Firm Profile > Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP > Paris, France
Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP Offices
2 RUE DE LA BAUME
Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP > The Legal 500 Rankings
Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP's six-lawyer team manages an impressive workload. The firm is regularly appointed by French governmental entities and state-owned companies to advise on their most strategic matters, often in relation with the reshuffling of regulated sectors such as the transport, energy and telecommunications sectors. For instance, the practice was recently active in the context of a highly complex landmark rail reform. The team is also advising on one of France's landmark infrastructure transport projects and is regularly providing support during M&A transactions involving key public law issues. Finally, it is also handling key work in the energy sector and high-stake litigation and also advising on several international projects. Many leading private companies are also clients. The practice head is Frédéric Salat-Baroux. Counsel Marc Lordonnois is the other key name in the practice.
Other key lawyers:
‘Team members demonstrate a deep knowledge of French public law peculiarities and can rely on a great network when required, which helps designing appropriate solutions.’
‘The firm provides very good strategic advice linked with deep knowledge of public rules and individuals involved. The team has great writing capabilities and is easy to work with.’
‘The team has high-level skills.’
‘Frédéric Salat-Baroux is an exceptional lawyer with a deep understanding of public law and decision-making. He has great writing skills and is a hard worker. He is fully business-oriented and at the same time always provides safe legal solutions. His legal analyses are very thorough and accurate. He demonstrates an excellent understanding of clients’ needs and offers creative solutions when needed.’
‘Marc Lordonnois has very strong expertise and is very reliable. He is hardworking, client-oriented, pleasant, and demonstrates strong pragmatism under any circumstance.’
EBM (Coopérative Elektra Birseck)
Caisse des dépôts et consignations
French State (Agence des Participations de l’Etat)
Compagnie Nationale du Rhône
Aéroports de Paris
Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP frequently secures roles on major landmark cases. Headed by Didier Malka, the practice is retained by some of France's largest companies, as well as international organisations and leading investment funds to handle financial, corporate, securities and commercial disputes. The practice has recently been involved in a high-profile shareholder conflict and manages a significant volume of major M&A disputes. The six-lawyer team also deals with strategic commercial litigation and is also defending a client facing mass litigation proceedings from former employees. In addition, the practice is increasingly retained to act in international corruption and money laundering cases connected with domestic and international investigations. The firm also handles some arbitration work.
Insolvency Tier 1
Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP's well-established practice, which had remained very stable for a long period of time, went through a major reshuffle in 2019. Star partner Philippe Druon joined Hogan Lovells (Paris) LLP after Fabienne Beuzit had left for Jones Day. In response, Anne-Sophie Noury, who had set up BDGS Associés's practice in 2016, returned to her former firm in spring 2019 to support the market's godfather figure Jean-Dominique Daudier de Cassini. The duo now leads an eight-lawyer team that is likely to grow further in 2020. The practice, which also regularly draws on the firm's M&A and financing expertise, advises debtors and leading investment funds, but also occasionally takes on instructions on the creditor-side. Regularly involved in landmark cases, the group recently advised Rallye and its subsidiaries on their safeguard and multi-billion euros debt restructuring proceedings, and acted on several cases in the retail sector.
Private equity: LBO Tier 1
Private equity heavyweight Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP remains among the most active practices in the market. Visible across all market segments, including the large-cap, the group primarily acts for private equity sponsors and further strengthened its standing in the market with the arrival of Benjamin de Blégiers from Clifford Chance in April 2019, signalling the expansion of the team's infrastructure practice. The workload attests to the practice's wide sectorial range and prowess in cross-border matters, and it has recently been active in the technology, pharmaceutical, and healthcare and consumer product sectors. David Aknin directs the practice. Also noted are Jean Beauchataud, Frédéric Cazals, Alexandre Duguay and Emmanuelle Henry.
‘Very switched on and commercial professionals. Very entrepreneurial and extremely client-focused. A pleasure to work with them.‘
‘Benjamin de Blégiers is practical with great commercial acumen and extremely client-oriented.‘
Montagu Private Equity
Ontario Teacher’s Pension Plan
Weinberg Capital Partners
Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP has a broad leveraged finance practice that covers hybrid and syndicated European term loan B deals, senior lien financings and the issuance of senior secured notes issuance. It is also active in acquisition finance and restructuring, with a large client base among sponsors, borrowers and lenders. Its key strength lies in Anglo-French cross-border financings, often in collaboration with its London office, though it has both English and French law capabilities in Paris. Olivier Jauffret, who frequently acts for sponsors and investment-grade borrowers, and James Clarke, who specialises in mid- and large-cap LBO financings, lead the practice. Counsel Cassandra Porgès is also recommended.
