Firm Profile > Altana > Paris, France

Altana
45 RUE DE TOCQUEVILLE
75 017 PARIS
France

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 LappLouis des Cars and François Muller share the lead of the practice.

Practice head(s):

Louis des Cars; Christophe Lapp; François Muller

Key clients

Bouygues Construction

Vinci Construction

SPIE BATIGNOLLES

FAYAT (RAZEL-BEC)

various BOUYGUES and VINCI subsidiaries

WEBUILT (previously SALINI-IMPREGILO)

VAN OORD

BOSKALIS

Industry focus: Healthcare and life sciences Tier 1

With a strong contentious healthcare practice, Altana is particularly well regarded for product liability class actions, a reputation cemented by having acted on the first action of this kind in France. Experienced in litigation before the civil, administrative and criminal courts, the team also routinely appears before healthcare regulators both domestically and in multi-jurisdictional cases. The practice has further expertise in IP, notably patent law. On the transactional side, the group is retained by several corporates and investors on M&A and joint venture mandates, particularly in emerging markets. Armand Aviges, Jean-Nicolas Soret, Gilles Gaillard and Frank Valentin are the key contacts.

Practice head(s):

Armand Aviges; Gilles Gaillard; Jean-Nicolas Soret; Frank Valentin

Key clients

Bastide le Confort Medical

Biofides – Arc Pharma

CEA (Commissariat à l’Energie atomique et aux énergies alternatives)

Celltrion Healthcare

Edwards Lifesciences

Eurapharma (CFAO Group)

GE Health Care

Laboratoire Synbionyme

laboratoires Vivacy

LEEM

Onxeo

Proclinic

Safe Orthopaedics

Sancare

Tutelaire

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.

Practice head(s):

Gilles Gaillard; Valérie Lafarge-Sarkozy; Frédéric Manin

Other key lawyers:

Lucie Giret; Julie Rolet; Benjamin Dors

Key clients

AG2R LA MONDIALE

AIG

APPN (ASSOCIATION POUR LA PREVOYANCE DU PERSONNEL NAVIGUANT)

AXA

CARDIF

COVEA (MAAF ASSURANCES, MUTUELLES DU MANS

ASSURANCES – MMA, GMF

CREDENDO

GROUPAMA

KLESIA

LA BANQUE POSTALE

MACIF / AESIO

MALAKOFF HUMANIS

MARSH

MATMUT

Intellectual property: Trade marks and designs Tier 2

Altana offers a combined litigation and transactional practice, with complex disputes -including infringement, cancellation, opposition and invalidity proceedings- as the team's most visible strength. Experienced practice heads Pierre Lubet and Jean-Guy de Ruffray also excel in the development and implementation of anti-counterfeiting programmes, including assistance with the necessary customs aspects. With additional experience in alternative dispute resolution methods; a proven track record of successful trade mark portfolio management; and a busy audit, licensing and due diligence practice, as well as expertise in domain name-related matters, the group impresses with its comprehensive skill set. It also demonstrates in-depth knowledge of cross-border matters. The firm's other departments, most notably the corporate, tax and white-collar groups bring additional breadth to the practice's remit. Frank Valentin and counsel Charlotte Hébert-Salomon joined DLA Piper in February 2021.

Practice head(s):

Pierre Lubet; Jean-Guy de Ruffray

Key clients

Aldi

Amazon.Com

Amazon Studios

Akzo Nobel

Brooks Sports

Coravin

Ducati

Edwards Lifesciences

Exacompta – Clairefontaine

Fear of God

Frogwares

Ideal Industries

Microsoft

Moulin Rouge

Richemont International

Unga

Vinci (Equo Vivo)

Dispute resolution: Commercial litigation Tier 3

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 JockeyArmand Aviges and Counsel Benjamin Dors as other key players.

Practice head(s):

Valérie Lafarge-Sarkozy; Julien Balensi

Other key lawyers:

Michel Jockey; Armand Aviges; Benjamin Dors

Testimonials

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.’

Key clients

ARKEMA

AXA

BNP PARIBAS

BOUYGUES

BOUYGUES TELECOM

CARDIF ASSURANCE VIE

CATL BATTERY

CFAO

CGI

COVEA

EATON

EURAPHARMA

HAGER

MAAF

MALAKOFF MEDERIC SERVICES

MMA VIE ASSURANCES MUTUELLES

ONXEO

PROXISERVE

RENAULT

SALINI

SAMSUNG

SCHINDLER

TUI

VEOLIA ENVIRONNEMENT

VINCI

Dispute resolution: White-collar crime Tier 3

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.

