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Banking and finance: transactional work
Banking and finance: transactional work - ranked: tier 4

Simmons & Simmons

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Dispute resolution: International arbitration
Dispute resolution: International arbitration - ranked: tier 5

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EU, competition and distribution
EU, competition and distribution - ranked: tier 3

Simmons & Simmons

Simmons & Simmons' strong expertise in the healthcare sector is reflected through Ombline Ancelin's competition and antitrust team, which is currently assisting a manufacturer of medical devices with its response to a dawn raid on the grounds of alleged collusion during public tenders. The group is currently representing Centrale des Opticiens at the appeal stage of three separate proceedings against a healthcare network of opticians before the FCA for anticompetitive practices, the DGCCRF for restrictive behaviour and infringements of French commercial law, and the commercial courts for associated damages, against a healthcare network of opticians. Also notable is associate Maëlle d’Harcourt, whose expertise includes advising clients on compliance issues in heavily regulated sectors pertaining to amendments to commercial policies, pricing strategies or new product launches. Associate Florent Barbu joined the practice from Vogel & Vogel.

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Employment - ranked: tier 4

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Mergers and acquisitions
Mergers and acquisitions - ranked: tier 4

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Project finance
Project finance - ranked: tier 3

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Tax - ranked: tier 5

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France: Dispute resolution

Dispute resolution: Stock market litigation
Dispute resolution: Stock market litigation - ranked: tier 2

Simmons & Simmons

Simmons & Simmons is instructed by banks and major asset management companies due to its strong expertise in AMF compliance investigations. The practice also handles AMF market abuse cases. UBS, Société Générale, Crédit du Nord and Natixis are clients. Thierry Gontard is highly regarded. Eric Boillot is another strong asset in the practice.

Leading individuals: AMF regulatory

Thierry Gontard - Simmons & Simmons

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Dispute resolution: commercial litigation
Dispute resolution: commercial litigation - ranked: tier 4

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Leading individuals: Product liability litigation

Jacques-Antoine Robert - Simmons & Simmons

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France: Industry focus

Industry focus: Healthcare and life sciences
Industry focus: Healthcare and life sciences - ranked: tier 1

Simmons & Simmons

Simmons & Simmons is 'one of the best law firms in the life sciences space', according to one client; the Paris team is 'truly great and shares a fantastic spirit'. Along with its established place in the product liability arena, the group also handles commercial litigation and competition, regulatory, intellectual property, real estate and tax mandates. Corporate expert Christian Taylor assisted Wright Medical with the acquisition of French software company Imascap. Marina Cousté and her intellectual property team - including François Jonquères - joined from Reed Smith and are currently handling a number of patent disputes. Alexandre Regniault heads the international life sciences offering with the support of France head Jacques-Antoine Robert. Charlotte Damiano was recently promoted to of counsel and is also a key name to note.

Leading individuals

Jacques-Antoine Robert - Simmons & Simmons

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Industry focus: IT, telecoms and the internet
Industry focus: IT, telecoms and the internet - ranked: tier 3

Simmons & Simmons

Simmons & Simmons's Christophe Fichet 'is an outstanding professional with unique TMT expertise and the ability to adapt to any and all situations'. He heads the firm's 'clever and imaginative' team, which has 'strong knowledge of the African TMT industry with a particular focus on regulatory issues'. Managing associate Sara Vedadi-Carca supported Fichet to advise a US client on its agreement with a French IT service provider. Also notable is the firm's advice on GDPR and data privacy, blockchain issues, digitalisation projects, outsourcing agreements and a dispute with government entities on behalf of an African TMT actor regarding frequency fees.

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Industry focus: energy
Industry focus: energy - ranked: tier 2

Simmons & Simmons

Simmons & Simmons ‘helps to make things happen’. The ‘outstanding team’ is singled out for its ‘active listening and solid ability to convert knowledge into business value’, as well as for its ‘abilities in francophone Africa and its rare ability to develop strong relationships with governments and regulatory bodies’. Lawyers are ‘on top of their game with the latest legislation both for the sector but also for businesses to operate in such jurisdictions’. The firm has a strong energy and natural resources African practice and the team is currently advising on a number of large-scale and complex projects, notably involving Chinese investors. It is assisting China Three Gorges International Corporation with its bid for the Inga 3 hydro-power project in the Democratic Republic of Congo (4,500MW). The firm is also advising investors and sponsors on several other power, renewables and off-grid projects. The practice is also handling oil and gas work in Senegal and Gabon and is advising on large mining projects, particularly in Guinea. It is assisting Mauritanian Copper Mines with its mining operations in Mauritania, as well as De Run International Resources with the negotiation of a mining convention concerning a bauxite mining project in the Republic of Guinea. ‘Outstanding’ practice head Yves Baratte is ‘a trusted adviser’, ‘delivers very high-standard work’ and ‘marries high levels of intellect and general commercial acumen with a razor sharp understanding of a client's particular culture and approach’.

