Jones Day > Paris, France > Firm Profile

Jones Day
2 RUE SAINT-FLORENTIN
75001 PARIS
France

France > Administrative and public law Tier 1

Jones Day has high-level public procurement and regulatory expertise. The practice is particularly strong in the energy sector where it assists prominent French companies in dealing with strategic regulatory, project and public procurement work (including before the courts). The team is also regularly involved in large infrastructure projects concerning the construction of new electricity and internet cables network in the country or across various EU countries. In the field of public procurement, the team has extensive expertise assisting mostly major private sector companies in their response to public tender offers, spanning various areas including IT, energy, water or gas supplies. The group is also involved in several disputes in the healthcare sector linked to the Covid-19 outbreak. The team is co-headed by Philippe Delelis and Nicolas Brice.

Practice head(s):

Philippe Delelis; Nicolas Brice

Other key lawyers:

Hélène Maigne

Testimonials

‘Undoubtedly the best on the market. Philippe Delelis and Hélène Maigne have a unique ability to understand all the subtleties of a situation and to find solutions adapted to their clients as well as to the judge. Their imagination and creativity are impressive’.

‘Philippe Delelis combines exceptional legal intelligence with remarkable interpersonal skills and humor. From my point of view, he is the best public law lawyer in Paris. Hélène Maigne demonstrates speed, a sense of synthesis and pedagogy and an exceptional ability to detect the opponent’s weaknesses.’

‘Philippe Delelis has extensive expertise, particularly in public procurement law, great availability and quality of listening. Excellent knowledge of the business world. Pragmatism and good solutions.’

Key clients

ENEDIS

CREDIT MUTUEL

NEXITY

RATP

CAISSE DES DEPOTS ET CONSIGNATIONS

ENGIE

ORANGE

LA POSTE IMMOBILIER

MERCIALYS

ASSOCIATION FRANCAISE DU GAZ

SWILE

CHARGEURS

LAGARDERE

TDF

EQUANS

EDF

NEW SUEZ

ENGIE-EDT

Work highlights

  • Advising Enedis (the EDF subsidiary in charge of the French distribution power network) in connection with the creation of an industrial partnership to design and develop their new operational digital system to manage the French power distribution network.
  • Advising Equans (the recent spin-off of Engie dedicated to services and owned by Bouygues) in relation to four public procurements contracts concluded with Société du Grand Paris (SGP) involving the planning, construction and operation of the new metro Ligne 15.
  • Advised the Lagardère Group on its successful public procurement bid to co-manage ADP’s duty free business through a joint venture called Extime

France > Derivatives and structured finance Tier 1

Backed by a global network spanning five continents, the Paris team at Jones Day remains a key market player, utilising experience and deep bench strength to advise major financial institutions (BNP Paribas, Crédit Agricole Corporate and Investment Bank, Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley) and multinational corporates (such as EDF) involved in high-value structured financings and securitisation transactions. The team is led by Alban Caillemer du Ferrage (French counsel to the International Swaps and Derivatives Association), Christine Van Gallebaert (an expert in securitisation, covered bonds and debt funds) and Qian Hu (a specialist in ESG derivatives, virtual power purchase agreements and carbon trading). Of Counsel Marie-Fleur Rautou brings strength to financial products regulatory matters. Carine Mou Si Yan joined the firm in late 2023.

Practice head(s):

Alban Caillemer du Ferrage; Christine Van Gallebaert; Qian Hu

Key clients

BNP Paribas

Crédit Immobilier de France Développement

Caisse Centrale du Crédit Immobilier de France SA

Natixis

October and Intesa Sanpaolo

Crédit Agricole Corporate and Investment Bank

Goldman Sachs Bank Europe SE

BPCE S.A.

Morgan Stanley

Citigroup

EDF

International Swaps and Derivatives Association (ISDA), French Banking Federation (FBF), International Capital Markets Association (ICMA), Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association (SIFMA), German Banking Association (Zentraler Kreditausschuss) and Financial Markets Lawyers Group (FMLG)

Banque Pictet

Work highlights

  • Acted as legal adviser to Natixis and Goldman Sachs Bank Europe SE, joint lead managers, and Natixis, interest rate swap counterparty, on the securitisation of French residential loans originated by the Banques Populaires and the Caisses d’Epargne through the French fonds commun de titrisation “BPCE Home Loans FCT 2021 Green UoP”.
  • Acted as legal adviser of Crédit Immobilier de France group on its fifth public securitisation of French residential loans of EUR 635m through the French fonds commun de titrisation “Harmony French Home Loans FCT 2022-1”.
  • Advised Natixis, as arranger and permanent dealer, and AXA Home Loan SFH, as issuer, on the update of the EUR 10bn EMTN programme for the issuance of Covered Bonds (obligations de financement de l’habitat) of AXA Home Loan SFH signed on 13 May 2022.

France > Environment Tier 1

Part of the firm’s global government regulation group, Jones Day‘s environment, health and safety team has particular strength in transactional support and litigation, advising clients including major multinationals on matters relating to product safety, chemicals and crisis management. Practice head Françoise Labrousse has broad experience in and deep knowledge of national and EU environmental law. Chemical regulation specialist Elodie Simon and pollution and health risks advisor Armelle Sandrin-Deforge were both promoted to the partnership in January 2023.

Practice head(s):

Françoise Labrousse

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Framatome

Cascades Inc.

DataBank Holdings Ltd.

Suez

Sanofi

PTT Global Chemical Public Company Limited

Work highlights

  • Advising Framatome on its acquisition of the Rolls-Royce Civil Nuclear Instrumentation and Control business in France, China and the Czech Republic.

France > Industry focus: Telecoms  Tier 1

The dedicated TMT team at Jones Day has a strong reputation for its ability to work across the full spectrum of regulatory, contentious and transactional work in this practice area. The group is particularly adept at handling complex and technical cross-border matters, including assisting leading European infrastructure operators with the negotiation of the landing of submarine cables, which is recent of counsel promotee Marta Lahuerta Escolano‘s specialism; and advising on a range of fibre broadband-related matters of high-value for clients including Orange. Team leader Rémy Fekete has international expertise and is active in matters involving the full scope of wireless and wireline services.

