Jean-Marie Valentin

Leadership - Conviction - Technicality


Jean-Marie Valentin’s practice focuses on mergers and acquisitions, private equity, complex contract negotiation and restructurings. Mr. Valentin combines technical rigor, strategic vision, and human understanding. He is a true adviser, providing his clients with strong personal support.


Mr. Valentin has advised on a large number of transactions on behalf of industrial groups, SMEs, family shareholdings, and management teams.

He regularly advises the Spie and Bureau-Veritas groups on their M&A transactions, and recently represented TF1. He advises many SME executives regarding partnerships, M&A, reorganizations, restructurings, and international development.

He also represents investment funds, such as the small and mid-cap funds of Crédit Agricole, Argos, and Capital Export, in their acquisition, sale and restructuring transactions.

Using a cross-cutting, unconventional approach, he is one of the architects of the French corporate trust, used to guarantee specific employee-related undertakings in sale and restructuring transactions. In this way, he applies M&A techniques and principles to employment law.

Mr. Valentin advised on the restructuring of the Lyondell Basell group, on the Arkema group’s sale of its vinyl factory to the Klesh group (Kem One), on the restructuring of the Petroplus group, and on the sale of La Redoute and Pages Jaunes by Kering.

In addition, Mr. Valentin is in charge of the firm’s trust activities.




Mr. Valentin holds a degree (maîtrise) in Business Law and a Master’s degree in Business Law from Paris II Assas (DJCE DESS) and a certificate in the law and taxation of international commercial transactions from FNDE, Montpellier. He is a graduate of the Business Law Institute (IDA) at Paris II Assas.


Prior to founding the firm, Mr. Valentin worked at Willkie Farr & Gallagher and at Gide Loyrette Nouel.


Mr. Valentin teaches at the Ecole de Formation du Barreau de Paris.


Co-author, with Sylvain Paillotin, of the chapter on France in Financing Company Groups Restructuring, published by Oxford University Press in 2015,
Edited by Gregor Baer and Karen O’Flynn

 Determined, Flexible and Connected: Generation Y Can Change the Nature of the Company
Le Nouvel Observateur
June 27, 2015

Putting an End to the Archaic System of the French Employment Code

Les Echos
June 5, 2015

What Should We Think about the ‘Dombre-Coste’ Assessment of the Hamon Law?

March 20, 2015

Who Owns the Company?

Les Echos
March 17, 2015–.htm

The Expropriation of Partners or Shareholders in Distressed Companies: What Does the “Macron” Bill Provide?

Option Finance
January 26, 2015

Trusts and Restructurings

Proceedings of the conference held on the September 25, 2014 by the French Association of Trustees.

The Trust as Security

Proceedings of the conference held on October 8, 2013 by the French Association of Trustees.

Have Your Employees Do the Restructuring!

Les Echos
December 9, 2014

Sekri Valentin Zerrouk: The Trust, Out of the Darkness and Into the Light

Décideurs Magazine
September 1, 2014


Jean-Marie Valentin is a member of the ‘IBA’ and ‘DFCG’.


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