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Valérie Demont

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:

  • 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
  • an Indian IT services company with its acquisition of a cloud-based consulting business
  • 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 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.

Ms. Demont also is a member of the board of directors and chair of the finance committee 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 – India Case Study.

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.



Education

LL.B. 1991 University of Rennes
LL.M. 1994 University of Paris II - Pantheon-Assas
LL.M. 1995 Columbia Law School


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Valérie Demont
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Phone: 212.808.2745
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Office(s)
New York

Practice Area(s)
Canadian
China

Corporate and Securities
Food and Beverage Industry

French Desk
Funds Services

International
International Trade Finance

Investment Funds Industry Group
Non-Compete and Trade Secrets Practice Team

U.S.-India


Articles


Counsel to the Company: A Framework for Corporate Governance

Guidelines for Foreign Securities Issuers in the United States


SEC Gets Tough on Bad Actors

Updates on India’s Foreign Direct Investment Policy


Diversity Matters - Vol. 2012, Issue 2

Recent Changes in India’s Foreign Direct Investment Policy


Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) in Retail Trade: Suspension of the Union Cabinet Proposals to Approve 51 Percent FDI in Multi-brand Retail Trade and 100 Percent FDI in Single-brand Retail Trade

Top 10 Lessons Learned from the Vodafone, Aditya Birla and Other Tax Cases in India


FAQs: Indian Corporate Insolvency

U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act: Doing Business in India … The Way Forward


Passages to India

India’s New Consolidated FDI Policy Makes Changes to Facilitate FDI in the Country


U.S.-India Update - First Quarter 2011

Exon-Florio: Indian Buyers Are Increasingly Susceptible to U.S. Government Scrutiny of their Acquisitions in the United States


Non-Compete Clauses Are Unenforceable in India

IPOs Are Back: To Be or Not To Be a Public Company


India, Keeping with the Times: Recent Breakthroughs in Indian Dispute Resolution

U.S.-India Update - Third Quarter 2009


Foreign Direct Investment in India: Are We Facing Another Case of ‘Flip-Flop’?

Show Me the Money and How to Get It: The Speed and Flexibility of Universal Shelf Registrations


How Low Bond Trading Prices Can Turn to an Issuer’s Advantage – Bond Buybacks


Articles


Addressing Recent Trends in Shareholder Activism: Directors and Management Should Be Proactive

Foreign Corrupt Practices Act Effect on Companies Doing Business in India


National Security and Other U.S. Government Regulatory Requirements for U.S.-India Inbound or Outbound Sales, Joint Ventures, Mergers and Acquisitions

Hidden Employment Law Risks in Doing Business in the United States (Indian Webinar Series)


Pitfalls of Preparing and Managing an Arbitration Involving India

Managing Risks in India: Common Mistakes Made by U.S. Companies in India


Bankruptcy Proceedings in the United States and Strategies for Buyers of Assets in Bankruptcy

Current Legal, Tax and Business Issues Facing Indian Investment Funds


Debt and Financing Trends for India-U.S. Cross Border Transactions

Lessons Learned from Vodafone and Recent Tax Cases in India and How They Affect the Corporate and Tax Structuring of India-U.S. Cross Border M&A Transactions and Investments


Betting on the Sun: The U.S. and India Connection in the Current Renewables Market

Emerging Markets: Reading the M&A Map in India


Cross-Border Data Privacy and Security Best Practices

Foreign Corrupt Practices Act Effect on Companies Doing Business in India


Private Equity in Emerging Markets

Cross-Border Deals in the Auto Industry: A Renewed Interest


Strategic, Legal, and Financial Considerations in India-U.S. Cross Border M&A Transactions

Cross-Border Update on Investing and Doing Business in the United States


Cross Border Transactions: What Every Lawyer Needs to Know


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