A "creative, calm technician who knows how to listen to his clients' needs."
Chambers Global

Overview

Admitted to the Paris Bar, Benjamin Homo is a partner in the Tax practice of the Paris office.

He focuses his practice on advising private equity clients and multinational groups on their acquisitions, mergers and reorganizations and has developed an extensive experience of multi-country transactions. He assists clients on all aspects of the transaction, from tax due diligence to structuring work, including financing matters and management incentives.

In his work on such transactions, Benjamin analyzes, develops, and manages complex financial models that allow him to translate multi-jurisdiction tax advice into cash flow simulations, helping clients understand and analyze with their own tools and language the consequences of cross-border taxes on the economics of the transaction.

Benjamin also advises on the creation of French and pan-European private equity funds and assists corporate groups in the day-to-day management of their tax affairs (tax audit/litigation, reporting tools) as well as in the reduction of their global effective tax rate (French and international tax planning, transfer pricing, etc).

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

Spoken Languages

  • French
  • English

Experience

Recent or pending deals in which Benjamin Homo was involved include:

  • Advised Bridgepoint Development Capital (BDC) in relation with its minority stake into bee2link’s capital.
  • Advised Peugeot Frères Industrie, subsidiary of Etablissements Peugeot Frères on the acquisition of the majority shareholding of Monbento.
  • Advising Charterhouse on the sale of the group SIACI SAINT HONORE to its management and teams
  • Advised Onet’s managers in the context of a minority stake acquisition in Holding Reinier, a holding company controlling ONET group, along with the investment fund EMZ. ONET is a leading international group of engineering and diversified services .
  • Advised DSO group, a debt collection agency, on the acquisition of 75.5 % of EFFICO, a receivables management financial company, from BNP Paribas Personal Finance.
  • Advised Euronext, the leading pan-European exchange in the Eurozone, on an irrevocable all-cash offer, amounting to €510 M, to LCH.Clearnet Group Limited (“LCH.Clearnet Group”) and London Stock Exchange Group plc (“LSEG”) to acquire LCH.Clearnet SA (“Clearnet”).
  • Advised Euronext on the acquisition of Fastmatch, a US IT specialist in software applications for stock transactions.
  • Advised private equity fund Montefiore Investment on the acquisition of QCNS Cruise, a travel company, from Duke street, Kings Park capital and founders.
  • Advised the management of Oberthur Technologies – the world’s second largest provider of security and identification solutions and services – in the context of the acquisition by Oberthur Technologies of Safran Identity & Security along with the investment fund Advent International from Safran.
  • Advised private equity fund Montefiore Investment on the sale of BVA, specialized in the field of behavioral analysis, to Naxicap.
  • Advised private equity fund Weinberg Capital Partners on the sale of Groupe Balitrand, a company specialized in construction equipment, along with Omnes Capital and the managers to Ciffreo Bona.
  • Advised Raise on the acquisition of a minority stake within La Maison du whisky.
  • Advised private equity fund Montefiore Investment on the sale of maison Lyovel, a manufacturer of drinks and food vending machines to Jacobs Douwe Egberts (JDE).
  • 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 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 Oaktree Capital on the the sale of Axilone, a company specialized in packaging for the beauty care industry, to Citic Capital.
  • Advised FEF, a joint venture between CDC-IC (a subsidiary of Caisse des Dépôts et Consignations) and Mubadala (the sovereign fund from the United Arab Emirates), in connection with its minority investment in DomusVi, a group dedicated to management of geriatric day care centers and nursing homes, in the context of the acquisition of the group from PAI Partners by ICG and SRS.
  • 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 Kerneos, a leader in aluminate techonologies, on its disposal to Imerys, the world leader in mineral-based specialties for industry, by private equity fund Astorg.
  • Advised private equity fund Oaktree Capital and SGD, , a company specialized in glass, on the sale of the SGD group's Pharmacy division to JIC.
  • 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 LBO France Gestion on the acquisition of Innovation Capital, a non-listed asset management fund from the French state owned Caisse des Dépôts & Consignations.
  • Advised certain managers of Isabel Marant on legal aspects in connection with the contemplated sale of the affordable luxury clothing Isabel Marant to private equity fund Montefiore (with a reinvestment of the management and the founders of Isabel Marant).
  • Advised Lyovel (held by private equity fund Montefiore Investment) on the acquisition of Caféine / CAPDA group with regard to the structuring aspects of a build-up transaction.
  • Advised Montefiore Investment on the sale of the B&B Hotels group to PAI Partners by a consortium between Montefiore and the Carlyle Group.
  • Advised private equity fund Alpha Private Equity on its acquisition of Feu Vert, a French car repair retail group.
  • 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 shareholders of Maison Kurkdjian on an agreement between Maison Francis Kurkdjian and the LVMH group.
  • Advised the Management of Motoblouz on the acquisition of a majority stake in Motoblouz by the fund Equistone Partners Europe.
  • Advised the management of the French fashion house Pierre Balmain with regard to the acquisition of the group by Mayhoola.
  • Advised Prosol (Grand Frais and its founder Denis Dumont) with regard to the equity participation of two new investors.
  • Advised the management of the insurance broker Groupe Santiane in their acquisition by BlackfinCapital Partners.
  • Advised Lone Star who yields Alliance Hotel Group to LFPI.
  • Advised LBO France in the refinancing deal of Materne group.
  • Advised LBO France and Averys in the refinancing of Averys.
  • Advised Vivarte on tax aspects of its €2.8 billion debt and share capital restructuring. 
  • Advised Elis on €1.9 billion debt restructuring.
  • Advised SIACI on its refinancing operations.

