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Hogan Lovells (Paris) LLP
75378 PARIS

Intellectual property: Trade marks and designs Tier 1

The trade mark and design practice at Hogan Lovells (Paris) LLP is an integral part of the office's wider IPMT team, making the group a firm of choice for matters requiring soft IP expertise in addition to media and technology law knowledge. On the contentious side, the team is especially sought after for multi-jurisdictional matters because of its dedicated international IP set-up. The arbitration, mediation and customs-retention experience of the group ensure informed strategic decisions for each individual case. On the advisory side, the group is active in transactional matters, including audits and due diligence, but also assists with brand management issues. The experienced domain name practice, the offering of which includes the dedicated domain-name tool Anchovy®, is another asset. Marie-Aimée de Dampierre, David Taylor and Jane Seager are at the helm of the practice. Counsel Olivia Bernardeau-Paupe provides key support.

Other key lawyers:

Olivia Bernardeau-Paupe


‘Expertise, approachability.’

‘Hogan Lovells’ large global footprint makes it an excellent firm to work with.’

‘The Hogan Lovells France team were excellent. I felt very confident in the legal advice they provided.’

‘We worked closely with Marie-Aimee de Dampierre and her team, and found them to be incredibly responsive, intelligent, and efficient. We really appreciated Marie-Aimee’s counsel on this case.’

Key clients


CIVC, CNAOC, EFOW (alongside the European Commission and the French government)

Administrative and public law Tier 2

Hogan Lovells (Paris) LLP has well-established project and PPP expertise. The practice assists major sponsors, public sector entities and private companies, and is very active in significant port and transport projects in France and its overseas territories. Public law entities also entrust their large property development projects to the team. In addition, the practice is  involved in major energy projects in francophone Africa. The practice is co-headed by Bruno Cantier and Ludovic Babin and also includes counsel Perrine Limousin.

Practice head(s):

Bruno Cantier; Ludovic Babin

Other key lawyers:

Perrine Limousin


Good knowledge.’

Key clients

Bardot Group

A consortium led by Engie and Meridam

African Finance Corporation

Colas Projects and Mirova


Aéroports de Paris S.A. (ADP)

Aviation finance Tier 2

The Paris-based aviation finance department at Hogan Lovells (Paris) LLP has both French and English law capabilities and is fully integrated within the global practice, often acting in close coordination with the firm's offices in Germany, the US, Singapore and Hong Kong. This makes it a popular choice for prominent international banks, financial institutions, manufacturers and airlines, who benefit from the full-service offering spanning acquisition financing, agency-supported transactions, alternative financings and tax leases. The  practice is also well versed in comparative law exercises, notably transfer of title and security rights over aircraft. Asset-finance specialist Alexander Premont is active advising on cross-border transactions and financings across a range of asset classes.

Practice head(s):

Key clients

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

Société Générale



BRED Banque Populaire

BNP Paribas (Suisse)

La Banque Postale




Banking and finance: Bank regulatory Tier 2

Hogan Lovells (Paris) LLP's team strikes a balance between transactional and regulatory work, with significant experience advising on large multi-jurisdictional projects. The four-partner team is well supported by the firm's tax, employment and IP/IT practice groups, providing a mix of French and foreign financial institutions with a holistic service. Regulatory dispute resolution work is also handled in-house and the department continues to have a presence advising non-regulated financial service companies. Dual-qualified in France and Germany, Sébastien Gros heads the practice, working on both transactional and non-transactional mandates.

Practice head(s):

Other key lawyers:

Franck Dupret


Very competent, friendly and very available team. Very quickly appropriates the internal constraints of the client and the specificities of the client’s activity.

Great expertise, sympathy, availability, commitment understanding/knowledge of the banking sector.

Sébastien Gros’ team is distinguished by its concern for a job well done and legal orthodoxy. They are attentive to the needs of their customers and know how to show flexibility to adapt to their requests.

