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Chazarain keeps legal role at new Banijay

Nicolas Chazarain is to continue as group chief legal officer at European production outfit Banijay following its US$2.2bn purchase of Endemol Shine Group, which was completed in July.

Marco Bassetti

Chazarain has led legal operations at Banijay Group since 2017 and will continue to have oversight of the legal and business affairs of the business, which now covers 22 territories.

Prior to joining Banijay, Chazarain was a corporate lawyer specialising in mergers and acquisitions as a partner at De Gaulle, Fleurance & Associés until 2017, also covering private equity, securities law and restructuring. He has also held roles at Slaughter and May in Paris and London, and Bredin Prat in Paris.

Chazarain and his team have been integral to the acquisition of Endemol Shine Group. Partnering on the negotiations, anti-trust procedure and integration operations, he continues to lead the department worldwide.

Banijay CEO Marco Bassetti said: “Nicolas has been an invaluable member of our central team from the word go. A trusted advisor, a great negotiator and, ultimately, a pragmatic and business-oriented lawyer, he is at the forefront of our legal operations globally and continues to be vital to the smooth execution of our recent acquisition. We could not be happier to have him by our side through this exciting period of change.”

Integration, leading to promotions and departures, has already been announced for the group’s distribution arm and operations in Iberia and Italy, Germany, Benelux, France, the Nordics and the UK.

Industry veteran Cathy Payne is overseeing the merger of the groups’ distribution arms.

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