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Rigal
Leads the Practice
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Nathalie Rigal

Lawyer at the Paris Bar
Founding Partner  

Restructuring and companies in difficulty

Career

AWARE (Archives of Women Artists, Research and Exhibitions) - President since 2022 

• Sygna Partners – Partner since 2004

• Partner - Moisand Boutin & Associés (2000-2004)

• Associate lawyer – Cabinet Fauvet-Santoni (1994-1999)

Education

• Master’s degree in European Business Law, Paris I - Panthéon-Sorbonne University

Languages

French

English

After several years with the Parisian firms Fauvet-Santoni and Moisand Boutin & Associés, Nathalie Rigal founded Sygna Partners in 2004 with Caroline Edwardes-Ker, Nathalie Rigal being in charge of the Restructuring and companies in difficulty division.

Nathalie Rigal specializes in the transfer of companies, combining her legal expertise in the management of insolvency proceedings with a thorough knowledge of the financial and commercial issues that a company in difficulty may face.

Nathalie Rigal was appointed president of the association AWARE: Archives of Women Artists, Research and Exhibitions on March 10, 2022. Co-founder of AWARE in 2014 and having contributed to all the key stages of the association, Nathalie Rigal has officiated as Camille Morineau's right-hand woman since the beginnings of the association, where she has voluntarily accompanied the major strategic decisions such as the financial and legal construction of the association (website : www.awarewomenartists.com)

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Antoine Benech

Lawyer at the Paris Bar
Partner  
Leads the practice

Commercial dispute resolution

Career

• Sygna Partners - Partner since 2006

• Partner - LYSIAS (2000-2005)

• Partner - MIGNARD TEITGEN GRISONI (1997-2000)

• Associate lawyer - SCP MIGNARD TEITGEN GRISONI (1991-1997)

After several years with Lysias Partners as an associate and then as a partner, Antoine Benech joined Sygna Partners in 2006 along with Jean-Marc Thouvenin to develop the firm's corporate restructuring and litigation activities. Antoine Benech is now in charge of the Dispute Resolution division of the firm.

With extensive experience in negotiations and litigation strategy, Antoine Benech advises and assists Sygna's clients in their development and restructuring strategy as well as in disputes, pre-litigation and litigation before the courts, regulatory authorities or arbitration procedures for all commercial, social or criminal disputes.

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Jean-Marc Thouvenin

Leads the practice
Lawyer at the Paris Bar
Partner  

International litigation and arbitration

Career

• Sygna Partners – Partner since 2006

• Partner - LYSIAS (2001-2005)

Education

• Agrégation in public law

• Doctor in public law, Paris Nanterre University

• Master’s degree in International and European Law, Paris Nanterre University

Languages

French

English

Jean-Marc has more than three decades’ experience advising and representing States before international courts and tribunals. He has advised African, Middle East, Asian, Latin American and European States, and is one of the world’s most renowned practitioners in public international law and international dispute settlement on subjects which include international boundaries, law of the sea (status of islands, basepoints and baselines, maritime delimitation), climate change, treaty interpretation, customary law, international sanctions, and reparations among others. He regularly pleads before the International Court of Justice, the Permanent Court of Arbitration, the Tribunal for the Law of the Sea, and the Court of Justice of the European Union. In particular, he has been counsel and advocate for Ukraine in its disputes against Russia since 2017.

 

Jean-Marc joined Sygna Partners in 2006 as a partner in charge of the International Litigation and Arbitration Department.

 

In addition to his judicial activities within Sygna Partners, Jean-Marc is Secretary General of the Hague Academy of International Law; Professor of Public Law at the University of Paris Nanterre; Associated Member of the and is the author of numerous books and publications on international law and European Union competition law.

 

His working languages are French and English.

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Helen de Larrinaga

Lawyer at the Paris Bar
Partner
Leads the practice

Contracts and projects financing

Career

• Sygna Partners - since 2012

• Associate lawyer - Gramond & Associés - Sport and New Information and Communication Technologies division (2012)

• The Walt Disney Company - Consumer products Europe division (2011)

Education

• LL.M in European Union Law, Reading University – United Kingdom (2010)

• Bilingual Master’s degree in European and Anglo-American Law (Master II Etude bilingue des droits de l’Europe et droit anglo-américain) - Paris Nanterre University (2009)

Languages

French

English

After several experiences in companies and law firms in the field of distribution and competition law, Helen De Larrinaga joined Sygna Partners in 2012 and has been developing the Contractual Negotiation and Project Finance Practice since 2020.

