Coordinating your projects between France and Germany, Austria and Switzerland, our German Desk supports you in your development for the establishment of your commercial relationships, the management of your human capital, the protection of your intangible assets, the defence of your interests and in order to ensure for the compliance of your activity with applicable standards.

Valéry Denoix de Saint Marc,

Partner

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A bi-cultural approach for your
Franco-German
ambitions

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August Debouzy

With their precise and factual responses, efficient organisation and thoroughness at all times, August Debouzy made me feel like I was with my German lawyers.

Legal director

of a leading German machine tools group

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Expertise in step
with the latest developments

The Treaty of Aix-la-Chapelle, signed on 22 January 2019 fully recognises the importance of harmonised business law between France and Germany to promote the development of trade relations and investments between the two countries.

Following on from the Elysée Treaty and its additional protocol of 1988, it confers a new objective on the Economic and Financial Affairs Council. Economy and finance ministers, along with governors of the central banks, are now responsible not only for harmonising economic policies and overseeing fiscal convergence, but also for harmonising French and German business legislation, above and beyond the simple application of common European legal standards. The German Desk, which is confronted daily with the difficulties resulting from the significant differences which continue to exist between the two countries in this respect, is seeing the greater cooperation emerge between companies in the two countries.

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August Debouzy German Desk

  • 5 partners

    20 lawyers

  • 1 lawyer admitted to the Berlin bar

    1 lawyer admitted to the bar of Frankfurt am Main

... assisting companies from German-speaking countries with their projects in France

Our German Desk has around 20 lawyers trilingual in French, German and English. They offer their unrivalled legal, cultural, linguistic and human expertise, as well as their experience in economic and financial exchanges between France and German-speaking countries. Our lawyers provide you with thorough and pragmatic advice to ensure the success of your projects.

A member of the German Desk acts as coordinator in each matter, drawing on all the firm's skills to advise you and defend your interests successfully.

... assisting French companies with their projects in German-speaking countries

Our team also advises French groups on their development projects in German-speaking countries, working in closely with our contacts in Germany, Austria and German-speaking Switzerland. These have been selected based on our close long-term cooperation for having demonstrated their ability to offer support at every stage of your development in German-speaking countries. You can count on our combined support in your exchanges with all your local contacts.

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Expertise built on experience
of cross-border issues in
numerous business sectors

Discover our track record
  • Establishing a joint venture between a French group and a German group in the machine tool industry for the pooling of their production activities and distribution network, including analysis of competition law-related issues

  • Assisting a German group in connection with the development of its activities in France: reorganisation of its structures company and tax law, cross-border mergers and management of its financial flows

  • Representing a German group in connection with the disputes arising from following a major industrial accident, including with regard to employment law, criminal employment law, insurance law and the indemnification procedure

  • Advising a Franco-German group for the setting up of a compliance programme

  • Advising a German group for the closure of an industrial site in France, including the implementation of a redundancy plan and handling of environmental aspects

  • Arbitration between two former French and German industrial partners concerning the terms for the withdrawal from a joint venture

  • Assisting a luxury goods group in setting up a distribution network in Germany, Austria and Switzerland

  • Advising a company in the telecommunications sector on patent litigation; Cooperation and liaison with German lawyers to defend a client in infringement lawsuits filed in both France and Germany

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Rankings

August Debouzy is a firm whose expertise and know-how are reflected in the leading guides and rankings.

  • Law Firm of the Year (France) The Lawyer European Adwards 2019
  • 18
    Specialities ranked
    Le Point
    Palmarès des avocats 2019
  • 17
    Lawyers ranked
    Chambers & Partners
    2019
  • 20
    Specialities ranked
    Legal 500
    2019
  • 32
    Lawyers ranked
    Best Lawyers
    2019
  • 4
    Awards
    Le Monde du Droit
    2019