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August Debouzy
75008 PARIS

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France > Industry focus > Industry focus: Luxury goods

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.

France > Industry focus > Industry focus: IT, telecoms and the internet

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.

France > Industry focus > Industry focus: Healthcare and life sciences

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.

France > EU, competition and distribution

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.

Paris > Secteurs et industries > Technologies de l’information, informatique, internet et télécoms

L’équipe d’August Debouzy se démarque par ‘son volontarisme et sa capacité à penser en dehors des sentiers battus’. Le cabinet abrite ‘l’ensemble des expertises nécessaires, y compris des compétences anglo-saxonnes, pour satisfaire les clients internationaux les plus sophistiqués’. Les avocats sont ‘particulièrement efficaces et compétents’ et fournissent ‘un superbe engagement et des prestations de première qualité’. Les clients, dont Veolia et Costco, ont récemment fait appel à l’expertise du cabinet pour traiter leurs questions de conformité au règlement RGPD. Florence Chafiol a été sollicitée par Philip Morris pour l’assister dans le retrait de plusieurs sites internet illicites proposant du tabac à la vente en France. ‘L’excellenteMahasti Razavi, qui codirige la pratique, s’illustre par ‘un grand intellect’ et une ‘rare aptitude à répondre à des questions complexes par des solutions pratiques et efficaces’. Elle assiste Microsoft pour la gestion de ses problématiques juridiques dans le domaine des nouvelles technologies en France, en conseil comme en contentieux. L’équipe compte également dans ses rangs les counsels: Nicolas Quoy qui a rejoint le cabinet en provenance de Hewlett Packard, et Anne-Sophie Lampe qui a été récemment promue à ce titre.