Olivier du Mottay is a corporate partner in Latham & Watkins' Paris office and the former Global Vice Chair of the Corporate Department.

Mr. du Mottay represents investors and companies at critical stages of their development, with particular emphasis on mergers and acquisitions, strategic alliances, and capital markets. He has extensive experience representing bidders, targeted companies, and managers in all types of corporate finance transactions.

He is involved in the negotiation and the implementation of strategic alliances and joint ventures, as well as recapitalizations and restructurings.

Mr. du Mottay regularly advises companies in a variety of general corporate matters, including corporate governance, executive compensation, shareholders' disputes, and white collar matters.

Before joining the firm, he was an associate at a leading French law firm where he was involved in corporate law issues, restructuring, and legal advice on directors' and officers' duties.


Named to the Hall of Fame in The Legal 500 EMEA 2022

Clients note Mr. du Mottay's "intelligence, understanding of the deals and deal maker quality." Chambers Europe 2022

Mr. du Mottay is recognized in Chambers Europe 2020 rankings.

The "impressive" Olivier du Mottay enters the rankings this year on the back of strong market endorsement, with clients reporting that he is "incredibly into the details." He tackles a number of complex and high-value LBO transactions within the life sciences and consumer goods sectors.
Chambers Europe 2019

Mr. du Mottay's representative experience includes advising:

  • Bridgepoint on the acquisition of Nexity SA’s residential property management services business 
  • Nissan Motor Co., Ltd in its entrance into definitive agreements with Renault Group
  • GIP and the consortium selected to acquire the “New Suez” business in the context of the take-over of Suez by Veolia
  • Partners Group in the acquisition of Foncia group
  • Vivalto Santé group and its shareholders in the context of its acquisition by Vivalto Partners
  • Ardian Expansion, a world-leading private investment house, in its take private transaction of Artefact, a company listed on Euronext Growth
  • Calypso Technology, Bridgepoint, and Summit Partners in the sale of Calypso to Thoma Bravo
  • Bridgepoint in the sale of eFront, the world’s leading end-to-end alternative investment management software and solutions provider, to BlackRock 
  • Ardian Investment, the CNES (Centre National d’Etudes Spatiales), IFREMER, and managers in the sale of 100% of the share capital and voting rights of CLS Group to CNP (Compagnie Nationale à Portefeuille) 
  • Burger King in its sale of Quick, one of the leading burger fast food chains
  • Total S.A. in the planned separation of SunPower into two independent publicly-traded companies 
  • Nissan Motors Corp. in the negotiation of the shareholders’ arrangements between Agence des Participation de l’Etat, Renault SA, and Nissan
  • Ardian in its acquisition of Finaxy, a top 10 insurance broker in France, from Equistone Partners 
  • Bridgepoint in its acquisition of CEP, the leading European protection insurance broker 
  • Total, a major energy player, in its US$4 billion registered public debt offering
  • Bridgepoint in its acquisition of Kyriba, the global leader in cloud treasury and finance solutions  
  • Ardian on the sale of its minority stake in Spie Batignolles, the major construction, infrastructure, and services group 
  • Ardian in its acquisition of a stake in Technology & Strategy, a European specialist in new technology consulting 
  • Ardian in its acquisition of Groupe Inula-Pranarom, a key player in the herbal remedies market  
  • CITIC Capital China Partners III in its acquisition of Axilone, France-based manufacturer of premium plastic and metal packaging for global cosmetics, perfume, and beauty care brands 
  • Ardian in its acquisition of a 60% stake in Global Product Solutions, the France-based research and development division of Assystem, a provider of engineering and innovation consultancy services 
  • FMC Technologies in its multi-billion merger of equals with Technip 
  • Bridgepoint in its acquisition of Medipartenaires and subsequent merger with Medipole Sud Sante 
  • Snapchat in its acquisition of French-based social map app, Zenly in cash and stock 
  • Ardian in its acquisition of a majority stake into Trigo Group, a world-leading provider of quality management and inspection services 
  • Partners Group in its acquisition of Foncia Group, the European leader in residential real estate and property management services 
  • Bridgepoint in the sale of Afflelou, France-based retailer of optical products 
  • AXA Private Equity and Permira in the acquisition of Opodo Limited, a UK-based company providing online travel services and a merger with Go Voyages and e-Dreams to create Odigeo  
  • A consortium of investors led by Caisse des Dépôts et Consignations and Mubadala in the acquisition of Groupe Vivalto Santé 
  • Nissan Motors Corp. in the negotiation of the shareholders’ arrangements between Agence des Participation de l’Etat, Renault SA, and Nissan 
  • Crédit Agricole CIB in its acquisition of 50% of Monoprix SA from Galeries Lafayette on behalf of Casino Guichard Perrachon 
  • CRH, a global leader in building materials, in the strategic alliance and exemption to mandatory tender offer with respect to SAMSE 
  • Emerson in relation to its divestment of Leroy Somer and Control Techniques to Nidec 
  • Bridgepoint and Summit Partners in its acquisition of Calypso Technology, Inc. 
  • Omnicom in the later abandoned merger of equals with Publicis

Bar Qualification

  • Avocat (Paris)


  • Graduate Law Degree, University of Paris II, 1992
  • MBA, ESSEC Graduate School of Management, 1990

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • French