Our Paris, Los Angeles and New York offices law practice are dedicated to business law.  We provide large law firm experience and sophistication with the individualized attention and cost efficiency of a dynamic small law firm.

Specifically, we advise startups, business owners, and entrepreneurs with various business transactions and we write, review, revise, and negotiate various business contracts encountered in each stage of the business life-cycle, such as the following legal services to protect and grow a business :

  • buying and selling businesses (mergers & acquisitions);
  • financing for businesses (e.g, venture capital, angel investment, convertible notes, and traditional bank loans);
  • operating a business (i.e., consulting contracts, vendor contracts, technology contracts, employee incentive plans); and
  • forming a business and partnership contracts.

In addition to identifying the risks inherent in each business transaction, we strive to provide legal strategies to mitigate such risk.

Also, we believe that a startup entrepreneur or business owner knows his or her business better than any attorney whose knowledge of that business is limited to providing legal services. Therefore, we strive to identify, explain, and provide solutions to the risks arising in connection with various business contracts and transactions, but allow the business owner or startup entrepreneur to determine whether to take the risk and, if so, how much risk you want to take to get the deal done.

French Corporate Law is based on the French civil law system and whilst a good number of the legal concepts and frameworks adopted in France will be easily recognized by lawyers schooled in common law, a number of areas of not only French codified law, but also French case law, will often be observed to bring about ramifications which may be very different indeed from those to which they are used.

On a purely practical basis, it is further observable that the length of contractual documents, drafted subject to French civil law provisions, tends to be considerably shorter than comparable agreements prepared under the common law system. This phenomenon is generally explained by the fact that a French contract often contains references to articles (i.e. sections or clauses) of, say, the French Civil

Code and/or the French Commercial Code. These works, as their name would indicate, set out the current applicable French statutory provisions in a codified form. It is however mentioned that French codified law is far from being set in stone and the statutes set out in the Codes are susceptible to constant change both in content and interpretation, either through new provisions enacted by the French legislator or pursuant to French and European Community case law. It is also vital, when relying on the provisions set out in one of the French Codes, to ensure that only the latest edition for the current year is consulted.

The Law Offices of Pierre Hourcade enjoys a reputation as one of France’s most respected national business law firms offering a complete range of business law, advocacy and personal legal services in both English and French.

Our professionals are committed to developing, improving and evolving the firm’s services, forging strong relationships through global initiatives that provide unparalleled support to domestic, cross-border and international business clients every day.

Leveraging your real estate assets effectively requires a careful understanding of their attributes and how they are aligned with your business’s overall goals and strategy. What’s more, the best realestate strategies are continually monitored and often adjusted to reflect the fast-evolving world in which they operate.

Our Transaction Real Estate team brings a collaborative approach to understanding your real estate assets and identifying potential opportunities and challenges. By considering current and potential.

future values, financing or other capital allocated to real estate and other related information, we can develop an action plan to align real estate with business objectives.

From market conditions and trends to stakeholder expectations, from operational flexibility to availability of capital, we bring a holistic analysis of the factors that shape real estate strategy, to help define the approach that supports your company’s growth goals.

Our dynamic, collaborative team provides you with integrated, objective advice that helps you extract value from your real estate portfolio.