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CMS > The Legal 500 RankingsCMS impresses with its combined derivatives and securitisation and structured finance offering. On the derivatives side, the team’s expertise in financial power purchase agreements is particularly noteworthy, but the group assists with regulatory and transactional matters across a wide range of instruments as well as with ISDA and FBF master agreements, securities lending and repurchase transactions. On the securitisation and structured finance side, the team is especially well known for its trade and finance receivables practice, but demonstrates strength across a broad range of assets. NPLs and UTPs and exotic assets such as tax receivables and receivables over public bodies are further areas of strength. Grégory Benteux heads the practice which is part of Marc-Etienne Sébire‘s wider capital markets team. Alexandre Bordenave and Rosetta Ferrère made partner in January 2021. Pauline Larroque was promoted to counsel in July 2020.
‘The united team is stable over time, always available. Excellent expertise at affordable prices.’
‘Availability, price, professionalism.’
‘I worked with the securitisation, derivatives and structured finance team on securitisation transactions. The exchanges were fluid and we had in front of us a very competent team on this specific product.’
‘The partner in charge of the file is always present on the calls during the various exchanges which allows to have a very fast feedback from him.’
Société Générale Securities Services
La Banque Postale
My Money Bank/Cerberus
- Advised Bpifrance S.A. as arranger for the setting up of a second €2,000,000,000 SME loans securitisation transaction, with the Class A notes issued by the FCT admitted to trading on Euronext Paris and eligible for BCE refinancing transactions.
- Advised BNP Paribas on the setting up of a new consumer loans securitisation transaction under which a new French securitisation fund issues almost €3.5bn Class A notes, €640m Class B notes and residual units.
- Advised Cerberus and MMB regarding the home loans and covered bonds aspects of the acquisition by MMB group of the retail activities of HBCE Continental Europe in France.
France > Employment Tier 1CMS has impressive resources thanks to a dedicated French team, mainly based in Paris, with a small presence in Lyon, and the firm’s extensive European platform. The practice provides full-service employment and social security law expertise and comes highly recommended for strategic projects led in France or spanning different European countries. The team handles a high volume of complex collective agreement negotiations and large-scale restructuring matters, intra-mergers, internal transfers of employees as well as mass redundancies and plant closures. The team is also well versed in advising on the employment law aspects of M&A transactions, both for listed and non-listed companies. Mass litigation is another field of proven expertise. Leading French and international, private and public companies, turn to the firm for employment law advice. The very experienced Laurent Marquet de Vasselot, Alain Herrmann, Pierre Bonneau, Nicolas de Sevin, Caroline Froger-Michon and Guillaume Bossy are the key contacts.
Other key lawyers:
‘Great availability and proximity; high-level legal knowledge; strategic vision; rigorous team and deadlines always respected.’
‘Very pragmatic and relevant advice and solutions; great results.’
‘The team acts with great professionalism and is responsive in the treatment of matters, both on an advisory basis and in litigation.’
‘High-quality listening skills and permanent search for a suitable solution according to the concerns expressed by the client.’
‘Recognised expertise, extraordinary sense of service and commitment, great availability. A high-level network capable of mobilising additional expertise.’
‘Responsive; accessible; available and professional.’
‘Search for suitable solutions and practical approach.’
‘Responsiveness, availability and ease of exchanges are a real plus.’
Chambre Nationale des Commissaires de Justice
France > Tax Tier 1CMS‘ expertise covers the full range of tax issues. The firm offers an extremely deep bench, mainly based in Paris, but with a solid team in the firm’s Lyon office. The practice is retained by many of France’s largest companies, including many CAC 40 corporations, as well as investment funds and international companies. Adept at acting on French and international tax issues, the group regularly advises on corporate, transactional and real estate tax issues. Its litigation expertise ranks among the top in the country, with matters including major tax audit reassessment cases and disputes challenging the validity of French tax law before the highest French and European Union courts. The team regularly acts on headline cases and recently obtained outstanding results, including the refund of circa €2bn of undue tax to its client in a landmark tax reassessment case. Key names include the highly regarded: Stéphane Austry, who coordinates the firm’s tax litigation and controversy group; Bruno Gibert, who specializes in international taxation and transfer pricing; and Edouard Milhac, whose main focus in on transactional tax issues. Also recommended are Agnès de l’Estoile Campi, Michel Collet and Xavier Daluzeau for international tax; Patrick Danis, who provides strong VAT advice; as well as Frédéric Gerner, Anne-Sophie Rostaing and Jean-Charles Benois for corporate tax. Counsel Sarah Dardour-Attali is also recommended. Armelle Abadie, Jean-Hugues de la Berge and Philippe Gosset made partner in 2022.
Other key lawyers:
‘Michel Collet’s team is recognised by the market in France and abroad as one of the best and most efficient for international taxation. Like Michel, the team is very responsive and very technical. They are very valuable, efficient, and friendly.’
