August Debouzy > Paris, France > Firm Profile

August Debouzy
7 rue de Téhéran
75008 Paris
France

France > Compliance Tier 1

August Debouzy’s high-level know-how in the field has earned the firm a large and highly prominent client base, including leading French companies in the military and defence, aerospace, banking and finance, tobacco, pharmaceutics and energy sectors. The practice regularly assists clients with the setting up of their anti-corruption and other compliance programmes in addition to assisting with compliance controls led by the French Anti-corruption Agency (AFA). The team also has excellent expertise in conducting internal investigations during crisis situations, notably linked to new emerging issues such as non-compliance with environmental, human rights and other duty of vigilance requirements. The team has strong international expertise and is often appointed to advise on cross-border investigations and international sanctions. The return of counsel Valérie Munoz-Pons from Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP in May 2021 further strengthened the firm’s capabilities in that area. Former French Prime Minister Bernard Cazeneuve, Astrid Mignon Colombet and Benjamin van Gaver co-head the team, with counsel  Olivier Attias providing key support.

Practice head(s):

Bernard Cazeneuve; Benjamin van Gaver; Astrid Mignon Colombet

Testimonials

‘The firm combines legal expertise with a strategic global vision.’

‘Olivier Attias stands out for his pragmatism and his listening skills. He helps his clients in decision-making. Olivier is very available and committed to his clients.’

‘Very responsive, available, efficient team. The practice adapts to the client’s needs and shows pragmatism in their responses.’

‘The compliance team is among the most competent in the market and demonstrates great professionalism and more than appreciable availability.’

‘I particularly recommend Astrid Mignon Colombet, who not only demonstrates very valuable expertise on all the subjects she covers (corruption, LCB-F, embargoes, internal investigations, etc.), but also a very valuable sense of risk management. The relationship is very fluid with her and her contribution is always of great added value. Her colleagues are also very appreciated, namely Valérie Munoz-Pons. They know very well how to combine their respective areas of expertise.’

France > Data privacy and data protection Tier 1

August Debouzy is known as ‘the perfect French data & privacy package’, with an excellent reputation for compliance advisory work as well as for data protection pre-litigation and litigation cases. The firm successfully defended Fleishman Hilliard in a data protection provisions infringement pre-litigation matter that involved both criminal and administrative investigations by a French prosecutor and the CNIL. Practice head Florence Chafiol is lauded as an ‘outstanding expert on all privacy matters’. Associates Stéphanie Lapeyre and Alice Hourquebie are also renowed for their expertise.

Practice head(s):

Testimonials

‘A&D’s data and privacy team, led by the incomparable Florence Chafiol, is a perfect mix of legal expertise, commercial savvy and client friendliness. Add in a massive capacity for hard work, excellent responsiveness and being fun people to work with you have … the perfect French data & privacy package.’

‘Florence Chafiol is a wonderful lawyer – expert in the law, but commercially realistic, hard-working but always polite and friendly, energetic and hard-working, yet cool and calm under pressure. The perfect French data and privacy lawyer.’

‘I work with Florence Chafiol and Marie-Charlotte Hustache. Available, attentive to requests, client-friendly in their approach, very pragmatic while having great technicality. These are the qualities that I look for in good advice and which in my opinion make the difference. In addition, I must highlight their personal qualities which make our interactions very pleasant.’

‘Florence Chafiol has been our go-to expert on privacy matters. She is extremely experienced and understands her client’s requirements and desired outcomes. She is very familiar with the tech sector and how it operates and can provide timely, digestible advice which is accurate and well researched. She is an outstanding expert on all privacy matters. Other impressive team members include Stéphanie Lapeyre and Alice Hourquebie.’

‘The strength of August Debouzy is to be able to combine multiple skills for areas related to GDPR compliance around data protection specialists.’

‘We have an easily reachable privileged contact who follows all of our requests and capitalises on a good knowledge of our environment and our expectations. We thus receive a quick and convenient answer to questions which do not require in-depth study. The monthly package allows you to anticipate and smooth out expenses.’

‘Florence Chafiol and her team listen to us and know how to adapt their service offerings to our needs and constraints. Discussions with Stéphanie Lapeyre and Alice Hourquebie are fluid and allow us to deepen complex and constantly evolving subjects. Their interventions with operational staff have demonstrated their ability to make our subject matter accessible to non-lawyers and to support them in difficult or even crisis situations.’

Key clients

JC Decaux

Total Direct Energies

France Médias Monde

C2E

Yogosha

Murex

Omnicom and its affiliates

SNCF

Microsoft

Accor SA

Ariane Group

Accenture

Veolia Environnement

Philip Morris France

MBDA

Total SA & Total Global Procurement

Danone

Costco

Neuflize OBC

La Poste Telecom

Muji

Shift Technology

Pernod Ricard

Eurazeo

Wendel

Accenture

Work highlights

  • Advised Fleishman Hillard in the context of a pre-litigation case for data protection provisions infringements by Monsanto.
  • Acted as counsel for Microsoft in the implementation of the ’24H Holographic Surgery Live’ event organized in partnership with the ‘Assistance publique – Hôpitaux de Paris’.
  • Assisted Pernod Ricard with its advertising targeting activities on social networks in order to ensure its compliance in this area from a personal data protection point of view.

