François Leloup

Partner, Paris


“Very good at focusing effort on what the client really wants” (Chambers Europe 2018). “Excellent”, “pragmatically manage strategic matters” (Legal 500, 2018). “Recognized for his negotiation skills” (Chambers Europe 2017). “A pragmatic and commercially minded practitioner” (Chambers Europe 2016)


François Leloup's practice is focused on domestic and cross-border mergers and acquisitions, leveraged buyouts, group restructurings and related corporate transactions.

François Leloup is one of eight partners on the firm's global partnership committee (the main governance body of White & Case). François served as head of the firm's M&A practice for the EMEA region from 2008 to 2013.

Noted by respected industry publications as a leading practitioner in his field, he offers clients the benefit of over twenty-five years' legal experience. During this time, François has worked on major projects in an array of industries, handling intricately structured cross-border deals.

François' wide sector knowledge, combined with his significant international track record, enables him to help clients to structure and execute transactions regardless of their scale or multijurisdictional complexity.

François' representative client portfolio in France includes major funds such as The Carlyle Group and renowned corporate companies such as Publicis.

François has also lectured on corporate law and mergers and acquisitions at HEC Paris, which is regularly ranked as one of the best business schools in Europe.

Bars and Courts
Paris Bar
MSc in Management
HEC Paris
Diploma in Accounting and Finance

DESCF – CPA equivalent

Master in Political Sciences
University of Paris II Panthéon-Assas
Master in Business Law
University of Paris XI Jean Monnet


Arts et Biens (2018)
Advised Arts et Biens and the other sellers, on the sale of subscription outsourcing services company Prenax, to its management.

Ingenico €1.5 billion acquisition (2017)
Represented Ingenico Group, the global leader in seamless payments, on its €1.5 billion acquisition of Bambora, a fast-growing global player in the payments industry, from private equity firm Nordic Capital.

Sale of Ensival Moret (2017)
Represented Moret Group on the sale of its subsidiary, the pump manufacturer Ensival Moret, to the Swiss listed group Sulzer.

Sale of Luxury Hotel Group to AccorHotels (2016)
Represented FRHI Holdings Limited, Qatar Investment Authority and Kingdom Holding Company of Saudi Arabia on the USD 2.9 billion stock and cash sale of FRHI to AccorHotels.

Acquisition of Schiederwerk (2016)
Represented Group Legris Industries in the acquisition of the German company Schiederwerk, a specialist in power supply systems.

Acquisition of Alliomer (2016)
Represented Access Capital Partners in its equity investment in Ocealliance-Mariteam, the European leader in the fish trade industry, in the context of the acquisition by Ocealliance-Mariteam of Alliomer from Pomona.

Sale of Retrotech (2016)
Represented Savoye on the sale of its US subsidiary to the German listed group KION. Retrotech is a leader in automating warehouse and distribution center order fulfilment and storage systems.

Sale of SynerTrade to Econocom (2015)
Represented Arts & Biens, a French family office, and the other sellers, in the sale of SynerTrade, a vendor of e Procurement and expense analysis solutions, to Digital Dimension, a subsidiary of the European listed group Econocom Group.

IPO of SPIE (2015)
Represented SPIE on its initial public offering on Euronext Paris. SPIE raised €700 million by way of issuance of new shares while the sale of existing shares by existing shareholders amounted to €333 million. The total amount of the offering is €1,033 million.

Sale of Selectron (2015)
Represented an international pool of private and financial investors on the €114 million sale of Selectron Systems AG to Knorr-Bremse, the world's leading manufacturer of braking systems for rail and commercial vehicles.

Acquisition of Groupe Exclusive Networks (2015)
Advising Cobepa, an independent privately held investment company headquartered in Belgium, on its acquisition of Group Exclusive Networks, the European cybersecurity value-added distributor, from Omnes Capital (formerly named Crédit Agricole PE) and Edmond de Rothschild Investment Partners (EDRIP). Cobepa has acquired a majority stake in Exclusive Networks alongside EDRIP and Exclusive Networks management team led by its founder, Mr. Olivier Breittmayer. This transaction is one of the largest LBO transactions in France in H1 2015.

Awards and Recognition

Highly regarded in M&A, Private Equity and Restructuring & Insolvency (France), IFLR 1000, 2018

Listed in Best Lawyers, 2018

Ranked in Private Equity (France), Chambers Europe, 2011-2018

François Leloup received the "Financial restructuring Deal of the Year in France" for the Novasep restructuring deal, Le Magazine des Affaires, 2013

François Leloup received the "Private Equity Deal of the Year in France" for the Cobepa/Exclusive Networks deal, Le Magazine des Affaires, 2015