Founded in 1995, BERSAY is a French business law firm composed of 40 lawyers working in all areas of economic life, both as counsel and in litigation, for private and public persons, in an international or national context.
The Firm has numerous client references. BERSAY assists both SMEs and large groups in a wide range of sectors: biotech, film, energy, higher education, hotels, office/commercial/residential property, new technologies, telecoms, etc.
High standards and excellence at the core of our approach
As the first French law firm to obtain ISO 9001 certification, BERSAY has built and adapted its procedures to meet the clients' needs. It regularly adapts its quality processes by learning from past experiences in order to increase its efficiency.
A multi-expertise firm
BERSAY brings together some lawyers and jurists offering cross-disciplinary strategic expertise in the main areas of business life.
Composed of expert lawyers
In this respect, BERSAY's lawyers either have started their career with the Firm or have joined BERSAY after having practised in prestigious French or international structures.
In each of its areas of expertise, BERSAY’s lawyers are regularly awarded in French and international rankings (Legal 500, Who’s Who Legal, Option Droit & Affaires, Décideurs, Best Lawyers).
The international aspect represents more than hald of the Firm's activity. BERSAY has set up several specialised “foreign desks” composed of lawyers who interact with French and foreign clients on a daily basis, as well as through complex projects in several regions of the world, namely Japan, Israel and French-speaking African countries.
The Firm advises numerous international groups (European, American, Japanese and Israeli) in the context of their establishment and development in France.
Driven by strong values
BERSAY's values play a major role in the life of the Firm and in the recruitment process of new members: responsiveness, pugnacity, team spirit, ethics and diversity.
We received the 1 st Equality Trophy awarded by the Paris Bar in 2019, as well as the Golden Trophy for Ethics and Diversity awarded by Décideurs Magazine in 2020.
Why work with us
Quality as a primary requirement
BERSAY's systematic objective is to achieve excellence in both form and substance, in consideration of the objectives of the Firm's clients, in every case handled.
Pragmatism is one of the main qualities of the Firm's lawyers. They are committed to putting efficiency at the heart of their mission and guaranteeing the concrete application of the actions taken.
Tailor-made, client-oriented support
BERSAY builds a privileged relationship with its clients, based on the understanding of the nature of their activities and mutual trust. To meet the needs of its clients, BERSAY's methodology allows for the systematic search for the best solution by offering tailormade advice.
As the first French law firm to obtain ISO 9001 certification, BERSAY is committed to the greatest rigour and permanent improvement for its clients. Our organisation is designed to constantly improve and adapt the way the Firm operates and its working methods to the specific needs of each of our clients, with an emphasis on prioritising efficiency, a "business" and pragmatic approach to legal issues and responsiveness.
A single point of contact at the service of the company
As a full-service Firm covering the main areas of business life, BERSAY's organisation into centers of expertise includes a great deal of synergy and interaction between each of the Firm's teams, allowing for very rapid intervention, execution and information for clients.
One referent within BERSAY is dedicated to each client in order to acquire a global vision of the client's needs. The single referent is thus able to identify quickly the resources within BERSAY required to provide an optimal response to the client's needs and problems.
A very active international presence
To assist its clients abroad, BERSAY has created privileged links with leading law firms in many countries. The choice of these firms was based on their expertise and reputation, but also on their adherence to a common mindset. Thanks to its close links with its partner firms, BERSAY is able to put together integrated teams for each international case.
BERSAY lawyers interact with foreign clients on a daily basis. They are fluent in at least two languages and are able to work in up to 10 different languages, namely French, English, German, Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, Russian, Bulgarian, Greek, Georgian and Hebrew.
Through its desks in Israel, Japan and Africa, BERSAY has become accustomed to working with clients of different cultures and has acquired a deep knowledge and understanding of the business culture in a foreign country.
Projects or Case studies (6)
Assisting a Luxembourg-based group specialising in the financing of pharmaceutical start-ups
- establishment of a French subsidiary; - drafting of job offers, employment contracts, service contracts, securing the social regime of the company's president in terms of retirement and providence.
Assisting an Israeli company listed on the Australian Stock Exchange with research and development activity in the nanotechnology sector
- establishment of the structure in France, particularly to be eligible to benefit from the research tax credit; - management of employment contracts and adaptation of the group stock option plan to French law; - assistance in setting up the intra-group service contract; - advice on identifying state aid available during the health crisis; - management of the legal secretariat.
Assisting a subsidiary of an international company in the semiconductor field
- creation of the French subsidiary; - advice on how to benefit from the research tax credit; - drafting of intra-group service contracts; - assistance and advice in taking out a lease.
Assisting an American multinational company in the field of audiovisual production
- creation of the French subsidiary; - managing the transfer of employees from other entities to France; - assistance in negotiating and concluding their lease.
Country Manager & Off Counsel