With over a decade of legal experience in cross-border M&A, private equity, investment funds and real estate, partner Antoine de la Gatinais has significant expertise advising on foreign direct investment in China, including the acquisition of stakes in private and public entities and joint venture arrangements. His practice also covers advising on real estate projects, including commercial / retail and office developments and the acquisition of real estate assets. His recent work includes advising Air Liquide on the establishment of a joint venture in China with Sinopec, advising one of the world's largest manufacturers of ophthalmic lenses on the acquisition of several manufacturing units in China, and assisting a leading French luxury goods and fashion house on the opening of their flagship stores in Shanghai. Antoine is also active in advising Chinese companies on outbound investment projects and otherwise establishing their presence in Europe.
Antoine de la Gatinais co-headed Gide's Shanghai office from 2010 to 2016. He is currently listed as one of the leading lawyers in real estate in China by Chambers Asia-Pacific 2012, and is recommended in real estate and banking & finance in China in the latest Asia Pacific Legal 500. He is admitted to the Paris Bar.