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Rankings

The firm is referenced and ranked among the top firms by professional international and French directories such as:

TOP RANKED CHAMBERS EUROPE – France

TOP RANKED CHAMBERS GLOBAL- France

TOP RANKED LEGAL 500

Top law firms in 2021 – Le Point

This list was elaborated in collaboration with Statista. This ranking is based on recommendations.

The firm is awarded in :

  • Banking and Stock Exchange Law: 5*.
  • Commercial, Business and Competition law: 5*.
  • Company law: 5*.
  • Tax law: 5*.
  • Real Estate Law: 5
  • Mergers and Acquisitions (M&A): 5
  • Private Equity and Venture Capital: 4

Top law firms in 2020 – Le Point

This ranking was elaborated in collaboration with Statista. This ranking is based on recommendations.

The firm is awarded in :

  • Banking and stock exchange law: 5*.
  • Commercial, Business and Competition law: 5*.
  • Private equity and venture capital: 4*.
  • Corporate Law: 5*.
  • Mergers and Acquisitions (M&A): 5
  • Tax law: 5*.
  • Real estate law: 5*.
  • Public law: 4*

GCR 100 – 2020 / 2021 – France – EU Competition (ELITE)

“Partner Philippe Guibert lead the competition practice at highly respected French full-service law firm DE PARDIEU BROCAS MAFFEI, supported by three counsel and seven associates. The team says it has acted in many high-profile and innovative merger cases. It is especially known for its behavioural work, where it represents clients in a significant number of the French authority’s major antitrust investigations. The firm represented Swiss groups Coop and Bell as second-in leniency applicants in the enforcer’s Ham Products cartel probe. In its July 2020 decision, the authority reduced the companies’ fines to €6 million under the “leniency-plus” principle. The team is also defending French oil company Groupe Rubis against a rival’s request for interim measures based on alleged abuse of dominance. The competition enforcer dismissed the request in July 2019, and the case is now before the Paris Court of Appeal. Additionally, the firm represents Société Générale in appealing against the authority’s Multilateral Interchange Fees ruling and also assisted clients in connection with separate dawn raids related to alleged gun jumping in the duty-free sector and the wine and spirits market. In follow-on litigation, the team is advising MAN and Volkswagen in a damages action related to the Trucks cartel case. On the merger control side, the firm is assisting insurer CNP Assurances in its tie-up with rivals CDC and La Banque Postale – the biggest deal in the French insurance sector in recent years. It also advised Casino on the sale of Vindémia to Groupe Bernard Hayot, which the French authority cleared in May 2020 subject to fix-it-first and behavioural remedies. Additionally, the team obtained conditional approval for Dr Oetker in its acquisition of Unilever’s French baking and dessert business Alsa, and for Global Blue and Premier Tax Free as they created a duty free and tax return joint venture in French airports.” (2021)

“Partner Philippe Guibert lead the competition practice of highly respected French full-service law firm De Pardieu Brocas Maffei, supported by three counsel and four associates. The team has acted in high-profile and innovative merger cases, as well as a range of behavioural matters. In merger control, the team acted for food producer Dr. Oetker in its acquisition of Alsa. The case involved the first decision with a fix-it-first solution, as France’s competition authority in January 2019 accepted that licensing a trademark to rival Saint Lucie would remedy its competition concerns about the Dr. Oetker/Alsa tie-up. The firm is assisting state-owned insurer CNP in its sale to La Banque Postale. In June 2019, the authority gave the go-ahead for state-owned investment firm CDC to transfer its stake in the insurance company to the banking arm of La Poste, to create a central state-owned financier and insurer. The team has also advised retail and automotive distribution group GBH on its acquisition of overseas retailer Vindemia from Casino. In behavioural work, the firm is assisting Société Générale in the interchange fees cartel before France’s Supreme Court, as well as a major dairy producer in the dairy milk products cartel. It is also acting for Booking.com in an investigation of the online travel agency and litigation before the national competition authority and courts. Also in follow-on litigation, the team is advising MAN and Volkswagen in a damages action related to the Trucks cartel case. The firm recently secured the rejection of an interim measures application against RUBIS Oil Group for alleged abuse of dominance.” (2020)

GCR 100 – 2016/2019 & GCR 2015 – France – EU Competition (Highly Recommended)

GCR 100 – 2014 / 2015 – EU Competition (Recommended)

 

De Pardieu Brocas Maffei is an independent French firm active across all financial and corporate areas with a particular strength in banking and restructuring and insolvency work. In the banking area the firm is primarily mandated by lenders on acquisition finance, syndicated loans, LBOs, real estate finance and refinancing work. It also advises foreign banks, investment funds, fund managers, fintech companies, insurance companies and payment services on financial services regulatory matters. During the research period the domestic firm advised acquirers and sellers on agribusiness, real estate, energy, technology and financial services M&A deals. It is also generally active in the private equity area representing financial investors on the sell or buy side in equity or mezzanine investments. In recent capital markets work the firm worked for issuers, arranges and dealers on debt issuance, derivatives, structured finance and securitisation deals. The firm also advised sponsors, lenders and borrowers on project finance work in the energy and infrastructure sectors. Representing creditors, lenders and debtors on debt restructuring matters is one of the firm’s strengths. It advised clients including Goldman Sachs, Renault, Tikehau and Toys “R” Us on large cases recently. (2019)

De Pardieu Brocas Maffei is a domestic firm with particularly strong banking and finance and restructuring and insolvency practices. (2017)

De Pardieu Brocas Maffei is recognised specifically for its banking and finance and restructuring and insolvency practices.(2016)

2015 marked the retirement of founder Antoine Maffei, who alongside Charles-Henri De Pardieu will hold the title of honorary lawyer at De Pardieu Brocas Maffei. Only Thierry Brocas remains active of the three founding partners. Another long standing partner of the firm, Jacques Henrot, sadly passed away in September 2014. Initially brought in to create the real estate department in 1995, Henrot remained active as head of the restructuring and insolvency practise until his passing. Other movement saw Eric Muller join the firm from White & Case to sure up the corporate team. (2015)

Ranked in 2012 by Mergermarket for the French M&A (4ème en Volume).

In 2020:

  • 36 lawyers of De Pardieu Brocas Maffei are listed,including 8 new partners and counsels:
    • 28 associés (sur 33) : Katia Belhiteche, Alexandre Blestel, Sébastien Boullier de Branche, Thomas Bréart de Boisanger, Thierry Brocas, Jean-Renaud Cazali, Cédric Chanas, Emmanuel Chauve, Corentin Coatalem, Ségolène Coiffet, Philippe Dubois, Emmanuel Fatôme, Nicolas Favre, Christophe Gaillard, Pierre Gebarowski, Philippe Guibert, Joanna Gumpelson, Olivier Hubert, Patrick Jaïs, Christine Le Bihan-Graf, Yannick Le Gall, Dominique Lefort, Barbara Levy, Jean-François Pourdieu, Philippe Rozec, Paul Talbourdet, Guillaume Touttée et Delphine Vidalenc.
    • 7 counsels : Sandra Benhaïm, Nicolas Bricaire, Sofia El Hariri, Laëtitia Gavoty-Tolot, Simon Le Wita, Arnaud Pince et Anne Richier

In 2019, the Firm has been elected:

Best lawyer of the year 2020 v2

  • Emmanuel Fatôme, partner, has been elected « Lawyer of the Year 2020 France″ in Investment – Il avait été élu également « Lawyer of the Year France″ in Investment in 2018, in Finance in 2016 and in Real Estate in 2011.

Best lawyer of the year 2020

  • et 33 avocats de De Pardieu Brocas Maffei sont référencés, dont 8 associés et counsels qui font leur entrée dans ce classement :
    • 28 associés (sur 33) : Katia Belhiteche, Alexandre Blestel, Thomas Bréart de Boisanger, Thierry Brocas, Jean-Renaud Cazali, Cédric Chanas, Emmanuel Chauve, Corentin Coatalem, Ségolène Coiffet, Philippe Dubois, Emmanuel Fatôme, Nicolas Favre, Christophe Gaillard, Pierre Gebarowski, Nadine Gelli, Philippe Guibert, Joanna Gumpelson, Olivier Hubert, Patrick Jaïs, Christine Le Bihan-Graf, Yannick Le Gall, Dominique Lefort, Barbara Levy, Jean-François Pourdieu, Philippe Rozec, Paul Talbourdet, Guillaume Touttée et Delphine Vidalenc.
    • 3 counsels : Laëtitia Gavoty, Simon Le Wita et Jérôme Mas

En 2018:

Law firm of the year 2019

  • Paul Talbourdet, Partner, head of Real estate & Real Estate Financings and co-head of the Dispute Resolution team, has been elected « Lawyer of the Year 2019 France″ in Real Estate

Best lawyer of the year 2019

and 24 partners of De Pardieu Brocas Maffei has been listed as “Best Lawyers”:

  • Alexandre Blestel – Tax Law
  • Thomas Bréart de Boisanger – Corporate Law
  • Thierry Brocas – Corporate Law et Mergers and Acquisitions
  • Jean-Renaud Cazali  – Banking et Project Finance and Development
  • Cédric Chanas – Corporate Law
  • Emmanuel Chauve – Tax Law et Real Estate Law
  • Corentin Coatalem – Banking Law et Structured Finance Law
  • Ségolène Coiffet – Insolvency and reorganization Law 
  • Philippe Dubois – Litigation et Insolvency and Reorganization Law
  • Emmanuel Fatôme – Banking Law, Investment et Real Estate Law
  • Nicolas Favre – Corporate Law et Mergers and Acquisitions
  • Christophe Gaillard  – Banking Law et Structured Finance Law
  • Pierre Gebarowski – Banking Law et Real Estate Law
  • Philippe Guibert  – Competiton / Antitrust Law and European Union Law
  • Joanna Gumpelson – Insolvency and Reorganization Law et Litigation
  • Patrick Jaïs – Capital Markets Law, Corporate Law et Mergers and Acquisitions
  • Christine Le Bihan-Graf – Energy Law et Public Law
  • Yannick Le Gall – Real Estate Law et Banking Law
  • Dominique Lefort – Criminal Defense, Banking Law et Litigation
  • Barbara Levy – Intellectual Property Law
  • Jean-François Pourdieu – Private Equity Law et Corporate Law
  • Philippe Rozec – Labor and Employment Law 
  • Paul Talbourdet – Banking Law, Investment, Litigation et Real Estate Law
  • Guillaume Touttée – Corporate Law et Private Equity Law

 

In 2017:

The Firm has been elected:

Law firm of the year 2018

  • Emmanuel Fatôme, avocat associé, a été désigné “Lawyer of the Year 2018 – France” in Real Estate (déjà élu en 2011 et 2016) ainsi qu’en Investment – Il avait été élu également “Lawyer of the Year 2016” en Finance en 2015.

Best lawyer of the year 2018

In 2016:

  • Joanna Gumpelson has been elected “Lawyer of the Year 2017 – France” in Insolvency et Reorganization Law

NB : Les classements Best Lawyers sont fondés sur la désignation et l’évaluation des avocats d’affaires par leurs pairs. Best Lawyers est le plus ancien guide juridique qui émet l’un des classements les plus respectés sur le marché américain.