Firm Profile > Dechert LLP > Paris, France
Dechert LLP Offices
32 RUE DE MONCEAU
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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.
Alain Decombe; Mélanie Thill-Tayara; Marie Fillon; François Hellot; Isabelle Marguet; Sophie Pelé; Anne-Charlotte Rivière; Jacques Sivignon
‘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.’
Astorg / Laboratoire HRA Pharma
Bnp Paribas Developpement
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.
Eduardo Silva Romero
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.
Other key lawyers:
‘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.’
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.
Other key lawyers:
‘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.’
Deutsche Bahn AG
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.
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.
Anne-Charlotte Rivière; François Hellot
‘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.‘
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.
Laurent Martinet; Jacques Sivignon
‘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’.
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.
‘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.‘
Sabina Comis; Cyril Fiat
Rothschild Asset Management
Rothschild Martin Maurel
Cheyne Capital Management
Artemis – Financière Pinault
LGT European Capital for Paris
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.
‘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.’
Crédit Agricole Corporate and Investment Bank
La Banque Postale
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.
‘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’
Artemis – Financière Pinault
Rothschild Martin Maurel
Blisce – Alexandre Mars
Edmond de Rothschild Private Equity
Allianz Global Investors
Prudential – PGIM
LGT European Capital
Cheyne Capital Management
Qube Research & Technology
RBC Europe Limited
Mergers and acquisitions Tier 4
Alain Decombe; Ermine Bolot
‘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.’
Generali Insurance Asset Management
Stanley Europe BVBA
Astorg Partners SAS
BearingPoint France SAS
Private equity: LBO Tier 4Dechert LLP
‘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.’
HGH Infrared Systems
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 LLP > Firm Profile
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.
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- Dispute resolution: International arbitration
- EU, competition and distribution
- Intellectual property: Trade marks and designs
- Private equity: venture/growth capital
- Dispute resolution: Commercial litigation
- Intellectual property: Patents
- Private equity: Fund formation
- Real estate
- Capital markets: equity capital markets
- Mergers and acquisitions
- Private equity: LBO