Nicola Di Giovanni

Nicola Di Giovanni

Partner, Corporate; Private Equity; Mergers and Acquisitions

Nicola Di Giovanni is highly experienced in private equity, general corporate and restructuring matters. His practice focuses on complex cross-border and domestic transactions, including leveraged buyouts, corporate acquisitions, joint ventures, disposals, consortium/minority equity investments and corporate restructurings across various geographies, sectors and values.


Mr. Di Giovanni advises a broad range of financial sponsor clients, including investment funds and family offices, as well as corporates, on their most significant deals.

He is recognized as a leading practitioner by Option Droit & Affaires, Décideurs Magazine and The Best Lawyers in France. He also is ranked in the Leaders League for Private Equity — in the Development Capital, Mid Cap LBO and Venture Capital categories — and Mergers & Acquisitions.

Mr. Di Giovanni’s representations (including prior to joining Skadden) include advising:

  • L’Occitane Groupe and Reinold Geiger, the majority shareholder of L’Occitane International, in a take-private bid for L’Occitane International valuing the company at €6 billion
  • Grupo Bimbo, the world’s largest baking company, in its acquisition of Tunisia-based Moulin d’Or (GEPACO Group)
  • Ardian Private Equity in relation to numerous co-investment transactions across several different industries and jurisdictions
  • JAB Holdings on several acquisitions in connection with its pet insurance platform
  • Citi Ventures in connection with its investment in Defacto, a French business-to-business fintech company
  • S2G Investments (family office) on a Series C equity investment round in Unseenlabs, a global leader in radio frequency data and solutions for maritime domain awareness
  • Intesa Sanpaolo on its investment in SpaceX, a California-based rocket and satellite internet company and the world’s leading provider of launch services
  • Hologic on the carve-out and divestment of its French subsidiary SuperSonic Imagine
  • Iliad on a strategic commercial partnership agreement with, and significant investment in, Poolside
  • H.I.G. Capital on the acquisition of Quick Restaurants S.A. from Burger King (owned by Group Bertrand and Bridgepoint), the disposal of Aviapartner Group and several private equity transactions
  • Financière LM (family office) in relation to the sale of a controlling interest in Group Boulangerie Louise to InVivo Retail as a result of the de-SPAC of Teract
  • Financière LM (family office) on the leveraged buyout of Délices de France
  • Andera Partners on the acquisition of Groupe Spengler Holtex, the acquisition of TXCube and the sale of SRWK (Sarawak) Group
  • Colam Entreprendre (family office) in relation to the acquisition of Akuo Energy, a French company specializing in renewable energy, and the sale of Akuo Energy to Akuo’s management and ICG Infra
  • LBO France on various private equity transactions
  • the Caravelle family office on its acquisition of Dental Group Clinic



  • LL.M., Duke Law School, 2002
  • M.B.L., University of Paris X - Nanterre, 2000


  • Paris


  • English
  • French
  • Italian

Nicola Di Giovanni

Partner, Corporate; Private Equity; Mergers and Acquisitions