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Hogan Lovells (Paris) LLP
75378 PARIS

Derivatives and structured finance Tier 1

Hogan Lovells (Paris) LLP impresses with its 'knowledge of latest market developments and its pragmatism about available business solutions, together with its excellent co-ordination between all offices and teams'. The 'very proactive' group includes Baptiste Gelpi, Vincent Fidelle, Sharon Lewis and Katia Merlini, who 'deserves praise for her judgement, poise, ability to remain calm under pressure and high delivery standards'. Counsel Laura Asbati joined from Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP and, jointly with Gelpi, advised LeasePlan on the first public securitisation of lease and related residual value receivables originated by the client's subsidiary LeasePlan France. Lewis assisted AXA Bank Belgium and AXA Bank Europe with the expiration of the MBS waiver, replacing the assets held by AXA Bank Europe with mortgage loans purchased from AXA Bank Belgium and loans granted by Axa Bank Europe to AXA Bank Belgium secured by eligible secured loans, involving a major reorganisation of AXA Bank Europe. Other clients include Crédit Agricole, Edmond de Rothschild and Bred Banque Populaire.

Industry focus: Healthcare and life sciences Tier 1

Hogan Lovells (Paris) LLP fields a cross-disciplinary team with a strong offering in the areas of competition, regulation, intellectual property, IT and litigation. Mikael Salmela is the key name. The group is currently acting for the defendant in a high-profile global product liability claim regarding the allegedly improper certification of a medical device; Charles-Henri Caron is involved in this matter. On the employment side, Muriel Pariente and Dominique Mendy are currently representing Johnson & Johnson in litigation proceedings arising from the closure of its plant in Auneau. Notable patents work included Stanislas Roux-Vaillard's advice to Icos on a nullity claim against its patent for its urology blockbuster, Cialis. Clients can also rely on IT and data protection specialist Winston Maxwell, competition partner François Brunet and counsel Patrice Navarro. Other noteworthy clients include Abbott, Daiichi Sankyo and TUV Rheinland.

Industry focus: IT, telecoms and the internet Tier 1

The multi-disciplinary team at Hogan Lovells (Paris) LLP covers the full gamut of corporate, litigation, competition and employment matters in the IT and communications industry. A leading global technology company appointed a team led by corporate expert Winston Maxwell and litigator Christine Gateau to handle high-profile and sensitive data privacy litigation with the support of counsel Patrice Navarro, while Xavier Doumen assisted Korean internet company Naver with its acquisition of the Xerox Research Centre in Grenoble. In other highlights, the team is advising on regulatory questions pertaining to competition law, e-commerce, distribution and data privacy, for example in the context of connected devices. Also notable is David Taylor, who regularly advises clients such as Facebook and eBay on the protection of their brands online through the recuperation of domain names globally.

Insurance Tier 1

Hogan Lovells (Paris) LLP fields 'a strong and well-recognised insurance and reinsurance team' that attracts praise for its 'capacity to build a trustful relationship with clients, the high availability to answer within a short time frame, thorough but pragmatic analysis and ability to find alternative solutions'. The group assists with contentious and non-contentious matters alike, with recent highlights including the instruction from AXA Global Life to advise on the structuring and implementation of the merger with AXA Global P&C as well as the transfer of its reinsurance portfolio, a cross-border mandate involving ten jurisdictions. Another stand-out instruction was the representation of AXA and several of its international affiliates regarding the offering of a first-of-its kind ridesharing insurance product in the context of a partnership with BlaBlaCar. Other work came from CNP Assurances, Tikehau Capital and Global Aerospace. 'Highly reliable' practice head Sébastien Gros 'has a deep understanding of complex structures and techniques'. Litigator Thomas Rouhette left to set up Signature Litigation AARPI.

