Jacques-Antoine Robert

Partner – Country Head - France


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General Experience

Jacques is country head for France. He is a member of the firm's crime, fraud and investigations group, he is a general commercial lawyer, acting mainly for major industrial groups - notably high tech and pharmaceutical companies - shareholders of such groups or investment funds.

He represents his clients in regulatory matters, transactions and disputes involving commercial and/or liability issues.

Jacques-Antoine works in contract law including termination of agreements, transfer of agreements, advertising and distribution networks. He has notably participated in recent major operations, concerning regulatory and competition law for a high tech manufacturer.

He has been involved in major product liability cases and has recently won a highly publicized case before the French Supreme judicial court on behalf of a multinational industrial firm (September 2003).

He is notably featured as a recommended lawyer in the healthcare field by the French edition of the Legal 500, the European Counsel’s Life Sciences Industry Report and the Global Counsel 3000 (ed. 2004).
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Recent Work
  • assisting and representing pharmaceutical companies and firms marketing medical devices in civil and criminal proceedings from the initial investigations to settlement and often involving a number of parties
  • advising directors of pharmaceutical laboratories with regard to crisis management in relation to possible liability actions involving their products.
Jacques-Antoine regularly gives lectures on business law aspects and is the author of several publications and articles. He has thus worked on themes such as "the wrongful termination of commercial agreements" (January 2004), "product traceability and liability" (January 2004), "15 years of regulation of competition law in France" (2002), "Executives’ liability" (2001), "Defective products: how is liability distributed among producers, importers and distributors?", etc.

Jacques-Antoine is a former student of the University of Paris-Sorbonne and of the Institute of Judicial Studies.

Jacques-Antoine joined Simmons & Simmons in 2002 after spending eight years with the Paris office of an international law firm and six years with a traditional French law firm. He is the national practice group head of dispute resolution in France.

He has been a member of the Paris Bar since 1989 and is a member of the French Arbitration Association.