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  • M&A and Private Equity
  • Infrastructure
  • Energy
  • Corporate
  • Africa
  • Real Estate

Olivier Jouffroy Partner M&A and Private Equity, Infrastructure

Paris

Olivier Jouffroy is an M&A, Private Equity and ECM lawyer in our Paris Office

Olivier advises French and international clients on all aspects of corporate law. He mainly intervenes in national and international mergers and acquisitions (whether public or private M&A transactions), joint-venture and equity capital market transactions. He specializes in particular in the sectors of industry, financial institution (banks and insurance companies), energy and infrastructures, and real estate investments. He regularly advises French listed companies in connection with the preparation of their draft resolutions, the calling and holding of their shareholders’ meetings and their annual reports / URD.

He is recognized as a “rising star” in M&A in Legal 500 EMEA 2020, and a notable practitioner for M&A, private equity and ECM in IFLR 1000 since 2016.

According to Legal 500 EMEA 2019 & 2020, clients praise Olivier for being “very talented and hands-on” and “a very good professional who is able to manage pressure very well”.

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Practice:

  • Technology Companies Group

Rena Kakon Associate Technology Companies Group

Paris

Réna is a member of Orrick’s Tech Companies Group.

She advises entrepreneurs and venture capital funds on equity financings, growth transactions and exits. Through the life of start-ups, Réna assists management teams to set up employees’ incentive plans, think through the governance of the company, and provide strategic and practical advice to the founders.

Réna is passionate about the transportation/mobility sector, cleantech and social impact businesses. She gained experience in these fields through her studies and work in California, France and Africa. She worked as Global Legal Counsel and Post-Merger Integration Manager of Fenix International (of ENGIE), a company developing inclusive energy and financial services for customers in frontier markets (Uganda, Zambia, Nigeria, Benin Côte d’Ivoire, Mozambique). In California, she clerked with administrative law judges at the California Public Utilities Commission and worked as a Policy Advisor on energy and climate policies for the international law firm Dentons.

Réna is taking leads on AfricaTech across the firm, and she is a member of the Automotive Tech & Mobility group.

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Practice:

  • International Arbitration & Dispute Resolution
  • Energy
  • Infrastructure
  • Africa
  • Complex Litigation & Dispute Resolution

Charles Kaplan Partner International Arbitration & Dispute Resolution, Energy

Paris

Charles Kaplan is a highly specialized arbitration lawyer based in Orrick’s Paris office. He has conducted arbitrations on EPC Contracts, oil production sharing agreements, gas pricing disputes, tax stabilization agreements, international joint ventures, as well as aircraft development programs, in France and elsewhere.

Highly regarded in the international arbitration market, Charles is consistently recognized as a key practitioner particularly in Europe, Africa and the Middle East. According to Chambers & Partners, clients describe him as an “extremely bright” expert on cross-border matters and praise his “commercial insight and dedication.” Ranked among Chambers France’s top International Arbitration lawyers, Charles is said to be “a very good lawyer whose experience in international arbitration is superb.”

In particular, Charles advises French and international energy majors, and industrials. He has extensive experience of arbitration under ICC, ICSID, French Arbitration Association, LCIA and Milan Chamber rules. He regularly sits as arbitrator.

He originally qualified as an English barrister and then as a French avocat. In addition to investment disputes, he has handled civil as well as common law disputes in a number of jurisdictions in Europe, Africa, the Middle East and Asia.

Before he joined Orrick, he was co-head of Herbert Smith Freehills LLP's Global Arbitration practice and led the Paris Arbitration group.

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Practice:

  • Tax

Anne-Sophie Kerfant Partner Tax

Paris

Anne-Sophie Kerfant, a lawyer specializing in tax law and employee savings plans, is a member of the Tax group at Orrick Rambaud Martel in Paris.

She advises French and foreign industrial companies and financial institutions on financing transactions (capital markets and structured finance), mergers and acquisitions in France and abroad, as well as on restructurings.

She is also specialized in setting up employee shareholding plans for employees and high-level executives of French and foreign companies.

In addition, Anne-Sophie assists natural persons with the management and conveyance of their assets and liabilities, and follows up on their tax inspections and tax litigation.

After having started her career in the tax management department of Ford France and spending 13 years at Shearman & Sterling, Ms. Kerfant joined Orrick Rambaud Martel in 2007 and has been Office leader of the Paris office between 2014 and 2018.

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Practice:

  • Complex Litigation & Dispute Resolution
  • White Collar, Investigations, Securities Litigation & Compliance
  • M&A and Private Equity
  • International Arbitration & Dispute Resolution
  • Africa

Frederic Lalance Partner Complex Litigation & Dispute Resolution, White Collar, Investigations, Securities Litigation & Compliance

Paris

Frédéric Lalance has been advising and representing major French and international companies for over thirty years in complex pre-litigation and litigation proceedings, with a particular focus on Commercial Litigation and Compliance. He is head of the Paris office's Litigation Group.