Intellectual property: Trade marks and designs Tier 1

The dedicated intellectual property and media technology team at Hogan Lovells (Paris) LLP fields a specialist domain names offering jointly headed by Jane Seager and David Taylor. Counsel Olivia Bernardeau-Paupe is currently leading the advice to a heavyweight global restaurant chain on the protection of its intangible assets and image rights in France, while Marie-Aimée de Dampierre continues to represent Lego in all the contentious and advisory aspects of the management of its intellectual property portfolio, particularly pertaining to customs seizures. Facebook is also a key client and regularly benefits from Seager and Taylor's counsel on the recovery of domain names.

Administrative and public law Tier 2

Hogan Lovells (Paris) LLP is recognised for its expertise in advising governments on large-scale transport projects in France and Africa. The five-lawyer team, which regularly works in combination with the firm's strong banking department, has been involved in the most high-profile of the country's transport projects. It is notably assisting the French government with the awarding of the concession for the €1bn A45 motorway project, and ADP with the CDG Express airport rail link project. The practice has also become increasingly involved in energy projects domestically and in Africa; it recently assisted ABB as a candidate for a contract relating to the 1.4GW France-Britain electricity interconnector project. Finally, the team is advising Société d’Exploitation de la Tour Eiffel on the renewal of its catering and merchandising operations. Bruno Cantier and Ludovic Babin are highly recommended. Counsel Perrine Limousin is also a key contact.

Aviation finance Tier 2

With the French-English dual-qualified Alexander Premont at the helm, Hogan Lovells (Paris) LLP has a strong international practice. The group impresses with its rich experience in a large number of financing instruments, ranging from export credit agency financings to acquisition financings and securitisations. Islamic finance and tax-based financings, in particular French, German and Japanese tax-based financings. Recent highlights include advising Swissport Financing on the financing and acquisition of ground handling operator Aerocare, an international instruction which saw the firm leverage its global footprint. The client roster also features Société Générale, UBS and Natixis.

Banking and finance: Bank regulatory Tier 2

Hogan Lovells (Paris) LLP has strong cross-border capabilities, with a substantial track record in advising on large multi-jurisdictional projects. The group covers a broad range of matters, with retail banking and payment services, e-money, anti-money laundering and corporate support work accounting for the majority of instructions. The practice often joins forces with the London office, for example when advising HSBC on the implementation of the Revised Payment Services Directive under the lead of French practice head Sébastien Gros and London-based Emily Reid.

Capital markets: debt capital markets Tier 2

Hogan Lovells (Paris) LLP acts for issuers and financial institutions alike, with a focus on the insurance, automotive and transportation sectors and a geographical focus on African countries. It has a strong track record in innovative market transactions, including the first green bond issued by a company and the first 100-year century bond issue in sterling, and continues to act in high-profile transactions. Recent stand-out matters include advising Crédit Agricole Corporate and Investment Bank on its structured debt issuance programme, governed by French and English law and listed on the Luxembourg stock exchange, and assisting AXA Bank Belgium and AXA Bank Europe on the call option of three existing series of notes and the issue of two series of notes as part of AXA Bank Europe's EMTN programme. The key contacts are Sharon LewisKatia MerliniVincent Fidelle and Baptiste GelpiLaura Asbati joined from Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP. EDF, Bred Banque Populaire and SNCF Mobilités also feature on the client list.

Dispute resolution: commercial litigation Tier 2

Hogan Lovells (Paris) LLP is renowned for its product liability expertise, particularly in the healthcare sector, where it is handling several of the market's most high-profile cases, with Cécile Deryke representing big names in the industry. Christine Gateau handles commercial litigation and is notably involved in media-related disputes; she also recently obtained a major victory for Jones Lang LaSalle in proceedings arising from the breach of an exclusive mandate for the sale of a €190m hotel in Paris. Finally, Julien Martinet is an expert in banking litigation who represents many leading banks. Newly promoted partner Christelle Coslin is also recommended. Former practice head Thomas Rouhette, who notably managed big aviation cases, left alongside colleague Sylvie Gallage-Alwis to open the Paris office of Signature Litigation AARPI. Arthur Dethomas joined the firm in November 2019 from former firm Dethomas Peltier Juvigny & Associés, now renamed Peltier Juvigny Marpeau & Associés.

