Firm Profile > August Debouzy > Paris, France

August Debouzy
75008 PARIS

Employment Tier 1

August Debouzy acts for a client base including many high-profile French and international corporations. The 37-lawyer team handles highly complex matters, including recently managing sensitive restructurings, site closures, mass redundancies, strikes and insolvency situations. The practice is also kept busy handling high-stakes individual and collective litigation. It recently secured a number of favourable outcomes in particularly difficult cases concerning illegal subcontracting and work contract re-qualification claims, respectively. The highly regarded Emmanuelle Barbara heads the practice. Other key names are Fabienne Haas, Marie-Hélène Bensadoun, Virginie Devos, Eric Manca, Catherine Le Manchec and Anaïs Qureshi. Counsels Diane Reboursier and Flore Poloni are also noted.

Industry focus: IT, telecoms and the internet Tier 1

Set apart by its 'can-do attitude and ability to think outside of the box and be innovative', August Debouzy has 'all the US and Anglo-Saxon expertise that is required for even the most sophisticated international clients'. The technology and IT team 'stands out as particularly effective and competent' through its 'first-rate client support and engagement'. Clients such as Veolia and Costco recently appointed the firm to advise on GDPR compliance, while Philip Morris instructed Florence Chafiol's team to remove a number of illicit websites selling tobacco products in France. 'Thoroughly excellent' practice co-head Mahasti Razavi has 'great intellect' and 'the rare ability to address complex issues with practical and effective solutions'; she continues to assist Microsoft with all of its IT needs in France, including litigation, transactional and advisory matters. Counsel Nicolas Quoy recently joined the firm from an in-house position at Hewlett Packard, and Anne-Sophie Lampe was promoted to counsel.

Industry focus: Luxury goods Tier 1

August Debouzy has a strong presence in the retail sector and fields a cross-disciplinary team to advise a top-notch client roster on intellectual property, IT, corporate, real estate and employment law, among other matters. The six-partner team includes managing partner Mahasti Razavi and counsel Véronique Dahan, who continues to lead the advice to clients such as jewellery company Repossi and Valentino regarding the protection of their brands and designs. In other highlights, Razavi teamed up with Florence Chafiol and distribution expert Alexandra Berg-Moussa - who was recently promoted to partner - to advise a high-profile luxury brand on the negotiation of a complex global partnership with an online fashion platform, as well as its compliance with GDPR obligations. Associates Noémie Tashjian and Laure Arnon-Duquesnoy are also key names to note within the practice.

Intellectual property: copyright Tier 1

The 'technically excellent and very responsive' intellectual property team at August Debouzy is noted for its 'outstanding industry knowledge and huge strength in depth'. Clients highly recommend 'superb litigator' and counsel Véronique Dahan for her 'excellent client management skills' and 'outstanding commercial lawyerMahasti Razavi, who 'has a good sense of what clients need'. The team was recently strengthened by the arrival of Basile Ader and counsel Amélie Tripet from Cabinet d'Avocats Ader Jolibois; the pair recently acted for a wide range of clients on contentious copyright infringement and parasitism claims as well as the negotiation of licensing agreements. In recent highlights, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences instructed the group to handle its claim against L'Oscar Café, which allegedly reproduces the "Oscar" logo and statuette without authorisation. Other key clients include Marlau Editions, Première Media and Edition Pierre Chareau.

Intellectual property: Patents Tier 1

The patents offering at August Debouzy 'consists of lawyers with a strong technical background and a deep understanding of their clients' business'; clients especially value their 'ability to quickly explain technical points, immerse themselves in the commercial environment and adopt a pedagogical approach'. Practice co-heads François Pochart and Grégoire Desrousseaux recently represented clients such as Nicoll, Teva and Orange in sensitive patent disputes with the support of 'standout practitioner' and senior associate Loïc Lemercier. Also notable are counsel Mathilde Rauline and senior associates Lionel Martin and Martin Brion.