Olivier Jauffret; James Clarke
Montagu Private Equity
TowerBrook Capital Partners (UK) LLP
CEVA Santé Animale
Mergers and acquisitions Tier 2
Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP specialises in complex domestic cross-border transactions and has a varied practice, including public and private M&A, corporate reorganisations, friendly and hostile public takeovers and anti-takeover defences. Transactions in the upper mid-cap and large-cap segment of the market are the group's mainstay. The recent workload has seen an uptick in work on the corporate aspects of major restructurings. Claude Serra directs the practice. Other names to note are Yannick Piette, Arthur de Baudry d’Asson, Frédéric Salat-Baroux and Agathe Soilleux. Benjamin de Blégiers joined from Clifford Chance in April 2019.
‘The second-to-none quality of the teams is impressive as it applies across jurisdictions, namely in Paris and New York. They work together in a seamless way. Their actual experience on high-profile transactions is highly valuable.‘
‘Very technical, reactive, creative, flexible.‘
‘As you would expect, a highly professional and strong team of excellent practitioners.‘
‘Claude Serra is rightly trusted by the top tier of French corporates and inward corporate clients. He is experienced and uber-connected. He knows what can and can’t be done not only by law, but local practice. He’s the best kind of lawyer – he sees the law in the context of overall objectives, and comes with solutions, not problems. Very pragmatic and hands-on.‘
‘Yannick Piette is outstanding in negotiations and very connected.‘
‘Yannick Piette has a wealth of experience in many cases, and yet remains available for his clients.‘
Claude Serra; Yannick Piette; Didier Malka
Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP's six-lawyer team team fields a high-level merger control caseload, in line with the firm's leading M&A and LBO practice. The team assists many leading French companies as well as French and international private equity funds. It notably assisted Ardian Infrastructure with the EU Commission filing proceedings of the sale of its 50% stake in Indigo. The team also advised on a major transaction that required multi-country filings, as well as on a key acquisition in the French press sector which required notification at the French Competition Authority. On the antitrust front, the practice acts for several clients facing investigations and proceedings from the French Competition Authority. Additionally, the practice recently lodged an application before the Europe Court of Human Rights in relation to trade secrets issues. Practice head Romain Ferla also advises on emerging competition law issues in relation to the digital technology sector. Counsel Flora Pitti-Ferrandi is the other key member.
Other key lawyers:
‘A recommended firm for merger control work. The team answers very well to clients’ expectations.’
‘Counsel Flora Pitti-Ferrandi is very reliable and helpful.’
Tax Tier 3
Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP's team advises on the structuring of some of the market's largest LBO transactions for prominent private equity funds, alongside the firm's corporate practice. The practice also advises leading French and international corporations on M&A transactions, and handles tax issues linked to companies' restructuring and insolvency cases. Litigation is another strong feature of the practice. Stéphane Chaouat, who frequently handles tax litigation, and Edouard de Lamy lead the team.
Stéphane Chaouat; Edouard de Lamy
‘The team has excellent technique, is very available and provides great practical and commercial advice. It has very good knowledge of the private equity sector’
‘The team is very efficient’
‘Edouard de Lamy has recognised expertise in the private equity sector. He is very responsive, methodical and creative’
Montagu Private Equity
Rothschild & Cie
Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP > Firm Profile
The firm: Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP is a leader in the marketplace for sophisticated, global legal services. Its pioneering ‘one firm’ approach, including the integration of offices on three continents, multiple practice areas, and approximately 1,100 attorneys, allows the firm to partner with many of the world’s most successful organisations on matters as complex and interconnected as the global clients they represent.
Areas of practice: Since merging with Serra Leavy Cazals in 2003, Weil’s Paris office has enjoyed a reputation as one of the leading business law firms in France. The Paris office regularly handles the most challenging transactions, disputes, business and financial restructurings and provides counselling to corporations, private equity funds, financial institutions, public organisations, senior management, board of directors and individuals in sensitive situations.
The firm acts on domestic and cross-border matters alike. Its lawyers are highly experienced in their respective fields. They are recognised for their pragmatic approach and their commitment to clients’ interests. To all the matters Weil undertakes, the firm brings the personal attention of its partners, their extensive experience and unequivocally sound business and legal judgement.
The sophistication, global reach, experience and personal involvement of its partners mean that the firm consistently ranks in France at the very top of legal advisors on private equity 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 that affect companies and their managers. 19 partners and eight counsels supported by 45 associates and 20 clerks are available to best respond to the needs of clients.
Recent work highlights include: the representation of Ceva and its majority shareholders on the recomposition of the company’s capital, the holding companies of the Casino group on their financial restructuring, Ardian on the sale of its ca. 50% stake in Indigo, 3i on the acquisition of Evernex, the French State on the privatization and IPO of La Française des Jeux, Total on the acquisition of certain African assets of Anadarko, and CVC on the sale of Parex to Sika.
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