France > Employment Tier 1

August Debouzy is home to one of France’s most prestigious practices. The high-profile team, led by superstar Emmanuelle Barbara, acts for a stellar client list that includes many of France’s leading companies and numerous international groups. The practice is very experienced in advising on large-scale and particularly challenging restructuring projects, an expertise recently in high demand in the context of the Covid-19 crisis, especially in the hospitality and industrial sectors. The team is able to cover the full range of individual and collective employment issues, both in an advisory function and in litigation. Highly sensitive matters, such as harassment allegations, are another area of strength. Fabienne HaasMarie-Hélène BensadounVirginie DevosEric MancaCatherine Le Manchec and Anaïs Qureshi are all top experts. Counsels Diane Reboursier, Sonia Moreau  and Laure Hosni are provide key support. The compensation and benefits practice, which focuses on advising on profits sharing, company pensions and tax audits for CAC 40 companies, banks, major French and international industrial groups and insurance companies, is primarily run by counsel Isabelle Hadoux-Vallier and senior associate Boris Léone-Robin.

Practice head(s):

Emmanuelle Barbara

Key clients

FOOTPRINT CONSULTANTS

FREMANTLEMEDIA FRANCE

Work highlights

  • Assisting TUI France in connection with the reorganisation of its business model involving over 500 job cuts, as part of an approved collective dismissal plan.

France > Industry focus: IT and internet  Tier 1

A key name in the IT world, August Debouzy advises major French and international clients with regard to their cross-border digital projects. Testament to its capabilities, the practice has been advising Microsoft for over 25 years, recently on licencing agreements with other entities to promote innovative technologies and digital transformation. Mahasti Razavi co-heads the IT practice alongside Florence Chafiol and Alexandra Berg-Moussa. Associate Anne-Sophie Lampe shows promise in IT litigation and is solicited by companies for some of their largest IT disputes. Hiring two associates in May 2021, the firm is committed to growing the practice.

Testimonials

‘The August Debouzy IT/Data team is certainly the best in terms of the key points sought by a client: a very precise understanding of the issues at stake in our industry, unequalled responsiveness and flexibility, outstanding legal expertise in both counseling and litigation, a ton of creative legal thinking, true leadership in IT/Data related topics based on the managing partner’s and associates’ vision of what the 3.0 lawyer will be in coming years.’

‘All team members are the best in their respective fields and also have the highly sought-after ability of being able to take over files which are not initially theirs and to handle them in the best possible way, which increases pace and and makes their impact on our legal department even more significant.’

‘Competing law firms cannot compare with such a tailor-made client care.’

‘Mahasti Razavi, in addition to leading the firm as a whole in an extraordinary fashion, is the top lawyer for IT/Data topics in France and beyond, always setting the highest standards of excellence for her team.’

‘Florence Chafiol is the absolute leading specialist for privacy matters and has all the qualities that a client is looking for in a partner, no exceptions.’ 

‘Charles Bouffier is a central pillar of the August Debouzy IT/Data team. His extremely detailed knowledge of the new technologies sector, in particular the cloud business and its challenges, his much appreciated ability to work fast to assess the most complex legal issues and his unique ability to draw clear legal strategies in litigation or serving the business in negotiation, has no equivalent in competing law firms.’

‘Eden Gall is certainly the next top IT/Data lawyer at August Debouzy and also a product of the excellent academy that August Debouzy also is. This ability to train the best lawyers in their field necessarily increases the feeling of great confidence in working with this law firm. Eden Gall has the great ability to deeply understand client’s needs and its internal organisation which makes him a true business partner in addition of an outstanding lawyer.’

Key clients

Microsoft

Accor SA

Total SA & Total Global Procurement

Veolia Environnement

Meero

MyMoneyBank/Cerberus

EDF

Pernod Ricard

Zuora

Claranet

Aptiv

Work highlights

  • Assisted Veolia Environnement with its contractual negotiations for a variety of large-scale contracts, seconding several of the firm’s attorneys to assist with a major review of contracts when they include privacy issues.
  • Representing Zuora, Inc., in an expert assessment summary proceedings (‘référé-expertise’) brought by the Groupe UGC.
  • Advising Cerberus/MMB on several IT contracts in the context of a key project relating to the acquisition of the retail banking activities in France of HSBC for €1.9bn.

France > Intellectual property: Copyright Tier 1

August Debouzy remains one of the premier copyright practices in the French market, standing out for its strong expertise in the tech space. The department’s broad offering includes the negotiation and drafting of licensing agreements, litigation before civil and criminal courts as well as emergency procedures and infringement seizures. The integration of the French office with the firm’s wider international network means that the group is also well placed to handle its clients cross-border needs. Co-head Mahasti Razavi is a key contact for litigations involving IT, e-commerce, digital and media issues. Co-head Basile Ader has extensive expertise in media and art law as well as press criminal law. Amélie Tripet is another name to note.

Practice head(s):

Mahasti Razavi; Basile Ader

Other key lawyers:

Amélie Tripet; Charles Bouffier

Testimonials

‘IP software copyright team is very professional, aware of technologies and the latest case law, pragmatic and concrete.’

‘Charles Bouffier is a very technical and rigorous lawyer.’

‘A team with solid knowledge.’

Key clients

Meero

Dassault Aviation

SNCF

Editions Bionnay

Work highlights

  • Assisted Meero with the drafting of the Meero photographer service contract to ensure compliance with French copyright law, and with pre-litigation assistance.
  • Acted for Editions Bionnay on a civil dispute before the Lyon judicial court, where Editions Bionnay was sued by a former journalist in relation to the absence of her name in several published articles of which she is the author.
  • Successfully represented SNCF in a copyright case against one of its employees, where the latter claimed that SNCF would developed a system for monitoring the security of railway tracks by copying one of their ideas.

