Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP
21 boulevard Malesherbes
75008 Paris

T: +33 1 53 43 45 00
F: +33 1 53 43 46 99

Established in Paris in 1925, the office counts about 90 lawyers including 19 partners and 8 counsel. Our top tier lawyers are ranked among the best in their respective local markets and have uniquely broad and deep industry experience. We regularly represent high-profile French and multinational companies, investment funds and financial institutions in the most sophisticated legal matters, business disputes and transactions.

Areas of Practice

Our areas of experience include:

  • Private Equity
  • Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Antitrust & Competition 
  • Capital Markets
  • Finance
  • Project Finance 
  • Tax 
  • Business Reorganization & Restructuring
  • Litigation and Arbitration
  • White-Collar Crime
  • Public Law and Environment


Our Corporate team is one of the most experienced and recognized in the Paris market. Our mergers and acquisitions and private equity team represents clients in leveraged buyouts, mergers, acquisitions, tender offers, joint ventures and private equity investments. We advise numerous investment funds and assist financial services companies in complex acquisitions, leveraged buyouts and company divestments.

We also advise issuers and underwriters in domestic and international offerings of equity and debt securities and assist clients with public securities offerings, flotation and financial regulations. Willkie Paris has significant experience in advising borrowers in the field of domestic and cross-border financing and in representing both issuers and institutional investors in debt private placements.

Our corporate attorneys benefit from the strong business acumen and legal experience of complementary areas of practice, including tax, antitrust, regulatory and public law, restructuring, litigation and environment law.

