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Pierre-Olivier Bernard

Founding Partner  |  Opleo Avocats
JURISDICTION

France

INDUSTRY ACCOLADES

Opleo Avocats is recognized as a leading law firm in both the Chambers Europe and Legal 500 EMEA legal directories.

TOP 3 AREAS OF EXPERTISE

Personal and estate planning
Family business governance
Tax

Enhanced QnA

What has been the highlight of your practice over the past 12 months?

In addition to many successful assignments this past year advising private clients on their strategic business and personal wealth strategies, including heads of CAC 40 companies as well as up and coming entrepreneurs, in recognition of our firm’s achievements, Opleo Avocats was endorsed with the “mention spéciale” for the best firm in Personal Wealth Taxation at the awards ceremony held for the Sommet Patrimoine & Performance in June 2019.

What advice would you give rising stars/new lawyers in the private client world?

The private client legal market is evolving and is not limited to historically wealthy individuals and families, but now includes a new generation of business leaders, particularly those who have built their wealth in technology and innovative sectors. It will be important for private client legal advisers to adapt to this new generation whose personal wealth strategies are intertwined with their business and corporate governance decision-making.

What is your favourite quote?

“Beyond decision-making, creativity needs to be cultivated by gathering and developing one’s curiosity while still maintaining technical know-how, and never ceasing to experiment.” Cédric Villani.

If you were not a lawyer what would your career be?

A sculptor

What is your favourite restaurant in the world and what dish would you recommend?

I don't have one favorite restaurant, but I spend a lot of time in Italy and always enjoy a good vitello tonnato.

What do you do to relax?

I like to read and on the weekends, I go to the country when I can.

Who is the most inspiring person you have ever met or worked with?

I couldn't name one person, but was very inspired by certain individuals who initially trained me at Arthur Andersen.

Outside of legal, what is your surprise expert subject?

Contemporary design furniture.