Firm Profile > Franklin > Paris, France

75116 PARIS

Industry focus: IT, telecoms and the internet Tier 2

The IT team at Franklin recently acted for major corporates on the negotiation of IT procurement contracts with leading technology companies and service providers, while maintaining its strong presence in the telecoms space. A cross-disciplinary team including Jérôme MichelJulie Catala MartyChristian SauerKai Völpel  and Magali Masson advised a longstanding client in the telecoms space on a number of matters, including a major restructuring of its media content division, merger filings and a number of asset disposals. On the contentious side, Yann Colin is currently representing one of the main French telecoms players in a range of commercial litigation proceedings, including a high-profile contractual dispute with a well-known competitor. In other highlights, the firm's enviable client base appointed the team to advise on licensing deals, corporate transactions, antitrust compliance and data privacy issues.

Dispute resolution: commercial litigation Tier 3

Franklin is highly active in the telecoms sector, where the firm is handling high-stakes financial cases opposing telecoms operators. The five-lawyer team also deals with commercial litigation and shareholders’ conflicts, and is representing a French company in mass disputes with consumers. French and international companies are clients. Yann Colin heads the team, which also includes of counsel Vincent Pecastaing.

Employment Tier 3

Franklin has 'a very professional, knowledgeable, responsive, available and creative’ team, which stands out for its ‘excellent listening skills’. Led by Claire Fougea, the four-lawyer team acts for household name French corporations as well as various international companies. The practice notably advises on restructuring projects and handles complex individual employment law issues including harassment matters. Recent work includes advising on downsizing projects and acting in high-stakes mass litigation. Of counsel Marion Briere Segala is another key contact.

EU, competition and distribution Tier 3

The antitrust and competition team at Franklin is headed by Julie Catala Marty, who has been representing a leading food company in an audit of its commercial and distribution arrangements with regard to current regulations. In further highlights, the team is acting for a major international cosmetics company in its appeal against a fine imposed by the regulator on the grounds of cartel behaviour, and continues to provide strategic advice to a heavyweight telecoms actor following a landmark gun-jumping case.

Leading individuals

Real estate Tier 3

Franklin is appreciated for its ‘hands on approach’, ‘high partner involvement’ and ability to ‘come back with good solutions and deliver on time’. The team provides a full range of expertise spanning investment, asset management and property finance. The practice is also able to draw on state-of-the-art property tax expertise. The firm recently advised on several sales of pan-European portfolios, notably assisting Goldman Sachs with the French aspects of the acquisition of a pan-European office portfolio. The team also advised HSBC on the negotiation of a lease in Paris. Key names include Henry Ranchon for corporate matters, François Verdot, who focuses on asset management issues and banking and finance specialist David Blondel. Tax experts Olivier Mesmin and Christine Daric are leading names in their field.

Tax Tier 3

Franklin's ‘very professional and competent’ team is praised for its ‘impressive turn-around times’. The firm has a leading reputation for high-profile tax property matters due to the presence of Christine Daric and Olivier Mesmin,  whose ‘advice is very thorough’ and who is commended for his negotiation skills in tax-related matters. The practice has a track record advising on standout, complex property transactions for leading French and international investors. It recently assisted EPI with the €600m sale of the Apple building on the Champs-Élysées. M&A and transactional tax matters are also part of the workload. The firm also houses a highly regarded wealth tax management practice, with Jérôme Barré the key name in this space.

Leading individuals: Private clients

Leading individuals: Property tax

Administrative and public law Tier 4

Franklin has strong regulatory expertise, and is notably assisting key clients in dealing with high-stakes regulatory disputes in the telecoms and energy sectors. The firm is also advising a high-profile French company, several major financial institutions and a number of property developers on public procurement, construction, public domain rights and urban law issues. SFR and Enedis are clients. Jérôme Michel leads the practice, and of counsel Jean-Pierre Delvigne is the other key member of the team.

The firm: Franklin offers an independent alternative to the Paris offices of major international network firms. Its lawyers advise to a global best practice standard, offering clients the expertise of more than 70 lawyers in all core areas of commercial law.

