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De Pardieu Brocas Maffei
CS 11610
75773 PARIS CEDEX 16

EU, competition and distribution Tier 1

De Pardieu Brocas Maffei fields three dedicated EU and French competition partners as well as Barbara Levy, who specialises in distribution and IP matters. Especially noted for its contentious antitrust practice, the group also recently handled high-profile merger clearance mandates, state aid issues, and pricing and product regulation matters. Philippe Guibert heads the department and recently teamed up with Emmanuel Durand to notify the FCA of the acquisition of Unilever's baking and dessert business in France by Dr Oetker. On the contentious front, Laure Givry is currently acting on a series of follow-on damage claims arising from a high-profile cartel decision, and is representing a French company in its appeal against an FCA decision. Levy acted for Valeo before the Paris Court of Appeal in a claim against an Iranian company regarding a supply disruption. Laëtitia Gavoty Tolot was recently promoted to counsel and collaborated with Guibert to advise Batipart as shareholder of Eurosic on the latter's sale of 94.8% of its share capital to Gecina and the associated antitrust elements. Other key clients include, the Gascogne Group and EDF.

Industry focus: energy Tier 1

De Pardieu Brocas Maffei has ‘very good knowledge of energy market regulations and efficiently answers precise and complex questions’. The practice stands out for its combination of leading regulatory, financing and corporate expertise. It receives instructions from all sides: banks, sponsors, developers, French blue-chip producers and many leading energy players. The practice recently advised on highly strategic brownfield infrastructure and M&A transactions while the financing of renewables projects in France remains a key area of expertise. Highlights included advising Orano on its reorganisation in view of its asset transfer to Framatome and the sale to EDF of a 75.5% stake in Framatome. It also assisted Total with the acquisition of the Pont-sur-Sambre and Toul Power companies which operate combined 825MW gas powered plants. The team also assisted Neoen with a €245m green bond financing for a global 1.6GW global project portfolio. Enedis, Green Yello, EDF Energies Nouvelles and Veolia are other clients. Regulatory law expert Christine Le Bihan-Graf and Jean-Renaud Cazali, who is the key name on the financing side, jointly head the practice. Patrick Jaïs, the ‘very goodThomas Bréart de Boisanger and Cédric Chanas are noted for corporate work.

Leading individuals: Regulatory and public law

Insolvency Tier 1

The ‘highly capableDe Pardieu Brocas Maffei is regarded as a go-to-firm for banks involved in restructuring and insolvency cases in France. The ‘very hardworking and diligent’ core insolvency team is also increasingly retained by debtors and shareholders and is able to draw on the firm's leading corporate and finance expertise. The practice is involved in many of the country’s largest restructuring and insolvency cases every year and is also advising on multi-jurisdictional matters. It recently assisted the senior secured lenders’ ad hoc committee with CGG’s restructuring, and is acting for Toys “R” Us’ French subsidiaries in bankruptcy proceedings in France and in the US. The team has also been busy handling several other large-scale cases. Philippe Dubois and Joanna Gumpelson are highly regarded and Ségolène Coiffet is another name to note. Experienced finance and property expert Paul Talbourdet is also active. Matthieu Barthélemy joined De Gaulle Fleurance & Associés.

Next Generation Partners

Real estate Tier 1

De Pardieu Brocas Maffei has 'a strong track record’ and ‘combines simultaneously strong technical skills and a business approach’, which help ‘to find solutions to complex situations’. The ‘excellent’ 27-lawyer team is made up of ‘dedicated experienced partners with a class of brilliant associates’ and can also rely on leading complementary corporate, tax and finance expertise. The firm handles several of the market's largest real estate transactions each year and works for the most prestigious players in the industry including French and international funds and investors and listed and non-listed property companies, as well as lenders. Headline work includes assisting Lone Star with the €1.8bn sale of the Coeur Défense building, as well as Amundi and Crédit Agricole Assurances with the €4.4bn acquisition of a 55% stake in Accor Invest from AccorHotels. In the finance real estate arena, the practice advised Allianz Real Estate on the financing of the acquisition of the 114 avenue des Champs-Elysées building, which houses Apple’s flagship store in Continental Europe. The team is led by some of the country’s most high-profile names including the ‘amazing and very practicalEmmanuel Fatôme  whose ‘great commercial sense helps with solving issues’, and the equally highly regarded Paul Talbourdet. Pierre Gebarowski is a key name for real estate acquisition and finance work, alongside Guillaume Rossignol. Other key names include tax property experts Emmanuel Chauve and Alexandre Blestel, Yannick Le Gall for property finance transactions, as well as Nicolas Favre and Eric Muller on the corporate side. Property finance expert Katia Belhiteche  was recently promoted to the partnership.

