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Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP

21-23 RUE DE LA VILLE L'EVĂŠQUE, 75008 PARIS, FRANCE
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Work +33 1 53 43 45 00
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Eduardo Fernandez

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Work +33 1 53 43 4530
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Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP

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Corporate and Financial Services

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Please see http://www.willkie.com/professionals/f/fernandez-eduardo-j


France

Banking and finance: transactional work

Within: Banking and finance: transactional work

Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP's practice, which is led by Paris acquisition and corporate finance head Paul Lombard, has particular strength in structured finance, restructuring finance and acquisition finance. A recent standout matter saw Lombard join forces with corporate partner Eduardo Fernandez to advise IK Investment Partners on the financing of its contemplated acquisition of a majority stake in Mademoiselle Desserts from its current shareholders Equistone Partners Europe, Céréa Partenaire, Azulis Capital and the management team. IK Investment also turned to Lombard for a €44m unitranche financing of its acquisition of Acadomia, provided by Tikehau. Eurazeo, Ardian Private Debt and Weinberg Capital Partners are also clients. Igor Kukhta was promoted to special European counsel.

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Mergers and acquisitions

Within: Mergers and acquisitions

The 'very experienced and proactive' team at Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP 'goes beyond of what is normally expected'. The group demonstrates broad sector coverage, with strength in both domestic and cross-border transactions. Practice head Eduardo Fernandez is noted for his 'outstanding ability to make complicated matters easier to understand'; he advised entertainment player Trace, one of Trace's co-founders and its management team on its acquisition by TPG Growth. CMA CGM, Thales and Bonduelle are also clients. Other key contacts include cross-border joint venture specialist Annette Péron, energy and infrastructure expert Gabriel Flandin, carve-out specialist Grégoire Finance and public M&A expert Daniel Hurstel.

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France: Private equity

Private equity: LBO

Within: Private equity: LBO

The 'outstanding' and 'very flexible' team at Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP has strength across all market segments, with a high proportion of cross-border matters in addition to a strong domestic practice. Eduardo Fernandez, Christophe Garaud and Cédric Hajage are the core names, with key support coming from Gabriel Flandin. Hajage's recent highlights include advising CVC Capital Partners Strategic Opportunities on its acquisition, alongside Téthys Invest, of a controlling stake in Sebia from Astorg and Montagu Private Equity, in a matter that spanned France and Finland. Garaud assisted PAI Partners with the €1.5bn sale of Kiloutou to HLDI and HLD Europe and, in a stand-out domestic highlight, Fernandez acted for IK Investment Partners on its contemplated acquisition of a majority stake in Mademoiselle Desserts from its current shareholders. Other clients include Qualium Investissement, Carlyle Group and Weinberg Capital Partners.

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