Employment Tier 2

Hogan Lovells (Paris) LLP's team of 14 lawyers acts for leading French and Anglophone companies, including high-profile names in the pharmaceutical and financial services sectors. The firm recently advised on modernisation and reorganisation plans, as well as negotiating new collective status and remuneration. It also handled collective litigation concerning co-employment, site closure and post-mass redundancies issues. The practice is assisting Merck Sharp & Dohme with the implementation of its transformation and digitalisation plan, and successfully defended Friedr Gustav Theis Kaltwalzwerk in facing co-employment claims from 16 former employees. The firm also advised Bpifrance on the setting up of a new employee collective status for its new entity. Johnson & Johnson Medical, Puig, Edenred and Spotify are also among its clients. Practice head Dominique Mendy, Thierry Meillat and Muriel Pariente are noted.

Industry focus: energy Tier 2

Energy is one of Hogan Lovells (Paris) LLP’s core sectors. The firm advises high-profile utilities and developers, as well as investors on projects, financing and M&A matters. The group also has additional expertise in several other areas including in the arbitration and property space. The practice is advising on large-scale domestic projects encompassing renewable and electricity interconnector projects. It is also very active in Africa and elsewhere, assisting clients with power and renewables projects. The team recently advised Themis Energy on the construction of a 40MW hydro power plant in Ivory Coast. It also handled significant matters for key client EDF, including advising on the sale of its minority stake in Powernext, and on the acquisition and financing of four power plants (750MW combined) in Chile. GE, ABB and NEoT Capital are other clients. Ludovic Babin, Bruno Cantier and finance expert Olivier Fille-Lambie are the key contacts, as well as Xavier Doumen for corporate matters and Sharon Lewis for structured finance work.

Industry focus: Luxury goods Tier 2

Counsel Olivia Bernardeau-Paupe heads the multi-disciplinary luxury sub-group at Hogan Lovells (Paris) LLPThierry Meillat recently acted for Puig on a number of employment matters, while Marie-Aimée de Dampierre handled significant intellectual property disputes pertaining to the parallel import and distribution of infringing products. Also notable are Thomas Rouhette, who advised on regulatory issues and litigation, and corporate expert Winston Maxwell.

Insolvency Tier 2

Hogan Lovells (Paris) LLP recently handled various industrial and financial restructurings. The firm was particularly involved in key restructuring matters in the automotive and retail sectors. It frequently acts for creditors and banking pools and advised BNY Mellon as trustee in CGG’s high-profile debt restructuring in France and in the US, as well as a pool of 12 banks during Ludendo and La Grande Récré’s insolvency proceedings. Large industrial groups including Volkswagen and Honeywell also instruct the firm when their suppliers are experiencing distressed situations. Practice head Cécile Dupoux is noted. Romain de Ménonville, formerly a counsel with the firm, joined Bird & Bird as a partner in October 2019.

Intellectual property: Patents Tier 2

Hogan Lovells (Paris) LLP's Stanislas Roux-Vaillard is currently representing Eli Lilly and one of its affiliates in validity attacks on patents covering urology products Cialis and Alimta as part of a cross-office team. He is also acting on a cross-border SPC nullification action on behalf of a major pharmaceutical company as defendant. In other highlights, the team oversaw SPC filings, patent ownership disputes against employees claiming rights or remuneration, and the defence of exclusive licence rights. Other noteworthy clients include Hollister, Merz Pharma, Dassault Systèmes and HTC. Marie-Aimée de Dampierre heads the firm's wider IP, media and technology department and is also a key name to note.

