Overview

Emily Pennec is a Corporate & Securities partner in the Paris Office, and a core member of the global Private Equity team.

Emily's practice primarily focuses on private equity and M&A and acts mainly for major international firms and Private Equity funds. Emily represents in particular leading Private Equity sponsors throughout their investment activities (i.e, LBOs, M BOs, minority stakes), life cycle of their portfolios companies (build-ups, corporate reorganizations) and exit strategies. While mainly dedicated to Private Equity, Emily also frequently advises multinational corporations in their domestic or cross border investment activities.

In addition, Emily has developed a particular expertise in listed target companies and regularly assists her clients on their public-to-private and public takeover transactions.

Emily is regularly recommend by specialized law reviews in the area of Private Equity and M&A.

Emily is also a member of the Paris office Women's Committee and is involved in many events aiming to reinforce diversity in the Private Equity industry.

Emily speaks French and English.

Spoken Languages

  • French
  • English

Experience

  • Advised Unilever on the acquisition of the entire issued share capital of Laboratoire Garancia, a French derma-cosmetic products manufacturer and supplier.
  • Advised private equity fund Argos Wityu on the sale of its interests in Efeso Consulting Group, an international consulting firm in strategy and organization.
  • Advised private equity fund Meeschaert Capital Partners on the acquisition of 2BR Mobilité, a French leader for disabled children school transportation.
  • Advised private equity fund 21 Centrale Partners on the refinancing of the Daltys, a manufacturer and supplier of beverage vending machines.
  • Advised private equity fund Parquest Capital on the acquisition of Matelev, a lifting equipments rental and maintenance company.
  • Advised Unilever on the sale to Dr Oetker of Alsa, a baking powder manufacturer.
  • Advised private equity fund LBO France on the acquisition of Bexley Group (Bexley France and Bexley Belgique), a footwear company, from its CEO and founder.
  • Advised private equity fund LBO France on the sale of Gravotech, a world leader of engraving and permanent marking, to MML Capital partners, BPIFrance investissements, managers.
  • Advised Vasgos, a corporate foundation, on the acquisition of Brindilles, a manufacturer of bio goods for babies, from founders.
  • Advised private equity fund LBO France and its subsidiary Geoxia on the sale of Groupe INCA, specialized in the construction of houses, to Omnes Capital, GSO Capital, Bpifrance investissement, managers.
  • Advised the private equity fund LBO France Gestion in the acquisition of RG Safety, A French personal protection equipment specialist.
  • Advised the private equity fund Parquest Capital in the acquisition of Accès Industrie, a listed company specialized in the lifting boom segment.
  • Advised EMZ Partners in its co-investment in A2micile Europe, a company specialized in consumer goods and service, alongside its founders in the context of the simplified tender offer of A2micile Europe’ shares.
  • Advised the private equity fund Partech Ventures on the first institutional financing of Ecovadis, the leading platform for environmental, social and ethical performance ratings for global supply chains.
  • Advised the private equity fund Alpha Associés in the acquisition of the French group Feu Vert– a car repair and spares retail group – from Qualium Investissement and Groupe Monnoyeur.
  • Advised the private equity fund Argos Soditic in the squeeze-out offer to the shareholders of Efeso Consulting a global leader in corporate strategy and operational performance improvement consulting established in 26 countries.
  • Advised the private equity fund LBO France Gestion in the acquisition of the asset management fund Innovation Capital from the French state owned Caisse des Dépôts & Consignations.
  • Advised Parquest Capital on the acquisition of the equipment manufacturer CAILLAU from ING Belgium.
  • Advised the private equity fund LBO France Gestion in the sale of WFS to the PE firm Platinium Equity.
  • Advised the private equity fund Argos Soditic in the sale of Davey Bickford to Enaex (a Chilian listed company).
  • Advised the private equity fund LBO France on the refinancing and sale of Averys to Equistone Partners.
  • Advised the founders of La Compagnie Boutique Airline, a new French business-class-only scheduled airline, with regards to the creation and structuring of the company, the fundraising and the rental of its two first aircrafts.
  • Advised the private equity fund LBO France and Averys in the refinancing of Averys.

Education

University of Cergy-Pontoise, DESS - DJCE

Université Paris II Panthéon-Assas, Maîtrise

Admissions

  • Paris

Continually recommended by the legal directories as a Leading Individual :

2019

  • The new edition of IFLR 1000, a guide to the world's leading financial law firms profession has recognized Emily Pennec as one of the "Highly regarded" lawyers in the world (2019).

2018

  • The new edition of Décideurs, a French media and rating agency for top executives has recognized Emily Pennec as "Unavoidable" for large & upper mid-cap LBO transactions.
  • “Emily Pennec is acclaimed for her ‘excellent quality of advice and availability’” Legal 500 EMEA (2018).
  • Le Magazine des Affaires, a leading legal industry publication in France has recognized Emily Pennec among the leading LBO practitioners in France (value and volume of transactions) (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 with regard to LBO deals" in the category of deals of between 50M€ and 300M€, recognizing partner Emily Pennec (2018).

2017

  • The new edition of IFLR 1000, a guide to the world's leading financial law firms profession has recognized Emily Pennec as one of the "Highly regarded" lawyers in the world. (2017).
  • The new edition of Décideurs, a French media and rating agency for top executives has recognized Emily Pennec as "Unavoidable" in Private Equity. (2017).
  • Private Equity Magazine, a leading publication in France for the private equity industry has recognized Emily Pennec 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 Emily Pennec 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 Emily Pennec. (2017).

2016

  • The 2016 Option Droit & Affaires issue, a leading publication in France for finance professionals, granted the Paris office with a 3 star ranking for " mergers and acquisitions " and a 5 star ranking for " private equity – LBO”, highlighting partner Emily Pennec’ practice in both categories.
  • The new edition of IFLR 1000, a guide to the world's leading financial law firms profession has recognized Emily Pennec as one of the "Leading Lawyers" in the world. (2013).
  • The new edition of Décideurs, a french media and rating agency for top executives has recognized Emily Pennec as "Unavoidable" in Private Equity. (2016).