Estelle Philippi is a Partner in our Global Tax Practice. Based in Paris, Estelle's principal areas of practice include mergers and acquisitions, international and domestic tax planning, corporate tax advice and tax litigations.
Estelle guides clients such as private equity funds, global businesses and financial institutions in relation to the tax structuring of investments, disposals and acquisitions and on complex matters relating to French and international tax law. She has also developed a particular expertise in estate planning for French and non-French tax residents, and is regularly called upon to lead on significant tax litigations.
Over the past few years, Estelle has represented a broad spectrum of companies including IK Investment Partners, BC Partners, GIC, Crédit Agricole, BNP Paribas, Cobepa, AEW Europe, Tereos and Smartbox, among others.
Estelle joined the Firm in 2012, and before that, she worked for a French law firm for over 4 years.
Representation of Cobepa in connection with the acquisition of Gerflor group from ICG. Cobepa becomes majority shareholder.
Representation of secured lenders of the listed company Antalis SA in connection with the execution of an agreement on the disposal by Sequana (listed holding company) and Bpifrance Participations of their majority stakes in the Antalis Group to the Tokyo based Kokusai Pulp & Paper.
Prédica and La Française (2020)
Representation of Prédica and La Française in connection with a joint venture agreement entered into with Unibail-Rodamco Westfield regarding their investment in a new real estate company owning a EUR 2 billion portfolio of 5 major commercial malls located in France.
Representation of Cobepa, main shareholder of Socotec Group, in connection with the tax aspects of the sale by Five Arrows and BIP of circa 33% of the Socotec Group, a group of companies under LBO with an enterprise value of circa 1.8 Bn €, to Clayton Dubilier & Rice.
Mérieux Equity Partners (2019)
Representation of Mérieux Equity Partners in connection with the acquisition alongide IK Partners of Mabtech AB, a Swedish biotech specialized in monoclonal antibodies.
Colisée Group (2019)
Representation of Colisée Group, a French group held by private equity player IK Investment Partners, on the tax aspects of the acquisition of its Belgian competitor Armonea. The combination of Colisée and Armonea creates the fourth largest European operator in the business of elderly care.
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, and
- on its investment of up to 80 million euro into a fund FLI 2 which is structured as a regulated French investment vehicle (SPPICAV) and which is managed by Caisse des Dépôts Habitat. This is to invest in construction and development projects, including social housing construction and development.
Representation of LFPI, an independent French investment fund, on the sale of Club Med Gym comprising 21 fitness clubs in Paris and Paris area to Ken Group, holding the luxury fitness club Ken Club, Clay and Blanche in Paris.
Mérieux Equity Partners (2019)
Representation of Mérieux Equity Partners on its acquisition alongside ICG of Doc Generici sold by CVC Capital Partners.
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.
Representation of Cobepa and the other shareholders of Exclusive France Holding SAS, on the tax aspects of the €1.3 billion sale of Exclusive Group to Permira, an international investment firm based in London, UK.
Group Legris Industries (2018)
Representation of the Managers of French Group Legris Industries in the frame of the investment by Arkea Capital Partenaire of €30 million.
Cardif, Sogecap, Predica and CNP Assurances (2018)
Representation of a group of French leading institutional investors composed of Cardif, Sogecap, Predica and CNP Assurances in relation to their acquisition of circa 41% of Icade Healthcare Europe, a fund dedicated to investments in real estate healthcare premises in Europe (especially, in Germany, Italy and Spain). The fund is expected to reach €1.5 Billion of investments until 2023.