Carol Santoni

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

Carol is a member of the Paris Bar since 2001. Carol holds a post-graduate degree (DEA) in Business law (1999), a post-graduate degree (Maîtrise) in Business law from Paris-Ouest University (1998) and a Master of Laws (LLM) in German law from Postdam University (1998). She is a former part-time teacher in corporate law.

Before joining Racine in June 2014, Carol worked with Gide since 2000 and she was the head of Gide’s Serbian office in 2009/2010.

Carol represents international and French clients on all aspects of Real Estate law and especially in the areas of investment (asset deals, share deals, joint ventures), construction and partnerships between investors and property developers. She also advises her clients in their asset management operations and in their restructuring and asset valuation projects.

Firm Overview:

Racine was founded over 30 years ago, and is now one of the main French law firms. We are independent and meet all the needs of businesses.

With our 180 lawyers, 69 of whom are partners, located across the country in nine offices, we provide our clients with regional-based service and expertise in all the major fields of law, as legal advisers and advocates in legal proceedings.

Our teams work together in a pragmatic way, and pool their legal expertise and their experiences in various sectors in order to always provide the most innovative, specifically targeted and effective solutions.

The involvement of our lawyers, their high view of our profession and the values that they all share make them trusted, proven and recognised colleagues.

Christophe Eck

Christophe Eck is our exclusively recommended Mergers & Acquisitions Law expert in France on the Advisory Excellence website. If you need assistance in this area, please contact Christophe directly using the contact details listed above.

Christophe, partner, specialises in mergers and acquisitions, private equity, stock exchange regulation and corporate law. His expertise covers acquisitions and mergers of public and private companies as well as restructuring transactions. He frequently works on cross-border deals in various parts of the world including Asia and Africa.

Christophe notably advised various groups on their mergers or acquisitions (Auchan, Société Générale, Groupama, Addax & Oryx, BPCE, BMCE, Total, Anglogold Ashanti, ENI) as well as Governmental authorities.

Christophe served as Managing Partner at Gide in 2010 and 2011. He wrote books and several articles on foreign investment issues and received university degrees in business, economy and law.

Christophe Eck is an Avocat à la Cour and also enrolled as a solicitor of the Supreme Court of England and Wales.

Firm Overview:

Founded in Paris in 1920, Gide is a premier international law firm with some 15 offices spread throughout the world.

France Law Firm of the Year:

  • Chambers Europe, 2021 – Top Ranked Law Firm of the Year
  • Chambers Europe Awards 2017, 2014, 2011 & 2010
  • The Lawyer European Awards 2020, 2018
  • Best Lawyers 2022 – France Law Firm of the Year in Banking & Finance and Capital Market
  • Financial Times Innovative Lawyer Europe, 2021 – shortlisted in the 4 categories in particular in most innovative law firm in Europe (non-UK)
  • The Legal 500 EMEA, 2021 – Top Tier Law Firm of the Year
  • Jeune Afrique, 2020 – Meilleur cabinet international en Afrique francophone
  • Who’s Who Legal Awards 2019

Gide is regularly ranked among the leading business law firms by French and international specialised press.