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Gide Loyrette Nouel A.A.R.P.I.

22 COURS ALBERT 1ER, 75008 PARIS, FRANCE
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France

Administrative and public law
Administrative and public law - ranked: tier 1

Gide Loyrette Nouel A.A.R.P.I.

Gide Loyrette Nouel A.A.R.P.I. has ‘excellent knowledge of public law and project finance work’, including ‘contract execution and litigation expertise that is among the best in the market’. The 25-lawyer team runs a comprehensive practice, covering the most high-profile matters concerning PPP, regulatory, privatisation and urban law, as well as advising on some of the largest transport projects in France. Highlights included advising the French State (Agence des Participations de l’Etat) with the transfer of state export guarantees from Coface to Bpifrance, as well as the sale of 60% stakes in Nice and Lyon airports. Vinci and Engie are clients. Thomas Courtel and Bénédicte Mazel show ‘high technical project expertise and ethical sense’. Other key figures include: Michel Guénaire, ‘the available and expert’ Emmanuel Vital-Durand, Alexandre Gauthier and new hire Philippe Logak (who joined from Thales). Notably, the firm also hired one the market’s most well regarded environment experts in Jean-Nicolas Clément, who joined from UGGC Avocats.

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Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 1

Gide Loyrette Nouel A.A.R.P.I.

‘Best in class’, Gide Loyrette Nouel A.A.R.P.I. has ‘in-depth knowledge and ability to react quickly on any competitive bid or process’ in property finance. The practice advises banks on the market’s largest transactions and assisted BNP Paribas and CACIB with the €410m financing of the acquisition of Tour First in La Défense. Rémi Tabbagh ranks among the market’s top advisers in the sector, along with the ‘extremely well-known’ Kamel Ben Salah. The 57-lawyer practice has a broad range of other expertise, advising lenders, corporations and sponsors on acquisition finance, asset finance and project funding. Other highlights included assisting the senior lenders with the financing of Partners Group’s buyout of Foncia, as well as acting for FNAC on financing the acquisition of Darty. Eric Cartier-Millon is a leading figure. Also recommended are counsel Thomas Binet and recently promoted partner Laetitia Lemercier.

Leading individuals

Eric Cartier-Millon - Gide Loyrette Nouel A.A.R.P.I.

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Derivatives, structured finance and securitisation
Derivatives, structured finance and securitisation - ranked: tier 1

Gide Loyrette Nouel A.A.R.P.I.

Gide Loyrette Nouel A.A.R.P.I. has ‘unchallenged legal expertise in the context of French market’ securitisation, covered bonds and structured finance transactions. The team stands out for its ‘personal involvement, professional skills’ and ‘proven ability to adapt to innovative and hybrid structures and customers’ requirements’. Advising arrangers and originators, the practice recently advised on a major portfolio restructuring, including the creation of French securitisation mutual funds (FCT) and fonds de prêt à l’économie (FPE), the latter of which provide investment vehicles for insurers. Xavier de Kergommeaux ranks among the best in the field. Christine Van Gallebaert joined Jones Day. The derivatives practice is ‘extremely good, including when it comes down to tight deadlines and execution of complex transactions’; key contacts include ‘dealmaker’ Arnaud Duhamel, who ‘manages to close highly strategic transactions thanks to his very fine risk analysis’, and London-based Karine Imbrosciano, who is ‘definitely one of the leaders in French derivatives’. Gilles Saint Marc joined Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP.

Leading individuals

Xavier de Kergommeaux - Gide Loyrette Nouel A.A.R.P.I. (structured finance)

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EU competition and distribution
EU competition and distribution - ranked: tier 2

Gide Loyrette Nouel A.A.R.P.I.

