Yannick Piette

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Yannick Piette
Yannick Piette is a Corporate partner in the Paris office. His practice involves a wide range of mergers and acquisitions-related matters both for public and private companies. He regularly represents listed companies in high profile domestic and cross-border merger and acquisitions transactions, friendly and hostile takeovers, business reorganizations, spin-offs and carve-outs. He also advises clients on corporate and governance matters, as well as on hostile takeover defense strategies.

Yannick Piette has notably advised:

  • Total on its $8.8 billion acquisition of Anadarko African assets;
  • Terreïs on its €1.7bn sale of real estate assets to Swiss Life;
  • Rallye on its €3.8 billion restructuring;
  • the French State on the €1.9 billion privatization and IPO of Française des Jeux;
  • Orchestra on its restructuring;
  • JC Decaux on its acquisition of 15.4% stake in Eurazeo;
  • Eurosic on its €2.3bn offer for Foncière de Paris;
  • Orange on the acquisition of Bharti Airtel in Burkina Faso and Sierra Leone;
  • CGG on its $2.2 billion restructuring;
  • Icade on its €2.6 billion offer for Silic;
  • Gaz Transport and Technigaz on its IPO;
  • Solvay on its €3.4 billion offer for Rhodia;
  • Icade on its €1.2 billion offer for Compagnie la Lucette;
  • the French State on its €5 billion investment in BPCE; and
  • the Caisse des dépôts et consignations on the creation of the French sovereign wealth fund (€20 billion).

Yannick Piette is ranked by Chambers and Legal 500 as a leading M&A lawyer. Clients describe him as “bright and amazing”, “very practical and precise in his advice and risk analysis”, “really being able to translate legal concepts into operational advice in a business context” (Chambers Europe) and “outstanding in negotiations and very connected” (Legal 500).

Yannick Piette joined Weil in 2014 from a major international law firm, where he was a partner in the Paris office.

Yannick Piette graduated EDHEC Business School in 1999 and received his post-graduate degree in corporate law from University of Lille II in 2000.

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