"Olivier Aubouin, whose precision, comprehension of business, and open-mindedness are often key to negotiations"
Legal 500

Overview

Admitted to the Paris Bar, Olivier Aubouin is a partner in the Corporate & Securities practice of the Paris office.

Olivier mainly focuses on mergers & acquisitions and private equity transactions. He acts for private equity funds in the context of acquisitions, sales or strategic minority investments. Olivier also regularly advises key managers in similar transactions. He is also experienced in securities issues and capital markets.

Olivier advises companies and private equity funds in the context of acquisition of stakes in listed or non-listed companies as well as in the monitoring of their investments. He has extensive experience in delisting transactions (Public to Private).

In addition, Olivier advises French and foreign industrial companies, and particularly listed companies, on their acquisition, takeover, mergers or securities issuance transactions on capital markets. 

Olivier is regularly recommended by Chambers in the area of private equity.

In addition to his native French, Olivier is fluent in English.

Spoken Languages

  • French
  • English

Experience

  • Advised Bridgepoint Development Capital (BDC) in relation with its minority stake into bee2link’s capital.
  • Advised private equity fund Sagard on the acquisition of Ipackchem, a leading European company specialized in plastic packaging, from Cerea Partenaire and Bpifrance.
  • Advised private equity fund Activa Capital and other investors on the sale of Findis, specialized in the supply of home equipment.
  • Advised La Banque Postale, a French bank, on the acquisition of Domiserve, a management company of home services prepaid facilities from its managers and Vivalto.
  • Advised Coalition Media Group, on the acquisition of L’étudiant, a french press media and other BtoB related media activities from SFR.
  • Advised private equity fund Eurazeo on the acquisition of CPK , sweets and chocolates manufacturer (Carambar, Poulain, Krema), along with other investors, from Mondelez International.
  • Advised private equity fund Raise on its rollover investment in Babilou , a private French nusery provider for companies, along with the Carle founding family, international investment fund TA Associates, Société Générale Capital Partners, Cobepa, through the purchase of stakes and subscription to a capital increase.
  • Advised private equity fund Raise on the acquisition of Meriguet, a group specialized in luxury craftmanship, along with IDI, Tikehau Capital, Bpifrance investissement, and managers from Qualium investissement, founding family shareholders and managers.
  • Advised private equity fund Raise on the acquisition of a minority stake within La Maison du whisky.
  • Advised private equity fund Bridgepoint Development Capital on the acquisition of CIR , a group specialized in the restoration of buildings, from its founders.
  • Advised private equity fund Activa Capital on the acquisition of Applic’Etains, a manufacturer of adhesive tin labels for luxury items, by Alliance Etiquettes.
  • Advised private equity fund Montefiore and Les Cercles de la Forme’s founders on an LBO acquisition of Les Cercles de la Forme, a Fitness clubs network, from CM-CIC Investissement and Managers.
  • Advised private equity fund Activa Capital on the sale along with Bpifrance of a majority stake in Nexeya, a company specialized in the design and development of electronic equipment, to the management.
  • Advised private equity fund Quilvest Private Equity on the acquisition along with the managers, of EDH, a training centre for communication jobs, from Platina partners.
  • Advised the childcare goods manufacturer BEABA and the private equity fund Bridgepoint on the refinancing of the LBO.
  • Advised private equity fund Bridgepoint Development Capital on its sale of Groupe C2S, private clinics operator.
  • Advised private equity fund Stirling square CP on the acquisition of Vernet, a subsidiary of The Magnum Corporation, manufacturer of air ventilation & conditioning equipment for cars and sanitary facilities, from family shareholders.
  • Advised private equity fund Abénex Capital on the sale of Groupe HILD, the flue of chimney, gutters and sheet metal manufacturer, to Chequers Capital and Groupe HILD management.
