DianeSénéchal

Partner

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Diane Sénéchal focuses on banking and finance matters with a particular emphasis on the financing of acquisitions of listed and nonlisted companies (leveraged buyouts and strategic acquisitions) for all types of lenders (credit funds and banks), borrowers, and sponsors. She has significant experience in debt restructuring, acting for lenders and borrowers.

Diane has worked extensively on matters in the infrastructure sector regarding greenfield and brownfield projects. She also has experience with financing for the life science sector including by way of bespoke structured financings, acting for specialised debt funds. She has advised lenders on many high-level transactions and also has in-depth experience in corporate finance, including various types of receivables-based financing. Diane practiced for 14 years at an international law firm in Paris prior to joining Jones Day in 2015.

Diane is a member of the AFTE ("Association Française des Trésoriers d'Entreprise") legal committee as well as the contract law workgroup within the "Haut Comité Juridique de la Place Financière de Paris."

Experience

  • Permira Credit Solutions refinances existing indebtedness of Sotralu GroupJones Day advised Permira Credit Solutions 4 Master Euro S.à.r.l., Permira Credit Solutions 4 Senior Euro S.à.r.l., Permira Credit Solutions 4 Senior GBP S.à.r.l., Permira Credit Solutions Q S.à.r.l.,and Permira Credit Solutions N S.à.r.l., as unitranche lenders, in connection with the refinancing of existing indebtedness of Sotralu Group, a leading manufacturer of accessories for aluminum doors and windows.
  • Gimv invests in Coolworld RentalsJones Day advised Gimv in its acquisition of a majority shareholding in fast-growing Coolworld Rentals, a full-service renter of cooling and heating equipment.
  • Cyrus Capital Partners acquires, in French insolvency proceeding, of French business of Toys R UsJones Day represented Cyrus Capital Partners in connection with the acquisition, in a French insolvency proceeding, of the French business (comprised notably of 44 stores) of Toys R Us.
  • Athyrium Capital Management partially issues second tranche of bond issueJones Day advised Athyrium Capital Management, LP in connection with the partial issuance of the second tranche of its bond issue.
  • Ares Management and its funds refinance existing indebtedness of group ElivieJones Day advised Ares Management Limited and its funds, as second lien lenders, in connection with the refinancing of its existing indebtedness of group Elivie.
  • LGT European Capital Limited, Idinvest Partners, and Swen Capital provide €125 million unitranche financing to RemadeGroupJones Day represented LGT European Capital Limited, Idinvest Partners, and Swen Capital in connection with a €125 million (US$145.2 million) unitranche financing provided to RemadeGroup S.A.S., a French company that sells refurbished smartphones, to be used for general corporate purposes and to refinance existing debt.
  • LGT European Capital provides unitranche bonds for acquisition of HSKJones Day advised LGT European Capital Limited in connection with a unitranche bonds for the acquisition by Andera Partners of HSK, a French company which indirectly holds The Skill & You Group.
  • Permira Credit Solutions provides unitranche bonds for acquisition of Private Sport ShopJones Day represented Permira Credit Solutions II Master L.S. S.A., Permira Credit Solutions II L.S S.A., and Permira Credit Solutions II Senior S.A. in connection with a unitranche bonds for the acquisition by Bridgepoint Development Capital of Private Sport Shop S.A.S., an online retailer of sporting goods and apparel.
  • BNP Paribas amends and restates revolving credit facility for Atalian SASUJones Day advised BNP Paribas in connection with an amended and restated secured revolving credit facility agreement provided to Atalian SASU, an independent leader of facility services.
  • Permira Credit Solutions refinances existing indebtedness of AnaveoJones Day advised Permira Credit Solutions II Master LS S.A., Permira Credit Solutions II Senior S.A., and Permira Credit Solutions II LS S.A., as unitranche lenders, in connection with the refinancing of existing indebtedness of Anaveo, a designer, manufacturer and installer of security systems.
  • Melitalink Limited refinances second lien debtJones Day represented Melitalink Limited, the holding company of Melita Limited, one of the main Maltese telecommunication operators, in connection with the refinancing of the second lien debt of Melitalink Limited, by way of an increase of the first lien debt of the Melita group for a total amount of €40 million.
  • Capzanine refinances existing indebtedness of I@D groupJones Day advised Capzanine, as unitranche lender alongside Permira Credit Solutions II Master LSSA, Permira Credit Solutions II LSSA, Permira Credit Solutions II Senior SA, and LGT European Capital funds in connection with the refinancing of existing indebtedness of I@D group.
  • BNP Paribas provides €75 million secured revolving credit facility to Atalian SASUJones Day represented BNP Paribas in connection with a €75 million (US$92 million) secured revolving credit facility provided to Atalian SASU for general corporate purposes.
  • Athyrium Capital Management refinances Biom'Up's existing debt, finances production and marketing of HEMOBLAST™ Bellows, and completes bond financingJones Day represented Athyrium Capital Management in connection with the refinancing of Biom'Up's existing debt, financing of the production and marketing of its flagship product HEMOBLAST™ Bellows in the United States and the European Union, and the financing of its external growth.
  • Credit Industriel et Commercial and DNB Bank ASA commit increased super senior revolving facility as result of acquisition of majority interest in OmniAccess by Marlink groupJones Day advised Credit Industriel et Commercial and DNB Bank ASA as super senior revolving lenders to the Marlink group, a leading maritime VSAT company, in connection with the acquisition of a majority interest in OmniAccess, a Spain-based marine VSAT service provider and IT & Networks systems integrator.
  • LBO France obtains financing for acquisition of BexleyJones Day represented LBO France in connection with the financing of the acquisition of Bexley France and Bexley Belgique, a French specialty retailer of men’s high quality footwear at affordable price.
  • Tikehau Capital obtains €1 billion credit facility and issues €300 million inaugural bondsJones Day advised Tikehau Capital in connection with a new €1.3 billion (US$1.5 billion) bank and bond financing.
  • Permira Debt Managers provides unitranche financing to DaltysJones Day advised Permira Debt Managers Limited in connection with a unitranche bonds financing provided to Daltys, a leading provider of vending and coffee machines, to refinance existing financial indebtedness and to allow the Daltys group to make external acquisitions.
  • Ares Management completes recapitalization of Santé CieJones Day advised Ares Management Limited, a leading global alternative asset manager, in connection with the recapitalization of Santé Cie through a unitranche bonds financing.
  • LGT European Capital provides financing for acquisition of CMT+Jones Day advised LGT European Capital Ltd. in connection with the acquisition financing of CMT+ by Scalian, a specialist in digital systems, quality and performance management of industrial operations.
  • The following represents experience acquired prior to joining Jones Day.

