Firm Profile > Scotto Partners > Paris, France

Scotto Partners
112 AVENUE KLÉBER
75116 PARIS
France

Private equity: LBO Tier 2

Independent corporate boutique Scotto Partners remains the go-to firm for management packages. The group has an outstanding track record handling the biggest transactions in the market and is able to draw on colleagues from the tax and employment departments to advise on related legal issues arising for managers in the context of leveraged buy-outs. The group handles domestic and cross-border transactions alike. Lionel Scotto le MasseseNicolas Menard-DurandClaire Revol-Renié and Isabelle Cheradame are the key contacts.

Key clients

Buffalo Grill

Comexposium

Etanco

Indigo

Loch Lomond

MC2i

Proxiserve

Sulo

Technicis

Wallenborn

Tax Tier 4

Scotto Partners's tax team has leading expertise in the niche area of advising the management in LBO and private equity transactions in which the firm is involved. The practice regularly advises on the market's largest LBO transactions. Jérôme Commerçon and counsel Xavier Colard lead the team.

Key clients

Buffalo Grill

Delsey

Wallenborn

Etanco

Opteven

Edilians

T&S Group

Saur

Sulo

Scalian

MC2i

Proxiserve

Comexposium

GSE

Efront

Indigo

Technicis

Ales

Loch Lomond

Sateco

Staci

Verescence

Fichet (Gunnebo)

The firm: Scotto & Associés is an independent law firm dedicated to accompanying executives, managers and family shareholders as well as their companies during the crucial moments in the course of their business in France and internationally. With about 30 lawyers, the firm covers corporate, tax and employment matters.

Our practice’s peculiarity and excellence come from:

    • a synthesis between a leading private equity practice and a public/private M&A practice which allows us to cover a broad range of corporate transactions (M&A, LBO, venture, P to P, IPO, etc.);
    • a fully-embedded first-class tax team (covering both corporate and personal tax) and a very dynamic employment team; and
    • a particular focus on private clients, in particular family groups and top management of listed and non-listed groups, which is unique on the French market.

Areas of practice: Private equity/management packages: The private equity practice, historical focus of the firm since its initial foundation in 1996, has been the leader on the Paris market ever since.

The firm assists management teams in connection with private equity transactions. Its ability to cover all tax and legal issues in connection with management packages as well as its unique track record clearly distinguish the private equity practice on the Paris market.

Our private equity team is well-known for understanding and mastering the financial issues in connection with management packages.

Recent deals include mid-market deals as well as the majority of the largest cross-border transactions of the last three years in France and abroad (Belgium, Germany, Italy, Switzerland), notably Atotech, Acetow/Solvay, Kiloutou, Kerneos, Axilone, Winoa, Tessi, Bally, Baccarat, Staci and AmatsiGroup.

Corporate tax, wealth and estate tax planning: Headed by Jérôme Commerçon, our tax team has a strong track record and is particularly renowned for handling complex tax matters.

Our tax team assists our clients on our corporate transactions (involving highly complex tax and corporate structure and issues) and has built over the years a particular expertise on tax issues relating to private equity transactions, corporate restructurings and management packages; our tax team has also developed its own practice, in particular in the field of complex tax litigation where it is particularly renowned.

Our tax team also has a strong private client practice encompassing the assistance of French and international family groups, family businesses – listed or not – and high net worth individuals, living in France or abroad. More particularly, we assist our clients and their families on the tax structuring of their financial and private equity investments, real estate investments and estate planning. We deal with every tax and legal matters on a French and international basis such as income tax, wealth tax, estate tax, civil law, family and corporate governance.

M&A and capital markets: The corporate team advises clients on a broad range of high-profile corporate and public or private M&A transactions, including in a ‘distressed’ context (mandat ad hoc, conciliation). It stands out for its keen understanding of complex acquisition schemes and financial aspects of such M&A transactions.

The team further has strong expertise in advising listed companies and their management in connection with debt or equity capital market transactions in particular, IPOs as exit for LBOs (e.g. Elior, Elis and Spie). It has excellent reputation in setting up incentive packages for management teams of listed groups. It further regularly advises CEOs in connection with their departure from listed companies.

The corporate practice also has a strong focus on family groups and investors.

Employment, pensions and benefits: Our employment team has developped strong technical skills in all HR issues related to LBO, IPO and more generally any corporate transactions.

With respect to managers, our expertise includes: (i) negotiation of corporate officer status (under LBO or not) and termination packages, (ii) implementation of complementary remuneration packages and benefits (free shares plans, deffered salary/LTI plans, expatriation packages, pension schemes).

We also assist companies in their collective relationships with trade unions and staff representatives in particular in order to implement restructuring/downsizing plans or more generally any consultative procedures in the course of a change of majority ownership (under LBO).

More generally, our team advises clients on all French day-to-day HR aspects. We also assist them before French employment courts in litigation matters, and with respect to administrative steps and issues with the French administrations.

Department Name Email Telephone
Corporate/PE/capital venture Nicolas Menard-Durand
Corporate/PE/capital venture Claire Revol-Renié
Corporate/PE/international Isabelle Cheradame
Corporate/M&A Lionel Scotto le Massese
Corporate/M&A Thomas Bourdeaut
Corporate/capital markets Lionel Scotto le Massese
Corporate/capital markets Thomas Bourdeaut
Tax/litigation Jérôme Commerçon
Tax/corporate Jérôme Commerçon
Tax/PE Jérôme Commerçon
Tax/estate and wealth planning Jérôme Commerçon
Photo Name Position Profile
Mr Jérôme Commerçon  photo Mr Jérôme Commerçon
Number of lawyers : 30
English
French
Spanish
German