DLA Piper > Paris, France > Firm Profile

DLA Piper
27 RUE LAFFITTE
75009 PARIS
France

France > Aviation Tier 1

DLA Piper has expertise in commercial contracts for aerospace companies and has, under the lead of Gregory Tulquois, been very active in advising aviation and industry players on the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on their contracts. The Paris team is also particularly dedicated to liability disputes, IT and digital transformation-related projects, and corporate transactions. Vonnick Le Guillou and Stéphane Lemarchand direct the practice together with Tulquois.

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Testimonials

‘Excellent knowledge of the aeronautical world and remarkable experience in the field.’

‘Vonnick Le Guillou is an attentive and available lawyer, who knows the aeronautics sector very well and provides sound advice Sophie Cochery is also an excellent lawyer with remarkable experience in the field of aeronautical litigation.’

Key clients

AIRBUS SAS

AIRBUS HELICOPTERS

ALLIANZ GCS

AXA XL

ATR

CHINA EASTERN AIRLINES

LA REUNION AERIENNE

COLLINS AEROSPACE

AIRBUS DEFENSE & SPACE

Aura Aero

France > Data privacy and data protection Tier 1

DLA Piper advises clients on complex data transfer projects and cybersecurity concerns. The team has particularly strong expertise in data for the life sciences and pharmaceutical sector, accompanying laboratories in their GDPR compliance programmes and advising on the data protection aspects of clinical trials. The cybersecurity team is led by Denise Lebeau-Marianna with the support of Fabienne Panneau for the contentious aspects, Fabien Ganivet on the criminal aspects, and Jonathan Rofé on the IT law side.

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Key clients

Airbus

Health Data Hub

Pierre Fabre Group

 

 

Work highlights

  • Advising Health Data Hub on the likelihood of application of US Surveillance laws to the data hosted on the Health Data Hub platform by Microsoft Azur.
  • Advised a major aeronautic company’s data protection officer on all its strategic data privacy matters, including new research projects involving artificial intelligence and the implementation of a global training program for pilots and technicians.
  • Assisting a leading group in the cosmetic industry with the implementation of its GDPR compliance programme.

France > Industry focus: IT and internet  Tier 1

DLA Piper has a particularly strong offering in the negotiation of highly complex agreements for the design, implementation, worldwide deployment and operationalisation of strategic IT solutions, both on-premise and SAAS. The firm is also well regarded for its contentious work, including IT project failure assistance, ERP implementation liabilities issues, outsourcing termination issues, software compliance claims and termination liabilities. Stéphane Lemarchand is recognised as an IT disputes specialist. Jonathan Rofé‘s expertise lies in outsourcing agreements. Frank Valentin joined in 2021 from ADVANT Altana.

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Testimonials

Very good knowledge of the pharma sector. Very good expertise in the field of digital contracts (SaaS etc…). Pragmatic, business-oriented approach.

Flexibility, listening, availability.’

Key clients

Airbus

ATR

C2E Market

Capgemini

Covea

Dior

Filhet-Allard

HCL

Infor

L’Oreal

Linkedin Corporation

LVMH

Michelin

Microsoft Corporation

Oracle

Pathé

Pierre Fabre

Plateforme des Données de Santé (Health Data Hub)

Sanofi

Société Générale

Sopra-Steria

Thom Europe

Work highlights

  • Assisting Société Générale with the drafting and negotiation of a services agreement related to the back-office operations and a large part of the IT services of Société Générale Private Banking’s international entities with Azqore.
  • Assisting C2E Market with the implementation of its marketplace for the exchanges of energy saving certificates.

France > Insurance Tier 1

With a presence spanning the Americas, Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia Pacific, the Paris insurance team at DLA Piper leverages the bench strength of its global network and the experience of its team to advise major risk carriers and French and multinational insurers, insurance distributors, equipment manufacturers, aircraft manufacturers and MROs industrial companies. Headed by international liability claim and aviation industry expert Vonnick Le Guillou, the group’s full service extends to assistance with tort and personal injury claims, product liability, casualty, property, cyber, and trade credit and credit risk. The team also handles civil or criminal pre-litigations, litigations and arbitration cases. The group’s client portfolio includes key market players such as Chubb, Zurich Insurance, and Allianz. Counsel Luc Bigel and senior associate Hamza Hakli support the team in insurance regulatory matters.

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Testimonials

‘High technicality, ability to adapt responses to commercial practice, high availability’.

‘Luc Bigel and Hamza Akli are both very good technicians, able to find practical, very pleasant and available solutions.’

