François Gilbert

Associate
Docteur en droit

CMS Francis Lefebvre Avocats
2 rue Ancelle
92522 Neuilly-sur-Seine
Cedex
France
Languages French, English

François Gilbert holds a Ph.D. in private law and is a senior lawyer at the legal doctrine department of CMS Francis Lefebvre Avocats. He provides legal advices to the lawyers and clients of the firm in company and financial markets law. He is also co-author of Francis Lefebvre's reference books on these matters and provides regular publications in specialised legal and financial journals.

François Gilbert has worked at the Financial Markets Authority, in charge of developing the doctrine of the Regulator and of controlling the financial operations of listed companies, as well as at the European Commission, in charge of the Shareholders’ Rights, Transparency and Takeover Bids directives. He joined CMS Francis Lefebvre Avocats in January 2019.

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Relevant experience

  • Senior policy officer at the international affairs directorate of the Financial Markets Authority (2016-2018)
  • Seconded national expert at the European Commission (2012-2016)
  • Senior policy officer at the legal affairs directorate of the Financial Markets Authority (2008-2012)
  • Senior lecturer in company law, Law University of Bordeaux (2007-2008)
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Education

  • Diploma to practise as a lawyer (CAPA), Bordeaux bar (2008)
  • Certification as a master of conference in private law (2007)
  • Ph.D. in private law, Law University of Bordeaux (2006)
  • Specialised master's degree in private law, Law University of Bordeaux (1999)
  • Master’s degree in private law ‘‘judicial careers’’, Law University of Bordeaux (1998)
  • Degree in criminal law, University of Berkeley-California (1998)
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Memberships

  • Admission to Hauts-de-Seine bar
  • Regular speaker at conferences in France and abroad (European Commission, Deutsches Aktieninstitut, Financial Markets Authority, Agefi, Proxinvest, Option Finance)
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Publications

  • Mémento Francis Lefebvre “Companies 2020” - Francis Lefebvre éd. (published soon)
  • Mémento Francis Lefebvre “Groups of companies 2019-2020”, legal aspects - Francis Lefebvre éd. (published soon)
  • Regular chronicle in financial markets law - La Semaine Juridique éd. Entreprise (since 2019)
  • “The AMF’s recommendations applicable to general meetings of 2019” - Option Finance (March 2019, n°1501)
  • “AMF’s recommendations on general meetings of non-listed companies” - La Lettre des fusions-acquisitions et du private equity, Option Finance (March 2019, n°37)
  • “Implementing regulation of the Shareholders’ Rights directive” - Bulletin Joly Bourse (November-December 2018, n°6)
  • Report of the AMF’s working group “Shareholders’ rights and vote in general meetings” - AMF (October 2018)
  •  “Revision of the Shareholders’ Rights directive” (Revue trimestrielle de droit financier (March 2017, n°1)
  • “Safety obligation and product liability” (in “The safety obligation”, Bordeaux University Press, May 2003)
  • “International harmonisation and legislation on takeover bids” - International Business Law Journal (2002, n°8)
  • Regular interviews published in specialised legal and financial journals
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