Firm Profile > Dechert LLP > Paris, France

Dechert LLP
32 RUE DE MONCEAU
PARIS 75008
France

Industry focus: Healthcare and life sciences Tier 1

Providing an 'integrated and complete service', Dechert LLP advises laboratories, life sciences companies and private equity investors, who rely on the practice's transactional expertise. On the regulatory side, the department is equally balanced between its private and public law offering; up-and-coming partner Sophie Pelé is the key contact. The practice is also noted for its antitrust capabilities, with co-head Mélanie Thill-Tayara leading on these cases. Her counterpart Alain Decombe is highly regarded for corporate work, advising on reorganisations, asset deals and international commercial transactions within the sector. Other key names in the group include Anne-Charlotte RivièreJacques Sivignon for contentious work and Marie Fillon for IP matters.

Other key lawyers:

Sophie Pelé; Jacques Sivignon; Marie Fillon; Anne-Charlotte Rivière

Testimonials

Very professional and very responsive.

Mélanie Thill-Tayara and her team have a remarkable understanding of competition law and are always pragmatic in their approach.

The department can provide an integrated and complete service.

Key clients

AbbVie Biotherapeutics

Abivax

Affluent Medical

Allergan

ArchiMed

Benta Phamar

BPI France

Interchim

Lysogene

MedinCell

Merck Ventures

Mérieux Equity Partners

MSD

Pfizer Venture

Poxel

Robocath

Roche

Sifi S.p.A. / Gifrer

Dispute resolution: International arbitration Tier 2

Dechert LLP’s Paris practice attracted leading individual Claudia Annacker in September 2020 from Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton to further strengthen the firm’s investment arbitration and international public law expertise. The group  also successfully won new major clients and mandates in relation to Eastern Europe and Africa. The firm handles several large-scale investment disputes in relation to North Africa and manages a number of commercial disputes in Africa. Over the past years, the practice has greatly extended its geographical reach, all while remaining a leading name for Latin American disputes with key clients such as the Republics of Ecuador, Columbia and Guatemala. In terms of industry sectors, the practice handles highly diverse investment and commercial disputes from the energy, infrastructure, banking and life sciences sectors, acting both for states or private companies. More recently, the group was instructed to advise on new pre-arbitration matters in relation to the Covid-19 pandemic and its impacts on public concessions in the transport and natural resources sectors. Practice head Eduardo Silva Romero is highly regarded. Also recommended are: Xavier NyssenJosé Manuel García RepresaPhilip Dunham and Erica Stein. Associate Audrey Caminades  also deserves a mention.

Practice head(s):

Eduardo Silva Romero

Other key lawyers:

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

Testimonials

‘Their intelligent approach to the issues and their agility is commendable. For me, it is the best ever firm in dealing with arbitration.’

‘They are incredibly intelligent and have great technical knowledge of the business, giving multiple options to facilitate the best decision.’

‘Team members openly communicate with each other; partners and associates have direct communication; a very well-prepared team and always accessible.’

‘The team is composed of many experienced international arbitration practitioners. This gives huge confidence in the quality of their legal advice.’

‘I enjoy working with Erica Stein because she is very approachable, has great legal instincts and her advice is always on point. She is terrific in a hearing room, knows how to approach any legal question and can provide useful answers to the tribunal members.’

‘Eduardo Silva Romero is one of the best practitioners in the field.’

‘The team left no stone unturned. They supported us very closely throughout, whether in terms of keeping us informed in a timely manner of developments and new information and making the time to discuss in detail the finest points.’

‘Philip Dunham has a forensic eye for detail,  is extremely tenacious and has a first-class cross-examination style. He is a delight to work with.’

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

The Republic of Guatemala

EU, competition and distribution Tier 2

Dechert LLP is particularly experienced in advising clients in the pharmaceutical and life sciences sectors on dawn raids and antitrust litigation, including private enforcement actions. The team also frequently handles merger control cases involving multiple jurisdictions. Mélanie Thill-Tayara is an expert in merger control cases and abuse of dominance litigation in the life sciences space, while Laurence Bary is experienced in competition matters in the aerospace, defence, and technology sectors. Senior associate Marion Provost is also a key contact.