Gide Loyrette Nouel A.A.R.P.I. is representing many blue-chip French corporations facing domestic antitrust proceedings. The ‘technical and available’ team is involved in a number of cartel and other anti-competitive practice cases. It represented BPCE before the Court of Appeal in the cheque image clearing system case. The practice also handles distribution, private enforcement and merger control work. The team is led by Joëlle Salzmann, Emmanuel Reille, Dimitri Dimitrov and Antoine Choffel, ‘a smart lawyer who has in-depth theoretical and practical knowledge’. Yann Utzschneider joined White & Case LLP.

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Employment
Employment - ranked: tier 2

Gide Loyrette Nouel A.A.R.P.I.

Gide Loyrette Nouel A.A.R.P.I. is ‘always responsive and gives appropriate advice’. The ‘deeply experienced’ team has a client base which includes many leading French corporations in the aviation, industrial and energy sectors. It is involved in highly sensitive matters in relation with litigation, site closure, restructuring and other crisis situations. David Jonin ‘defends his clients’ interests in every circumstance’, and Foulques de Rostolan is ‘always accurate and responsive’. Other leading figures are Baudouin de Moucheron, Aurélien Boulanger, Guillaume Navarro and the ‘very experienced’ François Vergne, who is ‘excellent at negotiating’.

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Environment
Other recommended firms - ranked: tier 1

Gide Loyrette Nouel A.A.R.P.I.

Leading individuals

Jean-Nicolas Clément - Gide Loyrette Nouel A.A.R.P.I.

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Insolvency
Insolvency - ranked: tier 3

Gide Loyrette Nouel A.A.R.P.I.

Gide Loyrette Nouel A.A.R.P.I. assists investors, distressed companies and lenders. The practice is representing Partouche and Financière Partouche with its safeguard proceedings and litigation. Caroline Texier and Gabriel Sonier are highly experienced.

Leading individuals

Gabriel Sonier - Gide Loyrette Nouel A.A.R.P.I.

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Insurance
Insurance - ranked: tier 1

Gide Loyrette Nouel A.A.R.P.I.

Gide Loyrette Nouel A.A.R.P.I.’s ‘highly technically skilled’ team provides full-service expertise to prominent insurers such as AIG and Allianz. It has been representing AXA in the first class action ever brought in France. Richard Ghueldre is praised as having the ‘ability to come up with solutions and clear advice’. Capucine Bernier and counsel Charles-Eric Delamare-Deboutteville are also names to note.

Leading individuals

Richard Ghueldre - Gide Loyrette Nouel A.A.R.P.I.

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Media and entertainment
Other recommended firms - ranked: tier 1

Gide Loyrette Nouel A.A.R.P.I.

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Mergers and acquisitions
Mergers and acquisitions - ranked: tier 3

Gide Loyrette Nouel A.A.R.P.I.

‘Benefiting from a real international network of offices’, Gide Loyrette Nouel A.A.R.P.I. has ‘top-class know-how and skills’ as well as ‘an excellent mixture of business and legal advice’. The 51-lawyer practice advises many leading French companies and recently completed notable transactions in the property sector. The firm was involved in a major deal through its advice to Agence des Participations de l’Etat on the privatisation of Nice and Lyon airports. It also assisted Solairedirect during its sale to Engie. Christophe Eck and Didier Martin are highly recommended along with Guillaume Rougier-Brierre, whose ‘strong international experience is key to conducting complex deals in an efficient and simple manner’. Other names to note include: Hugues Scalbert, Nadège Nguyen, ‘very diligent and good negotiator’ Antoine Lelong, the ‘responsive and business-oriented’ Jean-Gabriel Flandrois, Axelle Toulemonde, Antoine Tézenas du Montcel, Anne Tolila and David-James Sebag.

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Project finance
Project finance - ranked: tier 1

Gide Loyrette Nouel A.A.R.P.I.

