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Pamina Avocats
6, Place Saint-Sulpice
Paris 75006

France > Media and entertainment: Art Tier 2

Boutique art market law firm Pamina Avocats has a strong offering of both contentious and non-contentious services related to the art world. As a former member of the French independent supervisory authority for the regulation of auction houses, practice head Rémi Sermier has an in-depth understanding of legal issues related to auction houses. World-recognised auction house Sotheby’s is a long-term client of the firm and has relied on the expertise of Sermier in numerous disputes before French courts.

Practice head(s):

Key clients


Wildenstein Plattner Institute

Imprimerie Nationale

Work highlights

  • Assisting Imprimerie Nationale on their project to create a museum on books and printing in collaboration with the city of Douai in the North of France. The estimated initial investment is €25m.
  • Advising Sotheby’s on revising their conditions of business in France.
  • Assisting Wildenstein Plattner Institute in defending before US Court against action from Restellini over Modigliani papers.

France > Administrative and public law Tier 4

Pamina Avocats is a compact boutique firm which regularly handles challenging regulatory matters, often acting before France’s highest administrative court. The firm is notably managing several strategic cases in relation to the press, media and aviation sectors. It was also retained to advise in the context of a high-profile contentious public M&A transaction. The firm's public contracts expertise is also noted and sought after for prominent projects in Africa. Rémi Sermier and David Epaud assist a loyal client base comprising many leading and smaller French companies, as well as private syndicates and some public sector bodies.

Practice head(s):

Remi Sermier; David Epaud


‘A very competent and responsive firm, which adapts to demand and finds pragmatic and ingenious solutions.’

‘David Epaud is a very competent lawyer in his field, up to date with the latest case law. His advice is always very informed and relevant, and perfectly suited to the context of the case presented. He is a very reliable partner.’

‘The team is made up of lawyers with very rich experience in public law due to the background of the partners.’

‘David Epaud shows high responsiveness, writing skills and legal analysis. The case law research is always meticulous and complete. David knows how to serve the client above all. I also appreciate Rémi Sermier who brings his dual professional experience as a former senior civil servant and a lawyer, which allows me to recommend this firm to my clients with complete confidence.’

‘The firm’s lawyers and their team are particularly available and diligent. They also have a perfect mastery of their field of competence and do not hesitate to accompany their advice with a great pedagogy for a perfect understanding. Their way of working is very personalised and the collaboration is very appreciable.’

‘Reactivity, powerful analytical skills, efficiency and friendliness are rare qualities, which are nevertheless essential.’

Key clients

DP World

IN Groupe (Imprimerie Nationale)

France Galop

Crédit Agricole Leasing & Factoring



Syndicat des compagnies aériennes autonomes (SCARA)

ASL Airlines

Secure Identity Alliance


Ilex Ascenseurs

BAT Environnement

CRDP (Commission du reseau de la diffusion de la presse)

ARCEP (Autorité de regulation des communications électroniques, des postes et de la distribution de la presse)


Work highlights

  • Advising DP World on their project of creating a deep-sea port in Banana (DRC).
  • Advising IN Groupe (formerly Imprimerie Nationale) on the electronic Identity Card project, to be implemented nationwide in 2021.
  • Defending ARCEP, the French regulatory authority for electronic communications, postal services and press distribution, against an action for annulment of one of its decisions brought before the Supreme Administrative Court.

Pamina Avocats mainly assists corporate and institutional clients, French or international. The firm is active in France and in the countries of French legal tradition (Maghreb, French-speaking Africa). It has a recognized expertise regarding the regulation of economic activities, the relations with the administrative authorities, public competition law and state aids, concessions and public contracts, public real estate law and urban planning authorizations. The firm also has a strong activity in art market law.

Founded by Rémi Sermier and David Epaud, after fifteen years in various international and French law firms, Pamina Avocats assists its clients on all legal issues arising in the relations between economic operators and public authorities. The firm assists in advisory work as well as in litigation. It offers its clients constant availability and the personal involvement of seasoned partners, working in either French or English, throughout the matters.

Regarding the regulation of economic activities, the firm notably has a strong expertise in the field of pricing policies. It regularly assists clients before the European Commission and the EU courts in the context of State aid issues.

The firm is active in the structuring of complex contractual transactions, in the supervision of tender procedures and in all aspects of contractual implementation: penalties, expert processes, early terminations, insolvencies, relations with the subcontractors, arbitration proceedings and negotiated settlements. In particular, it has extensive experience in telecommunications, transport infrastructure (including ports and airports) as well as in the construction and maintenance of buildings under public-private partnerships.

Regarding real estate public law and urban planning, the firm assists its clients with respect to the awarding and implementation of occupancy agreements, and to litigation regarding the issuance of building permits.

The firm also has a recognized practice in art market law. It assists professionals and individuals in organizing transactions and resolving disputes.

Pamina Avocats works in co-operation with law firm Ader Jolibois, and is thus able to integrate assistance relating, in particular, to tax law, company law and labour law.

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