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Hogan Lovells (Paris) LLP
17 AVENUE MATIGNON
CS30027
75378 PARIS
France

France > Industry focus: IT and internet  Tier 1

Hogan Lovells (Paris) LLP‘s particular regulatory expertise makes it the firm of choice for clients seeking to navigate the regulatory landscape of cutting-edge technologies. Transactional work and IT service outsourcing and fintech matters are equally areas of focus. The arrival of Etienne Drouard from K&L Gates LLP in early 2020 strengthened the firm’s offering in IT. David Taylor has a unique insight into domain name and internet-related intellectual property matters, notably handling such matters for Facebook. Christine Gateau specialises in IT litigation. A name to watch in the IT space, Patrice Navarro was welcomed to the partnership in January 2021. Mikael Salmela also contributes in TMT and healthcare matters.

Key clients

Kosovo Telecom

Advancia Teleservices

Association Française de la Relation Client (French Customer Relations Association)

Facebook

Google

Groupe CANAL +

Work highlights

  • Regularly advises Facebook on the recuperation of domain names, including online global enforcement, the recovery of gTLDs, handling of judicial requests and inquiries received from the French police, French courts and individual users, as well as on the management of judicial requests and inquiries received in other jurisdictions.
  • Assisted Boursorama with its online CRM strategy in compliance with consumer protection rules and e-commerce regulations as well as with digital advertising tracking technologies.
  • Provided legal guidance to Aéroports de Lyon in connection with the implementation of a facial recognition project, requiring the drafting of a data protection impact analysis on the processing of biometric data for submission to the CNIL (French Data Protection Authority).

France > Aviation finance Tier 2

Hogan Lovells (Paris) LLP‘s ‘dynamic, dedicated, responsive’ team is a sought-after counsel for numerous leading financial institutions. Its expertise encompasses export credit agency-supported financings, acquisition financing and disposal of individual or aircraft portfolios. Other work includes advising on on commercial and tax-based financings, Islamic financings, pre-delivery payment financings, and securitisations, often with an international element. Alexander Premont is the head of the practice. Alexandre Salem and Guergana Zabounova are also noted.

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Testimonials

‘The team is dynamic, dedicated, responsive and shows a great capacity for adaptation. Not only does it master the issues of aviation financing, but it also does not hesitate to capitalise on the other expertise of the Paris office.’

‘Alexander Prémont – a responsive, accessible, constructive partner, very involved in matters, both clear and relevant in negotiations. Alexandre Salem: a dedicated and accessible lawyer, with solid knowledge, in particular in security law. Guergana Zabounova: also a very good lawyer, with a constructive approach.’

‘Remarkable team. They stood by us in these complex times while offering constructive solutions to all parties. Great job!’

‘Alexander Premont, Alexandre Salem and Guergana Zabunova provided us with outstanding service. Besides, their interpersonal skills are great.’

Key clients

Swissport Financing S.à r.l. / HNA Group Co Ltd

Société Générale

UBS

Natixis

BRED Banque Populaire

BNP Paribas (Suisse)

La Banque Postale

Natixis

CACIB

Rolls-Royce

France > Banking and finance: Bank regulatory Tier 2

Hogan Lovells (Paris) LLP combines technical expertise and a deep understanding of the regulatory context in which its clients operate. Frequently advising on matters spanning multiple jurisdictions, the firm’s large financial services team provides an international one-stop-shop to banks and payment services clients. Partner Sébastien Gros leads the team. Senior associate Franck Dupret provides key support.

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‘The team has a commercial outlook and a ‘can do’ attitude. They are able to advise on the full spectrum of financial regulatory, commercial and banking matters. They are well aware of market practices and are able to advise on how market participants interpret and view the law and the how the regulators have reacted.’

‘Franck Dupret is a stand-out senior associate in the team. Our legal and business teams view him as a valuable partner who is extremely responsive and unafraid to give a view or recommendation.’

‘A very competent, responsive team who understands the operational constraints. Billing is fair and transparent.’

‘The people of the team are very pleasant, understand  the legal issues and the operational consequences very quickly. Franck Dupret is particularly responsive and solution-driven in addition to the fact that he demonstrates a real understanding of the business. Sébastien Gros ensures that the expectations of his clients are taken into account.’

Key clients

HSBC

BNP Paribas Group

Credit Agricole Group

Société Général

CNH Financial Service

Edenred

La Banque Postale

Opel Bank

Work highlights

  • Advising HSBC, both the French and the UK authorised credit institution, in relation to several banking regulatory matters.
  • Assisting a number of Crédit Agricole Group entities with several banking regulatory issues such as the global reorganisation of its Spanish and Portuguese entities, which included advising CAL&F on the amalgamation of Eurofactor Hispania and Eurofactor Portugal into CAL&F, a French authorised credit institution.

France > Capital markets: debt capital markets Tier 2

Hogan Lovells (Paris) LLP offers French and English law expertise, making it a popular choice for multijurisdictional matters in Europe, as well as a track record of advising on cross-border matters involving the US. Under the lead of Sharon Lewis and Vincent Fidelle  the team acts for banks, funds and corporates, with its very active practice in high-value debt issuances a key feature. In line with the firm’s sector positioning, the group is well versed in advising on matters from the insurance and reinsurance, shipping and transport, energy and automotive sectors.

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‘Very good knowledge of capital markets and the different types of market operations carried out.’

‘Professionalism, responsiveness, rigour and efficiency, understanding of needs.’

Key clients

BMW Finance SNC

Citigroup Global Markets Europe AG

DBRS Ratings Limited

Edmond de Rothschild (France)

BOURBON Group

Société nationale SNCF

Electricité de France (EDF)

ALD

Electricité de France (EDF)

RTE Réseau de transport d’électricité

KBC Bank NV

Société Générale

Arch Capital

Valneva

Medicrea

Claranova

Navya

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    France > Data privacy and data protection Tier 2

    Hogan Lovells (Paris) LLP guides clients through the complex regulatory landscape of data protection and privacy compliance matters. With long-standing experience advising on highly sensitive data breaches, the team can be relied on for crisis management. The data privacy and information technology expert at the firm, Patrice Navarro, is particularly experienced in advising clients on strategic data valorisation schemes and privacy issues, especially on health data-related subjects. Etienne Drouard is another key name at the firm, advising private and public entities operating IT and telecom infrastructures, online services, digital media and e-commerce platforms. Christine Gateau handles contentious matters.