Practice head(s):

Philippe Goossens

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.

Practice head(s):

Mickael d’Allende; Pierre Lubet

Key clients

AIRBUS

BASF

BOUYGUES CONSTRUCTION

EUROPE 1 – LAGARDERE

LA BANQUE POSTALE

MOULIN ROUGE

TUI

PFIZER

TOUR EIFFEL

PRESSTALIS

FEDERATION DU CRISTAL ET DU VERRE

EU, competition and distribution Tier 3

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.

Practice head(s):

Jean-Philippe Thibault; Frédéric Manin; Marie Hindré

Key clients

AG2R LA MONDIALE

Aldi

artelia

Blizzard entertainment

Covea

Crosscall

Daikin

Ducati

Eurapharma

groupama

Guo Pei

Macif – aesio

Matmut

Renault

Samsung

Sopra Steria

UGI Corporation/Antargaz Finagaz

Vinci Group

Intellectual property: Copyright Tier 3

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.

Practice head(s):

Pierre Lubet; Jean-Guy de Ruffray

Key clients

Amazon

Amazon Studios

Exacompta – Clairefontaine

Moulin Rouge

Richemont International

Vinci Construction France

Intellectual property: Patents Tier 3

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.

Practice head(s):

Armand Aviges; Pierre Lubet; Jean-Guy de Ruffray

Other key lawyers:

Cédric Meiller

Testimonials

‘Efficient team, attentive to our concerns and available.’

‘We usually work with Cédric Meiller and we appreciate his common sense, quality and fine reasoning.’

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.

Practice head(s):

Michel Jockey; Pierre-Gilles Wogue

Other key lawyers:

Julien Balensi; Mana Rassouli

Key clients

PRESSTALIS

MILLET GROUP

ALTAREA COGEDIM

ALKOR DRAKA

CONTINENTAL PROPERTY INVESTMENTS

DEFTA/PEUGEOT JAPY

SIROB GROUP

INGEUS (PROVIDENCE)

EUREDEN (previously D’AUCY GROUP)

Administrative and public law Tier 5

Altana

Practice head(s):

Louis des Cars; Christophe Lapp; François Muller

Key clients

Bouygues Group

Vinci Construction

Altana is an independent multi-specialist business law firm, with a strong sectorial and international approach, founded in 2009 and based in Paris. With almost 80 lawyers, including 22 partners, Altana accompanies French and foreign companies and their executives in the treatment of complex and multi-disciplinary matters in a highly regulated environment.

We are dedicated to providing clients with the innovation, anticipation and expertise that are paramount in implementing effective solutions to the complex issues businesses face today.

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.

Business Litigation:
10 partners, 25 associates
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.

Construction:
3 partners, 6 associates
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.

Corporate Restructurings:
4 partners, 6 associates
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.

Employment Law:
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.

Insurance:
4 partners, 7 associates
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.

Intellectual Property:
4 partners, 8 associates
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

Pharma/Life Sciences:
3 partners, 10 associates
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.

White-collar Crime:
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.

Department Name Email Telephone
Altana contact@altanalaw.com +33 (0)1 79 97 93 00
Photo Name Position Profile
 Armand Aviges  photo Armand Aviges Partner
 Julien Balensi  photo Julien Balensi Partner
 Caroline Duclercq  photo Caroline Duclercq Partner
 Guillaume Forbin  photo Guillaume Forbin Partner
 Gilles Gaillard  photo Gilles Gaillard Partner
 Philippe Goossens  photo Philippe Goossens Partner
 Marie Hindré photo Marie Hindré Partner
 Michel Jockey  photo Michel Jockey Partner
 Valérie Lafarge-Sarkozy photo Valérie Lafarge-Sarkozy Partner
 Christophe Lapp  photo Christophe Lapp Partner
 Pierre Lubet  photo Pierre Lubet Partner
 Frédéric Manin photo Frédéric Manin Partner
 François Muller photo François Muller Partner
 Fabien Pouchot  photo Fabien Pouchot Partner
 Mana Rassouli  photo Mana Rassouli Partner
 Jean-Nicolas Soret  photo Jean-Nicolas Soret Partner
 Jean Philippe Thibault  photo Jean Philippe Thibault Partner
 Frank Valentin  photo Frank Valentin Partner
 Pierre-Gilles Wogue  photo Pierre-Gilles Wogue Partner
 Jean-Guy de Ruffray  photo Jean-Guy de Ruffray Partner
 Louis des Cars  photo Louis des Cars Partner
 Mickaël d’Allende photo Mickaël d’Allende Partner
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