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 an excellent team recommended for complex matters. The practice has high-level public law contract and procurement expertise. It regularly advises on prominent infrastructure work, such as recently advising on new waste concession projects. The team is also increasingly retained for its high regulatory know-how. Transport and energy are key areas in that regard. The practice is notably handling prominent work concerning tariff and distribution issues in the energy sector, as well as matters pertaining to the development and modernisation of energy networks. It has also been solicited to assist with disputes challenging administrative decisions and to manage issues linked to the Covid-19 lockdown. The impressive client base includes many leading French companies and state agencies. The excellent  Philippe Delelis and Nicolas Brice are in charge.

Practice head(s):

Philippe Delelis; Nicolas Brice

Testimonials

‘Excellent.’

‘Philippe Delelis is the best public law lawyer in Paris. With his remarkable intelligence, creativity and availability, he is a game-changer for his clients.’

‘The team has demonstrated responsiveness and clarity in its billing process.’

Key clients

APE

NEXITY

ENEDIS

Caisse Des Depots Et Consignations

Engie

Orange

MERCIALYS

Swile

IZIVIA

Work highlights

  • Advising Enedis (EDF’s subsidiary in charge of the electricity distribution network) on the setup of an industrial partnership in order to design, develop and operate a new distribution network digital system.
  • Advising the consortium on the Cegelog tender process launched by the French Ministry of Armed Forces for the construction, modernisation and management of all the residential complexes and buildings of the Ministry.
  • Assisting the Agence des Participations de L’Etat (APE) with the privatisation of the company Aéroports de Paris (ADP) which runs the Parisian airports (Roissy Charles-de-Gaulle, Orly and 11 other airports in the Ile-de-France Region).

France > Derivatives and structured finance Tier 1

Jones Day impresses with a global footprint, making the firm an excellent choice for complex cross-border matters, and with specialised teams in securitisation and structured finance, led by Christine Van Gallebaert, and derivatives, led by Qian Hu  and Alban Caillemer du Ferrage  who has been acting as the official counsel of the International Swaps and Derivatives Association for over 25 years. Hu’s expertise in transactions involving ESG criteria across the US, Asia and Europe, and her specialisation in clearing OTC derivatives are further assets. The complementary expertise in cross-border financial litigation and investigations and the practice’s ability to join forces with its restructuring colleagues also contribute to the firm’s excellent reputation.  Cementing its role as contributor to key regulatory changes in the market, the practice is working on extending the ISDA Master Agreement and documentation to securities financial transactions, and has drafted the ISDA US Renewable Energy Certificate Annex which is aimed at standardising ESG derivatives.

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Testimonials

‘Very dynamic and responsive global team!’

‘Alban Caillemer du Ferrage has a global vision of his activity. Saves time and legal fees.’

‘The Jonesday securitization team led by Christine Van Gallebaert and the derivatives team led by Qian Hu are always strong in offering, challenging, taking up challenges in the face of complexity and within tight deadlines. They are never content to respond to demand, they go further in reflection, are looking for the best solutions to best protect the interests of their customers, business oriented, they do not shy away from any difficulty.’

‘Qian Hu: remarkable for her numerous qualities (very precise knowledge of all the subjects surrounding the matter, but not only, business-oriented, responsive and always very professional). At the cutting edge of structured operations technology, essential for complex and structured operations.’

‘Christine van Gallebaert: perfect mastery of securitisation and covered bonds. Never hesitates in the face of the complexity of the subjects, shows great creativity, is very attentive to the needs of clients and never hesitates to shake up knowledge and be innovative in legal documentation.’

‘We mainly work with Christine van Gallebaert and her team. Christine is an excellent lawyer and technician, while remaining very educational. She also shows a lot of involvement in cases – she is constantly looking for legal innovation and does not hesitate to change the lines.’

‘The securitisation team at Jones Day is very knowledgeable and well respected in the industry. We appreciate their availability, their deep understanding of our business model, their ability to connect us with other teams at Jones Day to discuss specific topics (tax, regulation, tokenization platform, etc.).’

‘Christine van Gallebaert is trustworthy, extremely knowledgeable and well respected by her peers. She is quick to connect us with other teams within Jones Day when a different expertise is necessary. We trust her judgement and her ability to get things done within challenging timeframes. She has been intrumental in the success of any deals we have worked on together. We very much like her proactive and solutions-driven approach that has been key to accompany our growth in recent years.’

Work highlights

  • Acted as legal adviser to Natixis and BofA Merrill Lynch, joint lead managers, and Natixis, interest rate swap counterparty, in connection with the securitization of French residential loans.
  • Advising ISDA and its members on the drafting of the ISDA/FIA Cleared Derivatives Execution Agreement (French Law), designed for use by market participants in negotiating swaps to be cleared by clearing houses and is a fundamental piece for the development of the French law derivatives market.
  • Advised Crédit Immobilier de France (CIF) Group on its third and fourth public securitisation of residential loans.

