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Taylor Wessing
69 AVENUE FRANKLIN D ROOSEVELT
75008 PARIS
France

Intellectual property: Copyright Tier 1

Taylor Wessing is among the most technology-savvy teams in the market. The group combines its experience in advisory work and litigation with its acute awareness of the challenges posed by the constantly evolving digital landscape its clients operate in. To respond to these challenges, the group assists with the development and implementation of policies and alert systems and has developed 360-degree vision of the sector advising digital platforms and industry players alike, as its track record attests. The team's particular strength in the media and entertainment sector complements this orientation very well, since it includes assistance with licencing and distribution matters, transactional work and regulatory advice. Christian Valsamidis, Claire Saint-Laurent, Benoît Goulesque-Monaux and Marc Schuler co-lead the practice.

Other key lawyers:

Inès Tribouillet; Jeanne Léon-Dufour

Key clients

Mandarin Television

Reworld Media Magazines

Dailymotio

Fox Channels

Banijay / Zodiak Media

Farfetch

Webedia

Comcast

Orange

Square

Ratp

Airbus

Spotify

Media and entertainment: Cinema Tier 1

Taylor Wessing's multidisciplinary team provides clients in the media sector with a full range of commercial services across both traditional and digital media. Typically retained on French film production projects, the practice assists a range of key industry players, including independent production companies, directors and actors. The group's offering spans financing, contractual, IP and production issues. Content-related corporate transactions and dispute resolution are other areas of strength. Benoît Goulesque-Monaux is the name to note for contentious matters. The department is jointly led by highly regarded duo Christian Valsamidis and Claire Saint-Laurent-Mantoux.

Other key lawyers:

Benoît Goulesque-Monaux

Key clients

On Entertainment

Sony

Star Invest Group

Mars Films

Mandarin Cinéma

Radar Films

Vine Alternative Investment

Cofiloisirs

Mandoline Films

Marvellous

Curiosa Films

CG Cinéma

Moana Films

Trinity Media Financing International Limited

Chi Fou Mi

Ubisoft

BNP

Cinenomine

Data privacy and data protection Tier 2

The team of specialist data protection lawyers at Taylor Wessing advises international blue-chip companies on a wide range of privacy regulation-related matters, frequently with a multi-jurisdictional element. Its experience includes GDPR compliance, data breach incident responses, and data breach preparedness regarding appropriate responses to accidental data loss and data theft. The team frequently uses injunctive relief to obtain digital evidence and has recently developed TechSet, a suite of electronic tools to support clients. Valérie Aumage is head of IT and data, while Marc Schuler is head of IP/IT.

Practice head(s):

Valérie Aumage; Marc Schuler

Testimonials

Unquestionable and continuously renewed expertise, with the ability to analyse quickly and suggest appropriate responses.’

Key clients

Shiseido

Hyundai

Ricoh

Gatehub

Tik Tok

Comcast

Corsearch

B&B Hotels

Webedia

Hiscox

Zurich Insurance

Oppo Telecom

APC

Dispute resolution: White-collar crime Tier 2

Taylor Wessing handles a series of highly publicised cases involving the political sphere, with several going to trial in 2020 or expected for 2021. Practice head Paul-Albert Iweins is regularly appointed by peers as well as political and public servant figures to defend them, with instructions including the defence of the prominent colleague Thierry Herzog in a landmark bribery case also involving former president of France Nicolas Sarkozy. Iweins also acts in the Bygmalion political scandal. Outside of the political field, the practice manages a caseload encompassing embezzlement, breach of trust and corruption allegations, and defends notaries and bailiffs in criminal liability cases. Other key member Benoît Goulesque-Monaux regularly acts in cases involving the cinema and media sector. Assisting clients who have suffered a cyber attack is another area of strength.

