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

France > Dispute resolution: Commercial litigation Tier 1

Hogan Lovells (Paris) LLP has a large and highly experienced team able to undertake a broad range of disputes. The practice has a strong reputation in the field of product liability, with excellent experience of managing mass tort civil claims. It is involved in several high-profile ongoing matters in the healthcare sector and is handling a large case concerning the loss of data. In addition, the team also has a prominent client base in the internet area. The group is active in France’s first class action in the field of data regulation and in another high-stakes matter regarding short-term residential lets. The practice is also a strong name for commercial, financial and corporate litigation, where is it frequently entrusted by large companies and investment funds. Practice head Arthur Dethomas is a top name in the market and Christine Gateau and Christelle Coslin are excellent for commercial and product liability work respectively, in the internet and healthcare sectors. Counsels Marine De Montecler and Charles-Henri Caron provide additional support.

Practice head(s):

Arthur Dethomas

Other key lawyers:

Christine Gateau; Christelle Coslin; Charles-Henri Caron; Marine De Montecler; François Pérès

Testimonials

‘A very professional team, with a lot of experience in the healthcare sector in particular.’

‘They are always flexible and responsive and able to provide down-to-earth guidance in complicated claims.’

‘Outstanding services. Christine Coslin provides highly valuable advice. She is very pleasant to deal with and very experienced and able to guide foreign clients.’

Available and responsive. Great technical expertise.’

‘Arthur Dethomas and his collaborator François Pérès are available and extremely responsive. Their advice and services are of high quality. Their great mastery of commercial litigation makes them a definite asset for their clients in the context of high-stakes litigation.’

Key clients

OVH

CBRE

Wikimedia Foundation

Merck & Co

Vodafone

Schlumberger

Pari Mutuel Urbain

Eurofins Group

Work highlights

  • Representing  OVH in several proceedings initiated by clients in the aftermath of a fire which destroyed one of OVH’s data centers.
  • Representing Wikimedia Foundation brought before French Courts.
  • Representing  Merck & Co., Inc., and its French subsidiary MSD Vaccins which are facing product liability claims in relation to alleged adverse effects of the vaccine Gardasil.

France > Industry focus: Healthcare and life sciences Tier 1

Hogan Lovells (Paris) LLP‘s cross-practice life sciences team has deep industry knowledge across corporate, regulatory, data privacy, product liability, and intellectual property matters within the sector. Practice head Mikael Salmela has a wealth of experience in the field, and often advises on regulatory assessments and structuring for M&A transactions. Charlotte Damiano is also noted for her work on pricing and reimbursement disputes for pharmaceutical products and medical devices.

Practice head(s):

Mikael Salmela

Other key lawyers:

Stanislas Roux-Vaillard; Patrice Navarro; Charlotte Damiano; Charles-Henri Caron; Emmanuelle Burkic

Testimonials

‘Hogan Lovells is the pre-eminent life science practice in Europe and the Paris team is one of its strongest offices. Pragmatic advice, quickly delivered. Deep industry expertise and good development of associates. The French team is also well-coordinated with the other European offices and anticipates cross-border issues.’

‘Charlotte Damiano has very deep experience in transactional, clinical, regulatory and market access matters in life sciences and gives pragmatic clear advice that is appropriate to the size and maturity of the organisation she is advising. Advice is delivered fast and is accurate, clear and immediately operational. She is very well connected across the industry and particularly strong in the market access landscape.’

‘One can feel a strong collaboration between the various partners of the firm which allows us to always be in contact with the most relevant person according to the questions and topics to be discussed. The knowledge of this firm on the pharmaceutical industry sector is remarkable and covers various key legal areas: compliance, regulatory, market access in particular’

‘My lawyer is Charlotte Damiano who takes care of all my questions on market access in France. She is my sole interlocutor, which allows a follow-up of the files of a remarkable quality and a real implication in the life of the product. Her knowledge of the sector and its evolution is excellent and her recommendations always relevant in terms of substance and form. She is also a good point of contact for teaching our parent companies about the particularities and complexity of the French market.’

‘Hogan Lovells has a deep bench in the life sciences space. In France, I am most familiar with their product liability expertise. They have a diverse team that is knowledgeable and highly engaged/responsive. They work well with other law firms in a virtual law firm model. They are very good about preparing accurate budgets and providing timely and accurate billing with reasonable billing rates.’

‘Charles-Henri Caron and Emmanuelle Burkic are a pleasure to work with, they are experienced, knowledgeable and responsive.’

‘Mikael Salmela: Excellent legal expert but very pragmatic approach, willingness to offer the services corresponding exactly to the needs of the client, finds effective solutions to the problems raised, transparency and honesty, more than just advice, real work partner.’

Key clients

Bristol Myers Squibb / Celgene

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

Eli Lilly

Icos Corporation

Voluntis

Medicrea

Valneva

Work highlights

  • Assisted Bristol Myers Squibb/Celgene with a major health data processing authorisation request to the CNIL for an innovative drug treatment under a cohort authorisation for temporary use (cohort ATU) 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 in the coordination and defence 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.
  • Represented Eli Lilly in the French aspects of generic attacks on its oncology product, Alimta.

France > Industry focus: IT and internet  Tier 1

The team at Hogan Lovells (Paris) LLP is renowned for its regulatory expertise and is noted as ‘one of the key teams on the French market for IT’, often handling matters involving new technologies. The team leads have a wide array of competencies: TMT is covered by experts Etienne Drouard, who stands out for his ‘depth of experience’, and Mikael Salmela; disputes through experienced litigator Christine Gateau; privacy and cybersecurity through Patrice Navarro; and niche specialisms in the area of domain names thanks to David Taylor, who regularly advises multinational clients on the protection of well-known brands. The team ably handles a varied workload, including assisting noteworthy clients with the implementation of large-scale and high-value technological projects; advising on significant related contracts and negotiations; assisting with fintech and outsourcing cases; and handling high-value contentious matters.

Practice head(s):

Etienne Drouard; Christine Gateau; Patrice Navarro; Mikael Salmela; David Taylor

Other key lawyers:

Olga Kurochkina; Anaïs Ligot; Charlotte Le Roux

Testimonials

‘Hogan Lovells demonstrates unrivalled expertise in tech matters and platforms in particular, in light of their wide portfolio of clients in this sector. Their commercial and regulatory teams are extensive, so they always find bandwidth to answer their clients’ queries. Its ability to call on expertise across the firm makes life easier for the client.’

‘Christine Gateau is extremely knowledgeable in all kinds of regulatory and litigation matters, her advice is concrete and business-oriented and her instinct is almost always accurate. Her responsiveness is always much appreciated too. Mikael Salmela jumps on all kinds of commercial topics with energy and skilful advice.’

‘This firm has developed very specific expertise in new technologies, including IT, cyber security, the Cloud, AI and, of course, data. They also have expertise in terms of training which enabled us to co-build training courses with them for our employees.’

