Jean-François Louit and Caroline Lan are among the most active and most respected lawyers in this area, particularly with respect to the structuring and implementation of management packages, incentive plans and employee shareholder plans related to IPOs and private equity operations, and more generally on matters of governance and executive compensation.
They have advised management on major transactions involving listed and non-listed companies, such as: the merger of Idemia and Morpho; the acquisition of IPH by Advent; the takeovers of Primonial by Bridgepoint, of April by CVC and of Harvest by Five Arrows; CDPQ's investment in Delachaux; and the spin-off of Accor Invest.
In addition, they have advised management on IPOs, such as those of SPIE in 2015 or that of Sandro Maje in 2017, or more generally with respect to the implementation of incentive plans for listed companies.
They also advise family offices or leading family groups on corporate and M&A matters.
Their proximity to management teams with a strong entrepreneurial spirit focused on growth and internationalisation, and their ability to promote innovative solutions to management teams, aligns perfectly with Gide's entrepreneurial culture. They will give the firm's clients the benefit of their vast experience in a fast-growing field, essential for transactions and the development of company groups.
Together with their two associates, Vincenzo Feldmann and François Bossé-Cohic, Caroline and Jean-Francois join a Mergers-Acquisitions department which is among the most significant in the French market. With nearly 70 lawyers, including 20 partners, this team has advised on more than 70 transactions since the beginning of 2019.
Senior Partner, Xavier de Kergommeaux, and Managing Partner, Stéphane Puel, commented: "We are delighted to welcome Caroline Lan and Jean-François Louit to the Gide partnership. The arrival of this new team and these appointments are perfectly in line with the firm's development plans in key areas for our clients."
Caroline Lan and Jean-François Louit added: "We are very happy to join Gide's teams in Paris, particularly its Corporate team led by Olivier Diaz. The reputation and quality of their different practice areas in Paris will allow us to offer an even better and broader service to our clients. The Gide network and its international partners will support the development of our practice in France and abroad."
Admitted to the Paris and New York Bars, Caroline Lan specialises in private equity and M&A. She advises executive teams in the structuring / restructuring of management incentive plans in connection with leveraged management buyouts (LMBOs), IPOs and with respect to build-ups and takeovers. She is also involved in the implementation of employee share ownership plans. Caroline also assists clients in the governance of listed companies. Before joining Gide, Caroline Lan was a partner in the Corporate & Securities department of Mayer Brown Paris. Caroline holds a Masters in Business Law, Taxation and Accounting from the Faculty of Law of Aix-en-Provence and a Master of Laws (LL.M) from the University of Connecticut - Uconn Law School (USA).
Admitted to the Paris Bar, Jean-François Louit specialises in M&A transactions, private equity and capital markets. In these fields he has over twenty years of experience, working in leading UK and French law firms. In particular, he supports directors, entrepreneurs and managers in these areas, particularly with regard to issues of access to capital, management incentives and governance. He has recently been involved in major corporate transactions, such as the spin-off of Accor Invest, the CVC bid for April and the acquisition of IPH by Advent. He is involved in the implementation of employee share ownership plans. Before joining Gide, Jean-François Louit was a partner in the Corporate & Securities department of Mayer Brown Paris. Jean-François holds a Masters in Business Law, Taxation and Accounting from the Faculty of Law of Aix-en-Provence and a Master of Laws (LL.M) from Osgoode Hall Law School in Toronto (Canada).
Admitted to the Paris Bar, Vincenzo Feldmann specialises in M&A (listed and unlisted) and leveraged buy-out transactions in various industrial and financial sectors. He typically advises senior executives on these transactions. Prior to joining Gide, Vincenzo was an associate in the Corporate & Securities Department of Mayer Brown Paris. Vincenzo is a graduate of HEC and holds a "Master 2" in Business and Tax Law from Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne University.
Admitted to the Paris Bar, François Bossé-Cohic typically advises senior executives on leveraged buy-out transactions in various industrial and financial sectors and in M&A transactions (listed and unlisted). He is also involved in the implementation of employee share ownership plans. Prior to joining Gide, François was an associate in the Corporate & Securities Department of Mayer Brown Paris. François holds a "Master 2" DJCE from the University of Rennes and the "Master 2" Banking and Financial Law from Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne.