Liliana Bakayoko

Liliana Bakayoko is our exclusively recommended International Business Law expert in France on the Advisory Excellence website. If you need assistance in this area, please contact Liliana directly using the contact details listed above.

Liliana Bakayoko is an Attorney at Law at the Paris and Sofia Bars, a Doctor of Law and a former Professor of Law.

She has 20 years of experience as a lawyer and ten years of experience teaching law.

She has been honored with several international awards. She received the prestigious title of Top International Business Lawyer of the Year for 2024 from the International Association of Top Professionals, based in New York. She was also named International Business Lawyer of the Year in France – 2024 at the Global Law Experts Annual Awards. She was designated Leading International Business Lawyer of the Year – Paris at the 2023 Leading Adviser Awards by Acquisition International. She has been selected by Leaders in Law as their exclusively recommended and endorsed International Business Law Expert in France on a global level. World’s Leaders Magazine featured her in its annual listing of ‘World’s Most Influential Women Leaders in Law, 2024′, highlighting “exceptional women law experts possessing unique traits and ideologies that helped them to attain a successful stature in their legal sector”.

She has valuable know-how in cross-border transactions and business-government relations.

She is a Consultant in International Investment, Government Relations, and Business Development for a major U.S. company that provides corporate and government clients with expert-led, technology-driven risk management solutions.

She has also built solid experience in information technology law (cyberlaw). She has significantly increased her knowledge in this field while advising one of the world’s leading information technology companies.

Liliana Bakayoko’s law firm provides legal services mainly in business law, IT law, intellectual property law, corporate law and international private law.

As entrepreneurship is a multifaceted activity, the law firm addresses your concerns related to the following areas:

  • the conclusion and execution of contracts relating to your business;
  • the protection of your digital activities;
  • the protection of your intellectual property rights (trademark and patent registrations, literary and artistic property);
  • the internationalization of your business;
  • the choice and reorganization of your professional entities (sole trader or companies);
  • amicable dispute resolution;
  • representation before courts and arbitral tribunals.

The law firm provides services that are well-suited to the needs of its clients by offering optimal and efficient legal solutions.


  1. Top International Business Lawyer of the Year – awarded by the International Association of Top Professionals (IAOTP).
  2. International Business Lawyer of the Year in France — 2024 – the Global Law Experts Annual Awards.
  3. Leading International Business Lawyer of the Year — Paris – Acquisition International’s Leading Adviser Awards 2023.

“Liliana Bakayoko: A visionary of international business law and digitalization

Highly qualified in international business law, Liliana Bakayoko has built solid experience as a lawyer, teacher and consultant. Her exemplary career and ability to adapt to the digitalization of the legal sector make her a key figure in this field.” – FORBES.”

Marianne Schaffner

Marianne Schaffner is our exclusively recommended IP Law expert in France on the Advisory Excellence website. If you need assistance in this area, please contact Marianne directly using the contact details listed above.

Marianne Schaffner is a partner in our Paris office. She heads the Intellectual Property team in Paris and the Patent practice in Europe.

Marianne is a well-known intellectual property litigation lawyer. She is recognized for coordinating and managing complex national and transnational patent, trade secrets and trademark disputes in the healthcare, chemistry, technology and telecommunications sectors.

She assists clients in negotiating intellectual property agreements, in defining employees’ inventions compensation policies and in evaluating their IP portfolios to strengthen their position in mergers and acquisitions, LBOs, financing transactions and initial public offerings.

Having studied and worked in the UK, Germany, the Netherlands and the United States, she has extensive knowledge of both the European and American judicial systems.

Marianne Schaffner is repeatedly ranked by Chambers Global and Chambers Europe and is regularly ranked in Legal 500 EMEA, Décideurs, Stratégie Finance Droit among the Top Leaders.

Finally, Marianne is a lecturer in the Master 2 of Intellectual Property Law of University Paris-Est and also teaches at the Ecole de Formation du Barreau de Paris (Paris Bar School).


  • Université Paris II – Panthéon – Assas, Paris, 1995, D.E.S.S., Intellectual Property Law
  • Université Paris II – Panthéon – Assas, Paris, 1994, DEA, Community Law
  • Université Paris II – Panthéon – Assas, Paris, 1993, Master, Corporate and German Law (Programme with Ludwig Maximilian University, Munich)

Professional Admissions & Qualifications

  • Paris

Professional Affiliations

  • Member of the International Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property (AIPPI)
  • Member of the American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA)
  • Member of the Association of Intellectual Property Lawyers (AAPI)
  • Member of the European Patent Lawyers Association (EPLAW)
  • Member of the Association of Practitioners of European Patents (APEB)
  • Member of the International Trademark Association (INTA)
  • Member of the Pharmaceutical Trade Marks Group (PTMG)
  • Chairwoman of the Regulated Sectors Committee of APRAM.
  • Member of the Licensing Executive Society (LES)


  • Dutch
  • French
  • English
  • German

Firm Overview:

At Reed Smith, we believe that the practice of law has the power to drive progress. We know your time is valuable and your matters are important. We are focused on outcomes, are highly collaborative, and have deep industry insight that, when coupled with our local market knowledge, allows us to anticipate and address your needs. You deserve purposeful, highly engaged client service that drives progress for your business.

