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Distinctions

70 Awards

National & international

Racine has been recognised for its experience in both an advisory and dispute resolution capacity.

We have been awarded on numerous occasions for our excellence and the quality of our teams, winning more than fifty prizes since 2007.

23

Gold awards

38

Silver awards

07

Bronze awards

Rankings

Legal 500

2019

  • 2019

    Tax

    Racine has ‘high-level expertise and enjoys good relationships with the French authorities’. The ‘available and business-oriented’ nine-lawyer team advises major companies, as well as significant property investment funds on transactional tax issues. It recently assisted Mediawan with its acquisition of EuropaCorp’s French TV business, and Deka Immobilien with the acquisition of Engie’s former headquarters. The firm also handles litigation and advises individuals. Eurotunnel, Infrared and Tristan Capital Partners are among its other clients.

  • 2019

    Real Estate - Construction

    Racine provides ‘excellent support in a very efficient way’. The firm’s wide-ranging expertise spans investment, lease, construction and litigation matters. It can rely on strong tax support and a large regional office network. It is sought out by high-profile luxury brands and asset manager clients to negotiate commercial leases including flagship stores. The practice also assists property investors including Tristan Capital Partners, which it assisted with the sale of a portfolio. The team is also advising on building and hotel construction and renovation work. KanAm Grund, Gecina, BNP Real Estate, Cartier and Icade are other clients.

  • 2019

    Insolvency

    Racine has a strong practice and is regularly instructed by key stakeholders and debtors to handle major industrial and LBO restructuring cases. The team recently acted for leading newspaper and magazine distributor Presstalis in high-stake conciliation proceedings and advised LBO France on the sale of its majority stake in Karavel-Promovacances and Fram. The practice also assisted investors with asset takeover offers.

  • 2019

    Employment

    Racine’s ‘highly proficient, available and reactive’ 17-lawyer team advises high-profile French and international companies across various sectors including insurance, energy, transportation, distribution and telecoms. The practice, which has ‘great knowledge of the banking sector’, also acts for several leading French banks. The firm was recently in high demand to assist with reorganisations including collective downsizing and litigation. The team also advised on the employment aspects of M&A transactions, managers’ incentives, insolvency and sensitive litigation including sexual harassment issues.

  • 2019

    Competition/European Law

    The competition and antitrust team at Racine consists of three partners. Valérie Ledoux recently assisted Groupe Perle du Nord and the main producers of endives in their appeal against the FCA’s decision to fine them on the grounds of collusion and the maintenance of minimum prices. She also acted for Brandalley in its complaint to the regulator pertaining to an alleged foreclosure strategy implemented by competitor Vente-privée through exclusivity agreements with most high-end fashion suppliers. Bastien Thomas is also a name to note; he recently oversaw the conclusion of PSA’s joint venture with Japanese group Nidec for the design and manufacturing of electric automotive engines in France. The firm’s recent caseload also includes a number of national and European-level regulatory investigations.

  • 2019

    IP/IT & Data protection

    Racine has recruited a new team of four lawyers specialized in new technologies and personal data from Alain Bensoussan Avocats, which is led by the very experienced Eric Barbry who acts as DPD (Data Protection Officer) for several companies. The team advises large French groups and public bodies specialized in many fields.

  • 2019

    Public law

    The Racine’s team is ‘highly available’ and ‘know how to work in difficult situations with high-pressure’. The firm is renowed for its strong expertise in urban planning law. The team was take on by Icade to audit a building permit for the transformation of an industrial site into a 92-room hotel complex near the Ourcq Canal. It also assisting Altarea Cogedim with the renovation project of the Gare du Nord and recently advised RWE on the renewal of power purchase agreement for one of its hydroelectric plants and managed litigation concerning an exploration permit. Finally, the firm is endowed with a strong and quite rare expertise in the rural field and agribusiness.

  • 2019

    Dispute resolution

    Racine handles corporate, commercial and some arbitration cases. The firm acts for major companies and is notably involved in several individual and family shareholders’ disputes and international litigation.

