This firm appears in the Who's Who Legal 100 2014
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Bredin Prat has experienced steady organic growth in recent years and now boasts one of the largest transactional corporate teams in the Paris legal market.
|Banking||2||Insolvency & Restructuring||2|
|Business Crime Defence||1||Insolvency & Restructuring||2|
|Competition||4||Labour & Employment||1|
An independent law firm, Bredin Prat has built close relationships with firms throughout Europe enabling it to deliver a seamless cross-border service.
|Total Listings in WWL||Established||1966|
|Home jurisdiction||France||Total size of firm||200|
|Number of partners||42||Number of offices||2|
PEOPLE AND PRACTICES
The firm’s corporate/M&A practice is hailed as “market-leading”. The firm’s recent transactions include advising on the friendly takeover bid by Solvay for Rhodia for €3.4 billion. Olivier Assant focuses on transactions involving public companies and is “renowned” for his work on cross-border M&A and private equity transactions. Patrick Dziewolski is knowledgeable on public mergers and acquisitions, privatisations, capital markets and French securities law. His counsel is “in high demand”. Didier Martin is a “leading authority” on public tender offers, securities laws and privatisations. Sébastien Prat is noted for his experience in mergers and acquisitions, private equity and capital markets. Clients describe him as “very responsive”. Benjamin Kanovitch is “very active” in the M&A field and advises on cross-border transactions, joint ventures and private equity transactions.Bredin Prat’s competition practice benefits from a Brussels office led by Marc Pittie, a “competition law expert” with experience in international transactions and cases before the European Commission and European courts. Head of the competition practice Robert Saint-Esteben has an “established reputation” in the field and is known for providing “valuable advice”. Hugues Calvet specialises in competition law with a particular focus on the regulated sectors such as energy and telecommunications. Olivier Billard focuses on merger control, state aids and competition litigation, and represents clients before French and EU authorities.
The tax practice focuses on transactions, audits and disputes with recent work including advising on the tax aspects of the tender offer for Sperian Protection by Honeywell for US$1.4 billion and the merger of CE Participation and BP Participations with BPCE for €1.8 billion. Pierre-Henri Durand advises on the tax issues relating to mergers and acquisitions, private equity transactions, corporate restructurings and management incentive plans. Yves Rutschmann focuses his tax practice on complex transactions. He is “very astute” and a “great problem solver”.
Financing work is a key area of practice for the firm and its capabilities are strengthened by the integration of the French law team of Slaughter and May’s Paris office in 2006. Recent work includes the financing of Sonepar’s acquisition of selected Hagemeyer activities from Rexel for €1.6 billion and the financing of Groupe Danone’s acquisition of Numico for €11 billion. Alexander Blackburn specialises in mergers and acquisitions and financing work and is recognised for his banking expertise. Raphaële Courtier is “well known” for her financing work including banking and capital market transactions, acquisition finance, real estate financing, project finance and restructuring.
JEAN-FRANCOIS PRAT PRIZE
In memory of Jean-Francois Prat, one of the founders of the firm who died in 2011, the firm has created a new contemporary art prize. The 2013 prize of €20,000 was awarded to US artist Matt Saunders, with two shortlisted artists also receiving €2,000 each. The firm exhibited the three artists’ work in its offices for two months.
Bredin Prat is committed to its strategy of remaining an independent French law firm. The excellence of its service and depth of expertise of its lawyers ensures it remains a “top choice” for national and international clients.
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