Practice head(s):

Rémy Fekete

Other key lawyers:

Olivier Haas; Marta Lahuerta Escolano; David Guitton

Key clients

Sipartech – IEX Cable

Alcatel Submarine Network (ASN)

Orange

Caisse des Dépôts et Consignations (CDC)

TDF Fibre

Suez Groupe

TotalEnergies

Deezer

France > Intellectual property: Patents Tier 1

Jones Day‘s IP team coordinates with the firm’s German and UK teams to handle pan-European patent matters, performing freedom-to-operate analyses in addition to handling infringement proceedings and seizures before the French courts. On the commercial front, the firm advises clients on the creation, development and defence of IP assets, with a particular strength in supporting clients in the life sciences sector in hard and soft IP matters. The team is jointly led by Thomas Bouvet, a highly experienced patents, trade secrets and plant variety rights litigator, and Edouard Fortunet, who advises on soft IP matters, including the IP aspects of IPOs.

Practice head(s):

Thomas Bouvet; Edouard Fortunet

Testimonials

‘This is the best team in France for pharma and biotech patent matters. Their level of sophistication is unrivalled.’

‘Thomas Bouvet is the leading patent litigator in France.’

Key clients

Lufthansa Technik AG

SCHWIND eye-tech-solutions GmbH

Eligo Bioscience

Sanofi

Infineon Technologies AG

ProGeLife SAS

Knauf Insulation GmbH

Amplitude

Daiichi Sankyo

Work highlights

  • Represented Lufthansa Technik in its action for infringement against Astronics AES, Panasonic Avionics and Thales Avionics regarding a European patent on a power supply device for use in aircraft cabins.
  • Defended SCHWIND against an action brought by competitor Carl Zeiss Meditec on the basis of three European patents in connection with SCHWIND’s flagship surgical laser.
  • Represented Eligo Bioscience as a defendant in patent infringement proceedings initiated by SNIPR Biome.

France > Intellectual property: Trade marks and designs Tier 1

Jones Day excels in representing wine and spirits and life sciences clients before French and European courts and IP offices, handling trade mark infringement proceedings, and cancellation and revocation actions. On the transactional front, the firm advises on complex licence agreements in addition to assisting clients with managing IP rights and carrying out due diligence in relation to M&A transactions and joint ventures. The practice is led by Emmanuel Baud, a litigator who also advises clients on matters concerning protected geographical indications and appellations of origin. Co-head Edouard Fortunet advises on brand strategies, IP creation and enforcement work, and IP matters relating to IPOs.

Practice head(s):

Emmanuel Baud; Edouard Fortunet

Other key lawyers:

Philippe Marchiset; Sarah Candelibes

Testimonials

‘Jones Day has very solid expertise in consulting and litigation in copyright and trade mark law. We have been successfully advised for trade mark revocation actions for non-use and for misleading use both before the INPI and before the EUIPO. Jones Day presented us with a clear and effective strategy with great seriousness and great responsiveness.’

‘Edouard Fortunet is a remarkable lawyer with very solid skills in copyright and trade mark law advice and litigation. He offers us innovative strategies with an overview of the options and associated risks, which comforts us in our procedural choices. Very determined, he provides very structured and precise answers to our requests in record time. To recommend without moderation.’

Key clients

Big Fish Game Inc.

Bolt Technology OU

Bureau National Interprofessionnel du Cognac (BNIC)

Comité Champs-Elysées

Culturespaces SA

Deezer SA

Hoshizaki

INAO (Institut National de l’Origine et de la Qualité)

JCDA SAS and Diffulice Sàrl, d/b/a BODY MINUTE

Jean-Charles de Castelbajac

Jeff Koons

Pierre Balmain

Schwa-Medico

Sofidy

Boxy

Voodoo SAS

Work highlights

  • Assisted Bolt Technology OU with protecting its trade mark “Bolt.”
  • Represented Jean-Charles de Castelbajac in various transactional and contentious matters.
  • Represented Voodoo in several civil actions launched against foreign companies and developers with regard to their unlawful copies of several Voodoo games.

France > Private equity: venture/growth capital Tier 1

Jones Day has a ‘very high quality team’ of specialists who regularly represent top tech and biotech companies, as well as the industrial and strategic investors who finance them. The practice skilfully supports clients at every stage of development, with deep expertise in private equity, M&A, and capital markets transactions. The group is jointly led by Renaud Bonnet, Charles Gavoty, Jean-Gabriel Griboul and Geoffroy Pineau-Valencienne. Anne Kerneur, promoted to of counsel in early 2023, is also noted for her support on financing rounds and IPOs. Since publication, Alexandre Wibaux relocated to the firm's New York office.

Practice head(s):

Renaud D. Bonnet; Charles Gavoty; Jean-Gabriel Griboul; Geoffroy Pineau-Valencienne

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Very high quality team, perfectly mastering the legal and business issues of transactions.’

‘A very strong team the client can fully rely on to deliver. Excellent understanding of the market and issues clients deal with which enables them to provide practical solutions. I can fully rely on this team on the most complex issues.’

Key clients

Swile

BackMarket

ManoMano

Ankorstore

Bpifrance

Matera

Eurazeo

Amolyt Pharma

Creadev

Eki Metrics

Valar Ventures

Hi Inov

Seventure Partners

Planity

Mérieux Equity Partner

Elaia Partners

OpenClassrooms

Institut Pasteur

Snapshift

360Learning

France > Capital markets: equity capital markets Tier 2

Jones Day provides a one-stop-shop for equity capital markets services for a broad client base of issuers and underwriters and is particularly noted for fielding an ‘excellent team for ECM small and mid-cap transactions’. Headed by the highly regarded Florent BouyerLinda Hesse, who is an expert in equity securities and accompanying regulatory matters, and Renaud Bonnet, who has forged a reputation as a start-up specialist, the group assists with high-value IPOs, block trades, share capital increase, public and private placements, convertible bonds and SPACs.

Practice head(s):

Linda Hesse; Renaud Bonnet; Florent Bouyer

Testimonials

‘Good team with Florent Bouyer and Linda Hesse.’