Unrivalled knowledge and expertise. Commercial application of advice has also been excellent.

Sébastien Gros and Franck Dupret have worked with our organisation for several years and the application of advice to the commercial realities has always been excellent.

The team has a strong and reliable expertise on both the regulatory and the business landscape. They are able to perfectly understand their clients’ products and strategies and adapt their legal advice to the business case.

I have a complete trust in Sebastien Gros and his team. Sebastien Gros and Franck Dupret are available whenever I need them, they always stick to the deadlines even when the deadlines are tight.

Strong acumen and acquaintance of the financial and regulatory environment combined with expertise in the banking sector and interaction with the regulatory bodies for precise and up to date advice.

Key clients





CNH Financial Services






Capital markets: debt capital markets Tier 2

Stand-out features of Hogan Lovells (Paris) LLP's practice include its track record in innovative offerings -such as the first social impact bond in France and the first sukuk issued by Côte d'Ivoire; its experience in assisting leading financial institutions (both French and European); and its ability to assist with both French and English law, often requested in pan-European matters. In combination with the team's sector expertise in the insurance, energy, automotive and transport sectors, the practice remains a key player in the French market, even after the departure of Baptiste Gelpi to Reed Smith in March 2020. Sharon Lewis is global head of both the firm's financial institutions and insurance sector group, and its finance practice,  and co-directs the international debt capital markets practice in conjunction with fellow partners Vincent Fidelle and Katia Merlini.


‘Hogan Lovells is particularly strong in cross-border derivatives and general capital markets, because of their dual-qualified/dual-experienced lawyers in Paris.’

‘Katia Merlini in Paris is fantastic at expediting derivatives, projects, regulatory implementation of capital markets. High quality work.’

Sharon Lewis in Paris is the best at problem-solving of any kind.

Key clients


Société Générale

Société nationale SNCF

RTE Réseau de transport d’électricité

AXA Bank Belgium / AXA Bank Europe SCF


Electricité de France (EDF)

Edmond de Rothschild (France)

Crédit Agricole Corporate and Investment Bank

Data privacy and data protection Tier 2

Hogan Lovells (Paris) LLP provides strong cross-border advice for clients in the healthcare and life sciences, banking, and technology sectors. The team is known for its expertise in cybersecurity and high-stakes TMT litigation on behalf of French and international companies. Etienne Drouard, who was a new arrival in February 2020 from K&L Gates LLP, is highly regarded for his work in data protection and privacy matters, especially on M&A transactions, digital crisis management, and international disputes. Patrice Navarro, who focuses primarily on GDPR matters and made partner in the firm's strategic operations agreements and regulation team in January 2021, and litigator Christine Gateau are other names to note.

Practice head(s):

Etienne Drouard; Patrice Navarro

Other key lawyers:

Christine Gateau


The team stands out for its ability to approach cases from all angles. In addition to an obvious legal competence, the team knows perfectly how to decipher a problem by combining several stakes (technical, economic, geopolitical). This capacity is fully in line with the expectations of our legal department. In addition, the team seems sufficiently staffed to guarantee continuity of advice within a reasonable timeframe. This point is very important for the lasting support of a large-scale group.’

‘Etienne Drouard embodies the “ideal advice”. Equipped with a perfect legal-technical knowledge, he supports perfectly our legal department and our operational services. His background and his ability to highlight subjects with other issues (competitive, economic, geopolitical) are considerable assets. Etienne Drouard is an indisputable reference on the protection of personal data.’

‘Etienne Drouard’s team is characterized by expertise and know-how recognized in the public arena, commitment and ethical values.’

‘Etienne Drouard has an incredible capacity for work.’

‘The Hogan Lovells team that works with our teams has unique expertise and has an unmatched presence in the digital marketing market. The team leader has the strongest recognition among stakeholders in the ecosystem, and a very strong expertise and knowledge of control bodies.’

