The lawyer-members of the firm are involved in all areas of business law, both consulting and litigation.

They thus advise their clients, whether French or foreign companies, and assist and represent them before any judicial or arbitral jurisdiction in France.

The firm is more specifically involved in the following areas:

Business Litigation and Arbitration

With a wide experience in business litigation, Bernadette Brugeron is head of the litigation centre which is one of the core areas of the firm.

Her acknowledged expertise in the management of civil and commercial litigation allows her to deal effectively with all disputes both in the pre-litigation phase, as part of negotiations and in the defence of the interests of French and foreign clients before the French or European courts or arbitral jurisdictions.

She also has wide experience in the field of assessment reports and technical and industrial disputes.


Commercial Leases and Real-Estate Law

The firm assists its French and foreign clients during their negotiations of commercial leases and has acquired a solid experience in negotiating commercial leases in shopping centres.

Bernadette Brugeron also works in negotiating and establishing environmental annexes (green leases) and assists companies in making energy savings.

Finally, the firm assists and represents its clients before all jurisdictions.

Corporate M&A – Venture Capital

The firm has experience in mergers and acquisitions, both in national and international operations, and is involved at all stages of transfer or acquisition procedures (negotiating agreements, audits, liability guarantees, shareholders agreements, employee documentation).

It advises listed companies (both in regulated and organised markets) and unlisted in all aspects of corporate governance, internal structuring operations and the management of general meetings.

Finally, the firm is involved in capital investment and capital transmission operations (LBO, OBO, LMBO).

Economic Law

The firm assists and advises groups, but also SMEs and SMIs, in all aspects of economic law, in particular, in drafting general terms & conditions of sale governed by French law or for export and governed by the Vienna Convention, terms and conditions of purchase, when drafting sales agent agreements or distribution law (conventional, selective, exclusive, franchise, setting-up of networks etc.) and also in all aspects relating to competition law (mergers, cartels, abuse of dominant position…), both at national and European levels.

The members of the law firm have developed great proficiency in contractual techniques and tools (in particular cooperation agreements, partnerships, merchandising and derivatives, sub-contracting, service contracts and licence agreements).

The firm assists and represents companies before the judicial courts and/or arbitral tribunals as well as the Competition Authority.


Labour Law

The firm has developed a long experience in labour law which allows it to assist businesses in representations of the staff and trade unions, and provide daily advice in the management of personnel, but also in the implementation of social plans, or to adapt to the new legislation (arduous nature of the work, management of stress at work…).

The firm also operates both in pre-litigation and litigation stages and represents companies before the labour tribunals.

Industrial and Intellectual Property Law

The firm manages and defends industrial and intellectual property rights (trademarks, designs, patents and copyright).

Its lawyers work in partnership with many industrial and intellectual property lawyers and work on behalf of both French and foreign companies.


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