Tony Reed is the EMEA Chair of the Global Corporate Practice. Tony has more than 20 years of experience as a business and transactional lawyer. His work involves the representation of a diverse range of businesses – from owner-managed groups to multinationals operating in the chemicals, industrial and manufacturing sectors – in complex domestic and international mergers and acquisitions, disposals, financings and joint ventures.

Tony spent the first 10 years of his career as an M&A lawyer in London before moving to Paris in 2001. Dual qualified in England and France, Tony focuses his practice on advising US, UK, Asian and French clients on corporate transactions in numerous jurisdictions under both English and French law.

By way of example, Tony advised the shareholders of Solideal group (40 subsidiaries in 25 jurisdictions) on its merger with a Camoplast, Inc. Tony managed a team of 40 lawyers across six of our offices as well as local counsel in over 15 other jurisdictions.

Tony often acts as the first point of contact for US, UK and Asian clients doing business in Europe and ensures that the client obtains pragmatic commercial legal advice. Clients see him not only as legal adviser but also as a “cultural facilitator” enabling them to understand and bridge cultural differences and to do business more effectively with their European partners. Whilst first and foremost a corporate lawyer, Tony works closely with his colleagues across the other specialist departments and jurisdictions to deliver up pragmatic commercial legal advice across a broad range of areas.

Tony is one of three partners in the Paris Corporate practice who is currently listed in the Décideurs Juridiques category for mid-cap M&A as enjoying “forte notoriété” (highly renowned) and is also recommended in Chambers and The Legal 500.

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  • Advising Enea Software AB, a global provider of software platforms on the acquisition of Qosmos SA.
  • Advising Bemis Company, Inc., a global supplier of packaging used by leading food and consumer products, healthcare and other companies worldwide on the acquisition of SteriPack Limited.
  • Advising Solideal Group, a global leader in industrial tyres with 40 subsidiaries in 25 jurisdictions, on its merger with Campolast, Inc.
  • Advising National Oilwell Varco on the acquisition of an oil drillings treatment business based in France, Gabon and Tunisia.
  • Advising BOC Group (now part of the Linde group) on the disposal of their pressure division spread across eight jurisdictions to Ingersoll Rand.
  • Advising GE Healthcare on the divestment of various businesses across Europe.
  • Advising Interpublic Group on various divestments of their French divisional operations.
  • Advising Agusta Westland (Finmeccanica group) on a joint venture with Eurocopter (EADS group) and Fokker for the design, development and supply of helicopters.
  • Advising La Poste on their offer to acquire a strategic equity stake in the Greek post office and a connected joint venture with the Greek post office in the courier sector.
  • Advising Thomson on the acquisition of Canal+ Technologies and the subsequent de-merger into a conditional access systems’ division and a middleware division and the subsequent divestment of the conditional access division to Kudelski and the middleware division to NDS, a subsidiary of NewsCorp.
  • Advising Measurement Specialties, Inc., a designer and manufacturer of a broad range of sensors, on several acquisitions in France and Germany.
  • Advising Financière Aurenis on the acquisitions of two UK-based competitors in the partworks’ publishing sector operating across eight jurisdictions.
  • Advising Moret Industries on its acquisition of UK and German targets involved in the design and manufacture of dryer machines.
  • Advising WPP on the acquisition of numerous advertising agencies across Europe.
  • Advising American Standard on the restructuring and sale of a loss making French foundry.

Education

  • College of Law, London, Law Society Finals, 1990
  • Queen Mary, University of London, LL.B., 1989

Admissions

  • Paris, 2006
  • England and Wales, 1993

Languages

  • English
  • French
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