Thomas Le Vert | White & Case LLP International Law Firm, Global Law Practice
Thomas Le Vert
Thomas Le Vert

Thomas Le Vert

Partner, Paris

T +33 1 55 04 15 67

E tlevert@whitecase.com

Overview

Thomas Le Vert advises issuers, shareholders and banks on initial public offerings, equity (rights issues, ABBs), equity-linked (convertible/exchangeable bonds) and debt issues, including regulatory capital and liability management transactions.

Recognized as a leading practitioner by top professional guides, Thomas advised on 2016's three largest IPOs on the French market so far (including the first ever listing of a SPAC in France), as well as on the largest "dual tranche" in the French market, the Airbus/Dassault transaction.

Prior to joining White & Case, Thomas practiced in the Paris offices of UK law firms for more than ten years.

Bars and Courts

  • Paris Bar

Education

  • Postgraduate Degree, Magistère in Financial Law, University of Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne
  • Postgraduate Degree (DEA), Business and Financial Law, University of Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne

Languages

  • French
  • English

Experience

IPOs

Maisons du Monde (2016, €380m), Kaufman & Broad (2016, €282m, re-IPO), Mediawan (2016, €250m – first ever listing of a French SPAC), Showroomprivé.com (2015, €260m), SPIE (2015, €1bn), Europcar (2015, €897m), Elis (2015, €750m), Elior (2014, €955m), Coface (2014, €957m), Numericable (2013, €750m), Verallia (2011, €1bn), Suez (2008, €8.9bn).

Rights issues/Capital increases

Eurofins (2016, €292m), Vallourec (2016, €480m), CGG (2016, €350m), Capgemini (2015, €506m), Arkema (2014, €350m), Numericable (2014, €4.7bn – the largest rights issue in France for the five last years), Peugeot (2014, €3bn), Nexans (2013, €284m), CGG Veritas (2012, €414m), GL Events (2012, €73m), Michelin (2010, €1.2bn), AXA (2009, €2bn), Saft Groupe (2009, €120m).

Block trades

Ecofin / Direct Energie (2016, €42m), Airbus Group / Dassault Aviation (2016, €783m; 2015, €1.6 bn), Charterhouse / Elior (2015, €255m), JCDecaux SA / JCDecaux Holding (2015, €380m), Groupama / Veolia (2015, €485m), Groupama / Mediobanca (2015, €333m), Groupama/Saint-Gobain (2014, €450m), Lagardère/EADS (2013, €2.3bn), Groupe Bruxelles Lambert / Pernod Ricard (2012, €499m), Air France-KLM / Amadeus (2012, €467m), Michelin / Hankook (2011, €405m).

Convertible/Exchangeable Bonds

Airbus/Dassault (2016, €1bn), Orpar / Rémy Cointreau (2015, €170m), Suez (2014, €350m), Alcatel-Lucent (2013, €630m), Crédit Agricole SA/Eurazeo (2013, €338m), Air France-KLM (2013, €550m), Nexans (2012, €275m), CGG Veritas (2011, €360m), Chargeurs (2010, €23m).

Preference shares issues

BNP Paribas (2009, €5.1bn), Société Générale (2009, €1.7bn).

Bonds issues

Tereos (2016, €400m), Michelin (2015, €800m), Frey (2014, €25m and €11.2m), Société Générale (2014, JPY72bn), Alstom (2013, €500m), Tereos (2013, €500m), AXA (2013, €2bn), Engie (2010, €1bn), Rémy Cointreau (2010, €200m).

Liability management (tender/exchange offers)

Wendel (2016, €400m), CGG (2015, €360m), Société Générale (2012, €1.3bn), BPCE (2012, €2.9bn), Crédit Agricole (2012, €2.1bn and U.S.$ 1.5bn), Air France (2011, €383m), Dexia MA (2010, €14.5bn), France Telecom (2010, €1bn), Veolia (2010, €1bn).

Awards & Recognition

Leading Lawyer: Capital Markets – France, IFLR 1000, 2015

Leading Lawyer (Band 1): Capital Markets – France, The Legal 500, 2016

Leading Lawyer (Band 3): Capital Markets – France, Chambers Global, 2016