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France > Employment Tier 1Fromont Briens is a established name for employment and social security work. With firm roots in Paris and Lyon, the boutique is home to one of the country’s largest dedicated teams. The firm’s substantial client base includes many large French and international companies which turn to the firm for domestic and cross-border matters, with the firm’s membership of Littler’s international network key to multijurisdictional cases. The practice regularly acts on strategic reorganisations and transformations, often involving major cross-border projects, with recent matters coming from the food, energy and aviation sectors. Large downsizing and employee transfer projects concerning more than a 1,000 workers accounted for a significant part of the recent caseload. The practice is also entrusted with prominent M&A work and is an excellent reference for strategic litigation and collective negotiations. Additionally, the firm is recognised as one of the few leading names in the field of pension, benefits and social security law, with Charlotte Bertrand a key reference in that respect. The large partnership includes Jean-Sébastien Capisano, Sophie Pelicier-Leovenbruck, Sabrina Dougados, Jean-Martial Buisson, Julie Beot-Rabiot and Guillaume Desmoulin among its most experienced key members. Béot-Rabiot, Desmoulin, Dougados direct the team with Ludovic Genty, Catherine Millet-Ursin and Jacques de Tonquedec. The 2021 partnership promotions were Vivia Correia, Camille-Antoine Donzel, Laura Jousselin, Barbara Mollet and Léa Rameau. Founding partner Gilles Briens retired in March 2021.
Julie-Béot-Rabiot; Guillaume Desmoulin; Sabrina Dougados; Ludovic Genty; Catherine Millet-Ursin; Jacques de Tonquedec
Other key lawyers:
‘The firm has a perfect knowledge of our company agreements and our practices and knows how to adapt its advice to our organisational requirements.’
‘Sophie Pelicier is an excellent lawyer who is very sharp in labour law.’
‘Ability to mobilise diverse expertise with a very good level of responsiveness. Ability to support the medium-term social strategy and also to deal with everyday issues. Global network available if needed.’
‘The complementary social protection team headed by Charlotte Bertrand is one of the few experts on the subject. Due to the volume of cases handled and its contacts with the administration, the team is able to provide pragmatic advice, including on new subjects.’
‘Charlotte Bertrand demonstrates very specific expertise on technical subjects, but knows how to adapt pragmatic positions with great reactivity.’
‘The firm has strong legal expertise, extensive knowledge of market practices and a large network.’
‘I am working with Charlotte Bertrand who is a very clear and very pragmatic lawyer, who allows efficient decision-making and knows how to present complex subjects to our internal teams. In addition, it is a very available and very pleasant team, it is a pleasure to work with them.’
‘Multidisciplinary team with highly specialised experts in all areas of labour law; very high responsiveness.’
Fédération française de l’Assurance
HSBC Europe continentale (
OPCO EP Entreprises de proximité
Peugeot – Stellantis
- Advising Danone on the ‘Local first’ reorganisation projects of Groupe Danone.
- Advising Engie on the sale of shares held in Suez.
- Advised Macif’s subsidiary Aéma Groupe on the labour and employment aspects of its acquisition of the Aviva France branch.
France > The regions Tier 1
Fromont Briens > Firm Profile
The firm: Founded in 1993, Fromont Briens is the biggest specialised civil law partnership in France and one of the largest labour and employment law firms in Europe. With offices in Paris and Lyon, the team has grown to 180 lawyers, including 40 partners.
During the last 25 years, Fromont Briens has been in constant development, driven by an active policy of promoting ‘entrepreneurial’ lawyers to the rank of partner.
Fromont Briens represents multinational companies based in France, Europe and in the United States in a wide variety of industries, including energy, technology, retail, manufacturing, financial services, pharmaceuticals and medical devices. The client base includes CAC 40, SBF 120 companies, VSEs and SMEs and start-ups. The firm also advises leading public sector institutions, state agencies and social security networks.
Fromont Briens mainly intervenes with an original partnership approach. This support is reflected in four key values: proximity, creativity, responsiveness and turnkey solutions.
The firm is certified ISO 9001 for developing a strong quality management system.
