The firm’s governance
Decisions regarding the strategy and long-term future of the firm are taken by all partners during a Partner’s Assembly, which convenes regularly under the chairmanship of the Management Committee.
The Management Committee is elected by partners for a renewable period of three years. It is made up of the Senior Partner, the Managing Partner, three other partners and the secretary-general. Since 1 January 2015, the Management Committee comprises Xavier de Kergommeaux, Senior Partner, Stéphane Puel, Managing Partner, partners Renaud Baguenault de Puchesse, Nadège Nguyen and Emmanuel Vital-Durand, and Frédérique Misk-Malher, secretary-general.
The Board assists the Management Committee by representing the international practice groups and the regions. Its nine partners and the Management Committee together define a global and shared strategy for the firm.
The Board and Management Committee are assisted by specialist Commissions made up of partners appointed by the Management Committee, and presided over by a member of the Management Committee:
- The Associates Commission manages the careers of associates at the firm from their day of arrival to their being made up to partner.
- The Association Commission provides support and follow-up for each partner in the firm.
- The Counsel Commission provides support and follow-up for each counsel.
- The Pro Bono Commission defines and oversees Gide’s Pro Bono policy.
Gide is structured in such a way as to avoid internal competition issues that affect many firms. Using the Lockstep system, profits are shared evenly between all partners, according to their seniority. Such solidarity is essential at Gide, ensuring that partners have no specific financial interest in working exclusively for a given client, or in affording different levels of attention to the matters brought before them. Gide’s prevailing principle is simply to match partners’ personal expertise with a client’s needs.