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Norton Rose Fulbright has ‘state-of-the- art expertise in shipping-related matters’. The nine-lawyer team assists leading French and international banks on the financing and refinancing of cruise and industrial ships and also advises some shipowners. Recent highlights include advising Citibank on a €900m ECA financing of the construction of a new Oasis vessel by STX France and acting for Bourbon on the $1.5bn sale of 51 vessels to ICBC leasing. Practice head Christine Ezcutari has ‘deep expertise in French law and great interpersonal skills’.

Stephenson Harwood provides ‘top- quality service’. It advises leading French banks on the financing and restructuring of oil and gas and industrial vessels, cruise ships and luxury yachts. The team acted for BNP Paribas and CEPAC on the financing of two seismic support vessels (Bourbon Cormorant and Bourbon Tern) and advised Banque Internationale à Luxembourg on three yacht financings. ‘Problem-solver and business-minded’ practice head Alain Gautron has ‘deep knowledge of shipping, shipowners and the shipping finance environment’. Counsel Aude de Chavanne and tax expert Stéphane Salou are also names to note.

Watson Farley & Williams LLP advises leading French banks on the financing and refinancing of cruise, tankers and industrial vessels. The 12-lawyer team combines French and English law expertise and has strong experience of ECA financing. The firm recently assisted Natixis with a complex restructuring involving the sale of two ferries to a Greek shipowner, Anek Lines. Laurence Martinez-Bellet heads the team, which also includes Lindsey Keeble and recently promoted partner Alexia Russell.

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