In October 2016, Fromont Briens became the exclusive French partner of Littler, the world’s largest organisation dedicated to labour and employment composed of the most recommended international law firms. The American giant Littler and Fromont Briens have joined forces to deepen their global footprints and enhance services to multinational employers.
Fromont Briens has accelerated its international development and guides foreign companies based in France as well as its French clients on international markets.
Areas of practice: The firm’s attorneys counsel and defend employers on a wide range of global labour and employment law.
Fromont Briens’ fields of expertise are organised into three departments:
1) Employment: with more than 150 lawyers, among whom 33 are partners, the firm’s team is the biggest in the French market within a specialised civil law partnership. Its lawyers deal with French labour law matters and international cases regarding: individual relations; collective relationship; collective bargaining; social conflicts; working hours; redundancies; restructuring; cost reduction; social regulation in the public sector; criminal labour law; international mobility; social legal secretarial work; and safety and health at work
2) Social protection and additional remuneration: the department led by five partners provides guidance regarding: employee savings plans; employee shareholding plans; company pension plans; remuneration policy; and URSSAF audit and litigation.
The pension and benefit team, originally founded by Gilles Briens, serves as a reference in the French market and is considered as such by the government, the MP, the client, the scholars and other law firms.
3) Right to vocational training: launched in 2012, Fromont Briens was the first firm dedicating a specific department to vocational training. The department led by two partners advises training organisations and collective organisations, as well as user companies.
Strong experience allows the firm to offer advice as well as assistance in pre-litigious situations. The firm offers a unique know-how regarding Direccte controls of companies and training organisations.
3) Criminal Labour Law: With more than 20 years’ experience in criminal labour law, our lawyers specialised in this area operate on a daily basis, providing sound counsel to ensure that both the procedure and the criminal risk are under control.
This special area of law, which includes both labour and criminal law, deals with breaches committed in both individual and collective labour relations.
Our firm assists companies at all stages of their social life. Our criminal labour law department, combined with our expertise in social compliance, enables a to offer an innovative social crisis management service.
4) Corporate M&A: An effective securing of mergers and acquisitions transactions requires a labour law partner with technical expertise but also a strategic vision of the entire procedure.
Thanks to our independent dimension and our undeniable expertise in labour law, we are able to coordinate and secure all social components of an operation.
5) Restructuring: Whether it is to respond to a specific need for rationalisation, to support a transformation, to define the tools of a recovery strategy or to ensure the implementation of the social aspect of collective procedures, the field of intervention of our teams is very wide.
6) Social Compliance: From ethics to social risk management: Fromont Briens assists you in complying with corporate regulations and practices.
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|Labour and employment law||Christine ARANDAfirstname.lastname@example.org||01 44 51 63 80|
|Labour and employment law||Julie BEOT RABIOTemail@example.com||01 44 51 63 80|
|Pension and benefits/ executive compensation||Charlotte BERTRANDfirstname.lastname@example.org||01 44 51 63 80|
|Labour and employment law||Jean-Martial BUISSONemail@example.com||01 44 51 63 80|
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|Labour and employment law||Jean-Sébastien CAPISANOemail@example.com||01 44 51 63 80|
|Pension and benefits/ executive compensation||Laurence CHREBORfirstname.lastname@example.org||01 44 51 63 80|
|Labour and employment law||Vivia CORREIAemail@example.com||01 44 51 63 80|
|Labour and employment law||Jacques de TONQUEDECfirstname.lastname@example.org||01 44 51 63 80|
|Labour and employment law||Guillaume DESMOULINemail@example.com||01 44 51 63 80|
|Labour and employment law||Camille-Antoine DONZELfirstname.lastname@example.org||01 44 51 63 80|
|Vocational training law||Sabrina DOUGADOSemail@example.com||01 44 51 63 80|
|Labour and employment law||Cyrille FRANCOfirstname.lastname@example.org||01 44 51 63 80|
|Labour and employment law||Cédric GUILLONemail@example.com||01 44 51 63 80|
|Pension and benefits/ executive compensation||Julie JACOTOTfirstname.lastname@example.org||01 44 51 63 80|
