Hogan Lovells Recruits Private Equity Partner in Paris

PARIS, 1 February 2011 - Hogan Lovells has recruited Xavier Doumen as a partner in the private equity practice in Paris.  Xavier joined Hogan Lovells on 1 February 2012.  Xavier joins Hogan Lovells from Willkie Farr & Gallagher where he worked on private equity and strategic M&A transactions. 

Xavier joins the Hogan Lovells Global Private Equity practice, which has more than 190 lawyers in 14 countries.  The practice’s recent deals include:

  • Advising Kelso Place Asset Management LLP on its acquisition of the iconic global fashion brand Nicole Farhi alongside current owner, private equity firm, OpenGate Capital.
  • Advising the management of Phadia on its acquisition by Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc. from European private equity firm Cinven. The deal is worth approximately €2.47 billion.
  • Advising Patni Computer Systems in relation to the sale of their and General Atlantic's company to iGate Corporation, a US Nasdaq-listed Indian IT company. 
  • Advising luxury goods group Labelux on the acquisition of UK retailer Jimmy Choo from private equity house TowerBrook Capital Partners.

Recent deals for Hogan Lovells in Paris include:

  • Advising BSR Group SAS in the acquisition of Axson Technologies SA from OFI Private Equity, IDI MEZZANINE and CAPZANINE.
  • Advising Hub Telecom (subsidiary of Aéroports de Paris) in the sale of the Masternaut Group to Francisco Partners (private equity fund).
  • Antitrust advice to Vizada and Apax in the context of the sale of Vizada to Astrium.
  • Advising the banks in the acquisition by 21 Centrale Partners of Vacances Directes, from Acto Capital.
  • Advising Assa Abloy in the acquisition of Portafeu from the private equity fund Ciclade.

Alan Greenough, Co-Head of private equity, said:

"Xavier is a great addition to our Corporate team and a key element in reinforcing our private equity activity in Paris, working alongside Stéphane Huten.”

Xavier Doumen said:

"The global platform at Hogan Lovells presents a great opportunity for me to contribute to the development of the existing private equity practice in Paris.  I look forward to working with my new colleagues to leverage the success and expertise of the global private equity practice."

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