Firm Profile > Dechert LLP > Paris, France

Dechert LLP
32 RUE DE MONCEAU
PARIS 75008
France

Industry focus: Healthcare and life sciences Tier 1

Dechert LLP advises an extensive client base consisting of several of the world's leading pharmaceutical laboratories, as well as emerging biotech and medtech companies, a major medical device manufacturer and several private equity investors. The firm has particularly strong expertise in M&A and private equity transactions as well as in the negotiation of drug licensing agreements through Alain Decombe, François Hellot, Isabelle Marguet and Anne-Charlotte Rivière, who made partner in 2018. The practice can also rely on the extensive experience of competition partner Mélanie Thill-Tayara and regulatory expert Sophie Pelé, who both advise major industry players on strategic commercial, marketing and pricing issues. Finally, Marie Fillon provides IP and patent advice, while Jacques Sivignon handles litigation.

Practice head(s):

Alain Decombe; Mélanie Thill-Tayara; Marie Fillon; François Hellot; Isabelle Marguet; Sophie Pelé; Anne-Charlotte Rivière; Jacques Sivignon

Testimonials

‘The team is terrific: it is very professional and demonstrates a full understanding of clients’ needs. They get their work done efficiently and with enthusiasm.’

‘François Hellot is very knowledgeable, really responsive and it is always a pleasure to work with him.’

Key clients

AbbVie Biotherapeutics

Abivax

Affluent Medical

Allergan

Astorg / Laboratoire HRA Pharma

Biomunex

BPIFRANCE (PSIM)

Caravelle

DNA Script

Edwards Lifesciences

GlaxoSmithKline

Illumina Ventures

Kurma Partners

Idinvest

Lbo France

Bnp Paribas Developpement

PSSF

L’Air Liquide

Lysogene

MedinCell

MSD

Poxel

Roche

Sofinnova Partners

Spineguard

Tikehau

Dispute resolution: International arbitration Tier 2

Dechert LLP is retained by several European and Latin American states to handle significant cases in the telecoms, construction and oil sectors. The firm recently acted for the Republic of Ecuador in five arbitration proceedings including handling a Permanent Court of Arbitration case with Chevron involving sensitive environmental pollution and corruption allegations issues. The group also acts for international companies, including Chinese, European, Anglo-Saxon and Spanish corporations, in commercial and investment arbitration. Exequatur cases are another area of strength and it recently successfully resisted annulment proceedings launched before the Paris Court of Appeal regarding an ICSID award rendered in favour of its client the Republic of Poland. Eduardo Silva Romero heads the practice. Other key names include Xavier Nyssen, José Manuel García Represa, Philip Dunham and Erica Stein. Claudia Annacker was a new arrival in 2020.

Practice head(s):

Eduardo Silva Romero

Other key lawyers:

Xavier Nyssen; José-Manuel García Represa; Philip Dunham; Erica Stein

Key clients

The Republic of Poland

The Czech Republic

Rizzani De Eccher S.p.A.

Colombian investors Carlos Mario Rios Velilla & Francisco Javier Rios Velilla

Autopista del Norte S.A.C.

The Republic of Ecuador

The Republic of Colombia

The Plurinational State of Bolivia

Employment Tier 2

Dechert LLP's compact five-lawyer team has built a steady client base made up of international groups which strongly rely on the practice for dealing with their most sensitive matters. The firm has lately advised on the employment aspects of several domestic and cross-border transactions, including a high-profile M&A deal. The team is also in charge of helping with several site closure, workforce transfer and restructuring projects, including related litigation. Additionally, the practice is particularly well known for its ability to deal with sensitive individual situations such as the termination of top management officers and sexual harassment accusations. Finally, the practice is also adept at assisting with database and GDPR-related issues and provides Brexit-related support to financial companies. Philippe Thomas heads the team in which senior associate Thibault Meiers is the other core member.

Practice head(s):

Philippe Thomas 

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘The team is very professional and has incredible knowledge of the market.’

‘The team is very responsive and provides sensible advice. It is commercial and accessible.’

‘The team is business- and solution-oriented.’

‘The team has very strong expertise advising on restructuring and mass redundancy projects.’

‘Philippe Thomas and senior associate Thibault Meiers are very good lawyers.’

‘Philippe Thomas is very good. He remains calm under pressure.’

