Firm Profile > Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP > Paris, France

Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP
21-23 RUE DE LA VILLE L'EVÊQUE
75008 PARIS
France

Administrative and public law Tier 1

Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP is one of the few firms clients turn to when facing serious performance contract issues on high-profile French projects. The six-lawyer team is managing several strategic files, notably in relation to a failed airport project in Nantes. In addition, the firm is also retained to advise on large-scale greenfield infrastructure projects and in the context of M&A transactions. It is also advising on privatisation matters. Leading sponsors and banks are clients. Practice head Thierry Laloum ranks among the finest in his field. Also recommended are special European counsel Charles-Antoine Erignac and senior associate Anne-Laure Barel.

Practice head(s):

Thierry Laloum

Key clients

Vinci Airports

RATP Dev.

Lisea

JCDecaux

Socomix

SEPD

Bouygues Travaux Publics

Vinci Autoroutes

Atlantia

Meridiam

Dispute resolution: Commercial litigation Tier 1

Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP handles corporate, commercial and governance disputes, acting for leading companies, investment funds and high-ranking executives. The firm is notably representing Air France-KLM in a dispute initiated by a French air carrier and its shareholders for alleged unlawful termination of negotiations in relation to the purchase of a minority shareholding in that company. Dominique Mondoloni and Grégoire Bertrou co-head the practice.

Practice head(s):

Dominique Mondoloni ; Grégoire Bertrou

Key clients

Carl Bayard

Nokia

Agence Française de Développement

Arkema

Transdev

KR Média

Besix

Merck Médication Familiale

Air France / Air France-KLM

Insolvency Tier 1

Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP was recently in very high demand for assistance with high-profile safeguard and insolvency cases. The group notably handled key matters in the retail and industrial sectors and acted for bondholders and investment funds on several landmark cases relating to listed companies and involving large debts. Key restructuring debt matters involving LBO and listed companies and EuroPP investments account for another significant portion of the caseload. Additionally, the practice is able to handle cross-border cases and is experienced in advising investors on major asset take-over offers. A recent highlight matter was advising a company on a third restructuring plan.  Lionel Spizzichino is the head the practice. Since publication, Alexandra Bigot joined Latham & Watkins.

Practice head(s):

Lionel Spizzichino

Key clients

Anchorage Capital and Hayfin Advisors

Schmolz + Bickenbach

OpenGate Capital

Third Point

Attestor Capital

Bpifrance

JP Morgan Asset Management

Wendel and Cromology

Apollo Capital and Monarch Alternative Capital

Hachette Livre

Alès Groupe

Project finance Tier 1

Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP combines leading public law and finance expertise that earns the firm top instructions on France’s largest infrastructure projects. The practice recently advised on landmark domestic financing and refinancing project work in the transport sector. Other work includes advising on several greenfield and brownfield infrastructure and energy projects abroad, including in Eastern Europe and Africa. The practice also advised CMA CGM on the development of the Puerto Antioquia maritime terminal in Colombia. Amir Jahanguiri is in charge on the financing side, with Michaël Armandou as the other key member. Thierry Laloum chairs the public law practice.

Practice head(s):

Amir Jahanguiri

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Amir Jahanguiri is highly thoughtful and also commercial; he is very client-focused, yet frank and transaction-oriented.’

Key clients

CMA CGM

ERAMET

Bouygues Construction

Vinci Concessions

Rönesans

Atlantia (Autostrade per l’Italia)

Sojitz Corporation

Agence Spéciale Tanger Méditerranée

Government of Djibouti

ArcelorMittal

Veolia

European Investment Bank

Eiffage

Direct Energie

STOA

Société Générale

Crédit Agricole Corporate and Investment Bank

EU, competition and distribution Tier 2

Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP's six-lawyer team, led by Faustine Viala, regularly advises leading private equity on merger control matters, often involving multi-jurisdictional filings, including before the French and EU authorities. The practice, which can rely on further capabilities from Brussels, also recently completed major merger control work for CMA CGM. On the antitrust front, the team acts in several domestic investigations and assisted Casino with several high-profile damage claims before French courts following cartel condemnations in the dairy and personal care product sectors.

Practice head(s):

Faustine Viala

Key clients

CMA CGM

Elior Group

Arkema

Casino

PAI Partners

Kuehne + Nagel

Lagardère Group

Latour Capital

Materne

Insight Partners

Centerbridge Partners

IK Investment Partners

Naval Group

Dalkia

Webhelp

ARKEA

Caisse des Dépôts et Consignations

Vallourec

Reed Midem

Private equity: Fund formation Tier 2

Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP's fund formation team is an integral part of the firm's international offering, with other key hubs located in New York, Washington DC and London. As such, the group's workload has a strong cross-border aspect. Adept at the formation of a wide range of funds, including buy-out, mezzanine, distressed and debt funds as well as funds of funds and infrastructure funds, the practice has wide sectorial breadth, with a particularly strong track record in the energy, real estate, infrastructure, software and financial services sectors. Nathalie Duguay heads the practice, which has recently been bolstered at junior associate level, confirming the group's status as a clear heavyweight in the market.

