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Aviation - ranked: tier 1

DLA Piper

DLA Piper’s core areas of expertise are litigation and arbitration, but the team is active in a broad array of mandates, including corporate work and commercial contracts, particularly in IP and IT. Vonnick Le Guillou, who specialises in advising aircraft manufacturers and their insurers on air crash mandates, heads the department, with Stéphane Lemarchand and Gregory Tulquois also key contacts. Recent work saw the group assist ATR with the drafting of a master services agreement and the implementation of a SaaS solution in aircraft manufacturer ATR’s IT systems. Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty instructed the department to defend its insured, an air display pilot, in proceedings brought for damage to a Mustang aircraft following an accident at an air show. Airbus and AXA Corporate Solutions are also clients.

Leading individuals

Vonnick Le Guillou - DLA Piper

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EU, competition and distribution
EU, competition and distribution - ranked: tier 4

DLA Piper

DLA Piper’s ‘outstanding’ competition offering is headed by Edouard Sarrazin, who sets himself apart by his ‘availability, efficiency, sympathy and expertise’; he is particularly noted for his strength in contentious antitrust matters, but also handles state aid issues and merger clearance work. Ecolab appointed the group to oversee the merger filing in connection with its acquisition of hygienic care company Anios, and the team also advised Worldline on its proposed acquisition of Equens and its subsidiary PaySquare, which created a European payment service provider.

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Employment - ranked: tier 3

DLA Piper

DLA Piper provides ‘excellent service’ and is entrusted by many large Anglophone and UK corporations. The 21-lawyer team deals with sensitive matters including restructurings, plant closures, mass redundancy issues as well as related litigation and also advises in the context of M&A transactions. Adobe, Associated Press, Atmel and easyJet are clients. Practice head Philippe Danesi is ‘very available and delivers clear and concise advice to an international audience’. Bijan Eghbal, Marine Gicquel and Jérôme Halphen are the other key members.

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Insolvency - ranked: tier 2

DLA Piper

DLA Piper’s ten-strong team is able to handle the full spectrum of distressed and insolvency situations and was recently instructed by investors to advise on some of the market’s most challenging and largest debt restructuring matters. It notably assisted Regroupement PP Local as shareholders with Solocal’s €1.2bn debt restructuring, as well as Boussard & Gavaudan and the high yield bondholders'’ad hoc committee with CGG’s $3bn debt restructuring. The team includes several notable practitioners: practice head Pierre-Alain Bouhenic, David Chijner and Noam Ankri.

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Insurance - ranked: tier 2

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The ‘very responsive’ team at DLA Piper ‘provides sophisticated, practical and tactical advice’ on contentious and non-contentious matters, with a portfolio of expertise that includes domestic and cross-border matters. Product liability matters and arbitration are key areas, but the group also handles cyber liability, casualty, tort and personal injury claims, as well as assisting with property and credit risk-related insurance matters. Practice head and aviation expert Vonnick Le Guillou specialises in complex international liability matters. Key practitioner Bruce Mee is ‘very strategic and knowledgeable’ and ‘a pleasure to work with’; his experience includes arbitration, mediation and other alternative dispute resolution procedures. Capital markets specialist Fabrice Armand is the name to note for insurance-related regulatory issues, particularly regarding the structuring of new insurance products. The team acts for domestic and international players such as Allianz Vie, AGCS, Amlin Insurance and AIG Europe and was appointed to AXA’s global legal panel for claims litigation in March 2017.

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Mergers and acquisitions
Other recommended firms - ranked: tier 1

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Project finance
Other recommended firms - ranked: tier 1

DLA Piper

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Real estate
Real estate - ranked: tier 3

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DLA Piper has ‘very good quality expertise’ and a large team of some 22 dedicated lawyers. The practice advises leading Anglophone investment funds and some major French investors undertaking major office and logistics asset acquisitions or sales. Financing, leasing and development work is also handled. The firm recently advised Blackstone on the sale of a Parisian office complex, and Carlyle on the acquisition and financing of an eight-asset logistic portfolio. Cegeral, Eurosic and Generali Real Estate are clients. Practice head Antonia Raccat is a strong asset along with Antoine Mercier. Olivia Michaud and Lionel Rosenfeld are also involved.

