Firm Profile > Almain > Paris, France

75007 PARIS

Mergers and acquisitions Tier 5



Year after year, Almain continues to deliver what is expected of this type of firm: the quality and technicality of lawyers trained in the largest firms, combined with superior agility, the partners being systematically on the front line.

Cécile Davanne-Mortreux combines extreme rigour of reasoning and analysis with great pragmatism in the search for solutions, which makes her a more than appreciable partner in negotiations.’

Edgard Nguyen is greatly appreciated for his pragmatic approach to cases, his adaptability (regardless of his interlocutors) and his negotiating skills.

Very competent and responsive team.

Almain’s M&A team is obviously an expert in the field, enabling it to quickly understand the expectations and challenges of its clients and to respond to them in a completely appropriate manner.

Edgard Nguyen is formidably efficient in operations. He delivers on time and knows the market practice inside out which is useful in negotiations.

Almain has a very strong M&A team with tons of experience. We see them in many mid-market deals and PE transactions. In my opinion they are the best M&A boutique in Paris, which competes with some of the big names in town.

The partners of this firm work together and with us in a fluid and rapid manner. When they do not have the expertise in-house, they know how to say it unlike other firms.

Key clients

Bpifrance Investissement

Société Générale

EDP Renovaveis


OpenGate Capital

Beck Industries

Reed Capital

Maisons Options


Argynnis Group (formerly Binar AB)

Omnes Capital

Mirabaud Patrimoine Vivant

Pivoton Capital


Gaztransport & Technigaz

Etoile ID



Caisse des Dépôts et Consignations



Fondation Ophtalmologique Adolphe de Rothschild



In vivo


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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. In 2021, in order to extend its practice, Almain hirer a real estate specialist sharing the same DNA.

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, data protection, insolvency, public law, real estate, 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 300 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,  IP/IT, data protection or real estate) 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 Eid
Competition Rita Eid
Competition Thomas Fleinert-Jensen
Intellectual property/information technology Marc Lempérière
Litigation Thomas Fleinert-Jensen
Litigation Marc Lempérière
Litigation Rita Eid
Insolvency/restructuring Maria-Carla Motte-Conti
Public/environmental Thomas Fleinert-Jensen
Tax Edgard Nguyen
Real estate Marjorie Seignette
Photo Name Position Profile
Mrs Cécile Davanne-Mortreux  photo Mrs Cécile Davanne-Mortreux Partner
Mrs Rita Eid photo Mrs Rita Eid Partner of the EU, competition and distribution practice.
Mr Thomas Fleinert-Jensen photo Mr Thomas Fleinert-Jensen Partner
Mrs Maria-Carla Motte Conti  photo Mrs Maria-Carla Motte Conti Partner
Mr Edgard Nguyen photo Mr Edgard Nguyen Partner
Mrs Marjorie Seignette  photo Mrs Marjorie Seignette Partner
Number of lawyers : 20
International Bar Association
International Association of Young Lawyers
European Employment Lawyers Association