Classements

Chambers Europe & Global 2012

Banking & Finance (Europe & Global)

« Interviewees commend Sylvie Perrin of De Gaulle Fleurance & Associés for her commercial awareness, commitment to fighting her clients’ corner, excellent negotiation skills, and clear, concise drafting. She is particularly active on project finance and asset finance. »

 

Dispute Resolution (Europe & Global)

  • Litigation – « Well-known litigator Valerie Lafarge-Sarkozy recently moved to De Gaulle Fleurance & Associés from Proskauer Rose, and covers corporate litigation, commercial litigation and product liability. »

 

Employment (Europe)

  • The firm – « The employment practice at this domestic firm assists clients on all contentious and non-contentious labour law matters. Areas of expertise include restructuring, collective agreements and wage disputes. The team has recently been busy advising on pensions and benefits, discrimination and collective agreements. »
  • Key individuals – « Thierry Gillot is the key contact for the practice. »

 

Intellectual Property (Europe & Global)

  • The firm – « This prestigious French firm’s large IP team benefits from the firm’s full-service nature, and is able to advise on a broad spectrum of IP issues, including patent litigation, trademarks and copyright. It is present in a wide range of sectors: on the patent side in pharmaceuticals, biotech and hi-tech; on the soft IP side in areas such as media, publishing, motion pictures and music. The group is best known for soft IP matters and IT-related work. It advises many US clients on trade mark and copyright issues. Sources say: “Especially well reputed for soft IP.” “Extremely responsive, available and understands how we work. It has numerous US-based clients and there is no sense of any linguistic or cultural gaps – geography hasn’t been an issue.” »
  • Key individuals – « Well-known name partner Louis De Gaulle has a “very strong strategic sense – he is good at understanding a situation and leading the best way forward”, report clients. He has a broad practice that covers multiple IP areas in depth. Partner Frank Valentin has been very visible in the IP area of late, and wins glowing client feedback. He provides counsel on trade mark and patent litigation to clients from the entertainment and internet industries before the French and European IP authorities. »

 

Pharma Life Sciences (Europe)

  • The firm – « This full-service independent firm handles a wide range of both contentious and non-contentious life sciences and pharmaceutical matters. The 13-strong team is recognised for its regulatory capacities, and is praised for its responsiveness and strength in advising on pan-European issues in both French and English. Sources say: « The lawyers are simply very good to work with, giving absolute value for money. » »
  • Key individuals – « The standout Jean-Marie Job has profound experience in the pharma industry and health law, informed by his previous in-house position at a major pharmaceutical company. Clients praise him as « an excellent lawyer with good commercial knowledge and a strong understanding of the dynamics. He always applies his sharp common sense to matters. » Sources hail recent arrival Valerie Lafarge-Sarkozy for her experience in complex litigation and mass suits. She typically advises clients in the pharmaceutical, biotech, food product, cosmetics and agrifood industries. »

 

Real Estate (Europe)

« Catherine Castro of De Gaulle Fleurance & Associés has a strong track record in real estate acquisitions, financing and construction. She is particularly well known for representing users in commercial leases. »

 

TMT Information Technology (Europe)

  • The firm – « This full-service French firm has been growing its media and technology practice steadily in recent years and now offers an impressive TMT team comprised of nine partners and 11 associates. The lawyers deal with transactions, litigation and regulatory work, and are particularly active on new media and IT matters such as e-commerce and online gaming. The team also includes specialists in film and television production. The firm is equally involved in domestic and international matters and has an impressive client base that includes famous museums, luxury hotels and global household names such as Twentieth Century Fox and Microsoft. It recently secured a dozen strategic contracts for the launch of Microsoft’s new Xbox Live entertainment platform. Sources say: “A dynamic team with an excellent client portfolio.” “Really strong lawyers; excellent for IT, for IP and for transactions.” »
  • Key individuals – « Founding partner Louis De Gaulle attracts praise for his broad knowledge of IT, IP and media (…). Frank Valentin specialises in IT and cinema IP litigation, and sources highlight his astute technical capabilities. Julien Horn focuses on TMT-related litigation. As well as IT and cinema infringements, his practice includes a very specialised knowledge of mass litigations related to online issues. »

 

TMT Media (Europe)

  • The firm – « This full-service French firm has been growing its media and technology practice steadily in recent years and now offers an impressive TMT team comprised of nine partners and 11 associates. The lawyers deal with transactions, litigation and regulatory work, and are particularly active on new media and IT matters such as e-commerce and online gaming. The team also includes specialists in film and television production. The firm is equally involved in domestic and international matters and has an impressive client base that includes famous museums, luxury hotels and global household names such as Twentieth Century Fox and Microsoft. It recently secured a dozen strategic contracts for the launch of Microsoft’s new Xbox Live entertainment platform. Sources say: “A dynamic team with an excellent client portfolio.” “Really strong lawyers; excellent for IT, for IP and for transactions.” »
  • Key individuals – « Founding partner Louis De Gaulle attracts praise for his broad knowledge of IT, IP and media (…). Frank Valentin specialises in IT and cinema IP litigation, and sources highlight his astute technical capabilities. Julien Horn focuses on TMT-related litigation. As well as IT and cinema infringements, his practice includes a very specialised knowledge of mass litigations related to online issues. »

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