François Hellot


François Hellot


Paris | 32 rue de Monceau, Paris, France 75008
+33 1 57 57 80 85 | +33 1 57 57 80 81


François Hellot focuses his practice on M&A, private equity and capital markets transactions for public and private companies, with experience in both French and international matters. He has extensive experience representing investment funds, family offices, issuers and managers in private equity transactions, including leveraged buyouts, venture capital, growth capital and capital markets.

Mr. Hellot has experience working in a wide range of industries, including  the healthcare, biotech, telecoms, energy services (oil and gas), and digital sectors.

According to The Legal 500 EMEA 2020, « François Hellot is beyond the pure legal know-how, very business oriented which is extremely valuable in LBO ». He is also recognized for France: Capital Markets ‒ Equity; M&A; and Private Equity by IFLR1000, 2020.

Prior to joining Dechert, Mr. Hellot was a partner in the Paris office of another international law firm.

  • Counsel of a management company approved by the Autorité des Marchés Financiers, in connection with its investment in a company specialized in the valorization of organic matter by methanization. 
  • Counsel of a leader in the energy transition sector in connection with its venture capital investment bought out by a private equity investor based in France.
  • Counsel of MedinCell in the context of its IPO on the regulated market Euronext in Paris and its subsequent private placement.
  • Counsel of Abivax in the financing of Kreos Capital. 
  • Counsel of Certares with its investment in Marietton group.
  • Counsel of Continental with the share capital increase of Easymile.
  • Counsel of Bryan Garnier & Co Ltd and RBC Europe Limited with the public offering of Biom’Up.
  • Counsel of Orange in its acquisition of Enovacom, a leading healthcare software company.
  • Counsel of Amex GBT in connection with its acquisition of KDS, a global provider of expense and travel management software solutions.
  • Counsel of Chryso, a French industrial company specializing in chemicals for the construction materials, as well as its managers and shareholders in the context of a secondary LBO.
  • Counsel of Greenweez, an online retailer for organic, eco-friendly and wellness products and its main shareholders in the context of its acquisition by one of the world’s leading food retail operators.
  • Counsel of Orange in connection with its acquisitions of two mobile operators in Sierra Leone and in Burkina Faso.
  • Counsel of a biopharmaceutical company focused on the development of innovative treatments for type 2 diabetes and listed on Euronext Paris in the context of its IPO and of several private placements for a total amount of 95M€.
  • Counsel of Orange in connection with the sale of its stake in Kenya’s incumbent mobile and fixed-line operator.
  • Counsel of Topotarget, a biopharmaceuticals company listed on the Copenhagen Stock Exchange on its cross-border merger with a company specializing in the development of orphan drugs in oncology.


  • Institut d’Études Politiques de Paris (Sciences Po), Economics and Finance, 1994
  • Institut d’Études Politiques de Paris (Sciences Po), 1994
  • Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne, DEA, 1994
  • Paris
  • French
  • English
Speaking Engagements
  • Covid-19 Private Equity Podcast Series, Dechert LLP — Online (May 15, 2020)
  • CFIUS for Non-U.S. Investors: What French Investors Need to Know About New U.S. Restrictions, Dechert LLP — Paris (February 20, 2019)
  • M&A et gun-jumping : Etat des lieux et recommandations après la décision Altice du 8 novembre 2016  — Paris, France (January 23, 2016)
  • Les nouvelles contraintes de gouvernance lors d'un changement d'actionnaires —  UBS, Geneva, Switzerland (May 14, 2014)
  • Participations cotées : de l'acquisition à la cession -module 4 : Sortie de la participation cotée — Organised by AFIC, Paris, France (December 18, 2012)
  • Participations cotées : de l'acquisition à la cession -module 4 : Sortie de la participation cotée — Organised by AFIC, Paris, France (May 29, 2012)
  • Les principaux points de la négociation d'un contrat de licence, soit comme donneur soit comme preneur de licence —Dechert and Grand Luminy Technopole, Marseille, France (May 18, 2011)
  • Réformes des activités de marchés et de gestion d'actifs issues des nouvelles règlementations financières — Paris, France (March 30, 2011)