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Villechenon, Société d'Avocats

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Managing Partners: Isabelle Burel-Blasoni, Eric Hebras, Morgan Hunault-Berret, Alexander Kotopoulis, Arnaud Levasseur, Catherine Nahmias, Francis Pinot de Villechenon, Gilles Roux, Tristan Segonds, Erwan Tostivint.
Number of partners: 10
Number of lawyers: 25
Languages: English, French, German, Greek, Italian, Bulgarian, Swedish

Firm Overview:
Villechenon was created in 1979 and is a niche business law firm with a strong focus on mergers and acquisitions, private equity and venture capital.

Main Areas of Practice:
Venture Capital/Growth Capital:

Number of partners: 4 partners; 11 fee earners
With more than 30 years of experience in venture and growth capital transactions, Villechenon, one of the first French law firms to acquire this expertise, is recognised as a key player in the venture capital market in France and is regularly ranked by various specialist publications as a leading firm in this area.

Recent highlights include the representation of Cathay Capital and Total Venture in the fund raising of €34M of HEETCH, of Prime Venture in the fund raising of €230M of MEERO, of historical investors (Serena, BPI France and Xange) in the fund raising of €70M of EVANEOS, of Serena capital in the fund raising of €15 of IBANFIRST, and of Orange Digital Ventures in a €22M Euro fundraising on INTERCLOUD.
Key Clients: Axa Venture Partners, Cathay Capital, Daphni, Eurobio/Diaxonhit, GIMV, Orange Digital Ventures, Pazzi, Ring Capital, Serena Capital, Ventech, Witbe and Withings.
Email: [email protected]

Leveraged Buyouts (LBOs):
Number of partners:
3 partners; 10 fee earners
The firm’s LBO practice was created in 2012 and in just 8 years has established itself as a leader in the small/mid-cap market segment, advising on 10 to 15 deals each year with enterprise values ranging from €20M to €300M.

Recent highlights include acting for Amundi PEF on a LBO on the ADIT group, the managers on an OBO on Star Service, Apax on its LBO on the Routin Group, Paluel Marmont on its LBO on the Quadrilatère group and the founders and managers in the context of a LBO on ProductLife Group led by 21 CP.
Key Clients: Amundi PEF, Andera Partners, Apax, Arkea Capital, Azulis, B&Capital, Idinvest, Naxicap, Omnes Capital, Paluel-Marmont Capital and Siparex.
Email: [email protected]

Mergers & Acquisitions/Cross-Border Transactions:
Number of partners:
6 partners; 12 fee earners
Villechenon is consistently ranked as a market leader for mid-market transactions, both French and cross-border. The firm’s international experience is particularly valued by clients. Recent highlights include acting for: Compass Group on the acquisition of R2C from Casino Group, the purchasers on the acquisition of Withings from Nokia, on the acquisition of 100% of Acorus Networks, Broadpeak in the sale of part of its share capital to Eutelsat, GreenPanda Games shareholders in the sale to Ubisoft, and Espilog shareholders on it sale to Compugroup Medical.
Key Clients: Broadpeak, Compass Group, Green- Panda Games, Hachette and Withings.
Email: [email protected]

Number of partners:
1 partner; 2 fee earners
The firm regularly advises clients (funds and managers) on deal structuring matters, including real estate transactions, day to day tax management for French and international groups, small and midcap companies as well as for major state-owned entities. The team has developed a specific expertise in private equity and venture capital tax structuring issues, wealth planning for managers/founders, as well as the structuring of management packages. The team also assists its clients during tax audits and before judicial and administrative courts.

Securities/Capital Markets:
Number of partners:
3 partners; 5 fee earners
Villechenon advises public companies from IPOs to subsequent financial transactions (shares, hybrid securities and debt issuances), as well as on compliance matters, regulatory requirements and de-listings.
Key Clients: Ekinops and Ucar
Email: [email protected]

Employment Law:
Number of partners:
1 partner; 1 fee earner
The firm regularly advises clients on employment law matters, including employment related deal structuring matters, staff transfers, day to day employment advice for French and international groups, redundancies, collective bargaining agreements and setting up of information consultation processes of staff representatives’ institutions.
Email: [email protected]