    Advised Barclays and CADIF in connection with the refinancing of Gras Savoye.

    Advised BNP Paribas and HSBC in connection with investment-grade bridge-to-bonds.

    Advised LBO France with the debt aspects of the acquisition of Alvest International.

    Advised Charterhouse Capital Partners and Webhelp SAS with several significant acquisitions (debt aspects) and with the refinancing of Webhelp SAS (followed by a recapitalization).

    Advised CBP group with certain aspects of its financing.

    Advised all senior lenders to WHA Holding SAS (Winoa Group), including KKR, Davidson Kempner, and Sankaty, in connection with the restructuring of the debt of the Winoa group (lenders' led).

    Advised all senior lenders to the JOA Group in connection with the restructuring of its indebtedness, including Alchemy and Davidson Kempner (lenders' led).

    Advised Charterhouse Capital Partners on the debt aspects of the sale of Nocibé.

    Advised a major U.S. bank in connection with a significant margin loan.

    Advised Crédit Agricole CIB on the financing of the sale of the Sermeta Group (ex-Giannoni) to Mr. Le Mer.

    Advised The Royal Bank of Scotland on several significant investment-grade bilateral facilities.

    Advised JC Flowers and CHG Participations in connection with the auction process for the sale of Siaci Saint Honoré (debt aspects).

    Additional Publications

    • 13 mars 2017Financements et désintermédiation : une nouvelle étape est-elle franchie ?, Capital Finance
    • November 2016Les enjeux de la réforme du droit des obligations dans les opérations de financement ou de couverture - La Lettre du trésorier AFTE n°340 p25
    • January - February 2016Financements, désintermédiation et réintermédiation : quels enjeux ? - Revue de Droit Bancaire et Financier
    • June 201280% des gros projets Greenfield sont derrière vous - Magazine des affaires
    • December 2011L'avocat citoyen - La Lettre des juristes d'affaires
    • December 2011Les clauses contractuelles s'adaptent à l'épreuve de la liquidité - Capital Finance
    • December 2004Cegelec : les contraintes d'un refinancement par titrisation - Option Finance

    Speaking Engagements

    • 27 juin 2016Séminaire AFTE relatif à la réforme du droit des obligations : « Réforme du droit français des contrats - Impacts sur vos opérations d’investissement, de cash management, de financement et de couverture des risques » Jones Day Paris
    • 2 juin 2015IIR’s Annual Private Debt & Mezzanine Finance Conference
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