Firm Profile > Altana > Paris, France

75 017 PARIS

Construction Tier 1

Altana is instructed by many of France’s leading engineering companies to advise on public and private sector projects in France and abroad. The firm has particular knowledge of FIDIC and NEC engineering and construction contracts. It has recently assisted clients with contractual matters linked to the construction of tunnels and a French harbour. It also has strong expertise in representing clients in disputes before the courts and state authorities. Bouygues Construction, Vinci Construction and Spie Batignolles are clients. The nine-lawyer team is led by the highly experienced Christophe Lapp, Louis des Cars and François Muller.

Employment Tier 2

Altana acts for a French and international client base, which includes major insurance groups, industrial companies and Japanese corporations. The team handles high-value work and stands out in particular for insolvency-related cases and advice on data protection issues. The practice is also managing restructuring and mass litigation claims. It is notably representing Pfizer in a dispute regarding a redundancy plan. The team also advises in the context of M&A transactions and assisted Hédiard and Do&Co in managing employment aspects linked to the 2018 Grand Prix France Formula 1 event competition. In other work, the team assists insurance companies with protection and benefits issues. Other clients include Airbus, BASF and Bouygues Construction. Mickaël d’Allende and Pierre Lubet jointly head the team. Marianne Franjou joined FLV & Associés.

Insolvency Tier 2

Altana stands out for its involvement in litigation, where it ‘provides innovative ideas and regular follow ups’. The highly experienced nine-lawyer team is also valued for its ‘ability to stick to its position and focus on what is needed to protect its clients' interests’. The practice, which primarily acts for debtors and shareholders, regularly advises on key matters and recently handled highlight work in the retail, press and IT sectors. The team assisted D’Aucy with the takeover of William Saurin's ready-made meal division together with LBO France, which led to the opening of France's first Stage III antitrust merger control proceedings. It also advised Cecab as both shareholder and supplier on Duc's restructuring and subsequent sale to Plukon Food. The practice also stands out for its involvement in restructuring cases involving foundations, mutual insurance groups and public procurement contracts. Practice co-heads Michel Jockey and Pierre-Gilles Wogue are key contacts. Julien Balensi is also noted.

Intellectual property: copyright Tier 2

Altana's copyright offering is especially strong in the digital world, where it advises on both transactions and litigation. Frank Valentin and recently promoted counsel Charlotte Hébert-Salomon continue to assist a major technology player with the day-to-day copyright issues arising from its audiovisual production activities in France and the EU, and Pierre Lubet is currently collaborating with Jean-Guy de Ruffray to advise a high-profile individual in the haute couture world on an action against a former designer on the grounds of moral rights infringement. The group also advised on the negotiation of licence contracts, liability reviews and pre-litigation matters.

Intellectual property: Trade marks and designs Tier 2

Altana's intellectual property team acts for its French and international clients on the protection, enforcement and commercialisation of their intangible assets. Frank Valentin and recently promoted counsel Charlotte Hébert-Salomon 'spend time learning the ins and outs of their clients' business cultures' and 'take feedback to constantly adapt and improve their service'. Along with sensitive and high-profile trade mark and design infringement litigation proceedings, the team also advised on the renegotiation of licence and coexistence agreements and the setting up of exclusive distribution networks. Other key names to note include Pierre LubetArmand Aviges, senior associate Cédric Meiller and Jean-Guy de Ruffray, who was recently promoted to partner.

Dispute resolution: commercial litigation Tier 3

Altana’s ‘commercial, practical and responsive’ team ‘understands its clients very well and does what it takes to win a case’. The firm has the resources and ability to handle a wide range of matters, such as commercial, financial, corporate and product liability disputes. It represents high-profile French and international groups, including Asian clients and prominent companies in the pharmaceutical, telecoms and insurance sectors. The firm also handles mediation proceedings and cross-border matters. Arkema, Bouygues and Onxeo are clients. Key names in the practice include Christophe LappGuillaume Forbin, who is ‘very easy to work with and a great team leader’; Valérie Lafarge-SarkozyJulien BalensiArmand Aviges; and the ‘experienced’ Jean-Philippe Thibault, who has ‘an excellent track record’.

