Olivier Vermeulen is Office Chair of the Paris office of Paul Hastings and head of the Finance department. With a focus in banking and finance, he has extensive experience in leveraged financing (senior, second lien, mezzanine, unirate/unitranche, and SSRCF/high-yield financings), fund financing (EBF and capital call facilities), structured finance (securitization), debt negotiations, and Islamic finance.
Mr. Vermeulen advises both sponsors and borrowers (private equity and infrastructure funds as well as large corporate funds) as well as financial institutions (senior/mezzanine lenders and debt funds).
His strengths in innovation are very clearly demonstrated through the creation of a new product for the French bank finance market in the form of the equity bridge finance facility for European funds.
Mr. Vermeulen joined the firm from another law firm where he was head of the Finance practice. Prior to that, he worked for two other international law firms as counsel and part of the finance team.
Accolades and Recognitions
Shortlisted for European banking & finance deal of the year, The Lawyer European Awards 2015
Recognized as an "up & coming" individual, Chambers Global 2015
Ranked first by deal volume in France in 2014 by Mergermarket and in 2015 by Magazine des Affaires (both for the LBO financing and the Acquisition M&A financing)
Ranked in the top ten "Most Innovative Firms in Finance" in Europe and received "Highly Commended" status, FT Innovative Lawyers Report 2014
Rising Team of the Year - 2011, Trophées du Droit awards 2011
Cornell Law School, LL.M.
University of Paris I - Panthéon Sorbonne, DEA (pre-doctoral degree) in French and European Business and Financial Law
University of Paris I - Panthéon Sorbonne, Master's in Business Law
Leveraged Finance Transactions
Advising Tikehau and Ares Management Ltd on the unitranche financing of the acquisition of the Marlink Group
Advising Tikehau on the unitranche refinancing of Delpharm's debt
Advising Eurazeo on the unitranche refinancing of Dessange International's debt
Advising Idi and Pechel on the financing of the acquisition of Dubbing Brothers (management buy-out)
Advising Tikehau on the unitranche financing of the acquisition of Pennel & Flipo by IDI and Cabestan Capital
Advising Colisée Patrimoine on the full senior refinancing of its debt
Advising CM-CIC on the mezzanine refinancing of ECF's debt
Advising Idinvest on the acquisition of Homeperf by Parquest Capital
Advising Tikehau on the unitranche financing of the acquisition of Maesa by its managers and Winch Capital and of P2 by Maesa
Advising IK Investment Partners on the senior refinancing of the Trigo Group's debt and the financing of the acquisition of the PIC Group
Advising 21 Centrale Partners on the unitranche and SSRCF refinancing of Oberthur's debt
Advising Tikehau on the unitranche financing of the acquisition of Ba&Sh
Advising Equistone Partners on the refinancing of existing senior and mezzanine debt of Breteche Industries
Advising Lion Capital on the senior/mezzanine financing of the acquisition and the further high yield/SSRCF refinancing of the Afflelou Group
Advising Lion Capital on the financing of the acquisition and the further high yield/SSRCF refinancing of the Picard Group
Advising Finachef on the unitranche financing of the acquisition of the Group Salins du Midi
Advising Léon de Bruxelles on its senior and mezzanine debt refinancing
Advising Astorg Partners on the equity bridge financing made available to Astorg VI managed by Astorg Assets Management
Advising PAI Partners on the equity bridge financing granted by Lloyds Bank plc to the funds PAI Europe VI-1 FPCI and PAI Europe VI-2 FPCI
Advising Caceis on the equity bridge financing for Logistics (managed by AEW)
Advising a private company on the financing of a railway line in Africa
Advising a private company on the financing of a port development in Africa