‘Apart from Michel Collet’s tax expertise, which appears flawless even in a cross-border context, Michel stands out for a perfect understanding of the ‘business’ and legal constraints. Michel often delivers recommendations that are comprehensive and always very concrete. For all of these reasons, Michel quickly knows how to gain the trust of the client, the operators, and even his opponents. He knows how to adapt his mode of expression according to the interlocutors which always remains clear and convincing. Michel is a real advisor who knows how to support the decision of his clients without restricting himself to the status of tax expert and always involving other advisers.’
‘Frédéric Gerner is technically excellent and very responsive.’
‘Sarah Dardour has a perfect mastery of litigation procedures in the tax field, which is completely reassuring, particularly on high-stakes issues. In addition Sarah has an excellent technical tax knowledge.’
‘I have worked with Anne-Sophie Rostaing for many years. I appreciate her professionalism, her responsiveness, her ability to direct me to the right interlocutors if the subject does not fall within her area of expertise. Anne-Sophie has succeeded in establishing a relationship of trust which allows me to solicit her regularly on matters of a confidential nature without any hesitation. I recommend Anne-Sophie for the quality of her work and her interpersonal skills without any hesitation.’
‘I really enjoy working with Jean-Charles Benois. I particularly appreciate his expertise, his pragmatism, his availability and his ability to fully understand the realities of the business world. He is a real business partner.’
‘We mainly work with Anne-Sophie Rostaing who is an outstanding tax professional. She has the capacity to grasp very quickly all the business issues we are facing, she is extremely responsive and has this very rare capacity to explain tax issues to non-tax persons’.
‘Special mention for Jean-Charles Benois; human, adaptable and technically very solid. He also jas a very good knowledge of the specificities of the company.’
- Representing Orange in a high-profile tax case in terms of reassessment.
- Advising Nordex on the sale of the group’s European wind and photovoltaic development pipeline to group RWE.
- Advising Biogroup on the acquisitions of Laborizon group, and Medina group.
France > The regions Tier 1CMS Francis Lefebvre Lyon Avocats has a long-standing presence in Lyon and is one of the leading law firms in the regions, with lawyers specialising in business, tax and public law. Its strong regional presence makes it a go-to firm for companies operating in the Greater South East of France and large French and foreign groups based in the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region. The Lyon team is made up of François Coutard, Jean-Thomas Heintz, and Laurent Romano, who have respective expertise in employment, corporate, and health law.
- Assisted Somfy SA with an employment law case related to the redundancy of employees without severance compensation, securing a win before the civil court of appeal of Chambery and the French Supreme Court.
- Acted as counsel for the Icelandic listed group Össur on the acquisition of a majority stake of the French company Orthoway, drawing on the M&A, employment law, and life sciences/commercial law expertise of the firm.
- Assisted Roland Monterrat with competition law aspects following its acquisition of a company active in the agri-food sector in France, after discovering the existence of a price cartel with the subsidiary’s competitors.
‘The team is very consistent and always available. Excellent expertise at affordable prices.’
‘The team is responsive and efficient. Real added value in the field of covered bonds.’
‘The team adapts very quickly to regulatory changes and knows how to meet our needs.’
‘Marc-Etienne Sébire is very available and provides very good advice. He quickly knows how to take a step back and set limits. He is a talented lawyer.’
‘Perfect knowledge of the Euro PP market.’
‘Marc-Etienne Sébire and Rosetta Ferrère form a specialized team in private debt that knows every challenge perfectly well.’
Crédit Agricole Corporate and Investment Bank
Crédit Industriel et Commercial
Crédit Mutuel Home Loan SFH
- Advised the Agence Française de Développement in its role as sole subscriber on the €200m green bond of the Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA).
- Advised Vilmorin on its €450m bonds issue which was largely oversubscribed among a large European investor base.
- Advised Imerys on the issue of €300m sustainability-linked bonds.
Other key lawyers:
‘A team with a very operational vision and knowing how to be a force for concrete proposals, with a real dimension of advice. Very in-depth knowledge of the subject and a very appreciable benchmark contribution for its clients. A team that does not hesitate to surround itself with the firm’s other expertise and have the delicate points to be addressed confirmed, which creates a relationship of great trust.’
‘Beyond technical expertise, we must salute the availability, efficiency, responsiveness and pragmatism.’
‘The CMS team specialising in new technologies and personal data law always provides extremely relevant advice, combining a very high level of expertise with a pragmatic and constructive approach.’
‘Anne-Laure Villedieu is highly recommended for her availability, her experience and her in-depth knowledge of the problems specific to different sectors, as well as for her very engaging customer approach. Maxime Hanriot is also an excellent contact.’
‘Their skills, availability, responsiveness, listening, good advice and efficiency throughout, in particular Anne-Laure Villedieu and Clara Feragus.’
