Géraud de Franclieu

Agility - Commitment - Proximity


Mr. de Franclieu’s practice focuses on Mergers & Acquisitions.

He has represented French and international M&A clients for over 17 years, advising them on strategic transactions both in France and overseas. He advises entrepreneurs, executives, families, medium-sized companies, international groups, and investment funds on their acquisitions, disposals, and reorganizations. He has particular expertise in leveraged deals such as LBOs and OBOs.

Mr. de Franclieu also specializes in implementing incentive plans, working with the firm’s tax attorneys to assist officers and executives in structuring and negotiating their investments and sales.

He recently advised the founding shareholders of Breaz.io on its sale to Hired.com, the 123 Venture fund on the acquisition of several hotels, the ECG insurance company on the acquisition of the majority of the capital of 1688, and the founders of Can’t Stop Media on the sale of the group to Canal+.


Legal 500
Legal 500 has listed Sekri Valentin Zerrouk as a recommended law firm since 2008. In 2015, the firm’s mergers and acquisitions practice was recommended for its “competence, quality, and timely work. The lawyers are ‘reliable and thorough in their work. They are also highly appreciated for their ‘great availability and pragmatism’.”

Décideurs Stratégies Finance Droit

Sekri Valentin Zerrouk is listed 14 times in the 2015 edition of the “Capital – Investment,” “Mergers – Acquisition, “Public-Sector Actors and Comapnies,” “Leadership and Human Capital,” “Private Clients and Asset Management” guides. The team, managed by four partners, is recognized as both “indispensable” on transactions up to €75M and “excellent” in advising lower mid and small cap LBO funds, growth capital, and venture capital.


Prior to joining the firm as a partner in 2014, Mr. de Franclieu had been with Allen & Overy LLP, DLA Piper UK LLP, STC Partners (Counsel) and Courtois Lebel (Partner).




Mr. de Franclieu has a degree (maîtrise) in business law and taxation from Paris II Assas (1996), is a graduate of the School of Management of Lyon (EM) with a major in corporate finance (1998), and is a graduate of the Ecole de Formation du Barreau (EFB) (1999).


Mr. de Franclieu is a member of the EM Lyon alumni association and a member of the International Bar Association (IBA).


Confidentiality Agreement: traps and challenges
Affiches Parisiennes
October 7, 2015

The Law on the Simplification and Protection of Corporate Operations: Impacts on Related-Party Agreements

Option Finance
March 31, 2014

Enforcement of Shareholders’ Agreements

Option Finance
November 2011

Eliminating Unnecessary Clauses from Liability Guarantees

Option Finance
April 2011

Limiting trader bonuses

Option Finance
December 2009

On the legal status of the self-employed

Option Finance
June 2009

Recent Changes to the Rules Governing Internal Mergers

Option Finance
December 2008

When a Manager Provides a Personal Guarantee for the Company 

Option Finance
July 2008


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