Firm Profile > Cohen & Gresser LLP > Paris, France

Cohen & Gresser LLP
75008 PARIS

Compliance Tier 2

Cohen & Gresser LLP has deep expertise in the financial sector, advising banks, investment funds, brokers and fintech firms. The five-lawyer team regularly assists clients with audits and enforcement procedures conducted by the French securities regulator, Autorité des marchés financiers (AMF), and also has the capability to advise on US matters. Working in collaboration with the firm's New York office, the Paris team also acts for banks and executives facing high-profile US investigations. Muriel Goldberg-Darmon heads the team, which also includes Guillaume Guérin and Lara Kroop Delamarre (both counsel). Delamarre, a former trial attorney for the Antitrust Division of the DOJ, has a ‘good mix of pragmatism, work ethic, strong communication skills and great judgement’.

Dispute resolution: Stock market litigation Tier 2

Cohen & Gresser LLP has a ‘solution-driven’ team of seven lawyers with ‘strong technical and interpersonal skills, who work efficiently with their clients’, and ‘anticipate clients' needs’. The practice acts for French and international investment funds, brokers, and CEOs and executives of leading companies, as well as other types of financial institutions, notably in AMF regulatory enforcement investigations. It is also acting in sensitive insider dealing and misleading information communication investigations, as well as stock and credit default swap cases. The practice is also acting in a case involving parallel AMF and Securities and Exchange Commission investigations. Plantureux & Associés, Vendôme Capital Partners and Lasmer are clients. Practice head Muriel Goldberg-Darmon ranks among ‘the best in France in her field’ for her knowledge of the financial services and markets. New arrival Loïc Henriot, previously at Henriot Avocats, is recommended for ‘sensitive cases’ thanks to his ability to ‘adjust to changes of pace and anticipate the evolution of a case, and to push clients to make bold moves when it is urgently needed’. Counsel Guillaume Guérin is also noted.

Employment Tier 3

Cohen & Gresser LLP stands out for its ‘ability to deliver a holistic approach, from providing strategic analysis to delivering concrete action plans and execution’. Headed by the ‘reliableAngéline Duffour, the five-lawyer team has 'a remarkable success rate’ and provides ‘responds quickly in case of emergency’. The practice assists several high-profile US pharmaceutical companies with business-critical matters including mass redundancies and M&A transactions. Other clients include major French and international groups. The firm also handles litigation, senior executive issues and sensitive matters related to harassment and the establishment of whistleblowing procedures. Counsel Anna Milleret-Godet is also noted.

Industry focus: IT, telecoms and the internet Tier 3

Cohen & Gresser LLP's Guillaume Seligmann recently assisted Big Data company Altares with several matters, such as the setting up of a new regulated fintech and financial Big Data business, and several pre-litigation mandates pertaining to a breach of territorial exclusivity and commercial contracts. Associates Héloïse Masson and Elsa Dalimier regularly support Seligmann; they recently advised on software licensing disputes, and acted for longstanding client LVMH on the negotiation of outsourcing, licensing and service agreements with major developers and providers such as Microsoft and Oracle.

Tax Tier 4

Cohen & Gresser LLP's Franck Le Mentec has deep knowledge of international tax and transfer pricing issues. The four-lawyer team advises companies and high-net worth individuals and families. It also handles litigation and the structuring of M&A deals. The team recently advised Famille Perrin wine producers on the tax elements of the establishment of a joint venture with US actor Brad Pitt for Miraval wine company. Other clients include Cameron France, Impala, Seiko and several Italian companies.

Next Generation Partners: Transfer pricing and international tax

Founded in 2002, Cohen & Gresser is an international law firm with offices in New York, Seoul, Paris, Washington, D.C., and London. The firm has an outstanding record of success in high-stakes and high-profile litigation, investigation, and transactional work throughout the world. Its clients include major international financial institutions and Fortune 500 companies across a broad spectrum of industries.

Cohen & Gresser’s Paris office, opened in 2014, provides and coordinates legal services throughout Europe for its clients, with a particular focus on M&A and corporate transactions, regulatory compliance, white-collar defense, commercial, employment and labor, tax, telecommunications, media and technology, and intellectual property.

