Marie-Hélène Raffin

Marie-Hélène Raffin is our exclusively recommended Tax Law expert in France on the Advisory Excellence website. If you need assistance in this area, please contact Marie-Hélène directly using the contact details listed above.

Tax law, body of rules under which a public authority has a claim on taxpayers, requiring them to transfer to the authority part of their income or property. The power to impose taxes is generally recognised as a right of governments. The tax law of a nation is usually unique to it, although there are similarities and common elements in the laws of various countries.

In general, tax law is concerned only with the legal aspects of taxation, not with its financial, economic, or other aspects. The making of decisions as to the merits of various kinds of taxes, the general level of taxation, and the rates of specific taxes, for example, does not fall into the domain of tax law; it is a political, not a legal, process.

Tax law falls within the domain of public law—i.e., the rules that determine and limit the activities and reciprocal interests of the political community and the members composing it—as distinguished from relationships between individuals (the sphere of private law). International tax law is concerned with the problems arising when an individual or corporation is taxed in several countries. Tax law can also be divided into material tax law, which is the analysis of the legal provisions giving rise to the charging of a tax; and formal tax law, which concerns the rules laid down in the law as to assessment, enforcement, procedure, coercive measures, administrative and judicial appeal, and other such matters.

Eric Weil

Eric Weil is our exclusively recommended Litigation expert in France on the Advisory Excellence website. If you need assistance in this area, please contact Eric directly using the contact details listed above.

Eric is highly recognised for his extensive experience in sophisticated litigation of national and international importance. Having handled high-profiled, complex litigation matters on behalf of large global corporations, Eric offers quality and reactivity across a wide array of disputes: high-stakes breach of contract, unfair competition, product liability, fraud, corporate post-acquisition litigation. Eric’s comprehensive service, track record, tailor-made approach makes him a go to choice for companies faced with complex litigation. Eric also has extensive experience in white collar crime involving a wide variety of cases such as deceptive labelling of pharmaceutical products, misappropriation of trade secrets, forgery, misuse of corporate assets, hindrance to the rights of employees’ representatives or discrimination.

In addition to high-stakes litigation, Eric also regularly advices and counsels his clients on sensitive internal fraud investigations.

Eric’s top trial skills are also key for international arbitration: enhanced knowledge of international arbitration law and procedure, expertise across a broad range of industries and substantive areas of law and the ability to work fluently in English, French and German. The combination of skills, expertise, and experience, together with a multi-cultural approach, has enabled his team to obtain outstanding results for our clients.

Always bearing in mind his clients’ business objectives and economic goals, Eric is praised as a collaborative partner who offers high-level guidance in mergers and acquisitions, be it at a national level or cross-border. His background as both litigator and employment law specialist makes him a key player not only at the due diligence stage to spot potential risks, but more importantly at the negotiation level, when negotiating the specifics of the purchase agreement.

When faced with the sensitive issues frequently surrounding employment matters, companies look to Eric for his experience in providing sophisticated and practical advice, including designing a negotiation strategy with worker’s representatives and Unions. Eric’s multidisciplinary approach enables him to offer creative advice taking into account all aspects of a given situation. Eric has dealt with the full spectrum of employment issues, such as large scale reductions in force, executive compensation, severance and employment agreements, restrictive covenants and trade secret litigation as well as issues arising from mergers, acquisitions, corporate restructuring and bankruptcies.

Over the past two decades, Eric has advised public and private companies in various sectors, including chemicals, automotive industry, luxury goods, pharmaceutical products, construction, banking sector, aviation and military weapons, tobacco industry, internet and new technologies, or logistics.

Eric is qualified to practice in France, Germany and the U.S.A. (state of New York) and has the ability not only to work fluently in all three languages but also to embrace, understand and weight all specific cultural aspects that make each case unique, and is therefore highly valued as lead counsel on complex cross-border issues.

