France: Franchise 2018

This year we recognise eight individuals for their expertise in franchising law and their experience assisting clients in the establishment, maintenance and growth of their franchise businesses.

Most Highly Regarded
1. Gilles Menguy GM Avocats, Paris

At GM AVOCATS, Gilles Menguy is the foremost franchise lawyer in France who draws praise for his expert handling of transactional and contractual matters in the area. Sources state, “Gilles is a really good international franchise lawyer.”

Olivia Gast at GAST AVOCATS focuses her leading practice on franchise and distribution law matters and is regularly engaged by both international and domestic franchisors to handle transactions as well as disputes.

At BERTHEZÈNE NEVOUET RIVET, Julien Rivet stands out as “a leading specialist with an excellent reputation” according to respondents who commend him for his strong expertise in franchise, distribution and general commercial law.

TAYLOR WESSING’s Grégoire Toulouse leads the firm’s franchise practice and is recognised for his broad franchising expertise, from advising on the establishment of distribution networks to competition and business expansion matters.

Simon Hotte at FIDAL receives plaudits from sources who consider him “a great and dynamic lawyer”. He is highly sought after by clients for his particular expertise in distribution law matters.

Gerard Sautereau at HENRY SAUTEREAU is internationally recognised as a franchise law specialist who boasts deep and impressive knowledge of the area. 

International peers “really rate” Olivier Binder at GRANRUT AVOCATS for his tremendous understanding of French franchise law, most notably when it comes to retail and distribution matters. 

Olivier Deschamps at CABINET LINKEA is “a must for inclusion” according to market commentators who consider him “one of the best in France for franchising”. He is regularly instructed to advise a range of market players including franchisors and networks.      

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Nominees have been selected based upon comprehensive, independent survey work with both general counsel and private practice lawyers worldwide. Only specialists who have met independent international research criteria are listed.

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