Jacques Naquet-Radiguet
  1. Partner

Mr. Naquet-Radiguet is a partner in Davis Polk’s Corporate Department, practicing in the Paris office. His practice focuses on domestic and cross-border public and private mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures and private equity transactions. He has represented major French and international companies in a variety of complex transactions recently, including some involving, Solvay, Suez, Starwood Capital, Technip, Millicom and Comcast.

Work Highlights

Recent Representations
  • Technip Energies on its completed spin-off from TechnipFMC and listing on Euronext Paris (2021)
  • The underwriters in connection with Inventiva’s $108 Million U.S. Initial Public Offering of ADS on Nasdaq (2020)
  • Solvay on the €300 million antitrust remedy sale of polyamide assets to Domo Chemicals and the €1.3 billion sale of the remaining worldwide polyamide assets to BASF (2019)
  • Tencent on its €3 billion acquisition of a 10% minority interest in Universal Music Group from Vivendi, with a €3 billion call option for an additional 10% (2019)
  • Helios Investment Partners on the planned merger (subsequently terminated) of its portfolio company Telkom Kenya with Airtel Kenya (2019)
  • SUEZ S.A. on its $601 million sale of 20% of SUEZ Water Resources Inc. to PGGM (2018)
  • Millicom on the: 
    • Sale of its subsidiary in Chad to Maroc Telecom (2019)
    • Sale of its subsidiary in Rwanda to subsidiaries of Bharti Airtel (2018)
    • Combination of its operations in Ghana with those of Bharti Airtel (2017)
    • Sale of its subsidiary in Senegal to consortium (2017)
  • Advanced Accelerator Applications S.A. on the $3.9 billion cash tender offer from Novartis (2017 to 2018)
  • NBC News on its strategic partnership with Euronews (2017)
  • Genuine Parts Company on its $2 billion acquisition of Alliance Automotive Group from Blackstone (2017)
  • Natura Cosméticos on its €1 billion acquisition of The Body Shop from L’Oréal (2017)
  • Starwood Capital Group on its €164 million divestiture of Baccarat to Fortune Fountain Capital (2017)
  • SUEZ on its $3.4 billion acquisition of GE Water & Process Technologies from General Electric (2017)
  • Technip on its $17 billion merger with FMC Technologies (2016/2017)
  • Comcast in its acquisition of StickyAdsTV (2016)
  • Millicom in the sale of its subsidiary in the Democratic Republic of Congo (Oasis) to Orange (2016)
  • Advanced Accelerator Applications S.A. on its $170 million follow-on offering on the NASDAQ (2016)
  • Solvay SA in connection with its $6.4 billion acquisition of Cytec Industries Inc (2015)
  • Morgan Stanley Senior Funding, Inc. as sole lead arranger, sole bookrunner and administrative agent in connection with the  €2.4 billion senior bridge financing to support XPO’s proposed acquisition of Norbert Dentressangle (2015)
  • Starwood Capital Group in the sale of Groupe du Louvre and Louvre Hotels Group to Jin Jiang (2015)
  • Solvay in its agreement with INVISTA to renew their Butachimie joint venture for the long-term production of polyamide intermediates (2014)
  • Louvre Hotels in its sale of a portfolio of 33 hotels under the brands Campanile, Kyriad and Première Classe (2014)
  • Groupe du Louvre in its divestiture of Hôtel Concorde Opéra (2013)
  • Solvay in its acquisition of Chemlogics (2013)
  • Starwood Capital in its divestiture of the Hôtel Concorde La Fayette (Paris), Hôtel du Louvre (Paris), Hôtel Martinez (Cannes) and Palais de la Méditerranée (Nice) (2013)
  • Groupe du Louvre and Baccarat in the acquisition of a minority stake by Catterton Partners in Baccarat (2012)
  • Groupe Canal+ in its acquisition of the French TV channels Direct8 and Direct Star from Bolloré (2012)
  • Solvay in its acquisition from Société Générale of the 50% interest in Orbeo (engaged in the carbon credit industry) not yet held by Solvay (2011)
  • Sodexo in its acquisition of the French luxury caterer and pastry maker Lenôtre from Accor (2011)
  • Starwood Capital in its divestiture of the French luxury perfume company Annick Goutal to Amorepacific Corporation (2011)
  • Starwood Capital in its divestiture of the 4-star Hôtel Concorde Montparnasse in Paris (2011)
  • Ariba, Inc. on its acquisition of the French e-invoicing company b-process SA from financial investors and its management (2011)
Prior To joining Davis Polk
  • Starwood Capital in its divestiture of the landmark Hôtel Crillon in Paris (2010)
  • Starwood Capital in its divestiture of the landmark Hôtel Lutetia in Paris (2010)
  • Rhodia in its acquisition of the Chinese chemical company Feixiang Chemicals (2010)
  • The financial advisors and presenting banks in connection with the tender offer by Honeywell for the French security company Sperian (2010)
  • Caisse des Dépôts in the combination of its subsidiary Alteau with Ternois to create a large independent operator in the water-treatment industry (2010)
  • Rhodia and Orbeo in their joint acquisition of the Dutch company OneCarbon, engaged in the carbon credit industry (2009)
  • Ecopetrol, the Colombian national oil and gas company, in the acquisition of Hocol from Maurel & Prom (2009)
  • Starwood Capital in its divestiture of the 4-star Hotel Ambassador in Paris (2008)
  • Lecta, a CVC portfolio company, in its acquisition of the French paper manufacturing company Malmenayde (2008)
  • Socotec, a French engineering and consulting company, in its divestiture to Qualium Investissement, a subsidiary of Caisse des Dépôts (2008)
  • The financial adviser and presenting bank in connection with the tender offer by the French railroad company SNCF for the shares of its 43%-owned subsidiary Geodis, operating in the logistics industry (2008)
  • International Chemical Investors in connection with various transactions (2008, 2007 and 2006)


Awarded "M&A Deal of the Year" at the IFLR Europe Awards 2019. 

Mr. Naquet-Radiguet is listed as a leading lawyer in several legal industry publications, including Chambers Global, Chambers Europe and Legal 500.

Chambers Global 2016 – “‘A very talented lawyer,’ Jacques Naquet-Radiguet is highlighted by peers for his expertise and experience in transactional work. He focuses on cross-border public and private M&A, private equity transactions and joint ventures. His key work highlights this year include advice to Solvay on the USD890 million sale of Eco Services to affiliates of CCMP Capital Advisors.” 

Professional History

  • Partner, Davis Polk, 2011-present
  • Partner, Shearman & Sterling, 2004-2011

Bar Admissions

  • Paris, Avocat à la Cour


  • M.B.A., Ecole Supérieure de Commerce de Paris, 1991
  • J.D., Université Panthéon-Assas - Paris 2, 1992
  • LL.M., Université Panthéon-Assas - Paris 2, 1993
  • LL.M., Harvard Law School, 1995


  • English
  • French
  • Spanish