Firm Profile > Astura > Paris, France

75008 PARIS

Industry focus: IT and internet  Tier 2

Astura is primarily retained by domestic clients, ranging in size from start-ups through mid and large corporates. The department, which is well known for its transactional work, is also regularly instructed on significant contentious matters with recent work highlights related to software license infringements, failed software implementation and failed website developments. Other areas in which the practice excels includes e-payments, IP and data protection. Founding partner Matthieu Mélin , who also possesses coding skills, leads the team.

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Data privacy and data protection Tier 3

The Paris-based team at Astura is expert in IT law, IP, and personal data, and is particularly strong in handling the data protection aspects of large transactions such as M&A and corporate financing. It is a popular choice for domestic clients ranging from mid-sized and large corporates and start-ups, with clients able to benefit from the firm's development of a platform to automate drafting legal documents. It also advises on GDPR compliance audits. Practice head Matthieu Mélin is the key contact.

Practice head(s):

Matthieu Mélin

Mergers and acquisitions Tier 5


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Hyper efficiency resulting in time savings for clients.

‘Constructive attitude, efficient, very quick turnaround of drafts when needed, and unpretentious.

Close team with complementary and complete visions.

Raphaël Dalmas, Alma Nicolai and Margot Blondel are efficient, complete and very attentive.

Partners present on cases, human-sized team with good communication allowing fluid exchanges.

‘Great technical competence, responsiveness and accuracy of feedback and follow-up.

‘Astura is unique in their responsiveness, agility and creativity. They are creative, commercial and effective negotiators and work very well alongside other counsel.

Key clients

Liqui Box

Boats Group

Astura was founded in 2012 by Raphaël Dalmas and Matthieu Mélin. Raphaël is admitted to practice in Paris and New-York.

Astura provides legal services according to the best international standards, with the flexibility of independent firms.

The firm has a very strong practice in cross-border mergers and acquisitions, both as lead and local counsel. It is frequently hired as an expert French law firm to work along top international law firms on the French aspects of large international transactions. Over the past few years, Astura’s cross-border practice has extended to include landmark transactions in Africa.

Astura also has a strong domestic client base, including mid and large corporate, family offices, and a few entrepreneurs.

It works in perfectly integrated way on transactions requiring specific skills in mergers an acquisitions, corporate financing, and information technology, intellectual property and personal data, thanks to the IP/IT team lead by Matthieu Mélin.

This approach enables Astura to understand its client’s intangible assets and structure their most strategic transactions. While all team members are passionate about law, the firm intends to bring value to clients through practical and business-oriented advice.

Department Name Email Telephone
Mergers and acquisitions Dalmas Raphaël 00 33 (0)1 84 16 24 32
IP/IT - Data protection and Data privacy Mélin Matthieu 00 33 (0)1 84 16 24 31
Partners : 2
Associates : 6
Paralegal : 2
ABA (American Bar Association)