Corporate M&A Counsel, Luxembourg
“I deliver efficient and pragmatic advice to corporates and financial sponsors. I specialise in private equity transactions.”
Education and qualifications
Maxime is a consultant in the Luxembourg corporate group. He joined the firm in 2010, was seconded to the litigation group of our Luxembourg office in 2012 and to the financial sponsors practice of our London office in 2014.
He advises clients on wide a range of corporate matters, with a particular expertise in private M&A, joint ventures and group restructuring. He has experience on working on the sale or acquisition of regulated businesses in Luxembourg. Maxime gained specific expertise in advising financial sponsors on all Luxembourg corporate aspects, including initial investment, structuring, exit and portfolio assistance.
He regularly advises clients on complex cross-border restructuring and insolvency matters.
Maxime also recently advised on the set-up of special purpose acquisition vehicles (SPACs), their listing on a regulated market and business combinations with targets of different industries (de-SPAC transactions).
Maxime has advised on a variety of deals. These include advising:
- M&A, private equity:
⦁ Cobepa S.A. and GEN II Fund Services, LLC on the acquisition from Quilvest & Partners of Quilvest Luxembourg Services S.A., a domiciliary agent and fund services provider based and regulated in Luxembourg.
⦁ The Carlyle Group on the sale of its 59.08% stake in Logoplaste Parent S.à r.l. , the parent company of a group with activities in the rigid plastic packaging sector with presence in Portugal and abroad, to Mar Bidco S.à r.l. , who is controlled by Ontario Teachers' Pension Plan.
⦁ Cerberus on the financing of its acquisition of World Flight Services from funds managed by Platinum Equity.
⦁ Digital Bridge on its joint venture with Liberty Global, AtlasEdge, to establish a European edge data centre platform.
⦁ Vantage Data Centers, supported by Digital Bridge, on the establishment of its European hyperscale data centre platform, and the acquisitions of Etix Group and Next Generation Data.
⦁ Hg on its acquisition of a significant stake in Combell and the roll-up acquisitions by Combell of TransIP and Register.
⦁ Hg on the €1.359bn recapitalisation and refinancing of team.blue, a European provider of digital presence and enablement tools, such as domains, mass hosting, email and applications including e-commerce.
⦁ Montagu, Hg and other selling investors on their US$ 12.2bn leveraged buyout of Visma to a consortium of investors including Hg Saturn 2 Fund, TPG, Warburg Pincus and CPPIB. The transaction values the business at US$12.2bn and is the largest ever buy-out of a software company.
⦁Montagu on its investment in Visma AS, a Norwegian business software company, made alongside a consortium of investors for a value of US$ 5.3bn.
⦁ Payconiq on the €64m acquisition of a Luxembourg payment institution and the development of such entity as the hub for its EU activities.
⦁ Rakuten on the structuring of its USD 900m acquisition of Viber.
- Restructuring and insolvency:
⦁ Abengoa in relation to the implementation of a global restructuring involving the reduction of pre-restructuring old money group corporate debt from c.€8.9 billion to c.€2.6 billion, as well as in relation to subsequent restructurings.
⦁ Telecom Luxembourg Private Operator S.A. in relation to (i) the initiation and conduct of collective proceedings and (ii) the distressed sale of all the assets of the company to Lux Network S.A., the Luxembourg subsidiary of the French Group Nomotech.
⦁ Arrival, the UK-based producer of electric vehicles, on its US$ 5.3bn business combination with CIIG Merger Corp. a US ‘SPAC’ listed on the NASDAQ, and related listing of new holding company Arrival Group on Nasdaq under “ARVL”.
⦁ Union Acquisition Corp. II, a special purpose acquisition company (SPAC), on its US$ 1.1bn business combination with Crynssen Pharma Group Ltd (Procaps) and related listing of new holding company Procaps Group, S.A. on Nasdaq under “PROC”.
⦁ A large leading bank on the €150m private placement of units of GFJ ESG Acquisition I SE , A SPAC listed on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange.
Education and qualifications
Maxime holds master’s degrees in Business law from the Université de Lorraine (Magistère de Juriste d’Affaires Européen, Master de Juriste d’Affaires International et Européen), and a LL.M. in international competition law and policy from the University of Glasgow.
He was further awarded a Master of Geopolitics from the Ecole Normale Supérieure de Paris (Ulm) and the Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne.
Maxime is admitted to the Luxembourg Bar and the Brussels Bar.
He works in English and French.