"The excellent Guillaume Kuperfils heads the practice."
Legal 500 2017

Overview

Admitted to the Paris Bar, Guillaume Kuperfils is co-chair of Mayer Brown's global Mergers & Acquisitions practice.

Guillaume focuses his practice on mergers & acquisitions and private equity for major private equity funds as well as for industrial groups. He represents strategic and financial investors in mergers and acquisitions, leveraged buyouts, debt and equity securities offerings, bank financings and joint ventures, frequently with a cross-border dimension. He has particular experience advising private equity sponsors on their acquisition of stakes in listed companies (P to P’s, Pipes) and food and beverage companies.

Regularly recommended by both Chambers and Legal 500 as a leading individual in France in the area of M&A and private equity, he is "creative and sharp" (Legal 500 2014), "an exceptionally well-recognized figure on the market" (Chambers 2015) and "puts a great focus on client service and demonstrates a very good business sense" (Legal 500 2011). "He is really involved in the transactions and a very good professional" (Chambers 2014).

Guillaume was also a board member of French major league professional soccer club Paris Saint Germain (2006 - 2011).

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

Spoken Languages

  • English
  • French

Experience

Recent or pending deals in which Guillaume Kuperfils was involved include:

  • Advised a private equity fund on the acquisition of a majority stake in a company specialized in airconditioning.
  • Advised a private equity fund on the acquisition of a leading European company specialized in plastic packaging. (2017)
  • Advised a food service specialist on its acquisition of a chain of pizza restaurants. (2017)
  • Advised a UAE state fund and a French state-backed investment vehicles on its minority investment in a group dedicated to management of geriatric day care centers and nursing homes. (2017)
  • Advised a French company specialized in home assistance on the sale of a company specialized in home assistance and renovation. (2017)
  • Advised a private equity fund on the sale of a majority stake in a company specialized in the design and development of electronic equipment, to the management. (2017)
  • Advised an investment company listed on the Hong Kong and Shanghai stock exchange, on the acquisition of a majority stake in a company specialized in the distribution of pharmaceutical products in Africa, from its founders. (2017)
  • Advised a French group specialized in pastry on the acquisition of a Belgian-French group specialized in the manufacturing and distribution of pastry shells, tart shells and appetizers. (2016)
  • Advised a private equity fund on the acquisition of a recycling and waste management company. (2016)
  • Advised a private equity fund on the disposal of its stake in a group of beauty salons. (2016)
  • Advised a private equity fund on its acquisition of a group of hotel properties and businesses held by real estate investment funds. (2016)
  • Advised a private equity and the management of a premium catering, on the capital reorganization led by a financial group and a real estate group. (2016)
  • Advised the management of a French furniture retailer on the group’s acquisition by a consortium led by two private equity funds. (2016)
  • Advised a London-based private equity fund specialising in consumer brands, on its accepted offer to acquire the world's leading embroidery thread manufacturer. (2016)
  • Advised a European group specialized on the rental and cleaning of linen for hotels and hospitals on the corporate aspects of its initial public offering. (2015)
  • Advised a private equity fund on the sale of a leading European solar, vacuum and rock salt producer. (2014)
  • Advised a private equity fund on its reinvestment in a leading international veterinary company.
  • Advised the shareholders of a French-based international cosmetic group on its leveraged recapitalization.
  • Advised a French manufacturer of dairy products on the establishment of a joint venture with a major French agricultural cooperative. (2012)
  • Advised a leading European investment company listed on NYSE Euronext Paris on the US$1.6 billion acquisition of the largest French residential real estate services company. (2011)
  • Advised a French private equity fund on its minority investment in a French grocery retailer.
  • Advised a US private equity fund on the sale of a majority interest to a Gulf sovereign fund in a French major league professional soccer club. (2011)
  • Advised a French private equity fund on the sale of a leading French group specialized in industrial microbiological control. (2010)
  • Advised a private equity fund on its minority investment in a leading international veterinary health company.
  • Advised a leading French leading catering group on the restructuring of its debt.
  • Advised a US global insurance broker and the historical family shareholders on the reorganization of the largest French insurance broker.
  • Advised a French private equity fund on the acquisition of a leading French steak houses chain.
  • Advised the management team on the MBO of a leading French manufacturer of dairy products and fresh desserts.
  • Advised a leading European investment company listed on NYSE Euronext Paris on its US$3.8 billion acquisition of a European group specialized in rental and cleaning of linen for hotels and hospitals. (2007)
  • Advised a private equity fund on the acquisition of a leading French catering company.
  • Advised a major wine and spirit manufacturer on the acquisition of certain assets and on an internal restructuring.
  • Advised a French private equity fund on a joint venture transaction with a major French financial institution.
  • Advised the management team on the MBO of a listed international group specializing in online services.
  • Advised a US private equity fund on its acquisition of a French major league professional soccer club.
  • Advised the majority shareholders of a French IT services company listed on NYSE Euronext Paris on their agreement to tender their shares of the company.
  • Advised the French branch of an Italian family office on its agreement to sell a French Premier Grand Cru Classé wine property.

Education

HEC School of Management, MBA

Université Paris II Panthéon-Assas, DEA de droit privé

Admissions

  • Paris

Continually recommended by the legal directories as a Leading Individual :

2018

  • The new edition of IFLR 1000, a guide to the world's leading financial law firms profession has recognized Guillaume Kuperfils as a "Highly Regarded Lawyer" in the world. IFLR 1000 (2018).
  • “Practice head Guillaume Kuperfils, ‘artful’ and ‘astute negotiator’”. Legal 500 EMEA (2018)
  • "The 'very well-known' Guillaume Kuperfils leads the team and has a wealth of expertise in private equity transactions. He assists major French and international private equity houses with acquisitions, LBOs and joint ventures, often with an international element." Chambers Europe (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 Guillaume Kuperfils. (2018).
  • "Guillaume Kuperfils is well regarded by the market for his M&A practice, with a particular knowledge of transactions involving private equity aspects. One client describes him as 'a very good negotiator and a technical lawyer' who has 'good business and commercial skills.' He assisted Biscuits Bouvard with the structuring of its acquisition of Pidy." Chambers Europe (2018).
  • Le Magazine des Affaires, a leading legal industry publication in France has recognized Guillaume Kuperfils among the leading LBO practitioners in France (value and volume of transactions). (2018).