Key clients

CIT Group

DNA Script

Inside Secure

Nuance

Orange

PepsiCo

EU, competition and distribution Tier 2

Dechert LLP regularly handles domestic and multi-jurisdictional merger control filings. The practice recently assisted ArianeGroup with its appeal proceedings launched by Avio against the European Commission’s 2016 approval of the acquisition of Arianespace by Airbus Safran Launchers, now ArianeGroup. The seven-lawyer practice is also involved in several long-term cartel cases for client Deutsche Bahn AG and handles domestic antitrust cases in other sectors. Leading pharmaceutical companies regularly consult the team regarding key competition and distribution issues. Mélanie Thill-Tayara directs the practice. Laurence Bary is highly recommended. Senior associate Marion Provost is another key member.

Practice head(s):

Mélanie Thill-Tayara

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘The team has excellent expertise in competition law, demonstrating a lot of creativity and a high understanding of its clients’ business. They are available even when they are busy.’

‘The team has great experience dealing with the French and EU competition authorities and has great specific knowledge of the pharmaceutical sector. It provides tailor-made services.’

‘Mélanie Thill-Tayara is a fighter and very knowledgeable.’

‘Laurence Bary is an outstanding, very knowledgeable and trustworthy lawyer, with great advice and writing skills.’

Key clients

Deutsche Bahn AG

Bénéteau

ArianeGroup

Generali

InVivo

Astorg/HRA

Caravelle

Crown Holdings

Cora

Roche

IBM

Intellectual property: Trade marks and designs Tier 2

Dechert LLP 's strength lies in its utilisation of teams in different practice areas to provide comprehensive advice on intellectual property issues, particularly in matters involving acquisitions and strategic partnership formation. Marie Fillon jointly led a team that advised Astorg and its subsidiary Laboratoire HRA Pharma on the acquisition of all assets related to the Mederma brand. This cross-border matter involved assisting with transitional licence agreements, and conducting a thorough analysis of the use of all assigned trade marks since their respective filing dates, in order to cover the risk of revocation. Also recommended is associate Louis de Chezelles.

Practice head(s):

Marie Fillon

Key clients

Generali

Sifi

NHCO Nutrition

Bénéteau Group

HRA Pharma

Private equity: venture/growth capital Tier 2

Dechert LLP offers wide sectorial range, with a particular focus on the life sciences and technology sectors, including fintech and assurtech. The group acts for investors, especially venture funds, and emerging growth companies which frequently benefit from the firm's ability to assist not only with investments, but also with employment, tax and intellectual property issues. The bulk of the caseload consists of domestic matters, but recent cross-border instructions involved Canada, Germany, Switzerland, Luxembourg, the US and the UK. Anne-Charlotte Rivière and François Hellot head the practice. Key support comes from associate Xavier Leroux.

Practice head(s):

Anne-Charlotte Rivière; François Hellot

Testimonials

Dechert has specific expertise in venture capital deals in both tech- and biotech/healthcare areas. The members of the team dedicated to this practice are very proactive and have extensive knowledge of the venture capital mechanisms (including executive and employee profit-sharing and incentive plans).

Anne-Charlotte Rivière has extensive knowledge of healthcare-related deals.

Xavier Leroux is extremely talented, super responsive, reliable and has an outstanding knowledge of the venture capital industry practices.

Key clients

Affluent Medical

Axa Venture

Blisce

Bpifrance

CM-CIC Innovation

CapDecisif

Gigamesh

Illumina Ventures

LBO France

Sofinnova Partners

Dispute resolution: Commercial litigation Tier 3

Dechert LLP manages a various caseload made up of commercial, product liability, enforcement arbitration and international cases, as well as corporate disputes. The firm has been entrusted by French electricity grid connector Enedis to handle a series of highly strategic lawsuits for the company, in relation to which the practice recently obtained a majority of positive results. The firm is also regularly acting for leading companies in the life sciences and financial services sectors. The practice is co-headed by experienced partners Laurent Martinet and Jacques Sivignon.

Practice head(s):

Laurent Martinet; Jacques Sivignon

Testimonials

‘A very responsive team with strong ability to handle cross border cases’.

‘Service is swift, efficient and expert. The team is very business oriented’.

‘Jacques Sivignon has perfect litigation and court procedure knowledge and knows how to speak to non-jurists to make subjects understood’.

