Managing Partners: Christian Wolfrom, Marie-Hélène Tonnellier, Caroline Basdevant-Soulié
Number of partners: 14
Number of lawyers: 50
Languages: English, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish
Founded in 1995, LWA is a business law firm whose aim is to accompany you in all your strategic issues, to assist your teams in complex partnerships, and to assist and support you in the most serious of disputes. With rigour, innovation, agility, and involvement, LWA builds your future together with you. Tenacious and bold, LWA lawyers bring together multiple backgrounds and professional experiences for the purposes of engaging at your side in France, and also internationally, thanks to a network of correspondent firms.
Main Areas of Practice:
Conscious of the potential represented by Africa and the necessity to develop its infrastructure, LWA places its knowledge and expertise at the service of public authorities and economic operators in Africa. For these purposes, LWA has a 'best friends' network of independent African law firms recognised in their respective countries as leading experts. These law firms are based in Algeria, Burkina Faso, Republic of Congo, Ivory Coast, Egypt, Gabon, Ghana, Kenya, Morocco, Mauritania, Senegal and Tunisia. LWA also possesses very good knowledge of business law within the OHADA and African Economic Unions (WAEMU, ECOWAS, CEMAC, CIMA) allowing it to provide effective and constructive assistance to its clients operating in these regions.
Banking & Finance:
LWA advises banks, capital corporations, investment funds, companies or public authorities, in banking and financial law, particularly in their financing operations. LWA assists its client from the structuring of their fundings in an efficient manner thanks to its knowledge of its clients and their sectors of activities. LWA then accompanies its clients through all of the stages of negotiating and setting-up of the contractual documentation as well as its implementation, by combining at all times, expertise and experience.
Commercial Litigation – Arbitration & Mediation:
Lawyers specialise in preventing, managing and resolving disputes that companies face in ongoing business and activities; the firm certainly master all negotiation, mediation and dispute resolution skills.
Competition, Regulation & Distribution:
LWA provides services in all areas of competition law and provide both strategic advice and assistance in litigation, to French and foreign companies or public entities. LWA helps clients integrate in an optimal way in order to consolidate their commercial development strategies and avoid incurring heavy financial penalties. Technical expertise is further reinforced by privileged relationships with major players in the area of competition law, among which the French Competition Authority, the DG Comp at the European Commission, sector-specific regulatory authorities, and competition economists.
Corporate M&A Private Equity:
LWA has developed a recognised expertise in France and abroad with listed and unlisted groups, SMEs as well as with investment funds. Working in partnership with its clients, the firm accompanies them from their very first steps through all of their operations of equity building and disposal/acquisition, in the negotiation of strategic agreements (JVs) and in their corporate restructurings. While assisting clients, the practice remains focused on their economic and financial aims, offering them tailored and pragmatic solutions.
LWA has developed a wide-ranging knowledge that covers all energy sectors — heat, electricity, oil and gas, and renewable energy. The firm advises and assists clients (operators, consumers, distributors, regulators, credit institutions, public and private players) on the legal, regulatory and contractual aspects of their projects (wind power, solar power, hydroelectricity, marine power, geothermal and biomass). The team works in France, Europe and globally, with a focus on Africa (Francophone and Anglophone). Energy expertise is based on an in-depth understanding of the economic challenges of these markets.
IT, Telecommunications & Personal Data:
LWA’s litigation and advisory skills cover all digital issues. It has earned a solid reputation for proven technical expertise and great knowledge of the market, players, practices, due to its long standing collaboration with professional organisations and governmental authorities in charge of the regulation of these sectors.
The IP deparment works with a view to protect and value assets such as trademarks, copyrights and related rights, patterns and designs, databases, domain names and patents. Due to its varied client list and extensive 'know-how' the IP department has acquired a comprehensive expertise in all the areas of IP.
Labour & Employment Law:
As individual and collective relationships are central to all companies’ performance, LWA assists companies and groups at all stages of their development and transformation. The goal is to allow labour and employment law to become an asset for companies.
Media, Advertising & E-Commerce:
LWA has established a strong reputation in all digital areas. Due to media convergence and digital growth, the team has developed over the years a strong knowledge of these sectors’ evolutions (media, advertising and e-commerce). LWA assists online players as well as brick and mortar firms, associations, professional federations or governmental bodies.
Public Law & Regulatory, Environment Law:
Over the years, LWA has become a leader in the field of public business law and public-private partnerships. LWA assists both private companies and public bodies in the implementation of complex innovative projects, striving to develop an efficient operational strategy. The firm strongly believes in establishing a specific bond with each of its clients, translating into a mutual and sustainable relationship of trust. Technical expertise is enhanced by a thorough knowledge of the economic, political and institutional players acting on the broad range of the firm's sectors of intervention, as well as by a perfect understanding of the administrative system, both on national and local level.
Real Estate & Urban Planning:
From the very beginning, LWA has handled complex projects and enlist diversified skills. Since then, the firm has developed a unique multidisciplinary expertise, rigorous and efficient. In order to support clients ( including public entities or private operators) in real estate projects, LWA mobilises several of its skills: financing law, corporate law, public domain law, property law, urban planning law, public procurement contracts and private contracts law.
Restructuring & Insolvency:
The restructuring and insolvency team advises, assists and represents debtors, investment funds, executives, shareholders or creditors of companies which are underperforming or suffering from financial difficulties, as well as groups of companies needing to restructure. LWA accompanies them all along amicable proceedings, known as 'preventive' (whistleblowing, ad hoc mandate, conciliation, credit mediation) and judicial proceedings aimed at resolving financial difficulties (safeguard proceedings, reorganisation proceedings and liquidation proceedings). The firm has established a team with significant experience in restructuring and dispute resolution, corporate and finance as well as employment law. Further skills can be mobilised to adapt expertise to its clients’ needs especially in the areas of environmental law and tax.
The firm has a well-deserved reputation for providing successful advice in all areas of French and international taxation. Its approach is above all based on a long-term strategic vision which requires both hindsight and anticipation, it is with the utmost technical flawlessness that it elaborates and implements the legal and financial options best suited to the varied and particular needs of its diverse clientele: companies, industrial and commercial groups, local authorities, public institutions, investment funds, families, corporate officers, high net worth individuals.
Groupe SNCF, LAGARDERE Active, Orange, SQLI, TELT SAS, PARIS LA DEFENSE, Caisse des Dépôts et Consignations, Banque Publique Investissement, MML Capital, RATP, OCP International, Eutelsat, CME, Centrale Supélec, RIBER, ILIAD/FREE, Région Hauts-de-France, Newen Studios, Thomas Cook, FNAC, INGENICO, Coriance, ADP, Galeries Lafayette