Samir Berlat | White & Case LLP International Law Firm, Global Law Practice
Samir Berlat
Samir Berlat

Samir Berlat

Partner, Paris

T +33 1 55 04 15 51

E sberlat@whitecase.com

A banking lawyer with extensive experience in leveraged acquisition finance, structured finance, corporate finance and syndicated lending.

Overview

A partner in the Firm's Global Banking Practice, Samir represents banks and other financial institutions in complex domestic and cross-border transactions. With a focus on financing deals, he has particular experience in leveraged acquisition finance, structured finance, corporate finance and syndicated lending.

Clients who seek Samir's advice include corporate borrowers and investment funds, regarding a wide range of financing transactions. Creditors and debtors look to Samir for his knowledge and experience of debt restructurings. Since his clients' business matters are often complex and international in scope, Samir is at ease working within multidisciplinary, cross-border teams of the Firm's lawyers, to help clients to realise their objectives.

Bars and Courts

  • Paris Bar

Education

  • CAPA, Versailles
  • EDHEC Business School
  • DEA, Labor Law , Paris X Nanterre
  • MA, Civil Law, Paris X Nanterre

Languages

  • French
  • English

Experience

Fraikin's Acquisition Financing, 2016

Samir advised the lenders in connection with the financing of the acquisition of Fraikin (Financiere Truck (Investissement), a holding company of the Fraikin group) by Groupe Petit Forestier.

Vivalto's Acquisition Financing, 2016

He advised the global coordinators, physical bookruners and mandated lead arrangers in connection with the financing of the acquisition of healthcare group Vivalto by a group of shareholders led by CDC International Capital, Mubadala Development Company, MACSF and the management team.

Vitalia's Acquisition Financing, 2015

Samir advised the mandated lead arrangers and bookruners in connection with the financing of the acquisition from Blackstone of French private healthcare group Vitalia by Vedici, owned by private equity firm CVC Capital Partners.

Comexposium's Acquisition Financing, 2015

Samir represented the lenders in connection with the financing of the acquisition of Comexposium by private equity firm Charterhouse from Unibail-Rodamco, Europe's largest listed commercial property company, and the Chambre de Commerce et d'Industrie de Paris.

Elis Senior Credit Facilities, 2015

Samir advised the lenders on Elis €850 million senior credit facilities in connection with the Initial Public Offering.

Acquisition Financing of Safic-Alcan, 2015

Samir advised the arrangers to finance the acquisition of Safic-Alcan from the investment firm Parquest Capital. The takeover of the French group Safic-Alcan has been led by its management, with the support from the investment funds Sagard and Euromezzanine.

Refinancing Materis, 2014

Samir represented BNP Paribas and HSBC France as Mandated Lead Arrangers, Global Coordinators and Physical Bookrunners in the refinancing of the Materis Group, pursuant to separate financings for the Paints Division and the Adjuvants Division (the latter of which is a "portable" financing allowing the assumption of the financing by the acquiror in the case of a sale to one or more pre-identified sponsors).

Delachaux Debt Refinancing, 2014

Samir represented the Global Coordinator, Arranger, Agent, Security Agent and B2 Agent in connection with the €770 million refinancing of the existing financial indebtedness of the Delachaux group. This is one of the very first covenant lite financings of this type in France.

Jaccar Holdings' takeover of Bourbon, 2014

Samir advised the banks on the financing of the public takeover bid initiated by Jaccar Holdings on Bourbon shares. The public tender offer was highly successful with more than 14 million shares tendered to the offer launched by Jaccar Holdings following the announcement made by the French Financial Markets Authority in June 2014.

Financière Quick S.A.S.'s refinancing of existing debt, 2014

Samir advised Financière Quick S.A.S., a leading European fast food restaurant chain active in France, Belgium and Luxembourg, on bank finance aspects of its successful debut high yield offering of €440 million senior secured floating rate notes due 2019 and €155 million unsecured floating rate notes due 2019. The transaction's structure represents a first in the French market, in that the proceeds from the notes were used to repay existing debts to third parties, the shareholders of Financière Quick S.A.S. and its consolidated subsidiaries.