Christophe Garaud

Partner

Paris
Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP
21-23 rue de la Ville l'Evêque
75008 Paris
T +33 1 53 43 45 13
F +33 1 40 06 96 06
cgaraudwillkie.com

Christophe H. Garaud is a partner in the Corporate & Financial Services Department of Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP in Paris. Christophe specializes in private equity and mergers and acquisitions transactions across multiple industries with a particular focus on healthcare, industrial and manufacturing, hospitality and consumer products. He is actively involved in representing private equity funds in their acquisitions, build-ups and dispositions of targets for both public and private companies both in France and internationally. Christophe has acted on some of the most significant transactions closed in France. 

Christophe has been recognized by Chambers Europe and several other professional guides including Legal 500 as one of the leading individuals practicing in Private Equity (High-End Capability). The latest edition of Chambers Europe refers to the "excellent" Christophe Garaud.

Highlights

Christophe H. Garaud is a partner in the Corporate & Financial Services Department of Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP in Paris. Christophe specializes in private equity and mergers and acquisitions transactions across multiple industries with a particular focus on healthcare, industrial and manufacturing, hospitality and consumer products. He is actively involved in representing private equity funds in their acquisitions, build-ups and dispositions of targets for both public and private companies both in France and internationally. Christophe has acted on some of the most significant transactions closed in France. 

Christophe has been recognized by Chambers Europe and several other professional guides including Legal 500 as one of the leading individuals practicing in Private Equity (High-End Capability). The latest edition of Chambers Europe refers to the "excellent" Christophe Garaud.

Selected Significant Matters

  • Ekkio Capital on the acquisition through its portfolio company Acceres of Biotek Agriculture (2019)
  • Latour Capital on the refinancing and capital reorganization of Syclef, a leading provider of industrial and commercial refrigeration and cooling systems in France (2019)
  • Latour Capital on its investment in the Primonial group, a major player in the design, management and advice on investment solutions in France (2019)
  • Sagard in its acquisition of Sterimed, a leading manufacturer of sterile packaging for the pharmaceutical industry, from Meeschaert Capital Partners (2019)
  • Sagard on the acquisition of Vulcain Ingénierie alongside Equistone Partners Europe, Nixen Partners and Initiative & Finance (2019)
  • Latour Capital in its acquisition of Atlas for Men, a European leader in multi-channel sales of outdoor clothing for men, created in 1999 (2019)
  • PAI Partners, the owners of StellaGroup, in StellaGroup’s acquisition of the shutters & awnings platform of CRH (2019)
  • Latour Capital in the acquisition of Sogetrel group, a leading French player in communications network installation and system integration (2018)
  • Ekkio and Paris City Vision on the acquisition of the Paris Seine Group, specialized on luxury cruises on the Seine (2018)
  • Latour Capital in its acquisition of Groupe Charlois and combination with Groupe Nadalié, making the new combined group Oak Nation the second cooperage group in France (2018)
  • PAI Partners on the acquisition alongside Baring Private Equity Asia of World Freight Company International, the global leader in the General Sales and Service Agent market (2018)
  • Cobalt Capital on the sale of Eurodommages, a leading French insurance brokerage provider, to Qualium Investissement (2018)
  • 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 (2018)
  • Ekkio and Audevard on the acquisition of the assets linked to Imaveral® and Vulketan® from US pharmaceutical company Elanco (2018)
  • PAI Partners and Sagard on the sale of the Kiloutou Group to funds HLDI and HLD Europe (2017)
  • PAI Partners in relation to the sale of ADB Safegate to The Carlyle Group (2017)
  • Ekkio Capital in the context of an exclusivity agreement entered into with Eurofins Pharma for the sale of Amatsigroup (2017)
  • PAI Partners in its pending deal to sell IPH, a European industrial supplies distributor, to Advent International (2017)
  • PAI Partners and ADB Airfield Solutions in the acquisition of Safegate (2016)
  • Latour Capital in its acquisition of Syclef (2015)
  • Ekkio Capital in its acquisition of Audevard (2015)
  • Swissport in the sale of its French ground handling operations to GH Team (2014)
  • PAI Partners in its acquisition of a stake in Labeyrie Fine Foods (2014)
  • European Capital and Tikehau in their unitranche financing of the acquisition by Eurazzeo of Asmodée (2014)
  • Ekkio Capital in the sale of BO Resort (2013)
  • Swissport in the acquisition of Servisair (2013)
  • Kiloutou in the acquisition of Most Location (2013)
  • Ardian in its unitranche financing of the acquisition by Equistone of Européenne des Desserts (2013)
  • Ekkio Capital in the sale of Risk & Co (2013)
  • Ekkio Capital in the acquisition of a minority stake in Compagnie des Vacances (2013)
  • Inventoriste in the acquisition of Sigma Inventuren und Bestandskontrollen GmbH (2013)
  • PAI Partners in its acquisition of ADB from Montagu Private Equity (2013)
  • PAI Partners in its acquisition of IPH from Investcorp (2013)
  • CMA CGM Group in the sale of La Compagnie du Ponant, its boutique luxury cruise line, to Bridgepoint (2012)
  • Acto Capital in the sale of Pomme de Pain to Neuheuser Financière (2012)
  • Acto Capital in the acquisition of a stake in Acceo (2012)
  • Acto Capital on the sale of its stake in Vacances Directes (2011)
  • Axa Mezzanine in connection to the mezzanine bond financing made available to Abénix for the acquisition of the Vulcanic Group (2011)
  • PAI in its sale of a controlling interest in CEP (2011)
  • PAI in its acquisition of Kiloutou, and subsequently Kiloutou on its acquisition of French equipment rental specialist BM Location (2011)
  • PAI in the sale of SPIE (2011)
  • Acto Capital in its acquisitions of Avogadro and Crid Pharma (2011)
  • Management Package for the Swissport LBO (2011)
  • Novescia in its acquisition of the clinical pathology business of the Générale de Santé (2010)
  • Initiative pour la Santé in the opening of its capital to the Caisse des Dépôts et Consignations (2010)
  • Initiative pour la Santé in its built-up of Générale de Santé Domicile (2009)
  • Quilvest, Acto and Mr. André Trigano in their sale of a controlling interest in CIAT, a listed company on the Paris Stock Exchange (2009)
  • Acto in its public to private of l'Inventoriste (2009)