Key clients

Groupe CANAL+

Derivatives and structured finance Tier 2

The team at Hogan Lovells (Paris) LLP is the continental linchpin for transactions governed by English law. The group is highly experienced in multi-jurisdictional matters, especially those involving Luxembourgean law, and in high demand from French and European financial institutions and corporates, especially from the firm's core sectors: insurance/reinsurance, automotive, energy and transport. With a number of 'market-firsts' marking the group's track record, including a whole business securitisation of new mobility services receivables, and handling a wide range of asset classes (including travel receivables, residential mortgage loans, and dealer floorplans), the practice is known for its ability to assist with innovative transactions. The trio at the helm of the debt capital markets practice is composed of the highly versatile Sharon Lewis, who also heads the financial institutions sector group and is, in addition, admitted to the bar of England and Wales; Vincent Fidelle, who specialises in bond issues and covered bonds, among other matters; and Katia Merlini, who focuses primarily on derivatives, structured debt issuances, synthetic securitisation transactions. However, Baptiste Gelpi moved to Reed Smith in March 2020.

Other key lawyers:

Laura Asbati


Laura Asbati is very professional, available, very technical, very efficient and always delivers on time. In terms of client relationship, she is very calm and easy to work with and it has been a pleasure working with her.

‘Responsive team, experienced and with excellent junior collaborators. Very good value for money, especially in securitisation matters.’

‘Great availability and pedagogical skills.’

‘Katia Merlini: available, clear, patient, pedagogical.’

‘Perseverance, knowledgeable and going the extra mile to ensure things get done. ’

‘Laura Asbati shows perseverance and knowledge of relevant legislation and related interpretations and makes certain the job gets pulled across the line’

‘Understanding of our business and providing commercially attractive solutions to legal issues.’

‘Laura Asbati was instrumental in the set up of a securitisation structure in a new jurisdiction where no market practice had been developed and successfully closing the transaction. Strong negotiator.’

‘Laura Asbati, despite not being a partner yet, has fully mastered the management of the matters she worked on for us. It’s a real comfort to have a lawyer in charge who is very technical and able to manage the drafting – surely also through the work of the junior and mid-level associates whose work she supervises. It always feels like the matters is managed by one single person which is reassuring for us. Nonetheless, she lets her associates manage particular aspects of a case without losing the sense of coherence in the work and the quality of the work product.’

‘Very competent team, responsive and professional, able to handle complex matters in a short time frame.’

‘Laura Asbati is an excellent lawyer. She is very methodical, organised as well as responsive and efficient. The quality of her documents is clearly avoce those of practitioners at other law firms.’

‘Very responsive team that knows how to adapt to unforeseen situations (legal, operational or regulatory) that might occur in the course of the structuring of a securitisation transaction. Honest and efficient communication. Assistance with both private and public sector operations.’

‘Laura Asbati’s ability to immerse herself in a matter and to manage the different parties has contributed greatly to the signing of the deal on time even under tight time frames. Her knowledge of French structures and market practices was very helpful.’

Key clients

Edmond de Rothschild (France)

Opel Vauxhall Finance & BNP Paribas

Crédit Agricole Corporate and Investment Bank

Dispute resolution: Stock market litigation Tier 2

Hogan Lovells (Paris) LLP added Arthur Dethomas to the team in January 2020 when he joined from his own firm, now renamed Peltier Juvigny Marpeau & Associés, to launch the firm’s stock market litigation practice. He notably defends several investment funds facings AMF sanction proceedings in relation to insider dealing accusations.

Practice head(s):

Arthur Dethomas


Good technical knowledge and in-depth and thought-through legal arguments.’

