Senior Partner: Xavier de Kergommeaux
Managing Partner: Stéphane Puel
Number of partners worldwide: 108
Number of other lawyers worldwide: 550
Languages: Include notably Arabic, Bulgarian, Chinese, Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, Farsi, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Hungarian, Italian, Japanese, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Serbian, Spanish, Swedish, Turkish, Ukrainian, Vietnamese
Gide is a leading international law firm and the first to have originated in France. Founded in Paris in 1920, today Gide operates from 12 offices across Europe, Asia, North Africa, the Middle East and in the United States. The firm has some 550 lawyers and legal consultants drawn from 35 different nationalities.
Main Areas of Practice:
Gide is a full-service international firm. Its areas of expertise include: arbitration; banking and finance; bankruptcy/ insolvency; competition/international trade; compliance and corporate investigations; criminal and commercial litigation; data protection; employment; energy; healthcare; insurance, industrial risk and transport; intellectual property and telecommunications, media and technology; mergers and acquisitions/corporate; oil, gas and mining; private equity; projects (finance and infrastructure); public law and environment; real estate transactions and financing; sports law; tax.
Organised into international practice groups, each specialising in a specific area of business law, the firm can draw on a veritable pool of market-recognised specialists who can act on all kinds of cases. The firm is in a position to set up task forces comprising legal and sector experts to best serve the needs of its clients.
In line with its pioneering spirit and ambition to be a reference law firm as regards innovation, Gide has set up the Gide 255 team dedicated to offering strategic, legal and regulatory advice on all matters related to its clients’ digital transformation. This team of experts in the fields of regulation, innovation and strategy aims to offer ‘augmented’ advice on changing business models and new behaviours that are deeply affected by the development of advanced technologies. It also offers high-end support to help advance the changing legal and regulatory framework both in France and abroad, whether ongoing or to come. Gide 255 covers in particular the growing stakes of blockchain, ICOs, artificial intelligence, automation and various aspects of data processing.
The recognised know-how of all Gide teams as regards business law, combined with the comprehensive experience of this new team on all challenges pertaining to digital transformation, together enable the firm to offer its clients a unique tool to help decision-making processes in a context that is disrupted by the advent of breakthrough technologies.
Gide acts for a wide range of private and public clients, including multinational corporations, mid-caps, local authorities, sovereign states, international institutions and start-ups.
With over 200 lawyers working outside France, Gide has a truly international presence including in New York and London where its American and British partners cover all aspects of US and English law and, in particular, international financing transactions.
The firm has a long-standing full-service presence in a number of countries where the legal system is based on Roman-Germanic principles and in particular in Brussels, Central and Eastern Europe (two offices and over 50 lawyers), Asia (two offices and some 30 lawyers), North Africa and the Middle East (four offices and over 40 lawyers). Each one of the firm’s offices is fully integrated in its cultural, legal, economic and political context and maintains close relations with the local administrations and agencies, the key players in the market, and the international organisations and financial institutions.
Gide regularly works in close co-operation with leading law firms in the countries where it does not have offices and is a member of several international legal networks.
Gide is widely regarded as a key player throughout the African continent, having advised a broad, blue-chip client base on a range of complex and challenging transactions for some 50 years. Its experience and expertise extend across the entire continent not only in French-speaking Western and Central Africa but also in Southern and Eastern Africa and in Portuguese-speaking countries.