‘The quality of the relationship is unique. Very available, my contact lawyers were able to respond quickly to each need during the year 2021. The work delivered was of high quality. In addition, the lawyers were very attentive to the budgetary issues of my requests. The monthly legal watch is also of high quality and very much appreciated.’

Key clients

Allianz Group

Axa Group

Tokio Marine

Generali

AIG Europe

MS Amlin Insurance SE

La Reunion Aerienne

RSA

Zurich insurance plc

Chubb

Aon

Sogelife

Marsh

Munich Re

MIC Insurance Company SA

Beazley Insurance Solutions Limited

Odyssey Re

MAIF

AXA Climate

Oney Insurance

Wakam

CNP Assurances

Crédit Suisse

Starstone

Swiss Re

FM Insurance Europe SA

Work highlights

  • Advising MIC Insurance Company on the set-up of a new insurance company in France dedicated to non-life insurance activities and on obtaining a license from the ACPR in connection therewith, as well as on the transfer of an insurance portfolio from Gibraltar in France concerning approx. ten EU States.
  • Advising Swiss Re in a range of Covid 19-related claims.
  • Advised Axa XL on various regulatory, distribution-related, review of insurance policies, reinsurance/co-insurance arrangements, and insurance law queries concerning various lines (motor, civil liability, damage, marine, cyber).

France > Banking and finance: Bank regulatory Tier 2

DLA Piper is a go-to firm for cross-border banking and financial regulatory projects. The practice focuses on payment services and electronic money, including the contractual and procedural implementation of obligations arising from various recent European directives. Former practice head Sébastien Praicheux recently left the firm.

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Testimonials

‘The DLA Piper France regulatory team is always available. The team is very responsive and provides pragmatic solutions. The team is committed and finds concrete and innovative solutions to defend our interests.’

France > Employment Tier 2

DLA Piper's experienced team regularly assists clients with their reorganisation projects. The team's outstanding experience in the aerospace sector earned it instructions for significant collective downsizing and plant closure projects from key players in the field, including a major low-cost airline, which were particularly affected by the Covid-19 pandemic. Additionally, the team also recently advised on plant closure and reconversion projects in other industrial sectors. Finally, the practice must also be acknowledged for its strong litigation expertise, as well as for its ability to deal with a broad array of collective and individual files. Practice head Philippe Danesi and Bijan Eghbal are particularly recommended. Senior counsel Marine Gicquel and Jérôme Halphen are the other key members.

Practice head(s):

Philippe Danesi

Key clients

Adobe

Arconic

Associated Press

AXA Technology services

CareFusion

Catalent

Citibank

EasyJet

Fichet

Four Seasons – Georges V (Paris)

IHG

Levi-Strauss

Lime

London Stock Exchange

Microchip

MoneyGram

OpenGate Capital

RATP Dev

SThree

TMD Friction

Varian Medical Systems

France > Industry focus: Healthcare and life sciences Tier 2

DLA Piper advises healthcare players on all legal and tax issues relevant to their business development and supports healthcare establishments and health authorities as well as major global companies in the healthcare, pharmaceuticals, biotechnology, and medical devices sectors. The firm is involved in some key arbitration and mediation proceedings for leading pharmaceutical companies regarding breaches of commercial agreements; Michael Ostrove handles these matters. IP litigator Frank Valentin and his team joined the firm in 2021, adding a strong patent litigation offering to the practice.

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Key clients

Pierre Fabre

Sterimed

Fortive Corp

Becton Dickinson

Danaher

Essilor

European Council

Filorga

Innothera

IQVIA

Nordic Pharma

Qualcomm Life – Capsule

Roche

Santen Pharmaceutical

Seaspine

West Pharmaceutical Services

Edwards Lifesciences

Medtronics

ResMed

Work highlights

  • Assisting Medtronic France SAS on the acquisition of Medicrea International.
  • Representing a leading pharmaceutical company in ICC arbitration proceedings against a US biopharmaceutical company with respect to breaches of a licencing agreement for the development and sale of a medicinal product.
  • Advising Health Data Hub on the likelihood of application of US Surveillance laws to the data hosted on Health Data Hub platform by Microsoft Azur.

France > Intellectual property: Trade marks and designs Tier 2

DLA Piper hired Frank Valentin from ADVANT Altana in February 2021 as global co-chair for media, sport and entertainment. Since his arrival, the very experienced litigator (whose expertise also includes patent and copyright matters) has built on the team’s strong track record in international disputes. In addition to its forensic practice, the group also assists with licensing matters, frequently in the context of wider contracting strategies, and acts on trade mark and design clearance and prosecution matters.  The practice is particularly active in the media and entertainment, IT, e-commerce and life sciences sectors.