‘Excellent team on ECM small and mid-cap transactions.’

‘Florent Bouyer is pragmatic and very professional.’

Key clients

Bank of America

Berenberg, Gilbert Dupont and Louis Capital Markets

BNP Paribas

Bombardier Inc.

Carmat

Cellectis

Criteo

Deezer

EUROAPI

Lhyfe

Nanobiotix

Natixis

Sanofi

Voltalia

Waga Energy

France > Compliance Tier 2

Jones Day's Paris practice assists many leading French and international companies, including blue-chip names in the telecoms, IT and energy sectors. The team provides strong guidance on risk mapping and compliance in the field of anti-corruption and is also entrusted to assist with the conduct of internal investigations following the emergence of suspicions or allegations of bribery, corruption, fraud and other criminal offences committed in France or abroad. The practice, which can also rely on a strong global network, also handles more domestic issues, including assisting clients during AFA compliance audits. White-collar criminal law expert Bénédicte Graulle heads the practice, with counsel Vincent Ohannessian and associate Jérémy Attali providing key support. Compliance expertise in the fields of competition, employment and product safety are also offered by the wider French team.

Practice head(s):

Bénédicte Graulle

Testimonials

‘The compliance team combines expertise, availability, pragmatism and sympathy. On the expertise side, I appreciate the French and global approach and the consulting approach enriched by litigation and AFA control experience. On the fees side, I appreciate the transparent and flexible approach, as well as the allocation of tasks between the different levels of seniority in order to adapt the level of costs according to the tasks to be accomplished.’

‘Bénédicte Graule and Jérémy Attali make up a great team; they are friendly experts.’

‘The team has a preeminent reputation and very robust expertise in the field of investigations. They handle a wide range of multijurisdictional investigations and frequently work with other offices across the globe. They have the ability to select the right team with the right experience to deal with varying and sometimes competing legal systems. Furthermore, the team has extensive practical experience and market-leading capabilities in the compliance field, especially in handling risk audits, implementing compliance policy programs to meet the Sapin II Law anticorruption requirements (anticorruption policy, whistleblowing system, risk mapping, third-party due diligence procedures, etc.) and assisting in the course of inspection by the French Anti-Corruption Agency. They have created powerful tools and developed internal know-how to assist companies in assessing and managing risks. The practice also offers in-depth guidance on U.S. and EU sanctions issues. The team is strongly committed, very responsive and provide tailor-made work. The lawyers know how to make themselves available.’

‘Bénédicte Graulle is a key player in the field of internal investigations and compliance. She is a standout, pragmatic, client-oriented and well-respected practitioner who is excellent in designing tailor-made compliance programs. She is very reliable and highly committed.

‘Vincent Ohannessian has strong expertise in assessing and mitigating compliance risks, investigating and remediating allegations of non-compliance, and resolving government enforcement actions. He has in-depth experience in finance and accounting processes and corporate and business law. He is always available and very responsive’.

‘Jérémy Attali has notable expertise in multi-jurisdictional investigations and compliance, great interpersonal skills and provides clear practical advice.’

‘Excellent knowledge of our business sector and our work environment, great expertise on these compliance issues and great availability.’

‘Availability and efficiency.’

France > EU, competition and distribution Tier 2

Much of Jones Day’s work in the competition sphere is cross-border, with the Paris team often working with other offices. Practice head Eric Barbier de la Serre led a team including Italian colleagues to successfully appeal Crédit Agricole Consumer Finance’s fine by the Italian Competition Authority, while the Brussels team, headed by Brussels-based Charlotte Breuvart, acted for French client EDF in numerous acquisitions and joint ventures, gaining clearance from global competition authorities such as the European Commission, FCA and Polish and Chinese authorities. With a practice covering merger control and representation in cartel cases, the firm also covers state aid. Counsel Eileen Lagathu is also noted.

Practice head(s):

Eric Barbier de la Serre

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Very competent and always available team.’

‘The people I have worked with are very reliable and professional.’

Key clients

EDF

DHL / Deutsche Post

Suez

Renault

Pisto

Sanofi

Ligue Nationale de Rugby

Teréga

IFPEN

ENEDIS

Orange

Crédit Agricole Consumer Finance

Work highlights

  • Obtained a definitive victory for Crédit Agricole Consumer Finance (CACF) and FCA Bank before the Italian Council of State, securing the rare outcome of an annulment of a decision by the Italian Competition Authority (AGCM).
  • Advising Sanofi on the carve out that created EUROAPI, a leading European company dedicated to the development, production and marketing of active pharmaceutical ingredients (APIs).
  • Advised the EDF group on a broad range of antitrust matters, including (i) the acquisition of Essent Belgium by Luminus and (ii) the acquisition by EDF of a 50% equity interest in Orange Concessions.

France > Industry focus: Energy Tier 2

Jones Day‘s team has a multitude of experts at its helm, including project finance specialists Sophie Chevallier, Qian Hu and Nicolas Brice; alongside M&A experts Rémy Fekete, Audrey Bontemps, Alexandre de Verdun, Françoise Labrousse and Florent Bouyer; and energy, government and regulation specialist Philippe Delelis. Notably, the practice advised Tikehau Investment Management in connection with the fundraising of the T2 Energy Transition Fund and its co-investment vehicles, raising over €1bn. Such high-value work is not uncommon for the team, which frequently handles acquisitions, financings, and the delivery of high-profile projects, particularly in the renewable energy sector, including wind, solar, hydrogen and nuclear elements. It is also well equipped to handle matters involving oil and gas.

Practice head(s):

Sophie Chevallier; Nicolas J. Brice; Rémy Fekete; Philippe Delelis; Audrey A. Bontemps; Alexandre F. de Verdun; Francoise S. Labrousse; Florent Bouyer; Qian Hu

Key clients

TotalEnergies

Agence Togolaise d’Electrification Rurale et des Energies Renouvelables

Framatome

Cap Vert Energie (CVE)

Voltalia

Waga Energy

Engie

France > Private equity: Fund formation Tier 2

Jones Day‘s comprehensive and multidisciplinary practice spans formation and fundraising across a range of funds including venture, growth, and co-investment funds strategies as well as a range of domestic and foreign regulatory issues. The practice is led by the ‘very competentFlorence Moulin, who has expertise advising institutional investors, pension funds, and family offices on their investments in alternative investment funds. Associate Marine L’Hostis provides additional support. Andras Csonka left the firm in January 2023 for Paul Hastings LLP.

