Audrey A.Bontemps

Partner

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Audrey Bontemps has advised clients on numerous mid-cap M&A transactions, as well as several large-cap M&A transactions.

Audrey's practice focuses on private M&A, including domestic and cross-border divestitures, acquisitions and strategic alliances, contracts, and corporate law issues. She represents large French and multinational industrial corporations and investment funds in a number of key sectors and is especially active in the chemical, energy, and real estate areas.

Recent representative matters include: Total SA's two major divestitures of its specialty chemicals affiliate Atotech B.V., a global manufacturer of high-technology plating solutions, to The Carlyle Group, and of its worldwide adhesives business to Arkema; Calgon Carbon's acquisition of Arkema's wood-based activated carbon, reactivation, and mineral-based filtration media business; crude oil storage operator Pisto's tentative acquisition of a 30% stake in the Trapil pipeline network from Total; and Greystar Real Estate Partners in relation to a joint venture for the development of purpose-built student accommodations and young professional accommodations in the Greater Paris region, with an investment capacity of circa €1 billion.

Audrey has also advised on several domestic renewable energy and infrastructure projects for major actors like Total Quadran and la CDC. Audrey has had substantial involvement in M&A transactions for other clients such as Novartis, Sanofi, and Solvay.

In addition, Audrey advises clients in the banking sector. She has represented My Money Bank (formerly GE Money Bank) in the sale of its auto loans activity in mainland France to Financo, an affiliate of Arkea Group, and Euronext in its acquisition of a minority stake in the leading multi-asset clearing house LCH.Clearnet SA from LCH.Clearnet Group Limited.