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Key clients

Akzo Nobel

Amazon.com

Brooks Sports

Coravin

Edwards Lifesciences

Exacompta

Clairefontaine

Fear of God

Microsoft Corporation

Richemont International Ltd.

Unga BV

Work highlights

  • Acted for defendant Coravin in a multijurisdictional trade mark dispute against the French and Belgian companies Cora and Delfipar regarding the registration of the trade mark Coravin, involving multiple opposition proceedings against the EU trade mark, cancellation actions and infringement proceedings on the claimants’ side as well as several revocation claims and a cancellation action for fraudulent filing brought by Coravin.

France > Private equity: Fund formation Tier 2

The investment funds team at DLA Piper, which is well known for its longstanding experience of fund formation, has a strong profile among fund managers. Its expertise spans a wide range of private funds vehicles, such as venture capital, buyout, debt, infrastructure, private equity real estate and funds of funds. Benjamin Aller has two decades of experience advising on private investment funds and related transactions. He co-heads the practice with Julien Vandenbussche, who specialises in financial regulation and the structuring of investment funds. George Pinkham, Raphaël Béra and Sylvie Vansteenkiste are the other key contacts.

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Other key lawyers:

Fanny Combourieu; Simon Charbit

Key clients

Access Capital Partners

Albarest Partners

Bpifrance Investissement

New Wave

Quadrille Capital

Sparring Capital

SPE Capital

Work highlights

  • Advised Albarest Partners on the formation of Albacap 1.
  • Advised NW Manager on the formation of New Wave and New Wave International.
  • Advised Quadrille Capital on the formation of Quadrille Technologies IV.

France > Private equity: LBO Tier 2

DLA Piper has a notable footprint in the private equity arena, with it being able to field lawyers with specialisms in corporate, tax, litigation, finance, real estate, employment and restructuring. The group is known for its sector-oriented approach, with work spanning areas such as manufacturing, life sciences, education and technology. Its clients also benefit from new initiatives such as the Luxembourg desk, which serves as a cross-border platform between the Paris and Luxembourg offices. Sarmad Haidar, who is the lead partner at the firm, works with counsel Alice MagnanXavier Norlain, Jérémy Scemama and Matthieu Lampel joined Shearman & Sterling LLP in 2021.

Other key lawyers:

Sarmad Haidar; Alice Magnan; Simon Charbit; Thomas Priolet; Raphaël Béra; Fanny Combourieu; Laurence Masseran

Key clients

Andera Partners

BPIFrance

Bridgepoint

Premium Partners

Capzanine / Barings

Montefiore Investment

Cathay Capital Private Equity SAS

HTC Vive Investment (BVI) Corp

Metric Capital Partners

The Carlyle Group

Tikehau Capital

Work highlights

  • Advised the founders and management of Circet in the context of the sale of its stake in Circet and their co-investment alongside ICG.
  • Assisted Cube Infrastructure Fund and Partners Group with the sale of Covage’s capital to SFR FTTH.
  • Acted for the management in connection with the sale of the Thom group (Histoire d’Or) to Altamir, a listed private equity company.

France > Real estate Tier 2

DLA Piper stands out for its ‘excellent mastery of real estate matters’ particularly in domestic and pan-European real estate investments. Olivia Michaud  leads the team which includes Antoine Mercier, the name to note for real estate investment and complex asset management, and Myriam Mejdoubi who specialises in advising investors on the acquisition and disposal of real estate portfolios. The firm recently advised Blackstone on the acquisition and refinancing of a large portfolio of logistics warehouses in the Paris region totaling around 65,000m2. Antonia Raccat  left the team in 2021. Public law specialist Ruxandra Lazar joined the firm from King & Spalding LLP in November 2021.

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Testimonials

‘We find DLA Piper’s members extremely professional, always courteous and feeling at ease in teamwork both within their firm and with other entities (notaries, external tax specialists, experts- accountants, technical auditors, etc.).’

‘We appreciate the great professionalism, extreme courtesy and team spirit of Antoine Mercier, Myriam Mejdoubi, Erwan Lacheteau and Gabriel Dalarun, as well as those of their associates.’

‘Very available and professional team, an excellent mastery of real estate matters, very complete in the knowledge of the specifics of certain aspects. Constantly available and able to decide on matters. A real desire to make the client’s life easier in the discovery of a subject.’

‘Antoine Mercier and Myriam Mejdoubi are two strategic partners of the real estate team. Always available, excellent ability to present topics simply for the client to make decisions. High quality of the totality of the teams.’

