IT / Telecoms
The Corporate/M&A department is composed of three partners, Guillaume Kessler, Vanina Paolaggi and Christophe Gaschin.
The team advises on the full range of corporate, M&A and private equity transactions. Specific areas of expertise include public and private M&A, joint ventures, takeovers (including PIPEs and take privates of publicly-listed companies), and restructurings.
We advise on stock exchange law, including the drawing up, implementation and compliance with corporate governance rules, exemptions to tender offers, concerted actions, and crossing thresholds.
The team also focuses on equity capital markets transactions (IPOs and equity raising transactions) and securities regulations.
Finally, we also advise a number of leading players in the European market on private equity and venture capital transactions.
Our clients include large multinational corporations (listed and non-listed), banks and other financial institutions, private equity houses, entrepreneurs, and small-to-medium enterprises (SMEs). We are often called to act on complex transactions in areas such as hostile tender offers and cross-border transactions.
Legal 500 Paris 2013/2014: Mergers & acquisitions - recommended
"The team has a strong expertise of listed and complex M&A transactions ... with Guillaume Kessler, a trustworthy adviser ... and the reactive and reliable Vanina Paolaggi."
Legal 500 Paris 2013/2014: Private Equity - recommended
"Guillaume Kessler understands the particular expectations of private equity funds"
The tax group is headed by Julien Monsenego and advises corporations and high net worth individuals on the full range of tax issues arising out of both domestic and cross-border matters.
We advise on all tax aspects of corporate transactions, including in-bound and out-bound investment and cross-border planning; M&A, including due diligence and tax structuring; restructuring; and international issues including the tax optimisation of income streams and asset ownership.
Our team has built up a particular expertise in transfer pricing. We work with our in-house economists in assisting multinationals design and implement transfer pricing policies. We negotiate advance pricing agreements and manage any disputes with tax authorities that may arise.
In the incentives area, we act for clients on the design, implementations and operation of cash and share-based incentive arrangements, such as stock options and warrants.
We also advise on tax audits and disputes with the French tax authorities, including litigation at all levels of the French tax courts.
Finally, we also advise high net worth individuals on tax planning. For non-residents this includes tax structuring of French assets and tax filings; for residents tax structuring of worldwide assets and relocation assistance. We also advise on pre-sale planning.
Our clients include French and foreign operators, family-run or industrial groups, investment funds and large listed companies, particularly in the life sciences, food production, media and new technology (Internet, software, etc.) sectors. We have a particular focus on R&D-heavy industries where we advise on tax efficient holding and exploitation of intellectual property rights, and R&D tax credit optimisation.
Chambers 2015: Julien Monsenego and Laurent Ragot are both ranked in the individual rankings of Chambers Global. The team is also ranked band 4 in the team rankings (Chambers Global and Chambers Europe)
Julien Monsenego (Band 4/4) : Clients note that department head Julien Monsenego "is very knowledgeable and provides excellent quality advice."
Laurent Ragot (Associate to watch) : Senior associate Laurent Ragot recently joined the firm from Paul Hastings. He has particular experience advising investment funds in relation to LBOs and fund structuring. (Chambers Global 2015)
Our lawyers advise clients on the full range of dispute resolution options. We advise on all types of commercial and civil litigation. We help our clients define their strategic direction and assess the risks of litigation. We conduct substantive advocacy before all levels of the French courts and tribunals, including the seeking of interim measures.
The intellectual property team headed by Jean-Frédéric Gaultier provides a fully-integrated service at all stages of the IP lifecycle. Our specialists advise on IP rights protection, transactions and litigation, ensuring a realistic and pragmatic approach to our clients' IP assets. Our unified service puts us in a unique position to advise on strategy, risk, litigation and freedom to operate.
We provide a full range of services in the patents area, including extensive experience in litigation in the life sciences and telecommuncations sectors.
In the trade marks space, we offer a comprehensive solution for trade mark strategy, clearance, application and registration, through to exploitation and enforcement.
In the copyrights and designs area, we frquently work with clients whose copyrights comprise some of the most valuable creations in the world.
We also accompany our clients on all their exploitation, licensing and partnering needs, delivering commercial arrangements that properly reflect the deal, with mechanisms in place to extract proper value for the rights being licensed.
Chambers Europe 2012/2013: Intellectual property - recommended
"Highly regarded IP specialist Jean-Frédéric Gaultier is an experienced hand in the international market and has several US clients."
Legal 500 Paris 2013/2014: Intellectual property - recommended
"Olswang France LLP has recruited Jean-Frédéric Gaultier who has a strong expertise and is very creative".
IT / Telecoms
Our IT / Telecoms team covers the full spectrum of IT, outsourcing, telecom and data protection legal services. Our lawyers are experts in drafting and negotiating strategic technology, IT procurement and outsourcing agreements. They have also significant experience on advising on telecom regulatory issues and assisting clients on infrastructure sharing deals as well as performing due diligence on M&A transactions for telecom or IT companies in emerging markets (with a focus on the Middle East and Africa).
The team also specializes in data protection compliance audits, global data transfer solutions, data security breaches, e-discovery procedures, clinical trials, privacy policies, notifications to the CNIL and various dealings with the European Commission, the Data Protection Working Party 29 and local data protection regulators. The team also supports clients on e-business and internet-related legal issues, such as the validity of online contracts, online advertising, IT security and e-signatures. Our clients include national and international telecom operators, tower companies, technologies companies and companies concerned with the use of personal data.
The Employment group is headed by Karine Audouze and acts mainly for international groups present in France. Our areas of focus include restructurings, compensation policies, redundancies, international labour law, such as secondments and expatriations, and advising on employment audits.
Team members also have deep experience of areas such as social plans in connection with downsizing, dealing with workers' representatives such as works councils, unions, individual and collective dismissals, handling the employment law aspects of corporate transactions, and negotiation of senior key management departures. We also represent clients in individual and collective employment litigation.
Our Real Estate group is headed by Emeline Peltier. We advise clients on the full range of matters in the sector including the drafting and negotiation of sale and purchase agreements (including corporate acquisitions of real estate companies), financing of real estate acquisitions (for borrowers), negotiation of development and construction or refurbishment contracts, sale and purchase agreements on a turnkey basis (both for investors and for developers), and negotiation of leases (both for investors and users and advice to asset managers). We also advise on all aspects of hospitality transactions including negotiation of hotel management agreements. Finally, we also represent clients in litigation, particularly with regards to construction matters and leases.
Our clients include some of the leading French and international real estate companies, investment funds, developers and hotel managers.