Established in 1926, the Paris office is our oldest office in Europe.
The diversity of skills and legal experience possessed by our Paris team enables us to address our clients’ concerns and needs across the spectrum of business law. We are fully committed to our clients and dedicated to helping them achieve their goals, in France and around the world.
Our teams assist clients seamlessly across all domestic and international operations, transactions or disputes. Deep knowledge of legal, regulatory and economic environments gives us unrivalled familiarity with the intricate legal issues that our clients face, in an increasingly globalised marketplace.
We develop longstanding relationships with our clients. With extensive experience in structuring innovative solutions, our teams navigate clients through their most complex challenges and help them assess and overcome commercial, legal, regulatory and structural risks.
Our reputation is built on an ability to work with confidence in demanding situations and places, made possible by the excellence of our Paris lawyers and the global footprint of our organisation.
AWARDS & RECOGNITION
Law Firm of the Year in France
The American Lawyer Transatlantic Legal Awards 2016
European Law Firm of the Year
Chambers Europe Awards for Excellence 2014
"White & Case [Paris] has emerged as arguably the most dynamic player currently in France"
The Legal 500 EMEA 2014
Law Firm of the Year in France
Chambers Europe Awards for Excellence 2012
Advised BNP Paribas subsidiary, Arval, on the acquisition of GE Capital's European fleet management activity.
CBRE Global Investors
Advised CBRE Global Investors on the sale for €1.3 billion of a portfolio of ten French and Belgian shopping centers to China Investment Corporation and AEW.
Represented Eurazeo on its exclusive negotiations to acquire more than ten iconic European chocolate and confectionery brands, including Poulain, Carambar, Krema, La Pie Qui Chante, Terry’s, Pastilles Vichy, Suchard and Malabar, from Mondelez International.
Advised the syndicate of banks on Europcar's simultaneous €898 initial public offering on the regulated market of Euronext Paris, €475 million high yield bond offering and €350 million multicurrency revolving credit facility in relation to the refinancing of Europcar's debt.
Advising Facebook in relation to pre-litigation and litigation matters affecting its social network activities outside the US, as well as in several data protection and unfair competition matters.
Harmony of the Seas
Represented Société Générale and BTMU in relation to the delivery of the EUR and USD ECA backed-financing of the purchase by Royal Caribbean Cruises Limited of the world's biggest-ever luxury cruise ship Harmony of the Seas.
Assisting a major French bank faced with criminal and civil charges of commercial malpractice (duty of information, duty to warn, duty of advice, unfair term, legality of escalator clause) in the context of a class action, brought by consumer associations and hundreds of individuals, relating to a portfolio of real estate loans which were granted to individuals in a foreign currency. Proceedings are under criminal investigations and pending before the civil and commercial courts. As well as legal advice on regulatory issues connected with the charges.
Advised the syndicate of banks on the €250 million initial public offering of Mediawan, the first listing ever in France of a special purpose acquisition company (SPAC).
Advised Orange on its acquisition of a majority stake in Groupama Banque, which will become Orange Bank.
Representing the contractors in a multi-billion dollar dispute with the Panama Canal Authority relating to the US$5.5 billion Panama Canal expansion project. Given the importance of the Panama Canal to world trade, this dispute has major global economic significance.
Republic of Guinea
Advised the Agence Nationale d’Aménagement des Infrastructures Minières (ANAIM), Guinea Alumina Corporation (GAC), the Compagnie des Bauxites de Guinée (CBG) and the Compagnie de Bauxite et d’Alumine de Dian-Dian (COBAD) in connection with the first-of-its kind multi-user operation agreement for a mining railway between the port at Kamsar and bauxite mines at Sangaredi in the Republic of Guinea.
Advised a syndicate of banks on the issuance by Total S.A. of its €1.75 billion undated deeply subordinated notes which followed last year's two-tranche €5 billion debt issue of such notes, a notable deal as the largest euro-denominated corporate hybrid bond issue to date, highest rated hybrid bond of its kind ever issued, and the coupons were the lowest on record for comparable deals.
Advised a syndicate of banks on the acquisition financing of Vitalia by Vedici and its majority shareholder, CVC Capital Partners, creating a healthcare industry leader.