FTMS Avocats > Paris, France > Firm Profile

FTMS Avocats
75008 PARIS

France > Dispute resolution: White-collar crime Tier 2

FTMS Avocats has extensive experience defending senior executives, high-level ranking public servants and elected individuals, as well as companies facing sensitive matters. The team is regularly retained to advise on new emerging issues including defending online platforms accused of undeclared and concealed work and has a strong involvement in the political sphere where it frequently handles major cases linked to political scandals, illegal taking of interest and other related offences. Its work in the public healthcare and media fields are also to be noted, while its caseload also encompasses several major international corruption, tax fraud and money laundering cases. The team is jointly headed by Pierre-Olivier Sur and Mathias Chichportich, with associates Clara Gérard Rodriguez  and Agathe Blanc providing key support.

Practice head(s):

Pierre-Olivier Sur; Mathias Chichportich

Other key lawyers:


‘This team is made up of many talented and experienced lawyers, which allows them to handle a wide variety of cases in an efficient and collaborative manner. The team is innovative, at the forefront of modernity in criminal matters.’

‘Mathias Chichportich stands out for his immense talent, his tenacity, and his experience. Mathias has very rare qualities as a litigator in court: he translates complex and sophisticated strategies into clear and direct language for optimal efficiency.’

‘Expert and extremely complementary team. Very modern vision of litigation, always focused on resolving a dispute and not winning a dispute. Litigation lawyers aware of business issues.’

‘Matthias Chichportich has an exceptional vision of file strategy and a resolutely modern conception of his profession.’

‘Technicality, responsiveness, pragmatism, innovation.’

‘A friendly, dynamic and pragmatic team that understands operational needs.’

Key clients

Claude Palmero

Alexandre Barrière

Jean-Louis Missika



Adrien Roose

Samy Kéfi-Jérôme

François Compaoré

President Blaise Compaoré (Burkina Faso)

Jérôme Salomon

Governor Riad Salamé (Lebanon)

Thierry Solère

Gérald Darmanin

Laurent Rivoire

Isabelle Balkany

Lionel Zinsou (Bénin)

Magloire Ngambia (Gabon)

Vital Kamerhe (DRC)

Bergerat Monnoyeur


Banque Postale




Work highlights

  • Assisted Mr. Alexandre Barriere, the newly appointed co-President of the Barrière group in the context of a conflict with Mr. Dominique Desseigne, former President of the group.
  • Assisting the Governor of the Lebanese Central Bank Riad Salameh, in the context of a judicial investigation opened by the French National Financial Prosecutor following allegations of fraud, embezzlement of public funds, and money laundering.
  • Assisting Claude Palmero, the former asset manager of his Highness Prince Albert II of Monaco, who has been removed from his position following allegations of collusion in the context of the scandal known as “the Rock Files”.

France > Dispute resolution: Commercial litigation Tier 3

FTMS Avocats' team is capable of handling a large variety of cases, representing French and international companies, including several major industrial groups and French banks, in shareholders’ conflicts, commercial disputes and product liability cases pertaining to industrial equipment. The practice also has particular know-how managing mass claims disputes on behalf of French banks that are being sued regarding their financial products. The team is also active in complex international proceedings. The practice is co-headed by Cédric Fischer and Tristan Dupré de Puget, and banking and financial litigation experts Marc Henry and Silvestre Tandeau de Marsac.

Practice head(s):

Cédric Fischer; Marc Henry; Silvestre Tandeau de Marsac; Tristan Dupré de Puget


‘Professional, great integrity, tenacity.’

‘Their advice has been practical, efficient, and sophisticated. ’

‘The firm is diligent and competent.’

‘Listening skills, proactive, good follow-up. ’

‘This is a competent, organized and efficient team. The quality of the service provided is truly of an exceptional level.’

‘Multidisciplinary team. Pragmatic approach to litigation, the firm tries to find the most optimal solution for the client’

‘Cédric Fischer has a pragmatic approach which provides complete confidence when it comes to the strategy to adopt.’

Key clients

American Bureau of Shipping (ABS)


Banque Populaire Rives de Paris (BPRI)

Caisse d’Epargne Ile de France (CEIF)

Caisse d’Epargne Rhône-Alpes (CERA)

Caisse d’Epargne Loire Centre (CELC)

Caisse d’epargne normandie (CEN)


Banque populaire grand ouest

banque populaire mediterannée (bpmed)

European Investment Bank



financiers chatelaisienne




Work highlights

  • Assisted Mr. Alexandre BARRIERE, the newly appointed co-President of the Barrière group in the context of a conflict with Mr. Dominique DESSEIGNE, former President of the group.

France > Employment Tier 3

FTMS Avocats is praised for its approach to managing the employment matters of French and international companies and works across a diversity of sectors from media to luxury goods. Litigation specialist Jean Néret leads the department alongside Olivier Angotti, whose practice focuses on redundancy plans and HR management issues. Sabrina Kemel completes the leadership team.

Practice head(s):

Jean Neret; Olivier Angotti; Sabrina Kemel

Other key lawyers:

Isabelle Pontal


‘FTMS is a firm with a solid reputation in employment law. Their ability to handle technical cases and their expertise reassure me.’

‘Isabelle Pontal is a great professional with whom I really enjoy working. She is efficient and very available. She has a healthy courage and always presents the risks and opportunities.’

‘The particular trait of this team is their attentiveness, their availability, their clear approach.’

