Jean-Luc Sfez

Jean-Luc SFEZ (Business School, Master in Law, CPA), managing-partner, started his career at The World Bank before working during six years in a Big Four and founding DSA in 1981. He has advised on more than 200 M&A transactions.

Jean-Luc is a financial consultant with broad experience in all aspects of accounting, auditing and corporate finance including tax. He has direct experience with Venture Capital as financial advisor and strategic analyst and also large experience as direct investor in Small and Mid Caps as well as companies under LBO’s.

Firm description

DSA Group supports middle market entrepreneurs with tailored expertise and services since 1981.

Our independence, human size and creativity ensure the effectiveness, anticipation and added value that small and medium enterprises demand.

Our range of services covers the main issues that a manager may encounter:

– Accounting
– Auditing & Transaction Services
– Corporate Finance
– Consulting
– Delegated management

The multidisciplinary approach offers our clients serious added value and time saving.

Being entrepreneurs themselves, partners are really able to understand clients’ needs. They adapt to each client’s unique issues and state of operation.

We offer creative solutions. We develop a pragmatic overview of the specific issues the business faces and propose coherent solutions that take the economic and regulatory contexts into account.

We help our client being proactive. We have always come up with innovative solutions, providing the client with just the right service at just the right time.

Our long standing experience has enabled us to build up close relationships with major players: investment funds, lawyers, bankers.

Accounting

Control over numbers and financial information has come to play an ever-increasing role in the life and future of businesses.

DSA is a true partner to a great number of high-growth small and medium businesses, helping them to keep and revise their accounts, and providing assistance with staff management (eg hiring, dismissal, payroll, social declaration). For each of our services, DSA provides quality and innovative methods to help you take the best decisions, control the uncertainties and anticipate changes.

DSA runs a service dedicated to guide French subsidiaries of foreign groups. This very specific expertise, bound to our membership in the AGN network enables DSA to assist French subsidiaries of multinational groups with their accounting, tax, labor law, social regulation and reporting needs. AGN is made up of independent consulting firms in over eighty countries.

Auditing

In the field of statutory auditing, DSA is present throughout France in a wide range of market sectors. DSA assures you of the regularity of your accounts and published financial data.

On this highly competitive market, our group has developed a range of services and technical solutions dedicated to the special needs of small and medium businesses and industries (some of which are listed), as well as to those of mutual funds and their management companies.

DSA’s ambition is to provide small and medium businesses with the thoroughness and quality of the best practices in the field. In fact, our partners trained at leading international auditing and consulting firms including the famous “Big Four”.

Our audit team can also perform other statutory duties such as audits of capital contributions, mergers, and acquisitions, various certificates (eg equity certificate) and contractual audits for specific operations (eg M&A, transfers, IPO).

DSA offers also a range of services devoted to private equity funds. DSA supports PE funds with realism and reactivity, providing a team specialized in acquisition and vendor due diligence who can adapt to the fund’s specific operations and needs.

Transaction services

Our audit team can perform statutory duties such as audits of capital contributions, mergers, acquisitions, certificates (eg equity certificate) and contractual audits for specific operations (eg M&A, transfers, IPO).

In those times of crisis, DSA team has developed strong skills in restructuring advisory which are nowadays necessary to complete certain transactions.

DSA offers also a range of services devoted to private equity funds. DSA supports PE funds with realism and reactivity, providing a team specialized in acquisition and vendor due diligence who can adapt to the fund’s specific operations and needs.

Corporate finance

Corporate finance has the challenge of matching increasingly complex operations with the right financial resources. DSA Corporate Finance has expertise in mergers, acquisitions and financing on behalf of many industrial and commercial groups as well as investment funds.

We have taken part in over 150 different operations of all kinds.

Every day, we put this expertise to help the SMBs and investment funds we serve.

Professionals at DSA have also assisted with stock transactions, such as takeover bids, exchange offerings and buy-back offers. In addition, DSA possesses specific expertise in advising French and foreign companies on raising funds in France through private or public investments.

