Alexandre Ippolito is a Partner in the M&A Corporate practice. His practice has a particular focus on tax law, but he also has experience in French corporate law. He brings knowledge and insight to both national and cross-border transactions, advising clients across a variety of sectors, including hospitality, real estate development and insurance.
Alexandre's diverse list of clients includes Crédit Agricole, Marriott, AEW Europe, BGAM, Solocal, Séché Environnement, Generali, Nacco and various bank syndicates. He works primarily on acquisitions in an industrial or private equity context (structuring, identification and risk management).
He regularly advises on implementing fund structures, to defend such structuring in case of investigation by the French tax authorities, to structure fund investments and to organize management packages.
Alexandre's practice also includes providing counsel to major banks, for whom he reviews acquisition structures in significant transactions (leveraged buyout transactions or public operations), helping them understand complex structures and identify related risks.
Recent examples of this work include advising on the tax aspects of the initial public offerings on the regulated market of Euronext Paris of SPIE, Mediawan and Maisons du Monde.
Alexandre has a stand-alone tax practice, and – working with significant industrial groups – advises on tax optimization, participates in major group restructurings and provides advice to clients on prominent tax litigation matters. For example, he handles transfer related pricing and other disputes against the FTA, but also disputes among parties in relation to tax risk or liability.
As well as working for major companies and financial institutions, Alexandre's track record includes supporting private clients (families controlling industrial groups or high profile individuals) with estate planning, major restructuring, and disposal operations.
Alexandre is a member of the Paris Bar Association and the ESSEC Alumni Association.
Bank Syndicate (2023)
Representation of a syndicate of banks led by BNP Paribas and Citigroup on the initial public offering (IPO) of Planisware on Euronext Paris.
Ahlstrom Group (2023)
Representation of Ahlstrom Group on the sale of 100 percent of the Stenay paper mill to the German investment fund Accursia Capital.
Société Générale-FORGE (2023)
Representation of Société Générale-FORGE (SG-FORGE), a regulated subsidiary of the Société Générale group dedicated to digital assets, on the launch of EUR CoinVertible, a digital asset developed and administered to maintain a stable value (stablecoin).
Bank Syndicate (2023)
Representation of a banking syndicate including BNP Paribas and Société Générale, as global coordinators, joint lead managers and joint bookrunners, on Mersen's €100 million share capital increase, with shareholders' preferential subscription rights, announced on April 18, 2023.
Bank Syndicate (2023)
Representation of a banking syndicate including J.P. Morgan SE, Natixis and Société Générale as global coordinators, joint lead managers and joint bookrunners, and BNP Paribas, Crédit Agricole Corporate and Investment Bank, HSBC Continental Europe and Barclays Bank Ireland PLC as joint bookrunners, on Neoen's €750 million share capital increase, with shareholders' preferential subscription rights, of Neoen.
Representation of SPIE on its issuance of €400 million Sustainability-Linked Bonds Settled in Cash and/or Convertible into New Shares and/or Exchangeable for Existing Shares ('ORNANEs') maturing in 2028
Liquidity and Sustainability Facility (2022)
Representation of to the Liquidity and Sustainability Facility (LSF) on its inaugural US$100 million repo transaction with Afreximbank and Citi, which was announced at COP27 and aims to bring liquidity to a diversified basket of African sovereign Eurobonds
Representation of Coface SA on the tender offer for its outstanding €380 million guaranteed subordinated notes with a fixed interest rate of 4.125% due March 27, 2024, and the issuance on September 22, 2022 of €300 million tier 2 notes with a fixed interest rate of 6.000% due September 22, 2032.
Barclays and Angelo Gordon (2022)
Representation of Barclays and Angelo Gordon as lenders on the tax aspects of the refinancing of Technicolor's (renamed Vantiva) existing debt through a €250 million senior financing and a €125 million second lien financing.
Revaia and Digital+ (2022)
Representation on the tax aspects of the growth equity investment funds Revaia and Digital+, lead investors in the US$140 million Series D fundraising by Platform.sh, a unified, secure, enterprise-grade platform for building, running and scaling web applications.