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    Key clients

    Kosovo Telecom

    Advancia Teleservices

    Association Française de la Relation Client

    Facebook

    Google

    Groupe CANAL +

    Work highlights

    • Assisting Webhelp, a major worldwide call centre group,  with the approval of its Binding Corporate Rules with the French Data Protection Authority as the leading authority.
    • Providing comprehensive and global assistance to Bristol Myers Squibb/Celgene to ensure that the numerous data protection operations related to the commercialisation of their innovative drug treatment CAR T fully comply in all the European countries, in Japan, and other countries around the globe.
    • Assisting Aéroports de Lyon, a major global airport infrastructure operator, with the implementation of a facial recognition project.

    France > Derivatives and structured finance Tier 2

    Hogan Lovells (Paris) LLP combines sector expertise, especially in the automotive and transport sectors, with English and French law capabilities and expertise in structured finance and securitisations as well as derivatives. The caseload includes the establishment of programmes for structured products and securitisations, and the structuring, negotiation and documentation of OTC derivatives. Repapering projects are also handled. Since the start of the Covid 19 crisis, the practice has increasingly advised on derivatives matters arisen from liquidity problems and restructurings. Thanks to the firm’s international presence, the Paris team is a very good choice for multijurisdictional matters, in particular pan-European ones, but also matters involving Asian jurisdictions, the US and Australia. The team frequently attracts innovative transactions, for example involving new EU securitisation regulations. Sharon Lewis heads the finance, insurance and investment practice as well as the global financial institutions and insurance sector group, and is the key contact for structured finance. Katia Merlini  leads the structured products and derivatives practice. Laura Asbati made partner in January 2022.

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    Testimonials

    ‘The Hogan Lovells team is essential in the French securitisation market. We regularly call on their services and particularly appreciate their availability and their always very clear communication. The strength of the firm in other jurisdictions is also ideal for situations involving cross-border issues.’

    ‘The team sets itself apart from other firms by its great professionalism and expertise, without ever being arrogant. Easy contact, a resolutely client-oriented approach, the Hogan Lovells team is the very example of what we expect from a firm. Its numerous successes bear witness to the excellence of the firm: a clever blend of cutting-edge expertise and real proximity.’

    ‘Among the team, Laura Asbati should be mentioned for her excellent collaboration. We can underline her ability to summarise very clearly the ins and outs, the issues, and thus provide solid advice allowing a quick decision to be taken. And of course Sharon Lewis whose availability is particularly remarkable at this level!’

    ‘A very high responsiveness, a great knowledge of issues related to assets as well as market practices.’

    ‘I greatly appreciated working with Laura Asbati who knows how to demonstrate a great capacity for adaptation, synthesis and knows how to approach legal subjects with pragmatism. She also knows how to demonstrate a great sense of pedagogy towards interlocutors who are not always familiar with the problems encountered.’

    ‘Laura Asbati is very invested in her mission and particularly diligent. His responsiveness, the relevance and precision of her comments are greatly appreciated.’

    ‘Excellent workmanship with a high professional standard.’

    ‘The lawyer with whom we are in contact is always ready to help us even if it means going beyond the perimeter of the entrusted mission. She knows how to tell when the subject does not fully fall within her skills and does not seek to take missions at all costs. She has ‘deep’ reasoning and great technique.’

    Key clients

    BMW Finance

    Société Générale, Banco Santander, S.A. and ING Bank N.V.

    Citigroup Global Markets Europe AG

    DBRS Ratings Limited

    Edmond de Rothschild (France)

    Credit Agricole Corporate and Investment Bank

    AccorInvest

    Work highlights

    • Advised Société Générale as arranger and joint lead manager as well as Banco Santander, S.A. and ING Bank N.V. as joint lead managers in connection with the securitisation of a portfolio of auto lease and residual value receivables originated by CREDIPAR in France.
    • Advised Citigroup Global Markets Europe AG (as Joint Lead Manager) on Daimler AG/Mercedes-Benz Financial Services France’s first ever French public deal, with the transaction securitising auto loan, auto lease and residual value assets and achieving the STS label (Silver Arrow France).
    • Advised AccorInvest on the hedge derivative transactions related to its financial restructuring.

    France > Dispute resolution: Commercial litigation Tier 2

    Hogan Lovells (Paris) LLP has considerably strengthened its commercial and corporate caseload since Arthur Dethomas joined the firm at the end of 2019. Able to handle a mix of commercial, corporate and criminal law issues, Dethomas has notably been retained by leading investment funds to assist with high-stakes corporate disputes. He has also been entrusted with the management of a high-profile case following the occurring of a fire in a data center. Disputes in the IT and healthcare sectors are other areas of strength, with the practice handling France’s first data class action proof of its expertise in the former, while several high-stakes product liability disputes are a core part of the practice’s healthcare caseload. Christine Gateau, Christelle Coslin and counsel Charles-Henri Caron are the key contacts here. Marine De Montecler and Pauline Faron made counsel in January 2022.

    Practice head(s):

    Arthur Dethomas

    Testimonials

    ‘A strong team in dispute resolution, with an appreciated ability to be flexible and informative to clients in other jurisdictions.’

    ‘Both Christelle Coslin and Victor Fabré provide excellent service.’

    ‘Mastery of complex procedural issues which allows for elaborate and far-sighted strategic advice; efficient approach for serial and mass litigation, particularly relating to medical law and product defects.’

    ‘Christelle Coslin: brilliant and strategic lawyer who is totally up to the big challenges and has the habit of considering various solutions; she is practical and creative (‘thinking outside the box’). Charles-Henri Caron: very careful and scrupulous work.’

    Key clients

    Google

    Merck

    OVH

    CBRE

    Eurofins Group

    Wendel

    Pari Mutuel Urbain (PMU)

    Wikimedia Foundation

    Work highlights

    • Representing data hosting service provider OVH in torts actions following a massive fire which destroyed one of its datacenters and led to the loss of data for certain customers.
    • Representing the interests of the Wikimedia Foundation in various disputes brought before French Courts.
    • Defending Merck & Co and its French subsidiary MSD Vaccins in product liability claims brought by French plaintiffs in relation to alleged adverse events of the Gardasil vaccine.

    France > Dispute resolution: Stock market litigation Tier 2

    Hogan Lovells (Paris) LLP‘s Arthur Dethomas, the head of the practice, has extensive experience in stock market abuse AMF proceedings. He is notably defending investment funds and companies in insider dealing and financial information investigations and sanctions proceedings. Julien Martinet left the practice in February 2022.

    Practice head(s):

    Arthur Dethomas

    Testimonials

    ‘Excellent team; high-level writing skills and understanding of complex subjects.’

    ‘Practical sense; very good knowledge of the regulator; fine psychology transparency.’

    ‘Very strong availability; very good advice. Arthur Dethomas is remarkable.’

    Key clients

    High Co SA

    ING Bank

    Work highlights

    • Representing French listed company High Co in proceedings against an activist shareholder regarding confidential information issues.
    • Representing the French branch of ING Bank in regulatory sanction proceedings.

