Firm Profile > Jones Day > Paris, France
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Jones Day ’s strong regulatory expertise is sought after to deal with some of the country's most high-profile matters. The five-lawyer team is notably advising the French State on the privatisation of airport operator Aéroports de Paris and is handling landmark work in the renewables and energy sector for leading domestic energy producers. In addition, the team is managing high-stake regulatory and public sector contract litigation, including a high volume of cases dealing with the validity of structured loans taken out by local public sector entities. Finally, the practice is advising on several domestic infrastructure projects, notably in the broadband sector. Philippe Delelis and Nicolas Brice are recommended. Senior lawyer Rémi Ducloyer joined Baker McKenzie in December 2019.
‘A professional and remarkably efficient team.’
‘The team is highly proficient and patient.’
‘Nicolas Brice has sharp expertise.’
Caisse des Dépots et Consignations
Jones Day covers the spectrum of structured finance deals, with strong showings in derivatives, securitisations, covered bonds and debt funds. Equally adept in bank- and corporate-side work, key clients include French and global financial institutions and major companies. Alongside its transactional capability, the firm houses a first-class regulatory offering recognised for its strong links to regulators. Most notably, it recently advised the ISDA on the publication of the first civil law-governed ISDA Master Agreement — global banking, finance and securities co-chair Alban Caillemer du Ferrage led that work. Key figure Christine Van Gallebaert handles a wide range of structured finance matters and is best known for her securitisation expertise. Qian Hu has a strong regulatory angle to her practice but also advises on complex transactions.
Environment Tier 1
At Jones Day, Françoise Labrousse heads a 16-lawyer team which is retained by many of the world's largest industrial, oil, mining and energy companies. The firm provides key guidance on chemical products and major current and emerging issues such as companies' climate change commitment policies. The practice is also called upon to provide assistance during environmental and health crises. Recently, the group advised clients on several highly sensitive pollution and mining cases, mainly in France, but also abroad. Finally, the practice regularly advises and litigates in matters regarding industrial site remediation, pollution and liability issues. It also provides support in M&A transactions. Counsels Armelle Sandrin-Deforge and Elodie Simon are other key members.
Many leading players within the biotechnology and pharmaceutical sectors turn to the team at Jones Day for patent advice, including Coloplast, the European market leader for urinary catheters, and Naos, well-known in the skincare industry. The firm handles the full range of contentious matters, including patent infringement litigation and appealing patent decisions, often working across borders. Thomas Bouvet, who jointly heads the practice with Emmanuel Baud, is acting for Vestergaard Frandsen in proceedings against the client's former employee for trade secret violations.
The 'perfect, efficient, and reactive' team at Jones Day 'delivers more than promised'. The team proved its particularly strong grasp of the food and beverage sector in a matter in which it acted for a number of French administrative entities responsible for the protection of geographical indications in their claim against a cosmetics manufacturer and a Spa service provider selling products under a trade mark similar to a traditional mention used for prestigious wines. 'Brilliant' practice head Emmanuel Baud is 'really helpful in explaining the legal environment and constraints in a high level way which makes it easy to understand'.
‘JD’s IP practice just delivers results – we had to have an interim injunction against a planned IP infringement, and they just nailed down all aspects and delivered the results. They talk less, but deliver more than promised.‘
‘Emmanuel Baud is really helpful in explaining the legal environment and constraints in a high level way which makes it easy to understand to someone from another legal system. Edouard Fortunet is a really down to earth lawyer who is able to implement his exceptional knowledge in daily work and delivers results in the court.‘
‘The team is just perfect, efficient, and reactive with one of the highest levels among the IP French practices. I also really appreciate that they can be pragmatic when needed.‘
‘Emmanule Baud – brilliant. Philippe Marchiset- accurate. Edoaurd Fortunet – reliable.‘
‘The team is clearly very well integrated both within the JD Paris office and accross all JD offices. IP/IT team works a lot internally alongside Private Equity/Venture Capital team led by Partner Renaud Bonnet; IP/IT team is therefore used to working for start-up clients which is very valuable for a tech company like us (Deezer). The Paris IP/IT team coordinated a number of international projects on our behalf involving some other JD offices; all these projects were run in a very smooth manner showing great integration of offices globally.‘
‘Associate Edouard Fortunet is particularly appreciated from our service; technically very good, always available and shows great talent to build a relationship over the long term. Has a very client-driven approach and has the right skills to work for start-up clients, delivering technical and sophisticated advice while being able to be pragmatic and to-the-point when needed.‘
Conseil des Grands Crus Classés en 1855
Bolt Technology OU (formerly Taxify OU)
INAO – Institut National des Appellations d’Origine
Ipsen Pharma SAS
Jeff Koons and Jeff Koons LLC
Pierre Balmain SAS
Jones Day focuses on venture and growth capital for tech and biotech companies. The practice offers one of the deepest benches in the market and is particularly strong at partner level, and continues to attract the biggest deals in France. The varied workload includes a mix of domestic and cross-border matters, with a geographical focus on the UK and the US. Its wide-ranging expertise includes every stage from seed financing to late stage financing. Renaud Bonnet, Charles Gavoty, Jean-Gabriel Griboul and Geoffroy Pineau-Valencienne are the practice heads.
