Recognized as a Leading Individual.

The Legal 500 EMEA 2021

Lionel Dechmann

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

Lionel Dechmann is a partner in the Finance Department in the Paris office of Latham & Watkins. He primarily counsels equity sponsors and lead banks in private equity and LBO financings (senior and mezzanine).

In 2014, Mr. Dechmann was awarded the Prix du Juriste HEC of the year by the HEC Business School for his impressive and inspirational track record in the legal sector.

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

Mr. Dechmann's experience includes representing:

  • Marathon Asset Management in the refinancing and anticipated reimbursement of Foraco International SA's existing debt
  • Crédit Agricole CIB and Société Générale in connection with the financing of the acquisition of Saverglass by The Carlyle Group
  • Shandong Ruyi Group in connection with the financing of its acquisition of SMCP (Sandro, Maje, Claudie Pierlot)
  • Astorg Partners in connection with the financing of the acquisition of Parkeon
  • Bain Capital in connection with the IPO of Maisons du Monde on Euronext Paris
  • Bain Capital in connection with the financing of  its acquisition of Autodis Group
  • Bridgepoint in respect of the financing of the acquisition of eFront
  • Wendel and Materis in respect of the senior refinancing of all existing senior and mezzanine debt of the Materis Group through the implementation of two separate refinancings at the level of the Paints and Admixtures divisions
  • Bridgepoint in connection with the financing of the acquisition of the Medipartenaires and Medipole Sud Santé Groups
  • Ardian in respect of the financing of the acquisition of a minority stake in the Bio 7 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 by Ardian and management, from L'Air Liquide
  • BNP Paribas and Banque Européenne du Crédit Mutuel in connection with the refinancing of the Foncière des Murs
  • Ardian in connection with the financing of the acquisition of Trescal from 3i
  • JP Morgan in connection with Oberthur Technologies' refinancing
  • BNP Paribas, Deutsche Bank, Goldman Sachs, and JP Morgan in connection with Elis' refinancing
  • Bain Capital Private Equity in connection with the financing of the acquisition of Maisons du Monde
 
  • 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
 
 
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