Jean-Pierre Martel is a highly respected figure in French M&A and corporate law, advising complex transactions, sensitive disputes and regulatory matters.
He is called on by boards and management teams to advise on mergers, divestitures, corporate acquisitions, restructurings, litigations and arbitrations. Founding partner of Rambaud Martel, which combined with Orrick’s global platform in 2006.
He has had a hand in the most significant cross-border deals in the French market. His work includes advising the board of Alstom on the $17 billion sale of its power units to General Electric, counseling L’Oréal on buying back 8% of its own capital from Nestlé, associated with the sale of assets, advising Peugeot’s family on the restructuring of Peugeot SA’s capital which involved China’s Dongfeng Motor Group and the French state.
Jean-Pierre has developed very substantial litigation and arbitration board experience. Among his successes, the high-profile Bernard Tapie case where he won rulings from the Paris Court of Appeal in 2015 that withdrew initial arbitral awards that had required CDR to pay €404 million to Tapie’s liquidators and companies and sentenced them to repay CDR the full amount plus interests and costs. He has succeeded in obtaining visible Court decisions and arbitral awards.