Firm Profile > Latham & Watkins > Paris, France
Latham & Watkins Offices
45 RUE SAINT DOMINIQUE
Latham & Watkins > The Legal 500 Rankings
The team at Latham & Watkins is best known for its sponsor-side work, however the practice also acts for lenders and borrowers on the full range of leveraged and acquisition financings. The firm's leading capital markets group is another part of the offering, with high-yield bonds and US private placements both key parts of the work stream. Lionel Dechmann is active on private equity and LBO financings, notably leading on the acquisition of CEP by Bridgepoint. Xavier Farde is the go-to name for domestic transactions, while department head Michel Houdayer acts for banks, borrower-side clients, funds and foreign financial institutions.
Other key lawyers:
Xavier Farde; Lionel Dechmann
‘Global multidisciplinary team with a good understanding of the market and on how to lead a transaction.‘
‘We value their competence, availability and understanding of the stakes.‘
The Governor and Company of the Bank of Ireland
Barclays Bank Plc
Burger King France SAS
Crédit Agricole Corporate and Investment Bank
Crédit Industriel et Commercial
ING Bank N.V.
IK Investment Partners
Intermediate Capital Group (ICG)
KBC Bank N.V.
Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation Europe Limited
Latham & Watkins offers French, US and English law capabilities from its Paris office and impresses with experience in multi-jurisdictional transactions (and related disputes), and its strength in advising on highly complex transactions - frequently involving large amounts. In addition to the structured finance transactional practice, the team also assists with related regulatory issues., while overall, complex equity derivative and hedging transactions account for a significant part of the caseload. Practice head Thomas Vogel and his team, including Suzana Sava-Montanari, who made partner in March 2021, act for a diverse client roster that features financial institutions -primarily investment banks and asset managers- as well as corporates, high-net-worth individuals and sovereign funds.
Other key lawyers:
‘The team provides consistently thorough and appropriately tailored advice. As a small company, we also appreciate the extensive market knowledge that they bring to negotiation of each transaction. ’
‘Suzana Sava-Montanari – personable, collaborative and exceptionally thorough.’
‘Thomas Vogel – a concise communicator who excels on calls in particular – often goes above and beyond to defend our position as his client.‘
Goldman Sachs (France)
AXA Investment Managers
Edmond de Rothschild
Mariner Investments (now NewMarket Capital)
Al Mirqab Holdings
Latham & Watkins principally advises domestic and international clients active in the technology, media, and transportation sectors on both French and EU competition matters, as well as private enforcement, merger control, and regulatory and state aid issues. Jacques-Philippe Gunther was promoted to vice-chair of the global antitrust and competition group and is experienced in investigations before the FCA and EU Commission; Frederic Pradelles and Adrien Giraud are both experts in merger control and antitrust litigation. Mathilde Saltiel, who made partner in March 2021, is experienced in multi-jurisdictional merger control filings, as well as cartel investigations and abuse of dominance litigation.
Jacques-Philippe Gunther; Frédéric Pradelles; Adrien Giraud
Other key lawyers:
Mathilde Saltiel; Frédéric Pradelles; Adrien Giraud
‘A team able to provide assistance on all aspects of antitrust, merger and state aid competition law. A team that adapts to the working methods of its clients. Adrien Giraud is a pragmatic and efficient lawyer able to quickly provide precise advice on complex matters.’
On a state aid law case, the L&W team in Paris did an excellent job which enabled our company to win a dispute before the EU General Court where the stakes were high. I especially recommend Adrien Giraud and Jacques-Philippe Gunther for their high level of expertise and the quality of their advice, always adapted to the situation and the strategy of our Group, beyond purely contentious issues.’
‘The partner Jacques-Philippe Gunther is particularly innovative and instils this state of mind in his team.’
‘Latham & Watkins has a dynamic, efficient, accessible and highly qualified team. They quickly integrate the challenges of their customers and manage to offer adapted solutions thanks to their experience and flexibility. They perfectly respect the constraints of the deadlines and are available when necessary.’
‘The Latham & Watkins antitrust team has a great capacity for work, understands quickly and well the issues raised. The team acts as a facilitator on transactions, especially when transactions become more complex.’
‘Mathilde Saltiel has a remarkable understanding of the market. Mathilde Saltiel inspires great confidence in her clients.’
Alliance de la Presse et d’Information Générale
Getlink (Formerly known as Eurotunnel)
Private equity: LBO Tier 1
The team at Latham & Watkins continues to build on its reputation as a clear market leader by consistently attracting the biggest buy-outs in the French market. With seven partners and a seasoned banking and finance team that includes capital market expertise as well as US and English law capabilities, the group remains an outstanding choice for both domestic and cross-border transactions. The firm's international presence, in particular in other European hubs (especially London), as well as in the US, ensures that clients receive seamless advice. Thanks to the practice's broad scope -including the healthcare, technology, food and beverage, insurance and telecoms sectors- its caseload is highly varied. The key contacts are Alexander Benedetti, Denis Criton, Alexander Crosthwaite, Thomas Forschbach and Gaëtan Gianasso, (who splits his time between the Paris and London offices), along with Charles-Antoine Guelluy and Olivier du Mottay.
