Catherine is a Partner in the Corporate department of MNKS. Focusing mainly on corporate law, Catherine is particularly involved in the implementation of group structuring projects and deals regularly with mergers and acquisitions involving companies on the Luxembourg market.
In addition, she is well versed on the process of obtaining business licenses necessary for operational companies to carry on their activities in Luxembourg.
Having joined the team in 2002 from PwC Luxembourg, Catherine has experience in a wide range of areas, including personal tax compliance, advisory and payroll which she practiced with PwC Luxembourg, as well as employment law and tax litigation.
The variety of her experience means Catherine is frequently involved in multidisciplinary files, in which her versatile profile is a clear advantage.
She also strongly contributes to the organisation and functioning of the firm’s risk management processes (i.e., client due diligence and post-closing procedures) and of the internal team dealing with the Luxembourg Trade and Companies Register.
Member of the Luxembourg Bar, 2004
Law degree in private law, Robert Schuman University, Strasbourg (France), 1995
About the Corporate & M&A practice of the firm, The Legal500 2011 states that “Noble & Scheidecker is ‘responsive’, shows ‘strong business acumen’ and provides ‘practical solutions’. It regularly collaborates with Big Four accountancy firms and has recently worked on several major restructurings and group reorganisations. One client says that it is ‘way ahead of any other firm in corporate structuring work’. Catherine Baflast (‘hard working’, ‘always available’, ‘very good technical knowledge’) is recommended.”
Chambers Europe 2011 states that “Corporate and commercial work is key for the firm. Its lawyers (‘a strong and committed team’) have been active on a variety of M&A and joint ventures in the pharmaceutical and financial sectors amongst others. Group migrations and company structuring have also formed an important part of the team’s work in recent times. The group benefits from close relationships with a number of law and accountancy firms in other jurisdictions.”
Catherine has recently worked on the following high profile transactions:
- assisting a global e-commerce leader since 2003 with numerous corporate transactions, including the establishment of its EU headquarters and regularly advising on corporate governance, financing and compliance matters;
- assisting a Dow 30 telecommunications company with the establishment of a restructuring strategy for its companies’ group further to a recent acquisition on an international level of a new channel of operational companies;
- advising a global financial group traded on the NYSE in the context of the acquisition of an additional stake in a joint venture which operated as a bank in Luxembourg in a transaction involving EU merger regulation aspects;
- assisting a Luxembourg internet company with the legal establishment of its business relationship with the four largest music majors and also to permit the smooth entry of well-established local and international retail and institutional investors;
- assisting a leading internet company to strengthen its position in Europe, through the acquisition of the Luxembourg parent company of French and UK operational companies;
- assisting a leading Swedish sales and marketing company providing components for various major industries to develop its business through Europe by establishing an operational subsidiary in Luxembourg and to obtain the appropriate Luxembourg business license;
- assisting a leading player in the fast-food industry in the Benelux area with the acquisition of a Luxembourg operational company running numerous fast-foods throughout the Luxembourg territory and with the legal framework of the commercial partnership to develop this particular industry in Luxembourg;
- assisting a private equity investment firm making investments in middle-market companies in North America and Europe in structuring a sophisticated back-to-back debt (hybrid) financing structure as well as an additional financing agreement for the purpose of acquiring a leading service provider for online gaming in Italy, in relation to the acquisition of a Canadian nutritional food company and in establishing a double Luxembourg structure in order to fund an investment in online insurance, also on the Canadian market;
- assisting a world-leading multinational financial services company headquartered in Zurich for two joint venture projects with a leading global investment firm who acted as co-investor in relation to investments in a French target active in the wind farms field and in an ultimate Spanish target acting as operator of car parks and industrial trading parks.
- advising the bondholders of a property group that has issued shares admitted to trading on the Stock Exchanges of Paris, Prague, Warsaw and Budapest Debt in relation to restructuring in the framework of an international insolvency proceedings;
- assisting the leading telecommunications operator in Russia for the due diligence and contemplated acquisition of a substantial stake in a Russian bank, a subsidiary of which is located in Luxembourg; and
- in the context of the membership of MNKS in PwC Accelerator, advising several clients in the setting up of attractive structures in order to raise funds from new investors (private equity, institutional) to develop their activities.