We provide clients such as investment funds, entrepreneurs and growth enterprises a key contact to guide them through each stage of the transaction: identification of operations, negotiation, legal, tax and financial briefs and due diligence.

The corporate finance service also assists clients in financing their working capital requirements.

Carlos Villacorta Salís

Carlos Villacorta Salís is a lawyer, member of the Madrid Bar Association and managing partner of BCV Lex Madrid’s offices.

He has been involved since 1992 as a plaintiff lawyer in cases related to numerous international aviation accidents and incidents.

In the aviation field his Firm has represented over 3,000 clients, family members of nearly 1,000 passengers affected by more than 30 accidents.

Throughout the years, he has focused on defective products litigation, in cases such as the BAL/DHL midair collision over Lake Konstanz (Germany), the Flash Airlines accident in Charm-El-Sheikh (Egypt), and more recently in the Spanair tragedy at Barajas Airport (Spain), or the Air France accident in the Atlantic Ocean.

His work also covers other areas of cross-border personal injury litigation (RTA, medical negligence, pharmaceutical liability, product liability, collective damages, etc.).

He has been a frequent speaker at numerous national and international events (Peopil, GJN, BIICL, UPM, UNIA, ICAM) and written articles around different legal subjects.

He is member of the AAJ (Governor), Peopil, Global Justice Network Ltd. (Board member) and Legal Abroad (Partner). He is also Co-Chair of the Section of Aeronautical and Space Law of the Madrid Bar Association (ICAM), Vice-president of AEDAE (Spanish Association of Air and Space Law) and member of the Board of Directors of ANAVA-RC. He speaks Spanish, English, and French.

BCV Lex:

Representation and assistance for victims of plane crashes, maritime disasters, and land transportation accidents

With over 20 years’ experience, we have represented more than 3,500 victims (or their family members) of 35 plane crashes in recent years. From our offices in Madrid and Bordeaux, and with the cooperation of an international network of partners, we develop the best global strategy for these particularly complex litigation proceedings, which always include an international component often overlooked by those whose expertise lies elsewhere.

Our area of practice likewise extends to victims of other types of public transport accidents, such as maritime disasters and train crashes.

We also have experience in representing the victims of powerful pharmaceutical companies that have sold defective products, putting people’s health and lives at risk, as well as the victims of medical malpractice.

Only a specialized law firm that is fully conversant with International Codes and Regulations and how big corporations operate is capable of representing victims the way they deserve.

Anne-Katel Martineau

Anne-Katel has built up ten years of experience in Information and communications technology law. Her broad-based approach to cases and passion for her clients’ sectors enable her to quickly grasp their issues. She is therefore able to truly address their business-related issues.

Her entrepreneurial spirit and passion for law, art, and cutting-edge technologies encouraged her to establish her own law firm – MEDIASTIC – in Paris. She wishes to provide “haute-couture” services at competitive fees to assist start-ups and freelancers in their innovative projects.

The IT Law Practice:

  • E-commerce platforms: supplier and web provider contracts, general and special terms and conditions of sale, general and special terms and conditions of use
  • Legal framework for digital, interactive and non-interactive online content services platforms operating conditions: audio-visual (news), feature length and short films, music, books, photography, video games
  • Electronic communications: distribution contract for telecoms services, telecommunications equipment and associated services, acquisition and supply of dark fibres, VOIP, network deployment and infrastructure connection, and ARCEP assistance (French Regulatory Authority for the Postal Sector and Electronic Communications).
  • Technological risk and insurance: audits and negotiation of insurance contracts with underwriters
  • Mobile phone services: ringtones, wallpaper, triple play services
  • IT policies: drafting and updating policies in relation with evolutions of labour law, enforceability of policies
  • IT contracts: calls for tenders, project owner and project management assistance, development, licences, transfer of rights, integration, information management, sub-contracting, hosting, maintenance, service-level agreements
  • Business software, software and other digital content: development contracts, licences, transfer, distribution, maintenance, sequestration, management of counterfeiting litigation, intrusions in automatic data processing systems and software theft complaints
  • Cloud computing: contract drafting, SaaS, PaaS, IaaS
  • Big Data: contract drafting
  • Information system security and integrity: cyber-surveillance and cybercrime
  • Websites: legal notices, general terms and conditions of use, general terms and conditions of sale, hosting
  • Databases: protection, management of registrations with the APP, counterfeiting litigation and advice on the sui generis regime.
  • Personal data: audits, standard and simplified declarations, transfer of data abroad, authorization applications for special processing (surveys and sensitive data), legal support for setting up video surveillance and biometrics systems, assistance following employee complaints to CNIL (French data protection authority)

