Jean-Nicolas Soret


  • Bar admission: 2000
  • Graduated from ESCP Europe Business School and holds a Masters in Business Law and Taxation from the University of Paris II Panthéon-Assas
  • Partner at Reed Smith LLP
  • Partner at ADVANT Altana since 2010 and member of ADVANT steering committee with Advant Nctm and Advant Beiten’s representatives.

Areas of expertise:

  • Mergers & Acquisitions, Joint Venture, Company Law, Stock Exchange Law
  • Particular focus on cross-border transactions

Practice Areas:

  • specialize in public and private mergers and acquisitions and joint ventures, with a particular focus on private cross-border M&A transactions.
  • his expertise includes acquisitions and sales of companies and groups, strategic partnerships and joint venture agreements, takeover bids, disposals of non-core assets, reorganizations of groups and shareholding structures, and corporate governance.
  • he has a particular interest in the life sciences, high-tech innovation and renewable energy sectors.


  • French
  • English
  • Spanish


Publications :

  • Fusions-Acquisitions : Les Impacts D’Une Crise Inédite” – Forbes France – April 2020
  • “Foreign Direct Investment under Greater European and French Scrutiny” – The American Lawyer – May 2018
  • “Shareholder activism in France : a growing threat” [L’activisme actionnarial en France : Une menace grandissante] – The American Lawyer (Focus International, Winter 2017) – Janvier 2017
  • “Acquiring a carved out business in France, the usual suspects and the French touch” – The American Lawyer Magazine – Mai 2016
  • “FDI: France’s attractiveness is growing again” [Investissements directs étrangers : la France redevient plus attractive] – The American Lawyer Magazine – Octobre 2014
  • “BioAlliance Pharma and Topotarget enter into a Cross-Border Merger Agreement” [BioAlliance Pharma et Topotarget réalisent une Fusion Transfrontalière] – Lawyer Monthly – Septembre 2014
  • “Fusions transfrontalières de sociétés cotées : quand l’Europe des entreprises devient une réalité” – Option Finance – Septembre 2014
  • “The Initial Bond Offering, The future of SMEs financing” – Financier Worldwide – Avril 2013
  • “L’IBO, un excellent outil de financement alternatif pour les ETI” – Décideurs – Mars 2013
  • “Global M&A / France” – American Lawyer – Janvier 2013
  • “Key concepts involved in acquisitions of ailing manufacturing companies in France” – Doing business in France – Edition 2012
  • “Réussir ses carve out et transferts d’activités” – CF News – Février 2012
  • “Alternext, un marché redynamisé” – Décideurs – Novembre 2010
  • “Communiquer sur ses difficultés, un exercice toujours délicat pour les sociétés cotées” – Option Finance – Septembre 2009
  • “Advantages Of A Dual Listing On NYSE-Euronext” – Law 360° – Août 2008

Interviews :

International Conferences:

  • February 2017, International Bar Association, Paris: speaker on a panel presentation on “European Share for Share Deals”
  • February 2014, International Bar Association, Paris: speaker on a panel presentation on “The colour of money: anti-bribery and M&A”
  • October 2013, International Bar Association, Boston: speaker on a panel presentation on “Letters of intent, confidentiality agreements and other pre-contractual agreements”


  • ESCP Europe Alumni
  • International Bar Association
  • Institut Français des Administrateurs (French Directors’ Association)

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