Firm Profile > ADVANT Altana > Paris, France
ADVANT Altana Offices
45 RUE DE TOCQUEVILLE
75 017 PARIS
ADVANT Altana > The Legal 500 Rankings
Construction Tier 1
Altana's team is very experienced and entrusted by many leading French and international engineering companies. The practice advises on the construction of public sector facilities, such as roads, port, waste and hospital facilities and various other infrastructures. It is particularly recommended for its dispute resolution expertise, including arbitration. The firm mainly handles domestic work, but is also active in international matters, for example a major construction matter in Haiti. Christophe Lapp, Louis des Cars and François Muller share the lead of the practice.
Bastide le Confort Medical
Biofides – Arc Pharma
CEA (Commissariat à l’Energie atomique et aux énergies alternatives)
Eurapharma (CFAO Group)
GE Health Care
Insurance Tier 2
Altana stands out through its combined transactional and litigation expertise in the insurance sector. The practice's experience ranges from court disputes to arbitration and mediation proceedings on the litigation side to structurings, M&A, antitrust and regulatory matters on the corporate side. With a spectrum that includes industrial risks, product liability matters, distribution matters and assistance with product development, as well as cybersecurity matters, data protection assistance and experience in the insurtech and fintech sectors, the team is a popular choice for insurers, reinsurers and intermediaries, both French and international. Corporate specialist Gilles Gaillard, dispute resolution specialist Valérie Lafarge-Sarkozy and competition law expert Frédéric Manin are the heads of the team, reflecting the firm's strong cross-practice approach.
Other key lawyers:
Lucie Giret; Julie Rolet; Benjamin Dors
AG2R LA MONDIALE
APPN (ASSOCIATION POUR LA PREVOYANCE DU PERSONNEL NAVIGUANT)
COVEA (MAAF ASSURANCES, MUTUELLES DU MANS
ASSURANCES – MMA, GMF
LA BANQUE POSTALE
MACIF / AESIO
Altana has strong litigation know-how and deals with a broad range of disputes, recently growing its already well established client portfolio further by adding several leading French corporations. The team demonstrates strength in corporate and M&A disputes, including several cases related to the Covid-19 outbreak, but it is particularly well known for its strong banking and insurance litigation expertise. The team also manages a busy high-stakes commercial caseload, with matters frequently involving foreign jurisdictions. The additional expertise in mediation proceedings complements the litigation offering well, as does the experience in high-profile product liability cases, for example in the pharmaceutical sector. Valérie Lafarge-Sarkozy and Julien Balensi are the practice heads, with Michel Jockey, Armand Aviges and Counsel Benjamin Dors as other key players.
Valérie Lafarge-Sarkozy; Julien Balensi
Other key lawyers:
Michel Jockey; Armand Aviges; Benjamin Dors
‘The lawyers are pragmatic and provide a long-term strategic vision over the files they have had to deal with.’
‘Julien Balensi is a talented lawyer who has mastered the strategic issues of the case and demonstrated pragmatism at the right time.’
CARDIF ASSURANCE VIE
MALAKOFF MEDERIC SERVICES
MMA VIE ASSURANCES MUTUELLES
At Altana, the dedicated team regularly assists leading companies with various fraud and corruption cases. Recently, the firm further diversified its caseload with new mandates dealing with criminal tax, environmental proceedings and cyber attacks. It also has a strong practice defending construction and engineering companies in employment criminal cases. The team recently provided strategic advice to clients on criminal liability during France’s Covid-19 pandemic first lockdown. Philippe Goossens heads the practice which also includes counsels Laetitia Daage and Gildas Robert.
Other key lawyers:
Laetitia Daage; Gildas Robert
Employment Tier 3
Altana's client base includes many leading French and international corporations that entrust their collective and individual files to the team. The group notably manages several disputes concerning several hundred employees and collective dismissal and bonus payment issues. The practice is also assisting press distributor company Presstalis, which has been put under insolvency proceedings, with the dismissal of some 600 employees. Additionally, the team takes on sensitive individual files, dealing with top executives’ departures and other types of matters such as moral and sexual harassment cases. Mickaël d’Allende and Pierre Lubet are in charge.
