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Bredin Prat

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Managing Partner: Didier Martin
Number of partners worldwide: 43 Number of lawyers worldwide: 180
Languages: Arabic, Bulgarian, Chinese, Dutch, English, Farsi, French, German, Hebrew, Hungarian, Italian, Polish, Romanian, Russian, Serbian, Spanish

Firm Overview:

M&A:
Bredin Prat has worked on the majority of landmark M&A transactions (both public and private) in France over the past 30 years, including high-profile privatisations, recommended and hostile tender offers, and contested takeovers.

Private Equity:
Bredin Prat has built a strong private equity prac-tice representing major French and international private equity funds and investment companies in significant buyouts of private and public compa-nies. Working with teams specialising in tax and financing, the corporate practice is able to oversee entire transactions, from their financing to their legal and tax structuring.

Capital Markets:
Bredin Prat advises issuers on public offerings and private placements of securities in France, including initial public offerings, equity and convertible issues and privatisations.

Financing:
The team specialises in corporate borrowing whether in the form of loan finance or of capital market transactions. The team assists clients in a wide range of credit arrangements. The team regularly works on restructuring transactions.

Restructuring/Insolvency:
Bredin Prat has a very strong restructuring and insolvency practice with extensive experience in managing high-profile domestic and cross-border financial restructurings, distressed M&A transactions and insolvency situations.

Commercial Litigation:
The team advises its corporate clients on their high-profile litigations and complex disputes with their competitors, customers and consumer associations, and on matters related to partnership and joint-venture disputes. It also handles litigation with respect to takeovers and mergers, as well as matters related to the civil or criminal liability of corporate directors and executives.

Securities Litigation:
The practice handles large disputes between shareholders of listed and unlisted companies and often advises on litigation arising out of public offerings. The firm prides itself on its excellent reputation with the French courts, both of first instance and of appeal, and has extensive experience dealing with regulatory bodies such as the Autorité des Marchés Financiers (AMF).

Corporate & White-Collar Criminal Law Practice:
Bredin Prat has a leading corporate and white-collar criminal law practice, assisting and representing companies and their executives before the French courts, at all levels, and before the stock exchange authorities in France and abroad. It regularly assists clients in multi-jurisdictional criminal investigations and proceedings such as alleged criminal antitrust matters, money-laundering, securities fraud, violations of corporate and stock exchange regulations, financial regulation and corrupt practices offences.

International Arbitration:
The team acts in domestic and international arbitrations in France and abroad, involving both French and foreign law, including disputes under various institutional rules as well as ad hoc arbitration. The firm's laywers are regularly asked to act as arbitrators in proceedings involving highly specialized matters under the aegis of arbitration institutions such as the ICC, ICSID, the LCIA, the DIAC and AFA.

Competition & EU Law:
Bredin Prat advises leading French and international companies on all aspects of competition law. The firm is regularly involved in high-profile merger and antitrust investigations before the national and European competition authorities and courts. It also advises clients on State aid issues, as well as on deregulation in the telecom, energy, transport and postal services sectors.

Tax Law:
The team regularly advises major French and international clients on domestic and cross-border transactions on all tax issues. They have also a renowned expertise in high-level tax litigations in a variety of situations, ranging from the first discussions and/or negotiations with the French tax authorities in the context of a tax audit, to assisting clients during dawn raids, defending cases before the Supreme Court or advising on questions of constitutionality before the Constitutional Council as well as defending clients in alleged abuse of law cases and in criminal proceedings involving tax fraud.

Employment Law:
The highly regarded employment law practice specialises in French and multi-jurisdictional employment law issues. The team is able to deliver full-service advice on all aspects of employment law, ranging from transactional work to complex litigation and day-to-day employment matters. The team advises clients on best strategy in order to reconcile business needs, timing considerations and labour law constraints.

Public Law:
The public law team regularly assists public au-thorities and economic operators in the prepara-tion, negotiation and drafting of public contracts. The team also works alongside the corporate and M&A teams on acquisitions and reorganisations of wholly or partly State-owned or privately-held companies having entered into public contracts or operating under administrative authorisations. The firm covers all of the legal, regulatory and contractual aspects of Regulated Industries.

Tech Law:
The team regularly advises a broad French and international client base from various sectors on legal issues relating to new and emerging technologies and digitisation.

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