Firm Profile > Altana > Paris, France

Altana
45 RUE DE TOCQUEVILLE
75 017 PARIS
France

Construction Tier 1

Altana is regularly appointed by leading French and European engineering companies to advise on construction contracts regarding major public sector infrastructure projects, such as roads, tunnels and hospitals. The firm also advises on private sector projects, international work and is highly regarded for its litigation expertise. The eight-lawyer practice is co-led by Christophe Lapp, Louis des Cars and François Muller.

Practice head(s):

Christophe Lapp; Louis des Cars; François Muller

Key clients

BOUYGUES CONSTRUCTION

VINCI CONSTRUCTION

SPIE BATIGNOLLES

FAYAT (RAZEL-BEC)

VARIOUS BOUYGUES AND VINCI SUBSIDIARIES

SALINI-IMPREGILO

VAN OORD

BOSKALIS

Industry focus: Healthcare and life sciences Tier 1

Healthcare is one of Altana's core industry sectors. The firm particularly stands out for its strong litigation expertise, notably handling two of the three currently ongoing judicial healthcare product liability class actions in France, and is able to act before various courts, including civil, administrative and criminal courts, and specialised healthcare regulators. The group also coordinates European cases. Other healthcare-related areas of expertise include regulatory and IP, especially patent law, where the firm offers high-level proficiency assisting leading pharmaceutical and cosmetics manufacturing companies. Recent work includes high-stake patent cases regarding drug molecule and cosmetic products. Finally, the team also has a busy corporate practice advising on clinics and biotech M&A transactions. Armand Aviges, Jean-Nicolas Soret and Frank Valentin are in charge.

Practice head(s):

Armand Aviges; Jean-Nicolas Soret; Frank Valentin

Key clients

Bastide LE CONFORT Medical

Biofides – Arc Pharma

Doctegestion

EURAPHARMA (CFAO GROUP)

GE HEALTH CARE

ONXEO

PROCLINIC

Safe orthopaedics

Employment Tier 2

Altana advises French and Asian leading companies and small and medium-sized companies, including blue-chip industrial corporations and insurers. The seven-lawyer team handles collective employment law issues, for example in the context of insolvency proceedings, on site closure and mass redundancy projects. The practice also demonstrates strength in litigation and in strategic individual employment files, especially in relation to individual contract status issues and high-ranking executives. The group also recently dealt with high-stakes matters regarding company governance and employee poaching. Finally, the team also handles remuneration and pension matters. Mickaël d’Allende and Pierre Lubet are in charge.

Practice head(s):

Mickaël d’Allende; Pierre Lubet

Testimonials

‘The team is made up of seasoned experts.’

‘Pierre Lubet shows strong personal commitment, as well as great listening skills and availability. He provides comprehensive analysis of matters at hand and a related suitable efficient strategy to address them.’

Key clients

AIRBUS

BASF

BOUYGUES CONSTRUCTION

CHEMETALL

D’AUCY

DO AND CO / HÉDIARD

EUROPE 1

LA BANQUE POSTALE

MOULIN ROUGE

OTEIS

PAGESJAUNES

PFIZER

SONIA RYKIEL

TOUR EIFFEL

Intellectual property: Copyright Tier 2

Altana's team handles transactions and litigation. It acts for clients across various sectors, with particular focus on entertainment (Moulin Rouge), technology (Samsung), and web-based services (Amazon). Practice heads Jean-Guy RuffrayPierre Lubet and Frank Valentin are active in areas including copyright issues raised by audio-visual production activities, assessing potential moral rights infringements, and representing clients in trade mark and copyright litigation. Another key name to note at the practice is counsel Charlotte Hébert-Salomon.

Practice head(s):

Pierre Lubet; Jean-Guy de Ruffray; Frank Valentin

Key clients

Amazon.com (Inc)

Amazon Studios

Exacompta – Clairefontaine

Moulin Rouge

Vinci Construction France

Intellectual property: Trade marks and designs Tier 2

Altana acts for clients including Microsoft, Twitter and Amazon, and has recently gained new clients from the retail and food and beverage industries. The team provides 'personal attention' and 'excellent service'. Its workload includes representing clients in trade mark infringement litigation, assisting with trade mark portfolios, and drafting trade mark licence agreements. Frank Valentin, who heads the practice along with Jean-Guy RuffrayPierre Lubet and Armand Aviges, is 'a seasoned professional' who is 'very knowledgeable'. Associate Charlotte Hébert-Salomon has 'a keen eye for detail and knows intuitively what the client wants'. The other key contact is associate Cédric Meiller.

Practice head(s):

Armand Aviges; Pierre Lubet; Jean-Guy de Ruffray; Frank Valentin

Testimonials

Personal attention. Excellent service.

Frank Valentin is a seasoned professional and very knowledgeable. Charlotte Hébert-Salomon has a keen eye for detail and knows intuitively what the client wants.

Key clients

Amazon.com (Inc)

Amazon Studios

Exacompta – Clairefontaine

Microsoft Corp.

Moulin Rouge

Richemont

Twitter

Dispute resolution: Commercial litigation Tier 3

Altana handles a range of disputes on behalf of French and international companies, such as leading insurers, pharmaceutical manufacturers and telecoms operators. The firm manages commercial, corporate and financial cases. It successfully handled a case where the equity control of an insurance company was at stake. The practice is also dealing with several judicial damages recourse proceedings,as well as managing high-profile product liability cases in the healthcare sector. Key names within the firm include Christophe Lapp, Valérie Lafarge-Sarkozy, Julien Balensi and Armand Aviges. Guillaume Forbin, who co-founded the firm, left to join Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP.

