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Managing Partners: Antoine Bonnasse, Youssef Djehane, Antoine Gosset-Grainville, Jean-Emmanuel Skovron
Number of partners: 15
Number of other lawyers: 21
Languages: Chinese, English, Farsi, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish
Founded in 2013, BDGS Associés is one of France’s leading independent law firms renowned for handling clients’ most strategic and complex matters. Initially formed around a double core activity in mergers and acquisitions and competition and regulatory, BDGS Associés has expanded to include tax, dispute resolution, restructuring and insolvency practices in order to offer a full range of high value adding transactional legal services. BDGS Associés distinguishes itself by its low associate to partner ratio and the strong implication of its partners, offering high-quality, commercial, tailored advice focused on adding value for its clients, both in France and internationally.
Notable recent matters include representing:
Groupe La Poste and La Banque Postale on the creation of a major public financial pole via the acquisition by La Banque Postale of a 42% stake in CNP Assurances (€5.6 billion); SNCF on all aspects of the reform of the French rail sector (over €4 billion of assets); Engie on the sale of its stake in Suez to Veolia (€3.4 billion); Crédit Agricole Assurances on its acquisition, in consortium with Engie and Mirova, of the second largest hydroelectric portfolio in Portugal from Energias de Portugal (€2.2 billion) and on its partnership with Unibail-Rodamco-Westfield and La Française on a portfolio of major real estate assets (€2 billion); Bouygues Telecom on its telecom infrastructure joint-ventures respectively with Phoenix Tower International, Vauban Infrastructure Partners (€1 billion) and Cellnex (€1 billion); Qatar Investment Authority in respect of its shareholding in Lagardère; and Diageo on its ICC arbitration in respect of its joint venture with LVMH in Moët Hennessy.
Main Areas of Practice:
Mergers & Acquisitions:
BDGS Associés advises on all aspects of high-end mergers and acquisitions transactions, including acquisitions, mergers, public offers, private equity, corporate reorganisations, corporate governance, joint ventures and partnerships. With a highly experienced and qualified team of lawyers having worked on most of the major transactions to have occurred on the French market over the last 30 years, BDGS Associés represents its French and international clients on their most strategic domestic and cross-border transactions. The firm’s mergers and acquisitions practice has in particular unique expertise in listed companies and transactions involving state-owned entities or regulated companies.
Competition & Regulatory:
BDGS Associés’s competition and regulatory practice benefits from a unique position due to its dual presence in Paris and Brussels and the experience of its partners in all competition law matters, including litigation, merger control, cartels, abuse of dominant position, state aid and distribution law. Regularly advising on the most complex and strategic concentration matters BDGS Associés enjoys an unrivalled position in this field. The practice’s expertise in merger control with a strong risk of ban or remedies and in state aid is one of the most recognised on the market. BDGS Associés’s competition and regulatory practice also has significant expertise in sectorial regulation at both national and EU levels, including in the telecommunications, energy, transport and broadcasting sectors.
BDGS Associés’s tax practice advises on all aspects of French and international tax law relating to mergers and acquisitions and corporate reorganisations for both industrial groups and private equity funds, including LBOs and management packages. The firm’s tax practice also provides standalone tax advice regarding real estate activities and to high net worth individuals and regularly represents clients in tax disputes.
BDGS Associés has significant expertise in complex corporate disputes, shareholder disputes, securities law disputes, insolvency law disputes, white-collar criminal proceedings and disputes relating to contract law and unfair competition. The firm’s dispute resolution practice regularly represents clients in major disputes before the French and European courts, as well as in international arbitration, investigations and administrative proceedings.
Restructuring & Insolvency:
BDGS Associés’s restructuring and insolvency practice advises distressed companies, their boards, their shareholders or industrial or financial investors in respect of out-of-court debt restructurings (mandat ad hoc, conciliation) and insolvency proceedings. It has proven ability to deal with complex financial or industrial restructurings, including cross-border restructurings, requiring high-level legal and financial technical skills.
BDGS Associés regularly represents its clients in their international transactions and disputes, benefitting from the skills of its lawyers, several of whom are bicultural, multilingual and/or dual-qualified and the strong personal relationships maintained by its partners with leading firms in key foreign jurisdictions, ensuring that only the best correspondents are chosen for their expertise, guaranteeing the highest added value for clients.
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