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Darrois Villey Maillot Brochier
75116 PARIS

Dispute resolution: Commercial litigation Tier 1

Darrois Villey Maillot Brochier's outstanding client base is made up of many of France's leading corporations, banks and corporate officers, as well as a number of major international companies. The firm is entrusted to act in the market's most complex corporate, securities, financial and commercial litigation cases. Its caseload includes dealing with sensitive high-stakes class-actions, shareholders' conflicts, M&A, public offers, unfair competition and product liability related matters. The highly experienced Jean-Michel Darrois, Emmanuel Brochier and Cyril Bonan co-head the practice. Also involved are Matthieu Brochier and Nicolas Mennesson .

Dispute resolution: Stock market litigation Tier 1

Darrois Villey Maillot Brochier has leading expertise handling headline public takeover-related disputes, and also represents leading companies and their corporate officers in AMF investigations and sanction procedures regarding various market abuse allegations. The group is also involved in high-profile shareholder activism disputes and short-selling litigation. Leading market figures Jean-Michel Darrois and Emmanuel Brochier are highly regarded; Matthieu Brochier and Nicolas Mennesson are also key names to note.


‘An excellent team which shows high mastering of its cases and which provides wise advice to clients.’

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Dispute resolution: White-collar crime Tier 1

Darrois Villey Maillot Brochier's dedicated team manages an impressive caseload and has recently been instructed to handle and coordinate the appeal proceedings of one of France's most important cases in the country's history. The highly able team acts for many leading companies, as well as public and private sector companies' CEO, agents and executives. It also represents political figures and former governmental ministers. The practice handles a wide variety of matters and has particular expertise dealing with public and private sectors' agents' corruption, criminal tax, labour law and other corporate-related accusations. It is acting several highly sensitive domestic and international corruption and money laundering investigations. The firm is also handling top political and tax money laundering cases. Christophe Ingrain heads the practice. Jean-Michel Darrois and counsel Rémi Lorrainare also noted.

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Oberthur Technologies


La Banque Postale



EU, competition and distribution Tier 1

Darrois Villey Maillot Brochier has one of the most experienced practices to deal with the largest and most complex EU and domestic merger control filings for high-profile M&A transactions. The 13-lawyer team recently advised on a good volume of strategic matters, obtaining clearance from the EU Commission and the French competition authority, including a Phase II procedure. The practice, which is entrusted by the largest French companies and many leading international corporations, also handles highly significant antitrust matters involving the French competition authority and deals with damage enforcement judicial lawsuits. Finally, the team is also involved in several state aid cases. Didier Théophile and Igor Simic are in charge. Also involved are counsels Alexandre Rios and Guillaume Aubron.

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Axel Springer



British Steel


Caisse des dépôts et consignations

Cofepp/La Martiniquaise




French State




La Poste

Les Echos








Walgreens Boots Alliance


Mergers and acquisitions Tier 1

French M&A powerhouse Darrois Villey Maillot Brochier remains a key destination for jumbo- and large-cap transactions, but also has a strong track record in mid-market work for French and international clients. The group has longstanding experience in private and especially in public M&A transactions across a broad range of sectors, including the automotive, financial services, telecoms and entertainment sectors. Marcus Billam, Hugo Diener, Jean-Baptiste de Martigny, Benjamin Burman, Christophe Vinsonneau, Bertrand Cardi, Pierre Casanova and Laurent Gautier are names to note. Christopher Grey made counsel in 2019.

Administrative and public law Tier 2

Darrois Villey Maillot Brochier's team deals with high-end work on behalf of leading French sponsors, companies and public sector entities. The practice has got leading regulatory expertise and is often retained to advise on high-profile privatisation and M&A transactions involving major public law issues. The practice also advises on major public procurement projects and deals with related complex litigation and contentious execution issues. Lately, the firm has also handled major work in the energy sector. Practice head Henri Savoie and of counsel Patrick Mèle are highly recommended.

Insolvency Tier 2

Darrois Villey Maillot Brochier is retained by debtors and investors to handle highlight cases. The firm offers strong expertise in managing matters involving listed companies and notably assisted Rallye and its parent companies with their safeguard proceedings. The practice plays a major part in several of the market's landmark restructuring and insolvency cases, especially in the retail sector. Litigation is also dealt with. François Kopf is in charge. Also involved are Emmanuel Brochier and associate Mathieu Della Vittoria.

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‘The firm provides exceptional services in terms of availability, technical expertise and team spirit.’

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Rallye SA

Modacin France SAS


Liquidators of Sequana group and Arjowiggins Group

Liquidators of Toys”R”Us

British Steel /Greybull Capital

Canadian GeneralTower

Bondholders of Ludendo

Pathé group

Alquenry group

Groupe Bernard Tapie

XPO Sarenza

Tax Tier 2

Darrois Villey Maillot Brochier has a highly regarded practice for tax advice on leading M&A and property transactions, often acting alongside the firm’s corporate practice. The team's expertise also encompasses litigation and tax audits. Vincent Agulhon ranks among the very best in the field. Loïc Védie and the experienced Alain Maillot are also noted.

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‘The team has high-level expertise in real estate tax. Lawyers show great commitment in addressing clients’ expectations. They are very creative’

‘Vincent Agulhon and Loïc Védie are reliable, very professional and always available. Their agility allows them to quickly adapt their advice to the current tax environment’

Dispute resolution: International arbitration Tier 3

Darrois Villey Maillot Brochier's team is often instructed by France's largest corporations. The practice handles investment arbitration disputes and manages a high volume of commercial arbitration cases. It is notably acting in matters raising complex international corporate law issues, as well as construction and contract breach-related topics. The firm is involved in several high-profile cases and is notably representing Nigerian consulting company Sunrise Power and Transmission in a ICC dispute with the state of Nigeria and a Chinese construction company relating to the construction of one of Africa's largest hydroelectric plants. The firm also manages several significant arbitration-related cases before French courts. Laurent Aynès and Carine Dupeyron joined head the practice. Cyril Bonan is also involved and François de Bérard was made counsel.

Capital markets: equity capital markets Tier 4

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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
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 Carine Dupeyron photo Carine Dupeyron Partner – International Arbitration, Civil and commercial litigation, Compliance.
Number of lawyers : 70 approx
Contacts : Martin Lebeuf
Contacts : Cyril Bonan