Société d’avocats Lyon Paris

9 partners

45 associates

1400 m² of offices in the Cité Internationale buildings
located between the Tête d’Or Park and the Rhône river banks

1700 regular clients

Main office (Lyon) :

Cité Internationale
34 Quai Charles de Gaulle
69463 Lyon Cedex 06

Parking P2

Telephone : +33 (0)4 72 61 75 75
Fax : +33 (0)4 78 60 00 09

Bus 4 - C1 - 58
Arrêt Cité Internationale.

Brand office (Paris) :

44, rue de la Quintinie
75015 Paris
Toque : D0215

Metro : Vaugirard (Ligne 12)

Telephone : +33 (0)1 40 70 17 71

Do you want pragmatic solutions?

Practicing corporate law since 1920, we have the experience of solutions that fit your true needs.  We have represented companies of all sizes within the Rhone-Alps region, the Paris area and throughout France and you will have the benefit of innovative and technical solutions to achieve your goals and objectives without unnecessary costs and delays.

Diverse expertise

We are a medium-sized law firm managed by partners with complementary abilities.  A team of experts is devoted to you and our attorneys and associates listen and take the time to fully understand the facts of each file. Their goal is to resolve each matter in a timely fashion and our partners have direct and active involvement in all cases and are readily available to speak to you directly.

Legal and judicial help

Ratheaux’s attorneys have experience in corporate, tax, labor, intellectual property (patents and trademarks), and competition law.  We effectively advise you, negotiate your agreements, draft your contracts and defend your interests before the courts.

Transfer of company ownership

Prepare and optimize any transfer of ownership of your company or business with the help of our tax attorneys.  They will assess your capital gains for tax purposes and control any potential impact regarding French Wealth tax.

Make a new start

Inject new capital into your business with a share increase subscribed to by financial and industrial investors.  We can also assist you with shareholders’ agreements, balancing powers and covenants among shareholders; leveraged buyouts by managers, mergers, share acquisition and sale, purchasing of a business as an ongoing concern and, joint-ventures.  We will help you to anticipate difficulties within your business and to restructure your business, if necessary, in order to preserve it; contributions in kind of business sectors, downsizing, massive layoffs and communication with works committee.

International business matters

We advise clients on a wide range of international matters, including employee repatriation and expatriation, sub-manufacturing agreements, joint ventures, distribution networks, outsourcing, supply contracts, tax optimization and we are experts in international conventions.   We also have the benefit of access to a worldwide 1,800 member attorney network which allows us to negotiate and draft agreements for you in English.

Control your risks

We can assist you with any legal, labor and/or tax due diligence before a takeover of a company; adaptation of your General Sales Conditions and sales forms.  We will defend your rights including: manufacturer’s liability, discriminatory commercial behavior, car manufacturers and subcontractors, industrial chemical and plastic products, pharmaceutical products, machine-tool manufacturers, large retail companies, etc.


RATHEAUX is mentionned as being part of the best lawyers by the 2018 publication of BEST LAWYERS

By the US review Best Lawyers International which considers that RATHEAUX as 2018 law firm of the year in Corporate law and being among the best law firms in Merger and Acquisition, Company law, Franchise law, TAX law, Venture-capital law and Intellectual property law.

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RATHEAUX awarded France LAW FIRM OF THE YEAR 2018 by Corporate USA Today



RATHEAUX twice received an award in 2014 as the best French law firm plus a special award granted for its litigation and arbitration practice:

RATHEAUX has been awarded as Best lawyers in France 2014 in M&A and in Corporate Law by the French well-known newspaper LES ECHOS in partnership with the US review “Best lawyers International”. We are proud having been awarded twice, which is very rare in a short list of what LES ECHOS stands as the 42 French best French lawyers seen in major deals. Best Lawyers International, spotlights also CABINET RATHEAUX as one of the best 2014 law firms in Intellectual Property Law and Litigation sectors.

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And awarded best 2014 French full service law firm of the year in Business Law by the UK review M&A Today. This trophy rewards the quality of legal services rendered in Corporate, M&A, Tax and Labour law, covering its clients’ needs in domestic or internationals legal matters.

And special award granted for its litigation and arbitration practice as inquiry result made with 2.200 lawyers and 3.500 company executives of the Rhone-Alpes region.

These 3 time 2014 distinctions, are in line with the former best French law firm awards granted in 2012 and 2011.

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