Independent Business Law Firm

Step up…

Altana is an independent Paris-based business law firm of 80 lawyers with multi-disciplinary teams offering a combination of transactional and litigation expertise.

Step Up from our altana (an Italian word describing a venetian overlooking terrace) and better embrace the complexity of the world that surrounds us. Our aim is to have a 360° view of the business world and offer a tailored and valued added advice

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… to think ahead

Because innovation is at the heart of the business lawyer’s profession: anticipation, imagination and expertise have become paramount in providing best-suited solutions in an ever changing legal environment.

Today more than ever, high quality strategic legal advice consists in anticipating possible disputes and providing appropriate means to solve them. It also requires moving swiftly when facing a crisis.


  • Chambers Global 2019

    • Intellectual Property

    “Frank Valentin of Altana often represents clients in copyright and trade mark issues at the French and European level, as well as patent infringement matters. He is particularly active in the IT and life sciences sectors.


  • Chambers Global 2019

    • Business Litigation

    “Valerie Lafarge-Sarkozy of Altana is described as “very communicative and responsive.””

    “Christophe Lapp is very well regarded in construction disputes where interviewees appreciate his knowledge and defence strategies. He regularly acts on disputes arising from competition issues, with additional experience in the telecommunications sector””


  • Chambers Europe 2019

    • Restructuring / Insolvency

    “Strong team advising companies on a range of domestic and cross-border distressed M&A and debt restructuring deals. One source appreciates the “full involvement of the team as well as the lawyers’ high level of skill in all technical and legal areas.”

  • Chambers Europe 2019

    • Business Litigation

    “An impressed client remarks that the lawyers are “sharp in dealing with cases and go in depth on all the documentation.” Others appreciate the practice for being “communicative and responsive.””


  • Chambers Europe 2019

    • White-Collar Crime

    “”Excellent practitioner” Philippe Goossens is said to be “a pleasure to work with” by interviewees.”

  • Chambers Europe 2018

    • Real Estate : Construction

    Christophe Lapp of Altana is praised as “one of the best in his subject.” He focuses on construction law, including complex disputes. One source states: “He has great intelligence and a real international reach.””

  • Legal 500 2019

    • IT, Telecoms & the Internet

    “Altana’s ‘very good’ IT team assisted clients with the implementation of IT tools, represented victims of cyber attacks and fraudulent scams, and counselled a major online retailer on the implications of premium domain names.”

  • Legal 500 2018

    • Insurance

    “Altana has significant expertise in the insurance and reinsurance sectors.” 

  • Legal 500 2018

    • Construction Law

    “Altana often advises contractors and major French construction companies on the realisation of public and private sector projects. The firm has strong advisory and litigation expertise.”

  • Legal 500 2018

    • Employment Law

    “The ‘responsive and easy going’ Altana advises many leading French and international clients including banking, pharmaceutical, luxury good, retail and industrial and engineering corporations. The eteam shows ‘excellent expertise and analytical skills’.”

  • Legal 500 2018

    • Commercial Litigation

    “Altana’s ‘highly efficient and professional’ team handles a very diverse caseload spanning commercial, banking, financial and product liability litigation.”

  • Legal 500 2019

    • Healthcare & Life Sciences

    ” The healthcare lawyers at Altana are very professional and effective’ “.

  • Legal 500 2018

    • Insolvency

    “Altana ‘has a high level of expertise’, is ‘available on short notice and delivers high-quality service’. The ‘very professional’ and ‘technical’ nine-lawyer team often advises debtors and shareholders, and can handle cross-border cases.”

  •  Legal 500 2018

    • EU Competition & Distribution

    Altana has visibly broadened its economic and competition law offering .”

  • Option Finance / Option Droit & Affaires 2018

    M&A inférieur à 200M€

    • 4 étoiles