France

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

Law Firm of the Year in France
Chambers Europe Awards for Excellence 2012

Experience

2MX Organic IPO
Advised the bank syndicate on the initial public offering of 2MX Organic on Euronext Paris. The transaction is the second listing in France of a special purpose acquisition company (SPAC).

Aéma Groupe
Advised Aéma Groupe, a leading French mutual insurer, on its entry into exclusive negotiations with Aviva to acquire Aviva France for €3.2 billion.

Air Austral
Successfully advised Air Austral leading to the end of an investigation by the French Competition Authority.

Atinkou and Eranove
Advised Atinkou and its shareholder Eranove on financing, design, construction and operation of a 390 MW power plant in Ivory Coast.

Bouygues Telecom and Vauban Infrastructure Partners
Advised the lenders and bondholders on a joint venture strategic agreement between Bouygues Telecom and Vauban Infrastructure Partners for the operation of FTTH (Fiber To The Home) lines in medium-density areas.

Cobepa
Advised Belgian privately held investment company Cobepa on its acquisition of Gerflor Group from ICG.

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.

Française des Jeux
Advised the bank syndicate on the privatization and initial public offering of La Française des Jeux (FDJ) on the Euronext Paris regulated market. It's one of the largest IPOs in Europe in 2019.

Goldman Sachs
Advised Goldman Sachs on Tencent's entry into Voodoo's capital and on its investment in BackMarket.

Helvet Immo
Assisting a major French bank faced with criminal and civil charges of commercial malpractice in the context of a class action, brought by consumer associations and hundreds of individuals, relating to a portfolio of real estate loans granted to individuals in a foreign currency.

Hg
Advised Hg, Europe's leading specialist private equity investor focused on software and service businesses, on its investment in the Septeo Group, a European leader in LegalTech.

LVMH
Advised LVMH on the financing of its acquisition of Tiffany & Co. The financing includes several credit lines, for a total value of approximatively €15 billion.

Gold Mine in the Republic of Guinea
Advised the lenders on the US$122 million financing of a gold mine located in the Republic of Guinea, to be operated by Société des Mines de Mandiana (Managem Group).

Oil & gas disputes
Advising leading European buyers of gas in several claims under long-term gas contracts, with sellers including major East and North European suppliers. The value of the total gas volumes under the contracts amounts to several billions of dollars annually.

PT Ventures 
Advising PT Ventures on a number of interrelated proceedings in relation to its shareholding in Unitel S.A., Angola's largest telecommunications company.

Renault
Advised lenders on Renault Group's French state-guaranteed €5 billion term loan. It is the largest of its type in France to date.

Republic of Georgia and Georgian State entities
Advising the Georgian State and state entities in multiple disputes. In one matter, we acted for the Roads Department of the Ministry of Infrastructure of Georgia in relation to five separate disputes against different contractors in relation to the construction of various lots of the E-60 Highway in Georgia. In another dispute, we represented Georgia in relation to its investment in two electricity generation companies as well as the electricity distribution company operating in the capital, Tbilisi.

Schneider Electric
Represented the bank syndicate on Schneider Electric SE's €650 million issue of zero-coupon sustainability-linked bonds convertible into new shares and/or exchangeable for existing shares (OCEANE). This was the first-ever sustainability-linked equity-linked offering in the world.

Vallourec
Advised the Ad Hoc Group of Bondholders and RCF on Vallourec's Financial Restructuring.