Practice Areas

Business Litigation

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Foresight and combativeness in defense of your interests

Our dedicated dispute resolution team represents clients in all civil, commercial and criminal courts, and before arbitration tribunals. Our lawyers are combative strategists with in-depth knowledge of French and international procedures in their various fields of competence.

Whether in terms of reaching the best negotiated solution, responding to an action, or commencing proceedings, our lawyers have made their reputation on their ability to propose innovative strategies to resolve national or international disputes.

Our team’s cross-disciplinary approach enables it to represent large French companies, investment funds and investors, as well as leading international groups.

Our team includes seasoned professionals with particular skills in:

  • Complex litigation
  • White-collar crime and compliance
  • Arbitration and alternative dispute resolution

Interventions

Our specialized team helps its clients reach amicable settlements as well as managing the pre-contentious and contentious stages of all kinds of commercial litigation, whether concerning payment delays, non-performance of contractual clauses, unfair practices, termination of commercial relationships, product liability, etc.

Corporate litigation

We have recognized expertise in the management of corporate litigation in areas as diverse as:

  • Disputes between shareholders
  • Disputes between joint venture partners
  • Post-acquisition disputes and enforcement of warranties of liabilities
  • Takeovers of businesses in difficulty
  • Directors’ liability (personal liability, insolvency proceedings, administration, etc.)

Our specialized criminal lawyers assist our clients, whether companies or directors, with preventive measures (auditing risks, training, etc.) and appropriate defense strategies. They can also represent clients in the event of litigation before French and international criminal courts or specialized jurisdictions such as the National Financial Prosecutor (PNF), in cases of fraud and financial crime.

Having dealt with substantial cases in this area, our lawyers have developed particular know-how in negotiated settlements and act for clients involved in public interest judicial settlements with the National Financial Prosecutor. Our experience of cross-border proceedings and multi-jurisdictional prosecutions combined with our robust network of partner firms also enables us to assist clients with sensitive cases outside France.

Our team can assist companies setting up their internal procedures, including risk mapping, assessment of current mechanisms, and training. Thus, the team helps clients to comply with anti-money laundering and anti-corruption directives and regulations and with the provisions of the Sapin II Law. 

Our lawyers are experts in crisis situations and can provide support in such cases, including managing whistleblowers, assessing damage, managing criminal risks at national level or in a multi-jurisdictional context, communicating internally and externally with management teams, applying blocking statutes, and dealing with double jeopardy issues and internal investigations. They represent our clients’ interests before courts and regulatory authorities in France, and internationally in collaboration with our foreign partners.

Consistent with our clients’ needs, we explore the most appropriate methods of settlement for the parties to every dispute. Whenever the situation allows, we try to use alternatives to litigation. With the objective of resolving disputes efficiently and permanently, we offer our clients amicable solutions such as conciliation or mediation.

Our legal team includes some of the best known experts on the market in terms of domestic and international commercial, institutional and ad hoc arbitration. Our lawyers regularly advise governmental and private parties and act in arbitrations concerning complex disputes relating to major infrastructure projects, mergers and acquisitions and commercial problems of all kinds.

Our knowledge of domestic and international arbitration centers and rules, our membership of several international bar associations and our network of partners enable us to offer our clients high quality advice at all stages of a dispute, from the pre-contentious aspects to the enforcement of awards, as well as interim measures and applications to have awards set aside.

We act for clients both as claimants and defendants in all areas of industrial risk, fraud, professional, directors’ and product liability, transport and construction. Having analyzed the case, we advise you on the advisability of making a claim from a legal point of view and on any appropriate alternative dispute resolution procedures. We also work closely with you during the preparation of experts’ reports, to determine the losses suffered and to assess the appropriate compensation.

We assist individual clients with all their disputes relating to life insurance (management, transfer, inheritance, etc.), pension policies and relations with brokerage companies.

Our insurance expertise also enables us to assist our clients in the context of group litigation in France or internationally.

