Our Experts

Marijke Granier-Guillemarre

Marijke started her career at Francis Lefebvre in 1997 and then worked in the Employment Law Departments of the English law firms, Clifford Chance and Denton Wilde Sapte. As from May 2005, she formed and headed the Employment Law Department as a Partner at the law firm, Sarrau Thomas Couderc, before establishing MGG Legal in April 2010.

Marijke provides advisory and litigation services on a day-to-day basis to companies on individual employment matters (drawing up employment contracts, optimising remuneration, pension plans, disability and life insurance plans, contract termination) and collective employment matters (working time, employee savings, relations with staff representative bodies).

Marijke has extensive experience in the employment aspects of corporate restructurings and employments relations in the scope of these operations. She provides assistance to French and foreign groups in relation to buyouts and sales of companies, reorganisations, collective redundancies, human resources management in the scope of court-ordered recovery and liquidation proceedings, and litigation relating to such operations. She also helps companies harmonise the employees’ status after acquisitions or mergers.

Marijke advises on preventing employment risks and directors’ liability as well as on optimising remuneration for directors and, in particular, shareholder and employee savings matters. She provides assistance on all issues facing directors throughout their career (from negotiating their employment contracts and corporate officer contracts, optimising their remuneration to negotiating their departure). Her command of English and German has also enabled her to develop business providing advice to French and foreign companies wishing to set up business in France on both individual and collective employment relations. Her main clients come from the industrial, transport, metallurgy, IT, tourism and financial sectors. She has gained considerable experience on employment matters in regulated state-owned companies.

Marijke is a lawyer admitted to the Paris Bar.

She has a post-graduate diploma in law and employment relations practices (University of Montpellier) and an LLM in private law (Universität zu Köln, Germany).

She regularly lectures as part of the Law and Employment Relations Practices Masters at the University of Montpellier. She also lectures employment law at the Law School of Paris (École de Formation du Barreau). She regularly publishes articles on employment law.

She is a member of the following associations: AvoSial, Baretto and European Employment Lawyers Association.

She speaks English and German.

Loïc Héron

Loïc qualified as a member of the Paris Bar in 2000. Loïc specializes in employment and labour law, in an advisory or contentious role. He graduated from the Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne University, from King’s College London (Hons.) and from the Institut d’Etudes Politiques of Paris (Hons.).

Loïc started as an associate with Baker & McKenzie and Denton Wilde Sapte (where he shared an office with Marijke Granier-Guillemarre) and then worked for almost 7 years with the Paris Employment Pensions & Benefits team of Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer. For almost 5 years, he was then partner in the Employment Department of Lexcom.

Loïc especially advises French and foreign companies, specifically in the transportation and logistics, financial software, medical device, retail and industrial manufacturing business sectors. He provides support both for day-to-day matters (individual employment and collective labour matters) and for major projects (e.g., sales and acquisitions, moving of premises, collective redundancies, etc.), as well as on high-exposure individual cases (corporate officers, protected employees, etc.).

Loïc also handles the contentious aspects of those matters, before all the French courts.

Sébastien Le Cœur

Sebastien has developed a strong network and reputation among the international groups with subsidiaries in France. His relationship with clients is based on immediate availability, communication and deep knowledge of their business and operations.

Sebastien thrives in becoming a true partner for each one of his clients in whom you can lay your trust. He constantly and swiftly provides managers with day-to-day guidance on their dealings with staff representatives (consultation of and negotiations with works councils, health and safety committees or trade unions).

He shares your high expectations about your corporate goals. He ensures through best-in-class legal knowledge and strategic thinking a successful outcome to all of your complex and critical operations such as site closures, transfers of businesses and redundancy plans. Having trained staff representative bodies for several years, he knows them from the inside. Consequently, Sebastien is very well equipped to help your management team defining its focus, actions and communication plan when dealing with staff representative bodies.

He also shares your high expectations about execution. Sebastien got to learn how to meet your corporate objectives in the most timely, efficient, practical and cost-effective manner when he was seconded as Global Employment Counsel to Louis Dreyfus Commodities.

He has in-depth experience with complex individual employment relationships like expatriates, top management and executives.

Sebastien currently provides in-house training to employers and works councils, in collaboration with Tissot Formations. He is the co-author of “The works council in 200-employee companies”, published by Tissot Editions.

