"Practice head Guillaume Kuperfils, 'artful' and 'astute negotiator'"
Legal 500 EMEA 2018

Overview

Admitted to the Paris Bar, Guillaume Kuperfils is a member of Mayer Brown’s Partnership Board and the office practice leader of the Paris Corporate & Securities department. Guillaume also co-leads Mayer Brown’s global Private Equity industry group.

He focuses his practice on mergers & acquisitions and private equity. Guillaume regularly represents international firms and private equity funds in their acquisitions, leveraged buyouts, joint ventures and governance issues, 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).

Regularly recommended by both Chambers and Legal 500 as a leading individual in France in the area of M&A and private equity: "He combines very strong technical skill with a good commercial sense. He is always very responsive and constructive in order to help [clients] overcome problems."' (Chambers Europe 2019). "Creative and sharp" (Legal 500 2014), he is "an exceptionally well-recognized figure on the market" (Chambers Europe 2015).

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 Qualium Investissement on the acquisition of Parella, a corporate real estate consulting company (2018).
  • Advised Qualium Investissement on its investment in New Immo Group, a real estate digital network company (2018).
  • Advised Bridgepoint Development Capital on the sale of Actéon, a designer and manufacturer of high-technology equipment and consumables for the dental industry (2018).
  • Advised Motion Equity Partners on the acquisition of Holweg Weber Group, world leader in the manufacturer of high tech machines for the production of flat and satchel paper bags (2018).
  • Advised ICG on the acquisition of Sogal, a manufacturer of cupboards' fronts and dressing room design (2018).
  • Advised Sagard Private Equity on the acquisition of a majority stake in Climater, a company specialized in airconditioning (2018).
  • Advised Sagard Private Equity on the acquisition of Ipackchem, a leading European company specialized in plastic packaging (2018).
  • Advised Abénex Capital on the sale to TDR Capital of Buffalo Grill, a retail restaurant chain (2018).
  • Advised Abénex Capital on the acquisition of a minority stake in Groupe ADF, an industrial maintenance and engineering service group (2018).
  • Advised Bridgepoint Development Capital on the acquisition of Groupe CIR, a leading French real estate renovation and asset management business (2018).
  • Advised Groupe Le Duff, a food service specialist, on its acquisition of Tablapizza, a chain of pizza restaurants (2017).
  • Advised FEF, a joint venture between CDC-IC and Mubadala, on the acquisition of a minority stake in DomusVi, a group dedicated to management of geriatric day care centers and nursing homes (2017).
  • Advised Groupe Prunay on the sale of Maisonning, a company specialized in home assistance and renovation, to Carglass (2017).
  • Advised Activa Capital on the sale of Nexeya, a designer and manufacturer of electronic components (2017).
  • Advised Fosun Pharma, an investment company listed on the Hong Kong and Shanghai stock markets, on the acquisition of a majority stake in Tridem Pharma, a company specialized in the distribution of pharmaceutical products in Africa (2017).
  • Advised Biscuits Bouvard on the acquisition of Pidy Group, a Belgian group specialized in the manufacturing and distribution of pastry shells, tart shells and appetizers (2016).
  • Advised Chequers Capital on the acquisition of Groupe ECT, a recycling and waste management company (2016).
  • Advised Chequers Capital on the disposal of its stake in Groupe Provalliance to JCRT Investissements, a company held by Frank Provost and his family (2016).
  • Advised Eurazeo on the acquisition of Grape Hospitality Group, a group of hotel properties, from AccorHotels Group (2016).
  • Advised 21 Central Partners on the sale of Potel & Chabot, a leading French luxury catering group, to Edmond de Rothschild Investment Partners and AccorHotels Group (2016).
  • Advised the management of BUT, a French furniture retailer, in the context of its acquisition by a consortium led by Clayton, Dubilier & Rice LLC (2016).
  • Advised BlueGem Capital Partners on the acquisition of DMC Group, a leading embroidery thread manufacturer (2016).
  • Advised Elis, a global group specialized in rental and cleaning of linen for hotels and hospitals, on the corporate aspects of its initial public offering (2015).
  • Advised Chequers Capital on the sale of Les Salins du Midi, a leading European solar, vacuum and rock salt producer (2014).
  • Advised Sagard Private Equity on its reinvestment in Ceva Santé Animale, a leading international veterinary health company (2014).
  • Advised Nuxe, an international cosmetic group, on its leveraged recapitalization (2013).
  • Advised Senoble, a leading French manufacturer of dairy products, on the establishment of a joint venture with Agrial, a major French agricultural cooperative (2012).
  • Advised Eurazeo on the acquisition of Foncia, the largest French residential real estate services company (2011).
  • Advised Abénex Capital on its minority investment in Grand Frais, a French grocery retailer (2011).
  • Advised Colony Capital LLC on the sale of the Paris Saint-Germain, a French major league professional soccer club, to Qatar Sports Investments (2011).
  • Advised Abénex Capital on the sale of AES Laboratoire, a leading French group specialized in industrial microbiological control, to Biomérieux (2010).
  • Advised Sagard Private Equity on its minority investment in Ceva Santé Animale, a leading international veterinary health company (2010).
  • Advised Potel & Chabot, a leading French luxury catering group, on the restructuring of its debt (2009).
  • Advised Willis Towers Watson, a US global insurance broker, and the historical family shareholders on the reorganization of Gras Savoye, the largest French insurance broker (2009).
  • Advised Abénex Capital on the acquisition of Buffalo Grill, a retail restaurant chain (2008).
  • Advised the management of Senoble, a leading French manufacturer of dairy products, on its MBO (2007).
  • Advised Eurazeo on the acquisition of Elis, a global group specialized in rental and cleaning of linen for hotels and hospitals (2007).
  • Advised 21 Centrale Partners on the acquisition of Potel & Chabot, a leading French catering group (2007).
  • Advised Colony Capital LLC on the acquisition of the Paris Saint-Germain, a French major league professional soccer club, from Canal + (2006).
  • Advised the French branch of an Italian family office, Agnelli family, on its agreement to sell a French Premier Grand Cru Classé wine property, Château Margaux (2004).

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 :

2019

  • Guillaume Kuperfils is active on an array of significant private equity operations with a strong focus on LBOs. Clients are impressed by his market experience, observing: "He combines very strong technical skill with a good commercial sense. He is always very responsive and constructive in order to help us overcome problems." Chambers Europe 2019.

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).