Overview

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

Thomas’ practice focuses on mergers & acquisitions, with a particular emphasis on the private equity market representing investment funds. He has been involved in many small-, mid- or large-cap deals and developed a broad experience covering the main aspects of this type of transaction, including with respect to the restructuring of LBO transactions.

Thomas also regularly advises several industrial or services groups in their acquisition, restructuring or financing transactions, as well as in connection with the negotiation and drafting of various industrial and commercial agreements with respect to manufacturing, transitional services, distribution or commercial agency, and the resolution of disputes arising out of the same.

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

Spoken Languages

  • French
  • English

Experience

  • Advised LBO France on the sale of its interests in tour operators Karavel Promovacances and FRAM to Equistone Partners Europe.
  • Advised LBO France on the acquisition of My Media from its founders and EMZ Partners.
  • Advised Ophiliam on the sale of its interests in Funecap Group to Charterhouse Capital Partners.
  • Advised LBO France on the acquisition of Eminence (2011) and on its further sale to Delta Galil Industries.
  • Advised private equity fund LBO France on the acquisition of Crouzet from InnoVista Sensors, a company owned by PAI Partners, The Carlyle Group and Schneider Electric.
  • Advised Weinberg Capital Partners on the sale of Balitrand to Ciffreo Bona.
  • Advised Argos Wityu (ex Argos Soditic) on the acquisition of Revima group.
  • Advised 8Advisory group on its creation and structuring, as well as on several financing and refinancing transactions.
  • Advised LBO France on the acquisition of Chryso and on its further sale to Cinven.
  • Advised Oaktree Capital Partners on the acquisition of Altaïs Tower based in Montreuil.
  • Advised LBO France on the sale of Consolis to Bain Capital.
  • Advised The Dow Chemical Company on the sale of its Speciality Film division to Transilwrap.
  • Advised LBO France on the acquisition of MoM group and on its further sale to Bel group.
  • Advised BlueGem Capital Partners on the acquisition of the DMC group.
  • Advised Eurazeo on its acquisition, through a joint-venture with AccorHotels, of a portfolio of 85 hotels located in Europe.
  • Advised LBO France on the acquisition of Diam international (2012) and on its further sale to Ardian.
  • Advised the Materne – MontBlanc (MoM) group on several financing and refinancing transactions.
  • Advised LBO France on the acquisition of IKKS group.
  • Advised Funecap on the acquisition of Société des Crématoriums de France.
  • Advised management of Alkan in the context of the sale of Alkan by Argos Wityu (ex Argos Soditic) to TCR.
  • Advised Argos Wityu (ex Argos Soditic) on the acquisition of Alkan (2007) and on its further sale to TCR.
  • Advised Consolis group on the restructuring of its ca. €1 billion bank debt.
  • Advised LBO France on the acquisition of Converteam (2008) and on its further sale to General Electric for a value of €2.5 billion.
  • Advised management of Groupe Mazarine in the context of the sale of Groupe Mazarine by LBO France to Fondations Capital.
  • Advised founders of advertising firm Mademoiselle Noï on the sale of their company to Groupe Mazarine.
  • Advised Edmond de Rothschild Europortunities on the acquisition of a minority shareholding in Funecap.
  • Advised LBO France on the acquisition of Eminence group.
  • Advised L Capital (now L Catterton) on the acquisition of Captain Tortue group.
  • Advised the shareholders of Rue89 on the sale of their news website to SFA-PAR.
  • Advised Converteam on the restructuring of its bank debt.
  • Advised Terreal on its €1 billion refinancing.
  • Advised a major French bank on the financing of the acquisition of five real-estate portfolios by a US real-estate investment fund.
  • Advised a major French bank on the financing of the acquisition of two real-estate portfolios by a French company listed on EuronextTM Paris.

Education

Université Paris X Nanterre, Master Degree in business law

ESSEC, MBA

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 Thomas Philippe as a "Notable Practitioner" in the world. IFLR 1000 (2018).
  • The new edition of Décideurs, a French media and rating agency for top executives, has recognized Thomas Philippe as "Unavoidable" for large & upper mid-cap LBO transactions.
  • “Thomas Philippe 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 Thomas Philippe 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 to managers in LBO deals" in the category of deals of between 50M€ and 300M€, recognizing partner Thomas Philippe. (2018).

2017

  • The new edition of IFLR 1000, a guide to the world's leading financial law firms profession has recognized Thomas Philippe as a "notable practitioner " in the world. (2017).
  • The new edition of Décideurs, a French media and rating agency for top executives has recognized Thomas Philippe as "Unavoidable" in Private Equity. (2017).
  • Le Magazine des Affaires a classé Thomas Philippe 11e sur 30 parmi les avocats les plus actifs en valeur en M&A et 6e sur 30 parmi les avocats les plus actifs en volume. (2017).
  • Private Equity Magazine, a leading publication in France for the private equity industry has recognized Thomas Philippe 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 Thomas Philippe 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 Thomas Philippe. (2017).

2016

  • The new edition of Décideurs, a french media and rating agency for top executives has recognized Thomas Philippe as "Unavoidable" in Private Equity. (2016).