France > Intellectual property: Patents Tier 1

August Debouzy’s patent team provides the complete range of patent-related legal services. The team represents French and foreign clients in court litigation, EPO litigation, patent application and drafting strategies, freedom-to-operate analyses, and assistance with employee invention matters. It also handles valuing and licensing matters, including matters involving know-how. Grégoire Desrousseaux has particular expertise in patent litigation in telecoms, especially in FRAND litigation, mechanics, and electronics. François Pochart has vast experience in patent litigation concerning healthcare, life sciences, biotech and chemistry.

Testimonials

‘Very high level of expertise in patent matters, as well as French and foreign civil procedures. Excellent ability to sense the context of the client: its industry, the IP practices that take place in similar sectors; and thus to deliver concrete advice, allowing the client to make informed decisions. The composition of the team assigned to a file is negotiated with the client, and the sharing of tasks is very clear.’

‘Gregoire Desrousseaux excels in a unique style combining expertise and frank talk. Lionel Martin is very sharp, he detects critical details. He tactfully challenges the client.’

‘Very technical and competent team on patent-related subjects (international procedure, international litigation, dispute resolution, merger & acquisitions). Essential support in important operations involving patents.’

‘Understanding of client issues, continuous and unwavering support from François Pochart, who knows how to simplify patent-related subjects to lawyers and non-lawyers. François is an essential expert that you must have in your camp.’

‘Francois Pochart – excellent technical and legal ability. Very good advocate. Always provides sensible advice.’

‘The team provides high-level legal advice.’

‘An excellent mix of commercial lawyers and experts in the intellectual property domain. Very committed to delivering results and solving problems. Good breadth of knowledge and capability.’

‘François Pochart has exactly the detailed knowledge of the regulatory environment in the CPI profession that we needed for our project. The team works in a very collaborative way to achieve results and is very pragmatic.’

Key clients

Alcatel Lucent International

Altirnao Inc

Anthogyr

Brahms

Bricard

B.Braun

CpK Interior Products

CNRS

Disphar (Nordic Pharma Group)

Epsilon composite

Essilor

Foubert Papiers Plastiques

Fresenius kabi

HCT Packaging

I.Ceram

Insulet

Laboratoires Majorelle

LFB

l’Oréal

Maia Africa

Medtronic

Novasep

Nuvamid

Teva

Total

Suez

Società Italiana Boccole Srl

Verescence

Wright medical

Work highlights

  • Assisted Suez with the IP and partnership aspects of the Veolia-Suez take-over.
  • Represented Alcatel Lucent International (part of Nokia Group) in infringement and nullity proceedings launched by ASSIA in the field of ADSL.
  • Represented Huawei in seven infringement actions against Intellectual Ventures involving standard-essential patents (SEP) and FRAND (Fair Reasonable and Non Discriminatory) licensing issues, nullity counter claims, with trade secret issues and parallel litigation in Germany.

France > Media and entertainment: Newspapers Tier 1

August Debouzy‘s team acts for many of France’s leading newspapers. The firm also has a strong practice representing individuals in litigation against newspapers and magazines, primarily in cases involving libel and defamation. Basile Ader has made the firm a top choice for litigation involving media companies, and particularly press law issues. Counsel Amélie Tripet has developed a strong practice in press law and libel matters. Mahasti Razavi, Florence Chafiol, and Alexandra Berg-Moussa lead the practice alongside Ader.

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Key clients

Heroes media

Radio France

Le Parisien

RT France

Valmonde

M. Didier Robert

Work highlights

  • Advising and representing Radio France in a media litigation case concerning a public contract matter brought by an individual regarding a radio programme entitled ‘Affaires Sensibles’ which dealt with events that occurred during the presidency of the individual at a major energy company.
  • Defended Le Parisien in proceedings brought regarding an article that announced the prosecution of Ibrahim Maalouf regarding allegiations of sexual assault against a minor who was undergoing an internship in his studio.
  • Assisted and represented RT France in disputes before the CSA regarding accusations of spreading false news for the benefit of President Putin and the Russian state.

France > Dispute resolution: White-collar crime Tier 2

August Debouzy has grown its practice with a number of new high-profile matters from new and established clients, including a number of matters involving current hot topics, such as environmental issues. The practice is managing several crisis situations and proceedings raising highly serious charges, such as complicity of crimes against humanity and other ‘societal’ issues relating to their clients’ activity. The team has also strong know-how in internal investigations and settlement negotiations and is experienced in handling several fraud cases with major stock market and financial implications, as well as high-stakes tax fraud, misuse of corporate assets, money laundering and insider trading cases. In addition to its strong domestic caseload, the practice is also adept at handling cross-border matters. The arrival of counsel Valérie Munoz-Pons, who rejoined the firm from Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP in May 2021, bolstered the firm’s investigations capabilities. Astrid Mignon ColombetBenjamin van Gaver, who handles both complex litigation and criminal law work, and Basile Ader co-head the practice. Counsel Olivier Attias also contributes.

Practice head(s):

Benjamin van Gaver; Astrid Mignon Colombet; Basile Ader

Testimonials

‘Benjamin van Gaver is competent, available, responsive, result-oriented and at ease.’