Jones Day’s team routinely works hand-in-hand with the global department’s platforms across Europe, the US, Asia and Latin America to advise major French and multinational banks and corporates on domestic and cross-border transactions. The team has been particularly active on the issuer side of late, with the firm’s strong presence in the life sciences and technology sectors translating into a broad deal sheet featuring emerging companies through to CAC 40 issuers. Paris capital markets head Linda Hesse advises on an array of US and French law matters, including public offerings and regulatory issues. Florent Bouyer also maintains a diverse practice, with strong skill sets in IPOs, equity-linked offerings, private placements and block trades.
Bryan Garnier & Co Ltd
Crédit Agricole Corporate and Investment Bank
Credit Agricole S.A.
Compliance Tier 2
Jones Day advises leading companies on the setting up of Sapin II anti-corruption programmes. Through Bénédicte Graulle, the firm regularly assists clients in conducting internal investigations following crisis situations or in the context of French or foreign judicial investigations. The firm also provides guidance on US and EU sanctions issues and offers complementary compliance expertise in relation to environmental law, employment law and health and safety issues.
Jones Day advises on a high volume of cases on behalf of banks facing proceedings from public-sector local entities regarding so-called toxic loans, with the firm winning many of these cases. Frédéric Gros and of counsel Isabelle Maury are the key names for this work. The practice also deals with significant commercial disputes for leading French and international companies through Ozan Akyurek, while Elie Kleiman is managing a high-profile corporate dispute on behalf of a leading energy player. Finally, Françoise Labrousse is highly experienced in handling industrial product litigation.
Jones Day fields a busy caseload, including several major domestic antitrust cartel cases and assisting a client facing investigations by the Italian Competition Authority. The Paris-based practice, which can also rely on complementary expertise from the firm's Brussels office, also handles EU law and state aid litigation before EU courts. Finally, the team manages major merger control files. It notably assisted Renault with the antitrust issues linked to its later aborted projected alliance with Fiat Chrysler Automobiles. Eric Barbier de la Serre is in charge. Key support comes from Eileen Lagathu, who made counsel in 2019.
Industry focus: Energy Tier 2
Jones Day is recommended for its strong regulatory expertise. The firm assists several of France’s leading energy producers with high-stake domestic regulatory issues in relation to current tariffs regulation on renewables and on hydropower concessions. The practice also handles strategic regulatory work in the French Pacific territories and advises on major greenfield and brownfield renewables projects in France. A major transaction regarding a pipeline in France further bolsters the group's track record. Philippe Delelis and Nicolas Brice are highly recommended.
Jones Day assists leading banks and French corporations as well as international companies and several digital technology providers with contract negotiations regarding the setting up of major IT and digital projects. Data protection issues are another area of strength. The practice recently advised on a major connected car project and also assisted with the management of major outsourcing, e-signature and blockchain projects. Olivier Haas is the key name in the practice. Rémy Fekete, who primarily focuses on telecoms work, is also involved.
Jones Day primarily acts for general partners, but also has strength in work for investors and in secondary transactions. Private equity and venture capital funds form the core of the practice, especially funds aimed at assisting technology businesses, with real estate funds also very visible in the recent workload. The practice saw an uptick in work for international funds and investors, predominantly from Europe, Asia Pacific and North America, and is among the most prolific teams in the market. Florence Moulin is the practice head.