2018

  • 2018

    M&A

    “Racine ‘always intervenes in a very efficient way, by sizing the teams adequately and according to the complexity of the files’. The team advises major French and international groups, as well as investment funds.”

  • 2018

    Administrative and public law

    “Racine has solid expertise in the field of town planning law. The 15-lawyer team also has extensive experience in the field of public contracts and in agribusiness and rural life.”

  • 2018

    EU Competition and Distribution

    “Racine is handling some sensitive antitrust work in the agribusiness sector. The team is also dealing with abuse of dominance and cartel investigations in other sectors, as well as merger control work and distribution law.”

  • 2018

    Insolvency

    Racine acts for distressed companies, the management and some investors. The 13-lawyer team regularly acts in key cases and notably represented the management in French magazine Marianne’s successful conciliation proceedings. The practice is also assisting CDR Créances with the high-profile Bernard Tapie case.

  • 2018

    Employment

    “Racine ‘always intervenes in a very efficient way, by sizing the teams adequately and according to the complexity of the files’. The team advises major French and international groups, as well as investment funds.”

  • 2018

    Litigation

    “Racine handles a diverse caseload. It is notably representing family members in several shareholders’ conflicts and is also acting for major French companies in commercial and corporate litigation.”

  • 2018

    Real Estate

    “Racine’s lawyers are accessible and master the legal environment in the fields of real estate and construction. They provide indispensable advice in a changing legal landscape and can quickly mobilize their resources”.

2017

  • 2017

    Real Estate – Construction

    Racine has significant knowledge in real estate development and construction. The firm’s expertise ‘is highly sought by leading companies and developers for the negotiation of commercial and office leases.”

  • 2017

    Insolvency

    Responsive and efficient’, Racine’s team often represents shareholders or distressed companies. The firm is handling a high volume of work, including several high-profile and complex cases.

  • 2017

    Employment

    Racine has more than 30 lawyers advising large French and international corporations. This practice has gained particular expertise in insolvency proceedings. Other recent work includes restructuring work and high-stakes litigation.”

  • 2017

    EU Competition and Distribution

    Racine is handling some sensitive antitrust work in the agribusiness sector. The team is also dealing with abuse of dominance and cartel investigations in other sectors, as well as merger control work and distribution law.”

Chambers

2019

  • 2019

    Restructuring

    Well reputed for advising both debtors and lenders on debt restructurings, distressed M&A and liquidation proceedings. Additional expertise in safeguard and conciliation procedures, as well as insolvency disputes. Assists clients from a broad range of sectors.

  • 2019

    Real Estate

    Advises clients on all aspects of real estate matters from project development to rental management. Client list includes real estate investors, developers and financial institutions. Strong expertise in both contentious and non-contentious leasing matters.

2018

  • 2018

    Real Estate

    “Enters the rankings this year following positive market feedback. Advises clients on all stages of real estate projects from land development to rental management. Client list includes real estate investors, developers and financial institutions.”

    One source highlights the responsiveness of the lawyers: “They are very reactive to the issues, respectful of the deadlines and give you a lot of information throughout the matter.”
    Another client praises the team for being “really practical” and appreciates that the lawyers “understand the business.”

    The team acted for KanAm on the acquisition of Le Compernic, an office complex in the Paris region. They also represented Icade in its negotiations with an insurance group regarding two commercial leases in Nanterre.

  • 2018

    M&A (Mergers & Acquisitions)

    The M&A team is “Adept at handling an array of corporate matters including corporate restructurings, distressed M&A and private equity deals.” They have a “Strong industry knowledge of the retail, energy, utilities and real estate sectors”. Clients praise the department’s “smart and very responsive lawyers.” They “assisted Mediawan and its founders on the establishment and structuring of a special purpose acquisition company. They also represented Adeo in its acquisition of Alice Délice”. The M&A team have “significant Clients  has Nexity, Richemont, Manutan International, Eurofins and Cofely Endel”.

  • 2018

    Restructuring

    “Well reputed for advice to both debtors and lenders on debt restructurings, distressed M&A and liquidation proceedings. Additional expertise lies in safeguard plans, distressed M&A transactions and insolvency disputes. They demonstrates capabilities in cross-border mandates.”