Al Khaliji France
Bank of China
Al Khaliji France
Bank of China
- Advising Al Khaliji on all its data protection issues, acting as the external data protection officer of the company.
- Deployed a global GDPR compliance program for SPIE Operations and SPIE France affecting all subsidiaries of the SPIE Group located in France and elsewhere.
Christophe Barthélemy; Céline Cloché-Dubois
‘Very good knowledge of the energy sector, its players and its challenges.’
‘We work with Claire Vannini who has been able to build a solid team to address all of our subjects. Beyond that, we particularly appreciate the responsiveness of Claire Vannini and the team.’
‘An exceptional knowledge of the energy sector allowing to understand both the technical aspects of the subjects as well as the legal aspects with all the areas of law that this sector brings together. A strong capacity to analyse questions and subjects, to answer them and to propose solutions with a global vision while taking care to underline the most risky issues for the client.’
‘There are not many firms that have such experience; this includes knowledge of the subjects, relations with the administration and clients and good management and knowledge. The firms stands out for knowing how to adapt to the current times, their work has not changed at all, but improved, they have shown that they can work under stress and in a difficult climate.’
‘Christophe Barthélemy is always available, has a lot of experience and really knows his subjects. I would say that Christophe is one of the best lawyers I have known in France.’
‘Team of a rare quality in this sector. Multidisciplinary and attentive to its clients, we trust them to handle on our files, including the most sensitive.’
‘Maître Christophe Barthélemy: his legal and technical expertise make him a valuable adviser for our company. He understands all our operational issues and provides cutting-edge, pragmatic legal solutions tailored to business. His listening skills, his availability and above all, his remarkable expertise in the energy sector (all energies combined), are all assets that make him essential. Each document delivered testifies to his excellence. Aurore-Emmanuelle Rubio: her responsiveness and availability are remarkable. Her mastery of the sector is also appreciated, in particular in the field of energy saving certificates.’
‘Aurore-Emmanuelle Rubio: excellent advice, quick understanding of the issues.’
Regulated subsidiaries of Engie Group: GRTgaz
- Advising GRTgaz, the regulated subsidiaries of Engie (regulatory advice).
- Advising Ailes Marines (Iberdrola Group) on all aspects of the project to build, operate and dismantle a 500 MW offshore wind farm off the coast of Saint-Brieuc (Brittany).
- Advising Voltalis on its development in Europe.
- Assisted Batiman with the drafting of a complex IT agreement in order to implement a new IT solution to manage the whole supply chain of the client from supply to sell.
- Advised Hopium, a listed hydrogen car manufacturer, on the drafting and negotiation of major commercial and technology agreements involving notably the licence of intellectual property rights.
François Tenailleau; Claire Vannini
‘Perfect knowledge of status and particularities of our company, which allows increased responsiveness in the management of our files as well as a great ability to find solutions to the challenges encountered.’
‘Kawthar Ben Khelil shows expertise and pragmatism, which confer great efficiency and responsiveness to the team.’
‘The firm, well known for its tax aspects, has demonstrated great efficiency in public and administrative law. Strategic advice made it possible to set up a winning strategy. Working in pairs, the lawyers are always available and up to date with our case: a major asset that does not exist at all firms, especially in public law.’
‘Proximity and availability, excellent understanding of the needs and constraints of clients allowing the team, beyond the legal analyses provided, to give very operational legal recommendations.’
‘Listening skills and availability are what sets them apart.’
‘In-depth knowledge of cases, both regarding technical aspects and procedure. High reactivity.’
‘Very accessible and responsive. Able to forge a trustworthy and quality lawyer-client relationship over time.’
‘We appreciated the availability of the partners and lawyers with whom we worked, their ability to understand precisely the issues submitted, to mobilise the right expertise within the firm, the pedagogy they demonstrate to support their conclusions and their capacity to adaptation to quickly integrate the evolutions of the submitted projects.’
Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation Europe Limited
La Banque Postale
DEME Concessions NV
Caisse des dépôts et consignations
SNCF Gares & Connexions
Total Raffinage France
Société d’exploitation des ports du détroit (concessionaire of ports of Boulogne-sur-Mer and Calais)
Syndicat Mixte des Transports en Commun de l’Agglomération Clermontoise
- Assisting Engie SA with submitting observation to the Conseil Constitutionnel (French constitutional court) in order to repeal a law aimed at reducing regulated tariffs for photovoltaic energy.
- Assisted the lender with the awarding of a concession contract relating to the construction, financing, maintenance and operation of the Olympic aquatic centre.
- Negotiating a lease contract and a contract in relation to Aix-Marseille-Provence’s financing of buses.
‘Excellent legal expertise on French and EU banking law matters and a good knowledge of authorities’ expectations.’
REDBURN (EUROPE) LIMITED
MARKET SECURITIES LLP
- Assisting N26 with its procedures and contractual relationships with its new French-based clients.
- Advising Stellium Invest on the creation of new financial products and the implementation of new regulations.