    France > EU, competition and distribution Tier 2

    The antitrust, competition and economic regulation team at Hogan Lovells (Paris) LLP leverages the strength of its global network (offices in the Americas, the Asia Pacific region, Europe, the Middle East and Africa) to advise multinational corporates on issues across the practice area. Such matters include merger control, tender procedures, formal investigations, dawn raids, damages claims, and representation in proceedings before the European Commission, the Court of Justice of the European Union, and the French Competition Authority. Led by antitrust expert Eric Paroche, the team includes experienced senior associates Céline Verney and Victor Levy.

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    ‘The Hogan Lovells competition team is particularly reliable and serious, with great rigour in handling cases.’

    ‘Eric Paroche is very involved in the files and provides a good operational knowledge of the sectors concerned.’

    ‘The professionalism and knowledge in European law, competition and distribution of the Hogan Lovells (Paris) LLP teams are undeniable.’

    ‘The Hogan Lovells competition team is very professional and has significant experience in competition law. Eric Paroche and his team cover all areas of competition law (antitrust, mergers, state aid and litigation) with, in particular, extensive experience in antitrust and state aid. All lawyers are very responsive and very pragmatic. Eric Paroche and his associates have a great capacity of processing files and identifying concrete and adapted solutions. Eric and his team are part of a very comprehensive European network of competition lawyers throughout Europe and the United States which is very useful.’

    Key clients

    Veolia

    CNP Assurances

    Safilo

    DP World

    Henkel

    Caisse des Dépôts et Consignations (CDC)

    TowerBrook

    Veolia/Dalkia Joint Venture

    Andera Partners

    Chequers Capital

    Apax Partners

    Argos Wityu

    Hivest Capital Partners

    Antilles Glaces

    France > Industry focus: Healthcare and life sciences Tier 2

    Hogan Lovells (Paris) LLP life sciences practice stands out for its deep industry knowledge across the full spectrum of expertise, including corporate aspects, regulatory, health data strategy, intellectual property and product liability. Charlotte Damiano represents well-known companies on pricing and reimbursement matters for pharmaceutical products and medical devices, and more generally on market access issues. Mikael Salmela  specialises in regulatory advice and structuring in the context of M&A transactions in the life sciences sector.

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    Testimonials

    ‘Charlotte Damiano: expert in her field. She always responds quickly and knows how to be pragmatic and simple, particularly when exchanges are made with non-lawyers.’

    ‘Qualities: available, analyses taking into account the specificities of the pharmaceutical industry, deadlines met. Notable lawyers: Mikael Salmena, Joséphine Pour.’

    Key clients

    Bristol Myers Squibb/Celegne

    Merck & Co., Inc., and its French subsidiary MSD Vaccins

    Eli Lilly

    Icos Corporation

    Voluntis

    Medicrea

    Work highlights

    • Advising Celgene on a major health data processing authorisation request in front of the CNIL for an innovative drug treatment under a cohort authorisation for temporary use in France, as well as with the launch and deployment of CAR-T products in France.
    • Assisting Merck & Co., Inc., and its French subsidiary MSD Vaccins with the coordination and defense of product liability claims brought by French plaintiffs before the Courts or before Commissions for Conciliation and Indemnification (CCIs) in relation to alleged adverse events of the vaccine Gardasil.
    • Representing Eli Lilly on the French aspects of generic attacks on its oncology product Alimta.

    France > Industry focus: Luxury goods Tier 2

    Hogan Lovells (Paris) LLP‘s strong consumer goods industry group in Paris has a dedicated team of lawyers that regularly advise the luxury goods industry. Counsel Olivia Bernardeau-Paupe leads the consumer goods practice and takes on IP matters. Thierry Meillat is known for employment law and Mikael Salmela leads the firm’s IT outsourcing and contracts. Former K&L Gates LLP partner Etienne Drouard arrived at the firm in February 2020 and is specialised in IT, privacy and data protection making him a key name for complex technology-related issues in this sector.

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    KERING

    Clinique Laboratories LLC and ELCO

    Work highlights

    • Assisting a French global luxury group gathering luxury brands with the drafting of the binding corporate rules related to global data transfers.
    • Represented Clinique Laboratories LLC in a trade mark infringement dispute against French company WB Technologies.

    France > Insolvency Tier 2

    Hogan Lovells (Paris) LLP’ has a very skilled team which assists all types of stakeholders including lenders, investors, debtors as well as judicial administrators and the French state in relation to sensitive matters. The practice stands out through its international capabilities which were recently at play in the landmark restructuring of Bourbon in the maritime sector. The insolvency team, which is supported by strong finance and corporate capabilities, recently appeared in highly prominent cases in relation to various sectors such as retail, hospitality, manufacturing and transport. It was notably retained by Accor Invest to assist with its debt restructuring. Additionally, the practice is experienced in refinancing work and major asset takeover cases. Practice head Philippe Druon is a star in the field. Cécile Dupoux and Astrid Zourli made partner in early 2022.

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    Philippe Druon

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    Testimonials

    ‘The restructuring team stands out on the market through the combination of its experience and excellence. They are present on most of the most important files on the market, often complex files. Their expertise extends to a large number of business sectors, with particular expertise in financial institutions, transport, energy and retail. I find the team very accessible, complementary (with an appreciable male/female parity) and responsive.’

    ‘Astrid Zourli and Philippe Druon are two extremely experienced and seasoned practitioners. They are able to deal with the most sophisticated matters on the French market: they have an enormous capacity for work thanks, in particular, to a structured team. Philippe and Astrid offer a tailor-made service, delivering high-quality work to their clients. They are known as dealmakers, which contributes to their reputation. Philippe is essential on the market, he is a real star. Astrid has also made a name for herself, now recognised, and has demonstrated to the market all her professional qualities. It is a pleasure to work with them.’

    ‘The team is particularly remarkable. In my opinion, it is one, if not the best in the French market in restructuring with regard to the cases handled, their variety, and the importance of the clients who trust them. They are particularly to be distinguished by their expertise in complex restructuring, both amicable and insolvency proceedings. They know how to propose and carry out the operating mode most suited to the constraints and the timing of the case. In addition, because of their varied experience, they have in-depth knowledge of several sectors of activity. I would add that the team stands out for the ease of exchanges with all of its members (from partners/counsel to the youngest associates) which necessarily contributes to the success of a collaboration.’

    ‘From an individual point of view, Philippe Druon is a true reference in the market. He has in-depth knowledge, based on his experience, of the business factors and considerations to be had for troubled companies, insolvency proceedings and financial restructuring. He is a keen negotiator capable of successfully resolving the most complex and difficult issues, managing and disentangling difficult situations.’

