Nadine Gelli

Nadine Gelli is our exclusively recommended Tax Services expert in France on the Advisory Excellence website. If you need assistance in this area, please contact Nadine directly using the contact details listed above.

Nadine is a tax partner in the Paris office of Kirkland & Ellis LLP. Nadine advises on all tax aspects of corporate transactions; in particular LBOs, financing and restructuring projects. Nadine has extensive experience in the field of employee share schemes and benefits.

Nadine gives seminars on tax aspects of LBO transactions every year to students at both the University of Montpellier and the University of Paris I – Pantheon-Sorbonne. She is also an author or co-author of several articles in her practice area.

Nadine Gelli is a “confidence-inspiring” practitioner, according to Chambers Europe (2021). Clients praise her extensively, with one interviewee describing her as remaining “collaborative and dedicated until the matter’s conclusion,” before going on to point to her ability “to explain and clarify issues while taking into account non-tax topics, and to bring new and original ideas to the team.“ She is further recognised by The Legal 500 EMEA (2021) as a ‘Leading Individual’ for Private Equity Tax, with clients describing her as “capable of delivering results in the most efficient way with an incomparable sense of proactivity”.

Firm Overview:

The Paris office opened in 2019 to serve clients doing business in France and throughout Europe. Our lawyers in Paris work closely with our teams in London, Munich and other international offices to provide advice to holders of private capital in their corporate transactions. The Paris team brings vast experience handling French law private equity transactions, including on cross-border and international deals throughout Europe. They have advised on complex mergers, acquisitions and investments for financial sponsors, sovereign wealth funds and pension funds.

Grégory BERKOVICZ

Grégory Berkovicz is our exclusively recommended Projects & Infrastructure Law expert in France on the Advisory Excellence website. If you need assistance in this area, please contact Grégory directly using the contact details listed above.

The law firm GB2A regularly advises and assists French and foreign lead arrangers, participating banks, and borrowers in the setting up and implementation of financing structures using all project financing techniques.

Financing and Project Finance Department:

Within the context of project finance, we assist our clients in reviewing and negotiating financing documentation prepared by the lending banks and their advisors, and in drafting and negotiating credit and security agreements, as well as other types of financing documentation, and we issue legal opinions on behalf of French companies (borrower or guarantor) as typically required by lending banks.

Department of Public Business Law – Real Estate – Energy:

GB2A AVOCATS has significant experience, and is widely recognised in the field of public law; the Public Law department advises individuals and private entities as well as public entities (ministries, local authorities, public institutions, etc.). Our public law practice covers major PPP projects, public procurement projects and other complex contractual arrangements

Department of Business and Social Law:

The Business and Social Law department manages a wide portfolio of clients including SMEs and large international. We bring our clients comprehensive expertise through counselling or litigation, in all areas of Social Law (employment law, labour and trade union law, security and social protection law, criminal labour law, civil service law), and in all areas of Business law (private business law, corporate law, association and foundation law, economic law, real estate law, lease law, construction law, condominium law, enforcement law, maritime law, etc.). Our Business Law team provides vital support for our other legal departments.

Department of International Business Law:

Our International Business Law department delivers legal advice for transactions taking place in francophone Africa and other parts of the world. Through partnerships with fellow lawyers, we assist our local and international clients in their projects relating to strategic and varied areas of Business Law, particularly in the field of PPPs.

Department of Planning and Urban Development:

For several years we have been advising public and private operators on the implementation of their development and urbanisation projects (defining and mastering the procedure schedules, auditing files, negotiating, resolving difficulties and litigation).

Today, in the context of new public/private relations, we are adapting our techniques and expertise to respond to this new situation. We offer our clients comprehensive solutions for planning, landscaping and environmental protection.

Nathalie Sinavong

Nathalie Sinavong is our exclusively recommended European Law expert in France on the Advisory Excellence website. If you need assistance in this area, please contact Nathalie directly using the contact details listed above.

Nathalie Sinavong advises French and international groups (especially German and Anglo-Saxon ones) in the field of distribution, industrial risks and international commercial law. She has an extensive experience in distribution networks (selective and exclusive), anti-competitive practices and termination of commercial relationships. Nathalie Sinavong assists her clients in the negotiation and drafting of their contracts and represents them before the courts. As such, she has extensive experience in the management of complex multi-jurisdictional disputes and international arbitrations.

In addition, her thorough knowledge of the German language and culture enables her to support German companies and their subsidiaries in France, thus covering all their legal needs by relying on the firm’s more specialised teams.

Firm Overview:

Lmt Avocats is a French independent law firm with 30 years of existence. Lmt Avocat’s integrated organisation both reflects and guarantees its professionalism. Client satisfaction is ensured by setting up a special working team for each case under the direction of a heavily involved partner, and by maintaining personal contact with clients at all times.

A law firm sharing common values

We are men and women with a strong team spirit who share common values: respect and straightforwardness, sociability, self-realisation. Both Lmt Avocats and their clients believe this plays an important role in satisfying their needs.

Serge Gravel

Serge Gravel is our exclusively recommended Arbitration expert in France on the Advisory Excellence website. If you need assistance in this area, please contact Serge directly using the contact details listed above.

