Firm Profile > Bird & Bird > Paris, France
Bird & Bird Offices
Bird & Bird AARPI
2 rue de la Chaussée d’Antin
Bird & Bird > The Legal 500 Rankings
Bird & Bird impresses with its strong international data protection practice. Global compliance matters account for a significant part of the workload, with matters including cross-border data transfers, binding corporate rules and cloud computing. In combination with the group's strength in highly regulated sectors, including financial services, insurance and healthcare, the firm's wide geographical range ensures it is a popular choice in the data protection market. Other areas of strength are big data and open data matters as well as data risk work for insurance companies in the context of insurance coverage issues and corresponding claims. Ariane Mole and Merav Griguer are the practice heads.
‘Bird & Bird is a unique firm because of its advice and analyses that fit well in a corporate environment and go straight to the point. The advisers also bring their ability to foresee potential problems to the table. The strengths and key skills of the team are the ability to listen, the quick understanding, the tangible results that are always delivered on time and advice that goes beyond what the client has asked.‘
Carlson Wagonlit Travel
City of Nice
Bird & Bird fields a comprehensive practice that is entrusted by leading French technology user companies from various sectors, but also by French and international technology providers. The practice notably advises on major digital transformation projects, including cloud computing solutions, outsourcing services, and the conclusion of technological partnerships regarding artificial intelligence. Data protection, internet and litigation matters are also dealt with. Stéphane Leriche and Merav Griguer co-head the practice. Marion Barbier focuses on dispute resolution work, while Cathie-Rosalie Joy is an expert in the fintech sector where she advises major players.
BNP Paribas Securities Services
RTE (French national electricity transport network)
Caisse des Dépôts et Consignations
Unibeton/ Ciments Calcia
City of Nice
NGO EU Dinsinfo Lab
Bird & Bird has a strong focus on technically complex sectors including life sciences, healthcare, media and entertainment. Yves Bizollon secured a positive decision for Kidiliz Group in a copyright and trade mark infringement action as the claim against the main defendant was dismissed. Anne-Charlotte Le-Bihan is currently representing new client Take-Two Interactive Software, owner of publishing label Rockstar Games, as part of a worldwide copyright enforcement campaign that the client is running against infringing software developers. Géraldine Arbant, who is based in Lyon, represented Vitra, a Swiss manufacturer of furniture, in copyright infringement claims which raised issues of private international law.
Bird & Bird frequently handles contentious matters for clients from a wide spectrum of sectors, in particular life sciences and healthcare (Amgen and Accord Healthcare), and technology and telecoms (Broadcom). Yves Bizollon leads a team which is defending Nespresso in a cross-border patent infringement case, which would affect all types of machines produced in the last ten years; the action has been brought by the company set up by its former CEO. Anne-Charlotte Le Bihan is representing longstanding client Honeywell in an infringement action initiated by a French company based on a European patent. Other key names to note are Lyon-based Géraldine Arbant and counsel Laurent Labatte.
The team at Bird & Bird provides 'business-oriented expert legal advice' and a 'tailor-made solution every single time'. It handles a variety of contentious and non-contentious matters for clients from a wide range of sectors, including retail, electrical appliances and manufacturing. Yves Bizollon, who is 'an excellent attorney, but most of all a brilliant business partner' secured a positive first instance ruling for Palladium in a registered design infringement claim brought before the Lyon high court by competitor SIB. Géraldine Arbant assists clothing company Petit Bateau with various matters, including conduction of availability searches on new collection trade marks and new clothes designs. Also recommended are Anne-Charlotte Le Bihan and associate Estelle Henry-Mayer.
‘Business-oriented expert legal advice.‘
‘I am very impressed by Yves Bizollon, who is an excellent attorney, but most of all a brilliant business partner. Whenever my company’s intellectual property rights are at risk, I can have very open and honest discussions with Yves, which are extremely helpful to determine what’s the most adequate course of action for each of those cases. We have a tailor-made solution every single time -which has proven to be an infallible strategy. I’m also very appreciative of Yves’ team, and in particular of the work of Benoit Lafourcade: very diligent, and detailed oriented.‘
Groupe Candy Hoover
SEB – Groupe SEB France
Piasten / Lutti
Bjorg Bonneterre et Compagnie
Groupe Go Sport
The regions Tier 1
UK law firm Bird & Bird stands out as one of the few international players with a significant office outside Paris. The firm's Lyon office is home to some 50 lawyers and professionals. It provides a full range of strong expertise, including proficiency in M&A and private equity, and a high level of intellectual property know-how. The well-known David Malcoiffe and Yves Bizollon are the heads of the Lyon office.
