Getting the best returns from the highly developed, sophisticated economy that France presents requires both innovation and an understanding of the nation's history, government and legal processes.

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From our office in Paris and with our specialist international legal experts in the UK, we provide clear, authoritative direction and advice to UK-based organisations seeking to exploit the opportunities presented by working in France, as well as French organisations with plans to establish or expand their operations in the UK and the rest of the EU.  In addition, we provide legal advice and direction to organisations and law firms in Francophone Africa and Indo-China.

We present innovative, sustainable solutions on all areas of the law including mergers & acquisitions, private equity & venture capital, contracts & agreements, employment law, commercial disputes, cross border insurance claims, employers & public liability claims, insurance, real estate and EU & regulatory law.

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We specialise in working with investment and financial organisations as well as the food, retail and insurance sectors.  We have particular experience of handling personal injury claims brought under the Loi Badinter and the Dintilhac classification.

We take a collaborative approach. Working closely with our clients as well as network of trusted, expert locally based lawyers. Some of the best in France. These are people with whom we’ve built strong, long-standing relationships.  We’ve worked with them many times ensuring that our advice is not only grounded in expert legal knowledge but anticipates and responds to the commercial and cultural needs of organisations doing business in France.

Examples of our work include advising French businesses importing commodities; advising large insurers on French issues and claims; advising a French investment and private equity fund on acquisitions in the UK; numerous M&A transactions involving French companies; conducting litigation in French speaking African countries, mainly involving commodities and shipping, most notably in Senegal and Ivory Coast; assisting French counsel with merger control clearance in a pan European merger; defending companies in investigations into alleged anti-competitive conduct before the French “Conseil de la Concurrence”; advising US and European insurers in respect of contaminated food claims and casualty losses.

Supporting clients in Africa

We have a highly regarded and cutting-edge practice focused on the development and financing of projects in Africa (which includes both debt and equity investments) in key growth sectors - natural resources, energy (including renewable energy), transport and infrastructure.

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Our office:

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DWF (France) AARPI 
15 avenue d'Iéna
75116 Paris
Toque K 0165

Tel: +33 (0) 1 40 69 26 52
Fax: +33 (0) 1 40 69 26 99


Some of our experts

Jean-François Mercadier

Partner - Managing Partner (France)

I specialise in mergers and acquisitions, privatisations and partnership agreements and represent large commercial and industrial groups and investment funds, in particular property funds, in France, Europe and Africa.

Ali Boroumand


I specialise in domestic and cross border mergers & acquisitions, privatisations and joint ventures with a special emphasis on industrial and mining projects in Sub-Saharan Africa and North Africa.

Pascale Gallien


I specialise in corporate law, securities law and corporate financing for both public and private corporations, corporate governance and structuring of shareholder relations.

Anne-Sylvie Vassenaix-Paxton


I specialise in mergers and acquisitions, company law, contract law, intellectual property, data protection and new technologies.

Sara-Jane Eaton

Partner - Head of European Group

I am a Partner and Head of the European Group. I lead a team of foreign personal injury lawyers, assistants and translators.

Jonathan Moss

Partner - Head of Transport Sector

I act for international traders, charterers, shipowners, insurers and reinsurers, handling commercial disputes often concerning high profile, international incidents. I am ranked in three separate areas of practice in the leading, global legal directories.