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Bird & Bird
Bird & Bird AARPI
2 rue de la Chaussée d’Antin
75009 Paris

Industry focus: IT, telecoms and the internet Tier 1

Bird & Bird regularly assists its enviable client base with litigation, major outsourcing deals, cloud-computing matters and new technology issues such as the Internet of Things, and data protection. MACSF instructed a team led by Ariane Mole to advise on its data privacy compliance, and Stéphane Leriche teamed up with Merav Griguer to oversee CDC's migration of its messaging and collaborative tools to a cloud system. Litigation specialist Marion Barbier defended a client in a software counterfeit, unfair competition and outstanding debt action. Also notable are fintech and regulatory expert Cathie-Rosalie Joy, commercial partner Alexandre Vuchot and the Lyon-based Géraldine Arbant, who specialises in intellectual property.

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Industry focus: Luxury goods Tier 1

The luxury offering at Bird & Bird operates as part of its global retail and consumer group, which covers the full gamut of corporate, commercial, intellectual property, regulatory and regulatory issues. The intellectual property department is headed by span class="legalease-display-reference" data-type="contact" data-id="130007" data-parent-type="account" data-parent-id="12385" data-disabled-flag="FALSE">Anne-Charlotte Le-Bihan while Alexandre Vuchot heads the competition and distribution sub-group. Data protection and IT law expert Ariane Mole recently advised a well-known drinks brand on its GDPR compliance project, which included updating its contracts with service providers, suppliers and vendors; Stéphane Leriche teamed up with Mole to assist a French fashion company with the implementation of its digital strategy as a first step towards creating an online commercial presence. Le Bihan and Géraldine Arbant acted on numerous design and intellectual property protection mandates, and Laurence Clot advised on tax and distribution issues.

Intellectual property: copyright Tier 1

Bird & Bird's Lyon-based Géraldine Arbant is currently acting for Swiss designer furniture manufacturer Vitra in several copyright infringement proceedings against a host of parties, and in Paris Yves Bizollon successfully defended an international home appliance manufacturer in an infringement claim filed by a designer previously employed by the defendant. Also notable is Anne-Charlotte Le-Bihan, who is currently representing a leading global hospitality client in contractual and copyright infringement disputes across multiple jurisdictions.

Intellectual property: Patents Tier 1

Bird & Bird handles local and European patent matters for a broad range of enviable client names. Yves Bizollon recently represented Actelion in a patent revocation action against Icos - an affiliate of Eli Lilly - and Anne-Charlotte Le-Bihan continues to lead the advice to Technicolor regarding a series of infringement claims filed against Samsung pertaining to technologies such as video coding. The team also acted on a number of sensitive proceedings in the healthcare and consumer goods sectors. Géraldine Arbant is the main name to note in Lyon and counsel Laurent Labatte is also a key contact within the Paris branch.

Intellectual property: Trade marks and designs Tier 1

Known to clients as 'the perfect balance between theory and practice', the intellectual property team at Bird & Bird distinguishes itself through its 'pragmatic approach' and ability to 'emphasise the pros to reduce the impact of the cons'. Anne-Charlotte Le-Bihan continues to assist CrossFit with a host of actions for the enforcement of its trade marks, while Lyon-based Géraldine Arbant is representing Groupe SEB before the EU Intellectual Property Office in its opposition to the EU trade mark application for the 'foodle' logo by an Armenian company. Yves Bizollon is also a key name alongside associate and trade mark attorney Estelle Henry-Mayer, who is based in the Lyon office and specialises in the intellectual property aspects of marketing campaigns. Other noteworthy clients include Electrolux, Sodebo, Petit Bateau and GO Sport.

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The regions Tier 1

UK firm Bird & Bird has its main French office in Paris and a secondary office in Lyon, which has developed very well and now houses some 40 lawyers and professionals. The Lyon office, which has a broad range of business law expertise, is jointly headed by David Malcoiffe, whose private equity expertise is well recognised, and Yves Bizollon, who ranks among France's leading patent litigation experts.

