LITIGATION

The lawyers of the firm, coming from litigation departments of French and international law firms, assist their clients in French domestic as well as international disputes before civil and commercial courts as well as criminal, financial and disciplinary authorities, in most areas of business law, at various litigation and pre-litigation stages.
 
Medici has built up a substantial capability to intervene on complex issues in corporate law, commercial law, financial and banking law, regulatory and compliance, white collar crime as well as in judicial proceedings in connection with arbitration.

COMMERCIAL LITIGATION / DISTRIBUTION / SUDDEN TERMINATION OF COMMERCIAL RELATIONSHIP / INSURANCE

  • Acting on behalf of an international financial institution in relation with a commercial claim resulting from the sale of its headquarters in France ;

  • Acting on behalf of a broadcasting company in the context of commercial proceedings against competing companies, on the grounds of deceptive marketing practices and unfair competition ;

  • Acting on behalf of a company specialising in the sale of computer components in the context of legal proceedings against one of its providers for abrupt termination of trade relations ;

  • Acting on behalf of a French leading company and a recognized player in the sectors of energy, industrial processes, telecommunication and information technologies in the context of works executed as a result of a tender contract ;

  • Defending several banks in the context of commercial legal proceedings initiated by the administrators of a bankrupt French petroleum refinery ;

  • Acting on behalf of a French leading company and a recognized player in the sectors of energy, industrial processes, telecommunication and information technologies in the context of works executed as a result of a tender contract ;

  • Counsel to a French company in the context of various commercial disputes in the agro-food sector ;

  • Counsel to American oilfield services company within the framework of an accident of air transport ;

  • Counsel to an Italian company operating in the labels and paper sector in various commercial disputes with its customers ;

  • Counsel to a French company specializing in the management of network infrastructures in the context of a dispute with a Belgian telephone operator relating to the purchase of satellite capacity,

  • Counsel to a leading US company in the field of security and remote monitoring systems in its contractual liability and unfair competition disputes ;

  • Counsel to French and international companies in insurance litigation following claims.

 CORPORATE LITIGATION/ JOINT-VENTURE

  • Counsel to an industrial group in the context of various pre litigation matters and post-acquisition litigation relating to the execution of a liability guarantee.
  • Counsel to an industrial group in the context of a post-acquisition / pre litigation matter relating to the implementation of a price adjustment clause.
  • Counsel to the former member of a joint-venture within the context of litigation against another former member, following the sale of their common assets. 
  • Counsel to an investment bank in connection with litigation relating to the extent of its mandate and the validity of the limitation of liability clause.
  • Counsel to a leader in the wind energy sector in the context of litigation following the acquisition of several wind farms,
  • Counsel to a listed French company in the context of litigation involving bank guarantees on first demand in the recycling sector

BANKING AND FINANCIAL LITIGATION / REGULATORY / INVESTIGATIONS (ADMINISTRATIVE, CRIMINAL AND INTERNAL)

  • Defending the interests of an international bank being the object of administrative and criminal investigations, relating to its contribution to the determination of the Libor and Euribor rates, which were carried out by French judicial and administrative authorities (Parquet and AMF) as well as other foreign

  • Defending the interests of an investment bank and one of its employees in the context of sanction proceedings initiated by the AMF (French financial authority) as a result of alleged transmission of a privileged information to an institutional investor, in connection with a block sale through an Accelerated Book Building.

  • Defending the interests of a listed company manufacturing industrial equipment and two of its directors in the context of investigations initiated by the AMF (French financial authority) on the share price of such company as result of alleged insider dealing offense relating to the shares of such company at the time of its merger with another company.

  • Defending the interests of an international bank in the context of investigations initiated by the AMF as a result of the market survey practices of such bank.

  • Advising a leading bank in the context of an enquiry by the AMF in relation with market operations that had been performed in partnership with another bank.

COMPLIANCE

  • Legal advice for the benefit of an insurance company aiming at checking the validity and content of the delegations and sub delegations of power and signature.

  • Legal advices relating to the implementation of the Sapin II law.
  • Training relating to the management of criminal and regulatory investigations to the attention of the partners of an investment bank.
  • Training in connection with criminal law and AMF prevention risk delivered to the partners of an investment bank.
  • Training in connection with the executive committee of an insurance company relating to money laundering risk prevention.

