Raphaël Mellerio

Raphaël Mellerio is one of the four partners 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 practiced at Clifford Chance in London and Paris, where he worked for 10 years.

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

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

His clients praise his expertise in M&A transactions (both domestic and cross-border), his flexibility and his vision in line with their strategy as well as his technical and human leadership of their projects.

Raphaël has also been recognised for several years in Best Lawyers in France for the M&A practice.



Counsel to Tata Steel in the sale of Monopanel to Bremhove (2022)

Counsel to Asendia (JV La Poste/Swiss Post) on the acquisition of the remaining stake in eShopWorld (e-commerce solutions for the distribution of retail products) (2021)

Counsel to La Poste group in the acquisition of Nouvéal e-santé and the opening of its capital to bpifrance (2020)

Counsel to Laboratoires Lehning in its acquisition of Laboratoire Lescuyer (2020)

Counsel to owning family of Laboratoires Iprad in the sale to Biocodex (2019)

Counsel to La Poste group in the acquisition of 75% of the capital of Economie d’Energie (2019)

Counsel to the Keolis group in the acquisition of Car Postal France (2019)

Counsel to Eiffage Construction in the acquisition of B3 Ecodesign (2019)

Counsel to Thai Union in the taking of a minority interest (via convertible bonds) in Nutrifish (2019)

Counsel to Eiffage Construction in the sale of a commercial mall in Lisbon (2019)

Counsel to La Poste (French Post Office) in the taking of a controlling interest in Asendia (2018)

Counsel to German group Froskrone on the acquisition of Piz’ Wich and Varenne Gastronomie (2018)

Counsel to Eiffage Construction of Switzerland-based Priora AG (2018)

Counsel to the sellers of family group Agrobiothers on the sale of a controlling stake to investment fund Gimv (OBO) (2018)

Counsel to US group Circor on the sale of its machining and assembly business related to the aeronautics sector (2017)

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) (2017)

Counsel to Fives on the acquisition of Syleps (automated systems for industrial plants) (2017)

Counsel to a major US agribusiness company on the acquisition of Chamtor from Vivescia (2017)

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) (2015-16)

Counsel to French cooperative group PROMODIS/CENTRADIS in the acquisition of Groupe Sterenn, a leading distributor of agricultural parts and equipment (2014)

Counsel to THAI UNION in the acquisition of MERALLIANCE, French leader in smoked salmon sold under private labels (2014)

Counsel to Danish group PRO DESIGN in the acquisition of ARCHITECTURES, the owner of spectacles brands Face a Face and Woow (2013)

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 (2013)

Lead counsel in the acquisition of the Ludus sugar refinery located in Romania by TEREOS (2013)

Counsel to ARCELORMITTAL in the sale of Savoie Metal Toiture to DESCOURS & CABAUD (2012)

Counsel to RENAULT TRUCKS DEFENSE in the acquisition of PANHARD, the constructor of light-weight armored vehicles (2012)

Counsel to LA POSTE in its alliance with SWISS POST in relation to international mail (ASENDIA) (2012)

Counsel to TEREOS SYRAL in the take over of Féculerie d’Haussimont (2011)

Counsel to TEREOS in the sale of Mascarin (2011)

Counsel to H.J. HEINZ in the sale of its French mustard production plant (2011)

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 (2010)

Counsel to the InVivo and RAGT groups in their strategic alliance in the field of seeds (2010)

Counsel to the TEREOS group in the acquisition of a controlling interest in Quartier Français (2010)

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 (2009)

Counsel to South African wines and spirits group DISTELL in the acquisition of the Cognac brand Bisquit from Pernod Ricard (2009)

Counsel to H.J. Heinz in the acquisition of Benedicta, the French leader in table sauces, mayonnaise and salad dressings (2008)


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


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