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Managing Partners: Antoine Bonnasse, Youssef Djehane, Antoine Gosset-Grainville, Jean-Emmanuel Skovron, Marc Loy
Number of partners: 13
Number of other lawyers: 22
Languages: Chinese, English, French, German, Italian, Spanish

Firm Overview:
Founded in 2013, BDGS Associés is one of France’s leading independent law firms renowned for handling clients’ most strategic and complex matters. Initially formed around a double core activity in mergers and acquisitions and competition and regulatory, BDGS Associés has gradually expanded to include tax, restructuring and dispute resolution practices in order to offer a full range of high value adding transactional legal services. BDGS Associés distinguishes itself by its low associate to partner ratio and the strong implication of its partners, offering high-quality, commercial, tailored advice focused on adding value.

Notable recent matters include representing: SNCF on all aspects of the ongoing reform of the French rail sector (over €4 billion of assets); Safran on its public offer for Zodiac Aerospace (€7.3 billion); Crédit Agricole Assurances as reference shareholder of Gecina and Eurosic in the context of Gecina’s public offer for Eurosic (€3.3 billion); EDF on its partnership with Caisse des Dépôts et Consignations and CNP Assurances regarding Réseau de Transport d’Electricité (RTE) (€8.2 billion); and Groupe Fnac on its crossborder public offer for Darty Plc (£914 million). The firm was ranked 1st M&A Corporate law firm in France in value for the first semester of 2018.

Main Areas of Practice:

Mergers & Acquisitions:
BDGS Associés advises on all aspects of mergers and acquisitions transactions, including acquisitions, mergers, public offers, private equity, corporate reorganisations, corporate governance, joint-ventures and partnerships. With a highly experienced and qualified team of lawyers having worked on most of the major transactions to have occurred on the French market over the last 30 years, the firm represents its French and international clients on their most structuring domestic and cross-border transactions. The mergers and acquisitions practice has in particular unique expertise in listed companies and transactions involving state-owned entities or regulated companies.

Competition & Regulatory:
BDGS Associés’s competition and regulatory practice benefits from a unique position due to its dual presence in Paris and Brussels and the experience of its partners in all competition law matters, including litigation, merger control, cartels, abuse of dominant position, state aid and distribution law. The practice’s expertise in merger control with a strong risk of ban or remedies and in state aid is one of the most recognised on the market. BDGS Associés’s competition and regulatory practice also has significant expertise in sectorial regulation at both national and EU levels, including in the telecommunications, energy, transport and broadcasting sectors.

Tax:
BDGS Associés’s tax practice advises on all aspects of French and international tax law relating to mergers and acquisitions and corporate reorganisations for both industrial groups and private equity funds, including LBOs, structurings and management packages. The tax practice also provides standalone tax advice regarding real estate activities and to high net worth individuals and regularly represents clients in tax disputes.

Restructuring & Finance:
BDGS Associés’s restructuring practice advises distressed companies, their shareholders, industrial investors or investment funds in respect of out-of-court debt restructurings (mandat ad hoc, conciliation) and insolvency proceedings. It has handled numerous complex distressed LBO transactions and is extremely familiar with complex finance documentation.

Dispute Resolution:
BDGS Associés has significant expertise in complex corporate disputes, shareholder disputes, securities law disputes, insolvency law disputes, white-collar criminal proceedings and disputes relating to contract law and unfair competition. The dispute resolution practice regularly represents clients in major disputes before the French and European courts, as well as in international arbitration, investigations and administrative proceedings.

International Work:
BDGS Associés regularly represents its clients in their international transactions and disputes, benefitting from the skills of its lawyers, several of whom are bicultural, multilingual and/or dual qualified and the strong personal relationships maintained by its partners with leading firms in key foreign jurisdictions which allow the firm to work with the most suitable correspondents based on clients’ needs.