Employment Tier 2

Hogan Lovells (Paris) LLP impresses with a high-level team which assists many leading French and international corporations from various sectors such as the pharmaceutical, financial, retail and automotive industries. The team is very experienced in advising on major M&A and corporate restructuring projects, for example in the life sciences, financial and luxury goods sectors. It also handles mass litigation and has been managing several files dealing with social security reassessment disputes. Since 2020, the firm has also been active in Covid-19 pandemic-related matters. Practice head Dominique Mendy and Thierry Meillat are highly recommended. The team saw several changes in 2020: key member Muriel Pariente left for Ashurst LLP, while Marion Guertault rejoined the practice as partner in autumn 2020 after having briefly left the firm in early 2020 to join Latham & Watkins as counsel.

Practice head(s):

Dominique Mendy

Other key lawyers:

Thierry Meillat; Marion Guertault


Thierry Meillat has been able to create a special bond of trust, thanks to his great professionalism, his availability and his attentive listening.’

Key clients

MSD (Animal Health)

MSD (Human Health/Animal Health)


EU, competition and distribution Tier 2

Hogan Lovells (Paris) LLP is known for its strong work in merger control, having recently acted on several significant, cross-border matters for clients in the transportation sector. The team is particularly strong advising both domestic and international clients in the IT, hospitality, and financial services sectors. Additionally, the group can draw on colleagues worldwide to help on multi-jurisdictional matters, and frequently represents clients in antitrust investigations and litigation before the FCA. Practice leader Eric Paroche is experienced in merger control and antitrust proceedings, while François Brunet is an expert in international cartel investigations. Senior associates Céline Verney and Victor Levy are also noted.

Practice head(s):

Eric Paroche

Other key lawyers:

François Brunet; Céline Verney; Victor Levy

Industry focus: Healthcare and life sciences Tier 2

With an 'in-depth understanding of the French healthcare market and biotech challenges', Hogan Lovells (Paris) LLP is particularly focused on high-profile product liability cases, where Christelle Coslin is a go-to name for cross-border and mass tort litigation. The department has an equally able regulatory group: Charlotte Damiano is retained by several major pharmaceutical companies to advise on pricing and reimbursement and market access issues, and practice head Mikael Salmela is a recognised regulatory expert specialising in bringing products to market from the earliest stages, including R&D and clinical trials. Stanislas Roux-Vaillard is the key contact for patent work, regularly defending patents in pharma and biotech cases.

Practice head(s):

Other key lawyers:

Charlotte Damiano; Christelle Coslin; Stanislas Roux-Vaillard


In-depth understanding of the French healthcare market and biotech challenges.

Mikael Salmela has very strong knowledge of the sector.

The team is above all well organised, competent and always available to answer complex questions.

The partners always ensure projects are on budget and that all legal analysis is precise and operational.

Key clients

Icos Corporation

Eli Lilly

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

Industry focus: IT and internet  Tier 2

Hogan Lovells (Paris) LLP advises several leading internet platforms, including Facebook, on the recuperation of domain names. Practice head David Taylor is held in high regard for these cases, sitting as a domain name panellist for the World Intellectual Property Organisation, and also works on general brand protection matters. Etienne Drouard, who joined the firm from K&L Gates LLP in February 2020, is another key contact, specialising in privacy and data protection. Litigator Christine Gateau is a name to note for contentious data matters and product liability cases.

Key clients


CIVC, CNAOC, EFOW (Wine producing groups) alongside the European Commission and the French government

Wikimedia Foundation

BNP Paribas



Industry focus: Luxury goods Tier 2

Rated for its 'excellent technical understanding' Hogan Lovells (Paris) LLP's consumer goods industry group is regularly retained by leading luxury brands in the cosmetic, fragrance, fashion and hotel industries. Clients typically consult the department on areas spanning competition, arbitration, IP and corporate. Since the arrival of IT specialist Etienne Drouard from K&L Gates LLP in February 2020 the practice is also well placed to advise on e-commerce, digital advertising and digital transformation matters. Olivia Bernardeau-Paupe, Mikael Salmela and Thierry Meillat jointly lead the department.