Sebastien started his career at Francis Lefebvre in 1998. He then worked for Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton and McDermott Will & Emery. He joined MGG Legal as Of Counsel on 1st March 2013.

He completed a full Common Law degree at McGill University (LLB), a Master in Employment Law at the University of Nantes, and a Postgrado en Relaciones Laborales Estratégicas y Compensación (EADA).

Over the years, Sebastien has lived and worked in Canada, France, Switzerland, Ireland and Spain. He speaks English, French and Spanish.

He is a member of Network Ireland and of UFE Catalunya.

Alexandra Frelat

Alexandra assists clients in the different fields of individual and collective Labour Law and represents them before the competent Courts.

Member of the Paris bar since 2011, Alexandra joined the Law Firm MGG Legal in October 2016.

At Marijke’s side, Alexandra is responsible for the German Desk of the Firm. She assists international groups in their daily business (draft of employment contracts, optimization of remuneration, contract’s termination, conclusion of collective agreements) as well as during one-off operation such as restructuring or acquisitions.

Alexandra has a Master II in Laws of Europe – Specialization in German Law (Paris Ouest Nanterre University) and a LLM degree from University of Potsdam (Germany).

Alexandra practiced within the Firm Weil & Associés and the Labour and Employment Law Department of the Frim TaylorWessing.

Alexandra is a French native speaker but also speaks fluently English and German.

Laurence Julien-Laferrière

Laurence has been a lawyer at the Paris Bar since November 2011, she holds a Master 2 in Judicial Litigation (Bordeaux IV University) and a Master 2 in Employment Law Research (Paris I University). She also holds a Master 1 in Judicial Careers from the Public University of Navarre, within the scope of the Erasmus study abroad program.

She assists French and foreign companies in all individual and collective aspects of employment law, and particularly in litigation matters.

Her scope of expertise covers a wide range of issues notably linked to the performance and termination of employment contracts, disciplinary law, relations with staff representative bodies, collective negotiations and professional elections.

Laurence assists clients with litigation matters pending before all courts: Employment Tribunal, Magistrates’ Court, Tribunal of Social Security Affairs, Court of Appeal.

Laurence joined the Firm in September 2017, after four and a half years as an associate at Gide Loyrette Nouel AARPI. She speaks French, English and Spanish.

Claire Chesneau

Claire is a graduate of EDHEC Business School in Lille. She also holds a Master of Sciences in « Legal and tax Management » and a Master’s degree in employment law (University of Lille).

She has been a member of the Paris bar since January 2014.

Before joining MGG Legal in January 2015, Claire worked for one year as an employment law associate at Actance.

Claire is involved in all employment law matters, on both contentious and non-contentious matters and mainly advises French and foreign companies.

Marie-Constance du Couëdic

Marie-Constance assists French and international clients in various areas ranging from management of general individual and collective employment issues, employment litigation, employment agreements, working time regulations, settlement agreements, dealing with employee representatives, individual dismissals and collective redundancies and reorganizations. Marie-Constance also assists multinational groups with the coordination of international projects.

Marie-Constance is a member of the Paris Bar since January 2014.

Before joining MGG Legal, Marie-Constance worked for the labor department of the law firm Baker & McKenzie from 2013 to 2016. Marie-Constance also completed several internships between 2011 and 2013, in particular in the labor departments of the law firms Mayer Brown and Squire Patton Boggs in Paris.

Master 2 in Economic Law from the University of Paris X Nanterre

French and English

Julien Delemarle

Member of the Paris bar since 2016, Julien joined the Law Firm MGG Legal in June 2017.

Julien assists French and international clients in particular in the drafting of employment contracts, the implementation of termination procedures, the negotiation of settlement agreements, the implementation of restructuring projects and the management of litigations before Labour Courts. Moreover, Julien has developed a specific expertise in employment law applied to Sports.

Julien has a Private Law degree and a Sports Law Master’s degree.

Before joining MGG Legal, Julien practiced within the Firm Taylor Wessing.

Julien is a French native speaker but also speaks fluently English.

Fanny Garcia-Janis

Fanny holds a Master’s degree in Labor and Employment law (University of Toulouse).

She’s member of the Paris bar since 2017.

Fanny speaks French, English and Spanish.

Michèle Descroix

Office Manager

Maria Tothova

Office Manager