Firm Profile > DLA Piper > Paris, France

DLA Piper
27 RUE LAFFITTE
75009 PARIS
France

Aviation Tier 1

DLA Piper advises on the full range of aviation-related work and handles a number of matters for key client Airbus. Other clients include businesses in the aerospace and defence industries and the team is also active in aviation matters related to insurance, commercial contracts, litigation and arbitration, and employment issues. Practice head Vonnick Le Guillou is an experienced litigator, specialising in insurance liability claims. Gregory Tulquois co-chairs the firm's global aerospace group, with a particular focus on transactions, as well as commercial and marketing matters.

Practice head(s):

Vonnick Le Guillou

Testimonials

The DLA Piper Aviation team in Paris really know their clients, their sector and how to establish trust and a good relationship. Their ability to produce great quality work in a timely manner is what makes them outstanding. They can also manage very complex cases while providing the right amount of information to clients.

The team of DLA Piper lawyers working for us are excellent professionals, always ready to help and that have an excellent understanding of our industry and ways of working. They are also quite fast. That is what makes the difference between them and other law firms.

Gregory Tulquois is an exceptional advisor – we can feel his passion for aeronautical industry and this translates into excellent work. He is always available and the advice is quick and excellent.’

The team is very knowledgeable and very available at all times. Their work is perfectly insurance oriented, strategy is always discussed with the insurers and information is well shared.

Key clients

AIRBUS SAS

AIRBUS HELICOPTERS

ALLIANZ GCS

AXA XL

CHINA EASTERN AIRLINES

LA REUNION AERIENN

ROCKWELL COLLINS

LATECOERE

Data privacy and data protection Tier 1

DLA Piper has longstanding experience in the life sciences and pharmaceutical sectors, with expertise in issues relating to the data protection aspects of clinical trials; pharma- and cosmetovigilance; access to medical databases; telemedicine; and contracts with contract research organisations. Cybersecurity is another core area of expertise, and the team is active in the implementation of cybersecurity prevention and action plans. Thanks to the firm's sizeable international footprint, the group has a considerable international reach and its integrated privacy compliance methodology is used by the firm's data privacy and protection experts around the globe. Denise Lebeau-Marianna, who leads the cybersecurity team, is the key practitioner. Jonathan Rofé directs the intellectual property and technology practice.

Practice head(s):

Jonathan Rofé

Industry focus: IT and internet Tier 1

DLA Piper has large resources and a very experienced team which advises leading French companies, including Airbus and LVMH, on strategic IT projects. The practice notably advises in the context of companies' digital transformation, cloud computing and outsourcing projects.  Recent work includes assisting Airbus with ambitious technology projects and advising several clients on the setting up and launch of new websites and online services. The practice also assists several IT providers and is experienced in IT-related litigation. Jonathan Rofé heads the practice which also includes the highly regarded Stéphane LemarchandFabienne Panneau and Gregory Tulquois. Counsels Caroline Goupil and Jeanne Dauzier provide key support. Denise Lebeau-Marianna handles data privacy issues.

Practice head(s):

Jonathan Rofé

Testimonials

‘The team is very friendly, fantastically responsive, and provides thoughtful legal advice through a commercial lens.’

‘The team is reactive, business-oriented, knows its clients’ business well and adapts to financial constraints.’

‘The firm’s attorneys have demonstrated legal expertise and operational experience. They have a unique ability to quickly understand customer needs and expectations and to propose workable solutions. Their advice and pragmatic solutions are enablers to their clients’ business.’

‘Jonathan Rofé is passionate and a very good negotiator. He provides excellent advice in relation to cloud computing, data protection and IT outsourcing issues. He is very responsive and has very strong knowledge. He also delivers calm and concise advice in the midst of negotiations’.

‘Stéphane Lemarchand is quick at getting a deep understanding of key challenges of his customers and to give clear guidance to his team to properly support customers’ projects. His international network is efficient’.

