Paul Loisel

Associate, Paris

Biography

Overview

Paul is a Senior Associate in the Project Development and Finance department of White & Case Paris.

Paul advises both lenders and sponsors on complex greenfield and brownfield financing matters, mainly in France and Africa. His area of expertise includes structuring and financing of public-private, transport, telecom, IPP, renewable energy and real estate projects. Paul also has also built a solid experience in M&A and restructuring transactions involving strategic assets.

Bars and Courts
Paris Bar
Education
Master 2
Business Law
Paris XI University
Master 2
Finance and Legal
ESCP Grande École
Master
City University London
Languages
French
English
Spanish

Experience

Altitude Infra, France's leading independent fibre operator, on the acquisition from Covage, a wholesale fibre operator in France, of 26 public and private fibre networks and financing related aspects.

the lenders and bondholders on the financing of project "Asterix" (i.e. the acquisition from Bouygues Telecom of a fiber to the home (FttH) private network built and to be further developed by Orange). This transaction was awarded "European Fibre Deal of the Year" by Project Finance International (PFI Awards 2020) and "Europe Telecoms Deal of the Year" at the 2021 IJ Global Awards.

Bouygues Telecom and Phoenix France Infrastructures in connection with the financing of the development of approximately 4,000 wireless towers by Phoenix France Infrastructures, a joint-venture between Bouygues Telecom and Phoenix Tower International, a Blackstone portfolio company. The financing was arranged by Banco Santander and Natixis. This transaction was awarded "Europe Telecoms Towers Deal of the Year" at the 2021 IJ Global Awards.

Bouygues Construction on the sale of a portfolio of SPVs.

Vinci Concessions and SFR on the refinancing of the Global System for Mobile Communication – Railways (GSM-R). GSM-R is a digital telecommunications network that enables conference mode communications between train drivers and teams on the ground. The project is co-financed by commercial banks, the European Investment Bank and Caisse des dépôts et consignations. This transaction was awarded "Europe Refinancing Telecoms / Digital Infrastructure - Transport Communications Deal of the Year" at the 2021 IJ Global Awards.

Altitude Infra on the investment by UBS AM and Swiss Life Asset Managers in the capital of Altitude Infrastructure THD.

Altitude Infra on the financing of two fiber optic networks in the French Landes and Côte d'Or departments, via AMEL schemes (Appels à Manifestation d'Engagements Locaux).

Altitude Infra on the financing of a fiber-optic concession in the Doubs department.

the lenders in the setting-up of a joint venture of a telecom infrastructure fund (Vauban Infra Fibre) managed by Vauban Infrastructure Partners.

Oaktree Capital Management, L.P. on the investment of a €115.2 million convertible bond issuance to the benefit of hotel asset manager Paris Inn Group and Maison Albar Hotels related to the establishment of a strategic partnership through a hotel investment vehicle named Centaurus.

Awards and Recognition

Ranked "Rising Star" in IFLR 1000 2021, categories Project development and Project finance