France > Environment Tier 1

With ‘strong expertise across the entire environmental law team’ Jones Day‘s practice is well equipped to advise on a wide range of environmental issues. In a significant deal for the nuclear sector, the firm is acting as counsel for Framatome on its acquisition of the Rolls-Royce civil nuclear instrumentation and control business in France, China and the Czech Republic. Practice head Françoise Labrousse  and Armelle Sandrin-Deforge stand out. Elodie Simon is a name to note for chemical products.

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Testimonials

‘Strong expertise across the entire environmental law team’.

‘Françoise Labrousse gives excellent advice on strategy aspects.’

‘Highly skilled and business-oriented team, providing excellent advice in terms of quality and availability.’

‘Francoise Labrousse is an excellent lawyer, provides direct advice that is to the point, business-oriented, and very practical. She explores every aspect of each issue and provides proactive advice, too. Elodie Simon is a very precise and highly skilled lawyer.’

Key clients

Framatome

Cascades Inc.

DataBank Holdings Ltd.

Suez

Sanofi

PTT Global Chemical Public Company Limited

France > Intellectual property: Patents Tier 1

Jones Day covers prosecution, litigation, and transactions across France, Europe, the US and Asia Pacific. The team acts in pan-European and international disputes and transactions, frequently assisting pharma companies with creating, developing and defending intellectual property assets, including freedom-to-operate analyses. The team is led by Thomas Bouvet who has vast experience in patent, trade secret, and plant variety rights litigation, with clients ranging from start-ups to international groups. Transaction specialist Edouard Fortunet made partner in January 2021.

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‘Thomas Bouvet has built an unparalleled team in the field of patent litigation.’

‘Thomas Bouvet is the best patent lawyer in France today. His knowledge in the matter, ability to find winning strategies and absolute competence in procedural matters are essential assets.’

Key clients

Lufthansa Technik

SCHWIND eye-tech-solutions GmbH

ENEDIS

France > Intellectual property: Trade marks and designs Tier 1

Jones Day provides full coverage to its clients on French and European trade mark disputes and litigation. Notably, the team has sector-specific knowledge in the wine and spirits industries and is able to advise on relevant IP matters such as licensing, marketing and regulatory issues, as well as the protection of brands that utilise the protected geographical indication system. Practice head Emmanuel Baud is experienced in representing clients in IP matters such as trade marks, designs, trade secrets and unfair competition, with a track record in assisting well-known food and beverage players with protected geographical indications. Edouard Fortunet, who made partner in January 2021, focuses on soft IP matters, with expertise in advising on IPOs and technology and wine and spirit industry clients.

Practice head(s):

Emmanuel Baud

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Testimonials

‘Sharp firm with great IP expertise.’

‘Emmanuel Baud has in-depth expertise and detailed analysis, great rigour and informed risk assessment.’

‘Jones Day clearly falls into the category of full service law firm with a strong and wide coverage of IP aspects, in France and at a worldwide level. Jones Day IP team is one step ahead in my view compared to its competitors given its IP transactional / IP litigation skills combination, its worldwide offices (with a very strong presence in the US and a presence in all countries that are relevant to our business) and its dedication to clients (strengthened by its partnership rules which makes the coordination very fluid and the ability to work with any offices worldwide very easy). Their premier intellectual property team in Paris provides high-profile advice across all key pillars of IP protection. The team offers comprehensive national and cross-border coverage of intellectual property law and has first-class experience in brand protection. In addition, Jones Day has developed a specific IP transactional practice, which is key in M&A and PE matters Tech companies such as Deezer are dealing with. Partners and associates have great availability, are top in their field and demonstrate excellent relationship management skills.’

‘Emmanuel Baud is committed to his clients and passionate about his work. He is able to navigate and manage the process effectively, all with a dedication to the client. On the litigation front, we trust him with highlevel matters. Edouard Fortunet is smart, business-minded, responsive and reliable. He is my go-to person for all IP matters. Edouard has the requisite experience in the legal issues and risks that underpin our transactions, as well as a firm understanding of the underlying business such as commercial risk and reward elements. A top notch lawyer in my view who is a true business partner on a daily basis and knows how to develop an extremely strong relationship with his clients. A true role model for any junior partner’

‘Great responsiveness, attentive listening to customer needs, great rigor in the analysis of files and precise strategy proposed to the customer. Jones Day knows how to innovate by offering original solutions and being inventive in the face of complex legal issues in the context of litigation. Extensive expertise in copyright and trademark infringement litigation.’

‘Edouard Fortunet is very responsive, rigorous and human. He has extensive expertise both in copyright and trademark law litigation and in contractual matters. He always has a relevant analysis of cases and a precise legal strategy. He knows how to be daring and creative in the face of the challenges posed by a complex affair. Certain talent for the practice of advocacy.’

‘The network of the firm to connect issues from multiple jurisdictions in order to fit the customers need in complex contracts is unique.’

‘Edouard Fortunet is not only available at all times, but also manages to guide the client trough his network of collaborators within jones day.’

