“According to clients, Denis Criton is one of the best private equity lawyer in the French market.”

The Legal 500 EMEA 2020

Denis Criton

  • 45, rue Saint-Dominique
  • Paris 75007
  • France

Denis Criton is a partner in the Paris office of Latham & Watkins. He specializes in mergers and acquisitions, with particular expertise in leveraged acquisitions (LBOs). Mr. Criton has considerable experience representing private equity institutions in acquisitions, disposals, and restructurings. For more than 18 years, he has been representing French and foreign investors in strategic transactions and joint ventures.

Mr. Criton was the Global Chair of the Knowledge Management Committee for four years.

Prior to joining Latham, Mr. Criton worked in the London and Paris offices of several leading law firms.


Mr. Criton is recognized as a Leading Individual. Chambers Europe 2022

Recognized as a key contact for leveraged buy-outs. The Legal 500 EMEA 2021 

Ranked as a top M&A lawyer in France. MergerLinks 2021

One impressed source says: "Mr. Criton is able to adjust to his clients, he goes beyond legal support and gives us the right advice.” Chambers Europe 2020

He has a reputation for being clearly the best among the younger generation of private equity lawyers. The Legal 500 EMEA 2019

Regularly assists private equity firms and asset managers with LBOs and boasts strength in both the life sciences and cosmetics spaces. Chambers Europe 2019

Mr. Criton's experience includes advising:

  • Bain Capital Private Equity in its acquisition of a 55% stake in House of HR, a European leader in HR services
  • OpenWeb in connection with its US $100 million acquisition of ADYOULIKE, a France-based global player in native advertising
  • Bain Capital Private Equity in its negotiations to sell Parts Holding Europe (“PHE”), a leading European digitally-enabled automotive parts distributor, to the D’Ieteren Group, a family-controlled listed investment firm with deep expertise in the automotive services sector
  • SK Capital in its acquisition of SEQENS
  • Sagard in its acquisition of Ginger, the French leader in prescription engineering
  • Albéa on the contemplated sale of its dispensing business to Silgan, supplier of rigid packaging for consumer goods products
  • ICG on the sale of a majority take in Gerflor, manufacturer and marketer of vinyl flooring solutions and wall finishes for resilient floors and wall coverings, to Cobepa
  • Mobivia on the acquisition together with Renault of Exadis, a distributor-stockist of multi-brand automotive parts
  • BC Partners on the sale of the Antelliq Group, a France-based developer of digital animal identification, traceability and monitoring solutions to Merck for €3.25 billion
  • Intermediate Capital Group on the sale of the Stella Group, a France-based manufacturer of custom-made curtains, roller shutters, gates and sectional doors, to PAI Partners
  • Natixis on the sale of Axeltis, the distribution platform for investment funds, to MFEX
  • Mobivia on the acquisition by Michelin of a minority stake of A.T.U., a Germany-based automotive services provider
  • KKR on the acquisition of Hyperion, a manufacturer of industrial tool components
  • Antelliq, formerly Allflex, on the acquisition of SCR Engineers, an Israel-based manufacturer of monitoring technologies for farm management
  • CDPQ on the acquisition of a significant minority stake in the Sebia group, the in-vitro diagnostics protein testing busines
  • Bain Capital on the acquisition of the Consolis Group, a France-based industrial group specialized in the design and manufacture of high-performance per-cast concrete products
  • PAI Partners on the acquisition of Albéa, the world leader in beauty and personal care packaging.
  • Mobivia on the acquisition of A.T.U, the German automotive services market leader
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