[COMMERCIAL LEASES] What you need to know about commercial lease agreements under French law

If you operate a commercial, industrial or artisanal business within premises (offices, such as headquarters, are concerned as well), you are affected by the rules on commercial lease agreements under French law. The latest edition of our monthly “Less Is More” newsletter highlights the main points you need to know about the matter. Download the fact…

[ENERGY] Implementation of the “tertiary decree”: at last, something concrete!

Carrying on from decree no. 2019-771 of 23 July 2019 “relating to obligations to take action to reduce energy consumption in buildings for tertiary use” (known as the “tertiary decree”), a recently published order should make it possible for the parties concerned to obtain concrete data to implement their final energy consumption reduction targets. Here…

[TAX] The French finance law for 2021

The French finance law for 2021, which went into force on 30 December 2020, contains numerous tax measures aimed at supporting enterprises impacted by the Covid-19 crisis. This tax flash aims at raising awareness for some of those measures and briefly highlights their main general aspects.   1. Tax consequences of free revaluations of assets…

[ENERGY] About the renegotiation of the solar power purchase contracts signed before 2011

It would be an understatement to say that the news, revealed by the newspaper Les Echos on September 16, that the Ministry of Economy and Finance was, for budgetary reasons, reportedly considering “renegotiating” the solar power purchase contracts concluded by producers and EDF Obligation d’Achat (or other obligated buyers) before 2011, has had the effect…

[ARBITRATION] Soft law in international arbitration: the Prague Rules one year after their entry into force – a true alternative to the IBA Rules?

International arbitration proceedings, by definition, allow parties to settle their disputes worldwide. In particular, they allow parties from different jurisdictions and with different legal backgrounds to do so. With a constantly growing number of international arbitration matters over the last decades, cases in which parties with a common law background faced parties with a civil…

[LABOUR LAW] Compensation for dismissal without real and serious grounds: the tumultuous saga of the “Macron scale”

By order n° 2017-1387 of 22 September 2017, the government established a scale to evaluate the compensation that a company must pay to an employee if his/her dismissal is declared to be without real and serious grounds. By virtue of this said “Macron” scale, the amount of compensation granted by judges must obligatorily fall between…

[ENERGY] France accelerates its energy transition on commercial and industrial buildings

In a quick succession, two recently adopted legislations will boost the transition towards more environmentally friendly C&I buildings. A brief insight.   I. New standards for energy efficiency in “tertiary” buildings   As for buildings in the “tertiary” sector (which includes hotels, shopping centres, office buildings), the Decree of July 23, 2019 “regarding the duties…