MARTINEAU AVOCATS:

The firm’s creation arose from the desire to provide “tailor-made” advice to companies and freelancers on matters relating to Information Technology (IT), Intellectual Property (IP) and assist them in litigation.

The firm strongly focuses on digital law and more specifically in the sectors of computer science, media, visual arts, design, audio-visual, cinema, music, photography and fashion.

The firm was founded by Anne-Katel Martineau in late 2007, under the trademark MEDIASTIC, drawing on partnerships with European and American law firms, especially in New York where she used to work and travels regularly. She is therefore able to accompany the firm’s clients’ in their European and international projects.

In 2012, 2013 and 2014, the firm MEDIASTIC was distinguished by “Décideurs Stratégies” as being one of the best French law firms for its legal practice in the audio-visual and internet sectors, as well as the art market.

In September 2013, the firm was briefly a partnership under the name MEDIASTIC-MARTINEAU ASSOCIES A.A.R.P.I.

After this partnership of a year and a half, Anne-Katel MARTINEAU continues her international development to assist foreign companies to secure their agreements in the digital sector in France and in Europe.

Recognized for its practice in negotiations and settlement agreements in an international context, the firm has been distinguished multiple times and has already received several awards in 2015 in the category “IT law firm of the year in France” by Corporate Intl, Global Law Experts, ACQ5, Professional Sector Network and Corporate LiveWire.

The firm also has a strong focus on the art market, its team being passionate about contemporary art. The firm provides artists with its legal advice and knowledge of the art market. The firm is able to assist them at an international level, through their agents, galleries, or even as an artistic agent.

Caroline Abbar

With approximately 1,100 lawyers in offices around the world, Weil operates according to the “one firm” principle, allowing us to bring the right mix of firm-wide skill and local-market presence to deliver the coordinated legal advice necessary to help our clients achieve their sophisticated goals and objectives.

Continued:

Founded in 1931, Weil has provided legal services to the largest public companies, private equity firms and financial institutions for more than 85 years. Widely recognized by those covering the legal profession, Weil’s lawyers regularly advise clients globally on their most complex Litigation, Corporate, Restructuring, and Tax and Benefits matters. Weil has been a pioneer in establishing a geographic footprint that has allowed the Firm to partner with clients wherever they do business.

Our attention to client service rests upon a few core values:

  • A comprehensive understanding of our clients’ businesses and culture
  • A thorough focus on our clients’ objectives, both short-term and long-term
  • An unwavering commitment to helping clients solve problems in the most efficient, cost-effective way

Anthony Giustini

Anthony Giustini specialises mainly on project development and finance transactions in the oil and gas, petrochemical, power projects, mining and infrastructure sectors, in markets throughout the world.

Who we are & how we work:

We are one of the world’s pre-eminent law firms, with significant depth and range of resources across five continents. As a single, fully integrated, global partnership, we pride ourselves on our approachable, collegial and team-based way of working. We always strive to exceed the expectations of our clients, which include corporates from all the commercial and industrial sectors, governments, regulators, trade bodies and not-for-profit organisations. We provide them with the highest-quality advice and legal insight, which combines the Firm’s global standards with in-depth local expertise.

