Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP > Paris, France > Firm Profile

Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP
2 RUE DE LA BAUME
75008 PARIS
France

France > Administrative and public law Tier 1

Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP impresses by its ability to provide high-level expertise spanning a diverse range of areas. The team is retained by many of France’s leading private and semi-public corporations to advise on the drafting of new laws and regulations, and to assist with complex regulatory issues and other strategic issues. The practice is notably handling high-profile work in the telecoms, transport, aviation and energy sectors. It is well versed in assisting with the setting up of new major regulatory changes in addition to handling regulatory litigation and providing key support in the context of high-profile M&A transactions. Lately, it has been asked by several leading operators to help conduct negotiations with the French state as to obtain damage compensations in the aftermath of the Covid-19 crisis which had a severe impact on their operations. Another highly prominent area of expertise lies in the public procurement sector where the team assists private and public and semi-public sectors clients with the awarding of some of France’s largest projects, for example in the railway and water distribution sectors. Lately, the team is also advising clients on public procurement contract renegotiations with the state in relation to the impact of Covid-19. Frédéric Salat-Baroux is a superstar in the field and co-heads the practice alongside Marc Lordonnois.

Practice head(s):

Frédéric Salat-Baroux; Marc Lordonnois

Testimonials

‘Highly competent and confirmed experience, both for advisory work and litigation, which constitute an essential asset in the management of difficult files and particularly of concessions. In-depth knowledge of the various players which is a rare asset and particularly useful to facilitate relations and allow cases to move forward.’

‘Frédéric Salat-Baroux and Marc Lordonnois stand out for their ability to understand the environment and the finesse of their analyzes. They are rare.’

‘Very good public business law team with two partners and several senior lawyers. Excellent knowledge of the legal framework and more generally of public sector entities. A team that has a broad competence that allows it to deal with complex legal issues, projects as well as litigation.’

‘Frédéric Salat-Baroux is a true expert in public law.’

‘Very high level of expertise and analysis.’

‘Excellent listening and communication skills, very precise legal strategic analysis and high quality of drafting. Very high-level team.’

‘Frédéric Salat-Baroux is remarkable and endowed with a great capacity for work.’

Key clients

Klépierre

Aéroport Nice Côte d’Azur (ACA)

SAUR

GIP

iCON Infrastructure

SHEM

Compagnie des Alpes

TDF

Orange

Bpifrance

Caisse des dépôts et consignations

SNCF Group

Transdev

Aéroports de Paris

Meridiam

Airbus

Total

Engie

Compagnie Nationale du Rhône

Gestionnaire d’Infrastructure CDG Express

CDC Habitat

Action Logement Group

Adoma

Eramet

Agence des Participations de l’Etat (French State)

FGTI (Fonds de garantie des victimes des actes de terrorisme)

HLD Europe

Advent International Corporation

Berkshire Partners

SA du Parc du Futuroscope

CEZ

Work highlights

  • Advising Meridiam on the acquisition of assets to be disposed of by Suez in the context of the acquisition of Suez by Veolia.
  • Advising Orange on the reorganisation of its French optic fiber business, the creation of a dedicated entity (Orange Concessions) and the sale of a stake in Orange Concessions to a consortium.
  • Advising TDF in relation to the evolution of the regulatory framework of TDF’s digital terrestrial television (DTT) broadcasting business.

France > Dispute resolution: Commercial litigation Tier 1

Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP is appointed by a prominent client base comprising many of France’s leading companies, as well as major international corporations and investment funds. The practice is regularly entrusted with high-stakes M&A-related disputes; it recently acted in a landmark public M&A case. The team also manages a good amount of high-stakes commercial and contractual disputes, including several unfair competition cases. The highly regarded Didier Malka is the head of the practice.

Practice head(s):

Didier Malka

Key clients

Blank

Montefiore

Lagardère

Hilton International

Casino Group

Atos

Engie

Idemia

Worldline

Banque Palatine

Work highlights

  • Representing Lagardère in multiple proceedings led against Amber Capital and Vivendi.
  • Representing Hilton International in a contract dispute with the owner of a luxury hotel in Paris, SIHPM.    
  • Representing Casino Group in various strategic commercial matters.

France > Insolvency Tier 1

Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP is a staple name in the field. Its impressive track record earns it instructions for the market’s most high-profile matters each year. Often assisting debtors, the practice also acts for shareholders and investors, as well as for all types all lenders. With the firm's complementary corporate and financing capabilities to draw on, the practice acts in landmark restructuring, insolvency and distressed M&A matters. Recently, the practice has been handling a high number of preventative (pre-insolvency) work as well as several matters related to Covid-19, notably in the aviation and industry sectors. The high-profile Vallourec and BVA’s cases stand out in the recent caseload. The practice is co-headed by the remarkable Jean-Dominique Daudier de Cassini and the excellent Anne-Sophie Noury. Counsel Laura Bavoux is another key member. Corporate partner Yannick Piette also regularly contributes.