Practice head(s):

Paul-Albert Iweins; Benoît Goulesque-Monaux

Key clients

Richard FERRAND (President of the French National Assembly)

Mathieu Valbuena, French professional football player

Thierry Herzog

Pierre Chassat

Banque des Etats d’Afrique Centrale

SAINT GOBAIN GLASS SOLUTION

Me Maurice Lantourne, (lawyer of Bernard Tapie)

Coface

IBM

Mandarin Production- Mars Films – François OZON / PREYNAT

Insurance Tier 2

Taylor Wessing stands out through the combination of traditional insurance matters, including industrial risks, construction, energy and transport insurance, and professional individual liability, for example for managers, with insurance matters relating to new technologies, ranging from cyber risk management to fraud issues and data processing matters.  Practice head Pierre-Olivier Leblanc has in-depth knowledge of representing insurers, reinsurers and the insured and thus a well-rounded perspective, with a particular focus on large claims. The new technologies wing, as well as the financial lines practice, is covered by Marc Schuler and Philippe Glaser.

Practice head(s):

Other key lawyers:

Marc Schuler; Philippe Glaser

Key clients

AXA -XL

ZURICH

Lubrizol

SWISS RE CORPORATE SOLUTIONS

MMA – Covéa Risks

AIG

Intencial

MSIG

Chubb

Munich RE

Axis Insurance

HISCOX

HDI SE

Markel International

Intellectual property: Trade marks and designs Tier 2

Taylor Wessing's team stands out for its specialisation in matters at the intersection of soft IP with cybersecurity and data protection. Practice head Marc Schuler is experienced in both litigation and transactional work, as well as in brand management matters, which fits in well with the firm's wider international offering that facilitates wide-ranging geographical coverage. The group has multiple analytic tools at its disposal to assist clients through the challenges they face with the protection of their assets, both in France and abroad.

Practice head(s):

Other key lawyers:

Inès Tribouillet

Key clients

Orange

Banijay Group

Square

Fox Channels

RATP

Airbus

American Airlines

DailyMotion

The North Face

Hiscox

Farfetch

Webedia

Comcast

Media and entertainment: Television/radio Tier 2

Taylor Wessing is reputed for its work financing French and international feature films and television series, with IP and banking law specialist Christian Valsamidis a go-to in this area. As part of a cross-media offering, the practice routinely advises acts for companies owning IP assets, including in litigation and on transactions, Marc Schuler being the name to note for these matters. Claire Saint-Laurent-Mantoux and litigator Benoît Goulesque-Monaux are further key contacts.

Key clients

Endemol

Fox CHANNELS

Banijay/Zodiak Media

MOVING PUPPET

MAGIC PRODUCTIONS

BEAUBOURG PRODUCTIONS

HARI GROUP

MANDARIN TELEVISION

UBISOFT

GLOBAL MEDIA

SPOTIFY

WALLIMAGE SA

COMCAST

Administrative and public law Tier 3

Taylor Wessing has a strong focus on assisting sponsors and lenders with French greenfield and brownfield infrastructure projects, often alongside the firm’s financing practice. The team is often mandated to deal with small and medium-sized projects, but also regularly secures larger mandates. The setting up of broadband internet networks in various parts of the country for Altitude Infrastructure accounts for a significant portion of the caseload. The practice is also involved in several public building construction projects. It was retained by the French state to assist with the awarding of a PPP regarding the construction of entre Pompidou Museum’s future storage and creation centre. Practice head Sophie Pignon, who is also active in several projects in Africa, is highly recommended.

Practice head(s):

Sophie Pignon

Key clients

Altitude Infrastructure

Vauban Infrastructure Partners

Keolis

Département du Nord

NGE and Altitude Infrastructure

Orange

Covage

Voies naviguables de France

Aéroports de Côte d’Azur

Quaero

RiverRock

Région Provence Alpes Côte d’Azur

Centre Pompidou

Mitrelli

Edeis Concessions

Marlink

Compliance Tier 3

Taylor Wessing's practice combines corporate, white-collar, employment, life sciences and competition law compliance expertise, spanning several jurisdictions thanks to its international network. The practice notably advises on anti-corruption compliance work and provides training assistance. A particularly busy line of work are matters for healthcare companies seeking assistance with anti-corruption and new industry-specific anti-gift regulations. The practice also assists companies with the compliance aspects of major international organisations, for example compliance with World Bank requirements. Competition, EU, trade, and compliance expert Evelyne Friedel and employment law expert Markus Asshoff are the key contacts. M&A partner Gilles Amsallem also contributes. Clients also benefit from the expertise of financial litigation expert and senior partner Paul-Albert Iweins and of corporate specialist Anne-Juliette de Zaluski.

Practice head(s):

Markus Asshoff; Evelyne Friedel; Gilles Amsallem

Other key lawyers:

Paul-Albert Iweins; Anne-Juliette de Zaluski

Industry focus: Healthcare and life sciences Tier 3

Led by Evelyne Friedel, the team at Taylor Wessing is retained by pharmaceutical and medical device companies which rely on its expertise in regulatory, compliance and distribution issues. Friedel, who is experienced in drafting R&D, licensing and commercial agreements, is a specialist in competition and commercial matters, advising clients on both EU and French law. The wider practice has experience in the full range of regulatory matters in the pharmaceutical sector, including market access, pricing and reimbursement issues.

Practice head(s):

Key clients

BIOTEST AG.

AWS (AMAZON WEB SERVICES) HEALTHCARE

CUTERA INC CUTERA FRANCE

W.L. GORE & ASSOCIATES

EASEE BV

THERAMEX

CARBON INC

NELSONS FAMADEM

BIOXIS

COCHLEAR

Industry focus: IT and internet  Tier 3

Taylor Wessing represents a mix of blue chip global brands, start-ups, and small enterprises with novel business models and technologies. Specialised in IT transactional matters, including outsourcing, cloud computing, SaaS, and licensing, the department also houses a robust contentious team, headed by Philippe Glaser. Litigation undertaken by this group typically covers exit strategies and ADR procedures. The department also advises clients with the launch of their internet platforms, including on user-generated content and hosting liability issues. Another key area of expertise is data privacy, especially regarding breaches and losses; Valérie Aumage  is the key name for these matters. Marc Schuler leads the IP/IT side of the practice.

Key clients

HISCOX

DAILYMOTION

CARMAT

IBM

DELL

EUROPCAR

WEBEDIA

B&B HOTELS

OPPO Telecom

TIK TOK

COMCAST

RICOH

REDBUBBLE

Dispute resolution: Commercial litigation Tier 4

Taylor Wessing

Practice head(s):

Paul-Albert Iweins; Philippe Glaser; Benoît Goulesque-Monaux; Pierre-Olivier Leblanc

Key clients

Lubrizol

MANDARIN PRODUCTIONS

Employment Tier 4

Taylor Wessing

Practice head(s):

Claudia Jonath; Markus Asshoff

Testimonials

‘Very good professionals in employment law who really help us to assess the risks. Responsive and available.’

Key clients

Lufthansa

Adobe

Delachaux

Calida (Lafuma)

AMD

Epic Games

EU, competition and distribution Tier 5

Taylor Wessing

Practice head(s):

Evelyne Friedel; Grégoire Toulouse

Key clients

AXA

Deutz

Europcar

Marriott International

Paris Saint-Germain

WL Gore & Associates

The firm: Launched in 2003 our Paris office provides a full-service offering with 70 lawyers handling legal issues facing the sectors, technologies and emerging trends of tomorrow.

Our Paris team regularly work with their colleagues across our international network, coordinating advice and providing a seamless service to clients wherever they are based.

We mobilise our teams and pool our multidisciplinary skills to provide clients with the appropriate solutions, guaranteeing a premium quality service in terms of technical expertise, on-time delivery and team coordination.

We advise French and international enterprises of all sizes from the world’s most dynamic sectors, including digital, corporate, biotech, cleantech and media, and attract many French and foreign investors wishing to expand in France.

We build lasting relationships with our clients, with their loyalty acting as the best testimony to their satisfaction.

Taylor Wessing France is also committed to corporate social responsibility. We play our part by actively participating in many pro bono initiatives and raising awareness firmwide of environmental issues and compliance.

Areas of practice
M&A/private equity: the firm intervenes in the fields of M&A, LBO, MBO, OBO and private equity in general. It has also acquired a solid reputation in venture capital and capital markets and is particularly renowned for inward investment.

Capital markets: the capital markets group advises on transactions involving public companies engaged in European and global securities offerings. The team acts for underwriters, listed companies, their sponsors, and appointed advisers across all types of European securities offerings.

Real estate and construction: the firm’s real estate practice includes commercial real estate and financing, representation of institutional investors in cross-border transactional work, and advice on asset management. The construction practice has key strengths in finance and insolvency, energy, healthcare, hotels, major projects and infrastructure, etc.

