Firm Profile > Bird & Bird > Paris, France

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

France > Data privacy and data protection Tier 1

Bird & Bird has established itself as a 'go-to' team for advice regarding data privacy compliance, international data transfers, AI, and cybersecurity matters. The team has also assisted French and international clients with GDPR compliance, cloud computing, and binding corporate rules involving data. Ariane Mole and Merav Griguer lead on all data privacy and security matters, including security breach management, digital marketing, and general cybersecurity. Associate Dan Scemama provides additional support.

Practice head(s):

Ariane Mole; Merav Griguer

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Key clients

Carlson WagonLit Travel (CWT)

Orange SA

Fnac Darty

Equinix Group



Municipality of Nice


BNP Paribas


Alcatel Lucent

France > Industry focus: IT and internet  Tier 1

Housing one of the market's leading IT practices, Bird & Bird's multi-disciplinary approach makes it a popular choice for French tech user companies and international providers who benefit from the team's comprehensive offering. Present on major digital transformation projects, the department is well versed in providing advice in relation to outsourcing services, systems integration, cloud computing solutions and artificial intelligence. The practice also fields a burgeoning e-commerce group covering content creation, financing, production, licensing and distribution. Merav Griguer, whose primary focus is on personal data protection, jointly leads the team alongside transaction and digital innovation specialist Stéphane Leriche. Marion Barbier and Cathie-Rosalie Joly are further names to note.

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Orange SA

Fnac Darty

EM Lyon

BNP Parisbas Security Services

NGO EU Dinsinfo Lab

Kapsch TrafficCom AG


France > Intellectual property: Copyright Tier 1

Bird & Bird's copyright practice is an integral part of the firm's wider IP offering, both in France and the firm's many other jurisdictions, including its presence in other European countries. As in the group's other areas of expertise, the copyright practice revolves around the firm's sectors of choice, namely the technology and communications, healthcare and life sciences, media and entertainment, and sports sectors. With its dedicated brand management team, where practice head Géraldine Arbant is the key contact, and litigation experience primarily provided by practice co-heads Yves Bizollon (leader of the French IP team), and Anne-Charlotte Le Bihan (both of whom also have extensive experience in patent litigation), the practice is a well-rounded proposition. Lyon-based senior counsel Frédérique Bocqueraz, who specialises in copyright litigation, is also noted.

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Take-two interactive software / Rockstar Games

Kidiliz Group

France > Intellectual property: Patents Tier 1

Bird & Bird is an excellent address for clients seeking experts in complex patent matters, both for contentious and non-contentious work. With the office's specialisms in the life sciences and healthcare, technology, communications and media, and entertainment and sports sectors, the practice is aligned with the firm's wider international platform and able to draw on its longstanding track record of coordinating high-stakes cross-border disputes. Less visible in the market, but no less powerful is the group's advisory practice which includes licensing agreements as a core line of work. Practice heads Yves Bizollon and Anne-Charlotte Le Bihan direct the team, one of the largest in the Paris market, which includes counsel Laurent Labatte, a dual-qualified patent attorney and lawyer.

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‘Anne-Charlotte Le Bihan is an excellent lawyer in the field of patent litigation, but also in all that is ‘regulatory’. Géraldine Arbant is very talented in the transactional field.’

Key clients



Life scientific

Accord Healthcare


Alstom Transport

Edwards Lifesciences





France > Intellectual property: Trade marks and designs Tier 1

The practice at Bird & Bird focuses primarily on matters in the technology, telecommunication, life sciences, healthcare, media, and entertainment and sports industries, a mimicking of the wider firm's core sectors that allows the Paris practice to ensure its French clients receive in-depth sector knowledge both in France and abroad. Able to assist with advisory and contentious matters, the IP team of practice heads Yves Bizollon, Anne-Charlotte Le-Bihan and Géraldine Arbant (the key contact for brand management and litigation), regularly attracts the market's most challenging disputes and strategic trade mark and design development instructions.

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Groupe Candy Hoover

SEB-Groupe / SEB France



Cosmos World


SP Holding

Under Armour

Kidiliz Group



Aéroport de la côte d’Azur

France > The regions Tier 1

Bird & Bird is one of the few international business law firms to have a French office outside of Paris. In addition to its Parisian main implementation, the firm’s Lyon office gathers a substantial bench of professional, including several partners. The firm is able to provide the full range of business law expertise, including high-level IP expertise. It acts for various French and international corporations as well as local SMEs. David Malcoiffe manages the Lyon office.

