Aerospace & Defence

The ALERION Aerospace and Defence team, led by Frédéric Saffroy, helps our industrial clients within the full spectrum of commercial law, from product inception to full-scale series production and beyond.

Our team covers :
• Research & Development and Intellectual Property (NDA, R&D agreements, cooperation agreements, licencing)
• Project structuring (consortium and JV, private-public partnerships)
• Procurement and sourcing (raw materials and components, outsourcing, sub-contracting, subcontracted manufacturing)
• Manufacturing, supplying and services (long term supply agreements, MRO and other support services, training services, with both Prime contractors, or with French Defence Procurement Agencies (DGA, SIMMAD, etc.) and/or international Defence Agencies (OCCAR, NATO)
• IT Services and Cybersecurity, Technology transfers and off-set
• M&A, restructuration and reorganisation

ALERION advises clients in various highly regulated and competitive public or private sectors, understanding the legal requirements associated with the challenges they face in their daily business operations.
Our team will provide you with the help you need at every step and every level of your activity, with extensive experience and a great understanding of activities related to Aerospace and Defence.
ALERION Aerospace and Defence team works hand in hand with our Innovation, IT & IP, Corporate, Tax, Employment, Compliance & Regulatory, Competition, Insurance and Litigation departments to coordinate the various aspects of complex transactions in this sector, thus providing secure advice and considering all the technical, financial and regulatory requirements.
ALERION is a member of the SPHERIS network (under the aegis of the French Space Agency CNES) and of the Air and Space Law French Association (SFDAS). Our team also regularly provides training sessions to the IHEDN (French Institute for Advanced Studies in National Defence), particularly in matters of Cybersecurity.


We are at ease in various areas, and we provide legal solutions for all the above-mentioned fields of intervention in accordance with your specific needs :


• Space Law (International, European and French)
• Space industry : launchers, satellites and space vehicles

  • launch services
  • earth observation and imaging
  • satellites services (broadcasting, telecommunication, positioning, etc.)


• Manufacturers (aircrafts, rotary aircrafts, UAV) and Tier 1 suppliers
• Regulation (airworthiness)


• Naval systems designers and manufacturers

Land systems

• Vehicles (Main Battle Tanks, armoured vehicles, assault bridges)
• Weapons and ordnance (artillery systems, ammunitions, missiles and explosives)

Electronics and Communications

• C4I (Command, Control, Communications, Computers and Intelligence)
• Mapping, GeoInt, positioning and navigation hardware and software
• Imaging/optronic, display, cyphering and communication interception
• Cyberdefence and security

Regulatory & Compliance

• Export Control and international sanctions (embargos)
• Military goods and dual-use goods
• Foreign investments
• Anti-bribery, anti-corruption, business ethics (French “Sapin II”, UK Bribery Act, US FCPA)
• Risk governance and management / Insurance
• Product Safety and Compliance

Private Security Activities

• Services agreements (sites and facilities security agreements)
• Registration process with CNAPS


• Drafting and reviewing Code of Business Conduct/Code of Ethics in highly regulated sectors : Aerospace and Defence, Bank & Finance, Healthcare, Engineering, etc.
• Environmental regulation issues in relation to WEEE, REACH and RoHs European directives
• Competition issues in concentrated business sectors, including cartel cases before the French Competition Authority (Autorité de la concurrence)
• Fighting against parallel imports in the following sectors : Automotive, Healthcare, Plant Protection.