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 more than 25 years’ experience handling complex cross-border mergers and acquisitions, takeovers, joint ventures, private equity deals and corporate finance transactions involving over 70 countries and worth a total of over US$100 billion.

François represents private equity and corporate clients in the energy, infrastructure, industrials and technology sectors. He is a trusted adviser to boards and independent committees, and regularly advises on deals governed by the UK Takeover Code and Listing Rules. He also represents activist investors on strategic and M&A-related campaigns.

François is recognised as a ‘Notable Practitioner' in IFLR1000 for M&A and has previously been recognised as a leading practitioner by The Legal 500: UK and UK Best Lawyers.

François is fluent in English, French and Dutch.

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François Feuillat has more than 25 years’ experience handling complex cross-border mergers and acquisitions, takeovers, joint ventures, private equity deals and corporate finance transactions involving over 70 countries and worth a total of over US$100 billion.

François represents private equity and corporate clients in the energy, infrastructure, industrials and technology sectors. He is a trusted adviser to boards and independent committees, and regularly advises on deals governed by the UK Takeover Code and Listing Rules. He also represents activist investors on strategic and M&A-related campaigns.

Selected Significant Matters

François has advised on the following significant matters:

  • Take-Two Interactive Software on the proposed takeover of London-listed Codemasters for approximately $994 million in cash and Take-Two stock
  • 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
  • DPI, a significant minority shareholder, on the $1.85 billion sale of Eaton Towers to American Tower Corporation
  • Third Point on a number of its activist campaigns involving large European companies
  • A leading energy-focused private equity investor on a 50 percent investment in an Australian coal mine
  • An investment company on its acquisition of a significant minority interest in a marine renewable energy company
  • 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
  • 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
  • Riverstone on:
    • the disposal of its interest in Cuadrilla, the leading UK shale gas exploration company
    • a line of equity investment in White Rose Energy, an exploration and production company focused on onshore and offshore basins in West Africa
    • a US$150 million line of equity investment in Fairfield Energy Limited, a North Sea oil producer
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Helios Investment Partners and its portfolio companies on:
    • the acquisition of Multi-Links, a Nigerian telecoms operator, from Telkom SA, and on its subsequent sale
    • acquisitions and leasebacks of telecommunications towers portfolios in several African countries
    • 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
  • HgCapital on its acquisition and equity financing of the 44MW Ytterberg onshore wind farm project in Sweden and on its investment in Havsnäs, Sweden's largest onshore wind farm, and the first project financing in the Nordic power market
  • Hedge fund investors in PIPE deals with companies listed in London and on various other European stock exchanges
  • A major investment fund on its proposed acquisition of a portfolio of wind farm projects in Italy
  • ALSTOM on:
    • its IPO in Paris, New York and London
    • the €1.1 billion disposal of its industrial turbines business in 42 countries to Siemens
    • the formation of the ABB ALSTOM Power joint venture
    • the sale and leaseback of its UK real estate portfolio
  • The seller on the disposal of Asprey & Garrard, the Crown Jewellers, to private investors
  • 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)
  • 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
  • SABMiller on its US$8 billion takeover of Bavaria, Latin America's second-largest brewer
  • Egg, an online bank, in relation to Prudential's offer for the shares in Egg not already owned by Prudential
  • Brown-Forman in its capacity as a major shareholder on the auction of Glenmorangie, a London-listed Scotch whisky distiller
  • Maple Energy plc, one of Peru's leading integrated energy companies, on its IPO on the AIM market
  • The IPO on the AIM market of Leaf Clean Energy Company, which invests in clean energy opportunities, mainly in North America
  • 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
  • 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 had Global Depositary Receipts listed on the London Stock Exchange
  • 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

*François advised on some of these matters prior to joining Willkie.

Prior Experience

Prior to joining Willkie, François was a partner in the London office of Vinson & Elkins LLP, having started his career at Hogan Lovells.

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