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Viguié Schmidt & Associés
75008 PARIS

Dispute resolution: Commercial litigation Tier 1

Viguié Schmidt & Associés is among the top firms in France for companies, CEOs and investors facing major challenges. The team is sought-after for complex corporate dispute and shareholder conflicts involving listed and non-listed companies, and is equally solicited to deal with high-stakes commercial disputes. The practice manages a very impressive caseload, with a series of new high-profile matters arriving in 2020. Its representation of Renault in its highly publicised dispute with former CEO Carlos Ghosn and its instruction by AXA France IARD to defend it against a series of claims brought by French companies seeking indemnification for lost profits suffered as a result of the Covid-19 sanitary crisis, stand out. The firm is increasingly retained to handle cross-border and high-stakes exequatur cases, with recent victorias including groundbreaking success for the Libyan state when the Paris Court of Appeal cancelled a €452m arbitral sentence held against it by Sorelec. Yves Schmidt and Olivier Loizon are particularly recommended. Nicolas Viguié and Martin Donato are also key members.

Other key lawyers:

Yves Schmidt; Olivier Loizon; Nicolas Viguié; Martin Donato


Availability,  great listening skills, great strategic advice.’

‘Yves Schmidt is one of the very best Parisian lawyers in this field. Excellent lawyer, excellent litigator, excellent tactician. He is an asset to have on your side and a challenge to have as an opponent.’

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Industry focus: Healthcare and life sciences Tier 1

Distinguished by its 'multi-disciplinary expertise in both contentious and regulatory matters', Viguié Schmidt & Associés is retained by leading medical device manufacturers and pharmaceutical companies. Practice co-head Etienne Gouesse is particularly experienced in representing the latter, advising on pricing, marketing and product liability matters, as well as leading litigation before the administrative, civil and commercial courts. His counterpart Iñaki Saint-Esteben specialises in antitrust law, with a strong track record in cartel, abuse of dominance and merger control cases. On the transactional side, the team is experienced in advising on high-profile M&A in the life sciences sector.


The healthcare and life sciences team at Viguié is distinguished by its multi-disciplinary expertise in both contentious and regulatory matters.

Etienne Gouesse has a pragmatic vision and great foresight.

Always makes serious and pertinent arguments.

Key clients




Dispute resolution: Stock market litigation Tier 2

Viguié Schmidt & Associés often acts for individuals, such as CEOs, board members and executives of listed companies. The firm is entrusted with sensitive matters and assists clients with AMF market abuse investigations pertaining to high-profile companies or transactions. The firm also offers experience in acting for listed companies facing AMF investigations. Practice heads Nicolas Viguié and Yves Schmidt are excellent M&A advisors and litigators.

Practice head(s):

Yves Schmidt; Nicolas Viguié


Yves Schmidt is one of the very best Parisian lawyers in this field. Excellent lawyer, excellent litigator, excellent judicial tactician. It is an asset to work alongside him and a challenge to face him in court.’

EU, competition and distribution Tier 2

The team at Viguié Schmidt & Associés has a notable strength in antitrust investigations and subsequent litigation. Additionally, it is frequently involved in high-profile domestic cartel cases and handles merger controls. In recent years it is increasingly active in follow-on damages claims for leading companies based in France in sectors including media, pharmaceuticals, and food and beverages. Practice heads Iñaki Saint-Esteben and Virginie Viallard are both experienced in cartel and abuse of dominance cases before the FCA and EU Commission, as well as multi-jurisdictional merger control cases.

Practice head(s):

Iñaki Saint-Esteben; Virginie Viallard

Key clients




Faurecia / Parrot

Bandai Namco

Johnson & Johnson Santé Beauté France

Domino’s Pizza France

Vinci Construction

Vinci Energies

Groupe M6

Le Figaro

Galerie Lafayette

Mergers and acquisitions Tier 4

Practice head(s):


High technical legal skill (including internationally) combined with a strong negotiating capacity and a strategic vision of cases.

Strong personal intuition aligned with strategic vision.

Very efficient and agile team. Strong knowledge of digital professions (media, e-commerce). Strong presence of partners in the course of operations.

Seniority on complex equity transactions. Understanding of the structuring of accounting and financial constraints and the structuring of post-acquisition governance.

Key clients



Atlantic Financial Group

Galeries Lafayette






HiPay Group

Crédit Agricole / CASA

SNCF / Geodis

Amaury Group

Vendis Capital

Aviva France


Groupe La Française

LFB Group

Tax Tier 4

Viguié Schmidt & AssociésChristel Alberti leads a team with a strong focus on corporate tax and M&A and private equity transactional tax. The practice recently advised on the structuring of several significant corporate transactions, including a strategic transaction in the biomedical sector which was successfully closed during the lockdown. The team was also involved in the acquisition of a major distressed company and is currently involved in a series of key divestment deals in the transport sector. In parallel, Alberti also develops a stand-alone practice, notably handling tax audit and international mobility work. Associate Maxence Dubois should also be acknowledged.

