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Ogletree Deakins

Paris Office

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Partners: Cécile Martin (Managing Partner), Jean-Marc Albiol (Founding Partner), Alexandre Abitbol, Stéphane Bloch, Karin Dulac, Nicolas Peixoto
Number of partners: 6 (400 worldwide)
Number of lawyers: 20 (900 worldwide)
Languages: English, French, Spanish  

Firm Overview:
Ogletree Deakins presents the advantage of being since 1977 a worldwide leading employment law firm and one of the go-to French employment boutiques having a very local and sophisticated approach. With more than 900 lawyers in 54 offices in the world, it is one of the only global niche firms exclusively dedicated to labour & employment law.

In France, Ogletree Deakins counts 32 professionals all focused on French labor & employment law and human resources management issues, and assists mainly French CAC 40, SBF 120 companies ETIs and SMEs, including French and international companies in the industrial, financial, and service sectors. The firm has in-depth knowledge of the French market thanks to very experienced partners and counsels who are used to handling extremely complex restructuring operations and very sophisticated litigations. Two of the 6 partners are ranked as leading individuals by Chambers in France.

In line with the firm’s worldwide signature of technical excellence, quality and pragmatism, the French team combines a traditional French demanding approach to legal practice with modern digital solutions as well as a very local expertise since the French team, in strong growth, counts already 3 locations in Paris, Lyon and Nantes.

Main Areas of Practice: 

Restructuring, Social Plans, Voluntary Redundancy Plans, Company Collective Agreements, Performance Agreements:
Ogletree Deakins assists its clients in the preparation and management of all the social aspects of restructuring and workforce adaptation plans such as mass redundancy plans, voluntary redundancy plans, collective performance agreements, closing down of sites and all litigations related to them.

Collective Working Relations:
Ogletree Deakins offers added value support in the field of collective relationships, such as negotiation of company or group collective agreements, handling of employee representative bodies (ESC, group committee, European works council), management of protected employees, organisation and control of working time, employee savings, compensation policies (profit sharing) and litigations arising thereof.

Individual Working Relationships:
Ogletree Deakins handles all aspects of the employment relationship: from recruitment to termination of the employment contract and advises clients on the best strategy to implement in light of their constraints and objectives.

Social Security Issues:
Ogletree Deakins regularly assists clients regarding work-related accidents, professional diseases, and litigation arising of them.

Differed Compensation, Pensions and & Benefits:
Ogletree Deakins assists both French and foreign companies to design and implement differed compensation policies for Employees and Executives. These include Employee Savings Schemes and Share Plans, Company sponsored Pension Plans (defined contributions and /or defined benefits plans) through insurance or IORP vehicles, as well as Benefits plans (for Death/Disability/incapacity and health care expenses), to complement social security mandatory benefits. Ogletree Deakins also provides advice in these fields in case of international mobility.

Individual and Collective Litigation:
Ogletree Deakins is a first-rate firm in the litigation field and represents clients before all courts (Labour Court, Criminal Court, Administrative Court, Civil and Social Security Court, Administrative Court, Court of Appeal of the Judicial and Administrative Order, etc.).

Ethics, Internal Investigations, Alerts:
Ogletree Deakins has significant expertise in complex high-stakes labor law issues related to ethics alerts, harassment and discrimination issues (establishment and follow-up of an internal investigation, disciplinary proceedings, etc.), hearing, and investigation of the Human Rights Defender, management of withdrawal and whistleblowing processes.

Health and Safety:
Ogletree Deakins assists clients in meeting their health and safety obligations. Its attorneys have developed specific expertise in the implementation of prevention policies of physical and psychological risks and litigations arising thereof.

Social Management of Corporate Issues:
Ogletree Deakins advises regularly clients in the social aspects of their corporate reorganizations (due diligence, mergers, acquisitions, TUPE transfers, outsourcing etc.).

International Mobility:
Ogletree Deakins has long experience in assisting step-by-step French and international clients deciding to set up businesses in France. With its 54 offices all around the world, the firm is used to providing cultural and legal tailored advice in this field.

HR Data Protection, GDPR:
Ogletree Deakins has long-term experience in assisting companies regarding all HR data privacy issues (HR files compliance with both personal data protection and labour law regulations, whistleblowing systems, monitoring of employees, IT and social media policies, international transfers of HR data, compliance of apps, GDPR compliance for HR data, etc.). Cécile Martin has sector-specific expertise given her background at the French Data Protection Agency (CNIL). Ogletree Deakins also provides clients with practical and technical training on this topic.

Public Sector Clients:
Ogletree Deakins has a large experience in counselling and litigation for public companies or companies having specific statutes. Its long-term experience in this field enables the firm to handle labour & employment advice and litigation for public and French State-owned companies.

Courses and Training:
As a certified training organisation, Ogletree Deakins provides legal training on fundamental and topical labour & employment law topics (ESC, GDPR, massive redundancy plans, internal investigations, etc.).