    “Market commentators recognise the team for its experience in the French market, most notably in insolvency proceedings and LBOs.”

    The department “Assisted Bruno Saint Hilaire with the restructuring of its 2012 safeguard plan and the reorganisation of its bank debt.” They also “advised Chez Clément on issues arising from the judicial receivership proceedings over the company.”

2017

  • 2017

    M&A

    The M&A department features in the 2017 edition of Chambers Europe: “Adept at handling an array of corporate matters including reorganisations, M&A litigation and strategic alliances. Strong industry knowledge of the retail, energy, utilities and real estate sectors.”

  • 2017

    Real Estate

    The Real Estate – Construction department is ranked on the “Other Noted Firms” list.

  • 2017

    Individual ranking

    Nicolas Boytchev appears in the “Other noted practitioners” category

Option Droit et Affaires

2019

  • 2019

    Litigation

    Band 3: Acquisition litigation

    Band 4: Financial, capital market and regulatory litigation

    Band 4: Criminal business law

     

  • 2019

    Restructuring

    Band 2: Collective procedures (safeguards, judicial restatements and liquidations)

    Band 2: Preventing difficulties and renegotiating debt

    Band 3: Redundancy plans and related collective litigation

2018

  • 2018

    Restructuring

    Band 2: Collective procedures (safeguards, judicial restatements and liquidations)

    Band 2: Preventing difficulties and renegotiating debt

    Band 3: Redundancy plans and related collective litigation

  • 2018

    Litigation

    Band 3: Acquisition litigation

    Band 4: Financial, capital market and regulatory litigation

    Band 4: Criminal business law

    Band 4: International arbitration

  • 2018

    M&A

    Band 1: M&A with a majority of operations is less than 200 millions euros

2017

  • 2017

    M&A

    Band 2: M&A with a majority of operations is less than 200 millions euros

  • 2017

    Litigation

    Acquisition Litigation: Band 3

  • 2017

    Restructuring

    Collective proceedings: Band 2
    Prevention of corporate difficulties and debt renegotiation: Band 2
    Redundancy plans and related collective litigation: Band 3

Décideurs

2019

  • 2019

    Competition - Distribution

    Distribution and restrictive practices: Key player
    State aid: Excellent
    Antitrust and anti-competitive practices: Strong reputation
    Merger control: Strong reputation

  • 2019

    Public law

    Town planning & development: Excellent

  • 2019

    Litigation & competition

    Commercial litigation: Key player
    Financial litigation & equity transactions: Excellent
    High-risk litigation and criminal law related to employment: Excellent
    International Arbitration: Recognized practice
    Criminal law of health: Strong notoriety
    Criminal business law: Quality practice

  • 2019

    Tax law/ Private assets

    LBO – Tax: Excellent
    Real estate transactions – Tax: Excellent
    Private assets: Excellent
    Funds creation & funds structuring: Recognized practice

  • 2019

    Mergers & Acquisitions

    Operations up to 75M € : Key player

  • 2019

    Risk, Management, Insurance and Litigation

    Industrial Risks, Insurance & Liability Litigation – Insurance Claims and Litigation : Strong Notoriety
    Industrial Risks, Insurance & Liability Litigation – Product Liability : Deemed Practice
    Industrial Risks, Insurance & Liability Litigation – Claims and Ground Transportation (Road and Rail) : Strong Notoriety

  • 2019

    Real Estate - Construction

    Construction litigation: Key player
    Construction: Excellent
    Commercial Leases: Excellent
    Real estate development: Excellent
    Real estate transaction litigation: Excellent
    Real estate transactions – financing: Strong reputation
    Real estate transactions – investment: Strong reputation

  • 2019

    Employment law

    Collective Bargaining & labour relations: Strong reputation
    Redundancy plans and related collective litigation: Excellent
    High-risk litigation and criminal law related to employment: Excellent
    Labour aspects of M&A transactions and audits relating to labour matters: Strong reputation
    Representation of management and company officers: Strong reputation
    Collective and individual compensation: Strong reputation
    Supplementary social welfare: Strong reputation
    Mobility and expatriation: Recognized practice