Corporate Experience

  • Ardian on the sale of Solina, the leading European manufacturer of ingredient and seasoning blends for the food industry, to Astorg
  • StellaGroup, a portfolio company of PAI Partners, in its acquisition of DuoTherm
  • IK Investment Partners in its agreement to sell Exxelia to HLD Europe
  • Bpifrance in connection with Fiat Chrysler and Peugeot SA’s agreement to merge, creating the world’s fourth largest automaker
  • Compagnie Nationale à Portefeuille (CNP) on the contemplated acquisition of Collecte Localisation Satellites (CLS), an international technology company specializing in providing high value-added solutions based on satellite data
  • Arkema in its contemplated sale of its Functional Polyolefins business to SK Global Chemical
  • Latour Capital on the refinancing and capital reorganization of Syclef, a leading provider of industrial and commercial refrigeration and cooling systems in France
  • Mailjet and its shareholders on its acquisition by Mailgun, a leading email delivery platform backed by Thoma Bravo
  • Latour Capital on its investment in the Primonial group, a major player in the design, management and advice on investment solutions in France
  • Vitale Assistance (controlled by Weinberg Capital Partners) in its acquisition of Groupe 3iD, creating the market leader in post-insurance claim in-kind repairs
  • Kasada Capital Management on the structuring and raising of its first hotel fund, Kasada Hospitality Fund LP
  • CMA CGM in its successful friendly tender offer to acquire of CEVA Logistics, a global logistics group listed on the Zurich Stock Exchange (SIX)
  • Apollo Funds and Monarch Alternative Capital in the $107 million sale of shares in French-listed Latécoère, the world’s leading independent manufacturer of aircraft doors, to Searchlight Capital Partners
  • Vilmorin & Cie, one of the world’s leading seed companies, in its acquisition of two independent South American seed companies, Sursem (Argentina) and Geneze (Brazil) from Pampa Capital
  • Mademoiselle Desserts (backed by IK Investment Partners) on the acquisition of Les Délices des 7 Vallées, a French-based producer of frozen industrial cakes and pastries, from Sagard
  • Dalkia on the negotiation and signing of its partnership agreement with Amundi Transition Energétique to support the development of renewable heating networks in France
  • 21 Invest France on the fundraising of 21 Centrale Partners V, a fund dedicated to mid-market
  • PAI Partners in its agreement to acquire StellaGroup, a market leader in the production of doors, gates, shutters and enclosures for industrial and residential buildings in France, from ICG
  • PAI Partners on the GP-led transaction of its participation in Perstorp, a global leader in specialty chemicals. Willkie assisted on the closing of a continuation vehicle managed by PAI Partners with Landmark Partners as lead investor, alongside other co-investors for Perstorp and on the restructuring of its participation in Perstorp from PAI Europe IV to the continuation vehicle
  • ISS on the contemplated sale of its “ISS Hygiène et Prévention” division to the Ortec Group, a leading service provider specialized in services for industry, energy, environment and aeronautics
  • Bim on the sale of the AMAC Group to the Vacalians Group, a leader in the European outdoor accommodation market, controlled by the Permira funds
  • A2iA in connection with its acquisition by Mitek, a global leader in digital identity verification solutions
  • IK Investment Partners in its acquisition, through its IK Small Cap I Fund, of Domia Group, owner of Acadomia (the number one French player in the private tutoring market) and Shiva (the fast-growing French home cleaning provider), from Metric Capital Partners
  • IK Investment Partners in connection with its contemplated acquisition, through its IK VIII Fund, of a majority stake in Mademoiselle Desserts, a French leader in the frozen bakery industry
  • CMA CGM in its agreement to acquire a 25% stake in CEVA Logistics AG, a global leading player in the logistics sector, reinforcing its presence in the logistics sector
  • IK Investment Partners in connection with its contemplated acquisition, through its IK VII Fund, of a stake in Questel, a global leading provider of intellectual property information and management software and services
  • Abénex Capital on the fundraising of its fifth private equity fund, Abénex V
  • La Martinière Groupe and its main shareholders in connection with the combination with Média-Participations, creating the third-largest publishing group in France
  • PAI Partners and Sagard on the sale of the Kiloutou Group, a leading European equipment rental company, to funds HLDI and HLD Europe
  • PAI Partners in its €1.6 billion investment (alongside British Columbia Investment Management Corp.) in Refresco, the Dutch-listed leading independent bottler of soft drinks and fruit juices
  • CVC Capital Partners Strategic Opportunities in its investment, alongside Téthys Invest, in Sebia, a world-leading provider of technology used for in-vitro diagnostic testing, from Astorg and Montagu Private Equity
  • IK Investment Partners in connection with the acquisition, through its IK Small Cap I Fund, of a significant minority stake in Third Bridge Group, a fast-growing primary research provider with a global footprint
