Firm Profile > Almain > Paris, France

75007 PARIS

Mergers and acquisitions Tier 5



‘Excellent choice for mid-size M&A deals, the team is responsive, constructive and client friendly.’

‘Edgard Nguyen is an exceptional lawyer with a strong expertise in the banking sector.’

‘Cecile Davanne-Mortreux is a very passionate, high quality operator who provides outstanding value for her clients.’

Key clients


La Poste

La Banque Postale

Société Générale

Bpifrance Investissement


Groupe EPC


In Vivo

EDP Renovaveis


OpenGate Capital

Jacana Invest


Vectans Pharma

Platinium Group

Beck Industries

Reed Capital

Brinon Investissement

Maison Options

Cholet Dupont


Argynnis Group (formerly Binar AB)

Omnes Capital

Better Collective A/S

Sigma Gestion


Fondis Bioritech

Crédit Agricole SA

Mirabaud Patrimoine Vivant

Golf Digest Online

Scandinavian Tobacco Group A/S

Pivoton Capital



C Evidentia


The firm: Almain is an independent law firm, based in Paris, offering expertise and comprehensive legal services in business law, including legal advice and litigation, to its French and foreign clients. The firm stems from the relationship developed by a team of dynamic, experienced and united lawyers in a large international French firm. The firm was founded in 2015 by Cécile Davanne-Mortreux, Jérôme Debost, Thomas Fleinert-Jensen and Edgard Nguyen. The following year, to meet its clients’ needs in certain areas of law such as IP/IT, competition or insolvency, and to sustain its growth, Almain hired three more partners.

Almain’s DNA: the firm has recognised expertise and provides smart advice. The firm, through its senior and exceptional lawyers, is accustomed to working on complex matters and deals. It has a pragmatic and creative approach in handling legal projects in order to provide relevant, efficient and targeted advice. The firm is defined by its entrepreneurial mind-set, its independence and its proven capacity to work on international matters. The firm offers its clients a direct link to hands-on partners for an outstanding service. The firm, as a business partner to its clients, is available at all times, and is tenacious in defending their interests both in giving legal advice and in litigation, so that they can achieve their goals.

Areas of practice: Almain is a full-service law firm, offering a broad range of legal services (M&A, corporate, HR and employment, commercial contracts, competition, litigation, IP/IT, insolvency, public law, environmental law, tax, etc) and the standards of an international law firm.

International drive is part of the very DNA of Almain and its teams. The firm regularly acts on behalf of foreign clients in relation to their operations in France, or as a local counsel for foreign firms, in particular on due diligence matters. In return, the firm also supports its clients around the world in their international development. 30% of the work of Almain is for foreign clients or on international matters.

Almain’s broad expertise in business law allows it to assist clients on all their strategic and sensitive matters eg: setting up a subsidiary in France, implementing a distribution network, restructuring a group, handling complex litigation, tax structuring, advising on data transfer outside or within the EU, doing environmental due diligence, etc.

With a track record of more than 200 transactions, the M&A team can assist on any type of sale, acquisition or joint venture, both in France and abroad, involving listed and non-listed companies, strategic assets or activities. The M&A team also relies on the support of the firm’s other experts (notably in employment law, tax, environmental law, merger control or IP/IT) to provide an integrated and effective approach to all issues likely to arise during a deal.

Department Name Email Telephone
Mergers and acquisitions/corporate Cécile Davanne-Mortreux
Mergers and acquisitions/corporate Edgard Nguyen
Private equity Cécile Davanne-Mortreux
Private equity Edgard Nguyen
Employment Jérôme Debost
Commercial contracts Thomas Fleinert-Jensen
Commercial contracts Rita Eïd
Competition Thomas Fleinert-Jensen
Competition Rita Eïd
Intellectual property/information technology Marc Lempérière
Litigation Thomas Fleinert-Jensen
Litigation Marc Lempérière
Insolvency/restructuring Maria-Carla Motte-Conti
Public/environmental Thomas Fleinert-Jensen
Tax Edgard Nguyen
Number of lawyers : 11
International Bar Association
International Association of Young Lawyers
European Employment Lawyers Association