In April, the French business law firm Altana beefed up its practice by bringing on board four new partners and their respective teams: Gilles Gaillard (Corporate and Insurance), Valérie Lafarge-Sarkozy (Litigation), Frédéric Manin (Competition) and Frank Valentin (Intellectual and Digital Property).
A number of important French and international clients also followed the new partners to the Altana stable, including a US Medtech multinational company, big French laboratories, as well as renowned assurance companies like Covéa, Matmut, Malakoff Médéric and AXA, among others.
Common values on client, strategy and long-term vision were key factors in greenlighting the moves. “We have known Altana and its partners for many years. A strong affiliation exists between our teams, personally as much as professionally. We love in particular the fact that at Altana putting client at the center of all the activities isn’t just a slogan; of course, transparency of governance and democracy are also attractive to us,” emphasized Valérie Lafarge-Sarkozy.
Frank Valentin further added that an intelligent, blue sky vision of international expansion, a strong but balanced willingness to develop, as well as fluid communication among partners were also significant upsides.
Pierre Lubet, head of IP practice and one of the founding partners of Altana, agreed: “Our firm is renowned for high-level internal training and the quality of the team. Thanks to the strong synergies between different practices, we bring support to others and trust in the firm as a whole, which implies strong willingness and capacity to open to others colleagues.” He also expected that addition of these change-agents will allow Altana to widen the bandwidth of their different practice areas to respond to clients’ bespoke need and expand their capacity to invest in large-scale projects.
Founded in 2009, Altana has tripled its size and now has over 80 lawyers, including 22 partners. Convinced of the need to yield a high baseline of added value for clients by offering one-stop full services, it has interdisciplinary teams combining transactional and litigation experience.
Front burning the international scene, in addition to continuing to develop its Japan desk, the firm has also been increasingly active in Africa thanks to its strong network of partnerships. Recent highlights include advising an oil company on its acquisitions impacting France and a dozen of African and Middle East countries, and counseling a Danish manufacturer of med kits across the African continent.
- About the new partners
Gilles Gaillard has over 20 years of solid expertise in corporate finance, business law and insurance law, particularly in public and private M&A, capital investment and corporate restructuring, with a focus on the sectors of finance, insurance, pension funds and life sciences.
Valérie Lafarge-Sarkozy specializes in business litigation and pre-litigation, particularly in complex or group litigation, class actions, emerging risks (cyber risks) and the management of the often-related crises. She regularly advises a vast clientele including insurance companies, banks, industrial groups, accounting and audit firms.
Frédéric Manin is a Competition/Antitrust law specialist under European and French law, with a sector focus in aerospace, insurance, air transport, services, energy, health, defense and construction.
Frank Valentin has almost 20 years’ experience in trademark and copyright crisis litigation, particularly in the internet and motion picture sectors, and also manages patent litigation for important IT and life sciences companies. He also advises IT and software companies on the strategy of anti-counterfeiting campaigns, and has expertise in trademark portfolio management and data protection.