|Labour and employment law||Coralie JAMOISemail@example.com||01 44 51 63 80|
|Labour and employment law||Laura JOUSSELINfirstname.lastname@example.org||01 44 51 63 80|
|Labour and employment law||Anne LE QUINQUISemail@example.com||01 44 51 63 80|
|Labour and employment law||Mohamed MATERIfirstname.lastname@example.org||01 44 51 63 80|
|Labour and employment law||Barbara MOLLETemail@example.com||01 44 51 63 80|
|Labour and employment law||Sophie PELICIER-LOEVENBRUCKfirstname.lastname@example.org||01 44 51 63 80|
|Vocational training law||Léa RAMEAUemail@example.com||01 44 51 63 80|
|Labour and employment law||Jérémy SPINELLIfirstname.lastname@example.org||01 44 51 63 80|
|Labour and employment law||Olivier THIBAUDemail@example.com||01 44 51 63 80|
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Staff FiguresNumber of lawyers : 160 at this office : 100
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CLIENT: Sylvain LOBRY, VP Social Dialogue & Social Fundamentals COMPANY/FIRM: Danone
TESTIMONIAL: “Fromont Briens advised Danone in 2021 on the group’s deep and complex Local First transformation, which affected all the legal entities, functions and seniority levels of the Group in France and internationally. The outcome is outstanding because all the deadlines and negotiations have been concluded according to the initial schedule, with unanimous agreements in practically all our entities. We particularly appreciated the trust, the quality of the team and the level of anticipation and reactivity demonstrated by the firm. Thanks to Jean-Sebastien and his team for this major contribution to the transformation of Danone and the construction of its future.”
CLIENT: Emilie CASANOVA-MAZET, Milk, Manufacturing, Quality & C&P HRD – EDP France
TESTIMONIAL: “Thanks to the understanding of the way Danone wanted to approach very complex individual situations and the fierce determination shown to secure procedures for Danone, Fromont brought me the right solutions and a client-centric advice in their implementation, way beyond its pure legal expertise.
Beyond securing complex legal procedures, Fromont Briens stood out through its highly qualitative experience in managing authorities, and the advice in the outreach among team leaders, which is a key element of internal change.”
CLIENT: Philippe SAQUET, Directeur des Relations Sociales
COMPANY/FIRM: HSBC CE
TESTIMONIAL: “Our cooperation has been articulated around the preparation and implementation of a PSE (ESP), then of a collective contractual termination plan, each on different job types that we conducted in full with our lawyers. From the preparation of the cases, and all along the social procedures, to their breakdown, their advice has been highly efficient, relevant and educational as much for the HR teams as for the operational managers, mainly thanks to, beyond their legal expertise, their deep understanding of the concerned jobs, their analysis of the legal, social and internal economic stakes and constraints, and their knowledge and acute sense for social dialogue within the group. ”
CLIENT: Bruno Guillemet, Group Human Resources Senior Vice President COMPANY/FIRM: Valéo
TESTIMONIAL: “Corporate life is all about adapting to changes and transformations. Coping with all those unexpected situations requires a sound, reliable and accurate advice. We chose Fromont Briens a long time ago with that in mind, and they advised us on many occasions in 2021 with an always “zero-defect” policy, which means that their advice is never proven wrong, and always allows us to take the right decision at the right time.”
CLIENT: Marie-Charlotte Bonnassieux, HR Director COMPANY/FIRM: EDMOND DE ROTHSCHILD (FRANCE)
TESTIMONIAL: “I’m delighted for you regarding your ranking, highly deserved and that only reflects your professionalism, pragmatism and very acute and precise sense of anticipation of the various consequences implied by HR projects. Thank you so much, working with you and your team, beyond pleasant, allows me to experience great serenity in my daily job.”
CLIENT: Erik Wals, VP and General Counsel
COMPANY/FIRM: DJO Global
TESTIMONIAL: “Hi Guillaume, Marine. Wanted to let you know that Catherine is very happy that we switched law firms—she thought your brief in the LeBeau case was particularly clever and well-considered! Although I do not have Catherine’s subject experience I read the brief as well and the arguments, esp. on overtime, seem to me very convincing. Thanks, Erik”
CLIENT: Julia Courchel, Human Resources Director
COMPANY/FIRM: Groupe GR
TESTIMONIAL: “Thanks a lot for this tremendous news and especially to Guillaume Desmoulin and the team whose work permitted this very positive result”
CLIENT: Pierre-François Catté COMPANY/FIRM: CFH Groupe
TESTIMONIAL: “Thanks again for all the things you did for CPI all those years. I won’t hesitate to promote your firm as a whole, and you as an individual lawyer whenever I got the chance.”
