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A French law firm with an international and interdisciplinary mindset

We have a strong expertise in restructuring operations, activist investing and corporate transactions.

Our understanding of the economic and financial aspects of our clients’ activities enables us to offer solutions tailored to their specific needs.


We follow a 360° approach taking into account the financial and strategic context and all stakeholders involved in our clients’ operations.

We cooperate with high-skilled lawyers for all ancillary legal issues thanks to our excellent business relationships in France.

AREAS OF expertise

Corporate - M&A

We have a longstanding experience of equity and debt fundraising and M&A operations.

We have a particular expertise in the real estate, industrial and tech sectors.


We have a strong knowledge of the specific legal and economic issues posed by French restructuring operations.

We have worked for numerous investors and companies (both listed & private) on refinancing operations, disposal plans and operational and financial restructuring.

Capital Markets & Activism

We intervened on many capital market operations involving highly technical regulatory issues.

We distinguish ourselves by our experience in long & short activist strategies.

We are able to explain to our American clients how to tailor their strategy to the French legal and political context.


Sophie vermeille

Sophie Vermeille currently practices corporate, securities and restructuring law in Paris and has worked in the past for leading international law firms (such as Clifford Chance, Weil Gotshal & Manges, Freshfields and DLA Piper).

Sophie has an in-depth knowledge of US securities law, Chapter 11 and Delaware corporate law, as well as of English law. This enables her to understand the legal culture of her English and American clients and to explain them how French law differs from their own legal system.

Sophie is a researcher and guest lecturer in Law and Finance at Panthéon-Sorbonne, HEC and Oxford University.

She is also the founder of the think tank Droit & Croissance / Rules for Growth .

Sophie graduated from the LL.M. in business law of King’s College London and the Magistère Juriste d’Affaires of Paris II-Panthéon Assas University.

Paul Oudin

Paul is a lawyer at the Paris Bar, a member of the think tank Droit & Croissance / Rules for Growth, a PhD candidate at the University of Oxford and a member of the European Corporate Governance Institute (ECGI). His research at the University of Oxford is about the European insider trading regime.

Prior to joining Vermeille & Co, Paul worked for several international law firms in a variety of legal fields, and in particular corporate law and financial regulation.

Paul has a solid background in economics and finance complementing his legal expertise.

Paul graduated from the MSc in Law and Finance of the University of Oxford and the Magistère Juriste d’Affaires of Paris II-Panthéon Assas University.

Léa Desurmont

Léa Desurmont practices corporate and financial law as a jurist at Vermeille & Co. Before joining Vermeille & Co, Léa worked in the corporate law and mergers and acquisitions department of international law firms, such as Clifford Chance and Allen & Overy in Paris, Paul Weiss in London, and Clifford Chance in Casablanca. Léa also worked in the legal department of Lazard in Paris and compliance of CACIB in London.

Léa is a graduate of the Magistère Juriste d’Affaires from the University of Paris II Panthéon-Assas, as well as the Diplôme de Juriste Conseil d’Entreprise (DJCE). She also holds a Certificate in Banking and Financial Law from the University of Paris II Panthéon-Assas.



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Market manipulation – in terms of fundamentals – was difficult to prove with so many individuals dispersed and usually victims of these practices, recalls Paul Oudin, lawyer at Vermeille & Co. Hedge funds did not take legal action, even against professionals who shared their analysis on the internet (Roaring Kitty & co).
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