Media, entertainment and arts: the team has extensive experience in every major area including: advertising and marketing, broadcasting and film, financing of media companies, gaming, interactive media, music, etc.

IP: the firm advises IP-rich businesses globally across all IP rights, including litigation, copyright, licensing, trade mark portfolio management, strategic or transactional advice. The French IP department’s strong experience is further enriched by the expertise of British and German IP teams, thus offering a highly specialised pan-European service.

IT and telecoms: the team works for diverse clients ranging from blue-chip global brands to smaller enterprises with novel business models and technologies. The team also advises startups through various funding rounds and eventual exit. The team also advises on digital media products.

Litigation and dispute resolution: the firm’s activity encompasses white-collar crime, fraud and asset recovery, IT litigation, disputes between shareholders and companies, and product liability. It also represents its clientele on ADR mechanisms such as mediation and conciliation. We have developed a practice in national and international arbitration, notably under ICC.

Competition, EU and trade: the department has extensive expertise in distribution and commercial agreements, including commercial agency, manufacturing and supply agreements, terms and conditions of sale, etc. The firm works with the European Commission, the French Competition Authority and the antitrust division of the Ministry of Economy.

Public, environment and projects: the firm’s covers all fields of regulatory, administrative and environmental law, as well as contentious administrative proceedings. The team handles a wide variety of projects in government-related areas, with a particular focus on: PPPs, privatisations, liberalisation of regulated sectors, environment and public international law.

Tax: particular strengths of the firm’s tax team include international and cross-border tax planning, direct/indirect tax treatment, on/offshore funds, share incentives, IP planning, patrimonial taxation and tax litigation.

Employment: the firm advises on all fields of individual and collective employment law, including social security regulations and tax. The team is very experienced in advising on restructurings and in permanent employment law advice.

Compliance: Taylor Wessing assists clients to comply with the French Sapin II Law adopted on 8 November 2016, but also with the FCPA, the UKBA and other anti-corruption laws in force in many countries. Its services cover risk assessment, prevention, assistance during investigation procedures by relevant authorities, and preparation for the new ISO 37001 standard certification in compliance.

Restructuring:  Taylor Wessing assists companies in the context of preventive operations (conciliation, ad hoc mandate, judicial safeguard in particular) but also in the context of their restructuring, in particular in the context of receivership or judicial liquidation. We assist both companies in the context of solutions aimed at their restructuring and managers who may be subject to actions for individual sanctions. In addition, we assist Taylor Wessing’s clients in the takeover of companies or individual assets in insolvency proceedings.
We have successfully assisted managers in the food, transport, pharmaceutical, textile and hotel industries.

Department Name Email Telephone
M&A, private equity Gilles Amsallem
M&A, private equity Laurence Lapeyre
M&A, private equity Nicolas de Witt
M&A, private equity François Mary
Capital markets Nicolas de Witt
Real estate and construction Alfred Fink
Media, entertainment and arts Christian Valsamidis
Media, entertainment and arts Claire Saint-Laurent
Media, entertainment and arts Benoit Goulesque-Monaux
Intellectual property Christian Valsamidis
Intellectual property Claire Saint-Laurent
Intellectual property Marc Schuler
Intellectual property Benoit Goulesque-Monaux
IT and telecoms Philippe Glaser
IT and telecoms Marc Schuler
Litigation and dispute resolution Paul-Albert Iweins
Litigation and dispute resolution Philippe Glaser
Litigation and dispute resolution Benoit Goulesque-Monaux
Competition, EU and trade Evelyne Friedel
Competition, EU and trade Grégoire Toulouse
Tax Christophe Flaicher
Employment Claudia Jonath
Employment Markus Asshoff
Compliance Markus Asshoff
Compliance Evelyne Friedel
Compliance Paul-Albert Iweins
Insurance Pierre-Olivier Leblanc
Litigation and dispute resolution Pierre-Olivier Leblanc
Administrative and public law Sophie Pignon
Administrative and public law Eric Charvillat
Banking & Finance Eric Charvillat
Compliance Gilles Amsallem
Compliance Anne-Juliette de Zaluski
M&A, private equity Anne-Juliette de Zaluski
Arbitration Laure Hüe de la Colombe
Litigation and dispute resolution Laure Hüe de la Colombe
Restructuring Kristell Cattani
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