Gide appoints two new partners in M&A practice

Gide has appointed Caroline Lan and Jean-François Louit as partners in the firm’s M&A practice. 

Lan and Louit are experienced in the structuring and implementation of management packages, incentive plans and employee shareholder plans related to IPOs and private equity operations, and more generally on matters of governance and executive compensation.

They have advised management on major transactions involving listed and non-listed companies, such as: the merger of Idemia and Morpho; the acquisition of IPH by Advent; the takeovers of Primonial by Bridgepoint, of April by CVC and of Harvest by Five Arrows; CDPQ's investment in Delachaux; and the spin-off of Accor Invest.

In addition, they have advised management on IPOs, such as those of SPIE in 2015 or that of Sandro Maje in 2017, or more generally with respect to the implementation of incentive plans for listed companies.

They also advise family offices or leading family groups on corporate and M&A matters.

Their proximity to management teams with a strong entrepreneurial spirit focused on growth and internationalisation, and their ability to promote innovative solutions to management teams, aligns perfectly with Gide's entrepreneurial culture. They will give the firm's clients the benefit of their vast experience in a fast-growing field, essential for transactions and the development of company groups.

Together with their two associates, Vincenzo Feldmann and François Bossé-Cohic, Caroline and Jean-Francois join a Mergers-Acquisitions department which is among the most significant in the French market. With nearly 70 lawyers, including 20 partners, this team has advised on more than 70 transactions since the beginning of 2019.

Senior Partner, Xavier de Kergommeaux, and Managing Partner, Stéphane Puel, says: "We are delighted to welcome Caroline Lan and Jean-François Louit to the Gide partnership. The arrival of this new team and these appointments are perfectly in line with the firm's development plans in key areas for our clients."

Lan and Louit add: "We are very happy to join Gide's teams in Paris, particularly its Corporate team led by Olivier Diaz. The reputation and quality of their different practice areas in Paris will allow us to offer an even better and broader service to our clients. The Gide network and its international partners will support the development of our practice in France and abroad. " 

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