The Gide partners have voted in their new Management Committee, with Frédéric Nouel, Senior Partner, and Jean-François Levraud, Managing Partner, both having been re-elected for a second term. They are joined on the Committee by three other partners, likewise elected by their peers at the firm: Franck Audran, Jean-Gabriel Flandrois and Laetitia Lemercier. Frédérique Misk-Malher, the firm’s Secretary-General, also sits on the Management Committee.
Gide is the undisputed leader in a wide range of fields in business law. Our exceptional teams cultivate and serve the unique and loyal client base we have built up over the more than 100 years since the firm’s foundation.
It is thanks to these teams and the recognition they have earned not only from our clients but also from their peers and others within the French and international legal spheres that Gide was recently crowned “France Law Firm of the Year” by Chambers Europe 2023. It is the second time the firm has held this prestigious title. We also regularly top a number of other French and international rankings, such as the Mergermarket Global & Regional M&A Rankings, in which our M&A team ranked first in France for H1 2023 in terms of both value and deal count.
Frédéric Nouel, Senior Partner, said: “I am honoured to be re-elected and to have the opportunity, together with Jean-François Levraud and the rest of the Committee, to take our firm to the next level. With the unique blend of expertise our 117 partners bring to the table, we offer our clients a service that is second to none.”
Jean-François Levraud, Managing Partner, added: “The firm can always rely on its partners to put their heads together and come up with solutions to even the most complex legal issues, offering our clients exceptional added value. Our strategy focuses on leveraging these synergies and building on the already considerable skills available within the firm.”
Frédéric Nouel has been Senior Partner since 2021. He specialises mainly in M&A, real-estate and financing transactions for investment funds and listed operators on the European hotel and real-estate markets. Consistently ranked in Band 1/Tier 1 and as a Leading Individual by Chambers Europe and Legal 500 (Hall of Fame), Frédéric also featured among the Forbes Top 40 Lawyers advising CAC 40 companies in 2022 and has been named a Thought Leader in real estate by Who’s Who Legal. He was voted “Lawyer of the Year: Real Estate” by Best Lawyers in France in 2017 and again in 2020.
Jean-François Levraud has been Managing Partner since 2021. Within the firm’s Real-Estate Transactions & Financing practice group in Paris, he advises primarily on real-estate transactions, especially construction and development transactions, in France and abroad. He headed up Gide’s Casablanca office from 2014 to 2018. International legal directories such as Chambers Global, Legal 500, IFLR1000 and Best Lawyers recognise Jean-François as a leading expert in real-estate law in both France and Morocco.
Franck Audran, newly elected Member of the Committee, joined the firm in 2007 and made partner in 2019. He specialises in French and EU competition law, assisting the firm’s clients on merger control aspects of complex acquisitions and restructuring projects, some of which require commitments to and/or an in-depth investigation by the French competition authority, the EU Commission or other national competition authorities. He also acts for the firm’s clients in investigations, inspections and seizures, as well as in litigation proceedings before the competition authorities and the courts (on charges relating to cartels, vertical restraints or abuses of dominant position and in private enforcement suits). Franck regularly features in the main international rankings (Chambers and Legal 500) as well as in the Best Lawyers peer review guide.
Jean-Gabriel Flandrois, newly elected Member of the Committee, joined the firm in 1999 and made partner within the M&A/Corporate practice group in 2009. He also heads up the firm’s Restructuring practice. He has gained extensive experience in the acquisition and restructuring of banks and other financial institutions, as well as in distressed M&A transactions, and regularly coordinates cross-border operations involving multiple jurisdictions. Jean-Gabriel is recommended as a Leading Individual in M&A in the Legal 500 guide and ranked by IFLR1000 and Best Lawyers in both M&A and Insolvency.
Laetitia Lemercier, newly elected Member of the Committee, joined the firm in 2001 and made partner in 2016. She specialises in structured finance and has significant experience in real-estate and project financing and refinancing – including development, acquisition, corporate and green financing. Her expertise also extends to debt restructuring. She regularly advises financial institutions, funds, borrowers, issuers and investors on complex and innovative financing transactions, from the initial structuring through to completion. Laetitia is recommended by Legal 500 EMEA and Best Lawyers in the categories of Banking and Finance, Real-Estate Finance and Project Finance, as well as by Chambers Europe for Projects and Energy Domestic Finan
Frédérique Misk-Malher, Gide’s Secretary-General since 2015, oversees all of the firm’s support functions. She supports the Committee in defining and implementing its development plan and in leading strategic projects both in France and abroad. She also heads up projects that cut across the firm’s various different departments. Frédérique previously held positions as Financial Auditor, Chief Financial Officer and Secretary-General/Director-General for a number of companies before pursuing her career within law firms as from 2011.