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Cazals Manzo Pichot AARPI

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Managing Partners: Thomas Cazals/Maxence Manzo
Number of partners: 6
Number of lawyers: 11
Languages: English, French, Spanish

Firm Overview:
Cazals Manzo Pichot Saint Quentin was founded in March 2014 by Thomas Cazals (Jones Day, Darrois Villey Maillot Brochier) and Maxence Manzo (Clifford Chance, Jones Day). Romain Pichot (Allen & Overy, Courtois Lebel) joined the firm in November 2014, followed by Bertrand de Saint Quentin (Mayer brown, Darrois Villey Maillot Brochier) in March 2016, Virginie Aïdan (Hogan Lovells) in November 2018 and Pierre Ullmann (Goldsmith Delvolvé, Bureau Francis Lefebvre, Brandford Griffith, Jones Day, Willkie Farr & Gallagher) in January 2019.

Dedicated to domestic and international taxation, the law firm has succeeded in taking a leading position in the French market. It is already in the top ten of tax law firms for M&A and private equity transactions, corporate reorganisations and real estate. The firm is also praised for its sound skills in tax controversy and private clients tax planning.

Cazals Manzo Pichot Saint Quentin also relies on a large domestic and international network of best friends, particularly in Europe, North America, Asia and Middle East allowing the firm to assist its clients in other jurisdictions and other areas of practice.

Main Areas of Practice:

In the M&A/private equity field, the firm has notably recently advised GFG on the acquisition of the largest European smelter Aluminium Dunkerque from Rio Tinto Alcan, Columna Capital with respect to the structuring of a controlling interest in Santévet, Cobalt capital upon the sale of Eurodommages to Qualium, Onepoint on the purchase of Weave and the financing of its future build up, the Japanese company Saraya purchasing Avenir Detergence, the Portuguese group Aquinos acquiring JP Gruhier, the Norwegian listed company Link Mobility for several investments realised in France in 2017 and 2018 (Netmessage, Netsize), Edmond de Rothschild Investment Partners (which has become Andera Partners), a top-tier French private equity fund, for several investments carried-out in the last three years (Loyalty/Goldeneyes, MS Vacances), the shareholders of EDC Paris Business School to sell the business school to the Spanish group Planeta, or Maincare Solutions and its managers in the context of the investment realized by Montagu Private Equity.

In the real estate market, the firm recently assisted Strategic Partners Fund Solution (Blackstone) upon the acquisition of a French secondary real estate funds from CalPers in the context of a US$3 billion transaction, Korean investors on the disposal of Sanofi-Aventis’ Parisian 20,000 sqm headquarter to Norges Bank, Siguler & Guff on its first investments in France and Oaktree on a financing of a fast-growing regional real estate group.

With Virginie Aïdan and Pierre Ullmann, the firm has made a decisive step in real estate transactions, international tax law and tax litigation, three areas in which the firm already serves clients such as AEW, Cycas Hospitality, LaSalle Investment, HSBC, Natixis, Bloomage, Alexion, SCT Telecom, or EzCater, as well as investment funds and private clients.

Key Clients: AXA, Blackstone, Amundi, Natixis, HSBC, LVMH, Nicox, Chauffeur Privé, Andera Partners (formerly Edmond de Rothschild Investment Partners), Five Arrows Principal Investments (FAPI – Rothschild & Cie), Montefiore Investment, Omnes Capital, SCT Telecom, Maincare Solutions.

Contact: Thomas Cazals
Tel: +33 185082200
Email: [email protected]


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