Cédric Hajage

Partner

Paris
Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP
21-23 rue de la Ville l'Evêque
75008 Paris
T +33 1 53 43 45 18
F +33 1 40 06 96 06
chajagewillkie.com

Cédric Hajage is a partner in the Corporate & Financial Services Department, focusing on private equity transactions and mergers and acquisitions. In the area of private equity, Cédric has regularly represented private equity firms in leveraged buy-outs (including through competitive auctions and public-to-private transactions), build-ups and sales.

Chambers Europe (2020) ranks Cédric among the leading individuals practicing in the area of Private Equity (High End) in France. PLC Which Lawyer? also ranks Cédric among its recommended individuals practicing in the area of Private Equity/Venture Capital in France.

Highlights

Cédric Hajage is a partner in the Corporate & Financial Services Department, focusing on private equity transactions and mergers and acquisitions. In the area of private equity, Cédric has regularly represented private equity firms in leveraged buy-outs (including through competitive auctions and public-to-private transactions), build-ups and sales.

Chambers Europe (2020) ranks Cédric among the leading individuals practicing in the area of Private Equity (High End) in France. PLC Which Lawyer? also ranks Cédric among its recommended individuals practicing in the area of Private Equity/Venture Capital in France.

Selected Significant Matters

Private Equity

  • IK Investment Partners in its agreement to sell Exxelia to HLD Europe (January 2020).
  • Vitale Assistance (controlled by Weinberg Capital Partners) in its acquisition of Groupe 3iD, creating the market leader in post-insurance claim in-kind repairs (June 2019).
  • 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 (October 2018).
  • PAI Partners in its investment in Refresco, the Dutch-listed leading independent bottler of soft drinks and fruit juices (October 2017).
  • CVC Capital Partners Strategic Opportunities in connection with its investment in Sebia, a world-leading provider of clinical protein electrophoresis equipment (October 2017).
  • The Founder of the Mériguet Group Antoine Courtois and the Management Team with regards to the investment of RAISE Investissement and IDI in the Mériguet Group, alongside the historical shareholders Tikehau and Bpifrance (July 2017).
  • Centerbridge Partners and Angelo Gordon in the restructuring of Frans Bonhomme (January 2014).
  • Apax Partners on its acquisition of a majority stake in Amplitude, the French developer of orthopedic implants for hips and knees, from private equity firms Weinberg Capital Partners and Initiative & Finance (June 2011).
  • PAI Partners in its sale of French engineering company SPIE to a consortium led by Clayton, Dubilier & Rice (May 2011).
  • PAI Partners in its sale of UK automotive repair company Kwik-Fit Group Ltd. to Japanese trading house Itochu Corp. ( March 2011).
  • Bain Capital in the sale of its majority stake in Novacap to AXA Private Equity (January 2011).
  • PAI Partners and BC Partners in their sale of the Elis group to Eurazeo (August 2007).
  • Holding Bercy Investissement, a company controlled by Mr. Zolade and funds managed by Charterhouse and Chequers, in its 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 (July 2006).
  • PAI Partners in its acquisition of Sydsvenska Kemi, the holding company of the Swedish specialty chemicals group Perstorp AB, from private equity firm Industri Kapital (December 2005).
  • PAI Partners in its acquisition of a controlling interest in Vivarte, a company listed on the French stock exchange, followed by a mandatory takeover and a squeeze out (April 2004).
  • Bain Capital in its acquisition of various chemical businesses of the Rhodia Group (December 2002).

Mergers and Acquisitions

  • 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 (July 2019).
  • Weinberg Capital Partners in its acquisition of Realease Capital, a major player in the financial leasing engineering market, active in IT, medical and industrial equipment (September 2018).
  • Bim on the sale of the AMAC Group to the Vacalians Group, a leader in the European outdoor accommodation market, controlled by the Permira funds (July 2018).
  • Meriguet Group’s founders and management in the investment made by Qualium Investissement (July 2013).
  • Elior in its acquisition of TrustHouse Services Group (March 2013).
  • Elior in its acquisition of Ansamble (June 2012).
  • Perstorp on its 49/51 joint venture with PTT Global Chemical to produce and sell products for the polyurethane industry (January 2012).
  • Arkema on the planned spinoff and divestment of its vinyl products businesses to Switzerland-based Klesch Group (November 2011).
  • France Telecom Orange in its announced 50/50 procurement joint venture with Deutsche Telekom (April 2011).
  • PAI Partners in the sale of its 50 percent stake in Yoplait to General Mills (March 2011).
  • Arkema in its acquisition of the Coatings Resins (Cray Valley and Cook Composite Polymers) and Photocure Resins (Sartomer) businesses of Total SA (January 2011).
  • Yoplait in the financing structure that led to its acquisition of Liberté (January 2011).
  • Perstorp Group in its acquisitions of the isocyanates business of Rhodia and LyondellBasell (September 2008).

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