Simon Lowe helps clients to bring inward investment into France, be it the purchase or sale of shares in French companies, transactions involving the sales of French businesses or other assets including real estate.
Simon has 25-years' experience assisting foreign investment in France and can bridge the cultural and legal differences when negotiating cross-border transactions.
Doing a deal in France can be challenging due to language, cultural and legal differences and Simon helps clients identify the most important issues in a deal and work through them in a pragmatic, comprehensible manner. Having practiced in Paris for over 20 years, he knows what it takes to get a deal across the line.
Simon originally practised as a UK barrister and can assist clients in identifying and understanding the differences that arise in contracts governed by the French legal codes compared to the approaches adopted in Common Law jurisdictions.
Simon's main pleasure, being a French lawyer is to see a hard-fought SPA put into the bottom drawer following the deal and to see a successful integration of the business into new ownership.
- Foreign businesses setting-up activities or purchasing companies or assets in France
- Investors, operators and retailers on the negotiation, lease or purchase of French real estate from heads of terms through the audit phase to completion.
- Shareholders of French companies (tech, life sciences and industrial) selling their companies to foreign purchasers
Advising on the sale to a US purchaser of a French company specialised in the design and manufacture of train interiors with several subsidiaries throughout the world.
Advising the shareholders on the sale of a company specialised in developing, implementing and providing support to the technology that connects biomedical devices to electronic medical records in hospitals and clinics, to a US investment fund together with its French and US subsidiaries.
Advising on the acquisition of a company specialised in the development, production and sale of photonic crystal fibre lasers, by a US-based high technology company.
Advising a publishing group on the French law aspects of its acquisition of a Dutch company specialised in antiquarian books with a French branch in Paris.
Advising international businesses on compliance of their commercial contracts and standard terms and conditions with French law.
Advising an international luxury leather goods business on the agreement to be entered into with the French department store Printemps for its outlet.
Advising major restaurant chains on their French operations (all commercial, contractual, corporate and real estate aspects).
Advising a multi-national data centre operator on the drafting of its commercial agreements for the renting of space and services in data centres.
Advising high-street fashion retailers on their French leases and business acquisitions.