Practice head(s):

David Malcoiffe

Key clients

Seb Alliance


Resolution Spectra System



Alstom Transport

Life Sicentific


Aeroport de Lyon

France > Industry focus: Healthcare and life sciences Tier 2

Best known for its expertise in patent law, Bird & Bird has also carved out a niche in advising clients in the life sciences sector on their digital transformation and the regulatory frameworks surrounding the use of digital technologies. Ariane Mole and Merav Griguer are both highly regarded in this field. More conventionally, the practice brings together specialists in corporate, regulatory and data protection work to provide a full-service offering to large biotech and healthcare companies. IP expert Yves Bizollon is a go-to name for patent litigation, while department head Emmanuelle Porte is the key contact for corporate work.

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Actavis Group PTC EHF

Amgen SAS

Life Scientific


Edwards Lifesciences

Accord Healthcare

Asklepios Biopharmaceuticals, Inc.

Domain Therapeutics

Groupe Sinoué

Norgine Venture


Dr Reddy

Climb Up


Pixium Vision







SATT d’aquitaine (société de valorisation recherche publique)


France > Private equity: venture/growth capital Tier 2

Bird & Bird has ramped-up its activity for start-ups and growth companies, while maintaining a busy caseload acting for venture capital funds and CVCs. With a clear focus on the technology and life-science sectors, the Paris team -which frequently works in conjunction with the firm's international venture capital group- is a particularly good choice for multi-jurisdictional matters in these two key sectors. Ties with their colleagues in Germany and the Nordics are also particularly close. Another asset is the Paris team's cross-practice strength, with the restructuring and finance teams as important complementary service offerings. Emmanuelle Porte is the co-head of the French corporate team alongside Gildas Louvel, as well as the French life sciences team practice head and the co-lead of the venture capital team, alongside David Malcoiffe in Lyon. Technology expert Bertrand Lévy is the key contact for the LBO practice.

Key clients

Isatis Capital

Caisse des Dépôts et Consignations

Bpifrance (SPI Investment fund)

Bpifrance (Large Venture)



Pixium Vision


Ermium Therapeutics



France > Industry focus: Energy Tier 3

Practice head(s):

Sibylle Weiler; Boris Martor


‘The Bird & Bird team has strong expertise in subjects related to the energy sector, particularly in Africa.’

‘Boris Martor is an excellent partner.’

Key clients

Norddeutsche Landesbank

Volkswind GmbH

BayWa r.e. France SAS

Envitec AG


Hamburg Commercial Bank

STOA Infra & Energy


Agence Française de Développement & Caisse Régionale de Crédit Agricole de la Réunio

RTE Eirgrid CELTIC interconnector

Eiffage Energies Système

State of Guinée

Republic of Togo, Republic of Benin, Republic Of Burkina Faso, Republic of Mali, Republic of Niger, Republic of Gabon


France > Insolvency Tier 3

Bird & Bird has a strong involvement alongside banks whom the practice often assists with insolvency and restructuring cases, such as acting for a pool of eight banks on Mecachrome’s debt restructuring. The team also provides regular assistance to major industrial companies, notably in the automotive and aeronautics sectors, when their key suppliers are facing difficulties. Finally, the practice also handles related insolvency proceedings and creditor and shareholder liability disputes. Romain de Ménonville and Nicolas Morelli co-head the practice. Counsel Céline Nézet is a key contributor.

Practice head(s):

Nicolas Morelli; Romain de Ménonville

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A professional team, calm and seeking the best solutions.’

Key clients

Bred Banque Populaire

BNP Paribas

Natixis and the BPCE group

Société Générale

Group Crédit Agricole

SCI Les Salins

UPS France


Barclays PLC

Arkéa Entreprises et Institutionnels

Caisse d’Epargne



France > Dispute resolution: Commercial litigation Tier 4

Bird & Bird

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Dayco Europe


Royal Sun Alliance

Bjorg Bonneterre et Compagnie

Aéroports de Lyon

France > Mergers and acquisitions Tier 5

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Infravia Capital Partners



Fosun Tourism Group


Groupe Sinoué


Asklepios BioPharmaceutical

Domain Therapeutics


EnPro Industries Inc.