Key clients

Bolt Technology OU

Jean-Charles De Castelbajac

Voodoo SAS

Deezer SA

Les Heritiers Matisse

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

JCDA SAS and Diffulice Sàrl, operating under the name “Body Minute”

Jeff Koons and Jeff Koons LLC

ENEDIS

Work highlights

  • Represented Bolt Technology OU (formerly Taxify OU) to protect its trademark “Bolt”.
  • Retained by Jean-Charles de Castelbajac to take over his representation in various litigation matters, including infringement, cancellation, and revocation actions pending before French and EU courts.
  • Represented Voodoo in several civil actions launched against foreign companies and developers further to their unlawful copies of several Voodoo games.

France > Private equity: venture/growth capital Tier 1

The very experienced team of Jones Day assists a variety of clients, ranging from start-ups to established investors, at every stage of development. The practice manages one of the busiest caseloads in the French market, not the least because of its full range of expertise, from seed to late-stage financing, M&A, exit transactions, MBO/LBO, and capital market transactions. The practice is co-led by Renaud Bonnet, Charles Gavoty, Jean-Gabriel Griboul, and Geoffroy Pineau-Valencienne. Alexandre Wibaux and counsel Anne Kerneur provide key support in financing rounds, private placements, IPOs, and buyouts.

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Testimonials

‘Effective. Excellent knowledge of venture capital practices.’

‘I have been working with the same partner since 2014 and a team that has remained remarkably stable over this period. Availability, quality of recommendations, follow-up of files, quality of documents produced mean that I continue to entrust Jones Day with all files that may concern them.’

‘Professionals of very high quality, but without ego and who are at the service of their client. They know how to insist when a subject seems important to them without intruding.’

‘The Jones Day team has integrated our points of vigilance and now takes them into account regardless of the person in charge of the subject to be treated. This is true with the team in France, but also when working with their international offices, which makes the process more fluid. They always do their best to make themselves available.’

Key clients

Swile

Cubyn

Gaia Capital Partners

Unseenlabs

Bpifrance

Matera

Eurazeo

BackMarket

Creadev

Eki Metrics

Cap Vert Energie

Hi inov

Seventure Partners

New Alpha Asset Management

Omnes Capital

Elaia Partners

OpenClassrooms

Institut Pasteur

ManoMano

Ankorstore

360Learning

Work highlights

  • Advised Swile on its Series D round of financing led by a London-based growth VC investor with E-ventures.
  • Advised Cubyn on its €35m Series C round of financing led by Bpifrance and Idinvest.
  • Advised Unseenlabs on its €20m Series B round of financing led by 360 Capital Partners and Omnes Capital, with participation by Blue Oceans Partners and existing investors Definvest and Breizh- up participating.

France > Capital markets: equity capital markets Tier 2

Jones Day acts for issuers and underwriters in equity and equity-linked transactions and enjoys an excellent reputation for public M&A transactions. Thanks to the depth of the Paris bench and the firm’s international capital market offering, the group is a popular choice for complex matters, both in France and in multijurisdictional transactions. The Paris-based regulatory, investigations, litigation and private equity experts complement the capital market practice well. Renaud Bonnet and Linda Hesse  are the heads of the practice. Florent Bouyer is among the country’s leading equity capital market experts.  

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Testimonials

‘The big advantage is the wide range of specialists covering all legal problematics. Our entry point is corporate law, but we can easily check tax, employee incentives…available to also cover different countries, with immediate access to appropriate skills.’

‘Very high level of commitment. The deadlines are always met even though our requests are often made at short notice. We also know that we can count on a high availability if very hot negotiations come up. We highly rely on Charles Gavoty and Alexandre Wibaux. Very good follow-up also from paralegal Patricia Jimeno.’

‘Florent Bouyer: excellent knowledge of ECM mid-cap deals.’

‘Very significant experience in equity market operations (IPO, capital increase, shareholdings reclassification). Ability to deploy the necessary team and talent to complete the job on time.’

Key clients

Bombardier Inc.

BNP Paribas

Natixis and BofA Securities, Inc.

Crédit Immobilier de France Développement

Caisse Centrale du Crédit Immobilier de France SA

Natixis

Berenberg, Gilbert Dupont and Louis Capital Markets

Voltalia S.A.

October and Intesa Sanpaolo

Crédit Agricole Corporate and Investment Bank

France > Compliance Tier 2

Jones Day’s Bénédicte Graulle has extensive experience advising French and international companies on the setting up of anti-corruption programmes and on AFA compliance audits. She is also frequently called upon to help conduct internal investigations in the context of  whistle-blowing and other bribery and anti-corruption allegations, often involving foreign subsidiaries. Graulle co-heads the practice alongside Françoise LabrousseLinda HesseJean-Michel Bobillo and Emmanuelle Rivez-Domont who respectively provide assistance with product safety, corporate and employment law compliance issues.

Practice head(s):

Bénédicte Graulle; Francoise Labrousse; Linda Hesse; Jean-Michel Bobillo; Emmanuelle Rivez-Domont

Testimonials

‘Bénédicte Graulle’s team is very dynamic and always attentive.’

‘Very good “white collar crime ” practice with a very pragmatic and spontaneous approach.’

‘Bénédicte Graulle is remarkable; experienced, humble, close to her client and advising with tact!’

‘Expert team in litigation and fraud, very available.’

