Eduardo J. Fernandez

Partner

Paris
Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP
21 boulevard Malesherbes
75008 Paris
T +33 1 53 43 45 30
F +33 1 53 43 46 99
efernandezwillkie.com

Eduardo Fernandez is a partner in Willkie's Corporate & Financial Services Department in Paris. Eduardo focuses primarily on mergers and acquisitions and private equity transactions. He is co-head of Willkie's European Committee and co-managing partner of Willkie's Paris office.

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 regularly represents some of Europe's most prominent private equity sponsors on leveraged buy-outs (LBO), leveraged recapitalizations, late stage growth capital investments and distressed M&A opportunities and has acted on several of the most prominent LBO and growth capital transactions in recent years on the French market.

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

Chambers Europe (2022), Chambers Global (2022) and several other professional guides, including IFLR and Legal 500, rank Eduardo among the leading individuals practicing in Private Equity (High End Capability) and Corporate/M&A in France.

In 2020, Eduardo was cited among the top M&A lawyers in France (based on deal count and deal value) by Mergermarket and recognized among the top 10 M&A lawyers in France by MergerLinks.

Highlights

Eduardo Fernandez is a partner in Willkie's Corporate & Financial Services Department in Paris. Eduardo focuses primarily on mergers and acquisitions and private equity transactions. He is co-head of Willkie's European Committee and co-managing partner of Willkie's Paris office.

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 regularly represents some of Europe's most prominent private equity sponsors on leveraged buy-outs (LBO), leveraged recapitalizations, late stage growth capital investments and distressed M&A opportunities and has acted on several of the most prominent LBO and growth capital transactions in recent years on the French market.

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

Chambers Europe (2022), Chambers Global (2022) and several other professional guides, including IFLR and Legal 500, rank Eduardo among the leading individuals practicing in Private Equity (High End Capability) and Corporate/M&A in France.

In 2020, Eduardo was cited among the top M&A lawyers in France (based on deal count and deal value) by Mergermarket and recognized among the top 10 M&A lawyers in France by MergerLinks.

Selected Significant Matters

Private Equity
Representations of:

  • Intermediate Capital Group in the sale of Etanco, the leading European designer, manufacturer and distributor of building fasteners and fixing systems
  • IK Partners, as member of an investor consortium, in the acquisition of Vivalto Santé, a leading provider of private hospital services in France
  • TA Associates on its contemplated acquisition of a 25% stake in Foncia, a major provider of residential property management services in Europe, majority owned by Partners Group
  • Intermediate Capital Group in connection with its investment in Circet, the leading telecommunications network service provider in Europe
  • Ardian on the sale of Solina, the leading European manufacturer of ingredient and seasoning blends for the food industry, to Astorg
  • Five Arrows Principal Investments and IK Investment Partners on the investment by Insight Partners in iad, the leading French digital network of real estate agents
  • Ardian in the acquisition of a majority stake in AD Education, a European education platform specialized in arts, digital and audiovisual
  • Intermediate Capital Group, in its investment in Biogroup, a leading French operator of medical diagnostic laboratories
  • IK Investment Partners and RAISE Investissement on the sale of a significant stake in Questel, a major worldwide technology player in the area of intellectual property management, to Eurazeo
  • IK Investment Partners in the acquisition of a majority stake in Kersia, a global leader in biosecurity and food safety from Ardian
  • PAI Partners in connection with its acquisition of a majority stake in Euronext listed Amplitude Surgical, a French leader on the global surgical technology market for lower-limb orthopedic, from Apax Partners
  • Vaultier7 in its investment in Vestiaire Collective, a leading global platform for desirable pre-owned fashion
  • IK Investment Partners, through its IK VII Fund, in its agreement to sell Cérélia to Ardian
  • Compagnie Nationale à Portefeuille (CNP) on the acquisition of Collecte Localisation Satellites (CLS), an international technology company specializing in providing high value-added solutions based on satellite data
  • IK Investment Partners and The Carlyle Group in the sale of Marle, an orthopedic implant manufacturer, to Dentressangle
  • IK Investment Partners in the acquisition of Mademoiselle Desserts, a French leader in the frozen bakery industry, from Equistone Partners
  • PAI Partners in the sale of a majority stake in DomusVi, a leading retirement and nursing home operator to Intermediate Capital Group and Sagesse Retraite Santé
  • IK Investment Partners in the acquisition of Linxis Group, a leading global manufacturer of industrial equipment for the production of food, pharmaceutical, and cosmetic products, from Equistone Partners and Céréa Capital
  • Oaktree Capital in the acquisition of a significant minority stake in Groupe SAF, a major provider of helicopter services
  • PAI Partners in the acquisition of ELITech Group, a leading manufacturer of specialty in-vitro diagnostics equipment and reagents, from Ergon Capital

M&A
Representations of:

  • The Bonduelle Group in its sale of a 65% stake in Bonduelle Americas Long Life to Fonds de solidarité FTQ and Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec
  • Unipex, a leading French life science ingredients distributor, in the sale thereof to Barentz International
  • AD Education (backed by Ardian) in the acquisition of the European operations of SAE Institute, a leader in audiovisual and creative media higher education
  • Cérélia (backed by Ardian) in its proposed acquisition of General Mills’ European dough businesses
  • Ethypharm (backed by PAI Partners) on the acquisition of Altan Pharma Ltd
  • Cérélia (backed by Ardian) on its acquisition of US Waffle, a privately-held frozen foods manufacturing company based in South Carolina, the acquisition of Wewalka’s North American pizza dough business and the disposal of certain assets of Cérélia’s North American Canned Refrigerated Dough and Pie Crust business
  • Questel (backed by Eurazeo, IK Investment Partners and Raise Investissement) in the acquisition of NovumIP, an IP solutions provider comprising PAVIS, a global IP management service provider, and Novagraaf, one of Europe’s leading IP consulting groups, from Paragon Partners
  • Technip Energies in its participation in McPhy Energy's €180 million capital increase to fund global scale-up of zero-carbon hydrogen
  • Mailjet and its shareholders, including Alven Capital, Iris Capital, Seventure Partners, in the sale thereof to Mailgun, a leading email delivery platform backed by Thoma Bravo
  • Mademoiselle Desserts (backed by IK Investment Partners) in the acquisition of Les Délices des 7 Vallées, a French-based producer of frozen industrial cakes and pastries, from
  • Sagard and the acquisition of the French bakery, Patisserie Michel Kremer (MK Patisserie)
  • A world-renowned luxury brand and fashion house in the acquisition of Orlebar Brown, a clothing brand specializing in tailored men's swim shorts
  • A world-renowned luxury brand and fashion house in the acquisition of a minority stake in, and strategic commercial alliance with, Farfetch, an online luxury fashion retail platform
  • Vilmorin & Cie, one of the world's leading seed companies, in the acquisition of two independent South American seed companies, Sursem (Argentina) and Geneze (Brazil), from Pampa Capital
  • ISS A/S in the sale of its "ISS Hygiène et Prévention" subsidiary to Weinberg Capital Partners
  • Leading African music and entertainment company TRACE, TRACE's co-founder, Olivier Laouchez, and the TRACE management team in the sale of a control stake in TRACE to TPG Growth
  • La Martinière Groupe and its main shareholders in the combination with Média-Participations creating the third-largest publishing group in France
  • Cérélia (backed by IK Investment Partners) in the acquisition of North American cookie specialist English Bay Batter
  • Bonduelle in the acquisition of Ready Pac Foods, the U.S. market leader in single-serve salad bowls

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