‘Astrid Mignon Colombet is a stand-out lawyer. She is a pleasure to work with and extremely clever.’

‘The team is extremely available. In particular, and this is both innovative and very practical, the advice can be reached via instant messaging, allowing fast and secure exchanges.’

‘I know Astrid Mignon Colombet as a very dedicated and smart criminal lawyer.’

‘One of the best teams in the market, in terms of the settlement of legal disputes (in particular the negotiation and follow-up of CJIP). We can only recommend them. Very high professionalism, total availability and a very fine approach to relations with administrative and judicial authorities.’

‘I particularly recommend Astrid Mignon Colombet.’

Key clients

SOLUTIONS 30

NEXA TECHNOLOGIES

AIRBUS GROUP

SOCIÉTÉ GÉNÉRALE

MR. OLIVIER BARBEROT (FRANCE TÉLÉCOM)

MR. GEERT GEKIERE (FORMER CFO OF THOMAS COOK)

MR HUGH BAILEY (GENERAL MANAGER AT GE FRANCE)

Work highlights

  • Advising Solutions 30 as victim of anonymous reports in December 2020 mentioning alleged links with mafia organisations and money laundering.
  • Assisting Airbus in the first coordinated resolution of foreign bribery case by US, UK and French authorities resulting from the first international investigation jointly conducted by the three prosecuting authorities (DoJ, SFO and PNF).
  • Assisting Société Générale with the first coordinated resolution of a foreign bribery case by US and French authorities.

France > Industry focus: Healthcare and life sciences Tier 2

The team at August Debouzy stands out for handling ‘uncommon or complicated patent issues‘. The team frequently represents generic and biosimilar companies as well as an increasing number of originator pharmaceutical companies. In an infringement dispute launched by Sanofi regarding a patent covering the use of specific drug treatment for metastatic prostate cancer, the team reached a favourable outcome for its client Teva. The team is led by Grégoire Desrousseaux and François Pochart who both have dual legal and engineering qualifications.

Testimonials

‘The August Debouzy team is very good for technical and legal expertise in complex patent matters. The strategic insight, experience, and energy the team brings to the matters it handles truly sets it apart from its peers and make it our top pick for outside counsel in France. Highly recommended.’

‘Grégoire Desrousseaux stands out for his expertise, strategic insight, energy, and resolve. He’s a trusted advisor and leader among the outside attorneys collaborating across jurisdictions.’

‘A flexible team that works together, but still one go-to member who keeps the client informed; possibility to take over a matter at very short notice. Communication adapted to the different stakeholders within the client group.’

‘Grégoire Desrousseaux orchestrates a great team and is always on top of the matter with a huge knowledge of the current status of legal practice in the different fora. Not the length of the brief matters for him, but the substance.’

‘A responsive and pragmatic team that allows you to work with full confidence.’

‘François Pochart always has valuable and practical advice to give.’

‘Knowledgeable, finding solutions for uncommon or complicated patent issues.’

‘They are able to analyse the complex matters and size it down towards the key issue, providing a clear strategy.’

Key clients

Anthogyr

Brahms

B.Braun

CNRS

Disphar (Nordic Pharma Group)

Essilor

Fresenius kabi

I.Ceram

Insulet

Laboratoires Majorelle

LFB

l’Oréal

Maia Africa

Medtronic

Novasep

Nuvamid

Teva

Wright medical

Work highlights

  • Represented Teva in an infringement dispute launched by Sanofi regarding a patent covering the use of cabazitaxel in combination with prednisone in the treatment of metastatic prostate cancer.
  • Acting as counsel for LFB in opposition proceedings of a Novo Nordisk patent brought by LFB before the EPO. The patent was ultimately revoked by the Board of Appeal.
  • Representing Insulet against Medtrum in an infringement action based on an Insulet EP Patent.

France > Industry focus: Luxury goods Tier 2

August Debouzy‘s cross-disciplinary luxury goods offering includes intellectual property and media and competition law. Mahasti Razavi provides advisory and litigation support on IT, digital, e-commerce and media issues. Data expert Florence Chafiol combines sector expertise with experience in compliance plans or audits. Alexandra Berg-Moussa deals mainly with distribution and consumer law matters.

Key clients

Chateau Beauséjour HDL-Courtin

Burberry

PRINTEMPS GROUP

LVMH

J.J.W FRANCE

L’ORÉAL

NIKE

Chateau Beauséjour HDL-Courtin

Burberry

PRINTEMPS GROUP

LVMH

J.J.W FRANCE

L’ORÉAL

NIKE

Work highlights

  • Representing Unibail Rodamco Westfield and Printemps Group in highly complex and media-covered emergency challenges in order to obtain the reopening of several shopping malls and/or stores located in shopping malls that were closed by the French authorities in the context of the Covid-19.
  • Representing l’Oréal and Fapagau and l’Oréal’s distributor Sephora against Envases and its exclusive distributor Scanavo in an infringement action on the basis of a European patent covering a metal packaging, making a counterclaim for the invalidity of the patent.
  • Assisting Burberry with the disposal of its former headquarter located boulevard Malesherbes, Place de la Madeleine, consisting of 2,000 square meters to Novaxia.

France > Media and entertainment: Art Tier 2

August Debouzy handles an wide array art law matters. Basile Ader is a respected litigator and has spent a significant part of his career advising and defending clients in the culture and art sector in sensitive high-stakes disputes. The team has extensive experience in disputes relating to auctions, art forgery, the challenging of expert opinions. Negotiations with the French Ministry of Culture and the obtention of passports are also part of the caseload.

