Firm Profile > BDGS Associés > Paris, France
BDGS Associés Offices
51 RUE FRANCOIS 1ER
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With offices in Paris and Brussels, BDGS Associés frequently advises leading French multinationals in banking, transport, and the real estate sectors on all areas of competition law, especially in state aid and merger control cases involving complex, cross-border transactions. The team is also experienced in distribution and regulatory matters, as well as antitrust litigation. Antoine Gosset-Grainville is particularly experienced in state aid, while Maria Trabucchi focuses on anti-trust litigation and follow-on damages claims. Additionally, Mathilde Damon deals with merger control and Jérôme Fabre is also a key contact.
Antoine Gosset-Grainville; Maria Trabucchi
Other key lawyers:
Jérôme Fabre; Mathilde Damon
La Banque Postale
Agence des Participations de l’Etat
Caisse des Dépôts et Consignations
Région des Pays de la Loire
BDGS Associés enjoys a strong reputation for corporate and shareholder conflict cases involving leading corporations, with a track record that includes some of France’s most sensitive cases. The team also has very good knowledge of French discovery procedures (article 145) and trade secret issues. Criminal law matters and matters involving international sanctions are further areas of expertise. Practice head Kyum Lee is highly recommended, as is Antoine Gosset-Grainville, who is regularly retained by banks to lead strategic cases before the CJEU.
Mergers and acquisitions Tier 2
Reputed for its work in the telecoms, aerospace and financial services sectors, BDGS Associés is a key player in the market, specialised in public and private M&A transactions. Cross-border work is another area of strength, representing both domestic clients in their deals abroad and foreign companies looking to invest in France. The firm's tax department and its competition, regulatory and litigation practice groups are further assets. Led by a four-partner team comprised of Antoine Bonnasse, Youssef Djehane, Jean-Emmanuel Skovron and Marc Loy, the group's other key names include up-and-coming partner Thomas Méli, François Baylion and Lucile Gaillard.
Other key lawyers:
Thomas Méli; François Baylion; Lucile Gaillard
Aéroports de Paris (ADP)
Bouygues S.A. and Bouygues Telecom
Crédit Agricole Assurances (Predica)
Groupe La Poste and La Banque Postale
Tax Tier 4
BDGS Associés‘ practice, led by Guillaume Jolly, focuses on the tax aspects of M&A transactions conducted by the firm. The practice is regularly involved in large transactions involving listed companies, but also runs a stand-alone caseload spanning real estate tax, high-net-worth individuals and management tax incentive advice. Nelson Da Riba joined Aramis in July 2020.
Mac Arthur Glen
Crédit Agricole Assurances (Predica)
Bois & Matériaux
BDGS Associés > Firm Profile
The firm: founded in 2013, BDGS Associés is one of France’s leading independent law firms renowned for handling clients’ most high-profile and complex matters. Initially formed around a double core activity in mergers and acquisitions and competition and regulatory, BDGS Associés has expanded to include tax, dispute resolution, restructuring and insolvency and financing practices in order to offer a full range of high value-added transactional legal services. BDGS Associés distinguishes itself by its low associate to partner ratio and the strong implication of its partners, offering high-quality, commercial, tailored advice focused on adding value for its clients, both in France and internationally.
Areas of practice
Mergers and acquisitions: BDGS Associés’s mergers and acquisition practice is a leader on the Paris market. It advises on all aspects of high-end mergers and acquisitions transactions, including acquisitions, mergers, public offers, private equity, corporate reorganisations, corporate governance, joint ventures and partnerships. With a highly experienced and qualified team of lawyers having worked on most of the major transactions to have occurred on the French market over the last 30 years, BDGS Associés assists its French and international clients on their most strategic domestic and cross-border transactions. BDGS Associés has also a unique expertise in listed companies and transactions involving State-owned entities or regulated companies.
Competition and regulatory: BDGS Associés’s competition and regulatory practice benefits from a unique position due to its dual presence in Paris and Brussels and the experience of its partners in all competition law matters, including litigation, merger control, cartels, abuse of dominant position, state aid and distribution law. Regularly advising on the most complex and strategic concentration matters, BDGS Associés enjoys an unrivalled position in this field. The practice’s expertise in merger control with a strong risk of ban or remedies and in state aid is in particular one of the most recognised on the market. It also has significant expertise in sectorial regulation at both national and EU levels, including in the telecommunications, energy, transport and broadcasting sectors.
