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From our Paris office, Charles Russell Speechlys offers a comprehensive range of legal and tax services to companies, investors and family groups, as well as executives, management teams and private individuals.

Offering French business law and tax advice to help clients with the national and international structuring of their operations and protection of their personal and business assets, we advise:

  • private and listed companies on their national or cross-border transactions and on French and international taxation
  • private investors and family groups on their investments and the creation of legal entities to manage and protect those investments
  • wealthy individuals and families on the full range of personal legal needs - from wealth planning to family matters
  • private and listed companies and their managers on the resolution of disputes
  • companies and large international groups on all issues related to French employment law concerning their operations in France, on both an individual and organisation basis.

Clients value our legal skills, commercial awareness and team-work in bringing individual solutions to commercial and legal needs. We provide clear analysis, responsive and practical advice and, above all, we put the needs of our clients first to deliver a truly personal service.

Corporate and Commercial (Paris)

The Corporate and Commercial teams offer a comprehensive range of legal services to both public and privately owned companies, entrepreneurs and family groups, as well as their shareholders, executives and management teams.

Our advice in M&A and private equity covers the full scope of corporate activities, from structuring, growth capital and acquisitions to reorganisations and sales.

The Corporate team's M&A work encompasses French and cross-border acquisitions and divestments, complex reorganisations and restructurings, corporate rescues and distressed transactions.

Our highly experienced Private Equity team has an in-depth knowledge of advising on legal, tax and financing aspects of private equity transactions including MBOs, MBIs, secondary buy-outs and exits. Their experience includes advising French and international investment funds on the acquisition and disposal of their investments as well as management teams, on both legal and tax aspects, in such transactions.

Other areas on which we advise include:

  • corporate governance, commercial contracts
  • legal, tax structuring and due diligence advice in relation to the acquisition of companies and assets (including real estate)
  • contentious issues arising out of commercial contracts, licensing agreements, competition issues, and
  • the establishment and tax structuring of entities including private equity, venture capital and real estate funds.

Employment (Paris)

Our Employment team advises and works with clients in formulating their business strategy as well as at each step of its implementation.

Our priority is to respond to the requirements of our clients at the same time as maintaining the highest degree of legal certainty

Our team becomes involved mainly in one-off operations that involve structural problems, in particular in situations that are stressed or conflictual, working both with French and international companies.
We also work alongside our Corporate and M&A teams in the context of sales, mergers and acquisitions and outsourcing.

We advise clients on the following issues:

  • business reorganisations and collective redundancy exercises undertaken for economic reasons
  • collective bargaining and employee relationship management
  • salary based saving schemes
  • individual employment relationships
  • individual and collective employment disputes
  • IT charters and whistleblowing systems, and
  • delegation of powers.

Litigation & Dispute Resolution (Paris)

Disputes have the potential to damage businesses, reputations and relationships, so our clients value our pragmatic approach to handling them.

Our Litigation & Dispute resolution team works with both corporate and private clients, advising and representing those involved in a wide range of disputes and regulatory issues.

We advise and represent French and foreign clients before French courts, and in internal and international arbitration. We also regularly advise on pre-litigation or settlement negotiations, preferring ADR to keep disputes out of formal proceedings wherever possible.

In the corporate arena, we regularly advise on commercial disputes arising out of corporate contracts or transactions including acquisitions, investments and re-organisations, shareholder arrangements, directors' duties and corporate finance transactions.

Private Wealth (Paris)

As preferred advisers to private investors and to players in the world of management of fortunes, Charles Russell Speechlys is in a unique position.

Present in the four major European investment and wealth management marketplaces – London, Luxembourg, Paris and Switzerland – as well as in the Middle East, it is one of the few firms able to provide comprehensive advice in the management of private wealth.

As a result, from its Paris offices, Charles Russell Speechlys works with its French clients in the legal and tax aspects of their cross-border transactions and with its foreign clients upon their investments in France.

According to the Chambers Global 2013 Guide, the international private client services our firm provides rank among the top ten in the world. We advise clients whose interests span multiple jurisdictions, in particular Continental Europe, the United Kingdom, the United States, Canada, South Africa, Australia, South America, India and Asia.

In Paris, the Private Wealth team is led by two highly experienced and renowned partners. Under their leadership, the team is able to provide clients with an integral service, to help them manage the complex and constantly changing tax, financial and legal problems they face.

Indeed, Charles Russell Speechlys advises managers, families and individuals (including, where applicable, their family office) who own companies, helping them find an optimal tax structure for their business and personal assets both in France and overseas.

In terms of wealth and inheritance taxes, Charles Russell Speechlys works alongside clients on all types of transaction involving the development and diversification of their assets (in particular acquisitions and sales of assets, equity stakes, transfer operations, settling shareholders’ agreements and family agreements, etc).

To this end, the Private Wealth team works closely with the Corporate Private Equity teams and the firm’s foreign offices to assist private clients and their families in establishing appropriate vehicles for structuring and managing their assets and their activities in France and abroad.

Charles Russell Speechlys is also able to manage, on behalf of their clients, entrepreneurs, directors and shareholders in private groups, both in France and abroad, all the legal and tax aspects of:

  • holding property or financial assets (works of art, vehicles, etc)
  • international wills, tax and estate planning, including transnational structuring where family members or assets are located in multiple jurisdictions
  • optimal cross-border structuring of financial assets, depending on the professional and private assets held by its clients, and
  • preventing conflicts between members of a family group or between private investors, using our experience and expertise drafting family agreements and/or agreements between shareholders.

How to find us

  • 41 Avenue de Friedland
    75008 Paris
    France
  • +33 1 70 99 09 00
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