Business law

The business law department exists in the three French offices of the firm (Paris, Lyon and Avignon) and is involved in all the legal areas relating to the activity and operation of small and medium-sized businesses.

Its responsive teams are always attentive to the firm’s clients’ needs in order to recommend the most appropriate solutions, on the grounds of trustworthy relations.


Ydès has renowned expertise in the principal areas of business law:

  • Companies – Mergers / Acquisitions

Company incorporation – legal follow-up of companies and of standard transactions.
Private equity.
Transfers of company control – restructuring.
Group structuring – mergers / acquisitions.
Management package.

  • Commercial

Commercial leases.
Commercial contracts.

  • Competition – Distribution – Consumer related issues

Anti-competitive practice.
General conditions (sale and purchase) and restrictive practices.
Distribution networks.
Consumer-protection rules.

  • Banking - Finance

​Corporate finance and structured finance.
Acquisition financing: senior, mezzanine and subordinated debt providers.
Debt restructuring.

Ydès business law department’s wide range of skills, in liaison with other departments, enables the firm to carry out, in an integrated manner, all steps of restructuring, transfer, acquisition and investment operations for its clients, whether for an acquisition audit, the tax and financial organisation of a project or the negotiation of the terms and conditions of the operation, including drafting of the required documentation.

Ydès business law department has a top-rated team in mergers-acquisitions, recognised by the Legal 500 and IFLR rankings as amongst the best in France for “midcap” operations (less than 500 M€ of company value) as well as for capital development and capital risk.

The work and trust relations developed by Ydès with numerous foreign partner law firms also enable its involvement in operations with an international dimension, or which require legal assistance abroad.


The business law team is comprised of around twenty lawyers and associates, of which the diversity and quality of profiles and experience are a source of technical and human added value, and are vectors of effective work.