Alexander Benedetti; Denis Criton; Alexander Crosthwaite; Thomas Forschbach; Gaëtan Gianasso; Charles-Antoine Guelluy; Olivier du Mottay
Latham & Watkins is the country's first address for high-yield bond issuances, but is also very active in a wide spectrum of other debt capital market instruments, including investment grade, convertible and OCEANE bonds. Private placements are also included in the group's areas of expertise. Thomas Margenet-Baudr, qualified at both the Paris and New York bars, directs the team and leads on the majority of its cross-border caseload - which frequently includes matters involving multiple jurisdictions that also require the expertise of the firm's experts abroad, most often in the US. Roberto Reyes Gaskin, a US/French dual-qualified practitioner who had transferred to Paris from the Milan office, was made partner in January 2021.
Other key lawyers:
Thomas Vogel; Roberto Reyes Gaskin
‘Roberto Reyes Gaskin is efficient and diligent, always to the point. He has a good grasp of the big picture as well as focus on all the details. Most importantly, he is knowledgeable and abreast with the latest legal conditions in the capital market, at the same time willing to think out of the box.‘
‘As a non-legal professional, I especially appreciate Roberto Reyes Gaskin’s ability to explain obscure provisions with simple example and easy language.’
Latham & Watkins impresses with its advisory track record on the most important IPOs in the French market over the last six years. With Thomas Margenet-Baudry at the helm, the team is clearly positioned across the full spectrum of capital market instruments - and has a strong international network to boot. The equity capital markets practice is especially active in complex IPOs (often in the context of LBO transactions), but is also well versed in the issuance of convertible and exchangeable bonds, rights issues and block trades. Given the firm's strength in other key European jurisdictions and the US, as well as Margenet-Baudry's own expertise in US law, the group is a particularly good choice for dual-listed companies listed in France as well as abroad, often in London or New York. Roberto Reyes Gaskin, formerly at the firm's Milan office and admitted to the Paris and New York bars, was promoted to partner in January 2021.
Other key lawyers:
Roberto Reyes Gaskin
The team at Latham & Watkins specialises primarily in matters related to cross-border and complex data protection issues, such as data breaches, discovery and case analysis, and general data protection matters. It is able to draw on the firm's global office network to advise clients operating in the consumer goods, media, pharmaceutical, and e-commerce sectors on multi-jurisdictional issues. Practice head Myria Saarinen is an experienced litigator but also assists with significant GDPR audits. Associate Charlotte Guerin provides additional support.
Other key lawyers:
‘This team has in-depth knowledge of the subject and constantly monitors regulatory developments.’
‘And with Covid-19, this team has been able to adapt to the new constraints and has organised webinars instead of physical conferences and has shown that they are always there for their customers.’
‘Availability, respect for the client’s objectives, clarity of the message, as well as respect for the interlocutor.’
‘Extremely dynamic team, familiar with business issues and EU and non-EU legislation on the protection of personal data.’
‘Fernando Mantilla-Serrano is a key asset for the firm. He takes the time to do the necessary team work in an international investment dispute.’
‘Fernando Mantilla-Serrano is of course an expert in international commercial and investment arbitration. But what makes working with him so rewarding, is that he is also very quick to understand the client.’
Refinadora Costaricense de Petróleo – RECOPE
Republic of Colombia
Republic of Ecuador
Novenergia II Energy & Environment, (SCA), SICAR
Jean-Luc Juhan is in charge at Latham & Watkins. The team advises large multinational companies, many of them in the luxury goods sector, on the full range of regulatory, transactional and contentious matters. The practice offers a proven track record in outsourcing, fintech, IoT, systems integration and cloud computing matters. Other areas of expertise include data protection and compliance law. Juhan focuses on technology transactions and industrial partnership contracts, several of them involving the integration of alternative payment and blockchain solutions.
Insolvency Tier 2
Latham & Watkins made headlines with its hire of leading market figure Alexandra Bigot and her team from Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP to strengthen its existing restructuring and insolvency practice that previously led solely by Hervé Diogo Amengual. The newly combined team also fully benefits from the Paris office’s thriving high-end financing, high-yield and private equity capabilities, in addition to the firm’s second-to-none US and European office network. The team has a strong track record in advising on the market’s largest debt restructuring matters. It is particularly suited to leading international investment funds as demonstrated by its recent assistance to the main creditors (through the cross-holders coordinating committee) with the restructuring of Europcar. The practice also assists debtors and investors presenting asset takeover offers. Newly promoted 2021’ counsel Thomas Doyen is also recommended.