Caisse des dépôts et consignations

Belgium > Fintech

At Bird & Bird, the fintech team is 'incredibly knowledgeable and very well-connected', building on an established market reputation in both the payments and technology sectors. Department co-head Scott McInnes is 'excellent', leading alongside both Paul Hermant and Paris-based Cathie-Rosalie Joy (who is admitted to the Brussels bar), whose particular experience extends to virtual currencies, crowdfunding and insurtech. Current matters include advising easyJet on PSD2 provisions and assisting with various digital payment regulation issues across Europe; other clients range from domestic banking groups to international corporates.

Practice head(s):

Scott McInnes; Paul Hermant; Cathie-Rosalie Joly


The Bird & Bird team are incredibly knowledgeable, very well-connected and their legal advice is always practical and commercial.

Scott McInnes is excellent. The team are very responsive, their advice is direct and to-the-point, and they are incredibly knowledgeable about the payments industry.

Key clients






Let’s Didid


Danske Bank



Just Eat


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
Mr Maroun Abinader  photo Mr Maroun Abinader Maroun specialises in advising on both private and public real estate law…
 Ms Geraldine Arbant  photo Ms Geraldine Arbant Geraldine’s practice encompasses the full spectrum of transactional and advisory IP work,…
Mme Marion Barbier  photo Mme Marion Barbier Marion has acted in many areas of litigation including matters involving information…
Mr Yves Bizollon  photo Mr Yves Bizollon Yves is renowned for his extensive experience in patent litigation. Yves is…
Mme Laurence Clot  photo Mme Laurence Clot Laurence specialises in providing truly international tax advice to clients, particularly in…
 Ms Nathalie Devernay  photo Ms Nathalie Devernay Nathalie is an experienced employment lawyer with a clear international and client…
 Mr Jalal El Ahdab  photo Mr Jalal El Ahdab Jil’s practice covers international business law, notably related to the Arab world…
 Mr Jean-Jacques Essombe  photo Mr Jean-Jacques Essombe He is in charge of developing our presence in Africa internationally and…
Mme Benjamine Fiedler  photo Mme Benjamine Fiedler Benjamine is a reputed employment specialist with particular focus on M&A transactions,…
 Ms MERAV GRIGUER  photo Ms MERAV GRIGUER Merav has developed a well-respected data privacy practice.She has more than ten…
 Anne-Cécile Hansson  photo Anne-Cécile Hansson Anne-Cécile has built a unique practice advising French, Swedish and Nordic clients…
 Ms Cathie-Rosalie Joly  photo Ms Cathie-Rosalie Joly Cathie-Rosalie provides both legal advice and acts in regulatory litigation. She has…
Mme Anne-Charlotte Le-Bihan  photo Mme Anne-Charlotte Le-Bihan Anne-Charlotte has significant experience in both contentious and non-contentious intellectual property matters, developed…
 Stéphane Leriche  photo Stéphane Leriche Stéphane provides cutting edge, business-oriented advice on all aspects of technology transactions…
 Mr Bertrand Levy  photo Mr Bertrand Levy Bertrand is specialized in M&A transactions and more particularly in LBO transactions.…
Mr Gildas Louvel  photo Mr Gildas Louvel With vast experience in a wide range of transactions, Gildas specialises in…
 Mr NICOLAS MORELLI  photo Mr NICOLAS MORELLI Nicolas advises on all stages of financial and industrial restructurings, from consensual…
 Boris Martor photo Boris Martor
Mme Ariane Mole  photo Mme Ariane Mole Ariane is renowned for her in-depth knowledge of data protection matters and…
 Mr THOMAS OSTER  photo Mr THOMAS OSTER Thomas  specialises in competition law, having significant experience in helping clients to…
 Ms Emmanuelle Porte  photo Ms Emmanuelle Porte Emmanuelle advises companies and venture capital funds on fund-raising processes, M&A transactions,…
 Ms ANNE-FLORENCE RADUCAULT  photo Ms ANNE-FLORENCE RADUCAULT Anne-Florence has a particular interest in the civil and criminal risks in…
 Mr Jean-Claude Vecchiatto  photo Mr Jean-Claude Vecchiatto
Mr Alexandre Vuchot  photo Mr Alexandre Vuchot Alexandre’s breadth of experience enables him to provide his clients with strategic…
Mme Sibylle Weiler photo Mme Sibylle Weiler
 Romain de Ménonville  photo Romain de Ménonville
 Romain de Ménonville  photo Romain de Ménonville
Number of lawyers : 1,200
in this country : 105
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