French Desk

LEADERSHIP: James D. Rosener

Representative matters handled by members of our French Desk include the following:

M&A, Corporate and Joint Venture Engagements

  • represented IGATE, an IT company focused on business process outsourcing, in its $4 billion merger with French consulting company Capgemini
  • counsel to Canal+, a subsidiary of Vivendi Universal, in the sale of its subsidiary Canal+ Technologies to Thomson Multimedia, a French public company
  • counsel to Crédit Agricole in the $500 million sale of its equity interest in MasterCard to Bank of America
  • counsel to Canal+ Technologies in multilateral negotiations for equity investments from, and the establishment of strategic alliances with, Sun Microsystems (U.S.), Sony Corporation (Japan), Thomson Multimedia (France) and Sogecable SA (Spain)
  • counsel to Altran, global leader in innovation and high-tech engineering consulting, in its acquisition of a U.S. engineering technology firm
  • counsel to Vinci Energies, a leader in the energy and information technologies area, in its acquisition of a U.S. IT services provider
  • counsel to Liberty M.P. S.A.S, a joint venture of Electricité de France and Liberty Technologies, Inc.(a U.S. company that makes valves, motors, etc. for nuclear power plants and industrial plants) in connection with general corporate matters relative to distribution, license, manufacturing and service agreements, as well as general corporate matters
  • counsel to Lesaffre et Cie, the world leader in the yeast market, in numerous transactions and other matters
  • represented a French publicly traded group In an acquisition of a U.S. technology engineering firm with India operations
  • represented a French publicly traded group in an acquisition of a U.S. integration firm
  • counsel to a French radiopharmaceuticals company in an acquisition of a network of specialized pharmacies in the U.S.
  • represented a French consulting firm in an acquisition of a UK consulting firm with U.S. operations
  • represented a French software company in an acquisition of a Canadian software company with U.S. operations
  • advised a French medical imaging software company in connection with the establishment of its U.S. operations
  • advised a French medical equipment rental company in connection with the establishment of its U.S. operations
  • advised a French technology company in its sale to a French publicly traded media and technology company
  • represented a French bank in the $500 million sale of its equity interests in a U.S. publicly traded company
  • represented a French company in the purchase of an agricultural processing business located in Scotland and owned by the Unilever Group in the Netherlands
  • represented a French defense electronics business in various U.S. acquisitions and dispositions of U.S. subsidiaries
  • represented a French avionics company in joint ventures with a California-based aerospace company
  • advised a U.S. company in the formation of an EC-based technology joint venture with a French utility
  • advised a U.S.-based computer company in connection with its acquisition by a major French computer company
  • represented a French multinational in its hostile takeover of a public company
  • represented a French software company on the formation of its U.S. affiliate company and licensing of drug discovery software to U.S. pharmaceutical companies
  • counseled a French software company on the licensing of software to U.S. pharmaceutical companies
  • represented a major French investment banking firm in connection with the restructuring and sale of a specialty telecommunications company
  • represented several French corporations in their U.S. operations, including their entry into the U.S. market
  • represented a French television and U.S. magazine company in an investment by a leading investment banking firm
  • represented a U.S. subsidiary of a large French electronics and defense company in connection with its acquisition of a Silicon Valley developer of software development tools
  • represented a French agro-chemical company in the creation of a joint venture to own and operate a major U.S. yeast manufacturer
  • advised the subsidiary of a French private equity firm in its purchase of a U.S. health and beauty company
  • advised an international transaction whereby the target was French entity with multiple shareholders
  • advised on transfer pricing issues between the U.S. and France, putting in place intercompany agreements
  • counsel to a large U.S. private equity fund on the tax structuring of its purchase of a majority position in a French clothing designer.

U.S. Litigation and Antitrust Counseling

Members of our French Desk have handled commercial litigation nationally and internationally on behalf of French clients, as well as providing antitrust counseling and training to numerous French companies doing business in the U.S. and internationally. Representative engagements include:

  • ongoing supervision of complex civil and criminal litigation in India involving a French client company, its Dutch subsidiary and their Indian joint venture partner, obtaining favorable judgment in Mumbai High Court in October 2015; aspects of litigation arise in Netherlands, France and Switzerland
  • the defense of tying claims brought against the French corporate parent of a major international tire manufacturer, including jurisdictional issues associated with the parent being sued in U.S. courts
  • advised numerous transnational litigations in the U.S. and abroad, including cases involving theft of trade secret information governed by French law; breach of contract and misappropriation of confidential information involving German and Swiss law; shareholder and employment disputes governed by English law; breach of contract and failure to comply with corporation governance requirements under Indian law; and cross-claims and enforcement of judgments governed by Italian law
  • representation of a French chemical company in judgment enforcement proceedings in the U.S.
  • representing a major French manufacturer of building materials, flat glass, abrasives and other products in a suit alleging conspiracy to monopolize a technology market 
  • counsel to Lesaffre & Cie to assist in the management of litigation in India, Switzerland and other jurisdictions
  • counsel to Lesaffre & Cie in the successful defense of a U.S. Department of Justice challenge to the company’s Red Star acquisition
  • counsel to various American subsidiaries of Lesaffre & Cie in domestic litigation challenging advertising practices
  • counsel to Saint-Gobain in U.S. government investigations and a U.S. arbitration pertaining to the manufacture of bulletproof shields for use in military vests
  • counsel to numerous U.S. and French subsidiaries of Veolia, a global leader in water solutions technologies, in matters including commercial, intellectual property and construction litigation
  • designing and implementing antitrust training in the U.S. and internationally, including a three-day training program for a multinational manufacturer in France with operations in 60 countries, that included strategies for avoiding allegations of price fixing and other antitrust violations
  • providing ongoing antitrust counseling pertaining to pricing, distribution and cooperation with competitors for Arkema, Saint-Gobain, Veolia and Lesaffre & Cie
  • represented the U.S. arm of Air Liquide in various litigation matters, including contract claims, real estate litigation and employment litigation
  • representing HEMA S.A.S. and its U.S. subsidiary, Sidel, Inc., in product liability litigation involving filler units used in canned food production.

Intellectual Property Engagements

Members of our French Desk regularly represent French clients with respect to U.S. and international intellectual property issues, often in coordination with foreign counsel. Representative engagements include:

  • represented HTL SAS, a French biotechnology firm, in obtaining and memorializing intellectual property, production and development rights related to chondroitin sulphate for use in pharmaceuticals, cosmetics, foods and nutraceuticals
  • counsel to CoActive Technologies SAS, a designer and manufacturer of switches and touch-screen displays for the consumer electronics industry, responsible for U.S. patent filings and coordinating filings with French patent counsel
  • counsel to Lesaffre & Cie and Red Star Yeast in prosecuting U.S. patent applications and in managing the companies’ trademark portfolio
  • patent preparation, prosecution and opinion work for Lucent Technologies (before its merger with Alcatel)
  • patent preparation, prosecution, licensing and counseling for FCI, a leading manufacturer of connectors for various markets such as automotive, telecommunication infrastructures and consumer and industrial electronics
  • serving as intellectual property litigation counsel in the U.S. for Saint-Gobain and many of its subsidiaries in a wide variety of matters, including patent, trademark, trade dress, trade secret, false advertising and copyright, involving building, industrial and consumer products.

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