Roman Picherack

Associate, Paris



Roman Picherack is a member of White & Case's Bank Finance Group in Paris. He advises financial institutions, corporations and private equity funds on a wide range of domestic and cross-border financing transactions.

Bars and Courts
Paris Bar
New York State Bar
McGill University Faculty of Law
International Relations
University of British Columbia


Represented the mandated lead arrangers, original lenders, and facility agent in relation to a €25 million super senior revolving credit facility made available to M.C.S. et Associés. The super senior revolving credit facility was entered into in connection with a €200 million offering of senior secured foating rates notes due 2021 by the MCS Group.

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.

Advised the Coordinators, Mandated Lead Arrangers and Bookrunners in connection with a €1.35 billion senior financing for Groupe FNAC, a French company listed on the Euronext Paris Exchange, in connection with the acquisition by Groupe FNAC of Darty plc, a public company listed on the London Stock Exchange, and the refinancing of certain financial indebtedness of Groupe FNAC and Darty plc in connection therewith.

Advised a pool of lenders in the financing of the acquisition from global private equity giant, The Blackstone Group, of French private healthcare group, Vitalia by Vedici, owned by private equity firm CVC Capital Partners. This merger created Elsan, a major player in the healthcare sector, with more than 81 clinics and a consolidated turnover of circa €1.2 billion.

Advised a pool of lenders in connection with the financing of the acquisition of Comexposium by private equity firm Charterhouse from Unibail-Rodamco, Europe's largest listed commercial property company, and the Chambre de Commerce et d'Industrie de Paris (The Paris Chamber of Commerce) (CCIP).

Advised the arrangers to finance the acquisition of Safic-Alcan from the investment firm Parquest Capital. The takeover of the French group Safic-Alcan has been led by its management, with the support from the investment funds Sagard and Euromezzanine.

Represented the Mandated Lead Arrangers, Global Coordinators and Physical Bookrunners in the refinancing of the Materis Group, pursuant to separate financings for the Paints Division and the Adjuvants Division (the latter of which is a "portable" financing allowing the assumption of the financing by the acquiror in the case of a sale to one or more pre-identified sponsors).


Corporate Social Responsibility–A Legal Analysis (LexisNexis Canada), 2009, (co-author with Michael Kerr, Richard Janda and Chip Pitts)

The Expanding Scope of the Fair and Equitable Treatment Standard: Have Recent Tribunals Gone Too Far?, 9:4 The Journal of World Investment and Trade p. 255, 2008