Thomas Urlacher is a partner and member of Gide’s M&A / Corporate practice group, with first-class expertise in complex acquisitions, strategic alliances (joint ventures) and corporate structuring. His practice covers a wide range of industries, in particular service industries (banking and insurance, IT and telecommunications), energy and manufacturing (automotive, pharmaceuticals, food and beverage).
Thomas also spent three years at Gide’s Casablanca office and managed Gide’s Beijing office for five years. There, he developed unique experience in international, cross-border M&A. He has advised, for example, many Chinese investors on their acquisitions in France and Africa.
His recently advised Canglong Optoelectronic (Accelink Group) on its investment in Almae Technologies; Vallourec, a world leader in premium tubular solutions, on the acquisition of Anhui Tianda Oil Pipe, a Chinese producer of tubes (first take-over of a Chinese company in the steel sector by a foreign investor); Agricultural Bank of China on the setting-up of the Banque Sino-Congolaise for Africa; Renault on the setting up of a joint venture with Dongfeng in China; Total on the restructuring of its lubricants business in China.
Member of the Paris Bar, Thomas is a graduate of the Ecole Supérieure des Sciences Economiques et Commerciales (ESSEC) and holds a DJCE-DESS in Business Law from the University of Strasbourg.Thomas is referenced in China in the latest Legal 500 Asia Pacific and mentioned in Projects & Infrastructure in China by Chambers Asia-Pacific 2013.