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Sekri Valentin Zerrouk
75008 PARIS

France > Administrative and public law Tier 4

Sekri Valentin Zerrouk ’s Yamina Zerrouk is a reference for all projects requiring high-level zoning and urban planning expertise, including solid environment law know-how. She advises French and international companies and developers undertaking various projects, notably in the hotel and tourism sectors, but has also got experience in landmark project in the school sector. Recently, she was entrusted with a very innovative and ambitious project in the renewables sector. Public contracts work and disputes are also in Zerrouk's portfolio of expertise.

Practice head(s):

Yamina Zerrouk


‘Yamina is very available and efficient. She has very good knowledge in public law (and in particular in public real estate law). Very good knowledge of the market. She is also very pragmatic. It is a pleasure to work with her.’

‘The team is extremely attentive. They are sharp, yet warm. Not only are they some of the smartest folks I know, but also some of the kindest. They have become dear friends over the years.’

Key clients

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France > Banking and finance: transactional work Tier 4

Sekri Valentin Zerrouk

Practice head(s):

Emmanuelle Vicidomini


‘Extremely accessible, rigorous and efficient team.’

‘Team that is very proactive. Emmanuelle Vicidomini is always available and willing to educate people less exposed to financing.’

‘Very good firm with a commercial approach and excellent integration of practices.’

‘Personable and solution-focused.’

‘The team is always available and proactive, prices are not excessive and budgets are respected.’

‘The quality and price ratio of the team is unbeatable.’

‘A integrated team that knows both the specificities of its client as well as the trends and practices in the banking market.’

‘Always available and seeking the most efficient solutions.’

Key clients

Apax Partners

Epsys Holding

IN Groupe



BK Consulting



Geneo Capital Entrepreneur

Société Générale Capital Partenaires

Work highlights

  • Advised Apax Partners Development on its investment in Diapason.
  • Assisted Valtus with the acquisition of Nordic Interim Sweden and Nordic Interim Finland.
  • Advised Imanes – Groupe Zouari on a private placement of €30m 5-year Euro PP bonds.

France > Mergers and acquisitions Tier 4

Sekri Valentin Zerrouk

Practice head(s):

Franck Sekri; Géraud de Franclieu; Pierre-Emmanuel Chevalier


‘Independent firm offering quality services.’

‘Proximity of teams – Continuity of relationships – expertise and network.’

‘They were were decisive in the negotiations and the outcome of any strategic issues.’

Key clients













Work highlights

  • Advised Valtus on the acquisition of Nordic Interim Sweden and Nordic Interim Finland.
  • Advisd Spie Group on multiple transactions.
  • Advised Turenne on several acquisitions and disposals.

France > Tax Tier 4

Sekri Valentin Zerrouk is recognised as a go-to-firm for private client work and counts a number of high-profile French and American families as clients. The practice advises on wealth management issues and on transactional work. Leading investment funds increasingly turn to the practice for SMID-size transactions and on occasion for large-cap deals. Practice head Jérôme Assouline stands out for his experienced knowledge of French-American tax issues and tax treatment of trusts. Thomas Verdeil is also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Jérôme Assouline

Other key lawyers:


‘Very flexible and client-focused.’

‘A multidisciplinary team, knowing perfectly the taxation, the needs and the trades of its client. Availability and listening.’

‘Helpfulness, fair advice and able to anticipate side effects.’

‘A mid-sized firm – not too big, not too small, with a partner and a small team of dedicated, high-quality associates.’

‘Jérôme Assouline is an excellent professional. He was highly recommended to us and his qualities and level of service are in line with our expectations. He is very sharp in his analyses and recommendations, and very responsive.’

‘Excellent collaboration with other attorneys and experts for the benefit of clients across borders.’

Key clients


Apax Partners


Milestone Investisseurs

Chequers Capital

Dai Nippon

Société Générale Capital Partenaires

IN Groupe

Turenne Capital



Work highlights

  • Assisted Milestone Investisseurs with the sale of its participation in company Swania International.
  • Advised Mutares on two deals: the takeovers of Carglass Maison (CGM) and paper manufacturer La Rochette.
  • Advised Apax Partners Development on its investment in Diapason.


The firm

Sekri Valentin Zerrouk was founded in 2004, with the vision to create a new model that departed from the standard ‘mega-firm’ approach and instead focused on delivering legal services of the highest quality. The firm has grown steadily ever since.

