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Gide Loyrette Nouel

Gide Loyrette Nouel has a longstanding tradition of excellence. The firm can trace its roots back to 1920 when Pierre Gide opened his firm in Paris. Over the years, the firm has expanded and now has 600 lawyers working from 15 offices worldwide. Despite this, Paris remains a hub of activity and lawyers in the office advise major French groups and sector-leading companies, as well as foreign corporations. 

The IP department is home to some “leading names”. Emmanuel Larere has over 20 years’ experience advising on patent and market matters, and is renowned for his contentious and non-contentious work. Grégoire Triet specialises in patent litigation and trademark dispute; he is also “highly adept” at handling copyright and unfair competition cases. Raphaëlle Dequiré-Portier is recommended for her patents expertise. She has handled pan-European cases relating to patent infringements and validity disputes in the life sciences, technologies and mechanics industries. Trademark “specialist” Arnaud Michel is “incredibly user-friendly” and “always on hand to answer clients’ queries”.

The investment funds and asset management practice is led by Stéphane Puel, who has also served as the firm’s managing partner since 2012. His practice sees him advising on fund formation across French and foreign law open-ended and closed-end investment funds. He is particularly knowledgeable on regulatory matters. Ann Baker focuses on private equity investment fund structuring and formation, and has a “stellar reputation” in the market for providing “clear and concise advice”. The “excellent” Nadège Nguyen is noted for her experience in private equity restructuring and turn-around transactions, as well as her corporate law expertise.

Gide has vast experience handling public sector matters including litigation and public procurement. Laurent Deruy is recommended for his experience in government contracts, administrative litigation and environmental law. Peers praise him as being “sensational on his feet” and a “great strategist”. He has particular expertise in environmental matters relating to transactions, as well as litigation, PPPs and public law. Bénédicte Mazel specialises in projects and public law. She possesses “deep industry knowledge” and recently advised on the space communications project Nectar. Thomas Courtel is a “market leader” when it comes to advising on PPPs. He assists sponsors and lenders advising on the structuring of project negotiations with administrations, support during construction, and refinancing of assets.

Further praise goes to François Krotoff, head of the firm’s oil, gas and mining practice. His expertise in energy and natural resources law has seen him advise governments, public authorities, banks and developers on all types of projects. He has a “wealth of experience” in Africa and has advised on disputes with the Gabonese state regarding the mining rights of an iron ore mine, as well as assisting various African governments in the drafting of their legislation and regulations.

Gide is represented across 21 practice areas in this guide, demonstrating the high regard in which its lawyers are held across a wide range of legal practices. 

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