The French Desk is a collaboration between French and international lawyers, specialised in international contract law and commercial and procedural law. Together they have combined their knowledge to help both French and international companies with their legal issues.
Doing business in France
France is one of Europe’s leading trading partners. Many countries in Europe and abroad have imported and exported goods to and from France for years. Also, in the field of investments, important partnerships have been established amongst French and international companies in the areas of transport and energy. This offers many opportunities for international trade relations.
When doing business in France, you must take into consideration that there is a completely different business culture. The French language is predominant in many companies while English is not always spoken everywhere. That makes doing business a lot more difficult. Moreover, legislation in France can differ from the rules and regulation in your own country.
The lawyers at our French Desk can help French and international companies with their international business disputes. We can ensure that you are prepared for any scenario and that your international contracts are in line with your international ambitions. In the unlikely event of a trade dispute with a French business partner, we ensure that your conflict is resolved as efficiently and practically as possible.
French lawyers in your country
Our French lawyers are specialised in international trade matters. If you require advice on your rights and obligations or if you have a commercial trade dispute with a French or international party, we can assist you. Our lawyers speak French fluently and are well versed with the French rules, regulations and business culture. With our specialists at the French Desk, you are legally in a much stronger position, meaning that you can continue doing business with peace of mind.
Specialised in international law
If you have a conflict with a French business partner, then you will first have the establish which judge is competent to solve your case. This could either be a French or international judge. Moreover, you will also have to determine which law is applicable. Is this French law? Or the law according to where your international debtor is located? Our lawyers have extensive knowledge and can provide sound and practical advice on international contracts and procedures.
How can our French Desk help you?
Whether you are planning to do business in France or if you have a business dispute with your French supplier, our specialists at the French Desk will always provide the right guidance and the best solution for your situation. We can help you with the following matters:
- Drafting general terms and conditions (according to French law or international law)
- Advice and assistance with financing and securities in France
- Drafting of and legal advice on international agreements, such as agency agreements, distribution agreements and purchase agreements.
- Advice on business conflicts in France or disputes with a French business partner.
- Litigation in the French court and international courts
- Conducting legal proceedings under French law or the law in your country
- Advice on international liability.
- Negotiating payment arrangements.
- Taking care of the collection process: both extrajudicial and judicial.
- Legal support in international bankruptcies.
- Legal assistance in contract negotiations.
- Mediation during disputes.
Team French Desk: the specialists for French and international matters
The French Desk consists of both French and international lawyers. The contact person for the French Desk is Yassin Jarmouni, our French lawyer. In addition, lawyers Hanneke Zandvoort and Kasia Durlik and French lawyer Joséphine Kinavuidi are also part of the team. They assist international companies with their legal issues in France.
Yassin Jarmouni is our French litigator at Bierens Law. He is responsible for the legal proceedings in France. His focus lies on general French business law, insolvency, contract law and international private law. Yassin has experience in litigation with French courts, mediation and alternative dispute resolution. In April 2018, Yassin was sworn in as a lawyer. He is a member of the Bar Association in Paris. Yassin speaks French, English, Dutch, Spanish, Catalan, German and Moroccan Arabic.
Kasia Durlik is a lawyer specialised in international contract law, energy law and the Vienna Sales Convention. At Bierens Law, she advises companies on their international contract agreements. At the French Desk, Kasia helps companies to solve international trade disputes. In addition, Kasia can assist in drafting general terms and conditions and various international contracts, such as a distribution agreement or an agency agreement.
Hanneke Zandvoort is a lawyer under Dutch law. She mainly deals with insolvency law, retention of title and bankruptcies. In addition, Hanneke is part of the International Private Law team.
Together with her colleagues Yassin, Kasia and Joséphine, Hanneke is responsible for the French desk. With her knowledge of international laws, she can advise on various international legal procedures, such as which procedures are available and which one would offer the best solution. She can also help with bankruptcy. For example, Hanneke can help you retrieve goods delivered under the retention of title, or she can submit your claims in the bankruptcy proceedings while maintaining contact with the trustee.
Sometimes it happens that in France, litigation is conducted according to Dutch law. In such cases, Hanneke sometimes will write a memo on Dutch law. For example, in a case involving Yassin, she once had to explain property law according to Dutch law to the French court.
"Although at first glance the differences between countries seem rather small, apart from the language and the nice weather, the differences between French and Dutch law can be considerable. I find it very interesting to deal with this together with my colleagues from the French desk. Together with my colleagues of the French Desk, we are at your service," says Hanneke Zandvoort.
Claire Pion is a lawyer under French law. She graduated with two law degrees: International Private Law and International Business Law. She followed both studies at the University of Paris. After her studies, she worked in several French law firms, where she was involved in litigation and mergers and acquisitions. Afterwards, she worked for several years as an advisor at a fintech company specialized in the development of blockchain solutions. At Bierens Law, Claire is part of the French Desk. With her knowledge of French law and the French legal system, she helps companies to solve their international claims and commercial disputes.
Contact our French specialists
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