Frédéric assists his clients in litigation arising from commercial, industrial and financial disputes, corporate law and insolvency proceedings, both before the French courts and in multi-jurisdictional cases – notably in Africa before the OHADA jurisdictions.

He also assists his clients before arbitral institutions and in alternative dispute resolution proceedings.

Frédéric also advises French and foreign groups in investigations by administrative or judicial authorities involving bribery and corruption issues.

In this respect, he has broad expertise in internal investigations (national and international), the implementation of compliance programs and the prevention of cyber-crime risks.

Representative Engagements

  • The Consortium de Réalisation (CDR) in the Executive Life Matter
  • The Asian Development Bank (ADB), successfully arguing absolute immunity from jurisdiction as an international financial institution before the French courts
  • DNCA, gaining approval by the commercial courts and the French Supreme Court of the CGG Safeguard Plan
  • A French listed group as part of an international audit aimed at assessing the efficiency of its corruption prevention programme

Frédéric is ranked each year by the leading international guides as one of the best litigation practitioners in France. He is the author of several publications on current developments in litigation and anti-corruption regulations.

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Practice:

  • Energy
  • Infrastructure
  • M&A and Private Equity
  • Funds
  • Africa
  • Latin America

Yves Lepage Partner Energy, Infrastructure

Paris

Yves is a leading Energy and Infrastructure lawyer in France and abroad. He serves as head of the Paris firm's  Infrastructure practice and head of the Africa practice.

Recognized by Chambers & Partners as a notable practitioner in International projects, Energy and Africa, Yves is praised for his “very good sector experience and knowledge”, as well as his “enormous negotiating skills”. With 30 years' experience in PPP, international infrastructure projects and power industry projects, Yves regularly advises operators in both the public and private sectors, government entities and financial institutions for operations in Europe, Africa and Latin America. Recently, he has led a cross-border multidisciplinary team to advise Actis, one of the largest and most active private equity firms operating in Africa, in its purchase of a majority interest in three power assets in Cameroon from Fortune 200 global power company AES Corporation.

Yves also has substantial experience in privatizations and acquisitions in France and abroad with companies whose main assets are infrastructure facilities. He notably advised VINCI Airports in connection with the acquisition of nine airports and three partial management contracts following acquisition of the airport portfolio held by Airports Worldwide.

Yves is a lawyer with the Paris Appeal Court and a member of the New York Bar. He was appointed as French Foreign Trade Advisor in 1996.

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Practice:

  • M&A and Private Equity
  • International Arbitration & Dispute Resolution
  • Banking & Finance
  • Complex Litigation & Dispute Resolution

Jean-Michel Lepretre Partner M&A and Private Equity, International Arbitration & Dispute Resolution

Paris

Jean-Michel Leprêtre is an M&A lawyer, based in Orrick's Paris office. His practice focuses on advising French and foreign companies, commercial and investment banks, and other state-owned or private-sector firms on commercial and corporate-related transactional and litigation work.

He also handles employment law issues arising from M&A transactions.

Recognized by Chambers & Partners as a leading litigator in France, Jean-Michel’s wide range of expertise includes mergers and acquisitions, stock exchange regulation, joint ventures, commercial contracts, directors’ liability, and the disputes arising from them.

With a multidisciplinary and high-level practice, Jean-Michel has been involved in highly publicized matters. He represents several of France’s major firms in the industrial, financial, telecommunications, transports and other services areas. He has notably an extensive knowledge of media and advertising law.

Jean-Michel has authored several published articles and regularly speaks at conferences on various topics, such as the transfer of companies, the distribution of power within the société anonyme subsequent to the passing of new economic regulations and on shareholders’ agreements.

Jean-Michel was a partner at Rambaud Martel, where he co-led the firm’s corporate, mergers & acquisitions and securities practices.

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Practice:

  • Corporate
  • M&A and Private Equity

Florent Lewkowicz Associate Corporate, M&A and Private Equity

Paris

Florent Lewkowicz is an M&A and Private Equity lawyer in Orrick's Paris office.

His practice focuses on corporate transactions, including public tender offers, M&A and private equity transactions.

Prior to joining Orrick, Florent practiced law in the Paris office of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP.

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Practice:

  • Employment Law & Litigation

Chek-Lhy Luu Associate Employment Law & Litigation

Paris

Chek-Lhy Luu is an Employment lawyer in Orrick’s Paris office.

She advises French and international groups on all French employment and labor law matters. In particular, on the following matters: company restructurings, merger and acquisition transactions, transfer of activity, collective and individual relationships, hiring and termination of top managers, litigation.

Prior to joining Orrick, Chek-Lhy was an associate for three years in the Employment, Pensions & Benefits department of Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, and for four years in the employment team of Linklaters.