Bouygues Telecom (2022)
Representation on the tax aspects of the financing of a new strategic joint-venture between Bouygues Telecom and Vauban Infrastructure Partners via its digital investment platform Vauban Infra Fibre, to further accelerate the deployment of optical fiber in France in medium and low density areas.
Angelo Gordon (2022)
Representation of Angelo Gordon on the tax aspects of the contemplated subscription to Technicolor's planned issue of €300 million Mandatory Convertible Notes (MCNs) in the context of Technicolor's plan to list and spin-off Technicolor Creative Studios (TCS) to enable its further growth and development and then deleverage both companies through a refinancing of the entire existing debt structure.
Barclays Bank Ireland PLC, Natixis and Portzamparc (2022)
Representation of Barclays Bank Ireland PLC, Natixis and Portzamparc, a subsidiary of BNP Paribas Group, on the tax aspects of the initial public offering (IPO) of Haffner Energy on Euronext Growth Paris.
Eiffage and Arcade-Vyv Group (2022)
Representation of Eiffage and Arcade-Vyv Group on the tax aspects of the first concession contract granted in France for outsourced management of a housing estate owned by the Ministry of Armed Forces for a total amount of more than €7 billion.
Altitude Group (2021)
Representation of Altitude Group, a fiber network developer specializing in Public Initiative Networks (PINs), on the tax aspects of the acquisition of infrastructure fund Marguerite's stake in three major French FTTH concessions: Losange (Grand Est region), Rosace (Alsace) and Fibre 31 (Haute Garonne).
Representation of French national investment bank Bpifrance on the tax aspects of the strategic investment in SEQENS, a worldwide leader in the development and production of active ingredients, pharmaceutical intermediates and specialty ingredients.
Forvia (Ex Faurecia) (2021)
Representation of Forvia, one of the world's largest automotive equipment suppliers, on the launch of a tender offer for HELLA and the acquisition of 60% of HELLA's shares currently held by the family shareholder pool.
Representation of the Ad Hoc Group of Crossholders of Vallourec (including Apollo, SVP, Bybrook and M&G) on the financial restructuring of Vallourec, world leader in premium tubular solutions for the energy markets and for demanding industrial applications such as oil & gas wells in harsh environments, new generation power plants, challenging architectural projects, and high-performance mechanical equipment.
Consortium of major sovereign funds (2021)
Representation of a consortium of major sovereign funds (Bpi, RDIF, RCIF, PIF, Mubadala and Mumtalakat) in connection with the acquisition of OSZ, a subsidiary of Arc Group, market leader in the glass industry in Russia.
RTL Group (2021)
Representation of RTL Group, Europe's largest broadcaster, on its entry into exclusive negotiations with Groupe TF1, Groupe M6 and Groupe Bouygues to merge the activities of Groupe TF1 and Groupe M6 and create a major French media group.
Altitude Infrastructure THD (2020)
Representation of its sole shareholder, Altitude Infrastructure Holding, in connection with the investment of an US pension fund represented by UBS Asset Management in Altitude Infrastructure THD's capital and issuance of junior debt for a total amount of €500 million.
Nestlé S.A. (2020)
Representation of Nestlé S.A. in connection with the sale of 60% stake of Herta to Casa Tarradellas.
Oaktree Capital Management (2019)
Representation of Oaktree Capital Management on the tax aspects of the sale of Kley, a French student housing platform, to Axa IM-Real Assets.
Representation of GIC, a global long-term investor with well over US$100 billion in assets in over 40 countries worldwide, on the structuring of its investment in free market residential properties.
Representation of Steinhoff Group's main creditors on the tax aspects of the financial restructuring of its subsidiary Conforama, through a €316 million two-tranche bond issue.
BNP Paribas (2018)
Representation of SCPI Accimmo-Pierre, a subsidiary of BNP Paribas REIM, on the tax aspects of the acquisition of Fontenay SCI, who holds a building Périgare C (12,000 meters squared) located in Fontenay-sous-Bois (Val-de-Marne), France.
Tikéhau Capital (2018)
Representation of Tikéhau Capital on the tax aspects of the acquisition of ACE management company.
