Firm Recognized With Two Option Finance Awards

March 21, 2014

Firm honored for advising on both the “LBO Deal of the Year” and “M&A Deal of the Year.”

Two Willkie deal teams were recently recognized by leading French finance publication Option Finance for their lead roles in the “LBO Deal of the Year” and “M&A Deal of the Year.”  The honors were presented at the annual “Les rencontres du financement de l’économie” awards ceremony in Paris, which recognizes the most significant deals in the finance arena. The  ceremony was chaired by French Minister of Budget, Bernard Cazeneuve.

In the LBO Deal of the Year category, a cross-border Willkie team was honored for representing PAI Partners in its acquisition of IPH from Investcorp.  In the M&A category, the firm was honored for its successful representation of CEPL shareholder Arcapita in the restructuring and subsequent sale of CEPL to ID Logistics.

Willkie’s multidisciplinary deal team representing PAI in its acquisition of IPH, the French leader in industrial supply distribution, was led by corporate partner Christophe Garaud in Paris and included: Paris - special European counsel Jeffrey Fouts and associate David Lambert (Corporate), partner Jacques-Philippe Gunther, national partner Adrien Giraud and associate Nicolas Cassauba (Antitrust), special European counsel Philippe Grudé (Tax), national partner Paul Lombard and associates Igor Kukhta and Claire de Bonnières (Finance, advising Ardian); Frankfurt - partner Mario Schmidt and associates Heidi Landauer and Christina Mann (Corporate) and  partner Patrick Meiisel (Tax). The CEPL/ID Logistics deal was handled by partners Eduardo Fernandez and Alexandra Bigot and associate Alexandre Avrillon in Paris.