Jones Day Paris Welcomes Corporate/M&A Team Led By Hervé Castelnau

Tuesday, October 4, 2011 - 01:00

Jones Day is pleased has announced the arrival in its Paris office of Hervé Castelnau as a partner in the Firm's Mergers & Acquisitions Practice. Mr. Castelnau joins Jones Day from Norton Rose's Paris office, along with counsel Thibaut Kazemi and Silvain Fock-Yee, and associate Alice Nepa. The team will work on all aspects of Corporate/M&A, with particular emphasis on technology, media, and telecommunications (TMT) and emerging technologies, in Europe and Africa.

Hervé Castelnau has advised French and international companies in their M&A transactions for more than 20 years. His experience covers all aspects of Corporate/M&A law, including in particular mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, privatizations, company restructurings, and business agreements. He has been involved in numerous international bids for telecom licenses as well as in purchase transactions for important operators such as France Telecom, Maroc Telecom, and Vodaphone.

Thibaut Kazemi advises French and foreign clients in connection with their M&A, joint venture, and private equity transactions in Europe and Africa. He has significant experience representing both blue chip and emerging companies in the TMT sector. Silvain Fock-Yee, 34, focuses on business law with an emphasis on mergers & acquisitions, joint ventures, restructurings, and commercial transactions. He advises companies, strategic investors, and investment funds in connection with their purchases and strategic joint ventures in France and abroad, particularly in Francophone Africa. He regularly advises companies in the IT, telecom, mining, and banking and finance sectors.

Alice Nepa advises French and international clients in connection with their M&A, capital markets, private equity, and restructuring transactions.

Jones Day's Pittsburgh partner Mike Ginsberg and Columbuspartner Chad Readler traveled to Nairobi this month to participate in an eight day Lawyers Without Borders (LWOB) program focused on improving the trial skills of Kenyan prosecutors and private practitioners who litigate cases involving victims of gender violence. Four U.S. federal judges were among the international team of volunteers, which worked closely with United States Justice and State Department officials and met with U.S. Ambassador Scott Gration in Nairobi.

Messrs. Readler and Ginsberg traveled with the international team of judges and lawyers at a critical time in Kenya's legal history. Kenya enacted a new constitution in 2010, and the Kenyan courts are facing many significant constitutional interpretation issues, including challenges to the make-up of the Kenyan Supreme Court. The country also enacted new sexual assault statutes, which served as the basis for the training provided by the international legal team. Now in its fourth year, the LWOB Kenya program addressed the impact of the new laws and their implementation in the context of a trial, in addition to improving trial advocacy skills through a full mock trial. The mock case involved gender violence in an urban setting, addressing the new sexual assault laws enacted in Kenya.