Rankings Real Estate

Rankings Corporate – M&A

Rankings Employment Law

Rankings Banking & Finance

Rankings Capital Markets & Derivatives

Rankings Banking & Financial Regulatory


Rankings Dispute Resolution

The Dispute Resolution team advises companies and their management at all stages of the dispute resolution process. The team represents clients before French civil, criminal and administrative courts and European courts, as well as in French or international arbitration proceedings and in disciplinary, investigatory or legal proceedings initiated by French administrative authorities.

It also performs due diligence in connection with mergers and acquisitions, identifying and reviewing a target’s outstanding litigation and its internal dispute identification, processing and resolution procedures.

The team also helps implement preventive measures for the detection by companies of facts and circumstances likely to lead to disputes.

The close cooperation between the Dispute Resolution team and the firm’s other departments is one of the firm core strengths. It allows the team to handle complex cases in specialized areas such as securities litigation, competition law litigation, financial regulatory disputes and public law disputes.

Practice areas:

Pre-litigation and litigation of civil, criminal and administrative disputes in the areas of:

  • Banking and financial law
  • Bankruptcy law
  • Commercial law
  • Company law
  • Employment law
  • EU Competition law & Distribution
  • Insurance and reinsurance law
  • Intellectual Property law
  • Public law
  • Real Estate law
  • Securities law
  • White-collar crime

Domestic & international arbitration

Rankings Energy

Rankings Financing

Rankings Mergers & Acquisitions – Corporate Law

Rankings Securities Law and Disputes

Legal 500 EMEA 2015/2019: Mergers and Acquisitions (Band 3)

The 'efficient, organised' and 'approachable' team at De Pardieu Brocas Maffei specialises in financial services and real estate sector transactions, but  fields a strong practice in several other sectors, ranging from agribusiness and energy to infrastructure and TMT. In addition to advising InVivo Retail on its acquisition of Jardiland from L-GAM, the group assisted Orano with its pre-sale reorganisation aimed at transferring a part of its assets to Framatome. Thierry Brocas, Patrick Jaïs, Jean-François Pourdieu and Guillaume Touttée are the names to note. With the promotions of Delphine Vidalenc to partner and Grégoire Balland to counsel, the practice further increased its footing in the market, despite the departure of counsel Alexandre Lecomte, who left for a role in-house at InVivo. (2019)

At De Pardieu Brocas Maffei, the ‘reliable’ team is ‘client-oriented and proactive’ and provides ‘good response times’. The group acts for listed and non-listed companies on a broad range of matters, from mergers and acquisitions to joint ventures, reorganisations and disposals. Key sectors include financial services, real estate, energy, healthcare and TMT. The pragmaticPatrick Jaïs is ‘a versatile and seasoned lawyer’, who is able to build ‘excellent client relationships’. Other key practitioners are Nicolas Favre, Guillaume Touttée, Cédric Chanas and Jean-François Pourdieu. Notable matters include advising Batipart Group as shareholders of Eurosic on Eurosic’s €3.3bn merger with Gecina, and acting for CNP Assurances on their acquisition of a 49.9% stake in Réseau de Transport d’Electricité. Axéréal, BFCM and Areva are also clients. (2018)

De Pardieu Brocas Maffei is ‘able to adapt to complex situations and tight deadlines’. The 33-lawyer team, which shows ‘great listening skills’, advises on public and private M&A transactions; it has great knowledge of real estate and ‘strong insurance and banking M&A expertise’. Highlights included advising Eurosic on its takeover bid for Foncière de Paris and acting for Credit Mutuel’s BFCM in the acquisition of GE’s leasing and factoring activities in France and Germany. The practice is led by Thierry Brocas, Patrick Jaïs, Guillaume Touttée and Jean-François Pourdieu. The ‘smart, quick and efficientCédric Chanas and Nicolas Favre are emerging talents; Frédéric Keller was named partner. (2017)