Other key lawyers:

Etienne Drouard


Excellent technical understanding, especially in the area of data protection.

Etienne Drouard possesses great business acumen.

Insolvency Tier 2

Hogan Lovells (Paris) LLP’s team offers extensive experience in advising various stakeholders, namely debtors, bondholders, shareholders and banks, on large restructuring and insolvency mandates. Lately, the practice was appointed by the judicial administrators to assist with the financial restructuring of Technicolor. The firm is handling a large volume of work pertaining to LBO companies and many large listed and non-listed corporations. It recently worked on major matters in a number of sectors, including retail and manufacturing. Practice co-heads Philippe Druon and Cécile Dupoux are seasoned experts in the field. Counsel Astrid Zourli is also a key member.

Practice head(s):

Philippe Druon; Cécile Dupoux

Other key lawyers:

Astrid Zourli

Key clients


Bourbon Corporation






TowerBrook Capital Partners (U.K.) LLP



Insurance Tier 2

Hogan Lovells (Paris) LLP in Paris has an excellent team for high-stakes cross-border matters, both contentious and non-contentious. Practice head Sébastien Gros is among the most experienced names in the market for transaction-related insurance work, with an outstanding track record of assisting the country's biggest players with the regulatory aspects of their corporate endeavours, including M&A, reorganisations, fund set-ups and partnerships. Gros and counsel Ghinah Farah assist with insurance and reinsurance matters, including a substantial number of matters regarding the development and distribution of insurance products on top of the heavy transactional practice. The office's insurance securitisation practice, headed by Sharon Lewis, is also noteworthy.

Practice head(s):

Other key lawyers:

Ghina Farah


‘This practice operates as a team – Sebastien Gros’ effective leadership is complemented by Ghina Farah. They are very quick to spot the issues and will always look at a problem through the lens of their client’s commercial imperatives.’

‘I believe that Sébastien Gros is the best regulatory lawyer in France. He is a consummate professional who delivers client-focused solutions rather than just interpreting the legal requirements for them. He is a genuine problem-solver and keeps the client’s imperatives central to every conversation.’

Ghina Farah is an exceptional lawyer, a pleasure to work with – she is efficient, smart and pragmatic – an excellent operator.

‘The Hogan Lovells insurance team has positioned itself in a long-term relationship mindset, building trust, showing engagement, listening to the clients’ specific needs for a tailored approach and transparent costs. What made the difference was also the open and constructive approach of the team to deal with innovative structure and products, critical to grow our business’

‘Great skill.’

‘Hogan Lovells’ insurance practice is unique in that the technical skills of the team are excellent (at partner level (ie Sébastien Gros), but also at lower seniority levels which is also very important. In addition, at all stages of the case, this team intervenes with a concern for understanding the specific and complex issues of the client, his history and his governance. This is radically different from other firms in the market where all these aspects are not always combined at the same time.’

‘Excellent knowledge of the sector, of the company, expertise, educational quality, responsiveness, adaptability, proactivity.’

‘Relationship of trust linked in particular to the length of the relationship and the stability of the partners and employees. Very easy relationship, very good listening skills, important pragmatism.’

‘The team is just tremendously knowledgeable about insurance and reinsurance regulation, but also about the market and business practices which brings even more value to their analysis and advices. The team has an excellent ability to understand clients.’

‘An excellent team with good communication. Excellent English. Great understanding of both the law and practical application of the law. Open discussions on risk and legal practice.’

‘Sébastien Gros and his team are extremely knowledgeable, but do not only provide the legal position, but understand the commercial pressures and take that into account with solid, clear and practical legal advice.’

‘The team is very knowledegable, flexible and reactive.’

‘Sébastien Gros has built a great team.’

‘Sébastien Gros’ regulatory team has, in addition to exceptional expertise in insurance/reinsurance law subjects, an intimate practical knowledge of relations with regulators. The firm’s international presence allows us to benefit from all of the excellence of its lawyers or their partners on these subjects in all of the jurisdictions in which we operate. Sébastien Gros and his team were able to successfully support us in strategic, complex and time-constrained operations.’

