Firm Profile > FTMS Avocats > Paris, France

FTMS Avocats
75008 PARIS

France > Dispute resolution: Commercial litigation Tier 2

FTMS Avocats is able to deal with an impressive range of complex disputes. The firm is among the go-to practices for leading banks and asset managers facing mass liability claims in relation to the commercialisation of financial products. Cases regularly involve unprecedented issues concerning various financial products, including tax optimisation matters and investments in solar and real estate financial products. Marc Henry, who heads the practice with Cédric Fischer, is a key name in the field, as is Silvestre Tandeau de Marsac, who is notably involved in a highly significant case regarding the application of the ne bis in idem rule. The practice also deals with complex commercial and industrial litigation and has particular strong know-how in dealing with cases involving international law aspects. Mediation and arbitration proceedings are other key strengths of the team. Tristan Dupré de Puget are also excellent.

Practice head(s):


‘The team demonstrates high-level  technique, responsiveness, availability, efficiency and adaptability. The lawyers, and particularly Cédric Fischer, have great writing and have great oratorical style.’

‘Great listening skills, competence and efficiency.’

‘High professionalism and success rate.’

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 (bpgo)

Banque populaire val de France (bpvf)

Banque populaire occitane (bpoccitane)

Banque populaire du sud (bpsud)

Banque populaire auvergne rhone alpes (bpaura)

Banque populaire alsace lorraine champagne (bpalc)

Banque populaire bourgogne franche-comté (bpbfc)

Banque populaire mediterannée (bpmed)

Banque de nouvelle caledonnie

Lloyds banking Group

European Commission

European Investment Bank


Schneider Electric






France > Dispute resolution: White-collar crime Tier 2

FTMS Avocats is a leading name for high-profile cases in the French and African political scenes. The firm defends several current and former French ministers and high-level civil servants as well as current and former Presidents and ministers of various African countries. The group has been involved in most of France's headlines cases, dealing with a wide range of accusations such as corruption, involuntary manslaughter and sexual abuse. Headline cases from the healthcare sectors account for another significant portion of the caseload, including investigations looking into the governmental response to the Covid-19 pandemic. The team also defends companies and acts as special advisor to the CEOs of several of France's leading companies. It is involved in several international corruption and bribery cases and frequently handles sensitive cases in the media, sport and entertainment sectors. Pierre-Olivier Sur and Mathias Chichportich are in charge.


‘Mathias Chichportich offers great technical skills, responsiveness, availability, efficiency and adaptability; also great writing and oral skills.’


Key clients

François Compaoré

Former President Blaise Compaoré (Burkina Faso)


Bergerat Monnoyeur




President Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta (Mali)




Pierre Lellouche


Ligue de Football Professionnelle

Thierry Solère

Gérald Darmanin

One Point



Lionel Zinsou

Isabelle Balkany

François de Rugy




France > Employment Tier 2

FTMS Avocats launched its practice in January 2020 after hiring a highly regarded team from Jeantet, led by Olivier Angotti and the highly experienced Jean Néret, who is particularly involved in sensitive employment criminal matters. The group team, which also includes counsels Sabrina Kemel and Isabelle Pontal, assists a prominent and loyal client base comprising leading names in the automotive, luxury goods, hospitably, industrial and media fields. It is retained to handle significant advisory and litigation work, with recent work including highly strategic restructuring projects and litigation. Contract status requalification matters and governance issues are also dealt with.

Practice head(s):


The team is extremely helpful and perfectly knows our company. Advice is always relevant and adapted to our company.’

‘I work with Me Isabelle Pontal and Me Guillaume Turpin. They are always very available. I know I can count on them during crisis situations to get a clear and quick response. Moreover, it is a real pleasure to work with them.’

‘A very professional team and very pleasant; very attentive; quickly understands the various complexities faced by our business;  great legal mastery; availability; loyalty.’

‘It is a real pleasure to be working with Maître Pontal. She is very professional, very attentive, very pleasant. Maître Eskenazi is also very professional and very discreet and he masters his subject well.’

‘Availability and responsiveness. They were a real support and they helped our company at every step.’

‘Isabelle PONTAL has great skills, shows swiftness of response and high precision.’

‘Exceptional availability and commitment.’

‘The team has demonstrated high-level skills, deep regulatory knowledge and quick understanding of our main critical issues.’

‘Competence, speed and attention to our needs are the main skills that, beyond the strictly legal ones, have certainly made the difference.’

‘Attentive and available.’

‘The team is made up of people with different skills and qualities, which allows productive exchanges.’

Key clients

Christian Dior

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles France (FCA)


Foot Locker


FCA Capital

SMRC Automotive Modules France


Zadig & Voltaire

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 +33 (0)1 47 23 47 24
Business Litigation and Arbitration Marc Henry +33 (0)1 47 23 47 24
Business Litigation and Arbitration Tristan Dupré de Puget +33 (0)1 47 23 47 24
Criminal Business Law and Civil Liberties Pierre-Olivier Sur +33 (0)1 47 23 47 24
Criminal Business Law and Civil Liberties Mathias Chichportich +33 (0)1 47 23 47 24
Banking and Finance Silvestre Tandeau de Marsac +33 (0)1 47 23 47 24
Banking and Finance Marc Henry +33 (0)1 47 23 47 24
Banking and Finance Laurent Barbotin +33 (0)1 47 23 47 24
Contracts, Competition and Distribution Laurent Barbotin +33 (0)1 47 23 47 24
Media Mathias Chichportich +33 (0)1 47 23 47 24
Media Pierre-Olivier Sur +33 (0)1 47 23 47 24
Labour law Olivier Angotti +33 (0)1 47 23 47 24
Labour law Jean Néret +33 (0)1 47 23 47 24
Photo Name Position Profile
Mr Olivier Angotti  photo Mr Olivier Angotti Partner, Co-managing partner
Mr Laurent Barbotin  photo Mr Laurent Barbotin PARTNER
Mr Mathias Chichportich  photo Mr Mathias Chichportich Partner, Co-managing partner
 Tristan Dupré de Puget  photo Tristan Dupré de Puget PARTNER
 Cédric Fischer  photo Cédric Fischer PARTNER
 Marc Henry photo Marc Henry PARTNER
 Jean Néret  photo Jean Néret Partner
Mr Pierre-Olivier Sur  photo Mr Pierre-Olivier Sur PARTNER
Mr Silvestre Tandeau de Marsac  photo Mr Silvestre Tandeau de Marsac PARTNER
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