The firm advises Capital Export on the secondary LBO of Seat Ventilation

Operation : Ginestié Magellan Paley-Vincent advised Nippon soda, a Japanese industrial conglomerate specializing in chemicals, agrochemicals and pharmaceuticals, in connection with the sale of the Alkaline group and in particular of its subsidiary MSSA, the world leader in the production of sodium metal, to International Chemical Investors Group (ICIG).

MSSA is the world's leading producer of purified sodium metal, specialty alkali metals and related chemicals. It is a global supplier for sophisticated pharmaceutical and industrial applications. MSSA was bought in 2011 by the Japanese company Nippon Soda.

Ginestié Magellan Paley-Vincent's team was made up of Yves Ardaillou (Associated), Christopher Minnich (Senior Associate) and Nicolas Lepetit (Partner) for labor law aspects, with the Japanese firm TMI as correspondent.

Shearman & Sterling advised ICIG with a team composed of Nicolas Bombrun (Partner-M&A/PE - Paris), Gaspard Bastien-Thiry (Senior Associate-M&A/PE- Paris) for Corporate aspects; Matthew Readings (Partner - London), Mathias Stöcker (Counsel - Munich) and Simon Thexton (Senior Associate - London) for Antitrust aspects.


Yves Ardaillou


Yves Ardaillou is a graduate of the University of Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne (Masters in International Business Law, DEA in English and North American Business Law) and of the University of Paris V Malakoff (DESS in Juriste d'Affaires Internationales ).

Before joining Ginestié Magellan Paley-Vincent, Yves Ardaillou worked at Jeantet & Associés in the Paris and New-York offices, then was a partner for 19 years at Bersay & Associés.


Nicolas Lepetit


Prior to joining Ginestié Magellan Paley-Vincent, Nicolas Lepetit worked at Legrand Bursztein Beziz, avocats (LBBa) law firm, then worked at Bersay & Associés for more than 10 years and lastly as Of Counsel.