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- French HATVP Introduces New Lobbying Guidelines
The French High Authority for Transparency in Public Life aims to clarify the system for lobbyists and provide a more accurate view of lobbying activity, in order to enable further structural changes. On July 3, 2023, the French High Authority for Transparency in Public Life (HATVP) published new guidelines that will come into force on October 1, 2023 (the New Guidelines). This Client Alert summarizes the key changes and next steps that will impact companies engaging in lobbying activities. Please see full Alert below for more information.
- Enquête interne anticorruption et coopération judiciaire
L’Agence française anticorruption (AFA) et le Parquet national financier (PNF) ont publié conjointement en mars 2023 un guide pratique visant à apporter aux entreprises un éclairage sur l’objet et la conduite d’une enquête interne anticorruption. A cette occasion, l’AFA et le PNF ont rappelé l’importance de l’enquête interne anticorruption dans le cadre de la négociation d’une convention judiciaire d’intérêt public (CJIP). Originally published in Finascope. Please see full Publication below for more information.
- Le Précédent Procédural Dans La Pratique Des Tribunaux Arbitraux
La présente contribution se propose d’étudier l’apparition, en arbitrage international, de décisions procédurales formant un véritable corps de jurisprudence ou de précédents. Tandis que le sujet du précédent a d’ores et déjà été analysé sous l’angle des décisions substantielles rendues par les arbitres, aucune étude n’est consacrée spécifiquement au précédent concernant les questions procédurales. Cet article cherche alors à préciser davantage la notion de précédent procédural, avant d’examiner sa réalité dans la pratique arbitrale. Les études empiriques menées par les auteures sur les décisions procédurales rendues par des tribunaux CCI et CIRDI font apparaître d’intéressantes divergences dans la pratique des arbitres face au précédent procédural, que cela soit selon le type d’arbitrage (commercial ou d’investissement) ou selon la matière traitée (questions de compétence, demandes de mesures provisoires, etc.). Initialement publié dans la Revue de l'Arbitrage 2023 - N° 1. Veuillez consulter la publication complète ci-dessous pour plus d'informations.
- Bulletin Concurrence VI - Paris │ Octobre ● Novembre ● Decembre 2022
1. CONTENTIEUX - ACTION EN FOLLOW-ON : ABSENCE DE RÉPARATION POUR LES SOCIÉTÉS DU GROUPE COLAS DANS L’AFFAIRE DU CARTEL DES CAMIONS - Dans un jugement remarqué du 27 octobre 2022, le tribunal de commerce de Lyon a rejeté l’action en réparation introduite par les sociétés du groupe Colas contre les constructeurs de camions, condamnés pour entente par la Commission européenne à une amende de 2,9 milliards d’euros. Please see full Publication below for more information.
- Establishing a Business Entity in France (Updated)
1. Types of Business Entities - • Description of the types of entities available in each jurisdiction through which to conduct business - Business may be conducted in France either through a French branch of a foreign company (1) or through a French company (2). Both are considered to be forms of direct investment in France. Please see full Chapter below for more information.
- France’s New Guidelines on Deferred Prosecution Agreement Offer Welcome Clarity
The guidelines provide useful insights into the mechanism of settlement agreements in criminal cases, and supersede previous guidelines published on June 26, 2019. Article 22 of Law No. 2016-1691 of December 9, 2016 (Sapin 2 Law) introduced a procedure called Convention Judiciaire d’Intérêt Public (CJIP), a French version of the deferred prosecution agreement (DPA). Please see full Alert below for more information.
- France enacts the Finance Law for 2023 - Loi de Finances pour 2023
La Loi de finances pour 2023 (LF 2023) a été publiée au Journal Officiel le 31 décembre 2022. Le présent bulletin décrit brièvement une sélection de mesures fiscales qu’elle contient. Veuillez consulter la publication complète ci-dessous pour plus d'informations.
- The Technology, Media and Telecommunications Review, 13th Edition - France
This 13th edition of The Technology, Media and Telecommunications Review provides updated overviews of legal and policy constructs and developments in the TMT arena across 18 jurisdictions around the world. As in years past, our goal with this publication is to provide a practical, business-focused survey of these issues, along with insights into how regulatory activity in this arena continues to evolve. Policymakers in 2022 have continued to grapple with the impact of the covid-19 pandemic, which has focussed greater attention on the need for ubiquitous broadband internet connectivity and has hastened efforts to make broadband services more widely available. The height of the pandemic saw a significant rise in remote working, distance learning, tele-health visits, and similar broadband-enabled activities. And while more businesses and schools are now returning to an in-person environment, it remains the case that work, education, and other aspects of our daily lives are more reliant on broadband connectivity today than before the pandemic. Originally published by Law Business Research Ltd - December 2022. Please see full Chapter below for more information.