Clients include household names across a broad spectrum of industries, including consumer products, luxury, financial services, fashion and cosmetics, energy, entertainment, insurance, technology, biotechnology, healthcare, life sciences, automotive and transportation, travel, telecommunications, e-commerce, retail, advertising and print media industries.

The firm’s approach is to develop a deep understanding of each client’s business and to leverage the combined experience of the legal professionals in all offices to provide superior service to European and international clients conducting business in Europe.

Main Areas of Practice: 

Corporate: C&G assists clients in a wide range of corporate matters, including mergers and acquisitions, private equity and venture capital financing, fund formation, corporate governance, and securities law compliance. Paris attorneys represent public companies, early-stage and late-stage private companies, venture capital and private equity funds, hedge funds, and investment banks. The Paris team has extensive experience advising investors, listed companies and their managers on financial markets transactions, public mergers and acquisitions, tender offers, IPOs, the issuance of securities, private placements, corporate governance, and financial communications.

Employment: Attorneys in C&G’s French employment practice have significant experience in counseling French and international clients, employers, and top managers/executives, as well as representing them in litigation relating to various employment and labor-related issues such as individual and collective employment relations, corporate restructuring, top management, and social security.

Litigation & Arbitration: Cohen & Gresser regularly represent clients in a broad range of complex commercial, business, and financial disputes in France and in the international arena. The team has particular experience with M&A litigation, shareholders’ disputes, and breach of contract disputes, as well as with matters relating to litigation before the French financial market authority (AMF), including insider trading, market manipulation, fraud, and misinformation. The Paris office works with litigators across the other C&G offices to provide seamless representation to its clients across multiple jurisdictions.

Regulatory Compliance: C&G provides comprehensive compliance advice to its global clients, including public and private companies, and financial institutions. Members of its team include very experienced former U.S. federal and state prosecutors, former French and U.K. prosecutors, and defense counsel. We design and implement effective compliance policies and procedures, minimizing the risk of a government investigation or prosecution. Its attorneys advise on compliance with all aspects of antitrust, corporate governance, employment, privacy and cybersecurity, securities, tax, and trade regulations, and have extensive experience counseling on matters requiring cooperation with international regulators.

Tax: C&G’s tax practice serves a wide and diversified client base, ranging from individuals to multinational corporations. The team has extensive experience with corporate tax, private client tax issues, tax litigation, and real estate tax restructuring.

Technology: The Paris office has experience in a wide range of technology, media, and telecoms matters, as well as privacy and data protection. The team has substantial experience with technology transactions, including outsourcing agreements, cloud computing, infrastructure agreements, software/technology licensing, software implementation, and distribution and partnership agreements. They also represent clients in matters related to internet and e-commerce, such as adtech, digital rights management, fintech, e-payments, big data, cyber security, and gaming. The firm also handles telecoms matters, including regulatory compliance and agreements dealing with infrastructure and data centers, telecoms networks and services, and satellite telecoms distribution.

White Collar Defense & Regulation: C&G regularly represents clients in a wide variety of investigations, including market manipulation, securities fraud, insider trading, corruption/bribery, money laundering, OFAC, and FCPA investigations. Members of its cross-border team advise on major corporate internal investigations and handle proceedings before and in cooperation with a number of global regulatory bodies, including the French financial market authority (AMF), Banking Authority (ACPR), and financial prosecutor (PNF); as well as the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) and Serious Fraud Office (SFO) in the U.K.; and the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and the Department of Justice (DOJ) in the U.S.

Photo Name Position Profile
 Angéline Duffour  photo Angéline Duffour
 Muriel Goldberg-Darmon  photo Muriel Goldberg-Darmon
 Guillaume Guérin  photo Guillaume Guérin
 Loïc Henriot  photo Loïc Henriot
 Johannes Jonas  photo Johannes Jonas
 Franck Le Mentec  photo Franck Le Mentec
 Héloïse Masson  photo Héloïse Masson
 Anna Milleret-Godet  photo Anna Milleret-Godet
 Guillaume Seligmann  photo Guillaume Seligmann
Number of Partners : 28
Number of Other Fee-Earners : 50
Other Staff : 40
Managing Partner - Paris : Johannes Jonas
Other Offices : New York
Other Offices : Seoul
Other Offices : Washington, DC
Other Offices : London