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Alain Garnier

Partner, Paris

"I focus on private M&A and private equity, and advise senior management on the structuring of complex transactions and strategical issues."

Overview

 Professional experience

Education and qualifications

Overview

Alain specialises in private M&A and private equity domestically and internationally.

He has market leading practice in the banking and insurance industry, where he advises on M&A, group restructuring, and, jointly with the firm financial regulation and litigation teams, industry specific issues, including regulatory investigations.

Alain is the lead relationship partner for a number of the firm’s French clients in the financial sector.

Work highlights

Alain has led on many of the market’s most significant M&A deals. These include advising:

  • Blackstone and the groups founders on their LBO on Alliance Automotive Group, and its subsequent disposal to US group GPC
  • BNP Paribas in relation to its acquisition, jointly with Banque PSA Finance, of the Opel brand credit institutions
  • the AnaCap Funds on their acquisition of Barclays Bank’s French retail bank and insurance operations
  • Crédit Mutuel in connection with the restructuring of its insurance activities
  • Santander Consumer Finance in connection with its European wide partnerships with Banque PSA Finance
  • CDC in connection with the dismantling of the Dexia Group, and the creation by the French State, CDC and La Banque Postale of SFIL, a new bank for French local authorities

 Professional experience

Alain joined Linklaters in 1988, and he has been a partner since 1997. He co-headed the Paris office from 2005 to 2009 and was a member of the firm’s Partnership Board from 2013 to 2017.

He is the author of various legal publications in the area of corporate law.


Education and qualifications

Alain is a member of the Paris and New York bars. He studied law in Lyon (DJCE in French business law), Dijon (DESS of international business law) and New York University (Master of Comparative Jurisprudence).