    ‘Astrid Zourli stands out through her mastery of subjects, her ability to lead negotiations until consensus is reached, often within tight timing. Her collaborative and pragmatic attitude, solution-oriented approach, and exceptional commitment are particularly remarkable. Philippe and Astrid form a formidable duo that works in a complementary way.’

    ‘Cécile Dupoux is one of the finest lawyers I have ever worked with. She is very knowledgeable and responsive. She is the full package of what you might expect of a business attorney.’

    ‘Philippe Druon is very connected and able to get straight to the point in negotiations. Astrid Zourli is very professional, available, technical, business-oriented, pragmatic, a solution provider.’

    ‘Cécile Dupoux is very knowledgeable and has an excellent network of experts.’

    Key clients

    Bourbon Maritime

    AccorInvest

    San Marina

    FHB No

    Inteya Products, LLC

    The French State – Ministry of Economy

    Groupe Bertrand

    HGZ SAS

    5àSec

    Naxicap Partners

    France > Insurance Tier 2

    The insurance department of the Paris office of global law firm Hogan Lovells (Paris) LLP combines the expertise of its team with the scale of its worldwide network to assist major major insurers, reinsurers (Allianz, Aviva, AXA, Zurich, Chubb) and financial institutions on a wide range of transactional and regulatory insurance matters. These include M&A, disposal of assets, joint ventures, group reorganisations, portfolio and business transfers, insurance products and licensing requirements. The group is led by practice head and corporate insurance expert Sébastien Gros, with Sharon Lewis in charge of the insurance securitisation practice, and counsel Ghina Farah providing key support, among others when advising e-money and payment institutions.

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    ‘The Hogan Lovells insurance team (partner Sébastien Gros) is one of the few to master insurance law in Paris.’

    ‘Professionalism, integration of business considerations and constraints in consulting and proposal of solutions. Real expertise in the field of insurance. Responsiveness and speed.’

    ‘Sébastien Gros and Ghina Farah’s team has exceptional expertise in the regulatory field and in particular in insurance law. In this particularly changing and multi-jurisdictional environment (local, European, international), the Hogan Lovells firm is able to meet both technical and logistical needs and ensure the project management of projects with an international dimension thanks to its particularly technological maturity.’

    ‘Sébastien Gros and Ghina Farah, in addition to their impressive expertise in insurance law and their proximity to the various regulators, have a remarkable work force and commitment.’

    Key clients

    Ag2R La Mondiale

    Allianz

    April

    Assurant (CWI Group)

    Assured Guaranty

    Aviva (Group and various affiliates)

    AXA (Group and various affiliates)

    Chubb

    CNP Assrances (Group and various affiliates)

    Coface

    Ergo

    Euler Hermes

    Generali

    MetLife

    OVH Cloud

    RGA

    SCOR

    Zurich Eurolife

    Work highlights

    • Assisted +Simple, an innovative insurtech, on the acquisition of April Entreprise Est, a subsidiary of April Group and wholesale insurance broker specialised in the health insurance and regulated business insurance lines of business.
    • Advised CNP Assurances on the due diligence, negotiation and signing of an agreement with the Aviva Group for the acquisition of its life insurance businesses in Italy, including the taking over of majority stake in a joint venture with UniCredit.

    France > Intellectual property: Patents Tier 2

    The intellectual property, media, and technology practice at Hogan Lovells (Paris) LLP acts before French courts and the French intellectual property office. Chairperson Marie-Aimée de Dampierre jointly heads the team with David Taylor and Jane Seager. Stanislas Roux-Vaillard has extensive experience in the conception and execution of multijurisdictional strategies for clients and specialises in the medical devices, pharma, and biotech areas.

    Testimonials

    ‘Stanislas Roux-Vaillard works with a lean team with clear responsibilities for the team members so hours of discussions or consultation within the team are avoided, keeping the billable time within reason and appropriate for the matter being handled by this office.’

    The HL team, led by Stanislas Roux-Vaillard, has represented us in France with respect to patent related litigation efficiently and effectively, identifying and making arguments that have provided excellent results.

    Key clients

    Eli Lilly

    Icos Corporation

    Vegro ApS

    Work highlights

    • Represented Vegro ApS in a patent assignment dispute initiated by Vestergaard Frandsen regarding long-lasting insecticidal net.
    • Represented Eli Lilly in the French disputes of generic attacks on its oncology product Alimta.
    • Represented Icos Corporation in two distinct litigations in France respectively before the First Instance Court of Paris and before the Court of Appeal of Paris in relation to validity and infringement actions.

    France > Intellectual property: Trade marks and designs Tier 2

    The specialist IP, media and technology team at Hogan Lovells (Paris) LLP frequently advises clients active in the consumer goods, technology and media industries. Its work on trade marks and designs is part of a broader practice that encompasses patents and copyright issues. The dispute resolution team covers international litigation, mediation and arbitration matters before the French courts and the French IP office. Practice heads Marie-Aimée de Dampierre, David Taylor and Jane Seager collectively deal with major IP disputes and brand protection. Counsel Olivia Bernardeau-Paupe focuses on IP transactions, prosecutions and IP litigation.

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    Marie Aimée de Dampierre; David Taylor; Jane Seager

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    Facebook

    Work highlights

    • Acted as a key outside counsel for Facebook regarding the recuperation of domain names and security issues.

    France > Private equity: LBO Tier 2

    Hogan Lovells (Paris) LLP is a key player in the mid-cap segment and is also well-versed in handling complex large-cap mandates on behalf of private equity funds, portfolio companies, management teams and investors. The work portfolio includes buyout transactions, exits through IPOs and advice on management packages. New additions to the team include Matthieu Grollemund and Hélène Parent in January 2021, former practitioners at Baker McKenzie. Stéphane Huten heads up the practice. Ariane Berthoud left the firm in January 2022 for HOCHE AVOCATS.

    Practice head(s):

    Stéphane Huten

    Testimonials

    ‘Stéphane Huten is brilliant and creative.’

    ‘Flexible, quality team covering a wide spectrum of legal skills. Unbeatable value for money.’

    ‘Stéphane Huten knows how to relay market practices so that his clients are in the best position to carry out the deal.’

