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Europe France Corporate/M&A: High-end Capability

This section relates to transactions involving different companies, corporate governance, corporate restructuring, shareholder issues. This broad category covers both public company and private equity (including venture capital) matters. The chapter includes company acquisitions, dispositions and capitalisations, entity selection and formation, operating and partnership agreements, securities and governance matters. Also covers those transactions designed to help restructuring within companies and their subsidiaries by change of ownership. Priority is placed on primary representatives, those acting for buyers and sellers, whilst those acting for financial advisors, underwriters and the banks financing such transactions are also considered.

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Band 1
  1. Bredin Prat
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    Bredin Prat
    Corporate/M&A: High-end Capability
    Europe 2022 | Band 1 | 7 Years Ranked
    Bredin Prat is a market-leading firm acting on a number of the most high-profile and high-value transactions in France. The firm boasts outstanding capabilities in a variety of different corporate matters, including public M&A. The corporate/M&A team often works with its antitrust, employment, tax, restructuring and financing teams to provide comprehensive support to clients. The law firm assists a portfolio of blue-chip French companies with the full spectrum of their corporate activities, while also utilising a strong network of international firms for cross-border mandates. The team offers expertise in regulated sectors including telecommunications, energy and financial services.
  2. Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP
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    Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP
    Corporate/M&A: High-end Capability
    Europe 2022 | Band 1 | 7 Years Ranked
    Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton boasts a superb Paris-based corporate team regularly acting for large blue-chip clients. The law firm handles a broad range of corporate transactions and offers particular strength in public M&A deals. The lawyers act for clients on transfer of interests and takeovers. The firm is a strong choice for multi-jurisdictional transactions thanks to its international network. The corporate/M&A department additionally works in close collaboration with its well-reputed tax and antitrust teams.
  3. 1
    Darrois Villey Maillot Brochier
    Corporate/M&A: High-end Capability
    Europe 2022 | Band 1 | 7 Years Ranked
    Darrois Villey Maillot Brochier is an outstanding corporate practice covering the full range of M&A mandates including acting on transactions for publicly listed companies. The Paris-based team works in conjunction with international firms to assists clients with cross-border mandates. The law firm advises blue-chip corporate clients on inbound and outbound transactions in a range of sectors, including automotive, banking and TMT.
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Band 2
  1. BDGS Associés
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    BDGS Associés
    Corporate/M&A: High-end Capability
    Europe 2022 | Band 2 | 6 Years Ranked
    BDGS Associés boasts wide-ranging expertise covering public and private M&A and corporate governance, including regulatory matters. The lawyers assists a number of well-known domestic clients with particular experience in dealing with state-owned companies. The law firm complements its corporate offering with strong teams in other practice areas such as competition and tax. The team is active in a range of industries including transportation, banking, insurance and telecommunications.
  2. Clifford Chance Europe LLP
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    Clifford Chance Europe LLP
    Corporate/M&A: High-end Capability
    Europe 2022 | Band 2 | 7 Years Ranked
    Clifford Chance's highly regarded corporate team benefits from a large international network. The lawyers are experienced in a variety of different industries including the energy, TMT, banking and infrastructure sectors. The law firm acts on a range of deal types, such as disposals and public M&A. The team works in close collaboration with complementary departments such as banking and finance, tax and antitrust. The lawyers advise an impressive roster of clients, including French and international corporates as well as investment firms.
  3. Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer
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    Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer
    Corporate/M&A: High-end Capability
    Europe 2022 | Band 2 | 7 Years Ranked
    The Paris corporate M&A team is highly skilled in regulatory and transactional corporate work. The lawyers combine excellent cross-border capabilities with strong domestic expertise. The team also provides clients with a multidisciplinary service thanks to its cooperation with the tax, antitrust and finance departments. The law firm boasts a diverse industry expertise with a strong footprint in manufacturing, TMT, energy and infrastructure.
  4. Gide Loyrette Nouel
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    Gide Loyrette Nouel
    Corporate/M&A: High-end Capability
    Europe 2022 | Band 2 | 7 Years Ranked
    Gide Loyrette Nouel combines strong French expertise with the ability to advise international companies on cross-border matters. The lawyers regularly handle sophisticated joint venture and M&A transactions, as well as corporate structure issues. The law firm enjoys a significant depth of experience in many different industries including banking, real estate, energy and insurance. The team also acts for shareholders on the sale of companies.