Practice head(s):

Nathalie Duguay

Key clients

21 Invest France

Abénex Capital

Apax Partners

BlackFin Capital Partners

Ekkio Capital

Five Arrows Managers

Latour Capital

PAI Partners

Sagard

Wendel

Private equity: LBO Tier 2

Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP has longstanding presence in the market and particular strength in cross-border transactions, but is also experienced in domestic matters. The team has seen an uptick in work in the growth sector of the French market, but maintains its ability to advise on transactions across all market segments, from small-cap buy-outs to large-cap deals. Eduardo FernandezChristophe Garaud and Cédric Hajage are the practice heads. Gabriel Flandin, whose specialisms include private equity deals, M&A, corporate governance and joint ventures, made partner in January 2019.

Practice head(s):

Eduardo Fernandez; Christophe Garaud; Cédric Hajage

Key clients

Aleph Capital

Carlyle

CVC Capital Partners

Ekkio Capital

Latour Capital

PAI Partners

Palamon Capital Partners

Qualium Investissement

Warburg Invest

Weinberg Capital Partners

Shipping finance Tier 2

Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP occupies a niche position in the shipping finance market with its focus on acting for liners and shipyards rather than financial institutions. Clients include large container shipping company CMA CGM and French shipyard Chantiers de l’Atlantique. Debt financings, sale-and-leaseback issues, high-yield financing work and restructuring matters make up the bulk of work handled by the practice. Practice head Brice Pommiès  is 'very rigorous' and stands out for his 'technical' knowledge.

Practice head(s):

Brice Pommiès

Testimonials

Brice Pommiès is very rigorous, invested, and technical.

Key clients

CMA CGM

Chantiers de l’Atlantique (f/k/a STX France)

NOL

Banking and finance: transactional work Tier 3

Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP's broad palette of work includes syndicated and bilateral lending, leveraged finance and acquisition finance, equity bridge financing, project finance, PPP transactions, private placements, shipping finance, high-yield financings, recapitalisations and corporate restructurings and workouts. Much of its work is cross-border, but it also has a steady flow of domestic transactions. Corporate and financial services partner Paul Lombard leads the practice and focuses predominantly on acquisition and leveraged finance, notably in transactions using innovative tools such as payment-in-kind financing and unirate bonds.

Practice head(s):

Paul Lombard

Key clients

PAI Partners

Eurazéo

IK Investment Partners

Ardian Private Debt

Intermediate Capital Group plc

Tikehau

Latour Capital

Five Arrows

Weinberg Capital

Alcentra (The Bank of New York Fund)

Dispute resolution: White-collar crime Tier 3

Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP is defending several leading French and US companies, or their executives, in the context of international corruption investigations launched by French, US and other international authorities. The practice is involved in highly sensitive cases, dealing with corruption and fraud allegations. It also assists French companies in the setting up of compliance programmes. The team successfully represented a multinational telecoms company which was prosecuted on charges of corruption of foreign public officials in South America. Dominique Mondoloni and Grégoire Bertrou are key names.

Practice head(s):

Dominique Mondolini; Grégoire Bertrou

Mergers and acquisitions Tier 3

Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP acts for large French corporations, major international businesses and financial institutions, as well as leading private equity sponsors on complex domestic and cross-border acquisitions and divestments. In addition to its work on private and public M&A, it also handles distressed transactions and corporate reorganisations. It frequently acts for buyers on deals in sectors including retail, infrastructure and energy. Key names include Annette Péron, Daniel Hurstel and Eduardo Fernandez. Gabriel Flandin was promoted to partner last year.

Practice head(s):

Eduardo Fernandez; Christophe Garaud; Cédric Hajag; Daniel Hurstel; Annette Péron; Gabriel Flandin; Grégoire Finance; Brice Pommiès; Grégory de Saxcé

Key clients

CMA CGM

Bonduelle

Thales

Orange

Arkema

Air France

Elior

Lagardère

Groupe Monnoyeur

Bpifrance

Flex’n’Gate

CMA CGM

Bonduelle

Thales

Orange

Tax Tier 4

Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP's special European counsel Philippe Grudé advises on the tax structuring of the firm's LBO and M&A transactions, with experience of assisting leading private equity funds on the market's largest LBO transactions.

