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Allen & Overy advises Campari Group on its contemplated acquisition of premium Cognac Courvoisier, valuing Courvoisier at USD1.32 billion

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Allen & Overy is advising Campari Group on the entry into exclusive negotiations with, and the granting of a put option to, Beam Suntory, Inc with a view to acquire premium Cognac house Courvoisier for USD1.2 billion for the fixed component of the purchase price.

Courvoisier is a premium top four historical cognac house boasting world renowned brand credentials. The transaction would be the largest deal in Campari Group’s history, enabling a significant step up in the U.S. presence with long term transformational potential in strategic Asia. The signing of the transaction is subject to the information and consultation of the French employees’ representatives and the closing of the transaction will be subject to the completion of the appropriate regulatory processes and customary antitrust approvals.

The A&O team was led by M&A Partner Alexandre Ancel and M&A Counsel Anne-Caroline Payelle (A&O Paris), supported by associates Gaëtan Le Bris and Arthur Curti and comprised teams in Milan, New York, Washington and London.

A&O Milan advised Campari in relation to the EUR1.2 billion bridge financing with a team led by Banking partner Stefano Sennhauser and Milan counsel Luca Maffia, supported by associate Alessandro Carta Mantiglia. Counsel Elia Ferdinando Clarizia and associate Doris Ceoromila advised on tax aspects of the financing. A team comprising partner Femke Bierman, Kelly van der Vooren and Cobie Kuipers of A&O Amsterdam acted on Dutch law aspects.

The A&O team also comprised, in Paris : Counsel Laurie-Anne Ancenys and associate Juliette Mazilier (IT, Data), Peerpoint consultants Marianne Delassausse and Victor Willaert (IP), Partner Romaric Lazerges and associate Charles-Hugo Lerebour and Awa De (Public / Regulatory), Partner Florence Ninane and Senior Associates Roxane Hicheri and Clémence d'Almeida (Antitrust), Partner Claire Toumieux, counsel Susan Ekrami and associate Naomi-Lan Leroy (Employment) as well as Partner Jean-Dominique Casalta and Associates Antoine Gueche and Domitille Favre (Real Estate),  in New York & DC: Partners Romain Dambre (M&A) and Elaine Johnston (Antitrust), Senior Associate Puja Patel (Antitrust) and Associate Regina Loureiro (Antitrust) and in London: Partner Dominic Long and Counsel Christopher Best (Antitrust).