Frédéric Guilloux, a partner in Goodwin’s Private Equity group, focuses his practice on leveraged acquisition finance and corporate finance, and has represented a wide array of financial institutions, banks, private debt funds and borrowers on different types of bank and bond financings.

Prior to joining Goodwin in 2016, Mr. Guilloux was a counsel at Shearman & Sterling, and previously practiced at Linklaters and Orrick.

Mr. Guilloux is fluent in French, English and German.

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Mr. Guilloux’s representations include:

LBO/Acquisitions Financing

  • Advising Bluebay Asset Management, as arranger and unitranche lender, on the refinancing of Bertrand group, taking the form of a unitranche issuance of €90 million. In addition, the finance provides for additional unitranche issues of a maximum of €30 million for the purpose of funding the group’s capital expenditure and permitted acquisitions.*
  • Advising BNP Paribas, Crédit Agricole Corporate and Investment Bank, Crédit Suisse International, Natixis and Société Générale, as mandated arrangers and underwriters, on a €450 million senior financing of the acquisition of the French hotel group B&B Hotels by PAI from Carlyle and certain managers of the group.*
  • Advising Bank of Ireland, Crédit Industriel et Commercial, HSBC France, ING Bank France, Natixis and Société Générale as arrangers and lenders, and Natixis as agent and security agent on the financing of the acquisition of the Balt group by Bridgepoint from the Plowiecki family.*
  • Advising Iliad and Telecom Réunion Mayotte in connection with the renegotiation of the financing of the acquisition of Outremer Telecom by Telecom Réunion Mayotte.*
  • Advising Capzanine (Atalante) on its participation in the unitranche financing arranged by Ares for the acquisition by HLD of group IP Santé and the acquisition of AMS by IP Santé.*
  • Advising a family office on the proposed unitranche and senior/mezzanine financing options of its acquisition of a group of companies in the biological sector. [Aborted]*
  • Advising Ares Management Limited as arranger, and a number of funds managed by Ares Management Limited and Avenue Capital Group as subscribers, on the unirate bond financing of the acquisition by Greenbriar Equity Group of World Freight Company International SAS, holding company of the WFCI Group, a European leader in the General Sales and Service Agent business in connection with the marketing of cargo freight capacity of international airline companies.*
  • Advising Capzanine (Atalante) and Swen Capital Partners on the financing of the PIK acquisition by Sagard of Groupe Alvest.*
  • Advising Athyrium Capital (U.S. private equity fund specializing in the healthcare sector) on the unitranche financing of the acquisition of  Crucelle Sweden AB by Vaccines Holdings Sweden (a subsidiary of Valneva SE).*
  • Advising NJJ Capital, the holding company controlled by Xavier Niel, in relation to the acquisition of  a majority stake in Monaco Telecom from Cable & Wireless Communications Plc.*
  • Advising Partners Group and Northwestern Mutual in connection with a £70 million junior pik bonds financing for the acquisition of a joint-control stake by PAI Partners and Lur Berri in Labeyrie Fine Foods.*
  • Advising Crescent Capital Europe in connection with a unitranche financing by Crescent for the acquisition of the Arkopharma group by PAI. [Aborted]*
  • Advising Fondations Capital in connection with the financing of the build-up acquisition of Groupe Duroux by Alkern Group.*
  • Advising Fondations Capital in connection with a leveraged recapitalization of Groupe Sepur financed by its existing group of lenders and arranged by BNP Paribas.*
  • Advising Park Square Capital on the proposed mezzanine financing for the acquisition of the Diana group by a bidder. [Aborted]*
  • Advising Credit Suisse, Natixis and Commerzbank as initial purchasers on the €325 million high yield bond offering related to the financing of the acquisition of Maisons du Monde by Bain Capital from LBO France, Apax Partners and Nixen for €680 million. The financing also included a €60 million revolving credit facility.*
  • Advising Goldman Sachs on the term loan B facility agreement through the issue of a private bond and CIC and The Royal Bank of Scotland on the revolving credit facility related to the refinancing of the existing senior debt of Groupe Alliance Industries.*
  • Advising Schneider Electric on the financing of its £3.4 billion takeover of British engineering company Invensys. The financing included a one-year-renewable £2.56 billion bridge facility.*
  • Advising J.P. Morgan, Barclays and other initial purchasers on Albéa Beauty Holding S.A.’s high yield bond offering related to the financing of the acquisition of the Worldwide Cosmetics Business unit of Rexam plc and refinancing of certain existing indebtedness.*

Financing, Refinancings and Syndicated Loans

  • Advising the joint bookrunners, led by BNP Paribas, Crédit Agricole Corporate and Investment Bank and HSBC Bank plc as Global Coordinators, in connection with the high yield bond offering by Darty Financements S.A.S. related to the refinancing of the existing debt obligations of the group.*
  • Advising Bolloré on the renegotiation of their €1.1 billion syndicated loan.*
  • Advising Schneider on the €1.2 billion refinancing of their syndicated loan.*

Insolvency / Restructuring

  • Advising a group of lenders in connection with a mandat ad hoc and conciliation proceedings related to a major LBO deal.*

Real Estate & Asset Financing

  • Advising a U.S. pension fund in relation to a €180 million refinancing of a French real estate assets portfolio.*
  • Advising a fund in relation to a €40 million financing of the acquisition of a real estate asset.*

Islamic Finance  

  • Advising the funding group in connection with the Islamic tranches of the multi-sourced financing of the Jubail refinery in Saudi Arabia for Saudi Aramco Total Refining and Petrochemical Company.*
  • Advising the arrangers on the establishment of the Tourism Development & Investment Company PJSC’s $1.45 billion sukuk programme.*
  • Advising National Central Cooling Company PJSC on an AED 368 million Islamic facility provided by Abu Dhabi Commercial Bank.*
  • Advising a group of arrangers on an AED 1.8 billion Islamic bridge financing for a U.A.E financial institution.*

Asset Financing

  • Advising a group of arrangers lead by Crédit Agricole Corporate and Investment Bank in relation to a $750 million financing of a fleet of eight jumbo container vessels for CMA CGM.*
  • Advising a group of arrangers lead by Crédit Agricole Corporate and Investment Bank in relation to a €850 million financing of two cruise ships for MSC.*

* Denotes experience prior to joining Goodwin.  


Mr. Guilloux is recognized for his expertise by preeminent, peer-reviewed publications.

  • Ranked in Banking and Finance: Transactional Work - France by The Legal 500 EMEA 2021.
  • Ranked in Banking and Finance - France by Chambers Global 2021. 
  • Ranked in Banking and Finance - France by Chambers Europe 2021. 
  • Ranked as Leading Lawyer- Highly Regarded in Banking and Private Equity by 2020 edition of IFLR 1000.
  • Ranked as Excellent in Private Equity – Acquisition financing and in Banking & finance by Décideurs 2019 and 2020.
  • Ranked N°1 (by team) in Acquisition Finance (M&A and LBO) by Magazine des Affaires 2018.

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