Practice head(s):

Philippe Grudé

Key clients

PAI Partners

IK Investment

Intermediate Capital Group (ICG)

Latour Capital

Weinberg Capital Partners

Cobalt Capital

Vitale Assistance

Qualium Investissement

Sagard

Dispute resolution: International arbitration Tier 5

Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP

Practice head(s):

Dominique Mondoloni; Grégoire Bertrou

Key clients

Port de Djibouti SA

Symphony Partners Limited

Next Global Investment Limited / Dynamic Link Ventures Limited

Devas Corporation

Department Name Email Telephone
Partner, Corporate & Financial Services Eduardo J. Fernandez efernandez@willkie.com +33 1 53 43 45 30
Partner, Corporate & Financial Services Christophe Garaud cgaraud@willkie.com +33 1 53 43 45 13
Photo Name Position Profile
Mr Michael Armandou  photo Mr Michael Armandou Please see http://www.willkie.com/professionals/a/armandou-michael
 Grégoire Bertrou  photo Grégoire Bertrou Please see: http://www.willkie.com/professionals/b/bertrou-gregoire
Ms Alexandra Bigot  photo Ms Alexandra Bigot Please see http://www.willkie.com/professionals/b/bigot-alexandra
Mr Thomas Binet  photo Mr Thomas Binet Please see https://www.willkie.com/professionals/b/binet-thomas
 Nathalie Duguay  photo Nathalie Duguay Please see: http://www.willkie.com/professionals/d/duguay-nathalie
 Charles-Antoine Erignac  photo Charles-Antoine Erignac Please see: http://www.willkie.com/professionals/e/erignac-charles-antoine
Mr Eduardo Fernandez  photo Mr Eduardo Fernandez Please see http://www.willkie.com/professionals/f/fernandez-eduardo-j
Mr Grégoire Finance  photo Mr Grégoire Finance Please see http://www.willkie.com/professionals/f/finance-gregoire
Mr Gabriel Flandin  photo Mr Gabriel Flandin Please see http://www.willkie.com/professionals/f/flandin-gabriel
Mr Jeffrey Fouts  photo Mr Jeffrey Fouts Please see http://www.willkie.com/professionals/f/fouts-jeffrey-w
Mr Christophe Garaud  photo Mr Christophe Garaud Please see http://www.willkie.com/professionals/g/garaud-christophe
Mr Philippe Grudé  photo Mr Philippe Grudé Please see http://www.willkie.com/professionals/g/grude-philippe
Mr Cédric Hajage  photo Mr Cédric Hajage Please see http://www.willkie.com/professionals/h/hajage-cedric
Mr Daniel Hurstel  photo Mr Daniel Hurstel Please see http://www.willkie.com/professionals/h/hurstel-daniel
Mr Amir Jahanguiri  photo Mr Amir Jahanguiri Please see http://www.willkie.com/professionals/j/jahanguiri-amir-h
 Gil Kiener  photo Gil Kiener Please see https://www.willkie.com/professionals/k/kiener-gil
 Igor Kukhta  photo Igor Kukhta Please see: http://www.willkie.com/professionals/k/kukhta-igor
Mr Thierry Laloum  photo Mr Thierry Laloum Please see http://www.willkie.com/professionals/l/laloum-thierry
 David Lambert  photo David Lambert Please see: http://www.willkie.com/professionals/l/lambert-david
Ms Sophie-Jeanne Laroche  photo Ms Sophie-Jeanne Laroche Please see http://www.willkie.com/professionals/l/laroche-sophiejeanne
Mr Paul Lombard  photo Mr Paul Lombard Please see http://www.willkie.com/professionals/l/lombard-paul
Mr Dominique Mondoloni  photo Mr Dominique Mondoloni Please see http://www.willkie.com/professionals/m/mondoloni-dominique
 Audrey Nelson  photo Audrey Nelson Please see https://www.willkie.com/professionals/n/nelson-audrey
Ms Annette Péron  photo Ms Annette Péron Please see http://www.willkie.com/professionals/p/peron-annette
Mr Brice Pommiès  photo Mr Brice Pommiès Please see http://www.willkie.com/professionals/p/pommis-brice
Mr Lionel Spizzichino  photo Mr Lionel Spizzichino Please see http://www.willkie.com/professionals/s/spizzichino-lionel
Ms Faustine Viala  photo Ms Faustine Viala Please see http://www.willkie.com/professionals/v/viala-faustine
Mr Grégory de Saxcé  photo Mr Grégory de Saxcé Please see http://www.willkie.com/professionals/d/de-saxce-gregory
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