    Key clients

    21 Centrale Partners and LV Overseas

    Accel KKR

    Activa Capital

    Actomezz

    Ally Bridge Group

    Apax Development Partners

    Ardian

    Argos Wityu

    Azulis Capital

    Arkea Capital

    BNP Paribas Dévelopment

    Socadif

    MASCSF

    Bliss Advisors

    BPI France

    Cathay Capital Private Equity

    Chequers Capital

    Elaia

    Eurazeo

    Exotec

    Five Elms Capital

    Hivest Capital Partners

    IDI

    Idinvest Partners

    Ledger

    LFPI

    Long Arc Capital

    Partech

    Red River West

    Siparex

    TowerBrook Capital Partners (UK) LLP

    Ÿnsect

    Work highlights

    • Acted for TowerBrook Capital Partners on its acquisition of the rail division of the group Consolis.
    • Advised the founders of Euro Ethnic Foods on the sale of the grocery branch of Grands Frais to PAI Partners.
    • Advised Vale Nouvelle Calédonie and the management on the management-led buyout acquisition of Vale Nouvelle Calédonie from Vale.

    France > Private equity: venture/growth capital Tier 2

    The sizable private equity team at Hogan Lovells (Paris) LLP provides end-to-end strategic advice on growth capital and venture capital transactions as well as LBOs. The group’s clients include private equity funds, sovereign wealth funds, institutional investors, and portfolio companies. Stéphane Huten heads the practice and focuses on mergers and acquisitions for private and public companies. Xavier Doumen focuses on direct investments into private companies. The team has been strengthened further by the arrival of partners Hélène Parent and Matthieu Grollemund from Baker McKenzie in January 2021. The pair comes with a strong reputation in advising international funds and tech companies on investment in France and other jurisdictions.

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    ‘Matthieu Grollemund has extensive experience in private equity matters, which we highly value, which allows him to provide first-rate legal support. We value his ability to intervene in complex matters and situations, on which his qualities are essential. We have also been working with Hélène Parent for several years and appreciate the excellence of her support. She is very reliable, precise, and creative when needed. We have built a very high-quality relationship, based on experience and trust, which contributes to the quality of the work carried out together: its adaptability to the environment and the constraints of the deals is particularly appreciable.’

    ‘The Hogan Lovells private equity team is distinguished by the excellence of the support it offers, particularly during complex transactions. In general, we retain Hogan Lovells for three main reasons: 1. Excellence in legal support, in-depth knowledge of the private equity sector and market practices, their ability, if necessary, to effectively manage complex and specific matters and situations. 2. High adaptability to the environment and the reality of the deal, in particular, the level of negotiation required and adapted to the circumstances (hard or low-touch). 3. Reliability, responsiveness and general quality of the work provided.’

    ‘Hélène Parent: great technical competence, business-minded, responsive, creative, very attentive to her clients, a force of proposal.’

    ‘Matthieu Grollemund is very knowledgeable; all the funds know him and respect him. He is also a truly international lawyer who helps to expand internationally.’

    Key clients

    +Simple

    21 Centrale Partners and LV Overseas

    Accel KKR

    Activa Capital

    Actomezz (Andera Partners)

    Ally Bridge Group

    Apax Development partners

    Ardian

    Argos Wityu

    Azulis Capital, Arkea Capital, BNPP Développement, Socadif, MACSF

    Blisce Advisors

    BPI France

    Cathay Capital Private Equity & Cathay Innovation

    Chequers Capital

    Elaia

    Eurazeo

    Exotec

    Five Elms Capital

    Hivest Capital Partners

    IDI

    Idinvest Partners

    Ledger

    LFPI

    Long Arc Capital

    Partech

    Red River West

    Siparex

    TowerBrook Capital Partners (U.K.) LLP

    Ÿnsect

    Work highlights

    • Represented a consortium of investors including Bain Capital, Felix Capital, 83 North and Elaia in the €255m Series D of Mirakl.
    • Represented Ynsect in its Series C fundraising, led by Astanor and Upfront.
    • Represented Bpifrance and Eurazeo in their investments in Content Square, a company developing a digital experience analytics platform.

    France > Shipping finance Tier 2

    ‘One of the most renowned practices on the market’ for financing, Hogan Lovells (Paris) LLP has an excellent track record advising on the financing of individual vessels or portfolios of vessels, of large corporate acquisitions and restructuring matters. Acting for leading international banks in shipping finance as well as for market-leading operators, the firm handles a diverse range of financing work. Practice head Alexander Premont is lauded for his ‘in-depth technical knowledge’ in asset financing.

    Practice head(s):

    Testimonials

    ‘The practice in Paris is one of the most famous and experienced a big boost with the arrival of Alexander Premont a few years ago.’

    ‘The team does not hesitate to adapt its assistance proposals to our needs, both in terms of cost control (capped fees, etc.) as well as content and time.’

    ‘Hogan Lovells’ financing practice in Paris is one of the most renowned practices on the market. The team is dynamic, responsive and extremely competent. They have the technical arsenal and are attentive to offer solutions and guide us in our choices. In addition, Alexander Premont is receptive to our needs and formulates personalised proposals.’

    ‘I enjoy working with Alexander Premont for his in-depth technical knowledge of structured, asset and acquisition finance. Alexander makes a point of being involved in all of his files. He listens and is proactive in proposing pragmatic solutions. He is an excellent negotiator who streamlines exchanges between the parties.’

    ‘Alexander Premont is closely involved in all aspects of the transaction and has a good knowledge of the market. He works hard to give us the best result.’

    ‘Hogan Lovells has a practice that covers a wide range of financing (acquisition and assets (ships, aircraft and other significant assets)) on behalf of banks, investors, lessors, lessees and owners. They have excellent visibility of market conditions and a real knowledge of the sector. Our teams appreciate the involvement of team members, their availability and their enthusiasm despite the complexity of the files and the tight deadlines. Our team’s operational staff can count on a team that is committed to finding a solution to our transactional and legal issues.’

    ‘Alexander Premont balances the demands of sound legal documentation with the necessary business flexibility. He has a very good knowledge of the specifics of financing, particularly in the maritime sector.’

    Key clients

    Société Générale

    BNP Paribas (Suisse) SA

    Credit Agricole Corporate and Investment Bank

    ABN AMRO

    Natixis

    UBS

    Bred Banque Populaire

    Caisse D’Epargne

    Seaowl

    France > Administrative and public law Tier 3

    Hogan Lovells (Paris) LLP is particularly recommended for its know-how in projects and public procurement. The practice acts for sponsors and public authorities undertaking major infrastructure projects in France and in Africa, especially in the transport and energy sectors. Lately, the team has also been defending a public authority in dealing with several compensation damages claims coming from operators. The team is led by Bruno Cantier with counsel Perrine Limousin providing key support. Ludovic Babin left the firm early 2022.

    Practice head(s):

    Bruno Cantier

    Other key lawyers:

    Testimonials

    ‘Good team cohesion and featuring brilliant of counsels.’

    ‘The team is extremely available. The consultations are quick, thorough and very solid.’

    ‘Bruno Cantier provides high-quality advice and is extremely available to his clients. He leads a quality team.’

