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Winston & Strawn LLP
75008 PARIS

Industry focus: Healthcare and life sciences Tier 2

Winston & Strawn LLP's 'deep understanding of the market and technical understanding of the regulations' is highly valued by its diverse client portfolio of providers, clinics, laboratories, private equity funds and investors, with an offering covering regulatory, antitrust, corporate, litigation and financing matters. The transactional side of the practice has a strong track record for both M&A and private equity mandates; Jean-Patrice Labautière is particularly skilled in this area. Gilles Bigot leads the team, acting for a mix of domestic and European clients in both regulatory and contentious matters. Anne-Carine Ropars-Furet, Julie Vern Cesano-Gouffrant and Mathilde Lefranc-Barthe are further key contacts.

Practice head(s):

Other key lawyers:

Jean-Patrice Labautière; Anne-Carine Ropars-Furet; Julie Vern Cesano-Gouffrant; Mathilde Lefranc-Barthe


Deep understanding of the market and technical understanding of the regulations in question.

Always available.

Key clients



Groupe NEHS (former Mutuelle Nationale des Hospitaliers (MNH))

Imapole Lyon-Villeurbanne



La Croix Rouge Française

Laboratoire ZTP



Partners Group

Pint Pharma



Ramsay Générale de Santé

Sarah Santé Group


Telemos Capital / MedEuropa

TowerBrook Capital Partners

Vivalto Santé

Dispute resolution: Commercial litigation Tier 3

Winston & Strawn LLP has strong corporate and commercial litigation skills which it combines with excellent healthcare and mutual insurance industry knowledge. The group manages high-level cases in that area, often mixing complex corporate, commercial and regulatory issues. It is regularly involved in disputes opposing healthcare providers and offers experience in antitrust private enforcement cases. The team is also acknowledged for its strong mediation know-how. Practice head Gilles Bigot is highly recommended. He is surrounded by the experienced Anne-Carine Ropars-FuretMathilde Lefranc-Barthe and Sara Susnjar.

Practice head(s):

Gilles Bigot

Other key lawyers:

Anne-Carine Ropars-Furet; Mathilde Lefranc-Barthe; Sara Susnjar


‘The Winston & Strawn team dedicated to litigation is professional, responsive, creative and delivers high-quality work. In addition to their technical skills, their perfect knowledge of the health sector and its players is a huge asset. The level of service is excellent and the clients are always very satisfied.’

‘Gilles Bigot intervenes in complex and high-level cases. He is, in my opinion, at the top of his game. Anne-Carine Ropars-Furet and Mathilde Lefranc-Barthe are also excellent, particularly in alternative dispute resolution methods.’

‘Anne-Carine Ropars-Furet: the quality of her listening skills and her knowledge in dispute resolution alternative methods are exceptional. In addition, it is a very well-organised firm, so it saves time for both partners and clients.’

Key clients




Holding Portugal Luxembourg

MNH / Groups NEHS



Ramsay Générale de Santé

SC Johnson

Union Asset Management Holding (UAMH)

Vert Marine

Vivalto Santé

Mergers and acquisitions Tier 4

Practice head(s):

Other key lawyers:

Nicola Di Giovanni; Jean-Patrice Labautière


W&S lawyers specializing in M&A have great business acumen and a global vision of cases. They are very involved and devoted to their clients, making them real partners of the companies they support.

I have forged close relations with Gilles Bigot since the beginning of our collaboration. He is brilliant, responsive and inventive! He doesn’t hesitate to be creative, he’s a strategist.

Julie Vern is very customer-oriented. She is intelligent, pragmatic, available, very technical and sympathetic.

Key clients

123 Venture

ABN AMRO / Banque Neuflize OBC

AKKA Technologies

Andera Partners


Atlas Holdings, Inc.

Audemars Piguet

Cooper & Turner


Dynam Factories


Groupe Philogeris

Groupe Photosol

Groupe Point Vision

Groupe SeLoger

HIG Capital Partners

IAD International




Omnes Capital


Pint Pharma

Telemos Capital

The Jordan Company, Inc.

The firm: Founded in 1853, Winston & Strawn LLP has offices across the Europe, the Middle East, Asia and the US. Acting for businesses of all types and sizes, as well as financial institutions and government entities around the world, the firm’s lawyers recognise that clients are looking for value beyond legal expertise and take time to understand their businesses and objectives.

