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Bichot & Associes advises NextStage on Fillon investment

Bichot & Associes, the new corporate law firm dedicated to M&A/private equity, has advised NextStage on its joint investment in the Fillon group with two new managers (Jean-Christophe Doux and Sébastien Reinbold) and the current group’s CEO (Daniel Fillon), through an acquisition vehicle.

The acquisition, with financial leverage (lead of the senior facility: banque CIC Ouest), has been completed on 26 May 2011 for an undisclosed price.

Acting in Europe, China, US, India and South America, Fillon group is a world-wide leader in the conception, production and commercialisation of painting devices for coachbuilders, with more than 50% of market shares.

Bichot & Associes’ team was led by Charles van den Broek and Nicolas Bichot (partners in charge of corporate and financial matters), assisted by Patrice Couturier (partner in charge of tax aspects) and Aurélie Thomas-Magnin (associate).

"Our firm has been very pleased to work with a client as challenging as NextStage," says van den Broek. "In addition, this acquisition of a worldwide leader under an LMBI perfectly fits with our core expertise."

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