared Capital
Private equity: LBO Tier 4
Julien Aucomte; Julien Wagmann; Xavier Rohmer; Philippe Lorentz
‘The M&A team is very good as well as the other teams involved. Professional and efficient. I have worked with Julien Aucomte (M&A partner) on several occasions. High level of expertise. Always calm and focused. Great business judgement. Capacity to develop innovative/pragmatic solutions. Key asset in negotiations. I definitely recommend Julien.’
Groupe La Maison Bleue
Infravia Capital Partners
The Klesch Group
Caisse des dépôts et consignations
I Squared Capital
Tax Tier 4
August Debouzy's well-staffed team handles a broad range of matters, including advising on transactional M&A tax work, assisting with complex tax controversy and restructuring issues, and handling various French and international tax issues and tax planning. The team also provides advice in the area of employees’ shares and managers' exit tax structuring. The practice is currently representing a major investment fund and several international and French companies in relation to tax audits. Xavier Rohmer and Philippe Lorentz head the team. Clara Ferrari and Emilie Lecomte were named counsel.
Xavier Rohmer; Philippe Lorentz
‘The team is made up of experienced members who are close to their clients and know the French administration very well. They have strong analytical abilities’
Bijoux Burma SAS
Compagnie D’Affretement et De Transport
Executive Channel International Pty Ltd
La Maison Bleue
Thibierge & Comar SA
Other key lawyers:
Flore Poloni; Marie Valentini
‘They are commercial and very responsive to clients’ requirements.’
‘The team is able to anticipate evolutions of a dispute which allows them to propose very relevant solutions and strategies.’
‘Marie Danis and counsel Flore Poloni are extremely capable dispute resolution lawyers who are articulate, bilingual and on top of their legal briefs.’
‘Marie Danis shows high availability as well as a great ability to abide by the deadlines.’
‘Counsel Flore Poloni has extensive expertise in international arbitration.’
‘Counsel Flore Poloni and associate Karol Bucki make up a great pair who both have great views on the applicable law and business matters.’
August Debouzy > Firm Profile
The firm: Driven by an entrepreneurial spirit for over 25 years, August Debouzy offers more than just legal advice: with 140 dedicated lawyers helping clients grow, manage their teams, innovate, add value to their assets, forge partnerships, resolve conflicts, meet their obligations and gain a leading position in the market.
In a rapidly changing world, August Debouzy provides its clients with diligence, enthusiasm and agility, allowing them to anticipate and to have an edge 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 foreign offices, 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 95 law firms located in 115 countries.
August Debouzy: a French brand, by the side of its clients throughout the world.
Areas of work: Corporate : mergers and acquisitions, private equity, securities law, company law, banking and finance, financing law, structured finance, restructuring, insolvency and financially distressed companies, structuring investment funds.
Employment : collective labour relations, individual labour relations, restructuring operations, executive, management status, workplace health and safety, civil liberties at the workplace, employment litigation, employee savings and pension schemes, social protection issues, international mobility.
Technologies, intellectual property, media : IT and internet, data protection and privacy, patent law, trade marks, domain names and designs, copyright, counterfeiting, media, press, advertising.
Litigation, arbitration and white-collar crime: commercial litigation, post-acquisition litigation and shareholder disputes, contract dispute litigation, arbitration, distribution law disputes, white-collar crime, international criminal litigation, criminal employment litigation, compliance and international investigations.
Public, regulatory and environment : administrative law, fundamental liberties, constitutional and European law, public finance law, regulated industries, expropriation law, public procurement and concessions law, complex public contracts, privatisations, local governing bodies, urban planning, commercial urban planning, environmental law.
Tax : taxation in corporate transactions, company taxation, financial taxation, tax litigation, endowment funds, trusts and foundations, personal taxation and asset management, management packages, fundraising (tax deductions for SMES), change of tax residence, real estate taxation, indirect taxation, transfer pricing, local taxes.
Competition, distribution and consumer : competition law, state aid and merger control, consumer protection, distribution law, franchise law, commercial law and commercial contracts, anti-competitive and restrictive practices, unfair competition, and other regulated prohibited practices, representation before French and European administrative and regulatory bodies.
|Corporate||Valéry Denoix de Saint Marc|
|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||Alexandra Cohen-Jonathan|
|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 : 140 Number of partners : 31
LanguagesArabic Chinese English French German Italian Japanese Persian Portuguese Russian Spanish Czech Polish Vietnamese Greek Georgian
Top Tier Firm Rankings
- Data privacy and data protection
- Industry focus: IT and internet
- Intellectual property: Copyright
- Intellectual property: Patents
- Media and entertainment: Newspapers
- Industry focus: Healthcare and life sciences
- Industry focus: Luxury goods
- Media and entertainment: Sports
- 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
- Private equity: LBO
- Dispute resolution: International arbitration