Gabriel Flandin is a national partner in the Corporate & Financial Services Department, focusing on mergers and acquisitions, private equity transactions, restructuring as well as joint venture structuring and unbundling. He has been involved in a number of matters in the energy and infrastructure fields and has developed particular knowledge of these sectors.
Gabriel is fluent in French and English.
Gabriel’s recent experience includes:
- Advised OpenGate Capital on the contemplated sale of NAKAN, a global PVC compounding solutions business headquartered in France to Westlake Chemical Corporation;
- Advised CMA CGM on its contemplated acquisition of an approximate 25% stake in CEVA Logistics AG;
- Advised EIB on the financing of Forsee Power;
- Advised PAI Partners in the sale of ADB Safegate to The Carlyle Group;
- Advised Bpifrance in its €1.92 billion acquisition of a 12.7 percent stake in French automaker Peugeot SA;
- 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;
- Advised CMA CGM Group in its acquisitions of Neptune Orient Lines and Mercosul Line;
- Advising Feu Vert and its majority shareholder, Qualium Investissement, in Feu Vert’s €250 million refinancing;
- Advising Meridiam and Ronesans as the main sponsors of the first healthcare PPP project in Turkey, a €550 million project that will create a major healthcare facility in Adana;
- Advising EADS Group on several private M&A and public M&A transactions, including cross border transactions;
Advising the French Local Government Funding Agency "Agence France Locale" on its set-up (including notably, corporate structuring and regulatory filings) as well as its €3 billion EMTN program and €750 million inaugural bond issue;
Advising Impala in the restructuring and acquisition of #1 European book printer CPI;
Advising PAI Partners on the acquisition of ADB;
Advising Permira on the reorganization and subsequent sale of the Provimi group to Carlyle;
Advising Solvay on its public take over on Rhodia, followed by the squeeze-out and de-listing of Rhodia;
Advising French Caisse des dépôts et Consignations and its infrastructure dedicated vehicle CDC Infrastructrure on several transactions;
Advising Qualium Investissement on several private equity transactions including
the sale of Marc Orian and its reinvestment, as a minority shareholder, in the new group created through the merger of Histoire d’Or and Marc Orian
its public take-over of Quick Restaurant, followed by the squeeze-out, de-listing and reorganization of Quick Restaurant
Advising Infineon Technologies on the disposal of Altis Semiconductor, a 50/50 joint venture formerly incorporated with IBM Corp., to a third-party investor;
Advising OFI Infravia in the acquisition of Régaz Bordeaux from Dalkia;
Advising Arclight Capital Partners on the spin-off and reorganization of its French-Spanish portfolio company NeoElectra Group, and the sale of NeoElectra Group’s assets to several investors, including Cube Infrastructure;
Advising Deutsch Group on several matters, including its disposal by Wendel to TE Connectivity.
Prior to joining Willkie in 2012, Gabriel was of counsel at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP (primarily based in Paris, he spent almost one year in the New York office of the firm, working notably as in-house lawyer for Deutsch Group). He has also worked as a corporate and tax law lecturer at the University of Montpellier, where he still provides lectures from time to time.