Paris, 12 May 2014.
Scotto & Associés’s teams were rewarded by Chambers & Partners’ European rankings in Private Equity and M&A Mid-Market for 2014. The firm is Band 1 in advising clients in "Private Equity – Buy-outs (acting for management)". Lionel Scotto le Massese, Nicolas Menard-Durand and Isabelle Cheradame are ranked Band 1, Band 2 and Up and coming positions, respectively. The M&A Mid-Market practice is also considered one of the best with a Band 3 ranking.
PRIVATE EQUITY - BUYOUTS (ACTING FOR MANAGEMENT)
“What the team is known for: Recognised leader for advising management teams in the context of private transactions. Lawyers assist clients with the structuring, negotiation and also restructuring of management packages. Team offers expertise on both primary and secondary LBOs, leveraged management buyouts and also all tax issues connected to such transactions.
Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients): "Its strengths are its perfect knowledge of most of the private equity players in Western Europe as well as the ability to focus on the essentials of a deal." "Always spot-on in terms of understanding the stakes. The lawyers really know the environment and the private equity industry - it's really a pleasure to have them working with me."
Work highlights: Advised the management of Fives Group on its sale by Charterhouse to AXA Private Equity.”
PRIVATE EQUITY - BUYOUTS (ACTING FOR MANAGEMENT) - LIONEL SCOTTO LE MASSESE
“The renowned Lionel Scotto Le Massese is the firm founder and practice head for private equity. His focus lies in advising management teams and negotiating management packages in the context of domestic and cross-border buyouts. One source comments: "He really knows the industry and has a lot of connections in both France and the UK for private equity."
PRIVATE EQUITY - BUYOUTS (ACTING FOR MANAGEMENT) - NICOLAS MENARD-DURAND
“Nicolas Menard-Durand advises management teams on LBO transactions. One interviewee describes him as "very bright and astute in terms of understanding the financial elements of the transaction." Recent highlights include advising the management of Alain Afflelou on its sale to Lion Capital by Bridgepoint.”
PRIVATE EQUITY - BUYOUTS (ACTING FOR MANAGEMENT) - ISABELLE CHERADAME
UP AND COMING
“Isabelle Cheradame is praised by clients for her "ability to negotiate a win-win agreement even on very disputed topics and her capacity to anticipate potential problems as the process unfolds." Recent mandates include advising the management of IPH on its sale to PAI Partners by Investcorp.”
CORPORATE/M&A - MID-MARKET
“What the team is known for: Domestic firm best known for focus on mid-cap transactions in the French market, but has also been involved in a number of high-value deals recently. Solid reputation for handling corporate matters on behalf of a number of family-owned entities.
Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients): “The firm found a very smart solution. The lawyers worked well and supported us throughout, even during the holiday period."