‘Bénédicte Graulle is a great expert, who is pragmatic and above all always available. We also work with her collaborators who are also experts and know how to make themselves available. It is very pleasant to work with this team.’

France > EU, competition and distribution Tier 2

The competition team at Jones Day specialises in advising major clients in regulated industries on the full range of EU and competition law matters. These include EU Commission investigations, state aid, merger controls, anti-competitive agreements and damages actions. Led by competition law authority and former Chef de Cabinet of the President of the General Court of the European Union (2003-2007) Eric Barbier de la Serre, the team represents key market players across the pharmaceutical, telecoms, energy, fashion, sports and manufacturing sectors. Energy regulatory issues specialist Charlotte Breuvart and experienced counsel Eileen Lagathu are the other key contacts.

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Testimonials

‘Eric Barbier de La Serre stands out. He is an excellent lawyer who manages client’s expectations and delivers top quality work. He is respectful and professional in all circumstances and a pleasure to work with.’

‘I am particularly impressed by Eric Barbier de la Serre. He is one of the strongest competition lawyers around. Since his days as Head of Cabinet for the President of the General Court, he has managed to maintain an extremely strong knowledge of EU competition law case law. His annual review of competition law fines and case law in that regard is particularly useful.’

‘A very proficient team with truly impressive in-depth knowledge of EU competition law.’

‘Eric Barbier de la Serre combines great technicality with great interpersonal skills. He adapts to all audiences and knows how to convey the right messages in simple terms.’

Key clients

EDF

DHL / Deutsche Post

Suez

Renault

Pisto

RATP

Ligue Nationale de Rugby

Teréga

Fluxys

Enedis

Orange

Crédit Agricole Consumer Finance

Sanofi

Work highlights

  • Acting on behalf of IFP Energies Nouvelles (IFPEN) and obtained the annulment – for the second time – of a European Commission decision finding that IFPEN had received illegal state aid linked to its public legal status.
  • Advised Suez on the sale of its Recycling & Recovery operations in the Netherlands, Luxembourg, Germany, and Poland to PreZero, the environmental division of Schwarz Group.
  • Assisted Sanofi with a number of transactions, including (i) the sale of an integrated portfolio of dental care brands and related medical devices to Septodont; (ii) the sale of 16 consumer healthcare products commercialised in Europe to Stada Arzneimittel; (iii) the sale of an integrated portfolio of anti-inflammatory drugs to Fidia Farmaceutici; and (iv) the sale of two portfolio of pharmaceuticals products for the treatment of heart disease to the German company Cheplafram Arzneimittel.

France > Industry focus: Energy Tier 2

Jones Day offers comprehensive coverage of the energy sector. The corporate, financing and public law teams act for leading French renewables, nuclear and traditional energy providers, as well as many alternative developers and international clients. In France, the team recently advised on a sustained volume of brownfield M&A and refinancing transactions pertaining to renewables assets. The renowned regulatory practice was chosen for several prominent French projects, spanning power batteries stations and French Polynesian-related energy work. Abroad, the practice is notably advising on renewables projects in the Middle East, Africa and Chile in addition to completing several strategic global corporate transactions in the nuclear sector.  The practice is co-headed by public law experts Philippe Delelis and Nicolas Brice, corporate partners Alexandre de Verdun and Audrey Bontemps, project partners  Rémy Fekete and Sophie Chevallier and Françoise Labrousse, a recognised environmental law specialist.

Practice head(s):

Nicolas Brice; Philippe Delelis; Alexandre de Verdun; Audrey Bontemps; Rémy Fekete; Sophie Chevallier; Françoise Labrousse

Testimonials

‘Great expertise in French PPP projects. Documentation is produced to a high standard. Ability to deploy resources quickly to meet very tight deadlines in periods where availability is generally difficult (e.g., summer).’

‘Sophie Chevallier is very experienced and capable of leading negotiations with multiple parties in a very calm and focused manner and delivers good results. She leads a very efficient and responsive team, which covers all the aspects of a PPP deal (including banking finance and public law).’

‘Very good knowledge of the industrial context.’

‘Empathy, leadership, availability.’

Key clients

Total

Engie

Enedis

RTE

EDF

Izivia

Agence Togolaise d’Electrification Rurale et des Energies Renouvelables

Framatome

Pisto

Cap Vert Energie (CVE)

Voltalia

Work highlights

  • Advising Enedis on the setup of an industrial partnership in order to design, develop and operate the new digital system for the operation of the French power distribution network.
  • Advising Framatome on its acquisition of the Rolls-Royce Civil Nuclear Instrumentation and Control business in France, China and the Czech Republic, as well as on its acquisition of 100% of the shares of Valinox Nucléaire SAS, a French company specialising in the production of seamless tubes for nuclear use.
  • Assisted TotalEnergies Gaz Electricité Holdings France with the acquisition of Fonroche Biogaz, a company that designs, builds and operates anaerobic digestion units in France.

France > Industry focus: IT and internet  Tier 2

One of the first firms in Europe to develop a regulatory practice in telecommunications, Jones Day has a longstanding reputation for tech-related legal advice. The team is a popular choice of counsel for both new players and traditional operators, regularly acting for telecom operators, media and digital platforms, governments, investment funds, and financial institutions. Rémy Fekete has a particular focus on telecoms, whilst Olivier Haas is the expert on data-related issues.