Corinne Lepage

Doctor of law, Corinne Lepage, because of her experience, develops a consulting activity which includes strategy and litigation. She works with both very big companies and start-up, French and foreign public entities and associations. Corinne Lepage follows the big environmental files, public, energy and environmental health cases. She also manages big pollution, natural and industrial disasters files. She is one of the European specialists on these topics. Co-founder, with Christian Huglo, of the Huglo Lepage Avocats law firm in 1978, she had numerous public jobs: member of the Bar Council and Secretary of the Bar Council (1987-1990), minister of the environment (1995-1997), deputy mayor then first deputy mayor of Cabourg (1989-2001), European deputy (2009-2014).

Corinne ensures conferences in big companies on evolution of climatic and environmental issues regarding economical questions. She also conducts a hundred declarations each year for a variety of audiences (local authorities, private companies, associations, …).

Firm Overview:

A law firm always at the forefront of innovation
Huglo Lepage Avocats is the first public law firm, opened by Avocats à la Cour. At the time, only Avocats au Conseil d’Etat et à la Cour de cassation were pretending to the practice of public law. Both holding a doctorate in public law, Christian Huglo and Corinne Lepage learned their profession with an Avocat au Conseil d’Etat et à la Cour de cassation for several years. The practice of public law constitutes a strong element of the firm for years, and many prizes have been awarded to them for this activity.

The firm assists both public or private clients such as: local authorities, private companies, associations or individuals.

Since 40 years, the Huglo Lepage Avocats (HLA) team has been building up an unparalleled technical experience and base of legal skills in public and environmental law, especially in the following areas: industrial environment, climate, biodiversity, maritime law, public business law, health and environment, adaptation to the new economy, urban planning and development, energy.

Some lawyers of the HLA team have achieved the specialisation in environmental law, public law and criminal law.

Moreover, the presence of a private law team in the firm allows them to combine the areas of private law at traditional administrative law, areas which are often linked, especially in the field of civil and criminal liability.

A recognised expertise in environmental law
In 40 years, Huglo Lepage Avocats has conducted most of the largest environmental law cases in France, Europe and even in the United States with the Amoco-Cadiz case law. Christian Huglo is a pioneer of the environmental law with the Montedison case law (red mud trial in the early 1970s), followed by the case concerning the pollution of the Baie de Seine et du Rhin.

The trials of Amoco-Cadiz, Erika and more recently Xynthia have made of Huglo Lepage Avocats the leading specialist in collective proceedings in the environmental law matter. Defendant of foreign public authorities, such as the Land of Saar or the city and canton of Geneva in different nuclear law trials, the firm is also developing its expertise in all the new areas of the environment : hazardous products, biotechnology, green chemistry….

A strong presence in the legal doctrine
Huglo Lepage Avocats is the author of the Code de Justice Administrative and the Code de l’environnement, both published by LexisNexis, and of the Code de la commande publique, published by Huglo Lepage Editions. The firm, at the forefront of environmental legal doctrine, also publishes a practical guide to municipal elections and is the editor of a legal chronicle on the new economy topics in the Journal Spécial des Sociétés. Christian Huglo co-leads the JurisClasseur Environnement – Développement durable.

Joël Grangé

Joël Grangé is name partner at Flichy Grangé Avocats, a leading employment law firm in France with over 80 labour law specialists.

Joël advises and assists French and international clients on all French employment issues. He specialises in advising on mergers and restructuring operations, collective redundancies, transfers of undertakings and collective disputes. He also advises on employee savings schemes, individual relations, working hours, executive management, litigation, social security issues, welfare schemes, health and safety, and occupational accidents and illnesses.

Joël’s recent work has included advising a number of large companies on corporate restructuring and consolidation (in the oil, pharmaceutical, IT, telephony, department store, banking and financial sectors).

Joël was elected to the Paris Bar Council (Conseil de l’Ordre des Avocats de Paris) and is an authority on French employment law and labour relations, subject on which he regularly publishes and is distinguished as a leading individual by Legal 500 and has been ranked in Band 1 by Chambers since 2004.

He was the regional vice chair (Europe/Middle East/Africa) of the Employee Benefits and Pensions Practice Group of Lex Mundi. Joël Grangé is also a member of the employment and industrial relations law committee of the International Bar Association (IBA) and the European Employment Law Association (EELA). He was a lecturer on employment law at the Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris. He is also a member of the editorial committee of La Semaine Juridique – Social. He was recognised as ‘Best Lawyer 2010 in Employment Law” by Best Lawyers.

