Firm Profile > Lacourte Raquin Tatar > Paris, France

Lacourte Raquin Tatar
36 RUE BEAUJON
75008 PARIS
France

Real estate Tier 1

At Lacourte Raquin Tatar, a strong team of about 30 lawyers forms the real estate practice, providing the full spectrum of expertise to a first-class client base consisting of many high-profile French and international property investors and developers. The practice regularly works on the market's largest investment and portfolio transactions and also advises on major lease transactions and development property work. Its great complementary M&A and tax expertise also helps the firm to earn top instructions on complex property share deals and partnerships projects. Recently, the group completed a high volume of transactions and was involved in most of the market's landmark deals, including advising on the purchases of Tour Majunga, the CBX tower in La Défense, and the sale of the Ariane tower. Practice head Jean-Jacques Raquin is one of the market's most recognised figures. Other key names include the highly recommended Emilie Capron and Cyrille Bailly, Damien Grosse, who focuses on property development, litigation expert Alexis Le Lièpvre and Guillaume Jeannet. Also involved are urban planning law expert Vincent Guinot, real estate finance specialist Cédric Bonnet and Jean-Yves Charriau, who ranks among the very top tax real estate experts in France.

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Testimonials

‘The team is very experienced, professional and constructive.’

‘The team is made up of top-class lawyers who have 360-degree real estate knowledge and who are able to cover acquisition, financing, leasing, tax and public law work. They can handle the most sophisticated negotiations.’

‘Vincent Guinot, Jean-Jacques Raquin and Emilie Capron provide remarkable support. They are available, proficient and show great pugnacity.’

‘Guillaume Jeannet is an outstanding professional who offers an out-of-the-box way of thinking that is extremely useful in tough negotiations.’

‘Cédric Bonnet knows the real estate sector very well and is fully aware of real estate financing market practices.’

Key clients

Woodeum

Amundi

Hines France

Oxford Properties

BNP Paribas

Groupe Lagardère

The Student Hotel

Groupama Immobilier

Poste Immo

Racing Arena

Gecina

Tikehau IM

Aermont Capital LLP

LaSalle Investment Management

JP Morgan AM

Unibail-Rodamco Westfield

Westbrook

Immochan

ARDIAN

Novaxia

Angelo Gordon

Tivoli Capital

Banking and finance: Bank regulatory Tier 2

The regulatory group at Lacourte Raquin Tatar has hit the ground running since its establishment in 2018. The firm advises a growing portfolio of credit institutions, MiFID firms, portfolio management companies and other regulated entities on regulatory issues, with strong activity in non-contentious and transactional matters. Key areas of experience include the structuring and marketing of collective investment schemes, general financial regulatory matters and fintech. Practice head Damien Luqué stands out for his ‘dedication, understanding, intellect and insights’.

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Testimonials

The team has a wide range of skills that can answer all the legal problems posed to our bank, including regulation of the activities of the trading room and conditions of distribution of financial products to retail and professional customers.

The people we worked with were incredibly sharp.

The quality of service for the size of firm is what makes this practice unique. In-house peers would want to know that the breadth of services are all provided at high quality.’

The team’s strength is how well the partners of the firm work together to provide a seamless service. Many larger firms tend to feel very transactional between business practices with little continuity between teams.’

Damien Luqué is a truly outstanding and stand-out partner in his field. His dedication, understanding, intellect and insights are so greatly appreciated.

Damien Luqué has a very good knowledge of the problems of the bank and trading room. He is aware of the latest legislative developments and even draft regulations.’

We have worked with Damien for a number of years, and also with other top-tier firms in France, and the service we have received from Damien has been far superior than what we have received from the likes of others.

Damien is constantly engaged with our legal team and our French management team and has to juggle some demanding characters on incredibly complex topics. He is always available to help and the advice we receive has always been spot-on, commercial and, most importantly, effective.’

Damien Luqué has very strong financial knowledge, even on blockchain and the cryptocurrencies sector — we have worked with other legal offices and none were as updated on this front.’

Key clients

Unibail Rodamco Westfield

Barclays France / Milleis

Wiji

Russell Investments

LaSalle Investment Management

Mandarine Gestion

Naxicap Partners

Tikehau Capital Advisors

Administrative and public law Tier 3

At Lacourte Raquin Tatar, Vincent Guinot's particular field of expertise lies in advising leading French and international developers undertaking major property and urban development projects. He is notably assisting clients involved in the renovation of major office towers and in new urban projects consisting in the creation of mix-used office, residential and commercial areas and 'ecoquartiers'. Counsel Anne-Laure Gauthier is also recommended.

