The Legal 500: Altana’s teams once again recognized for excellence
18/04/2019 - Awards and nominations
Following the excellent rankings obtained from Chambers last month, Altana has also been recognized by Legal 500 EMEA.
The firm would like to thank its clients, first and foremost, for their continued confidence.
The 2019 edition of Legal 500 EMEA recognizes in particular the experience and dedication of Altana’s partners and associates in complex, multi-disciplinary matters.
This edition confirms the firm’s position as a leader in several industries, as well as the strong momentum of its teams, several of which improved their ranking (Copyright, Employment, Insolvency).
Altana is featured in 14 categories. The complete rankings are available here.
Construction: Tier 1
“Altana is instructed by many of France’s leading construction and 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. The nine-lawyer team is led by the highly experienced Christophe Lapp, Louis des Cars and François Muller.”
Employment: Tier 2
“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. Mickaël d’Allende and Pierre Lubet jointly head the team.”
Insolvency: Tier 2
“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’. The practice, which primarily acts for debtors and shareholders, regularly advises on key matters and recently handled highlight work in the retail, press and IT sectors. Practice co-heads Michel Jockey and Pierre-Gilles Wogue are key contacts. Julien Balensi is also noted.”
Intellectual Property – Copyright: Tier 2
“Altana’s copyright offering is especially strong in the digital world, where it advises on both transactions and litigation.”
Intellectual Property – Trademarks & Designs: Tier 2
“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‘. Other key names to note include Pierre Lubet, Armand Aviges, senior associate Cédric Meiller and Jean-Guy de Ruffray, who was recently promoted to partner.”
Dispute Resolution – Commercial Litigation: Tier 3
“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.. Key names in the practice include Christophe Lapp; Guillaume Forbin, who is ‘very easy to work with and a great team leader’; Valérie Lafarge-Sarkozy; Julien Balensi; Armand Aviges; and the ‘experienced’ Jean-Philippe Thibault, who has ‘an excellent track record’.”
Dispute Resolution – White-collar Crime: Tier 3
Altana has a ‘very good criminal litigation practice and does what it takes to win a case’. The ‘experienced’ Philippe Goossens is highly regarded and regularly handles sensitive cases, including money-laundering, international corruption and criminal labour law matters.”
EU Competition & Distribution: Tier 3
“The competition and antitrust offering at Altana covers antitrust litigation, merger clearance and distribution matters under the joint leadership of Marie Hindré, Frédéric Manin and Jean-Philippe Thibault.”
Healthcare & Life Sciences: Tier 3
“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. Three partners – Armand Aviges, Jean-Nicolas Soret and Frank Valentin – jointly lead the practice, which is currently handling patent litigation pertaining to inventor rights.”
Intellectual Property – Patents: Tier 3
“The four-partner team at Altana advises French and international clients on the protection and enforcement of their intangible assets. In recent highlights, the team acted on a number of sensitive and high-stakes patent litigation cases in the technology and healthcare sectors. ”
IT, Telecoms & the Internet: Tier 3
“Pierre Lubet, Frank Valentin and Jean-Guy Ruffray are the senior names to note within the IT and data protection team at Altana. Valentin and counsel Charlotte Hébert-Salomon are representing an insurance broker in proceedings against two IT providers on the grounds of a contract breach arising from their failure to complete an integration project. 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.”
Insurance: Tier 3
Administrative & Public Law: Tier 5
Dispute Resolution – International Arbitration: Tier 5