Practice head(s):

Florence Moulin

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Very high level of technical and practical knowledge of the sector. Solution and customer service oriented. Reactivity and availability.’

‘Partner Florence Moulin: very competent, listening to the client, solution provider, knowledge of the operating mechanisms of the supervisory authority, etc.’

‘Florence Moulin’s team is essential for the structuring of funds and more specifically for vehicles dedicated to capital ventures thanks to a leading technical expertise combined with an excellent knowledge of market practices.’

Key clients

Amboise Partners/Altaroc

Ardian

Arkéa Capital

Brownfields Gestion

Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec

Capital Croissance

CARMIGNAC GESTION SA

China International Capital Corporation (Hong Kong) Limited

Creadev

Edmond de Rothschild (France)

Eternam

Eurazeo Investment Manager – EIM SA (ex Idinvest Partners)

Eutopia Gestion

Financière Arbevel SAS

Five Arrows Managers

Frst Capital

Ixo Private Equity

LBO France Gestion

Neuflize OBC

Partners Group

Raise Conseil

Renault SAS

SERENA CAPITAL

Singular Capital Partners

Sigefi Private Equity (Siparex group)

Starquest

Tikehau Ace Capital

Tikehau Investment Management

Unigrains

Xerys Invest

Work highlights

  • Advising Arkéa Capital in relation to the creation and fundraising of We Positive Invest 2 FPCI, an impact fund focused on the energy and climate change transition, the circular economy, the human capital and health & well-being.
  • Advising Starquest in relation to the creation and fundraising of “Starquest Protect Fund”, an impact fund (classified article 9 under SFDR) which had its first closing at €60 million
  • Advised Tikehau Ace Capital on the formation of Ace Aéro Partenaires, a new investment fund dedicated to supporting and strengthening the aerospace industry.

France > Banking and finance: transactional work Tier 3

The group at Jones Day is led by corporate finance and debt restructuring experts Frédéric Gros, who also handles matters involving real estate finance and financial litigation, and Diane Sénéchal, who specialises in leveraged and acquisition finance. The team frequently links up with practitioners in its global offices to advise major institutional lenders, private equity firms and asset managers on cross-border transactions.

Practice head(s):

Frederic Gros; Diane Sénéchal

Testimonials

‘Jones Day has a very nice team for financing, very professional, and above all ,providing very clear advice’

‘Diane Senechal: long experience in the financing market, very good visibility.’

‘This firm works on end-to-end projects, particularly in files integrating new technologies.’

Key clients

American Industrial Partners

Blackstone / Blackstone Real Estate Debt Strategies

Candriam

Coöperatieve Rabobank U.A.

Crédit Agricole CIB and Crédit Agricole Nord de France

Goldman Sachs

Macquarie Capital Europe Ltd

Pemberton Capital Advisors

SFIL

Thales

Tikehau Capital/Tikehau Capital Advisors

Tikehau Private Debt

Work highlights

  • Advised the arranger (Tikehau Investment Management) and the lenders (direct lending funds managed or advised by Tikehau Investment Management) on the financing of the acquisition by way of tender offer by Synsion BidCo.
  • Advised Permira Credit Limited and funds advised or managed by Permira Credit Limited, on the unitranche financing granted in the context of the merger of Private Sport Shop and SportPursuit.
  • Advised Armor-IIMAK on the financing of an MBO transaction by way of a term loan B in the context of which the Astorg funds became a minority shareholder of Armor-IImak.

France > Capital markets: debt capital markets Tier 3

Backed by a global network spanning five continents, the Paris DCM team at Jones Day brings strength to high-value DCM transactions, advising a client base of financial institutions, in addition to corporates active in sectors including healthcare and pharmaceuticals and telecoms. Headed by firm ESG coordinator and debt securities expert Linda A Hesse and of counsel and DCM EMEA coordinator Natalia Sauszyn, the group assists with matters involving standalone issuances, EMTN programmes, liability management and bond terms renegotiations, high-yield issuances and structured debt.

Practice head(s):

Linda Hesse; Natalia Sauszyn

Testimonials

‘Natalia Sauszyn is  rising star on the structured/ESG side.’

‘A very attentive team that exceeds expectations.’

‘Natalia Sauszyn stands out particularly for her dynamism, rigour, availability.’

‘Great listening skills and a certain patience to understand the problems of their customers. We appreciated their interventions on different types of very technical files, always very relevant, precise and efficient.’

Key clients

BNP Paribas

Crédit Agricole S.A.

Crédit Industriel et Commercial

Natixis

BPCE

AXA Banque

European Bank for Reconstruction and Development

Amber Group

BPCE S.A.

Orange

Sanofi

Work highlights

  • Advised BNP Paribas in connection with the structuring and issuance of a tokenised ESG bond.
  • Advised Crédit Agricole Home Loan SFH as issuer in relation to its inaugural issuance of EUR 1bn social covered bonds listed on Euronext Paris, of which the proceeds of the bonds were applied to refinance loans promoting ownership to low-income households.
  • Advising Crédit Industriel et Commercial as consent solicitation agent and tender offer coordinator in the renegotiation of EUR 100m bonds issued by a French partner of aerospace manufacturers.

France > Dispute resolution: Commercial litigation Tier 3

Jones Day fields a solid practice, capable of handling a broad range of cases, including cross-border ones. While the team represents a diverse client base including banks and financial companies, it is a strong choice for industrial manufacturers and operators which it notably represents in cases concerning pollution, industrial accidents and product liability. The team manages several sensitive cases in that area for leading industrial companies and has also been retained lately to assist a client facing green-washing accusations from NGOs. General commercial and corporate litigation are other strengths. Ozan AkyurekElie Kleiman Françoise Labrousse and Cyril Philibert are the key contacts. Frédéric Gros is defending several banks in ‘toxic’ loan cases granted to French municipalities prior to the 2009 financial crisis.