  • Ekkio Capital on the pending sale of Amatsigroup to Eurofins, the world leader in bio-pharmaceutical testing and a world leader in analytical services
  • Oaktree Capital in its agreement to acquire a significant minority stake in Groupe SAF, a major provider of helicopter services
  • IK Investment Partners in its pending acquisition of Bretèche Industrie Group, a leading global manufacturer of industrial equipment for the production of food, pharmaceutical, and cosmetic products, from Equistone Partners and Céréa Capital
  • PAI Partners in the sale of ADB Safegate, a global airport performance solutions provider, to The Carlyle Group
  • CMA CGM in its acquisition of Mercosul Line from Maersk Line
  • PAI Partners in its sale of a majority stake in leading European retirement and nursing home operator DomusVi to Intermediate Capital Group and Sagesse Retraite Santé
  • PAI Partners in its deal to sell IPH, a European industrial supplies distributor, to Advent International
  • PAI Partners in its acquisition of ELITech Group, a leading manufacturer of specialty in-vitro diagnostics equipment and reagents, from Ergon Capital
  • Flex-N-Gate Group, a global automotive supplier, in its acquisition of seven European plants – four in France, one in Spain and two in Germany – from France-based Plastic Omnium
  • Cérélia Group (backed by IK Investment Partners), leading French producer of rolled dough and pancakes in Europe, in its acquisition of North American cookie specialist English Bay Batter, and its related leveraged refinancing
  • Bpifrance in its €1.92 billion acquisition of a 12.7 percent stake in French automaker Peugeot SA from the French State
  • IK Investment Partners in its acquisition, with Five Arrows Principal Investments, of I@D Holding, a platform for independent real estate agents in France
  • IK Investment Partners in its acquisition of a significant minority stake in leading customer services outsourcing company B2S Group
  • IK Investment Partners in its agreement to acquire orthopedic implant manufacturing company Marle from The Carlyle Group
  • PAI Partners in its negotiations to acquire European specialty pharma company Ethypharm from Astorg
  • Arkema in the sale of its activated carbon and filter aid business to Calgon Carbon
  • Captain Train in its acquisition by KKR portfolio company Trainline, combining the #1 independent rail ticket retailers in the UK and Continental Europe
  • PAI Partners and ADB Airfield Solutions in the acquisition of Safegate
  • Bpifrance in connection with Vallourec’s €1 billion equity fundraising
  • IK Investment Partners in its negotiations to sell leading European food solutions provider Solina Group to Ardian Mid Cap Buyout
  • IK Investment Partners in its €283 million sale of Lucas Meyer Cosmetics (unit of the Unipex Group) to New York-based International Flavors & Fragrances Inc.
  • IK Investment Partners in the acquisition of Cérélia Group, a leading European manufacturer of ready-to-bake chilled dough products
  • CMA CGM Group in the acquisition via its freight forwarding subsidiary of a strategic stake in LCL Logistix, a leading Indian logistics company
  • Groupe Unipex in the disposal of its North American specialty chemicals distribution business to KODA Distribution Group
  • Feu Vert, the European leader in automotive equipment and maintenance, and its majority shareholder, Qualium Investissement, in Feu Vert’s €250 million refinancing
  • Elliott Management Corporation as part of an investment group in a $115 million round of financing for start-up SIGFOX, provider of a cellular network dedicated to the Internet of Things. The transaction was cited as the largest VC financing in France to date
  • Ekkio Capital in its acquisition of Audevard, a veterinary pharmaceutical company focused on the equine field
  • Wendel in its acquisition of a majority interest in Constantia Flexibles, a deal valuing Constantia Flexibles at €2.3 billion
  • PAI Partners in its acquisition of a majority interest in DomusVi, a leading French retirement and nursing home company
  • Teleperformance in its $325 million U.S. private placement, the company’s first senior unsecured debt issue
  • Swissport in the sale of its French ground handling operations to GH Team
  • Arkema in the proposed €1.74 billion acquisition of Bostik from Total SA
  • ISS in the sale of its landscaping activities to Chequers Capital
  • Ekkio Capital in the sale of BO resort
  • NXMH in the acquisition of Stokke
  • Kiloutou in the acquisition of Most Location
  • Ekkio Capital in the sale of Risk & Co
  • Swissport in the acquisition of Servisair
  • Meriguet Group’s founders and management in the investment made by Qualium Investissement
  • Macquarie and other exiting shareholders in the sale of Rossignol to Altor
  • Arcapita, CEPL  shareholder in the acquisition of CEPL by ID Logistics
  • Elior in the acquisition of TrustHouse
  • Caisse des Dépôts et Consignations with regards to the JV with EON regarding the biomass plant in Gardanne, France
  • CDC with respect to the reallocation of its shareholding in EADS
  • DCNS in its joint venture with Piriou
  • PAI Partners in the acquisition of ADB
  • CMA CGM in the sale of Terminal Link
  • PAI Partners in the acquisition of IPH
  • Arkema in the proposed sale of its Vinyl product business segment to Klesch
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Competition and Antitrust