  • Advised private equity fund Activa Capital on the sale of its 21% stake in Gaz européen, a natural gas provider, to Butagaz.
  • Advised private equity fund Activa Capital on the acquisition of a majority stake in Look Cycle, a cycling equipment manufacturer.
  • Advised private equity fund Bridgepoint on its acquisition of Actéon, a leading player in the design, manufacture and distribution of equipment in the dental sector.
  • Advised Groupe C2S, (and its majority shareholder, private equity fund Bridgepoint) private clinics operator, on the acquisition of Groupe Avenir Santé, private clinics operator, from Montefiore Investment.
  • Advised private equity fund Chequers Capital on the acquisition of Groupe ECT, a recycling and waste management company.
  • Advised private equity fund Raise on the acquisition of 12% of Nature & Découvertes, the retail group of goods for trips, well-being and education, from CM-CIC Investissement.
  • Advised Altice on the acquisition of Teads.
  • Advised 21 Centrale Partners and the management of the Potel & Chabot on the capital reorganization led by Edmond de Rothschild Investment Partners and Accorhotels.
  • Advised the investment fund Bridgepoint Development Capital with regard to the sale of the Christian Liaigre Group, a group specialising in luxury interior design services.
  • Advised Prosol (Grand Frais and its founder Denis Dumont) with regard to the equity participation of two new investors.
  • Advised Sagard with regards to its investment in the company Les Délices des 7 Vallées.
  • Advised Armatis - lc on its refinancing.
  • Advised La Banque Postale on the sale of Xange Private Equity.
  • Advised a French private equity on its investment in a women’s wear brand.
  • Advised Elis for its IPO.
  • Advised a private equity fund on its investment in a pastries and cakes producer.
  • Advised Potel & Chabot in the restructuring of its debt.
  • Advised an investment company listed on NYSE Euronext Paris on the sale of its interest in a polymer distributor.
  • Advised the founders of a new fund on the corporate aspects of the fund formation.
  • Advised a high-end catering company on the refinancing of its senior debt.
  • Advised a private equity fund on its roll-over investment in a leading international veterinary health company.
  • Advised a private equity firm on its divestment from a group of a private clinics.
  • Advised Elis on its €1.9 billion debt restructuring.
  • Advised a French private equity fund on its minority investment in a natural gas distributor.
  • Advised a French private equity fund on its majority investment in an electronic products manufacturer listed on Alternext.
  • Advised a French private equity fund on the renegotiation of a management package.
  • Advised a European group specialized in rental and cleaning of linen for hotels and hospitals on the French law aspects of a high yield offering.
  • Advised a leading European investment company listed on NYSE Euronext Paris on the renegotiation of a management package.
  • Advised a French private equity fund on its minority investment in day-care centers for children. 
  • Advised a leading French toys distributor on its acquisition of another toys distributor in the UK.
  • Advised a leading European investment company listed on NYSE Euronext Paris on the implementation of a management package with a public offering and filing with the Autorité des marchés financiers.
  • Advised a French private equity fund on its majority investment in a call centers company.
  • Advised an international private equity fund on its divestment from a French discounter.
  • Advised an investment company listed on NYSE Euronext Paris on its investment in a polymer distributor.
  • Advised a French private equity fund on its majority investment in an equestrian equipment retailer.
  • Advised a French private equity fund on the sale of a pallet pooling operator to a Dutch company.
  • Advised a leading European investment company listed on NYSE Euronext Paris on the $1.6 billion acquisition of the largest French residential real estate services company.
  • Advised the majority shareholder of a listed biscuits producer on the sale of his interest to an international agricultural co-operative group. 
  • Advised a French private equity fund on its minority investment in a French grocery retailer.

