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Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP

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

Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP

Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP has strong regulatory expertise and often handles strategic matters, notably in the transport and energy sectors. Its growing infrastructure work included representing SNCF Réseau, ADP and CDC in the CDG Express rail project. Other work included advising consortium member CDC on the acquisition of Lyon Airport, one of numerous M&A-related mandates. Practice head Frédéric Salat-Baroux and counsel Marc Lordonnois are names to note.

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Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 2

Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP

Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP advises on the financing of the largest LBO transactions, often alongside sponsors. The team notably assisted TowerBrook with a €410m facility for the acquisition of InfoPro. James Clarke and practice head Olivier Jauffret are recommended.

Leading individuals

Olivier Jauffret - Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP

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

Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP

Romain Ferla heads the practice at Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP, which provides ‘excellent service’ and recently has been in high demand for merger control work. It advised Advent and Oberthur on the acquisition of Morpho and assisted BPIFrance with the transfer of Coface’s public guarantees activities. The practice is also handling several domestic antitrust cases.

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Insolvency - ranked: tier 1

Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP

The outstanding team at Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP frequently takes the starring roles in the market’s landmark insolvency and restructuring cases, advising the debtor or the main creditors. The practice recently represented Pixmania with the sale of its business and assets and acted for Continentale Nutrition in its pre-insolvency proceedings. The practice is led by market-leading figures Jean-Dominique Daudier de Cassini and Philippe Druon. Recently promoted partner Fabienne Beuzit is also recommended. Anne-Sophie Noury joined BDGS Associés.

Leading individuals

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

Philippe Druon - Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP

Next generation lawyers

Fabienne Beuzit - Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP

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Mergers and acquisitions
Mergers and acquisitions - ranked: tier 2

Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP

Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP has great expertise and assists some of France’s largest corporations with their strategic transactions domestically and overseas. Recent work for multinationals includes advising General Electric on the sale of GE Fleet. The firm also handles a fair amount of distressed M&A work. Claude Serra, Arthur de Baudry d’Asson, Yannick Piette and Agathe Soilleux are recommended.

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Tax - ranked: tier 3

Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP

Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP advises on the market’s largest LBO transactions. The practice notably assisted Montagu with the sale of Centor Division. Headed by Stéphane Chaouat, the six-lawyer team also advises on large M&A deals, insolvency cases and manages sensitive litigation. It assisted General Electric with the sale of GE Fleet. Edouard de Lamy is another name to note.

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France: Dispute resolution

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

Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP

Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP is handling some of the market’s most strategic corporate and commercial disputes. It is co-counsel to Eurosic in a dispute seeking control of Foncière de Paris and is assisting Vivendi with enforcing its rights under a guarantee in connection with the acquisition of Radionomy. Bolloré, Casino and Alstom are clients. Didier Malka, Claude Serra and counsel Bernard Casanova are the key contacts.

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Stock market litigation
Other recommended firms - ranked: tier 1

Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP

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France: Private equity

Private equity: LBO - ranked: tier 1

Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP

Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP’s team is ‘best in class’, according to clients, and routinely advises the largest private equity funds on LBOs and secondary transactions. Highlights included advising Qualium Investissement with the divestment of Quick, acted for PAI Partners on the sale of Global Closure Systems, and helped Carlyle to sell B&B Hotels. Advent International, Apax Partners, Ardian, Astorg Partners and Chequers Capital are all clients. Practice head David Aknin is the rain-maker. The ‘experienced, hardworking and creative’ Jean Beauchataud is also recommended along with Frédéric Cazals, Alexandre Duguay and Emmanuelle Henry.

Leading individuals

David Aknin - Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP

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Legal Developments in France

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  • The new French regulation applying to national insurance contributions for managers and shareholders

    French insurance contributions on executive and shareholder remuneration (pay + dividends) have been substantially increased by the National Insurance Funding for 2013 Act, No. 2012-1404, of 17th December 2012. Until 31st December 2012, all dividends were subject to national insurance contributions on unearned income but henceforth, under Article L136-3 of the National Insurance Code, amended by Act No. 2012-1404, certain dividends   are considered as pay received by executives and shareholders and are therefore subject to the national insurance contributions on pay. The Act also abolished the ceiling on health insurance contributions payable by the self-employed and all this means that businesses must rethink the way that they have been structured until now.

    The People's Republic of China has initiated an overhaul of its social security system, reformed the personal taxation regime and has extended the scope of these laws to foreigners residing in China.

    The Kingdom of Morocco is supporting the ambition of becoming the leading financial place for Africa. In this context, a wave of draft laws is to be passed and implemented within the following months, amongst which, the Law No. 53.08, setting up a new financial authority, and the Law No. 54.08, reforming public offering rules, are of paramount importance to Moroccan and foreign issuers, and financial institutions.

    The opportunities offered to foreign investors by the Chinese mergers and acquisitions market are increasing every year: in 2010, transactions involving foreign companies came to 60.1 billion euros, an increase of 21.2% compared with 2009. Seen from the West, where markets are declining, all sectors of the Chinese economy seem to be undergoing promising development and the statistics indicate that the Middle Empire will be a lasting springboard for growth.
  • Prime de Partage des Profits

    Le dispositif L’article 1er de la loi de financement rectificative de la Sécurité sociale pour 2011 oblige les sociétés commerciales de 50 salariés et plus, dont les dividendes par part sociale ou par action sont en augmentation par rapport à la moyenne des deux années précédentes, à verser une prime à l’ensemble de leurs salariés

    Types of investors The private equity (PE) funds that are active in Bulgaria are not raised or registered in the country. Some Bulgarian PE funds were raised recently, but there are no statistics as to the sources of their funding, their number, the funds that were accumulated, etc.

  • Landmark decision by French Competition Authority in conditioned LPG case

    cartel case closed after discovery that leniency application was largely based on forgeries and rejection of collective dominant position objection.
  • 2012 supplementary budget

    The second supplementary budget published in the Official Gazette September 19, 2011 provides for two key measures that affect the deferral of tax losses and taxation of capital gains realized on the sale of equity securities .
  • Actualité législative fiscale

    Au delà des mesures applicables à l’ensemble des contribuables (telles que la limitation du report des déficits ou la réforme du mode de calcul des plus values sur cessions de participations),le plan de réduction des déficits annoncé le 24 août dernier par le gouvernement comprend des mesures qui intéressent spécifiquement les acteurs du secteur financier.