Our Competition and Antitrust practice works in close collaboration across our network of European and international offices.

Our locally and internationally renowned team focuses on providing counsel in all aspects of the competition and antitrust issues: merger control, state aids, vertical and horizontal agreements and abuse of dominant position (predatory pricing, loyalty rebate, cross subsidization, restrictive practices, etc.). Our practice also regularly advises on a full spectrum of complex agreements (joint ventures, R&D, long-term supply, exclusive arrangements) and develops compliance programs.

Our leading practitioners have a strong professional relationship with competition authorities at the European level (European Commission, Court of Justice and European Community Court) and at the national level (particularly in France, Belgium, Italy and Germany).

Competition and Antitrust Experience

  • CMA CGM in its acquisition of OPDR
  • TDF shareholders (comprising Brookfield, PSP, APG and Arcus) in obtaining the dismissal of the complaint filed by rival FPS before the French Competition Authority
  • Orange SA in its  €3.4 billion acquisition of Jazztel, plc
  • France Telecom before the Court of Appeal (Paris) in the context of an alleged abuse of dominant position against Cogent
  • France Télévisions’ on its long-term financing regime
  • CMA CGM in the sale of 49% of Terminal Link
  • PAI Partners in the acquisitions of IPH and ADB
  • EDF before the antitrust authority in the context of an alleged abuse of dominant position against SUN’R – ongoing
  • Represented the French State in obtaining EC Approval for €1.2 Billion PSA Group Aid
  • EDF in the acquisition of Edison
  • EDF in the acquisition of Photowatt
  • CMA CGM with regards to the FSI’s investment
  • CMA CGM with regards to an investigation related to sea transport services from North Europe to the French West Indies – ongoing
  • CMA CGM with regards to an investigation launched by the European Commission against several liner shipping companies regarding potential anticompetitive agreements and/or abuse of dominant position – ongoing
  • Eurotunnel in the acquisition of Sea France’s assets
  • GDF Suez in obtaining the largest antitrust fine reduction in a major EU cartel case in the energy sector (more than €230 million). The team was nominated in the category “Litigation of the year” by Global Competition Review
  • Teva Pharmaceutical Industries in its $6.8 billion acquisition of pharmaceutical company Cephalon
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Our Finance attorneys provide counsel on a wide range of financing transactions in France and abroad for large sponsors and corporates as well as a number of leading lending institutions.  Our team handles syndicated and bilateral lending, leveraged finance and acquisition finance, real estate finance, private placements, recapitalizations and corporate restructurings and workouts.