‘Gregory Tulquois is an ideal external lawyer for in-house counsel; he has a good grasp of all requisite legal matters and also understands the key commercial drivers of his customers. He also combines a deep knowledge of the aviation and aeronautic industry with excellent legal expertise. He understands the risks and opportunities of businesses and proposes innovative legal solutions’.

Key clients

Accor Hotel

Airbus

Atos

ATR

Associated Press

Capgemini

HCL

Infor

JC Decaux

LVMH

Michelin

Pierre Fabre

Sanofi

Sopra-Steria

Thom Europe

Banking and finance: Bank regulatory

Next Generation Partners

 

Sébastien Praicheux moved to DLA Piper after our research period concluded but remains listed as a Next Generation Partner in recognition of his Banking regulatory practice.

Employment Tier 2

DLA Piper has a strong 20-lawyer team which regularly handles complex restructuring, workforce reduction and mass litigation work. The practice is retained by major industrial companies, healthcare corporations, banks, hotels and start-ups. The team recently worked on the combination of two major companies, and has successfully managed several sensitive mass litigation matters, including a high-stake co-employment case. The practice also handles high-level management litigation. Philippe Danesi is in charge. Also involved are Bijan Eghbal, Marine Gicquel and Jérôme Halphen.

Practice head(s):

Philippe Danesi

Testimonials

‘Bijan Eghbal provides truly high-quality advice, is very pragmatic and business-driven, responsive and creative.’

Key clients

Adobe

Arconic

Associated Press

AXA Technology services

CareFusion

Citibank

Dyson

EasyJet

Fichet

IHG

Levi-Strauss

Lime

London Stock Exchange

Microchip

MoneyGram

OpenGate Capital

SThree

Technip

Insurance Tier 2

Leveraging its extensive global network, DLA Piper demonstrates strong capability in cross-border matters, particularly involving the UK, Germany, Italy and the US. The breadth of the group’s sector coverage is also a key differentiator and it advises across the full scope of insurance regulation, transactions and contentious matters. The aviation space is a particular sweet spot, with department head Vonnick Le Guillou is highly regarded for his experience in representing European aircraft manufacturers in complex air crash cashes. The ‘knowledgeable, creative and effectiveBruce Mee is noted for his expertise in industrial risks litigation and investigations.

Practice head(s):

Vonnick Le Guillou

Testimonials

The team has a strong command of how coverage issues in cross-border policies are litigated in various jurisdictions, and how to manage that litigation.

We value the team’s availability, quality of advice, thoroughness and swift delivery.

Bruce Mee is extremely knowledgeable, creative and effective.

Of counsel Luc Bigel and associate Hamza Akli form a very efficient and dedicated team.

Key clients

Allianz Group

AXA Group

Tokio Marine

Wells Fargo

SCOR

ACE INA Holdings Inc.

Generali

AIG Europe

MS Amlin Insurance SE

La Reunion Aerienne

RSA UK

Liberty Insurance

Zurich Insurance plc

Chubb

Aon

Sogelife

Marsh

Munich Re

Private equity: Fund formation Tier 2

DLA Piper has successfully established its fund formation team in the French market since spring 2018. The group is among the most experienced practices in Paris, with a wide range of expertise, including real estate,  private equity and infrastructure funds. The group acts for investment funds and investors and is able to draw on the wider firm's geographical presence, as well as its Paris-based tax team which has stellar credentials in fund formation-related tax work. Benjamin Aller and Julien Vandenbussche are the practice heads. Key support comes from senior counsel George Pinkham.

Practice head(s):

Benjamin Aller; Julien Vandenbussche

Testimonials

Great advisers: clear, to the point, and very commercial.

Benjamin Aller was particularly commercial and efficient in his advice, qualities which we greatly appreciated in the fast moving work that we do.

