Firm Profile > Veil Jourde > Paris, France

Veil Jourde
75008 PARIS

Administrative and public law Tier 2

Led by Emmanuel Glaser, Veil Jourde’s team is retained by many of France’s leading public and private sector companies to advise on their most strategic regulatory matters, including representation before administrative courts. A stand-out feature is the group's experience in advising on some of the most recent important reforms in the rail sector, for example regarding the opening of the regional rail markets. In the energy sector, the practice is involved in high-profile proceedings dealing with regulated tariff issues. The practice also has a strong know-how in the media sector and in high-level public procurement work. Counsel Sandrine Perrotet also contributes.

Practice head(s):

Emmanuel Glaser

Other key lawyers:

Sandrine Perrotet


‘Leading technique and knowledge of French administrative laws which are very valuable to clients. The team is highly responsive and available.’

‘Emmanuel Glaser and counsel Sandrine Perrotet stand out through their ability to provide relevant advice on a wide range of subjects.’

Key clients

Canal Plus

Total Direct Energy (ex Direct Energy)

Conseil national du notariat

SNCF, SNCF Réseau, SNCF Mobilités



Compagnie nationale des Commissaires aux comptes (CNCC)


Association Française indépendante de l’électricité et du gaz (AFIEG)

Conseil national de l’ordre des vétérinaires (CNOV)

Dispute resolution: White-collar crime Tier 2

Veil Jourde has more than 30 years of experience in handling top criminal law cases in France. The firm is 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 also deals with several highly publicised cases involving the political sphere. Among the group's impressive caseload are its assistance of Société Générale with the signing of France’s first judicial settlement (CJIP) on grounds of international corruption allegations, its work defending UBS AG in France’s largest ever prosecuted tax fraud laundering trial, and the landmark Orange suicides trial. The team features the highly regarded Jean VeilGeorges JourdeEmmanuel RosenfeldPierre-François Veil and François Esclatine.

Other key lawyers:

Jean Veil; Georges Jourde; Emmanuel Rosenfeld; Pierre-François Veil; François Esclatine

Dispute resolution: Commercial litigation Tier 3

Litigation accounts for 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 by SMEs. Jean Veil and Georges Jourde co-head the practice, which also includes highly experienced partners Pierre-François VeilEric Deubel and Emmanuel Rosenfeld.

Practice head(s):

Jean Veil; Georges Jourde

Other key lawyers:

Pierre-François Veil, Eric Deubel; Emmanuel Rosenfeld

Mergers and acquisitions Tier 4

Veil Jourde


A highly technical team, always with good advice, sympathetic, pragmatic and very available. In addition, the prices charged are very reasonable especially with regard to the excellence of the service. Would highly recommend.

The partner with whom we work in particular is Maître Laurent Jobert, an excellent deal maker, who knows how to support his clients in a rounded manner but with strength, pragmatism and efficiency. He is always surrounded by excellent associates.

Tailor-made approach to situations. Very strong capacity of the partners to make the different practices work together (M&A, Legal, Tax, Finance, Litigation) for the client’s benefit.

We work with Pierre Deval who has a very useful business acumen for negotiations.

Pierre Deval: Very fast, demanding, excellent network in Paris, business acumen, sound advice in legal and business matters.

Key clients


Jacquet Metal Service



Alès Groupe

Siaci Saint Honoré




G2C – Champeau

Tax Tier 4

In March 2020 Veil Jourde hired a team from Aramis led by Benoît Gréteau  in to relaunch its tax practice. The group regularly assists the firm’s M&A and private equity teams with transactions, but also leads a strong stand-alone activity. The team is able to advise on complex tax structuring schemes and notably advised Erwena on the refinancing of its €1.6bn existing debt through the creation of a fiducie suretyship. The busy tax litigation caseload deals with key issues, such as state aids and research tax credit, which regularly raised new legal issues that required consideration from French administrative courts and the French Supreme Courts. Public law specialist Emmanuel Glaser left to co-found Fréget Glaser & Associés in February 2021.

Practice head(s):

Benoît Gréteau


‘High-level technique and availability, a strong sense of strategy. Benoît Gréteau is a talented tax lawyer.’

‘Veil Jourde’s tax team, headed by Benoît Gréteau, combines the rigour and professional standards required of a leading firm as well as the intellectual agility specific to lawyers experienced in M&A mid-cap operations.’

‘Benoît Gréteau has a transversal vision which gives him a head start to understand the tax, accounting and financial issues of transactions. He is very involved and listens to his clients. He provides a tailor-made service.’

‘Very good knowledge of clients and their problems; tailor-made solutions; great teamwork and availability.’

‘Exceptional analytical and synthesis skills.’

Key clients

Carlson Wagonlit



Fnac Darty





Bae Systems





Société Générale

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
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
 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
 Jean Veil photo Jean Veil Partner, Co-Founder of the firm
 Pierre-François Veil photo Pierre-François Veil Partner since 2007
 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