Industry focus: Healthcare and life sciences Tier 2

Bird & Bird's team consists of 11 partners and covers the intellectual property, corporate, data protection, commercial, employment and tax aspects of the healthcare and life sciences sector. Recent intellectual property highlights include Yves Bizollon's advice to Actavis regarding a patent revocation claim against Servier, andspan class="legalease-display-reference" data-type="contact" data-id="130007" data-parent-type="account" data-parent-id="12385" data-disabled-flag="FALSE">Anne-Charlotte Le-Bihan's work for a medical device manufacturer in the context of two multi-jurisdictional patent infringement actions. Clients such as Enterome instructed experts such as Emmanuelle Porte and Anne-Cécile Hansson to act on significant corporate and financing mandates, while Ariane Mole has been advising a leading global pharmaceutical company on a host of regulatory issues including market access and GDPR compliance. The tax front is covered by Laurence Clot and Alexandre Vuchot is the main name in the commercial sub-group.

Private equity: venture/growth capital Tier 2

Bird & Bird is especially active in the life sciences and technology sectors. Recent highlights include advising Enterome on the creation of a joint venture with Nestlé Health Science for the development of an inflammatory bowel disease test, assisting Tilak Healthcare with its €250,000 Series A fundraising with Ibionext Growth Fund and acting for the Caisse des dépôts et consignations on its minority investment in Baluze, a French start-up that aims to produce and distribute photographs resulting from collaborations between photographers and art institutions. Les Villas de Porto Vecchio, Enyo Pharma and Pixium Vision are also clients. Emmanuelle Porte in Paris and David Malcoiffe in Lyon head the practice. Bertrand Lévy joined from DLA Piper.

Employment Tier 3

Bird & Bird provides ‘advice adapted to client needs’. The ‘approachable and available’ 14-lawyer team, which operates from the firm's offices in Paris and Lyon, advises French and international companies including several major pharmaceutical laboratories and TMT groups. The practice assists with collective matters including site closure, mass redundancies, negotiation of working time agreements and the harmonisation of terms and conditions. It notably assisted Semperit with the closure of its French operations and related downsizing programmes. The team also handled the employment aspects of M&A transactions including advising Teva Europe and Teva Santé on the sale of its women's health division. Other work includes conducting internal investigations and advising on whistleblowing and data protection issues. The team is led by Benjamine Fiedler and Nathalie DevernayAlexandra Stocki  joined Proskauer Rose LLP.

EU, competition and distribution Tier 4

Thomas Oster and associate Florence Leroux are the main names to note in Bird & Bird's antitrust practice in Paris. The pair recently handled a number of disputes for clients such as Conserves France, which is facing the FCA in proceedings arising from an alleged cartel in the processed fruit market while also challenging the validity of the dawn raids carried out on its premises. Other work highlights pertain to regulatory compliance reviews and commercial audits. Consultant Claude Lazarus shares his time between London and Paris and is also a name to note.

Insolvency Tier 4

Bird & Bird has particular expertise advising on fiducie schemes and acting for corporate trustees in the context of restructuring and safeguard proceedings in France. The practice notably assisted Equitis acting as corporate trustee (fiduciaire) and Rive Defense with the sale of the underlying property asset during Rive Défense's safeguard proceedings. The practice is also handling a high amount of insolvency litigation. Practice head Nicolas Morelli and counsel Céline Nézet are the key names. Romain de Ménonville was a new arrival from Hogan Lovells (Paris) LLP in October 2019.

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The firm: Bird & Bird is an international law firm, with a long-established reputation for having a rare and invaluable grasp of strategic commercial issues. The firm combines exceptional legal expertise with deep industry knowledge and refreshingly creative thinking, to help clients operating at the forefront of their industries to achieve their commercial goals.

Bird & Bird has over 1,200 lawyers and legal practitioners with broad advisory transactional and contentious capability, with a particular focus on key industry sectors. The firm has an extensive international reach with 28 offices in 19 countries across Europe, Asia-Pacific and the Middle East, offering a seamless, cross-border service between locations and sector and practice groups

Bird & Bird France has offices in Paris and Lyon. It has a leading position in: communications, information technology, digital transformation, privacy and data protection, media, aviation, intellectual property (trade marks, domain names, copyrights and patents) and life sciences.

Along with its sector-based approach, the firm provides a full range of legal services including: corporate, tax, commercial, dispute resolution, restructuring and insolvency, employment, competition and EU, public procurement, real estate and regulatory.

The French offices, headed by Benjamine Fiedler and Alexandre Vuchot, comprise over 90 lawyers, including 25 partners.

Areas of practice: Underpinned by deep client and industry knowledge, the firm’s key sectors include:

Automotive: advising on all stages of a life cycle of a motor vehicle, from initial design, to sales and distribution, through to disposals.