Private equity: LBO Tier 2

DLA Piper has further bolstered its numbers at partner level with the promotion of Matthieu Lampel, a specialist in leveraged buy-outs, restructuring and M&A, in May 2019. The group stands out for its ability to assist with transactions across all market segments and acts for managers and private equity sponsors alike. As part of a global law firm, the Paris team is well placed to advise on transactions with a strong cross-border component and frequently joins forces with colleagues from the firm's offices abroad. Xavier Norlain and Jeremy Scemama are the heads of the practice. Fund formation specialists Benjamin AllerJulien Vandenbussche and senior counsel George Pinkham are also noted.

Practice head(s):

Xavier Norlain; Jeremy Scemama

Testimonials

Committed and highly experienced. Ability to manage large as well as small deals.

Key clients

Andera Partners

Bridgepoint

Capzanine

Carlyle

Eurazeo

Hivest Capital Partners

Montefiore Investment

PAI Partners

Rothschild & Co

Tikehau Capital

Real estate Tier 2

DLA Piper has a large team of more than 20 lawyers who provide the full range of expertise. The practice is retained by the market’s largest French and international investors, developers, insurers and assets managers to advise on landmark transactions. In recent work, the group assisted Samsung with its joint acquisition of the Lumière building in Paris, and was involved in key deals on office, logistic, hotel, retail and senior residential assets, including large portfolio transactions. Development and asset management work are other areas of strength, as demonstrated by the team's work for Unibail-Rodamco on the ongoing high-profile Sisters towers project. Additionally, the practice offers strong property financing expertise. The practice is co-headed by the highly experienced Antonia Raccat, Olivia Michaud, Antoine Mercier, Myriam Mejdoubi, Erwan Lacheteau and Lionel Rosenfeld.

Practice head(s):

Antonia Raccat; Olivia Michaud; Antoine Mercier; Myriam Mejdoubi; Erwan Lacheteau; Lionel Rosenfeld

Key clients

AERMONT

AEROPORTS DE PARIS

AG2R LA MONDIALE

AMUNDI

AXA REAL ASSETS IM

AXA REIMIM

BARINGS EUROPEAN CORE PROPERTY FUND GP S.À R.L.

BAYERISCHE LANDESBANK

THE BLACKSTONE GROUP INTERNATIONAL PARTNERS

BROOKFIELD

CAPGEMINI

CARLYLE

CBRE GLOBAL INVESTORS

CEGEREAL

DEUTSCHE PFANDBRIEFBANK

DTZ INVESTORS

EUROSIC

GAZELEY

GENERALI REAL ESTATE

GIM

HARRISON STREET

HILTON

IVANHOE CAMBRIDGE

NORGES BANK

NORTHWOOD

OMNAM GROUP

PREDICA

PRIMONIAL

PROLOGIS

SCHROEDERS

SOCIÉTÉ GÉNÉRALE

SOGELYM DIXENCE

TELECITYGROUP

UNIBAIL-RODAMCO

WEINBERG CAPITAL

WEWORK

WOODEUM

Administrative and public law Tier 3

DLA Piper further enhanced its practice after hiring Jérôme Pentecoste who joined from Gowling WLG, alongside counsel Julie Vuagnoux. Pentecoste’s team has strong experience advising lenders and sponsors on French PPP and infrastructure projects, including handling related litigation. He now co-chairs the practice alongside Pascal Martin. The team also covers regulatory and urban law issues. It is currently assisting clients with several PPP projects in relation to telecoms, universities and other types of public building infrastructures. Cendrine Delivré joined CMS in September 2019.

Practice head(s):

Jérôme Pentecoste; Pascal Martin

Testimonials

‘Jérôme Pentecoste is a great professional.’

