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CMS advises Colgate-Palmolive

on the acquisition of Laboratoires Filorga Cosmétiques

12/07/2019

CMS team covering 11 jurisdictions advised Colgate-Palmolive, in its about EUR 1.5 billion acquisition of Laboratoires Filorga Cosmétiques, premium anti-aging skin care brand focused primarily on facial care.

Originally founded in France in 1978, the brand is now sold in over 60 countries with its largest markets being France, Italy, Spain and Greater China. The Filorga brand leverages a multi-channel distribution strategy across pharmacy, online, specialty stores and travel retail.

The CMS multi-jurisdictional team involving more than 60 CMS lawyers from across Austria, Belgium, China, France, Hong Kong, Italy, Mexico, Middle East, Poland, Portugal and Spain advised on all aspects of the transaction, including M&A/corporate, tax, commercial contracts, employment, anti-trust, and real estate.

For this transaction, the CMS team, coordinated by Alexandra Rohmert, partner (CMS France), was composed of :

CMS France : Alexandra Rohmert, partner, Vincent Desbenoit and Marie Semaan, avocats, for the Corporate/M&A aspects; Jean Guilmoto and Nicolas Riou, partners, and Céline Martin, avocat, for Tax aspects, Anne-Laure Villedieu, partner, Anaïs Arnal and Victoire Delloye, avocats, for Commercial Law aspects, Caroline Froger-Michon, partner and Aurélie Parchet, avocat, for the Employment Law aspects, Aline Divo, partner and Arnaud Valverde, avocat, for the Real Estate aspects, Virginie Coursière-Pluntz, counsel and Vincent Lorieul, avocat, for the Competition Law aspects, Yanchao Wu, lawyer and Shanyue Huang, from the China Desk France.

Colgate-Palmolive was also advised by the investment bank Citi.

The sellers were advised by Bredin Prat, including Olivier Assant and Clémence Fallet, partners, Thomas Priolet and Florent Veillerobe, lawyers and investment banks Goldmann Sachs and BNP Paribas.


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