Baker & McKenzie announced today that Raphaële François-Poncet has joined the Paris office of the Firm as an international partner. The Firm now has 19 international partners in Paris.
Raphaële François-Poncet, 41, attorney and member of the Paris bar (Institut d’Etudes Politiques of Paris 1986, DEA Droit des Sociétés Paris II 1985) has joined the Firm to further develop its securities and capital markets practice which is part of the Mergers & Acquisitions / Corporate Law group. From 1987 to 1990, she practised at Shearman & Sterling and Cabinet Klein Goddard Associés, of which she was made a partner in 1995.
During her time with Cabinet Klein Goddard Associés she developed a particular expertise in providing legal advice and consultancy services to non-French companies listed in France. Since January 1991 she has been a partner with HSD Ernst & Young, where she was responsible for the securities team within the mergers & acquisitions department. Raphaële François-Poncet currently advises several French and foreign companies in their mergers and acquisitions operations (public exchange offerings and takeover bids) and calls on capital markets (primary or secondary admissions) as well as in public and criminal liability of their officers, in particular under the new regulations (Financial Security Act, Sarbanes-Oxley Act ).