Patrick Laporte

  • Partner
  • 45, rue Saint-Dominique
  • Paris 75007
  • France
  • T +33.1.4062.2000


Patrick Laporte is a partner in the Paris office of Latham & Watkins and a member of the Corporate Department. Mr. Laporte mainly represents industrial clients with a particular focus on the aerospace and defense, energy, finance, media and advertising, and telecommunication sectors.

His practice spans a wide range of major public and private domestic and cross border M&A transactions including stock exchange-related transactions and joint ventures.


Mr. Laporte is named in The Legal 500 EMEA 2020. 

Mr. Laporte offers a wealth of experience in complex mergers and acquisitions transactions. He regularly advises clients active in the transportation and energy sectors. Chambers Europe 2019

Sources describe Mr. Laporte as “knowledgeable of the French market.” He frequently handles high-value cross-border transactions, including restructuring mandates. His work of late has involved deals in the technology sector. Chambers Europe 2018


Mr. Laporte’s experience includes representing:

  • TechnipFMC in the context of a planned spin-off transaction to separate into two industry-leading, independent, publicly traded companies  
  • Auchan Holding in its 50.1% sale of Oney Bank SA to BPCE
  • Siemens AG in the combination of its mobility business, including its rail traction drive business, in a merger of equals with Alstom SA, representing a combined revenue of €15.3 billion
  • FMC Technologies in its merger of equals with Technip to create TechnipFMC
  • Alcatel-Lucent Board of Directors in the combination between Alcatel-Lucent and Nokia
  • Schlumberger Limited, the world’s largest oilfield services company, in its sale of Schlumberger Business Consulting its oil consulting business, to Accenture
  • Expedia in its acquisition of Auto Escape, a leading European online car rental reservation companies to Montefiore Investment
  • Lagardère in its sale of a 20% stake in Canal+ France, a provider of cable television and radio broadcasting services via satellite, to Vivendi
  • Air France in its acquisition of Airlinair SA, a French regional airline company
  • Ingenico in its acquisition of Ogone, global a provider of online payment services
  • JC Decaux in its acquisition of 25% interest in LLC Russ Outdoor, a provider of outdoor advertising solutions in Russia
  • Lagardère SCA in a binding offer from Hearst Corporation for its international magazine business*
  • Schlumberger in its US$1.07 billion acquisition of Geoservices*
  • Air France-KLM in its €323 million acquisition of a 25% interest in Alitalia*
  • Atos Origin in its €325 million acquisition of Banksys and Bank Card Company (BCC)*
  • JCDecaux SA in reorganization with Publicis Groupe*
  • Axa in the merger with the holding, Finaxa*
  • Air France in its acquisition of the airline company KLM*

*Matter handled prior to joining Latham

Thought Leadership

  • Foreign Investments in France: New Regime, Effective April 1, 2020 -  March 31, 2020
  • Congress Evaluates Regulatory Path Forward for Integrating Drones -  August 15, 2018
  • House Passes Space Commerce Free Enterprise Bill to Increase US Support for Commercial Spaceflight -  May 07, 2018

Mr. Laporte is praised for his ability to work on cross-border mandates, with one interviewee remarking: "He knows how to do the job everywhere."


Chambers Europe 2020
Bar Qualification
  • Avocat (Paris)
  • Postgraduate Degree Management and Finance, University of Paris I (Pantheon-Sorbonne), 1987
  • Graduate Degree Business Law, University of Paris XI (Sud), 1984
  • Graduate Degree Electronics and Computer Sciences, University of Paris V (Descartes), 1980
  • Entertainment, Sports & Media
  • Aerospace, Defense & Government Services
  • Energy & Infrastructure
  • Healthcare & Life Sciences
  • Financial Institutions
  • Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Connectivity, Privacy & Information
  • Communications Law
  • Public Company Representation