Damien Simonot

Partner *


Damien Simonot advises on private equity and M&A transactions as well as on general corporate law.

He has many years of experience advising private equity investors, established companies and family offices as well as startups and scale-ups. He counsels clients on complex and often cross-border transactions, restructurings, joint ventures and buy-outs and other partnerships and investments in the tech sector and beyond.

Before joining Orrick, Damien worked for an international law firm in Munich and Frankfurt for more than eight years.

  • Damien has advised on the following projects and transactions, among others:

    • Adevinta on the USD 9.2 billion acquisition of eBay Classifieds Group from eBay Inc.*
    • Ardian Capital on the sale of the imes-icore Group to EMZ Capital Partners.
    • Black Diamond Capital Management and InvestIndustrial, in the USD 425 million carve-out acquisition of the phenolic specialty resins, hexamines and European forest products business of Hexion Inc.*
    • Castik Capital on the acquisition of the ipan Group.*
    • Celonis on the acquisition of Process Analytics Factory.*
    • Coty on its strategic partnership with KKR, including the carve-out sale of 60% of its professional beauty and retail hair business to KKR with an enterprise value of USD 4.3 billion.*
    • Daimler on various projects, including the carve-out sale of more than 80 branches and dealerships in several European countries and the carve-out of the car, truck and finance divisions.*
    • Equistone Partners on the sale of the Hornschuch Group*
    • EVEX, a portfolio company of FLEX Capital, on the acquisition of the Optix Group and Euronet as well as the partnership with EDV2000.
    • Hamburg Commercial Bank (also known as HSH Nordbank) in connection with its privatization and related matters, including the sale of a loan portfolio.*
    • IAC/InterActiveCorp on the acquisition of a majority stake in MyHammer Holding AG from Holtzbrinck Digital GmbH and the subsequent voluntary takeover.*
    • Marbis (d/b/a Nitrado), a portfolio company of FLEX Capital, on the investment in Snail Games, USA, and numerous partnerships.
    • The shareholders of Pair Finance, including finleap and Yabeo, on the sale of a majority stake in Pollen Street.
    • SCP in the EUR 1.2 billion acquisition of real.*
    • Sequans Communications on the USD 249 million takeover by Renesas Electronics.
    • SHS Beteiligungsmanagement, NRW.Bank and the other shareholders of phenox and femtos on the sale to Wallaby Inc.*
    • Silverlake on the PIPE investment in Software AG.*
    • STADA on the EUR 4.3 billion takeover by Bain and Cinven.*
    • TA Associates and Summit Partners on the sale of the Bigpoint Group.*
    • Utimaco, a portfolio company of SGT Capital, on the acquisition of conpal.
    * completed prior to joining Orrick