Bird & Bird > Lyon, France > Firm Profile

Bird & Bird
LE BONNEL
20 RUE DE LA VILLETTE
CEDEX 03, 69328 LYON
France

France > Data privacy and data protection Tier 1

Bird & Bird works extensively on global compliance actions and on international data transfers. As competent litigators, the team represented Doctolib before the Conseil d’Etat in a successful dispute which brought important developments to the ongoing Schrems II debate. Handling sensitive and challenging data matters for the banking sector, the firm counts Orange Bank, a bank launched by French telecom company Orange, to its client list. Ariane Mole‘s previous in-house experience at the French Data Protection Authority gives her valuable insight into regulatory matters. Mole co-leads the department with the well-respected Merav Griguer.

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Testimonials

‘Providing practical advice, remaining aware of the business needs. Responsive and efficient.’

‘Very experienced and knowledgeable, keeping track of legislative developments.’

Key clients

Orange SA

Fnac Darty

Doctolib

NextMind

MACSF

IQVIA

Huawei

Biosency

Novocure

LVMH

Webedia

Bacardi

Work highlights

  • Represented Doctolib, the country’s main Covid-19 vaccination scheduling platform, in a dispute before the Conseil d’Etat, regarding compliance requirements for personal data transfers to the US, securing a judgment that brought new developments to the ‘Schrems II’ debate.
  • Assisted NextMind, a winner of ‘Best of Innovation’ award at CES 2020 in Las Vegas, with assessing its data protection obligations under data protection law for its cutting edge technology.
  • Acting as strategic adviser of Orange SA, including Orange Bank, for sensitive matters relating to data, privacy and cybersecurity issues.

France > Industry focus: IT and internet  Tier 1

One of the most renowned international IT firms on the French market, Bird & Bird draws on its strong intersectorial abilities to handle complex IT matters from clients in diverse industries. The firm has particular expertise handling hosting liability issues deriving from UGC content, with the team having recently published an EU geo-blocking regulation guide. Co-head of the practice alongside Merav Griguer, Stéphane Leriche is increasingly involved in market-leading matters with clients such as NextMind, an innovative brain-sensing wearable device that allows hands-free control of technology with direct brain commands.

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Key clients

Credit Mutual Arkéa

Nissan Motor Co

Oney Banque

Mastercard

Orange SA

NGO EU Desinfolab

Doctolib

Nextmind

IQVIA

Biosency

Novocure

Huawei

Workday

Blue Yonder

Mphasis Wyde

Sentinel One

Work highlights

  • Successfully defended Doctolib, France’s main Covid-19 vaccination scheduling platform, in litigation before the Conseil d’Etat brought by several professional associations to suspend the contract between the French Health Department and Doctolib because of Doctolib’s use of Amazon cloud services for hosting its platform.
  • Assisting Credit Mutuel Arkea and its subsidiary Arkea Banking Services with the structuring and negotiation of a major IT and business process outsourcing with AXA Banque.
  • Acting as counsel for Orange SA including Orange Bank, for sensitive matters relating to data, privacy and cybersecurity issues.

France > Intellectual property: Copyright Tier 1

Under the leadership of Yves Bizollon, Bird & Bird‘s Paris copyright team takes advantage of the firm’s wider international network, which places the group in good stead when acting on complex cross-border mandates. With a sector-focus approach, the practice is particularly active in innovative industries such as life sciences, healthcare, media as well as fashion and tech. Senior counsel Frédérique Bocqueraz is highly regarded for her track record handling questions of international copyright law and damages assessments in the context of infringement proceedings as well as managing employees’ claims related to IP rights.

Practice head(s):

Yves Bizollon

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Expertise and availability.’

‘Yves Bizollon is an expert in the field.’

Key clients

Vitra

Take Two interactive software

Claire’s

Uniqlo Europe Ltd

Work highlights

  • Represented VITRA in copyright infringement claims in France against different infringers.
  • Acted for Take-Two Interactive Software in a video game copyright infringement litigation against mod menu developers.
  • Advised Uniqlo Europe on a copyright infringement, unfair competition and free-riding action brought by Agnes Trouble known as Agnès b and her company CMC in France.