‘We appreciate working with Etienne Drouard, who is always ready to listen and has very specific knowledge in legal matters related to new technologies. He also brings a strategic and economic vision that allows us to develop a risk-based approach.’

‘One of the key teams on the French market for IT matters, including contractual matters, privacy and cybersecurity, with significant experience and expertise, pragmatism and responsiveness. Also great value!’

‘Partner Etienne Drouard is a key reference on the French market. His depth of experience, combined with his pragmatism, brings great value to complex IT situations. Associate Olga Kurochkina has demonstrated very hard work and responsiveness also.’

‘Etienne Drouard is able to mobilize urgently with his own expertise, backed by his experience. He has an open approach and is concerned with understanding my needs and providing appropriate recommendations for my organization. Anaïs Ligot is also strong in her approach, with very clear and strong opinions.’

‘The team led by Etienne Drouard has an exceptional ability to support in an IT crisis such as a cyber attack. He has key skills both in legal and insurance risk funds and also in crisis management, with an unparalleled knowledge of the regulations on the protection of personal data with a useful and effective pragmatic vision.’

Key clients

Facebook (becoming “Meta”)

Boursorama

Aéroports de Lyon

Sport Heroes

Retency

U Change

Bristol Myers Squibb

Reflek.io

France > Intellectual property: Trade marks and designs Tier 1

Hogan Lovells (Paris) LLP‘s IP team is renowned for its international litigation practice, representing clients from the consumer goods, social media and technology sectors in trade mark disputes in addition to its work in the areas of design rights, domain names and copyrights. The practice is also regularly instructed to handle IP matters in conjunction with corporate transactions, in addition to conducting prior use searches, opposition proceedings and negotiating IP agreements. The leadership group consists of Marie-Aimée de Dampierre, an IP and unfair competition litigator; David Taylor, who is an expert in online IP matters and domain names; and Jane Seager, who assists clients with brand protection strategies. Olivia Bernardeau-Paupe departed the firm for Dechert LLP in January 2023.

Practice head(s):

Marie-Aimée de Dampierre; David Taylor; Jane Seager

Key clients

Facebook

France > Aviation finance Tier 2

The Paris team at Hogan Lovells (Paris) LLP is able to draw on the bench strength of the firm's global network to advise major financial institutions, non-bank lenders and airlines on high-value domestic and cross-border aviation financing transactions. Headed by practice area expert Alexander Premont, the group's varied workload sees it assisting with export credit agency-supported financings, the disposal of individual and aircraft portfolios, acquisition financings, pre-delivery payment financings and securitisations. Counsel Guergana Zabounova brings strength to syndicated financings. Other key figures are senior associate Alexandre Salem, a project and asset finance specialist, and associate Tam Tran. Cassandre Porgès joined from Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP in September 2022.

Practice head(s):

Alexander Premont

Testimonials

‘We have been working with Alexander Premont for many years. He is an excellent negotiator and always looks out for the best interests of his clients and the transaction as a whole. Tam Tran is a very committed, pragmatic and commercial lawyer.’

‘Alexander Prémont, Alexandre Salem and Guergana Zabounova stand out for their involvement, their knowledge of the industry and their constructive approach. It is not only enriching but pleasant to collaborate with them.’

‘The Hogan Lovells team is extremely competent and the best when it comes to financing. It is at the forefront in terms of innovation and technology.’

‘Alexander Premont is a market leader in financing with impressive expertise, particularly in the field of aviation. He anticipates problems, perfectly defines the strategy and always offers practical solutions. He knows the industry very well in addition to being a brilliant technician.’

‘In our opinion, Hogan Lovells is among the best law firms when it comes to asset finance in general, and specifically in shipping and aviation. We have worked with the firm for a number of years and have witnessed their expert knowledge and skills in various jurisdictions, as well as a first-class execution capacity.’

‘Alexandre Salem has strong technical skills and a great commercial awareness. He never misses a thing and goes straight to the point. Tam Tran is a detail-oriented, incredibly efficient and client-focused attorney. She knows perfectly the documentation of the cases she deals with regardless of the number of deals in progress and this can be seen during the negotiations. She knows how to anticipate our requests and needs, which is a real time saver. It is a real pleasure to work with her.’

Key clients

Crédit du Nord

Air Caraïbes Atlantique SAS

Work highlights

  • Advised Crédit Agricole Corporate & Investment Bank and other French financial institutions in the financing of new Airbus A 350-1000 aircraft for Air Caraïbes.
  • Advised Crédit du Nord as agent and the other lenders, in relation to the financing (and refinancing) by Heli Union, a helicopter services provider, of the acquisition of several helicopters (including H160 and H145).

France > Banking and finance: Bank regulatory Tier 2

The team at Hogan Lovells (Paris) LLP advises domestic and multinational financial institutions, fintech companies and other corporates in sectors including automobiles and e-commerce. The group, which is led by Sébastien Gros, assists with regulatory requirements related to retail banking, e-money, credit operations, AML, CRDIV/CRR/ prudential requirements, and with domestic and cross-border mergers and acquisitions. Senior associate Franck Dupret has experience of dealings with both financial services and insurance clients.

Practice head(s):

Sébastien Gros

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘I have worked with Sebastien Gros and on a day-to-day basis with his associate, Franck Dupret, in relation to regulatory matters arising out of new investments and with respect to the firm and portfolio. I have been impressed not only with the technical ability of the team but also with their ability to be pragmatic and tailor their advice to our firm and structure.’

‘There is a good coherence of the members of the team with a great fluidity in the communication. Sébastien Gros, apart from his technical and linguistic skills, is very attentive to the real needs of customers and combines theory and market practice.’

‘The team continued to support our financial services and regulatory work in France with extensive knowledge about the local regulatory environment and regulatory expectations. This is done, as had been the case for two years, with fantastic service levels while meeting our expectations and demands. Advice is always provided in a timely and cost-effective fashion, while keeping to a pragmatic and customer orientated approach.’

‘Sebastien and Franck are extraordinary lawyers, who always have the clients’ best interests top of mind.’

‘Franck Dupret is a fantastic lawyer with a commercial and pragmatic mindset. He’s able to advise us on the most challenging questions.’

‘Sébastien Gros and Franck Dupret: great availability, expertise in our areas of responsibility, good knowledge of our competitors and the market.’

‘Franck Dupret and Sébastien Gros provided outstanding support to us. They always gave consistent, clear, and actionable advice. They went the extra mile to understand the business model and context of our questions.’

Key clients

Crédit Agricole Group

Accel

CNH

Goldman Sachs

PayPal

Checkout

La Française des Jeux

HSBC Continental Europe

Edenred

Opel

Loomis

Euronet Group (including Ria)

Work highlights

  • Advised Accel, a group composed of investment funds, on the increase of their participation in the French e-money institution Swan.
  • Advising Goldman Sachs concerning share deal/ acquisition of share capital into French-regulated financial institutions.
  • Advising (on an ongoing basis) La Française des Jeux (FDJ), the French national lottery, on several banking regulatory issues and in particular concerning their license as a payment institution in France (FDJ Services).

