Raphaël MELLERIO is the partner in charge of the corporate/mergers and acquisitions practice at Aramis. His main activities relate to mergers and acquisitions, restructurings and joint ventures. He also represents companies on a regular basis in the setting up of complex agreements in the field of franchising and industrial transactions. Finally, he deals with certain issues of economic law and international commercial law. Raphaël Mellerio is one of the founding partners of Aramis in 2006. He formerly worked for the firm Clifford Chance in London and Paris, where he spent 10 years and became counsel in 2003.

The Mergers & Acquisitions practice of Aramis is recommended by Legal 500, Decideurs and Option Finance. 

Legal 500 Paris 2012: "Aramis delivers sound advice with a level of expertise which is comparable to that of major law firms".
Legal Paris 2013-2014: "The 4-lawyer team is trustworthy, very reactive and highly dedicated to its clients". 
Legal Paris 2015-2016: "The 5-lawyer team of Aramis advises large groups in mid-market deals. It has a strong expertise in the agro-food and defence sectors and deals with cross-border transactions, including in Africa". 

Raphaël Mellerio is described as "a very involved lawyer, with an excellent reputation", "extremely reactive" and "pragmatic", "who perfectly understands how large groups work". 

Track record

Mergers & Acquisitions

  • Counsel to German group Froskrone on the acquisition of Piz' Wich
  • Counsel to Eiffage Construction of Switzerland-based Priora AG
  • Counsel to the sellers of family group Agrobiothers on the sale of a controlling stake to investment fund Gimv (OBO)
  • Counsel to US group Circor on the sale of its machining and assembly business related to the aeronautics sector
  • Counsel to Asendia (JV La Poste/Swiss Post) on the acquisition of a controlling stake in eShopWorld (e-commerce solutions for the distribution of retail products)
  • Counsel to Fives on the acquisition of Syleps (automated systems for industrial plants)
  • Counsel to a major US agribusiness company on the acquisition of Chamtor from Vivescia
  • Counsel to a French family group in the acquisition (and its related financing) of a subsidiary of the ARKEMA group specialising in the distribution of plastic and aluminium sheets (turnover of EUR. 180 million)
  • Counsel to French cooperative group PROMODIS/CENTRADIS in the acquisition of Groupe Sterenn, a leading distributor of agricultural parts and equipment
  • Counsel to THAI UNION in the acquisition of MERALLIANCE, French leader in smoked salmon sold under private labels
  • Counsel to Danish group PRO DESIGN in the acquisition of ARCHITECTURES, the owner of spectacles brands Face a Face and Woow
  • Lead counsel to ASENDIA (joint venture between LA POSTE and SWISS POST) in the take over of the international mail business of Pitney Bowes in the UK
  • Lead counsel in the acquisition of the Ludus sugar refinery located in Romania by TEREOS
  • Counsel to ARCELORMITTAL in the sale of Savoie Metal Toiture to DESCOURS & CABAUD
  • Counsel to RENAULT TRUCKS DEFENSE in the acquisition of PANHARD, the constructor of light-weight armored vehicles
  • Counsel to LA POSTE in its alliance with SWISS POST in relation to international mail (ASENDIA)
  • Counsel to TEREOS SYRAL in the take over of Féculerie d'Haussimont
  • Counsel to TEREOS in the sale of Mascarin
  • Counsel to H.J. HEINZ in the sale of its French mustard production plant
  • Counsel to OPALE Energies Naturelles in the sale to the private equity fund Riverstone of 23 on-shore wind park projects spread across 8 regions in France
  • Counsel to the private equity fund ACP Capital in the sale of its stake in Leasecom, a company specializing in the leasing of computers and office equipment, to the French regional bank Crédit Mutuel Arkéa 
  • Counsel to TEREOS in the establishment of joint ventures in France and Brazil with PURE CIRCLE for the marketing of high purity stevia extracts and innovative sweetening solutions combining sugar and stevia
  • Counsel to the InVivo and RAGT groups in their strategic alliance in the field of seeds
  • Counsel to the TEREOS group in the acquisition of a controlling interest in Quartier Français
  • Counsel to MAROC TELECOM in the acquisition of a majority shareholding in Sotelma, the national historic telecoms operator of Mali, in the context of its privatization
  • Counsel to the SANDPIPER group, a subsidiary of Duke Street Capital, in the sale of L'Abeille, the French leader of private labels sparkling soft drinks to LSDH
  • Counsel to South African wines and spirits group DISTELL in the acquisition of the Cognac brand Bisquit from Pernod Ricard
  • Counsel to H.J. Heinz in the acquisition of Benedicta, the French leader in table sauces, mayonnaise and salad dressings
  • Counsel to Yokohama Rubber (specialising in the manufacture of car, truck and bus tyres) in the acquisition of a minority interest in its French distributor TYM France
  • Counsel to a major French food processing group in relation to the contemplated acquisition of the Scandinavian sugar producer Danisco
  • Lead counsel to the Tereos group (Béghin-Say) in the acquisition of five European plants specialising in the production of starches and industrial alcohol belonging to the British group Tate & Lyle
  • Counsel to MAROC TELECOM in the acquisition of a majority shareholding in l'Onatel, the national historic telecoms operator of Burkina Faso, in the context of its privatization
  • Counsel to VIVENDI in the acquisition of a French company specialising in marketing and advertising on mobile phones and the development of technological platforms for mobile services
  • Counsel to H.J. HEINZ in the sale of its French sauces business Comexo
  • Counsel to TEREOS/BEGHIN SAY in the sale of its breakfast cereals and mueslis business to the Spanish group Sevenday


  • Advisor to well-known restaurant brands in the setting up and monitoring of their domestic and international franchise networks

Economic and International Commercial Law

  • Advisor to the Government of Seychelles in the negotiation and setting up of an economic partnership agreement (EPA) between countries of the Indian Ocean region and the European Community (successor to Cotonou agreements)
  • Advisor of several major food multinationals with production activities in Africa and South America over compliance of local operations with EC regulations (with a view to the export of products manufactured locally to the EC on a duty free basis)


  • University of Paris XI, DEA in contract law - 1994
  • University of Edinburgh, LLM - 1993
  • Institut Supérieur d'Interprétation et de Traduction (Paris) - Diploma in translation and interpretation - 1992
  • University of Paris XI, Master of laws - 1992




  • Les droits de préemption dans les pactes d'actionnaires - 2006
  • Les coopératives agricoles à l'heure des rapprochements capitalistiques - Semaine Juridique, Entreprise et Affaires, n°46, 15 November 2012
  • (Interview réalisée par, la 1ère Web TV en management et droit des affaires)
  • Management fees: to be handled with caution, The American Lawyer, October 2013
  • Informing employees on deals relating to SMEs, a new constraint for French M&A deals, The American Lawyer, November 2014
  • Coopératives agricoles et rapprochements capitalistiques, Capital Finance, 8 juin 2015
  • La franchise internationale ou comment exporter un concept original - JCP Entreprise et Affaires, 2005
  • France chapter in the Franchise Law Review, editions 1-3 (2013-2015)
  • Risks to franchisors when franchisees are in serious financial difficulties, ILO, July 2014
  • Franchisors must take care of filing annual accounts!, ILO, October 2014
  • Key issues in franchise-related mergers and acquisitions, ILO, May 2015
  • Macron Law and franchising: much ado about (almost) nothing, ILO, August 2015
  • Franchisor's liabilities towards franchisees' employees, ILO, December 2015
  • Pre-contractual disclosure: impact of franchisee's knowledge of the business, ILO, March 2016




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