Xavier Haranger is part of a litigation team that provides advice to clients facing business and corporate disputes, corporate investigations and criminal allegations, and international arbitration. Xavier also regularly handles national and international contract law issues.
For clients in the banking sector, Xavier contributes his broad experience in complex international debt collection matters in France at all stages of the recovery, including the research of foreign assets, assessment of the situation, freezing of assets, recognition and enforcement of rulings, and associated litigation.
He is also strongly involved in civil and commercial contractual disputes (termination, negotiation, breach of contracts) or liability disputes (unfair competition for instance) and the related French procedural issues (like, for instance, gathering and securing documented evidence and enforcing the rulings).
He also has deep knowledge of the issue of sudden termination of established business relationships (Article L. 442-6 I 5° of the French Commercial Code). Xavier regularly assists automotive clients on this aspect of French commercial law, which gives rise to numerous disputes and pre-litigation needs, especially for foreign companies that are not familiar with the legal provision. He is the author of numerous legal articles on sudden termination, and his writings have appeared in renowned French publications such as Revue Lamy de la Concurrence, Revue Lamy Droit des Affaires, La Gazette du Palais and Recueil Dalloz.
Furthermore, Xavier’s experience includes drafting and negotiating complex national and international commercial contracts for various industries. He regularly advises foreign companies that wish to enter into contracts (or general terms and conditions) governed by French law, and also helps companies assess whether an agreement governed by foreign law could be enforced in France or the influence of insolvency proceedings on the agreement. Naturally, he also reviews contracts and disputes in due diligence processes.
Xavier works on global (French and international) compliance issues involving, among other topics, internal investigations (to assess the facts, by reviewing documents and conducting interviews, and the related legal consequences/risk for the company), international investigations (like, for instance, DOJ’s investigations in FCPA related matters), the recent French law statute on anti-corruption (loi Sapin II) and obligations towards companies, and the taking of evidence abroad (including how to take evidence abroad while complying with the French blocking statute).
He is also developing new business strategies and solutions (such as the judicial or ad hoc mediation to prevent litigation, or resolve matters outside of court or arbitration).
In addition to French, Xavier is fluent in English and German. His law studies focused on law and globalization, and he trained specifically in French and German law as an undergraduate. Previously, Xavier was an associate in the litigation practice of another international law firm in Paris.
Recently, Xavier developed a practice in contractual Covid-related issues. In particular, he focused on force majeure aspects of the pandemic and on how it impacted ongoing agreements (see selected representations below). He was also part of the Morgan Lewis Covid-19 task force for Europe.
Advising a foreign bank in its recovery of multi-million Euro debts from different wealthy foreign individuals who have assets in France at all stages of the recovery: research of foreign assets in France, filing of requests to freeze said assets, defending the company against related claims, recognition and enforcement of the favorable foreign decisions in France and advice regarding the effect of foreign bankruptcy proceedings in France.
Advising two subsidiaries of a major industrial group (automotive) in connection with its 3,000,000 dispute before French courts and an arbitral tribunal (ICC Arbitration) against a supplier related to an alleged wrongful termination of an established business relationship.
Advising a subsidiary of a major French Energy group in connection with a 300,000,000 dispute before an arbitral tribunal based in Paris (ICC Arbitration) and, subsequently, French courts against a ship manufacturer relating to manufacturing issues with LNG carriers.
Advising a major industrial group (aeronautics) in connection with its 700,000 dispute against a supplier related to an alleged wrongful termination of an established business relationship.
Examples of contract drafting/review: Drafting a complex Software contract for a multi-million Euro start-up project; Drafting a distribution agreement for a leader of the franking machine industry; Drafting a database licence agreement; Drafting of several complex escrow and settlement agreements; Reviewing numerous agreements during due diligence processes in M&A deals; Reviewing general terms and conditions of numerous foreign companies based in France; Reviewing a major distribution contract for a major food retailer; Reviewing several cooperation agreements for a major chemical group.