France > Capital markets: debt capital markets Tier 2

Backed by the bench strength of offices across the Americas, the Asia Pacific and EMEA regions, the debt capital markets Paris team at Hogan Lovells (Paris) LLP advises financial institutions and corporates in such sectors as energy, transport and automotive involved in high-value, multi-jurisdictional transactions. Headed by debt securities expert Sharon Lewis and EMTN programme specialist Vincent Fidelle, the group's full offering extends to matters ranging from subordinated bond issues, covered bonds and EuroPP transactions to inaugural green bond issuances and commercial paper and liability management transactions. Other key figures include Katia Merlini and counsel Reza Mulligan, who handles complex credit facilities.

Practice head(s):

Sharon Lewis; Vincent Fidelle

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Hogan Lovells has a strong focus on developing areas such as sustainability and fintech. In addition, their team has quite a bit of diversity including a large number of senior women.’

‘Sharon Lewis has a passion and enthusiasm for both transactional work and also building relationships between clients and developing broader thematic areas. She’s a pleasure to work with!’

‘Sharon Lewis and her team bring a pretty unique mix of deep experience and novel thinking to bear on a range of transactions.’

‘Good responsiveness. Katia Merlini is patient and a teacher.’

Key clients

BMW Finance SNC

Citigroup Global Markets Europe AG

British International Investment plc

Edmond de Rothschild

Credit Agricole Corporate and Investment Bank

BOURBON Group

Société nationale SNCF

Electricité de France (EDF)

ALD

RTE Réseau de transport d’électricité

KBC Bank NV

Arch Capital

Valneva

Medicrea

Claranova

Navya

Work highlights

  • Advised Electricité de France S.A. (EDF), the French state electric utility company, on a new EUR 1.5bn revolving credit facility.
  • Advised SNCF in relation to the update of its EUR 5bn Euro Commercial Paper (ECP) programme, followed by an inaugural EUR 50m green ECP notes issuance subscribed by Mirova.
  • Advised Crédit Agricole and Investment Bank in relation to their structured debt issuance programme governed by French law and the French law part of its structured debt issuance programme.

France > Data privacy and data protection Tier 2

Harnessing the bench strength of offices across the Americas, Asia Pacific and EMEA regions, the privacy and cybersecurity team at Hogan Lovells (Paris) LLP advises major insurers and multinationals in media (Groupe Canal+), transport (Aéroports de Lyon), pharmaceuticals (Bristol Myers Squibb/Celgene), manufacturing (General Electric Healthcare), financial services and tech on a broad span of contentious and non-contentious matters across the practice area. These include issues related to IT and telecom infrastructures, digital media, e-commerce and regulatory compliance. The team is led by TMT and data privacy expert Etienne Drouard, cybersecurity specialist Patrice Navarro, experienced IT litigator Christine Gateau; David Taylor, who handles matter related to domain names, and Mikael Salmela, who advises on health tech matters. Maimouna Goudiaby was promoted to counsel in January 2023.

Practice head(s):

Etienne Drouard; Patrice Navarro; Christine Gateau; David Taylor; Mikael Salmela

Testimonials

‘Hogan Lovells is a firm made up of very close-knit and perfectly synchronised people. Very fast in the treatment of our requests and very reactive in case of emergencies, all the collaborators of the firm have the same objective, the satisfaction of the customer.’

‘Etienne Drouard is competent, available and very pleasant. His great expertise, combined with a very poised and reassuring personality, make him a key partner in the handling of our cases.’

‘Patrice Navarro is particularly attentive to the needs of our company. He understands and adapts to certain innovative positions and allows reflections on new subjects by helping us to support our position. He knows how to be flexible and solution-oriented, while recalling the risks to be taken into account, without falling into an overly conservative approach.’

‘Excellent consulting expertise in the fields of new information, communication and audiovisual technologies and digital services, which distinguishes this practice from other firms.’ 

‘Patrice Navarro is the best professional in data protection law in Paris bar.’

Key clients

Groupe CANAL +

Aéroports de Lyon

Webhelp

Bristol Myers Squibb / Celgene

Celgene

General Electric Healthcare

Geron

Doctolib (investment funds Eurazeo, BPI France and Accel)

France > Derivatives and structured finance Tier 2

Powered by the deep bench strength of offices across the Americas, the Asia Pacific and EMEA regions, the Paris team at Hogan Lovells (Paris) LLP advises major financial institutions, funds, leasing companies (LeasePlan), asset managers and corporates in the building materials and automotive sectors. Five members of the capital markets group bring expertise to heading the practice: finance insurance and investment leader Sharon Lewis (who is also based in London and excels in securitisations, derivatives, repackaging and other structured products, corporate bonds), Laura Asbati (a trade receivables specialist who was promoted to partner in January 2022), Vincent Fidelle, Katia Merlini (who brings 20 years’ experience to structured finance regulatory matters) and equity capital markets partner Jean-Marc Franceschi. The group is supported by counsel Reza Mulligan, who utilises a banking background.

Practice head(s):

Sharon Lewis; Laura Asbati; Vincent Fidelle; Katia Merlini; Jean-Marc Franceschi

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Hogan Lovells is distinguished by the exceptional commitment of its teams: availability, speed and high quality of service, both in terms of content and form. You feel perfectly supported and advised.’

‘Laura Asbati is very committed to delivering quality work, protecting her client’s interests and finalising a transaction on time.’

‘Beyond a simple team bringing together key skills for structured finance transactions, people know how to work together perfectly to bring innovative ideas.’

‘The firm Hogan Lovells’ securitisation department is a real partner in the implementation of our transactions. The dialogue between the international teams and Paris is fluid in the search for common solutions to move projects forward.’

‘We particularly appreciate working with Laura Asbati for her flawless presence in our cases, her pragmatism and her responsiveness. An experienced lawyer, she has a very good knowledge of the market, demonstrates professionalism and remains available throughout the process of setting up our operations: from the first discussions to post-closing.’

‘Katia Merlini is an extremely pedagogical lawyer, always listening to her clients and available with a great knowledge of banking and financial law.’

Key clients

LeasePlan Corporation N.V.

RCI Financial Services Limited

IC Financial Services S.A., IC Financial Services UK Limited and Iveco Capital Solutions S.pA. (each part of the Fiat Group)

Work highlights

  • Advised LeasePlan, one of the world’s leading leasing companies, on its new public ‘simple, transparent and standardised’ (STS) securitisation of auto lease and related residual value receivables originated by its French subsidiary, LeasePlan France.
  • Advised Fiat group companies in relation to the restructure of its existing European multi-jurisdictional wholesale receivables securitisation programme in order to provide for an existing “on-highways” programme and to establish a new “off-highways” programme.

