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Franklin: The Lawyer’s French Law Firm of the Year

22/03/2016 - Bank - Finance, Competition - Distribution, Litigation - Arbitration, Corporate Finance - M&A, Awards, Employment Law, Public Law - Regulatory, Environment, Outsourcing, Fiscal, Investment funds, Real Estate, Patrimoine et entreprises familiales, India Practice, Private Equity, Projects - Energy, Intellectual Property, Technology - Media - Telecommunications

Law firm of the year - FranceParis-based law firm, Franklin, has, for the second time in three years, won the French Law Firm of the Year award from leading industry commentator, The Lawyer.

This high-profile award recognizes how the firm is, ‘continuing to build its presence in the intensively competitive Paris market.’ Praise came for adding a high level competition team led by Partner, Julie Catala Marty; significant new business wins; the expansion of core client relationships; and the strategic build out of the firm’s high profile real estate and finance teams.

Judges continued to be, ‘impressed by Franklin’s strategy and focus’, which has resulted in an expanding list of € multi-billion transactions in diverse sectors such as telecoms, banking, real property and new technologies.  The firm’s specialist practices also provide our clients legal expertise in strategic ligation along with other key areas including tax, real property, labour law, public administrative law and competition law.

Partner Mark Richardson said, ‘In celebrating our 15th year anniversary last year, we took stock and realized that, in a relatively short period of time, we have become one of only a handful of independent firms competing with the most established Paris players.‘ Indeed, as noted by the jury ‘Franklin’s international approach – which has seen it hire lawyers from a wide range of backgrounds, speaking a wide range of languages – appears to be paying off in this regard.’

The Lawyer judging panel was made up of senior in-house counsel and private practitioners.  It included lawyers from Macfarlanes, Travers Smith and Arnold & Porter, as well as Tsys, Unisys and television network, HBO Europe.