- Assisting IMGP with the regulatory aspects of the acquisition of a Luxembourg AIFM, such as the transition, maintenance of the AIFM approval and management of the relationship with the French and Luxembourg regulators.
France > Environment Tier 3CMS
- Acted as counsel for Nordex Group on the sale to the RWE Group of its European platform for the development of onshore wind and solar projects in France, Poland, Spain and Sweden of a total of 2.7GW.
- Advised Sofiwaga Infra, an SPV owned by Waga Energy and Meridiam, and SP Waga 1 regarding the development of four WAGABOX® units, which produce biomethane.
- Assisted Agence Française de Développement with drafting the documentation of its subscription to the first green bond of the Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA), a South African development finance institution.
‘Understanding of operational issues. Great adaptability. Ability to work in a team with economists, lobbyists, etc. Great availability of the partner when there’s an emergency.’
‘Claire Vannini is not only excellent, but knows how to work in a team with third party providers, all in the service of her clients. Beyond her strong expertise in state aid, she knows how to advise us on concentrations and anti-competitive practices.’
‘We work in particular with Claire Vannini who has been able to build a team addressing all of the issues relating to our file. We particularly appreciate the availability and responsiveness of Claire Vannini and the team.’
But & Conforama
- Advised Caisse des Dépôts et Consignation, the French Region “Occitanie/Pyrénées-méditerranée ”and Nou Vela (an investment vehicle owned by a consortium of companies composed of Deme, EPICo, EPICo CIP, Euroports Group BV, Air France and the French commercial chamber of the department of Aude) on obtaining merger clearance from the EU Commission for the creation of a joint venture.
- Represented Bolton Solitaire, which has been brought before the Paris Commercial Court by a major retailer asking for substantial damages, along with other major companies active in the home and personal care products.
- Advised Roland Monterrat following its acquisition of a company active in the agri-food sector in France.
Anne-Laure Villedieu; Florentin Sanson
‘The team stands out for its proactiveness and availability.’
‘I work regularly with the team of Anne-Laure Villedieu and in particular with Florentin Sanson for everything related to copyright or trade mark law. As such, we benefit from quality and pragmatic advice, in line with our needs and concerns.’
‘The team is supportive, accessible and knowledgeable and they’re very easy to deal with. I feel in safe hands with them!’
‘Florentin Sanson worked relentlessly for us and I very much value and appreciate his support and knowledge. He is quick to respond to emails, always available for calls at short notice and is very thorough in his advice.’
Anne-Laure Villedieu; Jean-Baptiste Thiénot
Other key lawyers:
Anaïs Arnal; Sabine Rigaud
‘The CMS team is remarkable from all points of view. Responsiveness, pragmatism and finesse of analysis. They know how to create links with their clients and deliver high-quality services within sometimes tight deadlines.’
‘Anne-Laure Villedieu is very available and a good IP practitioner.’
‘Anne-Laure Villedieu, the partner who leads the team, is approachable and talented. She relies, in particular, on Anaïs Arnal, a lawyer whom I appreciate working with because of her speed in identifying our issues and her finesse of analysis.’
Champagne André Clouet
Des chiffres et des lettres
Hotel George V
- Assisting Advance Publications with the protection of its trade marks.
- Representing Champagne Andre Clouet in trade mark infringement proceedings abroad.
- Managing the trade mark portfolio of hotel George V.
France > Real estate Tier 3CMS Francis Lefebvre‘s ‘multidisciplinary practice’ covers all aspects of public and private law in real estate. The fund formation team particularly stands out for its strong reputation in property funds, acting for both management companies in the structuring of investment vehicles for retail investors and for professional investors. Co-head of the practice Benjamin Bill ‘doesn’t sit on the fence’ and gives commercially astute advice. Of counsel Géraldine Machinet is renowned for her ‘excellent knowledge of the sector’ and her skill in negotiating commercial leases.
‘The CMS Francis Lefebvre team sets itself apart from other firms because the team demonstrates speed, efficiency, availability and expertise. In addition, it has a precise knowledge of our sector of activity.’
‘Aline Divo and her team are experts in real estate law and demonstrate speed, efficiency and availability.’
‘I highly recommend Florence Cherel, whose rigour and technical mastery are a real asset in any contractual negotiation. As of counsel, I also recommend Géraldine Machinet who is very business-oriented and responsive, particularly in negotiating leases.’
‘Géraldine Machinet: excellent knowledge of the sector, excellent client contact, excellent negotiator.’
‘I found the team very effective and commercial. They were able to effectively guide me through the process in a straightforward easy to understand fashion.’
‘Benjamin Bill is very easy to deal with and good at providing commercially considered advice. He doesn’t sit on the fence and will give an opinion.’
‘Responsive and adaptable to complex and cross-cutting issues – creative. These are qualities that are highly valued in my field of activity.’