Practice head(s):

Mélanie Thill-Tayara

Other key lawyers:

Laurence Bary; Marion Provost

Testimonials

‘Truly innovative and creative. Excellent strategic advice and a deep bench of talent. ’

The Parisian team of Dechert LLP, European law, competition and distribution, is headed by Mélanie Thill Tayara. In my experience, Mélanie is a leading lawyer in this sector on the Parisian market. Extremely competent, she and her team provide exceptional quality legal services. The responsiveness is total. The implication too. Advice is sound and relevant. Mélanie has a strategic vision of cases and, in litigation cases, is able to integrate from the outset a vision for integrating the remedies, especially before the Court of Cassation.’

‘Melanie Thill-Tayara is an outstanding partner with great knowledge of EU competition law and very business oriented. They deliver exactly what is needed for the client.’

Key clients

ArchiMed

ArianeGroup

Cora

Crown Holdings

Deutsche Bahn AG

IBM

Roche

Ipsen

Intellectual property: Trade marks and designs Tier 2

At Dechert LLP, practice head Marie Fillon is especially active on behalf of life sciences clients, but also handles a busy caseload in the financial services, fashion and luxury-goods sectors. The trade mark practice includes advisory, transactional and litigation work, with the IP aspects of international transactions and antitrust matters as clear areas of strength. Honouring the firm's US roots, the practice is well versed in assisting US clients with their soft IP needs in France. Fillon also offers expertise in hard IP.

Practice head(s):

Testimonials

‘They were quick and thorough in the analysis of different options with associated risks from different perspectives, including commercial, IP law, etc.’

‘Marie Fillon has been very efficient and responsive. She quickly identified all necessary competencies (outside her own) within Dechert Paris to provide appropriate support for a complex deal. ’

Key clients

ArchiMed – Polyplus Transfection

Sifi / Gifrer

Astorg Partners – HRA Pharma / Mederma

Private equity: Fund formation Tier 2

Dechert LLP added former World Bank in-house legal counsel, investment specialist Cyril Fiat , to its ranks in November 2019; he joins tax and fund structuring specialist Sabina Comis as co-leader of the small team. The practice is particularly active in private equity and debt funds, including real estate, infrastructure and feeder funds, and assists institutional investors and sponsors, as well as fund principals. In addition to its strong primary transaction caseload, the team is also very well-versed in secondary transactions and frequently assists with regulatory matters - such as advising UK funds on the legal framework of fund structuring in France in the context of Brexit. The Paris-based capital markets, corporate, restructuring and employment teams complement the funds practice well. Moreover, as part of the firm's wider geographical network, and with offices in Dublin, London and Luxembourg as the firm's European fund-structuring pillars, the group is an excellent choice for multi-jurisdictional matters. In July 2020 the Paris team organised the Private Funds Academy as an opportunity for US-American, European and Asian lawyers to exchange opinion and perspectives regarding fund structuring trends and challenges.

Practice head(s):

Sabina Comis; Cyril Fiat

Testimonials

‘Excellent and in-depth knowledge of the multiple subtleties of legal fund documentation. Ability to think outside of the box to recommend the best option, while putting perspective in relation to what is standard. Ability to mobilise their network with the relevant bodies (political, public …) to answer a specific question.’

‘Availability, responsiveness and precision for requests ranging from simple information to the structuring of complex products. Commitment, proactivity and effective follow-up on long-term transactions. Sabina Comis in particular has demonstrated the above qualities.’

‘Very good knowledge of the subject, high availability.’

‘International experience and knowledge, team with a solidd background and practice in private equity. Very good ability to understand clients’ needs and to fulfill them.’

‘A special good point to Cyril Fiat, with whom we have been able to develop a strong relationship to support our development. He is really client-oriented, able to think outside of the box, with a very good relationship and a very good knowledge in his practice.’

Cyril Fiat is one of the excellent fund structuring professionals. Trained by the biggest names in the field, and endowed with significant experience in the USA for a fund, he has developed extremely valuable expertise in private equity.’

‘Very attentive to his customers, very good technician and endowed with a high sense of negotiation, Cyril Fiat has all the qualities to become a key player in this sector of expertise.’

‘Very good technical knowledge, providing reliable and trustworthy support while being extremely responsive.’

