Valérie Demont is a partner in the Corporate and Securities Practice Group of Pepper Hamilton LLP, resident in the New York office. Ms. Demont focuses her practice primarily on U.S. and cross-border mergers and acquisitions, capital markets, corporate finance and securities matters.
She has been involved in numerous mergers, acquisitions, joint ventures and dispositions for corporations and private equity funds in the U.S., Europe, Canada and Asia. Ms. Demont chairs the firm’s U.S.-India Practice Group.
Ms. Demont also represents U.S. and non-U.S. issuers and underwriters in a wide range of primary and secondary capital markets transactions involving equity, debt, convertible and hybrid securities. These transactions include IPOs, private placements and offerings under SEC Rule 144A, offshore offerings under SEC Regulation S and the establishment of American Depositary Receipt (ADR) programs.
She handles complex securities and financing transactions, including debt restructurings, exchange offers, debt tender offers and consent solicitations. In addition, Ms. Demont regularly advises companies on their reporting obligations under U.S. securities laws as well as corporate governance and other compliance obligations under the Sarbanes-Oxley Act and stock exchange regulations.
Ms. Demont has represented:
Ms. Demont is the former chair of the subcommittee on Best Practices for Women Attorneys of the New York City Bar and is the co-author of the New York City Bar’s report on “Best Practices for the Hiring, Training, Retention and Advancement of Women Attorneys” issued in February 2006.
- a leading construction materials supplier and heavy highway contractor, in the $250 million Rule 144A offering of its high yield debt securities
- a New York-based bank with its IPO and listing on NASDAQ
- the owner and operator of casino resorts in Las Vegas and Macau with its $700 million IPO and listing on the NYSE
- an India-based business process outsourcing company with its IPO in the United States and listing on NASDAQ
- a private equity fund with its acquisition of a distressed trucking and transportation logistics company
- a private equity fund with its acquisition of a cutting tool business in Canada and the United States
- a private equity fund with the formation of a joint venture in the trucking transportation industry
- a private equity fund with its acquisition of a leading home fashion supplier
- the owners of schools focused on special education needs with the sale of the business to a private equity fund
- an Indian publicly traded IT company with several U.S. acquisitions of IT services providers
- a U.S. publicly traded India-based BPO company with several U.S. acquisitions of IT services providers
- a publicly-traded REIT in connection with a $300 million bridge financing facility and public offerings of common stock and preferred stock to finance an acquisition
- a publicly-traded REIT in connection with several common share, preferred share, ATM program and debt securities offerings
- a publicly traded fiber network provider with its $1.2 billion merger with another publicly traded company
- a publicly traded insurance company with its merger with another publicly traded company
- a publicly traded telecommunications company with its $320 million acquisition of a publicly traded telecommunications company
- a publicly traded manufacturer of hardboard with its sale to another publicly traded company through a tender offer process
- a large publicly traded Indian media company with its joint venture with a U.S. media company
- a leading global provider of business information solutions to law firms, corporations and government with its acquisition of a leading Indian publisher
- a French technology company with its sale to a French publicly traded media and technology company
- a publicly traded producer of specialty minerals with its $250 million shelf debt offering
- an NYSE-listed owner and operator of casino resorts in Las Vegas and Macau with the $850 million Rule 144A offering of its high yield secured debt securities and tender offer for its existing bonds
- an owner and operator of a Macau casino resort with the $120 million Regulation S offering of its secured mortgage debt securities to Asian investors to finance the construction of the resort in Macau
- the leading North American producer and processor of multifilament polyester and nylon yearns with the $190 million Rule 144A offering of its high yield senior secured notes to refinance existing debt and related tender offer for its outstanding notes
- one of the largest providers of check products with the $175 million Rule 144A offering of its high yield debt securities to finance its acquisition
- a leading producer of metal additives with the $117.5 million Rule 144A offering of its high yield secured debt securities
- bondholders with a $650 million issue of convertible senior secured debt securities by a telecommunications company
- a Canadian public mining company with its $1 billion and $500 million registered offerings of investment grade debt securities under the MJDS regime
- a Japanese corporation with the establishment of its ADR program
- a UK public company with the establishment of its ADR program
- a French bank with the $500 million sale of its equity interests in a U.S. publicly traded company
- an NYSE-listed insurance company with its $1 billion offering of hybrid debt securities and $800 million offering of senior notes
- the leading producer of polyurethane foam-based products with its debt restructuring and recapitalization
- a private equity fund with the recapitalization of a leading sports goods manufacturer.
Ms. Demont is a trustee of the America India Foundation, a leading nonprofit development organization devoted to accelerating social and economic change in India, especially in the education, livelihood and public health sectors in India.
Ms. Demont also is a member of the board of directors of Sing for Hope, a nonprofit organization that mobilizes professional artists in volunteer service programs for schools, hospitals and communities.
Ms. Demont is an adjunct professor at Columbia University School of Law, where she teaches a seminar on Cross-Border Transactions – Doing Business in India.
She also is a frequent speaker at events focused on cross-border trade and has written or contributed to several publications.
Ms. Demont received her LL.M. from Columbia Law School in 1995 where she was a Harlan-Fiske Stone scholar and her LL.M. from the Université de Paris I – Panthéon Sorbonne in 1994. She received her LL.B. from the University of Rennes Law School in 1991.
Ms. Demont is fluent in English and French.