The lawyers are extremely committed and strive to provide added value in all matters. This approach has led many clients to engage the firm to handle complex, time-sensitive and high-stakes matters.

Sekri Valentin Zerrouk devotes a significant share of its practice to an international clientele, including regular collaboration with wellregarded foreign firms. With the Legal Cluster© and MySVZ©, Sekri Valentin Zerrouk provides a working team adapted to each client’s needs and an innovative way of collaborating.

Areas of practice

Private equity: the firm acts as legal and tax counsel alongside sellers, private equity funds or management teams in defining the structuring of LBO transactions, as well as in the preparation and negotiation of the documents and contracts required for the realisation of these projects.

M&A/restructuring: the firm regularly acts for major corporate groups in their merger, acquisition, restructuring, spin-off, growth and corporate reorganisation projects. The firm has strong experience in handling complex industrial and social reorganisations in France.

Venture capital: Sekri Valentin Zerrouk represents technology, life sciences, and other growth enterprises, as well as venture firms and industrial investors that finance them, at every stage of development from entrepreneurial start-ups to multinational corporations.

Financing and restructuring: adverse economic conditions, distressed situations, cash flow and refinancing issues, complex restructurings with major economic and social challenges. Sekri Valentin Zerrouk commits to support its clients facing these crises with a single goal: to provide them with fast and reliable strategic legal solutions that create value. Sekri Valentin Zerrouk stands alongside its clients throughout their restructuring operations, whether they are carried out while the company is solvent or as part of insolvency or bankruptcy proceedings, as well as in their plans for the acquisition of distressed companies’ assets.

The firm practises in all areas of tax law and in the following fields in particular: mergers and acquisitions and private equity; real estate projects; individual and inheritance tax law; taxation of corporate associations and foundations; international taxation; tax and customs litigation.

The firm is an undisputed leader in private client/wealth management work.

The litigation department assists and represents its clients before arbitral, civil and criminal courts in the following areas: distribution, competition, contractual liability, product liability, post acquisitions matters, industrial risks and insurance, transport and criminal law.

Real estate and urban planning: Sekri Valentin Zerrouk assists French and foreign institutional and private investors in complex real estate transactions and advises its clients in the field of urban planning law for which the firm has the ability to set up crossdisciplinary teams.

Public law: the firm advises the state, territorial authorities, public companies and agencies as well as private companies that partner with the government in the management and operation of public services, public works concessions, public contracts, development concessions, public property occupancy agreements, and public private partnerships. The firm advises and represents entities subject to public law in transactions involving the privatisation, restructuring and modernisation of the public sector to help them adapt to changes in their legal environment.

Sekri Valentin Zerrouk advises its clients in matters of environmental law (eg environmental audits, authorisations of classified facilities (ICPE), nuclear installations, permits relating to the Clean Water Act).

Sekri Valentin Zerrouk assists its clients in the capacity of both advisor and litigator in the various aspects of labour law and in particular in the management of the individual employment relationship, relationships with employee representation bodies, collective bargaining negotiations, employee savings and investment plans, collective layoffs for economic reasons and social security issues.


Mergers and acquisitions, restructuring Franck Sekri
Mergers and acquisitions, restructuring Géraud de Franclieu
Mergers and acquisitions, restructuring Pierre-Emmanuel Chevalier
Mergers and acquisitions, restructuring Antoine Haï
Mergers and acquisitions, restructuring Olivier Legrand
Mergers and acquisitions, restructuring Sylvain Paillotin
Private equity – venture capital Franck Sekri
Private equity – venture capital Géraud de Franclieu
Private equity – venture capital Pierre-Emmanuel Chevalier
Private equity – venture capital Antoine Haï
Private equity – venture capital Olivier Legrand
Trusts and trust activities Jérôme Assouline
Bank and Finance Emmanuelle Vicidomini
Real estate and real estate transactions Yamina Zerrouk
Real estate and real estate transactions Jérôme Assouline
Real estate and real estate transactions Émeline Peltier
Public law Yamina Zerrouk
Urban planning and construction Yamina Zerrouk
Environment Yamina Zerrouk
Public law litigation Yamina Zerrouk
Labour Emilie Meridjen
Tax Jérôme Assouline
Tax Thomas Verdeil
Dispute resolution – commercial Anne Dumas-L'Hoir
Number of lawyers : 40