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Bignon Lebray strengthens its corporate law practice – Mergers & Acquisitions and contract law and creates an India Desk with the arrival of Jean-Marie Tocchio as partner in Lyon

Bignon Lebray is pleased to welcome Jean-Marie Tocchio and his team to strengthen the firm’s expertise in transactions at the confluence of major industrial projects, complex contract law and M&A. Bignon Lebray’s India Desk also gets materialized by a representative office established in New Delhi.

Jean-Marie Tocchio joined the Lyon office of Bignon Lebray on July 1, 2020 as a partner.

With more than 21-year experience, first as an associate and then as a partner of Adamas, Jean-Marie has developed a dual expertise in complex contract law and corporate law, particularly for state-held companies (SEM, SPL).

He advises on a daily basis various players in heavy industry (energy, chemicals, metallurgy/automotive, defense, aeronautics, transport, industrial equipment manufacturers) in their development and expansion, through the elaboration of internal projects (new technical processes in cooperation, creation of industrial sites) or structural and external growth operations, whether in France or abroad. Jean-Marie’s main contacts are the legal, commercial and operational directors of international groups, as well as the leaders of SMEs and ETIs.

Accompanied by his associate, Amair Farooqui, since 2013 he has also been developing business relations between France and India, assisting French companies in setting up and managing their commercial relations or local structures (joint ventures, subsidiaries, international trade transactions, search for partners or acquisition targets) and Indian companies in starting up their activities in France.

Jean-Marie and his team often assist their public and private clients, companies or associations, in setting up partnerships in France or with foreign players and also participate in structuring the financing of these transactions.

Commenting on this arrival, Jacques Goyet, Chairman of the Management Board, said, “We are delighted to welcome Jean-Marie Tocchio and his associate Amair Farooqui, whose arrival at our firm will help develop and expand Bignon Lebray’s service offering geographically with the opening of an India Desk. Their expertise in advising on issues related to the creation, implementation and adaptation of industrial sites or projects involving crossed skills at the junction of different areas of law will underpin the high quality of the legal advice we strive to offer our clients“.

About Jean-Marie Tocchio

Jean-Marie graduated from the Grenoble IEP Eco-Fi Section, then fromOxford Brookes University in International Business Law. He holds a Master’s Degree in Business Law and a DEA in Business Contract Law (Montpellier I).

Jean-Marie began his career at Adamas law firm, where he discovered the complex contractual arrangements for the management of energy production facilities and LBO transactions. After 5 years as a partner, he first joined the Corporate/Mergers-Acquisitions division before creating a Large Industrial Projects/Complex Contracts division 12 years ago. At the same time, he led the creation of an India Desk which is today the only permanent representation of a French law firm in India in New Delhi, notably represented locally by Amair Farooqui, legal counsel to the French Embassy in India.

He is also active in his city and region: member of the Energy Commission of the Medef Auvergne Rhône-Alpes, he is also involved in the care and support of people with disabilities.

About his team

Jean-Marie joins the firm as a partner, accompanied by Amair Farooqui, associate, for the daily monitoring of the India Desk activities, local relations and contract negotiations. He assists many French SMEs present in India to define their implementation strategies, for the structuring of financing agreements for their subsidiaries from their holding companies. He is particularly involved in resolving conflicts between shareholders by restructuring corporate governance, where necessary.

About the Energy sector and the Large Projects practice

Jean-Marie Tocchio strengthens Bignon Lebray’s expertise in the Energy sector, alongside Sébastien Pinot, Philippe Larivière and Jean-Baptiste Dubrulle, also partners, including the Corporate Law – Mergers & Acquisitions department.

Bignon Lebray’s offer in the Energy sector and in the Large Projects practice is composed of cutting-edge expertise, geographically distributed between Paris, Lille and now Lyon, in all aspects of business life.