‘Cyril Fiat accompanies us in an extremely reliable and responsive manner.’

‘This team has a good knowledge of the market and its practices. Above all, a very good command of tax aspects.’

‘Cyril Fiat is a pleasant person with whom it is pleasant to work.’

‘Dechert and the fund structuring team have excellent knowledge of the market, the players and their expertise in taxation is a valuable asset for our investors. By supporting the funds both in the structuring of vehicles, they have a complete view of the ecosystem vs. an approach divided between partners in other firms’

‘In addition to real technical competence that is in my opinion unmatched in the market, the teams demonstrate responsiveness, availability and provide a global and consistent quality of service’

‘Responsiveness and pragmatism.’

‘The practice uniquely combines both aspects of private fund work: fund formation and capital raising and representation of institutional investors in the process of negotiating investment documents.’

‘Cyril Fiat has been a truly invaluable resource in combining technical expertise in private equity fund formation with his in-depth knowledge, gained during his in-house experience, of institutional investor needs and limitations as well as practical knowledge of navigating internal infrastructure and unique sensitivities in the investor institution. ’

‘Dechert is a firm which has recognized expertise in the structuring of private equity funds, French or foreign, thanks to the experience of these two partners, Sabina Comis and Cyril Fiat. The firm is home to one of the most experienced teams in the market, capable of intervening in the constitution of a wide range of investment funds. The team assists investment fund managers and investors. It can rely on a strong tax expertise at the level of the Paris office and on the complementary expertise of the international platform of the firm.’

‘Cyril Fiat’s career is particularly unique insofar as his experience in prestigious firms specialising in the structuring of investment funds, combined with that spent at the World Bank, gives him in-depth and very broad knowledge of the expectations of the company.’

‘The team is very professional, available, and gives good advice tailor-made to your problems.’

‘Cyril Fiat has been a very good partner, listening to our specific needs and adjusting his recommendations to them. He is available and easy to work with.’

Key clients

Artemis – Financière Pinault

Rothschild & Co Asset Management Europe / Rothschild Martin Maurel

17 Capital

Cheyne Capital Management

Blisce / Alexandre Mars / EPIC Foundation

Truffle Capital

Diagonal Capital

Unibel

Capital Croissance

Careit

Bpifrance Investissement

Edmond de Rothschild Private Equity

Safran Corporate Ventures

Private equity: venture/growth capital Tier 2

At Dechert LLP, the team co-led by Anne-Charlotte Rivière and François Hellot is a key part of the office's wider venture capital group, with the IP, employment and tax teams as additional cornerstone practices. With its high volume of transactions in the healthcare and life-science sectors, the venture and growth capital caseload reflects the broader firm's strong positioning in these sectors, but the Paris practice also demonstrates strength in a range of other sectors, including fintech, fashion, and food and beverages. The group is well versed in acting for both target companies and investors and is regularly called upon to advise on major fundraisings. Pro bono activities -for example the pro bono law clinic for Women Innovating Together in Healthcare-, training sessions at X-Tech Incubator and the team's partnership with France Biotech for its HITD events in 2019 and 2020 all attest to the group's dedication to the venture and growth capital sector in France.

Practice head(s):

Anne-Charlotte Rivière; François Hellot

Testimonials

‘Indispensable and excellent practice in France.’

‘Very high availability of teams and looking for innovative solutions to advance the work.’

‘The team led by Anne-Charlotte Rivière and Xavier Leroux has a perfect command of all subjects related to fundraising operations and is extremely efficient in managing a group of international investors.’

‘Xavier Leroux is an excellent technician and turns out to be a great teacher, whether with the founders or with investors. Anne-Charlotte Rivière is particularly proactive in case management and offers innovative solutions to facilitate the completion of operations.’

‘Very good organisation, level of advice on complex situations, performance of the service over time, broad and international competence.’

‘Availability, proactivity, sense of advice, especially for difficult negotiating points.’