Helen has developed her practice in aeronautics law, accompanying several companies in the sector for their commercial as well as financial activities, and has set up in 2019 the legal department of a French-Luxembourg aeronautics group. This expertise is reinforced by Helen's activities within the International Aviation Women's Association, an association promoting the advancement of women in the aerospace industry.

Helen holds a Master II in Bilingual European and Anglo-American Law from the University of Paris X - Nanterre and an LL.M in European Union Law from the University of Reading in the UK.

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Marianne Franjou

Leads the practice

Individual and collective labor relations

& restructuring

Lawyer at the Paris Bar
Partner
Career

• Partner at Sygna Partners (2023)

• Partner at FLV (Fourmentin - Le Quintrec - Veerasamy) (2018 - 2022)

• Partner at Altana (2012 - 2018)

• Partner at MBA (2001 - 2011)

• Associate lawyer at Rambaud-Martel (1991-2000)

Education

• Master's degree in private international law and international trade (Paris 2 Panthéon-Assas)

• DEA Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne

Languages

French

English

Lawyer since 1992, Marianne Franjou assists her clients, both individuals and company directors, in the course of their professional careers. She assists them in the negotiation of their contracts and related clauses, as well as in the process of amicable or conflictual termination. 

She also advises companies of all sizes in the context of social life: relations with the IRP, negotiation of agreements, working hours, collective status, litigation, etc. 

Marianne Franjou has developed specific skills in the field of social management of companies in difficulty (safeguarding, receivership, judicial liquidation) and assists directors, interim managers, and judicial representatives in the related social procedures: Employment protection plans, transfers (Heuliez, Nicolas Industrie, Louis Harris (LH2), Edelmann, Fretlink, etc). 

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Andrés Villegas Jaramillo

Lawyer at the Bogota Bar
Partner
Leads the practice

International litigation and arbitration

Career

• Sygna Partners (2023)

Education

• En att

Languages

French

English

Spanish

Andrés Villegas joined Sygna Partners in 2023 as partner, where he co-chairs the International Litigation and Arbitration division.

He advises and represents States before international courts and tribunals.

Prior to arriving in Paris, Andrés worked for a decade at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Colombia where he served as senior advisor to five consecutive Ministers of Foreign Affairs on diplomatic relations and complex questions of public international law, including boundary disputes, law of the sea (EEZ, continental shelf and contiguous zone regimes, and maritime delimitation), treaty interpretation, customary law, environmental law, and underwater cultural heritage, among others. He acted as Colombia’s litigation coordinator and counsel before the International Court of Justice – where he had previously served as law clerk. He also dealt with post-adjudicative matters as well as crisis management and communication. He has also participated as counsel before the Inter-American Court of Human Rights.

Andrés is a member of the Legal Sub-Commission of the Caribbean Sea Commission – Association of Caribbean States, and the American Society of International Law where he serves as Vice-Chair for Programs of the Government Attorneys Interest Group; and is an associate at the Instituto Hispano-Luso-Americano de Derecho Internacional in Spain.

His working languages are Spanish, English, and French.

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Célia Tellaa

Lawyer at the Paris Bar
Associate
Education
Career

• Sygna Partners (2020)

• Cover Avocats (2020)

• Srouji Avocats (2018)

• Legal Departement of Disney Consumer Products - Walt Disney Company EMEA (2017)

• Master' degree in International and European Litigation, Paris X University - Nanterre - International Program - University of Winsconsin, Madison, USA

Languages

French

English

Lawyer since 2019, Célia Tellaa joined Sygna Partners' Contractual Negotiation and Project Finance Practice in 2020 after several experiences within legal departments of major industrial and entertainment groups and law firms dedicated to business law.

She has developed an expertise in intellectual property law and new technologies, mainly in an international environment.

Célia holds a Master II in International and European Litigation from the University of Paris X - Nanterre, which she partially completed at the University of Wisconsin Madison (USA).

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François Andia

Lawyer at the Paris Bar 
Associate
Education

• Master’s degree in International and European Union Law, Paris Nanterre University (2016)

• University degree « collège international de droit » Paris Nanterre University (2016)

Languages

French

English

Spanish

François Andia holds a Master II in Public International Law and European Union Law from the University of Paris Nanterre, and a Diplôme Universitaire from the Collège International du Droit, and joined the International Litigation and Arbitration practice in January 2017. 

