Samir Berlat

Partner, Paris

Biography

A banking lawyer with extensive experience in leveraged acquisition finance, structured finance, corporate finance and syndicated lending.

Overview

A partner in the Firm's Global Banking Practice, Samir represents banks and other financial institutions in complex domestic and cross-border transactions. With a focus on financing deals, he has particular experience in leveraged acquisition finance, structured finance, corporate finance and syndicated lending.

Clients who seek Samir's advice include corporate borrowers and investment funds, regarding a wide range of financing transactions. Creditors and debtors look to Samir for his knowledge and experience of debt restructurings. Since his clients' business matters are often complex and international in scope, Samir is at ease working within multidisciplinary, cross-border teams of the Firm's lawyers, to help clients to realise their objectives.

Bars and Courts
Paris Bar
Education
CAPA
Versailles
EDHEC Business School
DEA
Labor Law
Paris X Nanterre
MA
Civil Law
Paris X Nanterre
Languages
French
English

Experience

Acquisition Financing of Nemera, 2019
Advised the bank syndicate in connection with financing of the acquisition of Nemera Group by Financière N, a company controlled by Astorg and Montagu.

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.

Refinancing of Safic Alcan, 2018
Advised the bank syndicate in connection with the refinancing of the outstanding financial indebtedness of the Safic Alcan group, one of the major European players in the distribution of specialty chemicals.

SPIE's Refinancing, 2018
Advised SPIE, a leading European multi-technical services company, in connection with its senior refinancing facilities to refinance its existing debt under its senior facilities agreement.

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.

Burger king Super Senior Revolving Credit Facility, 2017
Advised the bank syndicate acting as mandated lead arrangers in connection with a €60 million super senior revolving credit facility made available to Burger King France, entered into in connection with a high yield bond offering €565 million by Burger King France.

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

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.

MCS Groupe Senior Credit Facility, 2016
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.

Vivalto's Acquisition Financing, 2016
He advised the global coordinators, physical bookruners and mandated lead arrangers in connection with the financing of the acquisition of healthcare group Vivalto by a group of shareholders led by CDC International Capital, Mubadala Development Company, MACSF and the management team.

Awards and Recognition

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