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Other recommended firms - ranked: tier 1

DLA Piper

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France: Banking and finance

Transactional work
Banking and finance: Transactional work - ranked: tier 3

DLA Piper

DLA Piper stands out for its ‘responsiveness, rigour and pragmatism’, providing ‘honest and direct communication’. The strength of this practice lies in acquisition and real estate finance, with experience spanning refinancings, recapitalisations and restructuring matters. Maud Manon directs the department and led in advising Ardian on the highly international financing of the acquisition of Diam Group. Real estate expert Erwan Lacheteau assisted Blackstone with the refinancing of an office building in La Défense, involving a mortgage financing and a capex facility. Bpifrance, Montagu Private Equity and Carlyle Europe are also clients.

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France: Capital markets

Other recommended firms - ranked: tier 1

DLA Piper

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France: Dispute resolution

Commercial litigation
Other recommended firms - ranked: tier 1

DLA Piper

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International arbitration
Dispute resolution: International arbitration - ranked: tier 3

DLA Piper

DLA Piper’s ‘available and proactive’ 11-lawyer Paris team is part of the firm’s 100-lawyer global practice. The firm is handling a large Africa-related commercial arbitration caseload, notably dealing with mining, telecoms and oil infrastructure matters. It is also managing a multibillion-dollar ICSID dispute for the Republic of Guinea following BSG Resources’ claims for mining concession expropriation. Expertise also exists with regards to exequatur matters. Airbus, the Democratic Republic of Congo, the Republic of Moldova and Technip France are clients. Michael Ostrove heads the firm’s practice globally. Alexander Brabant is also involved.

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France: Industry focus

Other recommended firms - ranked: tier 1

DLA Piper

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Healthcare and life sciences
Industry focus: Healthcare and life sciences - ranked: tier 3

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Sonia de Kondserovsky and Jean-Christophe Tristant lead DLA Piper’s healthcare department which recently attracted a number of new high-profile clients such as Becton Dickinson, Servier and Pierre Fabre. 2017 highlights included advising Lion Biotechnologies on regulatory and data privacy issues related to the conduct of clinical trials in Europe as well as handling a series of disputes including a patent infringement and unfair competition claim on behalf of a client in the skincare field. The group also assisted a pharmaceutical company with several product supply agreements and with a worldwide corporate restructuring covering over 36 jurisdictions. Associate Marie-Charlotte Mevel plays a key supportive role in the team and is also a key contact.

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IT, telecoms and the Internet
Industry focus: IT, telecoms and the Internet - ranked: tier 1

DLA Piper

DLA Piper’s seven-partner offering is jointly led by the recommended Jonathan Rofé and global ICT practice co-head Stéphane Lemarchand and recently bolstered its data privacy capabilities with the hire of Denise Lebeau-Marianna from Baker McKenzie. Among recent work highlights are a series of digital transformation projects as well as the re-tendering of a global IT infrastructure outsourcing supply contract, and dispute resolution expert Fabienne Panneau represented a publishing house in its appeal against a decision by the French Supreme Court which ordered the client to pay €7m to its IT provider. In terms of data privacy work, Florence Guthfreund-Roland and Lebeau-Marianna assisted an IoT service provider and a pharmaceutical company with their respective GDPR compliance programmes. Additionally, head of the commercial contracts division Gregory Tulquois advised on contractual aspects of innovative B2C applications and the establishment of a logistics division as part of a global retail giant’s expansion into the French market, including advice on contracts with service providers and regulatory aspects of its new IT business activity. The department’s impressive client roster includes names such as Amazon, Vodafone, Michelin and Airbus.

Leading individuals

Denise Lebeau-Marianna - DLA Piper

Jonathan Rofé - DLA Piper

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France: Intellectual property

Intellectual property: Patents - ranked: tier 3

DLA Piper

DLA Piper’s patent expertise is predominantly applied in the healthcare and life sciences space, where Jean-Christophe Tristant represents pharmaceutical laboraties and medical device companies in infringement and nullity cases. His expertise also extends to the negotiation of intellectual property licensing agreements. Notable clients include IMS Health, Becton Dickinson and Santen Pharmaceutical.

