France: M&A and Governance 2019

In this chapter we recognise 17 standout lawyers for their exceptional work handling a range of M&A transactions and corporate governance issues.

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

Bredin Prat performs well this year with four lawyers recognised for their excellence in the field.
Sébastien Prat is commended for his first-rate practice which focuses on securities law, private equity and M&A. He also assists corporate clients on their litigation matters.
Didier Martin is well versed in public tender offers and securities law in France. He also counsels public companies in resolving their criminal and financial litigation issues.
Olivier Assant is lauded as “superb” by peers. They applaud his strong corporate practice which encompasses securities law, M&A and private equity.
Benjamin Kanovitch stands out as “a very good name” in the French market who is a leading figure for private equity and M&A matters relating to global transactions.

Gide Loyrette Nouel sees three lawyers highlighted in this chapter.
Global Elite Thought Leader Nadège Nguyen comes highly commended by peers and is ranked as the most prominent corporate lawyer in the country. Her leading expertise spans cross-border and domestic M&A matters, with a focus on the hotel, industrial, food and beverage sectors.
Christophe Eck focuses his practice on private equity, corporate law and M&A, and is often involved in global work, especially in Asia and Africa.
Stéphane Puel comes highly recommended by peers in Europe and Australia. He specialises in counselling international and domestic clients on their restructuring matters.

Yvon Dreano of Jeantet AARPI enjoys a stellar reputation in the market, thanks to his expertise in advising international and national clients on their M&A, restructuring and insolvency matters.
Thierry Brun is a highly respected M&A specialist who advises an impressive list of clients on M&A transactions and joint ventures in the energy, automotive and life sciences sectors.

Jean-Michel Darrois of Darrois Villey Maillot Brochier has a formidable reputation in the market. He possesses considerable experience advising boards of directors and senior executives, businesses and high net-worth individuals.
Hugo Diener draws praise from peers across Europe for his experience counselling sovereign wealth funds, private equity funds, public and private industrial and services companies.

Jacques Buhart is a seasoned M&A expert at McDermott Will & Emery, having advised an impressive set of clients in an array of cross-border matters. He has extensive insight into the pharmaceutical, energy and telecommunications sectors.

Herve Pisani is managing partner at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer’s Paris office. He is commended for being “excellent” by peers and has counselled private and listed companies in their M&A matters domestically and internationally.

Hubert Segain of Herbert Smith Freehills is recognised for his top-tier work advising clients on global M&A, corporate governance and financial and corporate regulations. 

Youssef Djehane at BDGS Associés is distinguished for his first-rate practice, covering a plethora of matters involving domestic and international public companies such as corporate governance work, restructuring and takeovers.

Daniel Hurstel of Willkie Farr & Gallagher is well respected in the French market for his corporate work. He is active in assisting domestic and global companies on IPOs, capital markets, and M&A and restructuring matters.

Reid Feldman at Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel has deep expertise in commercial and corporate transactions and is highly sought after by financial services and banking clients.

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