Eduardo J. Fernandez

Partner

Paris
Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP
21-23 rue de la Ville l'Evêque
75008 Paris
T +33 1 53 43 45 30
F +33 1 40 06 96 06
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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. Eduardo 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 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.

Eduardo also regularly represents some of Europe’s most prominent private equity sponsors on leveraged buy-outs, leveraged recapitalizations, late stage growth capital investments and distressed M&A opportunities.

Chambers Europe, Chambers Global 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.

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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. Eduardo 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 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.

Selected Significant Matters

M&A

Representations of:

  • 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.
  • Mailjet and its shareholders, including Alven Capital, Iris Capital, Seventure Partners, on its acquisition by Mailgun, a leading email delivery platform backed by Thoma Bravo
  • Mademoiselle Desserts (backed by IK Investment Partners) in its acquisition of Les Délices des 7 Vallées, a French-based producer of frozen industrial cakes and pastries, from Sagard
  • A world-renowned luxury brand and fashion house in its acquisition of Orlebar Brown, a clothing brand specializing in tailored men’s swim shorts
  • Mademoiselle Desserts (backed by IK Investment Partners), in its acquisition of the French bakery, Patisserie Michel Kremer (MK Patisserie)
  • 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
  • ISS on the contemplated 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 TRACE’s acquisition by TPG Growth
  • La Martinière Groupe and its main shareholders in connection with the combination with Média-Participations creating the third-largest publishing group in France
  • A world-renowned luxury brand and fashion house in its acquisition of a minority stake in, and strategic commercial alliance with, Farfetch, an online luxury fashion retail platform
  • Cérélia (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
  • Bonduelle in its acquisition of Ready Pac Foods, the U.S. market leader in single-serve salad bowls
  • DomusVi in the acquisition of SARquavitae, one of the leaders of elderly care services in Spain
  • 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 subsidiary, 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 its acquisition of the European Non-Sugar Beet and U.S. Sunflower & Grasses Business of the Advanta group

Private Equity

Representations of:

  • IK Investment Partners and The Carlyle Group on the sale of orthopedic implant manufacturing company Marle to Dentressangle
  • Intermediate Capital Group (ICG) in its acquisition of Etanco, the leading European designer, manufacturer and distributor of building fasteners and fixing systems
  • 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) from Metric Capital Partners
  • IK Investment Partners in connection with its acquisition, through its IK VIII Fund, of Mademoiselle Desserts, a French leader in the frozen bakery industry, from Equistone Partners and subsequent buildup transactions
  • IK Investment Partners in connection with its acquisition, through its IK VIII Fund, of a majority stake in Questel, a global leading provider of intellectual property information and management software and services
  • PAI Partners in its sale of a majority stake in leading retirement and nursing home operator DomusVi to Intermediate Capital Group and Sagesse Retraite Santé
  • IK Investment Partners in its acquisition of Linxis Group (f/k/a Bretèche Industrie), a leading global manufacturer of industrial equipment for the production of food, pharmaceutical, and cosmetic products, from Equistone Partners and Céréa Capital
  • IK Investment Partners in connection with its 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
  • Oaktree Capital in connection with its acquisition of a significant minority stake in Groupe SAF, a major provider of helicopter services
  • PAI Partners in its acquisition of ELITech Group, a leading manufacturer of specialty in-vitro diagnostics equipment and reagents, from Ergon Capital
  • Elliott Management in a $115 million round financing for SIGFOX, provider of a cellular network dedicated to the Internet of Things, as well as its subsequent equity fundraising round
  • IK Investment Partners in its acquisition, with Five Arrows Principal Investments, of I@D Holding, a platform for independent real estate agents in France
  • 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 and the subsequent sale of B2S Group to Comdata 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 its acquisition of Cérélia Group, a leading European manufacturer of ready-to-bake chilled dough products and several subsequent buildup transactions
  • The Carlyle Group LP on French aspects of its reacquisition of vehicle 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 significant 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 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

Recognition, Honors & Awards

Eduardo was designated Best Lawyer in France for private equity (capital-risque) in the 2017 edition of the peer survey published by Les Echos, and as “Lawyer of the Year” (Avocat de l’Année) by Magazine des Affaires in 2018.

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Recognition, Honors & Awards

Eduardo was designated Best Lawyer in France for private equity (capital-risque) in the 2017 edition of the peer survey published by Les Echos, and as “Lawyer of the Year” (Avocat de l’Année) by Magazine des Affaires in 2018.

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