Bernard Tézé


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Bar(s) : Paris


Bernard Tézé is a partner in the Corporate Department of DS Avocats in Paris.

He is involved in M&A, strategic alliances, partnerships, joint ventures and restructuring as well as private equity, LBO and Venture Capital, particularly in the regulated sectors (Healthcare Pharma-Biotech Medtech, Banking-Insurance and Fintech, Defence, NICT and e-commerce).

He is also involved in the ecosystem of start-ups, incubators, accelerators, family offices and venture funds.

Before joining DS in 2008, he was a Partner since 2001 at White&Case in Paris and before that Counsel at Clifford Chance in Paris.

He was also seconded for 4 years to a law firm in Japan where he returns very regularly in a professional capacity.

He has been involved in outbound acquisitions in China, Japan, Russia, Brazil and India.

Bernard graduated from HEC in 1985 and holds a Master's degree in Public and Private Law and a DESS (post-graduate diploma) in International Taxation.

He is Honorary President of the International Development Group of the HEC Association.

  • Legal and tax adviser, then lawyer 1992
  • HEC, 1982-1985
  • Master’s (DESS) in International Tax Law, Paris Sud, 1986
  • Master’s (maîtrise) in Public Law, Paris II, 1985 and Master’s (maîtrise) in Private Law, Paris II, 1986



  • French
  • English



  • Le Point – Corporate Law (4 stars)
  • IFLR 1000 – Corporate Law – Private Equity (Tier 5)
  • IFLR 1000 – Corporate Law – M&A (Other Notable)
  • Décideurs – Private Equity – Development capital transactions (Band 4 – Recommended)
  • Décideurs – Private Equity – LBO lower mid & small-cap transactions (Band 4 – Recommended)
  • Option Droit & Affaires – Mergers & Acquisitions where the majority of transactions are below €200 million (Band 2)
  • Option Droit & Affaires – Development capital and LBOs with a majority of transactions under €50 million (Band 3)
  • Option Droit & Affaires – Law firms specialized in innovation capital (Band 4)
  • Option Droit & Affaires – Law firms specialized in fund structuring (Band 5)
  • Leaders League – Healthcare, pharmaceuticals & biotech – Venture Capital (Highly recommended)

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