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

A65
Advised lenders on refinancing of A65 Motorway Concession in France.

Arc Holding
Advised a consortium of French and international sovereign funds on Arc Holdings' new investment plan.

Conforama
Advised Steinhoff group's main creditors on the financial restructuring of its subsidiary Conforama, through a €316 million two-tranche bond issue.

CDiscount
Advised Cdiscount on the creation of the International Marketplace Network, the first alliance of European e-commerce platforms.

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.

FransBonhomme
Advised Frans Bonhomme Group, supported by its main shareholder Centerbridge Partners, on its acquisition of Distribution de Matériaux pour les Travaux Publics (DMTP) from the Saint-Gobain Group.

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.

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.

National Bank of Greece
Advised National Bank of Greece on the financing of Elsewedy Electric's acquisition of a portfolio of five windfarms and two hydroelectric plants in Greece.

Natixis 
Advised Natixis on its strategic partnership with Wynd to create an omni-channel retail solution for point of sale operations and payments.

Oaktree Capital Management
Advised funds managed by Oaktree Capital Management, L.P. on the sale of Groupe Kley to AXA IM – Real Assets.

Société Générale
Advised Société Générale on US$3.4 billion impact investment risk transfer. It is the first significant risk transfer transaction to use an FCT structure under French law since May 2007.

TVO
Advised and represented Teollisuuden Voima Oyj (TVO), a Finnish electricity producer, on the negotiation of a global settlement agreement ending over a decade-long arbitration proceeding against French nuclear group Areva and German technology group Siemens in relation to the Olkiluoto 3 EPR (OL3 EPR) project in Finland.

Verallia
Advised Verallia on its initial public offering, the largest IPO on Euronext Paris since 2017.