Samir Berlat | White & Case LLP International Law Firm, Global Law Practice
Samir Berlat
Samir Berlat

Samir Berlat

Partner, Paris

T +33 1 55 04 15 51

E sberlat@whitecase.com

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

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.

Vitalia's Acquisition Financing, 2015

Samir advised the mandated lead arrangers and bookruners in connection with the financing of the acquisition from Blackstone of French private healthcare group Vitalia by Vedici, owned by private equity firm CVC Capital Partners.

Comexposium's Acquisition Financing, 2015

Samir represented the 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.

Elis Senior Credit Facilities, 2015

Samir advised the lenders on Elis €850 million senior credit facilities in connection with the Initial Public Offering.