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Practice:

  • Tax
  • Tax Advocacy

Rudy Marouani Managing Associate Tax, Tax Advocacy

Paris

Rudy Marouani is a Tax lawyer in Orrick's Paris office.

His practice focuses on domestic and international transactional taxation for French and foreign multinational corporate groups and private equity funds. He advises on French and international development, mergers and acquisitions, refinancings and restructurings. He also assists on tax inspections and litigations.

In addition, He assists natural persons with the management and conveyance of their assets and liabilities.

Before becoming an associate at Orrick Rudy was an intern in the tax department, he also interned at Baker & McKenzie as well as Orrick and in the tax department of Allianz.

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Practice:

  • M&A and Private Equity
  • Equity Capital Markets
  • Corporate
  • Blockchain and Cryptocurrency

Alexis Marraud des Grottes Partner M&A and Private Equity, Equity Capital Markets

Paris

Alexis Marraud des Grottes is an M&A and Capital Markets lawyer in Orrick’s Paris office. His practice covers both transactional and litigation advice on mergers and acquisitions, securities and stock exchange regulations and corporate law.

Recommended by Legal 500 EMEA in Mergers & Acquisitions, Alexis is a key counsel to French and international listed and non-listed companies, financing and investment banks, private equity and hedge funds, managers and families.

He was involved on some of the most publicized deals in France recently. His works includes, for instance, advising Naturex in connection with a €1.5 billion takeover bid by Givaudan, the board of directors of Zodiac for its combination with Safran for €8.5 billion, Euro Disney regarding the tender offer of The Walt Disney Company, L’Oréal on a €6 billion share buyback from Swiss-based Nestlé and a €3 billion sale to Nestlé of its stake in Galderma, Metrovacesa sale of its €1.5 billion stake in Gecina and Club Méditerranée on the tender offer by Chinese conglomerate Fosun.  

Alexis is also recognized for his expertise on the aspects of private equity, joint ventures, equity capital markets and restructuring, as well as on specific issues related to governance and shareholder disputes.

He advises in particular on cross-border and complex transactions, securities issues, strategic negotiations and sensitive litigations. He additionally deals with issues related to token and crypto-currency and crypto-assets issues, including structuring and setting up issuing entities and related services.

Alexis is a leading player, recognized for its publications, conferences and trainings on securities, corporate and takeover laws. He regularly lectures seminars at the business school EM Lyon and Paris Dauphine University. He has been a member of several working groups on Paris place, including the working group on public offers of the Legal High Committee for Financial Markets of Paris. He is a member of the Association of Lawyers in Securities Law.

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Practice:

  • International Arbitration & Dispute Resolution
  • M&A and Private Equity
  • Complex Litigation & Dispute Resolution

Jean-Pierre Martel Partner International Arbitration & Dispute Resolution, M&A and Private Equity

Paris

Jean-Pierre Martel is a highly respected figure in French M&A and corporate law, advising on both complex transactions and sensitive disputes and regulatory matters.

He is called on by boards and management teams to advise on mergers, divestitures, corporate acquisitions and restructurings as well as litigations and arbitrations. He is the founding partner of the premier French boutique Rambaud Martel, which combined with Orrick’s global platform in 2006.

Jean-Pierre has recently had a hand in the most significant cross-border deals in the French market. His work includes advising the board of Alstom on the $17 billion sale of its power units to General Electric, counseling L’Oréal on buying back 8% of its own capital from Nestlé, associated with the sale of assets, advising Peugeot’s family on the restructuring of Peugeot SA’s capital which involved China’s Dongfeng Motor Group and the French state, the board of Club Méditerranée in the context of competing take-over bids from China’s Fosun Group and Italia’s Bonomi’s Group, the board of Areva in the financial restructuring of the company.  

Chambers & Partners recognized Jean-Pierre as an “Individual Star” in Corporate/M&A, noting that he is a “seasoned and highly-respected M&A practitioner whose experience covers a wide range of transactional activities.

Jean-Pierre has also developed very substantial litigation and arbitration experience, being ranked Band 1 by Chambers in Dispute Resolution. Most notably, among his successes, the very high-profile Bernard Tapie Case where he has been assisting Consortium de Réalisation, the French government entity tasked with liquidating the assets of Crédit Lyonnais for the French State. Jean-Pierre won rulings from the Paris Court of Appeal in 2015 that withdrew initial arbitral awards that had required CDR to pay €404 million to Tapie’s liquidators and companies and sentenced them to repay CDR the full amount plus interests and costs. He has just succeeded in obtaining visible Court decisions which have released from any criminal liability charged persons with tax fraud.

Jean-Pierre also serves as an arbitrator in ad hoc, ICC and AFA arbitration proceedings.

He speaks and publishes regularly.

Jean-Pierre is the founder and a member of the board of the Institute for Brain and Spinal Cord Disorders - ICM, a state-approved foundation which is on its way to becoming the leading international research center in Europe in the Neurosciences.