France > Dispute resolution: Stock market litigation Tier 2

Hogan Lovells (Paris) LLP's practice head Arthur Dethomas handles several stock market abuse cases on behalf of investment funds which are subject to AMF-led investigations, notably on the basis of insider trading allegations. He also handles a wide range of disputes concerning securities issues.

Practice head(s):

Arthur Dethomas

Key clients

CBRE

Louvois SICAV

High Co

Work highlights

  • Representing CBRE in several proceedings in connection with the collapse of Dynamique Hotels, an investment fund created by CBRE, which is being sued by its investors for mismanagement and alleged violation of French securities laws on the public issuance of shares and convertible bonds.

France > Employment Tier 2

Hogan Lovells (Paris) LLP’s practice fields a large and experienced team, which assists leading French and international corporations, notably in the automotive, healthcare and financial services sectors, as well as SMEs. Lately, the team has been managing large restructuring and downsizing projects, notably in the automotive sectors; it also assists client with day-to-day issues, remuneration work and litigation, including harassment claims and data privacy compliance matters. The employment team also provides support to the corporate department and was recently involved in a major pan-European transaction in the banking sector. Practice head Dominique MendyThierry Meillat and Marion Guertault are recommended. They are supported by counsels Alexandra Tuil and Faustine Lefevre.

Practice head(s):

Dominique Mendy

Testimonials

 ‘Lawyers are as comfortable advising as in litigation, and are able to support companies on all of their employment law issues, with remarkable combativeness and imagination.’

‘Marion Guertault is pugnacious and intelligent. She defends employers on particularly complex and sensitive cases, and wins thanks to original and reliable strategies.’

‘The Hogan Lovells team (Dominique Mendy, Marion Guertault) is extremely responsive, very competent, and offers full legal support to the firm’s restructuring experts.’

‘Marion Guertault is endowed with excellent emotional and situational intelligence and always proactive when faced with a problem.’

‘Dominique Mendy is always available for her clients. She has a sharp hands-on approach, and ability to think out of the box.’

‘Faustine Lefevre has a detailed knowledge of social law. She is always available for her clients.’

‘A professional and committed team. attentive to the needs of its customers’.

Key clients

Luderix International (PicWik Toys)

Crédit Mutuel Arkéa

Benteler

Work highlights

  • Advising a car manufacturer on the reorganisation of its French legal entities.
  • Assisting Luderix International in the context of its receivership including potential headcount reduction of more than 700 employees.
  • Assisting Crédit Mutuel Arkéa with the hiring of more than 10,000 employees in France.

France > EU, competition and distribution Tier 2

Hogan Lovells (Paris) LLP’s strength is in merger control and foreign direct investment work, gaining European Commission and FCA clearance for billion-euro acquisitions. Eric Paroche is frequently aided by counsel Victor Levy in acting for investment funds on the competition aspects of acquisitions, with senior associate Céline Verney providing further support; the team works closely with the firm's private equity practice in this area. The team also handles antitrust proceedings before the FCA.

Practice head(s):

Eric Paroche

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Victor Levy has extensive industry knowledge and insight.’

Key clients

EDF

CNP

Veolia Environnement

SNCF

GMP / Eurofos

ID Logistics

San Marina

Towerbrook

Tikehau

Chequers Capital

Hivest Capital Partners

Chevrillon

IDI

Work highlights

  • Obtained an unconditional clearance of the merger of the women’s shoe brands San Marina and Minelli, combining more than 400 retail stores in France, without divestiture of any stores despite market shares above 50% in 13 medium-sized cities.
  • Advised the investment fund Tikehau Capital on merger control and foreign investment control filings in relation to its acquisition of exclusive control of the French-based engineering group Egis.
  • Obtained the European Commission’s merger control clearance in relation to the acquisition by the investment fund TowerBrook of exclusive control of Bruneau Group, an online distributor of office supplies operating in France, Belgium, Italy and Spain.

France > Industry focus: Luxury goods Tier 2

The luxury goods team at the Paris office of global firm Hogan Lovells (Paris) LLP provides a full service to major luxury brands in cosmetics, travel and fashion (including Clinique), advising on contentious and non-contentious matters involving IP, competition, employment and product safety. The group is headed by Etienne Drouard, who is a specialist in privacy and data protection; Mikael Salmela, who heads the firm’s IT and outsourcing practice; and Thierry Meillat, who assists with complex labour and employment issues. Olivia Bernardeau-Paupe left the firm to join Dechert LLP in January 2023.

Practice head(s):

Etienne Drouard; Mikael Salmela; Thierry Meillat

Testimonials

‘As a partner, Etienne Drouard remains accessible and fully-involved in the files. Etienne’s expertise and experience in data protection is very advanced. He provides valuable advice close to the commercial reality of our sector.’

Key clients

Clinique Laboratories LLC and ELCO

Work highlights

  • Acted for Clinique Laboratories LLC (Estée Lauder Group) in the successful conclusion of a 6-year trademark opposition battle against the French company WB Technologies.

France > Insolvency Tier 2

Hogan Lovells (Paris) LLP assists a wide range of stakeholders, including debtors, shareholders, investors and companies, as well as the French state and judicial administrators in particularly complex matters. The team was notably involved alongside the French state in negotiating state-sponsored loans and handling sensitive matters concerning industrial companies. The practice is able to handle a whole range of matters; from refinancing and restructuring to insolvency and distressed M&A cases. It was recently involved in several market highlights in the retail sector, and also handled several matters concerning internet platforms. The highly regarded Philippe Druon heads the team. Cécile Dupoux and Astrid Zourli provide additional support.

Practice head(s):

Philippe Druon

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Hogan’s team distinguishes itself by the work capacity of its collaborators, the resulting technicality and the experience of its partners in the context of negotiations.’

‘Philippe Druon: excellent strategist and strength in negotiations. Astrid Zourli: excellent technician’

‘Philippe Druon and Astrid Zourli: Exceptional technique and commitment, generous and joyful support, based on a total knowledge of their expertise’

‘Multidisciplinary team of excellent quality in all areas’

‘Philippe Druon: Qualities: technical skills, understanding of business issues, availability’

‘The restructuring team led by Mr Druon is without hesitation one of the leading teams in Paris. This team is absolutely essential. I will recommend this team without any worries!!’

‘The quality of this team owes a lot to its leader: Philippe Druon. He is clearly the key lawyer in the world of restructuring in France due to his analytical skills, his fighting spirit and his unfailing loyalty, and above all, by his results due in particular to his total commitment to his clients.’

