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BDGS Associés
51 RUE FRANCOIS 1ER
75008 PARIS
France

EU, competition and distribution Tier 1

BDGS Associés has a strong team able to tackle the most complex competition matters. The nine-lawyer practice advises leading companies from various sectors, including high-profile banks, state-owned companies and retailers. The team has excellent merger control expertise and recently advised on several of France's most high-profile M&A deals and other strategic alliances. It notably assisted La Poste and La Banque Postale with the merger control aspects of La Poste's take-over of CNP Assurances. On the antitrust front, the team is involved in several major domestic cases. The group's ability to handle complex matters involving the public sector, such as state aid cases and EU law regulatory issues, is another key asset and allowed the practice to notably represent France’s main banks in a dispute brought before the European Court of Justice concerning a series of European Central Bank’s decisions and other EU regulatory issues. The highly experienced Antoine Gosset-Grainville and Maria Trabucchi are in charge. Mathilde Damon and Jérôme Fabre are two other key members. Associate Giuliana Galbiati is also highly praised.

Testimonials

 ‘The team comprises great and proactive experts who have in-depth knowledge. Lawyers are solution-driven and able to adapt to deal with complex transactions. They provide great strategic and business outlook and dedicate themselves to their clients.’

‘The team has very high level expertise in the field of merger control and state aids.’

‘The team is technically excellent and has great ability to handle complex and difficult matters in a stressful environment.’

‘Antoine Gosset-Grainville is a great expert with in-depth practice and the regulatory environment  knowledge. He has outstanding interpersonal skills and immediately comprehends issues at stake.’

‘Maria Trabucchi is an outstanding, extremely knowledgeable and fully trustworthy lawyer with an exceptional level of expertise in competition law matters. She is able to fully understand the intricacies of an industrial sector and provides clear advice.’

‘With incredibly gifted associate Giuliana Galbiati on your side, you are sure to have a dream team for all kinds of complex deals.’

‘Mathilde Damon is spot-on, has high technical skills and is particularly brilliant in the state aid area.’

‘Jérôme Fabre is an expert in competition law, proactive and easy to deal with. He is pragmatic and acts as a real business partner.’

Key clients

Carrefour

SNCF

La Poste

La Banque Postale

BPCE

Crédit Mutuel

Société Générale

Crédit Agricole

BNP Paribas

Thales

Safran

Predica

Transdev

CMA CGM

OpenGate Capital

Dispute resolution: Commercial litigation Tier 2

BDGS Associés has a strong name for corporate and shareholder conflict cases involving leading corporations, regularly advising on some of France's most sensitive cases in this area.  It is notably representing Canal+ in a high-stakes dispute with Tf1 regarding broadcasting channel remuneration issues. The team also has very good knowledge of French discovery procedures (article 145) and trade secret issues, while also handling some criminal matters and advising clients on international sanctions. 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.

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Testimonials

‘Kyum Lee is remarkable – he has strong listening abilities, great understanding of matters, and strong involvement and support towards his clients during difficult situations’.

Key clients

Bpifrance

Ceva Santé Animale

Groupe Canal+

ENGIE

Cybergun

Mergers and acquisitions Tier 2

BDGS Associés has notable strength in domestic and cross-border work. The firm covers a wide array of sectors, including telecoms, aerospace, financial services and insurance, and impresses with its experience in both private and public M&A. Since its foundation in 2013, the firm has consistently expanded its portfolio of expertise and is able to offer clients a one-stop shop for their corporate, litigation, tax, competition and regulatory needs. Antoine Bonnasse, Youssef Djehane, Jean-Emmanuel Skovron and Marc Loy head the practice. Other names to note are Thomas MeliLucile Gaillard and recently promoted partner François Baylion.

Testimonials

High levels of personal attention and involvement from partners. Very practical advice.

Youssef Djehane is very sharp, very creative, and is always personally involved. That gives you real confidence in his advice.

Key clients

Bouygues Telecom

Bpifrance

Carrefour

Crédit Agricole Assurances

EDF

Groupe La Poste

Groupama

Safran

SNCF

Transdev

Tax Tier 4

BDGS Associés' tax team provides key support to the firm's M&A practice and also offers standalone tax advice, notably in the real estate and private equity areas. The team recently advised on several large and strategic transactions, notably pertaining to public sector companies and infrastructure. Highlights included advising OpenGate Capital on the sale of Nakan to Westlake Chemical. Guillaume Jolly leads the practice. Since publication Nelson Da Riba joined Aramis.

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Key clients

Opengate Capital

Tikehau Capital

Butler Industries

Mac Arthur Glen

LFPI

Sagax

Boardriders

Crédit Agricole Assurances (Predica)

Groupama

SNCF

La Banque Postale

EDF

Bouygues Telecom

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 and dispute resolution 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. It 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. It regularly represents clients in major disputes before the French and European courts, as well as in international arbitration, investigations and administrative proceedings.

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.

Department Name Email Telephone
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
Competition and regulatory Antoine Gosset-Grainville
Competition and regulatory Maria Trabucchi
Competition and regulatory Mathilde Damon
Competition and regulatory Jérôme Fabre
Tax Guillaume Jolly
Tax Nelson Da Riba
Dispute resolution Kyum Lee
Photo Name Position Profile
Mr François Baylion  photo Mr François Baylion Partner specialising in public and private mergers and acquisitions focusing on public…
Mr Antoine Bonnasse  photo Mr Antoine Bonnasse Partner specialising in public and private mergers and acquisitions, corporate reorganisations and…
Ms Mathilde Damon  photo Ms Mathilde Damon Partner specialising in all aspects of French and EU competition law with…
Mr Youssef Djehane  photo Mr Youssef Djehane Partner specialising in public and private mergers and acquisitions focusing on public…
 Jérôme Fabre photo Jérôme Fabre Partner with significant expertise in all aspects of EU and French competition…
 Lucile Gaillard  photo Lucile Gaillard Partner specialising in mergers and acquisitions, in particular corporate restructurings and spin-offs…
Mr Antoine Gosset-Grainville  photo Mr Antoine Gosset-Grainville Partner specialising in all aspects of French and EU competition law and…
Mr Guillaume Jolly  photo Mr Guillaume Jolly Partner specialising in French and international tax law focusing on the tax…
 Kyum Lee photo Kyum Lee Partner – Head of Litigation
Mr Marc Loy  photo Mr Marc Loy Partner specialising in mergers and acquisitions focusing on listed companies (takeovers, public…
Mr Thomas Meli  photo Mr Thomas Meli Partner specialising in public and private mergers and acquisitions transactions, as well…
 Jean-Emmanuel Skovron  photo Jean-Emmanuel Skovron Partner specialising in public and private mergers and acquisitions and corporate reorganisations,…
 Maria Trabucchi  photo Maria Trabucchi Partner specialising in all aspects of French and EU competition law, advising…
Number of lawyers : 35
at this office : 33
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