Hugues Mathez

Partner, Paris

Biography

Practice head Hugues Mathez is ‘highly available’, ‘understands corporations very well’ and has ‘perfect technical skills’. (Legal 500 2016)

Overview

Hugues Mathez is the head of the White & Case Corporate/M&A Practice in Paris. His clients benefit from his skill and wide-ranging experience in corporate and securities law, mergers & acquisitions and group restructurings.

With clients in the industrial and real estate sectors, as well as in technology, media and telecommunications (TMT), Hugues guides them in mergers and acquisitions, and group restructurings.

He offers advice on disclosure and corporate governance matters, and provides hands-on supervision of regulatory issues relating to their corporate and securities affairs, as well as on transaction structuring. Clients include large listed entities such as Electricité de France (EDF), Orange and Nestlé.

Hugues is a member of the scientific committee of the Bulletin Joly, one of the most important corporate law reviews in France.

Bars and Courts
Paris Bar
Education
Masters degree in Business Law
University of Paris II Assas
École des Hautes Études Commerciales (HEC)
Languages
French
English

Experience

Aqualia (2019)
Advising Aqualia on its potential acquisition of the French water company SPI Environnement.

SAB (2019)
Advising 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.

Faurecia (2018)
Advising Faurecia on the take-over of 100% of Parrot Automotive.

Natixis (2018)
Advising Natixis in its strategic partnership with Wynd, to create an omni-channel retail solution for point of sale operations and payments.

Natixis sale of cash equity business (2018)
Representation of Natixis on the sale of its cash equity business and long-term partnership with ODDO BHF to create a major player on equity brokerage and equity capital markets (ECM) in Continental Europe.

SoLocal sale of Retail Explorer (2018)
Representation of SoLocal Group, a French local digital communication company, on the sale of Retail Explorer, a Mappy subsidiary.

€410 million envisaged sale of SES-imagotag to BOE Technology Group (2017)
Representation of SES-imagotag, a specialist in digital solutions for retail commerce and global leader in smart digital labels, on the labour aspects of a proposed partnership and transfer of a majority stake to BOE Technology Group for approximately €410 million.

Europ Assistance sale of International Health Solutions (2017)
Representation of Europ Assistance in the sale of its International Health Solutions (IHS) medical staffing affiliate - which operates in countries such as Angola, Chad and Niger - to Singapore-based International SOS for an undisclosed price.

Oberthur Fiduciaire acquisition (2017)
Representation of Oberthur Fiduciaire on the acquisition of the company Arjowiggins Security BV (a subsidiary of Arjowiggins Security, and indirectly of Sequana), including its VHP plant in Apeldoorn in the Netherlands, and intellectual property rights related to the production of banknote paper.

Solocal restructuring (2017)
Representation of digital local communication group Solocal on all aspects of its financial restructuring and the amendment to its accelerated financial safeguard plan.

Faurecia and Parrot Automotive Partnership (2016, 2017)
Representation of Faurecia, one of the world's largest automotive equipment suppliers, in relation to;

  • its strategic partnership and investment in Parrot Automotive. On March 31, 2017, Faurecia acquired an initial 20% participation in Parrot Automotive through a reserved capital increase based on an enterprise value of €100 million for 100% of Parrot Automotive. At the same time, Faurecia also subscribed to bonds issued by Parrot SA, which are convertible into existing shares of Parrot Automotive held by Parrot SA and, in case of conversion, would allow Faurecia to increase its shareholding in Parrot Automotive to 50.01% from 2019. From 2022, Faurecia will also be in a position, through put / call options, to own all of the shares in Parrot Automotive; and
  • on the sale of its Automotive Exteriors business to Plastic Omnium.

Legrand acquisition of CP Electronics (2016)
Representation of Legrand on the acquisition of CP Electronics (a UK-based designer and manufacturer of lighting control systems) from Inflexion private equity and the CP Electronics management team. CP Electronics is one of the market leaders in its field and Legrand sees the acquisition as key to its long-term strategy in the lighting sector.

€665 million sale of automotive business in 9 jurisdictions (2015)
Representation of Faurecia, one of the world's largest automotive equipment suppliers, on the sale of its Automotive Exteriors business to Plastic Omnium, for a transaction worth €665 million (based on enterprise value).

€2.4bn cross-European acquisition by BNP Paribas (2015)
Representation of Arval, a fully owned subsidiary of BNP Paribas specializing in full service vehicle leasing, in connection with the acquisition of GE Capital's European fleet management activity. The scope of this acquisition covers more than 160,000 vehicles in 12 European countries, the vehicles assets amount to €2.4bn.

Nestlé's sale of its pet care accessories (2015)
Representation of Nestlé SA, the world's leading nutrition, health and wellness company headquartered in Switzerland, on the sale of its pet care accessories and rawhides business in France, Italy, Spain to Bob Martin, the UK's leading brand name for pet healthcare.

Banks' investment in Immeo AF (2014)
Representation of Crédit Agricole Assurances, Predica and BNPP Cardif in their investment in a company called Immeo AF (an affiliate of Foncière Développement Logement).

Acquisition of a leading manufacturer of enclosure systems within the Asia Pacific region (2014)
Representation of Legrand, a global specialist in electrical and digital building infrastructures, on the acquisition of 100% of the shares of SJ Manufacturing Pte Ltd, a company based in Singapore.

Sale of DIY French retailer (2014)
Representation of the third largest DIY retailer in France, Mr Bricolage SA, on its potential acquisition by Kingfisher plc, the British parent company of fellow French DIY retailers Castorama and Brico Dépôt as well as B&Q in the UK.

Water company asset sale (2014)
Representation of Nestlé Waters on its sale to Eden Springs of its water Home and Office Delivery (HOD) business in Germany, Russia, Poland, The Netherlands and Portugal.