Eduardo J. Fernandez

Partner

Paris
Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP
21-23 rue de la Ville l'Evêque
75008 Paris
T +33 1 53 43 4530
F +33 1 40 06 9606
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Eduardo Fernandez is a partner in Willkie’s Corporate and Financial Services Department based in Paris. Eduardo focuses on mergers and acquisitions, private equity transactions and corporate finance.

A native New Yorker, Eduardo commenced his career as an associate in Willkie’s New York office.  He is fluent in English, French and Spanish.

Eduardo was awarded the ILO 2013 Client Choice Award for "Best M&A Lawyer - France," and Chambers Europe, Chambers Global and several other professional guides, including Legal 500, rank him among the leading individuals practicing in Private Equity (High End Capability) and Corporate/M&A in France.

Mergers and Acquisitions/Private Equity

Eduardo has extensive experience advising both privately held and publicly listed companies on French domestic and cross border acquisitions and dispositions and joint ventures in a broad range of industries, including in the business services, consumer products, food and healthcare sectors.  

Eduardo also regularly represents leading private equity sponsors on leveraged buy-outs, late stage growth capital investments and distressed M&A opportunities.

Capital Markets

In the area of corporate finance, Eduardo has represented issuers in cross-border debt private placements aggregating more than $20 billion, including some of the most significant “Section 4(a)(2)” private placements originated in France in the past several years.

Eduardo also advises selling shareholders in both initial public offerings and accelerated book-building or similar transactions.

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Highlights

Eduardo Fernandez is a partner in Willkie’s Corporate and Financial Services Department based in Paris. Eduardo focuses on mergers and acquisitions, private equity transactions and corporate finance.

A native New Yorker, Eduardo commenced his career as an associate in Willkie’s New York office.  He is fluent in English, French and Spanish.

Eduardo was awarded the ILO 2013 Client Choice Award for "Best M&A Lawyer - France," and Chambers Europe, Chambers Global and several other professional guides, including Legal 500, rank him among the leading individuals practicing in Private Equity (High End Capability) and Corporate/M&A in France.

Selected Significant Matters

M&A

Representations of:

  • Technip in the disposals of Technip Benelux NV to Ludancom and Technip Germany GmbH to ATOP
  • Pomona in its acquisition of eight concession holders within the Relais d’Or Miko network (exclusive distributor of Unilever premium brand ice creams in France)
  • Technip in its acquisition of the Zimmer polymer technology business of Air Liquide
  • Unipex in the disposal of its North American specialty chemicals distribution business to KODA Distribution Group
  • a world-renowned luxury brand and fashion house in the disposal of its historic cosmetics business to Coty Inc.
  • ISS A/S in the spin-off and sale of its French landscaping business unit, Espaces Verts, to Chequers Capital

  • Cérélia Group in its acquisition of De Bioderij, manufacturer of ready-to-use pancakes and Dutch poffertjes
  • b-process and its management and investors (including venture capital firms Ventech and I-Source Gestion) in the sale of the French electronic invoicing service provider to Ariba
  • Arkema in its acquisition of the Coatings Resins (Cray Valley and Cook Composite Polymers) and Photocure Resins (Sartomer) businesses of Total SA
  • Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd. in its acquisition of Théramex and related companies from Merck Serono
  • ISS A/S in the sale of its French waste management business unit, ISS Environnement, to Paprec Group
  • Limagrain in the formation of a strategic alliance with French sovereign fund Fonds Stratégique d’Investissement
  • Vilmorin & Cie in its strategic alliance with Arcadia Biosciences

  • Limagrain in its acquisition of the European Non-Sugar Beet and U.S. Sunflower & Grasses Business of the Advanta group
  • Limagrain in a complex global transaction with Danish seed grower DLF Trifolium A/S involving the sale of Limagrain’s forage and amenity grasses businesses, and the acquisition of DLF’s Innoseeds (formerly Cebeco) cereal businesses in several European jurisdictions

Private Equity

Representations of:

  • PAI Partners in its acquisition of European specialty pharma company Ethypharm from Astorg Partners
  • IK Investment Partners in its acquisition of orthopedic implant manufacturing company Marle from The Carlyle Group
  • IK Small Cap I Fund in its acquisition of a significant minority stake in leading customer services outsourcing company B2S Group
  • IK Investment Partners in its sale of leading European food solutions provider Solina Group to Ardian Mid Cap Buyout
  • IK Investment Partners in its auction sale of Lucas Meyer Cosmetics to International Flavors & Fragrances Inc.
  • IK Investment Partners in the acquisition of Cérélia Group, a leading European manufacturer of ready-to-bake chilled dough products
  • Elliott Management in a $115 million round financing for SIGFOX, provider of a cellular network dedicated to the Internet of Things
  • The Carlyle Group LP on French aspects of its reacquisition of vehicule parts supplier AxleTech International from General Dynamics Corp.
  • PAI Partners in its acquisition of a majority interest in DomusVi, a leading French retirement and nursing home company, and subsequent buildup transactions
  • Arcapita in the restructuring and subsequent sale of CEPL, a leading French logistics and transport company, to ID Logistics
  • IK Investment Partners in its acquisition of specialty chemicals manufacturer Unipex from Axa Private Equity
  • IK Investment Partners in its acquisition of the French food-ingredient manufacturer Savena, the subsequent merger of Savena with Belgian food ingredients maker, Sfinc, several subsequent buildup transactions and a leveraged recapitalization
  • Apax Partners in its acquisition of Amplitude, the French developer of orthopedic implants, from Weinberg Capital Partners and several subsequent buildup transactions
  • PAI Partners in its acquisition of French clinical pathology business Cerba
  • Oaktree Capital Management in the Oaktree-led financial restructuring and acquisition of SGD Group, the world’s leading manufacturer of high-end glass containers for perfume and pharmaceutical industries
  • Macquarie Capital on its acquisition, together with Jarden Corporation, of the Rossignol winter sports business line from Quiksilver, Inc. and its subsequent sale of Rossignol to Altor

Capital Markets

Representations of:

  • Teleperformance in its $325 million U.S. private placement, the company’s first senior unsecured debt issue
  • Yoplait in its private placement of €200 million of senior notes
  • Sonepar in its private placement of $175 million of senior notes and its €100 million private shelf facility
  • Air Liquide in its private placement of $700 million of senior notes
  • Sodexo in its private placements of $1.1 billion, $600 million and 400 million, respectively, of senior notes
  • Essilor in its private placement of $300 million of senior notes
  • Ipsos in its private placement of $300 million of senior notes
  • Auchan in its private placement of $250 million of senior notes
  • Bellon SA, reference shareholder of Sodexo SA, in its private placement of $165 million and €39.7 million of senior notes
  • Bonduelle in private placements of $165 million and $150 million of senior notes and its issuance on NYSE Euronext Paris of €145 million of bonds
  • Roquette Frères in its private placement of $200 million of senior notes