France: M&A and Governance 2017

In this chapter, we highlight 16 leading corporate lawyers who stand out for their expertise in public and private M&A, joint ventures, private equity, and cross-border transactions. They are also recognised for their exceptional work advising boards of directors of listed companies and substantial privately held entities with respect to the most difficult and sensitive corporate disclosure, governance and policy issues.

Most Highly Regarded
1. Nadège Nguyen Gide Loyrette Nouel, Paris
2. Christophe Eck Gide Loyrette Nouel, Paris
3. Benjamin Kanovitch Bredin Prat, Paris

Prominent national outfit BREDIN PRAT boasts the pre-eminent corporate group in the French market, achieving a fantastic five listings this year.
Benjamin Kanovitch stands out as one of the most highly regarded corporate lawyers in the country. Considered an M&A specialist, he is first port of call for many clients seeking transaction-related counsel.
Sébastien Prat is recognised for his first-class practice that encompasses M&A, securities law and private equity matters.
Didier Martin is a “senior figure” in the market. He is highly respected among clients and peers alike who highlight him for his extensive experience in the field.
Patrick Dziewolski is a standout corporate lawyer known for his particular expertise in matters relating to the construction, financial and energy sectors.
Olivier Assant is also highlighted in this chapter for his impressive corporate law practice. 

Corporate and dispute resolution specialist firm DARROIS VILLEY MAILLOT BROCHIER also performs well this year, with three of its leading practitioners nominated.
Founding partner Jean-Michel Darrois is “a star” in the field, recognised for his expert handling of complex corporate transactions and disputes on behalf of businesses, boards of directors, high-net-worth individuals and senior executives.
Didier Théophile is a leading competition lawyer, noted for his impressive work dealing with the antitrust aspects of major cross-border transactions across a range of sectors.
Alain Maillot is a long-standing figure in the market, and continues to impress international sources, who consider him a leading M&A specialist.

Two standout lawyers at GIDE LOYRETTE NOUEL are highlighted for their exceptional expertise in the area.
Nadège Nguyen is the foremost corporate practitioner in the country. She draws high praise from international sources for her world-class practice that encompasses both French and cross-border transactions, restructurings and general corporate matters.
Christophe Eck is also recognised as one of the most prominent names in the French market and is internationally renowned for his outstanding work handling M&A, private equity, corporate law and regulatory matters. 

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Nominees have been selected based upon comprehensive, independent survey work with both general counsel and private practice lawyers worldwide. Only specialists who have met independent international research criteria are listed.

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