Jacques Buhart - McDermott Will & Emery


Jacques Buhart, based in the Firm’s Paris and Brussels offices, focuses his practice on corporate M&A and EU competition. He is the founder of the Firm’s Paris office, which counts now about 100 lawyers.

On the M&A side, Jacques advised Mitsubishi Heavy Industries in the restructuring of the French nuclear industry and acquisition of interest in Framatome and Orano as well as attempt with Siemens to bid for Alstom; Metsaliitto in its acquisitions and divestments in the EU; TUI is its acquisition of Transat France and Nidec in the creation of a joint-venture with Peugeot and Fujitsu in the acquisition of a French cloud company. Jacques also advised Arriva in the privatization of rail transport in France.

Jacques has handled a broad range of complex competition matters. In the merger field, among others, he represented Cellnex in challenging the joint- venture between Vodafone and Télécom Italia, Mitsubishi Hitachi Power in challenging the acquisition of Alstom by GE; TotalFina in its acquisition of Elf (second phase); Metsä-Serla in the sale of its carbonless paper division to Arjowiggins (second phase) and in the notification of SCA’s acquisition of Metsä Tissue (second phase); and Atos Origin in its acquisition of Banksys.

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  • The Best Lawyers in France, 2025
  • The Legal 500 EMEA, Belgium: Competition: EU and Global, France: EU, Competition and Distribution, 2023-2024
  • IFLR1000, M&A, 2022-2023
  • Who’s Who Legal, Recommended, M&A and Governance, Competition, 2021
  • Chambers Europe, Competition/European Law-Belgium


University of Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne, LLM (DESS)
Hague Academy of International Law
University of Paris II Panthéon-Assas, JD
Institute of Comparative Law, Diploma of the Institute of Comparative Law
École Supérieure de Commerce de Paris (ESCP), MBA


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