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Franklin > The Legal 500 RankingsFranklin is made up of ‘a very strong team with deep expertise in privacy and data protection’. Valérie Aumage joined from Taylor Wessing in May 2021, alongside associates Nolwenn Vignaud and Chloé Martin dit Neuville. Aumage is a tech and data privacy expert with over 20 years of transactional and litigation experience. The team routinely assists key French and overseas-based clients with their overall privacy compliance efforts as well as with specific data protection issues.
‘Valérie Aumage is extremely professional and made herself available quickly. Rigour and perfect mastery of IT subjects allowed a quick signing.’
‘Ability to mobilise quickly on complex issues. Excellent knowledge of the environment and our context.’
‘Expertise, efficiency and a sense of results.’
‘A very strong team with a deep expertise in privacy and data protection.’
‘Valérie Aumage has a great experience in data protection and knows very well how to find practical solutions in order to implement legal requirements considering the needs of the business.’
‘Franklin is formed by outstanding avocats providing best-in-class advice. It is a full-service law firm putting their clients above all. Communication is outstanding, making the client feel that it has all the support it needs to overcome any issues. They provide flexible rates and are all experts in their field. Franklin people are well aware of the modern problems caused by technological developments and they are always finding out of the box solutions.’
‘Valérie Aumage is a very professional lawyer with great and broad expertise in the TMT/data protection fields. She is a ‘thought leader’ in the field and develops a unique way when it comes to approaching a specific problem, always finding the best possible solutions for her clients.’
France > Employment Tier 3Franklin leads both a solid stand-alone practice as well as a busy supporting employment law practice. The team assists a varied client base that includes several retailers and asset management funds and handles a wide range of collective and individual employment work. It regularly manages restructuring and M&A-related work and is increasingly involved alongside managers and investment funds to advise in the context of fundraising transactions, notably on managers’ incentives packages and remuneration matters. Litigation is another area of strength, with the team recently winning a major case that could potentially set a new precedent regarding remuneration paid in dividends. The team’s experience in compliance work and conducting internal investigations are other assets. The very qualified Patrick Thiébart and Myriam de Gaudusson are in charge.
Myriam de Gaudusson; Patrick Thiébart
‘High-level of competence, approach, flexibility, support, speed, attention to details, patience and advice have been the qualities demonstrated along the entire process.’
‘The firm supported our group on a strategic and impactful social project, in the context of a particular situation of an urgent nature. The teams have shown great responsiveness and adaptability, while providing us with very high-quality legal and operational advice. Their expertise and perfect knowledge of our business sector have enabled us to complete this complex project, all while preserving the interests of our group.’
‘All the people who accompanied us on the employment aspect of the project have shown great professionalism. Beyond their knowledge and skills in their areas of expertise, of which the plurality within the teams constitutes a real asset, they are distinguished by qualities of responsiveness, adaptability, but also human qualities and the ability to listen.’
‘High quality of solutions provided to complicated labour law issues.’
ACE Capital Partners
Jérôme Michel; Xavier Marchand
Caisse des Dépôts et Consignations (CDC)
Total Petrochemicals France
Ineo Provence and Cote d’Azur
- Acting for Enedis in disputes related to the installation of Linky smart meters.
- Advised Caisse des Dépôts et Consignations on the acquisition of a stake in a company in charge of developing France’s largest onshore photovoltaic power plant in Europe.
- Advised Total Petrochemicals France on the management of issues linked to an explosion at the Petrochemical Plant Naphachimie.
France > Insurance Tier 3Franklin
‘Sandra Strittmatter always achieves the best commercial outcome in negotiations.’
‘Sandra Strittmatter has a very good knowledge of business and marketing issues.’
‘Sandra Strittmatter is accustomed to international cases and is fluent in 4 languages (French, English, German and Italian). She is very proactive and rigorous. An excellent professional.’
Martell & Co
Airway International Limited
- Advised Martell & Co and Champagne Perrier-Jouët on contracts and IP law in connection with marketing and communication related agreements.
- Assisted Airwair International Limited with the protection and enforcement of its IP rights in France.
- Advised Siemens SAS on various issues related to IP law.
‘Great ability to combine qualities very rarely combined: precision, technicality, availability, flexibility, and ability to have a business vision integrating the law and not the other way around.’
‘Always at the service of clients’ needs.’
African Guarantee Fund
GTI Asset Management
Financiere De La Cite
Caixa Geral De Depositos
Swiss Life Banque Privee
Caisse des Dépôts et Consignations
State of Mauritania
- Advised Mauritania on the renegotiation of its USD-5B foreign debt.
France > Insolvency Tier 4Franklin launched its practice in January 2020 with the hire of Numa Rengot from Aston who has since wasted no time growing the practice by adding new associates and a second partner in Arnaud Pédron who joined from Deloitte | Taj later that year. The highly dynamic team now handles a large caseload and excels at dealing with atypical matters, managing all types of issues from corporate governance to corporate investment and insolvency proceedings. It is regularly retained by management teams and has strong experience in assisting clients with investing in distressed companies. The practice is particularly active in the aeronautics sector where it recently worked on a major case. Another recent stand-out matter came from the retail sector.
Other key lawyers:
Chemet SA & Chemet GLI
Regroupement et Diffusion de Saint-Lubin
Communauté de Communes des Villes Sœurs
Groupe de communication Crabs
La Seda de Barcelona
Groupe Diffusion Plus
- Advising Lise Charmel and its subsidiaries on its receivership proceedings.
