Firm Profile > Veil Jourde > Paris, France

Veil Jourde
75008 PARIS

Dispute resolution: White-collar crime Tier 1

Veil Jourde has more than 30 years of experience handling top criminal law cases in France. The firm is currently involved in many of the country's landmark cases, dealing with various matters ranging from international corruption and tax fraud to industrial accidents and criminal employment law issues. It is also dealing with several highly publicised cases involving the political sphere. The firm is appointed by leading companies and high-profile individuals. It represented Société Générale in signing France’s first judicial settlement on grounds of international corruption allegations. The firm is also defending UBS in France’s largest ever prosecuted tax fraud laundering trial, as well as Orange’s former CEO in the landmark Orange suicides case. Jean Veil and Georges Jourde co-chair the practice. Also involved are the highly regarded Emmanuel Rosenfeld, Pierre-François Veil and François Esclatine.

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Société Générale



Royal Bank of Canada Trust Company Limited


Didier Lombard

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge

Administrative and public law Tier 2

Veil Jourde ’s Emmanuel Glaser is a strong name for tackling key strategic issues linked to regulated sectors, such as transport, media, press and local currencies. Heading a three-lawyer team, he is retained by many of France’s most important state-owned companies, as well as by many leading French private operators. He is handling a very high-profile litigation regarding France’s regulated gas and electricity tariffs, and assisting SNCF Réseau with the impact of France’s rail sector reshuffling. The team regularly deals with newly raised issues, such as advising City of Bayonne on the adoption of a new local currency. The team also advises on public law contracts and procurements. Counsel Sandrine Perrotet is also a key contributor to the practice.

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SNCF réseau & SNCF holding

Conseil national du notariat


Autorité de régulation de la Distribution de la Presse

Canal Plus

Direct Energy


Bureau national interprofessionnel du Cognac

Ville de Bayonne


Dispute resolution: Commercial litigation Tier 2

Litigation makes up half of Veil Jourde’s business. The firm handles a wide range of cases, spanning commercial, corporate, financial and banking and criminal disputes. It is instructed by leading banks,  major French and international companies, as well as SMEs. The firm's cases include a mandate defending a US chemical company in damages proceedings initiated by a French Vietnamese national against various US companies in relation to the use of chemical product Orange Agent during the US-Vietnam war. It is also acting for leading banks in a large volume of financial liability cases. Leading partners Jean Veil and Georges Jourde co-head the practice, which also includes highly experienced partners Pierre-François Veil, Eric Deubel, Emmanuel Rosenfeld , as well Yankel Bensoussan and Marie Errera.

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Société Générale


Perfume subsidiaries of LVMH



Crédit Agricole Leasing & Factoring

Le Figaro



Crédit Foncier

Dispute resolution: Stock market litigation Tier 2

Veil Jourde is regularly involved in landmark cases and represents top French listed companies. Jean Veil, François Esclatine, André Dupont-Jubien and Georges Jourde are all leading market figures and key contacts in the group.

Insolvency Tier 4

Veil Jourde acts for all types of stakeholders including shareholders, bondholders, as well as debtors and potential investors involved in restructuring and insolvency cases. Nassim Ghalimi who heads the practice, successfully assisted famous Parisian restaurant Le Dôme in dealing with major difficulties. The highly experienced Georges Jourde only handles a very limited number of cases but is often consulted or involved in market’s landmark cases. He is advising Fashion Holding Luxembourg in Camaïeu’s debt restructuring. Géraud Saint Guilhem also contributes to the practice for distressed M&A transactions.

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Le Dôme, a well-known restaurant

Stéphane Gorrias, liquidator of 1855 – Arès / Héraclès

Fred Paris


Mergers and acquisitions Tier 4

Veil Jourde

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Jacquet Metal Service




Crédit Agricole



Alès Groupe

Tax Tier 5

Veil Jourde

A leading firm, independent boutique, dedicated to business law

“What do people think about us? That we know how to handle the most complex situations”

Founded in 1990 by Jean Veil and Georges Jourde, Veil Jourde is one of the first independent French law firms, operating mainly in business law sector. As of today the firm is composed of 55 lawyers offering the highest standard of knowledge thanks to the complementarity of its teams and expertise.

The firm is especially well known in the field of mergers and acquisitions, dispute resolution, restructuring, tax, public economic law and real estate law. The firm worked on the most complex, strategic and challenging files.

The firm’s teams have developed a synergy between an in-depth practice of business law and the continuous practice of civil, commercial, regulatory and administrative proceedings, indispensable for the analysis of complex transactions and the assessment of potential risks.

The firm operates at an international level through a network of referenced independent law firms.

Dedicated to excellence and efficiency – Performing a customized solution and business oriented

Our difference relates to knowledge of the key actors and the anticipation of their reactions

The law firm’s lawyers, as a result of their training and expertise, and with a constant regard for quality, provide the creativity and legal security necessary for the completion of sophisticated transactions. Veil Jourde is working on Paris market major cases and on innovative legal issues.

