Antoine Fouter


Member of the Paris Bar since 1999, Antoine Fouter is in charge of the M&A department at Velvet Avocats both in advising and litigation matters.

Antoine Fouter previously practiced as an associate in law firms Rambaud Martel and Viguié Schmidt. He also joined the Corporate Finance – M&A department at BNP Paribas, prior to founding his own law firm in 2008.

Antoine Fouter holds a Master’s degree in business law from Paris I Panthéon Sorbonne University. He is fluent in French and in English.

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Frédéric Gérard


Attorney at law and member of the Paris Bar, Frédéric Gérard is in charge of our tax department.

Frédéric Gérard started his career at Deloitte Touche Juridique et Fiscal (now “Taj”) where he worked for around 10 years (Paris and London). He then joined CIC Bank, and later on the tax department at Groupama, being in charge of engineering, international and tax group issues for 5 years.

Before founding Velvet Avocats, Frédéric Gérard was in charge of the tax department at the law firm Fuchs, Cohana, Reboul & Associés as a Partner for 3 years.

He is one of the co-authors of the book « Ingénierie Financière, Fiscale et Juridique » (“Financial, tax and legal engineering”), published by Dalloz.

Frédéric Gérard holds a Master’s degree in business and tax law and a DJCE (Post-graduate degree in business law) from Lyon 3 University. He also studied finance at HEC business school (Cesa Finance). Frédéric Gérard is fluent in French and in English.

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Guillaume Rémy


Guillaume Rémy is a French lawyer, registered with the Paris Bar, graduated from the Universities of Rennes (DJCE-Master in Business law), Montpellier (Certificate of Corporate Law) and Bristol (LL.M. in Commercial Law).

Guillaume Rémy started his career at Ashurst LLP, King & Wood Mallesons/SJ Berwin and Granrut. He co-founded Vignat Rémy Associés in 2013, prior to joining Velvet Avocats in 2016.

Guillaume Rémy assists, in both French and English languages, start-ups and middle-sized companies from different sectors, as advisor to companies, funders and/or managers.

He also advises investment funds and family offices on a regular basis.

Guillaume Rémy teaches the “Equity operations” to the DJCE – Master 2 Business Law of the University of Rennes.

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Dessislava Zadgorska


Member of the Paris Bar since 2008, Dessislava Zadgorska is in charge of the Litigation and Arbitration department at Velvet Avocats.

Dessislava Zadgorska started her career at CVML before joining Dethomas Peltier Juvigny & Associés, where she was elected counsel in 2017. She jointed Velvet Avocats as a partner in 2019.

Dessislava Zadgorska is specialized in litigation and arbitration and handles, for French and international clients, strategic acquisition, shareholders and governance disputes as well as banking, stock market, financial and commercial litigations.

She also advises clients in mergers & acquisitions as well as in consultancy matters relating to banking and financial regulatory issues.

She has a post-graduate degree in business and tax law from the University of Paris II – Panthéon Assas (2005).

She is fluent in French and English. She also speaks Bulgarian and Russian.

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Maya Kara


Maya Kara was admitted to the Paris Bar in November, 2017. She works as a corporate associate with Antoine Fouter and Guillaume Rémy and is mainly involved in mergers and acquisitions as well as fundraising transactions.

Maya holds a Master’s degree in Business Law (DJCE – 2015) from the University of Cergy-Pontoise. Prior to joining Velvet Avocats, she was a trainee for well-known French and international business law firms, in Paris, Algiers and Hong Kong. She speaks French, English and Arabic.

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Adrien Raoux


Admitted to the Paris Bar in 2016, Adrien holds a Master’s degree in business law from Paris Ouest Nanterre La Défense University (2012) and a Master’s degree in tax law from Panthéon Assas – Paris II University (2013).

He joined Velvet Avocats from its creation as an associate in the tax department. Before joining Velvet Avocats, Adrien has benefited from professional experiences in large French companies, law firms and in administrative court.

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Caroline Bocci

Office Manager

Caroline graduated as an engineer. She started her career as an analyst, then as a project manager with Euro Informatique Développement (Crédit Mutuel – CIC), working on software integration issues and on transitional management.

After seven years dedicated to computer science, she became the Office Manager of Velvet Law Firm in 2018 to assist the team on any administrative matter.