Harlay Avocats is a firm of more than twenty professionals, working together in highly specialized teams focused on meeting the legal needs of our clients (entrepreneurs, decision makers, multinational corporations and investment funds) in all areas of business law, both in French and in English.
Senior counsels / Collaborateurs
Dominique Amouyal, Elisabeth Dias Moura, Stéphane Fortes, Anne-Céline Lamarre, Sébastien Mouginot,
Régis Bernard joined the Firm in 1999 and has been a partner since 2003. He started his career in 1985 as a tax auditor at the Regional Directorate of Taxes in Strasbourg. He worked for the DVNI (Department of the Ministry of Finance in charge of auditing banks and financial establishments), before joining Fidal Peat International (KPMG) in 1990 as a tax lawyer. From 1992 to 1999 Régis worked as an in-house tax lawyer at Lazard Freres in Paris, where he supported investment bank activities and private management.
Régis Bernard heads the Tax Department, advising on both corporate tax (international financing, LBO, MBO, OBO, domestic tax, tax audits, reorganizations) and individual tax issues.
Régis also provides advice and assistance on mergers and acquisitions and on capital investment operations linked with business transfers.
Régis Bernard holds a Post-graduate diploma in Public Law (University of Strasbourg) and is a graduate of the National Tax Agency School. He was admitted to the Paris Bar in 1999 and to the Luxemburg Bar in 2013.
Sophie Binder joined the Firm in 2009, having worked as a specialized lawyer in labor law in some of the leading international French and UK law firms (International Directorate of Fidal, Clifford Chance).
Partner in charge since 2013, Sophie Binder heads the Labor Law Department and, with her team, provides advice on all aspects of labor law and human resources. Her areas of expertise include:
- individual labor relations (edition and execution of employment contracts, different methods of terminating an employment contract, psycho-social risks, professional equality, pre-litigation negotiation, compensation, specific clauses of employment);
- collective labor relations (including incorporation of companies, strategic orientations consulting, employment protection restructuring plans, business negotiation and drafting company agreements, implementation of and liaison with employee representative bodies, working hours, labor law due diligence, employee savings plans, social security audits, environmental risks and health and safety at work);
- social aspects of financial transactions and restructuring (business transfers, mergers and acquisitions, due diligence, collective status, works council consultation process, key management, transfer of employment contracts, etc.);
- status management and departure of top managers (cumulative employment contract and corporate office, package management, shareholding);
- individual and collective social disputes, assistance and representation before the courts and administrations;
- international mobility;
- companies incorporation and setting up;
- advice on applicable regulations;
- strategic consulting.
Sophie Binder was admitted to the Paris Bar in 2003. She holds a Master’s degree in Private Law and a Post-graduate specialized diploma in Law and Practice of Labour Relations from the University of Paris II Panthéon-Assas, where she is now a lecturer.
Sophie Binder is also a member of the Avosial Association, for which she has written a number of articles.
Olivier Cognard joined the Firm in April 2000, having previously worked in a large international law firm. Partner since September 2007, he co-heads the Private Equity / M&A / Capital Market / Corporate Department with Marie-Laure de Cordovez. His areas of practice are mergers and acquisitions, venture capital, private equity and the capital market, with a particular focus on technologies, press and media. He represents a large number of start-ups and high-growth companies (as well as their shareholders, managers or investors) in private and public mergers and acquisitions deals, venture capital financing rounds or IPOs.
He also chairs a number of conferences on these subjects.
Olivier Cognard has advised on strategic transactions for both French and foreign companies, and he regularly advises clients on corporate and commercial law issues in the course of their everyday business.
Olivier Cognard holds a Post-graduate specialized diploma in Business Law (University of Aix-en-Provence) and a Master’s degree in Business Law – Tax option (University of Paris XI Sceaux). He has been admitted to the Paris Bar.
Marie-Laure de Cordovez
Marie-Laure de Cordovez joined the firm in 1990, after beginning her career in the litigation department of a major French finance company. She has been a partner since 1997.
Marie-Laure de Cordovez co-heads the Private Equity / M&A / Capital Market / Corporate Department with Olivier Cognard. Her main areas of expertise are Private Equity transactions (development and venture capital, management packages) and stock exchange law (IPOs, regulations, PIPE). Marie-Laure provides assistance to both listed and non-listed companies on mergers and acquisitions and complex corporate reorganizations.
