A pioneer to the global practice of law, Cleary Gottlieb opened its Paris office in 1949 before almost any of our peers.

As a result, we are often referred to as “the most American of French law firms.” One of the top practices in France, Cleary has significant experience in corporate, tax, securities and antitrust law as well as in litigation and arbitration. We offer our clients premier knowledge of local law and a comprehensive understanding of matters involving multiple jurisdictions.

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Notable Experiences

  • Mergers and acquisitions. Throughout its history, the Paris office has played a key role in many of the major public mergers and acquisitions in France as well as in high-profile cross-border transactions. 

  • Tax. Our leading French tax group advises corporate and financial clients on international and domestic tax issues and also plays a pivotal role in M&A transactions. 

  • Capital markets. Our Paris team has led a complete range of French capital markets transactions, representing both issuers and top investment banks. We have handled international equity offerings, equity derivative and other derivative transactions, structured financings, capital securities offerings and convertible, exchangeable and straight debt offerings.

  • Private equity. We represent French and international private equity funds in structuring acquisitions, investment vehicles and management packages.

  • Finance. Our practice, which focuses on acquisition financing and other complex financing structures, complements our mergers and acquisitions and private equity activities.

  • Antitrust. Our team based in Paris and Brussels, regularly assists clients on merger control regulations (including EU, French and multi-jurisdictional merger control regulations, with the support of the Frankfurt and Rome offices), issues related to cartels and abuse of dominant position and state aid matters.

  • Litigation and arbitration. Paris litigators handle corporate disputes and product liability, sovereign matters and white-collar defense. We also engage in bankruptcy law, primarily restructurings.

  • Emerging markets. Our Paris office is also home to an emerging markets practice covering Africa, the Middle East and India. We work closely with our team in Abu Dhabi and other offices to provide clients with seamless service.

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