Alexandra Bigot; Hervé Diogo Amengual
Other key lawyers:
‘Hervé Diogo Amengual has been tremendous. He has kept his calm and his capacity to analyse tricky situations in all circumstances. At no time has he been led by his ego, but always by a genuine interest in helping his clients. He has exposed a rare versatility in this engagement, but also a level of personal commitment which is not often seen from partners at law firms.
‘Alexandra Bigot is an exceptional lawyer who is very technical, works hard and has very good connections.’
‘Great technique mastering. Great responsiveness via remote connection tools.’
‘In addition to her perfect technical mastery, Alexandra Bigot is an excellent negotiator, endowed with great finesse, which makes her one of the best advisers in the market in terms of restructuring. She shows strong commitment and has a very qualified team.’
‘Counsel Thomas Doyen demonstrates great intellectual agility and a great mastery of procedures and the law.’
‘A brilliant and efficient team. Alexandra Bigot knows her files perfectly and saves precious time. Excellent knowledge of the subject and great availability.’
‘Always looking for a pragmatic solution. The team supports its client in its reflection and does not hesitate to prioritise proposals.’
Baxter healthcare corporation
Grain de Malice
Mergers and acquisitions Tier 2
Latham & Watkins' 'responsive and dedicated team' is a leading player in the cross-border M&A market, leveraging its global network of offices to supply a seamless service. Especially active in the jumbo- and large-cap market segments, the department acts for several public companies including L’Oreal and Atos. The team regularly draws on expertise in the firm's well-regarded capital markets, finance, tax, employment and antitrust groups, providing clients with a 'one-stop-shop' for transactions. Practice-head Pierre-Louis Cléro is a name to note for complex public and private M&A mandates, while up-and-coming counsel Semih Bayar Eren is highly regarded for his work on international strategic transactions. Patrick Laporte and Olivier du Mottay are further key contacts.
Other key lawyers:
Semih Bayar Eren; Patrick Laporte; Olivier du Mottay
‘Hard-working, responsive and knowledgeable.‘
‘Very responsive and dedicated team. They know the ins and outs of French (public) M&A market and are able to turn complex legal issues into practical advice.‘
Tax Tier 2
Latham & Watkins offers high-level transactional tax expertise. The tax team advises leading corporations, investment funds and banks on the structuring of top-end M&A, private equity and finance transactions led by the firm. Recently, the group was active in a high number of high-profile transactions involving listed and non-listed companies, including Atos' sale of its €1.2bn Worldline shares. The practice also worked on several of the market’s largest LBO transactions in 2019 and 2020 and assists with major financing transactions, including high-yield bond issuances. Practice head Xavier Renard and Olivia Rauch-Ravisé are highly recommended.
Other key lawyers:
‘Expertise, availability, support.’
‘Olivia Rauch-Ravisé is solution-driven.’
‘Extremely competent and smart. A true international reach and experience. Pragmatic. Business-oriented. No ego. Open-minded.’
‘Good-sized team specialising in French and international taxation.’
‘Maître Xavier Renard is a great professional recognised by his peers.’
Bank of Ireland
Barclays Bank Plc
Credit Agricole Corporate and Investment Bank
Crédit Industriel et Commercial
ING Bank N.V.,
Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation Europe Limited
Latham & Watkins recently saw a surge of new mandates coming from leading investment funds to assist with high-stakes private equity deals litigation and shareholder conflicts. The practice also handles a good amount of commercial and industrial disputes, including a sensitive case in the life insurance sector which was initiated by a series of policy holders. The practice is also experienced in disputes regarding the trading of energy efficiency certificates. Fabrice Fages and Myria Saarinen are in charge.
Fabrice Fages; Myria Saarinen
‘The team of Latham & Watkins in Paris is very competent, responsive and proactive in supporting the client.’
‘Latham and Watkins’ litigation team benefits from a strong reputation and extensive experience in commercial litigation.’
‘The litigation team differs from other teams in that it is particularly familiar with our core business and the issues that we encounter in the management of our company. The exchanges are therefore fast, fluid and of excellent quality. The team is very professional and responsive. They know how to make themselves available and are a source of proposals to allow us to adopt the best possible strategy.’
‘The team combines the expertise, professionalism and responsiveness of a large international firm with attention, openness to discussion, and the search for tailor-made solutions, as well as an intimate understanding of the challenges and constraints of its clients. They take into account the client’s overall strategy and the possible impacts beyond the sole legal sphere and also prepare for the future and prevent future litigation.’
