Mr. Attar-Rezvani was selected as one of 10 Rising Stars of the Paris bar by Décideurs Juridique for 2018, was named in The Best Lawyers in France 2021 and has repeatedly been listed as a Notable Practitioner by IFLR1000.
Mr. Attar-Rezvani’s representative M&A experience includes the following:
Telecoms, Media and Technologies
- Criteo S.A., a global technology company that provides the world’s leading Commerce Media Platform, based in Paris and listed on Nasdaq, in connection with its contemplated acquisition of shares and assets of the Iponweb group;
- Silver Lake Partners, a global leader in technology investing, in connection with its acquisition of Silae, a French cloud-based payroll software provider; and in its buyout of Meilleurtaux, a leading financial services provider, from Goldman Sachs PIA;
- Iliad, the listed parent company of Free, one of France’s main telecom operators, in connection with the acquisition of Jaguar Network in the field of B2B telecommunications, a joint venture with Digicel Group in respect of radio and network sharing, and several other M&A matters relating to, inter alia, fiber and internet access, and home automation;
- Nokia in its combination with Alcatel-Lucent, through a public offer in France and the U.S.;
- Capgemini in numerous transactions, including its acquisition of IGATE through a U.S. merger; certain aspects of its acquisition of Altran Technologies; its acquisition of Groupe Euriware from French nuclear company Areva; and several other M&A transactions and strategic partnerships in Europe and in emerging markets;
- Axian Group in numerous M&A matters involving acquisitions of or investments in telecom operators (France, Senegal, Togo, Tanzania, Madagascar), financial services and renewable energy;
- Zayo Group Holdings, Inc. in its US$1.4 billion sale of zColo, including certain U.S. and European data center assets, to DataBank Holdings, Ltd. This transaction was named the 2020 IJGlobal Deal of the Year;
- NJJ Capital, the investment vehicle of Xavier Niel, in connection with a consortium acquisition of Tigo Senegal from Millicom International Cellular;
- Magnum Photos, a photo agency founded by Robert Capa and Henri Cartier-Bresson, in connection with the first outside investment in the agency in its 70-year history;
- The French Republic and Société Générale in connection with France Telecom’s tender offer for Wanadoo;
- Talend in its acquisition of Restlet, a cloud-based API design and testing platform;
- Gateway in connection with its acquisition of Packard Bell and simultaneous acquisition by Acer;
Luxury and Retail
- L’Occitane International, a global luxury cosmetics group based in Europe and listed on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange, in connection with its proposed acquisition of 83% of Sol de Janeiro Holdings, Inc., its acquisition of the Elemis Group and various other matters;
- two investors in connection with their acquisition of a combined 80% interest in Italy-based, animal product-free outerwear company Save the Duck;
- LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton S.E. in connection with its proposed acquisition of Tiffany & Co.;
- Polo Ralph Lauren in connection with the development of its sale and distribution network in Europe;
- Kering in connection with the sale of French furniture retailer Conforama to Steinhoff International;
- Coty Inc. in its strategic partnership with KKR, including the carveout sale of 60% of its professional beauty and retail hair businesses to KKR. This transaction was named Private Equity Deal of the Year for the Americas by IFLR at its 2021 Americas Awards;
- Yves Rocher in connection with its repurchase of Sanofi’s 19.3% stake in the Yves Rocher Group;
- Quiksilver in connection with its tender offer for Skis Rossignol and its subsequent sale of the Skis Rossignol and Roger Cleveland Golf businesses;
Industrials and FIG
- Pfizer Inc. in its $95 million investment in Valneva S.E., a French biotech company listed on Euronext and Nasdaq, in connection with the update of the parties’ Collaboration and License Agreement. Pfizer’s investment represents 8.1% of Valneva’s share capital;
- Mercedes-Benz in its investment in European battery cell manufacturer Automotive Cells Company alongside founding joint venture partners Stellantis and TotalEnergies, with an objective to reach capacity of at least 120 GW hours in Europe by 2030 for an investment volume of more than €7 billion;
- Renault in the proposed (but withdrawn) 50/50 merger transaction with Fiat Chrysler Automobiles;
- SCOR in its successful defense against an unsolicited takeover proposal from COVEA;
- Air France and KLM in the largest transatlantic joint venture in civil aviation history, involving Delta Air Lines and Northwest Airlines;
- WABCO Holdings Inc., a global provider of advanced driver assistance systems and autonomous driving technologies, in its acquisition by ZF Friedrichshafen AG;
- Stryker in its acquisition of Vexim, a medical technology company, through a public tender offer followed by a squeeze-out; and
- Sanofi and Merck in their proposed divestment of animal health assets in connection with an aborted joint venture.
Mr. Attar-Rezvani also has significant experience in international capital markets transactions and privatizations, including those of Air France, Orange and Autoroutes du Sud de la France, as well as IPOs, dual listings and/or debt offerings.
He regularly speaks, lectures and publishes on issues related to international business transactions and negotiations.
Mr. Attar-Rezvani chairs the Paris office’s Diversity Committee.
- LL.M., Columbia University School of Law, 2006
- M.Jur., University of Oxford, 2000
- Maîtrise, University of Paris I - Panthéon-Sorbonne, 1999
- New York