Firm Profile > Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP > Paris, France
Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP Offices
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Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP > The Legal 500 Rankings
Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP‘s six-lawyer team is of one the market’s most sought-after practices for high-end public economic law and regulatory matters involving France’s top state-owned companies and companies in whom the state retains a significant stakeholding. Reorganisations and privatisation projects are areas of particular strength, with recent examples including assisting the French State (via the Agence des Participations de l’Etat) with the privatisation of La Française des Jeux through a €2bn IPO. The group also advises on major public procurement work and is active in litigation. The practice's varied and high-profile includes top names in the energy and telecoms sector. Frédéric Salat-Baroux is highly recommended and co-directs the practice with Marc Lordonnois, who made partner in early 2021. Associate Quentin Lejeune is also highly involved.
Frédéric Salat-Baroux; Marc Lordonnois
Other key lawyers:
Compagnie des Alpes
SA du Parc du Futuroscope
FGTI (Fonds de garantie des victimes du terrorisme)
French State (Agence des Participations de l’Etat)
Aéroports de Paris
Caisse des dépôts et consignations
Compagnie Nationale du Rhône
Gestionnaire d’Infrastructure CDG Express
Advent International Corporation
Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP is representing a large portion of France’s most prominent companiesm as well as many major international corporations and investment funds. Headed by Didier Malka, the practice handles a substantial and high-profile caseload that includes regular instructions to act in disputes pertaining to the market’s largest M&A transactions. The practice is also well versed in high-stakes commercial litigation. Significant insolvency and debt restructuring-related cases are another area of strength.
Insolvency Tier 1
Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP manages one of the most impressive caseloads in the market. The practice, which can rely on high-level complementary corporate and finance expertise, attracts the largest and most complex insolvency and restructuring mandates, often involving major international components and financial and corporate aspects. It is most often retained by shareholders, mezzanine and subordinated lenders and debtors, including many leading private equity investors. It recently acted in many landmark cases, notably concerning the mass retail, travel, entertainment and industrial manufacturing sectors. The practice is co-headed by Jean-Dominique Daudier de Cassini, who is regarded as the ‘best among his peers’, and the excellent Anne-Sophie Noury. Corporate partner Yannick Piette also regularly contributes. Eugénie Amri and Laura Bavoux made counsel at the end of 2020.
Jean-Dominique Daudier de Cassini; Anne-Sophie Noury
Other key lawyers:
Eugénie Amri; Laura Bavoux
Benta Pharma Invest Holding
BPI France / Technicolor
Clayton Dubilier & Rice/Mobilux
Glass Holdings / Arc Holdings
Groupe GO Sport
Hayfin Capital Management
Vine Alternative Investments
Private equity: LBO Tier 1
Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP offers a team of versatile practitioners who have a long track-record of advising on France's biggest transactions. Under the lead of practice head David Aknin, the group acts for a diverse client roster that includes private equity sponsors as well as family-owned groups and industrial and financial players. Stand-out features include the practice's experience in restructuring matters and it's accumulated know-how regarding the infrastructure segment, where Benjamin de Blégiers is the key figure. Clients also benefit from the firm's banking and finance capabilities in France, London and New York, which allow for tailor-made advice thanks to the breadth of the three teams' expertise.
Other key lawyers:
Benjamin de Blégiers; Emmanuelle Henry; Jean Beauchateaud; Frédéric Cazals; Alexandre Duguay
Alpha Private Equity
CVC Capital Partners
Ergon Capital Partners
Montagu Private Equity
Ontario Teacher’s Pension Plan
Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP houses a standout cross-border financing practice, working in close tandem with the firm's London office. The department is particularly specialised in the European LBO market, where it covers the full range of financing solutions including hybrid European term loan B financing, syndicated European term loan B financings, and senior secured notes issuance. Acting for sponsors, borrowers and creditors, the team has additional capabilities in corporate acquisition financing and restructuring transactions. The practice is jointly led by Olivier Jauffret, who is retained by both sponsors and investment-grade borrowers, and James Clarke, who specialises in mid-and large-cap LBO financings, and is dual qualified in England and France.
‘Weil Gotshal is a rare kind of firm in Paris in terms of the breadth of its expertise and the level of its professionalism.‘
Montagu Private Equity
TowerBrook Capital Partners (UK) LLP
CEVA Santé Animale
Mergers and acquisitions Tier 2
Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP represents several major listed French companies, covering the whole spectrum of public and private transactions. Active in the upper mid-cap and large-cap segments of the market, the department has a comprehensive offering which includes securities regulations, public takeovers, anti-takeover defences, joint ventures and corporate reorganisations. Corporate restructurings have been an area of recent growth, in particular for listed clients. Cross-border work is also handled. Senior partner Claude Serra leads the practice, and as well as being an experienced M&A specialist, litigates on a range of corporate matters. He is assisted by Benjamin de Blegiers, Yannick Piette and Agathe Soilleux. Arthur de Baudry d’Asson left to join Paul Hastings LLP in September 2020.
Other key lawyers:
Benjamin de Blégiers; Yannick Piette; Agathe Soilleux
Compagnie Nationale du Rhone
Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP assisted a leading listed company in an AMF investigation. The firm is also regularly retained by high-profile listed corporations to defend them in shareholder conflicts. Didier Malka leads the practice.
Rallye – Casino Group
The strong merger control practice at Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP is increasingly active advising on state aid issues, particularly assisting clients badly affected by the Covid-19 pandemic with gaining state aid approvals, as well as in antitrust litigation and investigations. In a significant recent matter, it obtained derogation to the suspensive effect of merger control from the EU Commission. Practice head Romain Ferla has particular strengths advising on high-profile merger control matters, including multi-jurisdictional matters. Counsel Flora Pitti-Ferrandi joined Vivien & Associés in January 2021.
Engie / CNR
Parquest / BPI
Tax Tier 3Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP‘s tax practice advises on the structuring of M&A and private equity deals handled by the firm's prestigious LBO team. The tax team was recently highly solicited to advise leading investment funds on mid-cap to large LBO transactions, including several of the market’s largest deals. In addition, the tax team advised the French State on La Française des Jeux’s IPO and collaborates with the firm’s leading insolvency and debt restructuring practice. Since Stéphane Chaouat left to join Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP, Edouard de Lamy is now the practice head. Alexandre Groult joined Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP alongside Chaouat in January 2021.
Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP > Firm Profile
The firm: Founded in 1931, Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP has been a preeminent provider of legal services for the past 90 years. With approximately 1,100 lawyers in offices on three continents, Weil has been a pioneer in establishing a geographic footprint that has allowed the Firm to partner with clients wherever they do business. The Firm’s four departments, Corporate, Litigation, Restructuring, and Tax, Executive Compensation & Benefits, and more than two dozen practice groups are consistently recognized as leaders in their respective fields.
Areas of practice: Weil’s Paris office enjoys a reputation as one of the leading business law firms in France. The office regularly handles the most challenging domestic and cross-border transactions, disputes, business and financial restructurings and provides counseling to corporations, PE funds, financial institutions, public organisations, senior management, board of directors and individuals in sensitive situations. Weil’s highly experienced lawyers are recognised for their pragmatic approach and their commitment to clients’ interests. The sophistication, global reach, experience and personal involvement of its partners means that the firm consistently ranks in France at the very top of legal advisors on PE transactions, public takeovers and reorganisations, distressed M&A, banking and finance, in court or out-of-court restructurings, as well as tax and competition matters and all types of disputes, including criminal investigations.
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