Mickael d’Allende; Pierre Lubet
EUROPE 1 – LAGARDERE
LA BANQUE POSTALE
FEDERATION DU CRISTAL ET DU VERRE
Well known for its strength in distribution matters, Altana has established itself as a key adviser on contracts and for litigation relating to selective distribution networks. Team members are particularly experienced in competition matters in the insurance and construction sectors, as well as acting on significant (often multi-jurisdictional) merger control matters and antitrust litigation. Jean-Philippe Thibault has extensive experience advising international clients and is currently head of the firm’s Japanese desk. Frédéric Manin is highly regarded, and Marie Hindré works primarily for clients in the energy sector.
Jean-Philippe Thibault; Frédéric Manin; Marie Hindré
AG2R LA MONDIALE
Macif – aesio
UGI Corporation/Antargaz Finagaz
Altana's copyright practice houses both a transactional and a litigious capability. On the disputes side, the caseload consists of copyright infringement proceedings, contract-related issues, breach of contract and royalty-related litigation, and anti-counterfeiting work. The transactional practice covers the negotiation and drafting of licence agreements, regulatory clearance, audits, and assistance with the preparation of campaigns, products or services before their launch. Pierre Lubet and Jean-Guy de Ruffray co-lead the practice advising a roster on which clients from the entertainment, insurance, technology, publishing and marketing sectors all feature heavily. Frank Valentin and counsel Charlotte Hébert-Salomon joined DLA Piper in February 2021.
With core areas of expertise in the pharmaceutical, medical device, biotechnology, chemicals, mechanical and electronics sectors, the team at Altana offers strength in both litigation and transactional matters. This breadth ensures a varied caseload and attracts established French and international companies, as well as start-ups. Practice heads Armand Aviges, Pierre Lubet and Jean-Guy de Ruffray assist with a wide range of matters, including infringement and invalidity proceedings as well as preliminary injunctions, and are all experienced in cross-border matters. The group's transactional practice also handles research and development agreements, audits and technology transfers. Frank Valentin joined DLA Piper in February 2021.
Insolvency Tier 4
Altana has a solid and experienced team that is able to deal with all types of matters, including cross-border cases. The firm often acts for shareholders, bondholders, commercial partners and investors, but also occasionally acts for debtors. The firm recently handled a varied caseload, including matters from the manufacturing, press, entertainment and transport industries. The practice also helped several investors presenting asset and company takeover offers, for example when assisting CDQ with the takeover of French press distributor Presstalis, a matter involving the French government. Michel Jockey and Pierre-Gilles Wogue are in charge. Julien Balensi and Mana Rassouli are key contributors.
Michel Jockey; Pierre-Gilles Wogue
Other key lawyers:
Julien Balensi; Mana Rassouli
CONTINENTAL PROPERTY INVESTMENTS
EUREDEN (previously D’AUCY GROUP)
Mergers and acquisitions Tier 4
Other key lawyers:
‘Competent team, dynamic and extremely available and of course pleasant. Real à la carte support.‘
‘Prompt to understand and agree the mission. Always responding to the requirements in a very short time.‘
‘Gilles Gaillard and Julie Rolet were fully committed to the work during our engagement Not only working on the file but also understanding the background.‘
‘Perfectly managed team in terms of skills, availability and commitment for acquisition files.‘
‘Competent, available, reliable, attentive to your needs and the context in which the operation takes place.‘
‘I worked in M&A with Jean-Nicolas Soret who leads discussions and negotiations with serenity and professionalism.‘
‘Excellent team, with intimate knowledge of the insurance sector and the social economy. The team also has in-depth knowledge of merger and acquisition techniques and a good knowledge of the administrative workings to negotiate with the ACPR regulator.‘
‘The lawyers with whom I have worked demonstrate excellent interpersonal skills, a very high level of availability and responsiveness and are truly committed to the client.‘
SOPRA STERIA GROUP
ALTAWEST / CDC
COVÉA / BPCE
Louis des Cars; Christophe Lapp; François Muller
ADVANT Altana > Firm Profile
Founded in 2009, ADVANT Altana is an independent law firm with 22 partners and 85 lawyers, and is one of the leading business law firms in France. It offers top-level expertise on both advisory and litigation matters to its clients.