Finance Experience

  • IPF Partners on a venture bond financing for Adocia
  • EIB on the financing of Forsee Power
  • Eurazéo on the financing aspects of its €405 million acquisition of Iberchem
  • Bonduelle in its private placements of €150 million and $50 million of senior notes in connection with its acquisition of Ready Pac Foods
  • Eurazéo with regard to the financing of the acquisition of Glion-Les Roches
  • Tikehau with regard to the financing of the acquisition of Cisbio by Abénex
  • Carlyle, together with its portfolio company Homair, on the financing aspects of the acquisition of European Camping Group
  • BlueGem on the financing aspects of the acquisition of DMC
  • IK Investment Partners on the financing aspects of the acquisition of B2S
  • PAI Partners, together with its portfolio company ADB, on the acquisition of Safegate
  • CMA CGM on the acquisition of Neptune Orient Limited, including the financing thereof
  • Ipsos in the implementation of a new syndicated RCF facility
  • Essilor in the renegotiation of its €900 million revolving facility agreement
  • Ekkio with regard to the acquisition of Health City, including the financing thereof
  • Latour Capital with regard to the acquisition of Syclef, including the financing thereof
  • IK Investment Partners in the acquisition of Cerelia and the subsequent acquisition of De Bioderij by Cerelia, including the financing thereof
  • Towerbrook, together with its portfolio company Kaporal, in the implementation of a new credit facility
  • Tikehau with regard to the financing of the acquisition of Flexitech by Sun Capital
  • Lagardère with regard to the acquisition of Paradies, including the financing thereof
  • Apollo and Monarch in the lender-led restructuring of Latécoère
  • Apsys on its Euro PP
  • Cathay with regard to the financing of the acquisition of Phinex/Cenexi
  • Qualium with regard to the acquisition of Sogal, including the financing thereof
  • Faiveley Transport on its €350 million refinancing facility
  • Gemalto on its USPP
  • The initial cocom and key lenders in the lender-led restructuring of Vivarte
  • Centerbridge and Angelo Gordon in their takeover of Frans Bonhomme through a debt-to-equity swap
  • The members of the mezzanine steering committee in the financial restructuring of Consolis
  • STX France in connection with the construction financing for the newbuild Oasis IV cruise ship ordered by Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd.
  • Kiabi in its revolving credit facility agreement
  • European Capital and Tikheau on the financing of the acquisition by Asmodée of Fantasy Flight Games
  • PAI Partners in the acquisition of DomusVI and its PIK financing
  • IK Investment Partners and Solina SFINC with regard to a new loan facilities (including for the acquisition of a Danish target company)
  • Ardian (ex Axa Private Debt) on the PIK financing of the acquisition by Temasek and others of Ceva Santé Animale
  • PAI Partners on the acquisition of Labeyrie Fine Foods, including the financing thereof
  • Yoplait with regard to a new loan facility and a USPP financing
  • Icade on a new credit facility
  • European Capital and Tikheau on the financing aspects of the acquisition of Asmodée by Eurazeo
  • NXMH in relation to the acquisition of the Stokke group, including the financing thereof
  • CenterBridge Partners and Angelo Gordon in the acquisition of Frans Bonhomme, including the financing thereof
  • Ardian (ex Axa Private Debt) on the financing aspects of the acquisition by Equistone of Europeenne des Desserts
  • Meriguet Group’s founders and management in the investment made by Qualium Investissement
  • Essilor in the context of a syndicated revolving facility refinancing of its existing back-up facility together with bilateral facilities
  • PAI Partners on the acquisition of ADB Airfield Solutions, including the financing thereof
  • Co-advised Axa Private Debt on unitranche debt aspects for the acquisition of the IPH Group by PAI Partners
  • Axa Private Debt on unitranche debt aspects of a capex financing for Ceva
  • IK Investment Partners in the acquisition of Unipex
  • Bonduelle in a European private placement
  • Sonepar in its USPP
  • Bonduelle in relation to the implementation of a €300 million revolving credit facility
  • Icade in a complex refinancing including a medium term loan, a back-up RCF facility and a forward start facility (the first for a real estate business in France) put in place in the context of the public takeover bid over Silic
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Project Finance

Our Project Finance practice is at the forefront of local market firms advising on major transportation and public infrastructure projects including roads, rail, hospitals, airports, prisons and police stations.

