Pascal Roux
Partner, Corporate



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Pascal Roux

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Pascal Roux joined the Paris office of Watson Farley & Williams as a Partner in 2007. He specialises in corporate and contract law, with an emphasis on private equity (venture capital, capital development), mergers and acquisitions and group reconstruction and insolvency, where he covers both negotiation (Mandat ad hoc and Conciliation) and litigation. His expertise has enabled him to assist in significant M&A or reorganisation/restructuring operations for companies of different sizes in France and in numerous cross-border and multi-jurisdictional transactions in Europe, North America, Central Asia and Africa. His clients include major international groups, investment funds and other financial institutions.

He has been speaker at numerous conferences, especially in relation to privatisation, venture capital & private equity for training institutions, Universities (as visiting lecturer) and government bodies.

Pascal is also a Mediator, registered with the Centre de Médiation et d’Arbitrage de Paris (CMAP – Paris Chamber of Commerce and Court of Appeals), and has been appointed in commercial disputes involving M&A or contract termination.

He is also Co-ordinator of the WFW Global Innovation & Technology Initiative.

WFW Paris is recommended by Décideurs magazine in the categories:

  • “Strong notoriety” for Mergers & Acquisitions (2017).
  • “Excellent” for Venture capital (“[Pascal is] an asset for start-ups”, Guide Capital Investissement, 2017).
  • “Key player” for Restructuring and insolvency (2017).

Experience Open

    Private Equity

    • Advising a biotech company in fund raising (Equity and convertible debt, Shareholders’ Agreements).
    • Advising founders of a Waste Management Group in Equity funding and debt injection.
    • Assisting investment funds in equity exits and divestments.


    • Representing South-African Group in the negotiation and drafting of agreements in a joint-venture transaction for the implementation of a Telecom project.
    • Representing a hi-tech company in an open bid process for the acquisition of a group of companies located in the US, Ireland, Belgium and France.
    • Assisting and advising an equity investment fund on the acquisition process of companies in the fashion industry.

    Restructuring & Insolvency

    • Advising management of an insolvent company subsidiary of a UK multinational in a Pre-Pack process involving the sale of businesses before the Commercial Courts.
    • Assisting Group of companies in adoption of a Rescue Plan involving debt refinancing and corporate reorganisation.
    • Restructuring of a European group involving cross-border mergers and sale of assets.

Education Open

  • 1987: D.E.A de Droit Privé – Postgraduate Degree in Private Law, University of Paris (Sorbonne)
  • 1986: Master(Maîtrise) in Business Law, University of Paris (Sorbonne)
  • 1985: Master (Maîtrise) in Politics, University of Paris (Assas)
  • 1983: Lauréat du Concours Général des Universités – Distinction/Honoree in Universities’ Academic Competition

Author/Speaker/Awards Open

  • “Which exit strategy for start-up founders?”, interview with Décideurs Juridiques on 14 November 2017.
  • “Start-up : growth and strategy”, Guide Capital Investissement, Décideurs, July 2017.
  • Speaker at a conference organised by GreenUnivers during the Pexe 8th Annual National Forum for the cleantech business and innovation community held at the French Ministry of Finance in March 2017.
  • “Guide du financement, conseils et recettes pour la croissance de votre entreprise” (Guide to financing, advice and tips on how to grow your company), April 2016, published by BDO and including expert advice from Pascal Roux.
  • Speaker at a conference on the theme of how to finance climate-related innovation organised on 10 December 2015 by GreenUnivers as part of the “Solutions Cop21” event held to coincide with the Cop21 United Nations Conference on climate change.
  • Pascal has published and lectured extensively on topics relating to Corporate Law matters, Privatisation in Emerging Countries, Venture Capital and several other topics relating to corporate investment and financial aspects.

Membership of Professional Societies Open

  • Member of the Board and former Vice Chairman (2008-2011) International Development Law Organization (IDLO)
  • Former Mayor and Member of Syndicat de Pays (Environment Commission) 2008-2014
  • Administrator of Alliance of Lawyers for Human Rights (AADH – Alliance des Avocats pour les Droits de l’Homme)

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