France > Intellectual property: Patents Tier 1

Bird & Bird handles patent litigation and has strong expertise in contentious and non-contentious matters. The team provides advice on domestic and multinational patent litigation and strategic IP matters and focuses on innovative industries such as life sciences and healthcare, tech and comms, media, but also entertainment and sports. Yves Bizollon heads the team and handles IP disputes from a wide range of sectors, including the food, energy, defence and automotive sectors. Anne-Charlotte Le-Bihan  is especially well versed in disputes involving pharmaceutical, electronics and telecoms companies.

Practice head(s):

Testimonials

‘Anne-Charlotte Le Bihan: effective value for generic pharma.’

Key clients

Microsoft

Broadcom

Edwards Lifesciences

Minakem

Honeywell

Amgen

Nespresso

Alstom Transport

Life Scientific

Allergan, Inc

ABB Power Grids

PETZL

Novares

Lesaffre

SERF

SATT AST, Inserm, Université de Bordeaux, CHU de Bordeaux

Work highlights

  • Represented Nespresso in a worldwide patent attack in relation to its new coffee machine system Vertuo®, launched by the German company K-Fee.
  • Represented Broadcom in a patent litigation involving allegedly essential patents owned by a well-known non-practising entity.
  • Represented Edwards Lifesciences in a major patent infringement case implying the infringement of five European patents covering a transcatheter heart valve, part of a wider dispute involving litigation pending in multiple jurisdictions.

France > Intellectual property: Trade marks and designs Tier 1

Bird & Bird‘s client roster includes French and multinational companies in the life sciences and healthcare, manufacturing, technology, media, entertainment and sports industries. Its team excels in advising on trade mark protection and enforcement matters. Patent litigator Yves Bizollon leads the practice, which includes Anne-Charlotte Le-Bihan, who has experience of sensitive trade mark and design mandates. Géraldine Arbant focuses on brand management and litigation, as well as transactional IP matters. Key clients include Piasten & Lutti, CrossFit and Groupe Candy Hoover.

Practice head(s):

Yves Bizollon

Other key lawyers:

Anne-Charlotte Le Bihan; Géraldine Arbant; Floriane Chartier

Key clients

Piasten & Lutti

CrossFit, Inc

Palladium

Kidiliz Group

SKF

River Island

Candy Hoover

Work highlights

  • Represented Piasten & Lutti’s distributor in a preliminary injunction procedure, initiated by MARS, on the ground of unfair competition and parasitism to obtain the withdrawal of their new “TREETS THE PEANUT COMPANY” candy.
  • Defended Groupe Candy Hoover in a registration of designs case against Dyson.
  • Acting for CrossFit in matters relating to enforcement of trademarks, including infringement applications.

France > The regions Tier 1

Unusual for an international law firm, Bird & Bird‘s reach goes beyond Paris to Lyon where it has a well-established office which serves as a hub for the firm’s French and multinational corporations operating in the greater Rhone-Alps region. The Lyon office provides a full range of business law services drawing on cross-sector and multi-disciplinary teams, leveraging the firm’s sector expertise, for example in the consumer goods and retail, financial institutions, healthcare and life sciences, leisure, manufacturing and transportation, and technology, media and telecommunications sectors. David Malcoiffe manages the Lyon office. Nathalie Devernay and Caroline Mouriquand are recognised as ‘excellent professionals’.

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Testimonials

‘Bird & Bird’s employment law team is very professional and very dedicated to the client. They provide good advice, are responsive and charge a price with one of the best quality-price ratios on the market. A lot of transparency on fees.’

‘The employment law team of the Lyon office (Nathalie Devernay) regularly coordinates projects with a multi-jurisdictional scope throughout Europe for us thanks to the other Bird & Bird offices and to partner firms which up to now all turned out to be of great quality.’

