Firm Profile > Darrois Villey Maillot Brochier > Paris , France

Darrois Villey Maillot Brochier
75116 PARIS

Dispute resolution: commercial litigation Tier 1

Darrois Villey Maillot Brochier is instructed by the largest banks and companies in the French market, as well as leading international clients, to handle high-stakes commercial and financial disputes. The practice recently acted for Casino in mediation proceedings regarding the sale by Galeries Lafayette of its stake in Monoprix. The firm also has expertise in defending banks and corporations against mass claims. Jean-Michel Darrois, Emmanuel Brochier and Cyril Bonan are all highly regarded.

Leading individuals: Corporate and commercial litigation

Dispute resolution: Stock market litigation Tier 1

Darrois Villey Maillot Brochier is ‘very business-oriented and has a strong track record’. The ‘extremely committed’ team has ‘strong expertise’ in high-profile stock-market disputes and public tender offer cases. The practice also represents companies facing shareholders' mass actions and securities fraud and regulatory sanctions investigations. The firm recently acted for XPO Logistics in a cross-border dispute with a US hedge fund relating to XPO’s takeover of Norbert Dentressangle. The firm is also involved in litigation brought by over 1,000 minority shareholders of Natixis and former directors and officers arising out of various statements made to the market in connection with its initial public offering and the subprime crisis. Jean-Michel Darrois and Emmanuel Brochier are highly regarded. Also recommended are Matthieu Brochier and Nicolas Mennesson.

Insolvency Tier 1

Darrois Villey Maillot Brochier has ‘excellent technical skills' and ‘deep understanding of business situations and of clients' expectations and objectives’. The team, which is ‘available at any hour of the day’, is sought out to handle restructuring, insolvency and related litigation cases, frequently acting for shareholders, bondholders and companies. The practice notably represented the French State (APE) in the outstanding case of Areva's restructuring. It is also acting for the creditors’ representative in Toys R' Us insolvency proceedings. The firm also has strong litigation expertise and represented Sealynx’s liquidator before the Versailles Court of Appeal in obtaining a damages payment of €18m to be paid by Renault to Sealynx. Practice head François Kopf and associate Mathieu Della Vittoria are ‘outstanding, very fast, very accurate and serve their clients with strong proficiency’. Leading M&A and litigation partner Emmanuel Brochier also acts in some high-profile cases.

Next Generation Partners

Mergers and acquisitions Tier 1

Darrois Villey Maillot Brochier remains one of the key practices in the French  market for high-profile transactions. Strong in domestic and international transactions alike, the team's core area of expertise is advising public companies, but it has built an impressive portfolio of work undertaken for private companies. Highlights included advising Unibail-Rodamco on its headline-grabbing acquisition of Westfield, led by Marcus BillamHugo Diener and newly promoted partner Laurent Gautier. It also assisted Vivendi with its €900m acquisition of Editis, a matter led jointly by Billam and Jean-Baptiste de MartignyForrest AlognaEmmanuel Brochier, Benjamin Burman, Bertrand Cardi, Jean-Michel DarroisOlivier Huyghues Despointes, Alain Maillot and Christophe Vinsonneau are also noted.

Administrative and public law Tier 2

Darrois Villey Maillot Brochier's five-lawyer team deals with high-end work on behalf of leading French sponsors and companies, as well as public sector entities. The practice has leading regulatory expertise and is often retained to advise on high-profile privatisation and M&A transactions involving major public law issues. It is advising Vinci regarding its offer for the acquisition of a majority share in ADP in the context of its privatisation. The practice also advises on major public procurement projects and deals with related complex litigation and contentious execution issues. It is assisting SNCF Réseau with the building and operation of the CDG Express railway line project, as well as acting for the French railway operator in handling issues raised by the construction of the Tours-Bordeaux high-speed railway line, including administrative court cases. Lately, the firm has also handled major work in the energy sector: it successfully represented EDF in a dispute over regulated electricity tariffs brought by Engie and Anode before the Conseil d’Etat. Practice head Henri Savoie and counsel Patrick Mèle are highly recommended.

Dispute resolution: White-collar crime Tier 2

Darrois Villey Maillot Brochier's ‘exceptional team’ has ‘deep knowledge of business criminal law’ and particularly stands out for its ‘high-quality advice on defence strategies, its personal investment in cases, and the finesse and relevance of its legal analysis’. The firm is involved in many of the country's most high-profile cases, acting for leading French companies and individuals. It regularly handles matters in the public sector relating to allegations of money laundering, international corruption, tax fraud and the misuse of public funds. The practice is handling domestic cases while also managing international and World Bank investigations. The firm is defending LafargeHolcim and Lafarge in criminal investigations into complicity in crimes against humanity, financing of terrorist enterprises and endangering of lives in relation to its Syrian activities. The team is also acting for the International Olympic Committee, which is a civil party in two judicial investigations related to corruption and money-laundering issues. It is also Veolia's legal adviser in investigations led by the Romanian authorities into alleged corruption in the attribution of water supply contracts. Practice head Christophe Ingrain is ‘a remarkable team leader and a particularly tough lawyer whose arguments are always very clear and relevant’. Jean-Michel Darrois is also recommended, while associate Rémi Lorrain ‘tirelessly works on the defence strategy and the legal flaws in each case’.

EU, competition and distribution Tier 2

Darrois Villey Maillot Brochier recently acted for TF1 on its acquisition of Aufeminin, and for Accor on its $840m takeover of FRHI, and is currently representing clients such as Daimler and Kelkoo in private enforcement actions. Didier Théophile and Igor Simic jointly lead the group; Simic is currently advising Bonduelle on its leniency application to the European Commission with regard to the latter's investigation into the canned vegetable market, while Théophile is assisting leading digital real estate portal with the antitrust aspects of its acquisition of Concept Multimedia. Also notable is the firm's work for Les Echos - a leading newspaper publisher - and Gravity - a joint venture of major media groups - relating to the FCA's enquiry into the online advertising sector. On the state aid front, the French state appointed the group to oversee the restructuring of Areva as authorised by the European Commission.

