Our History

The law firm Bazacle & Solon, founded in 2016, counts five partners : Gilles Laguesse, Emanuele Ceci, Gilles de Foy, Jérôme Henri and Pierre Proesmans. They have combined their expertise with the accuracy of their knowledge in specialised and complex fields in the face of a world in perpetual change.

Etymologically, Bazacle & Solon is the result of a historical and legal combination.

In the 12th century, the region of Toulouse in France had a large number of dams and ship mills (“nef”) established on the Garonne. These were distributed on three main sites: the Bazacle, the Château Narbonnais and the Daurade. In the middle of the 13th century, in the course of a necessity to raise funds for ensuring the maintenance of mills and welcoming new investments, the owners of the mills of the Bazacle decided to create a partnership and in doing so created a joint stock company: the Bazacle Milling Company. This corporation is regarded as the first of this type founded in France and indeed, the world at that time. The founders of the law firm wished to pay tribute to this human and entrepreneurial success; it is the “business oriented” hallmark of the law firm.

Born in the 7th century B.C. in Athens, Solon was an Athenian statesman and pre- Socratic philosopher famous for having laid the foundations of Athenian democracy by creating four political classes based on tax qualification (Larousse). Respected jurist and lawmaker, Solon embodies balanced law, respectful of citizens and institutions. The law firm wished to pay tribute to this founding father of balanced law by selecting him as the representative of the values defended by our attorneys today.