- Competition Bulletin V PARIS │ July ● August ● September 2022
1. LITIGATION CUMULATIVE ADMINISTRATIVE SANCTIONS AGAINST THE SAME PARTY FOR SIMULTANEOUS BREACHES ARE CONSTITUTIONALLY PERMISSIBLE - In a judgment dated June 23, 2022, the Paris Administrative Court fully upheld the cumulative fine of EUR 6,340,000 imposed on Eurelec Trading (Eurelec) for 21 breaches of the rules of transparency in commercial relations between suppliers and distributors. Please see full Publication below for more information.
- French Competition Authority's record fine overturned on appeal
On 6 October 2022, the Paris Court of Appeal (CoA) partially overturned the French Competition Authority (FCA)’s record EUR1.2 billion fine on Apple and two of its wholesalers, Ingram Micro and Tech Data, for antitrust infringements involving product and customer allocation, resale price maintenance and the French law concept of abuse of economic dependency. Our alert sets out the details of the CoA’s ruling and its implications for the calculation of fines and the structuring of antitrust-compliant distribution networks. Please see Publication below for more information.
- New Regime for Offshore Wind Energy in France
Background The French Energy Regulation Committee (CRE) on 11 July 2011 issued a set of rules, “Specifications of tender No. 2011/S 126-208873 on offshore wind power generation facilities in France”, that outlines the terms and conditions of the new tender process applicable to offshore wind...
- European Commission v Électricité de France: The Private Investor Test and State Aid
The European Court of Justice (ECJ) upheld on 5 June an earlier ruling of the General Court that annulled a decision made by the European Commission that a modification of accounting rules made by France in favour of energy company Électricité de France (EDF) constituted State aid. ...
- Employment Law in France: The Basics
France, the largest country in Western Europe, with a population of approximately 64 million people, and which borders eight different countries plays an integral role in Europe and the worldwide market....
- Overview of the M&A Industry in France
How was the M&A market in Q1 2012 compared to Q1 2011? As seems to be the case for most European countries, Q1 2012 saw a decline in M&A compared to Q1 2011. Although M&A activity remained stable between 2009 and 2011 in terms of transactions numbers, there was a sharp decrease in 2012:...
- E-Commerce: Consider the Enhanced Consumer Protection Clauses
The directive 2011/83/EU of 25 October 2011 relating to consumer rights (the "Directive") is to be implemented as of December 13, 2013 by Member States in national European jurisdictions, including French jurisdiction, and will take effect on June 13, 2014. New consumer protection rules will from...
- $1.1 Billion and Counting – The New Era of OFAC Enforcement
On February 13, 2014, BNP Paribas ("BNP"), France's largest bank, announced in its fourth quarter results that it will soon be joining the growing community of banking institutions that, within the past five years, have been sanctioned for violations of the United States Department of Treasury's...
- The new group actions law in France – A cause for concern for companies?
The French law on consumer rights, also referred to as the “Hamon law” (“loi Hamon”), was enacted on 17 March 2014. The introduction of group actions is one of the main innovations of this law. Companies must now integrate this possibility into their legal risk management. However, as the...
- France Facilitates Implementation of Whistleblowing Systems
In France, before implementing a whistleblowing process, a company must inform and consult with its employees’ representatives, inform its employees and notify the French Data Protection Agency (CNIL). There are two possible ways to notify the CNIL of a whistleblowing system......
- France: Courts Limit Claims for Constructive Dismissal
Constructive dismissal is, in effect, a resignation treated as a dismissal. The employee terminates the employment contract in response to an employer’s alleged breach and the Employment Tribunal then assesses the employer’s breach to decide whether it is sufficiently serious to amount to a...
- Have the Challenges of the Energy Transition been Overcome?
The ongoing debate over environmental issues and their impact on the French energy model raises many issues. Successive governments have taken different approaches to the problem and energy transition has been presented as a key initiative of President Hollande's five-year mandate. Following an...