Events

Education

HEC Business School, HEC Master in Management - Grande Ecole Degree

Université Paris II Panthéon-Assas, Diplôme d'Etudes Supérieures Spécialisées (DESS) in International Tax

Admissions

  • Paris

Continually recommended by the legal directories as a Leading Individual :

2019

  • “Benjamin Homo who ‘has a strong grasp of numbers’ and ‘is very clear and direct in his advice’.” Legal 500 EMEA (2019).

2018

  • “The ‘excellent and very pleasant’ Benjamin Homo is widely acknowledged for his expertise in tax law. He advises on the tax aspects of M&A and private equity operations, also assisting with management packages.” Chambers Europe (2018).

2017

  • The new edition of Décideurs, a French media and rating agency for top executives has recognized Benjamin Homo as "Unavoidable" in Tax transaction. (2017).
  • 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 "Tax transaction", recognizing partner Benjamin Homo. (2017).
  • The new edition of Best Lawyers, a peer review guide to the legal profession has recognized Benjamin Homo among "the best lawyers". (2017).
  • "Benjamin Homo is well regarded for his expertise in M&A transactions, reorganisations and restructurings. He has further experience in assisting clients with audits and litigation matters. Chambers Europe (2017)
  • Le Magazine des Affaires, a leading legal industry publication in France has recognized Benjamin Homo as the leading Tax practitioner in France (number of transactions).

2016

  • The new edition of Best Lawyers, a peer review guide to the legal profession has recognized Benjamin Homo as one of the leading Tax practitioners in the world since 2013. (2016)
  • "Benjamin Homo continues to impress the market with his work in the tax arena. He wins accolades for his tax structuring capabilities." Chambers Europe (2016)
  • "Benjamin Homo who has great technical skill." Legal 500 EMEA (2016)
  • "Benjamin Homo qui est disponible et possède une très bonne expertise technique, notamment en matière de modélisation fiscal" Legal 500 Paris (2016)
  • The new edition of Décideurs, a french media and rating agency for top executives has recognized Benjamin Homo as "Unavoidable" in Tax Transactions. (2016)

2015

  • The new edition of Best Lawyers, a peer review guide to the legal profession has recognized Benjamin Homo as one of the leading Tax practitioners in the world since 2013. (2015)
  • Benjamin Homo advises on all aspects of acquisition and restructuring transactions, predominantly on behalf of private equity clients and corporate groups. A source describes him as "very hard-working and quick." Chambers Europe (2015)
  • "Benjamin Homo provides state-of-the-art implementation." Legal 500 EMEA (2015)
  • "Benjamin Homo qui est recommandé pour ‘son grand savoir-faire dans la mise en œuvre des structures" Legal 500 Paris (2015)
  • The new edition of Décideurs, a french media and rating agency for top executives has recognized Benjamin Homo as "Excellent" in Tax Transactions. (2016)

2014

  • The new edition of Best Lawyers, a peer review guide to the legal profession has recognized Benjamin Homo as one of the leading Tax practitioners in the world since 2013. (2014)
  • "Benjamin Homo has expertise in private equity and corporate transactions, real estate and financing. He also handles transaction structuring, due diligence and also financial aspects. Clients are impressed, describing him as extremely capable." Chambers Europe (2014)
  • "Peers regard Benjamin Homo as a pleasure to work with, highlighting his expert technical knowledge and superb team skills." Legal 500 EMEA (2014)
  • The new edition of Décideurs, a french media and rating agency for top executives has recognized Benjamin Homo as "Excellent" in Tax Transactions. (2016)

2013

  • The new edition of Best Lawyers, a peer review guide to the legal profession has recognized Benjamin Homo as one of the leading Tax practitioners in the world for the first time. (2013)
  • "Observers regard Benjamin Homo as "efficient and technically adept, with a commercial approach." Chambers Europe (2013)