In February 2015, a new law imposing statutory minimum wage regulations on foreign truck drivers plying international routes to and from France and undertaking cabotage in the country. It follows a similar move by the German government earlier in the month. In the aviation sector, there has been a significant amount of transactional work including the delivery of five French tax leased aircraft to China Eastern Airlines. In the following pages we list 39 of the leading rail, road, aviation and shipping lawyers in France.
2015 began with several high-profile trademark matters. The Court of Paris recently reached a decision finding no trademark infringement, no counterfeiting and no unfair competition in a case brought by Gucci against Guess. The decision saw Gucci’s request for 55 million euros in damages denied. Furthermore, France’s IP office rejected 50 trademark applications for ‘Je suis Charlie’. In this active sphere, we identify 27 leading lawyers.
Customs law is a highly specialised field largely limited to independent firms. The eurozone crisis has dragged down imports but the need for companies to optimise their cash flow and avoid criminal liability remains imperative. As such, trade and customs law in France continues to be a steady field of work for practitioners. Below we list the five leading specialists, according to our research.
M&A activity has slowly started to pick up, leading to greater transactional work for lawyers in the TMT sphere. Data protection is increasingly gaining importance, and with the proposed new General Data Protection Regulation coming from the EU, France is one of a number of countries who will have to adjust its regime to meet the new requirements. In this section we single out the 50 leading lawyers in this area.
The regulation of sports activity in France by authorities and private sports organisations has inevitably been affected by internationalisation which has increased the weight of global regulation. In this sector, we single out three leading names.
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