The United States

120 West 45th Street, 19th Floor New York, NY 10036
Tel. +1 (212) 403 6700 / Fax +1 (212) 403 6740
E-mail: newyork [at] gide [dot] com

Gide has been present in New York for over three decades, having established its New York office in 1984. Our New York office focuses its activities on M&A, private equity, finance, capital markets, and tax.

Gide's New York office serves as a gateway to Gide for U.S. clients and law firms throughout the United States, enabling access to Gide’s distinguished French legal expertise in Paris as well as its recognized international legal expertise across offices in Europe, North Africa, and Asia.  To this end, our New York office assists U.S. clients, including financial institutions, private equity and venture capital funds, and companies across every industry with their outbound activities and investments.  

Our lawyers work closely with select major U.S. law firms, providing seamless advice to U.S. and foreign clients on complex matters across the jurisdictions where Gide operates, and offering convenient access in New York to Gide’s French and international legal expertise in the areas of M&A, Private Equity, Finance, Capital Markets, and Tax.

M&A / Corporate

Gide's M&A/Corporate practice in New York is led by M&A partner David-James Sebag who focuses on cross-border transactions, and has a long history of representing both U.S. and French clients.  He advises French companies on their various growth operations (acquisitions, partnerships, or financings) in France and abroad, particularly in the United States, and he has represented a large number of U.S. companies and European private equity funds on their investments in French companies.  He also advises private equity investors, corporate clients and entrepreneurs on growth transactions with an industry focus on technology companies.

Finance and Capital Markets

Our New York office, working in conjunction with Gide other offices worldwide, advises also mainly on Finance and Capital Markets. Our U.S. finance team, led by counsel Théophile Strebelle, is a vital part of Gide's Banking & Finance practice group, which has an exceptional range of experience on cutting-edge finance and capital markets transactions across the world.   Our specialized teams handle all types of financial matters, with a focus on issues of debt, equity (including secondary offerings, rights offerings, IPOs and listings), warrants, certificates, investment fund securities, convertible bonds and an array of other instruments. The team also has had significant experience in many innovative financial products, including high-yield bonds, covered bonds and other complex structured transactions (including hybrid-capital instruments of regulated entities). Our New York law qualified team includes U.S. capital markets lawyers in our New York, London, and Paris offices, facilitating client contact around the world as a preferred adviser for arrangers, leading companies, issuers and investors. Our lawyers regularly advise issuers and underwriters in connection with international offerings made into the U.S. market pursuant to SEC Rule 144A and elsewhere internationally pursuant to Regulation S.

U.S. Tax

Our U.S. tax team in New York, led by partner Vanessa Tollis, is an integral part of our International Tax practice group, which comprises some 50 highly skilled tax attorneys from our various offices worldwide. The team advises on all aspects of U.S. and international tax planning.  We advise U.S. and multinational clients on a broad range of tax concerns, including entity classification, U.S. trade or business issues, withholding taxes, information reporting, PFIC, Subpart F, FIRPTA, tax treaty analysis and the FATCA regime.

We regularly advise sponsors and participants in the global capital markets on tax-efficient structured financings, including cross-border securitizations and securities offerings, as well as on credit arrangements, derivatives and other financial products.  We advise funds and investors on U.S. tax issues associated with the structuring, funding and operation of investment funds and other joint ventures.

Our clients include financial institutions, corporations, funds and high net worth individuals.

French and European Law 

Gide’s lawyers regularly provide legal advice to clients in the United States on matters of French and European law, working closely with select major U.S. law firms to provide seamless advice on complex matters across the jurisdictions where we operate. To this end, the New York office facilitates assisting U.S. clients with their outbound activities and investments.

Recent experience includes:

  • Counsel to a French investment firm on the financing of the acquisition of a major French company and the refinancing thereof through issuance over several years of numerous series of High Yield Bonds aggregating €1.8 billion, offered and sold in the U.S. market pursuant to Rule 144A and elsewhere internationally pursuant to Regulation S, including U.S. tax advice regarding complex debt/equity and other tax issues
     
  • Counsel to the Underwriters of an initial public offering of a Turkish company with listing on the Istanbul Stock Exchange together with concurrent international offering in accordance with Regulation S and Rule 144A, including U.S. tax advice involving challenging PFIC and other tax issues
     
  • Counsel to the Government of India in the privatisation of a major Indian mining company and the offering of approximately €1.5 billion in shares, with a listing in India together with a concurrent international offering, including an offering into the U.S. market pursuant to Rule 144A, including U.S. tax advice involving PFIC and other tax issues
     
  • Counsel to the underwriters in the public offering and listing of a French real estate company on Euronext Paris, together with an international offering pursuant to Regulation S and Rule 144A, including U.S. tax advice
     
  • Counsel to the underwriters in connection with numerous issuances of debt securities by a major French utility, aggregating in total more than $12.5 billion in principal amount, offered into the U.S. market pursuant to Rule 144A, including U.S. tax advice
     
  • Counsel to the issuer and/or deal counsel for a series of bond issuances by a dedicated vehicle created by the French State for the refinancing of French banks, which were, unconditionally and irrevocably guaranteed by the French State, for global principal amounts of close to €90 billion, offered and sold internationally and into the U.S. pursuant to Rule 144A, including U.S. tax advice
     
  • Counsel to several major French banks in connection with their covered bond programs, including the offering of covered bonds into the U.S. pursuant to Rule 144A, including U.S. tax advice
     
  • U.S. tax counsel to a major French company regarding tax structuring of a $400 million trade receivables securitization in the U.S.
     
  • U.S. tax counsel to major French corporation regarding U.S. tax aspects of a cross-border corporate reorganization
     
  • U.S. tax counsel to arranger regarding tax structuring of a $1 billion cross-border receivables purchase program, including complex portfolio interest and treaty interpretation analyses, with project spanning several years

New York

Gide Loyrette Nouel LLP
120 West 45th Street, 19th Floor
New York, NY 10036
Tel. +1 (212) 403 6700
Fax +1 (212) 403 6740
E-mail: newyork [at] gide [dot] com
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