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.

 

Marc Lipskier

Born in 1970, Marc is a lawyer at the Paris Bar since 1998.

He was associate firms Cotty & Associés (1998-2001), Brandford-Griffith-Baverez Cotty (2001-2002) and Bird & Bird (September 2002), before being promoted to partner at Bird & Bird in May 2003.

Marc graduated from the Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris (Economic and Financial Section) and holds a degree from ICADE (Madrid – Spain) and the Catholic University of Louvain (Belgium), as well as a Masters in international business law (Paris I).

In addition to commercial litigation, Marc has developed a strong expertise in business structures.

Marc is a graduate of IFOMENE mediator, member of the European Mediators Association.

Coming from a family of scientists, passion for innovation and technology, Marc is the founder of a business club dedicated to the leaders of innovative companies (the Exciting Business Club). He held the legal chronicle of the French edition of Technology Review, monthly magazine published by the M.I.T, and now holds the legal column of the journal GREEN BUSINESS, dedicated to the sustainable development sector. It also focuses on BFM Radio in the program “Green Business” Nathalie Crusader. You can also find these chronic in our section podcast.

He hosted a seminar entitled innovative companies at the Ecole Nationale des Mines de Paris.

Marc is particularly familiar with the areas of television, film, the Internet (web 2.0) and new energy.

Marc founded in January 2009 Bamboo & Bees firm dedicated to innovative companies and technologies. It is one of the mentors of Camping Silicon Sentier.

Marc was TEDx speaker of Alsace in 2010 and 2011, and SudWeb in 2011 and 2013.

Marc is President and founder of FRENCHMOB Founding Secretary General of EUROMOB

 

Laetitia Amzallag

Admitted to the Bar in 1999, Partner

Laetitia Amzallag joined Vivien & Associés after two years with Moquet Borde & Associés in Paris (1999-2001) where she practiced, in particular, corporate laws and commercial contracts.

LL.M. University of Texas at Austin (USA), 1996 DESS (Master II) in International Commercial Law (Paris X-Nanterre), 1997

Practice Areas: Mergers & Acquisitions General Corporate, Restructuring and Corporate Governance, Commercial Contracts

Languages: French, English

Since 2001, Laetitia has focused on mergers and acquisitions, corporate law and commercial contracts, both nationally and internationally, particularly in the renewable energy sector (acquisitions for operators of wind, solar and biomass plants and equity investments of financial investors in SPVs as well as minority shareholder issues) and sporting activities (golf, fitness, etc.). She advises French and international corporations, essentially in industrial and service sectors, on matters relating to external growth via mergers and acquisitions as well as equity investments.

 

Cecile Peskine

Holds a Diploma of Legal Consulting Company ( DJCE ) and a Certificate of Special Studies in Economic Activity Law and Intellectual Property Law , Cecile Peskine advises and defends the network heads in the context of issues that they encounter in the Distribution Law, Consumer Law and Communications Law.
Cecile develops a practical approach to questions put to him, trying to combine legal rigor and pragmatism.
Cecile Peskine operates in French and English . Cecile also knows some tapas in Spanish, and knows a few words of Occitan.

Bastien Mathieu

Member of the Paris Bar

Doctor of Laws (private law)

Partner since January 2007

Practice Areas

Business law, distribution law, competition law, commercial contracts, advertising and product and service regulations, IT and network law, litigation and international arbitration

Education

– C.A.P.A. (2000)

– Doctorate in private law, University of Versailles – Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines (2000)

– D.E.A. in business law, University of Clermont (1996)

– Master of Laws in foreign law , University of Groningen, The Netherlands (1994)

– Master of Laws in business law, University of Poitiers (1994)

Language:

French, English

Publications:

Various articles on marketing and competition law as applied to automobile sales and manufacturing.

Lecturer in competition law for FIEV (French Vehicle Equipment Industries).

Mediator for the Automotive Sector Mediation Centre.

 

Hamid Gharavi

Dr. Hamid Gharavi has acted as arbitrator or counsel in over 150 commercial ad hoc and institutional arbitrations, including over 30 investment arbitrations under foreign investment laws and bilateral and multilateral treaties, in relation to a broad spectrum of industries, ranging from oil and gas, mining, M&A, military ordnance and defense, telecommunications, media, and aviation, to agency, distribution, sales, construction, poultry, duty free, hospitality, real estate, wood and derived products, pharmaceutical, and sports, as well as investments in general.

