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The employment law boutique houses some 50 lawyers based in Paris, Lyon and Marseille, and also has four offices in the Maghreb area with an additional ten lawyers. Transdev and Seita are also among its clients. It regularly handles high-end work and recently managed high-stakes mass litigation pertaining to equal payment, contract re-qualification and remuneration issues.

The team secured a major victory for La Poste in a dispute filed by more than 10, individuals requesting equal pay for equal work; the case was by the Court of Cassation. The practice assisted Prisma Media with the sale of French magazine VSD , Tupperware with the closure of a manufacturing site in Tours, and British Airways with the reorganisation of its commercial department at a European level.

The lawyer team handles an impressive for a client base that includes various high-profile French and international corporations from every area of the economy. The group is regularly sought out to assist with the market's most sophisticated and high-profile matters. It is notably acting on key issues touching on the public sector, including advising SNCF on its conversion from a public sector to a private limited company.

The practice also has experience handling sensitive litigation and mass disputes. It successfully defended CNIM against more than asbestos anxiety exposure appeal claims.

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Other work includes managing pension, compensation, benefits and accident at work issues. The practice is a popular choice for large international groups to assist with the implementation of restructuring and mass redundancy schemes and also handles post-restructuring collective litigation.

Several high-profile energy and healthcare companies are clients including Bristol-Myers Squibb and Boehringer Ingelheim. Gide Loyrette Nouel A. The team's current workload includes acting for clients in mass disputes involving several hundreds of employment terminations, sometimes in the context of insolvency proceedings. The practice is notably representing European ferry company DFDS Seaways in litigation arising from the employment termination of some employees, as well as Recylex in disputes connected with the employment termination of employees.

It also advised on major restructuring projects. The firm is entrusted by high-profile French and international companies including stellar names in the energy and luxury goods sectors. Akers and Stora Senso are also clients. It is retained by leading French and international corporations including major banks, insurers, pharmaceutical and industrial companies, to advise on large and complex projects.

The practice was notably in high demand for support in conducting strategic projects including the creation of new subsidiaries, large transfers of employment and mass redundancies. The practice acts for a long-standing French and international client base, which includes high-profile industrial corporations as well as leading financial institutions. It also recently gained a series of new high-profile clients. The firm has longstanding experience advising on large-scale reorganisation projects as well as handling any corresponding disputes. It recently advised on several major reorganisation projects and also handled sensitive collective litigation including asbestos-related matters, as well as assisting with employee transfer issues.

The firm is also a popular choice to advise on highly sensitive matters including whistleblowing, harassment and accident at work issues.

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It also acted for Smovengo on taking over the Paris bikeshare programme from JD Decaux including dealing with the transfer of employees and managing connected litigation and strikes. Safran, Publicis, Valeo and Schneider Electric are also among its clients. The practice notably assisted Total with its acquisition of Engie's upstream LNG assets portfolio, as well as Advent International with the acquisition of Circet.

Led by the dynamic Claire Toumieux, the nine-lawyer practice also advised industrial groups on challenging site closure and mass redundancies plans. The practice also acted on collective negotiations at group level and in sensitive discrimination and harassment cases. The team is also consulted by companies' boards. Primark is also a client. The team handles high-value work and stands out in particular for insolvency-related cases and advice on data protection issues. The practice is also managing restructuring and mass litigation claims. It is notably representing Pfizer in a dispute regarding a redundancy plan.

In other work, the team assists insurance companies with protection and benefits issues. It recently assisted Exfo with the acquisition of Astellia, and Tf1 with the acquisition of aufeminin from Axel Springer. The practice also advises on the implementation of strategic restructuring projects and voluntary departure plans and also handled litigation including URSSAF claims.

The practice has a high-profile client base in the luxury hotel and life sciences sectors, while also advising major banks and key clients in the retail sector.

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The lawyer team handles a broad range of matters. It recently acted in high-stakes litigation in the luxury hotel sector, which concerned issues including strikes, remuneration and employment contract re-qualification. Lundbeck is a client. The practice advises longstanding international clients including key names in the aviation sector and was recently retained by a high-profile French company. Other work includes securing a victory for a client in a dispute with several hundreds of former employees and advising on several restructuring and mass redundancy matters.

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EasyJet, Microchip and MoneyGram are clients. Employment firm Fromont Briens houses some lawyers, who are based across the firms offices in Lyon and Paris. The firm, which is a member of Littler Global, acts for several leading French private and public sector companies, banks and insurers, as well as international groups.