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Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Dynamic and reactive team.’

‘Basile Ader is very quick-witted, versatile and available.’

Key clients

Thierry Curial de Brevannes

Goya Subastas

Dimitri Tolstoi

Work highlights

  • Representing Thierry Curial in a dispute before the civil and criminal courts of Paris against an auction house and experts in a dispute about a Giacometti lamp.
  • Assisting Goya Subastas, a major Spanish auction house, in the context of the recovery of the price of the sale of a pair of vases.

France > Media and entertainment: Sports Tier 2

August Debouzy has an established track record in advising major sports organisations, clubs, brands, and athletes on financing, commercial contracts and acquisitions. As chosen counsel for sponsorship and ticketing matters, the firm advised the Paris 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games Organising Committee. Drawing on the experience of its TMT and IP specialists, the practice also has significant experience in sports media, including the distribution of sports content on social media. Alexandra Berg-Moussa is particularly active in sponsorship and contractual matters. She heads the practice together with Basile Ader  and Laurent Cotret.

Key clients

URBAN SPORTS CLUB GmbH

JOGO BONITO GROUP (Girondins de Bordeaux – Football club)

ALEX MCMEEKIN

NIKE

OLYMPIQUE DE BIARRITZ

AGENCE FRANÇAISE DE LUTTE CONTRE LE DOPAGE (AFLD)

LOSC (LILLE OLYMPIQUE SPORTING CLUB)

AMER SPORTS CORPORATION

RIOT GAMES

VAFC (VALENCIENNES FOOTBALL CLUB)

UCPF

Work highlights

  • Advised Jogo Bonito Group on the acquisition of the entire share capital of Club des Girondins de Bordeaux and the refinancing of its bond indebtedness.
  • Assisted Nike with drafting and negotiating the commercial lease agreement in future state of completion related to its flagship store in Paris.

France > Administrative and public law Tier 3

August Debouzy’s strong team assists a prominent client base consisting of many leading French and international corporations from a wide range of sectors, including the IT, energy, real estate, and the water and waste sectors. The practice unites high-level regulatory, public contract and urban planning expertise, including strong litigation skills, and is a popular choice for the awarding of major public procurement contracts. The team also handles a busy workload dealing with strategic regulatory issues, including public and constitutional law, European law and civil liberties issues. Recently, the practice has received instructions for a number of  strategic files lately, notably in the healthcare and data privacy sectors. Litigation pertaining to major administrative construction permits and various Covid-19 related administrative restrictions imposed on commercial shops are other areas of expertise. Vincent Brenot and Emmanuelle Mignon co-head the practice, which also includes counsel Hélène Billery.

Practice head(s):

Vincent Brenot; Emmanuelle Mignon

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘The team is dedicated to the client, understands the issues, assists with decision-making, provides support in all circumstances and at all times. You feel confident and know that you can count on them and that mobilising them quickly and effectively will not be a problem. Good network which allows quick information to be obtained.’

‘I work with Vincent Brenot and Hélène Billery who are great legal professionals and technicians, with great technical expertise. They familiarise themselves very quickly with my field of activity, great work force (impressive), unparalleled pugnacity, pragmatism. Excellent duo, one tempers the other or redesigns the strategy when conditions change. They inspire great confidence in top management. Know how to help us take risks or, on the contrary, when to invite us not to.’

Key clients

AXA

Printemps Group

Apsys Beaugrenelle SAS / SNC Beaugrenelle Patrimoine

SMB (Société Minière de Boké) – Winning

Veolia

Philip Morris

Microsoft

Nike

EDF

SNCF / SNCF Réseau /SNCF Mobilités

Dassault

Ynsect

Galeries Lafayette Group

Unibail Rodamco Westfield

Work highlights

  • Assisting LVMH with helping the French State with the sourcing and supply of medical devices.
  • Advising Veolia in the context of the awarding of an eight-year public water supply concession.
  • Advising Printemps Group on obtaining the reopening of several stores closed in the context of the Covid-19.

France > Dispute resolution: Commercial litigation Tier 3

August Debouzy‘s deep bench allows the firm to handle the full range of disputes. The practice shoulders a busy commercial caseload in addition to frequently acting in post-M&A and industrial risk litigation. The team’s prestigious client base includes many blue-chip French and international companies from various sectors, including the aeronautics, energy, insurance and retail sectors. Practice co-heads  Marie Danis and Benjamin van Gaver are highly recommended. Counsel Marie Valentini is also involved.

Practice head(s):

Marie Danis; Benjamin van Gaver

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Involvement, tenacity, creativity.’

‘Efficiency and responsiveness are the main qualities of the teams. They also know how to look for the right skills internally in order to solve a problem.’

‘Professional, courteous and attentive to client issues.’

‘Fantastic ability to handle a wide range of matters in a complex international litigation. They have been able to understand complex local politics, and how that affects outcomes. Overall, remarkable ability to handle extremely varied and complex matters.’

‘Flexible, imaginative and loyal.’

