Firm Profile > Chassany Watrelot & Associés (CWA) > Paris, France

Chassany Watrelot & Associés (CWA)
8 RUE CHATEAUBRIAND
75008 PARIS
France

Employment Tier 1

Based in Paris, Lyon and Sophia Antipolis, Chassany Watrelot & Associés (CWA) is one of France’s most recognised boutiques. The firm gathers offers a substantial bench from its offices in France and its four offices in the Maghreb region, offering the complete range of expertise, spanning individual and collective advisory, litigation, social security and compensation and benefits matters. The group is very experienced in high-profile issues, including recent Covid-19-related matters, especially in the retail and metallurgical fields where its contribution was instrumental to ensure swift business reopening. The practice also has strong experience handling large-scale restructuring and insolvency-related work and is also regularly appointed to provide assistance on strategic M&A deals. Founding partners Philippe Chassany and Jérôme Watrelot co-head the firm. Also highly recommended are Elisabeth Graujeman who advises on labour law and retirement and welfare issues and Sébastien Poncet. Of counsel Anne de Gabory also deserves a mention. Juliette Pouyet and Julien Boucaud-Maître left in May 2021 to join Majj Avocats.

Practice head(s):

Philippe Chassany; Jérôme Watrelot

Other key lawyers:

Elisabeth Graujeman; Sébastien Poncet; Anne de Gabory

Testimonials

‘The partners are real experts in their field. Their main strength is being able to provide simple, pragmatic advice that can be easily put into practice, taking into account the realities of the company, as well as the financial and human aspects.’

‘Me Xavier de Jerphanion is  fast and efficient. He adapts to the situation and to his interlocutors.’

‘Always extremely available and responsive, Maître Sébastien Poncet combines great professionalism, perfect listening skills and a good understanding of extremely diverse issues. He always provides very relevant answers. Great added value.’

‘A competent, multidisciplinary team, attentive to the needs of clients with a sense of service.’

‘The lawyers are all very available and react quickly to problems; we always find an attentive and responsive ear to listen to our problems.’

‘Sébastien Poncet is always attentive, available, responsive, involved and proactive in the solution of problems.’

Key clients

LCH.Clearnet SA (LSE Group)

Carrefour

Transdev Group

Seita (Imperial Tobacco group)

Shiseido Europe

Groupe France Télévisions

Schmolz + Bickenbach

H&M

Amrest (KFC, Pizza Hut)

Royal Canin (Mars Group)

AT&T

Maersk

Dailymotion

The firm: Chassany Watrelot & Associés (CWA) is a law firm exclusively dedicated to employment law and other areas impacting human resources management. Over the past 30 years, the firm has experienced strong growth and is now in Lyon (since 1987), in Paris (since 1999), in Nice-Sophia Antipolis (since 2019) as well as in Casablanca and Tangiers (2011), Algiers and Tunis (2012). CWA brings together over 60 lawyers providing legal advice, accompanying and representing companies during litigations, and developing and conducting professional training.

CWA provides companies with strong support at all stages of the employment relation, be it individual or collective employment relations, either in the daily management of human resources and in the framework of large scale operations (restructurings, mergers and acquisitions, sales, outsourcing).

CWA defends its clients throughout all aspects of litigation, whether individual or collective. Given the increasing criminalisation of business law in general and labour law in particular, CWA has developed a expertise in employment criminal law to handle this type of litigation.

Because all human resources professionals need to constantly update their knowledge of employment law, CWA deploys all its knowledge and experience to provide tailor-made training sessions, bringing functional and innovative solutions.

Areas of practice: Thanks to its wide experience and multilingual skills, CWA provides legal advice to major international groups or SMEs which benefit both from the very personalised follow-up of a specifically dedicated lawyer and from the expertise of the entire firm through its highly technical expertise hubs.

Restructurings/M&A: the firm is involved in restructuring operations, such as business transfers, mergers and acquisitions or outsourcing operations. It addresses all matters: works council consultation, legal due diligence reports, impact of business transfers on employees, or elaboration and implementation of redundancy plans, negotiation of management packages.

Employment collective relations: a partner of companies and/or employer organisations, CWA brings its knowledge of legislation and case law, its responsiveness, and its analysis to help master the management of working relations, including the implementation of staff representative institutions.

Compensation and profit sharing: CWA assists its clients in remuneration strategies, including incentive plans (bonus, stock-option plans, profit-sharing, savings plans), taking into account the legal environment for social and tax optimisation, and the specific clients constraints and needs. (notably in cases of mergers or any other restructuring operations.)

Pensions and welfare protection: CWA also assists companies during the implementation or modification of retirement plans, supplementary healthcare schemes or death-incapacity-disability schemes. It has also developed a wide expertise in end-of-career plans (preretirement, proactive planning on employment and careers, etc).