‘Working with Sébastien Gros and Ghina Farah is, in addition to the intrinsic value of their expertise, a real pleasure. Committed and relevant, capable of understanding and integrating the DNA of their clients and of adapting their working methods to the most complex situations, Sébastien and Ghina are true partners in the success of our operations.’

Key clients



Assurant (CWI Group)

Assured Guaranty

Aviva (Group and various affiliates)

AXA (Group and various affiliates)


CNP Assurances (Group and various affiliates)


Euler Hermes





Zurich Eurolife

Intellectual property: Patents Tier 2

Hogan Lovells (Paris) LLP focuses on cross-border litigation for major international companies, predominantly from the automotive, life-science, energy, chemicals and electronics industries - all areas the firm counts among its core areas of activity. The practice is particularly busy with pharmaceutical clients for which it has secured a string of innovative decisions. Paris practice head Stanislas Roux-Vaillard frequently joins forces with his colleagues abroad, especially with the teams in Germany, the UK and Italy. His experience in arbitration and mediation complements his court litigation capabilities. In addition to the busy contentious caseload, the practice is also involved as IP counsel in transactions, including major transactions in the technology sector where the team assists its corporate colleagues.

Shipping finance Tier 2

Hogan Lovells (Paris) LLP houses a broad shipping finance practice with experience advising on financings for the full range of vessel types as well as debt and capital markets financings. The team also has a strong track record in superyacht financing and is highly regarded for its work related to the full range of tax leasing matters. On the transactional side, the group specialises in high-end, structured and corporate acquisitions and reorganisations, typically representing leading international banks. Alexander Premont leads the department and covers cross-border acquisitions, leveraged finance, and asset financings, among other matters.

Practice head(s):

Alexander Premont


Its main qualities: – Expertise in yachting – Well organized team, reactive and providing us with significant time savings which is a scarce resource.

Alexander Premont is available for all sensitive questions. When we send him the points we realize that he has followed the transaction from end to end.

Key clients

Société Générale

BNP Paribas (Suisse) SA






Caisse D’Epargne


Banking and finance: transactional work Tier 3

Hogan Lovells (Paris) LLP has a wide-ranging practice and is retained for acquisition, project, real estate and leveraged finance, among others. Also experienced in capital markets and asset finance work, the Paris-based group has both French and English law capabilities, making it a popular choice for outbound commodities work, as well as financings in Africa. Sabine Bironneau-Loy is a leveraged finance specialist and Alexander Premont is the key contact for asset financings. Michel Quéré is also active.

Other key lawyers:

Michel Quéré


Professional and able to intervene across a wide sphere of matters. Adaptable to the needs of their clients.

Recognised professionals, adaptable and reactive.

Sympathetic team, highly competent, always trying to provide the best possible advice.’

Hogan Lovells has strong expertise in financing, with a highly practical understanding of the market.

The partners are easily reachable and always make themselves available.

Key clients

BNP Paribas



Engie & Meridiam

Africa Finance Corporation

Colas Projects and Mirova

Société Générale

21 Capital Partners


Chequers Capital



Radisson Hotels Group

Caisse Régionale de Crédit Agricole Mutuel Centre-Est

Banque Internationale à Luxembourg

Dispute resolution: Commercial litigation Tier 3

Hogan Lovells (Paris) LLP’s team is able to cover a large array of disputes. Drawing on the firm’s strong involvement in the healthcare sector, the litigation team regularly represents big pharmaceutical companies and healthcare providers in commercial and product liability cases, including in high-stakes matters regarding blockbuster vaccines and in product certification issue proceedings. The team also has a strong client base in the IT and media sector, with a focus on data regulatory and commercial litigation. Christine Gateau and Christelle Coslin are the key names for the above. Arthur Dethomas has extensive experience in corporate litigation and shareholder conflicts, with several major investment funds among his clients. Julien Martinet is entrusted by leading French banks to assist with mass civil proceedings pertaining to financial products and with international banking issues.