     

    Employment – Territories

    Employment law in Centre / Val de Loire / Pays de la Loire / Bretagne region: Key player
    Employment law in Bourgogne / Franche Compté / Grand Est region: Excellent
    Employment law in Provence-Alpes Côte d’Azur – Corse region: Excellent

  • 2019

    Distressed companies / Restructuring

    Collective proceedings: advice for large-cap companies and their shareholders : Excellent
    Clients: banks and debt securities holders : Strong reputation
    Clients: Distressed buyouts : Key player
    Clients: court-appointed receivers : Excellent

2018

  • 2018

    Public law

    Town planning & development: Excellent

  • 2018

    Technologies, internet & Telecommunications

    Data protection: Strong reputation
    IT law: Strong reputation
    Internet law: Strong reputation

  • 2018

    Health / Pharmaceutical

    Medical and hospital liability litigation: Strong reputation

    Criminal law related to health care: Strong reputation

  • 2018

    Competition - Distribution

    Distribution and restrictive practices law: Key player

    State aid: Excellent

    Antitrust and anti-competitive practices: Strong reputation

    Merger control: Strong reputation

  • 2018

    Litigation & Arbitration

    Commercial litigation: Key player

    Financial and equity transaction: Excellent

    High-risk litigation and criminal law related to employment: Excellent

    International arbitration: Recognized practice

    Financial, banking and equity transaction: Strong reputation

  • 2018

    Employment law

    Redundancy plans and related collective litigation: Excellent
    High-risk litigation and criminal law related to employment: Excellent
    Collective bargaining and labour relations: Strong reputation
    Labour aspects of M&A transactions and audits relating to labour matters: Strong reputation
    Representation of management and company officers: Strong reputation
    Collective and individual compensation: Strong reputation
    Mobility and expatriation: Recognized practice
    Supplementary employee welfare arrangements: Strong reputation
    Employment law in the Centre / Val de Loire / Pays de la Loire / Bretagne region: Key Player
    Employment law in the Bourgogne/Franche Comté/Grand Est region: Excellent
    Employment law in the Auvergne/Rhône-Alpes region: Strong reputation
    Employment law in the Provence-Alpes Côte d’Azur/Corse region: Strong reputation

  • 2018

    Real Estate - Construction

    Construction litigation: Key player

    Construction (procurement, construction work, contracts and advisory: Excellent

    Real estate development: Excellent

2017

  • 2017

    Insurance

    Industrial risks and insurance litigation: Strong reputation

  • 2017

    M&A

    Capital market operations : Key player

    Transactions up to €75 million: Key player

    LBO lower mid cap & small cap : Key player

    LBO – Tax : Excellent

    Capital innovation : Strong reputation

  • 2017

    Public law

    Commercial urban planning : Key player

    Town planning and development : Excellent

    Town planning and development tax  : Strong reputation

    Law of public ownership : Strong reputation

  • 2017

    Tax law / Private assets

    LBO – Tax: Excellent

    Real estate transactions – Tax : Excellent

    Private assets : Excellent

    Litigation and pre-litigation – Private assets : Well known

    Taxation of associations and non-profit organizations: Excellent

    M&A – Tax: Strong reputation

    VAT: Strong reputation

    Funds creation & funds structuring: Strong reputation

     

  • 2017

    Leading Strategist - Bruno Cavalié

  • 2017

    Competition-Distribution

    Distribution and restrictive practices law: Key player

    State aid: Excellent

    Antitrust and anti-competitive practices: Strong reputation

    Merger control: Strong reputation

  • 2017

    Litigation & Arbitration

    Commercial litigation: Key player

    International arbitration: Recognised practice

    Financial, banking and M&A litigation: Strong reputation

  • 2017

    Health / Pharmaceutical

    Medical and hospital liability litigation: Strong reputation

    Criminal law related to health care: Strong reputation

  • 2017

    Real Estate – Construction

    Construction litigation: Key player

    Construction (procurement, construction work, contracts and advisory: Excellent

    Real estate development: Excellent

    Commercial leases: Excellent

    Real estate transaction litigation: Excellent

    Real estate transactions – financing: Strong reputation

    Real estate transactions – investment: Strong reputation

     

