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 2018

    • Foreign Expert (Japan)

    “Tami Chida of Altana provides Japanese and French clients with corporate and business law advice regarding investments between the two jurisdictions.


  • Chambers Global 2018

    • Intellectual Property

    “Frank Valentin of Altana regularly advises on trade mark and patent disputes. His clients include both domestic and international companies from a range of industries, and he is notably active in the technology field.


  • Chambers Global 2018

    • Business Litigation

    “Valerie Lafarge-Sarkozy of Altana is recommended as “a really good litigator.””

    “Sources recognise Christophe Lapp of Altana for his “strong reputation in construction litigation.””


  • Chambers Europe 2018

    • Business Litigation

    “Well-respected team providing litigation services to a broad roster of clients, from sectors spanning engineering, petrochemicals and life sciences. Clients appreciate that the lawyers are “really good team players and very accessible.””

  • Legal 500 2018

    • Intellectual Property: Trademarks & Designs, Copyrights

    ” At Altana, the copyright and trade marks team ‘works very efficiently and punctually’”.

  • Legal 500 2018

    • Intellectual Property: Patents

    “Altana s’est doté d’une solide expertise dans le domaine de la propriété intellectuelle et industrielle en recrutant plusieurs personnalités reconnues du marché.”

  • Legal 500 2017

    • Insurance

    “Altana a recruté une nouvelle équipe qui allie des compétences contentieuses, réglementaires et de fusions-acquisitions. Gilles Gaillard conseille plusieurs grands groupes mutualistes et des compagnies d’assurances s’agissant de la réalisation d’opérations stratégiques. Valérie Lafarge-Sarkozy traite des contentieux en responsabilité en matière financière et industrielle.”

  • Legal 500 2017

    • Insolvency

    “Altana ‘goes straight to the point and provides concrete and technical solutions’. The firm is involved in restructuring and insolvency cases of all sizes, largely acting for distressed companies.  Michel Jockey and Pierre-Gilles Wogue are highly experienced.”

  • Legal 500 2017

    • Construction Law

    “Altana advises major engineering groups as well as sponsors and is highly rated for litigation. The firm is involved in a number of high-profile matters in the public sector. Christophe Lapp, Louis des Cars and François Muller are the main contacts..”

  • Legal 500 2017

    • Arbitrage international

    Altana possède une équipe qui est réputée pour sa forte expertise dans le domaine de la construction. A la tête de l’activité d’arbitrage, Christophe Lapp est recommandé et de plus en plus sollicité pour intervenir en qualité d’arbitre. François Muller et la nouvelle promue associée Caroline Duclercq sont également impliqués dans les dossiers.”

  •  Legal 500 2017

    • EU Competition & Distribution

    Altana assists major French, US and Asian clients in dealing with their strategic competition and commercial issues. Practice head Jean-Philippe Thibault ‘knows how to meet Japanese clients’ expectations’. The recent hires of Marie Hindré and Frédéric Manin have been well received.”

  • Legal 500 2017

    • Commercial Litigation

    “Altana represents several major industrial and engineering companies. The firm deals with commercial, industrial and banking fraud disputes. Julien Balensi, Guillaume Forbin, Valérie Lafarge-Sarkozy and Christophe Lapp are recommended.”

  • Legal 500 2017

    • Employment Law

    “Altana acts for many leading French companies across issues such as restructuring, mass litigation, M&A and insolvency work. The practice is led by the highly experienced Pierre Lubet and Mickaël d’Allende.”

  • Legal 500 2017

    • Christophe Lapp as leading individual (Construction Law)

    “Altana conseille de grands groupes du BTP et des maîtres d’ouvrage. Le cabinet est doté d’une forte expertise contentieuse et possède une grande expérience, y compris en matière d’arbitrage. Christophe Lapp, Louis des Cars et François Muller figurent parmi les principaux intervenants.”

  • Option Finance / Option Droit & Affaires 2017

    Droit pénal des affaires / sanctions AMF

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