The “Disputes” department advises and defends French or international companies, both private and public, industrial or service companies, as well as their directors, and works with them to develop a strategy and actions for pre-litigation and disputes before State and arbitration tribunals both in FRANCE and abroad.


The efforts of the lawyers in the “Disputes” department focus on encouraging, insofar as possible, an amicable resolution of the conflicts with which its clients are faced, before they reach a dispute phase, by advising them regarding dispute settlement, crisis management and resolution, while qualifying and quantifying the risks.

The lawyers in the “Disputes” department work alongside the directors and legal or financial departments of their clients, to which they provide their expertise notably with regard to :

  • protection and defence of immaterial assets (copyrights, brands, drawing and models, software programs, domain names, etc.),
  • compliance with economic regulations (pricing practices, agreements between suppliers and distributors, commercial cooperation, etc.),
  • competition – consumption (restrictive practices, cartels and abuse of dominance, unfair and parasitic competition, unfair commercial practices, BtoC relations, etc.),
  • commercial contracts (vertical and horizontal commercial relations, distribution networks, commercial agency, franchise, BtoB relations, etc.),
  • management of insolvency procedures (safeguard, judicial review, etc.) and receivables management,
  • management of industrial risk (professional civil liability and product-related liability, court-ordered appraisal, pollution and threats to the environment, civil and criminal liability of the manufacturer, seller or importer of industrial products that are subject to authorisation or not),
  • defence of companies that are victims of criminal activity (fraud, breach of trust, forgery and use of forged documents, etc.) and of their directors held personally liable for complex financial offences,
  • dispute settlement between partners or that involve corporate directors, management of disputes related to merger-acquisition operations (guarantee of assets and liabilities, price revision, interruption of negotiations, sale promise, etc.).

The lawyers in the “Disputes” department also take part, alongside the firm’s other departments, in acquisition or restructuring operations when there is a need for an audit of commercial contracts, of the risks surrounding current or future disputes and immaterial assets, or in the event of the need to develop the guarantee of assets and liabilities.

The lawyers in the “Disputes” department work in French or English. They rely on a network of foreign correspondents and complementary partners for crisis management, notably consultants and specialised communications firms.

Ranking of the department

The “Disputes” department is regularly included in the DECIDEURS ranking of the best legal firms in FRANCE.

In 2019, the “Disputes” department was recognised for :

  • its excellent work in distribution law,
  • its extensive renown with regard to commercial disputes,
  • its widely known efforts in the areas of antitrust and anti-competitive practices,
  • its quality practices with regard to financial, banking and capital disputes.

In 2018, the department was recognised for :

  • its widely known efforts in the areas of new technologies, the internet and IT
  • its extensive renown with regard to industrial property, trademarks and designs.


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