Aviation, aerospace, defence and security: advising on asset management and financing, civil aviation matters, including airlines, regulatory and competition issues, and aerospace and defence, including PPP/PFI and product liability.

Electronics: advising clients operating in or serving the electronics industry, from R&D and component manufacturing, to technology licensing agreements.

Energy and utilities: advising large multinationals, investors, project companies and large energy consumers on electricity generation, energy trading, renewable energy, cleantech and climate change, and upstream oil and gas.

Financial services: advising global clients in the financial services sector, such as global retail and investment banks, investors and hedge funds, on transactions, regulatory issues, commercial contracts and dispute resolution.

Food and beverage: advising on a full range of areas, including branding, labelling, health claims, fair trade and patents on novel foods.

Life sciences and healthcare: advising clients in biotechnology, bioinformatics and pharmaceutical companies on licensing and drug development agreements, R&D collaboration, IP acquisitions and joint ventures.

Media and entertainment: advising clients from across the media spectrum on a wide range of issues, including exploitation across all forms of digital media and emerging areas, such as user-generated content exploitation.

Sports: advising clients such as national and international sports governing bodies, event organisers and sponsors on issues including exploitation of commercial rights, brand management, regulatory and disciplinary issues.

Technology and communications: advising on matters ranging from smaller innovative projects to some of the largest, most complex and ground-breaking transactions and disputes of recent years. Its team includes lawyers with a particular focus on communications, devices and components, digital tech and eCommerce, and software and services as well as a number of more specialist industries including data centres, postal and satellites.

Department Name Email Telephone
Aviation Jean-Claude Vecchiatto
Banking and finance Jean-Jacques Essombè
Banking and finance Eric Charvillat
Commercial Alexandre Vuchot
Commercial Stéphane Leriche
Competition Thomas Oster
Corporate Gildas Louvel
Corporate David Malcoiffe
Corporate Emmanuelle Porte
Corporate Anne-Cécile Hansson
Corporate Bertrand Lévy
Data protection Ariane Mole
Data protection Merav Griguer
Dispute resolution Marion Barbier
Dispute resolution Anne-Florence Raducault
Employment Benjamine Fiedler
Employment Alexandra Stocki
Employment Nathalie Devernay
Intellectual property Yves Bizollon
Intellectual property Géraldine Arbant
Intellectual property Anne-Charlotte Le Bihan
Restructuring Nicolas Morelli
Information technology Stéphane Leriche
Information technology Frédérique Dupuis-Toubol
Life sciences Yves Bizollon
Life sciences Anne-Charlotte Le Bihan
Life sciences Emmanuelle Porte
Media Alexandre Vuchot
Media Merav Griguer
Public sector Sophie Pignon
Real estate Maroun Abinader
Tax Laurence Clot
Telecommunications Frédérique Dupuis-Toubol
Telecommunications Stéphane Leriche
Fintech Cathie-Rosalie Joly
Photo Name Position Profile
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Mme Marion Barbier  photo Mme Marion Barbier
Mr Yves Bizollon  photo Mr Yves Bizollon
Mme Laurence Clot  photo Mme Laurence Clot
 Ms Nathalie Devernay  photo Ms Nathalie Devernay
 Mr Jalal El Ahdab  photo Mr Jalal El Ahdab
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Mme Benjamine Fiedler  photo Mme Benjamine Fiedler
Mme Anne-Cécile Hansson  photo Mme Anne-Cécile Hansson
 Ms Cathie-Rosalie Joly  photo Ms Cathie-Rosalie Joly
Mme Anne-Charlotte Le-Bihan  photo Mme Anne-Charlotte Le-Bihan
Mr Stéphane Leriche  photo Mr Stéphane Leriche
 Mr Bertrand Levy  photo Mr Bertrand Levy
Mr Gildas Louvel  photo Mr Gildas Louvel
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Mme Ariane Mole  photo Mme Ariane Mole
Mme Sophie Pignon  photo Mme Sophie Pignon
 Ms Emmanuelle Porte  photo Ms Emmanuelle Porte
Mme Alexandra Stocki  photo Mme Alexandra Stocki
 Mr Jean-Claude Vecchiatto  photo Mr Jean-Claude Vecchiatto
Mr Alexandre Vuchot  photo Mr Alexandre Vuchot
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in this country : 105
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