Jean-Nicolas Soret > ADVANT Altana > Paris, France > Lawyer Profile

ADVANT Altana
45 RUE DE TOCQUEVILLE
75 017 PARIS
France

Work Department

Corporate/M&A

Position

Partner

Career

Jean-Nicolas has been practicing M&A for the past 20 years. He specializes in public and private Mergers & Acquisitions and Joint Ventures, with a particular focus on private cross-border M&A transactions. His expertise includes acquisitions and sales of companies and groups, strategic partnerships and joint venture agreements, takeover bids, divestment of non-core assets, group and shareholder structure reorganizations, as well as corporate governance. Jean-Nicolas Soret has a specific focus in the high tech, agriculture, renewable energy and biotech industries. He is an active member of the International Bar Association and the French Institute of Directors (Institut Français des Administrateurs). Jean-Nicolas Soret regularly publishes articles in The American Lawyer magazine and focuses his editorial activity on M&A techniques and Foreign Direct Investment. Before joining ADVANT Altana as a partner in 2010, Jean-Nicolas was a partner at REED SMITH LLP. Jean-Nicolas Soret is member of ADVANT Altana’s international board.

Jean-Nicolas Soret was named by Best Lawyers 2020 for M&A and Life Sciences / biotech, and is a member of our Life Sciences team, which was ranked in band 1 by Legal 500 EMEA this year.

Languages

French, English, Spanish

Memberships

IBA

Education

Bar admission: 2000

Graduated from ESCP Europe Business School
University of Paris II – Panthéon-Assas: Masters in Business Law and Taxation,

Lawyer Rankings

France > Industry focus: Healthcare and life sciences

Independent French firm ADVANT Altana is the ‘best in many fields’ and is a particular heavyweight in product liability class actions. Co-head Armand Aviges notably handled the first two pharmaceutical class actions in France. The firm also has a strong regulatory capacity, advising LEEM and CSRP in relation to their regulatory concerns. On the corporate side, Jean-Nicolas Soret focuses on the biotech and medtech industry, advising on cross-border mergers and acquisitions. Formerly at Squire Patton Boggs, the firm welcomed Philippe de Saint-Bauzel and Stéphanie Nègre to the team in 2021.

Paris > Fusions-acquisitions

ADVANT Altana assiste plusieurs grands groupes, notamment spécialisés dans les secteurs des assurances, de l’énergie et du transport. Le cabinet se distingue par sa capacité à intervenir dans des opérations internationales. Il est principalement actif sur le segment mid-cap. La pratique est codirigée par  Gilles Gaillard et Jean-Nicolas Soret , et comprend Fabien Pouchot et Bruno Nogueiro .

Paris > Secteurs et industries > Santé et sciences de la vie

ADVANT Altana est le « meilleur cabinet du marché dans de nombreux domaines » du secteur de la santé ;  et au premier rang pour le traitement des recours collectifs en responsabilité des produits.  Armand Aviges  , qui codirige la pratique, s’est vu confier la gestion des deux premières class actions initiées en France dans le secteur pharmaceutique. L’équipe dispose aussi d’une expertise réglementaire de haut niveau ; à laquelle font notamment confiance le LEEM et la CSRP. Le champ d’expertises couvre enfin les opérations transactionnelles, à travers  Jean-Nicolas Soret  qui conseille des biotech et des medtech dans leurs fusions-acquisitions transfrontalières. A noter, les arrivées en 2021 de Philippe de Saint-Bauzel et Stéphanie Nègre (ex Squire Patton Boggs).