Karine M. Lenczner

Special European Counsel

Paris
Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP
21-23 rue de la Ville l'Evêque
75008 Paris
T +33 1 53 43 4673
F +33 1 40 06 9606
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Karine Lenczner is special European counsel in the Corporate & Financial Services Department of Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP in Paris.

Karine focuses on private equity transactions, mergers & acquisitions, and corporate reorganization. She regularly advises leading private equity sponsors on their large-cap and mid-cap leverage buy-outs, and disposals. She also advises industrial groups on their M&A transactions and setting up of joint ventures, and has handled numerous complex national and international transactions. 

Karine Lenczner is special European counsel in the Corporate & Financial Services Department of Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP in Paris.

Karine focuses on private equity transactions, mergers & acquisitions, and corporate reorganization. She regularly advises leading private equity sponsors on their large-cap and mid-cap leverage buy-outs, and disposals. She also advises industrial groups on their M&A transactions and setting up of joint ventures, and has handled numerous complex national and international transactions. 

Selected Significant Matters

  • CMA CGM in the sale to Bridgepoint of La Compagnie du Ponant, its boutique luxury cruise line
  • Ingenico in its public tender offer for shares of Xiring
  • Elior in its acquisition of Ansamble
  • Apax Partners on its acquisition of Amplitude, the French developer of orthopedic implants for hips and knees, from private equity firms Weinberg Capital Partners and Initiative & Finance
  • PAI partners in its $1 billion sale of UK automotive repair company Kwik-Fit Group Ltd. to Japanese trading house Itochu Corp.
  • PAI on certain aspects of its leveraged buy-out on Swissport
  • Elior in its acquisition of Sin & Stes
  • PAI partners in its acquisition of a majority interest in French clinical pathology business Cerba European Lab (CEL)
  • PAI in its leverage buyout of the roofing division of Lafarge
  • Holding Bercy Investissement, a company controlled by Robert Zolade and funds managed by Charterhouse and Chequers, in its $1.8 million leveraged going-private acquisition of Elior, a market leader in the catering business listed on Euronext Paris, followed by a mandatory takeover and squeeze-out
  • CGGVeritas on its exchange tender offer for Wavefield Inseis, a Norwegian based company
  • Varroc Group on its acquisition of the Visteon’s lighting unit
  • Novescia in its acquisition of the clinical pathology business of the Générale de Santé
  • Initiative pour la Santé in its built-up of Générale de Santé Domicile
  • Acto in its public to private of l'Inventoriste 

Selected Publications and Lectures

Ms. Lenczner is a member of "Rules for Growth," a think tank dedicated to promoting law and economics in France. She also regularly organizes trainings on shareholders agreements for M&A advisors boutiques.