As of 2019, he has decided to devote his activity to the resolution of domestic disputes. He has joined the Dispute Resolution Division and the Individual and Collective Labor Relations Division, and assists companies in their disputes with employees or business partners. He specializes in banking, modeling and software solutions.

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Marie Tortora

Lawyer at the Paris Bar 
Associate
Education

• Master II Private International Law and International Trade, University of Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne (2018)

• Master I General Private Law, University of Paris 2 Panthéon-Assas (2017)

Languages

French

English

After several internships and a collaboration in an employment law firm, Marie joined the Individual and Collective Employment Relations - Restructuring Department of Sygna Partners in 2023. 

Marie has developed a practice in labor law as well as in litigation and assists companies and individuals at all stages of their contractual relationship (formation, execution and termination). Marie is also involved in the social management of companies in good standing as well as companies in difficulty.
 

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Arthur Fontaine

Lawyer at the Paris Bar 
Associate
Education

• Master's degree in Business Law  - Paris Nanterre

• Master's degree in Business and Corporate Law (DJCE) - Université de Poitiers

• Ecole du centre ouest des avocats (ECOA)

Languages

French

English

Arthur Fontaine holds a Master II in Corporate and Business Law, a DJCE and a Certificate of Specialized Studies in Corporate Law. He completed several internships in the Dispute Resolution Department before joining it in April 2023 as an associate.

Arthur Fontaine has extensive experience of contentious legal practice, appearing before both civil and commercial courts. He enjoys assisting companies and individuals in legal proceedings. He specializes in the energy sector. He also supports the Restructuring of Companies in Difficulty and Mergers & Acquisitions & Corporate Law departments.

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Marie Le Beller

Lawyer at the Paris Bar 
Associate
Education

• Master's Degree in Business law, Université de Paris Nanterre (2018-2019) 

• Master's Degree in Business law and Business litigation, Université de Paris Nanterre (2019-2020)

• Haute Ecole des avocats Conseils 

Languages

French

English

After a Master II in Business Law and Business Litigation at the University of Paris Nanterre, Marie Le Beller joined the Dispute Resolution and Restructuring & Troubled Companies Departments at Sygna.

 

She was also brought to support the Mergers & Acquisitions and Corporate Law Department thanks to her training in business litigation and her experience within an accounting firm. She has decided to fully dedicate herself to assisting companies in their operations.

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Emna Chebbi

Lawyer at the Paris Bar 
Associate
Education
Languages

French

English

Arabic

Emna Chebbi holds a Master's degree in business law and taxation and a Diplôme universitaire en droit des entreprises en difficulté from the University of Paris I Sorbonne.After several years of professional experience in the law firm of Mandataire judiciaire, and in law firms specializing in Restructuring, Emna Chebbi joined Sygna Partners' Restructuring and distressed companies division in 2023.

Her practice focuses mainly on corporate restructuring and insolvency proceedings, providing support for companies, their managers, creditors and procedural bodies. Pugna also assists clients of the firm's Dispute Resolution Department in all litigation procedures linked to insolvency proceedings, in particular disputes relating to commercial leases, directors' liability and, more generally, commercial law. Emna has developed solid expertise in the hotel and media sectors.

• Bachelor's degrees in Private Law, Paris 8 (2016);

• Master in Business Law and Taxation, Université Paris 8 (2018)

• Diplôme universitaire Droit des entreprises en difficultés, Université Paris 1 (2020)

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Eglantine Canale Jamet

Jurist
Education
Languages

Français

Anglais

Eglantine joined the International Litigation and Arbitration Department in November 2022. After completing a Master’s Degree in international relations and European Union Law at the University of Paris Nanterre and an Advanced LL.M. in International Criminal Law at the University of Leiden, she clerked at the International Criminal Court. Eglantine then served as Judicial Fellow at the International Court of Justice wherein she worked on cases related to the law of the sea and international protection of human rights. With a keen interest in refugee law, her work focuses on terrorism and sexual and gender-based violence, and particularly on issues of evidence and open-source investigation.

Her working languages are French and English.

