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HOCHE Avocats advised Canal + and Groupe Les Echos for the acquisition of Mezzo

HOCHE Avocats advised Canal + and Groupe Les Echos for the acquisition of Mezzo

Hoche Avocats has advised Canal + and Groupe Les Echos on the acquisition of Mezzo SA from the Lagardère and France Télévisions groups.
Established in 1998, Mezzo SA produces and broadcasts two pay-TV channels « Mezzo » and « Mezzo Live HD », dedicated to classical music, jazz and dance.
Now equally held by Groupe Les Echos and Canal +, Mezzo SA will be able to draw on the complementary expertise of its shareholder groups ; which have defined a division of their roles in the management of the two foresaid TV channels, the former acting as operator and the latter as distributor.
This acquisition completes a series of acquisitions enabling Groupe Les Echos, on the one hand, to develop a diversified offer of thematic media, in particular in the area of culture, and consolidate a leading media division in classical music alongside Radio Classique, and with regards to Canal +, on the other hand, to develop a niche brand recognized either in France and internationally by relying on the Canal + group’s assets and know-how.

Canal + and Groupe Les Echos were advised by:
– Hoche Avocats with Didier Fornoni, partner, and Georges-Dominic Sardi, associate, on the corporate and M&A aspects, Eric Quentin, partner, Pascale de Calbiac, senior counsel, and Marion Béhar, associate, on the tax law aspects, Frédérique Cassereau, partner, Cécile Pays and Vincent Marty, associates, on the labour law aspects and Patrick Amouzou and Julie Bellesort, partners, on the IP and IT aspects.
– Cabinet Renaudier with Richard Renaudier and Karine Turbeaux, partners, on the antitrust aspects.

Lagardère was advised by:
– Veil Jourde with François de Navailles, partner, and Gabriel d’Amecourt and Anaïs Pinton, associates,
– Bredin Prat with Sophie Cornette de Saint-Cyr, partner, and Jean-Damien Boulanger, counsel.

Décideurs – 23 July 2019

Global Legal Chronicle – 22 July 2019

Le Monde du droit – 26 July 2019

Cfnews – 07 March 2019

The team:

  • Didier Fornoni

    Tel. +33 (0)1 53 93 22 00 fornoni@hocheavocats.com See more
  • Georges-Dominic Sardi

    Tel. +33 (0)1 53 93 22 00 sardi@hocheavocats.com See more
  • Eric Quentin

    Tel. +33 (0)1 53 93 22 00 quentin@hocheavocats.com See more
  • Marion Béhar

    Tel. +33 (0)1 53 93 22 00 behar@hocheavocats.com See more
  • Frédérique Cassereau

    Tel. +33 (0)1 53 93 22 00 cassereau@hocheavocats.com See more
  • Cécile Pays

    Tel. +33 (0)1 53 93 22 00 pays@hocheavocats.com See more
  • Vincent Marty

    Tel. +33 (0)1 53 93 22 00 marty@hocheavocats.com See more

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