Firm Profile > Villey Girard Grolleaud > Paris, France

Villey Girard Grolleaud
75116 PARIS

Dispute resolution: Commercial litigation Tier 2

Villey Girard Grolleaud is recommended for corporate, commercial and securities litigation. The firm handles significant M&A related and shareholder conflicts cases involving complex issues. It is retained by many leading French corporations and financial investors. The compact three-lawyer team has high-level experience and combines strong litigation with M&A transactional expertise. It is co-headed by the highly recommended Daniel Villey and Louis-Marie Pillebout.

Key clients


Interiale / LMDE

Caisse des dépôts et consignation


Française des Jeux

Groupe AB

Les Editions Rotatives (Charlie Hebdo)

Rotana Jet Airline


Neo Capital



Mergers and acquisitions Tier 4

Villey Girard Grolleaud

Key clients


Ethic Intelligence

Groupe AB

PSB Industries and Baikowski

Hachette Livre

Argon Consulting


Bpifrance, Purple

Dévelopment and Almpatros

Caisse des Dépôts

Bpifrance Investissement


Tax Tier 4

Villey Girard Grolleaud's Yann Grolleaud regularly advises on the tax structuring of the firm's M&A and private equity transactions, and recently assisted with several significant deals on behalf of prominent French companies. He is also expert at advising on management incentives' structuring and on sensitive tax audits. He also advises private clients and family-owned companies on strategic governance and litigation issues. Recent highlights include assisting Conforama with a €316m financing in the context of its restructuring proceedings.

Practice head(s):


‘Yann Grolleaud’s expertise is very precious in dealing with litigation issues’

Key clients


PSB Industries


Financiere Haudecoeur

The firm: Villey Girard Grolleaud is an independent law firm founded in 2013.

Daniel Villey, Pascale Girard and Yann Grolleaud are former partners of the law firm Darrois Villey Maillot Brochier and have been working together for almost fifteen years.

They were joined in 2015 by Frédéric Grillier, previously a partner with Herbert Smith Freehills in Paris, in 2017 by Louis-Marie Pillebout, previously counsel in the Paris office of the New York law firm Davis Polk & Wardwell.

Areas of practice: Villey Girard Grolleaud assists its clients in France and abroad, in the definition and implementation of their business growth and reorganisation transactions, as well as in respect of litigation in connection thereto.

The firm’s partners advise public and private organisations, including family-owned groups, in the context of complex or strategic transactions. The firm has particular expertise in corporate governance and a great knowledge of tax issues.

When a transaction requires assistance from an outside firm, Villey Girard Grolleaud is able to select among a selection of French and foreign first-tier counterparts, choosing the firm which will be the best fit for each client’s unique needs.

Villey Girard Grolleaud is recognised as a leading firm in the following areas of expertise: mergers and acquisitions, takeover bids, corporate restructuring, capital market, shareholders agreements, corporate governance, transaction tax, patrimonial taxation, tax litigation, litigation and dispute resolution.

The search for excellence, the requirement of ethical and collegial involvement of partners are among the main values of the firm.

Mergers and acquisitions: M&A transactions are at the heart of Villey Girard Grolleaud’s expertise. The firm is recognised as a market-leading firm in respect of M&A transactions as well as in respect of related tax matters. The firm advises both French and foreign industrial or commercial groups, whether privately owned or publicly listed, as well as investment funds, in respect of the M&A transaction in France as well as abroad. The scope of the firm’s expertise encompasses acquisitions, takeover offers, mergers, as well as joint ventures. The firm has equally developed leading expertise advising family-owned groups, which it supports at all stages of their development. The unique complementarity between its partners enables the firm to act with the same level of expertise and quality in respect of public transactions (public tender offers or public exchange offers) as well as in respect of private transactions (including private equity deals).

Capital markets: Villey Girard Grolleaud’s practice spans every aspect of capital market transactions: initial public offering, equity capital increases, issue of convertible bonds and private placements.

Corporate governance: the firm has a strong reputation in connection with day-to-day assistance to listed companies in respect of corporate governance and financial market regulation. As such, it assists companies which are members of the CAC 40 and SBF 120 indexes in respect of regulatory requirements as well as in respect of the preparation and holding of board and shareholders’ meetings. It also advise management bodies in respect of governance rules. Villey Girard Grolleaud has equally developed special expertise advising family-owned groups which it supports at all stages of their development. In this respect, the firm acts as trusted advisor to directors, management teams, shareholders or family-owned groups in respect of issues related to governance as well as allocation of political and economic rights. The firm has recognised experience and offers a fully integrated expertise covering both corporate law, tax law and civil law issues. Finally, the firm is frequently asked to advise investment funds or managers in the context of the structuring, implementation or restructuring of management packages or incentive compensation plans.

Tax matters: Villey Girard Grolleaud has market leading practice and experience in respect of tax issues associated with mergers and acquisitions, corporate restructuring and LBO transactions. The tax team works closely with the M&A partners on domestic and cross-border transactions and has extensive experience in the structuring of M&A deals including in the negotiation of pre-transaction rulings from French tax authorities in the context of complex and innovative transactions. The firm also provides tax advice on all aspects of individual and patrimonial taxation, including management incentive plans. Finally, the team regularly assists and represents its clients during tax audits and investigations, as well as in pre-litigation and litigation matters in front of tax authorities and state courts.

Litigation and dispute resolution: the firm’s litigation and dispute resolution practice is an integral part of the firm’s core activity. It represents clients in connection with banking litigation and insolvency proceeding. It helps solve clients’ disputes through arbitration, litigation and alternative dispute resolution methods.

Department Name Email Telephone
Mergers and acquisitions Pascale Girard +33 (0)1 56 89 40 00
Mergers and acquisitions Daniel Villey +33 (0)1 56 89 40 00
Mergers and acquisitions Frédéric Grillier +33 (0)1 56 89 40 00
Capital markets Pascale Girard +33 (0)1 56 89 40 00
Corporate governance Pascale Girard +33 (0)1 56 89 40 00
Corporate governance Daniel Villey +33 (0)1 56 89 40 00
Corporate governance Yann Grolleaud +33 (0)1 56 89 40 00
Corporate governance Frédéric Grillier +33 (0)1 56 89 40 00
Tax matters Yann Grolleaud +33 (0)1 56 89 40 00
Litigation and dispute resolution Daniel Villey +33 (0)1 56 89 40 00
Litigation and dispute resolution Louis-Marie Pillebout +33 (0)1 56 89 40 00
Photo Name Position Profile
Ms Pascale Girard photo Ms Pascale Girard Partner
Maitre Frédéric Grillier  photo Maitre Frédéric Grillier Partner
Maitre Yann Grolleaud  photo Maitre Yann Grolleaud Partner
Maitre Louis-Marie Pillebout  photo Maitre Louis-Marie Pillebout Partner
Maitre Daniel Villey  photo Maitre Daniel Villey Partner
Number of partners : 5
Number of associates : 8
Association Fran?aise d'Arbitrage (AFA)
Comit? Fran?ais de l'arbitrage
Association Française d’Arbitrage (AFA)
Cabinets de droissance
Club DCF
Comité Français de l’arbitrage
IACF (Institut des Avocats Conseils Fiscaux)
International Bar Association
Droit and Commerce