Gaëtan Gianasso is a partner in the London and Paris offices of Latham & Watkins. Mr. Gianasso specializes in mergers and acquisitions and private equity with particular expertise in leveraged acquisitions (LBO). He has considerable experience representing private equity institutions in connection with acquisitions, dispositions, and transaction financing.

Recognition

Recognized among Top Private Equity Lawyers in EMEA. MergerLinks 2020

Mr. Gianasso's recent experience includes advising:

Large Cap Transactions

  • Acquisition by Groupe Inovie of BioClinic, a France-based operator of medical biology laboratories (2022)
  • TA Associates in the acquisition of a majority stake in Solabia (French manufacturer of natural active ingredients for the cosmetic, pharmaceutical, nutraceutical, and microbiology industries) (2021)
  • TA Associates on its acquisition of 25% stake in Foncia (European leader in property management services) (2021)
  • Intermediate Capital Group (ICG) in the cross-fund sale of Domus Vi (a leader in accommodation and services for dependent or autonomous seniors) (2021)
  • PSP Investments in its reinvestment in Cerba HealthCare (leading player in medical diagnosis) (2021)
  • Ardian in the acquisition of a minority stake in Inovie (the leading independent medical diagnostic provider in France) (2021)
  • Ontario Teachers on its investment in the merger of Siaci Saint Honoré and the Burrus Group (2021)
  • Core Equity Holdings in its acquisition of a majority stake in Provalliance (European leading provider of haircare services and products) (2021)
  • Ardian in the sale of Photonis (manufacturer of photomultiplier tubes) (2021)
  • Ardian in the sale of its majority stake in DRT (development of rosin and turpentine extracted from pine resin) to the Firmenich group (2020)
  • Public Sector Pension Investment Board in the acquisition by a group of investors including Public Sector Pension Investment Board of Ceva Santé Animale (veterinary pharmaceutical company) (2020)
  • Ardian in the sale of the Kersia group (global leader in biosecurity and food safety), other co-investors, and managers to IK Investment Partners (2020)
  • Ardian in the acquisition of a majority stake in the Santé Cie Group (specialist in home medical assistance) (2020)
  • Ardian in the acquisition of Cérélia (leading transatlantic provider of innovative bakery solutions) from IK Investment Partners (2020)
  • Platinum Equity in the acquisition of Biscuit International (leading European manufacturer of private label sweet biscuits) from Qualium Investissement (2019)
  • Cobepa in the sale of its stake in Staci (logistics solutions provider for companies) to Ardian (2019)
  • TA Associates in the sale of Hana Group (global provider of freshly prepared sushi “on the go”) to Permira (2019)

Mid Cap Transactions

  • Ares in the acquisition of Technicolor’s Trademark Licensing operations (2022)
  • Build-up acquisition by Inovie Group (Ardian) of Biofutur (group of medical biology analysis laboratories) (2021)
  • Build-up acquisitions by DLPV Software (TA Associates) of Gercop Group, Jestimo and Sephira Group (Software and IT services) (2021)
  • Groupe Odealim in its acquisition of Artémis Courtage (credit and insurance brocker), with a minority reinvestment from Raise Investissement and the management of Artémis Courtage (2021)
  • TA Associates in its acquisition of a majority growth investment in DL Software (2021)
  • Summit Partners in the sale of its minority stake (49%) in Sipartech (the fastest growing dark fiber providers in France) to Blackstone (2020)
  • Kersia in the acquisition of 100% of Sopura (a specialist in the development of cleaning, disinfection and water treatment solutions for the brewing, beverage, and food industry) from its current shareholders (2020)
  • Summit Partners in the sale of its minority stake (49%) in Sipartech (the fastest growing dark fiber providers in France) to Blackstone (2020)
  • Motion Equity Partners in the sale of Altaïr Group's 100% securities to Eurazeo (household cleaning product manufacturer) (2020)
  • The founders and TA Associates in the investment of Antin Infrastructure Partners in Babilou (leading private network of daycare facilities and Early Years Education in Europe) (2020)
  • Kersia Group, a portfolio company of Ardian, in the acquisition of The Holchem Group Limited (leader in hygiene technology) and its subsidiaries from Ecolab (2020)
  • TA Associates in the sale of its minority stake in ZADIG & VOLTAIRE (French modern luxury ready-to-wear) to Peninsula (2020)
  • DomusVi  in the acquisition of HPA, the parent company of the Residalya group from Ackermans & van Haaren (flats and nursing homes for elderly people) (2019)
  • TA Associates in a 38% minority investment in V Plus SA, holding company of the Vivacy group (medical aesthetics devices) (2019)

Bar Qualification

  • Avocat (Paris)
  • England and Wales (Solicitor)

Education

  • Postgraduate Degree Business Law (DEA), University of Aix-Marseille III, 1994
  • Graduate Degree Business Law, University of Aix-Marseille III, 1993

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • French