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Cotty Vivant Marchisio & Lauzeral

Paris

  • 91 rue du Faubourg Saint Honoré
  • Paris
  • Paris
  • France
  • 75008
  • Number of partners: 15
  • Number of lawyers: 48
  • Languages: French, English, Japanese, Korean, Arabic, Mandarin, Spanish, German
  • International Offices: The firm also has offices in Tokyo, Singapore, Dubai and Yangon.

Firm Overview:
Cotty Vivant Marchisio & Lauzeral was founded in November 2003 and has quickly grown to become a recognised player in the legal market, offering a wide range of business law services. From its offices in Paris, Tokyo, Singapore, Dubai and Yangon, the firm strives to offer the highest professional standards, quick responses in times of crisis and the knowledge that the client’s interests will always be treated with the greatest care and dedication.
The firm founded a Scientific Committee chaired by Jean Chauviré, former judge of the Cour de Cassation (the French supreme court), who brings his expertise in employment law and by Pr Nicolas Rontchevsky, a university law professor, who brings his legal expertise in civil law, economic law, financial law and corporate law. They are the authors of many publications, which are considered as references in these fields.

Main Areas of Practice:
Arbitration & Litigation:

The firm represents clients before all French jurisdictions and in arbitration proceedings (ICC, DIAC, SIAC, LCIA, ADCCAC), with a practice specifically recognised in four areas: litigation in relation to mergers and acquisitions; disputes amongst shareholders, securities litigation; construction, property and property development arbitration and general commercial litigation. The department has also developed an extensive expertise in financial law and enforcement cases.

Asset Tracing & Recovery:
The Asset Tracing Practice aims to identify and recover all assets directly or indirectly held both in France and abroad by a debtor. The firm has implemented innovative tools based on enforcement procedure laws ensuring the swift recovery of the client’s debts and relies on an international network of specialists in a wide range of domains, financial, IT and economic intelligence experts and lawyers, with whom it works on a daily basis.

Corporate Criminal:
The firm also assists clients in relation to whitecollar crime, and provides advice to companies and their officers, whether as defendants or as civil plaintiffs to a criminal procedure or enforcement proceedings before the regulator.

Corporate - M&A - Private Equity:
The Corporate Practice is active in all types of transactions relating to mergers and acquisitions of listed or non-listed companies, including tender offers, LBO transactions, private equity, capital development or venture capital. It advises investment funds and family offices, as well as banks, industrial companies and service companies. It also acts for issuers and banks in capital increase operations, flotations/IPOs and the issuance of equity-linked products.

Economic:
The firm regularly assists its clients in matters relating to economic law in all activity sectors, in negotiations with their commercial partners or in litigation before civil, commercial or administrative courts, in litigation relating to trade practice and unfair competition.

Employment:
The team comprises 3 partners, 10 associates, and 3 paralegal officers. They are supported by a Scientific Committee, presided over by Mr Jean Chauviré, former judge to the Employment Law Chamber of the French Supreme Court. Skilled in both advisory work and litigation, the team strives for excellence in daily practice and has constant care for pragmatism and efficiency. It has significant experience in dealing in change management: the definition of a company’s social strategy, the management of collective worker – employer relationships (including collective negotiations, where need be), questions regarding work organisation, salary policy (including pensions, social welfare, employee saving schemes, management packages), individual worker – employer relationships, and managing relations between the company and the labour authorities. The team is renowned for the work it has done with regard to restructurings, labour aspects of mergers and acquisitions, and successful management of labour disputes. It has a long practice of litigation, the latter being completely integrated.

Energy & Projects:
The Energy and Projects Department has developed extensive experience in the drafting and negotiation of contracts for renewable energy power stations and infrastructure (solar power, air turbines, biomass), both in France and abroad.

Information Technology:
The Information Technology Practice provides services to corporate clients, fast growth and technology companies across a broad range of matters: hardware, software and IT services, internet and e-commerce, online distribution, outsourcing and cloud computing, telecoms, as well as ‘clean’ technologies and energy companies. The team also has recognised expertise in technology litigation and the implementation of IP and IT aspects of M&A transactions. Over 70% of the matters are of international scope.

Tax:
The Tax Practice of the firm offers the whole range of tax services both to companies and individuals. As regards companies, the Tax Practice scope of services covers French and international tax law advice relating to M&A, real estate transactions, intragroup transactions (including transfer pricing), VAT and local taxes. With respect to individuals, the Tax Practice deals with wealth tax and investments tax structuring. In addition, the Tax Practice is specialised in IP/IT taxation.

Clients:
The firm’s clients include companies ranging from well-established, multi-billion euro corporations to the promising start-ups that will be the industry leaders of the future. Listed and unlisted companies: ArcelorMittal, CMA CGM, Dekra, E.ON, Groupe Lagardère, L’Oreal, LVMH, ManpowerGroup, Orange, Samsung, Sarenza, SFR, Sofiprotéol, ThyssenKrupp Sofedit, Unilever, Vivendi Funds: ACE Management, Alven Capital Partners, CDC Entreprises, Delta Asset Management, FSI, Global Opportunity Ventures, IDI, Maple Leaf, Siparex Banks: Caisse d’Epargne, CIC, Crédit Agricole, Crédit Mutuel Arkema, La Banque Postale, VTB Bank

Areas of Practice

  • Corporate - M&A – Private Equity
  • Employment
  • Arbitration & Litigation
  • Corporate Criminal Law
  • Asset Tracing & Recovery
  • Tax
  •  Information Technology
  • Energy & Projects
  • Economic Law

Branches

  • 91 rue du Faubourg Saint Honoré,
  • Paris,
  • France
  • 75008
  • Tel +33 1 5573 2020
  • Fax +33 1 5573 2021
  • Email : office@cvml.com
  • Website : www.cvml.com

Corporate/M&A - France

Basic facts about the department
- 10 partners
- 15 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Well regarded for mid-cap M&A transactions and corporate matters, including litigation. Represents clients in the luxury goods, health and beauty, financial services and engineering sectors, amongst others.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
A very good independent French law firm.”

Work highlights Advised Expur, a subsidiary of Sofiproteol, on the acquisition of assets in Romania from Cargill Oils.

Notable practitioners 

Name partner Thierry Cotty leads the team. He has impressive experience in M&A and securities law, and of late has advised on a number of acquisitions. 

Significant clients Fonds Stratégique d'Investissement, Sofiproteol.

Dispute Resolution - France

What the team is known for Strong in commercial and securities litigation. Also noted for its international arbitration and alternative dispute resolution work. Acts for major international and French clients, representing them locally and overseas.

Notable practitioners  

Philippe Lauzeral continues to advise clients on commercial litigation and arbitration.

Employment - France

Basic facts about the department
- 3 partners
- 9 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Advises on negotiations with works councils, restructurings and redundancy plans. Noted for its corporate practice, it assists with the employment implications of transactions. Also provides clients with everyday employment advice and represents them in collective and individual cases.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"Flexible and responsive, the team always adapts to our needs and time constraints. It also has good business acumen."

Work highlights Acted for RPS Research on the French aspects of its global restructuring including a social plan for redundant employees.

Advised L'Oréal on everyday employment issues as well as complex collective litigation.

Notable practitioners  

Practice head Antoine Vivant is highly regarded by clients and peers. "He was excellent on the other side," says one source. A strong team leader, he is also described as service-minded and not afraid to take risks.

Significant clients Manpower Group, Samsung, Orange.