Social security: CWA offers its expertise and understanding of the impact of social security regulations on the application of social security rules and the inspections of companies. It supports companies in the implementation of these rules and in the decision making process.

Health and safety at work: the firm adapts to legal developments during the development and follow-up of the occupational hazards prevention policy and in the conduct of relations with the health and safety committee. Its experience allows CWA to accompany its clients at the pre-litigation and litigation stages.

International mobility: CWA has developed expertise and assists clients in their international development with constant focus on the safety of the solutions recommended. CWA’s transversal team, dedicated to international mobility, works in connection with a network of foreign lawyers able assist clients in managing their employee mobility.

Department Name Email Telephone
Managing partner | Practice areas: Restructuring, employment collective relations, Litigation Philippe Chassany philippe.chassany@cwassocies.com +33 (0)4 37 51 16 16
Partner | Practice areas: Compensation and profit sharing, Pensions and welfare protection, Social security law Yoan Bessonnat yoan.bessonnat@cwassocies.com +33 (0)1 44 34 84 84
Partner | Practice areas: Employment collective relations, Social security law Sébastien Cellier sebastien.cellier@cwassocies.com +33 (0)1 44 34 84 84
Partner | Practice areas: Restructuring, Health and safety at work (working conditions/accidents at work and occupational diseases) Laurence Cohen laurence.cohen@cwassocies.com +33 (0)4 37 51 16 16
Partner | Practice areas: Litigation Benoît Dubessay benoit.dubessay@cwassocies.com +33 (0)1 44 34 84 84
Head of the Pensions & welfare protection hub | Practice areas: Restructurings, Compensation and profit sharing, Pensions and welfare protection Elisabeth Graujeman elisabeth.graujeman@cwassocies.com +33 (0)1 44 34 84 84
Partner | Practice areas: Restructuring, Health and safety at work (working conditions/accidents at work and occupational diseases) Hélène Guillot helene.guillot@cwassocies.com +33 (0)1 44 34 84 84
Partner | Practice areas: Employment collective relations, Health and safety at work (working conditions/accidents at work and occupational diseases) Franck Janin franck.janin@cwassocies.com +33 (0)4 37 51 16 16
Partner | Practice areas: Employment collective relations, Vocational training Xavier de Jerphanion xavier.dejerphanion@cwassocies.com +33 (0)1 44 34 84 84
Partner | Practice areas: Employment collective relations, Litigation Yves Merle yves.merle@cwassocies.com +33 (0)4 37 51 16 16
Managing partner, head of CWA Maghreb | Practice areas: International mobility, Corporate law and finance, Business law / Contract law, Public law, Tax law Mohamed Oulkhouir mohamed.oulkhouir@cwassocies.com +33 (0)1 44 34 84 84
Partner | Practice areas: Employment collective relations, Health and safety at work (working conditions/accidents at work and occupational diseases) Julia Pettex-Sabarot julia.pettex-sabarot@cwassocies.com +33 (0)4 37 51 16 16
Partner | Practice areas: Restructuring, Mergers and acquisitions, Employment collective relations Sébastien Poncet sebastien.poncet@cwassocies.com +33 (0)4 37 51 16 16
Partner | Practice areas: Litigation Magali Provençal magali.provencal@cwassocies.com +33 (0)4 37 51 16 16
Managing partner | Practice areas: Restructurings, Mergers and acquisitions, employment collective relations Jérôme Watrelot jerome.watrelot@cwassocies.com +33 (0)1 44 34 84 84
Photo Name Position Profile
 Julien Boucaud-Maître  photo Julien Boucaud-Maître Partner
 Benoît Dubessay  photo Benoît Dubessay Partner
 Elisabeth Graujeman  photo Elisabeth Graujeman Partner
 Hélène Guillot  photo Hélène Guillot Partner
 Mohamed Oulkhouir photo Mohamed Oulkhouir Partner at CWA. Managing partner of CWA in Maghreb. Managing Partner of…
 Juliette Pouyet  photo Juliette Pouyet Partner
 Mathieu Raio de San Lazaro  photo Mathieu Raio de San Lazaro Partner
 Jérôme Watrelot  photo Jérôme Watrelot Managing partner
 Xavier de Jerphanion  photo Xavier de Jerphanion Partner
Number of lawyers : 66
at this office : 30
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Other offices : Algiers
Other offices : Casablanca
Other offices : Lyon
Other offices : Tangier
Other offices : Tunis

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Chassany Watrelot & Associés (CWA) is a law firm exclusively dedicated to employment law and other areas impacting human resources management.

Within the framework of large scale operations (restructurings, mergers & acquisitions, sales, outsourcing…) as well as in the daily management of human resources, Chassany Watrelot & Associés mobilizes all its expertise and resources, to provide customized, secure and operational solutions, taking into account all the requirements and time constraints of its clients and their business environment.