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White & Case Paris Confirms Its Position as a Key Player on the M&A Market in 2010

White & Case Paris Confirms Its Position as a Key Player on the M&A Market in 2010

Over the last 12 months, White & Case Paris advised clients on nearly € 9,084 million involving thirty major operations of mergers and acquisitions, reflecting its position as a key player on this market. The annual ranking conducted by Mergermarket attests to this and ranks White & Case among the top 10 law firms that advised the largest number of mergers & acquisitions in France since 2005.

With 12 partners and over 30 lawyers, the Corporate/ M&A team of the Paris office advised on many cross-border transactions involving leading French companies such as France Telecom (on its investment in Médi Telecom), MMA (on the sale of its Quatrem shares to Malakoff Médéric), CNP Assurances (on the sale of its majority stake in two Portuguese subsidiaries) and Publicis (on its acquisition of G4 Advertising in China).

In coordination with White & Case's international offices, the Corporate/ M&A team in Paris participated in major operations involving many international jurisdictions, in particular advising Qatar Holding, on its investment of $2.719 billion in Banco Santander Brasil, and advising Unimilk, on its merger with Danone's Fresh Dairy Products in CIS countries.

"Working closely with our global network of 36 offices in 25 countries, enables us to meet the strategic challenges of our international clients" said Francois Leloup, Partner at White & Case, Head of Mergers & Acquisitions in the Europe, Africa and Middle East regions.

The Corporate/ M&A team regularly advises investment funds and their financial partners, such as, in 2010, IK Investment Partners (on its majority stake in Snack International), BC Partners (on the IPO of Medica) and particularly the three major LBOs of the year which are Spotless (€ 600 million), Sebia (€ 340 million) and Cerba (€ 287 million).

Recognized for its expertise in the energy sector, White & Case was involved with Idex Group in connection with the sale of Idex Energy UK to GDF, with Dexia Credit Local on the sale of Eoliennes Galerne (Wind farm) to DIF, with Eurazeo within the first investment of Eurazeo Croissance in Fonroche and with Energy Pool investors on the transfer of controlling stakes to Schneider Electric Industries of the Holding Company of H'DEV Group.

"To ensure a complete and integrated service to our clients, we work closely with our French and international teams specialized in tax, real estate, finance, employment, intellectual property, competition, litigation and arbitration" explained Philippe Sarrailhé, partner at White & Case, Head of Mergers & Acquisitions in France.

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