Legal 500

Legal Market overview (2014)

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"France also has a large and expanding market of high calibre medium-sized firms and boutiques, which addresses ‘a real need’, according to clients. Among these, the following are particularly noteworthy: Cotty Vivant Marchisio & Lauzeral, Franklin, De Gaulle Fleurance & Associés, Scemla Loizon Veverka & de Fontmichel (SLVF) are very good firms while newly created BDGS Associés AARPI, Cabinet Bompoint and Dethomas Peltier Kopf Juvigny also stand out, giving high-end advice."

Dispute resolution: Commercial litigation (2014)

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Dispute Resolution, Litigation, Arbitration

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"Cotty Vivant Marchisio & Lauzeral’s lawyers have the outstanding ability to act as corporate advisers and litigators. The firm represents investment funds and various corporations, such as ArcelorMittal. Philippe Lauzeral, Thierry Cotty, Fabrice Marchisio, Karim Nassif and newly promoted partner Benoit Marpeau are the key figures."

Employment (2014)

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Employment Law

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"Cotty Vivant Marchisio & Lauzeral assists major French and international corporations such as CMA-CGM and Bayer. Recent work includes advising on restructuring and litigation. Florence Froment-Meurice, Romain Chiss and the highly regarded Antoine Vivant are the practice co-heads."

IT, telecoms and the internet (2014)

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Technology

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"Cotty Vivant Marchisio & Lauzeral’s ‘very responsive and thorough’ IT practice shows great ‘ability to understand complex situations’. It advises on large-scale IT projects and internet matters. Clients include LVMH and EADS Astrium. Practice head Guillaume Seligmann is recommended.".

Legal Market overview (2013)

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"The mid-market legal sector is also very dynamic and increasingly popular with major corporations. Aramis, Bichot & Associés, Cotty Vivant Marchisio & Lauzeral, De Gaulle Fleurance & Associés, Franklin and Viguié Schmidt Peltier Juvigny all have excellent reputations."

Dispute resolution: Commercial litigation (2013)

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"Cotty Vivant Marchisio & Lauzeral advises on corporate deals and related litigation as necessary. The firm represents many investment funds, including hedge funds, for which it handles very significant matters. Its growing reputation also earns the team appointments by CAC 40 companies and other major clients, and it is acting for ArcelorMittal in a contractual dispute with GDF Suez. Philippe Lauzeral, Thierry Cotty, Fabrice Marchisio are the key partners"

Employment (2013)

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Employment Law

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"Cotty Vivant Marchisio & Lauzeral has great experience in managing complex restructuring projects and subsequent litigation. Clients include Manpower and ThyssenKrupp. Florence Froment-Meurice, Romain Chiss and the well-regarded Antoine Vivant jointly head the practice"

IT, telecoms and the internet (2013)

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Technology

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"Cotty Vivant Marchisio & Lauzeral’s Guillaume Seligmann runs a dynamic practice which attracts high-profile users such as Moët Hennessy Information Services, Hyundai Motors and La Banque Postale, as well as some technology providers. Seligmann is expert in the drafting and negotiation of large technology agreements regarding outsourcing, licensing and innovative projects. He assisted LVMH with the negotiation of technology agreements for LVMH entities .The team is also involved in innovative online projects for leading French media and press group".

Legal Market overview (2012)

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"Medium-sized and boutique French firms are gaining significant market share as they adapt to the changing patterns of client selection processes, including the increasing useage of panels, and a higher emphasis on value. This sentiment was echoed by a source at a CAC 40 company, who stated: ‘they are very competitive and flexible; we increasingly use them.’ Cotty Vivant Marchisio & Lauzeral in particular have developed excellent reputation."

Employment (2012)

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Employment Law

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"Cotty Vivant Marchisio & Lauzeral’s practice is led by the highly regarded Antoine Vivant, Florence Froment-Meurice and Romain Chiss. The group has experience handling restructuring and litigation, including advising ThyssenKrupp Sofedit on a major restructuring in Europe. Other clients include SFR, Nike France and Manpower."

IT, telecoms and the internet (2012)

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"Cotty Vivant Marchisio & Lauzeral’s Guillaume Seligmann advises some high-profile corporate users on software, cloud-computing and other IT and technology agreements, such as representing LVMH in the negotiation of agreements with Hewlett-Packard, Oracle and Microsoft. The team also advises on internet law and data protection, and undertakes litigation."