  • 2017

    Distressed companies / Restructuring

    Collective proceedings: advice for large-cap companies and their shareholders: Excellent

    Clients: banks and debt securities holders: Strong reputation

    Clients: Distressed buyouts: Excellent

    Clients: court-appointed receivers: Key player

  • 2017

    Employment law

    Collective bargaining and labour relations: Strong reputation

    Redundancy plans and related collective litigation: Strong reputation

    High-risk litigation and criminal law related to employment: Excellent

    Labour aspects of M&A transactions and audits relating to labour matters: Strong reputation

    Representation of management and company officers: Strong reputation

    Collective and individual compensation: Strong reputation

    Mobility and expatriation: Recognized practice

    Supplementary employee welfare arrangements: Strong reputation

Who's Who Legal

2019

  • 2019

    Individual rankings

    Eric Barbry is ranked in Who’s Who Legal France – Data

    Bastien Thomas is ranked in Who’s Who Legal France – Competition – Future leaders 2019

    Sylvain Bergès is ranked in Who’s Who Legal France – Energy

    Laurent Jourdan is ranked in Who’s Who Legal France – Insolvency

2018

  • 2018

    Competition - Individual ranking

    Bastien Thomas is ranked in Global Competition Review : Who’s Who Future Leaders.

    Bastien Thomas “gets to the detail without losing sight of the big picture”, and “always knows how to deal with complex situations”.

2017

  • 2017

    Competition - Individual ranking

    Bastien Thomas is ranked in Global Competition Review : Who’s Who Future Leaders.

    Bastien Thomas “gets to the detail without losing sight of the big picture”, and “always knows how to deal with complex situations”.

International Financial Law Review

2019

  • 2019

    Restructuring

    The team is ranked Band 4

    Antoine Diesbecq is individually ranked as “Highly regarded”

  • 2019

    M&A

    The team is ranked in “Other notable”

2018

  • 2018

    M&A

    Other notable

  • 2018

    Restructuring

    The team is ranked Band 4

    Antoine Diesbecq is individually ranked as “Highly regarded”

2017

  • 2017

    M&A

    Other notable

  • 2017

    Individual ranking

    Antoine Diesbecq is ranked as “Highly regarded”

  • 2017

    Restructuring

    The team is ranked in Tier 4

International Tax Review

2019

  • 2019

    Tax

    Tax – France: Tier 3

2018

  • 2018

    Tax

    Tax – France : Tier 3

2017

  • 2017

    Tax

    Tax – France : Tier 3

Best Lawyers

2019

  • 2019

    Individual rankings

    Bruno Cavalié is ranked in « Litigation »

    Nicolas Boytchev is ranked in « Real Estate Law »

    Antoine Diesbecq is ranked in« Insolvency and Reorganization Law »

    Laurent Jourdan is ranked in « Insolvency and Reorganization Law »

    Jean-Christophe Beaury is ranked in « Mergers and Acquisitions Law »

    Fabrice Rymarz is ranked in« Tax Law »

    Bastien Thomas is ranked in « Competition / Antitrust Law »

    Eric Barbry is ranked in « Information Technology Law »

    Sylvain Bergès is ranked in « Public Law »

    Frédérique Chaput is ranked in « Competition / Antitrust Law »

    Bernard Laurent-Bellue is ranked in « Capital Markets Law »

     

2018

  • 2018

    IP/IT & Data protection: Individual ranking

    Eric Barbry is ranked in the “Information Technology Law” category

Magazine des Affaires

2019

  • 2019

    Social

    Band 1 : PES and collective litigation

  • 2019

    Restructuring


    Band 1 : Collective Procedures

Le Point

2019

  • 2019

    Insurance law

    Racine is one of the best law firms in France in the category “Insurance law” of Le Point rankings