Experience

  • SUEZ to sell its SUEZ Recycling & Recovery operations to PreZeroJones Day advised the French listed company SUEZ SA in its contemplated largest sale of SUEZ Recycling & Recovery operations - excluding plastic recycling and hazardous waste treatment activities - in four continental Europe countries: the Netherlands, Luxembourg, Germany, and Poland to PreZero, the environmental division of Schwarz Group, as part of exclusive negotiations.
  • CANDRIAM to acquire Rothschild & Co Asset Management Europe's alternative multi-asset management businessJones Day is advising CANDRIAM in the acquisition of Rothschild & Co Asset Management Europe’s alternative multi-asset management business.
  • Greystar forms joint venture to launch €1 billion Paris student housing ventureJones Day advised Greystar Real Estate Partners, LLC in relation to a joint venture for the development of purpose-built student accommodation and young professional accommodation in the Greater Paris region, with an investment capacity of circa €1 billion.
  • CBRE Global Investment Partners acquires 25% of Cityhold Office Partnership ("CHOP")Jones Day advised CBRE Global Investment Partners in its 25% acquisition of the interests in CHOP valued at approximately €625 million from TIAA-CREF (largest U.S. life insurance company) advised by Nuveen Real Estate (an independent subsidiary of TIAA-CREFF) which also provides investment management services to CHOP.
  • Total Quadran sold 50% stake in two holding companies holding wind and solar assets in France to la Caisse des Dépôts et ConsignationsJones Day advised Total Quadran in the sale by the Quadran group, which is part of the Total group, of a 50% stake in two holding companies holding a portfolio of wind and solar assets in France, to la Caisse des Dépôts et Consignations.
  • Société Générale sells Societe Generale Serbia and Sogelease Serbia to OTP BankJones Day advised Société Générale in the sale of 100% of the shares in its subsidiary Societe Generale Serbia (SGS) and Sogelease Serbia to OTP Bank Nyrt., including the indirect sale of 100% of the shares in SG Leasing (SGS' wholly owned subsidiary dedicated to leasing activities).
  • AURELIUS sells Solidus Solutions for €330 million (US$375.6 million)Jones Day advised AURELIUS Equity Opportunities SE & Co. KGaA on the full shop auction sale of the Solidus Solutions group to funds advised by Centerbridge Partners, L.P.
  • Greystar acquires Acteva Residences ServicesJones Day advised Greystar Real Estate Partners, LLC in connection with the acquisition of Acteva Residences Services, a company managing student residences in all major French cities.
  • CBRE Europe Value Partners 2 (EVP2) and Virtuo to build €1bn French logistics portfolioJones Day represented CBRE Europe Value Partners 2 (EVP2) in the establishment of its joint venture with Virtuo Industrial Property to purchase, build and rent a circa €1bn portfolio of prime logistics assets in France and the joint venture's acquisition of a seed portfolio consisting of five sites totaling circa 163,000 sqm of buildable area in the Marseille, Lyon and Lille areas.
  • ABB divests terminal block business to TE ConnectivityJones Day advised ABB Ltd. in the sale of its ENTRELEC® terminal block business, which is part of ABB's Electrification Products division, to TE Connectivity Ltd.
  • Etablissements Geyer Fréres sold to Royal Unibrew for DKK 660 million (US$103.7 million)Jones Day advised the main shareholders of Etablissements Geyer Fréres in their sale of the company, which owns the brands LORINA craft lemonade, PureThé and InFreshhh with focus on organic, local products, to Royal Unibrew A/S.
  • Caisse des dépôts et consignations invests in "Fiber to Home" projectJones Day advised the Caisse des dépôts et consignations (Banque des Territoires) in connection with its investment in a "Fiber to Home" public-private partnership project comprising the design, financing, construction, commercialization, operating, and maintenance of very high speed broadband in the territory of the Haute-Garonne under a public concession scheme.
  • Sanofi sells infectious disease unit to EvotecJones Day advised Sanofi in the sale of its infectious disease unit to Evotec AG.
  • My Money Bank sells auto loans activity in mainland France to FinancoJones Day advised My Money Bank (formerly GE Money Bank) in connection with the sale of its auto loans activity in mainland France to Financo, an affiliate of Arkea Group.
  • CBRE Global Investors sells portfolio of twelve dry and cold storage logistics facilities in FranceJones Day advised CBRE Global Investors in connection with the sale of a portfolio of twelve dry and cold storage logistics properties located throughout France.
  • David Lloyd Leisure acquires The City Green Sports and Health ClubJones Day advised David Lloyd Leisure Ltd. in its announced acquisition of City Green Sport and Health Club. The deal is due to complete in early March 2018 and it will become the company’s 112th club.
  • CVC Capital Partners acquires Teva's International Women's Health assets for $703 millionJones Day advised CVC Capital Partners in its $703 million acquisition of Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd's International (non-US), Women's Health assets.
  • Orchestra Prémaman attempted acquisition of Destination Maternity CorporationJones Day advised Orchestra Prémaman S.A. in connection with its attempted acquisition of Destination Maternity Corporation, which would have created a leading global provider of maternity apparel, childrenswear, and baby hard goods.
  • Newell Brands sells Winter Sports businesses to Kohlberg & Company for $240 millionJones Day advised Newell Brands Inc. (NYSE: NWL) in the sale of its Winter Sports businesses to private equity firm Kohlberg & Company for $240 million, subject to adjustment.
  • AURELIUS sells Getronics Group for €220 million (US$251.3 million)Jones Day advised AURELIUS Equity Opportunities SE & Co. KGaA on the sale of its subsidiary Getronics to strategic investor Bottega Invest Co S.à.r.l. for €220 million (US$251.3 million) (enterprise value).
  • Speaking Engagements

    • 20 avril 2017
      Finale de la 3ème édition du Prix Jones Day/ESSEC/Paris II
    • 14 mars 2017
      Jones Day Paris a organisé sa 4ème journée "Portes ouvertes au métier d’avocat" en accueillant deux classes du Lycée Jean Renoir de Bondy (93)
    • 17 novembre 2016
      Atelier AFJE "Négocier un contrat de cession d'actions pro-vendeur"
    • 24 mai 2016
      Réforme du droit des contrats et du droit des obligations - 1er volet : quel impact pour vos opérations M&A ?
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