Firm Profile > Debevoise & Plimpton LLP > Paris, France

Debevoise & Plimpton LLP
75002 PARIS

Dispute resolution: Commercial litigation Tier 3

Debevoise & Plimpton LLP is retained by leading French and international corporations as well as by leading investment funds to handle significant cases, often involving a cross-border component. The practice is especially experienced in managing major disputes for leading industry players in relation to M&A and commercial partnership projects. The caseload also includes tort proceedings and, showing the range of the team, a matter involving the recovery of a painting looted during WWII. Antoine Kirry , who directs the practice together with the London- and Paris-based Lord Peter Goldsmith QC, and international counsel Alexandre Bisch are recommended.

Practice head(s):

Antoine Kirry; Lord Peter Goldsmith QC

Other key lawyers:

Alexandre Bisch

Dispute resolution: White-collar crime Tier 4

Debevoise & Plimpton LLP

Practice head(s):

Antoine Kirry

Other key lawyers:

Alexandre Bisch; Robin Lööf


‘Outstanding combination of profound business acumen and in-depth legal experience, enabling a balanced perspective.’

‘Very fast response times, reachable at any time.’

‘Good solid team – easy to work with and approachable. Well versed and respected.’

‘Antoine Kirry, Robin Loof and Alexandre Bisch are all excellent.’

‘Highly professional and reliable, always available and perfect to work with.’

‘Antoine Kirry as a partner and Alexandre Bisch as international counsel are both outstanding attorneys and of great value for the client.’

Debevoise’s Paris office has serviced a domestic and international client base for more than 50 years. It brings over half a century of experience to bear in advising an impressive list of major clients.

Today, the firm has a team of highly skilled lawyers in France who work as part of an international team on a range of corporate and contentious matters.

The Paris team works with international clients as well as large French corporates. Its French client base includes many CAC 40 companies, while the team also works closely with colleagues in the U.S. on behalf of international clients with interests in France.

Through providing French and U.S. law advice, the team is well placed to advise domestic clients when their businesses look beyond France’s borders, particularly in global offerings of equity and equity-linked securities.

The M&A practice in Paris is renowned for its ability to handle complex, cross-border transactions involving French companies. Its track record in this area has drawn praise from the major legal directories, with Chambers Europe stating that “the firm retains a wealth of high-quality practitioners and prestigious clients in the corporate and M&A area.”

Underpinning much of the Paris team’s corporate work is a highly regarded Tax practice, which provides advice on the tax issues essential to all corporate activity, drawing on its experience in national and international taxation law.

The Paris office also includes a thriving contentious practice, focusing on litigation, arbitration, white collar crime and internal investigations. The team regularly represents governments, international companies and NGOs in litigation before the courts of France and other countries. It is also one of the few firms in Europe with resident partners experienced in matters relating to the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and other U.S. statutes applicable to European firms, making the Paris team ideally placed to advise clients subject to investigation by U.S. authorities.

Department Name Email Telephone
Corporate Pierre Clermontel
Litigation Antoine F Kirry
Photo Name Position Profile
 Eric Bérengier  photo Eric Bérengier Eric Bérengier is an international counsel in the Paris office. His practice focuses…
 Alexandre Bisch photo Alexandre Bisch
Mr Pierre Clermontel  photo Mr Pierre Clermontel Pierre Clermontel is the Managing Partner of the firm’s Paris office. His…
Mr Antoine Kirry  photo Mr Antoine Kirry Antoine Kirry is a partner based in the Paris office and a…
Mr Philippe Tengelmann  photo Mr Philippe Tengelmann Philippe Tengelmann is an international counsel and member of the firm’s Corporate department.…