Dispute resolution: Commercial litigation (2012)

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"Cotty Vivant Marchisio & Lauzeral’s partners are adept as corporate advisers and litigators, and represent investors and large corporations in strategic corporate and commercial disputes. The team is acting for ArcelorMittal in a case against GDF Suez regarding malfunctions at an industrial plant."

Mergers and acquisitions (2012)

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"Cotty Vivant Marchisio & Lauzeral stands out for its ability to advise on transactional and contentious aspects of deals. It represents several major French clients such as Sofiproteol and Unigrains, which were advised on the sale of Serasem. The firm also advises many Asian clients, sourced through its offices in Tokyo and Singapore. The renowned Thierry Cotty, Fabrice Marchisio, Philippe Lauzeral lead the Paris team"

Employment (2011)

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Employment Law

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"Cotty Vivant Marchisio & Lauzeral delivers 'very high-level service and deep and operational advice'. The 'reactive and efficient' team, which concentrates on 'what really matters to the client', is led by Florence Froment-Meurice and the 'outstanding' Antoine Vivant, who is a great advisor for 'labour relationships and trade union negotiations'. The practice handled high-profile restructuring and litigation work for clients such as Manpower France, SFR and Thyssenkrupp."

Mergers and acquisitions (2011)

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"Cotty Vivant Marchisio & Lauzeral is 'making good progress in the domestic market while having an interesting international strategy'. With offices in Tokyo, Singapore and Dubai, the firm is 'familier with the Japanese way of working' and handles cross-border deals. The team, lead by Thierry Cotty, Fabrice Marchisio, Philippe Lauzeral, remains principally active on the domestic market alongide clients such as Sofiproteol, the FSi and Orange France Télécom. The practice assisted Kirin on the sale of its minority stake in Pernod Ricard."

Dispute resolution: Commercial litigation (2011)

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"Cotty Vivant Marchisio & Lauzeral's ’reactive and skilled' practice is an 'excellent alternative to large leading law firms'. The team, made up of 'very involved and client-oriented' lawyers, is led by five partners able to act both as advisors and litigations; Thierry Cotty, who stands out for his 'solid reputation', Philippe Lauzeral, Fabrice Marchisio. The firm is strong on corporate and securities disputes. It recently represented Maple Leaf Macro Volatility Master Fund, and FSA in a case regarding an investment involving Belvédère's securities."

Dispute resolution: Commercial litigation (2010)

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"Philippe Lauzeral, Thierry Cotty at Cotty Vivant Marchisio & Lauzeral are recommended for corporate, stock market and white-collar crime disputes. The firm represented Unilever in a case against l'Oréal."

IT, telecoms and the internet (2010)

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Technology

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"Cotty Vivant Marchisio & Lauzeral's Guillaume Seligmann manages the IT practice, assisting Informatica in a dispute against a French bank."

Employment (2010)

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Employment Law

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"Cotty Vivant Marchisio & Lauzeral has 'large experience of delicate matters' and is 'able to integrate economicand technical data in its advice'. The team is led by Florence Froment-Meurice and the 'excellent' Antoine Vivant, who 'ranks among the leading experts for economic redundancy work'. The firm assisted SFR on the acquisition of NeufCegetel."

Mergers and acquisitions (2009)

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"Cotty Vivant Marchisio & Lauzeral’s team works in a ‘great atmosphere’, is ‘available and reactive’ and knows how to look ‘straight at the essential matters’. The team includes well-regarded Thierry Cotty and rising star Fabrice Marchisio. The team recently assisted France Telecom on the acquisition of Cityvox, and state-owned financial institution La Banque Postale on the acquisition of a controlling interest in the online financial news provider EasyBourse."

IT, telecoms and the internet (2009)

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"Cotty Vivant Marchisio & Lauzeral’s IT practice is led by Guillaume Seligmann, recently assisting Christian Dior Parfums in relation to various IT services agreements, and represented software editor Informatica on software infringement claims against a French bank and a worldwide food and beverage industry leader."

