Mr Eduardo Fernandez > Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP > Paris, France > Lawyer Profile

Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP
21, boulevard Malesherbes
75008 PARIS

Work Department

Corporate and Financial Services


Eduardo Fernandez is a partner in Willkie’s Corporate & Financial Services Department in Paris. Eduardo focuses primarily on mergers and acquisitions and private equity transactions. He is co-head of Willkie’s European Committee and co-managing partner of Willkie’s Paris office.

A native New Yorker, Mr. Fernandez commenced his career as an associate in Willkie’s New York office. He is fluent in English, French and Spanish.

Mr. Fernandez has extensive experience advising both privately held and publicly listed companies on cross border acquisitions and dispositions, corporate venture investments and strategic alliances in a broad range of industries, including business services, consumer products, education, food and healthcare services.

He regularly represents some of Europe’s most prominent private equity sponsors on leveraged buy-outs (LBO), leveraged recapitalizations and late stage growth capital investments and has acted on several of the most prominent LBO and growth capital transactions in recent years on the French market.

Eduardo Fernandez also regularly advises family-owned professional long term investors on a variety of matters.

Lawyer Rankings

France > Mergers and acquisitions

Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP advises a number of blue-chip French companies as well as international groups and investment funds on large and complex international transactions as well as public M&A deals. The team also handles a strong flow of upper mid to large-cap deals, spanning various sectors including shipping, entertainment and retail. Its M&A practice is complemented by strong private equity capabilities. The practice is jointly headed by Eduardo Fernandez and Fabrice Veverka. Other key members include Gabriel FlandinDaniel Hurstel and Annette Péron.

France > Private equity: LBO

(Leading individuals)

Eduardo FernandezWillkie Farr & Gallagher LLP

The private equity group at Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP regularly handles large-cap private equity transactions including cross-border leveraged buyouts, joint ventures, platform acquisitions, and exits, working across all mainstream sectors. The practice is co-led by a trio of partners, comprising: Eduardo Fernandez, who has particular experience advising on transactions involving the professional services, consumer products, food and healthcare segments; and private equity and M&A specialists Christophe Garaud and Cédric Hajage. Additional names to note include Gabriel Flandin, Grégory de Saxcé, Hugo Nocerino. Gil Kiener  left the firm in December 2022.