Many of the world’s leading organisations look to Clifford Chance not just for legal expertise but for advice on business critical issues. They place us in this position of trust because:

  • We expect our people to put the interests of our clients first: we invest in understanding client organisations, their operating context and the opportunities and challenges they face.
  • We give practical advice: we draw on the huge range and depth of our expertise to develop commercial, effective solutions for clients.
  • We believe in the power of teams, rather than individuals: to secure successful outcomes, we bring together groups of people with just the right mix of sector, product and jurisdictional knowledge.
  • We invest for the future: we have always taken the view that we must invest today to build the firm our clients will need 15, 20 or more years into the future. As a result, our resources are second to none, whether our people, our know-how, our approach to client service, or our sheer geographic footprint across 32 major financial centres across the Americas, Asia Pacific, Europe, the Middle East and Africa.

As a leader in our field, we are rightly held to high standards in all we do. We are committed to inspiring the trust of our stakeholders by making Responsible Business a central part of our strategy. This encompasses how we do business and manage risk, as well as our commitment to our people, communities and the environment.

Last, but not least, we aim to be easy to work with, down to earth and approachable.

Ludovic Timbal Duclaux de Martin

Me Ludovic Timbal Duclaux de Martin is an Avocat à la Cour (2000 class with an admission in 1998) registered in the Paris Bar as sports agent (Mandataire Sportif). He holds a Bachelor of Laws (Licence en droit) from the French Paris X University obtained in 1996. In 2002, Ludovic took a sabbatical leave. The experience of Ludovic comes from magic circle law firms. He was sent to London in secondment within the European Associate Programme (2006).

In 2018, he won the Business Lawyer Global Award for France (CorporateLiveWire).

He joined in September 2018 the LIL (Leaders in Law) legal network as the exclusive sports lawyer.

His practice includes:

–         business law (contracts and settlement agreements);

–         specific company law applicable to sportsmen;

–         tax law;

–         advice of sportsman in relation to free movements (including outside the EU);

–         litigation related to doping; and

–         specific administrative litigation and arbitration.

Ludovic holds a master’s degree in business law, a master’s degree in International and European law (all from the University of Paris X – Nanterre) and a master’s degree in contract law (DEA / LLM) from the University of Paris XI – Sud.

He also holds a DESS (LLM) in international business law (University of Paris X – Nanterre) and a diploma of professional English from the University of London (British Institute in Paris).

He holds a certificate in private law and contract enforcement in the United – States of America and in France (contracts and arbitration) from Yale University / Paris II – Panthéon – Assas (2015). He is authorised to plead before English courts.

Ludovic is generally praised from peers for his well-developed general legal background (both in private and public law) and, in some areas, his extensive knowledge. He is described as having an undeniable technical expertise with strong technical and drafting skills (French and English). He is known to have a strong capability to convey complex topics in engaging and accessible ways.

As a transactional lawyer, Ludovic has been nominated several times for market distinctions as Deal Maker of the Year in 2013, for a Global Award and a Law Award in 2014 by the Anglo-Saxon Finance Monthly magazine.

In 2015, Ludovic created his own law firm. For a more personal presentation, he belongs to a family of jurists for two centuries: magistrate, professor of law (Professor Timbal at University of Paris II – Panthéon – Assas), lawyer (bâtonniers, secretary of the conference) and notary.

He supports economic empowerment. He is described as a very dynamic lawyer, open minded, and very contact friendly.

Xavier de Kergommeaux

Partner Xavier de Kergommeaux specialises in asset-backed financing, securitisations, building societies (sociétés de crédit foncier) and public sector loan companies and covered bonds, structured finance, trusts and defeasance transactions, acting for arrangers in major financing transactions. 

He regularly advises building societies (sociétés de crédit foncier) active in France. He notably advised the shareholder banks of the Société de Financement de l’Economie (SFEF), a refinancing vehicle set up in October 2008 to support French credit institutions, on their equity participation, and assisted the SFEF with the implementation of loans and financing to credit institutions.