Key clients

Sofinnova Partners

Bpifrance

DNA Script

Karista

Axa Venture

LBO France

Creadev

Vestiaire Collective

Robocath

InnoBio

Capital Agent

Wellington Partners Venture Capital

Alexandria Venture Investments

Cardiologs

Alma

Scipio Biosciences

Big Bag ‘N Go

Castalie

GIMV

Merck Ventures

Algotherapeutix

Diabeloop

Andurance Ventures

Dispute resolution: Commercial litigation Tier 3

Dechert LLP is particularly active in share purchase agreement disputes and shareholder conflicts. Recently, the team was also in charge of insolvency-related litigation linked to the Covid-19 outbreak and demonstrated its cross-border strength when advising several Lebanese banks affected by the economic situation in Lebanon on major solvability, financial and recovery issue disputes in France. Other key matters come from the energy sector or concern product liability and industrial proceedings, notably from the life sciences sector. Laurent Martinet and Jacques Sivignon are in charge.

Practice head(s):

Laurent Martinet; Jacques Sivignon

Testimonials

Competent and proactive team. Expert in industrial disputes.’

‘Very good management of files by Laurent Martinet. Remarkable follow-up and support of files by Vincent Rouer.’

‘They are patient, full of experience, focus on details and have the big picture of the whole litigation or arbitration in mind.’

‘The Dechert team has strong legal knowledge and produces an excellent work product.’

‘The professional pragmatic approach with the in-depth knowledge essential for commercial litigation are the forces of Dechert LLP. The service is rapid with practical guidelines allowing the client to comprehend all aspects and risks linked to the litigation.’

‘I have been working with Jacques Sivignon; he has always provided an excellent service and counselling, guiding us in the selection of the most appropriate strategy and at the same time highlighting the various risk scenarios in a clear and comprehensible manner. His professionalism and in-depth knowledge of commercial litigation are an excellent asset for both the client and Dechert LLP. ’

‘Great experience in commercial litigation, especially in the energy sector.’

‘Very good expertise and great negotiators. The team is proactive in terms of responses and always business-oriented. Good understanding of our business. They are always available with great knowledge in commercial litigation. Jacques Sivignon is business-oriented with great expertise of commercial litigation. He shows great aptitude to deal with complex international organisations/companies’.

Key clients

Albéa Group

Alten

BYD

Comsa Emte

Dow Chemical

Enedis

Fédération française des banques alimentaires

Groupe Casino

Pepsico

Signify (Philips)

Steva

Employment Tier 3

Dechert LLP has particular expertise in new working arrangements, such as remote working, mobility, and arrangements involving health issues which became particularly relevant during the Covid-19 pandemic. The firm also regularly advises on sensitive restructuring and M&A projects, with a recent stand-out matter for a major company that was facing debt restructuring proceedings. The practice is also retained by its key clients to coordinate cross-border projects and is particularly acknowledged for its high proficiency in the management of sensitive individual files. Compliance, data protection and litigation are also dealt with, as are sensitive strike situation and age discrimination issues. Lately the team also provided assistance on Brexit issues. Practice head Philippe Thomas and Thibault Meiers, who made national partner in January 2020, are recommended.

Practice head(s):

Philippe Thomas

Other key lawyers:

Thibault Meiers

Testimonials

‘Dechert’s strength lies in the management of complex individual files concerning senior executives and managers.’

‘It is very appreciable to work with Philippe Thomas – obviously an expert in his field and able to interact in perfect English. His team is also very competent, particularly Thibault Meie,r who has remarkable expertise in labour law.’

‘Great team; high-level of competence, adaptive and responsive.’

‘There is always someone to answer a question when you pick up the phone.’

‘Individuals understand our market and industry which make them able to provide tailored and market-friendly advice.’

‘The team is incredible. They are always reactive and provide very detailed and clear answers to all our questions. Having their support is crucial to us, they are amazing partners. Compared to competitors, they are easily available.’

‘We really appreciate the quality of the support; they always have strong arguments.’

‘The team understands our business and gives easy to understand advice.’

‘They have good expertise and ability to communicate in a way that is easy for us to understand. We often contact them looking for advice within very short notice and they always respond.’

‘Philippe Thomas’ team has been carefully selected and trained by Philippe to provide top notch legal advice to clients.’

‘Philippe Thomas is simply the best employment lawyer I have ever worked with: very knowledgeable about his business and market trends, client-focused, friendly to work with. I can only recommend him.’

