Jérôme Patenotte Partner

Speaks:  English, French

Admitted to the Bar: 1999 - Paris Bar

Primary phone: +33 (0)1 42 99 35 54

Secondary phone: +33 (0)6 85 06 15 95

Fax: +33 (0)1 42 99 35 01

Email: jerome.patenotte@gowlingwlg.com

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Primary office:  Paris

Jérôme Patenotte

Jérôme Patenotte is a partner specialising in mergers and acquisitions, with a specific emphasis on private equity transactions in the mid-cap market. He advises and helps capital investors, both foreign and French corporates, mezzanine lenders and management teams on their ventures, investments, transactions, buy-outs, IPOs and restructurings.

He is especially called in to deal with tricky transactions where diplomacy is needed to complete a transaction or to design, negotiate and implement complex preference shares or warrants issues based on performance criteria.

In a global M&A world, he is able to resolve multi-jurisdictional M&A issues in cross-border deals, where cultural gaps have to be bridged first in order for confidence to be established between the parties. He finds ways to make the deals happen.


In Jérôme's view, every closing is a moment of sheer joy and a highlight, whether of a round of EUR.100,000 for a promising project or of a successful secondary LBO exit above EUR.100 million.


Legal 500 EMEA, 2016

Private Equity - LBO: recommended firm - ranked: tier 2

Legal 500 Paris, 2015

Private Equity Band 4:

"L'équipe de Gowling WLG est appréciée pour 'sa réactivité, sa capacité à trouver des solutions et sa connaissance du secteur des LBO'. Elle est le conseil de fonds d'investissement dans le cadre d'opérations de LBO ou de capital risque. Le cabinet a notamment assisté Société Générale Capital Partenaires lors de son LBO sur Babilou, mené conjointement avec Cobepa. Il assiste également des startups. L'activité est emmenée par le 'deal maker' Jérôme Patenotte qui est 'très bon dans les négociations avec les autres parties' et Pierre-Emmanuel Chevalier".

Corporate M&A - Band 6:

"L'équipe d'une quinzaine d'avocats de Gowling WLG est le conseil de fonds d'investissement et de nombreux groupes internationaux. Simon Lowe, Arnaud Guérin, Jérôme Patenotte et Pierre-Emmanuel Chevalier animent l'activité du cabinet."


Jérôme's experience includes advising Cap Vert Finance, on corporate aspects in connection with two acquisitions: a French company, Aditia Lease, an IT equipment leasing company specialising in SMEs and SMIs and the Italian company DCS Digital Computer Service, a specialist in on-site technical assistance, MRO, and server and network management.

Retail distribution managers, in connection with the leveraged buy-out of Cyrillus Vertbaudet by Alpha funds for €140 million.

Citigroup and Bryan, Garnier & Co, a pan-European investment bank for growth companies, in connection with the Initial Public Offering of DBV Technologies on the NASDAQ stock exchange and the concurrent private placement on Euronext Paris (under the ticker symbol "DBVT") with a global offering of $133 million (MedTech Sector).

Estée Lauder Companies Inc., in connection with the acquisitions of three high-end fragrance businesses. The first, Le Labo ("The Lab"), is a high-end fragrance and sensory lifestyle brand with a distinct French heritage and an emphasis on fine craftsmanship and personalization in its products and services. The second acquisition was of Editions de Parfums Frédéric Malle, the storied fragrance brand established by the iconic perfumer Frédéric Malle. The third was by Kilian, the Paris-based prestige fragrance brand that embodies timeless sophistication and modern luxury.

Raine Ventures in connection with the round of financing with Idinvest, Alven Capital, DN Capital, and private individuals on the $14 million Series B funding round to Happn, the hyper-localized dating app that connects people the moment their paths cross.

The fund Novi 2, a French fund in private equity specialized in the low and middle market segments and managed by Idinvest Partners, in connection with an investment through a fund-raising which brings €13 million including €5 million in convertible bonds to Green & Biz, a company specialized in the repair and maintenance of the latest Apple technology products in image, sound and appliances.

Movitex, in connection with its sale, (Balsamik and Daxon brands - distance selling of Ladies' clothing), to its managers and employees by the Kering Group (previously PPR), the French retail conglomerate and outsourcing of the logistics activity of Movitex to the Grimonprez group.

Selectirente, a real estate listed investment company, which raised €14.2 million on NYSE Euronext Paris in its convertible bond issue following the exercise of an extension clause.

Eurazeo PME, on the sale, by Pragma Capital, of the French animal artificial insemination business IMV Technologies to Qualium and on its €137 million sale of the Cap Vert Finance group to Carlyle Groupon. Previously we advised them on corporate aspects of the acquisition of Cap Vert Finance, an European leader for the recycling of IT material, for a cash consideration approaching €70 million; Eurazeo PME, a subsidiary of Eurazeo, which specialises in mid-sized companies.

Career & Recognition

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  • 2016

    • Career
      Gowling WLG (France) AARPI, partner
  • 2014

    • Career
      Wragge Lawrence Graham & Co, partner
  • 2010

    • Career
      Wragge & Co, partner
  • 2005

    • Career
      Lefèvre Pelletier & Associés, partner
  • 2001

    • Career
      Lefèvre Pelletier & Associés, senior associate
  • 1999

    • Qualifications (Year of Call/Admission, etc.)
      Admitted to the Bar, Paris Bar
  • 1994

    • Education
      EFB Paris, Paris Bar exam (with honors)
  • 1993

    • Career
      Deloitte & Touche, associate and then manager
    • Education
      Sciences-Po (IEP) Paris, Graduation Finance section
  • 1992

    • Education
      Paris II-Assas University, Master in Private law