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Fieldfisher advises Excelya on the acquisition of three European Contract Research Organisations



Belgium, France, Germany, United Kingdom

A Fieldfisher cross-disciplinary and cross-border team, led by Philippe Netto, Hélène Lefebvre and Antoine Gabizon, advised Excelya, a leading European CRO (contract research organisation) in the framework of the acquisition of three CROs operating in Europe: Zeincro, based in Central-Eastern & Southern Europe, The Clinical Company based in The Netherlands and in Belgium, and Koehler eClinical, based in Germany. Together, they will be known as Excelya Group.
This alliance will allow Excelya Group to offer a one stop provider service model throughout Europe for its clients, whether they need full service, functional service providing or consulting services, in the pharmaceutical, biotechnology, cosmetic, medical device and nutrition sectors notably. Excelya Group is now a leading European full service CRO providing services in 24 European countries.
The acquisition of the three entities was financed by a consortium of four French banks, led by Société Générale.
Zeincro is a leading contract research organization primarily operating in Central-Eastern & Southern Europe with particular expertise in clinical operations, safety and medical affairs. The Clinical Company is present in the Belgian and Dutch markets specializing in clinical operations. Koehler eClinical is a German specialty CRO with a focus on biostatistics and data solutions.
Philippe Netto comments: "We are delighted to have been able to advise Excelya Group in the framework of these three acquisitions. This operation demonstrates our expertise in working with high-profile companies that are leaders in their field, along with our ability to create cross-border teams to assist our clients on a multitude of issues in the context of international transactions. This is a real advantage offered by the Fieldfisher network".
Excelya Group was advised by Fieldfisher, with a team composed in Paris of Philippe Netto, partner, Marion Cressely-Deneuville, counsel, Liora Jakubowicz and Daniel Da Cruz, associates, on the corporate aspects; Hélène Lefebvre, partner, Charles Abitbol and Adrien Dubois, associates, on the financing aspects; and Antoine Gabizon, partner, Aline Hériveau, counsel, and Cédric Pavao, in tax law.
In Germany, Excelya Group was assisted both on corporate and financing aspects, by Florian Streiber, partner, Ulf Marhenke, counsel, Claudia Schnurbusch and Jonas Klima, senior associates, of the Hamburg office.
In Belgium, Louis-François du Castillon, Brussels office's partner, carried out the acquisition due diligence on the Belgian subsidiary.
In The Netherlands, Louis Bouchez and Jan Schouten, partners, managed the corporate aspects, and Marinus de Waal, partner, dealt with the financing aspects, from the Amsterdam office.
In the UK, from the London office, Mark Walker, partner, and Ruth Lewis, senior associate, handled the corporate aspects; Richard Todd, partner, and Anna Crosby, senior associate, were in charge of the financing issues in the UK.
Other counsel for Excelya Group : French law firm De Pardieu, Brocas, Maffei with Philippe Rozec, partner, in employment law.

For the financing, the lenders were advised by Norton Rose Paris (Christine Ezcutari).