Advising a former Italian employee of a major French bank in connection with the US Government Investigation of Libor (SEC investigation). Conducting interviews, reviewing documents and assessing the legal risk for the employee relating to his involvement in the potential fraud.
Advising a major health care company in a FCPA-related internal investigation in the drug prescription field (gifts sent to the doctors and their spouses by the pharmaceutical company). Conducting interviews, reviewing documents and assessing the legal risk for the company.
Representing the supplier of the fire-fighting device of a cruise ship following a fire on board in connection with two matters: (i) an expertise proceeding where all the parties (insurers, ship owner, ship manufacturer, engine designer and fire-fighting device provider) filed technical briefs in an attempt to convince the appointed expert that their thesis should prevail and (ii) proceedings on the merits where the insurers filed a €23.8 million and a $3.2 million (these amounts are not final) claim.
Advising a major group in the toys industry in connection with its $3.7 million dispute against the French customs following an investigation by the EU commission and advising the French entity in its dispute against a Chinese supplier.
Representing several Nigerien and Chinese subsidiaries of a Chinese world leading government-held oil and gas group in a dispute relating to the termination of a contract for the exploitation of oil fields in Niger before the Nigerien courts and the Ohada court of justice and arbitration, in Abidjan.
Advising a leading Swiss franking machine manufacturer and its new French subsidiary (that would like to start its activity on the French market) in connection with two disputes against a former distributor: (i) an unfair competition dispute (we won the summary proceedings and the proceedings on the merits are pending) and (ii) a dispute relating to patent and trademark infringement issues.
Representing a Japanese manufacturer in a dispute against a French distributor involving the termination of the distribution agreement for breach, the freezing of the distributor's assets, the filing of a request for arbitration in Tokyo and negotiations with the opposing counsel. Among other tasks, Xavier participated in many calls with the client team and drafted the ex parte request to be authorized to attach the debtor’s assets.
Advising a shareholder and executive of a financial company regarding his shareholders’ agreement and the decrease in his compensation.
Defending a real estate company that sold property in the context of warranty claims from both the lessee and the buyer.
Representing a French drug manufacturer against a supplier relating to unpaid invoices and the ownership of IP rights and know-how (including the review of high sensitive pharmaceutical regulatory issues).
Representing several clients on the consequences of Covid-19 on ongoing contracts such as international distribution contracts (representing a raw material distributor, representing a health ventilators manufacturer) or agreements related to the tourism industry (events). Xavier also advised clients on the potential criminal liability of companies related to Covid-19.
Pro bono matter: assisting a victim of the 13 November 2015 terrorist attacks in Paris including correspondences with the indemnification fund to try to maximize the indemnification amount.
Pro bono matter: assisting a world class NGO regarding the export of goods for a demining program in Syria.
Advising on a pre-trial dispute between a market research company and an American daily newspaper relating to the current and future business relationship with alleged breached commercial mandatory laws.
Advising on litigation relating to the contractual dispute between two pharmaceuticals companies which resulted in a claim bought before the Paris commercial court.
Advising a leading US metals company on a pre-trial dispute relating to the supply of metals to a subsidiary of the French group which involved force majeure issues due to the pandemic.
Institut d'Etudes Politiques de Paris (Sciences Po), 2004, Diploma
Université de Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne, 2005, D.E.S.S. (Law and Globalisation)
Université de Paris X Nanterre, 2003, BA (French and German Law)
Awards and Affiliations
Recognized, Dispute Resolution: International Arbitration, France (Recommended), Dispute Resolution: Commercial Litigation, France (Highly Recommended), and Dispute Resolution: Financial Litigation & Equity Financing, France (Recommended), Leaders League and Décideurs (2021)
Recognized, Arbitration & ADR, Leaders League (2018–2019)
Recognized, Litigation & Competition, Leaders League (2018–2019)