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Patrick Bonvarlet

Senior Advisor

Patrick Bonvarlet

Senior Advisor
Paris +33-1-73-04-10-00+33-1-73-04-10-00 +33-1-73-04-10-10+33-1-73-04-10-10
[email protected]
Patrick Bonvarlet joined Sullivan & Cromwell in 2013 as Senior Counsel, and retired from the active practice of law in 2018.  Mr. Bonvarlet was active in transactional and regulatory matters for companies across a wide range of industry sectors, leveraging his finance background.

Industrial clients comprise the core of his practice. Mr. Bonvarlet advises chemical, pharmaceutical, defense, entertainment and energy companies, among others.

Mr. Bonvarlet was formerly the vice general counsel for the French nuclear fuel company Cogema and a partner of leading international law firms for 29 years before joining S&C.

  • Chambers Global: France, Corporate/M&A (2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017)
  • Chambers Global: France, Capital Markets: Equity (2013, 2016, 2017, 2018)
  • Chambers Europe: France, Capital Markets: Equity (2013, 2016, 2017, 2018)
  • Chambers Europe: France, Corporate/M&A: High-end capability (2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017)
  • IFLR1000: Financial and Corporate (Highly Regarded) (2017, 2018)
  • IFLR1000: France, M&A (Leading Lawyer) (2015, 2016)
  • IFLR1000: France, Capital Markets: Equity (Leading Lawyer) (2015, 2016)
  • IFLR1000: France, Banking (Leading Lawyer) (2016)
  • Décideurs Juridiques et Financiers: Recipient of the Golden Award in ECM (2010)


  • Euro Disney S.C.A. in connection with the tender offer to be carried out by The Walt Disney Company Group (pending), as well as other financial and corporate restructurings of Euro Disney
  • Société Générale on the formation of Société Générale SFH, as well as the establishment of its bond issuance programme
  • Accor, as selling shareholder, on the initial public offering of Groupe Lucien Barrière on the NYSE Euronext Paris (subsequently abandoned)
  • Pathé on its issue of €23 million of convertible bonds
  • Arkema on its spin-off from Total followed by its listing on Eurolist by Euronext™
  • The French State on the creation of BPCE (merger between Banques Populaires and Caisses d’Epargne) followed by its €5 billion investment in BPCE
  • Safran Group on M&A transactions related to the global corporate restructuring of the company, including on the divestment by its subsidiary Morpho of its 12,57% stake in Ingenico by way of a private placement, through an accelerated book building process, through an accelerated book building process
  • IMS in connection with the tender offer made by Jacquet Metal on IMS shares
  • M&A transactions and other matters related to the restructuring of Eurotunnel, a two-plus-year project involving bankruptcy, financing and equity law
  • Caisse des dépôts et consignations on the creation of Fonds Stratégique d’Investissement (FSI) and its subsequent €14 billion capital increase
  • Various issuers and underwriters regarding the initial public offerings or other public offerings of: Michelin, Finaxa, Axa, Axime, Euro Disney, Groupe Eurotunnel SA, Casino, Alstom, Cap Gemini, Scor, Atos, Valeo, ST. Dupont,, Orange, Euronext, Iliad, SES Global, Saft, Ipsen, Rhodia, Vinci, Arkema, Parrot,, Steria and Pathé; as well as the privatisations of BNP, UAP, CLF, CCF, Elf Aquitaine, Pechiney and Tredi