Compliance Tier 2

August Debouzy has an ‘excellent team’ that is ‘responsive and business oriented’. The firm advises an impressive French and international client base on the implementation of codes of ethics and anti-corruption and whistle-blowing programmes. It is assisting several clients with AFA-led audits. The team is also advising companies on conducting internal investigations in the context of corruption allegations or government-led investigations. Former Prime Minister Bernard Cazeneuve and Benjamin van Gaver co-head the practice. Counsel Olivier Attias is also recommended.

Industry focus: Healthcare and life sciences Tier 2

While the main bulk of the healthcare and life sciences work at August Debouzy is driven by the patents and intellectual property group led by François Pochart and Grégoire Desrousseaux, the practice has substantial experience advising across the full life cycle of products. On the contentious front, Marie Danis is leading the advice to a pharmaceutical company in international arbitration proceedings brought by a competitor on the grounds of a licensing issue, and Alexandra Cohen-Jonathan is representing 500 victims of a faulty breast implant product in a class action against the party which certified it. In other highlights, labour partner Emmanuelle Barbara is advising on the reorganisation, transformation and digitalisation of a major pharmaceutical client, and Florence Chafiol acted on data protection mandates. Counsel Mathilde Rauline plays a key role within the intellectual property department and is also a name to note. Other significant clients include Ferring Pharmaceuticals, Essilor and Sofibel.

Insurance Tier 2

August Debouzy's team includes 'young, dedicated professionals who work with a strong commitment and in close co-operation with the partner in charge'. Mass litigation suits and cases involving high risk are the group's mainstay, often requiring the co-operation with other departments. The team fields a strong domestic practice, however, cross-border matters account for a significant portion of the caseload. Practice head Alexandra Cohen-Jonathan 'has huge knowledge of insurance matters and a very good relationship with insurance-sector participants'. In addition to representing Chubb as Prologis' insurer in litigation arising from an accident on one of the insured's sites which caused one fatality and two casualties, Cohen-Jonathan also defended Chubb as insurer of garden centre Novajardin in litigation arising from the birth of a child with deformities allegedly caused by a weed killer. Korian, Allianz Global Corporate & Speciality and Marsh count among the team's clients. Former French Prime Minister Bernard Cazeneuve joined the team alongside senior counsel Pierre Sellal, formerly France's permanent representative at the EU.

Administrative and public law Tier 3

August Debouzy advises several high-profile private sector companies, as well as key public sector transport operators. The nine-lawyer team deals with a broad range of matters and has strong litigation and public law contract expertise. It is notably handing disputes pertaining to the awarding of several major public procurement contracts and is also dealing with sensitive criminal  investigations in the public sector. The practice is notably defending Veolia in a dispute with the French state and Suez over the award of the contract for the operation of one of the biggest water treatment plants in Europe to the client. Philip Morris, Microsoft, Total, RATP and Havas are clients, and the team also acts for key players in the defence sector. Practice heads Vincent Brenot  and Emmanuelle Mignon are highly recommended, as is counsel Hélène Billery.

Dispute resolution: commercial litigation Tier 3

August Debouzy's strong 23-lawyer team represents high-profile French companies, as well as some major investment funds and investors from various sectors. The firm is regularly involved in high-stakes contractual and commercial litigation. It also deals with corporate and shareholders’ disputes and cross-border cases. Veolia Propreté, Sequana, Chanel, Airbus Defence and Space, and Nike are clients. Practice co-heads Marie Danis and Benjamin van Gaver are recommended.

Dispute resolution: White-collar crime Tier 3

August Debouzy is instructed by leading French and international companies as well as high-ranking executives. The firm is handling a diverse caseload including tax fraud, criminal labour law, misuse of corporate assets, money-laundering and international corruption cases. The team is defending one of Areva’s former senior managers in an investigation into the company's acquisition of uranium mining group UraMin, and is also involved in high-profile tax fraud and corruption cases. The firm also represents Radio France and leading French newspapers such as Le Parisien and Les Echos in libel cases. Philip Morris International is also a client. Marie Danis, Benjamin van Gaver and Basile Ader are highly recommended. Former Prime Minister and Home Affairs Minister Bernard Cazeneuve  and counsel Olivier Attias are also key contacts.

