Key issues

Our corporate lawyers support the world's leading enterprises, emerging startup companies and financial institutions in their development and investment activities.

From mergers and acquisitions and venture capital to private and public equity and debt offerings, we assist our clients through all stages of their transactions to ensure successful deal outcomes. Our clients benefit from a valuable combination of global insight and local knowledge that allows us to handle all aspects of complex domestic and cross-border corporate transactions.

How DLA Piper can help

Our multidisciplinary teams provide legal advice depending on the complexity of your transactions:

  • M&A
    • Legal and tax arrangement for acquisition transactions or transfers, venture capital investments, development capital, or minority investments
    • Drafting and negotiation of the pre-transactional documentation (mandate, non-disclosure agreement, letter of intent, letter of offer)
    • Organization of the data room and legal and tax due diligence
    • Drafting and negotiation of the contractual documentation (acquisition agreement, warranty agreement, merger, spin-off, contribution or transfer of assets agreements, French or cross-border joint venture agreements)
    • Drafting and negotiation of the investment agreements, shareholders’ agreements and other similar agreements provided by the articles of association or not
    • Drafting and negotiation of the documentation relating to simple or complex securities issuances
    • Assistance and taking all necessary steps with the competent administrative authorities
  • Private Equity
    • Fund structuring in consideration of tax and corporate aspects
    • Advising private equity funds on investments:
      • preliminary agreements (confidentiality agreements, letter of intent, term sheets)
      • legal, tax and labour due diligence
      • legal and tax acquisition structure
      • sale and purchase agreements (share deal, asset deal)
      • investment agreements, including shareholders agreement
      • closing
    • Financing structures and documentation (senior, mezzanine, high yield, unirate)
    • Structuring of management participation and incentive schemes
    • Portfolio management
    • Pre-insolvency restructuring (equity increase, shareholder loans, debt buy-back, debt-equity swaps, renegotiation of financial covenants, waiver)
    • Exit (pre-sale-restructuring, flotation, trade sales, secondary buy-outs)
  • Capital markets
    • Initial public offerings on regulated and non-regulated markets (advising banks, shareholders as well as the company to be listed)
    • Tender offers (voluntary and mandatory public offers, exchange offers, Public to Private)
    • Issuance of financial instruments through public offerings or private placements
    • Assistance in Corporate law for listed companies (corporate governance, board of directors, general meetings, etc.)
    • Financial communication and regulated information
    • Liaising with the AMF (French Financial Markets Authority) and Euronext
    • Assistance of issuers, investors, as well as managers:
      • in investigations and sanction proceedings before the AMF
      • in Court litigation (commercial, civil and criminal)
  • Acquisition and corporate financings
    • Advising lenders, investment funds or companies as relevant, in the context of the structuring of the financings required in respect of the concerned transaction (LBO, PtoP, OBO, MBO, Bridge financing, corporate financing, refinancing, recap)
    • Negotiating and/or drafting the senior and/or mezzanine finance documentation
    • Advising on the financings of the business operation
    • Negotiating and/or drafting intercreditor agreements, security documents, setting up of guarantees
  • Restructuring and insolvency proceedings
    • Legal advice and assistance to investment funds and large and medium companies, on the following aspects:
      • preventive and insolvency proceedings (pre-package and chapter 11)
      • turnaround (acquisition and transfer of businesses facing insolvency proceeding)
      • restructuring of businesses facing difficulties (debt, corporate, assets)
      • crisis management
  • Corporate tax
    • Structuring international operations to minimize global effective tax rates
    • Structuring acquisition, handling post acquisition and reorganization integration
    • Structuring investments and operations to optimize cash repatriation
    • Reviewing international tax structures to identify potential weaknesses
    • Resolving complex tax controversies
    • Transfer pricing
  • Employment law
    • Employment aspects of mergers and acquisitions
    • Individual employer-employee relations
    • Collective relations
    • Restructuring operations
  • Litigation
    • Assistance in pre-litigation disputes, settlements and/or litigation in the courts involving business laws
    • Management of conflicts between shareholders and/or managers
    • Follow-up of relationships subsequent to the acquisition or sale of companies
    • Management of the warranties
  • Antitrust
    • Merger filing requirements
    • Antitrust and Cartels
    • Distribution
    • State aids
    • Representing companies in disputes before Courts relating to unfair competitive practices and other consumer-related illicit practices (misleading and unfair practices)

Our team

The Corporate group has a significant global presence with over 1000 lawyers worldwide, in the USA, Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia Pacific. This international reach provides assurance to businesses looking to transact across borders by offering a single law firm combining a market-leading international practice with specialist local expertise.

With more than 20 lawyers in France, including five partners, our Corporate team has the necessary infrastructure to provide comprehensive advice to all our clients, including broad experience in advising clients on complex cross-border corporate transactions in all economic sectors.


Clients say: “The team has been very reactive, precise and of a great help.”

One source lauds the lawyers for their commercial approach, noting that they “find the right answer.”

Chambers Europe, 2021

Rigorous team in its technical analysis. Great listening and good interactions in the various discussions. Ability to coordinate effectively with firms outside France during cross-border transactions.

Partner Simon Charbit is excellent. Tremendous responsiveness and always maintains a business-oriented overall view of any engagement.

The overall service is excellent. DLA Piper are highly responsive and technically first class. They have a great team with a breadth of experience and provide useful, pragmatic advice that enables us to make informed decisions and execute against business objectives.

From junior to partner: great availability and responsive-ness, team perfectly sized for the needs of the client who is in total confidence.

High availability, attentive to customer needs, impeccable technique which allows a deal to be delivered on time.

Legal 500, 2021