Practice head(s):

Christophe Lapp; Valérie Lafarge-Sarkozy; Julien Balensi; Armand Aviges

Key clients

ARKEMA

BOUYGUES

BOUYGUES TELECOM

HÉDIARD / DO & CO

INTERNATIONAL PAPER

ONXEO

SAINT LOUIS SUCRE

SALINI

SAMSUNG

SCHINDLER

VINCI

Dispute resolution: White-collar crime Tier 3

Altana’s Philippe Goossens is highly regarded and is regularly instructed to act on sensitive cases, including money-laundering, international corruption and criminal labour law matters.

EU, competition and distribution Tier 3

Altana 's eight-lawyer team is able to provide the full range of competition and distribution law expertise. The practice has strong proficiency advising on strategic merger control cases involving mutual insurers, but also handles merger control work in other industry sectors. The team also manages domestic antitrust cases and frequently collaborates with the firm's white-collar practice. Notable examples include a cartel case in the public infrastructure sector. Key clients come from the insurance, healthcare, IT and construction sectors as well as several leading Japanese, Korean, American and European retailers whom it assists with key distribution issues involving suppliers and wholesalers. Marie Hindré, Frédéric Manin and Jean-Philippe Thibault are in charge. Counsels Lucie Giret and Benoît Van Bésien provide strong support.

Practice head(s):

Marie Hindré; Frédéric Manin; Jean-Philippe Thibault

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

AG2R LA MONDIALE

ARKEMA & BOSTIK

BLIZZARD ENTERTAINMENT

CARTE BLANCHE

COVEA

CROSSCALL

DAIKIN

DUCATI

ECOCEM

EURAPHARMA

GUO PEI

IMERYS

LUCKY CART

MATMUT

RENAULT

SAMSUNG

SCHNEIDER ELECTRIC

UGI CORPORATION/ANTARGAZ

VINCI

Insolvency Tier 3

Altana regularly advises debtors, but also acts for creditors such as bondholders and commercial partners. The practice was recently involved in several notable restructuring and insolvency cases and advised on a major asset take-over transaction in the food sector. Litigation is also dealt with. Michel Jockey and Pierre-Gilles Wogue both have extensive experience. Also involved are Julien Balensi and Mana Rassouli, who made partner in 2019.

Practice head(s):

Michel Jockey; Pierre-Gilles Wogue

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘The team has in-depth knowledge of restructuring and insolvency law issues and has remarkable court experience.’

‘Pierre-Gilles Wogue stands out for his strong personal and communication skills and his hands-on approach on every file.’

Key clients

D’AUCY Group

Orchestra-Prémaman

Concentus (PartGroup)

Altarea COGEDIM

Sonia Rykiel

CPI

Le Figaro/Dassault Group

Group BCR

Insurance Tier 3

Altana

Practice head(s):

Gilles Gaillard; Valérie Lafarge-Sarkozy

Key clients

AG2R LA MONDIALE

AIG

APPN (ASSOCIATION POUR LA PREVOYANCE DU PERSONNEL NAVIGUANT)

AXA

BNPP

CARDIF

COVEA (MAAF ASSURANCES, MUTUELLES DU MANS ASSURANCES – MMA)

KLESIA

MACIF / AESIO

MALAKOFF MEDERIC / HUMANIS

MATMUT

PRIM’ACT

TUTELAIRE

Intellectual property: Patents Tier 3

Altana's team focuses on the pharmaceutical, biotechnology, electronics and mechanical sectors. Armand Aviges and Frank Valentin are representing clients from these industries in national and cross-border patent infringement litigation. The team also assists clients with non-contentious matters, including analysing competitors' patent portfolios, reaching out to competitors on behalf of clients to avoid patent infringement and advising on the intellectual property aspects of launching a new product. Other key names to note are Pierre LubetJean-Guy de Ruffray, senior associate Cédric Meiller and of counsel Charlotte Hébert-Salomon.

Practice head(s):

Armand Aviges; Pierre Lubet; Jean-Guy de Ruffray; Frank Valentin

Industry focus: IT and internet Tier 4

Altana

Practice head(s):

Pierre Lubet ; Frank Valentin ; Jean-Guy de Ruffray

Other key lawyers:

Charlotte Hébert-Salomon

Key clients

AMAZON.COM (INC)

AMAZON STUDIOS

BASTIDE LE CONFORT MEDICAL

COVEA

EDWARDS LIFESCIENCES

EXACOMPTA – CLAIREFONTAINE

HOLWEG

MICROSOFT

MOULIN ROUGE

NETFLIX

ONXEO

RICHEMONT

TWENTIETH CENTURY FOX

TWITTER

VINCI CONSTRUCTION TERRASSEMENT

Administrative and public law Tier 5

Altana

Practice head(s):

Christophe Lapp ; Louis des Cars ; François Muller

Key clients

Bouygues Construction

Bouygues TP

Bouygues SA

Dispute resolution: International arbitration Tier 5

Altana

Practice head(s):

Christophe Lapp; Caroline Duclercq

Mergers and acquisitions Tier 5

Altana

Practice head(s):

Gaillard Gilles; Soret Jean-Nicolas

Testimonials

‘The team features very experienced and proactive professionals, combines significant cross-border skills and the ability to deliver fast and creative solutions.’

‘Very competent, experienced and efficient team. They are very reactive and always find tailor-made solutions to the client’s needs.’

Key clients

ENGIE

AG2R LA MONDIALE

ARTDESK

AZULIS CAPITAL

AIR FRANCE KLM

BNI

CECAB

COVEA (MAAF, MMA, GMF)

COMMISSARIAT À L’ENERGIE ATOMIQUE

LIMAGRAIN

GE HEALTH CARE

SANCARE

SCHINDLER

SOPRA-STERIA

SYNOVA (TOTAL GROUP)

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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