Project Finance Experience

  • CMA Terminals (CMAT), a subsidiary of world leader in maritime transport CMA CGM, in the subconcession of container terminal operations of Lekki Deep Sea Port in Nigeria
  • The lenders on the €236 million multi-tranche bank and bond financing of the project for the operation of the rail link between Paris-Est Station and Paris-Charles de Gaulle Airport (the CDG Express Project)
  • EIB on its €70 million financing for Groupe Energies Vienne’s Renewable Power Projects
  • Meridiam and leading Turkish construction services company Rönesans as the main sponsors of the Bursa Health Campus Project in turkey (their fourth health PPP project in Turkey). The capital expenditure of the project is financed through equity and quasi equity injections from the shareholders of BRS Sağlık Yatırım A.Ş. and by senior loans of more than €390 million made available on a limited recourse basis by the EIB, EBRD, DEG, PROPARCO and SMBC
  • The sponsors Rönesans and Sojitz Corporation in the Ikitelli Integrated Healthcare project, the largest healthcare PPP project in Turkey providing for the design, construction, financing, operation and maintenance as well as the supply of facilities and equipment of the campus, comprising 2,682 beds on over 1,000,000 m²
  • Project sponsor and borrower ELZ Sağlık Yatırım A.Ş. and its shareholders in the Elazıg Integrated Health Campus Project, a public-private partnership (PPP) in Turkey providing for the design, construction, equipment, financing of the health campus, comprising an 888-bed main hospital, 150-bed high-security forensic psychiatric hospital, and 60-unit oral and dental clinic
  • CMA-CGM and its subsidiary Kingston Freeport Terminal Limited on all aspects of the Kingston Container Terminal extension project in Jamaica, from the negotiation of the concession agreement to the closing of the financing made available by Development Financial Institutions (IDB, DEG and Proparco) and commercial banks under an A-B loan
  • Port Autonome de Lomé and the Ministry of Infrastructure and Transport of the Republic of Togo on the award of concession for towage and mooring services within the port of Lomé, the most significant port in Togo, to Boluda Lomé
  • Advised the Azzurra consortium (consisting of the Atlantia Group, EDF Invest and Aeoporti di Roma) on the bid for the privatization of Nice’s airport; the consortium will acquire the French state’s 60% interest in the company that controls three airports on the French Riviera
  • Setrag and Comilog, Gabonese subsidiaries of the French mining group Eramet, in the context of the €85 million financing by International Finance Corporation and Proparco of the first tranche of the rehabilitation and renewal project of the Transgabonais railway in Gabon
  • The consortium formed by the Nord de France Administrative Region’s Chamber of Commerce and Industry, the territorial Côte d’Opale Chamber of Commerce and Industry, CDC Infrastructure and Meridiam with respect to the 50-year concession agreement for the operation, maintenance and development of the sea-ports of Calais and Boulogne-sur-Mer for fifty years, including the design, completion and financing of an extension to the Calais port (“Calais Port 2015” project) representing an investment of more than €900 million
  • The lenders in the refinancing of the French A63 toll road (between Gironde and Landes), which involved a €860 million credit facility with a 25-year maturity made available to Concessionaire Atlandes
  • Exeltium SA, a project company that supplies electricity in France, in the successful refinancing of its €1.435 billion senior debt
  • The sponsors (including Meridiam, Rönesans, Sila Group, and Sam Yapi)  and the project company in the second healthcare  public-private partnership (PPP) in Turkey, which provides for the design, financing, construction, operation and maintenance of a new 476-bed hospital in Yozgat, Turkey
  • Meridiam and Rönesans as the main sponsors of the first healthcare public-private partnership in Turkey, a €550 million project that will create a major healthcare facility in Adana, Turkey’s fifth largest city  
  • OFI Infravia in the acquisition of a stake in Régaz Bordeaux
  • The lenders on the public-private partnership (PPP) project for the L2 road project in Marseille
  • Advisor on the project for the design, financing, construction and maintenance of four new prisons in France for a total amount of €415 million
  • ADTIM, Infravia Numérique, Caisse des Dépôts & Consignations, ETDE and AXIONE with regard to the due diligence and the acquisition aspects and ADTIM in the negotiation of the financing and project documentation; Willkie also advised Infravia Numérique and Caisse des Dépôts & Consignations  in the setting-up of the mezzanine financing
  • Advisor on the innovative financing of the “Operation Campus” of Bordeaux University
  • Advising on the financing of the second tranche of the upfront payment for the purchase of electricity from EDF under a limited recourse project financing scheme for its on-sale to Exeltium II clients
  • The sponsors on the design, building, maintenance and financing the Nimes - Montpellier railway bypass
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Our Willkie Paris tax group is recognized for its broad experience in advising clients on tax-related aspects of all types of transactions.

With extensive experience in business and financial matters, our tax group is highly skilled and has a strong reputation for creating efficient tax structuring solutions. Our attorneys work closely with major audit firms to develop complex financing and acquisition structures in local and international matters.