Real estate Tier 2
Jones Day advises a large client base of leading French and Anglo-Saxon investors on their investments in office, logistic, hotel, retail and student residence assets. Complementary finance, fund structuring and tax expertise are also available. The practice notably advised on the landmark acquisition of the Crystal Park office building and also completed a high volume of logistic portfolio transactions. It also advised on several off-plan sales and lease transaction. Practice head Erwan Le Douce-Bercot and of counsel Carol Khoury are recommended. Associate Flavia Poujade is also noted.
Other key lawyers:
‘The team is very available and is able to respond in very short delay.’
‘The team provides perfect quality and adapted work, is very responsive, always available and extremely competent.’
‘The firm shows great responsiveness. Team members have in-depth knowledge and experience of the real estate market and provide fine analyses and swift responses.’
‘The firm can handle complex and high-stake lease work matters. They are extremely available and responsive, and find solutions to issues. Their answers are precise and very reliable.’
‘Erwan le Douce-Bercot is a dealmaker. He shows great listening skills, is available and involved in every little detail to make sure all goes according to plan.’
‘Associate Flavia Poujade is always very efficient and very available.’
La Française REP
CBRE Global Investment Partners Fund
AGC Equity Partners
Catalyst Capital France SAS, et al.
Ares Management, LLC
DWS (Deutsche Bank)
Meyer Bergman, Ltd.
Jones Day is known for its work on acquisition and leveraged finance, real estate finance and general corporate lending transactions, though it also has active practices in debt restructuring and securitisation. It also has a solid track record in the financing of high-growth companies. The firm frequently acts for lenders, among which are French and international banks, PE houses and asset management companies, though it also acts for sponsors and for corporates and investment funds as borrowers. Frédéric Gros and Diane Sénéchal jointly lead the practice. Of counsel Isabelle Maury is recommended for loans and hybrid financings.
Crédit Agricole CIB
Caisse Fédérale de Crédit Mutuel
DEPFA Bank PLC
Société de Financement Local (“SFIL”) and Caisse Française de Financement Local (“CAFFIL”)
LGT European Capital
Ares Management Limited
Jones Day handles commercial and investment arbitration cases. The firm is regularly appointed to handle major construction and energy disputes in relation to the Middle East. It is also handling a very sensitive case in connection with Libya. Leading French and international oil and gas, telecoms and several state entities are clients. Elie Kleiman and Jean-Pierre Harb jointly head the practice. Associate Claire Pauly is also recommended.
‘The arbitration department is outstanding. It provides immediate and high quality assistance.’
‘Jean Pierre Harb is a brilliant lawyer with deep technical knowledge and a practical focus.’
‘Elie Kleiman is one of the best lawyers of his generation. He has a great legal mind and has keen commercial sense.’
‘Associate Claire Pauly is one to watch.’
Employment Tier 3
Jones Day 's seven-lawyer team is regularly advising on large-scale cross-border projects, often M&A and restructuring matters, and regularly works with colleagues from the firm's international offices, for example in several recent landmark M&A transactions. The practice also has strong know-how in the health and safety area and is notably defending leading industrial companies against whom a high volume of asbestos-related claims has been brought. The team also recently assisted several clients with site closure and mass redundancy projects, and managed sensitive individual litigation in relation to high-level officers' departures and harassment accusations. Leading French and international companies are clients. Emmanuelle Rivez-Domont and Jean-Michel Bobillo co-head the practice.
At Jones Day, Thomas Bouvet's strong patent expertise is retained by pharmaceutical and cosmetic manufacturing companies to handle strategic patent cases. In addition, Renaud Bonnet offers extensive experience in advising investors, biotech and medtech companies on corporate venture transactions.
Mergers and acquisitions Tier 3
Jones Day is a prominent player in cross-border public and private M&A, with a string of mid-cap and large-cap deals in key sectors such as chemicals, life sciences, pharmaceutical, real estate and energy. The practice, which is led by Sophie Hagège, who has more than 25 years' experience in multi-jurisdictional transactions, counts Sanofi and Société Générale among its key clients. Head of private equity Renaud Bonnet , 'world-class transactional lawyer' Alexandre de Verdun and key partner Florent Bouyer also stand out.
