François Feuillat

Partner

London
Willkie Farr & Gallagher (UK) LLP
Citypoint, 1 Ropemaker Street
London EC2Y 9AW
T +44 20 3580 4714
F +44 20 3580 4800
ffeuillatwillkie.com

François Feuillat has extensive experience handling a range of complex cross-border mergers and acquisitions, takeovers, joint ventures, private equity deals and corporate finance transactions. 

François has represented a number of investors in the European oil and gas and renewable energy sectors and in the African oil and gas and infrastructure sectors. The total value of the energy deals on which he has advised to date exceeds US$100 billion.

François has been recognized in the Legal 500: UK as a leading practitioner in the categories Projects, Energy & Natural Resources: Oil & Gas (2010 – 2013) and Corporate & Commercial: M&A (2008 – 2013). Additionally, he was nominated as a “UK Best Lawyer” in Mergers & Acquisitions and Private Equity in UK Best Lawyers (2013).

François is fluent in English, French and Dutch.

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François Feuillat has extensive experience handling a range of complex cross-border mergers and acquisitions, takeovers, joint ventures, private equity deals and corporate finance transactions. 

Selected Significant Matters

Private Equity**

  • Advising a leading energy-focused private equity investor on a 50 percent investment in an Australian coal mine

  • Representing an investment company on its acquisition of a significant minority interest in a marine renewable energy company

  • Advising Blue Water Energy, an energy-focused private equity house, on its investment in Excellence Logging, an oilfield services company, and on add-on acquisitions by Excellence Logging

  • Advising Riverstone, a leading energy-focused private equity house, and another investor on their equity-line investment of US$200 million each in Origo Exploration AS, a new Norway and UK-focused exploration and production company

  • Advising Riverstone on a line of equity investment in White Rose Energy, an exploration and production company focused on onshore and offshore basins in West Africa

  • Advising Riverstone on a US$150 million line of equity investment in Fairfield Energy Limited, a North Sea oil producer

  • Advising a Helios Investment Partners portfolio company on its acquisition of Multi-Links, a Nigerian telecoms operator, from Telkom SA, a South African Telecoms company

  • Representing HgCapital on its acquisition and equity financing of the 44MW Ytterberg onshore wind farm project in Sweden

  • Representing a private equity-backed African telecom infrastructure company on the proposed acquisitions and leaseback of telecommunications towers in several African countries

  • Acting for HgCapital on its investment in Havsnäs, Sweden's largest onshore wind farm, and the first project financing in the Nordic power market (named by Infrastructure Journal 2008 as the “Renewables Deal of the Year”)

  • Representing a consortium of investors on their proposed acquisition of a large portfolio of operating wind farms in Italy

  • Acting for SCF Partners on its secondary buy-out of Corpro Group, a specialist oilfield services company, from 3i and others

  • Representing hedge fund investors in PIPE deals with companies listed in London and on various other European stock exchanges

  • Advising a major investment fund on its proposed acquisition of a portfolio of wind farm projects in Italy

Mergers & Acquisitions: Private**

  • Acting for a family office in connection with a significant equity investment in a European onshore oil and gas company

  • Advising a large private equity-backed financial services company on acquisitions of investment advisory firms in Europe

  • Acting for ALSTOM on the €1.1 billion disposal of its industrial turbines business in 42 countries to Siemens

  • Representing ALSTOM on the formation of the ABB ALSTOM Power joint venture

  • Advising ExxonMobil on the sale of a gas transport company to Duke Energy

  • Advising the seller on the disposal of Asprey & Garrard, the Crown Jewellers, to private investors

  • Representing a UK specialty chemicals concern on its acquisition of a business from a U.S. integrated energy and chemicals group

  • Advising ALSTOM on the sale and leaseback of its UK real estate portfolio

Mergers & Acquisitions: Public**

  • Representing OSG Billing, a portfolio company of Aquiline Capital Partners, on the acquisition of Communisis PLC, a communications and marketing outsourcing company listed on the London Stock Exchange

  • Advising the Special Committee of the board of directors of Eurasia Drilling Company Limited (EDC) on an abortive transaction in which Schlumberger Limited agreed to purchase a significant minority interest, and subsequently on the terms of a take-private transaction by management and certain core shareholders resulting in EDC being delisted from the London Stock Exchange and valuing EDC at approximately US$1.7 billion

