Hugues Scalbert is a partner within Gide's Mergers & Acquisitions / Corporate practice group. He specialises in domestic and international mergers and acquisitions, and has developed particular expertise in industrial restructurings (mainly outsourcing). He also has particular expertise in M&A transactions in the areas of distribution, defence, insurance and in the Gulf region (particularly Saudi Arabia).
Hugues recently advised: ITME Equipement de la Maison on the acquisition of the French operations of Bricorama SAS and the Spanish subsidiaries of Bricorama SA; La Banque Postale on its partnerships with Malakoff Médéric and La Mutuelle Générale in the health insurance sector and asset management sector; the Japanese group Suntory on the sale of Cognac Louis Royer and on the acquisition with group Castel of Grands Millésimes de France (Château Beychevelle); Intermarché on the disposal of its Bosnian and Serbian subsidiaries; the Swiss group Maus Frères on the sale of Parashop and on the acquisition of Lacoste; the Laureate Group on the takeover of EBS and more generally on all its acquisitions in France then on the sale of all its French higher education institutions; Legrand on the acquisition of Seico in Saudi Arabia; Banco de Sabadel on the acquisition by Exea Empresarial of Uriage; Groupe Bic on the acquisition of Antalis Promotional Productions; Groupe Casino and investment funds managed by Goldman Sachs on setting up a partnership for the development of shopping centres in Eastern Europe.
Hugues Scalbert was in charge of the firm's Riyadh office from 1992 to 1996. He is co-author of the yearly Cross Border Handbook published by Practical Law Company, on outsourcing issues. He was a lecturer at the French Business School HEC and is a former auditor at the 62nd session of the Institut des Hautes Etudes de la Défense Nationale (IHEDN) (French institute of Advanced Studies in National Defence). Hugues is a board member of the Franco-Arab Chamber of Commerce.