  5. Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP
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    Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP
    Corporate/M&A: High-end Capability
    Europe 2022 | Band 2 | 7 Years Ranked
    The corporate/M&A department is skilled in a wide variety of matters in the corporate sphere including acquisitions, reorganisations and disposals. The law firm advises both buyers and sellers on a number of outbound transactions, also assisting public clients with acquisitions of foreign companies. The lawyers are well versed in a variety of sectors including TMT, real estate and energy.
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Band 3
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    Latham & Watkins LLP
    Corporate/M&A: High-end Capability
    Europe 2022 | Band 3 | 7 Years Ranked
    Latham & Watkins utilises its wide international network to advise on cross-border transactions and complex high-end corporate deals. The lawyers have the ability to act on a broad range of operations including spin-offs, disposals and acquisitions. The firm is active in the healthcare, retail, manufacturing and IT sectors. The corporate/M&A department often works with its finance, tax, employment and competition teams to provide comprehensive support to clients. It acts for public and private companies and investment firms.
  2. Linklaters
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    Linklaters
    Corporate/M&A: High-end Capability
    Europe 2022 | Band 3 | 7 Years Ranked
    Linklaters has a strong corporate expertise in a broad range of industry sectors spanning energy, banking, manufacturing and insurance. The department benefits from a large international network enabling it to administer seamless cross-border advice to clients. The lawyers act on a wide range of transactions including public and private M&A, joint ventures and divestments. The law firm maintains an enviable client base comprising blue-chip financial institutions, investment firms and high-profile corporates.
  3. Shearman & Sterling LLP
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    Shearman & Sterling LLP
    Corporate/M&A: High-end Capability
    Europe 2022 | Band 3 | 7 Years Ranked
    Shearman & Sterling is adept at handling a broad range of corporate matters including public and private acquisitions, share disposals and restructuring. The law firm boasts strong expertise in the TMT and financial sectors. The team frequently acts for international entities on cross-border mandates, utilising the firm's network of international offices.
  4. Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP & Affiliates
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    Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP & Affiliates
    Corporate/M&A: High-end Capability
    Europe 2022 | Band 3 | 7 Years Ranked
    The strong corporate practice is frequently instructed on large and complex deals. The team is adept at handling cross-border transactions, with significant experience and knowledge of US-related matters. The law firm frequently acts for insurance, healthcare and technology companies. The lawyers have additional expertise in representing clients in hostile takeovers.
  5. Sullivan & Cromwell LLP
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    Sullivan & Cromwell LLP
    Corporate/M&A: High-end Capability
    Europe 2022 | Band 3 | 7 Years Ranked
    The strong international department regularly acts on complex cross-border transactions, with particular expertise in US-related matters. The lawyers advise clients on transactions in the technology, automotive and real estate sectors. The team also has expertise in a variety of areas including mergers, sales and takeovers.
  6. Allen & Overy LLP
    Corporate/M&A: High-end Capability
    Europe 2022 | Band 3
  7. Herbert Smith Freehills
    Corporate/M&A: High-end Capability
    Europe 2022 | Band 3
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Band 4
  1. Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP
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    Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP
    Corporate/M&A: High-end Capability
    Europe 2022 | Band 4 | 7 Years Ranked
    Davis Polk & Wardwell offers strong corporate capabilities spanning mergers, acquisitions and disposals. The team often advises American companies looking to carry out transactions in France. Its client roster additionally comprises major French corporates. The lawyers handle operations across a range of sectors including energy, TMT and automotive. The law firm also assists with mandates across the African and Asian continents.
  2. De Pardieu Brocas Maffei
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    De Pardieu Brocas Maffei
    Corporate/M&A: High-end Capability
    Europe 2022 | Band 4 | 7 Years Ranked
    De Pardieu Brocas Maffei is adept at handling a broad range of matters in the corporate sphere including takeover, sales, restructurings and tender offers. The firm has wide-ranging knowledge of the banking, energy and technology industries, with market-renowned expertise in real estate deals. The lawyers often collaborate closely with the firm's tax and finance department.