"De Pardieu Brocas Maffei regularly handles the most high-profile deals in the insurance, banking and property areas in France, as well as a number internationally. The firm recently assisted CNP Assurances in a very complex deal involving the negotiation a new model of bank-insurance agreements with BPCE. The 30-lawyer team also acts for clients such as Altice Media, Natixis Global Asset Management and Immochan. Thierry Brocas, Patrick Jaïs, Guillaume Touttée and Jean-François Pourdieu lead the practice, in which Thomas Bréart de Boisanger, Cédric Chanas, Nicolas Favre and Eric Muller are also names to note. Frédéric Keller was promoted to partner." (2016)

"De Pardieu Brocas Maffei A.A.R.P.I is a top firm for M&A in the property, banking and insurance fields. Highlights included advising CNP Assurances on a new partnership with BPCE and acting for Crédit Agricole Assurances and Ramsay Health Care on the takeover of Générale de Santé. The highly experienced Thierry Brocas,Patrick Jaïs, Guillaume Touttée and Jean-François Pourdieu are the practice co-heads. Nicolas Favre and Cédric Chanas are also active and Eric Muller joined from White & Case LLP." (2015)

Chambers Europe 2019: Corporate/ M&A (Band 3)

What the team is known for: Adept at handling a broad range of matters in the corporate sphere including joint ventures, restructurings, tender offers and distressed M&A transactions. Wide-ranging knowledge of the insurance, financial services, energy and infrastructure industries, with market-renowned expertise in real estate deals. Often collaborates closely with the firm's tax and finance department.

Strengths: One client praises the lawyers' availability, adding: "They are able to assist in a timely and consistently high-quality way." Another interviewee says: "The lawyers are friendly, efficient and reactive."

Chambers Europe 2018: Corporate/ M&A (Band 3)

What the team is known for: Adept at handling a broad range of matters in the corporate sphere including joint ventures, restructurings, tender offers, IPOs and distressed M&A transactions. Wide-ranging knowledge of the insurance, financial services, energy and infrastructure industries, with market-renowned expertise in real estate deals.

Strengths: One client highlights an impressive balance between the group's legal and business acumen: "We have been very impressed by the quality of the advice on the negotiations. In addition to the strong legal advice, the lawyers have the relevant understanding of the business issues at all stages of the process." This source also adds that "the team has been very responsive to all requests." Another source appreciates the department's customer-focused approach: "The lawyers are very reactive and bright, and they are eager to find solutions and avoid risks for their clients."

Chambers Europe 2017: Corporate/ M&A (Band 3)

What the team is known for: Adept at handling a broad range of matters in the corporate sphere including joint ventures, restructurings, tender offers, IPOs and distressed M&A transactions. Particular expertise in the healthcare, food, financial services, energy, TMT and real estate industries. Strengths: "The lawyers are very experienced and sharp." "A very fine French firm."

Chambers Europe 2016: Corporate/ M&A (Band 4)

What the team is known for Well-regarded domestic firm skilled across the full range of corporate and M&A work including joint ventures, restructurings, securities and distressed transactions. Cross-discipline approach draws together tax, competition, insolvency and dispute resolution expertise to provide well-structured advice to clients in the finance, energy, real estate, healthcare and technology sectors.

Strengths "An excellent team for public M&A."

Chambers Europe 2015: Corporate/ M&A (Band 4)

What the team is known for Key domestic player advising clients on a wide range of corporate issues and transactional matters. Expertise in M&A work, both at the high-end and in the mid-market, and also joint-ventures, corporate reorganisations and strategic alliances. Noted for its experience in both public and private transactional work across a number of key sectors and industries, notably financial services.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients): "An impressive firm whose lawyers did a fantastic job and were very business-oriented."

Chambers Europe 2014: Corporate/ M&A (Band 3)

What the team is known for Supports major clients from sectors including energy, telecoms, banking, insurance, healthcare and technology. Active on matters ranging from acquisitions and asset sales to joint ventures and complex corporate transactions.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients): “A perfect one-stop shop.” “Very good for both corporate and restructuring matters.”