2017

  • The new edition of IFLR 1000, a guide to the world's leading financial law firms profession has recognized Guillaume Kuperfils as one of the "highly regarded" lawyers in the world. IFLR 1000 (2017).
  • The new edition of Best Lawyers, a peer review guide to the legal profession has recognized Guillaume Kuperfils among "the best lawyers". (2017).
  • The new edition of Décideurs, a French media and rating agency for top executives has recognized Guillaume Kuperfils as "Unavoidable" in Private Equity. (2017).
  • Private Equity Magazine, a leading publication in France for the private equity industry has recognized Guillaume Kuperfils as the leading LBO practitioner in France in the category of deals of more than 200 M€. (2017).
  • Guillaume Kuperfils advises on mid-market transactions such as mergers and acquisitions, including LBOs and also on debt and equity security offerings. His clients are mainly private equity sponsors, as well as strategic and financial investors." Chambers Global (2017)
  • "The excellent Guillaume Kuperfils heads the practice." Legal 500 EMEA (2017)
  • "Guillaume Kuperfils assists a variety of different clients with corporate matters including financial investors, private equity funds and industrial corporations. He frequently advises on issues involving listed companies." Chambers Europe (2017)
  • Le Magazine des Affaires, a leading legal industry publication in France has recognized Guillaume Kuperfils 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, ranked the Paris office in the 5-star category for "Law firms in LBOs, of which most of the deals involves companies ranging between €50 M and €300 M", recognizing partner Guillaume Kuperfils. (2017).
     

2016

  • The new edition of Best Lawyers, a peer review guide to the legal profession has recognized Guillaume Kuperfils as one of the leading Private Equity and M&A practitioners in the world since 2010. (2016).
  • "Guillaume Kuperfils is lauded by peers for his prowess in mid-market transactions, advising buyers, investors and funds on acquisitions and disposals. He recently represented Omnes Capital, Chequers Capital and Abenex Capital in their sale of Groupe Salins to Finachef." Chambers Europe (2016).
  • "Guillaume Kuperfils qui est force de proposition dans les deals" Legal 500 Paris (2016)
  • The new edition of IFLR 1000, a guide to the world's leading financial law firms profession has recognized Guillaume Kuperfils as one of the "Leading Lawyers" in the world. (2016).
  • The new edition of Décideurs, a french media and rating agency for top executives has recognized Guillaume Kuperfils as "Unavoidable" in Private Equity. (2016).
  • The new edition of Décideurs, a french media and rating agency for top executives has recognized Guillaume Kuperfils as "Excellent" in M&A. (2016).

2015

  • The new edition of Best Lawyers, a peer review guide to the legal profession has recognized Guillaume Kuperfils as one of the leading Private Equity and M&A practitioners in the world since 2010. (2015).
  • "An exceptionally well-recognized figure on the market, Guillaume Kuperfils is highly regarded for his private equity work. He has a wealth of experience in bank financings, LBOs and joint ventures, and in particular advice to private equity sponsors and food and beverage companies." Chambers Europe (2015).
  • The new edition of IFLR 1000, a guide to the world's leading financial law firms profession has recognized Guillaume Kuperfils as one of the "Leading Lawyers" in the world. (2015).
  • The new edition of Décideurs, a french media and rating agency for top executives has recognized Guillaume Kuperfils as "Unavoidable" in Private Equity. (2015).
  • The new edition of Décideurs, a french media and rating agency for top executives has recognized Guillaume Kuperfils as "Excellent" in M&A. (2015).

2014

  • The new edition of Best Lawyers, a peer review guide to the legal profession has recognized Guillaume Kuperfils as one of the leading Private Equity and M&A practitioners in the world since 2010. (2014).
  • "Guillaume Kuperfils’ practice covers both M&A and private equity. He advises clients on domestic and cross-border matters and has particular expertise concerning LBOs, financings and joint ventures. One very satisfied client comments : He’s really involved in the transactions – a very good professional." Chambers Europe (2014).
  • “The creative and sharp Guillaume Kuperfils” Legal 500 EMEA (2014)
  • “the quite responsive and business-minded Guillaume Kuperfils”. Legal 500 Paris (2014)
  • "Créatif et astucieux". Legal 500 Paris (2014).
  • "Très réactif et pragmatique". Legal 500 Paris (2014).
  • The new edition of IFLR 1000, a guide to the world's leading financial law firms profession has recognized Guillaume Kuperfils as one of the "Leading Lawyers" in the world. (2014).

2013

  • The new edition of Best Lawyers, a peer review guide to the legal profession has recognized Guillaume Kuperfils as one of the leading Private Equity and M&A practitioners in the world since 2010. (2013).
  • "Guillaume Kuperfils receives exceptional feedback from clients and is known throughout the market for his excellent private equity practice." Chambers Europe (2013).
  • "He impresses with his ability to solve the problems fast. He is brilliant and the firm is lucky to have him" Legal 500 EMEA (2013)
  • The new edition of IFLR 1000, a guide to the world's leading financial law firms profession has recognized Guillaume Kuperfils as one of the "Leading Lawyers" in the world. (2013).