Marie-Laure de Cordovez also advises clients on incentive plans issues (stock options, free shares, BSPCE, etc.), and has published a number of articles on these subjects.
Marie-Laure de Cordovez holds a Post-graduate specialized diploma in Industrial Property Law (CEIPI, University of Strasbourg) and a Master’s degree in Business Law (University of Strasbourg). She was admitted to the Paris bar in 1992.
Sabine Lipovetsky joined the firm in 2000, having worked for a number of international law firms, and in particular the Irish firm of A&L Goodbody. Since her appointment as partner in September 2007, she has co-headed the IT / IP / Commercial Department) with Fabrice Perbost.
Sabine Lipovetsky has built up considerable expertise in these areas, particularly from an international perspective, and from a both contractual and regulatory standpoint, in pre-litigation and litigation. Her practice covers:
- intellectual property
- IT: Internet law, e-commerce, privacy and protection of personal data,
- life sciences,
- commercial law,
- real estate law.
She has published several articles and contributed to the “Dictionnaire du web” (web dictionary).
Sabine Lipovetsky lectures at University of Paris X Nanterre, in the “Master 2 Droit des Nouvelles Technologies et Société de l’Information”.
She is a member of the following professional associations: APRAM (“Association des Praticiens du Droit des Marques et des Modèles”), F.N.T.C. (“Fédération Nationale des Tiers de Confiance”), INTA (International Trademark Association),the ITechLaw Association and the Biolegis network.
Sabine Lipovetsky holds an LL.M. in Commercial Law (University College Dublin), a Post-graduate specialized diploma in Industrial Property Law and a Master’s degree in Business Law (University of Paris II Panthéon-Assas).
Specialized in Intellectual Property law, Dominique Mallo has developed a strong expertise in the management of trademarks, designs and domain names worldwide.
Then, Dominique Mallo joined Taylor Wessing as a partner in 2011 and she has managed the IP practice for seven years.
Dominique Mallo assists brand owners at every stage in the life of trademarks.
Her key practice areas are :
- trademark clearance searches and filing strategies
- opposition proceedings, trademark, design and copyright litigations and unfair competition litigations
- brand audit
- transactional matters
- legal assistance in protecting the clients for counterfeits
- client training
Her practice also covers :
- copyright Law
- loi Evin (regulating alcohol advertisement)
- commercial law
Dominique Mallo holds a CEIPI diploma (University Robert Schumann in Strasbourg), a post graduated specialized diploma in Industrial Property Law and a master’s degree in Business Law (University of Paris I ans II).
Fabrice Perbost joined the firm in 1998 after several years working in French law firms specialized in new technologies. In 2002 Fabrice became Partner in charge of the IT / IP / Commercial Department. He co-heads this Department with Sabine Lipovetsky.
Fabrice Perbost has built up considerable expertise in these areas, particularly from an international perspective, and from a both contractual and regulatory standpoint, in pre-litigation and litigation. His practice covers all types of contracts in both private and public law (integration, license, transfer, sale, partnership, services, outsourcing, clinical trials, distribution, etc.), due diligence supervision, advising on issues relating to trademarks, domain names, designs and patents, copyright, unfair competition and parasitism, e-commerce, Internet law, privacy and protection of personal data, business practices (advertising, gaming, pricing practices, etc.), and compliance.
Fabrice Perbost is the author of a large number of articles in these areas, and lectures in the Post-graduate specialized diploma in New Technologies Law and Society of Information at the University of Paris X Nanterre. Fabrice Perbost also teaches at the University of Paris II Panthéon-Assas in the Post-graduate specialized diploma in Trade and International Management.
Fabrice Perbost is a member of the ITechLaw Association and Biolegis network.
Fabrice Perbost is President of the Legal College of CPA (Collectif de la Performance et de l’Acquisition) and member of CPA Board of Directors.
Fabrice Perbost was admitted to the Paris Bar in 1995. He holds a Master’s degree in Private Law, and two Post-graduate specialized diplomas in Business Law and in Industrial Property (University of Paris II Panthéon-Assas).