Gide Loyrette Nouel A.A.R.P.I. has ‘strong experience in infrastructure projects in Africa’. With almost 30 lawyers, the practice is involved in several port and airport projects and is also advising energy producers and sponsors on hydropower and other energy projects. It is assisting EGL and the three contracting states in the African Great Lakes region with the 147MW Ruzizi III hydropower plant, as well as acting for the Kingdom of Jordan in the Red Sea-Dead Sea water desalination and pipeline project. Stéphane Vernay has ‘good knowledge of African local practices and has a pragmatic approach’. John Crothers and François Krotoff are also top professionals. The firm also ranks among the best in France for PPP work through Thomas Courtel and Bénédicte Mazel, who both show ‘high technical project expertise and ethical sense’. Laetitia Lemercier and Marie Bouvet-Guiramand were elevated to the partnership.

Leading individuals:

François Krotoff - Gide Loyrette Nouel A.A.R.P.I.

John Crothers - Gide Loyrette Nouel A.A.R.P.I.

Michel Guénaire - Gide Loyrette Nouel A.A.R.P.I.

Stéphane Vernay - Gide Loyrette Nouel A.A.R.P.I.

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Real estate
Real estate - ranked: tier 1

Gide Loyrette Nouel A.A.R.P.I.

Gide Loyrette Nouel A.A.R.P.I. ‘provides outstanding legal and business-oriented advice that shows high responsiveness and understanding of clients’ needs’. The ‘large and available’ team of almost 40 lawyers has full-service expertise, spanning investments, portfolio deals, finance, tax and property fund matters. The practice assisted AccorHotels with the disposal of an 85-hotel portfolio and advised BNP Paribas and CACIB on the €410m financing of the acquisition of Tour First in La Défense. Key partners include: Frédéric Nouel, who gives ‘to-the-point advice’ and is one of the best in the field; Stanislas Dwernicki; Eric Martin-Impératori; Renault Baguenault, who is ‘dedicated to servicing his clients’; Bertrand Oldra, who ‘understands his clients’ needs and seeks to find solutions’; Christopher Szostak, who is ‘always available, gives detailed analysis and is able to handle the most complex transactions’; and Nicolas Planchot. Finance experts Kamel Ben Salah and Rémi Tabbagh are also highly regarded.

Leading individuals

Eric Martin-Impératori - Gide Loyrette Nouel A.A.R.P.I.

Frédéric Nouel - Gide Loyrette Nouel A.A.R.P.I.

Kamel Ben Salah - Gide Loyrette Nouel A.A.R.P.I. (real estate finance)

Rémi Tabbagh - Gide Loyrette Nouel A.A.R.P.I. (real estate finance)

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Tax
Tax - ranked: tier 2

Gide Loyrette Nouel A.A.R.P.I.

Gide Loyrette Nouel A.A.R.P.I.’s ‘competent and responsive team is a great asset for handling challenging matters’. The practice is particularly strong in property taxation and recently advised Swiss Life REIM on the acquisition of two hotel portfolios. The practice also handles high-profile corporate, M&A and financing work. It assisted Crédit Suisse with the absorption of the French branch by its parent company in Luxembourg. BNP Paribas and Société Générale are also clients. The practice is led by the ‘remarkable’ Olivier Dauchez, who shows ‘impressive skills in managing high-level strategy’; the ‘excellent’ Laurent Modave, who has ‘solid tax knowledge’, and Christian Nouel, who has ‘broad knowledge and in-depth understanding of the structuring of M&A transactions’. Recently promoted partner Bertrand Jouanneau is a promising practitioner.

Leading individuals

Laurent Modave - Gide Loyrette Nouel A.A.R.P.I.

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France: Banking and finance

Bank regulatory
Banking and finance: bank regulatory - ranked: tier 1

Gide Loyrette Nouel A.A.R.P.I.

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’.

Leading individuals

Stéphane Puel - Gide Loyrette Nouel A.A.R.P.I.

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France: Capital markets

Debt
Capital markets: debt - ranked: tier 1

Gide Loyrette Nouel A.A.R.P.I.