CLIENT: Emmanuel Blottiau, Directeur Relations sociales COMPANY/FIRM: Hilti France
TESTIMONIAL: “Great job from the Fromont Briens team (as usual).”
As one of the leaders on the French market, Fromont Briens – Littler has always been a reference for international companies with operations in France. The Firm assists multinational employers to move their employees across borders, comply with local employee relations laws, and assist with such international issues as overseas privacy laws and applying company policies worldwide.
The approach of Fromont Briens – Littler is to understand unique needs and objectives of our clients and propose a taylor made assistance, while giving a clear view of French law requirements.
The client base of Fromont Briens – Littler includes several international groups as well as high growth companies (VSEs-SMEs) operating in various business areas:
- Pharmaceutical industry
- Food and beverage
- Private equity
In order to provide international clients with the highest quality of service, Fromont Briens has set a dedicated task force represented by a range of lawyers with a very solid international experience. Such experience includes obviously language skills but also a very good understanding of foreign clients expectations and a pragmatic approach of legal assistance.
Littler is the largest law practice in the world exclusively devoted to representing management in every aspect of labor and employment law.
With 1,500 attorneys in 25 countries over 3 continents, Littler serves as the single source solution provider to the global employer community. Through an integrated worldwide strategy, Littler brings together practitioners experienced in local and cross-border labor and employment matters to provide seamless client service across national boundaries.
The French office
In France, 160 attorneys in Paris and Lyon, of which 41 partenrs, assist a wide range of employers on all labour and employment related issues such as individual and collective working relationships, restructuring, remuneration policy, pension plans and employee savings plans.
Diversity and inclusion are at the heart of our DNA.
With 54% of our partners, and 61% of our associates being women, no need to break the glass ceiling at Fromont
Briens, it simply doesn’t exist. Everyone, from any gender, religion, social background, ethnicity, or sexual
orientation is equally part of team that contributes to the constant growth of the firm with the same level of
recognition and compensation packages. It is a matter of values and culture. Ours is human, open and meritocratic.
It rewards commitment, talent and integrity.
Our ethics in this matter also expands to the work we conduct for our clients as we regularly advise and train them
in relation with diversity and inclusion issues, including in relation with the implementation and improvement of
gender equality indexes and inclusions protocols.
Truly embracing our position as a leader in the field of employment and labour law, we are committed to being an
actor of change through the development of equal opportunity initiatives focused on social and gender issues.
Aware of the firm’s environmental, social and societal responsibilities and committed to making the firm an actor of
positive change, our CSR approach aims at curbing the negative impact of our activities while multiplying the
initiatives embedding a positive impact.
Offsetting our carbon footprint through the purchase of compensation credits, implementing measures to recycle
waste, establishing a regular reporting on the firm’s energy consumption are just a few examples of how this
strategy articulates on a daily basis.
Some of our lawyers have been active on the back of the recent dramatic events in Ukraine, providing pro bono
advice in relation to the French regulatory environment for hosting Ukrainian refugees.
Our lawyers are also involved in a variety of initiatives aimed at helping associations and organisations with their
social law issues through advice and training. These issues may concern the unequal treatment of women and men
in the public service, but also priority questions of constitutionality, among others for the ANDRH (French
Association of Human Resources Directors) on health and QWL issues, or for the FNOGEC (national federation of
private schools) regarding labour law in Prud’hommes hearings.
Many lawyers, partners as well as associates, teach pro bono in universities or at the EFB and HEDAC (two Paris Law
Schools) and have been part of the sponsorship operation for law school students organised by the Lyon Bar
Association since 2020. Some of our lawyers also assist student associations such as the Sorbonne Paris Nord
(AJSPN) in their Legal Clinic and the JURISNAUTE association in mock trials organised every year to anticipate
tomorrow’s legal problems. Several projects are developing towards broader university matters, to bring legal
insights to other academic fields.