‘Myriam Mejdoubi: availability, great reliability, experience.’

Key clients

Aermont (Ex PW Real Estate Assets)

Aéroports de Paris

AEW

AG2R La Mondiale

Amundi

Ares

AXA Real Assets IM

Aviva

Banco Santander

Barings European Core Property Fund GP S.À R.L.

Bayerische Landesbank

The Blackstone Group International Partners

Brookfield

Capgemini

The Carlyle Group

CBRE Global Investor

Cegereal

Cheyne Capital Management

Deutsche Bank Luxembourg

Deustche Pfandbriefbank

Eurosic

Gazeley / GLP

Generali Real Estate

GIM

Harbert Management Corporation

Harrison Street

Hilton

Icade

Ivanhoe Cambridge

KKR

Metric Capital Partners LLP

Meyer Bergman

Mount Street Mortgage Servicing LTD

M7

Norges Bank

Northwood Real Estate Partners LP

Novapierre Allemagne

Omnam Group

Predica

Primonial

Prologis

Schroeders

Société Générale

Sogelym Dixence

Unibail-Rodamco

Weinberg Capital

Wework

Woodeum

Bentall Greenoak

Work highlights

  • Advised Blackstone on the direct and indirect acquisition from Infrared Capital Partners (IRCP) of a portfolio of 15 assets in the Paris region totalling c. 65,000m2 and dedicated mostly to a use of activity and logistics warehouse.
  • Assisted Carlyle with the direct acquisition from mostly private owners of separate logistic assets to form a portfolio covering the Paris Region and wider France.
  • Assisting Assembly with the sale of Toko to DWS and La Française REM.

France > Administrative and public law Tier 3

DLA Piper has a strong expertise in public private partnerships and public procurement contracts. The firm is involved in several large matters in that area, notably in the transport, broadband and recycling sectors. It also handles related litigation concerning PPP performance issues and has recently won a case challenging the transcription of a EU directive in France. Lately, the firm has increased its involvement in renewable energy projects in France and Africa, notably advising on France’s latest offshore wind project tender offer. The practice recently expanded its range of expertise through the hiring of partner Ruxandra Lazar (ex King & Spalding LLP) in November 2021 who adds remarkable regulatory know-how, especially in the energy sector. The team mainly acts for sponsors, but also assists lenders and public entities. Jérôme Pentecoste is in charge. Pascal Martin left in December 2020.

Practice head(s):

Jérôme Pentecoste

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Key clients

ACOSS (Agence Centrale des Cotisations d’Assurances Sociales)

Banco de Sabadell

BOUYGUES

CEIDF (Caisse d’Epargne Ile de France)

CIC

Crédit Agricole

DALKIA

Département de la Meuse

EG Group

ENGIE

Eurogarage

Forum de Lille

ICC Corsica Council

LCS SPL SEMIDEP (Port de la Ciotat)

NATIXIS

Nord/LB

Région Ile de France

Région Normandie

Région Occitanie

Société Générale

SODEXO

STIF (Syndicat des transports d’Ile de France)

THALES

Unifergie

Université de Paris (Diderot – Paris VII)

Vinci Construction

Urbaser

Vinci Grands Projets

Work highlights

  • Advising the consortium of bidders on the negotiation of a public procurement process to build and operate a wind farm off-shore in ZEE (zone économique exclusive) off Normandy.
  • Advising Vinci Grands Projets on the negotiation of a public procurement contract relating the ligne 15/Grand Paris Express.
  • Advising and representing a public service concessionaire in court against the provisions of the Concessions Decree relating to the prohibition of bidding on operators convicted of breach of probity, securing a favourable prejudicial ruling from the CJEU and a favourable ruling from the Council, in line with the CJEU decision.

France > Banking and finance: transactional work Tier 3

DLA Piper stands out for its work advising both lenders and borrowers on real estate finance transactions. Erwan Lacheteau, who has extensive experience of this area, is regularly sought out by investment funds and financial institutions on domestic and cross-border mandates. As part of its offering, the practice is also active in bilateral and syndicated lending facilities. Maud Menon left the firm in January 2022.

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Testimonials

‘Business approach to problems and highly technical.’

‘Very nice team, very involved.’

