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Corporate - M&A

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A multi-sector, pragmatic approach

Whether you are a manager, financial director, legal director, or entrepreneur within a group, an MSB, a growth company, a family company or a start-up, our high-powered and innovative team of lawyers can assist you with all your business projects.

Our lawyers have developed know-how in Corporate-M&A to advise you on any structural transactions for your business: acquisitions, disposals, mergers, combinations, etc. We put together a tailor-made and multi-skilled team of lawyers for every transaction, specializing in areas such as finance, tax, competition law, employment law, IT, and patents.

Our dedicated teams’ approach is multi-sector and pragmatic, both in France and abroad. Apart from their technical excellence, our lawyers are flexible, always available, and develop special relationships with their clients.             


Our lawyers act in a wide variety of transactions for listed and unlisted companies (public tender offers, disposals, distressed M&A, joint ventures, partial asset transfers, mergers, spin-offs, etc.), both at a national and international level. They assist their clients throughout the process:

  • Identification of targets
  • Auditing of risks
  • Due diligence
  • Drafting of letters of intent
  • Drafting of confidentiality, exclusivity, and firm agreements
  • Management of data room monitoring
  • Advice on strategy
  • Negotiation and drafting of contracts (warranties of assets and liabilities, financing, shareholders’ agreements, etc.)
  • Notification of the competition authorities
  • Signing/closing transactions
  • Post-closing compliance assessments

Before any merger or acquisition, it is essential to conduct a review of its employment and tax impacts. We offer a range of full packages including but not limited to audits of the target’s compliance and risk, analysis of collective agreements and their potential harmonization, and handling the procedures for informing staff representative bodies.

We work with major French and international companies to facilitate their restructuring, cross-border merger, spin-off and subsidiarisation transactions.

Our teams work alongside companies in the daily management of their businesses, and assist them with any governance and structural issues that they might encounter:

  • Advice on the choice of tax and legal structure
  • Drafting of regulations and charters
  • Preparation of General Meetings and resolutions
  • Management of matters arising at General Meetings
  • Conflicts of interest
  • Approval of the annual accounts
  • Management of groups of companies
  • Assistance to state-owned companies
  • Audits of compliance and internal control mechanisms
  • Audits of governance

Our litigation team has recognized expertise in the handling of corporate litigation in areas as diverse as disputes between shareholders, post-acquisition litigation, the enforcement of warranties of liabilities, and directors’ liability.


August Debouzy is ‘very attentive to the needs of its clients, and very responsive’. The team of about twenty lawyers is ‘clear, reliable and pragmatic’. It advises a French and international clientele of leading companies specializing in a variety of sectors including energy and engineering. The firm regularly distinguishes itself with its involvement in strategic deals on the French market


« August Debouzy est ‘très attentif aux besoins de se ses clients et très réactif’. L'équipe d'une vingtaine d'avocats est ‘claire, fiable, pragmatique’. Elle conseille une clientèle française et internationale de premier plan, spécialisée dans des secteurs variés, dont l'énergie et l'ingénierie. Le cabinet s'illustre régulièrement par son implication dans des deals stratégiques du marché français »

Legal 500 EMEA

Mergers & Acquisitions

Tier 3

Legal 500 EMEA/Paris


Tier 3

One impressed client says: "They provide a tailor-made service," going on to add that "they are innovative, willing to help and dedicated."

"Sources highlight the lawyers for their good understanding of the market and "great tactical sense."

Chambers & Partners

Mergers & Acquisitions

Band 5

Chambers and Partners Europe 2020

Corporate M&A

Band 5

Fusions Acquisitions - Majorité des opérations < 300 millions euros 

Option Droit & Affaires

Mergers & Acquisitions

Tier 1

Fusions Acquisitions - Opérations entre 75 M€ et 500 M€


Mergers & Acquisitions



Africa Desk - Corporate M&A


Ranked Lawyers: Gilles August - Valery Denoix de Saint Marc - Pierre Descheemaeker - Julien Aucomte - Julien Wagmann - Jérôme Brosset - Laurent Cotret - Jean-Claude Cotoni

Best Lawyers

Mergers & Acquisitions

8 lawyers ranked


IFLR 1000


Tier 5/5