Orrick Adds M&A Rising Star in Paris


Version française : Orrick recrute une étoile montante des fusions-acquisitions à Paris

Orrick announced today that French M&A and private equity advisor Olivier Jouffroy has joined the firm as a partner, based in Paris. He joins Orrick from Clifford Chance.

“Olivier is an up-and-coming M&A talent. His practice and experience are an excellent match for our focus in Paris and globally on serving the tech and innovation, energy & infrastructure and finance sectors,” said Patrick Tardivy, co-head of Orrick’s Paris office. 

Olivier advises on domestic and cross-border M&A transactions in the energy, infrastructure, finance and real estate sectors. He acts for listed companies and financial institutions on both public and private M&A matters, corporate reorganizations and securities law issues. In addition, Olivier advises startups on financing rounds, as well as family offices on investment matters. He is recognized as a Rising Star for his M&A work by Legal 500 EMEA 2020. 

Most recently, Olivier advised French utility company Engie on the $2 billion sale of its upstream LNG business to Total, global infrastructure investor and fund manager DIF on the sale of its stakes in 29 solar assets in France to Tenergie, and real estate investment company Gecina on the sale of a hotel portfolio to Angelo Gordon and Raise Reim.

“I’m excited for the opportunity to work alongside Patrick and the rest of the Paris team to further enhance Orrick’s M&A and private equity capabilities across Europe,” said Olivier. 

Orrick ranks #3 in Europe and #4 globally for M&A volume in 2019 (Bloomberg). We advised on over 300 M&A deals valued at $30 billion last year. For the fourth consecutive year, we’re the #1 venture capital law firm in Europe (Pitchbook).

Olivier is the latest addition to Orrick’s global M&A and PE team which has grown over the last two years across its European and U.S. offices. Recent hires include James Connor from Simpson Thacher, Daniel Wayte from Milbank and Ed Lukins from Cooley in London; Christine Kaniak from Kirkland & Ellis in Munich; and Matthew Gemello from Baker & McKenzie in Silicon Valley. Additionally, the firm promoted three lawyers in Paris to partner in January: Geoffroy Berthon, Nadège Owen and Olivier Vuillod