Arnaud Félix

New Corporate partner expands WFW’s Paris office

1 April 2015

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Experienced corporate lawyer, Arnaud Félix, joins the Watson Farley & Williams Paris office as a partner on 1 April.

A specialist in M&A, private equity and securities law, Arnaud Félix also focuses on complex, cross-border and stock market transactions, as well as company law and corporate governance. His clients range from public companies, major industrial groups and banks to both private and public investment funds. In addition, he regularly contributes articles on securities law to French legal reviews.

Arnaud Félix joins Watson Farley & Williams after six years at Clifford Chance and previously practiced in the Paris office of Shearman & Sterling and the New York office of Weil, Gotshal & Manges. He began his career as a judge seconded to the French Securities and Exchange Commission (Commission des Opérations de Bourse, now known as Autorité des Marchés Financiers).

Arnaud attended the prestigious post-graduate École Nationale d’Administration (ENA, the National School of Administration) having graduated from the Institut d’Études Politiques in Paris. Arnaud also holds a Master of Economy degree from the University of Paris-Dauphine.

Recent transactions on which he has worked include advising: Dongfeng in relation to their acquisition of a strategic shareholding in Peugeot SA; APG on the takeover of Corio by Klépierre; LDC in connection with its industrial agreement with the Avril group (formerly Sofiprotéol); Ramsay Health Care when, together with Prédica, it acquired Générale de Santé; and Vivendi and SFR on their acquisition of Groupe Telindus France.

Arnaud Félix said: “I am very happy and proud to be joining Watson Farley & Williams as I have always been very impressed by the know-how, dynamism and entrepreneurial qualities of their teams. Watson Farley & Williams is a strong brand, a world leader in key sectors offering many opportunities for M&A practitioners and a firm which continues to invest in its development. I am very enthusiastic about using my domestic and international experience, technical skills and professionalism to assist our clients and to further the firm’s development.”

Pascal Roux, the partner who heads the Paris office’s Corporate team commented: “Arnaud’s arrival will serve to consolidate our Corporate team by adding a capital markets and listed companies dimension to our existing M&A and Private Equity capabilities. In addition, Arnaud’s expertise in handling complex transactions will strengthen our practice and our experience in cross-border and multi-jurisdictional operations. His recruitment also helps meet the needs of other offices in our global network whose clients are becoming increasingly interested in business opportunities in France.”

Laurence Martinez-Bellet, Head of Watson Farley & Williams’ Paris office, added: “We are delighted to welcome Arnaud as he will be a real asset for our Corporate team. His experience strengthens the service we offer to the major players in our key practice areas, such as energy, shipping, transportation, infrastructure, real estate and telecommunications. His arrival is proof of the dynamism of our teams and the power of our office to attract the best in the field.”