Insolvency Tier 3

Headed by Laurent Cotret, August Debouzy’s practice recently advised several debtor companies on negotiating pre-pack asset disposals and on dealing with distressed M&A and debt refinancing work in various sectors, including industrial, publishing and retail. The team notably assisted Lorraine Tubes with a pre-pack asset sale, as well as Riccobono Presse Investissements with the adoption of a restructuring plan and a projected sale of its shares. The practice also assisted several investors with asset takeover bids. Counsels Mylène Boché Robinet and Véronique Dobelle, who had briefly joined from Clifford Chance, left to set up Drai, Forget, Boché, Dobelle.

EU, competition and distribution Tier 4

The practitioners at August Debouzy are 'very international and highly regarded by their peers'. The 'very responsive, smart and business-oriented' team is jointly headed by Mahasti Razavi, Florence Chafiol and Alexandra Berg-Moussa, who was recently promoted to partner. The group continues to advise Costco on the launch of its activities in France, and senior associate Barbara Nouri is part of the team assisting a number of luxury brands with their distribution and commercial agreements, including contracts pertaining to selective distribution networks. Counsel Renaud Christol is also a name to note.

Media and entertainment: advertising

August Debouzy recently welcomed Basile Ader and counsel Amélie Tripet from the now-defunct Ader Jolibois; the pair are currently acting on a number of sensitive and high-profile defamation claims. Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve and the National Police recently appointed the group to oversee a defamation case arising from an article by a police officer published by Journal du dimanche challenging the police's role in the 2016 terrorist attack in Nice, and Ader continues to lead the advice to the owner of two companies at the appeal stage of a defamation claim with criminal charges pertaining to accusations made in satirical newspaper Le Canard enchaîné.

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.

Department Name Email Telephone
Corporate Gilles August
Corporate Valéry Denoix de Saint Marc
Corporate Pierre Descheemaeker
Corporate Julien Aucomte
Corporate Laurent Cotret
Corporate Julien Wagmann
Corporate Jérôme Brosset
Employment Emmanuelle Barbara
Employment Fabienne Haas
Employment Philippe Durand
Employment Marie-Hélène Bensadoun
Employment Virginie Devos
Employment Eric Manca
Employment Catherine Le Manchec
Employment Anaïs Qureshi
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
Tax Xavier Rohmer
Tax Philippe Lorentz
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
Photo Name Position Profile
 Basile Ader  photo Basile Ader
 Julien Aucomte  photo Julien Aucomte
 Gilles August  photo Gilles August
 Emmanuelle Barbara  photo Emmanuelle Barbara
 Marie-Hélène Bensadoun  photo Marie-Hélène Bensadoun
 Alexandra Berg-Moussa  photo Alexandra Berg-Moussa
 Vincent Brenot  photo Vincent Brenot
 Jérôme Brosset  photo Jérôme Brosset
 Bernard Cazeneuve  photo Bernard Cazeneuve
 Florence Chafiol  photo Florence Chafiol
 Renaud Christol  photo Renaud Christol
 Alexandra Cohen-Jonathan  photo Alexandra Cohen-Jonathan
 Laurent Cotret  photo Laurent Cotret
 Marie Danis  photo Marie Danis
 Valéry Denoix de Saint Marc  photo Valéry Denoix de Saint Marc
 Pierre Descheemaeker  photo Pierre Descheemaeker
 Grégoire Desrousseaux  photo Grégoire Desrousseaux
 Virginie Devos  photo Virginie Devos
 Philippe Durand  photo Philippe Durand
 Fabienne Haas  photo Fabienne Haas
 Catherine Le Manchec  photo Catherine Le Manchec
 Philippe Lorentz  photo Philippe Lorentz
 Eric Manca  photo Eric Manca
 Emmanuelle Mignon  photo Emmanuelle Mignon
 Astrid Mignon Colombet  photo Astrid Mignon Colombet
 François Pochart  photo François Pochart
 Anaïs Qureshi  photo Anaïs Qureshi
 Mahasti Razavi  photo Mahasti Razavi
 Xavier Rohmer  photo Xavier Rohmer
 Julien Wagmann  photo Julien Wagmann
 Benjamin van Gaver  photo Benjamin van Gaver
Number of lawyers : 140
Number of partners : 31