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

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

Administrative and public law Tier 1

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.

Practice head(s):

Frédéric Salat-Baroux; Marc Lordonnois

Other key lawyers:

Quentin Lejeune

Key clients

Compagnie des Alpes

SA du Parc du Futuroscope

Eramet

TAV

FGTI (Fonds de garantie des victimes du terrorisme)

Meridiam

APG

Orange

TDF

French State (Agence des Participations de l’Etat)

Bpifrance

SNCF Group

Aéroports de Paris

Caisse des dépôts et consignations

Airbus

Engie

Compagnie Nationale du Rhône

CDC Habitat

Action Logement

Transdev

Total

Gestionnaire d’Infrastructure CDG Express

Advent International Corporation

Berkshire Partners

Dispute resolution: Commercial litigation Tier 1

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.

Practice head(s):

Didier Malka

Key clients

Lagardère

Hilton International

Casino Group

Atos

Engie

Idemia

Worldline

Banque Palatine

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.

Practice head(s):

Jean-Dominique Daudier de Cassini; Anne-Sophie Noury

Other key lawyers:

Eugénie Amri; Laura Bavoux

Key clients

AIMM

Alès Groupe

Alteo

Amboise

Benta Pharma Invest Holding

BPI France / Technicolor

Bourbon

Clayton Dubilier & Rice/Mobilux

Corsair

Eight Advisory

Etat Français

Glass Holdings / Arc Holdings

Groupe GO Sport

Hayfin Capital Management

Invicta Group

JPC-DS

Karavel

Novares Group

Orapi

Orchestra-Prémaman

Rallye

Sagard

Tally WEiJL

Tidal Therapeutics

Tikehau

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.

Practice head(s):

David Aknin

Other key lawyers:

Benjamin de Blégiers; Emmanuelle Henry; Jean Beauchateaud; Frédéric Cazals; Alexandre Duguay

Key clients

3i

Advent International

Alpha Private Equity

A&M Capital

Antin Infrastructure

Apax Partners

APG

Archimed

Ardian

Astorg Partners

Carlyle

Chequers Capital

Cinven

CVC Capital Partners

Ergon Capital Partners

Eurazeo

EQT

Equistone

HLD

InfraVia

L-GAM

Montagu Private Equity

Naxicap

Omers

Oaktree

Ontario Teacher’s Pension Plan

PAI Partners

Parquest

Permira

Providence

Qualium Investissement

Sagard

TCV

Téthys

Towerbrook

Banking and finance: transactional work Tier 2

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.

Practice head(s):

Olivier Jauffret; James Clarke

Testimonials

Weil Gotshal is a rare kind of firm in Paris in terms of the breadth of its expertise and the level of its professionalism.

Key clients

Montagu Private Equity

CVC

3i

TowerBrook Capital Partners (UK) LLP

Astorg

HLDE

Chequers

Ardian

CEVA Santé Animale

Sanofi

Rallye/Casino

CCMP/MacqPisto

ATOS

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.

Practice head(s):

Claude Serra

Other key lawyers:

Benjamin de Blégiers; Yannick Piette; Agathe Soilleux

Key clients

Altarea Cogedim

Atos

Casino

Compagnie Nationale du Rhone

Eutelsat

Engie

JCDecaux Holding

Mobilux

Orange

Orchestra-Premaman

Rallye

SNCF

Tereos

Total

Dispute resolution: Stock market litigation Tier 3

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.

Practice head(s):

Didier Malka

Key clients

Lagardère SCA

Engie

Rallye – Casino Group

EU, competition and distribution Tier 3

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.

Practice head(s):

Romain Ferla

Key clients

Almaviva

Arc International

CDC

Eaton

Engie / CNR

Evernex

FILMM

Hayfin

Laborizon

NJJ

Novares

Parquest / BPI

3i

Tax Tier 3

Weil, 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.

Practice head(s):

Edouard de Lamy

Key clients

Ardian

Ardian Infrastructure

Montagu Private Equity

Rothschild & Cie

3i

Antin Infrastructures

Parquest

Chargeurs SA

Infravia

Eurazeo

Ceva Santé Animale

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.

Department Name Email Telephone
Antitrust/competition
Banking and finance
Business finance and restructuring
Capital markets
Tax
Dispute resolution
M&A
Private equity
Public
Photo Name Position Profile
 David Aknin photo David Aknin Partner
Mr Jean Beauchataud  photo Mr Jean Beauchataud Partner
Mr Benjamin Blegiers (de)  photo Mr Benjamin Blegiers (de) Partner
 Frédéric Cazals photo Frédéric Cazals Partner
 James Clarke photo James Clarke Partner
 Jean-Dominique Daudier De Cassini photo Jean-Dominique Daudier De Cassini Partner
 Edouard De Lamy photo Edouard De Lamy Partner
 Alexandre Duguay photo Alexandre Duguay Partner
 Romain Ferla photo Romain Ferla Partner
 Emmanuelle Henry photo Emmanuelle Henry Partner
 Olivier Jauffret photo Olivier Jauffret Partner
 Didier Malka photo Didier Malka Partner
 Anne-Sophie Noury  photo Anne-Sophie Noury Partner
 Yannick Piette photo Yannick Piette Partner
 Frédéric Salat-Baroux photo Frédéric Salat-Baroux Partner
 Claude Serra photo Claude Serra Partner
 Agathe Soilleux photo Agathe Soilleux Partner
Number of partners worldwide : Approximately 280
Contact : Emmanuelle Henry (Managing Partner)
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