ADVANT Altana is highly regarded for its:
. Technical and strategic expertise in advice and litigation with deep understanding of clients’ constraints, activities and cultures.
. Global view of markets, institutions and administrations, providing with new perspectives and insights.
. True collaborative approach to working alongside clients and partners, through specialised and transversal teams.
. Particular know-how on complex issues in highly regulated sectors such as health and life sciences, insurance and banking, construction, TMT and renewable energy
. Strong emphasis on adding value to clients’ activities and projects.
ADVANT Altana is an active member of numerous influential legal and industry associations around the world, including the International Bar Association (IBA), International Trademark Association (INTA), the American Bar Association (ABA) and INSOL International. In addition, the firm is a founding member of LCLIA, an international alliance dedicated to the construction sector.
Arbitration & Mediation:
3 partners, 7 associates
Drawing on over thirty years of experience, the team has extensive expertise in high-profile, technical administered (ICC, EDF etc.) and ad hoc commercial arbitration as well as related ADR procedures (mediation, DABs) in sectors as varied as infrastructures, pharmaceuticals, real estate, telecommunications, transport, raw materials, gas/petrol and insurance. The team handles arbitration and ADR before all major global bodies.
10 partners, 25 associates
Advant Altana is a leading player in litigation and dispute resolution, developing successful litigation strategies for a diverse client base including industrial groups (pharmaceutical, biotech, construction, automobile, energy, high-tech, media, etc.) , insurance, financial institutions and service providers. Our team’s 10 partners and 25 associates are annually recognized among the best strategists of the Paris bar.
3 partners, 6 associates
Advant Altana’s preeminent Construction practice is highly ranked and recognized for its experience with cross-border transactions. The depth and breadth of our practice reflects the dynamic nature of our clients, which include leading global construction firms, and their projects. We advise and represent clients in France and abroad at every point of a construction operation, offering clients multi-disciplinary mastery of their projects and a single contact for project development, contract administration and dispute resolution, providing advice in urban planning, white-collar crime, environmental law, employment law, competition law and corporate law.
Corporate, Mergers & Acquisitions:
4 partners, 6 associates
The team handles complex and innovative domestic and cross-border M&A transactions and delivers strategic, tactical and technical advice to French and international actors of all sizes, listed or private, in their investment, growth and restructuring strategies. With a very international profile (former partners of US firms and associates admitted to the New York Bar), the team is well-known for its ability to handle upper mid-size cross border transactions, both inbound and outbound, in cooperation with foreign independent firms.
4 partners, 6 associates
Advant Altana’s Restructuring team handles all legal matters related to complex or specific restructuring situations, as well as those related to corporate and finance crisis situations. The team is frequently recognized in various fields of restructuring and special situation activities including: distressed M&A, financial restructuring, operational restructuring, litigation related to corporate, financial and commercial crises, and the restructuring of regulated entities, especially in the financial sector. We combine expertise in French law with experience in significant cross-border restructuring cases involving private international and local foreign laws.
2 partners, 6 associates
In litigation as well as transactions, the team provides clients — mainly French and foreign corporations and financial institutions — with pragmatic and innovative business-oriented solutions and advice on day-to-day and strategic employment law issues as well as on complex operations. The team is particularly experienced in employment law issues arising from possible reorganizations, and is recognized for its expertise in collective relations.
EU, Distribution & Competition Law:
3 partners, 5 associates
Guided by three decades of experience, the resolutely international team advises leading foreign groups and their subsidiaries established in France and Europe across various business sectors (healthcare, automotive, defense, energy, insurance, etc.) regarding the rapidly evolving areas of European Union (EU) law, including a full range of competition and distribution issues. Our attorneys handle matters in the following principal categories: EU and French cartel, antitrust, merger control laws and other EU and French competition, liberalization and regulatory issues.
New Technologies & Data Protection:
3 partners, 8 associates
As experienced technicians with a deep understanding of the complexities of IT-related disputes, our New Technologies and Data Protection team advises its French and international clients in all aspects related to their information systems and their security, as well as their IT and Internet activities, corporate social networks and the management and protection of personal data. We also provide innovative services in cyber-security strategies and their associated disputes.