Key clients

French State

Luderix International

FHB

REEL

French State – GEFCO

BNP Paribas Asset Management

Montefiore

Towerbrook

French State

San Marina & Co II

Les Bordes

Work highlights

  • Advising the French State on the negotiation of an emergency public loan to the industrial company Ferropem.
  • Represented the shareholders of San Marina, a well-known footwear brand, in the acquisition of Minelli from the Vivarte group.
  • Represented AccorInvest on the restructuring of its financial indebtedness and the raising of new financing, in the form of a state-guaranteed loan (PGE) and a capital increase.

France > Insurance Tier 2

Powered by the deep bench strength of offices across the Americas and the Asia Pacific and EMEA regions, the Paris insurance team at Hogan Lovells (Paris) LLP assists major insurers and reinsurers (including Aviva, Allianz, Zurich, AXA and Chubb) and financial institutions on a wide range of transactional and regulatory matters. Led by corporate insurance authority Sébastien Gros, the group advises clients on insurance products and licensing requirements, M&A, disposal of assets, joint ventures, group reorganisations, and portfolio and business transfers. Paris and London-based Sharon Lewis, who has a strong insurance securitisation practice, and counsel Ghina Farah, who specialises in matters involving e-money and payment institutions, are also names to note.

Practice head(s):

Sébastien Gros

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Very pleasant team – very professional and competent.’

‘Efficiency and availability.’

‘The team, and especially Sébastien Gros, have an extremely quick turnaround time, providing detailed and practical answers. Their industry knowledge is quite unique, especially for reinsurance matters.’

‘Sébastien Gros is truly a conductor capable of setting to music, with the help of Ghina Farah, the most complex legal scores. Beyond unparalleled technical ability in insurance matters, Sébastien and Ghina demonstrate exceptional client service and availability.’

‘One key capability is delivering in a practical manner.’

‘One of the main assets of the team is its uniformity – the quality of the work delivered by each member of the team is very high. The entire team has a perfect knowledge of the market and is able to offer solutions that are both pragmatic and innovative, while respecting budgets and deadlines.’

Key clients

Ag2R La Mondiale

Allianz

April

Assurant (CWI Group)

Assured Guaranty

Aviva

AXA

Chubb

CNP Assurances

Coface

Ergo

Euler Hermes

Generali

Ledger

MetLife

Munich Re

OVH Cloud

RGA

SCOR

Sompo

Zurich Eurolife

Work highlights

  • Advised CNP Assurances on the acquisition of some of Aviva’s Italian life insurance businesses.
  • Advised CNP Assurances on the disposal of its Spanish subsidiary, CNP Partners de Seguros y Reaseguros SA.
  • Advised SCOR Group on the drafting and negotiation of two quota share retrocession treaties between its Irish subsidiaries and Covéa for a consideration of approximately €1bn.

France > Intellectual property: Patents Tier 2

The Hogan Lovells (Paris) LLP team is well versed in handling cross-border patent disputes, collaborating with the firm’s international network to represent companies in a broad range of sectors before French and European courts, in addition to providing support on transactional matters. Patent litigator Stanislas Roux-Vaillard leads the team and advises pharmaceutical clients on international litigation. The team also includes firm chair Marie-Aimée de Dampierre, David Taylor and Jane Seager.

Practice head(s):

Stanislas Roux-Vaillard

Key clients

Eli Lilly

Dürr Systems

Hollister

Astronics

GE Renewable Energy

Work highlights

  • Collected €28m in provisional damages for Eli Lilly due to the launch of a generic version of its oncology product Alimta.
  • Successfully represented Dürr in the French aspects of a patent infringement case initiated by a French competitor.
  • Representing Hollister in litigation in relation to patent infringements in appellate proceedings against its main competitor in the urology market.

France > Private equity: LBO Tier 2

Hogan Lovells (Paris) LLP is notable for its expertise in mid-cap and complex large-cap mandates for private equity funds, sovereign wealth funds, institutional investors, strategic investors, portfolio companies, and management teams. Practice co-head Stéphane Huten advises on stock exchange law and corporate governance issues and joint team lead Matthieu Grollemund leads on a number of high-profile deals in the tech sector. Xavier Doumen is also noted for his representation of management and executives in private equity transactions.

Practice head(s):

Stéphane Huten; Matthieu Grollemund

Other key lawyers:

Xavier Doumen; Hélène Parent

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

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Work highlights

  • Advising TowerBrook Capital Partners L.P. on the acquisitions of Bruneau (2021), Consolis (2021) and GSF (2022).
  • Represented Tikehau Capital on its acquisition of an approximately 40% stake in Egis.
  • Represented Arkea in the context of a minority investment in Groupe Grandir.

France > Private equity: venture/growth capital Tier 2

Hogan Lovells (Paris) LLP‘s ‘very experienced team’ has an extensive track record of handling high-level growth and venture capital transactions for a range of clients including private equity funds, strategic and institutional investors, and portfolio companies. Stéphane Huten advises clients on stock exchange law and corporate governance issues, and Matthieu Grollemund is noted for his wealth of experience assisting with sophisticated growth and buyout transactions across a number of highly regulated industries. Hélène Parent 'combines great technical skills with a keen sense of the business aspects'.

Practice head(s):

Matthieu Grollemund; Stéphane Huten

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘I have worked with Hélène Parent on a number of transactions. Hélène has an excellent knowledge of the market and terms. She combines that with an ability to advise pragmatically in order to achieve optimum solutions. I always enjoy working with Hélène, even in tricky scenarios, which is a testament to her ability to build relationships with her clients.’

‘Very experienced team, incredibly fast in execution, always very good advice. Able to set the pace in deals, and to be the driving force to save time. Always meet deadlines.’

‘I have blind faith in their team and our lawyer. I know that he advises me by adapting to my needs and my level of knowledge. I can leave him to make decisions on several subjects.’

‘Hélène Parent is super responsive and great to work with. We work with Hogan Lovells in France because of her.’

‘Hélène Parent: combines great technical skills and a keen sense of the business aspects, which is rare. Strong reactivity and very good knowledge of VC deals, current market standards, etc. Real capacity for analysis, reflection, strength of proposal.’

Key clients

Accel

Activa Capital

Andera Partners

Andressen

Apax partners

Ardian

Argos Wityu

Auum

Atomico

Balderton

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

Bigblue

Blisce Advisors

BPI France

Calyxia

Cathay Capital Private Equity & Cathay Innovation

Chequers Capital

Cryptosense

Elaia

Eurazeo

Exotec

Fall Line Capital

Felix Capital

Five Elms Capital

Frontline Venture

Hivest Capital Partners

Hi Inov

Homa Games

IDI

Idinvest Partners

Latitude

Laurexa Capital Partners

Ledger

LFPI

Long Arc Capital

Partech

Proovstation

Northzone LP

Red River West

Seventure Partners

Siparex

TowerBrook Capital Partners (U.K.) LLP

Vade Secure

Vestiaire Collective

Verkor

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White Star Capital

Work highlights

  • Advised Eurazeo, Bpifrance and Accel on their investment in Doctolib’s EUR 500M Series G – the largest fundraising in the highest valued French unicorn.
  • Advised Exotec, France’s first industrial unicorn, on its $335 million fundraising.
  • Advised Accel on all their investments in France: Lydia, Sorare, Payfit, Stonly, BeReal, Swan, Luko.

