Raphaël Richard

Partner, Paris

Biography

“Top-notch legal advice… [with] effective client care by use of a punchy, efficient style. ”
Chambers Europe

Overview

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.

Bars and Courts
Paris Bar
Education
DESS
Business Law (Droit des Affaires)
University of Paris XII
Diploma, Economic and Financial Section
Institut d'Études Politiques de Paris
Master in Business Law
University of Lyon III
Languages
English
French

Experience

Acquisition Financing of Comexposium, 2018
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.

Acquisition Financing of MédiPôle Partenaires by Elsan, 2017
Advised the banks syndicate in connection with the financing of the acquisition of MédiPôle by Elsan.

Acquisition Financing of Aqua Lung, 2016
Advised the bank syndicate in connection with the term loan B financing of the acquisition by Montagu Private Equity of Aqua Lung, a personal aquatic equipment provider for recreation and professional use, sold by Air Liquide.

Acquisition Financing of SAG, 2016
Advised SPIE on the financing of the acquisition of SAG, the German leader in high-growth energy infrastructure services. The transaction, estimated at approximately €850 million, is financed by a bridge loan facility provided by international banks.

Danone's acquisition of WhiteWave, 2016
Advised the mandated lead arrangers, bookrunners and underwriters on the 100% debt financed acquisition by Danone of WhiteWave Foods, a USD4 billion sales global company in organic foods, plant-based milks and related products. This deal is Danone's largest acquisition since 2007, and the largest to date in the natural and organic foods industry.

Awards and Recognition

Leading Lawyer, Chambers Europe 2019, Chambers Global 2019
Banking & Finance – France

Leading Individual, The Legal 500 EMEA 2019
Banking & Finance – France