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Testimonials

‘The team provides excellent expertise in specific areas like town planning law and real estate law issues. It provides appropriate recommendations and strategic advice that meet client expectations and requirements.’

‘The team has great expertise in the field of urban planning law and has a very good knowledge of the real estate market.’

‘Vincent Guinot has impressive knowledge of town planning law and real-estate matters. He understands the business issues at stake. His technical expertise is remarkable.’

‘Counsel Anne-Laure Gauthier is highly available and demonstrates great listening abilities.

Key clients

Hines

Poste Immo

Gecina

SFL

Carrefour Property

Immochan/Ceetrus

Unibail

Allianz Real Estate

LaSalle Investment Management

Heineken

General Mills

Total

Mergers and acquisitions Tier 3

Lacourte Raquin Tatar moves up the ranking this year having seen the value of its domestic and cross-border transactions continue to grow. Clients praise the firm's 'fantastic practical approach with new and pragmatic ideas'. The firm focuses predominantly on the transport, real estate, banking and finance, beverage and telecoms sectors, where it acts for large French and international companies, private equity houses and financial institutions. Serge Tatar leads the practice, in which the key partners include Renaud Rossa and Nicolas Jüllich. Rossa frequently handles deals in France, as well as across Europe and Africa. Nicolas Jüllich has extensive experience in the real estate sector. Guillaume Roche joined from Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP.

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Testimonials

A fantastic practical approach with new and pragmatic ideas. It has excellent knowledge of its clients, their needs and their problems.

Real estate partner Jean-Jaques Raquin and corporate partner Renaud Rossa respond quickly and are very pragmatic. They have a great capacity to put themselves in their clients’ shoes. The quality of communication is also good.

In addition to his expertise and his managerial qualities, Jean-Jaques Raquin has great expertise in negotiating with diverse counterparties on a wide range of topics.

We have worked with Serge Tatar and his team for more than 20 years on M&A matters. He has always given us complete satisfaction. Whether it is his responsiveness, his understanding of clients’ needs, his availability, his pragmatism or his expertise, he is simply perfect.

Serge Tatar has skill both in financial and legal matters, which is very valuable. At the same time, he is also a good communicator.

This is a firm where the lawyers are accessible and responsive. The lawyers operate at a high level, they are rigorous and they have a holistic view of each deal. They have the ability to put in place a good team of lawyers on the deals with best friends where applicable.

Renaud Rossa and his time are very involved in each matter. The know how to understand and position themselves appropriately to handle big problems without leaving out any details. The transparency of the firm is much appreciated.

Renaud Rossa and his team always respect deadlines. They keep us regularly informed about the progress of the deal and they share their reasoning with us. Renaud Rossa is a lawyer with a strong, thorough and lively mind for finding solutions at every stage through the life of a deal.

We appreciate the firm’s availability, creativity and high quality.

Renaud Rossa is always available and proposes interesting things.

Key clients

Tikehau

Amundi Immobilier

Ceetrus

BPI France

BNP Paribas

Vinci Immobilier

SNCF

Altarea Cogedim

Oddo BHF

Groupe CASTEL

MCS & Associés

Orange

Unibail-Rodamco-Westfield

Korian

Frey

Aermont

Private equity: Fund formation Tier 3

Lacourte Raquin Tatar

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Tikehau Capital Advisors

Naxicap Partners

Mandarine Gestion

Russell Investment

LaSalle Investment Management

Tax Tier 3

Lacourte Raquin Tatar's team is highly sought-after for handling leading real estate tax work, including asset investment and M&A property transactions. The team advises the largest French and international property players, often alongside the firm's real estate practice, on the most significant property investment transactions, notably assisting Unibail-Rodamco-Westfield with the sale of the Majunga and Ariane towers in La Défense. The practice is co-headed by Jean-Yves Charriau, who is a leading name in the property tax field, Julien Souyeaux and David Sorel. Counsel Sophie Duboy-Maurel is also noted.

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Testimonials

‘The best real estate tax team in Paris, which has unique and highly respected expertise’

‘The tax team provides a very high level of service. They are essential professionals in real estate tax in France. They are always very reactive, client-oriented and reliable’

‘They have a wealth of experience in real estate taxation with deep understanding of the industry and are extremely well connected’

 ‘Jean-Yves Charriau is the go-to tax lawyer in France for real estate taxation. He really deserves his place in the hall of fame’

‘David Sorel has plenty of experience and a deep understanding of real-estate tax issues and its underlying economic mechanisms’.

