Mermoz Avocats and HPML merge

Under the name of Mermoz Avocats, the firm thus has 50 lawyers, including 15 partners and 4 counsels, practicing in Paris, Lyon and Brussels and is led by a pair of managing partners made up of Catherine Nahmias-Ferrandini and Nada Sbaï.

The stated ambition of Mermoz Avocats is that of a multi-disciplinary firm with a strong transactional dominance, particularly in the mid-cap segment and a full range of services in business law. The teams work in corporate, taxation, financing, restructuring, competition and distribution, complex contractual practices, personal data, labor law and have real expertise in business litigation.

Relying on the competence of a robust and long-lasting team, presenting a complementarity of expertise and experience combined with a corporate culture marked by a strong team spirit and entrepreneurship, Mermoz Avocats is able to to support its clients in their ambitions in France and abroad.

Since its creation in 2000, HPML has become a key player in capital investment/private equity and mergers and acquisitions transactions, carrying out more than 50 transactions per year, most of which in the mid-cap segment for HPML, combining its skills with those of Mermoz Avocats is part of its growth dynamic in order to respond, through a complete offer in business law, to the needs of its clients whether it is a question of structuring or carrying out acquisition operations, sale of development or monitoring of their activities. The teams also intervene independently within each center of expertise to meet the challenges of their clients.

Nada Sbaï and Thomas Hermetet, partners coming from HPML, specify “Joining our teams with those of Mermoz seemed obvious to us to create a greater strike force on the market and enrich the service provided to our customers. We share with the Mermoz Avocats teams common values ​​of commitment, respect and the same desire to practice in a dynamic and caring atmosphere, whether internally or with our clients and partners. “.

Gilles Roux and Tristan Segonds, partners at the origin of the Mermoz Avocats adventure, add: “Our teams met on several files and knew each other by reputation. It was at the heart of the action that we were able to appreciate our methods, know-how and interpersonal skills respectively, before deciding to move forward together to make Mermoz Avocats a key player in the French market. “.

Since the beginning of 2022, the joint teams have been involved in more than 15 transactions, including “market” files such as the MBO of the Oryx group (Private Properties), the acquisition by Gerflor of an industrial part of the 3M group, the LBO of Ekosport, the LBO of Point Vision, the LBO of LMB or even the LBO of VT Logistics.

Competence centers

Mermoz Avocats teams are organized as follows:

Corporate Finance (Private-Equity / Mergers-Acquisitions / Financing), 7 partners, 2 counsels and 12 associates : Aurélie Bonsch, Martin Kyuchukov, Arnaud Levasseur, Gilles Roux, Nada Sbaï, Tristan Segonds and Thomas Hermetet, partners; Virginie Florance and Marina Llobell, counsel.

Taxation, 3 partners and 3 collaborators : Nicolas Privat, Laurent Ragot and Philippe Rolland, partners.

Competition and distribution law, 2 partners and 5 associates : Leyla Djavadi and Jean-Louis Fourgoux, partners.

Complex contractual practice and personal data, litigation, 1 partner, 1 counsel and 5 collaborators : Régis Mahieu, partner; Wahib Geaga, counsel.

Restructuring and insolvency proceedings, litigation, 1 partner and 4 associates: Olivier Péchenard, partner.

Social law, 1 partner, 1 counsel and 2 associates : Catherine Nahmias-Ferrandini, partner; Claire Bourgeois, counsel.

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