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Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP Offices
21-23 RUE DE LA VILLE L'EVÊQUE
Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP > The Legal 500 Rankings
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.
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.
Dominique Mondoloni ; Grégoire Bertrou
Agence Française de Développement
Merck Médication Familiale
Air France / Air France-KLM
Insolvency Tier 1Willkie 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.
Anchorage Capital and Hayfin Advisors
Schmolz + Bickenbach
JP Morgan Asset Management
Wendel and Cromology
Apollo Capital and Monarch Alternative Capital
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.
‘Amir Jahanguiri is highly thoughtful and also commercial; he is very client-focused, yet frank and transaction-oriented.’
Atlantia (Autostrade per l’Italia)
Agence Spéciale Tanger Méditerranée
Government of Djibouti
European Investment Bank
Crédit Agricole Corporate and Investment Bank
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.
Kuehne + Nagel
IK Investment Partners
Caisse des Dépôts et Consignations
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.
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 Fernandez, Christophe 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.
Eduardo Fernandez; Christophe Garaud; Cédric Hajage
CVC Capital Partners
Palamon Capital Partners
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.
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.
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.
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.
Eduardo Fernandez; Christophe Garaud; Cédric Hajag; Daniel Hurstel; Annette Péron; Gabriel Flandin; Grégoire Finance; Brice Pommiès; Grégory de Saxcé
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.
Intermediate Capital Group (ICG)
Weinberg Capital Partners
Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP > Firm Profile
|Mr Michael Armandou||Please see http://www.willkie.com/professionals/a/armandou-michael||View Profile|
|Grégoire Bertrou||Please see: http://www.willkie.com/professionals/b/bertrou-gregoire||View Profile|
|Ms Alexandra Bigot||Please see http://www.willkie.com/professionals/b/bigot-alexandra||View Profile|
|Mr Thomas Binet||Please see https://www.willkie.com/professionals/b/binet-thomas||View Profile|
|Nathalie Duguay||Please see: http://www.willkie.com/professionals/d/duguay-nathalie||View Profile|
|Charles-Antoine Erignac||Please see: http://www.willkie.com/professionals/e/erignac-charles-antoine||View Profile|
|Mr Eduardo Fernandez||Please see http://www.willkie.com/professionals/f/fernandez-eduardo-j||View Profile|
|Mr Grégoire Finance||Please see http://www.willkie.com/professionals/f/finance-gregoire||View Profile|
|Mr Gabriel Flandin||Please see http://www.willkie.com/professionals/f/flandin-gabriel||View Profile|
|Mr Jeffrey Fouts||Please see http://www.willkie.com/professionals/f/fouts-jeffrey-w||View Profile|
|Mr Christophe Garaud||Please see http://www.willkie.com/professionals/g/garaud-christophe||View Profile|
|Mr Philippe Grudé||Please see http://www.willkie.com/professionals/g/grude-philippe||View Profile|
|Mr Cédric Hajage||Please see http://www.willkie.com/professionals/h/hajage-cedric||View Profile|
|Mr Daniel Hurstel||Please see http://www.willkie.com/professionals/h/hurstel-daniel||View Profile|
|Mr Amir Jahanguiri||Please see http://www.willkie.com/professionals/j/jahanguiri-amir-h||View Profile|
|Gil Kiener||Please see https://www.willkie.com/professionals/k/kiener-gil||View Profile|
|Igor Kukhta||Please see: http://www.willkie.com/professionals/k/kukhta-igor||View Profile|
|Mr Thierry Laloum||Please see http://www.willkie.com/professionals/l/laloum-thierry||View Profile|
|David Lambert||Please see: http://www.willkie.com/professionals/l/lambert-david||View Profile|
|Ms Sophie-Jeanne Laroche||Please see http://www.willkie.com/professionals/l/laroche-sophiejeanne||View Profile|
|Mr Paul Lombard||Please see http://www.willkie.com/professionals/l/lombard-paul||View Profile|
|Mr Dominique Mondoloni||Please see http://www.willkie.com/professionals/m/mondoloni-dominique||View Profile|
|Audrey Nelson||Please see https://www.willkie.com/professionals/n/nelson-audrey||View Profile|
|Ms Annette Péron||Please see http://www.willkie.com/professionals/p/peron-annette||View Profile|
|Mr Brice Pommiès||Please see http://www.willkie.com/professionals/p/pommis-brice||View Profile|
|Mr Lionel Spizzichino||Please see http://www.willkie.com/professionals/s/spizzichino-lionel||View Profile|
|Ms Faustine Viala||Please see http://www.willkie.com/professionals/v/viala-faustine||View Profile|
|Mr Grégory de Saxcé||Please see http://www.willkie.com/professionals/d/de-saxce-gregory||View Profile|