France > Shipping finance Tier 2

Hogan Lovells (Paris) LLP combines the bench strength of its global network with the experience of its local team to advise major financial institutions (BNP Paribas, Société Générale), private equity sponsors, shipping operators (DP World) and energy companies (Exxonmobil), on a comprehensive range of vessel financings covering bulk carriers, cruises, ferries, containers, super yachts, in addition to offshore oil and gas transactions (tankers, rigs, LNGs). Led by Alexander Premont, a specialist in acquisition and leveraged financings, the group’s services extend to debt, tax structured and capital market financing. Associate Tam Tran brings expertise to complex, cross-border asset financings.

Practice head(s):

Alexander Premont

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘They are highly-skilled, trustworthy and committed to deliver.’

‘Alexander Premont has good leadership and negotiation skills, and impresses with his ability to manage multiple parties across several time zones/jurisdictions.’

Key clients

Société Générale

DP World

Exxonmobil

Cathay Capital

BNP Paribas (Suisse) SA

BRED Banque Populaire

NEoT Capital

Work highlights

  • Advised Société Générale in relation to a French tax lease financing by way of credit-bail of a roll-on/roll-off passenger ship flying the Italian flag.
  • Advised Swissterminal, a subsidiary of DP World, on the tender procedure for the award of the 30-year terminal handling concession of the ports of Mulhouse on the Rhine, and secured the European Commission merger control clearance.
  • Advised Exxonmobil regarding the financing, structuring and discharge of security interest in respect of a production storage and offloading vessel (FPSO), with SBM offshore as owner.

France > Administrative and public law Tier 3

Hogan Lovells (Paris) LLP’s public law team works in close cooperation with the firm's project finance department to assist public and private operators, as well as sponsors and lenders involved in infrastructure projects in France and in Africa. Domestically, the team advises on the awarding of public procurement contracts in the rail and healthcare sectors and on several energy-related projects. It also handles related performance issues. In Africa, the team has been involved recently in several road and energy projects in Senegal, Ivory Coast and Gabon. Practice head Bruno Cantier and counsel Perrine Limousin are the key contacts.

Practice head(s):

Bruno Cantier

Other key lawyers:

Perrine Limousin

Key clients

Themis Energy

Work highlights

  • Advised 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

The team at Hogan Lovells (Paris) LLP has expertise in high-value, multi-jurisdictional transactions, advising major banking and financial institutions, in addition to asset and investment managers on a diverse spectrum of matters. Headed by leveraged and acquisition finance experts Sabine Bironneau-Loy and Alexander Premont, the group’s full service covers complex debt restructurings, factoring and project and asset finance. The group was bolstered by the arrival of Cassandre Porgès from Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP in August 2022 and Maria Klass's promotion to counsel in January 2023.

Practice head(s):

Sabine Bironneau-Loy; Alexander Premont

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Professional team which has a good vision of the market through the many deals it handles.’

‘Excellent team, very professional and with a good atmosphere!’

‘Sabine Bironneau is known for for her responsiveness and her knowledge of the market and the players.’

‘Alexander Premont: Excellent knowledge of the trade and an exceptional ability to defend the interests of his clients. His tenacity and his mastery of cases enabled us to win our cases on all the hard points of our negotiations.’

‘Availability, professionalism.’

Hogan Lovells has an extensive practice in acquisition finance. We have been using their services for several years. Our teams appreciate their involvement, their availability and their ability to coordinate complex files within tight deadlines.’

Key clients

AccorInvest

Société Générale et CIC

TowerBrook Capital Partners

Tikehau Investment Management

Vale New Caledonia (now Prony Resources New Caledonia)

Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria

Bank of China Ltd.

Banque Internationale à Luxembourg

Crédit Lyonnais

BNP Paribas

Crédit Agricole Corporate and Investment Bank

Agricole Mutuel d’Aquitaine

ICG Real Estate Investments

Work highlights

  • Represented AccorInvest Group and AccorInvest SAS on the restructuring of the financial indebtedness of AccorInvest Group, a capital increase and the raising of new financing, in the form of a state-guaranteed loan (PGE) for AccorInvest SAS.
  • Advised Société Générale and Crédit Industriel et Commercial and a large pool of European and international banks, on the set-up of a $400m revolving credit facility for the benefit of the SITA Group.
  • Advised Tikehau Investment Management on its acquisition of a 40% stake in Egis Group (acquisition from La Caisse des Dépôts et Consignations) and its EUR 150m PIK facility financing granted by Pemberton.

France > Dispute resolution: International arbitration Tier 3

Hogan Lovells (Paris) LLP handles a strong volume of commercial arbitration disputes. The practice is regularly involved in matters relating to the energy and TMT sectors, while also handling several post-M&A and construction disputes. It is active in matters with a wide geographical spread, with its caseload including disputes concerning Mongolia, Eastern Europe, Africa and Colombia. The team acts for corporations, as well as state entities and has been recently retained by an Eastern European state to act in an oil dispute. The team also handles exequatur cases before French courts.   Laurent Gouiffès and Thomas Kendra are the practice heads. Other key members include Melissa Ordonez, who was promoted to partner in early 2023, and counsel Gauthier Vannieuwenhuyse.

Practice head(s):

Laurent Gouiffès; Thomas Kendra

Testimonials

‘The Paris team is remarkable. They show particular expertise in arbitration in Eastern Europe as well as high-value expertise in energy matters. They have a multilingual and experienced team which is effective and efficient. They really master the strategic and political elements of a case, as well as the legal aspects, and they bring it all together to push for the perfect result. In addition, they are a pleasure to work with.’

‘Laurent Gouiffès and Thomas Kendra are real professionals, very capable and have a remarkable communication ability.’

‘Experienced team and attentive approach to matters. The partners are hands-on and are always available for discussions or recommendations. The team members always go far and beyond what is expected.’

‘Laurent Gouiffès has outstanding experience in dealing with complex legal issues and provides clients with practical recommendations. He is also very understanding.’

‘The team is cohesive, very motivated, very competent. It masters all aspects of arbitration. The team has the ability to intervene at all stages of an arbitration procedure and to adapt the strategy to any change. In terms of technology, the team is up-to-date and masters the use of even recent technologies.’

‘Laurent Gouiffès is a real leader, very intelligent, very dedicated, expert in Middle Eastern affairs, very convincing, open to ideas and an excellent strategist who masters the subject of arbitration. Gauthier Vannieuwenhuyse is very intelligent, very dedicated, very diligent, and quickly grasps the laws of different jurisdictions and is able to make good analyzes of those laws. He will make a great lawyer in the near future.’

