[COVID-19] The tools we recommend to help your business

The COVID-19 pandemic currently raging around the world is causing unprecedented disruption to the global economy and particularly to our country.

In this context, exceptional measures are being taken to respond to the issues and support the economy.

Many questions arise, and the objective of our special report is to provide you with the best possible information by gathering together articles from our lawyers on the subject (covering various sectors and fields). We have also included some public information (via links) that we think will be useful to you in the current situation.

New legislation is constantly emerging and is being closely monitored by our lawyers. This file will therefore evolve and be continuously updated.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact our lawyers. They are available to help you during this period.

Financial assistance measures for businesses :

Corporate Law, mergers & acquisitions

Tax law

Employment law & social protection

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Extension of the exceptional measures relating to shareholders meetings and corporate bodiesPublished on 3 August 2020

Ordinance No.°2020-560 of 13 May 2020 setting the deadlines for various procedures during the period of health emergencyPublished on 14 May 2020

Report to the President of the Republic on the Ordinance No.°2020-560 of 13 May 2020 setting the deadlines applicable to various procedures during the period of health emergencyPublished on 14 May 2020

Creditor Objection Periods: Non-loss driven capital reductionPublished on 14 May 2020

Ordinance No.°2020-341 of 27 March 2020: Temporary adaptation of the procedures for dealing with business difficultiesPublished on 23 April 2020

FAQ from the Ministry of Economy and Finance: “Supporting businesses – Coronavirus”Published on 23 April 2020

Creditor opposition’s deadlines: Universal transmission of assetsPublished on 23 April 2020

Ordinances of 25 March 2020: what consequences under corporate law ?Published on March 27 2020 – Updated on 23 April 2020

Exceptional measure to support the economy: the state-guaranteed loanPublished on April 2 2020 – Updated on 23 April 2020

Thomas Buffin’s intervention in a webinar jointly organized by Eurasanté and EuratechnologyPublished on 22 April 2020

Business support measuresPublished on April 2, 2020 (

Government FAQ : “Liability Commitment for Large Companies with Cash Support Measures”Published on April 2, 2020 (

Ad hoc mandate and conciliationPublished on March 27, 2020

FAQ of the Ministry of Economy and Finance: “Hold your GA and respect the accounting deadlines”Published on March 27, 2020 (

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Extension of Tax Deadlines and Publication of Administrative CommentsPublished on April 8 2020 – Updated on 22 April 2020

What about the VAT in regard to business payment deferral ?Published on March 26 2020 – Updated on 15 April 2020

What consequences on the registration of deedsPublished on March 26 2020 – Updated on 15 April 2020

Could the coronavirus entail the creation of permanent establishments ?Published on March 26 2020 – Updated on 15 April 2020

Will companies that received state aid during Covid-19 crisis be able to distribute dividends or buy back their shares in 2020 ?Published on April 6, 2020

Impact of the confinement measures on tax audits and tax collectionPublished on March 26, 2020

Containment of activities or assets exposed to financial or operational risksPublished on March 26, 2020

Companies aiding each otherPublished on March 26, 2020

Deferral of bank maturitiesPublished on March 26, 2020

Exceptional tax measures in favor of businessesPublished on March 18, 2020

Public law

Competition, distribution, contracts & consumer law

Sciences of life

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Litigation & arbitration


Legal and commercial impacts in Europe

As a member of the Meritas international network of law firms, Bignon Lebray participates in writing a number of articles published by Meritas (in English) and dealing with the main legal and commercial impacts resulting from the coronavirus epidemic in Europe.

Click here to read the articles already published