Guillaume Vitrich

Partner, Paris

Biography

Guillaume is one of the leading corporate lawyers in France. His practice focuses on supporting clients with complex corporate and financial transactions.

Overview

Guillaume Vitrich is a partner in the EMEA private equity team of our Global Mergers & Acquisitions practice.

Well known as a leading corporate practitioner on the French market, Guillaume's practice covers a wide range of both domestic and international private equity, corporate and M&A transactions, notably across Europe and Africa. Guillaume frequently advises industrial and services companies, family-controlled corporations as well as private equity funds, with a focus on complex cross-border transactions. He has a strong expertise in several industrial sectors, in particular in the fields of digital, energy and infrastructure.

An innovative lawyer with an ability to lead pioneering work on behalf of his clients, Guillaume has developed a reputation for and a strong expertise in venture capital related matters, advising venture capital funds, large tech companies, and start-ups.

Guillaume has recently acted for clients including Goldman Sachs, IdInvest*, Partech* and Teads*.

Guillaume joined the Firm in December 2018 from an international law firm in Paris.

Bars and Courts
Paris Bar
New York State Bar
Education
Secrétaire de la Conférence des avocats du barreau de Paris
LLM
Master de droit
New York University
Master
Business Law DJCE
Université Paris II, Panthéon-Assas
Languages
French
English

Experience

Liberty Global (2021)
Representation Liberty Global, one of the world's leading converged video, broadband and mobile communications companies, on the signing of an agreement with iliad for the sale of 100% of the share capital in Polish cable operator UPC Poland to iliad's Polish mobile subsidiary Play for an enterprise value of $1.8 billion.

Goldman Sachs and Eurazeo (2021)
Representation of Goldman Sachs and Eurazeo, as lead investors in Malt, in connection with its €70 million series D fundraising.

Goldman Sachs Growth (2021)
Representation of Goldman Sachs Growth in connection with its US$335 million Series D fundraising investment in BackMarket, alongside General Atlantic, Eurazeo Growth, Daphni, Financière Agache and Aglaé Ventures.

Softbank (2021)
Representation of Softbank Vision Fund 2 in connection with its Series E round investment in ContentSquare.

GoHenry (2020)
Representation of Gaia Capital Partners, a growth equity investment fund, in its participation to the $40 million fund raising of GoHenry, a provider of pre-paid debit card and corresponding app to minors.

Goldman Sachs (2020)
Representation of Goldman Sachs (through its West Street Capital VII Funds) as part of the partial divestment of its equity investment in Stan Holding SAS, the parent company of the Voodoo Group, the world leader publisher of mobile hyper casual games, and on the entry of Chinese conglomerate Tencent into Voodoo's capital.

Play Communications (2020)
Representation of Play Communications SA, the leading mobile network operator in Poland, and Kenboune Invest II SARL and Tollerton Investments Limited (affiliates of Novator Partners LLP and Olympia Group S.A., respectively) on the all cash tender offer by ILIAD SA, the French telecoms group, for all shares in Play.

Goldman Sachs (2020)
Representation of Goldman Sachs on its EUR 45M primary investment in BackMarket, a French e-commerce plateform company launched in 2014 and specialized in the sale of refurbished electronic goods, along with Eurazeo and Aglae Ventures as part of a Series C round financing of an aggregate amount of EUR 100M.

dSPACE (2020)
Representation of dSPACE on the acquisition of Intempora, a French software company providing real-time multisensor software solutions for autonomous driving from its founders.

Cobepa (2020)
Representation of Enodev, a Cobepa portfolio company, a leader in the wine and spirits closure solutions, in the acquisition of the Sparflex group, a leader in the creation of premium and ultra-premium packaging for champagnes, sparkling wines, wines and spirits.

Argus Media Ltd. (2020)
Representation of Argus Media Ltd. in the context of the acquisition of 100% of the share capital and voting rights of the French group Agritel.

KKR Credit Advisors (2020)
Representation of KKR Credit Advisors (UK) LLP in connection with the sale of Hilding Anders Bretagne SAS, a subsidiary of the Hilding Anders group, their portfolio company specialized in mattresses and beds.

Pernod Ricard (2020)

  • Representation of Pernod Ricard México, S.A. de C.V., a Mexican subsidiary of Pernod-Ricard SA, a multinational company dedicated to the manufacturing, distribution and sale of alcoholic beverages and spirits, on its acquisition and investment of 40% of the capital stock in Mezcal Ojo de Tigre;
  • Representation of Pernod Ricard in connection with the creation of a joint-venture with Casa Lumbre.

Otium Capital (2019)
Representation of Otium Capital in connection with the acquisition of Birchbox France.

Zadig & Voltaire (2019)
Representation of Zadig & Voltaire in connection with the sale by TA Associates to Peninsula Holding of 30% of the share capital and voting rights.

NextStage AM and Mi3 (2019)
Representation of NextStage AM and Mi3 in their equity and debt investment in the Bagatelle Group.

Goldman Sachs (2018)*
Representation of Goldman Sachs' West Street Capital Partners VII fund on its $200 million investment in Voodoo. Founded in 2013, Voodoo develops, publishes and distributes mobile video games. This is the most important primary LBO achieved in France on an independent company.

Teads (2017-2019)
Representation of Teads S.A., the leading global online video advertising program with an audience of more than 1.2 billion unique visitors, including 720 million via mobile, on a number of transactions including;

  • on the acquisition by Teads, of Buzzeff Holding S.A., a company incorporated in Luxembourg operating in the advertising sector, with a focus on online video advertising in Morroco and UAE; and
  • advising the funders and historical investors of the video ad tech start-up Teads in its acquisition by Dutch telecom giant Altice*.

 

*Transactions worked on prior to joining White & Case

Awards and Recognition

Named in Law.com's Rising Stars: Europe's Best-Up-And-Coming Private Equity Lawyers 2020