Bird & Bird has very solid pharmaceutical and medical device patent expertise. The firm was active in several key disputes, including a major biosimilar patent case and successfully acted for Actavis in first instance proceedings which led to the revocation of a diabetes treatment patent owned by Laboratoires Servier. Yves Bizollon and Anne-Charlotte Le Bihan are the key contacts. Corporate partner Emmanuelle Porte is another key member because of her strong expertise in assisting biotech and medtech companies as well as venture capital funds with private venture and M&A transactions.
Actavis Groupe PTC EHF
Millendo Therapeutics Inc
GrAI Matter Labs
Nestlé Life Science
Industry focus: Luxury goods Tier 2
Bird & Bird's Laurence Clot advises several prestigious French and European luxury brands on tax issues. Anne-Charlotte Le Bihan is adviser to a leading luxury watch company regarding its worldwide trade mark strategy. Géraldine Arbant also advises on IP matters. Ariane Mole assists renowned industry brands on data privacy issues.
Insolvency Tier 2
Bird & Bird strengthened its practice through hiring Romain de Ménonville as partner in 2019, who was previously counsel at Hogan Lovells (Paris) LLP and whose expertise in assisting banks is highly valued. With the joined forces of de Ménonville and Nicolas Morelli as co-heads of the practice and the key support from counsel Céline Nézet, the firm now offers a strong bench that focuses on advising banks, debt funds and other creditors. The group also assists companies whose key suppliers are facing difficulties and insolvency procedures, notably in the automotive sector. A clear stand-out feature is the team's rare expertise in advising trustees (fiduciaires) and liability and other related litigation. The practice acts on several landmark debt restructuring and insolvency cases, notably pertaining to several listed companies, on behalf of banks or bondholders.
Other key lawyers:
‘A dynamic and responsive team showing high professionalism and which greatly cares for its clients’ interests. The team understands banks’ expectations well.’
‘The team understands practical aspects. It is highly responsive and shows great listening skills.’
‘Romain de Ménonville understands legal and financial matters at stake very well thanks to his deep knowledge of the banking sector. He has great technique and shows all-time dedication. He anticipates future problems and guides clients with high efficiency.’
‘Nicolas Morelli has great expertise and demonstrates great availability.’
SCI Les Salins
The team at Bird & Bird assists a large number of noteworthy clients with the management of their international trade mark portfolios, including Monster and Groupe Go Sport. Other non-contentious matters handled include assisting with filing and renewing trade marks, launching availability searches, and registering trade marks. Of note at the practice are joint heads Anne-Charlotte Le Bihan, who leads from Paris, and Yves Bizollon and Géraldine Arbant, who divide their time between Paris and Lyon.
Bird & Bird specialises in the tech and life sciences sectors and has longstanding experience in advising growth companies, venture capital funds and corporate venture capital funds. Lyon-based David Malcoiffe and the Paris-based Emmanuelle Porte focus on venture capital transactions, while Bertrand Lévy, also in Paris, brings his expertise in LBO transactions to the table. Between them, the three practice heads handle a predominantly domestic caseload, but are also able to assist with cross-border matters, especially as part of the firm's international office network.
‘We have appreciated the intellectual excellence: To know how to use the law, the best practices of the investment world and to know how to use them to build a custom-made transaction for our interests. We have also appreciated their rigour in executing the deal, the attention paid to the coherence of the transaction, to the details, the great availability.‘
Industry focus: Energy Tier 3
Employment Tier 4
Other key lawyers:
‘The team is responsive, clear, available, listens to its clients and is efficient’.
