Céline Domenget Morin | White & Case LLP International Law Firm, Global Law Practice
Celine Domenget Morin
Celine Domenget Morin

Céline Domenget Morin

Partner, Paris

“Céline Domenget Morin boasts an excellent reputation in her field, where clients highlight her as being “experienced and hands-on in day-to-day restructuring” and “great in M&A, debt and equity restructurings and highly knowledgeable in finance.””

Chambers Europe 2015

Overview

Céline Domenget Morin guides corporations in distress, as well as their shareholders or creditors, through judicial or out-of-court restructurings. She also provides knowledgeable, value-driven advice to investors seeking opportunities in distressed businesses.

Drawing on her thorough understanding and experience of French and European restructuring and insolvency law, she handles complex out-of-court (mandat ad hoc and conciliation) and insolvency proceedings (safeguard, accelerated safeguard and bankruptcy). Clients that have benefited from her representation include debtors, investors and creditors, especially with respect to troubled LBO's. Céline also has significant experience in distressed M&A and insolvency proceedings litigation.

A partner in White & Case's Global Financial Restructuring & Insolvency practice, Céline is a member of the Association pour le Retournement des Entreprises (ARE), the Turnaround Management Association (TMA) and the Association Française des Investisseurs pour la Croissance (AFIC).

Bars and Courts

  • Paris Bar

Education

  • Master's Degree, Business Law, University of Paris X Nanterre
  • Master's Degree, Management (Law and Finance), ESCP Europe Business School

Languages

  • English
  • French

Experience

CGG's financial restructuring, 2017

Representing a syndicate of Nordic based lenders in relation to their US$250 million exposure to CGG, a French-based geophysical services company, which is currently in restructuring discussions with its key creditors to address its $2.315 billion capital structure.

Camaieu's financial and capital-based restructuring, 2016

Advised Boussard & Gavaudau in relation to the financial and capital-based restructuring of French clothing retailer Camaieu.

Yabon Baby's sale plan and takeover, 2016

Advised Materna (Financière Messine) in connection with the takeover of Yabon Baby in the context of its bankruptcy proceedings.

Altis Semiconductor, 2015

Advised Altis Semiconductor in the context of its negotiations with its creditors and its sale to X-Fab.

Sale of Europages, 2015

Representation of Italiaonline S.p.A., the first Italian Internet company, on its sale of Europages (a French leader in online B2B directory management and online marketing solutions for small- and medium-sized enterprises) to a company controlled by private equity fund Paragon Partners.

5àsec's financial and capital restructuring, 2015

Céline advised the lenders on the financial and capital restructuring of the 5àsec Group with private equity firm Rive Private Investment joining the business alongside independent investment fund Capzanine and investment adviser IFE Mezzanine.

Forma Dis Group's accelerated financial safeguard procedure, 2014

Céline advised ActoMezz in relation to its reinvestment alongside the Hattemer group and the former sponsor (21 Centrale Partners) in Forma Dis group, through an accelerated financial safeguard procedure.

Gérard Darel's debt restructuring, 2014

Céline advised the lenders in relation to the reorganization of the bank debt and the mezzanine debt of Gérard Darel Group.

Winoa debt reduction and acquisition by KKR, 2014

Céline advised KKR on the acquisition of Winoa Group, the global leader in steel abrasives, from LBO France, as well as on the subsequent debt restructuring and capital structure of the group.

CPI Group's acquisition and restructuring of its debt, 2014

Céline advised Bpifrance Investissement, the investment arm of the French public investment bank Bpifrance, on the restructuring of the financial debt of CPI Group, leading book printer in Europe, and its acquisition by IMPALA, Bpifrance Investissement and Trèfle.

Jardiland's acquisition by L-GAM Advisers, 2014

Céline advised the lenders on the restructuring of Jardiland, the French market leader in gardening, through the takeover by the investment fund L-GAM Advisers.

Electropoli financial and capital restructuring, 2013

Céline advised the Electropoli group, the European leader in surface treatment for the automotive industry, on its financial and capital restructuring by Impala, the energy sector investor, which was represented by Jacques Veyrat.