Nathalie Dreyfus

Nathalie Dreyfus is our exclusively recommended Trademark Law expert in France on the Advisory Excellence website. If you need assistance in this area, please contact Nathalie directly using the contact details listed above.

Founder and managing partner of Dreyfus, Nathalie is a French and European Trademark Attorney.

Nathalie is a Certified Judicial Expert by the French Supreme Court (Cour de cassation) and the Paris Court of Appeal, Panellist at the WIPO Arbitration and Mediation Centre and the NAF – National Arbitration Forum -, she has a strong expertise in domain names litigation.

Nathalie founded Dreyfus to create a more client-centred approach to intellectual property law, where they prioritise the individual needs and goals of our clients above all else. Dreyfus was created with the core mission of keeping the clients at the heart of everything, resulting in their reactivity, ethics and availability. They work hand in hand with our network of 500 international law firms to ensure that their clients benefit from the best possible service around the world.

Dreyfus is specialised in Intellectual Property law including trademark law, copyright, designs, IT law and domain names, contract law and Web 3.0.

Nathalie is excited to continue to grow and evolve their firm, providing innovative and effective solutions to the complex challenges facing their clients in the ever-changing world of intellectual property.

Firm Overview:

Founded in 2004 by Nathalie Dreyfus, Dreyfus is a boutique law firm focusing on intellectual property and digital law.

We have forged a unique market position based on our thorough knowledge of intellectual property legal issues and proven expertise of the digital economy and innovative technology sectors.

Our background and reputation has earned Dreyfus recognition as a leading intellectual property firm in numerous French and international legal directories.

Aware of the need to incorporate the social, economic and environmental concerns of our society, we have adopted an internally-promoted CSR approach that reflects the company’s values.

Lynda Amadagana

Lynda Amadagana is our exclusively recommended Energy & Natural Resources Law expert in France on the Advisory Excellence website. If you need assistance in this area, please contact Lynda directly using the contact details listed above.

Lynda is a lawyer admitted at the Paris and Cameroon Bars and is the Managing Partner of the Firm. Lynda advises on corporate transactions, projects and financing in the Energy, Mining and Infrastructure sectors in Africa with a specific focus on the OHADA zone. She is the former General Counsel and current advisor of Cameroon Power Holdings, an investing affiliate of Actis Fund in Cameroon and the majority shareholder of ENEO Cameroon.

She has previously worked at Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe, Clifford Chance, Simmons & Simmons and Reed Smith Paris offices. She has also worked as a lawyer at EDF Group.

Lynda is a former lecturer at Cergy Pontoise University in France. She regularly conducts training sessions for lawyers in Cameroon. Lynda is the Secretary General of the Cameroon Mining Association, the chamber of mining operators in Cameroon.

Lynda is a board member of African Business Lawyer’s Club, a club dedicated to improving business practice in Africa. She is also Vice-President of the Diallo Telli Club, a think tank that promotes inclusive and sustainable growth in Africa.

She is active in Association des Juristes Camerounais de France, a french club dedicated to promoting the practice of business in Cameroon with investors in France.

Lynda is ranked among the top 100 most influential corporate lawyers in Francophone Africa for 2019 by Jeune Afrique and Jeune Afrique Business Plus.

Recent Deals:

  • 2021: Lead counsel to ENEO CAMEROON in the context of a syndicated loan of XAF 100 billion (EUR 152 million) with CITIBANK, SOCIETE GENERALE as arrangers and a pool of local banks including ECOBANK, BGFI, SCB, AFRILAND, CBC, BANQUE ATLANTIQUE, BICEC
  • 2021: Legal advice to the off-taker in the negotiation of the PPA for the development of two solar power plants with a capacity of 25 MW in Maroua and Guider in Cameroon by a consortium with Scatec solar
  • 2020: Local counsel to FAYAT-EGIS  on the negotiation of  a PPP contract with Government of Cameroon for the construction of 14 toll roads in Cameroon.

