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Pinsent Masons LLP
75008 PARIS

Intellectual property: copyright Tier 1

Pinsent Masons LLP's Emmanuel Gougé 'is a brilliant practitioner capable of quickly navigating to the core of the dispute with a problem-solving and pragmatic approach'; according to one client, 'as opposed to some other French attorneys, he is a very talented English speaker and team coordinator'. In recent highlights, senior associate Virginia de Freitas and associate Léonore Isnard supported Gougé in his advice to a photographer in a pre-litigation matter pertaining to the unauthorised use of the client's work by large conglomerates for advertising purposes. Also notable is the team's work for a perfume brand on the intellectual property aspects of the launch of a new product in France.

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Industry focus: energy Tier 2

Pinsent Masons LLP's expertise spans the renewables, nuclear, hydropower and oil and gas sectors in France and Africa. The team has construction (FIDIC), regulatory, project, litigation and arbitration expertise, acting for major French and international energy companies, as well as engineering companies and contractors. On the domestic side, it is advising Fusion for Energy (F4E) on the International Thermonuclear Energy project. It is also assisting with inter-connector and oil refinery projects and handles litigation related to the manufacturing of turbines. The team is also advising a member of a consortium on a large-scale nuclear construction project abroad and is involved in large hydropower projects in Africa. Other areas of expertise include advising on pipeline and oil production sharing contracts. BP, Engie Green, Nec, Neoen and Vinci Construction Grands Projets are also clients. The practice is jointly headed by Stéphane Gasne, who stands out for his ability to speak fluent Mandarin, and Frédéric Gillion, who has extensive knowledge of FIDIC contracts and handles arbitration. Melina Wolman is the key name for litigation.

Next Generation Partners: Public law and regulatory

Intellectual property: Patents Tier 2

Emmanuel Gougé is the name to note at Pinsent Masons LLP for patents work; he recently acted for B/E Aerospace in its nullity claim against the French part of a European patent held by Zodiac Aerotechnics in a pan-European action. He and associate Virginia de Freitas have been representing Plastic Omnium in a cross-border infringement claim against German competitor Emitec from the seizure of counterfeit goods by the authorities to the action's current stage in the European Patent Court. Other key clients include Landis+Gyr, Bobis Engineering and Aber Instruments.

Industry focus: IT, telecoms and the internet Tier 3

Pinsent Masons LLP advises on GDPR compliance and data privacy issues arising from major IT projects and the negotiation of strategic contracts. In recent highlights, a well-known online dating platform appointed the group to assist with a number of regulatory issues in the context of a partnership with a travel operator and the management of user-generated online content. Annabelle Richard heads the practice and recently provided training sessions to major clients across a variety of sectors with regard to GDPR compliance. Melina Wolman was recently promoted to the partnership and leads the Paris litigation team; she advises on contentious IT matters.

Intellectual property: Trade marks and designs Tier 3

Pinsent Masons LLP regularly represents clients in trade mark and design infringement litigation and assists them with branding and international marketing strategies. Emmanuel Gougé and associate Virginia de Freitas are currently defending Griesson - de Beukelaer in trade mark infringement and parasitic business practice proceedings brought by Générale Biscuit Glico France and Mondelēz regarding the alleged violation of the "mikado" biscuit trade mark. Also notable is associate Léonore Isnard.

The firm: Pinsent Masons is a market-leading international law firm built around the needs of its client across five global sectors: energy, infrastructure, financial services, real estate, and advanced manufacturing and technology. In 2016 it was named law firm of the Year by both Legal Business and Legal Week magazines. It was also ranked first in the Financial Times Innovative Lawyers Europe ‘Business of Law’ index.

With an international resource of over 1,800 lawyers, the firm delivers on-the-ground legal advice from 24 locations, advising clients on their businesses worldwide. Whatever the legal issue and whatever the region, the firm provides an appropriate solution for the assignment.

The Paris team offers a full range of French legal services which includes corporate, M&A, commercial, international arbitration, IT/IP, banking and finance, restructuring, finance, real estate, employment, litigation and arbitration and real estate.

For companies investing or operating in France there is no substitute for local knowledge and expertise. Pinsent Masons combines legal know-how with a practical understanding of the legal issues and business culture in France to offer clients comprehensive advice.

The team has considerable experience working on cross-border transactions, and is a market leader in Franco-German transactions. It also has significant expertise working on legal and commercial cross-border matters, particularly across Francophone North Africa, the EU and the US.

All of Pinsent Masons’ Paris lawyers are fluent in both French and English. Other languages spoken in the office include German, Italian and Spanish.

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