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Gide Loyrette Nouel

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Senior Partner: Xavier de Kergommeaux
Managing Partner: Stéphane Puel
Number of partners: 105
Number of lawyers: 550
Languages:Arabic, Bulgarian, Chinese (Cantonese, Mandarin), Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Hungarian, Italian, Japanese, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Serbian, Spanish, Swedish, Turkish, Ukrainian, Vietnamese

Firm Overview:
Founded in 1920, Gide is a leading international law firm operating out of 12 offices worldwide. With over 550 lawyers and legal consultants drawn from 35 different nationalities, the firm provides specialist quality legal services in the most complex areas of national and international finance and business law. Gide has provided a broad range of legal services to clients in Asia for nearly 30 years. The practice is handled by a team of approximately 60 people, including Western and Chinese lawyers, working from Beijing and Shanghai in Greater China. Its lawyers are highly experienced in each of the various sectors of national and international business law.

Main Areas of Practice:
Foreign direct investments in China and Asia, M&As, JVs, corporate restructuring, outbound investments, banking and finance, venture capital, private equity, projects (finance and infrastructure), public-private partnerships, real estate and construction, mining, oil and gas, taxation, customs and foreign exchange control, IP, telecommunications, internet and new technologies, economic and EU law, international trade (WTO, anti-dumping), dispute settlement, arbitration, employment, public law and environmental law, transportation, aviation, maritime and insurance law.
■Advised Chinalco on highly strategic mining investments in Guinea, including the Boffa Nord and Boffa Sud bauxite mining blocks, and the Simandou iron ore project, one of the largest mining projects in the world
■Advised Quechen Silicon Chemical Co., Ltd., the leader in silica manufacturing in Asia and owner of the biggest single silica production base in the world, on its greenfield investment in France
■Advised Semir, the leader in kidswear fashion in China, on the acquisition of European leader in premium children’s fashion Kidiliz
■Advised Veolia Environnement on its first and second issues of Panda Bonds (RMB1bn each). Veolia Environnement was the first French and the second European corporate issuer to complete a private bond placement on the Chinese domestic market
■Advised Chinese commercial Bank of Communications on establishing a branch of its Luxembourg subsidiary in France
■Advised Total on the sale of its China polystyrene business to INEOS Styrolution
■Advised Legrand on its purchase of Shenzhen Clever Electronic Co., Ltd.
■ Advised Renault on its JV with Chinese automaker Brilliance
■Advised Agricultural Bank of China (ABC) on establishing the Sino-Congolese Bank for Africa in the Republic of Congo. This landmark transaction is ABC’s first overseas JV bank project and creates the first Sino-African greenfield bank
■Advised Vallourec on its HKD 846.6 million acquisition of 50.61% of the entire issued share capital of Anhui Tianda Oil Pipe Co., Ltd.
■Advised China Harbour Engineering Corporation on the formation of a JV with Bolloré and CMA-CGM in Cameroon to operate the container terminal at the deep water port of Kribi
■Advised Chinese-listed company Inner Mongolia Furui Medical Science on its investment in a French company specialising in medical imaging software and services for oncology clinical trials, cancer screening, and clinical practice
■Advised Canglong Optoelectronic Technology, part of FiberHome Technologies Group, a major Chinese state-owned enterprise, on the acquisition of a 70% stake in a French high-tech company
■Advised Golden Concord Group (GCL), the world’s leading photovoltaic material manufacturer, on acquiring a majority stake in a geothermal power generation plant in Turkey owned by energy company Ecolog
■Advising Engie on its JV and cooperation project with Chinese state-owned Sichuan Energy Investment Distributed Energy Systems for the development, construction and operation of a cooling, heating and energy production facility in Sichuan Province
■Advised China Exim Bank on acquiring Alcatel-Lucent Enterprise by China Huaxin Post & Telecommunication Economy Development Center
■Advised luxury French fashion house SMCP (Sandro, Maje, Claudie Pierlot and Sandro Men) on its acquisition of 100% of the share capital in Hong Kong company AZ Retail Ltd
■Advising Renault on its JV with Dongfeng Motor Corporation, China’s second-largest vehicle manufacturer. Based in Wuhan, the JV will see Renault invest RMB11bn
■Advised Crédit Agricole Corporate & Investment Bank on the sale of CLSA to China’s CITICS for USD1.252bn
■Advised giant Chinese agribusiness COFCO on the acquisition of the leading Château de Viaud vineyard set in the prestigious Lalande-dePomerol area in France
■Advised SEB, a large global cookware and small domestic appliances manufacturer, on acquiring a further stake in Zhejiang Supor, listed on the Shenzhen Stock Exchange

International Work:
Headquartered in Paris, Gide has a truly global dimension. It has a long-standing full-service presence in a number of countries where the legal system is based on Roman-Germanic principles, in particular in Brussels, Central and Eastern Europe, Asia and North Africa. In New York and London, Gide covers all aspects of US and English law in the context of international financing transactions. Each of the firm’s offices is fully integrated in its local cultural, legal, economic and political context, maintaining close relations with local administrations and agencies, key players in the market, international organisations and financial institutions. Gide works in close co-operation with leading law firms in the countries where it has no offices, and is a member of several international networks.

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