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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

Société Générale

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

of Togo

Presidency of the Republic of Togo

France > Industry focus: Telecoms  Tier 2

The TMT, cybersecurity, privacy and data protection group at the Paris office of global firm Jones Day builds bespoke solutions to advise telecom operators, media and digital platforms, governments, investment funds, and financial institutions across Europe and Africa. Led by cybersecurity and digital strategy expert Rémy Fekete and data protection specialist Olivier Haas, the group assists clients with issues concerning connectivity, e-commerce, infrastructure and the Internet of Things (IoT). Associate David Guitton brings experience with electronic regulatory issues.

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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

Société Générale

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

Presidency of the Republic of Togo

France > Private equity: Fund formation Tier 2

Jones Day is strong in the formation and structuring of retail, venture capital and LBO funds, as well as debt and real estate funds. Its team has extensive experience of both primary and secondary transactions and handles a workload that contains both domestic and cross-border matters. It works in synergy with its tax, venture capital, regulatory, real estate and capital markets team to provide comprehensive support to clients. Florence Moulin heads up the practice.

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Testimonials

‘We worked with Florence Moulin and Pauline Demars. Overall the responsiveness and relevance of advice was of an excellent standard.’

‘Very good knowledge of the French regulation of investment funds.’

Key clients

ACE Capital Partners

Ardian

Brownfields Gestion

Creadev SAS

Eutopia Gestion

Flexstone Partners

Frst Capital

Idinvest Partners

Ixo Private Equity

Letus Private Office

Partners Group

PE Trust

Raise Conseil

SERENA CAPITAL

Singular Capital Partners

Sigefi Private Equity (Siparex group)

Starquest

Tikehau Investment Management

Unigrains

Xerys Gestion

Work highlights

  • Advised Ace Capital Partners on the formation of ACE Aero Partenaires, with a target size of €1 billion.
  • Advised Tikehau IM on the creation and fundraising of T2 Energy Transition Fund.
  • Assisted Bpifrance Investissement with the formation of “FCPR Bpifrance Entreprises 1”, the first retail fund managed by Bpifrance, sponsored by the French Ministry of Economy.

France > Banking and finance: transactional work Tier 3

Highly regarded for its ‘great professionalism and cutting-edge technical knowledge’, Jones Day's banking practice has been strengthening its regulatory capabilities with new arrivals, including Jean-Guillaume de Tocqueville, who joined from Gide Loyrette Nouel A.A.R.P.I. in May 2021. He focuses on financial services regulations and judicial disputes. On the transactional side, the group is particularly active in corporate financing and refinancing, and real estate finance and acquisition finance, typically advising leading financial institutions, private equity funds and corporates. The practice is jointly led by Frederic Gross and Daine Sénéchal.

Practice head(s):

Frederic Gross; Daine Sénéchal

Testimonials

‘We are always impressed by the service we receive from the banking and finance team. It provides terrific service and gives us great results.’

‘We work with Diane Sénéchal and we are always incredibly impressed by her diligence, work ethic, attention to detail and her availability. She is an incredibly safe pair of hands.’

‘Great at responding quickly to requests and at acting on a multi-jurisdictional level thanks to a vast global network. Great professionalism and cutting-edge technical knowledge. A reasoned pricing policy and respect for budgets.’

‘Diane Sénéchal is very proactive and knows how to set the pace and lead processes. She has a long experience in financing and knows how to anticipate difficulties. Undoubtedly an asset for complex operations.’

Key clients

Antalis

Kartesia Management SA

Candriam

Thales

Goldman Sachs

Blackstone

Cooperative Rabobank U.A.

Crédit Agricole

Pemberton Senior Loan Master Holdco SV

Allianz European Private Credit Fund S.A.

Tikehau Capital

Tikehau Real Estate Opportunities

France > Dispute resolution: Commercial litigation Tier 3

Jones Day‘s well rounded practice is popular with large industrial and energy companies as well as with banks. The firm handles a busy financial, corporate and commercial caseload, including several contractual termination and insolvency-related disputes. Additionally the practice acts in several industrial and product liability cases, including a dispute opposing two large companies concerning the payment of environmental liability indemnities. Practice head Ozan Akyurek, Elie Kleiman and Françoise Labrousse are the key contacts. Cyril Philibert made partner in early 2022. Frédéric Gros and of counsel Isabelle Maury bring finance litigation experience to the table.

Practice head(s):

Ozan Akyurek

Testimonials

‘Very good understanding of our environment.’

‘Thank you to Alexandre de Verdun and Ozan Akyurek for the quality of their support’.

‘Elie Kleiman is an exceptional litigation lawyer and a great strategist.’

‘I had the opportunity to collaborate on a file with Ozan Akyurek whom I recommend.’

‘Highly competent and experienced.’

‘I worked with Ozan Akyurek who stands out for his know-how and experience in the aviation sector. He is calm and focused.’

