Independent Business Law Firm

Independent Business Law Firm

Independent Business Law Firm

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.


  • Legal 500 EMEA 2018

    • Construction Law

    “Altana is instructed by many of France’s leading engineering companies to advise on public and private sector projects in France and abroad. The firm has particular knowledge of FIDIC and NEC engineering and construction contracts.  It also has strong expertise in representing clients in disputes before the courts and state authorities.”

  • Legal 500 EMEA 2019

    • Employment Law

    “Altana acts for a French and international client base, which includes major insurance groups, industrial companies and Japanese corporations. The team handles high-value work and stands out in particular for insolvency-related cases and advice on data protection issues. The practice is also managing restructuring and mass litigation claims.”

  • Legal 500 EMEA 2019

    • Intellectual Property : Trademarks & Design

    “Altana’s intellectual property team acts for its French and international clients on the protection, enforcement and commercialisation of their intangible assets. Frank Valentin and recently promoted counsel Charlotte Hébert-Salomon ‘spend time learning the ins and outs of their clients’ business cultures‘ and ‘take feedback to constantly adapt and improve their service‘.”

    • Intellectual Property : Copyrights

    “Altana’s copyright offering is especially strong in the digital world, where it advises on both transactions and litigation.”

  • Legal 500 EMEA 2019

    • Insolvency

    “Altana stands out for its involvement in litigation, where it ‘provides innovative ideas and regular follow ups’. The highly experienced nine-lawyer team is also valued for its ‘ability to stick to its position and focus on what is needed to protect its clients’ interests’.

  • Legal 500 EMEA 2019

    • Commercial Litigation

    “Altana’s ‘commercial, practical and responsive’ team ‘understands its clients very well and does what it takes to win a case’. The firm has the resources and ability to handle a wide range of matters, such as commercial, financial, corporate and product liability disputes. It represents high-profile French and international groups, including Asian clients and prominent companies in the pharmaceutical, telecoms and insurance sectors. The firm also handles mediation proceedings and cross-border matters. Guillaume Forbin is ‘very easy to work with and a great team leader’; Jean-Philippe Thibault, has ‘an excellent track record’”

  • Legal 500 EMEA 2019

    • Healthcare & Life Sciences

    “TThe healthcare and life sciences product liability team at Altana represents pharmaceutical companies in domestic and international litigation, M&A transactions and intellectual property matters”.

  •  Legal 500 EMEA 2019

    • EU Competition & Distribution

    “The competition and antitrust offering at Altana covers antitrust litigation, merger clearance and distribution matters.”

  • Legal 500 EMEA 2019

    • IT, Telecoms & the Internet

    “Pierre Lubet, Frank Valentin and Jean-Guy Ruffray are the senior names to note within the IT and data protection team at Altana.  Heavyweight technology clients also appoint the firm to advise on e-commerce and online distribution matters, contractual issues, data privacy and regulatory compliance, and unfair competition claims arising from allegations of restricted access to internet and telecom services.”

  • 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.””

  • Option Finance / Option Droit & Affaires 2018

    M&A inférieur à 200M€

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