4 partners, 7 associates
Advant Altana’s insurance practice is recognized for its dedicated expertise in insurance and reinsurance, in both litigation and non-litigation matters (EU/ Antitrust, Regulatory, Corporate). Clients include insurers (joint-stock companies, mutuals and provident institutions), reinsurance, intermediaries and any businesses dealing with insurance issues. As part of a modern and reactive team, each member has a clear focus on achieving objectives through flexible methods and team synergies.
3 partners, 8 associates
Advant Altana’s highly regarded team advises its French and foreign clients in all aspects of the protection, valuation and security of their intangible assets. The wide breadth of the team’s activity allows for interventions in multi-disciplinary sectors in issues surrounding employee-inventors, copyrights, digital and neighboring rights and employee creators (particularly in the technology and audiovisual sectors) and the implementation of innovative services. More than half of the team’s clientele is international, including leading American web-based service providers and entertainment conglomerates, international pharmaceutical companies, leading US and Asia-based tech companies, automotive and consumer product manufacturers and insurers
3 partners, 10 associates
Advant Altana’s multi-disciplinary team includes several practice areas, allowing it to assist a large number of companies and international groups in the pharmaceutical, biotech and medical device sectors. Leading players and pioneers in pharmaceuticals, biotech, chemistry or connected health entrust Altana with the most sensitive transactions and disputes. The team is particularly recognized in product liability, trademark and patent litigation, M&A and strategic operations.
Public Economic Law:
3 partners, 3 associates
The team has outstanding skill in public procurement, routinely handling disputes related to either the award or the performance of public contracts, primarily in the construction and industrial sectors. The team also assists operators on urban planning aspects of their projects and related litigation.
1 partners, 5 associates
Advant Altana’s team is highly experienced in :
- Negotiation and drafting of leases, in particular off-plan lease (shops, offices, shopping malls, establishments which can receive the public (ERP), logistical units, classified Installation for the Protection of Environment (ICPE), housing, hotels, etc.), the leasing or lease renewal;
- Audit of leases and technical documents (co-ownership regulation, internal regulation, the administrative and technical requirement (CPTA), Asbestos Technical Report (DTA));
- Representation and assistance for lease circle: work distribution, indexation, rent review, lease renewal, sublease, eviction, etc.;
- Representation and assistance for judicial expertise and claims’ management;
- Assistance for the restitution of rented premises : works, keys’ return and deposit;
- Legal advice and drafting of assignment of lease (assignment of tenancy rights with or without business);
- Litigation for the (i) fixation of rent in renewed lease or (ii) eviction or (iii) expulsion indemnities.
1 partner, 1 associate
The team is highly experienced in :
- providing general tax consulting services for both French and overseas clients
- advising large overseas entities on all aspects of their operations including acquisitions, disposals, domestic and international reorganisations
- advising on optimising group structures in numerous industries (healthcare, pharmaceuticals, distribution and the service industry)
- managing tax audit and tax litigation before the French Tax Courts
- assisting with tax and custom duties cases before the French Tax Courts
- providing assistance to French tax consolidated companies
- advising in relation to internal restructures
- advising on tax implications in cross-border merger operations
- advising on the management of tax and transfer pricing audits
- advising companies on the management of intercompany transactions and on transfer pricing documentation requirements
- advising companies on VAT planning and compliance
- advising both French and foreign companies on employee incentives, including long term incentive plans
1 partner, 5 associates
The team is highly regarded for expertise in complex white-collar crime proceedings and for thorough representation and accompaniment of major French and international clients at every stage, from prevention to court representation. The team represents and advises clients in all areas of criminal business law, particularly in the financial, industrial and new technologies sectors. The lawyers have recognized expertise in crisis management, compliance, anti-corruption measures and cyber and economic strategy.
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Top Tier Firm Rankings
- Intellectual property: Trade marks and designs
- Dispute resolution: Commercial litigation
- Dispute resolution: White-collar crime
- EU, competition and distribution
- Intellectual property: Copyright
- Intellectual property: Patents
- Industry focus: IT and internet
- Mergers and acquisitions
- Administrative and public law
- Dispute resolution: International arbitration