‘Dechert assists us with all topics with high professionalism, good listening skills and is open to discuss and find creative solutions. They are available at all times and show good reactivity.’

Key clients

SnapCar

Groupe Sani-Marc

Intellectual property: Patents Tier 3

At Dechert LLP, practice head Marie Fillon and her team focus on the life sciences sector where they assist with litigation and non-contentious matters, including the IP aspects of transactions and licensing agreements. With clients including pharmaceutical, cosmetics, biotechnology and medical device companies, as well as private equity investors, the practice provides a comprehensive offering on patent licensing, supported by Fillon's experience in patent disputes. In line with the firm's positioning, the group is also an excellent choice for start-ups, especially French med-tech and biotech players, seeking assistance with their agreements with big companies, academic institutions or public research centres. Cross-border matters are also part of the practice's DNA thanks to the firm's longstanding international positioning.

Practice head(s):

Testimonials

‘Marie Fillon – excellent for transactional life sciences; making a name for herself in patent litigation as well; she is one to watch!’

Key clients

ArchiMed – Polyplus Transfection

Astorg Partners – HRA Pharma / Mederma

Real estate Tier 3

Headed by the highly regarded Privat VigandDechert LLP’s team focuses at advising leading banks on high-end property financing work. The practice routinely advises on the market’s largest and most complex financing transactions and its good knowledge of private equity transactions is a clear plus. It was recently involved in a series of high-profile deals, especially in the Parisian office sector, but also in new residential, commercial and office mixed property development projects. Associate Guénaëlle Taroni also deserves a mention.

Practice head(s):

Privat Vigand

Other key lawyers:

Guénaëlle Taroni

Testimonials

‘The team is very technical, but knows how to show pragmatism and provide the necessary insights during discussions so that we can make the right decisions. They are always very available and very constructive in negotiations with our counterparties. The documents produced are of high quality.’

‘Privat Vigand is a very high-quality partner. He is always very precise, very constructive in negotiations and always makes sure to have our needs covered, including points that we had not necessarily thought of. Beyond his technical skills, I have acquired great confidence due to his undeniable human qualities.’

‘Dechert has a very agile, available and very professional team that fully understands the real estate (legal and tax) and corporate issues associated with them. It is a small team compared to other firms, but with solid experience and an excellent track record.’

‘Privat Vigand and his team have excellent professional and personal qualities, facilitate exchanges and know how to show pragmatism.’

Key clients

Crédit Agricole Corporate and Investment Bank

SCOR Investment

Natixis

Tax Tier 3

Under the leadership of Sabina ComisDechert LLP's team assists some of the world’s most prestigious private equity funds on their most high-profile work, spanning LBOs and asset management matters. The practice was recently involved in several of the market’s jumbo LBO transactions, including KKR's €3bn landmark acquisition of Elsan Group. The practice also assists clients with the structuring of carried interest and new fund structuring. Senior associate  Etienne Bimbeau also deserves a mention.

Practice head(s):

Sabina Comis

Other key lawyers:

Etienne Bimbeau

Testimonials

‘Second to none knowledge of the private equity industry.’

‘High availability and quality of advice.’

‘Very strong technical expertise, very strong commitment and very good personal approach.’

‘Sabina Comis and Etienne Bimbeau have a direct approach and the ability to make complex things simple. Their biggest assets is their great technical expertise.’

‘Think-ahead attitude and solution-oriented.’

‘Strong involvement and ability to work in an international environment; high availability and efficient communication.’

‘Competence, availability, efficiency and pragmatism!’

‘Sabina Comis is always available and Etienne Bimbeau is also very responsive. Sabina is very sharp in tax law and also has a  good business understanding.’

‘Strong proactivity and in-depth technical advice. The team is dedicated to its clients, extremely reactive and creative.’

‘Sabina Comis has shown outstanding commitment, hard work and provided very sharp advice avoiding tricky situations. She is creative and has very strong negotiating skills. She is always putting her clients first in defending their interests.’

‘Fully dedicated, highly professional, fully reliable; the tax team is outstanding. Their knowledge of the market and their technicity make them unique among the law firms.’

‘Sabina Comis’ knowledge is more than a plus. Together with her knowledge of the industry, it makes her a unique tax adviser. We also work with Etienne Bimbeau, who is excellent.’

