Business and Legal Excellence
Dechert’s team in France consists of more than 80 highly regarded lawyers who collaborate with colleagues throughout Europe, the United States, Asia and the Middle East. We structure corporate and financial transactions, advise on a wide range of regulations and resolve disputes through litigation or arbitration.
Dechert lawyers in France are widely recognized by market sources and leading legal directories. Our dynamic, results-focused team includes professionals with dual training in law and business. Many are qualified to practice U.S. or UK law, as well as French law, and are members of the London, New York and Paris bars.
Market Knowledge and Commercial Mindset
French and multinational companies rely on our ability to blend a robust knowledge of local law with wider international experience. We apply the insights and experience that come from working across many jurisdictions, cultures and business traditions.
Clients come back to Dechert when facing their most complex or intricate challenges, trusting that our in-depth market knowledge and tireless dedication will help achieve commercial objectives.
Areas of Focus
Corporate and Securities
Dechert’s Paris-based corporate/M&A team represents leading French and overseas multinational companies in their domestic and cross-border transactional matters (whether involving France or not), as well as in their growth operations in emerging markets, particularly in Africa. We are active in the healthcare and life sciences industries. We also represent clients in other sectors, such as telecommunications, agri-food, transport and logistics, and business services.
To provide our clients with integrated service while advising on their mergers and acquisitions transactions, we work seamlessly with other Dechert lawyers in Paris and globally, particularly in the areas of labor and employment, intellectual property, tax, complex litigations and arbitrations.
Our private equity team in France covers the whole spectrum of the investment life cycle, including buyouts, build-ups, exits, growth capital and venture capital, for both managers and private equity houses. We work for major financial investors, including private equity and venture capital firms advising on stock and asset sales and transfers, auction strategies, investments in portfolio companies, refinancing, restructurings and exit strategies.
We also have wide-ranging experience advising on M&A and capital markets matters relating to portfolio companies financed by private equity clients.
Financial Services and Asset Management
Dechert’s financial services fund formation team in France advises sponsors, principals of private investment and private equity funds, and institutional investors on services ranging from fund formation to new product development and regulatory compliance. We handle corporate matters related to the entire life cycle of investment funds and asset management, from secondary transactions to fund reviews and transactions for management companies. We also have wide-ranging experience advising on M&A and capital market matters relating to portfolio companies financed by private equity clients.
Our team is part of the firm’s leading global financial services and investment funds practice, with depth in both the United States and Europe, including the three key EU fund jurisdictions of London, Dublin and Luxembourg.
Labor and Employment
Our growing labor and employment practice handles urgent, complex or sensitive employment law issues. We provide assistance in a collaborative and pragmatic way, frequently in an international or multi-disciplinary context.
Our clients, including boards of directors, legal departments and human resources departments, seek our expertise on transitions, group reorganizations, high-profile litigation, and compensation and benefits issues. We also handle sensitive and crisis cases such as plant closures, reorganizations, social plans, executive departures, health and safety issues at work, and strikes.
Our team identifies issues that our clients have not recognized as potential problems, while keeping a pragmatic approach to heavily regulated employment environments such as France.
Dechert’s intellectual property team in France is a recognized leader in both advisory and litigation matters, with extensive experience in national and international patent pre-litigation and litigation, trademark disputes and a variety of cross-border IP agreements.
Our deep sector knowledge across a wide range of industries (including life sciences, chemicals, construction, energy, electronics and information technology) enables us to deliver practical commercial judgment to our clients. We routinely work with Dechert lawyers worldwide to advise on the IP aspects of our clients’ most complex matters, whether in corporate transactions, arbitration disputes or antitrust/competition litigation. Whether acting in years-long disputes or being retained hours before motions must be filed, we are relentlessly focused on our clients’ needs, working around the clock and around the world to protect their interests.
Our tax team combines in-depth knowledge of France’s tax regimes with an understanding of the business tax systems of the major trading nations. We help national and international groups with tax structuring of inter-group flows (including transfer pricing), tax and financial optimization of transactions, and with defining and implementing the most relevant tax policies. We also liaise with the tax authorities (day-to-day interactions or disputes) on behalf of clients.
We have deep expertise involving tax optimization of management packages for managers and shareholders, and we advise companies on tax optimization of research activities in coordination with their management policies on IP and intangible assets.
We work in close collaboration with the firm’s international tax practice, which is based in the most important financial centers in the United States, Europe and Asia.
Dechert’s international arbitration team in France has built a strong reputation for cutting-edge work in large commercial and investment disputes. We handle matters involving energy, oil and gas, mining, construction and telecom sectors. Our international arbitration team has conducted high-profile international commercial arbitrations while also becoming one of the leading players in state-related arbitrations.
We have extensive experience actively and creatively defending our clients’ interests, as exemplified by our understanding of quantum specificities, which helped us to minimize damages for our clients by 80% or more in two cases in the past year, and by the number of successful settlements we have conducted.
Dechert's antitrust/competition team in Paris advises clients during investigations and proceedings before EU and French competition authorities and courts. We have significant experience with matters relating to anticompetitive practices such as abuse of dominance matters and agreements, cartel matters, distribution law and state aid.
Our lawyers perform audits and establishes compliance programs specifically designed to meet our client's business needs and characteristics, particularly the requirements of highly regulated sectors. We have a deep understanding of a wide range of industries, from Financial services to life sciences, as well as luxury goods, consumer products, defense, logistics and press distribution.
The Paris team plays a primary role in Dechert's leading antitrust/competition practice and works closely with the firm's other practices to provide comprehensive, high-value services to French and international companies.
Complex Commercial Litigation
With a focus on the life sciences, telecommunications and energy sectors, we represent clients from a range of industries in multi-jurisdiction litigation and complex corporate and commercial disputes. Clients rely on Dechert for securities and stock exchange litigation, setting aside and enforcement of international arbitration awards and foreign court decisions, and challenging the appointments of arbitrators.
Recognized for our multi-jurisdictional capabilities and deep expertise, we devise litigation strategy, manage virtual law firms, facilitate pre-trial resolutions to commercial disputes, defeat class certification, manage e-discovery, obtain summary judgments or voluntary dismissal of claims, negotiate favorable settlements and prevail at trial.
Dechert’s life sciences team in France represents companies ranging from multinational giants to emerging companies involving all aspects of the life sciences industry, including pharmaceuticals, biotechnology, drug discovery, genomics, biopharmaceuticals, diagnostics, medical devices and healthcare. We also assist with investment funds in life sciences investments.
With life sciences lawyers in the U.S., Europe, Asia and the Middle East, we are well-positioned to handle the most complex cross-border matters for our clients. Our representation of both large pharmaceutical companies as well as smaller and mid-size biotechnology and specialty pharmaceutical companies is a distinguishing feature of our firm, and our Paris office allows us to structure and negotiate transactions from the perspective of both parties.
Our extensive experience includes:
- M&A and private equity transactions
- Reorganizations and international tax planning
- Pharmaceutical contractual and regulatory advice
- Corporate law
- Licensing and corporate partnering
- Strategic IP counseling/complex IP litigation
- Litigation and international arbitration
- Corporate finance and capital markets
Dechert (Paris) LLP is a limited liability partnership registered in England and Wales (Registered No. OC332363), authorised and regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority of England and Wales, and registered with the French Bar pursuant to Directive 98/5/CE. A list of the names of the members of Dechert (Paris) LLP (who are solicitors or registered foreign lawyers) is available for inspection at our Paris office at 32 rue de Monceau, 75008 Paris, France, and at our registered office at 160 Queen Victoria Street, London, EC4V 4QQ, UK.