Firm Profile > Villey Girard Grolleaud > Paris, France

Villey Girard Grolleaud
75116 PARIS

Dispute resolution: Commercial litigation Tier 3

Villey Girard Grolleaud is recommended for its high-level expertise in dealing with significant corporate and M&A disputes and shareholders’ disputes. The practice acts for leading companies, funds and individual shareholders. It has recently been mandated by a major French private equity fund to assist with a shareholder dispute with another major fund. Lately, the practice has also been mandated to act in several major debt restructuring and insolvency cases. Finally, the team has strong know-how in the field of listed companies and regularly assists with securities litigation. Daniel Villey and Louis-Marie Pillebout are strongly recommended.

Practice head(s):

Daniel Villey; Louis-Marie Pillebout

Key clients


Capital markets: equity capital markets Tier 4

Villey Girard Grolleaud

Practice head(s):

Other key lawyers:

Frédéric Grillier


A team of great professionals coming from the best international firms who have successfully used their independence to adapt to the mid-cap market and the world of SME.

Very pragmatic and efficient approach. A clear will to push forward with the matter. They don’t block or slow a transaction down because of highly unlikely theoretical issues.

Pascale Girard is extremely competent and dedicated to her clients. She is able to handle her matters with a rare efficiency and rigour.

A strong presence and engagement of the partners in the matters for the duration of the transaction.

Frédéric Grillier constantly demonstrates strong legal skills combined with pedagogical skills which allow for a rigorous and constructive exchange with clients who are not very experienced in the field.

Key clients

Française des Jeux



Eutelsat Communications

Patrimoine et Commerce

Calida Holding


EPC Group

Union Financière de France Banque

Mergers and acquisitions Tier 4

Key clients






Hachette Livre


Caisse des Dépôts et Consignations



Tax Tier 4

Villey Girard Grolleaud‘s Yann Grolleaud  has strong expertise in the structuring of leading M&A transactions handled by the firm. The practice was recently involved in several significant deals on behalf of prominent French companies, such as assisting Française des Jeux with its privatisation through an IPO on Euronext Paris. The practice also assists with the negotiation of complex M&A transaction pre-tax rulings with the French tax authorities and assists high-net-worth individuals, family-owned companies and entrepreneurs with patrimonial taxation and management incentive plans. It is also handling sensitive litigation concerning LBOs and the tax treatment of carried interests.

Practice head(s):

Yann Grolleaud


Small, agile and extremely specialised team in the treatment and analysis of complex situations and in particular structuring.’

‘Maître Yann Grolleaud is one of the best specialists in French and international tax law.’

Key clients

Française des Jeux




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
Maitre Pascale Girard photo Maitre 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
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