Our distinctive structure defines our approach. We maintain a ratio of associates to partners significantly below that of other firms. We focus on matters that require the attention, extensive experience and sophistication of our partners.
William P. KahnBio
William Kahn represents publicly and privately held companies, as well as major investors, from around the world in U.S. mergers & acquisitions that involve significant U.S. regulatory and U.S. government issues.
William has practiced in Washington D.C. as an M&A lawyer for 17 years and has represented clients in over 100 M&A deals, often as lead counsel and mostly in complex regulatory settings. Many of these transactions involved acquisitions or dispositions in the United States by clients based in France, Switzerland, Belgium or Turkey.
He has acted as lead corporate counsel on many significant transactions, with a particular emphasis on industries in which mergers & acquisitions generate industry-related U.S. federal and state regulatory and governmental issues, including matters involving government contracts, foreign investment controls and U.S. national security, export controls, foreign ownership, control or influence, white collar, “economic intelligence” matters and various federal and state government approval issues.
William is regularly interviewed by European news publications in connection with issues arising in European investments and acquisitions in the United States, including for example cross-border securities regulation in the United States and European acquisitions in U.S. regulated industries. He has been interviewed on BFM Business and RFI Radio, and cited and quoted several times in Les Echos and Le Figaro, as well as La Tribune, Le Point, AGEFI and many other news media.
William has a Juris Doctor from Duke University School of Law (class of 2000). He also has a Master of Laws from the University of Paris I Pantheon-Sorbonne (class of 1997) and a Juris Doctor from the University of Brussels ULB (class of 1996).
William is a member of the Washington D.C. and the New York bars.
Ignacio Jauregui represents companies and private equity investors on domestic and cross-border corporate matters, including mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, and corporate governance.
In recent years, Ignacio has been the lead attorney on financings for over $3 billion in transactions involving a number of sectors, including energy, infrastructure, transport, health, education, agriculture, water, and disaster risk management.
Growing up speaking English, Spanish, and French, coupled with his training as a lawyer in both the common and civil law systems, gives Ignacio a particular perspective. He recognizes that focusing on differences in law is not the single driver in negotiating cross-border transactions. Ignacio appreciates the importance of culture and understanding of the parties' unique business environment, and their political and legal systems.
Ignacio received his law degree from the Georgetown University Law Center in 2004. He has also a juris doctor from the law school of the Catholic University in La Paz.
Ignacio is a member of the Washington D.C. bar.
Juliette Peignier is a lawyer in the mergers & acquisitions department of Kahn Partners. She has particular experience in the defense, national security, chemicals, water, nuclear, and computer and Internet network industries. Her focus is on inbound-U.S. mergers & acquisitions and U.S. corporate transactions.
Juliette has a Master of Laws in U.S. Legal Studies from Golden Gate University (class of 2015), and a Master of Laws in Procedural Law from University of Paris 2 Panthéon-Assas (class of 2010).
Juliette is a member of the California bar.
Global Transactions CoordinatorBio
Julie has over 15 years of experience in Mergers & Acquisitions, compliance and antitrust, most recently as General Counsel EMEA of Diebold Nixdorf (a world leader in ATM equipment, software and services), a position she held after she practiced for a decade as an attorney in the New York and Paris offices of Jones Day. She has particular experience with managing mergers & acquisitions, divestitures, joint ventures, and critical corporate transactions and internal restructurings (such as RIFs and internal optimizations), as well as major commercial contracts and licenses.
Julie has a Master of Laws from Duke University School of Law (class of 2000), a Juris Doctor from the University of Paris-Nanterre (class of 1996) and an LLB Bachelor of Laws from the University of London in Singapore (class of 1994).
Julie is a former member of the Paris bar.
Loïse Couturier represents companies in sophisticated as well as general matters of French corporate law. She also represents private equity investors in operations. She counsels small and medium sized companies in general business matters. Loïse has acted as corporate counsel on many mergers & acquisitions (including LBO) and transactions in several industries and service companies.
Loïse has a Master of Laws in Business Law from the University of Girona (Spain) and a Master of Laws in International Business Law from the University of Paris 5 Descartes. She is also a gratuade from the University of Bordeaux-Michel de Montaigne, in Foreign Languages (English, Spanish and Portuguese) applied to International Trade.
She is a member of the Paris bar.
With close to 15 years of practice, Abla Fahim is a highly regarded all-around Brussels business lawyer. She represents small and large companies and investors from around the world in domestic and cross-border transactional matters, litigation and arbitration, with a particular focus on regulatory compliance matters in the defense industry, the world of financial institutions, as wells as food and drugs. As an excellent musician herself, she has also developed a significant client basis in the music industry.
Abla has worked at the United Nations in New York and at the European Institutions in Brussels and she is currently part of a NATO pool of experts in compliance matters.
Abla graduated from the Free University of Brussels’ law school. She has a Master of Laws in Public International Law from King's College/London School of Economics, as well as a Master of Laws in Business Law from the University of Paris Panthéon-Assas.
Abla is a member of the Brussels and the Paris Bars.