Our Firm

SAMMAN's approach focuses on simplifying the issues at stake for its clients in order to come up with practical solutions and outcomes. Our expertise lays on:


We assist our clients in:

  • Understanding and managing the legal, political and institutional dimensions of their sector of activity at a local, national and international level;

  • Setting up strategies of Public/Private dialogue and optimizing the regulatory environment;

  • Handling legal organizational issues, the transactional side and the dispute resolution and litigation side of commercial agreements and matters.


All of our team members and consultants have significant experience in the practice of law and/or of public affairs. Their combined specializations contribute to an integrated approach to the benefits of our clients.

Founding Partner of the firm, Thaima Samman brings her vision and combined expertise in the legal and institutional relations spheres,after 10 years at the head of the Legal and Public Affairs department of Microsoft.

She is seconded in this mission by three partners:

  • Fanny Sachel, Managing Partner of the firm, who brings her 20-year experience within various law firms to her practice in civil and commercial advisory and litigation as well as extensive knowledge of Corporate Law.
  • Patrick Starkman, Head of the Brussels Office with a 20-year experience within French and European financial regulation authorities.
  • Clémence Arto, who intervenes in public policy and regulatory matters at the French and EU level.

Our team of associates is composed of Marc Drevon, Attorney-at-law spécialized in regulatory matters, especially in the energy field, Marie Laroche, Attorney-at-law also spécialized in regulatory with a solid expertise in the telecom sector, and Nordine Aoufi, Attorney-at-law practising in Business Law and Litigation.

Cyrille Fonvielle, Institutional Relations Manager, brings his five years of experience with MPs in the service of our clients' public affairs strategy and Anca Caruntu, graduate in political sciences and trained at Microsoft, is specialized in ICT policies and ecosystèmes at EU and French levels.

Jean-Christophe Ménard, holding a Ph.D and specialized in the legal aspects of Political Life, completes the firm's lawyers team as Of Counsel. His practice is focused on litigation and providing legal advice in Public Law.

This European experience is strengthened by our collaboration with Andrea Parola, founder of EU Strategy, graduate of law and political sciences at the Sapienza de Rome University and former European Commission official, who has a solid knowledge and expertise of the EU institutions and policies.

Last but not least, our firm works closely with Isabelle Clap, President of the agency Flagship Communication, specialized in Communication Advice and Strategy, allowing us to reply to the potential needs of our clients in this field in a coordinated and efficient manner.

  • FranceParis France
    5-7, rue d’Aumale 75009 Tel: +33 1 83 62 39 80 Fax: +33 1 83 62 39 81
  • Ixelles - BrusselsBelgium Belgium
    Rue du Champs de Mars, 23 1050 Tel: +32 2 318 87 70 Fax: +32 2 231 71 39

SAMMAN Law Firm belongs to a small circle of French law firms specialized in Public Affairs. Our Paris office coordinates and handles the cases at French and European level.

The Paris office responds to the needs of our client in various areas:

  • For their corporate affairs issues thanks to our Corporate Law division;

  • In their regulatory affairs strategies as well as processes;

  • Through the designing and the implementation of their public relations activities with various public and private decision-makers, at European, national and local level. The Firm provides a comprehensive analysis of the European state-of-play in the relevant fields before developing and implementing regulatory and public affairs strategies in cooperation with the Brussels office.

Based on its very strong knowledge of and experience with European institutions, our Brussels office provides clients with assistance and support in designing their institutional relations, government affairs and regulatory strategies in a way that integrates and reflects the European Union’s complexity. The services we can provide encompass a broad range of aspects related to various national and European strategies.

The firm has a very good knowledge and broad experience in the field of relations with the European Parliament and the Commission and also works with the National Representations. The firm is also involved in many of the discussions underway regarding legislative texts and communications prepared by the different institutions.