‘The team has always demonstrated a great ability to understand well practices and the philosophy of its customers. As far as we are concerned, we benefit from a strong relationship based on good experience and constructive and fruitful exchanges. As far as billing is concerned, there are never any unpleasant surprises and we can also have exchanges outside the very coded framework of time spent = time billed. It is these sides that build trust. ‘

‘Ozan Akyurek always shows great availability and pragmatism. Ozan is very attentive and in search of the most appropriate solutions to enable files to be completed the best way and within a reasonable time.’

Key clients

Société de Financement Local

Dexia Crédit Local

Vestergaard Frandsen SA

France > Dispute resolution: International arbitration Tier 3

Jones Day‘s stable team excels in investment and commercial arbitration. The firm is a popular choice for construction disputes in relation to the Middle East and frequently intervenes in large cases involving oil and gas facilities, for example acting for a leading energy company in a significant dispute concerning an oil facility construction in Europe. Renewable energy disputes are a growing line of work. The firm’s varied caseload also includes disputes concerning commercial partnerships, patent and telecoms matters. Strong in cross-border matters, the practice is in charge of a substantial investment case in the Algerian telecoms sector and often advises on matters in relation to Iraq, Saudi Arabia, Libya and Egypt. Elie Kleiman and Jean-Pierre Harb co-head the practice, ably supported by Claire Pauly who was promoted to counsel in early 2022.

Practice head(s):

Elie Kleiman; Jean-Pierre Harb

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Testimonials

‘Excellent team. Diverse profiles, including economists. Ability to resolve highly sophisticated and complex matters in commercial arbitrations.’

‘Strategically brilliant team. Always correctly anticipating the counterpart’s next move. Great knowledge of civil and common law. They navigated issues with great ease and skill.’

‘Elie Kleiman was exceptional with initial strategic decisions and overall handling of the case. His oral advocacy skills are exceptional and played a crucial part in securing a win.’

France > Employment Tier 3

Jones Day regularly assists clients undertaking restructuring and downsizing projects, including representing them in challenging related litigation. The team, which acts for French and international companies, including leading French energy players, also handles sensitive individual files, such as executives’ termination and disputes concerning bonus and incentive payment issues. The practice has also provided guidance to clients linked to the Covid-19 situation, including remote working issues. Finally, the group regularly works hand in hand with the M&A department and other international offices to advise in the context of M&A transactions. Emmanuelle Rivez-Domont and Jean-Michel Bobillo direct the team.

Practice head(s):

Emmanuelle Rivez-Domont; Jean-Michel Bobillo

Testimonials

‘Jones Day clearly falls into the category of full-service law firms with a strong and wide coverage of labour and employment aspects, in France and at a worldwide level. The labour and employment team covers the full spectrum of issues. What makes them unique is their ability to set up global teams of experts in order to address multi-jurisdictional matters.’

‘Jean-Michel Bobillo is close to clients, good at handling very difficult matters and always makes himself personally available. He provides very pragmatic advice.’

‘Great collaboration, good communication skills: point out legal risks in accessible way for client, responsive, highly professional, transparent in steps taken.’

‘Jean- Michel Bobillo is highly supportive, not only for strict legal work.’

‘Small, organised and professional team, very vigilant on changes in legislation.’

‘Emmanuelle Rivez is precise and knows how to make recommendations.’

France > Industry focus: Healthcare and life sciences Tier 3

Jones Day is routinely instructed by premier pharmaceutical and life sciences companies in matters concerning regulatory advice, intellectual property, and dispute resolution. The M&A, private equity, and capital markets practices are also heavily involved in advising start-ups and multibillion-dollar global corporations in the life sciences sector. Renaud Bonnet co-chairs the global private equity practice. Co-heading the government regulation practice, Françoise Labrousse oversees the regulatory work.

Testimonials

‘Very knowledgable and quick, efficient advice.’

‘Armelle Sandrin-Deforge gives us great service on France’s healthcare laws. Business-like and timely.’

‘Thomas Bouvet has developed a good practice in the field of arbitration and strategy consulting for companies in the health/life sciences sector.’

‘Very good presence on the IPO market, particularly in the life sciences sector.’

‘Renaud Bonnet is a key lawyer for the Paris market on IPO and biotech/medtech issues.’

Key clients

Institut Pasteur

Nanobiotix

Sanofi

France > Mergers and acquisitions Tier 3

Noted for its track record in ‘several major M&A deals’, US firm Jones Day fields a global M&A team of 400 lawyers located in over 17 countries. Its Paris team is geared for both high-end and mid-market transactions, routinely overseeing public and private M&A, private equity and capital market deals on behalf of both local and multinational clients. Practice head Sophie Hagège also boasts a track record in joint venture, commercial and industrial, strategic alliance and outsourcing project agreements, particularly in the life sciences and chemical sectors. Up-and-coming partner Audrey Bontemps is acclaimed among clients for her ‘remarkable quality of pedagogy on technical aspects and flawless reliability.’

Practice head(s):

Sophie Hagège

Other key lawyers:

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

Testimonials

‘Professionalism of the M&A team: review of technical aspects with the relevant specialists of the firm (as opposed to certain firms where the partner in charge wants to handle everything alone).’

