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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.
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.
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.
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.
Other key lawyers:
‘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.’
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.
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.
Resolution Spectra System
Aeroport de Lyon
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.
Other key lawyers:
Yves Bizollon; Ariane Mole; Merav Griguer
Actavis Group PTC EHF
Asklepios Biopharmaceuticals, Inc.
SATT d’aquitaine (société de valorisation recherche publique)
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.
Emmanuelle Porte; David Malcoiffe; Bertrand Lévy; Gildas Louvel
Caisse des Dépôts et Consignations
Bpifrance (SPI Investment fund)
Bpifrance (Large Venture)
Industry focus: Energy Tier 3
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.’
BayWa r.e. France SAS
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
WKN France SAS / PNE AG
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.
Nicolas Morelli; Romain de Ménonville
Other key lawyers:
‘A professional team, calm and seeking the best solutions.’
Bred Banque Populaire
Natixis and the BPCE group
Group Crédit Agricole
SCI Les Salins
Arkéa Entreprises et Institutionnels
Marion Barbier; Nicolas Morelli
Royal Sun Alliance
Bjorg Bonneterre et Compagnie
Aéroports de Lyon
Mergers and acquisitions Tier 5
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|
|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|
|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|
|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|
|Mme Sibylle Weiler||View Profile|
|Romain de Ménonville||View Profile|
|Romain de Ménonville||View Profile|
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