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Nicolas Gauzès

Partner, Luxembourg

Overview

Professional experience

Education and qualifications

Overview

Nicolas joined Linklaters in Luxembourg in 2001 after gaining experience in the Equity Capital Markets-Origination team of a French bank. Nicolas specialises in private equity (upstream and downstream), mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, group restructurings, and equity capital markets. He has particular expertise in structuring private equity funds comprising infrastructure and real estate investments, and investment vehicles (including SICAR structures). His expert knowledge also includes the development of incentive schemes for private equity firms.

He focuses on developing the private equity side of the corporate practice with a number of well-established and renowned clients in their sector including: Centerbridge, Ardian, Oaktree, KKR, BC Partners and Montagu.

Nicolas has acted for and advised among others: 

  • ARDIAN on (i) the structuring of ARDIAN Private Debt III and ARDIAN Infrastructure IV funds; (ii) the acquisition of an interest in the Ascendi Group (one of the leading operators of Portuguese motorways); (iii) the acquisition of VINCI’s stake in Indigo (previously called Vinci park)
  • Carlyle on (i) its acquisition of 60% stake in Logoplaste Group, Portuguese plastics packaging firm and (ii) the EUR 660m acquisition financing of Praesidiad (formerly the Betafence Group) from CVC Capital Partners
  • Centerbridge on the acquisition of Banca Farmafactoring from Apax. Banca Farmafactoring Banking Group operates in the factoring industry and is active in Italy, Spain and Portugal 
  • Permira and ARDIAN on the restructuring arising out of the IPO of the online travel company, eDreams ODIGEO

Professional experience

Nicolas is sitting on the board of the Luxembourg Private Equity Association (LPEA) and a number of its working groups. LPEA aims to promote Luxembourg as a jurisdiction where funds benefit from stability, flexibility and a depth of expertise of financial and legal service providers.

Education and qualifications

Nicolas holds a Postgraduate Degree in Law with honours with a specialisation in corporate law as well as a master’s in business law from the University Paris II Panthéon – Assas. He also holds a MBA from the ESSEC Graduate School of Management.

Nicolas speaks French and English