‘We worked with Jones Day in a major M&A transaction in the banking sector. They were the lead counsel and we acted as local counsel. Jones Day team was always punctual, excellent in coordination and quite able to understand the local issues and reflect them into the transaction documents.‘
‘I found the team to have unparalleled international expertise in financial services industry and amazing capability in managing multiple deals.‘
‘Alexandre de Verdun was the partner in charge of the transaction and rarely we have seen an attorney with his capabilities involved in the transactions in our jurisdiction. He was not only very prepared and proactive but also quite cooperative with all the parties involved. The transaction had several issues which would have been deal breakers without Alexandre’s direct involvement.‘
‘Over the past two years, we have worked with Alexandre de Verdun and his team on several sell-side mandates in CEE. 2019 was a “tour de force” for Alexandre and Jones Day in the region, as the team managed to smoothly close four consecutive bank sales in four different countries.‘
‘I have primarily worked with Alexandre de Verdun and Delphine Sauvebois-Brunel. Alexandre is world-class transactional lawyer with immense international experience in bank M&A. He is always on top of everything and thinks in terms of solutions. He is also an amazing negotiator and have a unique personality and charisma. Delphine is hardworking and very competent. As we worked together I noticed that she is always well prepared and informed. A pleasure to work with.‘
‘The firm has impressive expertise and they are organised exceptionally well. Working with them was a pleasure.‘
‘Alexandre de Verdun is an amazing transactional lawyer. He is a strategic thinker and great negotiator. His advice is straightforward and comprehensive.‘
‘Delphine Sauvebois-Brunel is experienced, pragmatic and commercial. I found her to have creative legal reasoning. She also has a friendly personality.‘
‘I enjoyed working with the entire team.‘
‘The practice had an extremely well structured and organised approach to a multi-jurisdictional project which was highly demanding in scope and timeline.‘
‘Alexandre de Verdun is calm, knowledgeable and on top of every key element of the transaction. Associate Olga Goncharska was exceptional in terms of both legal and project management capabilities.‘
Agence Des Participations De L’Etat
Selling shareholders of Synthesio
Inside Secure S.A.
Project finance Tier 3
Agence Française de Développement (AFD)
Alcatel Submarine Networks – Groupe Nokia
Caisse des dépôts et consignations / Banque des Territoires
Deutsche Pfandbriefbank AG
La Banque Postale
Opalia (subsidiary of Suez)
Total SA, including subsidiary Quadran – Groupe Direct Energie
Insolvency Tier 4
Jones Day hires a three-lawyer team from market's leading player Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP to launch its practice in the course of 2019. The team, made up of Fabienne Beuzit, counsel Elodie Fabre and associate Rodolphe Carrière, advises all types of stakeholders including debtors, shareholders and banks. It is involved in several landmark cases, and also assists venture and startup companies facing difficulties.
‘The team has all the necessary skills to advise both debtors and creditors on complex restructuring situations.’
‘Fabienne Beuzit is a formidable negotiator much appreciated by her clients and her peers.’
Grands Moulins de Strasbourg
Tax Tier 4
Jones Day provides regular tax advice to the firm's M&A, private equity and property practice, recently assisting with a landmark office acquisition and several large M&A deals. It assists companies, including a number of software and IT corporations, with general tax issues, tax restructuring and litigation work, and also advises banks. Highlights included advising Inside Secure on its $143m acquisition and related financing of Verimatrix. Emmanuel de La Rochethulon co-heads the practice alongside senior associate Nicolas André.
Jones Day > Firm Profile
Jones Day is a global law firm with more than 2,500 lawyers in 43 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 & Middle East:
Jones Day provides a significant presence in Europe that offers clients more than 500 lawyers from its ten European offices in Amsterdam, Brussels, Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, London, Madrid, Milan, Moscow, 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.
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.
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.
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, Moscow, Munich, Paris, Saudi Arabia
U.S. 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
- Business & Tort Litigation
- Business Restructuring & Reorganization
- Cybersecurity, Privacy & Data Protection
- Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation
- Financial Markets
- Global Disputes
- Government Regulation
- Health Care & Life Sciences
- Insurance Recovery
- Intellectual Property
- Investigations & White Collar Defense
- Issues & Appeals
- Labor & Employment
- Mergers & Acquisitions
- Private Equity
- Real Estate
- Securities Litigation & SEC Enforcement
|Managing Partner||Stephen J Brogan|
United States: Corporate Governance
Published: March 2020
Authors: Lizanne Thomas Jennifer C. Lewis The views and opinions set forth herein are the personal views or opinions of the author; they do not necessarily reflect views or opinions of the law firm with which they are associated.
This country-specific Q&A provides an overview to Corporate Governance laws and regulations that may occur in United States.
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