Key clients

Abénex

Ares Management

AXA Reim

Barings Global Advisers Limited

BentallGreenOak

BlackRock

Blackstone Group International Partners LLP

BNP Paribas

BPI France

Bridgepoint

Capzanine

Eurazeo

Fortress

Gazeley Limited

Generali

HSBC

ICG

Idinvest

ING

LFPI

Magellan Partners

Maltem Consulting Group

Montagu Private Equity

Montefiore Investment

Mount Street Mortgage Servicing

Northwood Investors International

Oxford Properties Group

Pemberton

Rabobank

The Carlyle Group

Tikehau Capital

Tylia Invest SAS

Work highlights

  • Advised Carlyle on the unitranche financing of the acquisition of Envea SA by Envea Global (itself controlled by Carlyle).
  • Advised Fortress on the French financing aspects of the acquisition from Colony of certain real estate funds, co-investment vehicles and other real estate positions (either sponsor or lender positions) representing approximately $2.7bn in combined assets (in US and Europe) under management.
  • Acted for Blackstone in relation to a €405m senior and mezzanine mortgage financing granted by Bank of America Europe DAC (Senior Lender) before the senior portion was securitised and by Aspen Bermuda Limited, Apollo Credit Funds ICAV and Althora Lux Invest (Mezzanine Lenders), for the acquisition of a large pan-European portfolio, composed in particular of 3 French portfolios of multiple logistic assets.

France > Compliance Tier 3

DLA Piper provides assistance to many French and global corporations from various sectors, including the luxury goods, food, pharmaceutical, automotive and aeronautics industries. The practice assists with the setting up and review of compliance programmes, including French anti-corruption policies. It also advises clients on conducting internal investigations and on data and securities compliance issues. Practice head Fabien Ganivet and counsel Sara Koski are the key names.

Practice head(s):

Fabien Ganivet

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Testimonials

‘In addition to the global footprint of the firm, which becomes a real advantage in cross-border litigation and investigations, its compliance practice in Paris has a wealth of domestic expertise and experience, for instance the fact that Fabien Ganivet has worked both as a judge and as a senior compliance executive within a large French multinational. The entire team is very well versed in the intricacies of French criminal and corporate law and have done a good job advising French companies on the implementation of new Sapin II  anticorruption. Diversity, effective cross-team collaboration and the ability of young lawyers to get directly involved with complex cases are among the key strengths.’

‘I have been mostly in contact with counsel Sara Koski who is a very knowledgeable, experienced, multi-lingual lawyer who always puts the client first and is ready to go the extra mile to help the client achieve an optimal or even better end result. She is among the best connoisseurs of French compliance legislation and regulations and has repeatedly helped large corporations and mid-sized companies to navigate their way out of the labyrinth of often conflicting legal obligations in several countries and continents. I also want to highlight the excellent work that has been done by Fabien Ganivet since he joined the firm as a partner. His combination of theoretical knowledge and practical experience are unrivalled within the Paris marketplace.’

‘Good team.’

‘Dedication, engagement and knowledge of the regulations and authorities’ practices.’

France > Dispute resolution: Commercial litigation Tier 3

DLA Piper is able to provide litigation expertise to a varied client portfolio. Investment funds and corporations turn to Marine Lallemand for corporate litigation, recently for a major M&A dispute in the telecoms sector. Senior counsel Bruce Mee and Vonnick Le Guillou offer high-level product liability and insurance expertise and are often involved in sensitive international cases, mainly acting for leading industrial companies, insurers and financial institutions. Le Guillou is particularly renowned in the aviation sector. Fabienne Panneau fields a varied commercial litigation practice, including in the IT sector where she has particularly strong expertise.

Practice head(s):

Vonnick Le Guillou; Marine Lallemand

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Key clients

ABN Amro

AIG

Airbus helicopters

Airbus SAS

Arconic

Atlas Copco

AXA

AXA XL

Blackstone

Carlyle

Cube Communications Infrastructures S.A.R.L

Howmet

Idinvest

ING Bank N.V.

LFPI Gestion

MTU France

Rockwell Collins

Tesla Motors France

Tokio Marine

Transdev

Travelopia

Work highlights

  • Successfully represented Cube Communications Infrastructures S.à r.l. in the context of the sale of the entirety of the share capital of Covage to SFR.

France > Dispute resolution: International arbitration Tier 3

DLA Piper acts in investment and commercial arbitration disputes. The practice has a strong focus on Africa, handling large investment and commercial cases notably in the mining and telecoms sectors. In addition to acting in several key matters for the Republic of Guinea, the group is also involved in a major dispute concerning a landmark solar project in North Africa. In Europe, the practice acts in multiple matters involving Eastern European countries and acts in an exequatur case before the European Court of Justice whose decision is expected to help clarify the scope of application of the landmark Achmea decision regarding intra-European arbitration disputes. Investment disputes, such as the arbitration arisen from the expropriation of an online newspaper owner in Georgia, are also handled. The team acts both for companies and state entities. Michael Ostrove, who also co-chairs the firm’s global practice, and Alexander Brabant direct the team. Théobald Naud is also noted.