  • 2019

    Banking & Finance

    Racine is one of the best law firms in the categories “Banking and capital market law” in Le Point rankings

  • 2019

    Real Estate - Construction

    Racine is one of the best law firms in France in the category “Real estate” of Le Point rankings

  • 2019

    Employment law

    Racine is one of the best law firms in the categories “Labour law” and “Social security law” of Le Point rankings

  • 2019

    IP/IT

    Racine is one of the best law firms in France in the category “New technologies, IT & Communication law” of Le Point rankings

  • 2019

    Public Law

    Racine is one of the best law firms in France in the categories “Public law” and “Environmental law” of Le Point rankings

  • 2019

    Tax law

    Racine is one of the best law firms in France in the category “Tax law” in Le Point rankings.

  • 2019

    M&A - Corporate

    Racine is one of the best law firms in France in the categories “Corporate law” and “Mergers and Acquisitions” of Le Point rankings

  • 2019

    Competition - Distribution

    Racine is one of the best law firms in France in the categories “Commercial, Business and Competition law” and “Consumer law” of Le Point rankings

Awards

2019

    • Collective procedures and restructuring: Gold trophy

      Received at the 17th edition of  the Trophées du Droit

       

    • Real Estate - Promotion: Gold Trophy

      Received at the 17th edition of the Trophées du Droit

       

    • IT, Internet & Personal Data: Rising Team

      Received at the 17th edition of Trophées du Droit

       

    • Commercial Leases: Silver Trophy

      Received at the 17th edition of the Trophées du Droit

       

    • Employment law - Restructuring: Silver Trophy

      Received at the 17th edition of the Trophées du Droit

       

    • Public Contracts: Silver Trophy

      Received at the 17th edition of the Trophées du Droit

       

    • ACQ5

      Racine has been designated as the Agriculture Sector law firm of the year 2019 by ACQ5

       

    • Global Law Experts

      Racine has been designated as the Agriculture and Agri-Food law firm of the Year 2019 in France by Global Law Experts

       

2018

    • Town planning: Silver Trophy

      Received at the 2018 Palmarès des cabinets d’avocats

       

    • Restructuring: Silver trophy

      Received at the 2018 Palmarès des cabinets d’avocats

       

    • Immobilier – construction: Silver trophy

      Received at the 2018 Palmarès des cabinets d’avocats

       

    • Competition: Silver trophy

      Received at the 2018 Palmarès des cabinets avocats

       

    • Real estate operations - transaction and financing: jury special prize

      Received at the 16th edition of Trophées du Droit

    • Mergers & Acquisitions : Small & Mid Cap: Gold trophy

      Received at the 16th edition of Trophées du Droit

    • Top Legal

      Italian independent desk of the year 2018

    • Global Law Experts

      Racine has been designated as the Agriculture and Agri-Food law firm of the Year 2018 in France by Global Law Experts

       

       

    • AI - Global Excellence Awards

      Agricultural and Agri-business Law team receives AI trophy – Global Excellence Awards 2018

       

2017

    • Public law: Bronze trophy

      Received at the 2017 Palmarès des cabinets d’avocats

    • Restructuring: Bronze trophy

      Received at the 2017 Palmarès des cabinets d’avocats

    • Real Estate – Construction: Silver trophy

      Received at the 2017 Palmarès des cabinets d’avocats

    • Litigation: Silver trophy

      Received at the 2017 Palmarès des cabinets d’avocats

    • Multi-office firm and regional firm: Silver trophy

      Received at the 15th Trophées du Droit et du Contentieux

    • Employment law: Silver trophy

      Received at the 15th Trophées du Droit et du Contentieux

    • Restructuring: Silver trophy

      Received at the 15th Trophées du Droit et du Contentieux

    • Construction: Gold trophy

      Received at the 15th Trophées du Droit et du Contentieux

    • Commercial litigation: Gold trophy

      Received at the 15th Trophées du Droit et du Contentieux

    • Restructuring: prize for “Turnaround deal of the year”

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