Tax Experience

  • ISS in the sale of its landscaping activities to Chequers Capital
  • Jacques Veyrat (Impala) in the buy-out of CPI, currently owned by his creditors
  • Meriguet’s founders and management on the tax aspects of the acquisition by Qualium investissement of a stake in Meriguet
  • PAI Partners on the tax aspects of the acquisition of IPH
  • CMA CGM on the tax aspects of the sale of 49% of Terminal Link to China Merchants Holdings
  • Ekkio Capital on the tax aspects of the sale of Pomme de Pain to Neuhauser Financière
  • Ekkio Capital on the tax aspects of the acquisition of Compagnie des Vacances
  • Arkema on the tax aspects of the sale of its Vinyl product business segment to Klesch
  • Advising an investment fund in the structuring of real estate acquisition (tax audit)
  • Apsys in the structuring and financing of partnerships with institutional investors to build, finance and operate commercial centers
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Restructuring and Business Reorganization

Our practice is uniquely qualified to assess more accurately the risks and challenges faced by distressed businesses, as many of our preeminent restructuring attorneys have substantive experience in the finance and business sectors.

Our restructuring and business reorganization attorneys have vast experience in advising public and private companies in complex debt restructuring matters and insolvency proceedings.

We provide counsel to debtors, shareholders and investors, in the following areas:

•    Distressed LBOs

•    Sale of distressed businesses in large groups

•    Complex multijurisdictional restructuring

•    Insolvency proceedings

•    Liability lawsuits

Our team works collaboratively with our litigation and white-collar attorneys to advise companies and their management teams throughout the business restructuring process. Our restructuring and business reorganization team is widely recognized by prestigious international industry publications and rankings. Our highly skilled attorneys work seamlessly across all areas of practice to provide the maximum benefit of our firm’s experience to our clients.

Restructuring and Business Reorganization Experience

  • The Steering Committee of the High Yield Bond Holders on the debt restructuring of French oil services company CGG, one of the major financial restructuring in France with $3 billion of indebtedness and the first restructuring conducted under French and U.S. legal proceedings with a Sauvegarde in France and chapter 11 and chapter 15 cases in the U.S.
  • Members of the ad hoc lender committee and anchor investors as part of the financial restructuring of the French fashion retailer Vivarte, marking the largest-ever fully consensual French restructuring. The restructuring involved a debt for equity swap/write off of €2 billion and a €500 million infusion of new money
  • Transdev as minority shareholder of SNCM regarding state aid granted to the company – ongoing
  • Jacques Veyrat (Impala) in the buy-out of CPI, currently owned by his creditors
  • Hachette Livre in  the bankruptcy proceeding of its subsidiary Actissia – ongoing
  • Ateliers Mériguet in its acquisition of Boiseries et Décoration under bankruptcy proceedings – ongoing
  • Ateliers Mériguet in its acquisition of EDM Projet, group in conciliation and then in safeguard proceedings – ongoing
  • Centerbridge and Angelo Gordon as major creditors of Frans Bonhomme, in their acquisition of Frans Bonhomme, owned by Cinven
  • Arkema as former shareholder of Kem One Group acquired by Klesch Group and a part of which filled for bankruptcy proceedings – ongoing
  • Hachette Livre as major supplier of Virgin, in bankruptcy proceedings – ongoing
  • Qualium in the financial restructuring of Quick Group
  • CDC Entreprise and other financial minority shareholders of Loret Telecom in the context of the safeguard proceedings of Loret Group's companies
  • Pragma Capital, in the context of Leyton's restructuring
  • Arcapita, in the context of CEPL restructuring
  • Cocom mezzanine's lenders, in the context of Consolis's buy-back
  • Doux in its restructuring in the context of a conciliation and then a bankruptcy proceedings
  • CMA/CGM in its financial restructuring (renegotiation senior debt and RCF, FSI entrance, strengthening of equities)
  • Park Square, second "lien" lenders in the context of Mediannuaire restructuring, Pages Jaunes controlling holding, listed company
  • Apax Partners in the context of Parkeon company's takeover, via a debt buy-back
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Our Litigation practice has handled some of the most complex and high-profile matters in France and international jurisdictions. Our local litigators are among the most distinguished practitioners in France and international jurisdictions and advise on a broad range of matters and business disputes in civil and commercial litigation, domestic and international arbitration, local and compliance and enforcement and white-collar crime. Our areas of focus include the following:

  • Civil and commercial litigation: advising international clients on complex procedures in multiple jurisdictions.
  • Domestic and international arbitration: significant experience advising on merger and acquisition-related matters such as shareholders’ disputes.
  • Compliance, investigations and enforcement: substantial experience conducting internal investigations and counseling companies and individuals on compliance and corporate governance matters.
  • White-collar crime: strong white collar crime experience advising local and multinational managers and legal entities.