Chambers Europe 2013: Corporate/ M&A (Band 3)

Commentators agree that this firm offers an excellent service, particularly for French law transactions.The corporate team has in-depth knowledge of the energy, real estate and financial services sectors. It helps clients with a range of transactions, including M&A and changes of governance structure. In a recent highlight it advised the majority shareholders of Groupe Vermandoise on an exclusivity agreement for its EUR950 million takeover by Cristal Union. Sources say: "Incredibly practical, efficient, and proactive."

Chambers Europe 2012: Corporate/ M&A (Band 3)

This esteemed French firm is highly active in the M&A field, especially on mid-cap French deals. Reflecting the firm’s other well-recognised areas of strength, the team is especially visible on M&A linked to the banking and real estate sectors, but it represents clients from a wide range of other industries too. Recent highlights include advising several cereal co-operatives on the strengthening of their links with the Tereos Group, and assisting Oddo with the acquisition of Banque d’Orsay from WestLB.

IFLR1000 2017: M&A

In M&A, the firm has instructed buyers and sellers in relation to cross-border private acquisitions. For instance, it assisted Credit Mutuel Banking Group in connection with the acquisition of General Electric’s equipment and receivables finance business. “Its lawyers are highly responsive and reactive, while also being very good negotiators” “Cédric Chanas is an excellent lawyer.”

IFLR1000 2016: M&A - Tier 3

In corporate and M&A, the firm worked with listed real estate company Eurosic in connection with its multibillion euro joint venture with Foncière de Paris, a company dedicated to acquiring and leasing office blocks in the Paris area, by means of a voluntary public offer to acquire a holding stake in the company.

Another significant M&A transaction in the French market over the last year, saw General Electric sell its leasing and factoring activities in France and Germany to Banque Fédérative du Crédit Mutuel, as part of its global strategy to reduce in size. Also active in the private equity domain, the firm represented Euromezzanine in respect of Burger King’s acquisition of Quick Restaurants nationwide. The firm also acted on several LBO exits, for example that of Coyote where it represented 21 Centrale Partners; or Groupe Charlois where it represented Ardian.

IFLR1000 2015: M&A - Tier 3

In M&A the firm was involved in some large deals in the French market. Working with Clifford Chance, the firm advised Carrefour on a major deal in the real estate sector, setting up company Carmila which now owns 171 shopping malls across France, Spain and Italy, giving the spin off a portfolio value of €2.7 billion. In line with the market, the firm have increased activity in the private equity market, working both on the sale and buy sides. An exceptional example of this saw the firm advise a consortium of investors including the Le Mer family, Bpifrance, Arkea Capital Partenaire and others, in relation to the acquisition of the Sermeta group from its former shareholders, the majority of which were held by Carlyle, using an LBO.

IFLR1000 2014: M&A - Tier 3

The firm’s corporate department saw no changes but through internal promotion did add new partners in Joanna Gumpelson and Cédric Chanas and a new counsel in Frédéric Keller. One client recommends the firm for its “tailored approach” on “any type of deals from simple to highly complex”. Another praises the team for “gathering the utmost expertise in tax, corporate and real estate law”. “Excellence as always,” says another.

The firm worked alongside Cabinet Viguier Schmitt to advise CNP Assurances on renegotiating a partnership agreement with BPCE for insurance products and acted for agribusiness group Agrial on its acquisition of a 25% stake Eurial and the subsidiaries of Bakkavör Foods from a UK seller.

On the private equity side, the firm advised Caisse des Dépôts et Consignations (CDC) on the entry of Caravelle into the capital of Belambra through an LBO in February 2014 and LBO Partners and Keensight Capital on their acquisition of a majority stake of Menix Group in a secondary buy-out in April 2014.

Rankings Distressed M&A

Rankings Corporate & LBO Tax Law

Rankings Real Estate Tax Law

Rankings EU & Competition Law – Distribution Law

Rankings Economic public law – Regulated Industrial Activities

Rankings Restructuring & Insolvency

Rankings Real Estate Financing

Rankings Real Estate transactions

Rankings Urban Planning & Development

Rankings Intellectual Property

Rankings Private Equity

Rankings Tax Law