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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.
Vonnick Le Guillou
‘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.’
CHINA EASTERN AIRLINES
LA REUNION AERIENN
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.
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 Lemarchand, Fabienne Panneau and Gregory Tulquois. Counsels Caroline Goupil and Jeanne Dauzier provide key support. Denise Lebeau-Marianna handles data privacy issues.
‘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’.
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.
‘Bijan Eghbal provides truly high-quality advice, is very pragmatic and business-driven, responsive and creative.’
AXA Technology services
London Stock Exchange
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 effective’ Bruce Mee is noted for his expertise in industrial risks litigation and investigations.
Vonnick Le Guillou
‘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.’
ACE INA Holdings Inc.
MS Amlin Insurance SE
La Reunion Aerienne
Zurich Insurance plc
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.
Benjamin Aller; Julien Vandenbussche
‘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 Aller, Julien Vandenbussche and senior counsel George Pinkham are also noted.
Xavier Norlain; Jeremy Scemama
‘Committed and highly experienced. Ability to manage large as well as small deals.‘
Hivest Capital Partners
Rothschild & Co
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.
Antonia Raccat; Olivia Michaud; Antoine Mercier; Myriam Mejdoubi; Erwan Lacheteau; Lionel Rosenfeld
AEROPORTS DE PARIS
AG2R LA MONDIALE
AXA REAL ASSETS IM
BARINGS EUROPEAN CORE PROPERTY FUND GP S.À R.L.
THE BLACKSTONE GROUP INTERNATIONAL PARTNERS
CBRE GLOBAL INVESTORS
GENERALI REAL ESTATE
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.
Jérôme Pentecoste; Pascal Martin
‘Jérôme Pentecoste is a great professional.’
Deme Concessions Wind
FII Co. and Warwick Capital Partners LLP
Gaz de Bordeaux
Meridiam and the consortium
Red Electrica de España (REE)
Republic of Guinea
Crédir Foncier de France
Ville de Paris
La Ciotat Shipyards
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.
‘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.‘
Barings Global Advisers Limited
Crédit Industriel and Commercial
Maltem Consulting Group
Montagu Private Equity
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.
‘Fabien Ganivet has outstanding professional skills and, as a previous prosecutor, he is very thorough and efficient.’
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.
Michael Ostrove; Alexander Brabant
‘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.’
Atlantique Telecom SA
Democratic Republic of Congo
DS2 and the De Sutter brothers
Republic of Guinea
Republic of Hungary
Republic of Kenya
Republic of Moldova
Industry focus: Energy Tier 3
Other key lawyers:
Deme Concessions Wind
Crédit Foncier de France (CFF)
Conquest Asset Management
Gaz de Bordeaux
Sonia de Kondserovsky
‘The team is knowledgeable.’
‘Sonia de Kondserovsky provides guidance on M&A transactions and on specific industry contracts. She understands clients’ expectations.’
Qualcomm Life – Capsule
West Pharmaceutical Services
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.
ATR (a subsidiary of airbus)
HOTEL GEORGE V
EPO Fashion Group (MO&CO)
City of Deauville
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.
Jeremy Scemama; Xavier Norlain
‘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.‘
ALD, subsidiary of Société
AON Holdings France
Prima Solutions Holding
Groupe Homair Vacances
Project finance Tier 3
Eric Villateau ; Jérôme Pentecoste
Other key lawyers:
Name of Client
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.
Access Capital Partners
Infravia Capital Partners
Rothschild & Co (Merchant Banking)
Antin Infrastructure Partners
Artémis / Financière Pinault
LGT Capital Partners
Vonnick Le Guillou
Other key lawyers:
Bruce Mee ; Fabienne Panneau ; Marine Lallemand
‘The team shows great responsiveness and availability and follows a strategic approach to cases’.
Allianz Global Corporate & Speciality (France)
RSA Royal & SunAlliance
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.
‘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.’
CAISSE DES DEPOTS ET CONSIGNATIONS
GROUPE LOUIS WANE
DLA Piper > Firm Profile
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.
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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
Peru: Banking & Finance
Published: March 2020
Authors: Sergio Barboza Nelly Espinoza
This country-specific Q&A provides an overview to Banking & Finance laws and regulations that may occur in Peru.
Colombia: Mergers & Acquisitions
Published: March 2020
Authors: Juan Manuel de la Rosa Felipe Quintero
This country-specific Q&A provides an overview to Mergers & Acquisitions laws and regulations that may occur in Colombia.
Colombia: Banking & Finance
Published: March 2020
Authors: Camilo Martínez Sebastián Celis Camila Liévano
This country-specific Q&A provides an overview to Banking & Finance laws and regulations that may occur in Colombia.
The Netherlands: Tax
Published: September 2019
Authors: Jian-Cheng Ku Rhys Bane
This country-specific Q&A provides an overview to Tax laws and regulations that may occur in The Netherlands.
Morocco: Data Protection
Published: May 2020
This country-specific Q&A provides an overview to Data Protection laws and regulations that may occur in Morocco.
Published: September 2019
This country-specific Q&A provides an overview to Tax laws and regulations that may occur in Belgium.
Colombia: Competition Litigation
Published: August 2019
Authors: María Claudia Martínez Beltrán Daniela Huertas Vergara
This country-specific Q&A provides an overview to Competition Litigation laws and regulations that may occur in Colombia.
Top Tier Firm Rankings
- Data privacy and data protection
- Industry focus: IT and internet
- Banking and finance: Bank regulatory
- Private equity: Fund formation
- Private equity: LBO
- Real estate
- Administrative and public law
- Banking and finance: transactional work
- Dispute resolution: International arbitration
- Industry focus: Energy
- Industry focus: Healthcare and life sciences
- Intellectual property: Trade marks and designs
- Mergers and acquisitions
- Project finance
- Dispute resolution: Commercial litigation
- EU, competition and distribution