The practice recently assisted Engie with a major restructuring project spanning three jurisdictions; advised Macif on the implementation of a new working scheme; and successfully represented Agence France Presse before the civil court in a dispute initiated by trade unions challenging the validity of a collective agreement. The firm is also recognised for its leading pensions, benefits and social security expertise, which is sought out by numerous high-profile clients.

In a recent highlight, the team represented Pasquier before the Lyon Court of Appeal in securing the rejection of all senior bonus and paid leave claims brought by 60 employees and unions. It assisted Ledvance with carrying a second restructuring project involving employees, and Mitel with the reorganisation of its French operations. The team also advised subsidiaries of BPCE on several intra-group mergers.

Finally, the practice is increasingly called upon to assist with internal investigations, whistle-blowing and sensitive sexual harassment situations. The firm recently advised on modernisation and reorganisation plans, as well as negotiating new collective status and remuneration. It also handled collective litigation concerning co-employment, site closure and post-mass redundancies issues.


The firm also advised Bpifrance on the setting up of a new employee collective status for its new entity. It is also sought out by leading banks and has recently undertaken several Brexit-linked projects including workforce transfers in France. It is also involved in a sensitive dispute involving traders. The team advises various high-profile French and international companies, particularly in the railway, banking, real estate, industrial and healthcare sectors. It recently assisted its clients with implementing various Macron reforms and also handled major restructuring projects, plant closures and workforce strike issues.

The practice also assisted Duc with its acquisition by Plukon Food. The firm was recently in high demand to assist with reorganisations including collective downsizing and litigation. It recently assisted Gefco with a major reorganisation project. The practice also acted for Vivendi on the acquisition of Editis and was also kept busy handling work in the hospitality sector including advising on workforce strikes. It recently advised on several key matters including on restructuring and mass redundancy projects, as well as on senior executives' departures.

The lawyer team is retained by many international groups, as well as French companies and several leading healthcare companies. The practice assists with collective matters including site closure, mass redundancies, negotiation of working time agreements and the harmonisation of terms and conditions. It notably assisted Semperit with the closure of its French operations and related downsizing programmes.

Other work includes conducting internal investigations and advising on whistleblowing and data protection issues. The boutique firm acts for an array of domestic clients, including household name public and private sector companies. The lawyer firm, which now has four regional offices outside Paris, is particularly noted for its handling of strategic collective negotiation issues.

In other work it acted for FNAC in collective litigation concerning Sunday work; advised Conforama on the restructuring of its customer service unit; assisted Takeda with the restructuring of its commercial department; and represented SNCF in a major collective litigation. The firm also has additional expertise in health and safety, and pensions and benefits.

The team acts for a number of longstanding industrial clients including several companies in the automotive sector, which it notably advised on restructuring, downsizing projects and connected litigation. It recently assisted Allia Geberit with the closure of two plants in France and Hanon with the implementation of a collective termination agreement.

Other clients include Fujifilm, Visteon, Schaeffler and Pfizer. France Televisions and Dentsply Sirona are other clients. Other clients include major French and international groups. The firm also handles litigation, senior executive issues and sensitive matters related to harassment and the establishment of whistleblowing procedures.

Pepsico is also a client. Led by Claire Fougea , the four-lawyer team acts for household name French corporations as well as various international companies. The practice notably advises on restructuring projects and handles complex individual employment law issues including harassment matters. GC Powerlist: Iberia Teams Events and Awards. The Legal UK Awards. The Legal US Awards. Client intelligence. The Legal Jobs. The Legal Hall of Fame highlights individuals who have received constant praise by their clients for continued excellence.

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For more information, contact david. The practice is also representing leading US internet companies, as well as French companies and banks in major tax reassessment cases touching on permanent establishment, corporate tax income and financial scheme issues. It was successful before the Court of Appeal in the high-profile Wildenstein tax fraud case for the eponymous Guy Wildenstein. CMS houses one of the market's largest and most experienced tax teams with more than lawyers involved. The firm handles all types of tax matters from mainstream to highly specialised tax issues and has a tax doctrine department supporting its practice.

It advises leading French and international corporations, as well as insurers, banks and several public sector entities. The group handles groundbreaking court cases that directly challenge the French regime's conformity with the EU legal framework. The group is also advising various leading French companies on their strategic tax structure reorganisations and in the transactional area. The firm stands out for its LBO tax expertise and is retained by leading private equity funds or the management to advise on LBO transactions.

