LERINS acted in the context of the transfer of control of LESSONIA from its founder to its management.
The founder of LESSONIA, Christophe Winckler, has sold most of his stake in order to develop the company’s shareholding around a team of managers led by Sébastien Guillotin. This transaction has enabled the managers to increase their stake and take majority control of the company, with the support of NewAlpha Verto, Bpifrance and BNP Paribas Développement.
LESSONIA manufactures natural ingredients for cosmetic brands in France and abroad – where it generates more than 65% of its business.
LERINS acted alongside LCE Avocats, Operandi and Chatelain Avocats, to advise the founder and managers of LESSONIA.
The LERINS team involved in this transaction was composed of Laurent Julienne, partner, Eve Maillet, Counsel, and Anne Souchet, Corporate lawyer.
The LCE Avocats team was composed of Yves Larher, partner, and Marine Derrien, lawyer, in Corporate, and Christine Durand, partner, in Labor Law.
The Operandi firm was represented by Matthias Heyberger, partner, and intervened on the tax law aspects.
Chatelain Avocats acted on the banking part, with Pierre Chatelain, partner.
Bpifrance was advised by the law firm Degroux-Brugère.
Bird & Bird advised the banking pool composed of Crédit Agricole, Banque Populaire Grand Ouest, LCL and Caisse d’Épargne on the financing aspects.