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Allen & Overy LLP advises many leading French and international investment banks and asset managers. Headed by Brice Henry, the six-lawyer team handles strategic transactions and assisted Société Générale with the €218m acquisition of the 20.5% remaining stake of Boursorama from Caixa. The firm also deals with regulatory litigation.

Clifford Chance provides ‘very professional, timely and to-the-point advice’. Headed by Frédérick Lacroix, the seven-lawyer team assists banks and financial institutions with regulatory matters, including in the context of M&A and restructuring. The practice assisted GE Capital with GE’s exit from the financial services sector and its sale of GE Corporate Finance Bank SCA. Counsel Sébastien Praicheux is another name to note.

Gide Loyrette Nouel A.A.R.P.I. ‘provides solid coverage and quality advice on French regulatory matters’ in the financial services sector. The practice is particularly singled out for its asset management regulatory expertise and also advises many leading banks and financial institutions on regulatory matters, including restructuring, compliance and disciplinary issues with the AMF and ACPR authorities. Crédit Agricole, CDC and Oddo & Cie are clients. Team leaders include Jean-Guillaume de Tocqueville, who ‘has great knowledge of the financial sector’, and Stéphane Puel, ‘an expert in asset management who provides fine analysis’.

Linklaters advises the market’s largest banks, as well as assisting some investment funds and insurers with the implementation of new regulations. Marc Perrone heads the practice, which is also retained to advise clients on strategic transactions and projects. It assisted Bank of America Merrill Lynch with the reorganisation of its French banking business.

Jeantet provides ‘good, serious and rigorous work’ in banking litigation and has extensive experience of advising leading banks, investment funds, insurance companies and alternative lenders on complex regulatory matters. It is also well known for its top disciplinary sanctions savoir-faire before the AMF and ACP authorities, which extends to covering criminal liability of companies and managers. Practice head Martine Samuelian is top notch. Julien Martinet provides ‘high-level assessment’ of matters. Guillaume Berruyer joined FTPA.

Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP ‘truly understands and cares about its clients’ concerns and willingness to obtain swift and efficient solutions’. The 15-lawyer team ‘provides cutting-edge regulatory expertise’ and advises a whole range of clients, including leading banking institutions, asset management funds and new alternative financial players, such as e-money and fintech providers. BNP Paribas, BPCE and Carrefour Banque are clients. The practice has both regulatory and litigation expertise. Jean-Pierre Mattout and the ‘highly expert’ Hubert de Vauplane head the practice. Other key players in the team include: Dana Anagnostou, Gilles Kolifrath, recently promoted partner Hugues Bouchetemble, and counsels Wadie Sanbar and Pierre Storrer. Associate Valentine Baudouin is ‘an outstanding lawyer who knows how to translate clients’ needs into efficient solutions’.

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