WHITE COLLAR CRIME

  • Defending a French industrial group in connection with a criminal investigation relating to potential misappropriation of corporate assets and fraudulent distribution of dividends.

  • Defending the interests of the African leader in packaging solutions, transport and material handling equipement in criminal investigations for embezzlement and misleading advertising.

  • Defending the interests of a leading French bank in criminal proceedings initiated in the US (DoJ and CFTC) and the UK (FSA) in connection with the alleged manipulation of the Libor and Euribor rates, and which led to various international letters rogatory being executed in France that raised difficulties under the French Blocking Statute. 

  • Acting as counsel for a mining operator in the context of litigation against another mining operator relating to allegations of corruption in connection with the entering into a mining concession agreement with an African State. 

DISCOVERY PROCEEDINGS (ARTICLE 145 CPC, FRENCH BLOCKING STATUTE ETC.)

  • Defending the interests of the French subsidiary of an international group in the context of litigation proceedings against one of its former employees claiming the production of numerous documents under Section 145 of the French Civil Proceedings Code.
  • Acting as counsel for a broadcasting company in a litigation against several competitors aiming at obtaining the production of documents in proceedings brought under Section 145 of the French Civil Proceedings Code prior to bringing legal proceedings on the grounds of unfair competition.

  • Acting as counsel for an energy company aiming at complying with document production requests from a foreign regulatory authority (Korean Fair Trade Commission) under the French blocking Statute.

  • Acting as counsel for a French bank aiming at complying with the documents and information requests from foreign judicial and administrative authorities (DoJ and CFTC in the U.S. and FSA in London) while complying also with the French Blocking Statute.

  • Counsel to a French company in the food industry in the context of litigation related to investigative measures likely to violate business secrets,

ARBITRATION LITIGATION

  • Counsel to an Emirati company against a Libyan company in annulment proceedings initiated against an ICC award; > See Article in GAR :  Enforcement of Libyan oil award stayed in Paris.

  • Counsel to a Qatari company against an UAE company in annulment proceedings initiated against an ICC award.See article in Gar : Audi Volkswagen award set aside in Paris ainsi que French court upholds annulment over law firm conflict.

  • Counsel to a French company against two other French companies in annulment proceedings initiated against an ICC award relating to a licence agreement, based on violation of due process and equality between the parties ;

  • Counsel to a French company against another French company in proceedings for annulment an ICC award based on the violation of due process and public policy ;

  • Counsel to a Moroccan company against an English company in proceedings for annulment of an ICC award based on violation of public policy ;

  • Counsel to a Moroccan company against a German company in proceedings for annulment of a ICC award based on lack of independence and impartiality ; 

  • Action for annulment of an ICC award relating to a contract for the purchase of industrial machinery between a Tunisian company and a German company;

  • Action for the annulment of an award relating to a construction contract for breach of the duty of disclosure and notorious facts .

  • Counsel to a British company against Uzbekistan in proceedings for partial annulment of an investment arbitration award;

  • Counsel to an Tunisian company against the Republic of Gabon in proceedings for partial annulment of an investment arbitration award;

  • Counsel to an Iraqi company against a French company in annulment proceedings initiated against an ICC award;

  • Counsel to an Iranian company against an Italian company in annulment proceedings initiated against an ICC award;

  • Counsel to a French company against a Tunisian company in annulment proceedings initiated against an ICC award;

  • Counsel to a Dutch company against a Germany company in annulment proceedings initiated against an ad hoc arbitration award;

  • Counsel to an Emirati company in proceedings before the French juge d'appui in order to compel the defending State to appoint an arbitrator in an investment arbitration case; 

  • Counsel to a group of partners in the context of a dispute with their former partners before the supporting judge in order to oppose the application for the disqualification of an arbitrator already rejected by the center in charge of the administration of the arbitration.

  • Enforcement in Mauritius of an ICC award in relation to a hostelry management contract for three new-built hotels ;

  • Enforcement in France of an arbitral award against French companies operating in the pharmaceutical field.

  • Proceedings against an arbitral tribunal before French Courts following the setting aside of an ICC award

  • Proceedings against an arbitrator before French Courts following the setting aside of an ICC award for breach of  his disclosure obligation. 

  • Representation and assistance of arbitrators / arbitration institutions in post-arbitration liability disputes

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