Tax: BDGS Associés’s tax practice provides advice on all aspects of French and international tax law relating to mergers and acquisitions and corporate reorganisations for both industrial groups and private equity funds, including LBOs and management packages. The practice also provides standalone tax advice regarding real estate activities and to high net worth individuals and regularly represents clients in tax disputes.
Dispute resolution: BDGS Associés’s dispute resolution practice has significant expertise in contentious matters arising in corporate disputes, shareholder disputes, securities law disputes, insolvency law proceedings, white-collar criminal proceedings, and disputes relating to contract law and unfair competition. The practice regularly represents clients in major disputes before the French and European courts, as well as in international arbitration, investigations and administrative proceedings.
Restructuring and insolvency: BDGS Associés’s restructuring and insolvency practice advises distressed companies, their boards, their shareholders or industrial or financial investors in respect of out-of-court debt restructurings (mandat ad hoc, conciliation) and insolvency proceedings. The practice has proven ability to deal with complex financial or industrial restructurings, including cross-border restructurings, requiring high-level legal and financial technical skills.
Financing: BDGS Associés’s financing practice advises clients on a wide range of financing transactions, including acquisitions and debt restructuring. The practice mainly assists companies and private equity funds as well as private debt funds on complex financing transactions in the context of both domestic and cross-border corporate, M&A and leveraged financing transactions. The practice also accompanies distressed companies or their shareholders in restructuring transactions involving recapitalisations or debt conversions.
International work: BDGS Associés represents its clients in their international transactions and disputes, benefitting from the skills of its lawyers, several of whom are bicultural, multilingual and/or dual qualified and the strong personal relationships maintained by its partners with leading firms in key foreign jurisdictions, ensuring that only the best correspondents are chosen for their expertise, guaranteeing the highest added value for clients.
|Mergers and acquisitions||Antoine Bonnasse|
|Mergers and acquisitions||Youssef Djehane|
|Mergers and acquisitions||Jean-Emmanuel Skovron|
|Mergers and acquisitions||Marc Loy|
|Mergers and acquisitions||Thomas Méli|
|Mergers and acquisitions||Lucile Gaillard|
|Mergers and acquisitions||François Baylion|
|Mergers and acquisitions||Jérôme du Chazaud|
|Competition and regulatory||Antoine Gosset-Grainville|
|Competition and regulatory||Maria Trabucchi|
|Competition and regulatory||Mathilde Damon|
|Competition and regulatory||Jérôme Fabre|
|Dispute resolution||Kyum Lee|
|Restructuring and insolvency||Henri Cazala|
|François Baylion||Partner specialising in public and private mergers and acquisitions with a focus…||View Profile|
|Mr Antoine Bonnasse||Partner specialising in public and private mergers and acquisitions, corporate reorganisations and…||View Profile|
|Mr Henri Cazala||Partner specialising in out-of-court debt restructurings (mandat ad hoc, conciliation) and insolvency…||View Profile|
|Yaëlle Cohen||Partner specialising in complex financing transactions within the context of both domestic…||View Profile|
|Ms Mathilde Damon||Partner specialising in all aspects of French and EU competition law with…||View Profile|
|Mr Youssef Djehane||Partner specialising in public and private mergers and acquisitions with a focus…||View Profile|
|Jérôme Fabre||Partner specialising in all aspects of French and EU competition law with…||View Profile|
|Lucile Gaillard||Partner specialising in mergers and acquisitions, in particular corporate restructurings and spin-offs…||View Profile|
|Mr Antoine Gosset-Grainville||Partner specialising in all aspects of French and EU competition law with…||View Profile|
|Mr Guillaume Jolly||Partner specialising in French and international tax law focusing on the tax…||View Profile|
|Mr Kyum Lee||Partner – Head of Litigation||View Profile|
|Mr Marc Loy||Partner specialising in mergers and acquisitions focusing on listed companies (takeovers, public…||View Profile|
|Thomas Méli||Partner specialising in public and private mergers and acquisitions transactions, as well…||View Profile|
|Jean-Emmanuel Skovron||Partner specialising in public and private mergers and acquisitions and corporate reorganisations,…||View Profile|
|Maria Trabucchi||Partner specialising in all aspects of French and EU competition law, advising…||View Profile|
|Mr Jérôme du Chazaud||Partner specialising in public and private mergers and acquisitions and restructurings of…||View Profile|