  3. Dentons
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    Dentons
    Corporate/M&A: High-end Capability
    Europe 2022 | Band 4 | 7 Years Ranked
    Dentons has strong cross-border capabilities due to offices in a variety of jurisdictions and lawyers with experience in France, as well as other countries including Russia, China, Germany and the USA. The law firm handles acquisitions, joint ventures and divestments for domestic corporates, public companies and multinationals. The team represents clients from the energy, technology and manufacturing industries. The department possesses particular expertise in life sciences transactions.
  4. DLA Piper France LLP
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    DLA Piper France LLP
    Corporate/M&A: High-end Capability
    Europe 2022 | Band 4 | 5 Years Ranked
    DLA Piper draws on its wide international network to assist clients with multi-jurisdictional sales and acquisitions. The lawyers have notable experience in the life sciences, IT and retail sectors, regularly acting on deals involving private equity aspects. DLA Piper's clients also benefit from the support of the firm's finance, tax and employment departments.
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    Jones Day
    Corporate/M&A: High-end Capability
    Europe 2022 | Band 4 | 7 Years Ranked
    The team at Jones Day is proficient in a range of public and private M&A deals, general corporate matters and regulatory considerations. The law firms assists large corporates and shareholders with acquisitions and disposals. The lawyers frequently advise on transactions in the energy, technology and life sciences sectors. The team is skilled at handling cross-border transactions due to its extensive network of offices throughout the world.
  6. Orrick Rambaud Martel
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    Orrick Rambaud Martel
    Corporate/M&A: High-end Capability
    Europe 2022 | Band 4 | 7 Years Ranked
    The law firm advises on a diverse range of transactional work including public M&A and divestments. The lawyers handle instructions from multinationals, insurance companies and investment funds. The team frequently represents boards of directors in strategic M&A transactions. It acts for clients from the transportation, TMT and infrastructure sectors.
  7. White & Case LLP
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    White & Case LLP
    Corporate/M&A: High-end Capability
    Europe 2022 | Band 4 | 7 Years Ranked
    White & Case is well equipped to handle cross-border matters due to a wide network of offices across the world. The law firm acts on a range of transactions, including joint ventures, acquisitions and divestments. The team has particularly strong expertise in corporate issues involving the financial services, energy and technology sectors. It offers additional expertise to clients from the telecoms, insurance and automotive industries.
  8. Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP
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    Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP
    Corporate/M&A: High-end Capability
    Europe 2022 | Band 4 | 7 Years Ranked
    Willkie Farr & Gallagher regularly advises well-known corporates from the shipping, life sciences and media industries. The team handles a wide range of mandates including disposals, mergers, divestments and acquisitions. The law firm is experienced in international and cross-border processes, especially involving the USA. Its client base comprises privately owned and publicly listed corporates as well as financial institutions.
  9. Baker McKenzie AARPI
    Corporate/M&A: High-end Capability
    Europe 2022 | Band 4
  10. Mayer Brown LLP
    Corporate/M&A: High-end Capability
    Europe 2022 | Band 4
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Band 5
  1. August Debouzy
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    August Debouzy
    Corporate/M&A: High-end Capability
    Europe 2022 | Band 5 | 5 Years Ranked
    August Debouzy assists large companies with a range of corporate and commercial matters, including share transactions, mergers and takeovers. The law firm is active in a wide spectrum of sectors, with particular knowledge of the life sciences, technology and renewable energy industries. The team is also visible in distressed M&A. The clients benefit from the firm's full-service offering and the close cooperation with its highly recognised employment and intellectual property teams.
  2. CMS
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    CMS
    Corporate/M&A: High-end Capability
    Europe 2022 | Band 5 | 1 Years Ranked
    CMS boasts a solid corporate practice able to handle acquisitions, divestments and corporate restructurings. The lawyers work in close cooperation with the employment and tax teams to provide full support to clients. The law firm utilises its international network on cross-border deals. CMS attracts clients from a range of sectors, particularly healthcare and real estate.
  3. Dechert LLP
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    Dechert LLP
    Corporate/M&A: High-end Capability
    Europe 2022 | Band 5 | 1 Years Ranked
    Dechert is active in a broad range of corporate matters including acquisitions, restructurings and disposals. The law firm has noteworthy activity in matters involving the life sciences industry, regularly advising on strategic transactions. It handles French and cross-border corporate transactions. The team is popular with large corporates and shareholders.
