Gabriel Flandin is a partner in the Corporate & Financial Services Department. He focuses on mergers and acquisitions involving public and private companies, including both private equity and strategic acquirer transactions, as well as bankruptcy-based asset sales. He also regularly advises on corporate governance issues and joint venture structuring.

In addition to his transactional work, Gabriel regularly advises clients in the financial regulatory and infrastructure industries. IFLR 1000 ranks Gabriel as a “Highly Regarded” practitioner in the areas of M&A and private equity in France.

Gabriel has also been ranked as “Leading Individual” by The Legal 500 EMEA 2024 – M&A. A client highlighted that “Gabriel Flandin brings not only his technical expertise but also a real ability to negotiate, taking his client’s positions while bringing a lot of serenity to the discussions" and "He is absolutely excellent and has an outstanding mix of skills in terms of law and business aspects."

Gabriel was recognized again by Best Lawyers in 2024 for Corporate, Mergers and Acquisitions and Private Equity.

Gabriel is a lecturer on corporate law topics at the Université de Montpellier, where he provides several courses on LBO structuring. He served for one year as external general counsel for Deutsch Group in New York.

Gabriel is fluent in French and English.



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.

Gabriel’s recent experience includes:

  • Advising CMA CGM Group and its subsidiary CEVA Logistics S.A. in CEVA’s £566.9 million acquisition of Wincanton plc

  • Advising the SteerCo group of unsecured creditors in the financial restructuring of Orpea SA

  • Advising Qualium Investissement and Lauxera Capital Partners in their acquisition of a majority stake in VERDOT Ips²
  • Advising Air France-KLM Group in its €2.256 billion rights issue
  • Advising Air France-KLM Group in its long-term strategic air cargo partnership with CMA CGM Group
  • Advising Intermediate Capital Group in connection with its investment in Circet, the leading telecommunications network service provider in Europe
  • Advising FFP on its contemplated acquisition of a minority interest in International SOS, a worldwide leader in health and security services
  • Advising the consortium led by Banque des Territoires, CNP Assurances and EDF Invest on the acquisition of a 50% equity interest in Orange Concessions
  • Advising Qualium Investissement on its announced sale of its majority stake in IMV Technologies to Montagu Private Equity
  • Advising ICG Europe VII, an affiliate of Intermediate Capital Group, in its investment in Biogroup, a leading French operator of medical diagnostic laboratories
  • Advising PAI Partners in connection with its contemplated acquisition of a majority stake in Euronext listed Amplitude Surgical, a French leader on the global surgical technology market for lower-limb orthopedics
  • Advising Memo Bank (f/k/a Margo Bank) on the $22.5 million funding round and obtaining subsequent credit institution license
  • Advising the Republic of Djibouti on the creation of the $1.5 billion Djibouti Sovereign Fund (Fonds Souverain de Djibouti)
  • Advising Air France-KLM Group and Air France on securing funding of €7 billion to help overcome the COVID-19 crisis
  • Advising Arch Capital Group Ltd. in its acquisition of a 29.5% stake in Coface, the French-based leader in the global trade credit insurance listed on Euronext Paris, from Natixis
  • Advising Bpifrance in connection with
    • its €1.92 billion acquisition of a 12.7 percent stake in French automaker Peugeot SA
    • Fiat Chrysler and Peugeot SA’s subsequent agreement to merge, creating the world’s fourth largest automaker
    • its equity and quasi-equity investment in listed company Vallourec
  • Advising Latour Capital on its investment in the Primonial group, a major player in the design, management and advice on investment solutions in France
  • Advising CMA CGM on several transactions, including:
    • the acquisition of Bolloré Logistics for an enterprise value of €5 billion
    • the acquisition of most of Ingram Micro’s Commerce & Lifecycle Services business, valued at $3 billion
    • the acquisition of Container Finance’s container shipping and logistics business Containerships
    • its multi-step investment in CEVA Logistics AG, which included a 25 percent stake acquisition in the company’s IPO, swap structuring, as well as the successful completion of its friendly public tender offer
    • its public offer on Nepture Orient Lines
    • its private acquisition of Mercosul Lines and Containerships
  • Advising Apollo Funds and Monarch Alternative Capital in the $107 million sale of shares in French-listed Latécoère to Searchlight Capital Partners
  • Advising PAI Partners on the acquisition of ADB Safegate and its subsequent sale to The Carlyle Group
  • Advising Qualium Investissement on several private equity transactions including:
    • the refinancing of Sogal and its subsequent sale to ICG
    • the refinancing of Feu Vert and its subsequent sale to a private equity bidder
    • the acquisition of Vulcanic
    • the acquisition and subsequent sale of Frères Blanc
    • 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 takeover of Quick Restaurant, followed by the squeeze-out, delisting and reorganization of Quick Restaurant
  • Advising high-yield bond holders on the restructuring of listed company CGG
  • Advising Aleph Capital in its investment alongside Bpifrance in listed company Ekinops, in the context of the concomitant private acquisition by Ekinops of OneAccess
  • Advising Apollo and Monarch on the restructuring and taking control of listed company Latecoere 
  • Advising Atlantia Group and EDF Invest on the successful bid of the consortium for the privatization of Nice’s airport 
  • Advising the French Local Government Funding Agency "Agence France Locale" on its set-up (including notably, corporate structuring and regulatory filings) and its €3 billion EMTN program and €750 million inaugural bond issue
  • Advising Margo Bank on its set up and Series A issuance
  • Advising Dalkia on the negotiation and signing of its partnership agreement with Amundi Transition Energétique to support the development of renewable heating networks in France
  • Advising OpenGate Capital on the sale of NAKAN, a global PVC compounding solutions business headquartered in France to Westlake Chemical Corporation
  • 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 Impala in: 
    • the disposal of Clestra
    • the restructuring and acquisition of #1 European book printer CPI
  • Advising Solvay on its public takeover of Rhodia, followed by the squeeze-out and delisting of Rhodia
  • 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



Bar School of Montpellier, 2004 Université Montpellier 1, DJCE, 2004 Bordeaux Business School, 5-year degree, 2001

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