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Our skills


We share our international expertise with our clients.

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Our skills


We share our international expertise with our clients.


INTERNATIONAL LITIGATION

Archipel’s experience in handling complex international, cross-border litigations is probably unsurpassed for a firm of its size.

We work with our clients to coordinate procedures in civil and common law jurisdictions across the world, including in specific systems such as OHADA. This includes difficult jurisdictions, where we take pride in operating successfully while maintaining international standards.

In every litigation, we consider the most cost-effective solutions and make use of Alternative Dispute Resolution techniques where appropriate.


INTERNATIONAL ARBITRATION & ADR

From its offices in Paris and Geneva, two traditional hubs of international arbitration, Archipel offers comprehensive arbitration and ADR services.

The firm’s lawyers have vast experience in international arbitration before the ICC International Court of Arbitration as well as under numerous other sets of arbitration rules, including UNCITRAL, Swiss Rules, PCA, NAI, CAS, Bulgarian Chamber of Commerce, etc.

At Archipel, we understand that our clients are not in the business of conducting arbitrations. We always consider whether mediation or other ADR techniques could bring faster and better outcomes to our clients’ disputes.


CORPORATE LIFE

Archipel provides advice to clients on all aspects of company life: structuring, incorporation, mergers & acquisitions, joint ventures, winding-up, restructuring and employment issues. The firm also advises managers and shareholders on all matters concerning shareholder relations.

Archipel has experience in handling civil and common law established companies and groups of companies involving entities from different jurisdictions.


FOREIGN INVESTMENT

Investing in a foreign country is a challenge in itself. Archipel takes charge of the legal side and allows its clients to focus on building their local businesses.

Typical matters handled in an investment context include real estate deals, corporate takeovers and joint ventures, immigration and labour law, compliance and regulatory matters.

Archipel advises clients on investing in the OHADA region and has acquired a top knowledge of OHADA law.


COMMERCIAL CONTRACTS

Archipel assists its clients in getting the right contract for the right country.

Archipel provides legal and practical advice on all contracts common in international commerce: sales, distribution, franchising, agency, licensing, leasing, etc.


SOVEREIGN DEBT & IMMUNITIES

Archipel advises clients in every aspect of sovereign debt, including from emerging markets (it is an affiliate member of EMTA, the Emerging Markets Trade Association). The firm has specific expertise in all issues concerning sovereign assets and assets covered by an immunity regime.

Archipel is also experienced in handling international public bodies. In negotiations with governments, international organisations or state-owned companies, Archipel uses its practical experience to the advantage of its clients.


FRAUD, ASSET TRACING & RECOVERY

Archipel is a leading player in international enforcement and debt recovery, with a proven track record in fraud investigations.

The firm enforces judgments and arbitral awards across the world, including against sovereign states or state-owned entities, planning and carrying out the enforcement strategy through its international network of advisers, consultants, asset tracers and local lawyers.


INTERNATIONAL SANCTIONS

Archipel is a recognised service provider on all matters concerning state sanctions (UN, EU or OFAC). The firm advises clients on the impact of domestic and international sanctions regimes on their current contracts or their future endeavours.


WINE & SPIRITS

Archipel advises domestic and international clients in relation to all corporate matters in the Wine & Spirits industry. This includes advising international clients on the legal, tax and regulatory aspects of investing in French vineyards.