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BDGS Associés
75008 PARIS

Work Department

Mergers & Acquisitions and Corporate Law


Partner specialising in securities law as well as public and private M&A transactions. He advises leading industrial groups and institutional investors on complex cross-border transactions, and major investment funds on a large number of transactions, including LBOs, takeover offers, and PtoPs.

Recent work includes advising: Engie on the sale of the Equans group to Groupe Bouygues following a highly competitive bid process, and the sale of its stake in Suez to Veolia; Thales on the sale of its ground transportation systems business to Hitachi Rail; OpenGate Capital on the sale of Bois & Matériaux to Chausson Group, the sale of Axter to IKO Group (Canada), the sale of Skydôme to the Kingspan Group (Ireland), and the acquisition of Umicore’s zinc chemicals business; KKR & Co. Inc. on the 100 million dollar Series C funding round of Ornikar; Goldman Sachs PE on the 70 million dollar Series C funding round of LumApps; and Safran on its public offer for Zodiac Aerospace.


Before joining BDGS Associés in 2014 as partner, Thomas Méli was counsel at Linklaters where he started his career in 2004. He was seconded to Caisse des Dépôts et Consignations for a 7-month period in 2009.


French and English


Paris Bar (2004)
Master’s degree in commercial law from the Cergy-Pontoise University (2002)
ESSEC business school (2000)

Lawyer Rankings

France > Mergers and acquisitions

BDGS Associés fields ‘a high-level team with exceptional legal technique combined with leading transactional experience’. The group acts for CAC 40 companies as well as state-owned companies and investors. The firm has strong credentials in public and private M&A transactions as well as corporate reorganisations, and recently advised on high-profile deals across various sectors and industries (internet, renewables, transport, telecoms, finance). It is also the go-to-firm for high-end work involving the public sector with Jean-Emmanuel Skovron an expert in this area. Skovron jointly heads the practice alongside the highly regarded Marc Loy, Antoine Bonnasse and Youssef Djehane. Other key names include Thomas MéliLucile Gaillard , François BaylionJérôme du Chazaud and David Andréani.