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Dayane Darwich

Jurist
Education
Languages

French

English

Arabic

Dayane joined the International Litigation and Arbitration Department in July 2022 after obtaining a Master’s Degree in International Law and International Organisations at the University of Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne, where she focused her academic work on non-State armed groups and issues of war and sovereignty. She has extensive knowledge of common law as well as of private and public international law. She has a solid expertise in international restrictive measures and has assisted counsel in cases related to these matters before the International Court of Justice. Dayane also has a strong interest in matters pertaining to situations of occupation and the protection of human rights in armed conflicts, as well as knowledge in international issues relating to the Middle East/West Asia region.

 

Her working languages are Arabic, French, and English.

Jamet

• Master I International and European Law, University of Angers - Åbo Akademi University, Finland

• Master II International Relations and European Union Law, University of Paris-Nanterre

• LLM Public international law (Spec. International Crimil Law), Leiden University, The Netherlands 

• Bachelor of Laws in General French Law, University of Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne;

• Public & Private International Law Courses, The Hague Academy of International 

• Master’s in General International Law & University Diploma in Common Law, University of Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne

• Master’s in International Law and International Organisations, University of Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne 

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Neriah David-West

Jurist
Education
Languages

With experience at the ICAO (International Civil Aviation Organization) and in the legal department of a French airline group, Neriah joined the firm in 2021. In particular, she brings to the Contractual Negotiation and Project Finance Department her expertise in air transport and aviation guarantees.

• Bachelor's degree in Law, Université de Strasbourg (2017)

• Master Degree's in  International Law, Université de Toulouse (2018)

• Master Degree's in Business Law (Transport and Aeronotics) (2019)

French

English

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Yohan Ray

Jurist

Yohan Ray joined the Dispute resolution division in July 2022.

Education

• Master's degree in Private Law and Wealth Law, Université Paris-Nanterre

Languages

French 

English 

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Adèle Tassart

Jurist
Educatio

• Bachelor's degree in international law Studies in Economics and Management (Université de Lille)

•Master of Business Law (Sciences Po Paris)

Languages

French

English

Russian

Spanish

Adèle joined the Contracts & project financing division in January 2024.

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Marianna Celentano

Jurist
Education

• French-Italian law degree (Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne)

• Master degree's in French and Italian law (Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne)Master degree's in French and Italian law (Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne)

• Master degree's in International Jurist (Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne)

Languages

Français

Anglais

Marianna joined the Contracts & project financing division in January 2024.

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Kévin Jamet

Jurist
Education

• Bachelor's degree in private law (Paris 2 Panthéon-Assas)

• Master degree's in Business Law, (Paris 2 Panthéon-Assas)

• Master degree's in Business Law Structures and Techniques (Paris-Saclay)

• Student lawyer (HEDAC)

Languages

French

English

Arabic

Spanish

Kévin joined the Merger & acquisition division in January 2024.

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Léonie Martiny

Jurist
Education

• Bachelor's degree in Politics and Government (Collège universitaire de Sciences Po Paris)

• Master degree's in Business Law (Sciences Po Paris Law School)

• Master degree's in Global Business Law and Governance (Columbia University, Paris 1, Sciences Po Paris)

Languages

German

French

English

Spanish

Léonie joined the International litigation & arbitartion division in January 2024.

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Joséphine Kerdiles

Jurist
Education

• Bachelor's degree in public international law and fundamental rights and freedoms (Autonomous University of Madrid)

• Master degree's in Comparative International Law: French, Spanish and Latin American Law (Université de Paris Nanterre)

• Master degree's in Arbitration and International Trade Law (Université Paris I - Panthéon Sorbonne)

• CRFPA exam - Student lawyer

Languages

English

French

Spanish

Joséphine holds a Master's degree in arbitration and international commercial law from the University of Paris 1. She joined the International Litigation & Arbitration Department from August 2021 to December 2022.

In January 2024, she joined the Dispute Resolution Department to broaden her experience of litigation practice.

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Noémie Patarozzi

Jurist
Noémie Patarozzi
Education

• Double degree in law and languages (Université Versailles Saint Quentin-en-Yvelines)

• Master degree's in International Law (Université Paris I - Panthéon Sorbonne)

• Master degree's in International Relations (Université Paris XIII - Paris Nord Sorbonne) 

• Master degree's in Public international law (Université Paris - Nanterre)

Languages

English

French

Noémie joined the International Litigation & Arbitration Department in December 2024. Noémie is preparing a 2022 thesis in public international law on "State representatives in international law" at CEDIN (Centre de droit international de Nanterre) under the supervision of Professor Jean-Marc Thouvenin.

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