The firm has built its practice around the needs of French and international companies, public entities and financial institutions. It is:

Independent: the firm is staunchly independent, with a light operating structure, which enables it to be cost-effective, flexible and, in cross-border deals, truly free to choose the overseas counsel best suited to the specific needs of each project.

International: the firm’s lawyers are not only comfortable working in English, but many of them – including all the partners – have deep experience outside France and are thus able to respond effectively to the needs of international clientele.

Expert: every department in the firm is ranked among the leaders in France in its area of expertise.

With strong partner presence: a critical factor for many of the firm’s clients – its lawyers are highly reactive, working in small teams with active partner involvement and reporting throughout the life of each matter.

And deep knowledge of your business: while many firms pay lip service to this idea, Franklin takes the time to create stable, multi-practice teams that offer commercially viable solutions based on a deep understanding of your business needs.

A tried and tested ability to handle cross-border work is fundamental to the firm’s success. Most of its activities have a global dimension. It works with overseas entities in relation to their French operations and French and global clients on their major cross-border mandates. Franklin often leads global teams of lawyers from a number of firms.

The vast majority of the firm’s lawyers have worked or studied outside France in addition to their French qualifications. All of its partners, two of whom are American, have always worked in globally focused law firms. Many of its partners are dual-qualified, typically Paris and New York, and all of the firm’s lawyers work comfortably in English.

Franklin has often been solicited as a merger partner by leading global players in its market, yet the firm has chosen to remain independent. This choice is key to its ability to best develop its global offering for clients by selecting freely, based only on the expertise required for each matter, the most competent lawyers in the relevant countries.

Areas of practice: In over 20 years of practice, Franklin has built its reputation around its recognised expertise in nearly 40 areas of business law. It leverages these skills, some of them very specific, such as structuring major projects in the energy sector, through its 14 practice areas and 14 sectors. The firm’s practice areas include antitrust, corporate finance/M&A, employment law, litigation/arbitration, banking & finance, public law/regulatory, environment, compliance, private equity, real estate, wealth management, restructuring/corporate recovery/M&A distress, corporate tax, banking – investment services – insurance / regulatory & compliance.

Department Name Email Telephone
Banking & Finance Stéphan Alamowitch
Corporate/M&A and Private Equity Yam Atallah
Tax - Wealth Management & Family Office Jérôme Barré
Real estate Jérémy Chiche
Litigation & Arbitration Yann Colin
Banking, Investment Services, Insurance – Regulatory & Compliance Serge Durox
Tax - Wealth Management & Family Office Laurent Gabaud
Corporate/M&A and Private Equity Alexandre Marque
Employment Law Myriam de Gaudusson
Public law and regulatory -Environment - Energy Jérôme Michel
Restructuring - Corporate Recovery - Distressed M&A Numa Rengot
Employment Law Patrick Thiébart
Real estate François Verdot
Antitrust, compliance Julia Catala Marty
Employment Law Claire Fougea
Photo Name Position Profile
Mr Stéphan Alamowitch  photo Mr Stéphan Alamowitch
Mr Yam Atallah  photo Mr Yam Atallah
Mr Jérôme Barré  photo Mr Jérôme Barré
Mrs Julie Catala Marty  photo Mrs Julie Catala Marty
Mr Jérémy Chiche  photo Mr Jérémy Chiche
Mr Yann Colin  photo Mr Yann Colin
Mr Serge Durox  photo Mr Serge Durox
Mrs Claire Fougea  photo Mrs Claire Fougea
Mr Laurent Gabaud  photo Mr Laurent Gabaud
Mr Alexandre Marque  photo Mr Alexandre Marque
Mr Jérôme Michel  photo Mr Jérôme Michel
Mr Numa Rengot  photo Mr Numa Rengot
Mr Patrick Thiébart  photo Mr Patrick Thiébart
Mr François Verdot  photo Mr François Verdot
Mrs Myriam de Gaudusson  photo Mrs Myriam de Gaudusson
Number of lawyers : 60