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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 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 of paramount importance in providing optimum solutions in an ever changing legal environment.

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

Recommendations

  • Legal 500 EMEA 2019

    • 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 has recently assisted clients with contractual matters linked to the construction of tunnels and a French harbour.  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.’”

  • Legal 500 EMEA 2019

    • Healthcare & Life Sciences

    “The 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.”

  • Option Finance / Option Droit & Affaires 2019

    M&A below 200M€

    • 4 stars
  • Décideurs 2019 [Leaders League]

    Commercial Litigation

    • Leading (Band 1)