About the Office

Davis Polk’s lawyers in Paris advise leading companies in France and throughout Europe on a wide range of global corporate finance, mergers and acquisitions, private equity and litigation matters. The group also has extensive experience advising U.S. clients undertaking transactions in France, as well as investment banks in deals involving French companies. Since establishing an office in Paris in 1962, the firm has developed relationships with the French government and with many French financial institutions and companies.

Our Paris office has 14 lawyers, including 2 partners and 5 counsel who are recognized as market leaders in cross-border mergers and acquisitions, private equity transactions, global securities offerings and other complex financings, litigation and restructurings. All of our partners in Paris are Avocats à la Cour.

Our Paris office provides a special combination of both transactional and litigation skill, which is increasingly a key part of the strategic advice that clients seek today. By combining our prominent U.S. law and cross-border practice with French law capabilities, Davis Polk offers a single, comprehensive team of lawyers to advise clients on all French, English,  U.S. and cross-border legal issues.


  • Chambers Europe:
    • A client comments: "Important players in the market, without question." 
    • “Equally well known for a solid French client base as it is for representing parties with an international presence. Handles domestic and cross-border M&A.”
    • “A solid presence in both debt and equity capital markets, advising major financial institutions and corporates.” 
  • Legal 500 EMEA – "Regularly assists leading French and international groups with high-end M&A." 
  • Décideurs Stratégie Finance & Droit – Davis Polk Paris team named “Key Strategists” (grands stratèges incontournables

Capital Markets

  • Elior (€845 million). Advised Mr. Robert Zolade, founder and future reference shareholder, in the IPO of Elior
  • BPCE ($9 billion). Advised underwriters on multiple notes offerings (senior and subordinated debt)
  • Eramet (€725 million). Advised Eramet on multiple notes offerings (including its inaugural offering)
  • Crédit Agricole (€1 billion/£500 million/$1.75 billion). Advised underwriters on multiple notes offerings (Additional Tier 1)
  • Dexia Crédit Local ($3.5 billion). Advised underwriters on several guaranteed notes offerings
  • RCI Banque ($600 million). Advised RCI Banque on notes offering (senior debt)


  • Solvay 
    • ($6.4 billion). Advised in connection with its acquisition of Cytec Industries
    • ($890 million). Advised on the sale of its Eco Services Business United to CCMP Capital
    • (value undisclosed). Long-term renewal of the Butachimie joint-venture equally held by Solvay and INVISTA
  • Thales (value undisclosed). Advised in connection with its acquisition of Security Services from Alcatel-Lucent
  • Mirion Technologies and American Capital ($750 million). Advised on its sale to Charterhouse Capital Partners
  • Starwood Capital (€1.3 billion). Advised on the potential sale of Groupe du Louvre and Louvre Hotels to Jin Jiang International Holdings Co., Ltd.
  • Digicel (value undisclosed). Advised on the acquisition of Submarine Fiber Assets in the Caribbean
  • Club Med (€790 million). Advised the Caisse des dépôts et Consignations (CDC) on the tender offer by Fosun/Ardian for Club Med, a portfolio company, and on the counter- tender offer by Andrea Bonomi
  • CNP Assurances (value undisclosed). Advised the Caisse des dépôts et Consignations (CDC) on the renegotiation of the partnership between CNP Assurances, a portfolio company, and BPCE/Natixis
  • Louvre Hôtels Group (value undisclosed). Disposal of 33 hotels (Campanile, Kyrial and Première Classe)
  • Groupe du Louvre
    • (value undisclosed). Disposal of luxury hotels Concorde La Fayette (Paris), Hôtel du Louvre (Paris), Hôtel Martinez (Cannes) and Palais de la Méditerrannée (Nice) to Constellation
    • (value undisclosed). Disposal of luxury hotel Concorde Opéra (Paris) to Blackstone