Amundi Real Estate
BNP Paribas REIM
Crédit Suisse AM
UBS Real Estate
Pierre & Vacances
Aviva Investors Real Estate
MEAG Munich RE
Quadreal Property Group
- Assisting Mountpark Properties with the structuring of the sale of a pan-European logistics portfolio to JP Morgan for a total amount of over €550m.
- Advising the Pierre et Vacances/Center Parcs group, Adagio and Village Nature in the context of their conciliation procedure, participating in the definition of the strategy, and in the negotiation and drafting of agreements with individual and institutional lessors.
- Acting as counsel for Aviva Investors for the acquisition of the historic property 112 Wagram building in Paris from Société Foncière Lyonnaise.
Grégory Benteux; Alexandre Bordenave; Benjamin Guilleminot (counsel); Geoffrey Levesque (counsel)
‘Remarkable team led by Benjamin Guilleminot. Always available and very good communicators’
‘Always available and pragmatic.’
‘Excellent understanding of the needs/constraints of its clients allows the CMS team, beyond the legal analysis provided, to give legal and operational recommendations.’
‘Great analytical capacity for complex issues, and great at simplifying legal matters.’
‘Dynamic team which is able to execute deals very quickly while ensuring an excellent level of advice. Quality of the exchanges made with the advice of the other parties.’
Syndicat Mixte des Transports en Commun de l’Agglomération Clermontoise
Crédit Agricole Corporate and Investment Bank
Wilmington Saving Fund Society, FSB
Banque CIC Ouest
Arkéa Banque Entreprises et Institutionnels
CIC Lyonnaise de Banque
- Advised the lenders on a €547m financing in favour of the Eureden group, a French co-operative agriculture group resulting from the merger of Triskalia and d’aucy.
- Assisted the lenders (Arkéa Banque Entreprises et Institutionnels, Banque Populaire Val de France, La Banque Postale and Crédit Agricole de la Touraine et du Poitou) with the financing of the acquisition by Arche (holding of the Citya group) of Century 21 France.
- Acted for Natixis and the pool of lenders in relation to the setting up of an additional CSR backed €98m loan to Immobilière de Santé (the main holding company for the Ramsay Santé group’s long-term investments in securities and/or real-estate assets).
France > Insolvency Tier 4CMS acts for all types of stakeholders in restructuring and insolvency cases, including shareholders, banks, debtors and investors. The firm manages a busy workload and has recently been involved in prominent matters in the press, automobile, retail and aviation sectors. It also regularly assists investors with asset takeover transactions. Practice head Alexandre Bastos is in charge, ably supported by counsel Guillaume Bouté.
Other key lawyers:
‘Me Guillaume Bouté is a remarkable technically excellent lawyer, very precise, rigorous and always available.’
‘A full-service firm with an international presence, which is an asset in the processing of cases. The lawyers of the restructuring team know how to coordinate the intervention of their international colleagues. They also know how to adapt to their interlocutors and they demonstrate a reactivity, a pragmatism and an availability which make it possible to make good progress on the files.’
‘I mainly worked with Alexandre Bastos, who is a pugnacious negotiator. He makes a strong contribution to finding original solutions, making it possible to reconcile several issues. Beyond Alexandre, his team shows real involvement. The lawyers are really available and listen to their clients.’
‘Exceptional mobilisation in case of emergency, very strong cohesion within the team. Negotiation of fees on a case-by-case basis.’
‘Alexandre Bastos shows pugnacity in discussions, total mastery of subjects faced by companies in difficulty and restructuring. Guillaume Bouté shows good mastery of subjects, pragmatism, effective advice, remarkable availability’.
BANQUE PALATINE and FCP MICADO FRANCE
SODIAAL and its affiliates
MUTARES SE & Co. KGaA
CEGC (NATIXIS / BPCE)
- Advising ATRADIUS on the ongoing conciliation proceeding of CNIM.
- Advising SODIAAL and its affiliates on the acquisition of the industrial activities of the drying unit of milk powder and whey owned by SYNUTRA INTERNATIONAL FRANCE.
- Advised BANQUE PALATINE and FCP MICADO FRANCE, bondholders, on the conciliation proceeding opened to the benefit of ORAPI.
‘Team that is able to deal with all areas of IP, expertise in particular in the field of patents.’
‘Jean-Baptiste Thiénot has great expertise in patent law, and a very sharp general vision in all areas of IP.’
- Represented E-DIAGMED in proceedings before the Paris Court regarding the ownership of an invention (diagnostic software invention incorporating AI).
- Represented Trilogiq in three parallel patent infringement proceedings : (i) the appeal before the Court of appeal of Paris, (ii) the damage calculation proceedings and (iii) seeking an indemnity against the seller of the patents.
Jean-Robert Bousquet; Christophe Blondeau
Other key lawyers:
‘Constructive with a tenacity to find solutions.’
‘Dedicated, available and therefore responsive.’