Serge, a dual citizen of France and Canada and a member of the Paris Bar and the Province of Québec Bar, is a partner at FLV & Associés, a Paris law firm.

Since 1975, Serge has practiced business law in Paris (France), Montréal (Canada) and Riyadh (Kingdom of Saudi Arabia).

His principal fields of expertise include International Arbitration, Mergers & Acquisitions, and Real Estate Transactions. In connection with International Arbitration, Serge has acted alternately as counsel, legal expert, arbitrator and mediator, both for commercial and financial disputes and for investments disputes involving sovereign States.

He served as a member of the prestigious ICC International Court of Arbitration from 1991 through 1999.

Serge was educated in North America [Harvard Law School, 1974; University of Montréal Law School, 1972], and in Europe [University of Paris II Law School, 1976/77; Geneva Graduate Institute of International Studies, 1976].

Firm Overview:

Founded in 1997 FLV & Associés is a firm consisting of lawyers who had previously practiced within law firms with national and international exposure.

FLV & Associés intervenes in most areas of concern of legal entities, be it as advisors or as litigators, both in France and within an international context, in the following areas:

  • company law,
  • general business law,
  • securities law,
  • labour and social security law,
  • intellectual property, new technology and IT law,
  • distribution and competition law,
  • real estate and infrastructures,
  • banking and finance law,
  • transport, aviation and maritime law,
  • criminal business law,
  • criminal labour law,
  • tax law, corporate and personal taxation, international taxation.

FLV & Associés advises small and medium-size businesses as well as large public companies or investors, floated and non-floated, and private companies either French or foreign. The firm acts as counsel, defender or attorney of company clients or as the case may be, of their executive officers or shareholders.

The partners of the firm aim to develop long-term relationships with our clients and we make it a point to provide them with personalised services, with a team of qualified, attentive and responsive lawyers.

Our approach is foremost as general commercial lawyers, each of whom relies on a particular area of expertise and experience.

Our firm advises clients in connection with the conception of the structure, the negotiation and the setting up of complex projects or transactions, such as external growth operations or raising up equity and furthermore ensure a regular representation of the clients before all French courts and arbitral panels. We also advise clients regarding management issues that may arise in the ordinary course of business.

Each brief is handled by a partner who, depending on the needs of the client and the case, assembles a team of partners and lawyers with complementary expertise In order to ensure a prompt response and to provide adequate solutions.

All of the Firm’s lawyers are competent as legal advisors and litigators as these two aspects of practice are complementary both in terms legal skills and culture. The regular practice of a judicial activity allows a better anticipation of conflicts in contract negotiations and facilitates drafting of contract which thus benefits from the experience of litigations. A rigorous approach and the quest to be exhaustive, are at the core of the activity of legal advising, and an asset in ligation.

Ludovic Timbal Duclaux de Martin

Ludovic Timbal Duclaux de Martin is our exclusively recommended Human Rights Law expert in France on the Advisory Excellence website. If you need assistance in this area, please contact Ludovic directly using the contact details listed above.

Ludovic provides his clients with legal advice and legal assistance and representation and borrows from a desire to serve their interests.

He created his firm around his skills and a project which is to closely support his clients in the complex world of business in France and internationally.

Ludovic benefits from the library of the order and works with models of acts adapted to your case.

In this context, Ludovic has access to more than a million case law decisions. He also practices law with the Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms known as the ECHR (European Convention on Human Rights).

Ludovic can come to your place to save you time.

For a more personal presentation, he has belonged to a family of jurists for two centuries: magistrate, professor of law (professor Timbal at the University of Paris II – Panthéon – Assas), lawyer (Bâtonniers, secretary of the conference) and notary.

Catherine Peulvé

Catherine Peulvé is our exclusively recommended Mediation, Commercial Mediation, Online Mediation, OHADA Mediation, ADR and Litigation Strategy expert in France on the Advisory Excellence website. If you need assistance in this area, please contact Catherine directly using the contact details listed above.

Catherine has been a lawyer at the Paris Bar since 1994 and practices mainly in commercial and banking, domestic and international litigation. She also works in troubled companies and has an in-depth knowledge of post-merger and acquisition litigation. She opened her office in 2007 and with her knowledge of judicial and arbitration courts, she has enriched her practice of resolving disputes through mediation. She regularly acts as a mediator and occasionally as an arbitrator in business-to-business or shareholder-to-shareholder, domestic and international disputes.

Catherine previously worked as counsel with Cleary Gottlieb Gottlieb Steen and Hamilton LLP, which she joined in 1998, after seven years in the litigation and arbitration department of Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP, including one year in London. These Anglo-American experiences have brought him great rigour and solid know-how, allowing him to work in both French and English, not to mention a wide network of correspondents, both in France and abroad.

Catherine Peulvé is accredited as a mediator with the Center for Mediation and Arbitration of Paris (CMAP), the Institute for Prevention and Resolution of Conflict in New-York City (CPR), the European Court for Arbitration and Mediation in Strasbourg (CEAM) and is listed as a judicial mediator on the list of the Paris Court of Appeals.