Admitted to the Paris Bar in 1990, partner Olivier Diaz has over 25 years' experience in complex mergers and acquisitions, private equity operations, securities law and corporate law. His practice covers a wide variety of transactions, in particular public and private acquisitions, leveraged buyouts, joint ventures and corporate restructurings.
During his career, Olivier has worked with clients on the largest and most complex M&A transactions in France, particularly in industrial fields, such as telecoms, energy, financial institutions and the food industry. He also assists companies on complex governance issues and is regularly consulted by regulators on securities and corporate law issues.
Prior to joining Gide in which Olivier was previously partner from 1990 to 1998, he worked for two years at Linklaters (1998-2000), fourteen years at Darrois Villey Maillot Brochier (2000-2015) and three years at Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom.
A graduate of Paris' political sciences institute Sciences-Po (1985) and of HEC business school in Paris (1987), Olivier also holds a postgraduate degree (DESS) in international taxation from Paris XI University (1987).
Recognised unanimously as one of the most talented lawyers in the field of mergers and acquisitions, Olivier Diaz is regularly praised in the main international directories (Chambers and Legal 500) and by his peers (Best Lawyers) as a great strategist, in particular as regards listed and non-listed operations.
« Olivier Diaz is an excellent technician, a very fine negotiator and appreciated by CEOs for his work combining both business and law. »
Legal 500 EMEA 2021
« Olivier Diaz maintains a leading corporate practice and frequently acts on public M&A transactions. Clients highlight his longstanding presence in the market, saying: 'He knows the French institutions and regulators very well,' and going on to add: 'He is very quick on his feet, he is business-oriented, pragmatic, he is a highly trusted adviser who brings more than technical expertise.' »
Chambers Europe & Global 2021
« Olivier Diaz is well regarded for his involvement in the M&A market, including in public M&A transactions. Suggesting he is 'one of the best corporate lawyers in Paris,' one client says: 'He is extremely well rounded, technical, pragmatic and very good with his clients.' »
Chambers Global 2019
« Olivier Diaz is widely regarded as a leading figure in the corporate/M&A arena, with one source describing him as 'one of the best lawyers in the French market.' In particular, this client appreciates his ability to provide 'quick answers to complex problems.' He utilises his vast experience to assist clients with transactions and corporate governance issues. »
Chambers Global 2018
« Olivier Diaz is ‘a leading name, very good for listed and non-listed transactions, who remains very close to his clients’. »
Legal 500 EMEA 2017