Areas of expertise
- Corporate, Mergers/Acquisitions and Assets
- Business law and Private international law
- Insolvency proceedings
- The law of trade fairs and exhibitions
Bénédict Vidal is mainly involved in mergers and acquisitions by mutual agreement or open bid and in all private equity transactions. He is also a recognised specialist in economic law, contract law and distribution law, and particularly in trade fair law, a “niche” activity in which he is a recognised expert.
Sciences Po Paris (1986) and dual training in law and finance at the Sorbonne and Dauphine (1988) led Bénédict Vidal to start his career not in law but in financial auditing at Ernst & Young, which will constitute his added value.
He set up a first firm as a legal and tax consultant and became a lawyer in 1992 when the professions were merged. However, he soon had the opportunity to take over the French office of the firm founded by the Swedish Gunnar Carler, whose “human scale and international dimension of the clientele and files he had experienced at Ernst & Young” he appreciated. He was soon joined by several lawyers. This was the beginning of the Carler France adventure. Alain Rapaport also joined the team and became closer to Jean-François Veyry in 2009 and to Sophie Haddad in 2011…. The firm’s “signature”: “A strong desire for independence and the desire to provide clients with a global offer by building cross-functional teams, within the framework of an original model with extremely democratic modes of governance”.
As a lawyer, Bénédict Vidal describes himself first and foremost as an advisor, a strategist: “This is in the firm’s genes and in mine: to be as far upstream as possible of operations. Most of the time we accompany our clients in the strategic approach phase. His clients? Large groups in contractual matters and in international private law and international distribution law, and rather mid-cap companies in mergers and acquisitions.
A director of the Association of Company Valuers (A3E) and a lecturer at CELSA (École des hautes études en sciences de l’information et de la communication), this motor sports enthusiast dreams of the Tour de France automobile and the Le Mans Classic. And for this lover of contemporary art, one idea is very important: creativity. This is confirmed by the interested party: “In my activity as a contractualist, especially in international matters where we are less locked into regulatory constraints, creative capacity is fundamental.
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