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Guillaume Briant

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France - Mergers and acquisitions

France - Mergers and acquisitions

Guillaume Briant Partner

Co-head of the corporate M&A and private equity team in the Paris office, Guillaume advises public and private companies, as well as private equity funds, on a variety of French and international transactional matters.
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Guillaume has more than 18 years’ experience advising European and US investors on their inbound investments in France, whether through the acquisition of businesses or equity investments in high growth companies, and advising French corporate players in their international operations. He focuses his practice on the technology (including telecoms) and life sciences sectors, but also has extensive experience in transactions involving the agri-food, media, and manufacturing industries. He regularly leads international transactions and quarterbacks cross-border teams of lawyers, with a particular focus on pan-European or cross-Atlantic transactions.

In an increasingly complex international legal landscape, Guillaume also advises on issues arising from foreign investment control in France as well as compliance and international sanctions in the context of M&A and  Private Equity transactions.

Guillaume speaks French and English and is a member of the Paris and New York bars.

 
  • Private equity
  • Joint ventures
  • Public and private M&A

Mylight150

Advised mylight150 in securing €100 million to accelerate the expansion of its solar self-consumption and smart energy management solutions in Europe.

Sparkfood and Sofinnova Partners

Advised Sparkfood and Sofinnova Partners on €15 million fundraising for Bon Vivant, a French start-up that produces sustainable milk proteins by using nutritional yeasts and precision fermentation.

Mirova

Advised Mirova, a subsidiary of Natixis Investissement Managers dedicated to sustainable investment, in connection with a €32 million fund-raising by Naïo Technologies, a pioneer and leader in agricultural robotics, to support the company's industrial and commercial growth.

Creadev

Advised Creadev, the Mulliez family's private equity investment company, on its acquisition of a minority stake in Nous Epiceries Anti-Gaspi, a network of stores pioneering the fight against food waste in France.

Confidential 

Advised a leading player in sustainable finance in the negotiation of a joint venture as part of a large co-investment project in the renewable energy sector.

Confidential 

Advised a global private equity fund in the setting up of its €680 million joint venture with a French CAC 40 company dedicated to the purchase and management of strategic real estate assets in France, as well as the negotiation of a revised shareholding and governance structure through a French regulated fund.

Invivo, Eurazeo, Unigrains

Advised InVivo, Eurazeo, Unigrains and the Future French Champions fund in the sale of Neovia, a leading animal nutrition group operating in 27 countries.

Confidential

Advised a management company in the implementation of carried interest for the benefit of its management team.

Confidential 

Advised a management company in the context of its establishment in France following Brexit.

Continental

Advised Continental in its acquisition of a stake in Easymile, a designer of autonomous vehicles.

TF1

Advised the TF1 Group in connection with the sale of Gamned! to the HLD fund.

Eurazeo

Advised Eurazeo in connection with various build-up transactions carried out by its portfolio companies, in particular EasyVista in connection with the acquisition of CoservIT, and Itexis. 

Orange

Advised telecommunications group Orange on the establishment of its joint venture (JV), Hexadone. The JV is 60% owned by Orange, the digital network and services operator, and 40% by Banque des Territoires (Caisse des Dépôts group).

Advised Orange, the French multinational telecommunications group, on a joint venture (JV) with Publicis, the advertising group. The equally owned JV, called Voilà, specialises in the organisation of digital events for companies.

Groupe Les Echos

Le Parisien  - Advised Groupe Les Echos – Le Parisien on its acquisition of a majority stake in ChangeNOW and their related strategic partnership.

Investment manager

Advised an investment manager dedicated to sustainable energies in the negotiation of a joint venture within the framework of a large co-investment project in the renewable energies sector.

French media and telecoms

Advised several French media and telecoms groups in the setting-up of Gravity, a joint-venture dedicated to the pooling and monetization of personal data collected by the joint venture partners and members through their websites and mobile apps).

Private equity fund

Advised a global private equity fund in the setting up of its EUR 680 million joint venture with a French CAC 40 company dedicated to the purchase and management of strategic real estate assets in France, as well as the negotiation of a revised ownership and governance structure through a French regulated fund.

Advised an international mining group in connection with the acquisition of a majority interest in a joint venture operating a limestone quarry in sub-Saharan Africa, and in the renegotiation of milestone payments and revised joint venture governance structure.

Confidential 

Advised a leading French candy and chocolate group in the sale of three of its leading brands to a leading German purchaser.

ZoBio

Advised the shareholders of ZoBio on its sale to Oncodesign Services. 

Oryx Energies S.A

Advised Oryx Energies S.A in its acquisition of a majority stake in Puma Energy Senegal S.A. The transaction strengthens Oryx Energies' presence in Senegal and reflects the company's commitment to supporting the energy transition towards cleaner fuels in the country.

Orange

Advised Orange in the sale of Orange Niger to Zamani Com S.A.S.