Established in 1995, the Paris office of Winston & Strawn is composed of lawyers who are well-versed in European and foreign business law, litigation and arbitration. All of the lawyers in the office are members of the Paris Bar and several have been admitted to Bars in the US and other countries.

Areas of practice
Our corporate (M&A and private equity) team, comprising 21 lawyers, including seven partners, handles M&A operations of all sizes and of all levels of complexity for a wide variety of clients.

Our team maintains strong relationships with clients specialising in different industrial sectors, with cross-border activity significantly on the rise.
Thanks to the synergies with other Paris departments, as well as with other Winston & Strawn international offices, the Paris Corporate (M&A and PE) team is able to provide a full, efficient and coordinated legal services offer that is completely integrated. Transparent and proactive, the team matches the major international law firms on the European market.

Litigation and international arbitration: Our Paris litigation and arbitration team assists clients in connection with disputes before state courts and within the framework of domestic or international arbitration proceedings involving large industrial, telecommunication, and media organisations. The firm is known for its representation of large French and international groups and their managers in contentious matters related to M&A and restructurings. Additional areas of experience include: civil and criminal law; contractual and commercial litigation and litigation on financial transactions; national and international arbitration; shareholder conflicts; competition and distribution; intellectual property and internet; and media, entertainment, and advertising. The firm also regularly counsels multinational companies on how to transfer personally identifiable data effectively and legally between countries, including EU member states and the United States, as well as assisting clients with preparation for GDPR compliance and counselling clients with respect to privacy shield, model contracts, and binding corporate rules.

Health care: Our health care team, led by managing partner Gilles Bigot, continues to be one of the leading teams in the market in terms of the matters handled and turnover generated, and has more than 25 years of dedicated sector-specific experience.

Our Paris lawyers have leading expertise and cover key aspects of the health sector in a cross-disciplinary manner, with a particular focus on advice and litigation, corporate (including mergers and acquisitions and private equity), business law, public and private law and the issue of the manager status.

Department Name Email Telephone
Managing Partner Gilles Bigot
Corporate Jérôme Herbet
International Arbitration Anne-Carine Ropars-Furet
Litigation Mathilde Lefranc-Barthe
International Arbitration Maria Kostytska
Corporate Sara Susnjar
Corporate Julie Vern Cesano-Gouffrant
Labour and Employment Virgile Puyau
Corporate Stéphane Sabatier
Private equity Nicola Di Giovanni
Tax Bertrand Dussert
Corporate Jean-Patrice Labautière
Finance Mounir Letayf
Photo Name Position Profile
Mr Gilles Bigot  photo Mr Gilles Bigot Managing partner of the firm’s Paris office and head of the Corporate,…
 Aurelie Camard  photo Aurelie Camard Aurélie Camard represents French and international clients in various transactions, such as mergers,…
 Nicola Di Giovanni  photo Nicola Di Giovanni Nicola Di Giovanni is a partner in the Corporate Department of Winston &…
Mr Jérôme Herbet photo Mr Jérôme Herbet Chair of the Paris Corporate Practice, Jérôme Herbet has advised French and…
 Rim Khirddine  photo Rim Khirddine
Ms Maria Kostytska  photo Ms Maria Kostytska Maria Kostytska is an international arbitrator and litigator who is multi-lingual in…
 Jean-Patrice Labautière  photo Jean-Patrice Labautière Jean-Patrice is a partner in the Corporate Department of Winston & Strawn’s…
 Mounir Letayf  photo Mounir Letayf Mounir leads the Paris office banking and finance practice. He has extensive…
Ms Lefranc-Barthe Mathilde  photo Ms Lefranc-Barthe Mathilde Mathilde Lefranc-Barthe, Partner of the Paris office, concentrates her practice on international…
 Virgile Puyau  photo Virgile Puyau  Virgile Puyau represents French and international clients across various industries, including automotive,…
Ms Anne-Carine Ropars-Furet  photo Ms Anne-Carine Ropars-Furet With 15 years of experience, Anne-Carine Ropars-Furet is a seasoned litigator who assists…
 Stéphane Sabatier  photo Stéphane Sabatier Stéphane represents French and foreign companies, financial institutions, and other investors on…
 Sara Susnjar  photo Sara Susnjar Sara Susnjar is a multi-lingual partner of W&S SELARL, admitted in both…
 Julie Vern Cesano-Gouffrant  photo Julie Vern Cesano-Gouffrant
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