Practice head(s):

Jean-Dominique Daudier de Cassini; Anne-Sophie Noury

Testimonials

‘The team led by Jean Dominique Daudier Cassini is one of the most beautiful restructuring teams in the Place de Paris. Professionally: the best! The plus: the kindness, availability and benevolence of Jean -Dominique.’

‘Jean Dominique Daudier de Cassini has a remarkable knowledge of his practice and knows how to apply it brilliantly. A great man in the field of restructuring.’

‘Experts at advising large corporates. Strong complementarity between the restructuring, M&A and financing team .. a leader’.

‘Anne-Sophie Noury is expert and very available. She is skilled and creative.’

‘They have deep knowledge of the French legal environment and have relationships with the key people involved in insolvency proceedings (administrator, French institutions, lawyers…) which helps to ease the process. They are very innovative and creative  in finding solutions to the problems.’

‘Anne-Sophie Noury is absolutely brilliant at finding new ways to approach problems. She has connections with many people and is also able to give a realistic view of the situation to the client so that it can take a decision.’

Key clients

ACE Management

AIMM

Alandia Finance

Alès Groupe

Alteo

Amboise

Bain Capital Credit

Benta Pharma Invest Holding

BPI France

CBF & Associés

Clayton Dubilier & Rice/Mobilux

Corsair

Eight Advisory

Foraco

Glass Holdings/Arc Holdings

Groupe GO Sport

Groupe Gruau

Groupe Parisot

Hayfin Capital Management

HIG Capital

Karavel

Novares Group

Office Depot

Orapi

Orchestra-Prémaman

Rallye

Sagard/Healthy Group/SEL Monge

Salaün

Sidenor

Sobior

Tally WEiJL

Tikehau

Vallourec

Vine Alternative Investments

WFS Group

Work highlights

  • Advised Vallourec on discussions with its banks and bondholders creditors and other stakeholders during its ‘mandat ad hoc’ pre-insolvency procedure.
  • Advised French airline Corsair on a significant restructuring.
  • Advised Office Depot on its conciliation proceedings and the opening and conduct of its reorganisation proceedings.

France > Private equity: LBO Tier 1

Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP has one of the premier teams in the French market for large buyout transactions. Noted for its strong focus on infrastructure projects, the group is a popular choice for pension funds, insurance companies and infrastructure funds. Benefiting from the firm’s integrated banking practice across France, London and New York, the firm is also able to advise on the full range of LBO financings, including European-style financings, yankee loans and high-yield bonds. David Aknin heads up the department. Arthur de Baudry d’Asson left the firm in September 2020. Guillaume Bonnard made partner in January 2021.

Practice head(s):

David Aknin

Other key lawyers:

Frédéric Cazals; Alexandre Duguay; Emmanuelle Henry; Jean Beauchataud; Guillaume Bonnard

Key clients

3i

A&M Capital

Adagia

Advent International

Alpha Private Equity

Altamir

Antin Infrastructure

Apax Partners

APG

Archimed

Astorg Partners

Capza

Carlyle

Cathay Capital Private Equity

Cerba Healthcare

Ceva

Chequers Capital

Cinven

Clayton Dubilier & Rice

CVC Capital Partners

EQT

Equistone

Eurazeo

Generation IM

HLD

InfraVia

LFPI

L-GAM

Montagu Private Equity

Montefiore

Naxicap

Oaktree

Omers

Ontario Teacher’s Pension Plan

PAI Partners

Paprec

Parquest

Permira

Providence

Sagard

TCV (Technology Crossover Venture)

Terreal

Thétys

Towerbrook

Voodoo

France > Banking and finance: transactional work Tier 2

Working in close collaboration with the firm’s London and US offices, Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP's banking team is particularly active in acquisition finance, leveraged finance and restructuring financing. Its longstanding relationship with private equity and opportunity funds means the group is typically sought after to advise on LBO financing, including transactions involving term loan B and unitranche facilities and senior secured notes issuances. Olivier Jauffret focuses on acquisition finance and refinancing transactions. James Clarke is qualified in both French and English law and specialises in mid and large-cap LBO financings.

Practice head(s):

Olivier Jauffret; James Clarke

Testimonials

‘Very fluid communication, keeping us informed regularly. Excellent ability to present business-oriented options and recommendations.’

‘The most business-oriented firm, very good at supporting negotiations and carrying out deals by favouring efficiency with an approach firmly anchored in the reality of our businesses.’

