François Leloup

Partner, Paris

Biography

“Very good at focusing effort on what the client really wants” (Chambers Europe 2018). “Excellent”, “pragmatically manage strategic matters” (Legal 500, 2018).
“Greatly experienced lawyer” with “a commercial attitude and crispness of thought”(Legal 2016).

Overview

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

François Leloup 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
Education
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
Languages
French
English

Experience

Acquisition of the Spanish group Laulagun Bearings (2019)
Advised the diversified European Industrial group Legris Industries for the acquisition of the Spanish group Laulagun Bearings, which has operations in Spain and India, from Portobello Capital.

Sale of E commerce technology provider Early Birds to the UK listed group Attraqt (2019)
Advised the shareholders of the French e commerce technology provider Early Birds (notably Arts et Biens and the founders) for the sale of Early Birds to Attraqt.

Acquisition of the Italian group MEP (2019)
Advised the diversified European Industrial group Legris Industries for the acquisition of the Italian group MEP SpA, which has operations in Italy, Canada, the US, Brazil and China.

Investment by Access Capital in Point Vision (2019)
Advised the PE fund Access Capital in connection with their investment in Point Vision.

Investment by Access Capital in Atlas For Men (2019)
Represented the PE fund Access Capital for their investment, alongside Latour Capital, Indigo Capital and the management, in Atlas For Men, the French outdoor, casual clothing and accessories brand for men which has presence into various European countries.

Sale of Ercom (2019)
Advised Ineo (Engie Group), Tempocap funds, Bpifrance and the managers on the sale of Ercom group to Thales.

Investment of Arkea Capital in Legris Industries (2018)
Advised the diversified European industrial group Legris Industries (mainly in family ownership) on the issuance of new shares to Arkea Capital.

Acquisition of Animal Health Division of Neovia – In Vivo Group (2018)
Advised the Bulgarian group Huvepharma, a global pharmaceutical company, on its acquisition of the Animal Health Division of Neovia (In Vivo Group) in France, Italy and Portugal.

Sale of Prenax (2018) 
Advised Arts et Biens and the other sellers, on the sale of subscription outsourcing service 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.

Sale of Lamberet (2015) 
Represented Arcole Industries and its affiliate Caravelle on the sale of the French company Lamberet to the Chinese group AVIC. Lamberet is a French manufacturer of refrigerated semi-trailers and trucks.

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) 
Advised 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).

Publicis (2004-2017) 
Advised Publicis the global leader in marketing, communication, and business transformation on various acquisitions over the past years, notably recently: 

  • in the Americas, on the acquisition of Nurun, a leading independent global design and technology consultancy, from Quebecor Media;
  • in Asia, on the acquisition of Shanghai Genedigi Brand Management Co, Beijing Dreams Zhiyang Communication Co., and Shanghai King Communication Co.; and
  • in Europe, on the acquisition of Interactive Solutions, a leading digital agency in Poland.

ORPEA's Private Placements (2013-2016) 
Advised ORPEA, leading European player in Long-Term Care (nursing homes), Post-Acute Care and Psychiatric Care, on various private placement bonds with major French and German institutional investors (insurance companies and mutual groups) and on private placement in bonds on the Luxembourg stock market with major institutional investors.

Financière Meeschaert (2015-2018) 
Advised the French asset management group Financière Meeschaert on the creation of their first-ever maiden lower-mid-cap €85m LBO fund, Meeschaert Capital Partners and the development of Meeschaert Capital Partners.

Almanacc (2014) 
Advised Almanacc, one of Alma Consulting Group's main shareholder, on the €400m financial restructuring of Alma Consulting Group, controlled by Arle (formerly Candover) and Almanacc.

Acquisition of Group Socotec (2013) 
Advised Cobepa, an independent privately held investment company headquartered in Belgium, on its acquisition of Group Socotec from Qualium Investissement. Socotec provides risk management services to its clients.

Restructuring and Refinancing of Novasep (2012-2018) 
Advised Novasep, a leading supplier of manufacturing solutions to the life sciences industry, in relation to its financial restructuring and the refinancing of its high yield bonds (2013-2018).
 

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, since 2011

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