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BDGS Associés
75008 PARIS

EU, competition and distribution Tier 2

BDGS Associés is particularly strong in the field of merger control and has recently established itself as a leading player in the reform of the country's public sector by President Macron by acting for clients such as EDF, SNCF, La Poste and Aéroports de Paris. A team including Jérôme Fabre advised Safran on its notification to the European Commission with regard to its acquisition of Zodiac Aerospace via agreed tender offer, and Total appointed the practice to oversee the merger clearance issues arising from its acquisition of an indirect controlling interest of 23% of Eren Renewable. Mathilde Damon is also a name to note and recently handled a wide range of mandates including disputes in the distribution space. The team is jointly headed by Antoine Gosset-Grainville and Maria Trabucchi; the pair are currently representing a series of banks in proceedings brought against European Central Bank before the European Court of Justice relating to a series of decisions pertaining to leverage-ratio and irrevocable payment commitments. Other key clients include Carrefour, PMU and Canal+.

Insolvency Tier 2

BDGS Associés has a track record handling high-profile restructuring cases and stands out in particular for its ability to handle matters involving listed companies or the French state. It notably acted for the French state as lender to leading newspaper distributor Presstalis on the latter's restructuring. The team primarily acts for debtors, shareholders and investors. It assisted Metalcorp with its take over bid for Ascoval, as well as Necotrans with matters pertaining to the opening of eleven receivership proceedings over its French entities. Anne-Sophie Noury is the key name and the firm's co-founder Antoine Bonnasse is also noted.

Next Generation Partners

Mergers and acquisitions Tier 2

BDGS Associés advises clients from a variety of sectors, including retail, infrastructure, real estate and technology. Adept at assisting with domestic and cross-border transactions alike, the practice increasingly reaps the rewards of adding its tax and competition and regulation departments in 2014 and early 2016, respectively, as well as a restructuring department later in 2016. In a recent highlight requiring both corporate and antitrust expertise, Youssef Djehane led corporate advice for Carrefour on a five-year renewable partnership with Coopérative U Enseigne involving the creation of a joint venture with key suppliers of the two groups. Antoine Bonnasse and Thomas Meli advised Safran on its €7.7bn acquisition of Zodiac Aerospace. Lucile Gaillard, Marc Loy and Jean-Emmanuel Skovron are other key contacts. Bouygues Telecom, Bpifrance and CMA CGM also count among the team's clients.

Leading individuals

Next Generation Partners

Dispute resolution: commercial litigation Tier 3

At BDGS Associés, clients ‘are sure to receive an excellent service, including sound advice, backed with great legal knowledge and an excellent understanding of the matters at stake’. The firm hired promising new practice head Kyum Lee, who was previously counsel at Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP, in January 2018 to officially set up its practice. Lee impresses with his ‘fine legal mind and extensive and thorough knowledge’, in addition to ‘always being available for his clients, perfectly understanding their needs, and never giving up’. He can also rely on the support of some of the firm's founding partners, such as Antoine Gosset-Grainville, who has particular expertise in managing crisis situations. The compact team is handling highly sensitive cases, including a high number of corporate and shareholder conflict cases. It represented Canal + in a high-profile media dispute with TF1 regarding the latter's terms of broadcasting. The practice was also recently involved in several insolvency-related cases. Bpifrance and Ceva Santé Animale are also clients.

Tax Tier 4

Leading French corporate firm BDGS Associés hired Guillaume Jolly in 2015 from Gide Loyrette Nouel A.A.R.P.I. to complement its M&A expertise. Heading a three-lawyer team, Jolly is also developing a successful real estate and high-net-worth standalone tax practice. Together with the firm's M&A team, the practice assisted Carrefour with a five-year renewable partnership with Coopérative U Enseigne.

The firm: BDGS Associés was founded in April 2013. The four founders, Antoine Bonnasse, Youssef Djehane, Antoine Gosset-Grainville and Jean-Emmanuel Skovron, as well as Marc Loy who joined them in 2014, have significant expertise and experience in the fields of mergers and acquisitions, private equity, securities law, corporate governance, and competition law. BDGS Associés provides a tailored service to its clients focused on adding value, both in France and internationally. The firm consistently advises on high-profile M&A transactions, as well as on strategic competition and regulatory matters.

Areas of practice: Mergers and acquisitions: BDGS Associés advises on all aspects of M&A transactions, including takeovers, investments and divestitures, private equity, as well as strategic combinations and reorganisations. 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 25 years, the firm assists its French and international clients on their most structuring domestic and cross-border transactions. BDGS Associés also regularly handles transactions involving state-owned entities and, more generally, the intervention of public authorities.

Competition and regulatory: with a seamless team located both in Paris and Brussels, BDGS Associés advises major French and international companies on all aspects of competition law (merger control, antitrust and abuse of dominant position, state aid) including litigation. Regularly advising on the most complex and strategic concentration matters, BDGS Associés enjoys an unrivalled position in this field. The firm’s state aid expertise is one of the most well-recognised on the market and the firm has a strong practice in sectoral regulation, at both domestic and European levels, notably in the telecommunications, energy, transport and broadcasting sectors.

Tax: BDGS Associés has renowned experience in all fields relating to French and international tax law, in particular in the context of M&A transactions involving listed and non-listed companies and corporate restructurings, both by companies and by private equity funds. It also provides tax advice regarding real estate matters and to high-net-worth individuals.

Restructuring and finance: BDGS Associés has extensive restructuring experience, particularly in the context of distressed LBO transactions, French and cross-border safeguard and reorganisation insolvency proceedings (business sale plan or rescheduling plans) and liquidation proceedings. The firm also advises distressed funds and corporate clients with a view to taking control of distressed companies, both in or out of court.

Dispute resolution: the partners at BDGS Associés have significant expertise in contentious matters arising in their respective practice areas, including shareholder disputes, competition, European law or tax litigation and insolvency proceedings. The firm regularly handles major disputes before the French and European courts, as well as proceedings before regulatory authorities.

International work: BDGS Associés advises both its French and international clients on their cross-border acquisitions, transnational disputes, multi-jurisdictional competition matters, and international arbitration, relying on the strong personal relationships of its partners with leading law firms in New York, London and in other key jurisdictions.

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
Tax Guillaume Jolly
Restructuring and finance Anne-Sophie Noury
Competition and regulatory Antoine Gosset-Grainville
Competition and regulatory Maria Trabucchi
Photo Name Position Profile
Mr François Baylion  photo Mr François Baylion
Mr Antoine Bonnasse  photo Mr Antoine Bonnasse
Mr Nelson Da Riba  photo Mr Nelson Da Riba
Ms Mathilde Damon  photo Ms Mathilde Damon
Mr Youssef Djehane  photo Mr Youssef Djehane
 Jérôme Fabre  photo Jérôme Fabre
 Lucile Gaillard  photo Lucile Gaillard
Mr Antoine Gosset-Grainville  photo Mr Antoine Gosset-Grainville
Mr Guillaume Jolly  photo Mr Guillaume Jolly
Mr Marc Loy  photo Mr Marc Loy
Mr Thomas Meli  photo Mr Thomas Meli
 Jean-Emmanuel Skovron  photo Jean-Emmanuel Skovron
 Maria Trabucchi  photo Maria Trabucchi
Number of lawyers : 31
at this office : 29
Other offices : Brussels