‘Nathalie Devernay and Caroline Mouriquand are both excellent professionals. They do not provide long theoretical analyses, but targeted and pragmatic answers.’

Key clients

Groupe Limagrain

Archimed

Salesforce

Claire’s Accessories

ABB Power Grids

Aeroport de Lyon

Plastipak

Vitra

ByMyCar

Solaris CNB

Mastergrid

France > Industry focus: Healthcare and life sciences Tier 2

Bird & Bird‘s full-service life sciences practice regularly acts for pharmaceutical and medical device companies. Emmanuelle Porte is a key individual at the firm for corporate matters and regularly assists biotech and ehealth clients with respect to venture capitals and IPOs. Alexandre Vuchot and Ariane Mole have developed a strong offering of commercial, regulatory, and data protection expertise in relation to digital health and medical device companies. Highly respected patent litigator Yves Bizollon leads the IP team.

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Testimonials

‘This practice is unique because of the people, dedication, and attention to detail to ensure regulatory compliance. The team is amazing, always available and answers questions in a professional manner.’

‘Pleasant, accessible, and of a high level of professionalism.’

‘A team capable of anticipating the problems of its client due to its vast experience. Able to find solutions for complex problems. Great availability and an equally great capacity to listen and respond appropriately.’

‘It is the closeness to the client that seems to me the essential quality of the people on this team.’

‘Multidisciplinary practice aware of the specificities of the health sector.’

‘Practical advice, very responsive.’

‘Providing practical advice, remaining aware of the business needs. Responsive and efficient.’

Key clients

Edwards Life sciences

BPI (Fonds Patient Autonome)

BPI (Fonds SPI)

ArchiMed

CorWave

Doctolib

GrAI Matter Labs

Minakem

MACSF

Pixium Vision

Sparing Vision

Actavis Group PTC EHF

Amgen SAS

Life Scientific

Edwards Lifesciences

Norgine Venture

Baxter

Virbac

NovAlix

Enterome

Biosency

Novocure

IQVIA

Implanet

Asklepios Pharmaceuticals Inc

Vidal

NextMind

Atricure

Work highlights

  • Assisted Doctolib in proceedings before the Conseil d’Etat, securing a succesful judgment that brought important developments to the ‘Schrems II’ debate following the CJEU’s decision on compliance requirements for transfers of personal data to the US.
  • Advising Fonds SPI on the sale of its stake in Yposkesi, France’s first producer of gene and cellular therapies, to SK Pharmteco.
  • Acting as counsel for SparingVision, a biotechnology company focused on the discovery and development of innovative therapies for the treatment of inherited retinal diseases that cause blindness and in particular for Retinitis Pigmentosa, on its €44.5m Series A2 fundraising subscribed by its historic investors (BPI, Foundation Fighting Blindness) and new investors (Jeito, Ysios, 4BIO and UPMC Enterprise).

France > Industry focus: Telecoms  Tier 2

The tech and comms team at the Paris office of Bird & Bird offers the strength of its global network and experience in advising operators, public entities, governments and international institutions across the telecoms area. Headed by information technology expert Stéphane Leriche  and network rollout specialist Frédérique Dupuis-Toubol, the group’s full service covers regulatory compliance, commercial agreements, infrastructure deployment and public law issues, competition regulation, emerging markets and contentious litigation in the sector. Counsel Willy Mikalef advises on ePrivacy regulation. Senior associate Mélanie Bercot represents telecom operators in disputes before administrative authorities.

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Testimonials

‘Bird & Bird has an in-depth knowledge of French actors and ecosystems in and around the telecoms sector.’

‘Excellent expertise for cross-border transactions with many complex issues associated.’

Key clients

Aircall

Celeste

Selafa Mja (on behalf of KOSC and KOSC Infrastructures)

Dauphin Telecom

Société du Grand Paris

Saga Africa Holdind Limited (Free Senegal)

Telma

Onoff Telecom

Work highlights

  • Advised French telecom Aircall on regulatory issues in France and in 26 countries in their successful deal with Goldman Sachs to raise $120m.
  • Advising Celeste, a French optical fiber operator, on a regular basis on its acquisition and refinancing operations and on drafting its standard contractual policy.
  • Advised Société du Grand Paris on the exact scope of its telecom specific competence and the conditions under which it may deploy and operate a telecom network and provide services.