‘Apart from being good as M&A counsels, CMS people know that each business is special (tailor-made approach coupled with the specifics of M&A peculiarities) and what other law fields specialists can be useful to assist.’
‘Jean-Robert Bousquet is available, listens carefully to what clients have to say and is always straightforward in his advice. He also delivers the goods efficiently and adequately. His negotiation skills have been very useful to us.’
‘Responsive, competent team with all the required skills.’
‘Good English-speaking lawyers we could communicate with.’
AXA International New Markets
The second largest shareholder of DUTSCHER
BPI FRANCE and LABELYS shareholders
INFOGENE and its shareholders
- Lead corporate adviser to Biogroup on the acquisition of the Belgian group Medina along with a reinvestment of the seller at Biogroup level.
- A sophisticated M&A process on behalf of Agta Record, as is usually a transaction which involves a private transaction on a listed company (such private transaction generating a public tender offer).
- Structuring, vendor due diligence, negotiation of the transactional documentation and obtaining third-party consents on behalf of Nordex SE.
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|Mr Christophe Aldebert||He is a tax specialist with expertise in VAT matters. He works…||View Profile|
|Ms Elisabeth Ashworth||Elisabeth Ashworth joined the Tax Intelligence Department of CMS Francis Lefebvre Avocats…||View Profile|
|Mr Stéphane Austry||Coordinates the tax litigation and controversy group of the firm (domestic and…||View Profile|
|Ms Annabelle Bailleul-Mirabaud||Partner. She specialises in international taxation with an expertise on permanent establishments, CFC…||View Profile|
|Mr Christophe Barthélemy||Partner (Energy Law and Public Business Law)||View Profile|
|Mr Alexandre Bastos||Head of Insolvency & Restructuring team. Alexandre Bastos is a partner responsible for…||View Profile|
|Mr Ghislain Beaure d’Augères||Partner. His practice embraces both advice and contentious work for a clientele…||View Profile|
|Ms Kawthar Ben Khelil||Kawthar Ben Khelil is a Counsel within the Public law Department of…||View Profile|
|Mr Jean-René Bénichou||Partner in direct taxation. Jean-René Bénichou joined Bureau Francis Lefebvre Avocats in…||View Profile|
|Mr Grégory Benteux||View Profile|
|Mr Gaëtan Berger-Picq||Gaëtan Berger-Picq joined CMS Francis Lefebvre Avocats in 1997 and became a partner in…||View Profile|
|Mr Jean-Philippe Bidegainberry||Jean-Philippe Bidegainberry joined CMS Francis Lefebvre Avocats in 1997. A tax specialist, Jean-Philippe…||View Profile|
|Mr Benjamin Bill||Benjamin has extensive experience in the work with clients on complex real…||View Profile|
|Mr Henri Bitar||Partner in VAT.||View Profile|
|Mr Christophe Blondeau||A partner within the M&A/Corporate/Private Equity Department which he co-directs, Christophe has…||View Profile|
|Mr Pierre Bonneau||Pierre Bonneau joined the Employment Law Department of CMS Francis Lefebvre Avocats in…||View Profile|
|Mr Raphaël Bordier||Raphaël Bordier is a partner in CMS Francis Lefebvre Avocats’s Employment Law…||View Profile|
|Mr Jean-Robert Bousquet||Jean-Robert Bousquet is a partner and Co-Head of the Corporate/Mergers & Acquisitions…||View Profile|
|Mr Stéphane Bouvier||Partner. Stéphane deals with matters relating to restructuring operations and to French and…||View Profile|
|Mr Hubert Bresson||Hubert Bresson has been working in the Direct Taxation Department of CMS…||View Profile|
|Mr Jean-Fabrice Brun||Partner specialised in civil law, commercial law, enforcement measures and criminal business…||View Profile|
|Mr Nicolas Callies||Nicolas Cailles joined the Employment Law Department of CMS Francis Lefebvre Avocats in…||View Profile|
|Mr Pierre Carcelero||Pierre works specifically in the field of corporate and group taxation, with…||View Profile|
|Mr Laurent Chatel||Laurent Chatel specialises in local taxation. A partner at the firm since…||View Profile|
|Ms Florence Chérel||Partner. She assists investors as well as developers in the context of…||View Profile|
|Ms Céline Cloché-Dubois||Counsel and Head of the Environment Practice. She acts for a large…||View Profile|
|Mr Michel Collet||He has an extensive experience in assisting inbound and outbound investments. He…||View Profile|
|Mr Jean-Eric Cros||Jean-Eric joined CMS Francis Lefebvre Avocats in 1989 and is currently Head of…||View Profile|
|Mr Xavier Daluzeau||Xavier Daluzeau specialises in international taxation. His main practice areas are transfer…||View Profile|
|Mr Patrick Danis||Patrick Danis joined CMS Francis Lefebvre Avocats in 1984 and became a partner…||View Profile|
