Mr Olivier Assant > Bredin Prat > Paris, France > Lawyer Profile

Bredin Prat
75007 PARIS
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Olivier Assant, one of the leading partners of the Corporate department, focuses on mergers and acquisitions, private equity, corporate governance and securities law matters. He has broad experience on large and high-profile domestic and cross-border transactions. He offers particular expertise in public M&A.

Olivier Assant works closely with French and international clients on mergers, acquisitions, divestitures, joint ventures and other strategic corporate transactions; corporate governance, takeover planning (including takeover defense), and activism defense.


French, English


Admitted to the Paris Bar in 1995.

He is a member of the “Issuer Transactions and Financial Information” Advisory Committee of the AMF (the French Financial Markets Authority).


He is a graduate of the ESSEC business school (1992) and the University of Paris II Panthéon-Assas (Maîtrise, 1992 and DESS, 1993 in Business Law and Tax).

Lawyer Rankings

France > Mergers and acquisitions

(Hall of Fame)

Olivier AssantBredin Prat

Bredin Prat is a powerhouse M&A firm that acts on high-end transactions involving France’s blue-chip companies and often the French state, as exemplified recently by its advice to EDF on its nationalisation by the French state. Its public M&A expertise makes it a key adviser to many of France’s leading companies for corporate deals and strategic corporate governance issues. The firm’s involvement also extends to private M&A and cross-border transactions. Patrick Dziewolski,  Benjamin Kanovitch and Olivier Assant  are standout names. Other strong advisers in the team include Sophie Cornette de Saint Cyr, Kate Romain, Matthieu Pouchepadass, Barthélémy CourteaultEmmanuel MassetJean-Benoît Demaret and Clémence Fallet .

France > Private equity: LBO

The skill set of the ‘commercial, knowledgeable, responsive and hard-working’ team at Bredin Prat spans cross-border M&A, international financing, and securities matters. Key contacts include ‘highly effective communicator and negotiator’ Olivier Assant, who specialises in M&A, corporate governance, and securities matters; ‘commercial and hands-on partner’ Adrien Simon; and Florence Haas, who handles market consolidation transactions, public takeovers and LBOs. Barthélémy Courteault has particular experience with regards to M&A involving the infrastructure and energy sectors and Clémence Fallet majors on corporate governance.

Comparative Guides

France: Private Equity January 2024 This country-specific Q&A provides an overview of Private Equity laws and regulations applicable in France.