Christophe HERY


Christophe Héry mainly assists the legal departments of French or foreign groups or the general management teams of SME-SMIs with commercial settlements and disputes relating primarily to distribution law, competition law, intellectual property law and new technologies (particularly e-commerce and processing of personal data). He is registered with the Paris Bar.

Christophe works especially with key players in the pharmaceutical, cosmetics, food-processing, high-tech and distribution (fashion, FMCG and retail) sectors.

He began his career in the legal department of the Nexans Group. He continued to practise distribution and competition law in litigation and commercial settlement cases for several business law firms as a partner with CL&A, Lmt Avocats and later Brunswick Avocats. Christophe co-founded Altaïr Avocats in January 2019.

He has developed particular expertise in managing international disputes (through the courts and in arbitration settings) and negotiating transnational contracts. He holds a Master’s in business law / international law and a Master’s 2 in international private law / international trade law (University of Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne) and has also studied at The Hague Academy of International Law (Netherlands) and the University of San Diego. He has been recognised as a specialist in International and European Law by the Paris Bar. 

Christophe has served as Vice Chair of the International Contracts Committee of the American Bar Association - Section of International Law (ABA - SIL) and has also been involved with the Association Internationale des Jeunes Avocats (AIJA), in particular its Executive committee and the Distribution Commission. He is a member of the International Distribution Institute (IDI) and Legalmondo.

Christophe speaks regularly at conferences in France and abroad and publishes articles in specialist journals and on the internet.

Languages :

  • French
  • English

Areas of expertise :

  • Distribution et competition
  • New Technologies and Data
  • Intellectual property
  • Health / Pharma
  • Commercial disputes

Deals, Publications and Seminars :


Arbitration and international litigation

Distribution, agency, franchising and sales

Competition and restrictive practices

Intellectual property, internet and personal data

Sponsorship and sport

  • Olympic Games Paris 2024 and Ambush Marketing
  • Interviews on ambush marketing and the possibility for brands to subtly exploit sports news (L’Equipe newspaper 25 February 2014 and 19 June 2014)
  • “Funding and restructuring football clubs in today’s market”, AIJA conference, 2013, award for best national report, national rapporteur and panellist
  • “Sponsorship of sporting events and ambush marketing after London 2012 - where are we at?”, AIJA conference, 2012, award for best national report, joint national rapporteur (IP, Technology, Media and Telecommunications and Sports Law committees)
  • “Legal challenges of the organization of major events: ambush marketing” AIJA conference, 2011, speaker
  • “Endorsement and sponsoring contracts in French sports law”, Instituto Brazileiro de Direito Desportivo, 2008, speaker
  • “Sponsoring contracts and image rights”, AIJA conference, 2008, speaker


  • International distribution (Master’s 2 in Distribution/Competition), 1999 to 2003, lecturer at the University of Le Mans
  • Law of international trade (Master’s 1 in business law and international law), 1993 to 2000, part-time lecturer at the University of Paris I (Panthéon-Sorbonne)
  • Teaching assignment in international commercial law and European bankruptcy law at the Law Faculty in Bucharest (Romania), seconded by the Paris Bar Association, 1998.

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