Igor Kukhta

Special European Counsel

Paris
Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP
21-23 rue de la Ville l'Evêque
75008 Paris
T +33 1 53 43 4658
F +33 1 40 06 9606
ikukhtawillkie.com

Igor Kukhta is special European counsel in the Corporate & Financial Services Department, practicing on the acquisition and corporate finance team in Paris. Igor focuses primarily on acquisition leverage finance, in particular on unirate bonds financing, equity bridge financing and debt restructuring. He also regularly handles corporate finance matters.

A Native Ukrainian, Igor is fluent in French, English, Ukrainian and Russian.

Igor Kukhta is special European counsel in the Corporate & Financial Services Department, practicing on the acquisition and corporate finance team in Paris. Igor focuses primarily on acquisition leverage finance, in particular on unirate bonds financing, equity bridge financing and debt restructuring. He also regularly handles corporate finance matters.

A Native Ukrainian, Igor is fluent in French, English, Ukrainian and Russian.

Selected Significant Matters

Igor’s significant matters include advising:

  • a major fund in connection with a €180 million equity bridge financing (December 2017)
  • Rothschild’s Five Arrows Principal Investments fund on the financing aspects of its acquisition of A2MAC1 Group (December 2017)
  • the Steering Committee of the High-Yield Bond Holders on the debt restructuring of French oil services company CGG (ongoing)
  • Anchorage, Hayfin and other new money lenders in the second out-of-court restructuring of Vivarte (additional €800 million debt-to-equity swap) (May 2017)
  • Ardian Private Debt on (i) the unirate bonds financing of the acquisition by Sagard of Jpack International (February 2017), (ii) the PIK financing of the acquisition by Temasek and others of Ceva Santé Animale (June 2014), (iii) the unirate bonds financing of the acquisition by Equistone of Européenne des Desserts (November 2013) and (iv) the unirate bonds financing of the acquisition by PAI Partners of IPH Group (February 2013)
  • Tikehau on the financing aspects of the acquisitions of (i) QCNS Cruise Group by Montefior Investment (July 2017), (ii) Cisbio Bioassays by Abenex (June 2016) and (iii) Flexitech Group by Sun Capital Partners VI (October 2015)
  • Eurazeo on the financing aspects of its acquisition of Glion Institute of Higher Education and Les Roches International School of Hotel Management (June 2016)
  • PAI Partners on the financing aspects of the acquisition of ADB Airfield Solution (May 2013) and a PIK financing in connection with a consecutive build-up (February 2016)
  • IK Investment Partners on the financing aspects of the acquisitions of (i) Savena Group (July 2011), (ii) Unipex Group (September 2012) and (iii) Izium Group (June 2016)
  • Managers on the management buy-out of a part of the Unipex Group (July 2015)
  • European Capital and Tikheau on the financing aspects of the acquisition by Eurazeo of Asmodée (January 2014)
  • CMA CGM in connection with its debt restructurings and financing of the acquisition and lease of several new build vessels (2011-2015)
  • Yoplait, together with General Mills and Sodial, with respect to a refinancing of its indebtedness (December 2011) and a new syndicate facility and USPP financing (June 2014)
  • Bonduelle Group in its 5-year, €300 million revolving credit facility (July 2012)