Rewards

Practice well regarded for its litigation activity. Adept at handling proceedings on a range of corporate matters, including shareholders' disputes, contractual issues and unfair competition allegations. Knowledgeable in the defense, insurance and manufacturing industries. Regularly handles cross-border matters, advising clients from France as well as other jurisdictions.

Chambers and partners Europe 2020

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Legal 500 EMEA/Paris

Commercial Litigation

Tier 3

Legal 500 EMEA/Paris

Commercial Litigation: Benjamin van Gaver

Next generation partner

Legal 500 EMEA/Paris

Insurance

Tier 2/3

Legal 500 EMEA/Paris

Insurance: Alexandra Cohen-Jonathan

Leading individual

Legal 500 EMEA/Paris

White-collar crime

Tier 3

Legal 500 EMEA/Paris

Compliance – Investigations and compliance

Tier 2

Legal 500 EMEA/Paris

Compliance – Investigations and compliance: Astrid Mignon Colombet

Leading individual

Legal 500 EMEA/Paris

International arbitration

Tier 5

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Option Droit & Affaires

Defective products and insurance claims litigation

Tier 2

Option Droit & Affaires

Acquisition litigation

Tier 3

Option Droit & Affaires

Stock market and financial litigation

Tier 4

Option Droit & Affaires

International arbitration

Tier 3

Option Droit & Affaires

White-collar crime

Tier 2/5

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Décideurs stratégie finance droit

Commercial litigation

Major player

Décideurs stratégie finance droit

Industrial risks and insurance litigation

Excellent

Décideurs stratégie finance droit

Product liability

Strong reputation

Décideurs stratégie finance droit

Financial and corporate finance litigation

Strong reputation

Décideurs stratégie finance droit

White-collar crime

Strong reputation

Décideurs stratégie finance droit

Compliance programs

Excellent

Décideurs stratégie finance droit

International and internal investigations

Excellent

Décideurs stratégie finance droit

Mediation

Major player

Décideurs stratégie finance droit

International arbitration

Strong reputation

Décideurs stratégie finance droit

Africa Desk – International arbitration and litigation

Well-respected practice

"Practice well regarded for its litigation activity. Adept at handling proceedings on a range of corporate matters, including shareholders' disputes, contractual issues and unfair competition allegations. Knowledgeable in the defense, insurance and manufacturing industries. Regularly handles cross-border matters, advising clients from France as well as other jurisdictions."

"Sources praise the lawyers for their commercial awareness, with one remarking: "What I like is that they are committed to understanding our business, our values, and our commercial mindset.""

"Marie Danis of August Debouzy assists clients with ICC and OHADA arbitrations. She is also noted for acting on setting-aside proceedings."

Chambers and partners Europe/Global 2020

Litigation

Band 4

Chambers and partners Europe/Global 2020

Marie Danis

Band 4 (Litigation)

Chambers and partners Europe/Global 2020

Marie Danis

Band 5 (International arbitration)

"Alexandra Cohen-Jonathan of August Debouzy is an "excellent lawyer and a good negotiator with fine analytical skills," according to clients. She handles a variety of cases, including product liability and industrial risk claims as well as D&O liability mandates."

"Astrid Mignon Colombet joined August Debouzy from Soulez Larivière & Associés in January 2020. She has experience advising corporations and executives on white-collar crime cases."

"Astrid Mignon Colombet routinely assists clients with fraud and corruption issues as well as cross-border investigations. An interviewee notes: "She has great skills and she is very friendly.""

Chambers and partners Europe 2020

Alexandra Cohen-Jonathan

Band 3 (Insurance)

Chambers and partners Europe 2020

Astrid Mignon Colombet

Band 3 (White-collar crime)

Chambers and partners Europe 2020

Astrid Mignon Colombet

Band 2 (Compliance & Investigations)

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2020 Legal Ranking

White-collar crime

Silver award

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Who's Who Legal France

Marie Danis

Arbitration

• Marie Danis

• Benjamin van Gaver

• Alexandra Cohen-Jonathan

• Bernard Cazeneuve

• Basile Ader

• Astrid Mignon Colombet

• Pierre Sellal

• Amélie Tripet

• Marie Valentini