Gide's Mergers & Acquisitions / Corporate practice group has been instructed on a significant number of privatisations, both in France and abroad, as counsel to the government, privatised company, purchasers or banking syndicate.
Our expertise in this area is based on a highly developed technical knowledge of the regulations governing privatisation and the public sector and extensive experience in securities and labour issues in this context.
Privatisation of the Nice and Lyon airports: advising the French State Investments Agency (APE) on the privatisation of the Nice and Lyon airports.
Transfer of state export guarantee activities: advising the French State (APE and Treasury) on the transfer of state export guarantee activities from Coface, a world leader in credit insurance, to Bpifrance. State export guarantees are a central pillar of the policy to support French companies’ development.
La Banque Postale: advising La Poste on restructuring its financial activities and creating La Banque Postale.
Gaz de France/Suez: advising the French state, majority shareholder of Gaz de France, in the context of the Gaz de France/Suez merger.
PZL Swidnik SA: advising AgustaWestland on the acquisition of a majority stake in the capital of PZL Swidnik SA, Polish helicopter manufacturer owned by NV Agencja Rozwoju Przemyslu S.A. (industrial development agency).
Groupama: advising Groupama on the privatisation by the Turkish government of the group Basak, life insurance and IARD.