Thierry specialises in corporate finance with a particular focus on stock exchange and financial markets, in particular public takeovers, initial public offerings, listings on Euronext and rights issues.
He also has an extensive knowledge of finance litigation with a specific experience in the area of judicial and disciplinary proceedings before French courts and market regulators in connection with alleged breaches of stock exchange regulations and white collar crimes. He advises investment banks, insurance companies and public companies on mergers and acquisitions transactions, capital markets work (equity) and has been involved in privatisations.
- Recent Work
- advising the company Paris Hôtel Roissy Vaugirard (PHRV) owned by Allianz Covea and Cofitem-Cofimur for the preparation and mounting a takeover bid for the shares of Foncière Paris France
- assisting a member of EADS Executive Committee in the context of enquiries conducted by the judicial and stock market authority regarding potential insider trading upon the sale of his stock-options
- advising Elliott Management Corporation in connection with the sale to Eiffarie of 13.19% of the share capital held by Elliott Management Corporation in Autoroutes Paris Rhin Rhône (APRR), a major French motorway company, for a total value of €820 million
- advising the chairman of a financial company, a subsidiary of a large international bank, charged with manipulating the share price in the context of the Vivendi buy-back program
- advising Unicredit and several hedge funds in connection with their stake in Technicolor’s debt (formerly known as Thomson) as holders of super subordinated notes.
Thierry Gontard is a member of the firm's International Executive Committee. He became country head for France in 2005. He is also national practice group head for the firm's corporate and commercial department.
Thierry is a French qualified lawyer, admitted to the Paris Bar in 1988. He joined Simmons & Simmons in 2001 as a partner of the Paris office having previously worked as a lawyer for Gide Loyrette Nouel. Then, for 3 years he was in charge of legal issues pertaining to financial transactions at the French Commission des Opérations en Bourse (COB), now Autorité des Marchés Financiers (AMF).