Practice Areas

A comprehensive approach

August Debouzy provides premier legal services and expert guidance for all your M&A needs; we advise on major transactions, including acquisitions, sales, mergers, and joint ventures.

Our team is comprised of lawyers with extensive experience in financing, taxation, competition law, employment law, IT and patents. With a multi-disciplinary toolkit and an international network, we offer our clients comprehensive bespoke services.

Building long-term strong client relationships is our top priority.
 

Interventions

Acquiring and selling a business

With decades of experience in both national and international transactions, we have a proven track record of securing optimal results for our public and private clients.

Our lawyers are equipped to work on a wide range of transactions, such as takeovers, sales, distressed M&A, joint ventures, partial asset contributions, mergers, spin-offs, and more. 

We support our clients throughout the transaction process with extensive legal services, including: 
  • Target Identification
  • Risk audit 
  • Due diligence 
  • Drafting letters of intent 
  • Drafting confidentiality, exclusivity, and firm offer agreements
  •  Management of data room
  • Strategic advisory 
  • Negotiation and drafting contracts (asset and liability guarantees, financing, shareholder agreements...) 
  • Notification to authorities
  • Signing / Closing 
  • Compliance evaluations




 

Employment and tax implications of M&A transactions

Our team conducts a thorough evaluation of the social and tax implications before any merger or acquisition. This is to ensure our clients’ transactions are totally secure in the long term.

We provide a wide range of critical services in the leadup to major transactions, including compliance and risk audits of potential targets, analysis of the collective agreements in place, and engagement procedures with employee bodies. 

Intra-group restructurings

We support major corporations with their restructuring efforts, cross-border mergers, and subsidiary formation.

Corporate governance and corporate affairs

Our team provides constant support for any governance issues that may arise, including: 

  • Selecting tax and legal structure 
  • ​​Drafting regulations and charters 
  • Preparing resolutions and for shareholders meetings 
  • Incident management
  • Conflict of interest resolution 
  • Approval of annual accounts 
  • Management of corporate groups 
  • Assistance to Publicly Traded Companies 
  • Compliance and internal control audits 
  • Governance audits 
 

Litigation

Our litigation team is widely recognized for its expertise on a wide range of corporate disputes, including shareholder disputes, post-acquisition litigation, enforcement of warranties and liabilities, and executive staff liability cases. 

Rewards

August Debouzy's extensive work on several high-profile international transactions in 2019 helped establish the firm as a leading player in this space. We work with clients from various sectors, including: aerospace, defense, telecommunications, energy, commerce, healthcare, tech, and consumer credit. The firm specializes in major transactions and can mobilize a wide range of expertise to support our clients. Key figures in the team include Julien Aucomte, Julien Wagmann, Jérôme Brosset, and Valéry Denoix de Saint Marc.

LEGAL 500

Chambers & Partners Global 2023

Corporate M&A

Band 5

Chambers & Partners Global 2023

Leïla Hubeaut

Band 4 : Foreign expert in Africa-Wide (Projets et Energie: International)

 

Legal 500 EMEA 2023

Energy

Tier 3/3

Legal 500 EMEA 2023

Mergers & Acquisitions

Tier 4/6

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 Europe 2023

Mergers & Acquisitions

Band 5

Chambers & Partners Europe 2023

Corporate M&A

Band 5

Chambers & Partners Europe 2023

Leïla Hubeaut

Band 4 (Projects & Energy: International)

Fusions Acquisitions - Majorité des opérations < 300 millions euros 

Option Droit & Affaires 2023

Insolvency proceedings

Tier 3/5

Option Droit & Affaires 2023

Preventive actions for financially distressed companies and debt renegociation

Tier 3/5

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

Décideurs

Mergers & Acquisitions

Excellent

Décideurs

Africa Desk - Corporate M&A

Recommended

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

IFLR 1000

M&A

Tier 5/5

IFLR 1000

Project development

Other notable

IFLR 1000

Banking

Tier 5/5

IFLR 1000

Restructuring

Tier 4/5