Alexandre Ippolito | White & Case LLP International Law Firm, Global Law Practice
Alexandre Ippolito
Alexandre Ippolito

Alexandre Ippolito

Partner, Paris

T +33 1 55 04 15 68

T +33 1 55 04 15 15

E aippolito@whitecase.com

“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)

Overview

Alexandre Ippolito is a Partner in the M&A Corporate practice and is head of the Real Estate, Tax and Labor practices for the EMEA region. 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.

Bars and Courts

  • Paris Bar

Education

  • Masters in Management, Ecole Superieure des Sciences Economiques et Commerciales (ESSEC), Paris

Languages

  • French
  • English

Experience

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)

Represented 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)

Advised 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)

Advised 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 €2.4bn.

LFPI's acquisition of Alliance Hotel Group (2015)

Advising 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.

Awards & Recognition

Leading Individual: Band 3: Tax – France, Chambers Europe (2017)

Chambers Europe (2016)

"Good negotiating and communication skills." One impressed client says: "He's experienced, responsive, a good team leader and speaks very good English. He is always thorough and reliable."