    ‘Bruno Cantier ‘s team was very responsive and very educational to help us understand the real issues of an unusual contract for us. Their remarks and comments were clear and constructive.’

    ‘The work of Bruno Cantier, partner, and Perrine Limousin, counsel, was really appreciated. Responsive, clear and pragmatic, the team was able to give appropriate and useful advice.’

    ‘Knowledge of the African market, value for money, focus on what is important.’

    ‘I worked closely with Bruno Cantier and Perrine Limousin. Beyond legal knowledge, the team shows humility and persuasion in negotiations.’

    Key clients

    Engie

    Meridiam

    Themis Energy

    Work highlights

    • Advised a consortium led by Engie and Meridam as sponsors in relation to the financing of two solar PV plants in Senegal being developed under the IFC’s Scaling Solar programme.
    • Advising Themis Energy with regards to the construction and the operation of a 44MW hydro power plant in Côte d’Ivoire.

    France > Banking and finance: transactional work Tier 3

    At Hogan Lovells (Paris) LLP, the team is praised for its ‘expertise in both English and French law (which) makes it one of the most versatile teams for international investment’. It works closely with the firm’s capital markets, insolvency and restructuring, and financial services litigation groups. As part of its broad offering, the group is active in leveraged and acquisition finance, corporate finance and project finance. It typically advises leading financial institutions, alternative lenders and sponsors. The department is jointly led by Sabine Bironneau and Alexander Premont. Luc Bontoux made of counsel in January 2022.

    Testimonials

    ‘Strong knowledge of the French market and the pragmatism of the team allow us to focus on the key points of a negotiation.’

    ‘I have been working with HL for several years. I appreciate their professionalism, their close relationship with their clients and the extent of their expertise in LBO financing. It is one of the largest teams representing sponsors and unitranche debt funds in the market.’

    ‘We work with Hogan Lovells on acquisition finance and structured finance in the real estate sector. The banking team has excellent knowledge of market practices and the position and sensitivities of the various stakeholders. The team’s expertise in both English and French law makes it one of the most versatile teams for international investment.’

    ‘Alexander Premont has notable expertise in LBO financing, representing sponsors and debt funds in the mid/large-cap market. He is always available and knows how to offer pragmatic solutions.’

    ‘We have been working with HL for several years, particularly on acquisition financing. They have an excellent combination of geographic coverage and technical expertise. We work with HL because it is also one of the best firms in the field of acquisition finance in Paris.’

    ‘We recently worked with Alexander Premont, who has in-depth knowledge and expertise in leveraged acquisition finance. He always gives us pragmatic advice. He represents both lenders and sponsors and therefore have an excellent view of the sensitivities of each party involved in the transaction.’

    ‘I have been working with Hogan Lovells, and in particular Alexander Premont, for several years because the firm and Alexander are one of the best firms and advisers on acquisition financing in Paris. I am always surprised by the involvement of the team. They are smart, commercial and always available.’

    ‘There is a flawless integration between the banking, corporate, restructuring and tax teams. They work in perfect symbiosis. It is one of the finest transactional practices in Paris at the moment. Alexander Premont in banking is particularly remarkable for his availability, involvement and pragmatism. He knows how to lead the negotiations to bring the parties together.’

    Key clients

    Crédit Agricole Corporate and Investment Banking (CACIB)

    BNP Paribas (BNPP)

    Akiem Group

    Arc France SAS (FDES)

    Bourbon Groupe

    Towerbrook

    BNPP Asset Management

    Arkéa Banque Entreprises et Institutionnels

    Banque Populaire Aquitaine Centre Atlantique

    Proparco

    Bank of China

    Crédit Lyonnais

    Caisse d’Epargne et de Prévoyance Grand Est Europe

    Société Générale

    SPG FRR Dette Privée France

    Banque Populaire Rives de Paris

    Caisse Régionale de Crédit Agricole Mutuel de Paris et d’Ile de France

    Work highlights

    • Advised Bourbon Group in relation to its corporate and financial restructuring due to financial difficulties.
    • Acted on the acquisition of Health Advocate by Téléperformance, a provider of integrated digital solutions.
    • Advised TowerBrook on the acquisition financing of Consolis Rail, the Rail division of Consolis.

    France > Employment Tier 3

    Hogan Lovells (Paris) LLP assists a large and diverse client base, including leading names in the pharmaceutical, luxury goods, automobile and finance sectors as well as a leading digital platform and several industrial clients. The group is able to handle a broad array of issues, ranging from reorganization and downsizing projects to M&A and litigation. In recent work, the group acted on the negotiation and review of collective agreements and assisted clients with social security and benefits issues, including in disputes. Practice head Dominique Mendy, Thierry Meillat and Marion Guertault are the key contacts.

    Practice head(s):

    Dominique Mendy

    Other key lawyers:

    Testimonials

    ‘The team is versatile, very responsive, and reconciles a pragmatic approach with a high level of technical expertise in litigation.’

    ‘Marion Guertault is smart, fast, efficient and organised. She is a privileged interlocutor for complex litigation and tense situations.’

    ‘Extensive experience in complex social restructuring cases and ability to quickly mobilise all of the firm’s key skills to provide a rapid and relevant response.’

    ‘The partners are very involved in the files, with an understanding of the social and operational issues allowing the deployment of pragmatic and effective solutions.’

    ‘Highly dedicated lawyer, high level of expertise and motivation on top; practical and imaginative – able to find clever solutions to complex situations.’

    ‘We receive precise and very clear invoices from the firm, we feel a very precise organisation. In the event of the absence of our lawyer, there is immediately a relay and a response given as soon as possible. I will strongly recommend this firm and especially Marion Guertault.’

    ‘Working with Marion Guertault is really a pleasure, she is very professional, very responsive and very clear in the answers given to each situation. In general, when you contact your lawyer, it is for a complicated and urgent case and Marion very quickly provides a solution; there is a real constructive exchange.’

    Key clients

    Finance Active

    Voluntis

    Work highlights

    • Advising Finance Active on employment matters related to its acquisition by Aptus.    
    • Assisting Voluntis SA with preparing and conducting the information and consultation process in relation to its acquisition by AptarGroup.

    France > Industry focus: Energy Tier 3

    Hogan Lovells (Paris) LLP

    Practice head(s):

    Laurent Gouiffès; Bruno Cantier; Olivier Fille-Lambie

     

    Testimonials

    ‘High pragmatism, great listening skills, availability, rigour and competitiveness of fees.’

    ‘Extremely responsive team, available and able to propose innovative terms during negotiations over the term sheet, shareholder and investment agreement.’

    ‘I greatly appreciate the quality of the deliverables, the promptness and responsiveness and proximity to clients shown by the firm.’

