Firm Profile > Bird & Bird > Lyon, France

Bird & Bird
CEDEX 03, 69328 LYON

Data privacy and data protection Tier 1

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.

Practice head(s):

Ariane Mole; Merav Griguer


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.

Key clients

Carlson Wagonlit Travel

City of Nice

EU DisinfoLab


Fnac Darty



Orange Bank

Syndic Avenir

Industry focus: IT and internet Tier 1

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.

Practice head(s):

Merav Griguer; Stéphane Leriche

Other key lawyers:

Marion Barbier ; Cathie-Rosalie Joly

Key clients

BNP Paribas Securities Services

Associated Press



JDA Software


Mphasis Wyde


RTE (French national electricity transport network)

Caisse des Dépôts et Consignations

Unibeton/ Ciments Calcia

City of Nice

NGO EU Dinsinfo Lab

Intellectual property: Copyright Tier 1

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.

Practice head(s):

Yves Bizollon; Anne-Charlotte Le Bihan; Géraldine Arbant

Key clients


Kidiliz Group

Take-two interactive software, inc., Rockstar Games

Intellectual property: Patents Tier 1

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.

Practice head(s):

Yves Bizollon; Anne-Charlotte Le Bihan; Géraldine Arbant

Key clients



Chavanoz Industrie/Porcher

Life scientific

Accord Healthcare


Alstom Transport

Edwards Lifesciences

Intellectual property: Trade marks and designs Tier 1

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.

Practice head(s):

Yves Bizollon; Anne-Charlotte Le Bihan; Géraldine Arbant


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.

Key clients

Groupe Candy Hoover

SEB – Groupe SEB France

CrossFit, Inc.

Petit Bateau


Piasten / Lutti

Bjorg Bonneterre et Compagnie

Groupe Go Sport

Hanes Brand


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.

Practice head(s):

David Malcoiffe; Yves Bizollon

Industry focus: Healthcare and life sciences Tier 2

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.

Practice head(s):

Yves Bizollon; Emmanuelle Porte; Anne-Charlotte Le Bihan; Alexandre Vuchot

Key clients

Actavis Groupe PTC EHF


Millendo Therapeutics Inc


Eligo Bioscience

GrAI Matter Labs

Pixium Vision

Tilak Healthcare

Juvisé Pharmaceuticals

WIdex A/S

Climb Up

Fitnessea Group

Domain Therapeutics

Gensight Biologics

Sparing Vision




Maat Pharma


Life Scientific

Nestlé Life Science


Dr. Reddy’s


Accord Healthcare

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.

Practice head(s):

Anne-Charlotte Le Bihan; Alexandre Vuchot; Géraldine Arbant

Other key lawyers:

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.

Practice head(s):

Nicolas Morelli; Romain de Ménonville

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.’

Key clients

UPS France

SCI Les Salins


Intellectual property: Patent and trade mark attorneys Tier 2

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.

Practice head(s):

Yves Bizollon; Anne-Charlotte Le Bihan; Géraldine Arbant

Key clients



Groupe Go Sport




Private equity: venture/growth capital Tier 2

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.

Practice head(s):

David Malcoiffe; Emmanuelle Porte; Bertrand Lévy


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.

Key clients

Eligo Bioscience



Maat Pharma

Norgine Venture


Pixium Vision


Tilak Healthcare

Turenne Capital

Industry focus: Energy Tier 3

Bird & Bird

Practice head(s):

Sibylle Weiler ; Boris Martor

Other key lawyers:

Ann-Claire Beauté

Key clients

Norddeutsche Landesbank

Volkswind GmbH

BayWa r.e. France SAS

Envitec AG

Hamburg Commercial Bank

WPD onshore France

Dispute resolution: Commercial litigation Tier 4

Bird & Bird

Practice head(s):

Anne-Florence Raducaul ; Marion Barbier

Other key lawyers:

Nicolas Morelli

Key clients







Employment Tier 4

Bird & Bird

Practice head(s):

Benjamine Fiedler

Other key lawyers:

Nathalie Devernay


‘The team is responsive, clear, available, listens to its clients and is efficient’.

Key clients

Teva Europe / Téva santé


Albany International



Crédit Immobilier de France

Collins Aerospace

Cimpress Group

Dispute resolution: International arbitration Tier 5

Bird & Bird

Practice head(s):

Jalal El Ahdab

Mergers and acquisitions Tier 5

Bird & Bird

Practice head(s):

Gildas Louve; David Malcoiffe

Key clients

Infravia Capital Partners

Noblelift Group

Swiss Holding Company





Fitnessea Group

OMV Turbochargeur System

Widex A/S

UrtheCast Corp

CS Comlandi

Enterome 8

Domain Therapeutics

EnPro Industries (Garlock Sealing Technologies)


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 David Malcoiffe  photo Mr David Malcoiffe
Number of lawyers : 1,200
in this country : 105
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CLIENT: Mélanie Taravant
COMPANY/FIRM: co-fondatrice ViensVoirMonTaf
TESTIMONIAL: « ViensVoirMonTaf a eu la chance de croiser la route de Djazia Tiourtite au cabinet Bird & Bird. Un accueil à toute épreuve, une énergie communicative, une motivation inépuisable…. Les jeunes qui ont découvert ce grand cabinet d’avocats les yeux ébahis et des questions plein la bouche, sont repartis, une semaine de stage plus tard, des étoiles plein la tête et…. les horizons éclaircis!

