Igor Kukhta

Partner

Paris
Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP
21 boulevard Malesherbes
75008 Paris
T +33 1 53 43 46 58
F +33 1 53 43 46 99
ikukhtawillkie.com

Igor Kukhta is a partner in the Corporate & Financial Services Department, practicing on the acquisition and corporate finance team in Paris.

Igor represents private debt funds, private equity sponsors, special situations funds, corporations and banks in connection with acquisition leverage financings, unitranche bond financings, debt restructurings, distressed financings and equity bridge financings. He also regularly handles corporate finance matters and high-growth companies debt financings.

A Native Ukrainian, Igor is fluent in French, English, Ukrainian and Russian.

Igor Kukhta is a partner in the Corporate & Financial Services Department, practicing on the acquisition and corporate finance team in Paris.

Igor represents private debt funds, private equity sponsors, special situations funds, corporations and banks in connection with acquisition leverage financings, unitranche bond financings, debt restructurings, distressed financings and equity bridge financings. He also regularly handles corporate finance matters and high-growth companies debt financings.

A Native Ukrainian, Igor is fluent in French, English, Ukrainian and Russian.

Selected Significant Matters

Igor’s significant matters include advising:

  • Bluegem Capital Partners on the unitranche and PIK financings of an acquisition of Nutrimuscle, the leading French digital D2C community-driven brand in sustainable active nutrition.

  • Qualium and Lauxera on the financing of their acquisition of Verdot, an expert in design and realization of purification equipment for Biopharma projects.

  • Montefiore Investment on its acquisition of a minority stake in NGE, the leading France-based construction and engineering company.

  • LGT European Capital and Permira, on the unitranche financing of the IK Partners’ acquisition of Skill & You, a high-growth leader in online vocational learning.

  • Five Arrows Direct Lending on the unitranche acquisition financing for BlackFin Capital Partners in the context of their acquisition of CAFPI, the leading French-based real estate loan broker.

  • InVivo Group in the arrangement of €1.6 billion of financing in connection with its acquisition of Soufflet Group.

  • Carlyle in connection with an offer of rescue financing to the benefit of JJW Hotels & Resorts, an international real estate group.

  • Tikehau on the unitranche financings of the acquisition of Destiny, a European leader in secured cloud communication solutions, by Apax.

  • An alternative investment fund in connection with an offer of rescue financing to Technicolor, a multinational creative industries conglomerate.

  • Tikehau on the unitranche financing of the acquisition of Prosodie, a front office online solutions provider, by Apax and the negotiation with Geneo to integrate the recovery bonds into the structure.

  • Crédit Agricole, BNP Paribas, Banque Rhone Alpes, HSBC, Bank of Ireland and LCL on the acquisition financing of the Group Telenco by Ergon Capital.

  • Blackrock Private Debt on the unitranche financing of an acquisition of Graitec, a leading publisher and distributor of building information modelling software, by Apax.

  • Air France-KLM Group and Air France on securing funding of €7 billion to help overcome the COVID-19 crisis.

  • a major fund in connection with a €100 million equity bridge financing.

  • Alès Group, a cosmetic company listed on Euronext Paris, in the context of its financial restructuring.

  • JP Morgan Asset Management in connection with the financing of Locamod Group, a construction equipment rental company.

  • Anchorage, Hayfin and other new money lenders in the second and third out-of-court restructurings of Vivarte group, resulted in the complete cancellation of its debt and its takeover by the bondholders.

  • IPF Partners, a fund specializing in alternative financings in the healthcare sector, on a venture bond financings for Adocia and Poxel, French biopharmaceutical companies.

  • Latour Capital on its investment in the Primonial group, a major player in the design, management and advice on investment solutions in France.

  • a major fund in connection with a €180 million equity bridge financing.

  • Rothschild's Five Arrows Principal Investments fund on the financing aspects of its acquisition of A2MAC1 Group and a subsequent refinancing.

  • The Steering Committee of the High Yield Bond Holders on the debt restructuring of French oil services company CGG, one of the major financial restructuring in France with $3 billion of indebtedness and the first restructuring conducted under French and U.S. legal proceedings with a Sauvegarde in France and chapter 11 and chapter 15 cases in the U.S.

  • Ardian Private Debt on (i) the unitranche bonds financing of the acquisition by Sagard of Jpack International, (ii) the PIK financing of the acquisition by Temasek and others of Ceva Santé Animale, (iii) the unitranche bonds financing of the acquisition by Equistone of Européenne des Desserts and (iv) the unitranche bonds financing of the acquisition by PAI Partners of IPH Group.

  • Tikehau on the financing aspects of the acquisitions of (i) QCNS Cruise Group by Montefior Investment, (ii) Cisbio Bioassays by Abenex and (iii) Flexitech Group by Sun Capital Partners VI.

  • Eurazeo on the financing aspects of its acquisition of Glion Institute of Higher Education and Les Roches International School of Hotel Management.

  • PAI Partners on the financing aspects of the acquisition of ADB Airfield Solution (2013) and a PIK financing in connection with a consecutive add-on (2016)

  • IK Partners on the financing aspects of the acquisitions of (i) Savena Group, (ii) Unipex Group and (iii) Izium Group.

  • Managers on the management buy-out of a part of the Unipex Group.

  • European Capital and Tikheau on the financing aspects of the acquisition by Eurazeo of Asmodée.

  • CMA CGM in connection with its debt restructurings and financing of the acquisition and lease of several new build vessels.

  • Yoplait, together with General Mills and Sodial, with respect to a refinancing of its indebtedness and a new syndicate facility and USPP financing.

  • Bonduelle Group in its 5-year, €300 million revolving credit facility.

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