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Baker McKenzie advises Thales on sale of its Global Ground Transportation Systems Business

Baker McKenzie has assisted Thales on entering into negotiations with Hitachi Rail for the sale of its Global Ground Transportation Systems Business. 
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With more than 50 years of experience in the French market, we are the go-to firm for domestic companies, multinationals and financial institutions seeking first-class advice in tax, M&A and IT and communications matters. The quality of our work is reflected in the number of leading companies that seek our counsel, as well as the recognition we receive within the legal industry.

Our 170 lawyers cover every area of French and international law, including banking and finance, competition/distribution, employment law/expatriation, intellectual property, information technologies and communication, litigation and arbitration, mergers and acquisitions, public law and environment law, real estate and tax. Working across borders, practice areas and industries, we help clients solve their complex local and cross-border challenges and achieve their business objectives.



1 rue Paul Baudry
75008 Paris
Tel: + 33 1 4417 5300 Fax: + 33 1 4417 4575

Since 1963, our Paris office has assisted clients with their national and international challenges, providing expertise in industries including aeronautics, automotive, chemicals, financial services, food, healthcare, hotels, resorts and tourism, information technology, and luxury goods and fashion.

Our Tax practice, one of the largest in France, advises clients on French and international corporate tax issues, transfer pricing, VAT, tax litigation, tax aspects of M&A and private equity deals, employee benefits and wealth management.

Our Mergers & Acquisitions lawyers partner with clients throughout each transaction phase, advising them on public and private mergers and acquisitions, private equity deals and corporate reorganizations on a national and multi-jurisdictional scale.

With extensive experience in complex financing work, our Banking & Finance practice advises French and international banks, sponsors and borrowers at every stage of their operations, from structuring transactions to completion.

If you are interested in the German, Austrian, Luxembourg or Swiss markets or if you are from Germany, Austria, Luxembourg or Switzerland, Baker McKenzie's German Desk in Paris would be happy to assist you in your projects.

Our German Desk integrates German-speaking lawyers and lawyers used to work with German-speaking clients throughout Baker McKenzie to serve your global needs. The members of our group are have a strong understanding of your business practices and culture.

Our German Desk lawyers work on a day-to-day basis with our 250 lawyers based in Frankfurt, Munich, Dusseldorf and Berlin and our 170 lawyers based in Paris in a consistent and fully integrated way. Together, they advise a clientele of German, Austrian, Swiss and Luxembourg companies, whether large corporate groups, medium-sized enterprises or investment funds.

Our German Desk professionals work in the main areas of business law such as mergers and acquisitions, corporate law, labor law, tax, commercial, competition, litigation, IPTech, public law and real estate. They specialize in cross-border operations and structuring, in particular cross-border M&A transactions between France, Germany, Austria, Luxembourg and Switzerland, and are trained to draft and negotiate in French, German and English.

Our German, Austrian, Luxembourg and Swiss clients find in the German Desk a unique service platform to support them in their development in France, Europe and worldwide.

World-Class Careers Opportunities

We provide lawyers with world-class opportunities to learn, develop and succeed. We focus on improving the leadership, business development and project management skills of our lawyers by providing programs to expand their experience.

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An Accompanied Professional Evolution

As an associate you’ll work on complex matters and deals, often collaborating with colleagues in our offices around the globe. You’ll also have direct contact with clients and will be encouraged to become autonomous and self-confident.

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  • 36 lawyers from Baker McKenzie in Paris are recognized as Best Lawyers in France, Best Lawyers, 2021


We have signed the UN Women Empowerment Principles that guide businesses on how to empower women in the workplace, and participated in the Women's Forum 2016. We also organize regular events to promote gender equality and provide networking opportunities for women such as the Women Leaders' Confidences, a series of conferences featuring a woman embodying leadership. We also sponsored the first Women Lawyers Forum and hosted an exhibition entitled "OFF the Wall" to showcase the work of six female photographers.