    ‘Olivier Fille-Lambie is remarkable for his constant listening, his technical competence and his ability to coordinate. Always available, he instills a good dynamic to find innovative contractual and legal solutions adapted to the different scenarios that may arise.’

    ‘The arbitration practice is business-focused and identifies important legal and strategic aspects of a case. They have a broad understanding of the business, great resources to make thorough preparations, give good advice through the process and are very well prepared for arbitrations. Their arbitration skills are regarded to be in the high end.’

    ‘Laurent Gouiffes is a very experienced arbitrator with great strategic understanding who leads a very professional arbitration team that delivers on promise.’

    Key clients

    Electricité de France (EDF)

    Bertin Technologies

    Vale Nouvelle Calédonie

    Work highlights

    • Advising EDF on the  issuance of a €850m and €1,2bn Reset Perpetual Subordinated Notes.
    • Advising EDF on its inaugural issue of hybrid corporate bonds for a nominal amount of €1.25bn.
    • Advising Bertin Technologies on the sale of Bertin Energie Environnement.

    France > Intellectual property: Copyright Tier 3

    The copyright team at Hogan Lovells (Paris) LLP is an integral part of the firm’s wider IP, media and technology practice, which makes the group well equipped to advise on intersectional issues. The practice offers sector-focused advice, with expertise including the e-commerce, cosmetics and automotive sectors, demonstrating the department’s awareness of the necessity to assist client with the particular issues they face in their specific industries. Marie-Aimée de Dampierre, David Taylor and Jane Seager are the key contacts.

    Practice head(s):

    Marie Aimée de Dampierre; David Taylor; Jane Seager

    Other key lawyers:

    Testimonials

    ‘They are very experienced with IP litigations and offer practical and professional advice. Also, they are very proactive and communication channels are very efficient.’

    Key clients

    Facebook

    France > Mergers and acquisitions Tier 3

    The team Hogan Lovells (Paris) LLP operates in close tandem with the firm’s US, UK and Asian offices, in addition to its other European offices. Predominantly active in the transportation, TMT, energy, automotive and financial institution sectors, the group thrives at all stages of cross-border M&A, from structuring and negotiation through to financing. Stéphane Huten helms the practice which is well versed in a notably broad range of matters including joint ventures, spin-offs, recapitalisations, strategic investments, asset sales and going-private deals.

    Practice head(s):

    Stéphane Huten

    Other key lawyers:

    Xavier Doumen; Matthieu Grollemund; Hélène Parent

    Testimonials

    ‘Xavier Doumen is recommended.’

    ‘Pragmatic and responsive.’

    ‘Xavier Doumen is client-friendly, calm, solutions-focussed and willing to go the extra mile to get the deal done.’

    ‘The M&A team benefits from a sound expertise. We trust them.’

    Key clients

    CNP Assurances

    San Marina

    Daher

    3s

    Chequers Capital

    TowerBrook Capital Partners

    Job and Talents

    Ÿnsect

    Voluntis

    Medicrea

    Tikehau

    Bpifrance

    Work highlights

    • Advised CNP Assurances in connection with the signing of an agreement with the Aviva group for the acquisition of its life insurance business in Italy.                
    • Represented the shareholders of footwear brand San Marina on the acquisition of Minelli from the Vivarte group.
    • Advised Daher, aircraft manufacturer industry and services provider, on the signature of an agreement for the acquisition by Orano Nuclear Packages and Services of Daher’s German nuclear activities and of its North American subsidiary.

    France > Project finance Tier 3

    Hogan Lovells (Paris) LLP

    Practice head(s):

    Bruno Cantier; Olivier Fille-Lambie

    Testimonials

    ‘I greatly appreciate the quality of the deliverables (in terms of legal documentation of financing, the promptness and responsiveness and proximity to the clientele shown by the  firm). The collaboration is very effective, thanks to the diversity of profiles and skills that the firm offers.’

    ‘Olivier Fille-Lambie shows remarkable listening skills, technical competence and ability to coordinate. Always available, he instills a good dynamic to find innovative contractual and legal solutions adapted to the different situations that may arise.’

    ‘A close-knit and pragmatic team that delivers sound advice in order to finalise deals on time without ever have to sacrifice on our main points.’

    ‘Olivier Fille-Lambie has great knowledge of the practice which allows him to have a pragmatic and efficient approach.’

    ‘Strong collaboration and involvement of teams. Their ability to search for solutions and their proactivity are appreciated.’

    ‘Great technical and interpersonal skills. We worked with Bruno Cantier and Olivier Fille-Labie who were very flexible and helpful.’

    ‘Sharp expertise and exceptional research capacity that guide us on the right legal path, and have enabled us to obtain a better-than-hoped result. Good internal communication within the team: when we talk to one we talk to all. Very competitive price for the quality of the work provided.’

    ‘Bruno Cantier shows good knowledge of legal, financial, technical and operational aspects, and great ability to adapt to take into account internal reversals of positions, while maintaining the limits of what it is legally doable.’

    Key clients

    A consortium led by Engie and Meridam

    Themis Energy

    TSK

    BPI FRANCE

    BNP PARIBAS

    Caisse d’Épargne Grand Est Europe

    Société Générale

    Proparco

    Bank of China

    Crédit Lyonnais

    Banque Palatine

    Work highlights

    • Advised the sponsors in relation to the financing of two solar PV plants in Senegal being developed under the IFC’s Scaling Solar programme.
    • Advised Themis Energy as sponsors on the Singrobo hydropower dam concession project on the Bandama River in Ivory Coast (44 MW).
    • Advising EPC contractor TSK on the negotiation of the EPC contract related to the construction of a 46 MW biomass power in Ivory Coast.

    France > Tax Tier 3

    Hogan Lovells (Paris) LLP‘s tax team runs a solid transactional practice. Working alongside the firm’s corporate practice, the tax team regularly assists leading private equity houses with LBO and venture capital transactions. It is also increasingly involved alongside the restructuring and insolvency practice to assist with the tax aspects linked to prominent work in that area. Finally, the tax team also advises companies on their tax restructurings and completed a major asset transaction in Africa in the telecoms sector. Pracrtice head Xenia Legendre, Ludovic Geneston and counsel Thomas Claudel are the key names. Counsel Laurent Ragot left in early 2022.

