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Sophie Lok


Sophie Lok is a partner in the Finance, Projects & Restructuring practice in Paris.

Sophie has an extensive experience in acquisition and corporate financings. She avises banks and debt funds and has a developed an expertise on various products including senior, unitranche, TLB, SSRCF, PIK, mezzanine. She also regularly assists private equity funds and large corporates on both domestic and cross-border transactions.

Sophie can also assist clients with other types of financings.

Professional QualificationsAvocat admitted to the Paris Bar


  • Advising Pricoa Private Capital as direct lender on the unitranche financing of the Generix group in the context of the delisting by Montefiore Investment*.
  • Advising BNP Paribas, Crédit du Nord and the banks on the financing of the AMI group*.
  • Advising Crédit Agricole CIB, Crédit Industriel et Commercial, Crédit Lyonnais and HSBC and the pool of banks (more than 30 lenders) on the EUR325m LBO and Incremental financing of the acquisition of the Emera group by Ardian and Naxicap*.
  • Advising Tikehau IM as lender on the bond financing of Provepharm*.
  • Advising Natixis, Crédit Industriel et Commercial, Unicrédit on the EUR290m LBO financing of the acquisition of Infragroupe by ICG*.
  • Advising Andera for the bond financing of Sogetrel*.
  • Advising Crédit du Nord and the banks for the LBO financing of Nutravalia*.
  • Advising Crédit du Nord for the SSRCF financing of the Artefact group held by Ardian*.
  • Advising Crédit Agricole CIB for the corporate and SSL financing of the Etam group*.
  • Advising ID Logistics SA as borrower on the EUR465m financing for the acquisition of Harkness in the US*.
  • Advising Swissport as borrower on a EUR460m TLB and EUR225m incremental financing*.
  • Advising Swissport as borrower on a EUR460m TLB and EUR225m incremental financing*.
  • Advising Caspar (Hériard-Dubreuil family) as borrower on the EUR385m takeover financing of Onéo by Crédit Agricole and BNP Paribas.

*Experiences prior to joining DLA Piper.

  • French
  • English
  • Université Paris 1 Panthéon-La Sorbonne (Master de Droit Privé)
  • Université Paris 5 (Master 2 de Droit des Affaires internationales)
  • Université de Nantes et de Shanghai (Master 2 de Management)

Prior Experience

  • Prior to joining DLA Piper, Sophie worked 14 years in the Banking Finance team of a leading international Anglo-American law firm.
  • She also worked in-house for a client in the corporate finance team of a multinational insurance and investment firm based in Paris.
  • Sophie has gained experience in international law firms in Paris and Shanghai as well as in the structured finance of a leading international banking institution.