The team also has strong property tax expertise and notably advised Ardian Real Estate on the acquisition of Europe 1's former headquarters. Leading names in the digital and retail sectors have entrusted the firm with some of their most sensitive cases. The team recently achieved positive results and notably obtained a success for TF1 before the Constitutional Court regarding tax on televised advertising. The firm also handles top corporate tax work, advising large companies and investment funds on tax restructuring and transactional tax matters.

The team recently advised Casino on the creation of a joint venture with Dia, and Platinum Equity on the sale of Worldwide Flight Services. The practice also acted on major work in the hotel and tourism sectors. The team also handled tax audits and litigation. The team is also a leading reference for pan-European real estate fund structuring and assisted Ardian France with the creation of its first real estate fund. It recently assisted AccorHotels with the spin-off and subsequent sale of The team is also retained by leading property investors to assist with their strategic office, logistics, hotel and industrial asset transactions.

For key client Blackstone, the firm recently handled the French tax consequences of the sale of its logistics company Logicor. The practice also acts for clients in complex litigation and tax audits. The lawyer team is able to cover a large spectrum of tax issues. The group has leading expertise in the tax real estate space and regularly handles headline work in the market in this area. The practice also handles the tax-related aspects of debt capital markets and banking, while litigation is another strength.

It also has strong private equity and corporate tax expertise.

It assisted InVivo Retail with the acquisition of Jardiland. The practice also has high-level expertise handling various sophisticated tax issues. Gide Loyrette Nouel A. It recently assisted Amundi Immobilier and Primonial with the set up of a joint venture for the off-plan acquisition of the Tour Hekla project. The seven-lawyer team has high-end LBO tax expertise and assists the corporate team with the structuring of the market's largest LBO deals.

It notably assisted Permira with the acquisition of Exclusive Group, and Antin Infrastructure with the purchase of Idex. The firm also handles tax audit and litigation and is currently involved in a sensitive dispute. The firm is retained by many leading banks as well companies' management and investment funds. Other areas of strength include tax audits, particularly transfer pricing tax audit matters. The new team stands out for high-profile private equity fund structuring and is equally a strong name for LBO transactions, acting for many leading private equity houses.

It recently advised on a number of transactions and on the market's largest fund creation work. It also assisted Carlyle and Montefiore Investment with the sale of a minority stake in European Camping. The practice also assists clients with tax audits and handles some property tax work. The practice has a track record advising on standout, complex property transactions for leading French and international investors. The practice regularly advises banks on the tax aspects of structured financings, derivatives, capital markets and also on private equity transactions.

The practice recently assisted My Money Bank with the sale of its French auto loans activity to Financo, as well as Cacib with the sale by Vivendi of its stake in Ubisoft through innovative equity derivatives. The eight-lawyer team regularly advises on the market's largest LBO transactions and notably assisted Blackstone's private equity funds with the sale of Alliance Automotive, as well as BC Partners and PSP Investments with the acquisition of a majority stake in Keter.

The practice is entrusted by the market's most high-profile private equity houses to advise on the largest transactions. The firm also advises management teams and acts for private equity funds and other clients in tax audits and litigation. It also advises on financing and property tax matters.

Other recent work includes advising on debt restructuring matters and property financing deals. The practice notably assisted with the tax aspects of the corporate restructuring of a hotel group and, separately, the acquisition of a building. Large French, US and Asian companies as well as private equity funds are clients. Headed by the highly regarded Thomas Perrot, the practice assists large French and international corporations. Westfield Corporation and Daimler are also clients. The team is also regularly involved in high-profile debt restructuring work and was recently active for CGG in that space.

The practice regularly advises on major banking and finance and capital markets transactions handled by the firm, frequently acting for banks. The five-lawyer group acts for French and non-French residents, handling advisory and litigation work, notably concerning income tax, wealth tax, gift and inheritance tax issues, as well as Brexit-related matters. The practice also assisted managers during major LBO transactions. Archers A. It also has solid property tax expertise and also handles litigation. The newly established three-lawyer team advises on LBO transactions and financing, structured finance and property investment deals.

Heading a three-lawyer team, Jolly is also developing a successful real estate and high-net-worth standalone tax practice. Several leading family-owned companies are clients. It also advises private clients and handles litigation. The team is also managing a contentious tax case in the telecoms sector. The four-lawyer team advises companies and high-net worth individuals and families. The team recently advised Famille Perrin wine producers on the tax elements of the establishment of a joint venture with US actor Brad Pitt for Miraval wine company.

It is also representing Edmond Guerrand-Hermes in a high-profile estate dispute. It has also recently handled major work in the wine industry and advised on new issues including e-healthcare.