France > Insolvency Tier 2

Bird & Bird has noticeably gained in market shares in France, having received a high volume of new matters from banks and banking pools to act in many of the market’s largest restructuring and insolvency cases. The team is notably involved in matters from the naval construction, hospitality, tourism, retail and manufacturing sectors. It regularly acts in sensitive matters in which the French state also intervenes and advised the French state on a high-profile industrial case. Related litigation is also handled.vRomain de Ménonville and Nicolas Morelli co-head the practice, which also includes counsel Céline Nézet.

Practice head(s):

Romain de Ménonville; Nicolas Morelli

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Testimonials

‘The team of partners shows great availability, intellectual agility, great pedagogy and great courtesy. Nicolas Morelli is a very great lawyer, who demonstrates accuracy and finesse in his legal analysis as well as good balance in negotiations.’

‘Great ability to listen and to make accessible and intelligible elements that are not accessible to business leaders. Great ability to understand the context and the challenges for the company; excellent ability to take the bird’s eye view and to step aside always at the right time. Provider of solutions and different scenarios. Professional and experienced team.’

‘Ability to mobilise quickly to bid on a file. Romain de Ménonville’s team is used to working with banks and is now well known and recognised even at local bank level (which makes it easier to choose a consultant when there are multiple banks). A well-established and attentive team.’

‘Excellent team. Very constructive, transaction-oriented and good pedagogy to assist clients with decision making’

Key clients

Bred Banque Populaire

BNP Paribas

Natixis and the BPCE group

Société Générale

Group Crédit Agricole

SCI Les Salins

UPS France

HSBC

Barclays PLC

Arkéa Entreprises et Institutionnels

Caisse d’Epargne

CIC

Phildar

French State

Work highlights

  • Advising Bred Banque Populaire on challenging claims filed during the safeguard proceedings of Rallye.
  • Advising the French State in relation to a strategic debt restructuring of an industrial engineering contractor and equipment manufacturer.
  • Advising a pool of banks on the comprehensive financial restructuring of the Buffalo Grill group.

France > Private equity: venture/growth capital Tier 2

Bird & Bird assists clients with every stage of the business cycle, including early-stage financing, fundraising, licensing, commercial transactions, and exits through M&A or IPOs. The firm has continued to strengthen its position in the venture capital space by handling several fundraisings with international venture capital funds. Gildas Louvel is active in private equity transactions for both public and private companies and co-heads the team with Emmanuelle Porte, who is an expert in the life sciences and healthcare sector. David Malcoiffe has extensive experience in advising investment funds and start-up companies in private equity and venture capital transactions, while Bertrand Levy focuses on transactions in the technology sector.

Key clients

Archimed

Eight Roads Ventures

CorWave

Sparing Vision

DSMC

GrAI Matter Labs

Pixium Vision

Isatis Capital

Prophesee

Motion Equity Partners

PP Yarns & Co (Phildar)

BPI – Fonds Patient Autonome

SCALINX

CLIMB UP

Demeter

ByMyCar

Work highlights

  • Advised ByMyCar on one of the largest management buy-ins in the French market.
  • Advised ArchiMed on three simultaneous acquisitions: Imabiotech in France, Pyxant Labs Inc. and additional assets in the US.
  • Advised SparingVision, a biotechnology company on its €44.5m Series A2 fund raising subscribed by its historic investors (BPI, Foundation Fighting Blindness) and new investors (Jeito, Ysios, 4BIO and UPMC Enterprise).

France > Industry focus: Energy Tier 3

Bird & Bird

Practice head(s):

Sibylle Weiler; Boris Martor

Testimonials

‘The firm is able to mobilise various skills to provide a global response to the clients’ needs.’