Key clients

Dow Chemicals

Enedis

STEVA

Comsa Emte

Groupe Casino

Pepsico

BYD

Intellectual property: Patents Tier 3

Dechert LLP makes full use of its global presence and 'very good cohesion in the team' to assist clients with international matters, focusing particularly on the US. The team is particularly strong in non-contentious matters, especially in negotiating licensing and co-ownership agreements. The team advised Lysogene on the conclusion of an exclusive licence agreement with Sarepta Therapeutics, in a cross-border deal worth €108m. The firm has gained new clients from the pharmaceutical and asset management industries. Practice head Marie Fillon is recommended for her 'great skills' and is supported by associate Louis de Chezelles.

Practice head(s):

Marie Fillon

Testimonials

Strengths: a very good cohesion in the team which is felt during the processing of matters.

Beyond their great skills, Marie Fillon and Isabelle Marguet have a very human side. It is really very pleasant to work with them. They do not count the number of hours spent on cases and are always available.

Key clients

Lysogene

MedinCell

Biomunex

Tikehau

Private equity: Fund formation Tier 3

Dechert LLP

Practice head(s):

Sabina Comis; Cyril Fiat

Key clients

Rothschild Asset Management

Rothschild Martin Maurel

Cheyne Capital Management

Generali

Partech Partners

Tikehau

Allianz

G4Partners (Geneo)

Blisce

Alexandre Mars

EPIC Foundation

17Capital

Artemis – Financière Pinault

LGT European Capital for Paris

Truffle Capital

Real estate Tier 3

Dechert LLP's five-lawyer practice is entrusted by France’s leading banks to advise on France’s most important real estate finance transactions, especially regarding major office and hotel assets. The excellent Privat Vigand is in charge.

Practice head(s):

Privat Vigand

Testimonials

The team has excellent property finance expertise, strong availability, and excellent negotiations and drafting skills.

‘Privat Vigand demonstrates excellent listening skills and looks for the best and most balanced solutions in terms of risk, timing and commercial considerations.’

Key clients

Crédit Agricole Corporate and Investment Bank

Natixis

La Banque Postale

BNP Paribas

HSBC France

ING Bank N.V

Tax Tier 3

Dechert LLP has particularly strong expertise in the private equity field, where it advises on both transactional and fund formation work for leading players. The team is regularly instructed to provide sophisticated advice to funds and asset managers on the tax structuring of private equity and debt funds and on Brexit-related issues. Sabina Comis, who is noted for her ability to 'combine outstanding legal, regulatory and tax expertise on LBO deals', leads the team, and 'very promising' senior associate Etienne Bimbeau is also recommended. Bruno Leroy is now at Paul Hastings LLP.

Practice head(s):

Sabina Comis

Testimonials

‘An outstanding team with high-level technical skills and deep industry knowledge of the LBO and private equity space’

‘A leader in private equity tax structuring showing great efficiency’

‘Sabina Comis is extremely valuable as she combines outstanding legal, regulatory and tax expertise on LBO deals. Her technical skills and business acumen can be fully trusted. She has a team of dedicated, responsive and smart associates working with her’

‘Senior associate Etienne Bimbeau is very promising, dedicated and reactive’

Key clients

Artemis – Financière Pinault

SunCapital

Chequers

Tikehau

Rothschild Martin Maurel

Eurazeo PME

Astorg

17 Capital

Blisce – Alexandre Mars

Edmond de Rothschild Private Equity

Crown Holdings

Caravelle

Alven Capital

Partech  Partners

Certares

Allianz Global Investors

Generali

Prudential – PGIM

LGT European Capital

Cheyne Capital Management

Qube Research & Technology

Laboratoires CTRS

Archimed

Capital markets: equity capital markets Tier 4

Dechert LLP

Practice head(s):

François Hellot

Key clients

Lysogene

Abivax

MedinCell

Bryan Garnier

RBC Europe Limited

Poxel

Spineguard

Mergers and acquisitions Tier 4

Dechert LLP

Practice head(s):

Alain Decombe; Ermine Bolot

Testimonials

‘Strong ability to integrate into a multidisciplinary project team on a transaction. Ability to encompass, beyond M&A, all subjects (social, fiscal) including in the United States and to mobilize internal skills diligently. Tailor-made approach and strong understanding of the commercial challenges of buyers and sellers.’

