Backed by its 20 years’experience in legal counselling and litigation practice dedicated to businesses and individuals, Richelieu Avocats is well placed to defend your interests.

Backed by its 20 years’experience in legal counselling and litigation practice dedicated to businesses and individuals, Richelieu Avocats is well placed to defend your interests.

Employment & social security

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  1. Practice areas

  2. Employment & social security


Drafting of legal documents

  • employment contracts
  • special clauses
  • company-level agreements
  • company rules and regulations, etc.

Analysis/management of employment & social security related risks

Termination of employment contracts

  • individual
  • collective


  • individual
  • collective
  • social security-related
  • electoral

International mobility

Management of restructuring and employment protection plans

Criminal employment law

Risk of poaching and unfair competition

Status of individuals and Directors

Tax and employment & social security aspects of employment law


The employment & social security team of Richelieu Avocats, made up of 6 lawyers, provides counselling and defence to its clients in all areas of employment & social security law.

Backed by 20 years of experience in counselling and litigations relating to employment & social security law, its founding partners, Jean-Oudard de Préville and Benoît Gruau, have acquired a solid reputation in complex litigations and for their proximity with legal or human resources departments and with directors, for assessing legal risks upfront and managing negotiations and litigations.

The arrival of Guillaume Marguet in 2013 has broadened the range of expertise to include the tax and corporate law aspects of cases.

Business litigations

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  1. Practice areas

  2. Business litigations

Types of work

Defence and assistance before all courts

  • civil
  • commercial
  • criminal

Evidentiary measures

Protective measures and compulsory enforcement disputes

Legal expertise

Collective proceedings

Analysis of criminal risk faced by companies

Criminal defence of directors

Conciliation and mediation

Defence before all administrative authorities

  • defender of Rights
  • professional bodies
  • CNIL
  • AMF


Contractual litigation, in particular relating to

  • commercial agreements
  • commercial leases
  • articles of Association
  • shareholders’agreements
  • property sales

Tortious liability, in particular relating to

  • breach of commercial relations
  • unfair competition
  • infringement of trademarks, designs
  • copyright

Criminal risk in the course of trade

Complex civil disputes

  • property
  • real-estate

Disputes between partners

Liability of Directors

Undertakings facing difficulties

Rights of the press

Right of personal portrayal and digital reputation

Acquisitions, change of ownership and company law

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  1. Practice areas

  2. Acquisitions, change of ownership and company law


Due diligences




Legal monitoring of groups


Transfer of goodwill

Raising of capital

Negotiation and drafting of agreements


Environmental Law

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  1. Practice areas

  2. Environmental Law


Classified facilities Law

  • Advice on setting up industrial operations
  • Operational assistance
  • Management of operational incidents and accidents
  • Management of relations with the administration
  • Management of relations with third parties and the neighborhood
  • Management of activity transfer, cessation of activity and site remediation procedure

Real estate assets

  • Polluted sites and soils : assistance for pollution management, disposal and acquisition of sites
  • Assistance with industrial acquisitions
  • Assistance during leasing process
    • definition / limitation of liabilities
    • drafting of clauses protecting the interests of the lessee / lessor
  • Assistance in disputes concerning estate purchased, donated or leased (compliance, pollution, remediation, …)
  • Asbestos

Waste Managment

  • Determination of liabilities (producers, holders, transporters, traders, …)
  • Drafting of waste treatment contracts (recycling, recovery, transport, …)
  • Management of transboundary shipments of waste
  • Extended Producer Responsibility

Environmental Risk Management in Business Transfers

  • Acquisition audit / Sale audit
  • Identification of environmental liabilities
  • Due diligence report
  • Preparation and drafting of environmental liability guarantee clauses


  • Assistance for the takeover of a company in difficulty
  • Definition of the director’s role in a company in difficulty
  • Management of the close down procedure and the remediation procedure by the liquidating agent
  • Assistance to file the closure process
  • Management of relationships with the State Departments

Environmental litigation

  • Judicial and Administrative litigation
  • Challenge / defense of civil, commercial or administrative liability
  • appraisal by court appointed expert
  • environmental criminal law

Water law

  • Assistance with authorization procedures / declaration of IOTAs subject to water legislation
  • Assistance in obtaining sewage discharge authorization and discharge agreement


The firm’s environmental team advises both industrialists and investors in order to assist them in assessing industrial risks, in particular in connection with the operation of classified facilities, restructuring operations, the sale of polluted sites or the setting up of project. The team is led by Sylvain Pelletreau, a specialist in environmental matters, who has been practicing and teaching this field for over 15 years, both in its advisory and litigation aspects.

Air and atmosphere

  • Atmospheric emission
  • CO2 emission allowances
  • Renewable Energies
  • Atmospheric protection plans

Patrimoine naturel

  • Advising local residents and communities in the implementation of wind energy projects for the protection of natural, cultural or architectural heritage
  • Council of hunters and hunting associations in the management of their territories


  1. Practice areas

  2. Taxation


Tax litigations

International taxation

Offshore tax exemption


  • of the entrepreneur
  • of the Director


Plaque rurale
  1. Practice areas

  2. Contracts


  • commercial
  • IT

Commercial leases

CGeneral terms and conditions


  • Disclaimers
  • terms and conditions of use


  • confidentiality
  • exclusivity

Agreement on the assignment or use of intellectual property rights


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  1. Practice areas

  2. Criminal

Types of work

Criminal risk faced by companies

  • analysis
  • prevention

Criminal defence

  • of companies
  • of Directors

Protection fonctionnelle des agents de l’Etat


Criminal employment law

Criminal business law

Sensitive criminal cases

Public law and town planning

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  1. Practice areas

  2. Public law and town planning

Public business law

Town planning and development law

Commercial planning law

Taxation of town planning

Public domain

Right of pre-emption - Expropriation

Fundamental liberties

Freedom referrals


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  1. Practice areas

  2. Restructuring

Analysis of financial difficulties

Advice on the choice of procedure : CCSF, hoc mandate, conciliation

Drafting of the application opening pre- or bankruptcy proceedings

Support of the application before the President of the Commercial Court

Negotiation with public creditors, banks or strategic suppliers

Bankruptcy Proceedings

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  1. Practice areas

  2. Bankruptcy Proceedings

Bankruptcy Proceedings

  • Safeguard
  • Financial safeguard
  • Judicial rehabilitation
  • Court-ordered liquidation

Assistance to creditors

  • Statement of claim
  • Negotiation with judiciary mandatory and liquidator (trustees)
  • Designation as controleur
  • Litigation before the juge-commissaire

Assistance to CEO

  • Defense against personal liability actions and l penalties

Takeover of companies before the Commercial Courts

  • Targets search
  • Preparation of the takeover bid
  • Negotiations with co-contractors
  • Drafting of the takeover offer
  • Hearing before the Commercial Courts
  • Drafting of deeds of assignment

Intellectual property

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  1. Practice areas

  2. Intellectual property

Infringement of

  • trademarks
  • designs
  • patents
  • copyright

Defence before the

  • INPI

Agreement on the assignment or use of intellectual property rights


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  1. Practice areas

  2. Real-estate

Drafting of leases

Lease litigation

Construction litigation

Real-estate valuation

Right of sale of real-estate

Transfer of leases

Disputes between owners

SCI (Property Investment Company)