Orrick Expands M&A and Private Equity Practice in Paris


Orrick Rambaud Martel announced today that Etienne Boursican has joined the firm’s M&A and Private Equity Practice Group as a partner, resident in its Paris office.

"Etienne’s company-side practice and deep experience in cross-border matters will be of great benefit to our multinational clients," said King Milling, head of Orrick’s Corporate Business Unit.

Formerly with SJ Berwin, Mr. Boursican’s practice focuses on M&A and capital markets, particularly advising and acting for listed companies in cross-border transactions involving tender offers, sale and purchase of equity stakes, public offerings, private placements and IPOs.  In addition, he focuses on corporate governance matters, having advised issuers and minority shareholders in proxy fights, and representing issuers and individuals in litigation related to stock exchange regulation.

Orrick has a leading European practice focused in the financial services, energy and infrastructure and technology sectors. In Paris, the firm has more than 100 French-, English- and U.S.-qualified lawyers acting for clients on mergers and acquisitions, finance, real estate, corporate and litigation matters. Most recently, the firm advised Paris-based Neolane on its $600 million acquisition by Adobe Systems and represented U-Shin on its $270 million acquisition of Paris-based Valeo S.A.'s access mechanisms business.

"I am extremely pleased to join one of Paris’ preeminent law firms and be part of Orrick’s global team," said Mr. Boursican.

Mr. Boursican is one of the founding members of the Avocats en Droit Boursier, an association of securities attorneys practicing in France, which was launched in September 2011. He earned his DEA from the University Paris I – Panthéon Sorbonne and his LL.M. from Georgetown University.

Mr. Boursican is the third partner to join Orrick’s Paris office this year. Charles Kaplan, the former Co-Head of Herbert Smith’s Global Arbitration Practice Group, joined Orrick’s international arbitration and dispute resolution practice in May, followed by Michel Roseau, the former head of the antitrust unit of the French Office of Fair Trading, who joined Orrick’s Antitrust & Competition Practice Group last month.