Capital Markets (2009)

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Stock Exchange & Financial law

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"At Cotty Vivant Marchisio & Lauzeral, Thierry Cotty leads the practice with Pierre-Arnaud Conchon, who has ‘good contacts with stock market authorities and the Euronext’ and is ‘part of the up-and-coming generation of new talents’. The team assists companies and financial institutions in equity capital markets transactions, and represented Trader Classified Media with the strategic review preceeding its voluntary winding up and consequential Paris delisting."

Dispute resolution: Commercial litigation (2009)

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"Litigation is a key area for Cotty Vivant Marchisio & Lauzeral. The team combines both advisory and litigation skills, with five partners handling commercial litigation, including Philippe Lauzeral and Thierry Cotty. The firm is also renowned for its securities and white-collar crime litigation practices. The team recently represented Unilever in a claim against L’Oréal before the Commercial Court regarding unfair competition practice from L’Oréal in connection with a deodorant product. The firm also assisted CDC Entreprises Innovation, CM-CIC Capital Privé, Turenne Capital and A Plus Finance in several commercial claims."

Employment (2009)

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"Cotty Vivant Marchisio & Lauzeral has an ‘impressive track record, great experience in risky projects and the capacity to deal with technical and economical issues’. The team is particularly adept at handling ‘major and complex restructuring projects’, and is led by the ‘excellent’ Antoine Vivant, who is ‘one of the best Parisian lawyers for matters relating to collective dismissal for economic reasons’, and Florence Froment-Meurice. The team assists on employment advisory and litigation matters, and recently worked alongside SFR in the acquisition of NeufCegetel, and representing several companies of the Vivendi Group (Canal +, Vivendi Net, Vivendi Universal Games) before the labour courts in a series of individual litigation matters."

Employment (2008)

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"Employment law remains one of the core practices for Cotty Vivant Marchisio & Lauzeral. The team, which include co-founder Antoine Vivant, has a solid reputation in both employment advice and litigation. The practice also demonstrates expertise in employment law relating to M&A and companies' relationships with administrative bodies. The group assisted SFR with its reorganisation and transfer of sites."

Mergers and acquisitions (2008)

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"Clients report that Cotty Vivant Marchisio & Lauzeral's "teams do great workboth from a technical point of view and from an advisory role in complew deals." This practice is mainly present on mid-cap deals with a strong base of industrial clients. Lawyers advised Sofiproteol in connection with the acquisition of Groupe Glon. Clients also praised the practice's ability in "following through a deal with the same partner." The team led by "well-respected" Thierry Cotty also includes Fabrice Marchisio and Philippe Lauzeral."

IT, telecoms and the internet (2008)

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Technology

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"Cotty Vivant Marchisio & Lauzeral's IT department was set up in September 2007 by Guillaume Seligmann who joined from Khan & Associés. Since setting up the department, Seligmann has represented Sinovia, a technology start-up in the negotiation of software related agreements, and global software company, Atempo, with respect to contract law issues."

Corporate & Commercial (2007)

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Corporate & Commercial

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"Created in 2004, Cotty Vivant Marchisio & Lauzeral is one to watch. The firm boasts a very dynamic team of 30 lawyers with international experience and focuses on corporate law, employment law and commercial and stock-market litigation. It recently created an IP team and is willing to develop further litigation in that field and white-collar crime. In 2006, the firm continued growing and opened an office in Toyko."

Employment (2007)

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"Cotty Vivant Marchisio & Lauzeral continues its development, and the employment lawdepartment led by Antoine Vivant is no exception. The practice is one of the firm's core activities and covers a wide range of employment issues with particular strength in restructuring and litigation. The team also provides valuable support to M&A transactions and is developing its practice in employment law administrative litigation with Florence Froment-Meurice."

Mergers and acquisitions (2007)

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"Cotty Vivant Marchisio & Lauzeral is a young and modern firm based in Paris and Tokyo with considerable potential. The firm was founded in 2003 by four partners who all previously worked in major firms including Gide Lyrette Nouel, Bredin Prat and Darrois Villey Maillot Brochier. M&A, private equity and stock exchange issues are among the firm's core practices. Partners involved include Thierry Cotty and Fabrice Marchisio. The team handles public and private M&A. They recently worked for Groupe Stalaven, Altech Data, Philippemore Investissement and Galileo Partners."