Practice head(s):

Ozan Akyurek; Cyril Philibert

Testimonials

‘An excellent firm with a wide range of capabilities.’

‘Strong and knowledgeable team, with deep experience in the aviation and product liability sectors. Very attentive to clients.’

‘Ozan Akyurek has great knowledge and is a fierce litigator.’

‘The team is very available and comes up with strategies to adopt’.

‘Cyril Philibert is very attentive and is a real expert’.

‘A very reliable quality of services’.

Key clients

Société de Financement Local

Dexia Crédit Local

Vestergaard Frandsen SA

Work highlights

  • Representing Dexia Crédit Local, SFIL and Caisse Française de Financement Local in more than 200 litigation cases relating to structured products commercialised to French municipalities.

France > Dispute resolution: International arbitration Tier 3

Jones Day‘s Paris office has a strong track record handling cases with a nexus to the Middle East. The practice is notably handling a high-profile case pertaining to the Iraqi telecoms sector and managing several significant cases linked to Algeria and Saudi Arabia. It is also involved in matters concerning various other parts of the world including Europe and Argentina. Construction, as well as oil and gas are key industry sectors but the caseload is quite diverse and also includes a sensitive dispute over environmental liabilities in the defence sector. The practice is able to deal with both commercial and investment arbitration. The team is co-headed by Elie Kleiman and  Jean-Pierre Harb; they are supported by recently promoted of counsel Claire Pauly.

Practice head(s):

Elie Kleiman; Jean Pierre Harb

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Tight and experienced team, very attentive to customers and experts, that finds the right balance in its relations with all parties. No arrogance and very pleasant to work with.’

‘Elie Kleiman and Claire Pauly are a well-established and very effective duo.’

‘The team is very responsive; perfectly understands legal issues and always offers a very pragmatic approach, guided by clients’ concerns and needs.’

‘Elie Kleiman, Jean-Pierre Harb and Claire Pauly are all excellent lawyers and fine litigators. Jean-Pierre Harb has in-depth knowledge of the EMEA region and a solid experience in construction in particular.’

‘Excellent team of seasoned international arbitration professionals. One of the most brilliant minds in the profession. Excellent knowledge of the technical and financial aspects of files.’

‘Elie Kleiman and Claire Pauly are both incredibly brilliant and very approachable. It is a pleasure to work with them.’

‘A dynamic team.’

‘Elie Kleiman has strong experience and authority in international arbitration. Claire Pauly is undoubtedly one of the future stars of international arbitration, thanks to her dynamism and her great professionalism.’

France > Dispute resolution: White-collar crime Tier 3

Jones Day’s Bénédicte Graulle heads a team that has strong expertise acting for banks and industrial companies. The practice notably defends several banks and executives facing allegations of fraud, and is also a key name for cybercrime cases. The team also stands out for its ability to manage highly sensitive industrial accidents and employment criminal law cases. The practice is experienced in handling cross-border cases involving investigations from the French or/and foreign authorities, where it can also offer complementary in-house discovery and internal investigations know-how. Major industrial companies, notably in the energy and pharmaceutical fields, as well as banks and financial services companies are clients.

Practice head(s):

Bénédicte Graulle

Testimonials

‘Excellent expertise, very good knowledge of the banking sector; great availability. Ability to propose innovative and adapted solutions; it is extremely pleasant to work with Bénédicte Graulle and her team.’

‘Bénédicte Graulle is a great professional, who provides excellent advice and great availability’.

‘The team is very attentive to the needs of customers and adapts perfectly to them in record time.’

‘Bénédicte Graulle is an exceptional lawyer. Endowed with a remarkable intelligence of situations and a sensitive understanding of human attitudes, she puts all her commitment and her remarkable legal intelligence at the service of her clients.’

‘Bénédicte Graulle provides exceptional efficiency and availability’

‘They rank among the best in the market in terms of response times, thoroughness of the work they provide and reliability. The advice is always sound and takes into account legal and non-legal aspects.’

‘Bénédicte Graulle stands out as a very calm, reliable and professional advisor. She is respected in the legal community.’

France > Employment Tier 3

Jones Day has a key Paris-based team with strong capabilities to handle cross-border projects by combining forces with the firm’s other international offices; the Paris team was recently involved in several large cross-border M&A projects in the energy and IT sectors. The team is also well qualified to assist clients with collective negotiations and compliance review work, and is also managing several disputes concerning manager’s incentives and bonus remuneration issues. The practice is co-headed by Emmanuelle Rivez-Domont and Jean-Michel Bobillo. Recently promoted of counsel Gabriel Ferran and recent counsel promotion Camille Cournot are two other strong collaborators.

Practice head(s):

Emmanuelle Rivez-Domont; Jean-Michel Bobillo

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Skilled, clear advice and quick responses’.

‘Jones Day offers a very high level of expertise and support, with a very strong ability to propose operational solutions, taking into account constraints and multiple/transverse issues.’

‘Gabriel Ferran is always available, very reactive with an ability to propose operational solutions to achieve the desired objective.’

‘High availability and responsiveness; clearly formulated and good quality advice, adapted to the complexity of the situation.’

‘Gabriel Ferran has a very clear view of issues and sums up the different options available to us particularly well; he is able to be direct at the right time, when necessary, but allows consensus to form within the client’s team’.

Key clients

Framatome SAS

Work highlights

  • Advised Framatome on its acquisition of the Rolls-Royce Civil Nuclear Instrumentation and Control business in France, China and Czech Republic.

France > Industry focus: Healthcare and life sciences Tier 3

Jones Day's cross-practice team advises life sciences clients on complex commercial transactions, regulatory disputes, and intellectual property matters. Renaud Bonnet co-leads the firm's global private equity practice, and advises healthcare clients on M&A and capital markets deals. Françoise Labrousse focuses on health and safety compliance investigations and regulatory enforcement litigation.

Practice head(s):

Françoise Labrousse; Renaud Bonnet

Other key lawyers:

Thomas Bouvet; Charles Gavoty; Linda Hesse; Armelle Sandrin-Deforge; Geoffroy Pineau-Valencienne; Elodie Simon; Bénédicte Graulle

Testimonials

‘Very strong team, excellent experience in arbitration and patent litigation matters in life sciences sector. Specific capabilities in plant varieties rights.’