Advised Orange in connection with the acquisition of the French digital health company Enovacom.

Advised Orange in the acquisition of 100% of the mobile operator Airtel in Sierra Leone.

Advised Orange in the sale to Helios Investment Partners of its interest in Telkom Kenya (joint venture with the Kenyan State) and related negotiations with the Kenyan State.

Confidential

Advised a German company in connection with the acquisition of a French MedTech company.

CDER Investissements

Advised CDER Investissements in connection with the sale of its module rental business to Kiloutou.

Les Echos-Le Parisien Group

Advised Les Echos-Le Parisien Group in connection with its acquisition of a stake in ChangeNOW.

Bel 

Advised Bel (a major French dairy producer) in the sale of a cheese manufacturing company operating from France and Belgium to an American buyer.

Bob Martin

Advised Bob Martin in the purchase of Nestlé's pet food and pet care business in France, Italy and Spain.

Confidential

Advised an international mining group in the sale of several mining assets in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Confidential

Advised an international mining group in connection with the sale to a multinational commodity trading company and a mining company of an indirect interest in a major open pit quarry in Sub-Saharan Africa and in the sale of mining assets.

Altitude Group

Advised advised Altitude Group on its acquisition of Netwo. Altitude Group is the 3rd largest fiber optic infrastructure operator in France, employing more than 1,600 personnel across its subsidiaries, which include Altitude Infra, Airmob, Covage, Linkt, Phibee Télécom and Ubicité. Netwo is a tech startup offering access to a telecoms' infrastructure marketplace with the aim of simplifying, automating and boosting the business of telecoms operators.

OpinionWay

Advised the founders and other shareholders in the sale of a majority stake to the Les Echos - Le Parisien Group.

Saint-Gobain

Advised the Saint-Gobain Group - world leader in light and sustainable construction - on the acquisition of the Clipso group, which specializes in the design, manufacture and sale of stretched knitted textile solutions for ceiling and wall applications.

GE Healthcare

Advised GE Healthcare in the acquisition of the biotech company Zionexa, developing solutions to aid in cancer diagnosis. 

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  • Energy and natural resources
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  • Technology

ZoBio

Advised the shareholders of ZoBio on its sale to Oncodesign Services. 

Confidential 

Advised a global leader in developing, manufacturing, and marketing a broad range of innovative products for the life science research and clinical diagnostic markets on the acquisition and increase of a minority stake in a French biotech. 

OpinionWay

Advised the founders and other shareholders in the sale of a majority stake to the Les Echos - Le Parisien Group."

French medtech

Advised a German industrial company in the purchase of a French medtech company.

Digital health company

Advised Orange in the purchase of French digital health company Enovacom.

Pharmaceutical group

Advised pharmaceutical group Servier in the negotiation of license and co-development agreements with Amgen and with the Shanghai Institute of Materia Medica.

Acquisition of Lucane Pharma

Advised Eurocept Pharmaceuticals on the acquisition of Lucane Pharma, a French company dedicated to the development of orphan drugs.

Biotech company

Advised a Danish biotech company in the negotiation or renegotiation of several license and co-development agreements with large pharmaceutical groups. 

International mining group

Advised an international mining group in the purchase of a controlling stake in a joint venture operating a lime quarry in sub-Saharan Africa, and in the setting-up of the related governance structure.

International mining group

Advised an international mining group in the disposal of several mining assets in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

International mining group

Advised an international mining group in the sale to a multinational commodity trading and mining company of an indirect stake in significant open pit quarry in sub-Saharan Africa and in the related disposal of mining assets.

French cooperatives

Advised Union InVivo (a conglomerate of French cooperatives), alongside minority PE investors led by Eurazeo, in the sale of Neovia to US purchaser Archer Daniels Midland Company.

French leading dairy producer

Advised Fromageries Bel (a large French dairy producer) in the sale of a cheese manufacturing business operated from France and Belgium to a US purchaser.

Bob Martin

Advised Bob Martin in the purchase of Nestlé’s pet food and care business in France, Italy and Spain.

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Orange

Advised Orange in the sale of Orange Niger to Zamani Com S.A.S.

Advised Orange in the sale to Helios Investment Partners of its stake in Telkom Kenya (joint venture with the Kenyan State) and related negotiations with the Kenyan State.

Advised Orange in the acquisition of 100% of the mobile operator Airtel in Sierra Leone.

Advised Orange in the acquisition of 100% of the mobile operator Airtel in Burkina Faso.

Continental

Advised Continental (automotive company) in the subscription of a minority stake in Easymile (self-driving cars) alongside with Alstom.

Optic fiber leader

Advised a French leader in the deployment of optic fiber in its corporate and tax restructuring and in the implementation of several M&A opportunities.

Awards

France - Mergers and acquisitions

France - Mergers and acquisitions

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