‘Boris Martor has strong knowledge of construction, energy and Africa projects and supports his clients with pragmatism and an operational vision.’

Key clients

Volkswind GmbH

Envitec AG

RTE Eirgrid CELTIC interconnector

Eiffage Energy system

State of Guinée

Canadian Solar

West Africa Power Pool

ENGIE

WKN France SAS PNE AG

JDR Cable Systems Ltd

Electricité du Mali

Enagas

Terna

Boreas SARL

Acciona

Alight

Ferme Eolienne de la Belle Etoile

Poste de la Couture

Baywa r.e. France

Ferme Eolienne d’Haucourt

Volkswind GmbH

Envitec AG

RTE Eirgrid CELTIC interconnector

Eiffage Energy system

State of Guinée

Canadian Solar

West Africa Power Pool

ENGIE

WKN France SAS PNE AG

JDR Cable Systems Ltd

Electricité du Mali

Enagas

Terna

Boreas SARL

Acciona

Alight

Ferme Eolienne de la Belle Etoile

Poste de la Couture

Baywa r.e. France

Ferme Eolienne d’Haucourt

Work highlights

  • Advising French and Irish TSOs (RTE and Eir Grid) on the procurement and construction aspects related to the Celtic Interconnector construction project.
  • Negotiating multi-party tender contracts with respect to offshore cabling and offshore construction contracts (EPC Contracts), as well as consortium contracts and collaterals.
  • Advising Envitec AG on EPC financing as well as on corporate and restructuring matters.

France > Banking and finance: transactional work Tier 4

Bird & Bird

Practice head(s):

Boris Martor

Testimonials

‘Accessible partners.’

‘Particularly effective collaboration between the restructuring and banking and finance teams. Very good knowledge of the public sector, which is an asset in certain cases.’

‘Sharp expertise, reachability and proactiveness.’

Key clients

Banque Palatine

BNP Paribas

Enterome

Norddeutsche Landesbank

Barclays

SVM Group

Gunvor

Airbus

Société Générale

Work highlights

  • Advised Banque Palatine, Caisse d’Epargne Ile de France and Banque Neuflize OBC as senior lenders on the financing of the acquisition of Pure Trade Worldwide by Sparring Capital.
  • Assisted Barclays, Société Générale and Arkéa Banques & Entreprises with the €65m French state guarantee loan aimed at financing the general corporate needs of the Buffalo Grill Group.
  • Advised Société Générale, Arkéa Banque Enterprises et Institutionnels, Crédit Lyonnais, CIC Sud-Quest and Goldman Sachs on the restructuring of the financial indebtedness of Latécoére.

France > Dispute resolution: Commercial litigation Tier 4

Bird & Bird

Practice head(s):

Nicolas Morelli

Other key lawyers:

Anne-Florence Raducault; Djazia Tiourtite

Testimonials

‘Perfect follow-up.’

‘Good listening skills.’

Key clients

Renault

Aéroport de Lyon

SunPower Energy Solutions France SAS

Dayco Europe

Photosol

Airbus

Plastipak

Bjorg Bonneterre et Cie (Ecotone)

Materne

Work highlights

  • Advising Renault in relation to pre-litigation and litigation with strategic distressed suppliers, such as MBF Aluminium and Sintertech.
  • Representing SunPower Energy Solutions France SAS in several disputes with former subsidiaries of a carved-out overseas division in relation to alleged safety defects of tens of thousands of solar panels.
  • Assisting PHOTOSOL in a dispute with 3SUN, 3. ENEL GREEN POWER S.P.A and SHARP (EUROP) ELECTRONICS LIMITED concerning the supply of defective solar panels to PHOTOSOL.

France > Administrative and public law Tier 5

Bird & Bird

Practice head(s):

Boris Martor

Other key lawyers:

Jean-Claude Vecchiatto

Key clients

RTE Network No

LADOM No

BayWa r.e. France No

Société du Grand Paris No

Marshall Aerospace and Defence Group

Ministry of Post and Digital Economy from Togo

An US Defence company

Electricité du Mali

Expertise France

Work highlights

  • Advising Société du Grand Paris on the implementation of an innovative transport and communication system for the Paris area.
  • Advising Expertise France and the Federal Housing corporation of Ethiopia on a large PPP accommodation project.    

