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Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP

2 RUE DE LA BAUME, 75008 PARIS, FRANCE
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France

Administrative and public law
Administrative and public law - ranked: tier 2

Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP

Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP¬†is praised for its ‚Äėperfect ability to handle complex matters‚Äô. The six-lawyer team is acting for many leading state-owned entities and private sector companies, notably in the transport, public sector housing, energy and telecoms areas. The firm is working on sophisticated regulatory matters, such as advising state agency APE on the privatisation of Fran√ßaise des Jeux. The team also has strong litigation expertise and won several high-profile cases recently. It¬†successfully represented Suez before the Administrative Court of Appeal in its challenge to the decision to award a ‚ā¨400m concession contract to operate a wastewater treatment plant in the Ile-de-France region to Veolia; the court ruled to suspend the execution of the contract. The firm is also involved in landmark infrastructure projects and is notably advising SNCF R√©seau, ADP and CDC on the CDG Express airport rail project.¬†Fr√©d√©ric Salat-Baroux¬†has ‚Äėa great deal of perspective on various subjects and great knowledge of the administrative courts‚Äô in addition to ‚Äėimpressive negotiation skills‚Äô. Counsel¬†Marc Lordonnois¬†is ‚Äėone of the best lawyers for concession contracts and knows this business perfectly‚Äô.

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Banking and finance: transactional work
Banking and finance: transactional work - ranked: tier 2

Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP

Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP's key areas of expertise include a particular focus on buyouts and other acquisition financing and restructuring transactions. The caseload often includes add-on or build-up transaction financings, as well as instructions with a capital market component. The team acts for a diverse group of clients, ranging from sponsors and portfolio companies to investment banks and alternative lending debt providers. Jointly led by¬†Olivier Jauffret¬†and¬†James Clarke, the practice regularly joins forces with the firm's Paris corporate team, for example when advising Montagu Private Equity and Astorg alongside portfolio company Sebia on refinancing facilities in the context of the Sebia sale to Caisse de d√©p√īt et placement du Qu√©bec, T√©thys and CVC Capital Partners. Counsel¬†Cassandra Porg√®s¬†provides key support.¬†¬†Benjamin de Blegiers¬†joined from¬†Clifford Chance.¬†Sanofi, Ardian and Natixis also feature on the client list.

Next generation lawyers

Benjamin de Blegiers - Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP

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EU, competition and distribution
EU, competition and distribution - ranked: tier 3

Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP

Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP's antitrust and competition offering is led by¬†Romain Ferla,¬†who handles the full range of mandates including state aid, cartel, merger control and distribution law issues. The firm recently acted for La Poste in the creation of its joint venture with Suez in the office waste recycling sector, and a trade association representing PVC flooring product manufacturers - the SFEC - instructed Ferla to represent it in the FCA's cartel investigation into the market. Also notable is associate¬†Flora Pitti-Ferrandi,¬†who was recently joined in the junior ranks by associates¬†Anne-La√Įla Abback¬†from¬†Bredin Prat¬†and¬†Line Le Geut¬†from¬†Magenta.

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Insolvency
Insolvency - ranked: tier 1

Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP

Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP has an impressive track record in the space and is able to handle all types of situations, acting on any side of the table. The practice has been involved in many of the market's landmark domestic and cross-border (France-US) cases encompassing LBO debt restructuring, insolvency and bankruptcy situations, as well as asset take-over deals and litigation. Highlights included representing Sequana in its safeguard proceedings; acting for Fraikin in negotiations with its LBO debt financial creditors; and advising a major creditors’ pool on Frans Bonhomme's financial debt restructuring. The firm also assisted Fnac Darty with purchasing several of Ludendo’s assets. The practice is jointly headed by Jean-Dominique Daudier de Cassini and Philippe Druon, who are experts in their field. Fabienne Beuzit joined Jones Day.

Leading individuals

Jean-Dominique Daudier de Cassini - Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP

Philippe Druon - Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP

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Mergers and acquisitions
Mergers and acquisitions - ranked: tier 2

Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP

Active in private and public transactions, Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP primarily acts for industrial and financial groups, private equity sponsors and family-owned corporations. The team has extensive expertise in the restructuring of large listed companies, but excels in the entire range of M&A transactions, both domestic and international. Practice head Claude Serra and Yannick Piette jointly advised Atos on its $3.4bn acquisition of Syntel. A highlight from the life sciences sector saw Arthur de Baudry d‚ÄôAsson and David Aknin assist Sanofi with the ‚ā¨1.9bn sale of Zentiva to Advent International. Agathe Soilleux is another key practitioner. Benjamin de Blegiers¬†joined from Clifford Chance. CGG, JCDecaux and Casino also feature on the client list.

Next generation lawyers

Benjamin de Blegiers - Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP

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Tax
Tax - ranked: tier 3

Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP

Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP houses a strong seven-lawyer team that regularly advises alongside the corporate practice on the market's largest M&A and LBO transactions. The practice notably assisted Sagard with the sale of Alvest, Fives and its management with a new buy-out transaction led by CDPQ and PSP, and acted for Sanofi on its sale of Zentiva. The team is also regularly involved in high-profile debt restructuring work and was recently active for CGG in that space. The practice is also sought out to handle litigation, with recent clients in this area including Rothschild & Cie Banque, Studialis and Gecina. Stéphane Chaouat and Edouard de Lamy are the practice heads.

Next generation lawyers

Edouard de Lamy  - Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP

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France: Dispute resolution

Dispute resolution: Stock market litigation
Dispute resolution: Stock market litigation - ranked: tier 2

Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP

Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP recently defended a leading French company in litigation led by activist funds. The practice also successfully defended a CEO in an AMF investigation into the communication of misleading information. Corporate partners Claude Serra and Yannick Piette are the key contacts, as well as litigator Didier Malka.

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Dispute resolution: commercial litigation
Dispute resolution: commercial litigation - ranked: tier 1

Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP

Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP represents a stellar client base made up of many leading French listed corporations, as well as large US groups and other international companies. The firm regularly deals with commercial litigation with high financial or reputational stakes. It also handles sensitive shareholder conflicts and high-profile insolvency and restructuring-related cases. Finally, the firm also takes on some arbitration and white-collar crime cases, such as international corruption matters. Didier Malka heads the team, which also includes high-profile corporate partner Claude Serra.

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France: Industry focus

Industry focus: energy
Next generation lawyers: Energy project

Benjamin de Blegiers - Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP

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France: Private equity

Private equity: LBO
Private equity: LBO - ranked: tier 1

Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP

Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP¬†is frequently sought out by some of the most high-profile players in the market. The team, which is led by¬†David Aknin, acts for domestic and international private equity sponsors across all market segments on high-value transactions. In recent work, it advised Sagard and the managers on the sale of Alvest Group to a consortium formed by the Caisse de d√©p√īt et placement du Qu√©bec and Ardian as well as on a subsequent reinvestment by Sagard and the managers in the group. Other highlights include Aknin and¬†Alexandre Duguay¬†assisting Montagu Private Equity and Astorg with the sale of their interests in Sebia to CVC and Tethys.¬†Emmanuelle Henry's recent stand-out instructions include advising Oaktree Capital Management on the sale of Axilone to Citic Capital.¬†Fr√©d√©ric Cazals¬†is another key contact. Benjamin de Blegiers¬†joined from Clifford Chance. 3i, Advent International and Carlyle are also clients.

Leading individuals

David Aknin - Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP

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