Practice areas: Dispute resolution : The dispute resolution is the key and historic activity of Veil Jourde. Its practice concerns civil and commercial litigation, white-collar crime, M&A related litigation, financial files, shareholders’ conflicts, stock exchange litigation, regulation authorities (AMF…), contracts, liability, distribution law – in particular selective distribution & trademarks-, arbitration, mediation, multi-juridictionnal files . Veil Jourde counts per year about 350 new litigation cases, complex and often cross-cuttings (including several aspects of law).

Mergers, acquisitions & divestures: The M&A team is principally recognized for its ability to handle all sorts of transactions and to provide innovative and business oriented solutions. The department is also known for its expertise in complex and delicate transactions with litigation potential. Recognized in the field of securities law, industrial M&A and private equity, the department is regularly involved in all types of transactions, including: Disposals and acquisitions of listed and unlisted companies, public offerings, LBO, Venture capital, financing and refinancing deals, corporate restructuring, partial contributions of assets, corporate law and legal monitoring of listed companies, corporate governance…

Public business law: The firm is well known for its great experience in regulatory law as it was one of the first law firms to work on deregulation. Its focus on high-profile public contracts concerns both counsel and litigation: public service concession agreements, public procurement contracts, public land use authorizations and complex contractual schemes. Veil Jourde expertly handles strategic M&A involving the public sector or privatization, especially on the operations of recapitalization or restructuring of companies, and state aids issues. The department is known to intervene on sensitive litigation issues, complex cases and in very strong strategic stakes for its clients.

Restructuring, Insolvency, Bankruptcy: The restructuring and insolvency proceedings practice is a historical activity of the firm. The firm has been invested in this activity since the beginning of the 90’s, it has been supported all the trends of the area and has been consulted on all complex matters seen in Paris. The partners and their teams are very active and very renowned, both with the companies and the receivers or the courts. Its strong reputation is also due to an excellent knowledge of the market’s players: commercial courts, judicial receivers and creditors representatives, financial experts, auditors, transitional managers…

Tax: The tax team advises and assists a clientele of companies, French or foreign, regardless of their field of activity, on the tax implications of their operations. Lawyers intervene on the transactions of disposals or acquisitions, LBO and prior or subsequent restructurings. In particular, it provides expertise in the structuring, both national and international, of financial flows within groups and, where appropriate, in the negotiation and obtaining of tax approvals. The team assists managers in adjustments, taxation control and audits, tax disputes (proceedings before administrative courts in particular) and on wealth tax planning.

Real Estate: The real estate department advises and represents investors, investment funds, promoters, builders, property companies or public entities on transactions and planning operations. The department’s practice is based on a daily experience of litigation, private or administrative, as well as contractual. Its experience blends public and private law, from public domaniality, to “property management” contracts, to environmental law or artistic property problems with architects.

Financing: The financing team acts for lenders or borrowers clients, but also in support of the corporate M&A department in its field of expertise: 1>Structured banking and bonds financing (acquisition financing, project finance and real estate financing) ; 2> Low balance sheet operations (factoring, Dailly, etc.) ; 3>Debt restructuring ; 4>Regulatory aspects of banking and financial activities ; 5>Payment services and electronic money. The financing team has also developed an innovative experience in alternative currencies.

Intellectual Property: The practice was created in 2020 and applies to all areas of intellectual property, communication and medias Law. It covers literary and artistic property (audiovisual, cinema, advertising, publishing), new technologies and telecommunications law, press law, protection of personality rights, information and communication law.

Department Name Email Telephone
Co-managing partner François de Navailles +33156695673
Co-managing partner Eric Deubel +33156695613
Co-managing partner Emmanuel Glaser +33156695664
Office Director Perrine Macquet +33156695534
Photo Name Position Profile
 Nicolas Brault  photo Nicolas Brault Partner since 2020
 Eric Deubel  photo Eric Deubel Partner since 2002
 Pierre Deval  photo Pierre Deval Partner since 2006
 Marie Errera  photo Marie Errera Partner since 2015
 François Esclatine photo François Esclatine Partner since 2010
 Nassim Ghalimi  photo Nassim Ghalimi Partner since 2011
 Emmanuel Glaser  photo Emmanuel Glaser Partner since 2011
 Benoît Gréteau  photo Benoît Gréteau Partner since 2020
 Laurent Jobert  photo Laurent Jobert Partner since 2011
 Georges Jourde  photo Georges Jourde Partner, Co-Founder of the firm
 Hervé Pillard  photo Hervé Pillard Partner since 2019
 Véronique Prévôt-Leygonie  photo Véronique Prévôt-Leygonie Partner since 2007
 Emmanuel Rosenfeld  photo Emmanuel Rosenfeld Partner of the firm since 2007
 Géraud Saint Guilhem  photo Géraud Saint Guilhem Partner since 2009
 Pierre-François Veil photo Pierre-François Veil Partner since 2007
 Jean Veil  photo Jean Veil Partner, Co-Founder of the firm
 François de Navailles  photo François de Navailles Partner since 2006
Number of lawyers : 55
English (fluent)
Club des Juristes
French association of stock corporations (ANSA)
IACF (Institut des Avocats Conseils Fiscaux)
Association Henri Capitant