Practice head(s):

Christel Alberti


Viguie Schmidt’s tax team is particularly gifted when it comes to complex structuring of M&A transactions, beyond corporate and asset taxation.’

‘Christel Alberti has exceptional technical skills. In addition, she is very responsive and close to her clients. She is particularly familiar with matters concerning the healthcare sector, in which it is necessary to set up complex structures, which she masters perfectly.’

‘Very available and responsive team.’

‘The tax Team (in particular Maxence Dubois) under the supervision of Christel Alberti has transversal and specialised skills in the various components of national and international taxation.’

‘The tax team maintains clear and sincere relationships of trust with its clients as well as permanent exchanges. Beyond her indisputable technical skills, Christel Alberti combines a great capacity for abstraction and a practical sense, while proving to be a fine and determined negotiator.’

‘Great professionalism and a proactivity rarely encountered at other firms.’

Key clients

Galeries Lafayette





Calcium Capital

HiPay Group


Sony Music Entertainment

Crédit Agricole / CASA

Vendis Capital

Fimalac Entertainment

Alter Equity

Unify (TF1 Group)

SNCF /Geodis

Amaury Group

LPCR Groupe (Grandir)

Viguié Schmidt & Associés has been created as a result of the merger between French independent firms SLVF and Viguié Schmidt. The lawyers of the firm are active both in transactional work as well as in judicial proceedings, in connection with complex matters where stakes are high.

They are experienced professionals with a particular taste for complex negotiations and litigations. They represent their clients before judicial courts and regulatory authorities.

Advisors for strategic moments: Viguié Schmidt & Associés assists its clients on all their sensitive and complex legal issues. The firm’s lawyers are active in the main areas of business law. All of the partners are deeply involved in the matters handled by the firm; their thorough knowledge of the market, their actors and practices, adds a strategic dimension to their legal expertise.


A cornerstone of the firm’s activity, this practice encompasses notably acquisitions or mergers involving public or private companies, private equity transactions as well as joint ventures and other strategic agreements.

The firm has a first rate experience in advising on takeovers, whatever the context and sector involved. The firm also advises issuers on a full range of topics specific to listed companies as well as on stock exchange regulation.

The team also assists our clients in matters pertaining to credit and loan agreements, either for the needs of a particular transaction (acquisition or assets financing, refinancing) or in the context of their ordinary course activities.


The firm regularly advises its clients on share capital increases as well as on the issuance of complex securities. It also has a strong expertise in advising its clients on corporate governance matters.

The team also advise corporate officers, shareholders and creditors in the negotiation of restructuring schemes, both amicably (“conciliation”, “mandat ad hoc”) or in the context of insolvency proceedings.

Dispute Resolution

The firm handles a full spectrum of matters from large and complex disputes as well as high profile litigations to significant routine issues for our clients. It has extensive experience in corporate, commercial and securities litigation, notably in shareholders’ actions and M&A-related litigation. The team also acts in commercial and investment treaty arbitrations under a variety of arbitral rules as well as ad hoc arbitrations.

The team advises and represents our clients in connection with stock market litigations and market abuses, controls of regulated entities, in particular before jurisdictions, the Autorité des marchés financiers (French Stock Markets Authority) and competent courts of appeals.

Competition Law

The firm represents clients to secure merger control approval by the French Competition Authority and the European Commission, or to object to a proposed transaction.

The team also assists our clients to ensure compliance of their business practices with antitrust law (cartel and abuse of dominant position) and represent them before the competition authorities and courts.

More generally, the team advises our clients on all questions or project of interest from a competition law perspective, or that may imply restrictive practices.


The firm advises clients on all the tax aspects of their transactions, in particular in the areas of mergers & acquisitions, LBOs (including management packages) and corporate reorganizations.

It offers general advice and expertise on any aspects of company and individual taxation.

The team also provides assistance in tax audit and litigation.

Tort and Healthcare Products Law

The team advises public and private companies on tort law matters, and assists them in determining a strategy aimed at avoiding possible litigations. We also represent them before civil, administrative and commercial courts.

Our team is active in health products law, helping our clients in understanding applicable regulations and assisting them in the management of litigations and of administrative decisions affecting their activities or products.

Department Name Email Telephone
Corporate M&A François Bourrier-Soiffer
Corporate M&A Louis Chenard
Corporate M&A David Scemla
Corporate M&A Yves Schmidt
Corporate M&A Fabrice Veverka
Corporate M&A Nicolas Viguié
Dispute Resolution Martin Donato
Dispute Resolution Etienne Gouesse
Dispute Resolution Olivier Loizon
Dispute Resolution Yves Schmidt
Dispute Resolution Nicolas Viguié
Restructuring Martin Donato
Restructuring Fabrice Veverka
Competition Law Iñaki Saint-Esteben
Competition Law Virginie Viallard
Tax Christel Alberti
Tort and Healthcare Products Law Etienne Gouesse
Tort and Healthcare Products Law Iñaki Saint-Esteben
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