Project finance Tier 2

Hogan Lovells (Paris) LLP has long-standing experience advising governments on high-scale transport projects in France and Africa. The ten-lawyer practice is involved in several of France’s most high-profile matters in that area and is also advising on road and airport concession projects in Francophone Africa. It is notably assisting the French government with the awarding of the A45 motorway concession project, and development banks with the financing of the construction and operation of Dakar international airport in Senegal. The firm is also increasing its involvement in the energy market in France and Africa, acting for utilities companies and investors. It is advising the Africa Legal Support Facility as adviser to the government of Burkina Faso on the Ouagathermal 50MW power plant project, and ABB as the bidder on a 1.4GW interconnector EPC project between France and Britain. Ludovic Babin, Bruno Cantier and finance expert Olivier Fille-Lambie are very experienced. Counsel Perrine Limousin is also noted.

Shipping finance Tier 2

The 'dedicated' team at Hogan Lovells (Paris) LLP impresses with its 'extensive experience'. 'As a go-to team in the field', the practice combines 'good knowledge of the market with the capacity to adapt and find workable solutions'. The group's portfolio of expertise comprises all vessel types, with substantial debt, tax-structured and capital market financing expertise. In a recent highlight, Société Générale instructed the team on the structuring of the unwinding of the existing financing for two container ships chartered to Cosco, including the drafting of indemnity provisions for different creditors and the unwinding of tax leases and hedge agreements. BNP Paribas Suisse, UBS and Natixis are also clients. 'Excellent lawyer' and practice head Alexander Premont 'is very much available for his clients' and 'very reliable'.

Banking and finance: transactional work Tier 3

Hogan Lovells (Paris) LLP has a combined finance and capital markets team with an international outlook, for which outbound financing - particularly involving African states - is an especially busy area. Recent highlights include advising Swissport Financing on a €660m refinancing which involved fourteen different jurisdictions and drew on a team of lawyers spread across the firm's Paris, London and New York offices. Another standout matter was the representation of senior lenders in the financing of LBO France's acquisition of Bexley France and Bexley Belgique. The core quartet of lawyers in the practice are Sabine Bironneau-LoyOlivier Fille-LambieAlexander Premont and Michel Quéré. Clients also include Barclays, Société Générale and Chequers Capital.

Dispute resolution: International arbitration Tier 3

Hogan Lovells (Paris) LLP's 11-lawyer team is praised for its ‘efficient involvement, ability to quickly get to the point, and understanding of clients' concerns', while its ‘critical judgement and skill during court hearings, including the pleading and cross-examination aspects, are impressive’. The practice is highly involved in African energy cases, and is also handling an important Middle Eastern TMT commercial arbitration and another major commercial arbitration case connected to the mining sector. The practice has strong Spanish-speaking abilities and recently obtained positive outcomes in several investment disputes for the Venezuelan government following alleged expropriation in the coffee, food and fertiliser sectors. The government of Mongolia is also a client. The ‘very smart and energeticLaurent Gouiffès ‘gets to the bottom of every issue no matter how difficult or challenging it is’. Carmen Nuñez-Lagos is ‘extremely good at bridging the cultural gap, especially between Latin American countries and Europe’, in addition to having ‘exceptional skills as an arbitrator’. The ‘brilliant’ Thomas Kendra ‘is very diligent’.

EU, competition and distribution Tier 3

With a client roster that includes names such as Artsana, EDF and Newen, Hogan Lovells (Paris) LLP's antitrust and competition offering recently advised on high-profile merger control and antitrust litigation cases. François Brunet and senior associates Céline Verney and Victor Levy acted for Altice in European Commission proceedings regarding allegations of gun-jumping in the context of its acquisition of PT Portugal in 2015, while Eric Paroche assisted a leading French energy player with its strategic alliance with an overseas entity. In other highlights, Saint Louis Sucre - one of the three main sugar production sector players - appointed Brunet's team to handle its successful complaint to the FCA against its competitors Tereos and Cristal Union on the grounds of vertical restraints and abuse of dominant position. The group is also representing clients including a leading car manufacturer in DGCCRF and FCA investigations.

