Denise Diallo | White & Case LLP International Law Firm, Global Law Practice
Denise Diallo
Denise Diallo

Denise Diallo

Partner, Paris

“Commentators highlight Denise Diallo’s pragmatism and experience in the field.”

Chambers Europe 2014

Overview

A partner in White & Case's Global Banking Practice, Denise Diallo counsels clients on wide-ranging lending and corporate finance transactions, and has extensive experience in the New York and European finance markets.

Clients benefit from her understanding of complex lending structures and cutting-edge knowledge of the latest leveraged finance trends, including senior bank/bond, bridge to bond, super senior revolving facilities, evolving complex intercreditor arrangements and the issues raised by the French "double Luxco" and similar structures.

In addition to banks and corporations, clients include private equity funds and other institutional investors. She guides them in their financings in respect of private and publicly traded companies.

Denise also advises creditors and debtors on debt restructurings and debtor-in-possession financing, mezzanine financing, investment grade or corporate unsecured financing, cash-flow and asset-based loans as well as tender and public securities offerings.

The span of her experience extends from acquisition financing for power generation assets to restructuring financing for a major music publishing catalogue.

Bars and Courts

  • Paris Bar
  • New York State Bar

Education

  • JD, Columbia University School of Law
  • Maitrise de droit, Université de Paris I Pantheon Sorbonne
  • BA, US History & French, University of Maryland, College Park

Languages

  • English
  • French

Experience

Fnac's Takeover Offer for Darty, 2016

Denise advised the Coordinators, Mandated Lead Arrangers and Bookrunners in connection with a €1.35 billion senior financing for Groupe FNAC, a French company listed on the Euronext Paris Exchange, in connection with the acquisition by Groupe FNAC of Darty plc, a public company listed on the London Stock Exchange, and the refinancing of certain financial indebtedness of Groupe FNAC and Darty plc in connection therewith.

Vitalia's Acquisition Financing, 2015

Denise advised a pool of lenders in the financing of the acquisition from global private equity giant, The Blackstone Group, of French private healthcare group, Vitalia by Vedici, owned by private equity firm CVC Capital Partners. This merger created Elsan, a major player in the healthcare sector, with more than 81 clinics and a consolidated turnover of circa €1.2 billion.

Comexposium's Acquisition Financing, 2015

Denise advised the lenders in connection with the financing of the acquisition of Comexposium by private equity firm Charterhouse from Unibail-Rodamco, Europe's largest listed commercial property company, and the Chambre de Commerce et d'Industrie de Paris.

Cobepa's acquisition of Exclusive Networks, 2015

She advised Copeba on its bonds issuances in connection with the financing of the acquisition of Exclusive Group by a special purpose vehicle controlled by Cobeba and other financial investors and the refinancing of Exclusive Group's existing debt. This transaction has been awared "Private Equity Deal of the Year in France" by Le Magazine des Affaires in March 2016.

Europcar €350 million multicurrency revolver, 2015

Denise represented the Mandated Lead Arrangers on a €350 million multicurrency revolving facility in connection with the refinancing of Europcar's debt.

Elis Senior Credit Facilities, 2015

Denise advised the lenders on Elis €850 million senior credit facilities in connection with the Initial Public Offering.

€2.35 billion loan refinancing, 2014

Denise advised Solocal Group (formerly known as PagesJaunes Groupe) on the refinancing of its €2.35 billion senior loan facilities agreement, through a series of amend and extend transactions and the first accelerated financial safeguard (sauvegarde financière accélerée) for a listed company. She assisted the company in obtaining, as a result of the various transactions, extensions in the maturities of the company's senior loans from 2013 to 2020.

Refinancing Materis, 2014

Denise represented BNP Paribas and HSBC France as Mandated Lead Arrangers, Global Coordinators and Physical Bookrunners in the refinancing of the Materis Group, pursuant to separate financings for the Paints Division and the Adjuvants Division (the latter of which is a "portable" financing allowing the assumption of the financing by the acquiror in the case of a sale to one or more pre-identified sponsors).

Ardian acquisition finance, 2013

Denise acted for Natixis and Banque Palatine as Mandated Lead Arrangers of senior term facilities to finance the acquisition of Ardian (formerly known as AXA Private Equity) from AXA IM by management and a group of investors.

Refinancing Elis, 2013

Denise counseled BNP Paribas, as Mandated Lead Arranger and Agent on the amend-and-extend transaction which refinanced Elis' (the European leader in rental/maintenance of textile and hygiene articles) €1.897 billion secured financing. The deal was executed with the proceeds of a senior secured high yield notes issuance and the proceeds of privately placed subordinated and PIK notes instruments.

Socotec acquisition finance, 2013

Denise advised Cobepa on the financing of its acquisition of Group Socotec from Qualium Investissement.

Awards & Recognition

Leading Lawyer, Chambers Europe 2016, Chambers Global 2016

Banking & Finance – France

Leading Lawyer, Chambers Global 2016

Banking & Finance – USA

Leading Individual, The Legal 500 EMEA 2016

Banking & Finance – France