‘A strong dispute resolution practice. The team is very knowledgeable, highly responsive and business-oriented. It combines deep legal knowledge with out of the box strategic thinking and a particularly acute understanding of the strengths and weaknesses of a case, ensuring at the end of the day the best possible outcome for the client.’

‘Laurent Gouiffès is also an experienced arbitrator, hence he has an excellent grasp of the intricacies of the international arbitration process. Gauthier Vannieuwenhuyse is very diligent and thorough, with strong analytical thinking. He ensures that all angles of a client’s case are adequately addressed. They both work great as a team.’

Key clients

Republic of Colombia

Kosovo Telecom

Work highlights

  • Representing the government of Colombia in an investment arbitration initiated by Neustar Inc. and .CO Internet SAS  relating to the commercial expansion and administration of the country’s top-level domain for Colombia, “.CO”.
  • Representing Kosovo Telecom JSC  in a high-profile ICC arbitration dispute brought by a mobile virtual network operator involving the non-renewal of the mobile virtual network operator agreement.

France > Industry focus: Energy Tier 3

Hogan Lovells (Paris) LLP

Practice head(s):

Bruno Cantier; Christelle Coslin; Xavier Doumen; Olivier Fille-Lambie; Laurent Gouiffès

Other key lawyers:

Alexandre Salem

Testimonials

‘Advanced technical knowledge. Easy collaboration. Exceptional availability.’

‘Xavier Doumen and the team have been dynamic, responsive, flexible and committed. The transaction they supported is very complex but they have remained committed and focused throughout.’

‘Xaiver Doumen, Alexandre Salem and the entire team are truly phenomenal. I don’t think we could have better support.’

Key clients

Themis Energy

BPI FRANCE FINANCEMENT

Caisse d’Épargne Grand Est Europe

Engie

TSK

DIPF Djermaya Holdings

EDF

Albioma

CIP

Meridiam

Work highlights

  • Advising Denham Capital on the acquisition of the project company in charge of the 34MW Djermaya solar power plant alongside InfraCo Africa.
  • Advising Equinor on its investment in Lithium de France, marking an entry both into France and into the domain of raw material production for batteries.
  • Advised EDF on a new €1.5bn revolving credit facility providing a social sustainability-linked pricing mechanism with a particular focus on social responsibility.

France > Industry focus: Telecoms  Tier 3

Hogan Lovells (Paris) LLP's team is co-led by TMT specialists Etienne Drouard, noted for his 'remarkable expertise' in the area, Charlotte Le RouxMikael Salmela and privacy and cybersecurity expert Patrice Navarro. The group predominantly advises mobile network operators, telecoms infrastructure and broadcasting operators on compliance with EU and French regulations, as well as advising on launches of relevant services regionally. Additionally, the team has experience of work involving the deployment of satellites.

Practice head(s):

Etienne Drouard; Charlotte Le Roux; Patrice Navarro; Mikael Salmela

Testimonials

‘Hogan Lovells’ team is unique and regularly supports us with rigor, agility and punctuality. The deliverables are accompanied by advice framed in our best interests. The team allocates resources based on the complexity of the cases.’

‘The team is available, responsive, pragmatic and really listens to its clients.’

‘Etienne Drouard’s team has expertise on very specific subjects which require in-depth knowledge of technical and technological subjects.’

‘Etienne Drouard has a very pragmatic and practical approach to subjects and recommendations, advice is always sharp, precise and understandable.’

‘Excellent consulting expertise, which distinguishes this practice from other firms. There is a great quality of advice, both legal and technological, relating to the problems encountered in these very complex fields which evolve extremely quickly, plus a quick understanding and detailed analysis of legislative and regulatory developments in the area.’

‘Etienne Drouard has remarkable expertise atop a very good intrinsic knowledge of complex technologies, which distinguishes the advice of Drouard and his team from competitors; they can offer advice on innovative subjects. They are easy to contact, speedy, responsive and trustworthy.’

Key clients

Legos SAS

Gogo Air International GmbH

Ascendas REIT and REIT

Vitruvian Partners Limited

Helios Tower

France > Intellectual property: Copyright Tier 3

As part of the firm’s wider IP, media and technology practice, Hogan Lovells (Paris) LLP‘s copyright group is able to provide clients with the full range of IP advice, with a particular focus being the bringing and defending of copyright infringement claims before the courts. It also offers mediation services. The practice is led by global firm chair Marie-Aimée de DampierreStanislas Roux-Vaillard, David Taylor and Jane Seager are further names to note. Olivia Bernardeau-Paupe departed the firm for Dechert LLP in January 2023.

Practice head(s):

Marie-Aimée de Dampierre

France > Mergers and acquisitions Tier 3

Hogan Lovells (Paris) LLP, a firm with an extensive international network, fields a global team of over 500 M&A lawyers. Public and private M&A expert, Stéphane Huten, co-leads the team alongside Xavier Doumen, a specialist in cross-border M&A, spin-offs, strategic investments and joint ventures, and Matthieu Grollemund, a lawyer particularly accomplished within the technology and healthcare fields. Industry focuses for the wider team also includes energy, media, telecoms, automotive and financial services.

Practice head(s):

Xavier Doumen; Stéphane Huten; Matthieu Grollemund

Other key lawyers:

Jean-Marc Franceschi; Hélène Parent

Testimonials

‘Excellent team at the top of market practices and accustomed to all types of operation including the most complex and the largest. Smart, efficient and innovative services. Flexible and attentive in its billing.’

‘Stéphane Huten is one of the very best Parisian lawyers in the field of M&A. He masters the subjects both at the national level and for international operations. Impressive!’

‘Excellence. Efficiency.’

‘Xavier Doumen is recommended’

‘Entrepreneurial spirit, strong involvement and responsiveness, inventiveness in the solutions offered, and negotiation skills with the various stakeholders.’

‘Matthieu Grollemund and Hélène Parent standout.’

‘Top quality services, availability and pragmatism.’

‘Xavier Doumen is particularly relevant and effective.’

Key clients

Akiem

Albioma

AXA

Bpifrance

Caisse des Dépôts et Consignations

CNP Assurances

Daher

Daimler

EDF

Equinor

Ermewa

Ford

Groupe Up

Helios Towers

IBM

ID Logistics

Jobandtalent

Lacroix Group

Le Saffre

Medicrea

Mercedes Benz

Motherson Sumi Systems

OVH

Pernod-Ricard

Red River West

Rexel

Saint-Gobain

San Marina

SNCF

ST Dupont

TDF

Tenable

TowerBrook Capital Partners

Valneva

Voluntis

Wonderbox

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Work highlights

  • Advised EDF on the restructuring and sale of Citelum in France, Italy, Spain, Denmark, Belgium, Brazil, Chile, Mexico, India and China.
  • Advising Wonderbox and Otium Capital as deal counsel on the proposed acquisition by Wonderbox of Smartbox.
  • Advised a consortium of investors alongside Tikehau on the acquisition of EGIS from CDC (billion plus of enterprise value) and for a structured debt-equity investment of Farralone, followed by a sale and reinvestment in Green Yellow (approx. (1billion of enterprise value) and on the acquisition of PropriétéPrivées (upper mid cap).

