Firm Profile > Aramis > Paris, France
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Aramis > The Legal 500 Rankings
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.
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.
‘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.‘
Le Crédit Lyonnais (LCL)
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.
Other key lawyers:
‘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. ’
National Fitness Campaign
Maison des Fleurs
Eiffage Construction / Eiffage Immobilier
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.
Other key lawyers:
‘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.’
Caisse des dépôts et consignations
Syndicat mixte Autolib’
Tunnel Euralpin Lyon Turin
Emovis (Abertis group)
Office des postes et télécommunications de Polynésie française
Cédric de Pouzilhac; Aurélien Condomines; Benjamin May
Other key lawyers:
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.
Other key lawyers:
‘An extremely competent team and very alert to the operational realities of their customers.’
Aramis > Firm Profile
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.
|Antitrust and economic law||Aurélien Condomines|
|Antitrust and economic law||Mireille Dany|
|Intellectual property||Benjamin May|
|Commercial litigation||Benjamin May|
|Commercial litigation||Aurélien Condomines|
|Arbitration||Cédric de Pouzilhac|
|Public law||Etienne Amblard|
|Restructuring and insolvency||Vincent Pellier|