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

Overview

Denise Diallo is the Executive Partner of White & Case Paris and a member of the 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

Elis' Acquisition Financing of Berendsen, 2017

Advised the mandated lead arrangers in connection with the €1.92 billion Bridge Term Facility Agreement to finance the acquisition of Berendsen by Elis and refinance the existing indebtness of Berendsen.

Europcar's Debt Refinancing, 2017

Represented the mandated lead arrangers of a €1.04 billion bridge facility and €500 million revolving credit facility in connection with the refinancing of Europcar’s debt and its acquisition of Goldcar.

Arkopharma's Refinancing, 2017

Represented the agent, arrangers and the lenders in connection with the €190 million refinancing of the existing financial indebtedness of the Arkopharma group, owned by Montagu Private Equity.

Elis' Acquisition of Lavebras and Indusal and Syndicated Loan Refinancing, 2017

Advised the bank syndicate on the financing of Elis' €510 million acquisition of Indusal (Spain) and Lavebras (Brazil). The acquisitions were financed through a bridge loan which refinanced by a €325 million capital increase and a new €1,150 million senior syndicated loan.

Parkeon's Acquisition Financing, 2016

Advised the mandated lead arrangers, bookrunners, agent and security agent in connection with the term loan B financing of the acquisition by Astorg of the Paris-based global leader in urban mobility industry, payment solutions and public transport ticketing solutions Parkeon from Intermediate Capital Group and European Capital.

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 Cobepa on its bonds issuances in connection with the financing of the acquisition of Exclusive Group by a special purpose vehicle controlled by Cobepa and other financial investors and the refinancing of Exclusive Group's existing debt. This transaction has been awarded "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.

Awards & Recognition

Leading Lawyer, Chambers Europe 2017, Chambers Global 2017

Banking & Finance – France

Leading Lawyer, Chambers Global 2017

Banking & Finance – USA

Leading Individual, The Legal 500 EMEA 2017

Banking & Finance – France