‘Thomas Bouvet is an excellent professional in arbitration matters.’

Key clients

Institut Pasteur

Nanobiotix

Sanofi

Amplitude

Eligo Bioscience

France > Industry focus: IT and internet  Tier 3

The ‘very competent’ team at Jones Day is co-headed by Rémy Fekete and specialist in cybersecurity, technology and IP Olivier Haas. The breadth of its workload across the TMT sector is impressive; it is well-equipped to advise on e-commerce, software distribution, and digital transformation projects, as well as on cloud computing. It regularly advises on the GDPR and due diligence matters of high-value deals. Marta Lahuerta Escolano, frequently active on matters regarding the e-health industry, was promoted to of counsel in March 2023.

Practice head(s):

Rémy Fekete; Olivier Haas

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Marta Lahuerta Escolano is available and understanding of clients’ needs.’

‘Great expertise in their field and good knowledge of M&A.’

‘Perfect knowledge of the political machinery in the relevant countries, subject to calls for tenders.’

‘Rémy Fekete’s team is undoubtedly one of the most efficient in the IT sector.’

‘Availability and expertise in IT, digital, data, with knowledge of digital issues and ability to intervene in M&A and international projects. This firm also has an international network for legal issues, which is very useful.’

‘M&A and digital expertise and more international expertise than other firms and an excellent knowledge of our internal activities.’

‘The team is very competent and works in a coordinated and integrated manner with other teams in the firm (for files that may require several skills). The quality of service and advice lives up to the reputation for excellence of this international firm. Partners and collaborators are always available and committed, with human qualities that make the difference.’

‘Olivier Haas is very competent and involved in understanding the issues beyond the law and finding effective, solid and rapid solutions.’

Key clients

Caisse des dépôts et consignations

Eutelsat

Agence nationale d’aménagement des infrastructures minières (ANAIM)

Monaco Telecom

Regulatory Authority for Electronic Communications and Postal services (“ARCEP”) – Republic of Burkina Faso

International Finance Corporation (IFC)

Orange

Marjane

Sigfox

SUEZ

Ministry of Digital Economy and Digital Transformation (MENTD) – Republic of Togo

Presidency of the Republic of Togo

Work highlights

  • Advises ASN with respect to the negotiation and drafting of the financing documentation for the deployment and landing of the Medusa cable system that will be landing in Marseille and connect North Africa with south Europe.
  • Advised Suez in relation to the drafting and negotiation of the Transitional Services Agreement for IT and data processing services to be implemented in relation to the carve-out and sale of their waste processing business to PreZero in four EU countries.
  • Assisted on the IT and data protection aspects of the merger transaction between Deezer and I2PO.

France > Insolvency Tier 3

Jones Day acts for a broad array of stakeholders, including debt and investment funds and banks, as well as debtors and companies. The restructuring team is able to handle cross-border work and was recently involved in several highlights matters involving companies involved in the healthcare and retail sectors. The team also acted in several smaller cases concerning biotechnology companies. Its ability to dovetail with the firm's finance practice also earns it mandates from financial institutions to assist with the granting of loans to distressed companies and restructuring of financial debts, notably in the field of derivatives. The practice also assists investors presenting asset takeover bids. The practice is led by Fabienne Beuzit, who is supported by counsels Elodie Fabre and Rodolphe Carrière.

Practice head(s):

Fabienne Beuzit

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘High availability and commitment. Collaboration is simple and fluid.’

‘Fabienne Beuzit is recommended for her great perspective on files and her very large network, which she knows how to mobilize quickly’.

‘Innovative and very skilled team on cross-border issues, especially involving the USA’.

‘The team knows how to lead a restructuring file with seriousness and simplicity. Their human qualities (in particular their listening skills) make it possible to soothe relations which can sometimes be contentious, without sacrificing very rigorous legal analyzes. They also know how to work well with the other teams within their firm, in particular the capital markets and derivatives team.’

‘Fabienne Beuzit manages all her cases very professionally. Rodolphe Carrière has extensive skills in managing pools and complicated cases.’

‘The firm knows how to handle large and particularly complex cases.’

‘Fabienne Beuzit is a remarkable lawyer. She has extensive experience in managing complex situations. She is creative, pugnacious and a very skilled negotiator. A great worker, she explores all aspects of a case and leaves nothing out.’

Key clients

Athyrium Capital

Electrolux

Neuflize OBC and BNP Paribas

American Industrial Partners (AIP)

Lightship Capital II LLC

Groupe Royer

Whitestone/Groupe Hamon

Trigo/Scortex

CIC

Natixis

Work highlights

  • Advising Athyrium Capital on the acquisition of the business and assets of Biom’up SA in judicial reorganisation proceedings.
  • Acting for Electrolux in several lawsuits against a decision of the French Supreme Court which annulled the extension of its judicial reorganisation proceedings.
  • Advising Neuflize OBC and BNP Paribas, as lenders and creditors of Société d’Investissement Touristique et Immobilier, on a syndicated 30 million euros loan.

France > Mergers and acquisitions Tier 3

Jones Day, a firm with a global presence, is engaged on both large-cap and mid-market M&A, directing particular emphasis towards deals within the energy, life sciences, defence and aerospace, industrials, consumer products and technology fields. Fronted by Sophie Hagège, a lawyer proficient in cross-border M&A, joint ventures, commercial agreements and outsourcing projects, the team also includes Audrey Bontemps,  who provides the group with an in-depth knowledge of chemical and real estate-related transactions. A further name to note is associate Alexandre Heydel, who has already forged a track record in coordinating multi-jurisdictional deals.

Practice head(s):

Sophie Hagège

Other key lawyers:

Alexandre de Verdun; Gael Saint Olive; Audrey Bontemps; Delphine Sauvebois-Brunel; Alexandre Heydel

Testimonials

‘Alexander de Verdun and Alexander Heydel are recommended.’

‘We engaged the Jones Day team for an international transaction. The Jones Day team worked seamlessly with our Australian lawyers. The transaction was complex and carried out under extreme time pressure. The Jones Day team were excellent in the quality of their advice and responsiveness.’

