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About

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

Experience

A28
Advised Banks on the A28 Motorway Refinancing which included a tender offer and exit consent as well as a new senior secured issue. This is the first direct issue by a motorway company of a French law governed project bond.

Air Liquide
Advised Air Liquide on its first Yankee bond offering for a total amount of US$4.5 billion as well as on the US law aspects of its €3.3 billion rights issue to refinance the acquisition of Airgas.

Casino
Advised Casino on creations of two joint central purchasing agencies with Conforama.

Danone/WhiteWave
Advised Banks on the 100% debt financed acquisition of WhiteWave Foods by Danone including a US$13.1 billion bridge loan facility and a US$5.5 billion bond offering.

ENGIE
Representing affiliates of ENGIE in an arbitration against Hungary, commenced under the Energy Charter Treaty before the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID).

Eurazeo
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.

Europcar
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.

Facebook
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.

Fnac/Darty
Advised on Groupe Fnac S.A.'s €650 million offering of senior notes to repay borrowings under a bridge facility entered into in relation to the acquisition of Darty and €1.35 billion senior facilities agreement to finance the acquisition.

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.

Helvet Immo
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.

Industries Chimiques du Sénégal
Representation of the lenders on the restructuring of several secured financings to Industries Chimiques du Sénégal.

Mediawan
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).

Orange
Advised Orange on its acquisition of a majority stake in Groupama Banque, which will become Orange Bank.

Panama Canal
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.