‘They run a very capable and truly international team managed by Alexandre de Verdun. They have their own network of best friend firms across Europe and are able to assemble a perfect team for a specific transaction. They have unparalleled experience and an amazing M&A track record in financial services industries. They are our first choice.’

‘Alexandre de Verdun is one of the best international M&A lawyers that we came across internationally. He is a charismatic lawyer with top expertise in banking M&A, and his entire team has a very structured and efficient approach to deal management. Alexandre’s unique talent is to create trusted and respectful relationship between all persons engaged on the transaction, and to smoothly close even the most complex deals without major frustrations. Both clients and counterparties feel safe in his hands and have full trust and confidence in what he does.’

‘A team totally dedicated to its clients.’

‘Always attentive to his clients, with absolute availability, Alexandre de Verdun is an excellent negotiator, tenacious, but always courteous. Delphine Sauvebois-Brunel also demonstrates excellent negotiating skills.’

‘The Jones Day team has done an amazing job. Its primary qualities are its responsiveness, its strong technical expertise on complex projects and its ability to offer solutions when pitfalls are encountered.’

‘Audrey Bontemps has done a remarkable job cultivating three qualities highly appreciated in complex cases: a strong listening capacity, a remarkable quality of pedagogy on technical aspects and flawless reliability.’

‘Audrey Bontemps is a partner with a remarkable management of files/timing/issues, who knows how to convey the right messages to advise us on a given subject and accessible when necessary. Too bad we can’t always have her on our side.’

Key clients

Bombardier

DataBank

EDF

Framatome

Pisto

Suez SA

Sanofi

TotalEnergies Gaz Electricité de France

TotalEnergies SA

Work highlights

  • Advised the French listed company SUEZ SA on its largest sale of its recycling & recovery operations—excluding plastic recycling and hazardous waste treatment activities—in four continental European countries.
  • Assisted TotalEnergies Gaz Electricité Holdings France in connection with the acquisition of Fonroche Biogaz, a company that designs, builds and operates anaerobic digestion units in France.
  • Advised as antitrust and French corporate counsel on the €6.2bn sale of client Bombardier Inc.’s transportation business to Alstom S.A.

France > Project finance Tier 3

Jones Day

Practice head(s):

Sophie Chevallier; Nicolas Brice; Frédéric Gros; Rémy Fekete; Philippe Delelis

Testimonials

‘Great expertise in French PPP projects. Documentation produced to a high standard. Ability to deploy resources quickly to meet very tight deadlines in periods where availability is generally difficult (e.g., summer)’.

‘Sophie Chevallier is very experienced and capable of leading negotiations with multiple parties in a very calm and focused manner and delivers good results. She leads a very efficient and responsive team, which covers all the aspects of a PPP deal (including banking finance and public law).’

Key clients

TotalEnergies

Agence Togolaise d’Electrification Rurale et des Energies

Renouvelables

Framatome

Cap Vert Energie (CVE)

Voltalia

Fluence Corporation

Société Générale

Caisse des Dépôts et Consignations (CDC)

Agence des Participations de L’Etat (APE)

France > Real estate Tier 3

Jones Day‘s full-service team has ‘very strong experience in purchase, sales and leasing matters’. Practice head Erwan Le Douce-Bercot is a ‘seasoned professional who brings wisdom to heated negotiations’. He manages a team of excellent real estate practitioners. Carol Khoury advises on acquisitions, dispositions, sale and leaseback transactions, and commercial leases for both investors and end-users. Counsel Solène Maulard has significant experience in pre-litigation and litigation involving real estate matters. Flavia Poujade, counsel, has a special focus on transactions and commercial leases. Pauline Ezcurra also stands out.

Practice head(s):

Testimonials

‘Erwan le Douce Bercot is a seasoned professional, who has a very good knowledge of his field and who puts it at the service of his clients. He inspires confidence in both clients and counterparties. The calm and pedagogy he shows in the negotiations are a considerable asset in reaching a solution. Flavia Poujade perfectly completes the team. Dynamic and sharp, she has great writing and analytical skills. She is a valuable asset for negotiating legal acts.’

‘Erwan le Douce-Bercot: very professional and available. Precise analysis. Pauline Ezcurra: Very good professional qualities/autonomous in her analysis. Great availability.’

‘Jones Day Paris’ real estate team has very strong experience in purchase, sales and leasing matters. Being a full-service firm, the team works closely with, among others, the tax team or the environmental team when needed. The team is proactive and business-oriented.’

‘Carol Khoury has extensive experience in real estate matters such as leasing, acquisition, sale and lease back transactions. She is proactive, reliable and efficient. It is always very pleasant working with her.’

‘Great team of professionals with very extensive knowledge of the industry, offering full client support, with intelligence and responsiveness. Their efficiency in cross-border transactions is remarkable.’

‘Flavia Poujade is very dedicated and has her clients’ interests at heart, making her a brilliant partner during negotiations. Her availability and responsiveness are also very much appreciated.’

‘Erwan le Douce-Bercot is a seasoned professional who brings wisdom to heated negotiations.’

