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Our Paris office advises a French and international clientele including private and public companies, financial institutions, investors, real estate-related businesses and insurers/reinsurers. We provide a full range of advisory and transactional services, and also represent our clients before French and U.S. courts, as well as in mediation and in domestic and international arbitration.
Main areas of practice of the Paris office:
Mergers & acquisitions: preparation, negotiation, regulatory review and implementation of joint ventures, mergers, acquisitions of public and private companies; implementation of defensive measures against hostile takeovers and related litigation. Banking & finance: domestic and international financing, including syndicated and other loan transactions such as acquisition finance, export-import, structured finance, project finance and asset-based lending; advice on bank and financial service regulatory matters and compliance, including in relation to money laundering regulation and conflicts-of-interest; debt trading; securitizations for a clientele of sponsoring banks and monoline insurers in structured transactions in Europe, the United States and Asia. Corporate: setting up companies and handling a variety of company-law issues; financing from internal or external sources; advice on corporate restructurings, governance and competition law. Capital markets: securities transactions; advice on international securities regulatory matters and the regulation of financial products and services and broker-dealer regulation; public offerings on European and U.S. markets; disputes before the Autorité des Marchés Financiers. Tax: advice and litigation for companies, groups and families; transfer prices, corporate restructuring, international contracts and patrimonial structures; preparation and assistance for tax audits, settlements, regularizations and filing of tax returns. Insurance/reinsurance: advice on the creation of insurance and reinsurance products; restructurings; acquisition and creation of “runoff ” structures; relations with regulatory authorities; insurance and reinsurance disputes before courts and in arbitration; financial and ART transactions.
Commercial dispute resolution & litigation: suits before civil, commercial and administrative courts throughout France; French and international arbitration; other alternative dispute resolution proceedings (conciliation, mediation, mini-trials, etc.). Reorganizations & bankruptcy: transactions involving the reorganization and work-out of companies under bankruptcy protection or in financial difficulty and advice to creditors, lenders and potential purchasers.
Real estate & construction: advice in matters of real estate investment and financing; real estate operations for public and private owners; design and construction contracts in the private and public sectors; civil and commercial leases; disputes and litigation in the foregoing areas.
Employment & labor: employment-law aspects of restructuring and outsourcing; collective dismissals; individual and collective employment disputes; recruitment, international mobility and negotiation of executive compensation packages; advice to companies on pensions and benefits, employee profit-sharing savings plans, and business immigration matters.
Criminal law: representation before criminal jurisdictions in particular on matters related to business law, such as alleged securities-law violations, misuse of company assets, financial mismanagement, money laundering, breach of fiduciary duty, fraud, corruption and illegal self-dealing.
Competition law: advice in connection with acquisitions and other concentrations; disputes before competition authorities.
Administrative law: public-law contracts; financing of public-private partnerships; disputes before administrative authorities; public employment disputes.
Commercial transactions: distribution, licensing, supply and outsourcing transactions.