- Advising the top management of Ariès on a corporate exit plan.
- Advising Chemet and French NewCo Chemet GLI regarding its judicial takeover of the assets and activities of Gaz Liquéfiés Industrie (GLI) from Altifort group.
Other key lawyers:
Erwan Prely (Associate)
‘I highly recommend the qualities of Sandra Strittmatter, who knows how to take into account business and marketing aspects of matters and has an excellent knowledge of the law. She has extensive experience in issues related to alcohol advertising, a rare specialty that few lawyers master.’
‘Erwan Prely is a fine jurist and a very good lawyer.’
‘Sandra Strittmatter started this team very recently, but the evolution is amazing. Very fast turnaround, excellent level of English. Sandra is young and works for her clients with 100% energy and commitment.’
Martell & Co
Airwair International Limited
- Assisted Martell & Co and Champagne Perrier-Jouët with contract and IP law in the context of marketing and communication related agreements on a regular basis.
- Advising Airwair International Limited on the protection and enforcement of its IP rights in France.
- Advising Siemens SAS on a regular basis in relation to IP law.
France > Private equity: LBO Tier 4Franklin
Yam Atallah; Alexandre Marque
France > Real estate Tier 4Franklin
Other key lawyers:
‘François Verdot is inventive, efficient, a good negotiator, and listens to his clients. He has a good knowledge of the procedure which allows him to use the contentious argument in negotiations.’
‘Dynamic, solid team, good mutual assistance between partners, indisputable skills. Client proximity appreciated.’
‘François Verdot is tenacious, has solid experience in constrained and complex cases, shows good responsiveness He also knows how to demonstrate creativity and is particularly reliable and tenacious. The combination of all these factors and ingredients make it possible to count on him!’
‘Dedicated and available team.’
‘Service adapted to demand. Teams are great at listening (Jérémy Chiche and Axel Verdot).’
‘The Franklin team is distinguished by an acute knowledge of real estate development issues, in particular with regard to logistics warehouses: construction contracts, leases in the future state, rental audit, etc.’
‘The team stands out for its close proximity to its clients, a working atmosphere that is both relaxed and efficient, and a presence alongside its clients in good times and in hardship. Francois Verdot is, within the team, both a great legal professional but also – above all – an outstanding negotiator, who never hesitates to take blows in the negotiation to help his client to conclude the contract. With him at my side, I know I am ready to deal with any situation when negotiating.’
Financière ID / Groupoe ID Logistics
Round Hill Capital
- Advised Danone on the negotiation of a real estate lease of an office and R&D building to accommodate its R&D worldwide 15,000sqm business unit in Saclay.
- Assisted AEW with negotiating and concluding a real estate development contract with Panhard, in July 2018, for a real estate complex located in Puiseux-Pontoise which required further assistance in 2021 for the construction of three extension cells and the negotiation and conclusion of an amendment to the commercial lease with Renault.
‘The team has high technique. In addition to their great availability, they have excellent knowledge of their clients’ constraints and specificities. There is a real attention to provide ‘tailor-made’ advice.’
‘Jérôme Michel stands out through the quality of his analyses and proximity to his clients. He is also surrounded by quality lawyers.’
Plaza Premium Group
- Advised Enedis on litigation related to the installation of Linky smart meters.
- Advised Caisse des Dépôts et Consignations on the acquisition of a stake in a company in charge of developing and operating the largest ground-based photovoltaic power plant in Europe.
- Advised Kéolis on public law matters, including in relation to public procurements, public service concessions and infrastructure project-related issues, relating to the regional express train project to be operated from Dakar, Senegal.
Yam Atallah; Alexandre Marque
Other key lawyers:
Lionel Lesur; Numa Rengot; Antoine Fouassier
‘The team demonstrates impressive speed of analysis and execution. The challenges and needs are well integrated, in a dynamic dealmaker fashion that is much appreciated.’
‘Numa Rengot, Yam Atallah and Antoine Fouassier in particular are intellectually able to integrate all business issues. Their negotiating and analytical skills are very strong and highly appreciated during negotiations.’
Ace Capital Partners (Tikehau Group)
Zur Rose Group
- Advising Altice on the acquisition of MVNO Afone Participations.
- Advising Ace Capital Partners on its acquisition of Brown Europe from Eramet.
- Advising Biotech Investissement on the sale of its subsidiary Diaclone to Finland-based, Medix Biochemica and in the establishment of commercial agreements between Diaclone and RD-Biotech, another subsidiary of the Biotech Investissement group.
France > Tax Tier 5Franklin
‘Jacques Mestoudjian has a very good technical knowledge as well as a pragmatic approach.’
‘Jacques Mestoudjian is an efficient, attentive and friendly partner.’
- Advised Eurazeo on its acquisition of a 51% stake in I-Tracing.
Franklin > Firm Profile
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 16 practice areas and 16 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, Tax.
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|Antitrust, Corporate/M&A and Private Equity||Lionel Lesuremail@example.com|
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|Corporate/M&A and Private Equity||Alexandre Marqueemail@example.com|
|Public law and regulatory -Environment - Energy||Jérôme Michelfirstname.lastname@example.org|
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Staff FiguresNumber of lawyers : 60
LanguagesArabic English French German Italian Portuguese Spanish
- Data privacy and data protection
- Industry focus: Energy
- Intellectual property: Copyright
- Banking and finance: transactional work
- Intellectual property: Trade marks and designs
- Private equity: LBO
- Real estate