Alexandre Ippolito is the Executive Partner of White & Case Paris. His practice has a particular focus on tax law, but he also has experience in French corporate law. He provides knowledge and insight regarding national or cross-border transactions, advising clients across a variety of business sectors, including hospitality, real estate development and insurance.
Alexandre's varied list of clients includes Crédit Agricole, Coface, Marriott, Nestlé, Eren, Nacco, and various bank syndicates. He works primarily on acquisitions in an industrial or private equity context (structuring, identification and risk management).
He regularly helps to implement fund structures, to defend such structuring in case of investigation by the French tax authorities, to structure funds' investments and to organize management packages.
Alexandre's practice also includes providing counsel for major banks, for whom he reviews acquisition structures in notable transactions (leveraged buyout transactions or public operations), helping them to understand complex structures and to identify related risks.
Recent examples of this work include advising Coface on tax issues relating to its initial public offering on the regulated market of Euronext Paris; assisting with the restructuring and disposal of the Nacco Group, the largest independent railcar lessor in Europe, to CIT; and advising a syndicate of banks acting as global coordinators and joint book runners on PSA Peugeot Citroën's €3 billion capital increase.
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 regarding significant tax litigations. As an example of his work in this area, he handled a number of disputes for a pharmaceutical company on revenue recognition, thin capitalization, and research tax credit. He also assisted a waste management group on significant litigation on VAT recovery and tax treatment of intangible assets.
In addition to his work for major companies and financial institutions, Alexandre has developed a significant track record 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.