Société Générale Insurance (2018)
Representation of Société Générale Insurance (formerly Sogecap) on the tax aspects of the acquisition by Sogecap of 100% of the OPCI Altafund, which holds office premises of 27,000m2 of floor space in Neuilly-sur-Seine. Winner of the MIPIM Awards 2019 "Best Refurbished Building" category.
Bank Syndicate (2018)
Representation of Barclays, BNP Paribas, Citigroup, CACIB, HSBC, Morgan Stanley, Natixis and Société Générale as Joint Lead Managers on the tax aspects of the offering of €600 million 1.00 % Notes due 18 October 2024 and €500 million 1.75%. Notes due 18 April 2028 by Capgemini SE. The net proceeds of the issue of the 2024 Notes have been used to purchase part of the existing €1.25 billion 1.75%. Notes issued by the Issuer on 1 July 2015 and maturing on 1 July 2020, following the acquisition thereof by BNP Paribas, as Offeror, by way of tender offer. The net proceeds of the issue of the 2028 Notes will be used by the Issuer for general corporate purposes, including the redemption of the €500 million floating rate notes issued by the Issuer on 1 July 2015 and maturing on 2 July 2018.
Bank Syndicate (2018)
Representation of Crédit Agricole CIB, Natixis and Société Générale, as joint bookrunners, on the tax aspects of Nexity's offering of net share settled bonds convertible into new shares and/or exchangeable for existing shares (Obligations à option de Remboursement en Numéraire et/ou en Actions Nouvelles et/ou Existantes) (ORNANE) for a nominal amount of approximately €200 million.
JP Morgan (2018)
Representation of J.P. Morgan, acting as Sole Global Coordinator, on the tax aspects of the 2 billion sale by Vivendi of its entire stake in Ubisoft, representing approximately 30.5 million shares and 27.3 percent of Ubisoft's share capital.
Representation of Icade on the tax aspects of its €600 million Bond Issue with a maturity of ten years and an annual coupon of 1.625%. Icade has simultaneously launched a tender offer on three outstanding bond issues on which we also advised, financed with the proceeds of the new bond issue. The bonds will be admitted to trading on the regulated market of Euronext Paris.
CNP Assurances Real Estate Investment Fund (2017)
Representation of CNP, Cardif (BNP Paribas), Malakoff Mederic, Aviva Investors, ERAFP and SMABTP on the tax aspects of structuring a real estate investment. The asset manager and sponsor of the fund is SNI.
Michelin US$500 million non-dilutive convertible bonds offering (2017)
Representation of Michelin on the tax aspects of its US$500 million offering of non-dilutive cash-settled convertible bonds due 2022. The bonds, issued by Compagnie Générale des Etablissements Michelin, will not bear interest and the net proceeds of the issuance will be used for Michelin's general corporate purposes. The bonds, which will be admitted to trading on the Open Market (Marché Libre) of Euronext Paris, have been offered via an accelerated bookbuilding process through a private placement to institutional investors only, outside the US, Australia, Canada, South Africa and Japan.
AEW acquisition of Primavera Portfolio (2016)
Representation of AEW Europe on the tax aspects of its acquisition of the Primavera portfolio from Grosvenor, of two shopping centres located in Marseille and Châlons-en-Champagne for a total value of €188 million.
Tereos €400 million Project Bond and €225 million Revolving Credit Refinancing (2016)
Representation of Tereos on the tax aspects of its refinancing, comprising a €400 million bond issue and a €225 million revolving credit facility.
Airbus Group's sale of its 23.6 percent stake in Dassault Aviation (2016)
Representation of the bank syndicate on the tax aspects of Airbus Group's sale of its remaining 23.6 percent stake in Dassault Aviation by way of a combined (i) private placement with accelerated bookbuilding, (ii) exchangeable bonds issue and (iii) buy-back by Dassault.
Direct Energie's sale of stakes by Ecofin Power & Water Opportunities (2016)
Representation of Société Générale on the tax aspects of the €42.1 million sale by Ecofin Power & Water Opportunities plc of 1,684,656 shares in Direct Energie through a private placement with institutional investors and existing core shareholders by way of an accelerated book building offering led by Société Générale and Gilbert Dupont.