Practice head(s):

Arthur Dethomas

Other key lawyers:

Christine Gateau; Christelle Coslin; Julien Martinet


Julien Martinet makes a real contribution to the defense of the interests of our company. His availability is indisputably beyond measure.’


Key clients

Wikimedia Foundation



Intellectual property: Copyright Tier 3

With its extensive cross-border experience, clear dedication to IP and sizeable team, Hogan Lovells (Paris) LLP is an attractive proposition. The team led by practice heads Marie-Aimée de Dampierre, Stanislas Roux-Vaillard, David Taylor and Jane Seager is active in both advisory and contentious matters, including clearance work, licencing agreements and infringement proceedings. Very much seeking to provide a one-stop IP service, of late, the practice is increasingly gaining profile as a 'go-to' destination for multijurisdictional matters.

Other key lawyers:

Olivia Bernardeau-Paupe


‘The team is knowledgeable, responsive, and flexible, and is always willing to dig deeper and/or explore further avenues to trace or resolve any matter.’

‘Each member of the team has established both a professional and personal connection to us as a client allowing for a better client relationship and a deeper working relationship.’

‘We worked closely with Marie-Aimee De Dampierre and her team, and found them to be incredibly responsive, intelligent, and efficient. We really appreciated Marie-Aimee’s counsel on this case.’

Mergers and acquisitions Tier 3

Hogan Lovells (Paris) LLP corporate group is supported by the firm's tax, financing, competition, employment and real estate practice groups; its broad service offering is popular with both French and overseas clients. Focused on the energy, transportation, TMT, financial institutions and automotive sectors, the department is largely active on mid-cap deals with some mandates in the large-cap market segment. Jean-Marc Franceschi jointly leads the practice alongside corporate and private equity partners Xavier Doumen and Stéphane Huten. Sébastien Gros is another key member of the team. In January 2021 M&A and private equity experts Matthieu Grollemund and Hélène Parent joined from Baker McKenzie. New counsel Pierre-Marie Boya arrived from Bredin Prat April 2021.

Other key lawyers:

Sébastien Gros

Key clients

Endemol Shine Group

Aéroports de Paris

Group ORCA


BNP Paribas

Europcar Mobility Group


Perkin Elmer

Groupe April

Jagged Peak

Groupe SNCF / Ermewa / Akiem

Electricité de France




Uber / Cityscoot

Private equity: LBO Tier 3

Hogan Lovells (Paris) LLP

Practice head(s):

Stéphane Huten

Key clients

Apax Partners

Group April and CDC Capital Partners

Andera Partners


Hivest Capital Partners

Arkéa Capital Managers and Raise Investissement

Ardian Growth

Activa Capital


Azulis Capital



Andera Partners

Tikehau Capital


Chequers Capital

Cathay Capital

Tax Tier 3

Hogan Lovells (Paris) LLP ’s practice is a safe bet for transactional tax work. The tax team, which often collaborates with the corporate, finance and real estate departments, advises on the full whole range of transactions; spanning M&A, private equity, finance and property deals. It is regularly involved in cross-border transactions and acts for leading French and international corporations and investment funds, as well as top French banks. Xenia Legendre heads the practice, which also includes key member Ludovic Geneston. Counsel Laurent Ragot also deserves a mention. At the end of 2020 the team welcomed new counsel Thomas Claudel, formerly an associate at Latham & Watkins .

Practice head(s):

Xenia Legendre

Other key lawyers:

Ludovic Geneston; Laurent Ragot


‘The tax team is very available and very responsive. It demonstrates a strong ability to adapt to the environment and clients’ constraints, regardless of the size of the client’s structure.’

