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.
His perfect command of the increasingly complex challenges and requirements that companies must face, make him a priority counsel on strategic decisions.
Gide's Mergers & Acquisitions practice group is the largest in Paris, now with over 60 lawyers including 18 partners.
Gide senior partner Xavier de Kergommeaux and managing partner Stéphane Puel indicate: "We are very pleased to see Olivier Diaz join our teams again. He is a symbolic figure in the vast field of Mergers & Acquisitions. His arrival is a perfect example of our firm's dynamic development, and illustrates our ambition to further strengthen our position as leader on the market, in particular by bringing together the best practitioners in our clients' key fields."
Olivier Diaz adds: "I am very pleased to be joining Gide again, and a culture in which I will be able to give my best. I am enthusiastic at the idea of committing to, and working with, high-quality teams. The international standing of the firm, both through its own offices and its network of leading partner firms, represents an exceptional opportunity for development."
Olivier Diaz will be in charge of a commission that will explore growth possibilities with clients and Gide's major partner firms.
Admitted to the Paris Bar in 1990, 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 from HEC business school in Paris (1987), Olivier also holds a postgraduate degree (DESS) in international taxation from Paris XI University (1987).
Gide is a major player in the field of mergers & acquisitions and corporate law. The firm's skills cover the full spectrum of practices essential to mergers and acquisitions, ranging from public offers to private equity, via disputes and restructurings, in a wide range of business sectors.