Key clients

Montagu Private Equity

Hayfin

3i

Paprec

HLDE

Chequers

Ardian

CEVA Santé Animale

Sanofi

Rallye/Casino

CCMP/MacqPisto

ATOS

France > Dispute resolution: Stock market litigation Tier 2

Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP's Didier Malka is defending several French blue-chip companies facing AMF stock market abuse investigations in relation to insider trading and financial communication accusations.

Practice head(s):

Didier Malka

Key clients

Lagardère SCA

Engie

Rallye

Casino

France > Mergers and acquisitions Tier 2

Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP is an international firm, originally founded in New York, which is adept at handling a broad variety of corporate transactions, including M&A, spin-offs, joint ventures, friendly and hostile takeovers, public to private transactions and reorganisations. The practice also provides a wealth of services beyond the transactional space. Claude Serra is knowledgeable oin corporate governance, crisis management and shareholder dispute matters while Yannick Piette, who heads the practice jointly with Serra, frequently supports on defence strategies for hostile takeovers.

Practice head(s):

Claude Serra; Yannick Piette

Other key lawyers:

Agathe Soilleux; Romain Letard

Testimonials

‘An excellent network of high-level lawyers.’

‘Claude Serra is fully available and attentive to the needs of clients in strategic as well as strictly legal advice Romain Ferla highly efficient and responsive on specific and pointed questions.’

Key clients

Altarea

April

Casino

Compagnie Nationale du Rhone

Caisse des Dépôts et Consignations

Engie

Eutelsat

JCDHolding

Kyowa Kirin

Lagardere Group

Orange

Rallye

Total

Vallourec

Vinci

Work highlights

  • Advised Altarea on its €2bn acquisition of Primonial
  • Advised Vinci on its €4.9bn acquisition of ACS
  • Advised Vallourec on the corporate aspects of its €3.4bn financial debt restructuring

France > Tax Tier 3

Led by Edouard de Lamy, Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP's tax practice focuses primarily on transactional tax matters. Working alongside the corporate team, the tax practice advises many leading investment funds on France’s largest LBO transactions. Additionally the group assists several leading French corporations with M&A transactions and was involved in several prominent debt and equity restructuring projects.

Practice head(s):

Edouard de Lamy

Testimonials

‘Very professional and high-quality team. Exemplary availability.’

‘Edouard de Lamy is a very brilliant tax lawyer who is a great educator and specialist in private equity.’

‘Excellent team in tax structuring of complex transactions, especially in tight timings situations.’

‘We really appreciate working with Edouard de Lamy. Great responsiveness, clarity in explaining the issues and creativity in finding solutions.’

Key clients

Montagu PE

Infravia

Eurazeo

Groupe Paprec

Altarea

Groupe Casino

Engie

Dalkia

Nemera Group

Generation IM

Ceva Santé Animale

Ardian

3i

Cathay Capital

Sagard

Work highlights

  • Advised Eurazeo on the acquisition of Aroma Zone.
  • Advised Infravia on the acquisitions of Sandaya and Les Petits Chaperons Rouges.
  • Advised Altarea on certain tax aspects of the acquisition of Primonial.

France > EU, competition and distribution Tier 4

The experienced group at Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP combines bench strength in Paris with the firm’s international presence to advise national and international corporates and investment funds on a diverse range of EU and French competition law. The practice is headed in Paris by Romain Ferla, who assists clients with state aid, high-value M&A, cartel and abuse of market power investigations, as well as with appearances before the French and EU courts. The group’s client base spans the aviation, audiovisual, IT and healthcare sectors.

Practice head(s):

Testimonials

‘Excellent team from Weil on antitrust aspects, great experience on the subject, very good support and interactions with clients, making things easier for newbies.’

‘Romain Ferla is one of the best antitrust lawyers with whom we work, always very responsive and precise.’

‘Very good collaboration with the client and very good teamwork.’

‘Very attentive people. Good exchange on the strategy.’

‘Romain Ferla is efficient and pleasant. Available and relevant, his expertise and the accuracy of his analysis on a new subject have helped us a lot.’

Key clients

Alvest – TLD

Apax

Corsair

Eutelsat

Evolution

FILMM

Hayfin

HLD

Infravia

Laborizon

NJJ

Work highlights

  • Advised the FILMM in relation to an antitrust investigation before the French Competition Authority (FCA), started in 2009 following a competitor’s complaint.
  • Advised Corsair on the EU state aid issues raised by potential state support to the group in the context of the Covid crisis.
  • Represented NJJ in connection with the merger control procedures related to the acquisition of the Group Paris-Turf.

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.

DepartmentNameEmailTelephone
Antitrust/competition
Banking and finance
Business finance and restructuring
Capital markets
Tax
Dispute resolution
M&A
Private equity
Public
Number of partners worldwide : Approximately 280
Contact : Emmanuelle Henry (Managing Partner)
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