France > Mergers and acquisitions Tier 5

Bird & Bird

Practice head(s):

Emmanuelle Porte; Gildas Louvel

Other key lawyers:

David Malcoiffe; Anne-Cécile Hansson; Bertrand Lévy; Carole Bodin

Testimonials

‘Very good mastery of files and autonomy in monitoring. Good contact and responsiveness.’

‘Carole Bodin – deal maker; good technique and very good contact; careful follow-up of the file; reasoned and efficient delegation.’

 

Key clients

BPI (Fonds SPI)

Groupe PSA (now Stellantis following merger with FCA)

PIXIUM VISION

Sparing Vision

IMPLANET

Ahlstrom-Munksjö

Celeste

Caisse des Dépôts et Consignations

SUEZ

SVP Group

Covetrus

NovAlix

Work highlights

  • Assisted Groupe PSA (PSA Automobiles SA and Opel Gmbh) with setting up a joint venture, Automotive Cells Company (ACC), with Total/Saft, dedicated to the production of batteries for electric vehicles.
  • Advising Fonds SPI on the sale of its stake in Yposkesi (together with H-MRB, from the AFM-Téléthon group, seller as well) to SK Pharmteco (South-Korean industrial).
  • Advising Celeste, a French optical fiber operator, on two acquisitions: Groupe Stella, a regional optical fiber operator and Oceanet Technology, a regional optical fiber and data center operator.

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 1,400 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 31 offices across Europe, Asia-Pacific, the Middle East, United States and Africa, 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: Banking & Finance, Corporate, Tax, Commercial law, Dispute Resolution, Restructuring and Insolvency, Employment, Competition and EU, Public Procurement, Real estate and Regulatory.

The French offices, headed by Emmanuelle Porte and Alexandre Vuchot, comprise over 135 lawyers, including 28 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.

DepartmentNameEmailTelephone
Banking & Finance Jean-Claude Vecchiatto
Commercial Alexandre Vuchot
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 Anne-Florence Raducault
Employment Benjamine Fiedler
Employment Nathalie Devernay
Intellectual property Yves Bizollon
Intellectual property Géraldine Arbant
Intellectual property Anne-Charlotte Le Bihan
Restructuring Nicolas Morelli
Information technology Stéphane Leriche
Tax Laurence Clot
Telecommunications Frédérique Dupuis-Toubol
Fintech Cathie-Rosalie Joly
Banking & Finance Boris Martor
International Arbitration Jalal El Ahdab
Dispute Resolution Djazia Tiourtite
Energy Sibylle Weiler
Tax Benjamin Lichtlé
Corporate Xavier Leroux
Corporate Carole Bodin
PhotoNamePositionProfile
Geraldine Arbant photoMs Geraldine ArbantGeraldine’s practice encompasses the full spectrum of transactional and advisory IP work,…
Yves Bizollon photoMr Yves BizollonYves is renowned for his extensive experience in patent litigation. Yves is…
 Nathalie Devernay photoMs Nathalie DevernayNathalie is an experienced employment lawyer with a clear international and client…
Benjamin  Lichtlé photoMr Benjamin LichtléBenjamin is a partner in charge of the French tax practice, advising…
David Malcoiffe photoMr David MalcoiffeDavid is a leading corporate lawyer advising on mergers & acquisitions, joint…
Anne-Florence Raducault photoMs Anne-Florence RaducaultAnne-Florence has a particular interest in the civil and criminal risks in…
Number of lawyers : 1,400
in this country : 135
English
French
Other offices : Abu Dhabi
Other offices : Amsterdam
Other offices : Beijing
Other offices : Bratislava
Other offices : Brussels
Other offices : Budapest
Other offices : Copenhagen
Other offices : Dubai
Other offices : Dusseldorf
Other offices : Frankfurt
Other offices : Hamburg
Other offices : Helsinki
Other offices : Hong Kong
Other offices : London
Other offices : Luxembourg
Other offices : Madrid
Other offices : Milan
Other offices : Munich
Other offices : Paris
Other offices : Prague
Other offices : Rome
Other offices : Shanghai
Other offices : Singapore
Other offices : Stockholm
Other offices : Sydney
Other offices : The Hague
Other offices : Warsaw