Sylvie Gallage-Alwis

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

After 10 years practicing in a major international law firm, Sylvie became one of the founding partners of the Paris office of Signature Litigation and heads its product liability / industrial risk practice. Sylvie is both an Avocat à la Cour in France and a Solicitor in England & Wales.

She is specialised in all cutting-edge complex disputes linked to products, namely product liability, product safety, toxic tort, mass litigation/class action, regulatory compliance, and environment. She is involved in several very high-profile French industrial disaster pending cases.

Sylvie has been ranked for a number of years as a ‘Thought Leader’ in the Who’s Who Legal France: Product Liability Defence Guide, which notes her “rigorous analysis, strategic guidance and seasoned litigation” on complex product disputes and recognises her as a “a star in the international world” and “well-connected expert”. She is also recognised as one of the ‘Global Elite Thought Leaders’ in Who’s Who Legal’s Product Liability Defence 2022 Guide, which notes Sylvie “cuts a distinguished figure in the market for representing manufacturers in the automotive, energy and food industries“.

She has won several awards such as the “Best in Product Liability” award at the 2019 LMG Euromoney Europe Women in Business Law Awards and the Lexology Client Choice award in Product Liability in 2021. In The Legal 500 EMEA, France chapter, Sylvie is recognised as a ‘Leading Individual’ for product liability within the Dispute Resolution: Commercial Litigation category.

Firm Overview:

We advise our clients on multijurisdictional transactions and disputes. We operate efficiently and effectively with specialist foreign-trained lawyers on the ground whenever required.

Signature achieves efficiency through our lawyers’ dedication to legal work for our clients, and the employment of managers who focus on day-to-day management.

We have also taken advantage of developments in technology and outsourcing to ensure that our provision of legal services is matched by a dynamic and efficient delivery in the support areas.

Our constant goal is to ensure that our clients receive a legal service that surpasses the best available in London, delivered from a conflict-free platform which is agile, results oriented and highly personable.

We meet the increased demand for highly experienced commercial litigation advice and support in complex cases, where the dedication of a niche specialist firm yields results. All our partners, associates, foreign qualified lawyers and paralegals are dedicated solely to commercial litigation, arbitration and regulatory investigations.

Advisory Excellence Appoints Sylvie Gallage-Alwis and Signature Litigation AARPI in France (

Romain Gerardin-Fresse

Romain Gerardin-Fresse is our exclusively recommended Corporate Law expert in France on the Advisory Excellence website. If you need assistance in this area, please contact Romain directly using the contact details listed above.

Advisory Excellence Appoints Romain Gerardin-Fresse and GFK CONSEILS-JURIDIS in France (

Romain is considered one of the top 10 legal experts in Europe. A former political and diplomatic advisor, Romain advises large fortunes, celebrities, certain governments and the leaders of large international groups. Several times decorated by the authorities for the quality of his legal work, Romain founded the firm GFK CONSEILS-JURIDIS, which was elected “Best Luxury Multi-Family Office and Business Law Firm” 2019 and 2020 by the Luxury Lifestyle Awards, Luxury Crisis Management Firm of the Year 2019 by European Magazine with 40000 votes and “Best Reputational Consultancy and Business Law Firm 2020” by Executive Global Magazine. Romain has been on the cover of the Winter 2020 edition of Executive Global Magazine and the Spring edition of Business Worldwide Magazine. Romain appears regularly on television and in newspapers to give his analysis of the news. Romain contributes to the Agenda of the World Economic Forum and has just joined the Financial Council of Forbes in March 2020. Romain has just been elected Strategist of the Year 2020 by the EBM Institute and “Banking and Finance Lawyer of the Year” by Business Worldwide Magazine.

Firm Overview:

GFK CONSEILS-JURIDIS supports large groups and individuals with high profiles, in order to assist them in defining their strategies, resolving disputes of concern to them, and defining the best tax scheme.

Specialised in crisis management, audit and arbitration, the Firm coordinates all the due diligence to be carried out. Through constant legal monitoring, the strategies developed are refined and adapted in real time.

Many times awarded for the quality of its work, the firm GFK CONSEILS-JURIDIS was elected “Best Luxury Multi-Family Office and Business Law Firm” 2019 and 2020 by the Luxury Lifestyle Awards, “Luxury Crisis Management Firm of the Year 2019” by European Business Magazine with 40,000 votes, and “Best Reputational Consultancy and Business Law Firm 2020” by Executive Global Magazine. Also crowned “Banking and Finance Lawyer of the Year 2020” by Business Worldwide Magazine, and “Strategist of the Year 2020” by the EBM Institute, GFK CONSEILS-JURIDIS offices beyond borders, in New York where he has taken up residence on Park Avenue, and in Dubai where the firm is located on the famous Sheikh Zayed Road.


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