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The ‘outstandingCleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP has ‘a very comprehensive approach on all topics, reviewing all the angles’. The team, which is ‘always on the side of protecting the company and its management’, often represents issuers on large and complex deals. It recently advised on most of the market’s key transactions, such as assisting The Walt Disney Company with Euro Disney’s €1bn recapitalisation, advising Europcar on its IPO, and acting for Numericable on its €4.7bn capital increase. Key figures in the team include French and US-qualified lawyer John Brinitzer, whose contribution is ‘instrumental in all the process and deal execution’, as well as Andrew Bernstein, Fabrice Baumgartner and Marie-Laurence Tibi, who is ‘strong in every aspect and remains serene’.

White & Case LLP delivers ‘excellent services and has one of the best teams in Paris’. The firm has an unmatched comprehensive practice with some 25 lawyers involved. The practice is an established leader in the equity capital markets (ECM) area, advising on most of the market’s top transactions every year spanning block trade, IPO, capital increase and convertibles deals. Recent highlights include assisting Spie with its IPO and advising the underwriting syndicate on Europcar’s €1bn IPO and €475m high-yield issuance. Philippe Herbelin heads the practice, in which Séverin Robillard and Thomas Le Vert are also key names.

Allen & Overy LLP’s ‘very professional and dedicated’ team adopts ‘a reliable and sensitive approach’, and is ‘among the most accurate law firms in the ECM area’; the practice often covers IPOs and capital increases, as well as private and public offerings of equity and equity-linked securities transactions in Europe, block trades and OCEANE transactions. It assisted the banking syndicate with Spie’s €1bn IPO and advised Goldman Sachs and Société Générale CIB on Ingenico’s €500m OCEANE issuance. The practice is led by ‘great professional’ Marc Castagnède and Diana Billik. Also noteworthy are recently promoted partner Julien Sébastien and counsel Olivier Thébault, who is ‘a really talented and well-organised lawyer who has the ability to run a transaction without leaving aside any detail, while maintaining a very calm and reassuring manner’.

Gide Loyrette Nouel A.A.R.P.I. is ‘one of the few French firms able to compete with the Anglo-Saxon firms’, for issuer and underwriter representations alike. The practice has ‘deep knowledge of French law’ and is also able to provide US law advice including with regard to private placements and US IPOs. The team recently completed a high volume of work in the life sciences sector, notably including advising DBV Technologies SA on its Nasdaq IPO. The practice also assisted the underwriters regarding Solairedirect’s IPO on Euronext Paris and Rule 144A US offering. The team is ‘highly responsive and efficient’. Key figures in the practice include Arnaud Duhamel and Melinda Arsouze, who are both ‘very good advisers’.

Jones Day stands out for its broad range of experience advising start-up companies, CAC 40 companies, issuers and financial institutions on French and US law. The practice is a leading player for ECM transactions involving biotechnology and notably assisted Cellectis with its Nasdaq IPO. The firm was also busy advising on large equity-linked transactions, representing Ingenico with its €500m OCEANE issuance. Linda Hesse heads the practice, in which Renaud Bonnet, Charles Gavoty and Florent Bouyer are also recommended.

Shearman & Sterling LLP’s ‘experienced team’ can call on the firm’s extensive network. The group regularly advises underwriters and corporations on ECM and equity-linked transactions. The practice also handles some DCM and high-yield bond transactions, including assisting Bolloré with a €450m bond issuance and listing on the Euronext Paris regulated market. Practice head Hervé Letréguilly and Sami Toutounji are recommended; counsel Séverine de La Courtie is also highly involved.

Sullivan & Cromwell LLP’s versatile corporate team is able to advise on large and complex ECM and DCM transactions in France and the US. It often acts for large French issuers and advised Elis on its €750m IPO on Euronext Paris. The ‘business-minded’ Olivier de Vilmorin, senior counsel Patrick Bonvarlet, Krystian Czerniecki and William Torchiana are highly experienced.

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