Grégoire Finance

Partner

Paris
Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP
21-23 rue de la Ville l'Evêque
75008 Paris
T +33 1 53 43 45 12
F +33 1 40 06 96 06
gfinancewillkie.com

Grégoire Finance is a partner in the Corporate & Financial Services Department. His practice is focused on advising French and international financial institutions and corporate clients on domestic and cross border mergers and acquisitions joint-ventures, general corporate law matters and private equity and leveraged buyouts transactions, as well as corporate finance and debt restructurings.

Grégoire is fluent in English and French.

Highlights

Grégoire Finance is a partner in the Corporate & Financial Services Department. His practice is focused on advising French and international financial institutions and corporate clients on domestic and cross border mergers and acquisitions joint-ventures, general corporate law matters and private equity and leveraged buyouts transactions, as well as corporate finance and debt restructurings.

Grégoire is fluent in English and French.

Selected Significant Matters

Grégoire has been involved in the following significant matters:

  • Advising Arkema on the contemplated sale of its Functional Polyolefins business to SK Global Chemical
  • ISS on the contemplated sale of its "ISS Hygiène et Prévention" subsidiary to Weinberg Capital Partners
  • Elior Group, a global leader in contract and concession catering and support services, in the sale of its concessions catering business, Areas, to PAI Partners for €1.54 billion
  • OpenGate Capital on its sale of NAKAN, a global PVC compounding solutions business headquartered in France to Westlake Chemical Corporation
  • Advising PAI Partners in its agreement to acquire StellaGroup, a market leader in the production of doors, gates, shutters and enclosures for industrial and residential buildings in France, from ICG
  • Advising PAI Partners on the GP-led transaction of its participation in Perstorp, a global leader in specialty chemicals, from PAI Europe IV to the continuation vehicle, managed by PAI Partners with Landmark Partners as lead investor, alongside other co-investors
  • Advising Eddyfi Technologies group on its acquisition of M2M, a developer and manufacturer of phased array ultrasonic testing (PAUT) instruments for non-destructive testing.
  • Advising CVC Capital Partners Strategic Opportunities in connection with its investment in Sebia, a world-leading provider of clinical protein electrophoresis equipment
  • Advising Flex-N-Gate in its acquisition of seven European plants from France-based Plastic Omnium
  • Advising Arkema in the proposed sale of its activated carbon and filter aid business to Calgon Carbon
  • Advising Arkema in the €1.74 billion acquisition of Bostik from Total SA
  • Advising Arkema, France’s leading chemicals producer, in connection with the bankruptcy proceedings of Kem One
  • Advising Swissport in its planned acquisition of Servisair
  • Advising CMA-CGM in connection with the minority investment of the French sovereign fund Fonds Stratégique d’Investissement (FSI)
  • Advising Arkema in the divestment of its vinyl products businesses to the Klesch group
  • Advising Swedish specialty chemical company Perstorp on its 49/51 joint venture with PTT Global Chemical to produce and sell products for the polyurethane industry
  • Advising Arkema in its acquisition of the Coatings resins (Cray Valley and Cook Composite Polymers) and Photocure resins (Sartomer) businesses of Total SA
  • Advising Bain Capital in its sale to Axa Private Equity of its majority stake in Novacap, a chemical company acquired in 2003 from Rhodia
  • Advising ISS Facility Services in the transfer of its waste management operations to Paprec Group
  • Advising French company Latécoère, a tier 1 partner to major aircraft manufacturers, in the restructuring of its short and medium-term financial debt
  • Advising Oaktree Capital Management in the Oaktree-led financial restructuring of and investment in SGD Group, the world’s leading manufacturer of high-end glass containers for the perfume and pharmaceutical industries
  • Advising the automotive equipment manufacturer Groupe Mécaplast in connection with its financial restructuring
  • Advising Quilvest, Acto and Mr. André Trigano in their sale of a controlling interest in CIAT, a listed company on the Paris Stock Exchange
  • Advising Mecaplast in connection with its financial restructuring
  • Advising Swedish specialty chemicals company (and PAI partners portfolio company) Perstorp AB in its acquisition of the isocyanates businesses of French specialty chemicals group Rhodia SA and Lyondell Chimie TDI SCA
  • Advising an investor consortium comprising Merchant Equity Partners, Goldman Sachs and Colony Capital in connection with the management deal following the acquisition by the consortium of the French furniture and electrical appliances company But SA from Kesa Plc
  • Advising private equity firm Astorg Partners in connection with the sale of its portfolio company Pizza Pino
  • Advising IOS LLC and FTI Palladium in connection with the sale of its European business (IOS Europe)
  • Advising worldwide leader in breeding and selling agronomic seeds Limagrain in a global complex transaction with Danish seed grower DLF Trifolium A/S, involving the sale of Limagrain’s forage and amenity grasses businesses and the acquisition by Limagrain of DLF’s innoseeds (formerly Cebeco) cereal businesses in several European jurisdictions
  • Advising Limagrain in connection with its acquisition of the European Non-Sugar Beet and U.S Sunflower & Grasses Business of the Advanta Group

Selected Publications and Lectures

Grégoire’s recent publications include:

  • L’environnement s’invite à la table du M&A, minutes of a round table on the environmental aspects of M&A transactions held with the Chairman of the Risks Prevention Department of the French Ministry of sustainable development, Arkema’s General Counsel and National Partner Vincent Brenot, published in Décideurs Stratégie Finance Droit (2013)
  • French chapter of the first edition of the European Lawyer Reference Series book "Private Equity, Jurisdictional comparisons", co-authored with Daniel Hurstel and Philippe Grudé (November 2010)

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