‘Alexandre de Verdun was the lead lawyer from Jones Day. He provides pragmatic advice of excellent quality and seamlessly managed the inputs into the transaction from other subject-matter experts within Jones Day.’

‘Ability to manage legal issues from different perspectives through a diversified team. Effective and cooperative approach towards client.’

Key clients

DataBank

EDF

Framatome

Goldman Sachs

Mapei

Pisto

Suez SA

Sanofi

TotalEnergies Gaz Electricité de France

TotalEnergies SE

Simpson Manufacturing Co., Inc.

Work highlights

  • Advised Sanofi on the carve out that created EUROAPI, a leading European company dedicated to the development, production and marketing of active pharmaceutical ingredients, and its company listing on the Euronext Paris pan-European bourse.
  • Advised Simpson Manufacturing Co., Inc., an industry leader in engineered structural connectors and building solutions, on its acquisition of Etanco Group from investment fund ICG.
  • Advising TotalEnergies on its joint venture with Plastic Energy to build France’s first chemical recycling plant at the TotalEnergies’ Grandpuits platform, which is the first industrial platform to be authorized under the Action Plan for Business Growth and Transformation.

France > Real estate Tier 3

Jones Day is described as having an ‘exceptional ability to provide exhaustive legal support’ to its clients, and is headed by Erwan Le Douce-Bercot; the team is supported by partner specialists in tax, financing and public law, which enables the provision of a well-rounded service. It handles a broad array of real estate work, including the acquisition and sale of assets and portfolios, leasing and asset management, construction and development projects and urban planning, as well as real estate litigation. Of counsel Flavia Poujade is one to watch in the team.

Practice head(s):

Erwan Le Douce-Bercot

Other key lawyers:

Carol Khoury; Solène Maulard; Flavia Poujade

Testimonials

‘Jones Day is able to support us on a variety of real estate subjects: from the most classic to the most complex. The operation of the team is clear to the client, and we appreciate the fact that we can mobilize Jones Day teams in a broad or targeted manner according to our needs, without loss of efficiency and with price transparency. 

‘Erwan le Douce Bercot and Pauline Ezcurra have great knowledge of the sector, and offer sound advice for litigation and acquisition of assets cases.’

‘The Jones Day real estate team has extensive experience in acquisitions, sales and commercial leases. It always demonstrates responsiveness and pragmatism. In addition, it works in a very integrated way with the other departments, especially if a need arises in terms of the environment or taxation.’

‘Carol Khoury is always responsive, reliable and efficient. She manages our real estate needs whether it is lease negotiation or legal advice.’

‘The team brings a complete, precise and exhaustive approach, taking into account the strategic vision that I bring on these issues whilst fully retaining its independence of reading and its capacity for legal innovation.’

‘The partners and lawyers with whom I have worked at Jones Day, being Erwan Le Douce-Bercot and Adèle Durupt, stand out for their approach; their intellectual openness and respect for the vision that I bring to my files are founding elements of their exceptional ability to provide exhaustive legal support both intellectually and technically.’

‘Solène Maulard, Flavia Poujade and Erwan Ledouce-Bercot stand out from other lawyers in the market.’

‘Erwan Le Douce Bercot is a sensitive, attentive, rigorous, creative and responsive lawyer, who fully understands the constraints and needs of his clients. Clients feel confident when they entrust him with a file, knowing that it will be treated with infinite kindness, great rigor and completed within the required deadlines. Solène Maulard is also an indispensable asset in our files.’

Key clients

AGC Equity Partners

Casino Guichard Perrachon

Crossbay France

Framatome SAS

Goldman Sachs

Heart of La Défense (subsidiary of a consortium led by Amundi)

La Française

MARK Capital Management Limited

Présidence de la République du Togo

Redblue Real Estate

Sanofi

Sherwin Williams

Simpson Manufacturing Co., Inc.

Tempur Sealy

TotalEnergies SE

Unibail-Rodamco-Westfield

Work highlights

  • Advised MARK on the pan-European acquisition from Thor Equities of a portfolio of 8 logistics assets.
  • Advised Unibail Rodamco Westfield in the negotiation and drafting of several leases related to the commercialization of the brand new Trinity building in La Défense tower.
  • Advised Crossbay France on the acquisition of several logistics assets located throughout France. We also advised on their asset and rental management post-acquisition.

France > Project finance Tier 4

The team at Jones Day is co-led by ‘expert in the team’ Sophie Chevallier and Nicolas Brice, both of whom specialise in asset and project finance in particular. It is well-equipped to advise on a broad range of corporate and financing issues, being that the team leads are ably supported by a multitude of experts in various related sectors, being Frédéric Gros , Rémi Fekete, Philippe Delelis, Audrey Bontemps, Alexandre de Verdun and Qian Hu . The group’s project finance work involves predominantly domestic advisory work, in such key industries as solar, waste management and energy, with its PPP and IPP projects also spanning other jurisdictions, namely in Africa.

Practice head(s):

Sophie Chevallier; Nicolas J. Brice; Frederic H. Gros; Rémy Fekete; Philippe Delelis; Audrey A. Bontemps; Alexandre F. de Verdun; Qian Hu

Testimonials

‘Responsiveness, strength of proposal in negotiation and recognized legal expertise in the field of project financing, are strengths of the team.’

‘Sophie Chevallier is educational, persevering, and an expert in the team.’

‘A multi-skilled team that can address all subjects, being banking, public law and derivatives, relating to the implementation of project financing.’

‘Sophie Chevallier demonstrates great qualities in listening to her clients and being involved in negotiations on their behalf.’

Key clients

TotalEnergies

Agence Togolaise d’Electrification Rurale et des Energies Renouvelables

Cap Vert Energie (CVE)

Société Générale

Caisse des Dépôts et Consignations (CDC)

Agence des Participations de L’Etat (APE)

Fluence

Engie

TDF Fibre

Presidency of the Republic of Togo

France > Tax Tier 4

Jones Day's tax team handles a whole range of transactional tax matters. The team particularly stands out for its ability to assist startups and internet companies with their growth transactions. The practice also advises several leading French and European companies on tax transactional issues, including M&A. It worked recently on the carve out of an activity pertaining to a major pharmaceutical company. The tax team also has expertise in the field of energy and real estate transactions, and also regularly advises on fund structuring and financing work. Emmanuel de La Rochethulon and Nicolas André are the practice heads.