Key clients

Alteo Gardanne

Deme Concessions Wind

FII Co. and Warwick Capital Partners LLP

Free Mobile-Iliad

Gaz de Bordeaux

Meridiam and the consortium

Red Electrica de España (REE)

Republic of Guinea

Total

ACOSS

Région Occitanie

Région Normandie

Vinci Construction

Bouygues Construction

Eiffage Concessions

Crédir Foncier de France

Skyrock

Ville de Paris

Engie Cofely

La Ciotat Shipyards

Société Générale

Banking and finance: transactional work Tier 3

At DLA Piper, 'the team is extremely available, business-oriented and very efficient, and it has strong legal know-how'. The firm is particularly prominent in leveraged acquisitions for banks or senior debt funds, mezzanine debt providers and equity sponsors. It is also active in LBO debt restructuring deals, project finance, real estate finance transactions, derivatives and corporate finance. The firm has a strong domestic practice, particularly in leveraged finance, but also handles multi-jurisdictional deals. Head of finance, projects and restructuring Maud Manon and real estate and infrastructure finance partner Erwan Lacheteau are the main contacts.

Practice head(s):

Maud Manon

Testimonials

The team is really dedicated to the project and takes accountability for it. It acts as a real advisor and continuously takes a step back to reflect on the situation to make sure everything is covered, and then acts accordingly.

Corporate partner Simon Charbit has outstanding capacity to handle multi-angle projects, and shows constant care for the client. He can be relied upon to deliver on time with complete and bulletproof solutions.

Maud Manon is a great professional with very good business sense who is easy to work with.

The firm has strong expertise, and provides a broad range of services with international coverage.

Maud Manon is extremely skilled and fair-minded with a strong commercial focus and she is very easy to work with.

Key clients

Abénex

Ares Management

Barings Global Advisers Limited

BPI France

Bridgepoint

Capzanine

Carlyle Group

Crédit Industriel and Commercial

Eurazeo

Evernex group

ICG

Idinvest

Industry Capital

LBO France

LFPI

Maltem Consulting Group

Montagu Private Equity

Montefiore Investment

Pemberton

Compliance Tier 3

DLA Piper ’s Fabien Ganivet heads a seven-lawyer team which advises CAC 40 companies and other leading corporations on the setting up of national and multi-jurisdictional compliance programmes, including providing guidance on anti-corruption and vigilance issues. Ganivet also assists companies in conducting internal investigations.

Practice head(s):

Fabien Ganivet

Testimonials

‘Fabien Ganivet has outstanding professional skills and, as a previous prosecutor, he is very thorough and efficient.

Dispute resolution: International arbitration Tier 3

DLA Piper's caseload is well balanced between commercial, investment and exequatur cases. The team, which acts for companies and state entities, is handling a high proportion of cases relating to Africa, particularly major mining, energy and telecoms matters. It is notably managing a high-profile multibillion-dollar mining ICSID investment dispute for the Republic of Guinea. The Republic of Hungary has also instructed the practice to handle several enforcement and investment disputes. Vodacom is another key client. The team is jointly headed by Michael Ostrove and Alexander Brabant. Other key names in the practice are Théobald Naud and counsel Maxime Desplats.

Practice head(s):

Michael Ostrove; Alexander Brabant

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘The team demonstrates thorough understanding of the facts.

‘The outstanding Michael Ostrove provides extremely thorough analysis and his writings are to the point and clear.’

‘Théobald Naud and counsel Maxime Desplats has exceptional knowledge of the law, are very confident and calm, are tough negotiators and can negotiate in such a way that they are able to obtain the best maximum results for their clients.’

Key clients

Airbus entities

Atlantique Telecom SA

Compass Group

Democratic Republic of Congo

DS2 and the De Sutter brothers

Interpol

Republic of Guinea

Republic of Hungary

Republic of Kenya

Republic of Moldova

Vodacom entities

Industry focus: Energy Tier 3

DLA Piper

Practice head(s):

Eric Villateau

Other key lawyers:

Cendrine Delivré

Key clients

Glennmont Partners

Mirova-Eurofideme 3

Valeco

Deme Concessions Wind

Crédit Foncier de France (CFF)

Conquest Asset Management

BNP Paribas

Gaz de Bordeaux

Total

Industry focus: Healthcare and life sciences Tier 3

DLA Piper's life sciences head Sonia de Kondserovsky advises on corporate, M&A and licensing agreement matters, with recent examples including several transactions for key client Pierre Fabre. Karine Disdier-Mikus brings her trade mark expertise to the table, while Denise Lebeau-Marianna advises leading industry players on data privacy and GDPR issues.

