Member of the Paris bar for 20 years, François d’Ornano is the leading French lawyer in the CEE region. He has been seen on the biggest deals the CEE markets have had to offer. At the same time, he has maintained a strong presence in Paris, advising on some of the most elaborate real estate deals in France.
D’Ornano started his career with the real estate practice of Gide, the leading French firm in terms of global presence. In 2000, he joined the Budapest office of Gide, and went on to opening the Belgrade office of Gide in 2004, which was at the time the only French law firm in all the countries of the former Yugoslavia. In 2010, he returned to Budapest, this time as the office Managing Partner and developed Budapest into a Regional Hub – expanding the coverage of the office to all CEE countries (from the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Romania, all ex-Yugoslav countries, to Greece and Albania) by creating a network of ‘best-friends’ alliances with local correspondents. In 2016, he brought his entire CEE practice and his team to Jeantet and stayed with them till 2018 when he decided to create D’ORNANO PARTNERS along with some of his most valuable associates in the region.
In his 20-year long career, François has assisted numerous clients in key industry sectors (agri-business, distribution, hospitality and services, construction or healthcare) in expanding their business to Central and Eastern Europe. His spot-on legal advice and extensive knowledge of the region was to the benefit of his clients and their smooth transitioning onto new markets.
François d’Ornano is praised by Chambers & Partners Global 2018 for his “great regional knowledge”.
He is member of the Paris and Budapest bar associations, regularly teaches commercial law in the University of Budapest and acts as French Foreign Trade Advisor.