Key clients

VALEO

France > Industry focus: Energy Tier 3

August Debouzy

Practice head(s):

Leïla Hubeaut

Key clients

NEoT Capital

SMB (Société Minière de Boké) – Winning

Office National des Hydrocarbures et des Mines (ONHYM)

African Legal Support Facility (ALSF)

EDF

SARP (Veolia Group)

TotalEnergies

TotalEnergies Renouvelables

Banque des Territoires (Caisse des Dépôts et Consignations)

NEoT Capital

SMB (Société Minière de Boké) – Winning

Office National des Hydrocarbures et des Mines (ONHYM)

African Legal Support Facility (ALSF)

EDF

SARP (Veolia Group)

TotalEnergies

TotalEnergies Renouvelables

Banque des Territoires (Caisse des Dépôts et Consignations)

Work highlights

  • Advising the International mining consortium SMB-Winning in connection with the $14bn tender of the Republic of Guinea for the allocation of the Simandou iron ore deposit and related rail and port infrastructure.
  • Advising NEoT Capital regarding the financing of mini-grid projects in Sierra Leone and Uganda and the structuring of a joint venture with Winch Energy.
  • Advising a company of the Veolia Group in the context of its acquisition of Suez RV Osis from Suez.

France > Insolvency Tier 3

August Debouzy is particularly active for debtors, but also frequently acts for major corporations in matters where their interests are at stake as key commercial partners. The practice is able to intervene at every stage, from debt restructuring and conciliation to insolvency and distressed M&A work, in addition to handling litigation. The team built by Laurent Cotret  includes Charles Morel, made counsel in October 2021, and a group of experienced associates. The practice often joins forces with the firm’s other departments, for example the employment team. Increasingly involved in large and high-profile cases, the group is now a regular on complex cases, for example a matter concerning the non-financial certification of a listed company which led to its insolvency proceedings. The group also acts on a highly politically sensitive case pertaining to a major ferry company. The varied caseload includes matters spanning various industry sectors, including real estate, IT, hospitality, industry, aeronautics, football, press and retail.

Practice head(s):

Laurent Cotret

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘The team structured around Laurent Cotret brings together a complete set of strong skills in relation to all the delicate issues encountered when the company is in difficulty. The team is attentive to deadlines and to the human aspect.’

‘Laurent Cotret has a professional analytical approach which makes it possible to immediately prioritise problems and get to the point.’

‘The team is robust on national and international issues. The team is equally at ease handling amicable and legal proceedings, as well as matters regarding liability of directors.’

‘Laurent Cotret demonstrates rigour, creativity, and does not hesitate to find innovative solutions. Charles Morel, through the excellence of his analyses and the roundedness of his approaches, allows the team to be perfectly complete.’

‘Small and responsive team. Listens, is available and efficient.’

‘Very informed and connected. Very good advice, especially on tactical aspects.’

‘Its combination between technical knowledge and practical experience is its most remarkable strength.’

Key clients

JJW HOTEL GROUP and AL JABER Family

Agatha

JOGO BONITO GROUPE (holding of M. Gerard Lopez former Chairman of the LOSC football Club)

NESTOR

MARS FILMS

RICCOBONO PRESSE INVESTISSEMENT

XL AIRWAYS

DIETRICH CAREBUS GROUP

SERCIB – SCCV SOLARIS

OGER INTERNATIONAL

FASHION PARTNER

Famar Lyon

Work highlights

  • Advising the JJW hotel group, owned by Saudi Sheikh Mohamed Al Jaber, and more specifically four companies whose safeguard plans since 2013 were converted into receivership proceedings in June 2020.
  • Advised the Agatha group (Agatha SA, Agatha Diffusion, Société Fontaas et Cie, Société Seize) and its shareholder King Power in the framework of the takeover of the Agatha group by the Thom group and Renaissance Luxury group, via its subsidiary Altesse.
  • Advised Jogo Bonito Group on the acquisition of the entire share capital of Club des Girondins de Bordeaux and the refinancing of its bond indebtedness.

France > Private equity: venture/growth capital Tier 3

Practice head(s):

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Very high professionalism and listening skills.’

‘Julien Wagmann: Great relationship with entrepreneurs, pragmatic, business-and solution-oriented.’

Key clients

CATHAY CAPITAL

TIGER GLOBAL MANAGEMENT

ONTRUCK

THE BOSON PROJECT

ALSID

MERCURE FORMATION (AUTOECOLE.NET)

SPECTRAL

URBAN SPORTS CLUB

OGURY

TOTAL ENERGIES RENOUVELABLES

10T

GREENOAKS CAPITAL

Work highlights

  • Assisted 10T with its investment (Series C) in Ledger for an amount of circa €143m, a company that designs and markets cryptocurrency wallets for individuals and businesses.
  • Assisted Tiger Global Management with its minority investment in Vestiaire Collective in the context of a total capital raising of €178m.
  • Advised Greenoaks Capital Partners on its minority investment (Series B) in Agicap, a company that develops and commercializes a software allowing companies to manage their cash flow.

France > Banking and finance: transactional work Tier 4

August Debouzy

Practice head(s):

Laure Bonin

Testimonials

‘Good skills and proactive.’ 

‘Laure Bonin carries out the operations entrusted to her with skill, calm and speed. She manages to meet deadlines and coordinate all parties involved in a transaction.’

Key clients

Société Générale

HSBC Continental Europe

AnaCap Financial Partners

Natixis

BRED Banque Populaire

Smartbox Group

Crédit Lyonnais

Crédit Agricole Corporate & Investment Bank

Raise Investissement

Artémis Ambitions

Argos Wityu

BNP Paribas European SME Debt Fund

Work highlights

  • Advised Natixis on the €900m revolving credit facility in favour of SAGESS.
  • Assisted BRED Banque Populaire with the financing of the OBO of ExtendAM, an asset management firm.
  • Acted for Société Générale on the financing of the acquisition by Hivest Capital Partners of Face Invest.

