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

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

Employment Tier 1

Chassany Watrelot & Associés (CWA) has ‘very strong expertise’, is ‘highly reliable, anticipates clients' needs’ and ‘takes into account clients' views and objectives’. The employment law boutique houses some 50 lawyers based in Paris, Lyon and Marseille, and also has four offices in the Maghreb area with an additional ten lawyers. The group has a full range of expertise and regularly advises a high-profile client base on business-critical strategic matters including major restructuring and M&A projects, and also has strong expertise in the social security, pensions, benefits and welfare protection fields. The practice advised new client Carrefour on the implementation of its major transformation plan and assisted Schmolz + Bickenbach with the takeover of Asco Industries and its subsequent reorganisation. It also favourably acted for France Télévisions before the Paris Court of Appeal in proceedings against trade unions. Transdev and Seita are also among its clients. Key names in the team include Jérôme Watrelot, who ‘is highly experienced and a trusted adviser for the most sensitive matters’; Elisabeth GraujemanJulien Boucaud-Maître, who ‘is very good on M&A related matters’; Sébastien Poncet, who has ‘a deep understanding of clients' expectations, always provides the most appropriate solutions, is always available and subtly evaluates risks and outcomes of key decisions that make him an irreplaceable partner’; and Juliette Pouyet.

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 Marseilles (since 2003) 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: Restructuring, Mergers and acquisitions Julien Boucaud-Maitre julien.boucaudmaitre@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
Partner | Practice areas: Litigation and employment collective / individual relations Jean Gérard jean.gerard@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: Restructurings, Social security law Juliette Pouyet juliette.pouyet@cwassocies.com +33 (0)1 44 34 84 84
Partner | Practice areas: Litigation Magali Provençal magali.provencal@cwassocies.com +33 (0)4 37 51 16 16
Partner | Practice areas: Employment collective relations Mathieu Raio de San Lazaro mathieu.desanlazaro@cwassocies.com +33 (0)1 44 34 84 84
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
 Yoan Bessonnat  photo Yoan Bessonnat
 Julien Boucaud-Maître  photo Julien Boucaud-Maître
 Benoît Dubessay  photo Benoît Dubessay
 Jean Gérard  photo Jean Gérard
 Elisabeth Graujeman  photo Elisabeth Graujeman
 Hélène Guillot  photo Hélène Guillot
Mr Mohamed Oulkhouir  photo Mr Mohamed Oulkhouir
 Juliette Pouyet  photo Juliette Pouyet
 Mathieu Raio de San Lazaro  photo Mathieu Raio de San Lazaro
 Jérôme Watrelot  photo Jérôme Watrelot
 Xavier de Jerphanion  photo Xavier de Jerphanion
Number of lawyers : 66
at this office : 30
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