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  • Sophie Cornette de Saint Cyr

    • Sophie Cornette de Saint Cyr is a Partner in the Corporate team, specializing in mergers and acquisitions and securities law, as well as advising French listed companies on corporate governance matters.

    • Academic career

      She was admitted to the Paris Bar (2001) and is a graduate of the University of Paris II Panthéon-Assas (Maîtrise, 1998 and DEA, 1999 in Business Law).

    • References

      Sophie has recently advised:

      M6 in connection with entering into exclusive negotiations with TF1, Bouygues and RTL Group to merge the activities of TF1 and M6 to create a major French media group

      French companies in connection with their corporate governance matters (remuneration of the executives, general meetings, etc.) (Thalès, Arkema, Rothschild&Co, Sanofi…) and in the context of shareholder activism, or executives in connection with their remuneration (for instance Ben Smith in the context of its arrival new CEO of Air France-KLM group)

      CCI Paris-Île-de-France on various matters, including the safeguard proceedings of its subsidiary Comexposium, the design and implementation of its new legal organisation, in particular its education activities and the reinvestment in Comexposium along with Charterhouse and then Predica

      French families on the reorganisation of their governance or their shareholding, such as a major private family group from the industry sector on the implementation of their corporate governance; the French branches of the Rothschild family (notably on the acquisition of the shares hold by the English branches in the holding company Rothschild Concordia SAS)

      Industrial groups in connection with their divesture operations such as Lagardère on the sale of its Television business and the related advertising sales activities to M6 group, then the sale of Mezzo and Mezzo Live HD channels to Les Echos – Le Parisien and Canal+; Technicolor on the sale of its Patent Licensing Business, then the sale of its “Recherche & Innovation” activity to the US group InterDigital; Ericsson on the constitution of a JV with One Equity Partners to transfer its branch Media Solutions; Air Liquide on the sale of Air Liquide Welding to Lincoln Electric, the sale of Aqua Lung to Montagu and the sale of Laboratoires Anios to Ardian; Saint-Gobain on the sale of Verallia to Apollo Global Management

      Atlantia in connection with the acquisition of a 15.49% stake in Getlink (Eurotunnel) from Goldman Sachs Infrastructure Partners

    • Decorations

      Recognised as "Notable Practitioner" in M&A
      IFLR1000, 2020

      "Sophie Cornette de Saint Cyr is a key player on the M&A market. "
      The Legal 500 EMEA, 2018

  • Sophie Cornette de Saint Cyr


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