France > Tax Tier 3

Hogan Lovells (Paris) LLP‘s tax team mainly focuses on advising companies and private equity investors on the structuring of their deals. The team assists a prominent client base, which includes private equity funds for which it handles a high volume of mid to large-cap LBOs. The practice also has strong ability in the management of large cross-border transactions. The team also represents clients facing tax audits, notably in relation to transfer pricing issues. Managing partner Xenia Legendre heads the practice, which includes the Ludovic Geneston and counsel Thomas Claudel.

Practice head(s):

Xenia Legendre

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘The team has a very good understanding of issues raised and clients’ needs, with an approach that is both technical and pragmatic, enabling them to fully meet expectations.’

‘Thomas Claudel, counsel, perfectly meets clients’ needs by being both technical and pragmatic.’

‘Thomas Claudel is brilliant. He simply explains complex issues and finds creative solutions to ad hoc problems.’

Key clients

ID Logistics

EDF

2M Promotion / Mat Immo Beaune

TowerBrook Capital Partners L. P.

Cathay Capital and Sagard NewGen

Tikehau Capital

Apax Partners

Kamet Ventures

Gimv

Andera Partner

IDI

Work highlights

  • Advising 2M Promotions SAS and Mat Immo Beaune SAS on the sale of its stake in Groupe Opaline to Colisée Group.
  • Advised ID Logistics on its acquisition of Kane Logistics in the United States.
  • Advising EDF on the major cross-border restructuring and sale of assets held by Citelum SA in France, Italy, Spain, Denmark, Belgium, Brazil, Chili, Mexico, India and China.

France > Project finance Tier 4

The team at Hogan Lovells (Paris) LLP is co-led by Bruno Cantier and Olivier Fille-Lambie, the former of whom also co-heads the global Africa practice at the firm. The offering ably handles work assisting its clients on significant projects involving renewable energy, transport and infrastructure; there is a focus on France-based work, with a definite presence in Africa also. Former specialist partner Ludovic Babin departed to BCTG Avocats in January of 2022.

Practice head(s):

Bruno Cantier; Olivier Fille-Lambie

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

France > Real estate Tier 5

Hogan Lovells (Paris) LLP

Practice head(s):

Michaël Levy; Laure Nguyen

Other key lawyers:

Alice Houdart

Testimonials

‘A professional team.’

‘Michael Levy ably supports and appropriately compromises in negotiations to find the right result for his clients.’

‘Hogan Lovells’ team is young and dynamic. They are available any time and able to deliver excellent output in very tight deadlines. They combine excellent knowledge and true business skills and are always willing to go the extra mile.’

‘Michael Levy is extremely reactive and business-oriented thanks to  his broker background. He thinks creatively and is a great negotiator. Alice Houdart is extremely knowledgeable and delivers outstanding quality outputs to very tight deadlines. They are able to address any issues regarding construction, leases, capital transactions, together. Laure Nguyen specialises in handling issues arising from environment or construction and planning laws.’

Key clients

M&G Real Estate

Valor Real Estate Partners

SCAPRIM REIM / GREENOAK RE

SCPI Pierval Santé

Mata Capital

LCP Client Group

Clarins

M&G

Prologis

JP Morgan

Covivio

Work highlights

  • Assisting M&G Investment Management with a sale and leaseback transaction relating to the acquisition by M&G from Casino Immobilier of 5 major hypermarkets in various French regions.
  • Assisting Valor Real Estate Partners in numerous transaction and development matters.
  • Assisting the various entities of Greenoak Real Estate, acting as landlord, and managed by Scaprim, with several real estate asset management matters.

France > Compliance

Photo Name Position Profile
Laura Asbati photo Laura Asbati Partner
Sabine Bironneau photo Mrs Sabine Bironneau Partner
Luc Bontoux photo Luc Bontoux Counsel
Florian Brechon photo Florian Brechon Partner
Bruno Cantier photo Bruno Cantier Partner
Thomas Claudel photo Thomas Claudel Counsel
Christelle Coslin photo Christelle Coslin Partner
Charlotte Damiano photo Charlotte Damiano Partner
Arthur Dethomas photo Mr Arthur Dethomas Partner
Xavier Doumen photo Mr Xavier Doumen Partner
Etienne Drouard photo Etienne Drouard Partner
Philippe Druon photo Philippe Druon Partner
Cécile Dupoux photo Cécile Dupoux Partner
Franck  Dupret photo Franck Dupret Counsel
Ghina Farah photo Ghina Farah Counsel
Vincent Fidelle photo Mr Vincent Fidelle Partner
Olivier Fille-Lambie photo Mr Olivier Fille-Lambie   Partner
Jean-Marc Franceschi photo Mr Jean-Marc Franceschi Partner
Christine Gateau photo Christine Gateau Partner
Ludovic Geneston photo Ludovic Geneston Partner
Laurent Gouiffès  photo Laurent Gouiffès Partner
Matthieu Grollemund photo Matthieu Grollemund Partner
Sébastien Gros photo Dr Sébastien Gros Partner
Marion Guertault photo Marion Guertault Partner
Stéphane Huten photo Mr Stéphane Huten Partner
Thomas Kendra photo Mr Thomas Kendra Partner
Xenia Legendre photo Ms Xenia Legendre Office Managing Partner
Michaël Lévy photo Mr Michaël Lévy Partner
Victor Levy photo Mr Victor Levy Counsel
Sharon Lewis  photo Sharon Lewis Partner, Head of Financials Institutions, Paris
Mark Mazo photo Mr Mark Mazo Partner
Thierry Meillat photo Mr Thierry Meillat Partner
Dominique Mendy photo Dominique Mendy Partner
Katia Merlini photo Ms Katia Merlini Partner
Patrice Navarro photo Patrice Navarro Partner
Laure Nguyen photo Laure Nguyen Counsel
Melissa Ordonez photo Melissa Ordonez Partner
Hélène Parent photo Hélène Parent Partner
Eric Paroche photo Eric Paroche Partner
Alexander Premont photo Mr Alexander Premont Partner
Michel Quéré photo Mr Michel Quéré Partner
Stanislas Roux-Vaillard photo Stanislas Roux-Vaillard Partner
Alexandre Salem photo Alexandre Salem Senior Associate
Mikael Salmela photo Mr Mikael Salmela Partner
David Taylor photo David Taylor Partner
Céline Verney photo Céline Verney Senior Associate
Marie-Aimée de Dampierre photo Mrs Marie-Aimée de Dampierre Partner, Chair of Paris Office