Leading individuals: Mining, oil and gas and natural resources

Yves Baratte - Simmons & Simmons

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France: Intellectual property

Intellectual property: Trade marks and designs
Intellectual property: Trade marks and designs - ranked: tier 3

Simmons & Simmons

Sarah Bailey's intellectual property team at Simmons & Simmons was recently bolstered by the arrival of Marina Cousté and François Jonquères, as well as Frédérique Potin and Romain Viret (both counsel) and Mickaël da Costa and Sarah Madi (both associates), from Reed Smith. In addition to advising a number of heavyweight global conglomerates on day-to-day trade mark portfolio management, Cousté and Bailey handled high-profile and sensitive infringement proceedings. Recently, this included one criminal charge on the grounds of the attempted theft of a confidential prototype by a senior manager of a competitor group. On the non-contentious side, clients instruct the team to negotiate co-existence agreements and brand management on social media.

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Intellectual property: copyright
Intellectual property: copyright - ranked: tier 1

Simmons & Simmons

Recently bolstered by the arrival of Marina Cousté, along with Romain Viret and Frédérique Potin  (both of counsel), from Reed Smith, the intellectual property team at Simmons & Simmons covers the full gamut of intellectual property issues across a wide array of industry sectors. Sarah Bailey is currently representing the estate of a famous painter in actions protecting his name and copyright from unauthorised use, and she was instructed by a multinational conglomerate to handle an infringement action filed by a former employee pertaining to the copyright of products he designed during his employment. Viret assisted corporate partner Christian Taylor with the intellectual property aspects of open source software in the context of a corporate acquisition.

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France: Private equity

Private equity: Fund formation
Private equity: Fund formation - ranked: tier 2

Simmons & Simmons

The 'wonderful' team at Simmons & Simmons is 'a very strong presence in the market' and impresses with its 'knowledge of what limited partners want to structure the best possible funds'. Mandates concerning private equity funds, infrastructure funds, real estate funds and debt funds form the core of practice head Agnès Rossi's workload; Rossi's expertise is of 'enormous value'. In evidence of the team's cross-border strength, Rossi cooperated with Luxembourg-based Augustin de Longeaux to advise InfraVia Capital Partners on a pan-European infrastructure fund, which closed at €2bn. Another highlight was assisting Eurazeo PME with the formation of parallel funds and a fundraising for Eurazeo PME III. Capzanine, Meridiam and RGreen Invest are also clients. Marcela Moraru joined from Axa IM - Real Assets.

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Agnès Rossi - Simmons & Simmons

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Legal Developments by:
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  • Failure to counter financial crime: Norwich Union Life

    In December 2007, the Financial Services Authority (FSA) imposed a fine of £1.26m on Norwich Union Life (part of the Aviva Group), one of the largest life insurance businesses in the UK with around seven million customers. The fine related to failures to take reasonable care to establish and maintain effective systems and controls for countering the risks of financial crime. The fine is the latest confirmation of the emphasis being placed on protecting clients and customers from the threat of financial crime.
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    The People's Republic of China has initiated an overhaul of its social security system, reformed the personal taxation regime and has extended the scope of these laws to foreigners residing in China.

    The Kingdom of Morocco is supporting the ambition of becoming the leading financial place for Africa. In this context, a wave of draft laws is to be passed and implemented within the following months, amongst which, the Law No. 53.08, setting up a new financial authority, and the Law No. 54.08, reforming public offering rules, are of paramount importance to Moroccan and foreign issuers, and financial institutions.

    The opportunities offered to foreign investors by the Chinese mergers and acquisitions market are increasing every year: in 2010, transactions involving foreign companies came to 60.1 billion euros, an increase of 21.2% compared with 2009. Seen from the West, where markets are declining, all sectors of the Chinese economy seem to be undergoing promising development and the statistics indicate that the Middle Empire will be a lasting springboard for growth.
  • Prime de Partage des Profits

    Le dispositif L’article 1er de la loi de financement rectificative de la Sécurité sociale pour 2011 oblige les sociétés commerciales de 50 salariés et plus, dont les dividendes par part sociale ou par action sont en augmentation par rapport à la moyenne des deux années précédentes, à verser une prime à l’ensemble de leurs salariés

    Types of investors The private equity (PE) funds that are active in Bulgaria are not raised or registered in the country. Some Bulgarian PE funds were raised recently, but there are no statistics as to the sources of their funding, their number, the funds that were accumulated, etc.

  • Landmark decision by French Competition Authority in conditioned LPG case

    cartel case closed after discovery that leniency application was largely based on forgeries and rejection of collective dominant position objection.
  • 2012 supplementary budget

    The second supplementary budget published in the Official Gazette September 19, 2011 provides for two key measures that affect the deferral of tax losses and taxation of capital gains realized on the sale of equity securities .
  • Actualité législative fiscale

    Au delà des mesures applicables à l’ensemble des contribuables (telles que la limitation du report des déficits ou la réforme du mode de calcul des plus values sur cessions de participations),le plan de réduction des déficits annoncé le 24 août dernier par le gouvernement comprend des mesures qui intéressent spécifiquement les acteurs du secteur financier.
  • Réforme fiscale

    À la une Parmi les mesures annoncées par le Premier Ministre dans le cadre du plan de réduction des déficits, deux d’entre elles sont susceptibles d’affecter de nombreuses entreprises