News 17 Dec. 2020

Curtis Brings in Bichot & Associés in Paris

Paris, France – Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle LLP is pleased to announce that the partners of the highly recognized French corporate firm Bichot & Associés, led by its name partner Nicolas Bichot, will join Curtis in Paris effective January 1, 2021.

Bichot & Associés was founded by Nicolas Bichot, Patrice Couturier and Mathieu Odet, who worked together for over a decade at Allen & Overy in Paris. They were joined by Vanina Paolaggi in 2016. Bichot & Associés has built its excellent reputation in corporate transactions including mergers and acquisitions, private equity, and insolvency and restructuring practice in France. Its practice has been recognized by Legal 500 and the leading French publication Decideurs.

  • Nicolas Bichot is a highly respected French corporate lawyer who is specialized in mergers and acquisitions and private equity transactions. Before founding Bichot & Associés, he spent over a decade with Allen & Overy, where he headed the firm’s corporate/mergers and acquisition practice in Paris. Prior to that he was a partner at Gide Loyrette Nouel where he practiced for ten years including two years at the firm’s New York office. Mr. Bichot graduated from the Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris (1988) and from the Université Paris II (1989).
  • Patrice Couturier is a highly experienced tax lawyer, who advises on corporate taxation, especially in context of mergers and acquisitions, LBOs and corporate restructuring, as well as tax on management packages. He also advises private taxpayers and family offices on the optimization of their affairs and operations. He has been a member of the Paris bar since 1992 and was a member of the Luxembourg Bar in 2010. He lectures on tax law at HEC business school and at the law university in Paris.
  • Mathieu Odet is experienced in the full gamut of corporate law, corporate disputes and corporate restructuring. He advises on mergers and acquisitions, private equity investments, fundraising and reorganizations, as well as litigation in areas such as earn out, warranties, valuation of companies expertise, enforcement of shareholders’ agreements, and resolution of disputes between shareholders. He worked in the corporate team of Allen & Overy before becoming a founder partner with Bichot & Associés. A graduate of Paris’ business school ESCP (2002), he holds a business law degree DESS (2002).
  • Vanina Paolaggi is highly experienced in mergers and acquisitions, private equity and stock exchange law, involving both listed and private companies. She advises domestic and international clients on mergers and acquisitions, private equity transactions, takeovers, equity capital market transactions, joint ventures and cross border transactions. Prior to joining Bichot & Associés, she was a partner at Olswang and French corporate boutique Brandford-Griffith & Associés. She is a graduate of Paris II University (Magistère DJCE).

Mr. Bichot said: “We are all delighted to bring our corporate transactional practice to Curtis. Our clients will benefit from Curtis’ international platform.”

Curtis’ worldwide Chairman, George Kahale III, said “We are pleased to welcome the Bichot partners to the firm. Their strong corporate background is the ideal complement to our market leading disputes practice in Paris and is a great fit for our international practice across Europe.”

This is the latest in a series of corporate focused appointments across Europe and the Middle East for Curtis. London partners Tony Edwards and Marc Hammerson joined Curtis from Stephenson Harwood in November, Dubai partner Paul Bugingo joined from Simmons & Simmons in August, and Giovanni Sagramoso and Daniella Della Rosa joined the Milan office in March.

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