Firm Profile > Aramis > Paris, France

Aramis
9 RUE SCRIBE
75009 PARIS
France

Intellectual property: Patents Tier 2

Aramis has seen an uptick in work from the life sciences, biotechnology and cosmetics sectors, with instructions frequently including a cross-border element. The team's busy international caseload attests to the reliability of its network of partner firms in foreign jurisdictions and its experience in assisting foreign firms with their French patent matters. Benjamin May directs the team which includes Louis Jestaz who made counsel in 2020. Together with their associates, the pair cover a wide range of industries, including the food and beverage, construction, pharmaceutical and fashion sectors. In addition to the litigation practice, the group also undertakes advisory work, both in a transactional context and in relation to licensing agreements.

Practice head(s):

Other key lawyers:

Louis Jestaz

Key clients

Allergan

Belmoca

Arcadophta et BVI France / Ophtafrance et Alchimia

Amphenol Socapex / Université de Toulouse

Iprad

INRIA

Sedis Logistics

Tereos

ENYX

Eiffage

Industry focus: IT and internet  Tier 3

Aramis' team covers the full range of IT related work, with good experience working on pan-European projects. Payment solutions are another key area of expertise; the department is routinely called on by leading banks to assist with the implementation of e-payments. The group also handles litigation and data compliance work. TMT specialist Benjamin May jointly leads the practice alongside counsel David Roche who has strong experience in the fintech sector.

Practice head(s):

Testimonials

Aramis’ team has a deep knowledge of the IT sector regulations and a very pragmatic approach which focus on the issues that really create value for its client.

Key clients

Yves Rocher

RTE

Accor

Natixis

Paylib

Vallourec

solarisBank

FrenchSys

Le Crédit Lyonnais (LCL)

Qonto

Intellectual property: Trade marks and designs Tier 3

Aramis is highly experienced in complex cross-border matters from a variety of sectors, including pharmaceuticals, food and retail. Infringement proceedings account for the bulk of the caseload, but practice head Benjamin May and his team are also active in cancellation and invalidity proceedings and seizures. Additionally, the practice assists with licensing matters, for example in the context of distribution contracts, and also has experience advising on portfolio management. Louis Jestaz was promoted to counsel in 2020.

Practice head(s):

Other key lawyers:

Louis Jestaz

Testimonials

‘For me the standout feature of this firm is their understanding of the needs of Anglo-Saxon clients for efficiency, speed and straightforward advice. This is why they are my number one choice for IP litigation in France.’

‘I use Benjamin May as my primary point of contact as he is excellent at not only doing the work but also matching his team to the client’s needs. Very responsive. Great with clients and contacts. The stand-out counsel is Louis Jestaz, particularly in trade mark litigation work.’

‘The team is very pragmatic in their advice and quick to respond. They have been providing us with very sound intellectual property advice. ’

‘Louis Jestaz is very quick to respond, proactive and pragmatic in his advice. ’

Key clients

Allergan (litigation)

Verweij Fashion

Lidl

Spie Industries

Unique Heritage

National Fitness Campaign

Byredo

MF Distribution

Constellation Brand

Sarepta Therapeutics

Maison des Fleurs

Halal Supply

Eiffage Construction / Eiffage Immobilier

Gaillard Rondino

Administrative and public law Tier 4

Aramis advises major French public and private sector companies, including top names in the energy and rail sectors, as well as international groups and local public sector entities. Headed by Etienne Amblard, the team has strong public procurement expertise, with a track record of advising on several key projects in the transport and telecoms sectors. The team also has strong litigation know-how and is notably dealing with several large public procurement disputes. Finally, the practice also provides regulatory guidance and is handling a series of strategic matters in French Polynesia, especially in the telecoms and post sectors. Associate Kévyn Gillet also deserves a mention.

Practice head(s):

Etienne Amblard

Other key lawyers:

Kévyn Gillet

Testimonials

 ‘Aramis has a deep understanding of our business practices. Aramis’ approach is very personalised so it saves time and money. Aramis keeps you informed about any relevant legal changes and new rules linked to our business.’

‘Etienne Amblard’s advice is sharp and gets to the point. He is a true valuable legal partner for a company.’

‘Etienne Amblard has high-level technique able to solve the most complex legal issues. He has great work ethics.’

Key clients

RTE

Caisse des dépôts et consignations

RATP Dev

Syndicat mixte Autolib’

Tunnel Euralpin Lyon Turin

Carrefour

Egis Airport

Gepsa (ENGIE)

Emovis (Abertis group)

Décoral

Télio Group

Office des postes et télécommunications de Polynésie française

Dispute resolution: Commercial litigation Tier 4

Aramis

Practice head(s):

Cédric de Pouzilhac; Aurélien Condomines; Benjamin May

Other key lawyers:

Marion Carrega

EU, competition and distribution Tier 4

The team at Aramis is experienced in abuse of dominance and cartel investigations, as well as subsequent litigation. It also frequently handles merger control. Practice leader Aurélien Condomines leads on matters related to competition law and heads the firm’s compliance practice. Associate Pierre Galmiche is also noted.

Practice head(s):

Aurélien Condomines

Other key lawyers:

Pierre Galmiche

Testimonials

An extremely competent team and very alert to the operational realities of their customers.’

Key clients

Grohe

XPO Logistics

Natixis

Hermes

Firmenich

Cromology

La Poste

Primonial

Keolis

Henry Schein

Dyson

Beiersdorf

Carrefour

Système U

Tax Tier 5

Aramis

The firm: Aramis was created in 2006 by Aurélien Condomines, Benjamin May and Raphaël Mellerio, three senior lawyers in major international law firms having practiced in France and abroad. Since its creation, the firm has grown from three partners to 10 today and 30 lawyers altogether. The key features of the firm is managed growth and human size, a large spectrum of practice areas for businesses, involvement, pragmatism and simplicity.

Department Name Email Telephone
Corporate/M&A Raphaël Mellerio
Corporate/M&A Alexis Chahid-Nouraï
Antitrust and economic law Aurélien Condomines
Antitrust and economic law Mireille Dany
Intellectual property Benjamin May
Franchising Raphaël Mellerio
Franchising Aurélien Condomines
IT Benjamin May
Tax Benoît Gréteau
Employment Frédéric Milcamps
Commercial litigation Benjamin May
Commercial litigation Aurélien Condomines
Arbitration Cédric de Pouzilhac
Public law Etienne Amblard
Restructuring and insolvency Vincent Pellier