Dispute resolution: White-collar crime Tier 3

Altana has a ‘very good criminal litigation practice and does what it takes to win a case’. The ‘experiencedPhilippe Goossens is highly regarded and regularly handles sensitive cases, including money-laundering, international corruption and criminal labour law matters.

EU, competition and distribution Tier 3

The competition and antitrust offering at Altana covers antitrust litigation, merger clearance and distribution matters under the joint leadership of Marie HindréFrédéric Manin and Jean-Philippe Thibault. A team including counsel Lucie Giret - who recently arrived from De Gaulle Fleurance & Associés - recently acted for AG2R La Mondiale and Matmut on the competition aspects of their merger, which created one of the largest insurance groups in France. Contentious highlights include Manin's advice to a major automobile company on a standalone private enforcement claim brought by a former service provider seeking compensation for losses incurred due to alleged anticompetitive behaviour by the client. In other highlights, Hindré continues to advise UGI on its acquisition of Totalgaz and the challenge to the FCA's merger clearance decision by a competitor. Benoît Van Bésien and Sylvie Grando (both counsel) are also key names to note.

Industry focus: Healthcare and life sciences Tier 3

The healthcare and life sciences product liability team at Altana represents pharmaceutical companies in domestic and international litigation, M&A transactions and intellectual property matters. Three partners - Armand AvigesJean-Nicolas Soret and Frank Valentin - jointly lead the practice, which is currently handling patent litigation pertaining to inventor rights. Soret advised Safe Orthopaedics on the signing of an exclusive marketing agreement, and led the advice to DocteGestio regarding its takeover of three private healthcare facilities. In other highlights, corporate partner Gilles Gaillard recently acted for Europharma on its acquisition of a majority stake in a subsidiary of a leading global pharmaceutical company and its industrial partnership with the latter.

Industry focus: IT, telecoms and the internet Tier 3

Pierre LubetFrank Valentin and Jean-Guy Ruffray are the senior names to note within the IT and data protection team at Altana. Valentin and counsel Charlotte Hébert-Salomon are representing an insurance broker in proceedings against two IT providers on the grounds of a contract breach arising from their failure to complete an integration project. Heavyweight technology clients also appoint the firm to advise on e-commerce and online distribution matters, contractual issues, data privacy and regulatory compliance, and unfair competition claims arising from allegations of restricted access to internet and telecom services.

Insurance Tier 3


Intellectual property: Patents Tier 3

The four-partner team at Altana advises French and international clients on the protection and enforcement of their intangible assets and recently strengthened its offering through the promotion to partner of Jean-Guy Ruffray and the promotion to counsel of Charlotte Hébert-Salomon. In recent highlights, Frank Valentin, Armand Aviges and senior associate Cédric Meiller acted on a number of sensitive and high-stakes patent litigation cases in the technology and healthcare sectors. Alongside the contentious aspect of its practice, the team also advises on the negotiation of licensing agreements and the prosecution of patents. Pierre Lubet is also a partner within the team.

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.

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.

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.

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 Armand Aviges  photo Armand Aviges
 Julien Balensi  photo Julien Balensi
 Caroline Duclercq  photo Caroline Duclercq
 Guillaume Forbin  photo Guillaume Forbin
 Gilles Gaillard  photo Gilles Gaillard
 Philippe Goossens  photo Philippe Goossens
 Marie Hindré  photo Marie Hindré
 Michel Jockey  photo Michel Jockey
 Valérie Lafarge-Sarkozy  photo Valérie Lafarge-Sarkozy
 Christophe Lapp  photo Christophe Lapp
 Pierre Lubet  photo Pierre Lubet
 Frédéric Manin  photo Frédéric Manin
 François Muller  photo François Muller
 Fabien Pouchot  photo Fabien Pouchot
 Mana Rassouli  photo Mana Rassouli
 Jean-Nicolas Soret  photo Jean-Nicolas Soret
 Jean Philippe Thibault  photo Jean Philippe Thibault
 Frank Valentin  photo Frank Valentin
 Pierre-Gilles Wogue  photo Pierre-Gilles Wogue
 Jean-Guy de Ruffray  photo Jean-Guy de Ruffray
 Louis des Cars  photo Louis des Cars
 Mickaël d’Allende  photo Mickaël d’Allende
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