|Mr Damien Decolasse||Partner. He specialises in employment law and provides advice in collective and individual…||View Profile|
|Mr Pierre Dedieu||Pierre Dedieu is a partner in CMS Francis Lefebvre Avocats’s International Taxation…||View Profile|
|Mr Vincent Delage||Partner specialised in employment law and pensions. He provides advice in collective…||View Profile|
|Mr Alexandre Delhaye||He is a partner at CMS Bureau Francis Lefebvre’s Corporate/M&A department. He specialises…||View Profile|
|Mme Aline Divo||She is a partner in the Real Estate Legal Department. She works in…||View Profile|
|Mr Arnaud Donguy||Partner in direct taxation.||View Profile|
|Mr Philippe Donneaud||Philippe Donneaud started his career in the Taxation Department of CMS Francis…||View Profile|
|Mr Pierre-Jean Douvier||Pierre-Jean Douvier specialises in international law. He co-manages the International team. His…||View Profile|
|Mr Ludovic Duguet||Partner specialises in direct taxation and works mainly on restructuring operations in…||View Profile|
|Mr Olivier Dutheillet de Lamothe||Partner. Olivier Dutheillet de Lamothe joined CMS Francis Lefebvre Avocats in 2014 as Counsel…||View Profile|
|Mrs Martine Ebrard-Grellety||Martine Ebrard-Grellety joined CMS Francis Lefebvre Avocats in 1986 and was made partner…||View Profile|
|Ms Rosetta Ferrère||Counsel. She has a broad experience in advising corporate clients and financial…||View Profile|
|Mr Richard Foissac||Partner in Tax. He intervenes particularly in real estate taxation, wealth taxation,…||View Profile|
|Mr Christophe Frionnet||Christophe Frionnet is a direct taxation specialist and specifically handles matters relating…||View Profile|
|Mrs Caroline Froger-Michon||Partner. She has particular experience in assisting foreign companies with HR issues…||View Profile|
|Mr Stéphane Gelin||Stéphane Gelin is Head of the CMS Tax Group. In this position,…||View Profile|
|Mr Arnaud Gérardin||Partner in the Tax department. Arnaud is managing the Strasbourg office of…||View Profile|
|Mr Frédéric Gerner||Frédéric is a partner at CMS Francis Lefebvre Avocats specialising in direct taxes.…||View Profile|
|Mr Bruno Gibert||Partner specialised in international taxation and transfer pricing. On this last domain,…||View Profile|
|Mrs Cathy Goarant-Moraglia||Cathy joined CMS Francis Lefebvre Avocats in 1995, and became a partner in…||View Profile|
|Mr Bruno Gouthière||Bruno Gouthière joined CMS Francis Lefebvre Avocats on June 1, 1989.||View Profile|
|Mr Thierry Granier||His practice mainly focuses on international taxation, particularly in relation to mergers…||View Profile|
|Mr Renaud Grob||Partner in corporate taxation.||View Profile|
|Mr Philippe Grousset||Partner in direct taxation Expert in direct taxes specialized in the following…||View Profile|
|Mrs Anne Grousset||She specialises in VAT and Indirect Taxation. A lawyer at CMS Francis Lefebvre…||View Profile|
|Mr Jean Guilmoto||Partner in direct taxation.||View Profile|
|Mr Daniel Gutmann||Daniel Gutmann is a partner in the Tax Doctrine team. He is…||View Profile|
|Mr Dimitar Hadjiveltchev||Dimitar develops services dedicated to the franco-bulgarian relations, together with Jivko Sedlarski…||View Profile|
|Mr François Hellio||François Hellio has over twenty-five years’ professional experience and is involved in…||View Profile|
|Mr Laurent Hepp||Partner specialised in Corporate taxation. He advises French and international groups on…||View Profile|
|Mr Arnaud Hugot||Partner in Corporate/M&A department, he is specialising in M&A transactions, including private…||View Profile|
|Mr Luc Jaillais||Partner in direct taxation.||View Profile|
|Mr Olivier Kuhn||Partner. He is specialised in civil law, general business law, enforcement measures,…||View Profile|
|Mr François Lacroix||François Lacroix joined CMS Francis Lefebvre Avocats in 1980. He became a partner…||View Profile|
|Mr Thomas Laumière||Partner.||View Profile|
|Mr Arnaud Le Boulanger||Arnaud Le Boulanger heads the Economics team of CMS Legal, in charge…||View Profile|
|Mr Christophe Le Camus||Christophe joined CMS Francis Lefebvre Avocats in 1990 and became a partner in…||View Profile|
|Mr Pierre Le Roux||Partner in direct taxation. He has broad experience in private equity investments (venture…||View Profile|
|Mr Dimitri Leboff||Dimitri Leboff joined CMS Francis Lefebvre Avocats in May 1999 and became a…||View Profile|
|Mr Christophe Lefaillet||Christophe Lefaillet joined CMS Francis Lefebvre Avocats in 1989 and became a partner…||View Profile|
|Mr Lionel Lenczner||Partner in direct taxation, especially in relation to laxation of national and…||View Profile|