  4. Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP
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    Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP
    Corporate/M&A: High-end Capability
    Europe 2022 | Band 5 | 7 Years Ranked
    The law firm has broad capabilities in the corporate arena covering acquisitions and disposals, restructurings and corporate governance matters. Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher also regularly assists with joint ventures. The team is experienced in the real estate, energy and TMT sectors. The lawyers work with offices located around the world to aid clients with cross-border issues, particularly in US-related matters.
  5. Hogan Lovells (Paris) LLP
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    Hogan Lovells (Paris) LLP
    Corporate/M&A: High-end Capability
    Europe 2022 | Band 5 | 1 Years Ranked
    The team at Hogan Lovells is experienced in handling transactions involving the transportation, TMT and insurance industries. The practice benefits from a broad international network enabling the team to advise clients on multi-jurisdictional matters. It draws on its wide array of practice areas to provide comprehensive support to its clientele, including regulatory considerations. The law firm also advises clients from the energy and banking sectors, as well as a number of investment groups.
  6. 5
    Jeantet
    Corporate/M&A: High-end Capability
    Europe 2022 | Band 5 | 1 Years Ranked
    Jeantet boasts broad corporate capabilities encompassing mergers, investment transactions and sales. The law firm handles industrial M&A and has noteworthy expertise in the manufacturing, technology and healthcare sectors. It offers strong cross-border offering with experience in a variety of jurisdictions. The team also handles inbound transactions from foreign clients. The lawyers regularly cooperates with colleagues from the firm's IP, tax and employment departments.
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Band 6
  1. Eversheds Sutherland
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    Eversheds Sutherland
    Corporate/M&A: High-end Capability
    Europe 2022 | Band 6 | 1 Years Ranked
    The corporate practice advises clients on a range of matters including joint ventures, acquisitions and general corporate issues. The law firm offers further experience in asset transactions and often acts on cross-border mandates. Its sectors of expertise include the energy, technology and life sciences industries. The team of lawyers also acts on inbound acquisitions and investments.
  2. Lacourte Raquin Tatar
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    Lacourte Raquin Tatar
    Corporate/M&A: High-end Capability
    Europe 2022 | Band 6 | 5 Years Ranked
    Lacourte Raquin Tatar demonstrates solid capabilities in the corporate field. The law firm frequently handles matters involving African jurisdictions. Its wide-ranging expertise encompasses joint ventures, acquisitions and reorganisations. The team boasts noteworthy expertise in real estate deals. The clients benefit from the close collaboration with the firm's tax department. The lawyers advise companies across a variety of sectors, including TMT, banking, and food and drink.
  3. 6
    Paul Hastings (Europe) LLP
    Corporate/M&A: High-end Capability
    Europe 2022 | Band 6 | 7 Years Ranked
    Paul Hastings handles both local and international mandates in the corporate space. The law firm is well known for its expertise in transactions involving a private equity element. The team represents financial institutions and corporate clients, with notable expertise in the telecommunications, real estate and healthcare sectors.
  4. Peltier Juvigny Marpeau & Associés
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    Peltier Juvigny Marpeau & Associés
    Corporate/M&A: High-end Capability
    Europe 2022 | Band 6 | 1 Years Ranked
    Peltier Juvigny Marpeau & Associés frequently advises on acquisitions, structurings and disposals. The team represents corporate clients, shareholders and financial institutions, with notable expertise in the retail, technology and pharmaceutical sectors. The lawyers also advise on corporate governance issues and reorganisations.
  5. Villey Girard Grolleaud
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    Villey Girard Grolleaud
    Corporate/M&A: High-end Capability
    Europe 2022 | Band 6 | 1 Years Ranked
    Villey Girard Grolleaud has a solid reputation for complex public M&A mandates. The law firm demonstrates expertise in sales, acquisitions and restructurings. It acts for an enviable roster of high-profile domestic clients. The team is notably active across the retail and TMT sectors.
  6. Viguié Schmidt & Associés A.A.R.P.I.
    Corporate/M&A: High-end Capability
    Europe 2022 | Band 6