Franck De Vita

Partner, Paris

Biography

Franck De Vita supports clients with mergers and acquisitions and public M&A.

Overview

Franck De Vita is a partner in the Corporate and M&A practice of White & Case, Paris. He focuses on mergers and acquisitions and on public M&A.

Counting multinational corporations and private equity funds among his clients, Franck De Vita delivers valuable advice and understanding in relation to mergers and acquisitions and joint ventures. To corporate finance, he brings extensive experience in leveraged buy-out transactions, restructurings and accompanies private equity firms.

Listed companies, investment funds and banks value Franck's support with French stock exchange regulations. He guides them through tender offers, stake acquisitions and disclosure rules, enabling them to structure their transactions while satisfying all legal and regulatory requirements. He also advises clients on their filings with the French Market Authority and banking authorities, and represents them in respect of any litigation.

Franck represents listed companies and private equity investors in a wide range of domestic and international joint ventures, especially in the industry and construction sectors. He regularly assists Emerging Capital Partners, a pan-African private equity firm, on various acquisitions in Africa including the negotiation of joint venture and shareholder agreements.

Bars and Courts
Paris Bar
Education
Master of Laws (LLM)
Université Paris I, Panthéon-Sorbonne
HEC Paris

School of Management

Languages
French
English

Experience

Antalis (2020)
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.

Emerging Capital Partners (2019)
Representation of Emerging Capital Partners in connection with Togocom's privatization, first telecom operator in Togo, alongside its international consortium partner Axian.

SAB (2019)
Representation of the founders and majority shareholders of SAB, one of France's leading core banking developers, in the sale of the SAB Group to the European leader in digital transformation Sopra Steria, whose shares are listed on Euronext Paris, after an open-bid process.

Meyer Bergman (2019)
Representation of Meyer Bergman, a private real estate investment management company, in connection with the sale of 27 commercial assets to Paref Gestion on behalf of SCPI Novapierre 1, for 94.5 million euros.

Puma Energy (2018)
Representation of Puma Energy on several M&A transactions in Africa, including the acquisition of a distribution network from Total in Senegal and the implementation of a joint venture in Côte d'Ivoire with state owned company Petroci for the storage activity and the distribution network.

Foncière INEA (2018)
Representation of Foncière INEA on the sale of approximately 20% in Foncière INEA.

Roivant (2018)
Representation of Roivant, a global healthcare company focused on biomedical research, on their equity investment in a French listed company Poxel, a biopharmaceutical company.

ARX Equity Partners (2017)
Representation of ARX Equity Partners, the Czech Republic-based private equity firm, and Mr. Keith Dilworth, the Czech Republic-based food industry entrepreneur, on the acquisition of Nutricia Deva a.s., the Czech Republic-based producer of baby fruit desserts and fruit drinks, from Danone SA, the France-based producer of fresh dairy products, beverages, baby food and clinical nutrition products, for an undisclosed consideration.

Boussard & Gavaudan (2011-2017)
Representation of Boussard & Gavaudan, an independent asset manager, on numerous transactions including:

  • together with Apax France and Altamir, in relation to the sale of additional share capital and voting rights stake of Gfi Informatique to Mannai Corporation;
  • in relation to the sale of a 67.2 percent stake in FUTUREN to EDF Energies Nouvelles;
  • in the execution of a shareholders' agreement resulting in a change in control over FUTUREN and filing of a project of simplified mandatory public offer on its shares at a price of €0.70 per share and on FUTUREN convertible bonds at a price of €8.30 per convertible bond (included accrued coupon); and
  • in the sale of a 51 percent equity and voting rights stake of Gfi Informatique to Mannai Corporation, together with Apax France (jointly with Altamir). The price valued Gfi Informatique at some €561 million.

€312 million sale of Ciments Français (2016)
Representation of Ciments Français, listed France based manufacturer of cement and related construction materials, on the €312 million sale of Compagnie des Ciments Belges SA to Cementir Holding SpA, a listed Italy-based cement producer.