Key clients

Activa Capital

Akiem Group

Andera Partners

Apax Partners Development

Azulis Capital

BNP Paribas

Cathay Capital

Chequers Partenaires

Crédit Agricole CIB

Crédit Industriel et Commercial

Crédit Lyonnais

Groupe ADP

Groupe Bardot


JP Morgan

MBO Partenaires

Opel Vauxhall Finance and BNP Paribas

Dispute resolution: International arbitration Tier 4

Hogan Lovells (Paris) LLP shoulders a rich commercial arbitration caseload encompassing various industry sectors, such as energy, TMT, construction and life sciences. The Paris arbitration team is often involved in matters concerning Africa and the Middle-East. The team also handles investment arbitration and exequatur cases. Practice head  Laurent Gouiffès, who also seats as arbitrator, and Thomas Kendra are recommended. Counsels Melissa Ordonez and Gauthier Vannieuwenhuyse provide key support.

Practice head(s):

Laurent Gouiffès

Other key lawyers:

Thomas Kendra; Melissa Ordonez; Gauthier Vannieuwenhuyse


The team provided us with remarkable support through their expertise and their mastery of arbitration procedures. Its involvement, ability to define a clear and effective reading of the procedure, as well as the mastering of complex regulations applicable in the field of life sciences have been major assets in the positive management of litigation.’

‘Thomas Kendra and counsel Gauthier Vannieuwenhuyse have both demonstrated real involvement and perfect expertise. Their dynamism and their human qualities were also greatly appreciated.’

‘The team of lawyers with whom we worked really met our expectations to our complete satisfaction.’

‘Thomas Kendra really stood out throughout the process. He had a perfect mastery of the subjects to be discussed. We also appreciated the fact that he is perfectly bilingual (English / French).’

‘I appreciated the expertise, ability and spirit of cooperation of Laurent Gouiffès who has enabled the Court to achieve a quick and efficient decision.’

‘They have excellent competence in international arbitration and also a very good understanding of the energy sector. They have a very strategical approach to  cases and the ability to think outside the box and apply that to the case. They ensure a good understanding of the case and the client.’

‘The whole team works hard. Laurent Gouiffès is very focused on getting to the core of the case, strategic thinking and solid preparations. Thomas Kendra is very hands-on with cases.’

‘Strong performance in handling complex arbitration in the energy sector; professional and well-prepared hearings.’

‘The team has admirable ability in arbitration proceedings. Their turnaround time on the evaluation of issues is remarkable.’

‘From the partners to the more junior associates: all made an excellent impression on me.’

‘Strategic vision of the files by the partners; available; involved and exceptionally competent teams.’

‘Extremely able and practical people looking to get the best result as quickly as possible – exactly what an in-house lawyer is looking for.’

‘Strong knowledge of substantive and procedural law; efficiency and excellent process management; responsiveness and impressive turnaround times; diligence and attention to detail ; flexibility and constant client engagement.’

Key clients


Kosovo TelecomVannieuwenhuyseVannieuwenhuyse

Dispute resolution: White-collar crime Tier 4

Hogan Lovells (Paris) LLP

Practice head(s):

Arthur Dethomas


Arthur Dethomas is an excellent lawyer, a staunch and skillful advocate for his clients. Very good strategist and expert in both business law and US law, he is particularly able to set defence strategies in criminal litigation, especially cross-border.’

Photo Name Position Profile
 Laura Asbati photo Laura Asbati Counsel
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Mrs Olivia Bernardeau-Paupe  photo Mrs Olivia Bernardeau-Paupe   Counsel
Mrs Sabine Bironneau  photo Mrs Sabine Bironneau For almost twenty years, Sabine Bironneau, partner, has focused on leveraged and…
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Mr Julien Martinet  photo Mr Julien Martinet Julien Martinet, partner, leads our Paris Financial Services Litigation Practice. Julien is…
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