Firm Profile > Taylor Wessing > Paris, France
Taylor Wessing Offices
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Taylor Wessing > The Legal 500 Rankings
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.
Reworld Media Magazines
Banijay / Zodiak Media
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:
Star Invest Group
Vine Alternative Investment
Trinity Media Financing International Limited
Chi Fou Mi
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.
Valérie Aumage; Marc Schuler
‘Unquestionable and continuously renewed expertise, with the ability to analyse quickly and suggest appropriate responses.’
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.
Richard FERRAND (President of the French National Assembly)
Mathieu Valbuena, French professional football player
Banque des Etats d’Afrique Centrale
SAINT GOBAIN GLASS SOLUTION
Me Maurice Lantourne, (lawyer of Bernard Tapie)
Mandarin Production- Mars Films – François OZON / PREYNAT
France > 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.
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.
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.
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.
Vauban Infrastructure Partners
Département du Nord
NGE and Altitude Infrastructure
Voies naviguables de France
Aéroports de Côte d’Azur
Région Provence Alpes Côte d’Azur
France > 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.
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.
AWS (AMAZON WEB SERVICES) HEALTHCARE
CUTERA INC CUTERA FRANCE
W.L. GORE & ASSOCIATES
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.
France > Project finance Tier 3
Eric Charvillat; Sophie Pignon
‘The team focused exactly on the key points for us. The same goes for negotiation, with a commercial approach corresponding 100% to our expectations. The partner has always been 100% available to us. Very pleasant personalities.’
‘We worked with Sophie Pignon who has a sincere approach to situations. She has great finesse in analysing situations and her client’s expectations. She also has a very good network. Working with her is extremely pleasant.’
Vauban Infrastructure Partners
Département du Nord
NGE and Altitude Infrastructure
Voies naviguables de France
Aéroports de Côte d’Azur
Région Provence Alpes Côte d’Azur
France > Employment Tier 4Taylor Wessing
France > Real estate Tier 4
RFR Holding GmbH
Global Hotel Group
GEW Ferien Gmbh
SCI Forty George V
Continuum Capital Partners GmbH
New Guards Group
Groupe Réaumur France
Evelyne Friedel; Grégoire Toulouse
WL Gore & Associates
Taylor Wessing > Firm Profile
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.
|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|
|Litigation and dispute resolution||Pierre-Olivier Leblanc|
|Administrative and public law||Sophie Pignon|
|Administrative and public law||Eric Charvillat|
|Banking & Finance||Eric Charvillat|
|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|
Staff FiguresNumber of lawyers at this office : 70
LanguagesEnglish French German Spanish
MembershipsThe Interlex Group United Law Offices World Law Group
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Press Releases30th November 2021 The Warsaw team of the international law firm Taylor Wessing provided comprehensive legal advice to MLP Group S.A., one of the leading developers of logistics and production space, in connection with the public offering of bonds for EUR 20 million and their introduction to trading on the alternative market Catalyst.
Germany: Franchise & Licensing
Published: September 2021
Authors: Dr. Benedikt Rohrßen Dr. Martin Rothermel Giorgia Carandente LL.M. (Eur) Dr. Ulrich Spiegel
This country-specific Q&A provides an overview to Franchise & Licensing laws and regulations that may occur in Germany.
United Kingdom: Private Client
Published: January 2022
Authors: Nick Warr Kunal Vyas Becky Bailes Benjamin Lister Gabriela Hristova
This country-specific Q&A provides an overview to Private Client laws and regulations that may occur in United Kingdom.
- Data privacy and data protection
- Dispute resolution: White-collar crime
- Intellectual property: Trade marks and designs
- Media and entertainment: Television/radio
- Administrative and public law
- Industry focus: Healthcare and life sciences
- Industry focus: IT and internet
- Private equity: venture/growth capital
- Project finance