K&L Gates’ Paris office was our second in continental Europe. In addition to being France’s capital and its largest city, Paris is also the center for all professional services including legal services in France. Our lawyers are fluent in French and English, have significant international experience and, in many cases, have U.S. and EU as well as French legal qualifications. The Paris office has a national and international practice. Our main practice areas are corporate/M&A, private equity, litigation and arbitration, real estate, banking and finance, tax, IP/IT/privacy and labor and employment.
The corporate practice encompasses private and public mergers and acquisitions and private equity as well as company law matters and a wide range of commercial contracts. The group focuses on transactional work in a variety of industries, including the technology, media and health care sectors. Clients include French and international public and private businesses, private equity funds and banks. Our lawyers have regular experience in cross-border deals and have acted for numerous U.S.-based companies.
Our litigation and arbitration practice covers domestic and international disputes. The team has experience in French domestic procedures as well as many forms of international arbitration including ICC, UNCITRAL and ICSID. Clients include private- and public-sector entities across a range of industries.
The real estate practice focuses on transactions for international and national businesses acquiring or leasing sites throughout France, as well as development work and joint ventures, construction and real estate litigation.
Our banking and finance practice advises banks and borrowers on all aspects of mainstream lending, structured finance and commercial real estate financing. The team advises on many types of transactions, both nationally and internationally, including acquisitions, project finance, restructuring and insolvency, equity and credit derivatives, property investment and development.
Our tax lawyers advise financial institutions and funds, international corporations, and individuals on French and international tax-related matters, including domestic and cross-border asset financings and securitizations, capital investment ventures and the establishment of tax-efficient structures in conjunction with mergers and acquisitions, real estate transactions, acquisition financings and leveraged buyouts.
The Paris IP/IT/privacy practice has wide-ranging experience, with a particular focus on trademarks, e-business, data protection and outsourcing. The team advises clients across many sectors on business-critical issues such as Internet and website protection, privacy and content.
With distinctive experience in labor and employment relations within French and international companies, listed or unlisted, of various sizes, our Paris labor team advises and assists clients with a concrete and pragmatic approach. Our experience includes advising on redundancy plans, compensation and benefits policies, health and safety issues, white-collar litigation, employee shareholding, expatriation and immigration