Tax Tier 2

Darrois Villey Maillot Brochier is a leading name for high-profile M&A and property transactions. The seven-lawyer tax team regularly acts alongside the firm’s leading corporate practice to advise on many of France’s top matters. It recently assisted AccorHotels with the spin-off and subsequent sale of 57.8% of AccorInvest, and Kering with the proposed distribution of around 70% of Puma to its shareholders. The team is also retained by leading property investors to assist with their strategic office, logistics, hotel and industrial asset transactions. For key client Blackstone, the firm recently handled the French tax consequences of the sale of its logistics company (Logicor). The practice also acts for clients in complex litigation and tax audits. Vincent Agulhon ranks among the very best in the field. Loïc Védie and the experienced Alain Maillot are also noted.

Leading individuals: Property tax

Leading individuals: Transactional/corporate tax

Next Generation Partners

Dispute resolution: International arbitration Tier 4

Darrois Villey Maillot Brochier's ‘very knowledgeable, experienced, responsive and well-organised’ team mainly handles commercial arbitration, while also dealing with some investment arbitration. The practice handles a diverse range of matters relating to commercial contracts, public sector procurement and construction project issues in France, Africa and other parts of the world. It is dealing with a high-profile arbitration following the withdrawal of the award of a major public sector contract, and represents leading clients in the aerospace and defence sector. The firm is also adept at handling combined arbitration and litigation cases. The practice is co-headed by the highly regarded Laurent Aynès and Carine Dupeyron, who is ‘very knowledgeable in French arbitration practice and has impressive advocacy skills’. Also recommended is Cyril Bonan.

The firm: Darrois Villey Maillot Brochier A.A.R.P.I. is a highly specialised firm of about 70 lawyers concentrating on two distinct, but often related, activities: complex corporate and financial operations and dispute resolution. The firm, founded in 1987, advises and acts with respect to: M&A; tender offers and tender offer defences; company reorganisations; stock exchange, company law and governance; private equity transactions and privatisations, merger control and antitrust advice, related transactions with governmental bodies and administrations, compliance services, tax structuring, financing and restructuring. The firm handles high-profile and complex litigation and arbitration matters.

The firm is frequently involved in mergers and reorganisations of major multinational enterprises, and has handled many unusually complex combinations in regulated industries. It maintains close client relationships with leading multinational groups, advising on investment and other strategies, and acting as transaction counsel. It does so either alone or in co-operation with leading independent firms in other jurisdictions, such as Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz in New York.

Notable recent matters include representing Technip in its US$13 bn merger with FMC, Groupe Casino in its €3.1bn sale of its business in Thailand, its €1bn sale of its business in Vietnam and the reorganisation of its Brazilian business, Bouygues Télécom in its failed combination with Orange and Accor in its M&A transactions, including the recent acquisition of Fairmount Hotels.

Areas of practice: Mergers and acquisitions: the firm advises on major acquisitions, securities regulation matters and corporate financial transactions. From its early landmark tender offer matters and through a succession of transactions, including litigated tender offers, the firm has consistently been involved in the major corporate events in its marketplace.

Capital markets: the firm often advises on the financial aspects and structures involved in corporate transactions, including advice concerning the conception, documentation and implementation of securities issues in the capital markets in France as well as elsewhere in Europe and North America.

Corporate and tax: through its involvement with combinations and reorganisations of enterprises, the firm is often called upon to advise on French and international investment and tax structures, and to co-ordinate the creation and implementation of such structures. The firm’s clients for such advice also include investment funds from various countries and selected individual and family group investors.

Litigation and arbitration: throughout its history, the firm has been involved in high-profile litigation and arbitration. Much relates to corporate/M&A, securities and capital markets; it also extends to complex civil and commercial disputes, defence and aerospace matters, construction disputes, and to criminal litigation, including defence of corporate officers and directors.

Competition and regulatory: the firm regularly advises on competition and other European aspects of transactions, handles matters related to cartels and abuses of dominant position, and intervenes with and makes submissions to applicable national and European authorities.

Banking and finance: the firm advises on acquisition and leveraged financing, syndicated loans and debt restructuring; representing financial institutions, corporate borrowers, private equity funds and other investors.

Privatisation and public law: the firm handles privatisation and related transactions involving enterprises controlled by the state and governmental entities, and has advised the French government and state entities on a number of major transactions. The firm advises clients on public procurement, delegation of public services and other administrative contracts.

Restructuring: the firm advises on restructuring and high-profile insolvency proceedings representing managers, shareholders, investors and other actors in restructuring proceedings.

Department Name Email Telephone
M&A and capital markets Marcus Billam
M&A and capital markets Bertrand Cardi
M&A and capital markets Benjamin Burman
Public law and privatisation matters Henri Savoie
Competition and regulatory Didier Théophile
Competition and regulatory Igor Simic
Banking and finance Martin Lebeuf
Criminal business law Jean-Michel Darrois
Criminal business law Christophe Ingrain
Litigation and arbitration Emmanuel Brochier
Litigation and arbitration Laurent Aynès
Litigation and arbitration Cyril Bonan
Private equity Alain Maillot
Private equity Bertrand Cardi
Private equity Benjamin Burman
Tax Vincent Agulhon
Restructuring François Kopf
Photo Name Position Profile
Mrs Carine  Dupeyron  photo Mrs Carine  Dupeyron
Number of lawyers : 70 approx
Contacts : Martin Lebeuf
Contacts : Cyril Bonan