Partner Hugues Moreau advises French and international operators on all legal issues involved in the real estate value creation chain: mergers & acquisitions, investment & divestments, property development, restructuring, asset management and financing transactions. His expertise encompasses the creation of joint ventures as well as of regulated (OPCIs) and unregulated investment vehicles.
He splits his time between our Paris and London offices and is instructed on all classes of real estate assets (office buildings, retail premises and shopping centres, hotels, logistic platforms, student housing, residential care homes, leisure facilities, etc.) for a variety of institutional players (investors, developers, fund and asset managers, regulated RE management companies, etc.).
Since 2000, Hugues has been involved in number of acquisition, divestment and restructuring projects, for single assets and entire portfolios, real estate receivables and property holding companies. He has also been instructed on several major private-equity transactions in the industry (eg. involving developers and AMF regulated ManCos).
He is recognized as an expert in sale-and-leaseback transactions, as well as in real estate development and leasing operations.
He also regularly supports the French and international expansion of major retailers, particularly in the luxury and fashion industries.
Hugues is active in dispute resolution cases and represents his clients before civil and commercial courts.
Listed in both the M&A and Real Estate sections of Legal 500 EMEA, "Skillfull negotiator" and "always available", Hugues Moreau is described as having a "sharp understanding of the retail market" and being "very quick to understand issues". The 2019 issue quotes him as "excellent and very business-oriented" and "highly appreciated for his ability to advise clients on major strategic issues".
As a partner of Gide's team dedicated to the real estate industry in France, Hugues is also recognized among the best specialists in this sector by Chambers Europe (Band 1), Legal 500 (Tier 1), International Who's Who of Business Lawyers and Décideurs (Tier 1).
Hugues is a French Foreign Trade Advisor (UK section).