Sophie de Beer’s practice focuses on mergers and acquisitions as well as on general corporate, financial, and banking regulatory matters.

Her experience includes private and public cross-border merger and acquisitions, partnerships, and transactions involving financial institutions such as banks, asset managers, and insurance companies. She is advising clients on corporate and regulatory aspects of their transactions. 

Sophie worked both in the Paris and New York offices of Cleary. She became counsel in the Paris office in 2005 and became partner in 2023.

Notable Experiences

  • BNP Paribas (BNPP), and its insurance subsidiary BNP Paribas Cardif, in the acquisition of a stake of approx. 9% in Ageas from Fosun Group.

  • Banking group My Money Group / CCF in the acquisition of HSBC Continental Europe’s retail banking operations in France and long-term commercial arrangements with HSBC Assurances Vie and HSBC Global Asset Management.

  • BNP Paribas Asset Management in its joint venture with ABC Wealth Management, a subsidiary of the Agricultural Bank of China, to launch a new wealth management joint venture in PRC, “BNP Paribas ABC Wealth”.

  • GlobalFoundries in its partnership with STMicroelectronics for the creation and joint operation of a semiconductor megafab in Crolles (France) and French State’s support of this investment.

  • Cerberus and My Money Group in the acquisition of HSBC’s French retail banking business and long-term partnership with HSBC’s French insurance and asset management subsidiaries.

  • Natixis in its sale of its interest in H2O Asset Management.

  • BNP Paribas in its acquisition of the Exane Group and subsequent divestment of Ixios, Ellipsis, and Exane AM.

  • Groupama Assicurazioni and Groupama Assurances Mutuelles in the sale of 100% of G-Evolution to FairConnect.

  • JPMorgan in relation to BPCE’s tender offer and subsequent squeeze-out for Natixis.

  • Amundi in its asset management distribution agreements with Société Générale.

  • Amundi in its €430 million acquisition of Sabadell Asset Management from, and long-term partnership with, Banco De Sabadell.

  • Amundi in the establishment of a wealth management joint venture in the PRC with Bank of China.

  • Amundi in its €3.5 billion acquisition of Pioneer Investments from, and long-term partnership with, UniCredit.

  • BPCE on its acquisition of a 50.1% interest in Oney Bank from, and long-term partnership with, Auchan.

  • Groupama in the sale of Groupama’s 35% interest in La Banque Postale Assurances IARD to La Banque Postale, and their commercial cooperation in the areas of legal protection and assistance services.

  • BNP Paribas in a novel transaction to provide continuity of service to Deutsche Bank’s global prime brokerage and electronic equities businesses and the acquisition of a Delta One book.

  • Veolia Environnement in the sale of its remaining 30% stake in Transdev Group to German group Rethmann.

  • Loxam in connection with its €970 million tender offer on the listed shares of Ramirent.

  • Westlake Chemical Corporation in its acquisition of Nakan, a global compounding solutions business from OpenGate Capital for approximately $265 million.

  • BNP Paribas Personal Finance in its acquisition of Cofinoga from Galeries Lafayette.

  • BNP Paribas Personal Finance in its partnership with Conforama.

  • BNP Paribas in its acquisition of fintech Compte Nickel.

  • Crédit Agricole S.A. in a major reorganization aimed at simplifying Crédit Agricole Group’s structure and strengthening the capital structure of Crédit Agricole S.A. 

  • Lafarge in its partnership with Société Nationale d’Investissement (Morocco) in Lafarge Maroc and Lafarge Maroc Afrique.

  • Groupama in the reorganization of its shareholding and partnership with Caisse des dépôts et consignations in Icade.

  • The French Strategic Investment Fund in its €776 million acquisition of a 26% stake in Eramet SA from Areva.

  • JCDecaux in its share buyback offer and acquisition of block of shares from the Decaux family.

  • Lafarge in its €40 billion merger with Holcim to create LafargeHolcim.

  • InvestIndustrial in its tentative takeover bid on, and takeover battle for, Club Méditerranée.

  • Several French credit institutions on regulatory capital and TLAC-eligible instruments.

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