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Franck De Vita
Franck De Vita

Franck De Vita

Partner, Paris

T +33 1 55 04 15 75

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Franck De Vita supports clients with mergers and acquisitions and public M&A.

Overview

Franck De Vita is a partner in the Corporate and M&A Practice of White & Case in Paris. He focuses on mergers and acquisitions and public M&A.

Counting multinational corporations and private equity funds among his clients, Franck De Vita delivers perceptive and valuable advice in respect of mergers and acquisitions and joint venture. In corporate finance, he delivers extensive experience in leveraged buy-out transactions, restructurings and accompanies private equity firms.

Listed companies, investment funds and banks value Franck's support with French stock exchange regulations. He guides them through tender offers, stake acquisitions and disclosure rules, enabling them to structure their transactions while satisfying all legal and regulatory requirements. He also advises clients on their filings with the French Market Authority and banking authorities, and represents them in respect of any litigation.

Franck represents listed companies and private equity investors in a wide range of domestic and international joint venture notably in the industry and construction sectors. He regularly assists Emerging Capital Partners, a pan-African private equity firm, in connection with various acquisitions in Africa including the negotiation of joint-venture and shareholder agreements.

Bars and Courts

  • Paris Bar

Education

  • Master of Laws (LLM), Université Paris I, Panthéon-Sorbonne
  • HEC Paris, School of Management

Languages

  • French
  • English

Experience

€2.4 billion cross-European acquisition by BNP Paribas, 2015.

Representation of Arval, a fully owned subsidiary of BNP Paribas specialized in full service vehicle leasing, in connection with the acquisition of GE Capital's European fleet management activity. The scope of this acquisition covers more than 160,000 vehicles in 12 European countries, the vehicles assets amount to €2.4 billion.

US$2.9 billion sale in the Luxury Hotel industry, 2015.

Representation of FRHI Holdings Limited (FRHI), Qatar Investment Authority (QIA) and Kingdom Holding Company of Saudi Arabia (Kingdom) on the US$2.9 billion stock-and-cash sale of FRHI, the parent company of luxury hotel brands Fairmont, Raffles and Swissôtel, to AccorHotels (Accor). The transaction is subject to customary regulatory approvals from the antitrust authorities and shareholder approval.

€561 million sale of one of the leading IT service firms in France and southern Europe, listed on Euronext Paris, 2015.

Representation of Boussard & Gavaudan in relation with the sale of a 51% equity and voting rights stake of Gfi Informatique to Mannai Corporation, together with Apax France (jointly with Altamir). The price values Gfi Informatique at some €561 million. In 2013, we advised Boussard & Gavaudan on a mandatory public tender offer for the shares of Gfi Informatique.

Eren Renewable Energy, 2015.

Representation of Eren Renewable Energy on its fundraising of approximatively €200 million, including a capital increase of €100 million, subscribed by BPI France, Next World, Salvepar (Tikehau Group) and FFP. In 2014, we represented Eren on its public takeover bid to acquire Orège, a company listed on the regulated market of Euronext Paris.

Sale of minority interests in Africa, 2015.

Representation of Emerging Capital Partners (ECP) in the sale of its 26% interests in la Nouvelle Societé Interafricaine d’Assurance Participations SA (NSIA), the leading insurance group in French-speaking west and central Africa.

Sale of the third largest DIY French retailer, 2014.

Advised Mr Bricolage SA, the third largest DIY retailer in France, on its potential acquisition by Kingfisher plc (the British parent company of fellow French DIY retailers Castorama and Brico Dépôt, as well as B&Q in the UK) including a public takeover bid. Mr Bricolage SA is listed on Paris Euronext market.

Takeover of Bourbon, 2014.

Representation of BNPP Paribas, Natixis and Société Générale on the financing of the takeover bid by Jaccar Holdings for Bourbon, listed on Paris Euronext market (Eurolist Compartiment A).

European reorganization of BNP Paribas 2013-2014.

Representation of BNP Paribas in the European reorganization of its specialized finance unit.