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 1,400 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 31 offices in 21 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 Emmanuelle Porte and Alexandre Vuchot, comprise over 135 lawyers, including 28 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.

DepartmentNameEmailTelephone
Commercial Alexandre Vuchotalexandre.vuchot@twobirds.com01 42 68 60 00
Corporate Emmanuelle Porteemmanuelle.porte@twobirds.com01 42 68 60 00
Marketing Juliette Arnaudjuliette.arnaud@twobirds.com01 42 68 63 29
Number of lawyers : 1,400
in this country : 135
English
French
Other offices : Abu Dhabi
Other offices : Amsterdam
Other offices : Beijing
Other offices : Bratislava
Other offices : Brussels
Other offices : Budapest
Other offices : Copenhagen
Other offices : Dubai
Other offices : Dusseldorf
Other offices : Frankfurt
Other offices : Hamburg
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Bird & Bird: Our commitment

At Bird & Bird, we know that employing a diverse group of people from different backgrounds is the key to our future development and continued success. The firm has a strong commitment to equality, diversity, and inclusion. Numerous actions are carried out at Bird & Bird

Bird & Bird & Commitment to gender equality

For the past 20 years, the gender balance among partners has never ceased to be equal (56.5% of women partners in France) and this parity is also reflected in the firm’s management, since the Executive Committee of Bird & Bird France is composed of three women and three men.

Equal pay is ensured by the establishment of a pay scale based on objective criteria.

The reconciliation of personal and professional life and equality in career development are key values. The “Women’s Development Program” brings together high-potential female employees for a three-day seminar in London each year. Under the guidance of a coach, they identify the obstacles to women’s careers, meet inspiring and caring women who are role models and create a network within the firm.

Many other initiatives are carried out by the firm, such as Lady@bird or Together® and in partnership with associations such as PWN (Professional Women Network), or the Club XXIe siècle (Revel@Her mentoring programme).

The firm received the Simone Veil “Coup de Coeur du Jury” award from the Paris Bar Association on 11 March 2019, at the end of the First Conference on Equality. This prize rewards and values the positive actions implemented by Bird & Bird on daily basis to promote gender equality, diversity, and Equality “by design”.

Bird & Bird was also awarded the Ethics and Diversity Law Trophy at the 20th edition of the Law Trophies organised by the magazine Décideurs Leaders League. This trophy rewards all the measures put in place to promote equality and social diversity.

Bird & Bird & equal opportunities & the fight against prejudice

The firm also carries out several actions in favour of equal opportunities and the fight against discrimination.

Four of our partners are active members of Club XXIe siècle, including one member of the Board of Directors.

In addition to promoting the  Viens Voir Mon Taf, action and welcoming students from secondary located in REP (French Republic) using the ViensVoirMonTaf platform, Bird & Bird provides legal assistance to this young association whose mission is to help 3rd grade students “without a network” to access professional places that are usually inaccessible to them.

Bird & Bird is a signatory to the Diversity Charter, which guides organisations to implement concrete actions and innovative practices, as well as to l’Autre Cercle’s LGBT Commitment Charter, which commits the firm to ensuring that its practices do not discriminate against Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual or Transgender people. These commitments complement the actions of Bird & Bird’s international networks STANDOUT Standout and Embrace.

Bird & Bird & digital social responsibility

Our sectoral expertise is used to support the Urgence Identité Afrique Fund which aims to remedy the lack of civil identity on the African continent, where 95 million children under the age of 5 have not been registered at birth. We also assist the Marseille Association for the prevention of cyber-bullying in schools.