Practice head(s):

Emmanuel de La Rochethulon; Nicolas André

Testimonials

 ‘The French tax practice is very reliable, both on general tax matters and specific issues faced by a fast-growing tech company. They always provide on-point and business oriented advice. The Paris tax practice can also be trusted with equity incentives and executive compensation matters, and they work seamlessly with their colleagues to make sure that all relevant points are addressed as efficiently as possible.’

‘The integration of the Paris tax practice with the other practices (capital markets, corporate, compliance, labor) is truly impressive. Their internal collaborative approach means that they are up-to-date.’

‘Nicolas André is becoming the go-to lawyer for fast-growing tech companies Recommandations on corporate structuring matters are always very clear and helpful. When discussing with Nicolas and his team, you feel that they always know how to find the right balance between technical advice and business strategy.’

‘Versatile practice led by very competent and accessible partners. Efficiency and pragmatism.’

‘Nicolas André is a business partner, very competent on tax aspects, he knows how to reach out to clients and find answers that are easy to implement.’

Key clients

Tikehau Investment Management

EDF

TotalEnergies

Armor

Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec (CDPQ)

Sanofi

ACV Auctions

Swile

Deezer

Nanobiotix

Pigment

Work highlights

  • Advised Tikehau Investment Management on the fundraising of T2 Energy Transition Fund and its co-investment vehicles dedicated to energy transition.
  • Advising EDF on the acquisition of a minority stake in a real estate holding in France.
  • Advised Armor on the acquisition and financing of International Imaging Materials.

The firm: Jones Day is a global law firm with more than 2,400 lawyers in 40 offices across five continents. The firm is distinguished by: a singular tradition of client service; the mutual commitment to, and the seamless collaboration of, a true partnership; formidable legal talent across multiple disciplines and jurisdictions; and shared professional values that focus on client needs.

Jones Day is an institutional partner for clients who seek counsel that seeks to understand them and their needs; that communicates with clients about their needs and the different tactics available for addressing those needs; that works seamlessly and impressively across offices and practices and with the client; that provides talent and expertise across subject areas and geographies; and that brings commitment and courage to the relationship and its engagements. We are formidable because every partner and every client has the entire global institution at their command and is a high priority of the Firm as a whole. We are true partners, with each other and, even more importantly, with our clients.

Regions of practice
Europe and Middle East:
Jones Day provides a significant presence in Europe that offers clients more than 575 lawyers from its European offices in Amsterdam, Brussels, Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, London, Madrid, Milan, Munich, and Paris. The firm’s lawyers counsel clients in administrative and public law, banking and finance, capital markets, competition law and regulatory, derivatives, market infrastructures, dispute resolution, and investigations.

In the Middle East, the Firm’s Dubai-based lawyers have accumulated significant experience in most of the region’s key industries and jurisdictions, advising on mergers and acquisitions and corporate transactions, projects and infrastructure, commercial transactions, real estate and construction matters, regulatory compliance, and dispute resolution.

United States: Surveys repeatedly list Jones Day as one of the most frequently engaged law firms by U.S. corporations for both transactional and disputes matters, and among the leaders in client service. Jones Day’s more than 1,500 lawyers across its 18 U.S. offices collaborate to serve clients across practices and geographies on all major matters that span time-honored practices (antitrust, mergers and acquisitions, litigation, and government regulation) to more recently established and expanded areas (cybersecurity, life sciences, energy, and technology) that specifically address the contemporary challenges of an increasingly complex global business and legal environment.

Asia-Pacific: Jones Day has committed substantial resources and capacity to serve each of Asia’s distinct markets, including China, Japan, Singapore and Southeast Asia, as well as Australia. Spread throughout ten offices in the region, the Firm’s more than 180 lawyers represent clients in practice areas including antitrust, banking and finance, capital markets, corporate and commercial, energy, global disputes, intellectual property, labor and employment, mergers and acquisitions, private equity, real estate, and several others.

The majority of Jones Day’s Asia-based lawyers are admitted to practice local law in their home jurisdictions. Most have practiced in more than one country, enabling Jones Day’s Asia team to render multijurisdictional legal services. Jones Day has been granted a Qualifying Foreign Law Practice license (QFLP) in Singapore.

Latin America: Jones Day is one of the leading global law firms serving the Latin American region through its offices in Mexico City and São Paulo, along with attorneys based in key business and legal centers such as New York, Houston, Dallas, Miami, and Madrid. Jones Day’s Latin American experience extends to mergers and acquisitions, investigations and anti-corruption, projects and infrastructure, banking and finance, energy, dispute resolution, business restructuring, private equity and capital markets.

Managing partner: Gregory M. Shumaker
Europe and Middle East offices: Amsterdam, Brussels, Dubai, Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, London, Madrid, Milan, Munich, Paris
US offices: Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Cleveland, Columbus, Dallas, Detroit, Houston, Irvine, Los Angeles, Miami, Minneapolis, New York, Pittsburgh,
San Diego, San Francisco, Silicon Valley, Washington, D.C.
Asia-Pacific offices: Beijing, Brisbane, Hong Kong, Melbourne, Perth, Shanghai, Singapore, Sydney, Taipei, Tokyo
Latin America offices: Mexico City, São Paulo

Main areas of practice:

  • Antitrust and competition law
  • Business and tort litigation
  • Business restructuring and reorganization
  • Cybersecurity, privacy and data protection
  • Employee benefits and executive compensation
  • Energy
  • Financial markets
  • Global disputes
  • Government regulation
  • Health care and life sciences
  • Insurance recovery
  • Intellectual property
  • Investigations and white-collar defense
  • Issues and appeals
  • Labor and employment
  • M&A
  • Private equity
  • Real estate
  • Securities litigation and SEC enforcement
  • State Attorney General enforcement, investigations and litigation
  • Tax
  • Technology
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Managing Partner Gregory M. Shumaker