Intellectual property: copyright Tier 3

Hogan Lovells (Paris) LLP fields experts such as counsel Olivia Bernardeau-Paupe and Marie-Aimée de Dampierre to advise clients on a wide range of intellectual property issues, including copyright litigation cases pertaining to the infringement of third-party copyrights, both economic and moral. Luxury and entertainment players also instruct the firm to provide strategic advice in the context of new product launches and international marketing.

Mergers and acquisitions Tier 3

The 'very dedicated' team at Hogan Lovells (Paris) LLP fields 'partners that make a deal happen', 'offering added value and pragmatic advice'. 'Very efficient in negotiations', the practice is particularly active in mid-market transactions, but the recent caseload shows an increase in larger mid-cap deals. In addition to advising Daimler on its acquisition of Chauffeur Privé, the team assisted NeoT Capital with the creation of electric mobility investment vehicle NeoT Green Mobility, in co-operation with EDF, Mitsubishi, Caisse des Dépôts et Consignations and Forsee Capital. Xavier Doumen 'is very hands-on, proactive and reliable', and 'very reassuring to have on a deal'; he heads the practice jointly with Jean-Marc Franceschi and Stéphane HutenFlorian Brechon made counsel. Europcar and Edenred are also clients. Counsel Arnaud Levasseur left to join Jeausserand Audouard.

Real estate Tier 3

Hogan Lovells (Paris) LLP advises leading French and international investors on a wide range of property asset investments including offices, logistics, hotels and more recently campsites. The practice handles deals in France as well as cross-border and portfolio investments and advises on major asset management deals. M&G Investment Fund, Sagax, Foncière des Murs, Fidelity International and AEW Ciloger are among its clients. The group acted for 25 Hours in negotiating an hotel management agreement for Terminus Nord Hotel in Paris. The highly experienced Corinne Knopp heads the practice. Michaël Lévy is another key name in the team and counsel Laure Nguyen has complementary environment and urban law expertise.

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Mr Ludovic Babin  photo Mr Ludovic Babin
Mrs Olivia Bernardeau-Paupe  photo Mrs Olivia Bernardeau-Paupe
Mrs Sabine Bironneau  photo Mrs Sabine Bironneau
Mr François Brunet  photo Mr François Brunet
Mr Bruno Cantier  photo Mr Bruno Cantier
Ms Cécile Derycke  photo Ms Cécile Derycke
Mr Xavier Doumen  photo Mr Xavier Doumen
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Mr Vincent Fidelle  photo Mr Vincent Fidelle
Mr Olivier Fille-Lambie  photo Mr Olivier Fille-Lambie
Mr Jean-Marc Franceschi  photo Mr Jean-Marc Franceschi
Ms Christine Gateau  photo Ms Christine Gateau
Mr Baptiste Gelpi  photo Mr Baptiste Gelpi
Mr Laurent Gouiffès  photo Mr Laurent Gouiffès
Dr Sébastien Gros  photo Dr Sébastien Gros
Mr Stéphane Huten  photo Mr Stéphane Huten
Mr Thomas Kendra  photo Mr Thomas Kendra
Mr Bruno Knadjian  photo Mr Bruno Knadjian
Ms Corinne Knopp  photo Ms Corinne Knopp
Mr Michaël Lévy  photo Mr Michaël Lévy
Ms Xenia Legendre  photo Ms Xenia Legendre
Mr Antonin Levy  photo Mr Antonin Levy
Mrs Sharon Lewis  photo Mrs Sharon Lewis
Mr Julien Martinet  photo Mr Julien Martinet
Mr Winston Maxwell  photo Mr Winston Maxwell
Mr Mark Mazo  photo Mr Mark Mazo
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Mrs Dominique Mendy  photo Mrs Dominique Mendy
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Mr Alexander Premont  photo Mr Alexander Premont
Mr Michel Quéré  photo Mr Michel Quéré
Mr Thomas Rouhette  photo Mr Thomas Rouhette
Dr Stanislas Roux-Vaillard  photo Dr Stanislas Roux-Vaillard
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Ms Jane Seager  photo Ms Jane Seager
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