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FTMS Avocats
75008 PARIS

Dispute resolution: commercial litigation Tier 2

FTMS Avocats is particularly adept at dealing with complex litigation. The eight-lawyer team represents several leading industrial clients in commercial and industrial disputes, and is involved in high-stakes antitrust follow-on litigation. The practice also stands out for its expertise in the banking and finance sector thanks to Silvestre Tandeau de Marsac and Marc Henry, who recently joined from Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP. The firm is notably defending banks in highly sensitive financial product litigation; it is representing BPCE in about 300 lawsuits challenging the performance of its Doubl'O financial products. Finally, the firm has experience in Africa-related cases. Cédric Fischer is another key name in the practice, while Tristan Dupré de Puget is also recommended.

Leading individuals: Banking litigation

Dispute resolution: White-collar crime Tier 2

FTMS Avocats has extensive experience handling sensitive cases. The six-lawyer team combines strong corruption and public sector expertise. It represents leading companies and executives, as well as high-profile individuals. The firm is involved in several landmark international corruption cases. It is also defending politicians and individuals involved in major French political cases, including representing Budget Minister Gérald Darmanin and Congressman Thierry Solère. The firm is also retained by high-profile African heads of state and high-ranking government ministers; it is advising Lionel Zinsou as former Prime Minister of Benin on dealing with fraud accusations linked to his 2016 presidential campaign funding. Finally, the team has strong experience in matters involving accidents and cases with a high level of reputational risk. Former head of the Paris Bar Pierre-Olivier Sur is highly recommended, as is Mathias Chichportich.

The firm: Founded over 30 years ago, FTMS (Fischer, Tandeau de Marsac Sur & Associés) has a renowned technical expertise based on complementary sectoral and geographical skills. Composed of a team of about twenty lawyers, FTMS combines an excellent reputation in litigation with customised counselling.

FTMS is particularly active in sectors with a strong regulatory framework (Finance and Media) and a high potential for growth (Digital Economy and Industry).

FTMS has been having a strong presence in Africa and continental Europe for many years. The firm frequently intervenes in sensitive and high-profile cases and is able to offer clients a complete assistance in International Law, with the support of foreign lawyers when necessary. FTMS also assists clients in crisis communication.

FTMS offers clients:

    • a personal involvement of a Partner assisted by his team,
    • an adequate professional proficiency to accomplish the missions entrusted to the firm,
    • a responsiveness adapted to both judicial procedure and media coverage,
    • a cost control guaranteed by rigorous management.

Areas of practice: The Business Litigation and Arbitration Department (Partners: Cédric Fischer, Silvestre Tandeau de Marsac, Marc Henry, Tristan Dupré de Puget) has a significant experience in complex judicial and arbitral proceedings and accompany its clients – French and foreign companies – in their disputes before civil and commercial courts or before arbitral tribunals (ICC, ICSID, Swiss Chambers…). The Department’s activity is based on a strategic and rigorous management of the issues submitted to FTMS.

The Criminal Business Law and Civil Liberties Department (Partners: Pierre-Olivier Sur, Mathias Chichportich) covers all areas of Criminal Law – including Criminal Financial Law, Political Criminal Law and International Criminal Law – and represents both defendants and victims before French and International jurisdictions. The reputation of the Criminal Law Department is the result of its intervention in some of the most sensitive cases of the last fifteen years and in on-going high-profile cases, both in France and abroad.

The Banking and Finance Department (Partners: Silvestre Tandeau de Marsac, Marc Henry, Laurent Barbotin) has a strong experience in Banking and Financial Law and International Business Law. The Department frequently intervenes for all actors of the banking, financial services, asset management and insurance sectors. Lawyers of the Banking and Finance Department assist banks and financial institutions, investment service providers, financial advisors, companies and insurance intermediaries in obtaining the authorisations and agreements necessary for their activities and in their development.

The Corporate Department (partner: Elisabeth Mahé) daily advises French and foreign companies in the implementation of their strategy and projects (including merger, asset contributions, capital structuring and investments, both in France and abroad and particularly in the Ohada zone), as well as in the context of trade agreements. The Corporate Department also accompanies its clients with the Human Resources and Labour Law issues and disputes they may encounter; and intervenes in all areas of Social Law (partner: Danièle Baruchel-Beurdeley).

The Contracts, Competition and Distribution Department (partner: Laurent Barbotin) assists and advises companies in negotiating and drafting their commercial contracts in organising their distribution networks as well as on competition Law issues, and represents them in litigations related to these matters. The Department also developed a strong experience in the field of Digital Economy.

The Media Department (partners: Mathias Chichportich, Pierre-Olivier Sur) is specialised in defending the image and reputation of physical and legal persons. Lawyers of the Media Department frequently intervene before jurisdictions specialised in defamation, invasion of privacy and violation of the presumption of innocence for both press organs and defendants.

Department Name Email Telephone
Business Litigation and Arbitration Cédric Fischer
Business Litigation and Arbitration Marc Henry
Business Litigation and Arbitration Tristan Dupré de Puget
Criminal Business Law and Civil Liberties Pierre-Olivier Sur
Criminal Business Law and Civil Liberties Mathias Chichportich
Banking and Finance Silvestre Tandeau de Marsac
Banking and Finance Marc Henry
Banking and Finance Laurent Barbotin
Corporate/Merger and Acquisition Elisabeth Mahé
Contracts, Competition and Distribution Laurent Barbotin
Social Law Danièle Baruchel-Beurdeley
Media Mathias Chichportich
Media Pierre-Olivier Sur
Photo Name Position Profile
Mr Laurent Barbotin  photo Mr Laurent Barbotin
Ms Danièle Baruchel-Beurdeley  photo Ms Danièle Baruchel-Beurdeley
Mr Mathias Chichportich  photo Mr Mathias Chichportich
Mr Tristan Dupré de Puget  photo Mr Tristan Dupré de Puget
Mr Cédric Fischer  photo Mr Cédric Fischer
Mr Marc Henry  photo Mr Marc Henry
Ms Elisabeth Mahé  photo Ms Elisabeth Mahé
Mr Pierre-Olivier Sur  photo Mr Pierre-Olivier Sur
Mr Silvestre Tandeau de Marsac  photo Mr Silvestre Tandeau de Marsac