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 and Financial Services Department of Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP in Paris.

Karine specializes in 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 and Financial Services Department of Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP in Paris.

Karine specializes in 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.