  • Advising Soros Fund Management and Albright Capital Management in connection with the US$1 billion disposal by way of reverse takeover of APR Energy, a provider of turnkey temporary power generation services, to a London Stock Exchange-listed acquisition vehicle

  • Representing Sinopec International Petroleum Exploration and Production Corporation in connection with its C$10.3 billion acquisition of Addax Petroleum Corporation, a Canadian company publicly traded on the Toronto and London Stock Exchanges, with assets in West Africa and the Middle East (the largest overseas energy acquisition by a Chinese company to date and named as a 2009 Deal of the Year by Asian-Counsel)

  • Representing Sinopec International Petroleum Exploration and Production Company on its C$2.1 billion takeover of Tanganyika Oil Company Ltd, an oil and gas company with assets in Syria which was listed on the Stockholm and Toronto stock exchanges

  • Advising a sovereign entity in connection with its proposed takeover of a London-listed oil and gas exploration and production company

  • Acting for a major bank in relation to its financing of a contested bid for an AIM-listed technology company

  • Representing SABMiller on its US$8 billion takeover of Bavaria, Latin America's second-largest brewer

  • Acting for Egg, the online bank, in relation to Prudential's offer for the shares in Egg not already owned by Prudential

  • Acting for Brown-Forman in its capacity as a major shareholder on the auction of Glenmorangie, a London-listed Scotch whisky distiller

  • Representing the target on the take-private of an AIM listed technology company

  • Acting for one of the members of a consortium in relation to its proposed bid for an £8 billion global spirits group

Securities**

  • Acting for the holders of the US$245 million convertible bonds on the corporate aspects of the complex restructuring of the Premier Oil group, a leading FTSE 250 oil and gas exploration and production company

  • Advising Helios Natural Resources Ltd (a Helios Investment Partners portfolio company) on the acquisition of a 29.4% shareholding in Eland Oil & Gas plc, an AIM listed oil and gas company with an interest in an onshore oil field located in the Niger Delta, Nigeria

  • Representing Maple Energy plc, one of Peru’s leading integrated energy companies, on its IPO on the AIM market

  • Advising on the IPO on the AIM market of Leaf Clean Energy Company, which invests in clean energy opportunities, mainly in North America (this was the largest AIM fund-raising in 2007)

  • Advising on the UK securities law aspects of the US$81 billion merger of Exxon and Mobil, which included the largest listing of shares on the London Stock Exchange to date

  • Acting for ALSTOM on its IPO in Paris, New York and London

  • Representing Carnegie, the Nordic investment bank, on its private placement of shares in Genesis Petroleum plc (AIM market-listed)

  • Advising on the UK securities law aspects of a merger of two major Russian retail groups, one of which has Global Depositary Receipts listed on the London Stock Exchange

  • Representing OAO NOVATEK, the largest independent natural gas producer in Russia with Global Depositary Receipts listed on the London Stock Exchange, in relation to UK securities law issues

  • Representing investment funds in structuring and executing equity derivatives which give them exposure to major listed companies

Africa**

  • Representing Helios Natural Resources Ltd on the acquisition of a 29.4% shareholding in Eland Oil & Gas plc, an AIM listed oil and gas company with an interest in an onshore oil field located in the Niger Delta, Nigeria

  • Advising Riverstone on a line of equity investment in White Rose Energy, an exploration and production company focused on onshore and offshore basins in West Africa

  • Advising a Helios Investment Partners portfolio company on its acquisition of Multi-Links, a Nigerian telecoms operator, from Telkom SA, a South African Telecoms company, and on its subsequent sale

  • Representing Sinopec in connection with its C$10.3 billion acquisition of Addax Petroleum Corporation

  • Advising a private equity backed African telecom infrastructure company on proposed acquisitions and leaseback of telecommunications towers in several African countries

Prior Experience

Prior to joining Willkie, François was a partner in the London office of Vinson & Elkins LLP.

*Willkie Farr & Gallagher (UK) LLP is a limited liability partnership formed under the laws of the State of Delaware, USA and is authorised and regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority with registration number 565650.

**Advised on some of these matters prior to joining Willkie.

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