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 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 PietteArthur de Baudry d’AssonFrédéric Salat-Baroux and Agathe SoilleuxBenjamin de Blégiers joined from Clifford Chance in April 2019.

France > Dispute resolution: Stock market litigation

Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP represents companies and CEOs in AMF investigations. Corporate partners Claude Serra and Yannick Piette, as well as litigator Didier Malka are the key contacts.

Paris > Résolution des litiges > Contentieux boursier

Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP représente des entreprises et des dirigeants dans le cadre d’enquêtes AMF. Sont recommandés Claude Serra et Yannick Piette qui sont des spécialistes des opérations de fusions-acquisitions, ainsi que l’avocat de contentieux Didier Malka.

Paris > Fusions-acquisitions

Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP intervient dans des opérations complexes, de dimensions nationale et internationale. Le cabinet développe une pratique particulièrement diversifiée, couvrant les opérations cotées et non cotées, les réorganisations d’entreprise, ainsi que les dossiers d’OPA hostile ou amicale. Le cabinet est impliqué dans des opérations de taille moyenne et de grande envergures. Il a récemment été sollicité pour intervenir dans de grandes restructurations d’entreprises. La pratique est dirigée par Claude Serra qui est entouré d’Yannick PietteArthur de Baudry d’AssonFrédéric Salat-Baroux et Agathe Soilleux. Benjamin de Blégiers a rejoint Clifford Chance en avril 2019.