The Department advises numerous companies, whether listed or unlisted, on the recurring corporate law issues that they may face (e.g. financial authorisations, stock options), as well on their one-off transactions.
The Mergers & Acquisitions / Corporate practice group covers all issues relating to corporate law, particularly financial transactions (capital increase through issuing equity instruments or securities providing access to a company’s capital, capital reductions etc.), internal restructuring operations (mergers, partial transfer of assets etc.), employee or corporate officer profit-sharing agreement mechanism (stock option subscription or share purchase, free shares plan etc.), and company incorporations, whatever their form or nature.
Oseo: advising the Caisse des Dépôts et des Consignations on a restructuring through merger of the Oseo group (absorption by Oseo Financement of Oseo Innovation, Oseo Garantie and Oseo Bretagne)
Effia: advising the SNCF on the contribution of Effia, a wholly owned subsidiary of the SNCF, to Keolis
CNCE/BFPB: advising the CNCE on its merger with the Banque Fédérale des Banques Populaires and the creation of BPCE, the second largest actor in the French banking sector
EDF Distribution: advising EDF on the split of its distribution branch and transferring it to a wholly owned subsidiary, Electricité Réseau Distribution France (ERDF)
Viparis: advising the CCIP on the amalgamation of its activities in the trade fair/exhibitions sector with those of Unibail-Rodamco, and the creation of Viparis
We cover all questions of corporate law and securities regulations that listed companies are subject to. These include, in particular, all corporate governance issues (preparation, holding and incidents of general assemblies; nomination, resignation, removal, cooption and remuneration of corporate managers; preventing conflicts of interests, etc.) and securities law (drafting and updating of reference documents, buyback programmes, shareholder agreements, periodic and ongoing disclosure obligations, compliance with regulations on market abuse, etc.). This specialty presupposes a high level of expertise both in corporate and securities law, as well as excellent knowledge of capital market environments and market practice.
Axway Software: advising Sopra Groupe on the spin-off of Axway Software, its software branch, and its floating on NYSE Euronext Paris
Paprec: advising the Fonds Stratégique d'Investissement (FSI) on its EUR 100 million investment in the share capital of Paprec via a capital increase procedure
CA/CCI: advising six regional branches of the Crédit Agricole on the implementation of a procedure to buy back their cooperative investment certificates (CCI)