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Orrick Rambaud Martel recruits M&A and PE adviser Kessler as a partner

Law firm Orrick Rambaud Martel has hired Guillaume Kessler, a French M&A and private equity adviser, as a partner for its Paris office. Previously, Kessler worked at Olswang where he was a managing partner at the Paris office and head of the Paris corporate group.


January 18, 2017 – Orrick Rambaud Martel announced today that leading French M&A and private equity advisor Guillaume Kessler has joined the firm as a partner, resident in Paris. Guillaume joins Orrick from Olswang where he served as Managing Partner of the Paris office and head of the Paris Corporate Group.

“We are delighted to continue to grow our French corporate practice with a practitioner of Guillaume’s caliber,” said Saam Golshani, head of Orrick’s French M&A and Private Equity Group. “He is a recognized player in the French market, with particularly deep ties to the technology sector and a go-to source for the private equity market. We’ve worked across the table from him for years and have long admired his work.”

“The European M&A market remains a favored destination for international investors, and we’re excited to continue to build our market-leading Paris corporate team and tech sector practice with lawyers of Guillaume’s quality,” said King Milling, head of Orrick’s Global Corporate Business Unit.
Guillaume advises on corporate finance transactions, including public and private domestic and cross-border mergers and acquisitions, takeovers, take privates, private equity, restructurings and international joint ventures. He acts for French and international clients, including public and private companies, private equity houses and investment banks across a wide range of sectors, including tech, e-commerce, media and retail. Most recently, Guillaume advised Arjowiggins on the sale of Arjowiggins Healthcare to Meeschaert Private Equity and counseled Alpha in the sale of its portfolio company MK Direct Group (Françoise Saget / Linvosges) to Eurazeo PME.

Highly ranked by Legal 500, Décideurs and Option Droit & Affaires for his private equity work, Guillaume has previously practiced with Freshfields and Clifford Chance.

“Orrick’s reputation in the French market is top tier. I’m excited to work alongside Saam, Jean-Pierre Martel and the rest of the Paris team to further enhance its M&A and private equity capabilities across Europe,” said Guillaume.

Guillaume’s arrival continues the growth of Orrick’s 100-lawyer Paris office which earlier this year added a team of partners from Freshfields, including Hervé Touraine, one of the preeminent structured finance practitioners in Paris; Emmanuel Ringeval, an authority on leveraged lending and debt restructuring; Emmanuel Bénard, a sought-after advisor to international companies on complex French employment law issues; Patrick Tardivy, a rising star in M&A and private equity; and Olivier Bernard, a rising star in structured finance and debt capital markets, as well as Simon Ratledge, a leading practitioner focused on project finance in emerging countries and in Africa, from Simmons & Simmons and leading tech companies lawyer Olivier Edwards from Gide Loyrette Nouel.

Most recently, Orrick announced the arrivals of Christopher Brenner in the firm’s M&A and private equity practice in Munich, and Ylan Steiner in its tech companies practice in London, both from King & Wood Mallesons.

About Orrick Rambaud Martel
Orrick established its Paris office in 2002 and expanded it significantly through a combination with the leading French firm Rambaud Martel in 2006. The French team has earned 23 practice rankings in Chambers Global and Chambers Europe, and is known for leadership in takeover bids, cross-border M&A and private equity, energy & infrastructure, finance, restructuring, tech companies, dispute resolution and international arbitration. The firm also offers one of the leading Africa teams in the market, and through its establishment of Orrick RCI in Abidjan in 2014 became the only international firm with an affiliate in Western Africa. In the Innovative Lawyers Report Europe, Financial Times honored the Paris office’s Lise Damelet as the 2016 Young Innovator of the Year for driving structural innovation in the French legal market as co-founder of the Paris Bar Incubator, as well as recognized the firm’s innovative defense of Marionnaud in the first mass securities litigation in France. Recent notable transactions include advising Alstom’s board on the $13.5 billion sale of the company’s power generation business to General Electric, securing what American Lawyer dubbed a “mega win” in l’Affaire Tapie, one of the longest running and most closely watched disputes in France, and counseling Davidson Kempner in the debt restructuring of aviation industry leader Latécoère.