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About François Chateau

François Chateau is a partner in Dentons' New York office, where he works closely with the Firm's global managing partner and Global Board on strategic development and management. He was previously global vice chairman of Dentons and chairman of the global board of legacy firm Salans, which he helped lead through the combination that created Dentons.

François is engaged in the representation of French and other European companies in the US, as well as US companies investing in Europe in general and France in particular. He primarily represents companies in the fashion, beauty and luxury goods industries and lead this Global Practice. He is also head of Dentons' French desk, a special cross-border practice group composed of bilingual, French-speaking lawyers based in New York.

As a successful entrepreneur, François has extensive experience in contract negotiations, intellectual property issues, international tax planning, joint ventures, licensing and distributions agreements, venture capital and venture development.

In addition to such transnational work, Mr. Chateau acts as an adviser to wealthy multinational families and individuals in their business affairs and as trustee for family trusts.

François is a dual French and US citizen. He is very active in the French-American community in the US and is a Chevalier de l'Ordre National du Mérite (France).

Activities and Affiliations


Trustee and Member of the Executive Committee of the Brain Trauma Foundation (New York)
Trustee of the Naked Heart Foundation (New York, London, Paris, Moscow)
Board member, Interaudi Bank (New York)

Prior and Present Employment

Conseiller du Commerce Exterieur de la France (French Trade Adviser)
Former Vice-Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Lycée Français de New York
Former Founder and C.E.O. of Chateaud'eau S.A.