‘Working with Fabrice Fages is both very pleasant and very reassuring. The exchanges are fluid, his analysis of situations is safe and his advice for building a winning strategy is invaluable! His personality and his expertise allow him to distinguish between things and to identify and prioritize very quickly the axes of reflection and possible judicial and extra-judicial ways to resolve a complex litigation situation, always in line with the specificities of his client. In addition to his professional and personal qualities of a fine strategist, his great availability and his commitment also make him an excellent partner in crisis situations.’
‘Excellent and very experienced litigation team which combines an in-depth reflection on strategy and expertise on substantive and procedural questions’.
‘Efficient and stable. A very present partner who really follows his files, plus a very competent experienced associate.’
‘The team is simply very efficient, has a deep knowledge of its legal fields and is incredibly innovative. The team is friendly, always available to speak to the client and above all listens to the client and finds solutions for the clients’ business needs.’
‘Fabrice Fages is very knowledgeable and has excellent negotiations tactics.’
‘Myria Saarinen is also incredibly efficient and does not waste the clients’ time. Myria is on the ball and business-orientated while having great technical skills and therefore understanding the products of her clients.’
‘A firm that provides a legal service that is business-oriented. Through a complete and detailed analysis of the matter, they are able to provide you with multiple solutions and guide you to the best solution for your business.’
‘A competent team with a great availability towards the client.’
‘The partners are very attentive and make proposals without imposing them.’
‘ In a few words: professionalism, efficiency, knowledge, great reactivity. No weak points. Compared to other firms with which I have been able to work: more efficient, no waste of time, very concise in processing of files. I especially enjoyed working with them.’
Employment Tier 3
Latham & Watkins‘ compact team is entrusted by leading corporations and investment funds for their strategic projects. The practice notably handles the employment law aspects of the firm’s M&A and private equity transactions, including large LBO transactions. On a stand-alone basis, the practice has recently been busy advising on major restructuring and site closure projects. It also assisted several leading financial institutions with the setting up of their France-based operations in relation to Brexit. The team is also managing a long-running dispute concerning the contentious payment of bonuses dating back from the subprime crisis. Practice head Matthias Rubner is a safe pair of hands. Marion Guertault, who joined the practice early 2020 as counsel, went back to Hogan Lovells (Paris) LLP in autumn 2020 as partner.
‘Matthias Rubner is very responsive, provides highly professional experienced employment law advice, and is a pleasure to work with.’
‘The team is excellent. At Latham & Watkins, there is no surprise, all lawyers are extremely good.’
‘Matthias Rubner is a living encyclopedia. When you have a question, you call him, and you have a direct answer, and then you receive an e-mail confirming the advice or recommendation. Extremely happy with the quality of the services delivered.’
Latham & Watkins > Firm Profile
The firm: Latham & Watkins is a leading international law firm serving multinational companies, start-ups, investment banks, private equity funds, venture capital firms, sovereign wealth funds, governments and other organisations. The firm’s global platform spans Asia, Europe, the Middle East and the US, and consists of internationally recognised practices across a wide spectrum of transactional, litigation, corporate and regulatory areas. Latham’s lawyers offer unrivalled legal resources and strategic commercial thinking to provide clients with innovative solutions to complex business and legal matters.
The Paris office boasts more than 90 lawyers and regularly handles a wide range of transactions, disputes and regulatory matters on behalf of French, European and international companies, private equity firms and financial institutions. The lawyers’ depth of knowledge in these sectors – achieved through their experience and close ties with the world’s financial institutions and industrial centres – means their clients can expect the highest quality legal services in all aspects of the representation.
Latham & Watkins’ Paris-based lawyers are dedicated to providing consistent quality, creativity and innovative solutions to the most complex legal and business matters. The lawyers work collaboratively across legal disciplines and geographic boundaries to achieve the best results for clients.
With lawyers qualified to practise under French, English, European and US law, the office is constantly recognised as a leader in the French market.
Areas of practice: Very few law firms operating in the French market can match the depth of Latham’s practice as well as the breadth of its geographic platform and the robust technology that underpins its performance. Latham’s lawyers in Paris maintain in-depth knowledge of a wide range of industries, including a robust understanding of the economic and regulatory environments in which they operate. The firm’s clients are leading market participants in the banking, energy, hospitality and leisure, insurance, life sciences, luxury, services and telecommunications sectors and Latham’s lawyers routinely advise both listed and emerging private companies.
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Transacting with troubled companies: navigating stressed, distressed, and insolvent acquisitionsThe Covid-19 pandemic has brought about significant challenges for many businesses, and a heightened risk of financial difficulty and insolvency. While the number of formal insolvencies has been relatively low thus far, troubled businesses may be forced to pursue accelerated asset disposals, or may themselves present an attractive investment opportunity for new equity stakeholders capable …
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- Banking and finance: transactional work
- Derivatives and structured finance
- EU, competition and distribution
- Private equity: LBO
- Industry focus: Healthcare and life sciences