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Sami L. Toutounji


Sami Toutounji heads the firm’s Corporate Group in Paris and its European compensation and benefits activity. He and the C&B team advise major European corporations and financial institutions on the design and international roll-out of their equity and other compensation plans, as well as on related issues of corporate governance.  This team is a leader in the continental market for equity plans, based on both the number of plans implemented every year and their complexity.  These plans range from CEO and executive LTIs to all-employee stock purchase plans with sophisticated leverage and guarantee features. These plans have covered over 120 countries in the last two years. Sami also advises US companies on the design and roll-out of their plans in Europe.

Sami Toutounji is also an international capital markets lawyer, cited as a “leading capital markets lawyers” in France in leading directories, including The Legal 500 EMEA and Chambers Global 2016 quoting that in this area, "nobody even reaches him - he is excellent and easy to work with." and Décideurs, Annuaire rémunération- évaluation- recrutement, 2016 :Il dispose d'une vraie vision de place, diffuse les meilleures pratiques, joue un rôle de plate-forme d'échange, d'influenceur et de créateur du droit.”

Selected Experience

  • A financial markets global group in connection with its IPO on Euronext Paris and Amsterdam (French and U.S. counsel)
  • An industrial group in connection with its IPO on Euronext Paris
  • The underwriters in connection with a rights offering
  • The French State Holdings agency in its sale of 1.0 % of the capital of Airbus Group (January 2014)
  • The underwriters in connection with Alcatel-Lucent’s rights offering (December 2013)
  • Blue Solutions, a subsidiary of Bolloré S.A., in its initial public offering in Paris (October 2013)
  • Olympique Lyonnais Groupe in connection with its offering of OSRANE (August 2013)


  • Georgetown University Law Center, J.D., 1989
  • Georgetown University, School of Business Administration, B.S.B.A. in Finance, 1986



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