France: M&A and Governance 2018

In this chapter we recognise 19 leading practitioners who stand out for their impressive handling of public and private M&A transactions and joint ventures, as well as corporate governance matters.

Most Highly Regarded
1. Nadège Nguyen Gide Loyrette Nouel AARPI, Paris
2. Yvon Dreano Jeantet AARPI, Paris
3. Christophe Eck Gide Loyrette Nouel AARPI, Paris

BREDIN PRAT is a key player in the European M&A market, and sees five of its lawyers recognised for their outstanding work in the field.
Olivier Assant regularly assists prominent clients with public and private M&A transactions and is also highly recommended for his extensive experience handling private equity and securities law matters.
Benjamin Kanovitch impresses commentators with his strong corporate background, and focuses his first-rate practice on cross-border M&A and private equity transactions.
Didier Martin is a top French securities law specialist who draws praise from commentators for his standout corporate practice.

Independent French law firm GIDE LOYRETTE NOUEL also boasts a strong reputation in the M&A space and achieves three listings this year.
Nadège Nguyen is the foremost corporate lawyer in the French market. She receives widespread acclaim for her excellent work handling domestic and cross-border acquisitions and is particularly well known for her work in the energy sector.
Christophe Eck is a well-known practitioner who stands out for his experience advising private and public companies on large-scale M&A as well as his work on cross-border deals involving Asia and Africa.
Stéphane Puel is commended by sources for his strong corporate practice and wins praise for his impressive regulatory knowledge.

Two practitioners from JEANTET are recognised in this chapter.
Yvon Dreano is a leading name in the corporate sphere who wins praise for his excellent work assisting domestic and international companies on M&A deals and complex corporate restructurings.
Thierry Brun has more than 25 years’ experience and is one of France’s best known M&A specialists. He primarily focuses on handling large-scale international transactions for high-profile corporates and investment funds.

Jean-Michel Darrois of DARROIS VILLEY MAILLOT BROCHIER is a prominent figure in the market, and is recommended for his vast experience in the field. He regularly advises companies and high-net-worth individuals on major transactions and disputes.

Daniel Hurstel at WILLKIE FARR & GALLAGHER enjoys a fantastic reputation in the market thanks to his deep understanding of M&A transactions.

Reid Feldman at KRAMER LEVIN NAFTALIS & FRANKEL is a corporate specialist whose first-class practice encompasses a broad range of public and private corporate transactions.

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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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