Managing partner of the firm from January 2004 to December 2009, he handled all management-related issues alongside senior partners Gérard Tavernier, then Pierre Raoul-Duval.

Member of the Paris Bar Council (Jan. 2016)

 

Nicolas Pregliasco

Nicolas is a member of the Paris bar since 2005. His expertise covers French and international taxation of individuals and international mobility.

Before co-founding Galahad, he worked with French and international law firms (Capstan, Landwell & Associés, Lexcom) and participated to the activities of two international alliances (Ius Laboris from 2006 to 2008, CELIA Alliance since 2011).

He advises companies on all aspects of their compensation policies and assists mobile employees and high level executives with respect to their global tax liabilities in either French or international contexts.

GALAHAD cabinet d’avocats:

Galahad is a newly created niche firm dedicated to Compensation & Benefits and International Assignments. The team managed by Stéphanie Le Men-Tenailleau and Nicolas Pregliasco, its founders, manages all types of issues related to Compensation & Benefits, in France and abroad, with respect to global compensation strategies and assists its clients for all their needs in terms of management of mobile employees. Our clients are French and international groups which have been in France for some time or are willing to develop their activities in France. We deal with tax, social security, employment and company law, to cover any matter relating to compensation.

Galahad is the French member of an international alliance of independent law firms specialized in tax and law for HR, CELIA Alliance, (http://www.celiaalliance.com/). We also have best friends in all other countries which are not covered by the Alliance yet.

 

Stéphanie Le Men-Tenailleau

Stephanie has been a member of the Paris Bar since 1998. As a tax lawyer, she developped specific expertise in the optimization, from a tax and social security standpoint, of high level executives compensation.

Before co-founding Galahad, Stéphanie created the Compensation & Benefits and International Assignment department of Lexcom, of which she was a partner for 7 years. She also worked with Capstan, Baker & McKenzie and Slaughter & May.

Stéphanie advises companies on their global compensation strategy and on the implementation of share-based and profit-sharing schemes, and also high level executives in relation to the optimization of their global compensation, and in the structuring of their management packages. She also deals with international assignments, more particularly on tax and social security aspects.

Firm Description:

Galahad is a newly created niche firm dedicated to Compensation & Benefits and International Assignments. The team managed by Stéphanie Le Men-Tenailleau and Nicolas Pregliasco, its founders, manages all types of issues related to Compensation & Benefits, in France and abroad, with respect to global compensation strategies and assists its clients for all their needs in terms of management of mobile employees. Our clients are French and international groups which have been in France for some time or are willing to develop their activities in France. We deal with tax, social security, employment and company law, to cover any matter relating to compensation.

Galahad is the French member of an international alliance of independent law firms specialized in tax and law for HR, CELIA Alliance, (http://www.celiaalliance.com/). We also have best friends in all other countries which are not covered by the Alliance yet.

 

Sébastien Palmier

Palmier-Brault Associés is a French law firm specializing in public procurement and in particular in law of public contracts. The firm is made up of experienced and reactive lawyers, able to deal with the most complex issues in short timeframes, providing solutions adapted to the needs of its customers. Their particular expertise makes it possible to ensure legal security of decision-making and to provide assistance of very high quality both in advice and litigation.

Mr Sébastien PALMIER holds a certificate of specialization in Public Law and is a member of the Commission for the Exercise of the Law of the National Council of French Bars as an expert in public procurement. He is also graduated from the Institute of Public Business Law (IDPA) and holds a DESS in Public Legal Litigation (Paris I).

Mr Sébastien PALMIER is mainly active in the field of public contracts (public contracts, public service delegations, etc.) but also in the field of private contracts. Its competence at national level in respect of interim measures Pre-contractual and contractual reference allows him to have a perfect knowledge of the rules to be respected and the pitfalls to be avoided to participate in the procedures of publicity and putting in competition and to assert the rights of the competitors evicted.