Head of the Bank Finance Practice in Paris, Raphaël offers the benefit of his considerable experience in leveraged acquisition finance, structured finance, corporate finance and syndicated lending.
Clients also value his extensive, hands-on knowledge of financial restructurings, successfully guiding creditors and debtors through complex debt restructuring matters.
A regular team leader, Raphaël is adept at coordinating advice across the Firm's offices to execute challenging domestic and cross-border transactions. Chambers 2019 notes that "one impressed client suggests that he is someone to turn when 'you have to deal with complex transactions or need innovative solutions' and highlight his 'thoughtful advice and huge experience'"
Recognized by top legal directories as a leading practitioner, his track record has attracted a client portfolio which includes banking and financial institution giants, such as BNP Paribas, Crédit Agricole CIB, Natixis, Société Générale, Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Commerzbank, Deutsche Bank and HSBC.
Raphaël has also represented major corporate borrowers and investment funds, including Apax, Carlyle, Eurazeo and Wendel Investissement, in an array of financing transactions.
Tiffany & Co. Acquisition by LVMH, 2019
Advised LVMH on the financing of its acquisition of Tiffany & Co., the global luxury jeweler. The financing includes several credit lines, for a total value of approximatively €15 billion.
Doc Generici Acquisition Financing, 2019
Advised the bank syndicate in connection with the acquisition of Doc Generici by ICG and Mérieux Equity Partners from CVC Capital Partners.
Financing of the acquisition of Armonéa by Colisée, 2019
Advised Financière Colisée in connection with financing of the acquisition of Armonéa by Colisée by way of a €770 million cove-lite term loan B facility.
Acquisition Financing of Scalian, 2019
Advised the mandated lead arrangers in connection with the making available of term and revolving facilities for the acquisition of Scalian by Cobepa and the refinancing of the Scalian group.
Acquisition Financing of Comexposium, 2019
Advised the mandated lead arrangers in connection with the acquisition by Crédit Agricole Assurances of Charterhouse Capital Partners' stake in Comexposium, one of the world leaders in the organisation of exhibitions.
Ride Holding's Refinancing, 2018
Advised the arrangers and original lenders on the refinancing of the existing indebtedness of Ride Holding, parent company of European regional leisure park group Looping. The refinancing was effected pursuant to a 'first out – second out' debt structure, with the banks providing the 'first out' debt tranche (also known as 'second loss') and sub-investment grade corporate credit specialist Alcentra providing the 'second out' (also known as 'first loss'). This was the first 'first out' / 'second out' implemented in France.
Acticall Group's Refinancing, 2018
Advised the arrangers and original lenders on the refinancing of Acticall Group, a global customer experience outsourcing company.
Gecina's Acquisition Financing of Eurosic, 2017
Advised the mandated lead arranger, bookrunner and lender in connection with a €2.5 billion bridge to debt and equity issuance facility to finance the acquisition by Gecina, a French public real estate company listed on the Euronext Paris exchange, of the outstanding share capital of Eurosic. The combination of Gecina and Eurosic creates the fourth largest European real estate group with €19.3 billion in assets.
Socotec's Debt Refinancing, 2017
Represented Socotec, a portfolio company of private equity firm Cobepa, in connection with a €370 million and £50 million senior facilities agreement to refinance the existing indebtedness of the Socotec group.
Banijay's Group Refinancing, 2017
Advised the arrangers in connection with the credit facilities put in place in the context of the combined refinancing of the existing indebtedness of Banijay Group and the financing of the acquisition of Castaway, an English law company, through the credit facilities and the issuance of a high yield bond.
Acquisition Financing of AB Groupe by listed "SPAC" Mediawan, 2017
Advised the mandated lead managers, underwriters and bookrunners in connection with the acquisition financing by Mediawan of French privately-owned TV production and broadcasting company AB Groupe.
Financing of GE Water acquisition by Suez, 2017
Advised Suez on a bridge loan facility that was established to finance the acquisition of GE Water & Process Technologies, jointly with Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec, for a value of €3.2 billion.
Leading Lawyer (Band 1), Chambers Global 2020
Banking & Finance – France
Leading Individual, The Legal 500 EMEA 2019
Banking & Finance – France