Lionel Dechmann

  • Partner
  • Elionel.dechmann@lw.com
  • 45, rue Saint-Dominique
  • Paris 75007
  • France
  • T +33.1.40.62.21.14
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Profile

Lionel Dechmann is a partner in the Finance Department in the Paris office of Latham & Watkins. He has extensive experience in financing and is particularly involved in acquisition financing, real estate financing, corporate financing, refinancing, and debt restructuring.

He advises financial institutions as well as investment funds and large industrial groups.

Recognitions

Recognized as a Leading Individual. Clients praised him as being “a very good professional with a strong reputation and position in the French LBO market.” The Legal 500 EMEA 2020 

Recognized in Chambers Europe 2020 rankings. 

Recognized as a Leading Individual by The Legal 500 EMEA 2019.

Advises both lenders and borrowers on debt refinancing, acquisition financing, and recapitalization mandates. Sources appreciate that he is “very thorough on the legal aspects and knows how to sort out what is and isn't important.” Chambers Europe 2019

Clients praise Mr. Dechmann: “He has an enormous working capacity. I really appreciate working with him.” Chambers Europe 2017

Recognized as “the rising star of Latham's banking department.” Chambers Europe 2016

Praised by clients for his “great technique” and “high commitment in defending his clients’ interests.” The Legal 500 EMEA 2016

Experience

Mr. Dechmann's experience includes representing:

  • Bridgepoint in connection with financing of the acquisition of CEP, the leading European protection insurance broker
  • Marathon Asset Management in the refinancing and anticipated reimbursement of Foraco International SA's existing debt
  • Astorg in the financing of the acquisition of Solina, the leading European manufacturer of ingredient and seasoning blends for the food industry from Ardian 
  • TA Associates in the financing of the acquisition of a majority growth investment in DL Software
  • JP Morgan, BNP Paribas, ING Bank N.V. and Société Générale in connection with the financing f the acquisition of THOM Group by Goldstory    
  • Groupe Casino in connection with its refinancing transaction consisting of the issuance of  €400 million uncovered bonds 
  • Astorg Partners in connection with the financing of the acquisition of Nemera
  • Carrefour in the financing of the sale of a majority stake in its fintech Market Pay to AnaCap
  • Tencent in the minority investment in Voodoo, the world leader in hyper-casual games
  • The arranger banks (including JP Morgan, BNPP and Natixis) in connection with the refinancing of the existing debt of Biogroup, the group leader of private medical analysis laboratories in France and in Belgium, through a loanwith a principal totaling €800 million and the issuance of SUNs totaling a principal of €250 million
  • The arranger banks (including JP Morgan, BNPP and Natixis) in connection with the implementation of an Incremental Facility and of tap SSNs with a principal totaling €350 million for the financing/refinancing of build-ups by Biogroup 
  • Ardian in connection with the financing of the acquisition of Groupe Inula, specialized actor in herbal remedies 
  • Bain Capital Private Equity in connection with the acquisition of the furniture and decoration brand Maisons du Monde
  • The founders and TA Associates in the financing of the investment of Antin Infrastructure Partners in Babilou, a leading private network of daycare facilities and Early Years Education in Europe
  • Bridgepoint in connection with the sale of eFront, world leader in supplying software solutions to the financial industry at BlackRock  
  • Bridgepoint in connection with the financing of the acquisition of Medipartenaires and Medipole Sud Santé
  • Ardian Expansion in connection of the acquisition of a minority stake in the bio-medical analysis group Bio 7 
  • Wendel/Materis in connection with the refinancing of the existing senior and mezzanine debt of the Materis group 
  • Crédit Agricole CIB, Goldman Sachs, Natixis and Nomura in connection with the financing of the acquisition of Ceva
  • Ardian in connection with the financing of the acquisition of Laboratoires Anios from L'Air Liquide
  • Ardian in connection with the financing of the acquisition of Staci, specialist in BtoB logistic and distribution solutions, and then of its external growth operation on Base Logistics with Waterland Private Equity 
  • BNP Paribas, the Bank of Ireland and Allied Irish Bank in connection with the restructuring of the Parkeon group  
  • Ardian in connection with the financing of the acquisition of Trescal, by 3i 
  • JP Morgan in connection with the refinancing of Oberthur Technologies
  • BNP Paribas, Deutsche Bank, Goldman Sachs and JP Morgan in connection with the refinancing of Elis     
  • BNP Paribas, BOI and Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation in connection with the financing of the acquisition of Trescal by OMERS to Ardian 
  • BNP Paribas, Crédit Agricole CIB and Société Générale in connection with the financing of the acquisition of Saverglass by The Carlyle Group
  • Société Générale in connection with the refinancing of the existing debt of the InfoVista group controlled by Apax and of the simultaneous acquisition of Empirix from Thoma Bravo 
  • Ardian in connection with the financing of the acquisition of Grand Frais
  • Bridgepoint in connection with the unitranche financing put in place for the acquisition of HTL Biotechnology, specialist in the production of biopolymers
  • EQT in connection with the financing TLB/RCE of the acquisition of the Colisée group, manager of socio-medical institutions and services (ephads) in France and internationally  
  • CIC in its role as arranger in connection with the refinancing of the Exxelia Group owned by IK Partners
  • JP Morgan in connection with the refinancing of the existing debt of Inseec held by Apax
  • JP Morgan in connection with the financing of the acquisition of SMCP, specialist of the textile industry, by Shandong Ruyi alongside KKR
  • Ardian in connection with the refinancing of the existing debt of Photonis
  • JP Morgan in connection with the refinancing of the existing debt of the HoHR group, specialist in temping solutions based in Belgium and in the Netherlands, through the means of a TLB financing of a principal amount of XX and the issuance of High Yield SSNs totaling €320 million
  • JP Morgan and the other arrangers in connection with the refinancing of the existing debt of the Marlink group held by Apax 

Thought Leadership

  • French Liquidity Support Measures Amid the COVID-19 Crisis: One Week After, Where Do Borrowers and Lenders Stand? -  April 03, 2020
  • France Introduces New Legal Regime for Security Agents in Debt Financings  -  January 2, 2018
  • France Amends Banking Monopoly Rules to Facilitate Syndications -  November 06, 2017
  • France Introduces New Legal Regime for Security Agents in Debt Financings -  July 24, 2017

Recognized as a Leading Individual.

The Legal 500 EMEA 2021
Bar Qualification
  • Avocat (Paris)
Education
  • Postgraduate Degree Contracts and Property Law (DEA) , University of Paris I (Pantheon-Sorbonne), 2004
  • MBA, HEC Paris, 2003
  • Postgraduate Degree Business and Tax Law (DESS), University of Paris I (Pantheon-Sorbonne), 2003
Languages
  • French
  • English
Practices
  • Banking
  • Private Equity
  • Private Equity Finance