Claude Serra > Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP > Paris, France > Lawyer Profile

Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP
75008 PARIS

Work Department

Corporate, M&A and Private Equity




Claude Serra is the founder and Senior Partner of Weil, Gotshal & Manges’ Paris office. He has practiced law for more than 20 years and established a reputation as a leading M&A specialist, working on the most visible and complex public M&A and securities transactions of the past years, and also as a litigator in complex corporate matters. His practice focuses on public and private M&A transactions – both domestic and cross border. He also advises boards of directors and senior management on governance issues, strategic defenses, fiduciary duties of directors, as well as crisis management matters. Mr. Serra also regularly counsels corporations on shareholders disputes, as well as white-collar crime and securities litigation.

Referred to by Option Finance magazine as the “M&A Stradivarius” Mr. Claude Serra was also recognized as the “2012 lawyer of the year” by Option Droit & Affaires, and is consistently listed as one of the leading merger and acquisitions lawyers by Chambers Global and Chambers Europe, which have quoted clients as stating that he is “a fantastic rainmaker and very visible when it comes to M&A”.

Mr. Claude Serra graduated from the University of Aix-en-Provence with a Maîtrise en Droit (Master in Law) in 1978 and was admitted to the French Bar in 1978.


French, English, Italian


Paris bar


MASTER – Fac. of Law of Aix-En-Provence (1978)

Lawyer Rankings

France > Mergers and acquisitions

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.

Paris > Fusions-acquisitions

Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP assiste plusieurs grandes sociétés françaises cotées en bourse ; cependant le spectre d’intervention du cabinet couvre aussi bien les transactions cotées que non cotées. L’équipe est particulièrement active sur les segments allant du upper mid-cap au large-cap. Elle traite aussi des problématiques boursières et intervient lors d’OPA, d’opérations de partenariat et dans des réorganisations d’entreprises – dernier domaine dans lequel la pratique a été particulièrement sollicitée ces derniers temps relativement à des entreprises cotées. Le cabinet est enfin compétent pour gérer des opérations de dimension internationale. A la tête de la pratique, le très renommé  Claude Serra intervient en conseil et en contentieux. Il est entouré de Benjamin de Blegiers, Yannick Piette et Agathe Soilleux. Arthur de Baudry d’Asson a rejoint Paul Hastings LLP en septembre 2020.