|Mr Pierre Marly||Pierre deals exclusively with international transactions relating to Africa. He has been…||View Profile|
|Mr Laurent Marquet de Vasselot||Partner specialised in Employment and social security law: National and international restructurings,…||View Profile|
|Mr Romain Marsella||Romain is a tax specialist and works on advisory and litigation issues…||View Profile|
|Mr Edouard Milhac||Partner specialised in international and domestic taxation. He advises on mergers and…||View Profile|
|Mr Laurent Mion||Partner in banking & finance. He is particularly involved in banking and…||View Profile|
|Mr Rodolphe Olivier||Partner in employment and pensions. He is mainly involved in litigation in…||View Profile|
|Mrs Nathalie Pétrignet||Partner in EU, Competition & distribution. She is highly involved in national…||View Profile|
|Mr Denis Redon||Partner in EU, Competition & Distribution. His activity covers all EU and…||View Profile|
|Mr Philippe Riglet||Philippe Riglet joined CMS Francis Lefebvre Avocats in 1988 and became a…||View Profile|
|Mr Johann Roc'h||Partner in international taxation. He advises clients on all tax issues related…||View Profile|
|Alexandra Rohmert||Partner.||View Profile|
|Mr Thierry Romand||He has substantial experience in advising corporate clients on employment law issues.…||View Profile|
|Mr Laurent Romano (Lyon)||Partner and member of the executive board at CMS Francis Lefebvre Avocats of…||View Profile|
|Mr François Rontani||Partner in international taxation.||View Profile|
|Ms Anne-Sophie Rostaing||Partner specialist in corporate tax, Anne-Sophie assists French and international companies with…||View Profile|
|Ms Aurore-Emmanuelle Rubio||Aurore-Emmanuelle Rubio is an associate at CMS Francis Lefebvre Avocats. She is…||View Profile|
|Mr Julien Saïac||Partner specialised in international taxation. He handles questions related to corporate taxation,…||View Profile|
|Mr Florentin Sanson||Florentin is a counsel active in contentious and non-contentious matters in various…||View Profile|
|Mr Jean-Christophe Sauzey||Jean-Christophe joined CMS Francis Lefebvre Avocats in 1987 and became a partner in…||View Profile|
|Mrs Marie-Pierre Schramm||Marie-Pierre Schramm joined CMS Francis Lefebvre Avocats in 1985 and was made a…||View Profile|
|Mr Marc-Etienne Sébire||Partner, Head of Capital Markets: Debt Capital Markets (plain-vanilla and structured bonds.…||View Profile|
|Mr Alain Shearman de Macedo||He is mainly involved in national and international restructuring of companies, job preservation…||View Profile|
|Mr Pierre-Jean Sinibaldi||He advises both international and French companies on collective and individual labour…||View Profile|
|Mrs Jacqueline Sollier||Jacqueline Sollier joined the Direct Taxation Department of CMS Francis Lefebvre Avocats in…||View Profile|
|Mr Jérôme Sutour||Partner, Head of Financial Services: Asset management (funds structuring with an emphasis…||View Profile|
|Mr François Tenailleau||Public contracts (including public procurement contracts, concessions, PPP). Public property, urban planning,…||View Profile|
|Mr Jean-Baptiste Thiénot||Jean-Baptiste Thiénot is Counsel in the IP team of CMS Francis Lefebvre…||View Profile|
|Mr Pierre-Sébastien Thill||Pierre-Sébastien Thill is an expert in international taxation. Pierre-Sébastien has specialised in international…||View Profile|
|Mr Philippe Tournès||Philippe is a partner in the VAT department at CMS Francis Lefebvre…||View Profile|
|Ms Claire Vannini||Claire is a partner of the EU law, Regulatory & Competition department,…||View Profile|
|Mr Christophe Vezinhet||He specialises in direct taxation and works mainly in the field of…||View Profile|
|Mme Anne-Laure Villedieu||Anne-Laure heads the IP/ TMT practice at CMS Francis Lefebvre Avocats. She…||View Profile|
|Mr Philippe Zoubritzky||Partner in direct taxation.||View Profile|
|Mr Olivier de Saint Chaffray||Olivier de Saint Chaffray joint CMS Francis Lefebvre Avocats’s Taxation Department in…||View Profile|
|Mr Nicolas de Sevin||Partner specialised in national/international restructurings, differed benefits, collective bargaining, employee representation, code of…||View Profile|
|Mme Agnès de l’Estoile-Campi||She is a partner within the International Taxation team. She mainly works…||View Profile|
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- Industry focus: Energy
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- Media and entertainment: Music
- Administrative and public law
- Banking and finance: Bank regulatory
- EU, competition and distribution
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- Intellectual property: Trade marks and designs
- Real estate