Two partners handle corporate litigation for the firm: Pierre-Olivier Chartier and Judith Vuillez. They are assisted by several associates: Adriana Biscan, Sandrine Haddad, Laetitia Politi, Pierre-Olivier Rocchi and Guillaume Soubiran.

Judith Vuillez and Pierre-Oliver Chartier are known for their technical expertise, their ability to provide bespoke services, their strong commitment in strategic and complex matters, their ability to understand operational issues and their responsiveness.

The firm regularly represents its clients in all types of corporate law-related disputes: failure to perform or termination of contracts, commercial practices, distribution, unfair competition, conflicts between shareholders, liabilities guarantee, defence against consumer associations (unfair terms, misleading commercial practices, etc.).

Judith Vuillez and Pierre-Olivier Chartier have also developed specialist expertise in trademark, advertising and product regulation law (especially in the tobacco and alcohol industries), telecoms, media, new technologies and energy law, representing top-tier clients in high stakes disputes.

In contact with international correspondents on an ongoing basis, they are also accustomed to handling complex international litigation during cross-border legal proceedings or arbitration. Finally, given that the firm has a partly international clientele, our litigators speak fluent English.

 


Legal 500 2019 France


Dispute resolution: commercial litigation

 


The ‘very client-oriented’ CBR & Associés is ‘business-focused and quick to respond’, and its work is ‘precise, clear and of a high quality’. The firm continues to distinguish itself through its impressive caseload: representing Kaefer Wanner, the firm negotiated France’s first judicial convention of public interest, with a monitoring obligation from the French anti-bribery agency, since such agreements were introduced by the French anti-corruption law Sapin II. The nine-lawyer team is particularly recommended for high-stakes commercial and consumer disputes, and has a strong presence in the telecoms, media and audiovisual sectors. Key client SFR regularly instructs the firm for its strategic matters. British American Tobacco is another longstanding client, and recently instructed the firm to defend its interests in the “Filtergate” case relating to the manipulation of filters by tobacco manufacturers, while Direct Energie instructed the firm to defend it against claims relating to allegedly abusive clauses in its terms and conditions initiated by consumer association UFC Que Choisir. TF1 Publicité, Adidas, Procter & Gamble, Eurovia and Lagardère Active are also clients. Pierre-Olivier Chartier is ‘fully and continuously dedicated to his clients and cases’, ‘explores all the possibilities and strategies available in a case before providing his advice, and manages to find all the possible legal arguments and facts that may come in useful, even when they were totally unexpected or overlooked’. Judith Vuillez is praised for her ‘very practical approach, excellent speed and very high quality of responses’, and her ability ‘to anticipate possible moves by opponents’. In addition, she has ‘great knowledge of the tobacco industry’.