Firm Profile > Franklin > Paris, France

75116 PARIS

Employment Tier 3

Franklin reshaped its employment law team in 2020: former team members Claire Fougea and of counsel Marion Briere Segala joined Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP, but as former firm original founding partner Patrick Thiébart (ex Jeantet) came back to co-head the practice together with Myriam de Gaudusson (ex De Gaulle Fleurance & Associés) the firm gained two excellent practitioners. The team advises a prominent client base and is already managing a high amount of strategic restructuring projects, including workforce downsizing projects involving several hundreds of employees and site closures. In addition, the practice also offers strong know-how in dealing with sensitive individual litigation, notably in relation to high-level executives, discrimination and sexual harassment files. Compliance advice and remote working issues in relation to the Covid-19 pandemic are also offered.

Practice head(s):

Myriam de Gaudusson; Patrick Thiébart


Brilliant technique.’

‘Patrick Thiébart shows great responsiveness and provides superb practical advice.’

‘Myriam de Gaudusson provides remarkable support and keeps her clients well updated.’

Administrative and public law Tier 4

Franklin‘s team has a strong focus on advising major public and private operators on regulatory issues pertaining to the telecoms and energy sectors. The team handles the public law and regulatory aspects of major transactions and is well versed in litigation. Finally, the team also provides assistance with urban planning law and public procurement law, both in France and abroad. Jérôme Michel is in charge.

Practice head(s):

Jérôme Michel


Responsive team. Good understanding of our topics and flexible approach.’

‘Very good responsiveness and good professionalism, high-level expertise.’

‘Jérôme Michel is always very available and accessible, perfectly perceives the expectations of his clients and the context of the case submitted to him, so as to provide an optimal legal and commercial response.’

‘Very available team, with an excellent command of administrative law, and in particular in public business law. Perfect knowledge of the industry challenges faced by its clients and of the functioning of local communities.’

‘Jérôme Michel is very responsive, very available, has a great ability to listen and analyse, which allows him to be effective in his advice. Very good knowledge of the challenges and industry constraints of his clients.’

‘Jerome Michel is available and business-oriented.’

Key clients



SFR Group




Banking and finance: transactional work Tier 4


Practice head(s):

Key clients



GTI Asset Management

Banque Richelieu

Financiere De La Cite

Caixa Geral De Depositos


Swiss Life Banque Privee




Caisse des Dépôts et Consignations


Dispute resolution: Commercial litigation Tier 4


Practice head(s):

Yann Colin


Multidisciplinary teams made up of qualified and very responsive employees.’

‘Yann Colin is a highly regarded professional with extensive experience. His global vision of the files and his ability to explain technical points in simple terms make him a real asset.’

‘Excellent team.’

‘Yann Colin heads the dispute resolution department with exceptional dynamism, creativity and pugnacity. He is an extremely invested lawyer, close to his clients, who never gives up. His reasoning is extremely quick and always very wise. He is very competent and rigorous.’

‘His associate Victor Cracan also has great qualities’.

Key clients

Gécina Group

Gehry Technologies

Guémas International

Jérôme Dreyfuss

Lisi Aerospace Group


Prologis Group


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 60 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 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 the main areas of business law. It leverages these skills, some of them very specific, such as structuring major projects in the energy sector, through its 15 practice areas and 15 sectors. The firm’s practice areas include Antitrust, Banking & Finance, Banking – Investment services – Insurance / Regulatory & Compliance, Compliance, Corporate Finance/M&A, Data Protection,  Employment law, Environment, Health & Safety Hazards, Intellectual Property, Litigation/Arbitration,  Private Equity, Public law/Regulatory, Real Estate, Restructuring/Corporate Recovery/Distressed M&A.

Department Name Email Telephone
Banking & Finance Stéphan Alamowitch
IT & Data Protection Valérie Aumage
Corporate/M&A and Private Equity Yam Atallah
Real estate Philippe Bouillon
Real estate Jérémy Chiche
Litigation & Arbitration Yann Colin
Banking, Investment Services, Insurance – Regulatory & Compliance Serge Durox
Antitrust, Corporate/M&A and Private Equity Lionel Lesur
Health & Safety Hazards Xavier Marchand
Corporate/M&A and Private Equity Alexandre Marque
Employment Law Myriam de Gaudusson
Real estate Jérémy Goldblum
Tax Jacques Mestoudjian
Public law and regulatory -Environment - Energy Jérôme Michel
Restructuring - Corporate Recovery - Distressed M&A Arnaud Pédron
Restructuring - Corporate Recovery - Distressed M&A Numa Rengot
Intellectual Property Sandra Strittmatter
Employment Law Patrick Thiébart
Real estate François Verdot
Photo Name Position Profile
Mr Stéphan Alamowitch  photo Mr Stéphan Alamowitch Partner
Mr Yam Atallah  photo Mr Yam Atallah Partner
 Valérie Aumage  photo Valérie Aumage Partner
Mr Philippe Bouillon  photo Mr Philippe Bouillon Partner
Mr Jérémy Chiche  photo Mr Jérémy Chiche Partner
Mr Yann Colin  photo Mr Yann Colin Partner
Mr Serge Durox  photo Mr Serge Durox Partner
Mr Jérémy Goldblum  photo Mr Jérémy Goldblum Partner
Mr Lionel Lesur  photo Mr Lionel Lesur Partner
Mr Xavier Marchand  photo Mr Xavier Marchand Partner
Mr Alexandre Marque  photo Mr Alexandre Marque Partner
 Jacques Mestoudjian  photo Jacques Mestoudjian Partner
Mr Jérôme Michel photo Mr Jérôme Michel Partner
Mr Arnaud Pédron  photo Mr Arnaud Pédron Partner
Mr Numa Rengot  photo Mr Numa Rengot Partner
Mrs Sandra Strittmatter  photo Mrs Sandra Strittmatter Partner
Mr Patrick Thiébart  photo Mr Patrick Thiébart Partner
Mr François Verdot photo Mr François Verdot Partner
Mrs Myriam de Gaudusson  photo Mrs Myriam de Gaudusson Partner
Number of lawyers : 60