Administrative and public law Tier 2

De Pardieu Brocas Maffei has a strong track record of advising on complex public economic, state aid and regulatory issues in highly regulated sectors. Headed by the highly regarded Christine Le Bihan-Graf, the five-lawyer team is strongly established in the energy sector and is also appointed to work on highly strategic matters in the transport area. It is assisting blue-chip clients in various sectors in the context of privatisation projects. The team also handles regulatory issues linked to infrastructure transactions, and as such advised IPM Korea and Samsung on the acquisition of 39.24% of Dunkerque LNG, the owner and operator of the Dunkerque liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminal, from EDF. Benefiting from the firm's banking and finance expertise, the practice is also noted for PPP and infrastructure work. It recently assisted the lenders with the financing of a large high-speed internet network in the east of France.

Banking and finance: transactional work Tier 2

De Pardieu Brocas Maffei has particular strength in real estate finance, alongside longstanding experience in acquisition and leveraged finance, especially in the mid-cap leveraged buyout market, general lending and refinancings. Yannick Le Gall advised Tikehau Capital on a €115m facility agreement with Conforama Group aimed at financing development projects in France and abroad. Christophe Gaillard, who jointly directs the practice with Olivier Hubert, assisted BNP Paribas with the financing of senior debt for the acquisition of Quadran by Direct Energie. The firm also acted for BNP Paribas and Crédit Agricole Corporate and Investment Bank on the financing of LaSalle Investment Management's €100m acquisition of a Paris office building from RTL Group. Other key practitioners include capital market expert Jeremy Grant and structured finance specialist Corentin Coatalem, while the team has recently been bolstered by the promotions of Sébastien Bouiller de Branche and Katia Belhiteche to partner and Nicolas Bricaire to counsel. Société Générale, Deutsche Bank and La Banque Postale are among the practice's client roster.

Capital markets: debt capital markets Tier 2

De Pardieu Brocas Maffei impresses with an 'extremely efficient and proactive' team that 'provides excellent assistance'. The 'outstandingJeremy Grant, who is English-qualified, co-directs the practice with Corentin Coatalem, enabling the group to offer English and French law expertise. In recent work, Grant advised ALD on the issue of €500m unsecured floating rate notes under its €6bn EMTN programme and Coatalem assisted Bastide with a €25m euro private placement with a six-year tenor. Delphine Vidalenc made partner. Clients also include Société Générale, Bank of China and CNP Assurances.

Next Generation Partners

Dispute resolution: commercial litigation Tier 2

The ‘client-oriented and committedDe Pardieu Brocas Maffei draws partners from its various practice areas to deal with a wide variety of cases in addition to having fully dedicated litigators. The firm is instructed by leading banks on sensitive and large-scale banking cases, such as defending Dexia Crédit Local and Cacib in the "toxic loan" cases initiated by local public entities in connection with structured loans and derivative products. It also has experience in insolvency and real estate-related disputes. Finally, the practice is recommended for commercial litigation, international cases and complex shareholders’ disputes and corporate litigation. The firm is representing SCI Iris La Défense in a three-party dispute regarding the building of a high-rise tower in La Défense, and acted for Porcher Industries in a dispute between shareholders as a result of its takeover by Warwick Capital Partners. Paul Talbourdet, Philippe Dubois and Barbara Levy head the practice. Dominique Lefort is a key name for banking litigation. Patrick JaïsSégolène Coiffet and counsel Simon Le Wita are also recommended. Matthieu Barthélemy is now at De Gaulle Fleurance & Associés.

Leading individuals: Banking litigation

Employment Tier 2

De Pardieu Brocas Maffei assists a prominent client base made up of some of France’s largest energy and industrial companies: Total, Vinci Construction, La Mutuelle Générale and Endel are clients. Led by Philippe Rozec, the ten-lawyer team was recently busy advising on major M&A transactions, including completing real estate and public M&A deals. It recently assisted Exfo with the acquisition of Astellia, and Tf1 with the acquisition of aufeminin from Axel Springer. The practice also advises on the implementation of strategic restructuring projects and voluntary departure plans and also handled litigation including URSSAF claims. Counsel Elise Bénéat is also noted.

