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Archers A.A.R.P.I.
28 RUE DUMONT D'URVILLE
75116 PARIS
France

Real estate Tier 2

Archers A.A.R.P.I. 's real estate practice brings together about 20 lawyers, offering a broad spectrum of expertise. The group's real estate finance bench ranks as one of the strongest in France and is retained by leading banks and debt and equity funds to advise on the market's largest financing transactions, for example the  financing of the €1.4bn acquisition of SNCF's Vesta residential portfolio on which the group advised the lenders. Other recent work saw the practice act on the €415m disposal of Sanofi's head office. The full-service practice also has strong investment expertise and handles lease negotiation work. Jean-Maurice Gaillard and Paul-Henri de Cabissole, both among France's finest real estate finance experts, and Arnaud Moutet direct the practice. The team recently strengthened its ranks by adding new forces in Marlène Benoist-Jaeger and Avi Amsellem who joined from their firm IC Avocats in 2020.

Testimonials

‘Partners provide great availability and are committed on every aspect of a transaction. They offer an exceptional quality of work.’

‘Jean-Maurice Gaillard finds innovative and strong solutions to issues.’

Key clients

Colony Capital

Aareal Bank

Ares Management

SCOR (Debt Funds)

Qatar Investment Authority

Accor Hotels

Redevco

Crédit Agricole CIB

Amundi

Natixis

Invesco

AEW (Debt Funds)

Meyer Bergman

Helaba

Dispute resolution: Commercial litigation Tier 3

Headed by Antony Martinez, Archers A.A.R.P.I.'s five lawyer-team receives instructions from leading investment funds and major companies. Clients turn to the practice for their most challenging financial, M&A and corporate disputes, as well as for commercial and insolvency-related litigation. Associate Pierre Mounier also deserves to be mentioned.

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Testimonials

The team is responsive, smart and committed’.

‘Antony Martinez is a very bright and talented litigator’.

Key clients

Lonestar

Even Capital

LFPI

Alantra

Weinberg Capital Partners

Visvires Capital

beIN Sports France

Capelli Promotion

Domino’s Pizza France

Amcor Group GmbH

Transdev Group

RedPill

Insolvency Tier 3

Archers A.A.R.P.I. has a very strong practice able to advise debtors and shareholders on major debt restructuring and insolvency proceedings. The firm was recently involved in several stand-out cases, notably in the hotel and retail sectors. Practice head Fabrice Patrizio is highly recommended. Finance partner Jean-Maurice Gaillard also contributes.

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Testimonials

‘The firm has a good reputation and know-how.’

‘The firm is very professional and easy to work with, even for non-French clients to advise on cross-border matters. It combines the benefits of a smaller specialised boutique law firm with the experience and attitude of partners who have a large law firm background.’

Key clients

COLONY CAPITAL

LUDENDO (Grande Récré)

SOITEC

BINDEWALD und GUTTING VERWALTUNGS GmbH

Banking and finance: transactional work Tier 4

Archers A.A.R.P.I.

Key clients

Aareal Bank

Accor Hotels

Acofi (Debt Funds)

AEW (Debt Funds)

Cheyne Capital Management

Crédit Agricole CIB

Colony Capital

Helaba

Natixis

Deutsche Pfandbriefbank Aktiengesellschaft (PBB)

SCOR (Debt Funds)

Société Générale

The firm: Founded in 2009, Archers was first renowned for its expertise in tax, real estate finance and corporate law. It immediately began to expand its practices through internal promotions and lateral hires.

In 2017, with more than 45 lawyers, Archers provides assistance, advisory services and defends the interests of clients in all of the main areas of business, tax, finance, real estate, litigation, arbitration and bankruptcy.

Areas of practice: Banking and finance: structured finance/LBO; real estate finance; Islamic finance; issuance and placement of financial or debt securities (private offers/public offers); sale and purchase of bank debt; creation of investment vehicles (OPPCI, listed companies); obtaining visas from the stock exchange authorities (AMF); assistance with regulatory compliance and in particular for the implementation of the Alternative Investment Fund Managers Directive (AIFMD).

Corporate, mergers and acquisitions: all corporate transactions, in particular all equity transactions, transfers and joint ventures; organisation of group structures (mergers, split offs, spin offs, setting up of holdings) and of shareholdings (shareholders’ agreements, setting up of family holdings); corporate governance; managers status.

Litigation and arbitration: general commercial litigation; post-acquisition disputes; disputes between shareholders, or regarding issues of directors’ or officers’ liability; insolvency-related litigation; finance and regulatory litigation; criminal litigation.

Private equity: assistance to investment funds during all phases of the transaction (including due diligence), on all tax and legal-related matters pertaining to the transaction as well as its financing aspects (equity, mezzanine and debt); assistance to executive management including tax and legal structuring of management packages; spin off and structuring of management companies.

Private clients: handling all issues pertaining to the holding, management and organisation of family-owned structures (shareholders’ agreements, Dutreil pacts, setting up family holding companies, complex agreements); organisation of capital transfers (prior structuring, operational organisation); maximising tax efficiency of the legal regime of directors and officers (organising the tax liabilities on flows and of the various taxes encumbering estate); management package structuring; assistance and representation for tax audits and litigation of individuals.

Real estate transaction: transfer of real estate assets (structuring and optimising acquisition or disposal strategies for real estate assets or rights, or for real estate companies, acquisition or disposal of real estate assets or rights, or of real estate companies, sale and leaseback transactions); corporate real estate (setting up of real estate vehicles, structuring of partnerships, drafting and negotiation of shareholders’ agreements or partnership contracts); leases and asset management (drafting and negotiation of leases, drafting and negotiation of property management, asset management and leasing agreements); construction and property development (sale in state of future completion, drafting and negotiation of construction agreements).

Restructuring and insolvency: advice and assistance in anticipating crisis situations (analysis of the potential crisis situation, management of alert procedures triggered by statutory auditors or works councils, applications for appointment of special mediators); advice and assistance on all aspects of insolvency procedures (safeguard proceedings, receivership, liquidation proceedings, debt restructuring).

Tax: corporate tax (tax consolidation, transfer pricing/international tax, tax on financial transactions, tax relief rulings); transaction tax (tax aspects of acquisitions, restructuring, mergers/acquisition, LBOs, MBOs, structuring of foreign group investments in France); real estate tax; negotiations with the tax authorities; tax litigation before judicial and administrative courts.

Department Name Email Telephone
Banking and finance Paul-Henri de Cabissole
Banking and finance Jean-Maurice Gaillard
Corporate, mergers and acquisitions Marc Baffreau
Corporate, mergers and acquisitions Eric Labro
Corporate, mergers and acquisitions Fabrice Maraux
Corporate, mergers and acquisitions Jean-Louis Médus
Corporate, mergers and acquisitions Bruno Solle
Corporate, mergers and acquisitions Audrey Wendling
Litigation and arbitration Antony Martinez
Litigation and arbitration Fabrice Patrizio
Private equity Marc Baffreau
Private equity Jean-Louis Médus
Private clients Fabrice Maraux
Private clients Jean-Louis Médus
Private clients Bruno Solle
Private clients Arnaud Viard
Private clients Audrey Wendling
Real estate transactions Paul-Henri de Cabissole
Real estate transactions Jean-Maurice Gaillard
Real estate transactions Eric Labro
Real estate transactions Arnaud Moutet
Restructuring and insolvency Antony Martinez
Restructuring and insolvency Fabrice Patrizio
Tax Arnaud Viard
Tax Eric Labro
Number of lawyers : 45+
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