Joël graduated from the University of Paris in 1987 and was admitted to the Paris Bar in 1988. He is fluent in both French and English.

Firm Overview:

Flichy Grangé Avocats : Teams with complementary skills, personally involved in assisting our clients

With lawyers from very varied educational backgrounds (universities, top French graduate business and economics schools (IEP Paris, HEC), etc.) and from different professional horizons (University professors, in-house lawyers…), our aim is to be a real partner for company legal and human resources departments, capable of proposing pragmatic legal solutions also taking into consideration accounting, financial or commercial aspects.

Each client is assured that its matters will be handled by a coordinated team under the responsibility of a partner who will be personally involved in the file right from the outset.

Due to our nine key practice areas, we are able to grasp the most complex technical issues key areas.

Flichy Grangé Avocats Meeting the needs of international groups

Our international team, made up of lawyers who are fluent in English, has been structured to meet the needs of international groups. We share their culture and their working methods, assisting them on an everyday basis.

We also rely on the support of L&E Global, our worldwide network of partner firms which enables us to find the right law firm in each country to handle the specific requirements of each file.

Jean-Marc Albiol

Jean-Marc Albiol is our exclusively recommended Whistleblower Protection expert in France on the Advisory Excellence website. If you need assistance in this area, please contact Jean-Marc directly using the contact details listed above.

Jean-Marc is the founding partner of Ogletree Deakins’ Paris office.

Jean-Marc Albiol is recognised of one of the predominant French labour expert. He is ranked at Chambers Europe 2019 as recognised expert, was recognised at the Client Choice Award in 2015 and 2016 where he was the exclusive winner in the Employment and benefit category for France. His main areas of expertise and intervention are collective bargaining, support for reorganisation and company transfers, social security law and collective and individual litigation with high stakes (whistleblower, discrimination). He fiercely defends its clients before all French labour law courts and Court of Appeal. He is a regular lecturer in labour law at the Master II DPRT of the University of Paris II, and is the author of numerous articles published in labour law journals on market issues. He regularly participates in national labour law conferences (the Assises du droit social, UIMM national days).

Why Choose Ogletree Deakins?

With one of the largest global client roster, Ogletree Deakins Paris office although created in Marc 2017, is the new French reference labour and employment firm, counting already 20 attorneys and in constant grow. The 4 partners and Paris team, all dedicated to French employment covers cover all aspects of this domain, focusing mainly on complex projects (mass redundancies, discrimination issues and complex litigations).

Ludovic Timbal Duclaux de Martin

Me Ludovic Timbal Duclaux de Martin is registered in the Paris Bar as a Business lawyer (predominantly activity). The experience of Ludovic comes from magic circle law firms.

Ludovic has received numerous awards during his career and we recommend him in three different areas of the law. Below is an image of Ludovic’s printed Certificate of Excellence, which he received for outstanding performance in Capital Markets Law.

His practice includes:

  • business law (commercial contracts, advice of traders in their activities);
  • corporate law (incorporation, running and dissolution);
  • commercial criminal law;
  • commercial instruments (promissory notes, cheques, bills of exchange);
  • capital markets (debt instruments, shares, derivatives);
  • tax law;
  • bankruptcy law;
  • law of security;
  • international trade (including EU law); and
  • commercial litigation, arbitration and settlement agreements.

He was sent to London in secondment within the framework of a specific programme, the European Associate Programme. Ludovic is generally praised from peers for his well-developed general legal background (both in private and public law) and, in some areas, his extensive knowledge. He is described as having an undeniable technical expertise with strong technical and drafting skills (French and English).

In 2015, Ludovic created his own law firm. For a more personal presentation, he belongs to a family of jurists for two centuries: magistrate, professor of law (Professor Timbal at the University of Paris II – Panthéon – Assas), lawyer (bâtonniers, secretary of the conference) and notary.

He supports economic empowerment. He is described as a very dynamic lawyer, open minded, and very contact friendly.