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, Corporate Law, Private Equity, Project Finance, Capital Markets, and Tax.
The 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, investors, private equity and venture capital funds, and companies across every industry with their outbound activities and investments into France, and European clients with inbound activity to the United States.
Our lawyers work closely with select major U.S. law firms, providing seamless cross border advice to U.S. and foreign clients on complex matters across the jurisdictions where Gide operates, offering convenient access in New York to Gide’s French and international legal expertise across all major practice areas.
New York partner in charge David-James Sebag leads Gide's M&A / Corporate / Private Equity practice in New York. As a partner on Gide's global M&A team specializing in cross-border transactions, David-James has over 20 years of experience practicing in the United States and in France, representing U.S., French, and European clients.
The global M&A team advises French companies on their various growth operations (acquisitions, partnerships, and financings) in France and abroad, particularly in the United States, and he represents numerous U.S. companies and European private equity funds on their investments in French companies. The team also advises the full range of private equity investors, corporate clients and entrepreneurs on growth transactions with an industry focus on technology companies. David-James manages a multi-disciplinary team across the New York and Paris offices.
Our New York office operates as a vital part of Gide's global Banking & Finance practice group offering exceptional expertise on a range of cutting-edge finance and capital markets transactions across the world. Gide's specialized capital markets lawyers handle the full scope of financial matters, including issues of debt and equity (including IPOs, secondary offerings, and rights offerings), warrants, certificates, investment fund securities, convertible bonds and a variety of other instruments issued across the U.S. and European markets. The team also has significant experience advising on innovative financial products and complex structured transactions, including high-yield bonds, covered bonds, and hybrid-capital instruments issued by regulated entities. Our New York team works seamlessly with our Paris and London capital markets colleagues, facilitating client contact across multiple time zones as a preferred adviser for arrangers, leading companies, issuers and investors. The team regularly advises 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.
Spread over Gide’s offices in Europe, America, Asia and Africa, the Projects practice group’s lawyers advise on all types of infrastructure: energy (renewable, nuclear, thermal), oil & gas, mines, ports, roads and bridges, railways, water, waste, urban services, hospitals, prisons, stadiums, public buildings, aerospace and defense.
Gide works with its clients both on mature markets and on pilot projects in emerging countries. Our lawyers advise public institutions, international multilateral agencies, manufacturers, investment funds and lenders on the structuring and negotiation of project documentation and financing. They have drafted the legal framework for public-private partnerships (PPP) and sector laws in over 30 countries, and have contributed to the structuring of over 250 projects throughout the world.
The Projects practice in New York is led by Barthelemy Littot who is specialized in infrastructure projects in developing countries (Africa, Asia, Caribbean, Eastern Europe and the Middle East). He advises international financial institutions, donors and governments in PPP projects as well as sponsors and lenders. He has worked on most types of infrastructures but he is most experienced in renewable energies, the water sector and transportation projects. Barthelemy has also developed significant experience in drafting PPP laws and regulations.
Our U.S. tax team in New York, led by partner Vanessa Tollis, functions as an integral part of Gide's International Tax practice group, comprised of some 25 highly skilled tax attorneys collaborating across offices in Paris, London, Algiers, Beijing, Istanbul, and Warsaw. With over 20 years of experience, Vanessa advises on all aspects of U.S. and international tax planning, including critical tax concerns such as U.S. tax treaty eligibility analysis, U.S. trade or business issues, withholding taxes, entity classification, debt/equity classification, the PFIC regime, the CFC regime (including Subpart F income and GILTI), FIRPTA, FATCA, and other foreign asset information reporting requirements.
The team supports Gide's global Banking & Financing practice group, regularly advising 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. The team also advises funds and investors on U.S. tax issues associated with the structuring, funding and operation of investment funds and other joint ventures. Clients include financial institutions, corporations, funds and high net worth individuals.