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France: Private equity

Private equity: LBO - ranked: tier 2

DLA Piper

DLA Piper’s practice has a core focus on private equity funds and financial investors, and is particularly active for portfolio companies. Key sector strengths include technology, retail, leisure, manufacturing, aeronautics and defence. The team’s strong point is mid-market to upper mid-market transactions, though it is also handling an increasing number of large-cap transactions. The practice is kept busy handling domestic mandates, but profits from the firm’s network to advise on multijurisdictional matters. Practice head Xavier Norlain recently advised Ardian on its €675m acquisition of Unither by way of a pre-emptive offer. Michel Frieh recently assisted Abenex with its minority investment in real estate development group LP Promotion, which included a reorganisation of the share capital. In an example of its work in the domestic space, the team handled Cobalt Capital’s sale of the TCS Group. Bridgepoint, Edmond de Rothschild Investment Partners and Montefiore Investment are other clients.

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Legal Developments by:
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  • Sentencing guidelines for corporate manslaughter

    In February 2010 the Sentencing Guidelines Council (the SGC) issued definitive guidelines to courts on imposing appropriate sentences for corporate manslaughter and health and safety offences causing death. The SGC states that fines imposed on companies found guilty of corporate manslaughter should not fall below £500,000, while fines in respect of health and safety offences that are a significant cause of death should be at least £100,000. Crucially, the SGC declined to provide for a fixed link between the imposed fine and the turnover or profitability of the offending company.

    - DLA Piper UK LLP

Legal Developments in France

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    The People's Republic of China has initiated an overhaul of its social security system, reformed the personal taxation regime and has extended the scope of these laws to foreigners residing in China.

    The Kingdom of Morocco is supporting the ambition of becoming the leading financial place for Africa. In this context, a wave of draft laws is to be passed and implemented within the following months, amongst which, the Law No. 53.08, setting up a new financial authority, and the Law No. 54.08, reforming public offering rules, are of paramount importance to Moroccan and foreign issuers, and financial institutions.

    The opportunities offered to foreign investors by the Chinese mergers and acquisitions market are increasing every year: in 2010, transactions involving foreign companies came to 60.1 billion euros, an increase of 21.2% compared with 2009. Seen from the West, where markets are declining, all sectors of the Chinese economy seem to be undergoing promising development and the statistics indicate that the Middle Empire will be a lasting springboard for growth.
  • Prime de Partage des Profits

    Le dispositif L’article 1er de la loi de financement rectificative de la Sécurité sociale pour 2011 oblige les sociétés commerciales de 50 salariés et plus, dont les dividendes par part sociale ou par action sont en augmentation par rapport à la moyenne des deux années précédentes, à verser une prime à l’ensemble de leurs salariés

    Types of investors The private equity (PE) funds that are active in Bulgaria are not raised or registered in the country. Some Bulgarian PE funds were raised recently, but there are no statistics as to the sources of their funding, their number, the funds that were accumulated, etc.

  • Landmark decision by French Competition Authority in conditioned LPG case

    cartel case closed after discovery that leniency application was largely based on forgeries and rejection of collective dominant position objection.
  • 2012 supplementary budget

    The second supplementary budget published in the Official Gazette September 19, 2011 provides for two key measures that affect the deferral of tax losses and taxation of capital gains realized on the sale of equity securities .
  • Actualité législative fiscale

    Au delà des mesures applicables à l’ensemble des contribuables (telles que la limitation du report des déficits ou la réforme du mode de calcul des plus values sur cessions de participations),le plan de réduction des déficits annoncé le 24 août dernier par le gouvernement comprend des mesures qui intéressent spécifiquement les acteurs du secteur financier.
  • Réforme fiscale

    À la une Parmi les mesures annoncées par le Premier Ministre dans le cadre du plan de réduction des déficits, deux d’entre elles sont susceptibles d’affecter de nombreuses entreprises