Practice head(s):

Sonia de Kondserovsky

Testimonials

‘The team is knowledgeable.’

‘Sonia de Kondserovsky provides guidance on M&A transactions and on specific industry contracts. She understands clients’ expectations.’

Key clients

Becton Dickinson

Danaher

Essilor

European Council

Filorga

Innothera

IQVIA

Nordic Pharma

Pierre Fabre

Qualcomm Life – Capsule

Roche

Sanofi

Santen Pharmaceutical

Seaspine

Servier

West Pharmaceutical Services

Intellectual property: Trade marks and designs Tier 3

The team at DLA Piper advises a roster of noteworthy clients, including Nintendo, Coca-Cola and McDonald's, along with new addition Sodexo. Karine Disdier-Mikus assists clients in the food and beverage, retail and luxury, and hospitality and leisure sectors with a range of non-contentious matters including worldwide trade mark portfolio management and the intellectual property aspects of acquisitions. The City of Deauville appointed the firm as its exclusive adviser on its new trade mark licensing programme, and on any trade mark issues the client may face.

Practice head(s):

Jonathan Rofé

Key clients

Nintendo

Sodexo

MCDONALD’S Group

B&B Hotels

IRO

ATR (a subsidiary of airbus)

Conair Babyliss

Essilor International

HOTEL GEORGE V

EPO Fashion Group (MO&CO)

Associated Press

ALPINESTARS

Coca-Cola

City of Deauville

CFA

Studio Antti

Mergers and acquisitions Tier 3

DLA Piper's 'extremely professional and diligent team' is increasingly handling a growing workload of large and mid-cap transactions. The firm advises industrial groups, investment funds, individual shareholders and management teams on domestic and cross-border transactions, though most of its deals have an element of either inbound or outbound investment. The practice, which is led by Jeremy Scemama and Xavier Norlain, is particularly strong in the technology, retail, manufacturing, energy, transport and infrastructure, and hospitality and leisure sectors. Matthieu Lampel was recently promoted to partner.

Practice head(s):

Jeremy Scemama; Xavier Norlain

Testimonials

An extremely professional and diligent team with real skill combined with great pragmatism in business matters. They are great workers who are always available.

Jeremy Scemama, Sarmad Haidar, Julien Burger and Natalia Li are the key lawyers.

The firm shows great professionalism, solid experience in M&A matters, and good availability for this kind of work.

The firm’s Paris office provides outstanding M&A support to our group. Partner Simon Charbit is outstanding – fully engaged, pragmatic and technically excellent.

Key clients

BASF

Cube Infrastructure

Managers

Adobe

Fosun International

Limited

Laboratoire Garancia

ALD, subsidiary of Société

Générale

Lactalis Group

Webhelp

AON Holdings France

Vodafone

Prima Solutions Holding

Atos

Worldline

SopraSteria

Groupe Homair Vacances

Link Mobility

Wallix

Project finance Tier 3

DLA Piper

Practice head(s):

Eric Villateau ; Jérôme Pentecoste

Other key lawyers:

Julie Vuagnoux

Key clients

Name of Client

SNCF Mobilités

Meridiam

Banco Sabadell

Engie

Chambre de commerce et d’industrie (CCIR) Hauts-de-France/Egis Airport

Tax Tier 3

DLA Piper is highly regarded in the private equity sphere, with expertise in private equity fund structuring work, and regularly receives high-profile instructions to advise on the structuring and fundraising of the largest funds. In addition, the team is skilled in advising funds and managers in the context of large and mid-sized LBO transactions. Other areas of expertise include assisting investment funds with sensitive tax reassessment matters, litigation and property tax issues. Fanny Combourieu leads the team. Sylvie Vansteenkiste and Raphaël Béra are the other key names in the practice.