Un grand merci à Bird & Bird pour le travail accompli à nos côtés. Un soutien exemplaire qui a permis, permet et permettra encore longtemps nous l’espérons , d’élargir le champ des possibles de dizaines d’enfants sans réseau…Un engagement concret qui verra naître, c’est certain, des vocations d’avocats en herbe qui ne demandent qu’à être cultivés ! »

CLIENT: Catherine Tripon
COMPANY/FIRM: Porte-parole de l’Autre Cercle
TESTIMONIAL: « Nous sommes très sensibles à la manière dont Bird &Bird intègre cette notion d’engagement dans l’activité du cabinet. Au-delà de la philosophie du probono, il y a une qualité d’écoute et de conviction très enrichissante et motivante qui nous conforte dans la relation que nous construisons depuis la signature de notre Charte d’Engagement LGBT+ et sa déclinaison en interne. »

Bird & Bird, cabinet engagé et égalitaire « By Design »

Au sein de Bird & Bird, nous savons qu’un groupe diversifié de personnes d’origine différentes est la clé d’un épanouissement constant et de la création de valeur. Le cabinet porte ainsi un engagement fort en faveur de l’égalité, de la diversité et de l’inclusion au sein de la société.

Bird & Bird & Engagement pour l’égalité femme – homme

Depuis la création du bureau de Paris en 2000, la répartition femmes-hommes entre les associé·e·s, n’a jamais cessé d’être paritaire (56,5% de femmes associées en France).

L’égalité de rémunération est assurée par l’établissement d’une grille de rémunération fondée sur des critères objectifs.

La conciliation vie personnelle et vie professionnelle ainsi que l’égalité dans le développement de carrière sont des valeurs clefs. Le « Women’s Development Program » réunit chaque année à Londres des collaboratrices à fort potentiel pour un séminaire de trois jours : encadrées de coach, elles identifient les freins aux carrières des femmes, rencontrent des femmes inspirantes et bienveillantes qui sont des role model et se créent un réseau au sein du cabinet.

De nombreuses autres initiatives sont portées par le cabinet, comme Lady@bird ou Together® et en partenariat avec des associations telles que PWN (Professional Women Network), ou le Club XXIe siècle (Programme de mentoring « Revel@her »).

Ces actions ont été récompensées par le prix Coup de coeur du jury – Prix Simone Veil de l’égalité professionnelle du Barreau de Paris le 11 mars 2019, à l’issue des Premières Assises de l’Egalité, ainsi que par le prix spécial du jury des Trophées du Droit en janvier 2020.

Bird & Bird & égalité des chances & lutte contre les préjugés

Le cabinet mène également plusieurs actions en faveur de l’égalité des chances et de lutte contre les discriminations.

Quatre de nos associés sont des membres actifs du Club XXIe siècle dont un membre du Conseil d’administration.

Outre la promotion de l’action ViensVoirMonTaf et l’accueil des élèves de 3e de collèges situés en REP utilisant la plateforme, Bird & Bird apporte une assistance juridique à cette association dont la mission est d’aider des élèves de 3e « sans réseau » à accéder à des lieux professionnels qui leur sont habituellement inaccessibles.

Nos évènements sont des forums d’échanges avec nos clients qui participent aux actions que nous soutenons. Le cabinet est signataire de la Charte de la Diversité qui guide les organisations pour déployer des actions concrètes et des pratiques innovantes ainsi que de la Charte d’engagement LGBT de l’Autre Cercle engageant le cabinet à s’assurer que ses pratiques ne sont pas discriminantes pour les personnes Lesbiennes, Gay, Bisexuelles ou Transgenres. Ces engagements viennent compléter les actions des réseaux Bird & Bird au niveau international STANDOUT et EMBRACE.

Bird & Bird & responsabilité sociétale digitale

Notre expertise sectorielle est mise au service du Fonds Urgence Identité Afrique dont le but est de remédier au problème de l’absence d’identité civile sur le continent africain où 95 millions d’enfants de moins de 5 ans n’ont pas été enregistrés à la naissance. Nous assistons également l’Association marseillaise pour la prévention contre le cyber-harcèlement scolaire.