Judith Raoul-Bardy is a French qualified partner in the Paris office of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher, where she serves as a member of the firm’s Corporate transactions, Mergers & Acquisition and Private Equity Practice Groups.
Ms. Raoul-Bardy focuses on cross-border and domestic mergers and acquisitions, including strategic investments and private equity transactions. She has experience in advising French and international corporations on matters relating to external growth, cross-border joint-ventures and reorganizations, outsourcing, as well as major investment funds on capital investment and capital development transactions. She has advised clients from various industries, including telecoms, media and entertainment, banking and finance, fashion and consumer products, in the establishment, acquisition, restructuring, and sale of their French operations.
Legal 500 EMEA ranks Ms. Raoul-Bardy for Mergers & Acquisitions, category in which she has been described as a « key practitioner » since 2020. Best Lawyers in France also consistently recommends her for Corporate transactions.
Before joining Gibson Dunn, Ms. Raoul-Bardy spent two years at a leading French law firm developing corporate experience.
Admitted to the Paris Bar, Ms. Raoul-Bardy received a Magistère – DESS-DJCE (post-graduate degree) in Corporate Law from University of Paris II – Panthéon-Assas in 2003. She also graduated with a master’s degree in Business Law (Hons) from the same university in 2002.
She speaks French and English fluently.
Ms. Raoul-Bardy has advised on significant matters for the following clients:
- Alliance Entreprendre (reference shareholder), Bpifrance and the management of the Acial Group in connection with the acquisition of QIQ QCENTRIS Holding AG, resulting in the combination between the Acial Group and the Qcentris Group, the French and Swiss leaders of “pure players” in Software Testing.
- Brookfield in connection with a majority investment and the setup of a joint-venture with a BT Immo, French-based partner, with a view to purchase, develop and manage industrial and/or logistics real estate assets in France.
- Alliance Entreprendre in the acquisition of a controlling stake in Oasys Paris and its subsidiaries, a French HR advisory group.
- CANAL+ Group, the leading French audiovisual media group and a top player in the production of pay-TV and theme channels and the bundling and distribution of pay-TV services, in connection with the acquisition from Astorg of M7 Group, a leading pay-tv operator nestled in the heart of Europe.
- The sellers (including the founders and BNP Paribas Développement) of Allegorithmic, a French company founded by Sébastien Deguy, in connection with the sale of a majority stake in Allegorithmic to Adobe
- Alliance Entreprendre, Siparex and Galia Gestion in connection with the acquisition of Ouvêo Group
- Alliance Entreprendre and Bpifrance in connection with the acquisition of Copac group
- Vivendi in the context of the merger of Watchever Group and Dailymotion
- Crédit Agricole in the acquisition of a 15% stake in CACEIS
- MSD (known as Merck & Co. Inc. in the United States and Canada) on the unwinding of its European vaccines joint venture with Sanofi Pasteur S.A
- Zayo Group in the acquisition of Neo Telecoms
- Coty in the acquisition of Bourjois from Chanel
- Vivendi in the sale of a 53%-interest in Maroc Telecom (Itissalat-Al-Maghrib) to Etisalat
- Stanhope Capital on investment in and joint-venture with a French fashion designer
- Chequers Capital in the sale of European Cargo Services to Alpha
- CACEIS in the take-over of Groupama Asset Management’s fund administration and custody services
- Universal in the acquisition of the French animation unit of Mac Guff Ligne (now Illumination Mac Guff)
- Candover in the acquisition of Alma Consulting Group
- Credit Agricole in the acquisition of an additional 35%-stake in CACEIS from Natixis
- Lagardère in the acquisition of a 20% interest in Canal+ France (Pay TV) against 33.33% in Canalsat and cash