Jean-Christophe Devouge
  1. Associate

Mr. Devouge is an associate in Davis Polk's Corporate Department, practicing in the Paris office. He advises on public and private M&A transactions, including transactions concerning the public sector, as well as related litigation.

Work Highlights

Recent Representations
  • Meridiam on its contemplated acquisition of Suez’s French Water Activities as part of the global contemplated acquisition of Suez by Veolia (2020)
  • Board of Directors of Renault S.A. on its potential merger with Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (2019)
  • Helios Investment Partners on the planned merger of its portfolio company Telkom Kenya with Airtel Kenya (2019)
  • French listed REIT (SIIC) Affine on its combination with Société de la Tour Eiffel (2018)
  • A major CAC40 group in connection with AMF proceedings (2018)
  • A French investment fund in connection with pre-litigation proceedings for the payment of a price complement (2018)
  • Christian Dior on the tender offer made by the Arnault Family Group (2017)
  • Millicom on various M&A transactions in Africa:
    • 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 the Democratic Republic of Congo (Oasis) to Orange (2016)
  • CGG’s board of directors in connection with CGG $2.9 billion global restructuring (2017)
  • NBC News on its strategic partnership with Euronews (2017)
  • Gecina on its unprecedented litigation in the context of its  €1.3 billion tender offer on Foncière de Paris (2016/2017)
  • Caisse des Dépôts et Consignations on its investment in Transdev (2016)
  • Comcast in its acquisition of StickyAdsTV (2016)

Prior to joining Davis Polk, Mr. Devouge's representations included:

    • The French State on the sale of a stake in Aéroport Toulouse-Blagnac and subsequent litigation (2015)
    • Société d’Edition de Canal Plus (SECP) on the tender offer made by Vivendi (2015)
    • Crédit Agricole Assurances on its investment in TIGF (2015)
    • Sopra Group on its tender offer on Groupe Steria SCA (2014)
    • The French State on the creation of Bpifrance (2013)
    • Osiatis and its reference shareholders on the tender offer made by Econocom (2013)

Of Note

  • Lecturer (maître de conférences), Institut d'Études Politiques de Paris (Sciences Po), 2014-2019
  • Author of the article: ’The Control of Public Tenders’  published in the French economic and financial review Agefi Hebdo – February 2019

Professional History

  • Davis Polk since 2015
  • BDGS Associés, 2013-2015
  • Gide Loyrette Nouel, 2011-2013

Bar Admissions

  • Paris, Avocat à la Cour


  • DEA, Business and Economic Law, Université Panthéon-Sorbonne - Paris 1, 2007
  • Master, Finance, Sciences Po, 2008