Practice head(s):

Michael Ostrove; Alexander Brabant

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Strong team, good coordination of resources and knowledge.’

‘Théobald Naud is impressive and excels in advocacy.’

Key clients

Atlantique Telecom SA (Etisalat)

Nasim Hasanov

Democratic Republic of Congo

DS2 and the De Sutter brothers

Interpol

Republic of Guinea

Republic of Hungary

Republic of Moldova

Vodacom entities

Work highlights

  • Successfully defended Guinea in a high-profile mining dispute.
  • Representing INTERPOL in PCA arbitration proceedings relating to public international law claims brought following the arrest of INTERPOL’s former president in China.
  • Successfully represented Telco company in a DRC law dispute before four separate jurisdictions to secure enforcement of an award in favour of our client.

France > EU, competition and distribution Tier 3

The litigation and regulatory team at the Paris office of DLA Piper provides clients with strategies for a wide array of EU competition law and distribution matters. Headed by Edouard Sarrazin, who specialises in contentious competition proceedings expert, the group's comprehensive range of expertise covers cartels, dawn raids, investigations, unilateral practices, anti-competitive agreements,  as well as specialised advice for advising industrial and private equity clients on merger control matters. In addition, the firm announced the launch of Aiscension in March 2021, an AI-based service designed to detect cartels and cartel risk for clients.

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Testimonials

‘A team very attentive to specific needs. Pragmatic and efficient. Very efficient and precise management of sensitive aspects of the case.’

‘Edouard Sarrazin is very attentive to special needs. He has a very good network within the competition authorities which gives him very good analytical skills. Very high availability.’

Edouard Sarrazin is very involved in the matters, makes himself available and is very pragmatic in his approach of the issues presented to him. He knows how to adapt to his audience in order to perfectly respond to his clients’ expectations. Céline Espesson is a valuable member of the team because of her rigour, her knowledge of our business and her ability to build relationships. Her file management and always pertinent advice are very much appreciated.

The team stands out through its responsiveness and professional attitude. They know how to be flexible in tense periods and how to intelligently and quickly adapt to new demands. We have got a very strong relationship of trust with the firm which gets stronger with each new file.

Key clients

Doctolib

Guerbet

Caisse des dépôts et consignations

Cube

Criteo

Ecolab

Faurecia

Groupe Louis Wane

Michelin

Etex

The Carlyle Group

Société Générale

Medtronic

Rolls Royce

Sodexo

Work highlights

  • Advising Criteo regarding its complaint against Facebook in front of the FCA for anticompetitive practices in the online advertising sector.
  • Advising Doctolib in the context of the French Competition Authority’s investigation related to possible concerns of abuse of dominant position.
  • Advising Cube Infrastructure Managers and Partners Group in relation to the merger control aspects of the sale of Covage (owned 50/50) to Altice.

France > Industry focus: Energy Tier 3

DLA Piper

Practice head(s):

Eric Villateau; Jérôme Pentecoste

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Key clients

Idex

Total

Glennmont Partners

Omnes Capital

PROPARCO

Urbaser Environnement

EG Group

C2E Market

ENERGY OBSERVER DEVELOPMENTS

CEA

SEPCO

IDEAL INDUSTRIES

France > Intellectual property: Copyright Tier 3

The copyright group at DLA Piper is led by experienced IP practitioner Frank Valentin, who is well known for handling complex disputes in the TMT and life sciences sectors. The group is noted for advising leading entertainment and media brands on all IP-related issues, including the protection and development of strategies for their intangible assets, the implementation of contracting policies and anti-counterfeiting campaigns.

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Key clients

Akzo Nobel

Amazon

Brooks Sports

Coravin

Edwards Lifesciences

Exacompta Clairefontaine

Fear of God

Microsoft Corporation

Richemont International Ltd

Unga BV

France > Intellectual property: Patents Tier 3

DLA Piper has a strong track record across all aspects of intellectual property-related matters and advises clients on creating, managing, enforcing, and defending their patent portfolios. The group is active in transactional and litigation matters, both specialisms of practice head Frank Valentin, who has more than two decades’ experience in intellectual property law and is particularly well versed in the technology and media sector.

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Testimonials

‘Personalised service from people who are genuinely invested in getting a result for the client. They are happy to engage and take input from others to build the strongest possible case.’