Private equity: LBO Tier 2

De Pardieu Brocas Maffei focuses on instructions from investment funds in the mid-cap market, acting for buyers and sellers alike. The 'reliable' and 'creativeJean-François PourdieuGuillaume Touttée and Cédric Chanas form the core practice, with counsel Sandra Benhaïm providing key support. In addition to advising assigning investors Siparex, Cathay Capital, BPI and BNP Paribas Développement on the acquisition of an equity stake in Ginger CEBTP Group by EMZ Partners, the team also assisted Five Arrows Managers with the acquisition of Menix Group from LBO Partners, closely cooperating with the firm's tax and financing departments. The group also handled work for 21 Centrale Partners, UI Gestion and Weinberg Capital Partners.

Project finance Tier 2

De Pardieu Brocas Maffei has strong project infrastructure finance expertise. The firm regularly advises domestic and international lenders on project financing in France. It recently handled the financing of several new mid-sized infrastructure projects and was also involved in large refinancing transactions in the broadband telecoms and energy sectors. Other work includes assisting the European Investment Bank with the refinancing of Nord-Pas de Calais’ broadband network project and advising Neoen on the refinancing of Europe’s largest photovoltaic park near Bordeaux. The firm, which is a key player in the energy sector in France, has strong financing capabilities in this area and also has considerable experience acting for sponsors on high-profile brownfield transactions. Practice head Jean-Renaud Cazali is highly respected. Also noted are Christine Le Bihan-Graf for public law issues and Thomas Bréart de Boisanger for corporate matters.

Tax Tier 2

De Pardieu Brocas Maffei has ‘in-depth understanding of its customers' business, is highly responsive, has the ability to provide a bird's eye view as well as dig into the details of a given issue, and is well connected with the tax authorities’. The 17-lawyer team is able to cover a large spectrum of tax issues. The group has leading expertise in the tax real estate space and regularly handles headline work in the market in this area. It notably assisted Covivio Hotels with the €976m acquisition of a luxury hotels portfolio in the UK, which consisted of 14 hotels; advised Henderson Park on the acquisition of Hotel Westin Paris-Vendôme; and acted for Foncière des Murs on the merger-absorption of FDM Management. ‘Trusted adviserEmmanuel Chauve has ‘strong technical expertise’ and is an expert in tax real estate. Alexandre Blestel, who is also highly regarded for real estate and corporate tax issues, ‘provides excellent tax advice and is very thorough’. The practice also handles the tax-related aspects of debt capital markets and banking, while litigation is another strength. It also has strong private equity and corporate tax expertise. It assisted InVivo Retail with the acquisition of Jardiland. Nadine Gelli joined Kirkland & Ellis LLP in 2019.

Leading individuals: Property tax

Mergers and acquisitions Tier 3

The 'efficient, organised' and 'approachable' team at De Pardieu Brocas Maffei specialises in financial services and real estate sector transactions, but  fields a strong practice in several other sectors, ranging from agribusiness and energy to infrastructure and TMT. In addition to advising InVivo Retail on its acquisition of Jardiland from L-GAM, the group assisted Orano with its pre-sale reorganisation aimed at transferring a part of its assets to Framatome. Thierry Brocas, Patrick Jaïs, Jean-François Pourdieu and Guillaume Touttée are the names to note. With the promotions of Delphine Vidalenc to partner and Grégoire Balland to counsel, the practice further increased its footing in the market, despite the departure of counsel Alexandre Lecomte, who left for a role in-house at InVivo. Other clients include CNP Assurances, Batipart and La Banque Postale.

Acknowledged among the leading business law firms in France, De Pardieu Brocas Maffei has 140 lawyers, including 36 partners; its practice covers banking, finance and capital markets, mergers and acquisitions/private equity, restructuring and insolvency, litigation, real estate and real estate finance, competition law, tax law, public law, IP and employment law.

De Pardieu Brocas Maffei, established in 1993, is widely recognised for its strong international practice.

Banking and finance: the banking and finance activity is divided across three specialisations: bank and bond financing, capital markets and derivatives, banking and financial regulations. The team assists clients with large and complex transactions in all types of financings. It advises a large number of French, European and non-European credit institutions acting as arrangers, lead underwriters, lenders and sub-lenders, as well as debt funds and other bond investors and sponsors.

