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Corporate Law and Financial Market Law

France

We have developed a rare and innovative practice and expertise in listed and non-listed corporate law. As such, we deal with all complex issues, particularly equity operations (capital transactions, issuing securities, etc.), reorganisations and restructuring (mergers, contributions, cross-border mergers, international reorganisations, etc.), profit-sharing mechanisms for managers and executives, company governance, and financial markets law (regulated information, market transactions, ECM, DCM, etc.).

Our cross-functional and specialised teams will accompany lsted companies of all sizes, companies in the phase of pre-initial public offering or providers of investment services in:

Reorganisations and restructuring operations :

  • mergers, contributions, cross-border mergers, international reorganizations, corporate finance transactions, etc.

Optimisation of corporate governance and shareholder advice:

  • Structuring of directors’ pay and retirement plans
  • Structuring shareholders’ agreements and joint actions 

Annual and daily management of market obligations:

  • Advice regarding financial communications
  • Drafting of registration documents and annual reports, preparation of General Meetings 

Issues related to initial public offering:

  • Advice on public offerings of debt instruments and securities
  • Detailed consideration of the appropriate financial marketand type of issue 

Public offering management:

  • Public offer, block purchase, public buy-back offer – squeeze out, Public to private, Private investment in public equity (PIPE)
  • Advice for companies targeted by takeover bids 

Management of pre-litigation and litigation steps:

  • Prevention of insider trading and misconduct
  • Pre-litigation strategy, assistance in control of investigation and hearing stages, and in cases of conflicts between shareholders 

Family-owned companies

We have developed a specific and relevant expertise regarding family businesses (SMEs) and their shareholders, and offer cross-disciplinary advisory services that cover your needs in terms of family governance, handover of the company, succession, and inheritance tax.

Alongside our tax department's expertise, our law firm relies on a team of specialist inheritance lawyers and on the advice of other industry players (notaries, private banks, etc.).

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03 March 2021
As­sist­ing you in your cor­por­ate, stock mar­ket, M&A and private equity trans­ac­tions
No mat­ter what kind of com­pany you run, wheth­er it is lis­ted or private, French or in­ter­na­tion­al, wheth­er you are a fam­ily group, an in­sti­tu­tion­al in­vestor, an in­vest­ment fund, an ex­ec­ut­ive, a uni­corn...
Sep 2019
CMS European M&A Out­look 2019
Wel­come to the sev­enth edi­tion of the CMS European M&A Out­look, pub­lished in as­so­ci­ation with Mer­ger­mar­ket. We are pleased to provide you with this year’s edi­tion of the “European M&A Out­look”...
March 2019
CMS European M&A Study 2019
The CMS Cor­por­ate/M&A group is pleased to launch the el­ev­enth edi­tion of our European M&A Study. This year’s Study re­flects data from 458 deals in 2018 on which CMS ad­vised. This is the largest num­ber...

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18/11/2020
Part­ner­ship of Euronext on its Fam­ily­Share pro­gramme
Our law firm is proud to be a part­ner of Euronext on its Fam­ily­Share coach­ing pro­gramme. For fam­ily busi­nesses, the pro­gramme helps bet­ter un­der­stand the be­ne­fits of cap­it­al mar­kets (ini­tial pub­lic of­fer­ing...
24/07/2020
Gen­er­al meet­ings in cam­era: un­til when?
An ex­cep­tion­al ar­range­ment has been in place since the end of March to al­low the hold­ing of gen­er­al meet­ings of private leg­al en­tit­ies and in par­tic­u­lar com­pan­ies in spite of the Cov­id-19 pan­dem­ic. Or­der...
03/07/2020
Le Point: our law firm rank­ings
We would par­tic­u­larly like to thank our cli­ents for their trust! Our law firm has been dis­tin­guished in 9 cat­egor­ies This year, the magazine Le Point and the re­search in­sti­tute Statista pub­lished their...
01/04/2020
Cov­id-19 = no di­vidends in 2020?
In re­cent days, state­ments have been made by sev­er­al min­is­ters, "in­vit­ing" com­pan­ies not to pay di­vidends, or to mod­er­ate their pay­ment to share­hold­ers. What is a di­vidend? First of all, it must be re­called...
20/02/2020
For­eign in­vest­ment in France
The­or­et­ic­ally, fin­an­cial re­la­tions between France and the rest of the world are un­res­tric­ted. It should be un­der­stood that an in­vestor (French or for­eign) dom­i­ciled out­side French ter­rit­ory or an en­tity...
29/04/2019
Le Point 2019: our law firm rank­ings
The first « The best law firms » awards of Le Point and Statista have been pub­lished. We would par­tic­u­larly like to thank our cli­ents for their trust! Our law firm has been dis­tin­guished in 10 cat­egor­ies...
09/07/2014
Neo­post S.A. bond is­sue: CMS Bur­eau Fran­cis Le­fe­b­vre ad­visor to the lead...
CMS Bur­eau Fran­cis Le­fe­b­vre is the leg­al ad­visor for BNP Pari­bas, HS­BC and So­ciété Générale Cor­por­ate and In­vest­ment Bank­ing, act­ing as joint book-run­ners and BofA Mer­rill Lynch, Com­merzbank, Crédit...
11/08/2011
Flash info Cap­it­al Mar­kets | Dis­clos­ure of threshold cross­ings and man­dat­ory...
Fol­low­ing the LVMH stake in­crease in Her­mès, the Lactal­is stake in­crease in Parmal­at in Italy and the AM­F's de­cision to in­flict a pen­alty to Wendel for its stake in­crease in Saint-Gobain, all three trans­ac­tions...
13/04/2011
Flash info Cap­it­al Mar­kets | Two banks have been fined by the AMF for...
The French AMF has fined heav­ily two banks that had soun­ded out the mar­ket in pre­par­a­tion of the pri­cing of a bond is­su­ance without seek­ing the pri­or con­sent of the per­sons con­tac­ted and without such...
20/07/2010
CMS BFL coun­sel to Schen­ker France and Schen­ker Maur­it­an­ie
Maur­it­ania: CMS Bur­eau Fran­cis Le­fe­b­vre coun­sels Schen­ker France and Schen­ker Maur­it­an­ie on the trans­fer of their Maur­it­ania Ca­ter­ing op­er­a­tions to the Ne­wrest group. Schen­ker Maur­it­an­ie, a sub­si­di­ary...