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France: Franchise 2017

The lawyers featured in this chapter are adept in handling contentious and non-contentious franchise law issues, acting for both international and domestic franchisors and franchisees. We recognise seven nominees in the following pages.

GM AVOCATS’ managing partner Gilles Menguy is internationally renowned for his work in the franchise law space. He regularly assists both franchisors and master franchisees in the gamut of franchise-related issues, including contract and distribution agreement drafting, network establishment and representation in contentious matters.

Full-service international firm TAYLOR WESSING is home to the “superb” Grégoire Toulouse. Head of the firm’s franchise group in Paris, Toulouse is a specialist in franchise and distribution law. One source considered him “very responsive”.

At GRANRUT AVOCATS, Olivier Binder is a seasoned practitioner with a longstanding practice focusing on the establishment of franchise networks and distribution agreements.

CABINET LINKEA’s Olivier Deschamps is described as a “go-to name” in France for franchisors requiring experienced litigation counsel. He also regularly assists clients in pre-litigation matters and the establishment of franchise networks.

At FIDAL, Simon Hotte is a contractual specialist with considerable experience advising on sale and purchase distribution, logistics and franchise distribution networks.

Olivia Gast of GAST AVOCATS is considered “one of the best in the country” by one source. She assists clients with the full range of inbound and outbound distribution issues, providing advice at all stages of the process.

HENRY SAUTEREAU’s Gerard Sautereau is a recognised expert in this area.

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