Almain > Paris, France > Firm Profile

75007 PARIS

France > Mergers and acquisitions Tier 5


Practice head(s):

Edgard Nguyen; Cécile Davanne-Mortreux; Stéphanie de Robert Hautequère


‘A tight team in terms of staff, but very versatile, able to intervene in classic M&A as well as in private equity.’

‘Cécile Davanne-Mortreux relies on flawless technique to identify the practical solutions most suited to her clients. Edgard Nguyen is an excellent negotiator, extremely pragmatic.’

‘Almain is an excellent choice of firm for small/mid-size operations. Hourly rates are reasonable and the assistance provided is of a high standard. The team is very responsive and extremely invested alongside its clients.’

‘We work with Cécile Davanne-Mortreux, who demonstrates great technical expertise and mastery of M&A operations, she also has an excellent ability to understand and apprehend our business challenges, which makes her a strategic partner for our M&A operations.’

‘Almain’s M&A team meets all the expectations of a legal director: expertise and responsiveness at reasonable hourly rates. The work provided is of high quality, with a remarkable ability of the team to listen and adapt to the constraints of his client to achieve the objectives he seeks.’

‘Cécile Davanne-Mortreux is impressive in the quality of her advice and the production of contractual documents. Her perfect mastery of acquisition operations allows her to provide expert advice that precisely guides his client towards the right choices.’

‘Availability, very professional teams, and ‘straight to the point’.’

‘Edgard Nguyen is an outstanding negotiator who knows the practice of the market. He is also very creative on the files, and always finds the appropriate solutions so that the operations can succeed.’

Key clients

Bpifrance Investissement

Société Générale

EDP Renovaveis

EIM Capital

OpenGate Capital


Etoile Capital

Maisons Options


Argynnis Group (formerly Binar AB)

Omnes Capital

Mirabaud Patrimoine Vivant



Gaztransport & Technigaz


Caisse des Dépôts et Consignations

Maxburg Capital Partners



In Vivo


Gamm Vert


Work highlights

  • Advising Société Générale on the acquisition of tech company Reezocar.
  • Advising Maxburg Capital Partners on a BIMBO on SMH Equipment, AB Equipment and Agirent for one of its portfolio companies.
  • Advising EIM Capital on the acquisition of Bonna Sabla from Consolis, a portfolio company of Bain Capital

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.

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
Number of lawyers : 20
International Bar Association
International Association of Young Lawyers
European Employment Lawyers Association