Gide is pleased to announce the arrival of Françoise Even and Sami Toutounji as partners, Barbara Streichenberger-Michel as Senior Counsel, as well as their team, to its Mergers & Acquisitions practice group to develop a new practice dedicated to employee shareholding.
With this new team, Gide is boosting the ability of its 500 lawyers, including 120 partners, to work alongside clients on their most strategic issues, with employee shareholding gaining in considerable momentum over these past few years.
This leading team behind the creation and development of this practice in Paris is one of the most active and respected players in the market. They advise listed and unlisted companies as well as European financial institutions on the design and international roll-out of their employee share ownership plans, as well as on the implementation of their compensation plans and related governance.
By joining Gide, Françoise Even, Sami Toutounji and Barbara Streichenberger-Michel and their team, Sonia Boulongne, Jérémy Lereau-Colonna and Maxime Ehrhart, will boost the practice of one of the largest M&A departments in the French market, with nearly 80 lawyers, including 23 partners, who have been involved in all the most significant transactions of the market.
They will also work closely with Gide's teams specialising in executive / management packages, securities and capital markets law, employment law and tax law.
Senior Partner Frédéric Nouel and Managing Partner Jean-François Levraud said: "We are delighted to welcome Françoise Even and Sami Toutounji to our firm. Together they have participated in establishing and developing this activity on the Paris market. The arrival of this new team is a natural complement to the firm's recognised practice in the field of managers and employees accessing the capital of their company, and strengthens our ability to support our clients as widely as possible".
Françoise Even and Sami Toutounji added: "We are very pleased to be joining the Gide teams in Paris. The reputation and quality of their various practices as well as the firm's international network are undeniable strengths that we will draw on to continue to provide the best possible support to our clients, both in France and abroad".