€2.4bn cross-European acquisition by BNP Paribas (2015)
Representation of Arval, a fully owned subsidiary of BNP Paribas specializing in full service vehicle leasing, in connection with the French tax aspects of 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.
LFPI's acquisition of Alliance Hotel Group (2015)
Representation of LFPI in connection with the French tax aspects of the acquisition of Alliance Hotel Group from Lone Star. The group comprises twelve hotels, positioned as three and four star offerings, located in Greater Paris as well as key regional cities. With these additional 1,913 rooms, the LFPI Group is able to grow its hotel investment portfolio.
Coface's IPO (2014)
Coface Group benefited from Alexandre's experience in tax law on its initial public offering on the regulated market of Euronext Paris. The IPO was initiated by Natixis, Coface's shareholder, and the offering amounted to approximately €832 million. Coface is a worldwide leader in credit insurance, providing companies around the globe with solutions aimed at protecting them against the risk of financial default by their debtors, on both their domestic and export markets.
Elior IPO (2014)
A syndicate of banks led by Deutsche Bank, J.P. Morgan, Crédit Agricole Corporate & Investment Bank and HSBC on a range of tax matters with regard to an initial public offering of Elior on the regulated market of Euronext Paris. The maximum amount of the offer was €1.1 billion. Elior is one of the world's leading operators in the contracted food and support services industry, generating revenue of approximately €5 billion.
PSA Peugeot Citroën's €3 billion capital increase (2014)
Representation of a syndicate of banks led by Banco Santander, BNP Paribas, Citigroup, Crédit Agricole Corporate and Investment Bank, Deutsche Bank, HSBC, Morgan Stanley, Natixis and Société Générale Corporate & Investment Banking, acting as global coordinators and joint bookrunners, on PSA Peugeot Citroën's €3 billion capital increase. The transaction strengthened the group's balance sheet and liquidity while giving PSA Peugeot Citroën the means to undertake key investments in establishing its 'Back in the Race' strategic plan
Nacco's reorganization and disposal (2014)
Nacco Group, one of the largest independent full service railcar lessors in Europe, on its reorganization, and then Nacco's historical shareholders in the company's disposal. Nacco Group was sold to CIT Group, a global leader in transportation finance, an acquisition which represents CIT's first investment in a European rail franchise.
Boussard & Gavaudan sale of Compagnie des Minquiers stake (2014)
Boussard & Gavaudan Holding Limited, a closed-ended investment company, on the sale of its stake in Compagnie des Minquiers, the holding company of the Cofigeo Group.
EDF Invest and Crédit Agricole Assurances acquisition (2014)
EDF Invest (Electricité de France) and Crédit Agricole Assurances on their acquisition, from AG Real Estate, of 80 per cent of the shares of a French company owning a real estate property called Campus Cristal (headquarters of Thales Communication & Security) located in Genevilliers.
Predica acquisition (2014)
Predica on the tax issues of its acquisition from Foncière des Regions of a 50 per cent stake in the entity owning the Eiffage Headquarters in Velizy (France).
Crédit Agricole Assurances acquisition of 127 retail galleries (2014)
Crédit Agricole Assurances on the tax aspects of the setting up of a consortium led by Carrefour to purchase from Klépierre a portfolio of 127 retail galleries for a value of circa €2 billion and on the structuring of this operation.
Europ Assistance sale of shares in Icare (2014)
Europ Assistance (Generali Group) in the context of the sale of 100% of its shares in the company Icare, a major player in the distribution and management of motor insurance contracts in France, to BNPP Cardif.
AEW Europe (2013)
AEW Europe on the restructuring of the share capital and the existing loans of various SPVs owning real estate assets.
Recognized Lawyer: Private Equity, Tax, Best Lawyers, 2023
Leading Individual: Band 3: Tax – France, Chambers Europe (2017)
"A respected practitioner known for advising private clients on matters of estate planning, restructuring and disposal operations." (Who's Who Legal 2017)
"Good negotiating and communication skills." "He's experienced, responsive, a good team leader and speaks very good English. He is always thorough and reliable." (Chambers Europe 2016)