Litigation Experience

  • Lagardère in a litigation against Vivendi related to Canal+ cash management
  • AFD in a litigation related to the seizure of public state aid to Congo
  • Wendel, as defendant, in proceedings initiated by Editions Odile Jacob in relation to the validity of the purchase, by Wendel, of EDITIS from Lagardère in 2004 and subsequent sale to Spanish publishing giant Planeta in 2008 – ongoing
  • Daimler AG in dealing with issues arising out of French law (data privacy and judicial cooperation) in relation to the conduct of investigations by the corporate compliance monitor appointed in accordance with the Deferred Prosecution Agreement entered into with the US DOJ
  • Acting as counsel for the Luxembourg company URUS Corporation as plaintiff in a multi-jurisdiction criminal investigation that concerns the Gabon airline company Air Service
  • Representing and assists GL events in connection with allegations of corruption in Asia
  • Compagnie Financière de Logistique in a litigation related to misuse of company’s assets against the former CEO
  • An investor from Luxembourg in a breach of trust procedure
  • Eurotunnel in the litigation regarding the award of the ships of SeaFrance adjudicated in the framework of SeaFrance liquidation proceedings
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Public Law and Environment

The uniquely broad experience of our Public Law and Environment practice has received significant recognition from leading local and international legal industry rankings and indices. Our public law team advises public bodies, local governments, semi-publicly owned companies and financial institutions on the construction, financing and management of public assets and services (underground trains, hospitals, stadiums, plants for treatment of household waste, etc.), including in connection with public-private partners. We advise on a wide range of domestic and international transactions in particular for sponsors and corporates as well as a number of leading lending institutions.

Our attorneys provide counsel in all areas of environmental law as it relates to M&A transactions as well as administrative, civil and criminal litigation, shutdowns of industrial sites, negotiation with French and European authorities and regulatory issues.

Public Law and Environment Experience

  • Agence France Locale, the first funding agency 100% owned by local governments and dedicated to their financing in France, on all the legal aspects of the project from the establishment of the agency to its operational launch including its structuring, the drafting of the legal corpus governing its operations and of the mechanisms by which new local governments can become members
  • OFI Infravia in the acquisition of a stake in Régaz Bordeaux
  • DFE on the financing aspects of the construction, maintenance and operations of new campus in Grenoble university
  • Advising on the project for the construction, financing, maintenance and operations of the Highway L2 in Marseille
  • Natixis and the city of Marseille in a € 40 million private placement
  • Natixis in two bond issues for Champagne Ardenne region
  • Agence Française de Développement (AFD) on several issues
  • Advising banks pool and 16 hospitals in their € 228 million bond issue
  • Pays de la Loire region in relation to the setting up and the update of a euro medium term notes program
  • Advising banks pool and 44 French local authorities in their €610 million bond issue
  • Chemtura on the environmental issues regarding the transfer of its Seveso classified site in Catenoy (Oise)
  • Arkema on the environment aspects of the sale of its Vinyl product business to Klesch Group and subsequent issues relating to the insolvency procedure affecting the newly created entity Kem One
  • Petroplus on the environmental/regulatory aspects of the contemplated shut down of the Reichstett refinery (Alsace - France)
  • FMC Chemicals in a the context for the challenge of the decision taken by the EU authorities and the French government to withdraw one of its key products from the market (bifenthrin)
  • Assisting the Caisse des Dépôts et Consignations with regards to the acquisition of shares in a company specialized in renewable energy – ongoing
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