Romain Guirault focuses his practice on banking and finance matters, with a particular emphasis on the financing of acquisitions of listed and nonlisted companies (leveraged buyouts and strategic acquisitions). He also handles corporate financing for all types of lenders (credit funds and banks).
Before joining Jones Day, Romain was an associate for a major law firm in Paris and London, where he advised on many finance deals, including BNP Paribas and the lenders on: the bridge financing of the acquisition of FastMatch and iBabs by Euronext and the €900,000,000 corporate financing of Société Anonyme de Gestion de Stocks de Sécurité (SAGESS, entity managing strategic oil reserves in France).
He also advised Crédit Agricole Corporate and Investment Bank and the lenders on the €400,000,000 corporate financing of the Maïsadour group and advised Société Générale and the lenders on the €104,000,000 LBO financing of Climater.
In addition, he worked on the corporate debt team at a leading French investment bank.
The following represents experience acquired prior to joining Jones Day.
Advised Société Générale and the lenders on: the corporate financing of Provepharm life solutions; the LBO financing of Coutot-Roehrig; the LBO financing of Nedap France; the financing of the corporate reorganization of the Dom'Hestia Group; the €70,000,000 MBO financing of Scaff'Holding; the €65,000,000 corporate financing of the Minafin/Minakem group; the €65,000,000 refinancing of Peters Surgical; the €350,000,000 corporate financing of Faiveley Transport; and the €650,000,000 refinancing of the construction costs of an uranium enrichment plant, which earned "Industry Deal of the Year, Europe" at the PFI Awards in 2014.
Advised Société Générale and Natixis and the lenders on the €650,000,000 corporate financing of Avril SCA.
Advised Bpifrance Investissement and the bondholders on the unitranche financing granted to Sinari Invest for the acquisition of Gestion Plus Informatique, HC Invest 2016, and OMP Informatique Transport.
Advised Surys on its €90,000,000 refinancing by a pool of French banks.
Advised Banque CIC Ouest and Credit Lyonnais on the LBO financing of Explore.
Advised Caisse Régionale de Credit Agricole Mutuel Pyrenées Gascogne on the LBO financing of Nelite Corporation.
Advised Cellnex on the financing aspects of its agreement with Iliad France, Iliad Italy, and Salt (Switzerland) to acquire 10,700 towers in France, Italy, and Switzerland for €2.7 billion and on the roll out of a "built to suit" program for up to 4,000 new towers for an estimated amount of €1.35 billion.
Advised ICBC Paris on the financing of Midea Group's €5,000,000,000 voluntary bid for all shares in German robotics specialist, Kuka AG.
Advised China General Nuclear Europe Energy (CGN EE) on the acquisition refinancing of the largest Belgian onshore wind project (total capacity 81 MW).
Advised Crédit Industriel et Commercial and the lenders on the €500,000,000 corporate financing of the Clarins group.
Advised Q-Park on the finance aspects relating to the corporate restructuring of the Q-Park Group in France.
Advised The Royal Bank of Scotland, Crédit Agricole Corporate and Investment Bank, and the lenders on the €725,000,000 corporate financing of Rallye.
Advised a major commodities trader, in relation to a US$300,000,000 prepayment agreement to Société Marocaine de l'Industrie et du Raffinage (SAMIR), regarding SAMIR's insolvency procedure.
Advised Caisse d'Epargne et de Prévoyance Provence-Alpes-Corse and the lenders on a €125,000,000 financing of photovoltaic solar projects developed by GreenYellow.
Advised NEOEN in relation to a mezzanine bonds issue subscribed by INFRAGREEN II – 2015 – 1 for the refinancing of Neoen's equity in two solar projects in Portugal.
- French Bar School of Paris (CAPA 2012); ESCP Europe (Postgraduate degree in International Law and Management 2011); University of Paris V-René Descartes (Postgraduate degree in International Business Law 2010); University of Paris X-Nanterre (Master's in Business Law 2009)