France > Intellectual property: Trade marks and designs Tier 4

Practice head(s):

Mahasti Razavi; Grégoire Desrousseaux

Other key lawyers:

Laure Arnon-Duquesnoy

Testimonials

‘The team takes a pragmatic and innovative approach to subjects. They have a desire to understand the project and propose the most appropriate solution. They think outside the box and are not confined to an obvious solution.’

‘Grégoire Desrousseaux and Laure Arnon-Duquesnoy are available, pragmatic, efficient and innovative.’

Key clients

Maytronics France

Château Beauséjour HDL

Deepgray Vision

Voodoo

Work highlights

  • Assisting Voodoo with its brand strategy its registration of multi-media TMs.
  • Advised Maytronics on the best strategy to implement, in order to carry out a verification prior to the filing of a French and EU design.
  • Assisted Château Beauséjour HDL with the management of its IP portfolio, in accordance with the provisions relating to wine law and Grand Cru Classé appellations.

France > Mergers and acquisitions Tier 4

August Debouzy

Practice head(s):

Gilles August; Pierre Descheemaeker; Valéry Denoix de Saint Marc; Julien Aucomte; Julien Wagmann; Jérôme Brosset

Key clients

Dassault

Meridiam

Bertelsmann

Veolia

Majorelle International

Alsid

Trigano

Laboratoires Grimberg

NK Group Limited

Thales

Total Energies

Total Nature Based Solutions

Argos Wityu

Orange

Caisse des Dépôts et Consignations

Société Bic

Adecco Groupe France

Work highlights

  • Assisted a consortium including Meridiam and GIP with the carve out to be carried out for the acquisition of New Suez, in particular with respect to IP, key assets of the operation, and employment law considerations, as well as their M&A translation in the documentation.
  • Advised Bertelsmann, a German media group, in connection with the conclusion of a put option agreement pertaining to the contemplated sale of 100% of Prisma Média, France’s leading print and digital media group, with twenty flagship magazine brands, to Vivendi, a French global content, media and communications group.
  • Advised the founders of Laboratoires Majorelle in the context of its sale to investment fund EW Healthcare Partners.

France > Private equity: LBO Tier 4

August Debouzy

Practice head(s):

Julien Aucomte; Julien Wagmann

Key clients

Argos Wityu

I Square Capital

Raise Investissement

Cathay Capital

Tiger Global Management

KKR

Meridiam

Caisse des Depots et Consignations

Infravia Capital Partners

Bridgepoint

Ontruck

The Boson Project

Alsid

Mercure Formation

Tinyclues

Spectral

Urban Sports Club

Ogury

Artémis

Valtus

Groupe la Maison Bleue

Total Quadran

The Klesch Group

Greenoaks Capital

Work highlights

  • Assisted the founders of Laboratoires Majorelle with the sale of Majorelle International to private equity UK investment fund EW Healthcare Partners.
  • Advised Alsid on the sale of Alsid to Tenable Group.
  • Acted for Groupe Natimpact on the LBO acquisition of 75% of the share capital of Le Coq Noir.

France > Tax Tier 4

August Debouzy's team is proficient in a wide range of areas; spanning transactional tax, transfer pricing and tax restructuring, as well as fund structuring and personal estate and tax planning. The practice assists investment funds and companies. It recently assisted a major hospitality chain with its restructuring in addition to acting for clients facing tax audits from the authorities. The team also advised on the acquisition of a Brazilian entity which raised 'anti-abuse rules' concerns. Xavier Rohmer and Philippe Lorentz are in charge.

Practice head(s):

Xavier Rohmer; Philippe Lorentz

Testimonials

‘Philippe Lorentz has extraordinary experience in international tax issues for groups operating in France.’

‘Very high professionalism and speed of understanding the issues and the context. With Philippe Lorentz, we quickly feel very confident and really well advised with strong positions taken and not what we traditionally hear from tax lawyers who hesitate to get involved.’

‘Philippe Lorentz shows great knowledge, listening and technique.’

Key clients

FONDATION EURAZEO

FONDATION PARTAGE ET VIE

TRIGANO

SIEMENS AG

ROBECO FRANCE

DEVOTEAM

LIU JO

OGURY LTD

SIA PARTNERS

GROUPE CAHORS

ABF

BIJOUX BURMA SAS

BOTIFY

CATHAY CAPITAL

CHARLES RIVER

COMPAGNIE D’EFFRETEMENT ET DE TRANSPORT

COVEA

CPI GLOBAL

EXECUTIVE CHANNEL INTERNATIONAL PTY LTD

EYROLLES

GDE ECORE

IPSOS

IST CARDIOLOGY

LABORATOIRES GRIMBERG

LOSC

LABVANTAGE LIMITED

LA MAISON BLEUE

MICROPOLE

GALERIE PERROTIN

THIBIERGE & COMAR SA

TNP CONSULTANTS

VALTECH

XMCO PARTNERS

YOHJI YAMAMOTO

FOOTPRINT

5M VENTURES

VH 15 NOTAIRES

Work highlights

  • Advising on the creation of a real estate company.
  • Advising the founders in the context of the sale of the Laboratoires Majorelle to EW Healthcare Partners.
  • Advising on the sale of Laboratoire Grimberg.

