Mergers, acquisitions, raising capital, the restructuring of your business, governance and shareholders are at the core of our expertise in corporate law.
We serve a diversified client base, from start-ups and SMEs to midcaps and listed multinational groups, operating in national or international markets. We also advise executives, financial investors, shareholders and independent professionals, as well as special types of vehicles and groupings: cooperatives, semi-public companies, professional corporations (SELs, SCPs, associations, etc.)
Operating in project management mode, our lawyers know how to responsively coordinate a multidisciplinary engagement and thereby provide you with a full service, drawing, where need be, on our foreign correspondents and working seamlessly with your teams and your other advisors.
Our distinctive feature and ambition: to forge lasting relationships with our clients and to work alongside them to further their business growth and transmission strategies.
Mergers & Acquisitions
Our team is involved in all M&A transactions (transfers of controlling or minority interests, LBOs, joint ventures, open bid, stressed / distressed M&A) and for all types of clients (manufacturers, financial investors, families).
Our lawyers - many of whom work internationally - are able to respond very quickly to assist you from day one (letter of intent, confidentiality agreement), to coordinate and perform due diligence reviews, negotiate and draw up formal agreements (SPA, warranty contracts, financing agreements).
Our team draws on the skills of lawyers with expertise in a wide range of areas (tax, labor, financing, competition, intellectual property, real estate, environment, etc.) who are used to working together on M&A transactions.
Our multidisciplinary team advises companies and investors in the context of seed funding, expansion capital, leveraged financing (LBO, MBO, MBI, etc.) and turnaround capital. It also assists managers with legal and tax structuring as well as with the negotiation of their management packages.
We also assist companies working toward a listing on the stock exchange.
Our culture of financial engineering combined with their industry-based expertise of our lawyers enables us to be active in many sectors of activity such as innovation, health, retail, finance, energy and infrastructure, transport or property.
In response to complex situations, our team is able to offer global, innovative and efficient solutions with the support of Fidal's other areas of expertise and its foreign partners.
Assisting any group resolve restructuring issues requires taking into consideration many factors (size, business lines, labor-management relations, location of managers, financial flows).
The combined expertise of the corporate team and other specialized teams, particularly in tax law, employment law and economic law, makes it possible for us to liaise with various contacts within your organization (CFO, HR Director, legal department, IT Manager, etc.) and to provide a comprehensive and coherent solution.
A dedicated team of lawyers will assist you in carrying out your internal restructuring operations (mergers, partial contributions of assets, management leases, etc.), as well as in analyzing your flows and setting up intra-group agreements (service agreements, cash pooling agreements and delegation of powers, etc.).
Fidal is experienced in advising family-owned businesses. Our lawyers know how to listen and to factor in what goes far "beyond" issues of law and is vital to the development of a relevant strategy.
They assist in drafting customized articles of association, shareholders' agreements and all other agreements between family members so as to prevent potential conflicts, resolve crises, develop tools for intergenerational transmission, as well as managing the exit of family shareholders.
To achieve this, our lawyers work closely with our tax specialists and experts in inheritance law. The combination of these skills within a single firm is very rare, if not unique in the market. This enables us to devise innovative and sustainable solutions.
At Fidal, we believe that assisting companies monitor their corporate life requires special consideration and involvement.
In particular, the approval of annual accounts requires rigor and education, and helps establish and maintain a climate of trust between managers and shareholders.
In the long term, the quality of corporate life is one of the factors that fosters everyone's acceptance of inevitable changes affecting the company, and facilitates due diligence by third parties.
We ensure that our annual work on the accounts is a unique opportunity to discuss many topics with management. It is very often during these meetings that structuring projects emerge.
Specific structures and groupings
Composed of specialists, our team is able to meet the legal requirements of specific structures and groupings.
We have proven expertise in cooperative companies (whatever the field of activity), semi-public companies, structures of liberal professions (SEL, SCPs, associations, etc.), particularly in the health sector or with accounting professionals, or in EIGs and joint ventures.
Governance and compliance
Governance and compliance are inseparable.
The construction of group governance and its decision-making channels must not be viewed solely from an organizational perspective. Similarly, a compliance program must integrate the organization's governance.
These subjects are central to our governance & compliance department, because they are increasingly important for company executives and boards of directors.
For many years, our lawyers have assisted clients develop their governance, internal control and risk management systems.
Our dedicated team regularly carries out governance audits, assignments to identify and prevent risks, particularly of a criminal and ethical nature, in a wide range of listed and unlisted organizations (Sapin II Act, duty of care, CSR, FCPA, UK Bribery Act, etc.).