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The rapid spread of the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) is disrupting people’s lives everywhere.

In addition to that, many of our clients are also facing significant and urgent business impact and legal challenges.

Our Baker McKenzie teams across the world are working with clients, regulators and various authorities to produce a variety of client updates and webinars to assist decision makers, including in-house legal teams, on how to navigate this incredibly challenging period.

Our French Legal taskforce provides you with this quick guide dealing with the most pressing issues companies are currently facing with (in France) in light of the Coronavirus outbreak.

Should you wish to discuss any related topic, please reach out to your usual Baker lawyer contact, or to our COVID-19 contact person.


Anti-competitive Practices in Times of Crisis

Coronavirus: Impact on Contractual Relationships in France

Competition Flash – COVID-19

The activity of both the French Competition Authority and the European Commission is strongly impacted by the recent measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19 As we face this health crisis, companies are becoming more and more concerned with economic activities The French government has taken preventive measures due to COVID-19, thereby forcing the members of the French Competition Authority to work remotely since 17 March 2020.



Update: Partial Activity Scheme and Emergency Measures to Deal with COVID-19

Partial Activity Scheme – Essential for French Companies Impacted by COVID-19

Don’t Panic: Practical Recommendations for Dealing with the Coronavirus Outbreak in France

At a time when many companies are experiencing a drop in activity, many are contemplating partial activity. Scheme recommends that companies use temporary partial acitivity. With COVID-19 now a global emergency, the French Ministry of Employment has announced a situation of “force majeure” for companies and has published an FAQ for employees and employers



COVID-19 and Contracts: Suspension and Postponement of Clauses Sanctioning the Non-fulfilment of Obligations by Co-contractor

This alert is only available in French.



Spotlight on Ordinance no. 2020-303 of 25 March 20202: What is the Impact on Criminal Procedure?

France: The impact of COVID-19 on Contractual Terms

France: First Decision to Declare COVID-19 Outbreak as a Force Majeure Event

Summary of the ordinance no. 2020-303. Fundamental provisions relating to the implementation of periodic penalty payments and clauses providing for forfeiture. Colmar Court of Appeal has qualified the COVID-19 epidemic as a force majeure event.


M & A

COVID-19: Goverment Intervention Schemes Guide

COVID-19: Impact on Governmental Foreign Investment Screening

Providing a summary of key government intervention measures across jurisdictions around the globe New developments in light of COVID-19 highlight the need for investors to carefully consider foreign investment review risks.


Public Law

France: Publication de l’ordonnance

France: Publication of the Order “Extension of time limits: in the Context of a Health Crisis

France: Publication of the Order “Administrative Law” in the Context of a Health Crisis

This alert is only available in French. This alert is only available in French. This alert is only available in French.



France: COVID-19 and Tax Crisis Management

Providing guidance on the subjects to be dealth with in the short, medium and long term.

Amel Meddah is the Director of Marketing, Communications & Business Development in Baker McKenzie's Paris office.