Daniel Payan

Of Counsel

Paris
Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP
21-23 rue de la Ville l'Evêque
75008 Paris
T +33 1 53 43 4504
F +33 1 40 06 9606
dpayanwillkie.com

Daniel Payan is of counsel in the Corporate and Financial Services Department, specializing in mergers and acquisitions and corporate finance.

Daniel is regularly involved in major domestic and cross-border transactions.  His M&A practice often includes complex private equity and joint venture transactions. 

Chambers Europe (2014) ranks Daniel in the number 1 tier for leading individuals practicing in the area of Private Equity (High End) in France. He was also recognized in Les Echos as the Best Lawyers’ 2012 selection for "Paris Private Equity Lawyer of the Year," and Options Finance/Option Droit & Affaires named him as France’s "2011 Private Equity Lawyer of the Year."

Daniel Payan is of counsel in the Corporate and Financial Services Department, specializing in mergers and acquisitions and corporate finance.

Daniel is regularly involved in major domestic and cross-border transactions.  His M&A practice often includes complex private equity and joint venture transactions. 

Chambers Europe (2014) ranks Daniel in the number 1 tier for leading individuals practicing in the area of Private Equity (High End) in France. He was also recognized in Les Echos as the Best Lawyers’ 2012 selection for "Paris Private Equity Lawyer of the Year," and Options Finance/Option Droit & Affaires named him as France’s "2011 Private Equity Lawyer of the Year."

Selected Significant Matters

  • Represented PAI partners in its sale of French engineering company SPIE to a consortium led by Clayton, Dubilier & Rice.
  • Represented PAI partners in the sale of its 50 percent stake in Yoplait to General Mills.
  • Represented Perstorp AB in its acquisition of specialty chemicals business of Rhodia SA.
  • Represented PAI partners in its sale of Elis GIE to Eurazeo SA.
  • Represented PAI partners and the Descours family in their sale of Vivarte to Charterhouse.
  • Represented PAI partners in its acquisition of the roofing division of Lafarge SAS.
  • Represented PAI partners in its acquisition of Sydsvenska Kemi, the holding company of Swedish specialty chemicals group Perstorp AB, from private equity house Industri Kapital.
  • Represented a group of investors led by Goldman Sachs Mezzanine Partners in the sale of French auto parts distributor and repair workshop chain Autodistribution SA to private equity firm Investcorp SA.
  • Represented HBI, the main shareholder of Elior, a market leader in the catering business listed on the Paris stock exchange, in preparing a proposal to selected private equity funds to invest in HBI and launch a leveraged finance tender offer to take Elior private.
  • Represented PAI partners in its acquisition of AMEC’s SPIE from AMEC plc.
  • Represented Warburg Pincus in its acquisition of Tornier, a global orthopedic company based in Grenoble, France.

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