Practice head(s):

Fanny Combourieu

Key clients

Ardian

Sagard

Access Capital Partners

Infravia Capital Partners

Meridiam

Blackfin

Cathay

Bpifrance

Apax Partners

21 Investment

Bridgepoint

Rothschild & Co (Merchant Banking)

Abénex

Antin Infrastructure Partners

Artémis / Financière Pinault

Cerea

LGT Capital Partners

Naxicap

Tikehau

Ekkio

Carlyle

Société Générale

Sparring Capital

Generali

Andera Partners

Eurazeo PME

Barings

Real IS

Dispute resolution: Commercial litigation Tier 4

DLA Piper 

Practice head(s):

Vonnick Le Guillou

Other key lawyers:

Bruce Mee ; Fabienne Panneau ; Marine Lallemand

Testimonials

‘The team shows great responsiveness and availability and follows a strategic approach to cases’.

Key clients

AIG

Airbus Helicopters

Airbus SAS

ALGECO

Allianz Global Corporate & Speciality (France)

ATR

AXA

Generali

Rockwell Collins

RSA Royal & SunAlliance

Tokio Marine

EU, competition and distribution Tier 4

At DLA Piper, Edouard Sarrazin leads a four-lawyer team that handles a high volume of domestic merger control work, but is also regularly involved in multi-jurisdictional merger notifications, for example for Michelin and investment funds. The team also manages several domestic antitrust cases, notably matters involving online business services.

Practice head(s):

Edouard Sarrazin

Testimonials

‘The team provides high-quality, thorough work and is reliable at keeping deadlines. It has excellent knowledge of merger control procedures.’

‘The team is efficient, responsive and offers good customer care.’

‘Edouard Sarrazin is pleasant and efficient and gives reliable and pragmatic advice.’

Key clients

ECOLAB

GUERBET

ATOS WORLDLINE

CRITEO

BRIDGEPOINT

CAISSE DES DEPOTS ET CONSIGNATIONS

MICHELIN

AMUNDI

GROUPE LOUIS WANE

JOA

Global Co-Chairs: Roger Meltzer and Andrew Darwin
Co-Chief Executive Officers: Simon Levine and Cameron Jay Rains
Number of partners: 1,500
Number of lawyers: 5,000
Languages: The firm speaks over 60 languages
Offices: Lawyers located in more than 60 countries throughout the Americas, Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia Pacific.

Please see https://www.dlapiper.com for further information about the firm.

Photo Name Position Profile
 Marine Lallemand  photo Marine Lallemand
 Vonnick Le Guillou  photo Vonnick Le Guillou
 Denise Lebeau-Marianna photo Denise Lebeau-Marianna
Mr Stéphane Lemarchand  photo Mr Stéphane Lemarchand
Mr Théobald Naud  photo Mr Théobald Naud
Mr Sébastien Praicheux  photo Mr Sébastien Praicheux
Mr Jonathan Rofé  photo Mr Jonathan Rofé
Mr Gregory Tulquois  photo Mr Gregory Tulquois
 Sylvie Vansteenkiste photo Sylvie Vansteenkiste

At DLA Piper we are firmly committed to diversity and inclusion. For us, diversity isn’t just about visible differences, it’s the unique blend of talents, skills, experiences and perspectives that makes each of us an individual and we know it’s crucial to have a culture and environment where those differences are genuinely valued. As a global business law firm, with a diverse client base, we know that our clients expect our people to represent the communities in which we work and value our ability to advise them on both local and global cultures and markets. We believe that our approach to diversity and inclusion enables us to attract the best talent, build the most effective teams and deliver the highest level of client service.

For more information on our specific D&I initiatives please see www.dlapiper.com