‘The Dechert team analyzes all the risks to study its proposal, which makes it a real business partner.’

‘Great availability and reactivity, good knowledge of the sector.’

Key clients

Generali Insurance Asset Management

S.p.A.

InVivo

Eurovia

Groupe Bénéteau

Arkema

Stanley Europe BVBA

Air Liquide

Astorg Partners SAS

BearingPoint France SAS

ALIAD

PepsiCo

Private equity: LBO Tier 4

Dechert LLP

Practice head(s):

François Hellot

Testimonials

‘Great team. Combines complementary talents. Dedicated and very reactive. François Hellot is beyond the pure legal know-how, very business oriented which is extremely valuable in LBO.’

Key clients

Caravelle

HGH Infrared Systems

Certares

Marquetis

HysetCo

Five arrows

Eurazeo PME

Cathay Capital

Latin America: International firms > International arbitration > International arbitration Tier 2

Dechert LLP's practice consists of a 'truly international team with vast experience in international arbitration cases', working both for claimants and respondents. The group is active across the majority of Latin America, and represents various states in significant investment arbitrations, as well as acting for investors in major treaty cases. Demonstrating this, it successfully represented Bolivia in a dispute against South American Silver arising from the revocation of a silver and rare metals mining concession in Northern Potosi; acted for Colombian investors in an ICSID case against the Republic of Chile relating to the expropriation of investment in the public transportation industry; and is assisting a Peruvian company with an ICC arbitration against a Brazilian construction company regarding a gas pipeline project in Peru. Eduardo Silva Romero and Arif H Ali jointly lead the team from the firm's Paris and Washington DC offices respectively, and are supported by Érica Franzetti who is 'extremely effective during cross examination and highly persuasive giving written and oral arguments'. José Manuel García Represa is 'extremely active', while Alvaro Galindo and Juan Felipe Merizalde are also names to note.

Dechert’s team in France consists of approximately 90 highly regarded lawyers who collaborate with colleagues throughout Europe, the United States, Asia and the Middle East. We structure corporate and financial transactions, advise on a wide range of regulations, IP, antitrust and employment matters and resolve disputes through litigation or arbitration.

Dechert lawyers in France are widely recognized by market sources and leading legal directories. Our dynamic, results-focused team includes professionals with dual training in law and business. In addition to French law, many are qualified to practice U.S. or English law and are members of the bar in Paris, England and New York.

French and multinational companies rely on our ability to blend a robust knowledge of local law with wider international experience. We apply the insights and experience that come from working across many jurisdictions, cultures and business traditions.

Clients come back to Dechert when facing their most complex or intricate challenges, trusting that our in-depth market knowledge and tireless dedication will help achieve commercial objectives.

Department Name Email Telephone
Office Managing Partner Alain Decombe alain.decombe@dechert.com +33 1 57 57 82 82
Photo Name Position Profile
 Laurence Bary photo Laurence Bary National Partner
Ms Ermine Bolot  photo Ms Ermine Bolot
Ms Sabina Comis  photo Ms Sabina Comis
 Louis De Chezelles photo Louis De Chezelles Associate
Mr Alain Decombe  photo Mr Alain Decombe
Mr Philip Dunham  photo Mr Philip Dunham
Mr Cyril Fiat  photo Mr Cyril Fiat National Partner
 Marie Fillon photo Marie Fillon National Partner
Mr José Manuel García Represa  photo Mr José Manuel García Represa
Mr François Hellot  photo Mr François Hellot Partner
 Xavier Leroux photo Xavier Leroux Associate
 Isabelle Marguet photo Isabelle Marguet National Partner
 Laurent Martinet photo Laurent Martinet Partner
 Thibault Meiers photo Thibault Meiers National Partner
Mr Xavier Nyssen  photo Mr Xavier Nyssen
Ms Sophie Pelé  photo Ms Sophie Pelé National Partner
 Marion Provost photo Marion Provost Associate
Ms Anne-Charlotte Rivière  photo Ms Anne-Charlotte Rivière Partner
Mr Eduardo Silva Romero  photo Mr Eduardo Silva Romero Partner
Mr Jacques Sivignon  photo Mr Jacques Sivignon
Ms Mélanie Thill-Tayara  photo Ms Mélanie Thill-Tayara
Mr Philippe Thomas  photo Mr Philippe Thomas
 Privat Vigand photo Privat Vigand Partner
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