France > Project finance Tier 3

DLA Piper

Practice head(s):

Eric Villateau; Jérôme Pentecoste

Key clients

Caisse des Dépôts et Consignations

Idex

Glennmont Partners

Omnes Capital

Mirova (now Vauban Infrastructure)

PROPARCO

Urbaser Environnement

EG Group

CIC (Crédit Industriel et Commercial)

COVAGE

Société Générale

Conquest Asset Management

3i Group

ENGIE

Bouygues

Thales

Sodexo

Dalkia

Département de la Meuse

Eiffage Concessions

Altitude Infrastructure

Work highlights

  • Advising the lenders and hedging banks (Société Générale, Natixis, NordLB and Banco Sabadell, as well as the Caisse d’Epargnes in Aquitaine Poitou-Charentes, Bourgogne Franche-Comté and Midi-Pyrénees) on the financing of Altitude Infrastructure’s deployment of two private fibre optic networks launched by the Landes and the Côte d’Or departments in France.
  • Advising the lenders (CIC / Crédit Agricole) on the financing of the construction, operation and maintenance of the waste management concession of PAU BEARN in the South West of France, operated by a wholly-owned subsidiary of URBASER.
  • Advising Caisse des dépôts et consignations as co-sponsor with RATP Connect on its investments and financing of the very high speed broadband network of the GRAND PARIS.

France > Tax Tier 3

DLA Piper is one of the market’s leading references for private equity work. The practice assists leading investment funds as well as management teams with mid to large-cap private equity transactions. It also has a wealth of experience in advising on the structuring of the largest private equity and other alternative investment funds. In addition, the team advises on M&A and real estate transactions and handles litigation. The hiring of Antoine Faure from CMS in February has added new expertise in transfer pricing. Practice head Fanny Combourieu  and Raphaël Béra are top names in the private equity sphere.

Practice head(s):

Fanny Combourieu

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Excellent knowledge of the alternative investment sector.’

‘Raphaël Bera is available, responsive and gives high-quality tax advice.’

‘Real knowledge of the unlisted market and of the legal and regulatory impacts. The firm is a benchmark player for non-listed companies.’

‘Accessible, attentive, but not intrusive. The right balance.’

‘Good listening and perfect execution.’

‘Fanny Combourieu and her team are involved, technically sharp lawyers, reachable and business-oriented.’

Key clients

21 Invest

360 Capital

Abénex

Access Capital Partners

Advent

AEW

Afflelou

Albarest

Alcopa

Andera Partners

Antin Infrastructure Partners

Antirion

Ardian

Ares

Aviva

AXA REIM

Barings

BlackFin Capital Partners

BNP Paribas Agility Capital

Bpifrance

Bridgepoint

Cain International

Carlyle

Cathay Capital

Ekkio

Eurazeo PME

European Camping Group/Homair Vacances

Geneo Capital Entrepreneur

Generali

Goldman Sachs

Harbert Management Corporation

Idinvest

Impact Partners

Jasmin Capital

Kepler Cheuvreux IFE

Kima Ventures (Xavier Niel investment entity)

LBO France

Lion Capital

Mirabaud Asset Management

MML Capital Partners

Naxicap

Newell

New Wave

Norges

Oddo BHF

PAI Partners

Pierre Fabre

Quadrille

Quilvest

Real IS

Rothschild & Co (Five Arrows)

Sagard

Société Générale

Sofinnova

Sparring Capital

STG

TempoCap

Tikehau

Wendel

TNFO

Veepee

Westcore

Work highlights

  • Advising the founders and management of CIRCET in connection with the entry into exclusive negotiations with ICG, a European leading telecoms infrastructure services company, for the sale by ADVENT of its stake in CIRCET and their co-investment with ICG
  • Tax advice to AXA REIM on the acquisition of ”Dolphin Square”, the largest private rented residential complex in London for Axa investors located in different jurisdictions.
  • Advising Bridgepoint on the legal and tax structuring of the private equity investment fund dedicated to the French transactions and carried interest for French executives of the Bridgepoint Development Capital IV fund.

France > Mergers and acquisitions Tier 4

DLA Piper

Other key lawyers:

Simon Charbit; Sonia de Kondserovsky; Laurence Masseran; Thomas Priolet

Testimonials

‘Very high quality expertise and business-oriented which make it possible to think (and win) a deal. The execution that follows is also very rigorous.’

‘Robust global coverage.’

‘Paris-based partner Simon Charbit fully understands our way of working and consistently delivers value.’

‘The DLA Piper team is very responsive and very reliable in their advice and guidance. This team guides you in your operations and you really feel advised and guided.’

