Sides splitting

The Suez-Gaz de France (GdF) merger has been complicated by some lawyers playing musical chairs. Agathe Soilleux, a French M&A lawyer formerly at Suez adviser Linklaters, moved to Weil Gotshal & Manges. Fortunately Weil was also instructed on the same side.

But the movement of Jacques-Philippe Gunther from Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer to Willkie Farr & Gallagher meant he took the lion’s share of GdF’s competition advice with him, leaving Washington DC-based Bob Schlossberg to mop up the US aspects.

It counted in Freshfields’ favour, then, that partners Gilles Belier and Pascale Lagesse were also instructed by both sides on employment matters. With unions, which are concerned about the impact on jobs, suing in Paris, this turned out to be the crux of the deal.Get the latest news and an irreverent commentary delivered to your desktop every day by subscribing to Lawyer News Daily.

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