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Number of partners: 22

Number of associates: 61

Languages: French, English, Spanish, German, Italian, Japanese, Persian, Portuguese, Arabic

Firm Overview: 

Founded in 2009, today Altana is one of the leading independent business law firms in France, with 80 lawyers providing multi-disciplinary legal services to clients in France and internationally. Different sectors require different solutions. Atlana proposes agile, innovative solutions provided by multi-disciplinary teams constituted for clients’ specific matters. In litigation and dispute resolution, contract negotiation or operational matters, the firm offers to the highly regulated sectors (partuculary : insurance, construction, life-sciences, renewable energies, TMT) French and international businesses a comprehensive range of legal services. Benefitting from close relationships with foreign law firms, court officers and experts from other disciplines (tax specialists, financial advisors, actuaries, crisis management advisors, engineers, economists, scholars, etc.), Altana provides clients seamless legal advice and representation throughout the world. Main Areas of Practice:

Business Litigation 

Arbitration & Mediation  

Banking & Finance 

Construction & Real Estate  

Intellectual Property, New Technologies & Personal 

Data Protection  

Corporate Restructuring  

Corporate, Mergers & Acquisitions 

Distribution & Competition 




Pharma/Life Sciences  



Real Estate 

White Collar Crime 

Intellectual Property, New Technologies & Personal Data Protection:

3 partners, 6 associates

■The team advises and represents French and international companies on all aspects of the protection, valuation and security of their intangible assets

■More than half of the team’s clientele is international, including leading American web-based service providers and entertainment conglomerates, international pharmaceutical companies, leading US and Asia-based tech companies, automotive and consumer product manufacturers and insurers

Contacts: Pierre Lubet, [email protected]; Jean-Guy de Ruffray, [email protected]


3 partners, 7 associates

Altana’s insurance practice is recognised for its dedicated expertise in insurance and reinsurance, in both litigation and non-litigation matters (EU/antitrust, regulatory, corporate). Clients include insurers (joint-stock companies, mutuals and provident institutions), reinsurers, intermediaries and any businesses dealing with insurance issues. As part of a modern and reactive team, each member has a clear focus on achieving objectives through flexible methods and team synergies.

Contacts: Gilles Gaillard, [email protected]; Frédéric Manin, [email protected]; Valérie Lafarge-Sarkozy, [email protected]

Pharma/Life Sciences:  

3 partners, 10 associates

The multi-disciplinary team includes several practice areas, allowing it to assist a large number of companies and international groups in the pharmaceutical, biotech and medical device sectors. Leading players and pioneers in pharmaceuticals, biotech, chemistry or connected health entrust Altana with the most sensitive transactions and disputes. The team is particularly recognised in product liability, trademark and patent litigation, M&A and strategic operations.

Contacts: Armand Aviges, [email protected]; Jean-Nicolas Soret, [email protected]; Gilles Gaillard, [email protected]

Business Litigation: 

8 partners, 14 associates

■The team assists its clients — industrial and service companies as well as financial institutions and insurance companies — in the management of their commercial, financial and corporate disputes, from prelitigation through litigation and ADR

■The firm is currently handling litigation with total stakes of more than €1 billion

Contacts: ; Julien Balensi, [email protected]; Valérie Lafarge-Sarkozy, [email protected]

Corporate, Mergers & Acquisitions:  

4 partners, 8 associates

The team handles complex and innovative domestic and cross-border M&A transactions and delivers strategic, tactical and technical advice to French and international actors of all sizes, listed or private, in their investment, growth and restructuring strategies. With a very international profile (former partners of US firms and associates admitted to the New York Bar), the team is well-known for its ability to handle upper mid-size cross border transactions, both inbound and outbound, in cooperation with foreign independent firms.

Contacts: Jean-Nicolas Soret, [email protected]; Gilles Gaillard, [email protected]

Construction & Real Estate: 

4 partners, 11 associates

■The team has a recognised practice assisting major French and foreign building contractors in their relationships with developers or owners, with respect to financing, contractual framework, joint ventures, consortia, etc.

■The team also has significant commercial real estate expertise (lease agreements and shopping centers development transactions)

Contacts: Christophe Lapp, [email protected]; Louis des Cars, [email protected]; Francois Muller, [email protected] Amélie Pinçon, [email protected]

Corporate Restructurings: 

4 partners, 6 associates

Recognised and regularly distinguished as one of the most experienced on the French restructuring market, the team has vast experience in complex and high-profile out-ofcourt restructuring and insolvency cases both in France and internationally. The team handles all legal matters related to distressed situations.

Contacts: Michel Jockey, [email protected]; Pierre-Gilles Wogue, [email protected] Mana Rassouli, [email protected]

Arbitration & Mediation:  

2 partners, 7 associates

Drawing on over thirty years of experience, the team has extensive expertise in high-profile, technical administered (ICC, EDF etc.) and ad hoc commercial arbitrations and related ADR procedures (mediation, DABs etc.) in sectors as varied as infrastructures, pharmaceuticals, real estate, telecommunications, transport, raw materials, gas/petrol and insurance. The team handles arbitrations and ADR before all major global bodies.

Contacts: Christophe Lapp, [email protected]; Francois Muller, [email protected];

Distribution & Competition: 

3 partners, 5 associates

Guided by three decades of experience, the resolutely international team advises leading foreign groups and their subsidiaries established in France and Europe across various business sectors (healthcare, automotive, defence, energy, insurance, etc.) regarding the rapidly evolving areas of European Union (EU) law, including a full range of competition and distribution issues. Clients include market leaders such as MBDA, Samsung, Daikin, Ducati, AG2R La Mondiale/Matmut, UGI Antargaz and Renault.

Contacts: Marie Hindré, [email protected]; Jean Philippe Thibault, [email protected]; Frédéric Manin, [email protected]

White Collar Crime:  

1 partner, 5 associates

The team is highly regarded for expertise in complex whitecollar crime proceedings and for thorough representation and accompaniment of major French and international clients at every stage, from prevention to court representation. The team represents and advises clients in all areas of criminal business law, particularly in the financial, industrial and new technologies sectors. The lawyers have recognised expertise in crisis management, compliance, anti-corruption measures and cyber and economic strategy.

Contact: Philippe Goossens, [email protected]


2 partners, 6 associates

In litigation as well as transactional matters, the team provides clients — mainly French and foreign corporations and financial institutions — with pragmatic and innovative business-oriented solutions and advice on day-to-day and strategic employment law issues as well as on complex operations. The team is particularly experienced in employment law issues arising from possible reorganisations, and is recognised for its expertise in collective relations.

Contacts: Pierre Lubet, [email protected]; Mickael d’Allende, [email protected]

Public Economic: 

3 partners, 3 associates

The team has outstanding skill in public procurement, routinely handling disputes related to either the award or the performance of public contracts, primarily in the construction and industrial sectors. The team also assists operators on urban planning aspects of their projects and related litigation.

Contacts: Louis des Cars, [email protected]; Francois Muller, [email protected]