‘Young, dynamic, available, trustworthy, very competent and united team, which exchanges and adapts to the specificities of the client.’

France > Dispute resolution: White-collar crime Tier 4

Jones Day

France > Insolvency Tier 4

Jones Day assists all types of stakeholders: shareholders, banks, bondholders, debtors as well as investors and large corporations. The practice has been busy working on matters concerning companies impacted by the Covid-19 crisis, notably in the aviation sector, in addition to other distressed and restructuring matters. The team is able to handle complex and challenging, including cross-border cases. It has been retained to act in several high-profile mandates lately, notably in the hospitality sector, and acted for several investors presenting bid offers on major distressed assets. The firm also handles refinancing and distressed M&A work. Fabienne Beuzit leads the team which includes counsel Elodie Fabre and associate Rodolphe Carrière.

Practice head(s):

Fabienne Beuzit

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘The team has very recognised experience on the market, with an ability to find innovative and realistic solutions and to take into account the interests of their client and of a balanced transaction, making it easier to find a solution. Their technical expertise allows them to offer tailored solutions adapted to the specific context of each case.’

‘Fabienne Beuzit, Rodolphe Carrière and Elodie Fabre demonstrate great listening abilities, allowing them to fully understand issues at stake and to propose the most appropriate solution. They are also remarkably available to their clients. Their diagnoses of situations are very sharp and they know who the best experts to call for each specific subjects are and how to build a global solution.’

‘Dynamic team, attentive to their clients.’

‘Excellent team, very professional and very transaction-oriented.’

‘Very good availability, great experience and pedagogy to help customers to make up their choices in difficult times.’

‘A ‘full-service’ offer which is in fact ‘best-of-breed’ rather than ‘one-stop-shop’!’

‘Fabienne Beuzit has an exceptional capacity for listening and understanding: few lawyers really understand business issues while demonstrating emotional intelligence. Fabienne also has a very constructive outspokenness that allows you to get to the essentials quickly.’

‘Fabienne Beuzit shows great ability to adapt and help rapid decision-making in the process of taking over companies facing difficulties’.

Work highlights

  • Advised nuclear energy leader Framatome on its acquisition of Valinox Nucléaire SAS from the Vallourec group.

France > Tax Tier 4

Jones Day stands out for its specialised expertise in venture capital deals and strong presence among digital companies and French tech start-ups, working hand in hand with the corporate team. The tax team regularly assists clients with fundraising work and was involved in several initial public offerings lately. Teaming up with the fund formation practice, the tax department in also well versed in advising leading and mid-cap investment funds with the setting up of new investment vehicles. The tax team also provides support to the M&A practice in addition to shouldering a stand-alone practice and litigation. Emmanuel de La Rochethulon and Nicolas André co-head the practice.

Practice head(s):

Emmanuel de La Rochethulon; Nicolas André

Testimonials

‘Nicolas André has a great understanding of cross-border aspects and asks all the right questions. Also, it is very pleasant to work with him and his team.’

‘The tax department has a strong transactional and autonomous tax activity.’

‘Emmanuel de la Rochethulon has solid expertise and was able to answer all the very specific questions asked. Nicolas André shows great maturity in understanding tax issues.’

‘Their tax practice is very reliable, both on general tax matters and specific issues we face. We are in particular impressed by how available and collaborative their tax lawyers are, be it in respect of corporate transactions or day-to-day tax issues. They always provide on-point and business-oriented advice. The fact that we can reach one of the tax partners in respect of any matter is extremely useful for us, as he allows us to spot the structuring issues in advance, and can quickly recommend the right process, expert, timing, etc.’

‘When discussing with Nicolas André and his team, you feel that they always know how to find the right balance between technical advice and business strategy.’

‘I appreciated both the quality of the advice and the ability to act on a delicate subject without creating friction.’

Key clients

EDF Invest

TotalEnergies Renouvelables France

TotalEnergies Gaz Electricité de France

Tikehau Investment Management

ACE Capital Partners

Natixis

Kartesia

CDPQ Revenue Fixe Inc./Macquarie Euro Ltd

Bpifrance

Cellectis

EasyVista

Swile

Nanobiotix

Singular Capital Partners

The firm: Jones Day is a global law firm with more than 2,500 lawyers in 42 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 500 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, more than 20 lawyers are based in the firm’s offices in Dubai and Saudi Arabia. They 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 1,600 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 250+ 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: Stephen J Brogan
Europe and Middle East offices: Amsterdam, Brussels, Dubai, Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, London, Madrid, Milan, Munich, Paris, Saudi Arabia
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
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 & Competition Law
  • Business & Tort Litigation
  • Business Restructuring & Reorganization
  • Cybersecurity, Privacy & Data Protection
  • Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation
  • Energy
  • Financial Markets
  • Global Disputes
  • Government Regulation
  • Health Care & Life Sciences
  • Insurance Recovery
  • Intellectual Property
  • Investigations & White Collar Defense
  • Issues & Appeals
  • Labor & Employment
  • M&A
  • Private Equity
  • Real Estate
  • Securities Litigation & SEC Enforcement
  • State Attorney General Enforcement, Investigations & Litigation
  • Tax
  • Technology
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