‘Exceptional knowledge of tax law in France and in Europe, with wide access to resources, and a clear business sense to present facts in a balanced way; clear recommendations or arguments to help clients make a clear decision.’

‘Sabina Comis is widely recognised as the best in her field: advice on tax structuring for private equity firms in France. She also is well balanced in her recommendations, advising against excessive risk. Etienne Bimbeau is excellent as well.’

‘We are impressed by the technical quality and depth of analysis of this team. We particularly appreciate the responsiveness and availability of the main partner Sabina Comis who has built a quality team around her and shared her vision of the profession.’

‘Sabina Comis and her staff combine a perfect mastery of related disciplines, namely fund creation and taxation, unique expertise on the French market – this is a major asset for us.’

Key clients

KKR

ArchiMed

Compagnie du Ponant

Mérieux Equity Partners

Caravelle

Groupe Artemis – Financière Pinault

Blisce – Alexandre Mars

Rothschild Martin Maurel

Edmond de Rothschild Private Equity (France)

Johnson & Johnson

17 Capital

Quilvest

Capital markets: equity capital markets Tier 4

Dechert LLP

Key clients

Abivax

Lysogene

Poxel

MedinCell

Mergers and acquisitions Tier 4

Practice head(s):

Testimonials

Responsiveness and high quality services with a significant commercial acumen.

Alain Decombe is a top lawyer who always understands business needs. His knowledge and experience are outstanding and I can say I feel more than safe in his hands.

Full services team. Top management. Very responsive and reactive.

The M&A team led by Ermine Bolot is extremely competent, experienced and dedicated to their work for clients. They perfectly understand the industry and the market, and offer an individual approach to every problem.

A 100% dedicated team with a cutting-edge expertise on complex deals. A capacity to consider and support a transaction regardless of its financial value.

Unparalleled expertise in healthcare. Alain Decombe is THE star in the space!

Great ability to work with international companies.

Very proactive and always available. Really appreciate their advice in tense negotiations.

Key clients

Arkema

Bénéteau

Interchim

Laboratoire HRA Pharma

Illinois Tool Works

Snapcar

Benta Pharma

Air Liquide

Stanley Black & Decker

Snap-On

Crown

Private equity: LBO Tier 4

Practice head(s):

François Hellot

Testimonials

‘The Dechert team provides clients with a very strong technical expertise in all areas, including corporate, IP, banking, regulatory and tax. This multi-expertise approach coupled with strong commitment make Dechert a reliable partner.’

‘Strong commitment, inventive and rigourous. Those are the 3 big reasons why we appreciate working with Dechert.’

‘Dechert’s PE team is quite unique as they work as one unique team across all the expertises within their firm required to achieve the best deal (private equity, healthcare, regulatory, tax, etc.). Some peers have experts teams, but they usually work simultaneously, but not together as one team. Strong commitment and expertise of the PE/healthcare team.’

‘Alain Decombe is a strong asset for the deal, thanks to his true expertise of the healthcare industry, strong relations with key players and deep knowledge and involvement throughout the project.’

‘Availability, wide scope of skills, business sense.’

‘François Hellot is always available and responsive. It is above all his pragmatism and ability to understand the entire context of a situation that make the difference beyond the pure legal/legal aspect. His collaborators and in particular Xavier Leroux are sharp and master their subjects well.’

‘Very professional and very responsive. Very strong regulatory skills.’

Key clients

Archimed

Mérieux Equity Partners

GIMV

Creadev

Caravelle

Motion Equity Partners

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

The 'exceptional' international arbitration team at Dechert LLP is known for its expertise in representing Latin American sovereign states and state entities. The group, which is experienced across a range of commercial and investment treaty disputes, counts energy, mining, construction and telecoms among its sector specialisms; it also counts private entities -including multilatinas and foreign multinationals- on its sovereign state-heavy, client roster. Eduardo Silva Romero (an 'expert in arbitration and public international law'), leads the group from the Paris office, which also houses José Manuel García Represa, who is particularly active in energy, construction and transport sector matters. Other names to note including 'extraordinary strategist', Arif H Ali (who heads up the global international arbitration team), Érica Franzetti and senior associate Juan Felipe Merizalde in Washington DC.

