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Freshfields in France

Freshfields is one of the leading law firms in France. With a presence in the country dating back over 40 years, we are involved in some of the most strategic transactions in the French market.

Our clients come from a wide range of sectors including energy and natural resources, infrastructure and transport, consumer goods, healthcare, telecommunications, technology and media, general industries, and financial services. As well as French and foreign public and private companies, financial institutions, we advise private equity funds, states and state entities, governments and non-governmental organisations.

Clients rely on us for strategic advice on their domestic and international transactions and disputes. They also seek our help when expanding their operations, consolidating their market positions and planning for the future.

We have deep knowledge and have built strong relationships with French regulatory authorities and public bodies such as the agency for state participations (Agence des Participations de l’Etat), the stock market authority (Autorité des Marchés Financiers), the competition authority (Autorité de la Concurrence), the data protection authority (Commission Nationale de l'Informatique et des Libertés), the energy regulator (Commission de Régulation de l’Énergie) and the rail regulator (Autorité de Régulation des Activités Ferroviaires et Routières).

Client successes

This included: the employment aspects of its internal reorganisation and associated collective redundancies; two parallel social plans of two of its French companies (Bristol-Myers Squibb SARL and UPSA); the sale of its global diabetes business to AstraZeneca in 2014; and the setting up of its diabetes commercial alliance with AstraZeneca.