Country expert for France
Member of the French Franchise Federation (“FFF”) panel of experts; French representative of the European practitioners network EuroFranchiseLawyers (“EFL”); Registered arbitrator with the International Arbitration Chamber of Paris; Member of the IBA/IFA, where he is a frequent participant and a regular speaker at joint seminars; Member of the ACE (French Lawyer’s Association of Business); Former member as legal expert of the European Franchise Federation; Former member of the UNIDROIT Study Committee (UN-Rome), participating in the drafting of an international law model regarding disclosure of pre-contractual information.
Year of birth
Graduated with a postgraduate degree in private law from the University of Paris II (1972), and an Executive MBA from HEC (1989).
Attorney - Admitted to the Paris Bar in 1978
Current professional position
Partner, HERALD AVOCATS
Prior to joining HERALD (formely named GRANRUT Avocats) in September 2011, Olivier Binder was a founding partner of a law firm called CEJEF-ALEXEN.
Olivier Binder has assisted a wide variety of French and foreign clients over the past 25 years across a range of counseling, advisory and crisis management, mediation, arbitration and litigation, in the following keys area of expertise: • Franchising (legal organization and system structuring, agreements, dispute resolution) • Retail/Distribution (e.g., exclusive and selective distribution, commission-based affiliation, license, concession, cooperation agreements, commercial contracts) • Competition law (e.g., restrictive practices and unfair competition / antitrust before competition authorities), and • Commercial real estate and lease, where he has developed a particular expertise for both distribution networks and investment funds. He has recently worked on the following matters, among others: • Providing a Legal assistance to a French distribution group across a range of network management related issues • Adapting and tailoring a US retail franchise agreement to the French market • Counseling regarding competition, restrictive practices and promotion of sales • CCI international arbitration relating to breach of a partnership contract • Litigation between a French Franchisor and a UK master Franchisee