Practice head(s):

Testimonials

Dechert’s practice of international arbitration is exceptional! They have a good eye to design the best procedural strategies.

A key feature for Dechert’s international arbitration practice is that the team is international. Team members are from all over the world; thus, they speak different languages and, most importantly, they understand different cultures and their unique characteristics. When a company or a country has a cross-border dispute, it is essential to retain an external counsel who understands cultural issues that may affect the case. No other international arbitration practice has those characteristics, only Dechert’s.

Eduardo Silva’s leadership is unmatched. The team works synchronously following his strategic decisions.

Highlighted for its track record and international prestige, expertise in different venues of arbitration, extensive knowledge and access to key players. Excellent ability to define case strategies, with economic knowledge of the law.

José Manuel García Represa: in my experience, there are not two like him. His ability to understand, explain, and find, in detail, the strengths of a client’s case and the shortcomings of your opposition is something I have not seen in other attorneys. Certainly, these capabilities make him an outstanding court examiner.

Eduardo Silva Romero is a star. He is a leading authority in international arbitration. In addition to being an expert in arbitration and public international law, his professional career is an absolutely relevant asset before an arbitral tribunal. Certainly, his strategic abilities are amazing. His vision and strategic decisions make the difference in the course of arbitrations. He has the extraordinary ability to focus on the truly relevant of the case.

Arif Ali is an extraordinary strategist. In addition, he has unique knowledge of disputes related to Eastern Europe and Asia, as well as the energy industry. It has the great virtue of making complex things quite simple in court.

Juan Felipe Merizalde: I have not seen the legal and leadership capacities of Juan Felipe in other lawyers of his age. It is also rare to find such a young lawyer with so much recognition among his peers and in the international legal market. I know, for sure, that he is the right hand man of both Eduardo Silva Romero and José Manuel García Represa and the key associate in Dechert.

Key clients

The Republic of Colombia

The Republic of Ecuador

The Plurinational State of Bolivia

Petróleos Paraguayos (Petropar)

Colombian investors Carlos Mario Rios Velilla & Francisco Javier Rios Velilla

AUNOR (Autopista del Norte)

Dechert’s team in France consists of approximately 75 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
Dr Claudia Annacker photo Dr Claudia Annacker Partner – Dechert LLP U.S.; Consultant – Dechert LLP Paris
Ms Laurence Bary photo Ms Laurence Bary National Partner
Mr Etienne Bimbeau  photo Mr Etienne Bimbeau Associate
Ms Ermine Bolot  photo Ms Ermine Bolot Partner
Ms Sabina Comis  photo Ms Sabina Comis Partner
Mr Louis De Chezelles photo Mr Louis De Chezelles Associate
Mr Alain Decombe  photo Mr Alain Decombe Partner
Mr Philip Dunham  photo Mr Philip Dunham Partner
Mr Cyril Fiat  photo Mr Cyril Fiat National Partner
Ms Marie Fillon photo Ms Marie Fillon National Partner
 José Manuel García Represa  photo José Manuel García Represa Partner
 François Hellot  photo François Hellot Partner
Mr Xavier Leroux photo Mr Xavier Leroux Associate
Ms Isabelle Marguet photo Ms Isabelle Marguet National Partner
Mr Laurent Martinet photo Mr Laurent Martinet Partner
Mr Thibault Meiers photo Mr Thibault Meiers National Partner
Mr Xavier Nyssen  photo Mr Xavier Nyssen
 Sophie Pelé  photo Sophie Pelé National Partner
Ms Marion Provost photo Ms Marion Provost Associate
 Anne-Charlotte Rivière  photo Anne-Charlotte Rivière Partner
Mr Eduardo Silva Romero  photo Mr Eduardo Silva Romero Partner
Mr Jacques Sivignon  photo Mr Jacques Sivignon Partner
Ms Guénaelle Taroni  photo Ms Guénaelle Taroni Associate
 Mélanie Thill-Tayara  photo Mélanie Thill-Tayara Partner
Mr Philippe Thomas  photo Mr Philippe Thomas Partner
Mr Privat Vigand photo Mr Privat Vigand Partner
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