Teva Europe / Téva santé
Crédit Immobilier de France
Mergers and acquisitions Tier 5
Infravia Capital Partners
Swiss Holding Company
OMV Turbochargeur System
EnPro Industries (Garlock Sealing Technologies)
Bird & Bird > Firm Profile
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.
|Banking and finance||Jean-Jacques Essombè|
|Banking and finance||Eric Charvillat|
|Data protection||Ariane Mole|
|Data protection||Merav Griguer|
|Dispute resolution||Marion Barbier|
|Dispute resolution||Anne-Florence Raducault|
|Intellectual property||Yves Bizollon|
|Intellectual property||Géraldine Arbant|
|Intellectual property||Anne-Charlotte Le Bihan|
|Information technology||Stéphane Leriche|
|Information technology||Frédérique Dupuis-Toubol|
|Life sciences||Yves Bizollon|
|Life sciences||Anne-Charlotte Le Bihan|
|Life sciences||Emmanuelle Porte|
|Public sector||Sophie Pignon|
|Real estate||Maroun Abinader|
|Mr Maroun Abinader||Maroun specialises in advising on both private and public real estate law…||View Profile|
|Ms Geraldine Arbant||Geraldine’s practice encompasses the full spectrum of transactional and advisory IP work,…||View Profile|
|Mme Marion Barbier||Marion has acted in many areas of litigation including matters involving information…||View Profile|
|Mr Yves Bizollon||Yves is renowned for his extensive experience in patent litigation. Yves is…||View Profile|
|Mme Laurence Clot||Laurence specialises in providing truly international tax advice to clients, particularly in…||View Profile|
|Romain De Ménonville||View Profile|
|Ms Nathalie Devernay||Nathalie is an experienced employment lawyer with a clear international and client…||View Profile|
|Mr Jalal El Ahdab||Jil’s practice covers international business law, notably related to the Arab world…||View Profile|
|Mr Jean-Jacques Essombe||He is in charge of developing our presence in Africa internationally and…||View Profile|
|Mme Benjamine Fiedler||Benjamine is a reputed employment specialist with particular focus on M&A transactions,…||View Profile|
|Ms MERAV GRIGUER||Merav has developed a well-respected data privacy practice.She has more than ten…||View Profile|
|Mme Anne-Cécile Hansson||Anne-Cécile has built a unique practice advising French, Swedish and Nordic clients…||View Profile|
|Ms Cathie-Rosalie Joly||Cathie-Rosalie provides both legal advice and acts in regulatory litigation. She has…||View Profile|
|Mme Anne-Charlotte Le-Bihan||Anne-Charlotte has significant experience in both contentious and non-contentious intellectual property matters, developed…||View Profile|
|Mr Stéphane Leriche||Stéphane provides cutting edge, business-oriented advice on all aspects of technology transactions…||View Profile|
|Mr Bertrand Levy||Bertrand is specialized in M&A transactions and more particularly in LBO transactions.…||View Profile|
|Mr Gildas Louvel||With vast experience in a wide range of transactions, Gildas specialises in…||View Profile|
|Mr NICOLAS MORELLI||Nicolas advises on all stages of financial and industrial restructurings, from consensual…||View Profile|
|Boris Martor||View Profile|
|Mme Ariane Mole||Ariane is renowned for her in-depth knowledge of data protection matters and…||View Profile|
|Mr THOMAS OSTER||Thomas specialises in competition law, having significant experience in helping clients to…||View Profile|
|Ms Emmanuelle Porte||Emmanuelle advises companies and venture capital funds on fund-raising processes, M&A transactions,…||View Profile|
|Ms ANNE-FLORENCE RADUCAULT||Anne-Florence has a particular interest in the civil and criminal risks in…||View Profile|
|Mr Jean-Claude Vecchiatto||View Profile|
|Mr Alexandre Vuchot||Alexandre’s breadth of experience enables him to provide his clients with strategic…||View Profile|
|SIBYLLE WEILER||View Profile|
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Australia: Pharmaceutical Advertising
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This country-specific Q&A provides an overview to Pharmaceutical Advertising laws and regulations that may occur in Australia.
Germany: Pharmaceutical Advertising
Published: November 2019
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This country-specific Q&A provides an overview to Pharmaceutical Advertising laws and regulations that may occur in Germany.
United Kingdom: Pharmaceutical Advertising
Published: November 2019
Authors: Sally Shorthose
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Top Tier Firm Rankings
- Data privacy and data protection
- Industry focus: IT and internet
- Intellectual property: Copyright
- Intellectual property: Patents
- Intellectual property: Trade marks and designs
- The regions
- Industry focus: Healthcare and life sciences
- Industry focus: Luxury goods
- Intellectual property: Patent and trade mark attorneys
- Private equity: venture/growth capital
- Dispute resolution: White-collar crime
- Industry focus: Energy
- Dispute resolution: Commercial litigation
- Dispute resolution: International arbitration
- Mergers and acquisitions