Anne-Caroline Payelle


Anne-Caroline specializes in mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures and cross-border transactions.

She advises public and private companies, financial institutions and asset managers with their French and international operations. 

Anne-Caroline has in-depth knowledge of the technology, consumer goods and financial services industries and has been involved in some of the most prominent transactions in these sectors in the recent years.


Representative matters

Campari Group on the contemplated USD 1.32 billion acquisition of Cognac Courvoisier, the largest transaction in Campari’s history.

Lazard on its entry into exclusive negotiation with Elaia Partners to form a strategic partnership and launch a private investment platform.

Samsung Life Insurance on its 20% equity investment in French infrastructure asset manager Meridiam.

Your.Online (formerly Total Webhosting Solutions), the pan-European platform of local webhosting companies, on the acquisition of from Montefiore and the management.

Pro bono

Member of the People, Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Committee of A&O Shearman Paris.

Advising Jane Goodall Institute on various French law related matters.

Published Work

  • Anne-Caroline Payelle, Frédéric Jungels, “Joint-Ventures”, Getting the Deal Through, 2017, 2018 and 2019

Speaking Engagements

  • Lecturer at Paris II Panthéon-Assas University and HEC
Rising Star
Rising Star IFLR1000 2021 - France (Corporate/M&A)
Legal 500 EMEA 2021 - France (Real Estate)



Admitted to the Bar, Paris, 2011


MA (Master 2) in International Taxation, University of Paris II Panthéon-Assas, 2009

HEC, Grande Ecole (Master in Management), 2005-2009

A&O Shearman was formed on May 1, 2024 by the combination of Shearman & Sterling LLP and Allen & Overy LLP and their respective affiliates (the legacy firms). Any matters referred to above may include matters undertaken by one or more of the legacy firms rather than A&O Shearman.