Key clients

France Air

Société Générale

Medtronic France SAS

Pierre Fabre

Sopra Steria

Webhelp

Michelin

Bpifrance

ETEX Group

Haemonetics SA

Cushman & Wakefield International Limited

Fosun International Limited

Pacific Media Group Ltd (ASNL)

Algeco SAS

Pelsis Limited

AON

Kiloutou

Illumina, Inc

GoFLUENT

ALD SA

Work highlights

  • Advising full fibre broadband operator G. Network in connection with a successful fundraising to invest over £1bn in rolling out connectivity in London.   
  • Advising Worldline on its acquisition of Handelsbanken’s SHBa.ST card-acquiring activities in the Nordic countries as it posted a rise in first-half core profit on the back of a post-lockdown recovery in its main markets.
  • Advising Medtronic France SAS in the context of the acquisition of Medicrea International.

Belgium > Industry focus: Media and entertainment Tier 3

Drawing on the firm’s substantial global network, the ‘very knowledgeable and responsive‘ cross-practice team at DLA Piper advises on a wide range of contentious and non-contentious matters for a strong mix of renowned corporate multinationals and media clients. Alexis Fierens is noted for his IP and commercial capabilities, most notably in the fields of copyright, know-how protection, and unfair practices. Heidi Waem heads up the Belgian data protection team, acting for major entertainment companies on privacy and cybersecurity issues, including proceedings before the data protection authority.

Practice head(s):

Alexis Fierens; Bob Martens; Kristof De Vulder

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘My company requires multi-national legal service spanning across Europe. DLA Piper’s network of offices and partners across Europe (and the world) allows my company to receive a uniform level of service in various countries while saving us time and resources. It is advantageous from a strategic and cost perspective to have one law firm in control of legal cases that span several different borders and jurisdictions. This reduces the need to do the same work more than once and allows all stakeholders to quickly have a unified direction and purpose.’

‘DLA Piper’s network also gives our company access to the best 3rd-party technical experts when subject matter expertise is required. This is a must-have key requirement for highly-technical IP and media related litigation where the smallest minutiae can decide a case.’

‘I would like to recognise Alexis Fierens at the Belgium office. He is my main point of contact for multi-national legal advice and litigation. His professionalism, litigation, and organisational skills give me the utmost confidence that my company’s legal matters are in the right hands. Alexis is able to assemble DLA Piper’s massive resources from across the globe and handily orchestrate them in order to efficiently carry out his client’s instructions.’

‘Alexis works hard for his clients to achieve total customer satisfaction.’

‘The DLA IP teams in Belgium and Luxembourg are very knowledgeable and responsive.’

‘Alexis Fierens is a top-tier lawyer with a sharp business acumen and great communication skills.’

‘The team takes a collaborative approach to advising on cross-jurisdictional matters. Partners are responsive and prompt to co-ordinate with other colleagues where required, while a single point of contact effectively keeps clients informed and up to date.’

‘Alexis Fierens is one of the most responsive and helpful lawyers I’ve worked with. His advice is clear, efficient and commercial, and he goes above and beyond to proactively share useful know-how which is a real value-add for clients.’

Key clients

The Walt Disney Company

DPG Media

Vlaamse Radio- en Televisieomroeporganisatie (VRT) (Flemish Public Broadcasting Company)

Kinepolis

Duracell

Zenimax

Smartbit

Work highlights

  • Representing Vlaamse Radio- en Televisieomroeporganisatie (VRT) in the termination of an exclusive cooperation contract with a TV presenter.
  • Assisting the Walt Disney Company in relation to Disney+, IP disputes and the launch of new products.
  • Advising Dentsu on a collective dismissal and the drafting of a termination agreement.

Latin America: International firms > International arbitration

DLA Piper LLP (US) has expanded is Latin America international arbitration department footprint in recent years with the 2019 hire of Kate Brown de Vejar in Mexico City as global co-chair of the international arbitration practice (alongside Paris-based Michael Ostrove), setting the ball rolling and playing its part in the firm’s growing profile in the region; subsequently appointed deputy managing partner of the Mexico City team too, de Vejar is a current vice chair of the IBA’s Arbitration Committee. The practice handles investment-treaty and commercial arbitration matters and has been particularly active in the infrastructure space. Experienced local and international arbitration practitioner Gerardo Lozano Alarcón is another notable name in the Mexico office, which was further strengthened with the lateral hire of Gabriela Álvarez Ávila from Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle S.C. in July 2021. The addition of Ricardo Alarcón (from Shearman & Sterling LLP ) as associate director of the practice in Colombia -also in 2021- was an additional boost. Specialist senior associate Sabrina Ramos in Buenos Aires is also noted.

Practice head(s):

Kate Brown de Vejar; Michael Ostrove

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.


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.

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