Corporate/ M&A and private equity: the M&A team is multidisciplinary and covers all corporate activities: M&A, stock market transactions, private equity, restructuring, joint ventures, issuance of equity or debt, mezzanine financings, etc. The team is on hand to support its clients during all phases of their development, whether they are planning a merger or acquisition, the sale of a business, a complex corporate transaction or a change of corporate governance structure.

Real estate and real estate finance: the team assists clients in carrying out real estate sale and purchase transactions, setting up property funds, and financing real estate. The team also handles all transactions related to the development, management and optimisation of property portfolios, renovation/restructuring works etc., and regularly advises and assists a wide variety of clients (insurance companies, listed and non-listed property companies, French and foreign property funds and partnerships, financing providers, developers and users).

Restructuring and insolvency: the team offers a full range of advisory, assistance and representation services to distressed companies, and their shareholders and creditors.

Dispute resolution: De Pardieu’s litigators represent clients at all stages of the dispute resolution process before French civil, criminal and administrative courts as well as European jurisdictions.

Tax: the tax team assists clients with corporate, real estate and financial transactions, working closely with the firm’s other specialty practice groups.

EU competition: De Pardieu’s team regularly assists clients before the French and EU competition authorities and courts, in all types of cases concerning anti-competitive practices and state aids. The practice is also focused on French and EU merger controls.

Project finance and PPP: the project finance team assists public and private clients with all types of PPP and energy projects, and with all phases of domestic and international projects.

Employment: with its dedicated employment team, the firm provides advisory and dispute resolution assistance in the various areas of employment and social protection laws. The team advises large domestic and international groups of companies as well as public bodies in numerous business sectors.

IP: De Pardieu’s IP team offers strategic advice in a full range of IP and related areas (trademarks, copyrights, design, domain names and public names, protection of privacy, press law, personal data protection, e-commerce, unfair competition and related issues).

Public law: with thorough knowledge of the public and regulated sectors, the team’s specialised lawyers primarily advise on issues in regulated business sectors, such as energy, telecommunications as well as in public services.

Department Name Email Telephone
Banking and finance S Boullier de Branche
Banking and finance JR Cazali
Banking and finance C Coatalem
Banking and finance C Gaillard
Banking and finance J Grant
Banking and finance O Hubert
Banking and finance Y Le Gall
Capital markets, structured finance, securitisation C Coatalem
Capital markets, structured finance, securitisation J Grant
Capital markets, structured finance, securitisation O Hubert
Capital markets, structured finance, securitisation Y Le Gall
Corporate, M&A T de Boisanger
Corporate, M&A C Chanas
Corporate, M&A N Favre
Corporate, M&A P Jaïs
Corporate, M&A F Keller
Corporate, M&A E Muller
Corporate, M&A JF Pourdieu
Corporate, M&A G Touttée
Corporate, M&A D Vidalenc
Dispute resolution and arbitration M Barthélemy
Dispute resolution and arbitration S Coiffet
Dispute resolution and arbitration P Dubois
Dispute resolution and arbitration J Gumpelson
Dispute resolution and arbitration D Lefort
Dispute resolution and arbitration B Levy
Dispute resolution and arbitration P Talbourdet
Economic public law C Le Bihan-Graf
Employment P Rozec
Energy T de Boisanger
Energy JR Cazali
Energy C Chanas
Energy P Jaïs
Energy C Le Bihan-Graf
Energy B Levy
EU competition E Durand
EU competition L Givry
EU competition P Guibert
Intellectual property B Levy
Private equity C Chanas
Private equity JF Pourdieu
Private equity G Touttée
PPP, project finance JR Cazali
PPP, project finance P Gebarowski
PPP, project finance C Le Bihan-Graf
PPP, project finance G Rossignol
Real estate and real estate finance K Belhiteche
Real estate and real estate finance E Fatôme
Real estate and real estate finance P Gebarowski
Real estate and real estate finance Y Le Gall
Real estate and real estate finance G Rossignol
Real estate and real estate finance P Talbourdet
Restructuring and insolvency M Barthélemy
Restructuring and insolvency S Coiffet
Restructuring and insolvency P Dubois
Restructuring and insolvency J Gumpelson
Restructuring and insolvency P Talbourdet
Tax A Blestel
Tax E Chauve
Tax N Gelli
Sports E Durand
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Mr Matthieu Barthélemy  photo Mr Matthieu Barthélemy
 Katia Belhiteche  photo Katia Belhiteche
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Mr Jeremy Grant  photo Mr Jeremy Grant
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