‘Julien Souyeaux is very skilled, puts himself in his clients’ shoes, and always makes himself available’

‘Sophie Duboy-Maurel is an experienced counsel who efficiently assists Jean-Yves Charriau’

Key clients

Vinci Immobilier

Allianz Group

Poste Immo (La Poste Group)

Axa

Unibail-Rodamco-Westfield

Ivanhoé Cambridge

JP Morgan Asset Management

SFL

Aermont Capital LLP

Lasalle Investment Management

Viparis

MCS & Associés

Blackrock

Immobel

Quartus

Lacourte Raquin Tatar was established in 2013. With more than 60 qualified lawyers and legal practitioners, of whom 17 are partners, the firm is organized around three major areas of expertise: mergers & acquisi­tions, real property transactions and tax. These practices are enhanced by the lawyers’ recognised expertise in public, planning and environment law, financing and regulatory, asset management and litigation. All lawyers perfectly know their clients’ sectors and are able to handle any complex issues arising, both on a national level and international level.

Clients include institutions, industrial and financial groups, and investment funds. The firm’s notable clients are BNP Paribas Real Estate, Aermont (formerly Perella Weinberg), Unibail-Rodamco-Westfield, VINCI Immobilier, Ivanhoé Cambridge, Orange, SNCF/Eurostar/Thalys, Eiffage, Gecina, Kaufman & Broad, Amundi Immobilier, AXA Reim, Westbrook among others. The overriding objective of the firm is to offer its clients a high-quality service that is adapted to their specific expectations.

Mergers and acquisitions:

The firm’s strong experience in both French and cross-border corporate/M&A allows the M&A team to advise its clients in all their strategic operations, joint ventures and external growth. The M&A practice focuses on transactional matters such as legal and tax structuring of transactions; acquisitions and disposals of groups of companies and assets; joint ventures and agreements between shareholders; company reor­ganisations; private equity, venture capital, companies’ turnarounds; corporate aspects of real estate collective investment funds (OPCI & SCPI); corporate law and specific governance issues; and disputes between share­holders and post-acquisition; securities law and capital market transactions.

Contacts: Serge Tatar, Nicolas Jüllich, Renaud Rossa, Guillaume Roche

Real estate transactions:

The firm possesses expertise in all aspects of real estate for both traditional and complex transactions and operations relating to offices, shops, logistics, hotels, residential buildings, health establishments, institu­tions, investment funds, real estate companies and developers, both in an advisory role and for litigation purposes. The practice focuses on investment and dis­investment; partnership between investors, developers and users; property rights, land management, securi­ties and leases; development and construction; town planning; and regulated and unregulated real estate investment funds.

Contacts: Jean-Jacques Raquin, Cyrille Bailly, Emilie Capron, Damien Grosse, Vincent Guinot, Cédric Bonnet, Guillaume Jeannet, Alexis Le Liepvre, Irène Cottaris

Taxation:

The firm assists public and private French and inter­national clients, including industrial groups, property companies, REITs and developers, institutional inves­tors and private equity funds, on tax aspects of complex transactions, joint-ventures or reorganisations as well as in the context of tax litigations.

Contacts: Jean-Yves Charriau, Julien Souyeaux, David Sorel

Public law:

The firm’s public law team assists and represents state and local entities such as French provinces and cities, real estate developers and investors, industries, banks and constructors in all the fields of public law including in the context of litigation before French administrative courts. The team is particularly active in issues related to complex contract engineering, public ownership of land, city planning and zoning, administrative authori­sations, environmental law and renewable energy law.

Contacts: Vincent Guinot, Damien Grosse

Financing and regulatory:

The firm advises arrangers, lenders, debt funds, insurance companies and financial institutions on the setting-up of a wide variety of financial instruments and products. The firm assists lenders and investors to structure and implement their financing. The practice also focuses on structuring of financial vehicles and investment funds (AIF, ULITS, other AIF), asset man­agement and financial regulation

Contacts: Cédric Bonnet, Damien Luqué, Emilie Capron

Litigation:

The firm assists companies, banks and insurance firms at all stages of a dispute, from the analysis of risks and their prevention. It represents clients before state courts. The practice includes: commercial litigation; real estate disputes; post-acquisition and shareholders’ disputes; restructuring of debts.

Contacts: Alexis Le Liepvre, Jean-Jacques Raquin

Department Name Email Telephone
Real estate Jean-Jacques Raquin raquin@lacourte.com
Mergers and acquisitions Serge Tatar tatar@lacourte.com
Taxation Jean-Yves Charriau charriau@lacourte.com
Financing and regulatory Cédric Bonnet bonnet@lacourte.com
Financing and regulatory Damien Luqué luque@lacourte.com
Public law Vincent Guinot guinot@lacourte.com
Litigation Alexis Le Liepvre leliepvre@lacourte.com
Photo Name Position Profile
 Damien Luqué  photo Damien Luqué Partner
Number of lawyers : more than 60
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