    Practice head(s):

    Xenia Legendre

    Other key lawyers:

    Key clients

    Groupe ADP (aéroports de Paris)

    EDF

    Bourbon

    AccorInvest

    Akiem

    Eurazeo

    Tesca Group

    Daher

    J.P. Morgan

    Caisse des Dépôts et Consignations

    Chequers Capital

    TowerBrook Capital Partners (U.K.) LLP

    Euro Ethnic Foods

    Apax Partners Development

    Activa Capital

    Helios Tower

    Vale Nouvelle Calédonie

    SCP Group – Metro AG

    Argos

    IDI

    LFPI

    Work highlights

    • Advised AccorInvest on its financial restructuration.
    • Advised Bourbon Maritime on its bankruptcy restructuring.      
    • Advised Helios Towers on the signing of an agreement with Free Senegal, the second largest mobile operator in Senegal, to acquire 1,200 telecom sites.

    France > Dispute resolution: International arbitration Tier 4

    Hogan Lovells (Paris) LLP has a strong commercial arbitration practice. The Paris team handles a highly diverse caseload and is a popular choice for high-stakes telecoms-related disputes, notably in Africa. Additionally, the group handles a good amount of work relating to the oil and gas construction and mining industries, is experienced in handling sensitive corruption-related disputes, and demonstrates strength in exequatur cases. The practice’s ICSID expertise earned it an instruction from the state of Columbia. The practice primarily acts for private companies. Lead duo Laurent Gouiffès and Thomas Kendra have a great reputation. They are surrounded by counsels Melissa Ordonez and Gauthier Vannieuwenhuyse.

    Practice head(s):

    Laurent Gouiffès; Thomas Kendra

    Testimonials

    ‘The dispute resolution team, headed by Thomas Kendra, is first of all particularly proactive and efficient. Thomas is also particularly nice and knows how to put himself at the level of all his interlocutors (legal professionals or not). He also knows how to make himself available and is attentive.’

    ‘I really enjoy working and interacting with Thomas Kendra. He is a recognised and seasoned professional, providing good advice. Gauthier Vannieuwenhuyse is very competent, outgoing, sympathetic and available. It is very pleasant to work with this kind of person, who does not hesitate to set the pace and take time to clarify certain subjects. Finally, Merlin Papadhopulli is a young associate with a very good macro and micro vision of matters, and already a lot of experience behind her. She is a significant asset for this team. This trio works very well and we are delighted with their work.’

    ‘I believe the strength and capabilities of this team stands out highly among its peers simply because of their attention to the matters they are dealing with. The collaboration and the care they have for the clients are unique.’

    ‘Laurent Gouiffes stands out amongst the arbitration partners and lawyers I have had worked over the years. His lawyer skills and management skills are the best I have seen so far.’

    ‘My experience was overall excellent. They have been very professional and dedicated all along and have been key to our success in resolving this dispute. I was impressed in particular by their capacity to grasp complex technical concepts quickly.’

    ‘The Paris arbitration team is very experienced and knowledgeable, always up to date with international arbitration trends – this offers certainty to clients that it will deliver.’

    ‘They are very responsive and ready to assist when urgently needed. Laurent Gouiffes is a top arbitration practitioner and arbitrator, able to identify business aspects and offer practical solutions to client’s needs, not mere legal analysis.’

    ‘The partners work as a most effective team in bringing a complex, international dispute to arbitration and presenting it effectively to the arbitral panel.’

    Key clients

    Colombia

    Edenred

    Kosovo Telecom

    Work highlights

    • Representing the government of Colombia in an investment arbitration initiated by Neustar relating to the commercial expansion and administration of the country’s top-level domain for Colombia.
    • Representing Edenred in ICSID annulment proceedings initiated by Hungary in the context of a global controversy concerning the new EU investment policy.
    • Representing Kosovo Telecom JSC in a high-profile ICC arbitration dispute brought by a mobile virtual network operator in Kosovo involving the non-renewal of the mobile virtual network operator agreement.

    France > Dispute resolution: White-collar crime Tier 4

    Hogan Lovells (Paris) LLP

    Practice head(s):

    Arthur Dethomas

    Other key lawyers:

    Julien Martinet

    Testimonials

    ‘Exceptional pragmatic team with very good legal knowledge.’

    ‘Arthur de Thomas is remarkable; he is very available, listens and provides good advice.’

    France > Real estate Tier 4

    Hogan Lovells (Paris) LLP

    Practice head(s):

    Other key lawyers:

    Testimonials

    ‘Michael Levy and Alice Houdart are knowledgeable, available and friendly. They collaborate effectively.’

    ‘Michael Levy is pragmatic, creative, and efficient. He does not flaunt unnecessary jargon or gets stuck on complex issues, but strives to think outside of the box in order to come up with solutions for his clients. He has also mastered the art of managing the expectations of Anglo-Saxon clients. Alice Houdart asserts herself as a trusted, competent and responsive employee who strives to understand her clients’ businesses in-depth in order to provide tailor-made advice.’

    ‘It is a real pleasure to have Hogan Lovells as a legal partner. In addition to the quality and relevance of their work, their international dimension allows us to greatly facilitate our acquisitions in Europe.’

    ‘Michael Levy: always available and extremely rigorous on these deals, he leads the negotiations very well while listening to the opposing parties. He is accompanied by Alice Houdart whose work is remarkable.’

    ‘The Hogan Lovells team is very knowledgeable, pragmatic and friendly. They are very available and each time put themselves in their client’s shoes to better understand the needs and issues of the case in order to provide the most relevant solutions.’

    ‘Michaël Lévy is an excellent lawyer, fine in his analysis and pragmatic in the implementation of his advice. Having him next to you is a real asset, he’s a real dealmaker.’

    ‘Michael Levy’s team is like him – young, dynamic, rigorous, extremely professional and commercial. He provides clients with all the expertise they need on all aspects of real estate, whether construction, transactional or rental.’

    ‘Michael Levy, Alice Houdart and Margot Derumaux are excellent lawyers, as remarkable for their technical mastery as for their spirit of deal makers.’

    Key clients

    Colony Capital

    SCPI Pierval Santé

    M&G

    Logistics Capital Partners

    SCAPRIM

    Prologis

    Motel One

    Groupama Gan REIM

    Mata Capital

    Valor Real Estate Partners

    JP Morgan

    Covivio

    Work highlights

    • Regularly assisting the various entities owned and managed by Valor Real Estate Partners, a pan European Real Estate investment actor and Asset Manager headquartered in London, with various acquisitions or redevelopment projects in France in 2020 and 2021, for an aggregate total value of €150m.
    • Advising Affinités Pierre SCPI, a French REIT managed by Groupama Immobilier with Groupama Gan REIM as purchaser, on the €30m purchase from Logistic Park Garons of a 30,000sqm logistic platform located in Garons, France.  
    • Advisor to Mata Capital, a real estate investment manager, on the acquisition, redevelopment and leasing of a four-star hotel located at 35, boulevard Victor in Paris, opposite the Parc des Expositions in the 15th district of Paris.
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