FTPA has been ranked in the 2021 edition of The Legal 500 EMEA in the following categories :
• Construction : Tier 2 (2/2)
FTPA assists contracting companies, contractors and developers with public and private sector construction matters. The practice is notably advising on the rebuilding of a landmark edifice and was the advisor of choice for damage claims arisen from defects and other construction issues pertaining to hospitals, industrial plants and offices. Key names in the practice include public law expert Raphaël Crespelle and Robert Corcos, who brings his solid litigation expertise to the table. Emmanuel d’Antin, Samia Bendjenna, Laurence Lepinois, Bernard Cazin and Julien Marceau also contribute.
• Intellectual Property – Copyright : Tier 2 (2/3)
FTPA assists with advisory work and contentious matters, traditionally with a strong focus on the entertainment and media sectors. The key practitioners are Philippe Pochet, Boriana Guimberteau and Antoine Gautier-Sauvignac.
• Intellectual Property : Trade marks and designs : Tier 2 (2/4)
FTPA impresses with a comprehensive soft IP practice that includes a strong trade mark and design offering. Under the lead of Boriana Guimberteau and Antoine Gautier-Sauvignac, the team acts as strategic advisor on the IP aspects of its clients’ projects and has developed an impressive and substantial track record in the fashion, perfume and cosmetics sectors; it also has extensive litigation experience, and advises on both domestic and cross-border disputes. Commercial IP work, including assignments, coexistence agreements, settlement and licence agreements, also constitute part of the practice’s typical caseload. Guimberteau initiated the firm’s blockchain offering in 2019, so as to better assists clients with the protection of their assets, for example through recording designs, creation dates and contracts.
Testimonials : ‘The team has adapted very quickly to our way of working and understands how to strike a balance between preserving our rights and doing so in a cost-and time-efficient manner.’
• Administrative and public law : Tier 3 (3/5)
FTPA’s team combines excellent public procurement, regulatory and litigation expertise. The firm is recommended for complex work and assists a prominent client base of public and private operators. Highly strategic public procurement projects in the rail sector are a key line of work. Other work includes a key project in the space sector and a strong caseload in the art and culture sector. The team was recently mandated to advise on the reconstruction of a landmark public building. Raphaël Crespelle is highly recommended.
Testimonials : ‘Mastery of the specificities of administrative law; good ability to identify legal and contextual arguments; high availability of partners and collaborators; ability to listen to the client and convince it based on legal recommendations; immediate and good apprehension of business issues and integration of constraints and strategies.’ (…) ‘Very meticulous monitoring of cases with good anticipation of needs and deadlines; ability to identify new legal arguments and sense of priorities in the preparation of cases.’ (…) ‘The firm has always responded with pragmatism and made it possible, within tight deadlines, to find the most appropriate solutions.’ (…) ‘Precise advice and always adapted.’ (…) ‘A reactive team (especially during the pandemic), complementary and supportive associates who work harmoniously and effectively together.’ (…) ‘ Lawyers fully involve their clients in the thinking process and in finding solutions.’ (…) ‘The team has a very good knowledge of our contractual practice which allows it to give reactive advice and to have a fair appreciation of risks.’ (…) ‘Raphaël Crespelle has very good knowledge of our practice, our problems and our specific challenges.’ (…) ‘A leading firm in the field of advice and litigation.’ (…) ‘We can only persist in recommending the public law team remarkably led by Maître Raphaël Crespelle. The qualities of this team, made up of Maître Raphaël Crespelle and Maître Ludovic Alamargot are as follows: excellent responsiveness, attention and availability.’ (…) ‘The firm demonstrates a high degree of reliability both in the field of legal advice and in litigation; this team is attentive to developing the best strategies in close collaboration with the client; they are clever tacticians. This team is always attentive to provide solutions to problems that arise. The customer benefits from legal certainty which gives it a lot of comfort. Maître Raphaël Crespelle, thanks to his long practice in contract law and public procurement, is a recognised expert in this field. He competently and efficiently leads a high-quality, remarkably efficient team.’
• Insolvency : Tier 4 (4/4)
FTPA has an experienced team that handles a solid caseload. The practice regularly acts for debtors, but is also retained by financial institutions and shareholders. With experience in several significant matters as well as in smaller cases and broad sector expertise, including the entertainment, press, tourism and aviation industries, the group is able to take on a wide range of cases. Serge-Antoine Tchekhoff, Bruno Robin, who has rare expertise in acting as trustee (fiduciaire) in insolvency cases, and Edouard Fabre are the key contacts. Counsel Romain Lantourne also deserves a mention.
• Private Equity : venture / growth capital : Tier 3 (3/3)
• Dispute resolution : commercial litigation : Tier 4 (4/4)
• Mergers and acquisitions : Tier 4 (4/5)
• Dispute resolution : international arbitration : Tier 5 (5/5)
• Tax : Tier 5 (5/5)
The full ranking is available on the website of The Legal 500.