Firm Profile > AyacheSalama > Paris, France

47 Avenue Hoche
75008 Paris

Employment Tier 3

AyacheSalama is praised for its ‘availability, the quality of its support and for being close to its clients’. Headed by Caroline André-Hesse, the four-lawyer team acts for high-profile domestic and international companies. It recently advised on several key matters including on restructuring and mass redundancy projects, as well as on senior executives' departures. Counsel Justine Coret is also noted.

EU, competition and distribution Tier 4

The competition and antitrust offering at AyacheSalama is prominent in the M&A and private equity space and recently strengthened its ranks on the public law front with the arrival of Fleur Jourdan from Gide Loyrette Nouel A.A.R.P.I.. The key names to note within the department are practice head Frédéric Fuchs and counsel Sébastien Dominguez; the pair recently acted for Axéréal as buyer on the merger control aspects of its acquisition of competitor Agri-Négoce. In other highlights, the group notified the European Commission on behalf of Groupe Prosol as vendor of the Grand Frais group to Ardian, and represented a variety of clients in appeals against FCA decisions with regard to complaints of anticompetitive practices lodged by competitors.

Insolvency Tier 4

AyacheSalama has particularly strong expertise in acting for banks and creditors in debt restructuring cases and also handles insolvency matters. Denis Salama, Olivier Tordjman, Alain Levy, Bernard Ayache and finance expert Gwenaëlle de Kerviler are the main contacts.

Tax Tier 5


Media and entertainment: advertising

AyacheSalama fields Jacques Messeca to assist a broad client roster in the sports world with tax issues arising from the organisation of major events, the acquisition of licences, player transactions and employment matters. The group continues to advise longstanding client Première Ligue and recently assisted with the setting up of a corporate entity designed to improve the domestic and international development of the French football league; the National Rugby League also instructed the team to handle the tax issues arising from the installment of a new image rights scheme in the context of new legislation in France.

The firm: AyacheSalama is a leading independent French business law firm established more than 25 years ago. The firm advises and represents French and foreign clients in a wide range of legal areas. The firm’s client base mainly comprises groups and companies operating in the industrial sector, investment banks, financial institutions and private equity funds. The firm provides efficient and personalised services tailored to the specific needs of each client.

Areas of practice: AyacheSalama is equipped to deal with all aspects of domestic and international corporate transactions, whether relating to M&A, banking and finance, or restructuring matters. The firm is ranked as one of the best independent French firms involved in private equity.

The firm has expertise in the following areas:

Private equity: AyacheSalama is well known for its LBO practice, particularly advising sponsors. It is also very active in turnaround, growth capital and venture capital transactions.

Banking and finance: The firm’s banking and finance practice covers a wide range of areas: credit agreement (bilateral and syndicated),acquisition finance (senior and mezzanine), asset finance, project finance, international trade finance, debt restructuring in the context of turnarounds, real estate financing and derivatives.

Litigation: The firm has considerable expertise relating to banking and financial disputes, securities litigation, and commercial and post-acquisition disputes, as well as white-collar crime.

Tax: Tax lawyers at the firm have solid and recognised experience in both domestic and international company and private tax law.

Competition/distribution/commercial contracts: This practice has first-ranking expertise for antitrust and merger control matters, both at French and EU levels. It also handles distribution and commercial law work.

Labour: This team is particularly active in the following areas: individual and collective labour relation, social security and social protection issues. It has also developed a particular recognised knowhow in M&A and restructuring operations.

Employee share incentive and saving schemes: This department provides customised advice and assistance in order to set up share incentive and saving schemes which are appropriate to each of its clients’ expectations.

Department Name Email Telephone
Mergers and acquisitions, Private equity Bernard Ayache +33 1 58 05 38 05
Mergers and acquisitions, Private equity, Banking and finance, Restructuring, Employee share incentive and saving schemes Olivier Tordjman +33 1 58 05 38 05
Mergers and acquisitions, Private equity, Banking and finance, Restructuring, Employee share incentive and saving schemes Alain Levy +33 1 58 05 38 05
Tax Bruno Erard +33 1 58 05 38 05
Patrimonial and international tax, Sport tax Jacques Messeca +33 1 58 05 38 05
Litigation, White-collar crime Michel Ayache +33 1 58 05 38 05
Labour Justine Coret +33 1 58 05 38 05
Public Law Fleur Jourdan +33 1 58 05 38 05
Labour Caroline André-Hesse +33 1 58 05 38 05
Insolvency, Real Estate Denis Salama +33 1 58 05 38 05
Mergers and acquisitions, Private equity, Banking and finance, Restructuring Gwenaëlle de Kerviler +33 1 58 05 38 05
Mergers and acquisitions, Private equity Sandrine Benaroya +33 1 58 05 38 05
Mergers and acquisitions, Private equity Grégoire Zeitoun +33 1 58 05 38 05
Distribution, Competition, Commercial contracts Frédéric Fuchs +33 1 58 05 38 05
Mergers and acquisitions, Private equity, Restructuring, Marie Pouget +33 1 58 05 38 05
Mergers and acquisitions, Private equity David Ayache +33 1 58 05 38 05
Banking and finance Linda bessa +33 1 58 05 38 05
Photo Name Position Profile
Mme Caroline André-Hesse  photo Mme Caroline André-Hesse
Mr Bernard Ayache  photo Mr Bernard Ayache
Mr David Ayache  photo Mr David Ayache
Mr Michel Ayache  photo Mr Michel Ayache
Mrs Sandrine Benaroya  photo Mrs Sandrine Benaroya
Mrs Linda Bessa  photo Mrs Linda Bessa
Mrs Justine Coret  photo Mrs Justine Coret
Mr Bruno Erard  photo Mr Bruno Erard
Mr Frédéric Fuchs  photo Mr Frédéric Fuchs
Mrs Fleur Jourdan  photo Mrs Fleur Jourdan
Mr Alain Levy  photo Mr Alain Levy
Mr Jacques Messeca  photo Mr Jacques Messeca
Mrs Marie Pouget  photo Mrs Marie Pouget
Mr Denis Salama  photo Mr Denis Salama
Mr Olivier Tordjman  photo Mr Olivier Tordjman
Mr Grégoire Zeitoun  photo Mr Grégoire Zeitoun
Mrs Gwenaëlle de Kerviler  photo Mrs Gwenaëlle de Kerviler
Number of lawyers : 48
Number of partners : 17
Contact : Bernard Ayache
Other offices : London*