Education

The London School of Economics and Political Science, LLM

Université Paris II Panthéon-Assas, DESS-DJCE in Business Law

Admissions

  • Paris

Continually recommended by the legal directories as a Leading Individual :

2019

  • The 2019 IFLR 1000 issue, a guide to the world’s leading financial and corporate law firms has recognized Olivier Aubouin as a "Rising Star" in Private Equity and Mergers & Acquisitions practices.
  • “Olivier Aubouin advises private equity giants and investment funds on their acquisitions and LBO deals both in France and abroad. He wins plaudits for his "strong technical expertise" as well as his responsiveness.” Chambers Europe 2019
  • “'Technically outstanding' Olivier Aubouin, […] is a 'strong negotiator'. “ Legal 500 EMEA (2019).

2018

  • The 2018 Décideurs Magazine issue, a French media and rating agency for top executives has ranked Olivier Aubouin “key player” for his Capital Investment practice.
  • The new edition of IFLR 1000, a guide to the world's leading financial law firms profession has recognized Olivier Aubouin as a "Rising Star" in the world. IFLR 1000 (2018).
  • “Olivier Aubouin is acclaimed for his ‘excellent quality of advice and availability’” Legal 500 EMEA (2018)
  • Le Magazine des Affaires, a leading legal industry publication in France has recognized Olivier Aubouin among the leading LBO practitioners in France (value and volume of transactions). Magazine des Affaires (2018).
  • The new edition of Option Droit & Affaires, a leading publication in France for finance professionals, has given the Paris office a 5 star ranking for the category "Advice to managers in LBO deals" in the category of deals of between 50M€ and 300M€, recognizing partner Olivier Aubouin. Option Droit & Affaires (2018).

2017

  • The new edition of IFLR 1000, a guide to the world's leading financial law firms profession has recognized Olivier Aubouin as a "Rising Star" in the world. IFLR 1000 (2017).
  • The new edition of Décideurs, a French media and rating agency for top executives has recognized Olivier Aubouin as "Unavoidable" in Private Equity. (2017).
  • Private Equity Magazine, a leading publication in France for the private equity industry has recognized Olivier Aubouin as the leading LBO practitioner in France in the category of deals of more than 200 M€. (2017).
  • Le Magazine des Affaires, a leading legal industry publication in France has recognized Olivier Aubouin as the leading LBO practitioner in France (value of transactions).
  • The new edition of Option Droit & Affaires, a leading publication in France for finance professionals, has given the Paris office a 5 star ranking for the category "Law firms in LBOs, of which most of the deals involves companies ranging between €50 M and €300 M", recognizing partner Olivier Aubouin. (2017).

2016

  • "Olivier Aubouin qui est apprécié pour sa qualité technique exceptionnelle et sa très grande capacité de travail" Legal 500 Paris (2016)
  • The new edition of IFLR 1000, a guide to the world's leading financial law firms profession has recognized Olivier Aubouin as one of the "Rising Star" in the world. (2016).
  • The new edition of Décideurs, a french media and rating agency for top executives has recognized Olivier Aubouin as "Unavoidable" in Private Equity. (2016).
  • The new edition of Décideurs, a french media and rating agency for top executives has recognized Olivier Aubouin as "Excellent" in M&A. (2016).

2015

  • The new edition of IFLR 1000, a guide to the world's leading financial law firms profession has recognized Olivier Aubouin as one of the "Rising Star" in the world. (2015).
  • The new edition of Décideurs, a french media and rating agency for top executives has recognized Olivier Aubouin as "Unavoidable" in Private Equity. (2015).
  • The new edition of Décideurs, a french media and rating agency for top executives has recognized Olivier Aubouin as "Excellent" in M&A. (2015).

2014

  • "Olivier Aubouin dont la précision, la compréhension des points business et l’ouverture d’esprit sont souvent clé pour finaliser les négociations." Legal 500 Paris (2014).
  • "Dealmaker". Legal 500 EMEA (2014).
  • "one client has high praise for Olivier, with top ratings for legal expertise, commercial awareness and reactiveness." IFLR 1000 (2014)

2013

  • "Olivier Aubouin shows strong business acumen." Legal 500 EMEA (2013).
  • "Olivier is recommended in private equity for his succinct and accurate advice." Legal 500 EMEA (2012)