Guillaume Isautier is a partner in the Mergers & Acquisitions practice in France.
He advises domestic and international clients in a wide variety of M&A transactions, including purchases and sales of listed and non-listed companies, strategic mergers and joint ventures, as well as business carve-out acquisitions and divestitures. His practice focuses on a broad range of industry sectors including banking, telecom, energy and consumer goods & retail sectors. He also regularly represents private equity funds.
- ALD Automotive on its joint venture with Ford and launch of « Ford Fleet Management ».
- Ardagh on its acquisition of beverage can manufacturing assets and support locations in Europe, Brazil and the United States from manufacturing giants Ball Corporation and Rexam for $3.42bn.
- Banco Cacique SA in the sale through its subsidiaries in Brazil of a portfolio of loans relating to individuals entitled to retirement or pension benefits with the INSS.
- Banco Comercial Português in its sale of Millenium Bank to Piraeus Bank.
- Bpifrance in the context of a subscription to a capital increase of Matera (Series B).
- Corning on its acquisition of 3M Company’s global Fiber and Copper Connectivity Solutions Business.
- M&A Deal of the Year – IFLR Americas Awards 2016 – The Dow Chemical Company in connection with the French portion of its worldwide divestment of a significant part of its chlorine value chain.
- Florac in connection with various private equity transactions, including:
- its joint acquisition with L Capital of Groupe SMCP and the subsequent sale of Groupe SMCP to KKR,
- its acquisition and subsequent sale of BricoPrivé,
- its acquisition of a stake in the TCR Group from Chequers Capital (Belgium),
- its investment in Dentius (Belgium),
- its investment in Salto (Spain),
- its investment in the Sani and Ikos resorts alongside Oaktree (Greece and Spain),
- its investment in Experienced Capital,
- its investment in Les Domaines de Fontenille,
- its investment in GrandiStazioni (Italy),
- its investment in Fusalp,
- its investment in Spinecap,
- its investment in Padi (US), and
- its investment in Samson & Surrey (US).
- M&A Deal of the Year - American Lawyer 2015 – Fonds National d'Investissement (FNI) in its acquisition of a 51% stake in Orascom Telecom Algérie (Djezzy) from the VimpelCom group.
- HalioDx and its shareholders on the sale of HalioDx to Veracyte, Inc..
- Lafarge in its sale of Ciments Guyanais to Argos.
- Mubadala et Bpifrance on their investment in Omni-Pac Group alongside the Latour Capital and the target's managers.
- Nokia in its acquisition of Withings and in the sale of its Digital Health business.
- M&A Deal of the Year – IFLR Europe Awards 2019 – Novartis on its $3.9 billion acquisition of Nasdaq-listed Advanced Accelerator Applications.
- Ormat Technologies Inc. in its acquisition of Géothermie Bouillante SA.
- Siparex on its acquisition of NG Travel.
- Siparex on its investment in Batibig Group via its investment fund Siparex ETI 4.
- Société Générale in connection with various acquisitions and divestments around the world including:
- in Norway, the sale of SG Finans to Nordea,
- in Poland, the sale of Euro Bank to Bank Millennium,
- in the United Kingdom, the acquisition of BHF Kleinwort Benson,
- in Germany, the acquisition of Gefa Bank and ALD,
- in Greece, the acquisition and the subsequent sale of General Bank of Greece,
- in Norway, the acquisition of Elcon Finans AS,
- in France, the sale of ECS to Econocom, and
- in Brazil, the acquisition and the subsequent sale of Banco Pecunia.
- Vivendi in the acquisition of a 60% stake in Havas.
Université Paris X-Nanterre
DESS Droit du Commerce International
Golden Gate University
LL.M. in Taxation
- Guillaume Isautier is • Recognized as “Highly Regarded” for Private Equity and M&A in France by IFLR1000 (2022)
- According to Legal 500 EMEA, "Guillaume Isautier successfully manages to combine a remarkable work force, protection of the interests of his clients, a very appreciable relational mode in terms of interactions and availability, all at very competitive prices."(2022)
- According to Chambers Europe, one source reports: "Guillaume Isautier is a very good negotiator."(2022)
- According to Chambers Europe, one satisfied client says: "It is an impressive team, I wouldn't think of working with another team,’ and adds that the lawyers are ‘very experienced and reliable." (2021)
- Clients tell Chambers Global that his "negotiating skills, sharp legal and commercial mind are impressive." (2021)
- According to Legal 500 EMEA, a client mentioned that the team is "very professional, efficient and responsive. Guillaume Isautier combines excellent legal skills with great efficiency and a commercial approach." (2020)
- According to Chambers Global, clients describe him as a "trusted adviser with a 360-degree approach to his clients' best interests,’" also reporting him to be "a refined negotiator." (2020).
- Clients tell Chambers Global that "the trust and the quality of our relationship comes from his thoroughness in his work," adding: "He is experienced and very involved in the cases." (2019).
- Sources further underline in Chambers Europe, "You feel you are the only client - he is very dedicated and fully available." (2018)
- According to Legal 500, Guillaume Isautier has "impeccable negotiation tactics and is instrumental in bridging the parties’ opposing interests". (2018)
- In Chambers Global, clients are full of praise for Guillaume Isautier's high level of customer service, finding him to be dedicated and available to his clients. (2018)
- Clients tell Chambers Global that Guillaume is "an absolutely fantastic lawyer, rigorous, professional and available" (2016) and that: "Guillaume knows our group very well, understands and anticipates its needs and delivers top-quality service with the right mix of technical and commercial skills." (2017)
- According to Chambers Global, Guillaume Isautier is "very well prepared and keen to find compromises between the various parties." One interviewee commented: "He was excellent - he gives real advice and from an operational point of view he anticipates the next stages of the transaction very well." (2015)