Dr. Gharavi has secured as counsel landmark cases both for investors and Sovereign States, including the first award ever of moral damages in favor of an investor under a BIT (DLP v. Yemen, ICSID Case No. ARB/05/17); an award in favor of an investor finding public tender results to be in violation of a BIT (Joseph Charles Lemire v. Ukraine, ICSID Case No. ARB/06/18); an award in favor of a Turkish State-controlled investment vehicle for expropriation of its shares by the host State’s judiciary for the benefit of a third private party (Rumeli/Telsim v. Kazakhstan, ICSID Case No. ARB/05/16); an award in favor of a French investor ordering for the first time specific performance (Mr. Franck Charles Arif v. Republic of Moldova, ICSID Case No. ARB/11/23); an award on jurisdiction in favor of the Republic of Turkey dismissing the largest ICSID claim ever (19 billion USD) against a Sovereign State (Saba Fakes v. Republic of Turkey, ICSID Case No. ARB/07/20); and three awards for the Republic of Albania, the first dismissing for the first time ever a case based on a fork-in-the-road provision of a BIT (Pantechniki S.A. Contractors & Engineers v. Republic of Albania, ICSID Case No. ARB/07/21), the second dismissing the entire claim for lack of jurisdiction ratione materiae and personae, with full legal and arbitration costs (Burimi S.r.l. & Eagle Games Sh.a. v. Republic of Albania, ICSID Case No. ARB/11/18), and the third dismissing claims on the ground that the State measures were legitimate public measure safeguards compliant procedurally and substantively under international law.

Dr. Gharavi has had a comparable success in commercial cases as counsel for claimants or respondents, and similarly balanced appointments as counsel or arbitrator by investors/businessmen or commercial companies and Sovereign States or public entities thereof as counsel or arbitrator in commercial and investment cases.

He has been appointed to the Panel of ICSID Arbitrators, to the Court of the Istanbul Arbitration Centre, to the Court of the LCIA (from 2008-2012), the Commission on Arbitration of the ICC as well as to other panels, including DIAC, SIAC, TRAC, and the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

Dr. Gharavi teaches investment arbitration in graduate studies at University of Paris II Panthéon-Assas.  He is the author of a book entitled “The International Effectiveness of the Annulment of an Arbitral Award,” published by Kluwer Law International and publications in all the main arbitration law reviews, and a regular speaker at international conferences

Dr. Gharavi holds a PhD from the University of Paris II, and post-graduate degrees from New York University School of Law and University of Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne.

Chambers praises him as “He is viewed as a ‘very talented counsel’ and is known for appearing in high-profile investment cases.  Clients appreciate his straightforward communication style” and Legal 500 as ‘absolutely brilliant’ with “a busy practice as counsel in cases but also has ‘impressive success attracting major appointments as arbitrator”’.

Before founding Derains & Gharavi, Dr. Gharavi was a partner at Salans in Paris after having started his career at Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP in New York and as Visiting Professor at the University of Richmond School of Law.

 

Chloé Thieblemont

Since March 2014, Partner, Lefèvre Pelletier & associés

From January 2009 to February 2014, founding partner of Godet Gaillard Solle Maraux et Associés

2007, Partner, JeantetAssociés2003-2007, Associate, JeantetAssociés

2000-2003, Associate, Hogan Lovells

1999-2000, Associate, De Pardieu Brocas Maffei

Areas of expertise:
  • Real Estate Finance (acquisition finance, sale before completion transaction (VEFA), charia, works, OPCI, SPIIC). Restructuring.
  •  Corporate Finance
  • Structured Finance.
Experience:

Representation of major financial institutions (banks/insurance companies/debt funds) in the structuring, drafting and negotiation of documentation, in connection with structured financings of real-estate assets.

Education:
  • Admitted to the Paris Bar in 1999
  • Graduated from the Institut d’Etudes Politiques (IEP) of Grenoble, Public Service section,
  • Postgraduate (DEA) in business law, University of Paris I – Panthéon-Sorbonne
Lefèvre Pelletier & Associés:

Lefèvre Pelletier & Associés was created over 30 years ago and is now one of France’s leading business law firms.
Boasting a team of 130 lawyers, including 32 partners, and a position of undisputed leader in the property market, our firm offers French and foreign clients a fully comprehensive service in all the main fields of business law. Aware of the challenges facing our clients, Lefèvre Pelletier & Associés has, since the very start, incorporated an ambitious international dimension as demonstrated by the successive openings of 6 offices abroad (Algiers, Casablanca, Hong Kong, Munich, Shanghai and Tokyo).

In 2014, the firm joined the cooperative network, Broadlaw Group, which is a major step forward in its international strategy. The Broadlaw Group is a global network of five law firms, each of them a leader on its local market, sharing the same corporate aim of technical excellence and total commitment to their clients’ interests and independence.
Together, we represent an alternative force for intervention, with over 1,000 barristers (avocats) and in-house legal specialists (juristes) working in 28 offices in Europe, Asia, the Middle East and Africa, in the main fields of business law.

Lefèvre Pelletier & associés and CGR Legal have announced their merger the 11th January 2016 to form a new entity that will bring their lawyers headcount to 160, in 7 offices (1 in France and 6 abroad), to become one of the top 10 French independent law firms.