‘Dynamic, available team, very focused on operational aspects and solutions. Easy to approach, it is very pleasant to work with the FTMS social law team’

‘The FTMS team is very flexible and responsive: they can be reached in the event of an emergency via all means of communication, SMS, WhatsApp, Teams and at all times, including weekends. Their responses are quick, complete and punctual.’

‘Isabelle Pontal is is a trusted and valuable lawyer. My colleagues and I have complete confidence in her.’

‘Personally I work with Sabrina Kemel who is very knowledgeable on social law subjects and above all very operational. Pragmatic, accessible and responsive are her great qualities in addition to her technical skills. ’

‘Olivier Angotti: very good speaker and great knowledge of criminal labor law.’

Key clients


Christian Dior







CA Auto Bank

SMRC Automotive Modules France

SMR Automotive France

CEA (commissariat à l’énergie atomique et aux énergies alternatives)


SGS France


Work highlights

  • Assisting VALEO in the implementation of a major redundancy exercise.  
  • Assisting RFM and VIRGIN RADIO in the drafting, negotiation and implementation of a collective mutual termination.
  • Advising CA Auto Bank in connection with the labour law issues raised by its carve out from FIAT.  

Founded more than 30 years ago, FTMS has a strong reputation in complex and sensitive matters both in litigation, legal advice and crisis communication areas, involving large groups, SMEs and their top executives.

Particularly active in the areas of regulated sectors (banking and finance) and those having a high growth potential (industry and digital economy), FTMS is also recognized in the media field.

The lawyers of the firm are very active internationally, in particular in the so-called countries of continental law. As such, they regularly intervene in cross-border cases and offer their clients a full-service support.

FTMS, a transversal organization in France and abroad

  • dedicated teams with complementary skills
  • personal involvement of the partner, together with his team
  • a legal, judicial and media network

Practice areas
Business litigation and arbitration: Cédric Fischer, Marc Henry,
Silvestre Tandeau de Marsac et Tristan Dupré de Puget

  • Complex and strategic litigation: commercial law, industrial risks, construction, liability
  • Defence before civil and commercial courts
  • Arbitration and mediation proceedings

White-collar crime and civil liberties: Pierre-Olivier Sur, Mathias Chichportich

  • Interventions in most of the major trials of the last 15 years
  • Financial and political criminal law, international criminal law, environmental and public health criminal law, mass accidents, compliance
  • Determination of transversal strategies, prevention of criminal risk, assistance with investigations and representation before the courts

Banking-finance: Silvestre Tandeau de Marsac, Marc Henry, Laurent Barbotin

  • Assistance to banking and financial institutions, service providers, management companies and wealth management consultants, in France and abroad
  • Advice on obtaining the necessary approvals and banking and financial regulation
  • Intervention in all types of litigation: courts and regulatory authorities

Contracts, competition, distribution: Laurent Barbotin

  • Negotiation, drafting and litigation of contracts
  • Audit, advice and litigation in competition and distribution matters
  • Development of digital activity and GPDR

Media: Mathias Chichportich, Pierre-Olivier Sur

  • Defending the reputation and image of companies and individuals
  • Crisis communication and implementation of media strategies
  • Interventions before specialized courts: defamation, privacy, presumption of innocence, personal data

Labour law: Jean Néret, Olivier Angotti

  • Social management of business restructuring processes
  • Support to companies at every stage in the management of their working relationships and particularly in the implementation of individual contracts and collective agreements
  • Negotiations with staff representative bodies and social partners and in the preparation, negotiation and operational implementation of employment protection plans
  • Representation to clients in collective and individual litigation concerning risk, management of strikes, as well as in criminal liability claims against directors due to workplace accidents, industrial disasters and product-related liability.


  • Daily advice to the managers of large industrial or family-owned groups
  • Assistance to investors in the implementation of their strategy and projects, particularly in the OHADA zone
  • Legal structuring, drafting and negotiation of infrastructure contracts, creation of subsidiaries or acquisition of existing companies.
Department Name Email Telephone
Business Litigation and Arbitration Cédric Fischer cfischer@ftmsavocats.com +33 (0)1 47 23 47 24
Business Litigation and Arbitration Marc Henry mhenry@ftmsavocats.com +33 (0)1 47 23 47 24
Business Litigation and Arbitration Tristan Dupré de Puget tdepuget@ftmsavocats.com +33 (0)1 47 23 47 24
Criminal Business Law and Civil Liberties Pierre-Olivier Sur posur@ftmsavocats.com +33 (0)1 47 23 47 24
Criminal Business Law and Civil Liberties Mathias Chichportich mchichportich@ftmsavocats.com +33 (0)1 47 23 47 24
Banking and Finance Silvestre Tandeau de Marsac smarsac@ftmsavocats.com +33 (0)1 47 23 47 24
Banking and Finance Marc Henry mhenry@ftmsavocats.com +33 (0)1 47 23 47 24
Media Mathias Chichportich mchichportich@ftmsavocats.com +33 (0)1 47 23 47 24
Media Pierre-Olivier Sur posur@ftmsavocats.com +33 (0)1 47 23 47 24
Labour law Olivier Angotti oangotti@ftmsavocats.com +33 (0)1 47 23 47 24
Labour law Jean Néret jneret@ftmsavocats.com +33 (0)1 47 23 47 24
Labour law Sabrina Kemel skemel@ftmsavocats.com +33 (0)1 47 23 47 24
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