The firm

Innovation, Independence, Global Reach

SVZ was founded in 2004 by Franck Sekri, Jean-Marie Valentin, and Yamina Zerrouk. We are an international independent law firm representing a true alternative in the business law sector.

With recognized expertise in a broad range of practice areas, we can advise you on all your legal matters, both in France and internationally.

We come from some of the top French and international firms, including Gide Loyrette Nouel, Willkie Farr & Gallagher, Jones Day, Baker and McKenzie, Allen & Overy, Brandford Griffith and Associates, Lefèvre Pelletier & Associates, and Darrois Villey.  Drawing on those experiences, we bring discipline, entrepreneurial spirit, expertise, and pragmatism to our work. We are committed to providing you with personalized, value-added service.

We have redesigned the attorney-client relationship to make “customer experience” our priority.

As a fast-growing, dynamic firm, we are always bringing new talent on board and expanding our network of French and international experts to better meet your needs.

A unique client experience.

After reviewing client needs and the solutions provided by the market, we decided there was a need for a new model. We invented the Legal Cluster© and MySCZ© to help you respond to the many complex international legal challenges that you face.

By mobilizing our own resources and ecosystem in France and abroad, we provide each of our clients with a Legal Cluster© — a group of established experts to respond to your specific legal challenges. Flexible and dynamic, each Legal Cluster© is tailored to suit our clients’ requirements at any time.

Today our ecosystem consists of more than 150 highly qualified professionals in more than 25 countries. It will expand as needed to meet our clients’ needs.

SVZ partners personally select the members of the ecosystem. All members are recognized experts in their fields of expertise and practice with the best firms in their jurisdictions.

To support this innovative approach, we invented MySVZ©, a new industry solution, in collaboration with the Acticall group. Connecting, communicating, and collaborating have never been easier. MySVZ© enables you to interact with your legal Cluster© at any time through your dedicated, secured network. There you will find your advisers, your files, and your documents.

As your satisfaction is our number one priority, MySVZ© also includes budgetary monitoring and evaluation tools to assess your satisfaction.


    SVZ is founded by three partners, focusing on M&A and public law.


    Addition of new practice areas:
    - Tax law with Jérôme Assouline.
    - Employment law, with Emilie Meridjen-Mamane.
    - Commercial law and litigation with Anne Dumas L'hoir.


    Above 100 M&A matters and the firm moves to 16 Cours Albert 1st, Paris.


    Strengthening of M&A practice, with Géraud de Franclieu joining the firm.


    Launch of MySVZ project, which aims to give the firm a more client-oriented approach.
    30 M&A transactions handled during the year.


    Launch of MySVZ platform.


    Development of the Financing practice with Emmanuelle Vicidomini joining the firm.


    Strengthening the Real Estate practice with Emeline Peltier joining the firm.


    Development of the special situations and restructuring activity with the promotion of Sylvain Paillotin.


    Strengthening the tax practice with the promotion of Thomas Verdeil.


    Strengthening Mergers & Acquisitions and Private Equity practice with Pierre-Emmanuel Chevalier and his team joining the firm.