France > Dispute resolution: International arbitration Tier 5

Practice head(s):

Marie Danis; Valéry Denoix de Saint Marc

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Highly experienced and reliable in arbitration – they understand the commercial factors and the challenges companies have to face. The team promotes diversity which from our point of view, is better for decision making as more diverse views lead to better decisions. Billing is transparent and there is flexibility to negotiate fees outside of the usual hourly rate model. Highly collaborative attitude.’

‘Marie Danis is highly experienced, she gets the strategic considerations in arbitration. Her impressive network allows her to effectively advise you when selecting arbitrators and experts – you feel in safe hands.’

‘Marie Valentini is very reactive and personable. Her exceptional level of English (native level) is a considerable strength in the international arbitration landscape.’

‘Marie Danis is an excellent professional, very involved, very reactive, with solid knowledge in arbitration law and international commercial litigation. I was also able to appreciate the excellent work of other members of the international arbitration team, in particular Marie Valentini and Karol Bucki.’

‘I have worked with Marie Valentini, Marie Danis and Karol Bucki. They provided very good analysis of a complicated issue in international arbitration. They were very responsive, engaged and good to work with.’

‘Marie Danis is an excellent arbitrator; she is extremely responsive, efficient and pragmatic. She is a sharp lawyer and very conscientious in her work. In the context of an arbitral tribunal, she firmly expresses her point of view while listening to others.’

Key clients

Tetronics International Limited

Albanian Road Authority

Work highlights

  • Representing entities of a global group in ICC post-acquisition arbitration proceedings with a major stakeholder following divestment of part of its business.
  • Representing several entities of a global group in several ICC arbitration proceedings initiated by commercial agents.
  • Representing an authority of a European State in proceedings before the international chamber of the Paris court to set aside an international ICC award addressing a request for additional remuneration for the construction of a motorway.

France > EU, competition and distribution Tier 5

August Debouzy

Testimonials

‘Renaud Christol understood all the issues of our industry in order to defend our interests and especially to advise us usefully.’

‘The August Debouzy firm is a multi-skilled firm with numerous contacts throughout Europe and even beyond. It knows how to respond to any type of problem encountered by the company and always provides good advice by taking the necessary distance. It breaks down the jargon of rules applicable to the situation encountered in order to communicate a comprehensible feedback for everyone.’

Key clients

Havas

Groupe Courir

Schlumberger

Riccobono Presse Investissement

EDF

La Poste

Engie

Wessanen

Argos Wityu

Unkle

Alsid

Petit Bateau

Becton Dickinson

Ecore

Caisse des dépôts et consignations

TotalEnergie

Colas and its subsidiaries

Costco

Nike

Dassault Aviation

Microsoft

Work highlights

  • Advising Schlumberger and CEA (Atomic Energy Commission) on a phase 1 clearance without commitments before the European Commission for the constitution of a joint venture that is active in the hydrogen production sector and will produce reversible solid oxide SOEC/SOFC electrochemical stacks.
  • Advising CDC, EDF, Engie and La Poste on a phase 1 clearance without commitments before the European Commission for the constitution of a joint venture that is active in the sector of certification of authenticity and management, by blockchain, of documents and information related to natural and legal persons.

France > Real estate

Employment > Social security: compensation and benefits

August Debouzy

The firm: 

For 25 years, our law firm has been driven by an entrepreneurial passion, offering our clients much more than just legal services.

Our assistance to our clients is based on the recognized know-how of our teams in all fields of business law. Our 150 lawyers are committed to advising you and defending your interests to help you achieve your objectives for growth, innovation, compliance and legal protection of your business activities.

As an economic player and corporate citizen, we are fully aware of the employment, environmental and social responsibility we face as a business.

In a rapidly changing world, you can rely on us to act with the highest professional standards and agility. Together, we will devise solutions that will help you anticipate, succeed and stay ahead.

August Debouzy, a French brand at your side throughout the world.

 

Areas of work: 

  • Corporate – M&A
  • Private equity
  • Restructuring
  • Financing
  • Real Estate & Construction
  • Projects & Infrastructure
  • Tax Law
  • IT & Data Protection
  • Patents
  • Intellectual Property, Media & Art
  • Competition & Distribution Law
  • Commercial & International Contracts
  • Employment & Social Security Law
  • Business Litigation
  • Public Law & Public Procurement Law
  • Environmental Law
  • European Law
  • Wealth & Asset Management
  • Business Ethics
  • Sustainable Development
DepartmentNameEmailTelephone
Corporate Gilles August
Corporate Valéry Denoix de Saint Marc
Corporate Pierre Descheemaeker
Corporate Julien Aucomte
Corporate Laurent Cotret
Corporate Julien Wagmann
Corporate Jérôme Brosset
Corporate Leïla Hubeaut
Banking and Finance Laure Bonin
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 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
Real estate and construction Guillaume Aubatier
Tax Xavier Rohmer
Tax Philippe Lorentz
Competition, distribution and consumer Alexandra Berg-Moussa
Competition, distribution and consumer Renaud Christol
Number of lawyers : 150
Number of partners : 33
Albanian
Arabic
Chinese
Czech
English
French
German
Italian
Korean
Persian
Polish
Portuguese
Russian
Spanish
Turkish
Vietnamese

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)

COMPANY/FIRM: Unibail-Rodamco-Westfield

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.”