Sophie Lafay - McDermott Will & Emery


Sophie Lafay focuses her practice on French corporate law, with almost of 25 years of experience. She advises on the annual legal follow-up of a portfolio of companies, listed or unlisted companies, including several groups of companies.

She advises on the implementation of corporate governance plans and the review of existing ones (corporate governance subjects, status of corporate officers, shareholders’ rights including minority shareholders, risk management through the implementation of delegation of powers).

She also counsels companies on their entry to the regulated marked, advising on IPO operations. Sophie also has a particularly strong background in internal and cross-border reorganizations (mergers, partial contributions of assets, sales of shares, assets or ongoing business).


  • Represented a Dutch company, an international supplier of medical devices and pharmaceuticals, in the acquisition of a French family-owned group, a supplier of a broad range of medical devices to healthcare professionals*
  • Represented a US group in its acquisition of a leading French private security company*
  • Advised an international pharmaceutical company on its acquisition of a French contract manufacturer*
  • Advised a British group in the IT components and services activities on a cross-border restructuring*
  • Advised a French packaging industry group on the spin-off of its manufacturing activities*

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Jean Moulin University Lyon 3, JD, 1992
Jean Moulin University Lyon 3, DESS, 1993