Séverin Robillard is widely recognized as a leading capital markets lawyer, with a proven ability to effectively lead teams and to complete challenging deals. His practice focuses on international securities and finance work, including capital market debt restructuring.
Issuers and banks benefit from his knowledge and experience advising on initial public offerings, equity, equity-linked and debt issues, private placements and derivative transactions, including regulatory capital and liability management transactions such as tender and exchange offers, debt buy backs and consent solicitations.
Adept at navigating the legal intricacies of complex, large-scale transactions, he creates innovative solutions which enable his clients to realize their long-term strategic objectives.
Before joining White & Case in 2013, Séverin practiced in the Paris offices of UK law firms for more than 14 years.
Air France-KLM (2017, €750m), Direct Energie (2017, €130m), Europcar (2017, €175m), Suez (2017, €750m), Elis (2017, €325m), Foncière des Régions (2017, €400m), CGG (2016, €350m), Parrot (2016, €300m), Numericable (2014, €4.7bn – the largest rights issue in France for the five last years), Peugeot-Citroën (2014, €3bn and 2012, €1bn), CGG Veritas (2012, €414m), Michelin (2011, €1.2bn).
SMCP (2017, €623m), Maisons du Monde (2016, €380m), Elis (2015, €750m), Worldline (2014, €832m), Elior (2014, €1.1bn), Verallia (2011, €1bn), Medica (2010, €290m), Groupe Lucien Barrière (2010, €340m), Suez (2008, €8.9bn).
EBM / Direct Energie (2017, €75m), Groupama / OTP Bank (2017, €208m), Airbus Group / Dassault Aviation (2016, €783m), Wendel / Saint-Gobain (2016, €1.2bn), Charterhouse and Chequers Capital / Elior (2015, €255m), JCDecaux SA / JCDecaux Holding (2015, €380m), Group Bolloré / Havas (2015, €601m), Groupama / Veolia (2015, €485m), Groupama / Mediobanca (2015, €333m), French State/Safran (2014, €900m), Groupe Bruxelles Lambert / Pernod Ricard (2012, €499m), Groupe Bruxelles Lambert / Arkema (2012, €432m), Air France-KLM / Amadeus (2012, €467m).
Exchangeable/Convertible bonds issues
Michelin (convertible) (2018, USD600m), (Maisons du Monde (OCEANE) (2017, €200m), Elis (OCEANE) (2017, €400m), Vallourec (OCEANE) (2017, €250m), Korian (ODIRNANE) (2017, €240m), ORPAR (Exchangeable) (2017, €200m), (Michelin (convertible) (2017, USD500m and USD100m), Rallye/Casino (Exchangeable) (2016, €200m), Crédit Agricole S.A./Eurazeo (Exchangeable) (2016, €308m), Airbus/Dassault (2016, €1bn), Nexity (2016, €270m), Wendel/Saint-Gobain (2016, €500m), LVMH (2016, USD150m and USD 600m), Total (2015, USD1.2bn), BIM/Elior (2015, €200m), Unibail-Rodamco (2015, €500m and 2012, €750m), Orpar / Rémy Cointreau (2015, €170m), Suez (2014, €350m), Cap Gemini (2013, €350m), Rallye-Casino (2013, €300m), Alcatel Lucent (2013, €630m), Air France-KLM (2013, €550m), CGG Veritas (2012, €360m).
Public offers on shares and liability management, debt and equity-linked (tender/exchange offers)
PSA (2016, €500m), BPCE (2016, €2.3bn), Casino (2016, €537m and 2014, €900m), Wendel (2016, €400m), CGG (2015, €360m and 2014, €360m), AXA (2014 €1.7bn and GBP €1.2bn), Suez (2014, €300m), Peugeot (2014, €2.25bn), Cap Gemini (2013, €575m), Lagardère (2012, €500m), Société Générale (2012, €1.3bn), France Telecom (2010, €1bn), Veolia (2010, €1bn).
SPIE (2017, €600m), Capgemini (2016, €600m), Danone (2016, USD5.5bn), Sodexo (2016, €600m), Air France-KLM (2016, €400m), Atos (2016, €300m), Scor (2016, €500m), Nexans (2016, €250m), CNP Assurances Tier 2 (2016, USD500m), Suez (2015, €500m and 2014, €900m), Engie (2015, €2.5bn and 2014, €900m), BPCE (2015, €1.25bn and €1bn), AXA Tier 1 (2014, €900m) and Tier 2 (2014, €900m), Plastic Omnium (2013, €900m), BFCM (2013, €900m), Altran (2014, €900m).
Preference shares issues
Société Générale (2009, €1.7bn).
Leading Lawyer (Band 1), Chambers Europe 2020, Chambers Global 2020
Capital Markets: Equity – France
Leading Lawyer (Band 4), Chambers Europe 2020, Chambers Global 2020
Capital Markets: Debt – France
Leading Individual (Band 1), The Legal 500 EMEA 2020
Capital Markets – France