Gide Loyrette Nouel A.A.R.P.I. has advised many leading French and international banks on small to large domestic transactions. Recent work includes assisting BNP Paribas with two issuances of notes by Vivendi, admitted to trading on Euronext Paris for a global amount of €1.5bn. The ‘competent and available’ Hubert du Vignaux is a great reference. Melinda Stege Arsouze provides US law advice and recently assisted the underwriting syndicates with two US dollar bond offerings by EDF, totalling $4.75bn.

Leading individuals

Arnaud Duhamel - Gide Loyrette Nouel A.A.R.P.I.

Hubert du Vignaux - Gide Loyrette Nouel A.A.R.P.I. (debt capital markets)

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Equity
Capital markets: equity - ranked: tier 2

Gide Loyrette Nouel A.A.R.P.I.

Gide Loyrette Nouel A.A.R.P.I. produces ‘excellent and efficient work’ and ‘knows very well the standards on the banks’ side and the needs from the issuers’ side’; it has notable experience in mandates involving the public sector. The practice recently assisted the banking syndicate with Vallourec’s €480m capital increase and advised Veolia Environnement on a €700m OCEANE issuance. Arnaud Duhamel ‘shows real judgement in difficult situations rather than sitting on the fence’ and Melinda Stege Arsouze provides US expertise.

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France: Dispute resolution

Commercial litigation
Dispute resolution: commercial litigation - ranked: tier 2

Gide Loyrette Nouel A.A.R.P.I.

The ‘quick and reliable’ Gide Loyrette Nouel A.A.R.P.I. provides ‘excellent and thorough legal advice on a wide scope of commercial litigation’; the practice ‘understands technical issues and has good strategic decision-making and business acumen’. It has particular strength in the banking sector, where it is assisting banks in sensitive matters. It is representing BPCE, SFIL, RBS et Dexia Crédit Local in more than 100 cases linked to structured loans offered to French public sector entities. The practice is led by the highly experienced Bruno Quentin, who provides ‘clear views and recommendations’, as well as Michel Pitron, Patrick Ouart, and recently promoted partner Jean-Philippe Pons-Henry, who is ‘hardworking, agile and has excellent technical skills combined with a good understanding of practical business constraints’.

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International arbitration
Dispute resolution: international arbitration - ranked: tier 3

Gide Loyrette Nouel A.A.R.P.I.

Gide Loyrette Nouel A.A.R.P.I. is praised for its ‘quality of work and capability to build solid relationships with its clients’. Based in London and Paris, the 24-lawyer team has ‘well-known experience in ICC construction arbitration’ and provides ‘very appropriate views on necessary actions and opportunities for dispute settlement’. The practice is involved in a high-profile case in Algeria and is representing Crédit Foncier de France in an ICC dispute regarding the financing of a hospital in Saudi Arabia. Carole Malinvaud particularly stands out and also acts as an arbitrator. Christian Camboulive is ‘highly experienced and greatly competent’. Pierre Raoul-Duval and London-based Rupert Reece ‘are both hard workers with very good knowledge of the construction energy field and ability to create a positive environment’. Also involved are Clotilde Lemarié and recently promoted partner Alexandra Munoz, who is ‘passionate and competent’.

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Stock market litigation
Other recommended firms - ranked: tier 1

Gide Loyrette Nouel A.A.R.P.I.

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White-collar crime
Other recommended firms - ranked: tier 1

Gide Loyrette Nouel A.A.R.P.I.

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France: Industry focus

Energy
Industry focus: energy - ranked: tier 1

Gide Loyrette Nouel A.A.R.P.I.

Gide Loyrette Nouel A.A.R.P.I. is particularly active in Africa where the firm advises on conventional electricity and renewable energy – notably including hydropower projects – for energy producers and project sponsors. The team is assisting EGL and the three contracting states in the African Great Lakes region with the 147MW Ruzizi III hydropower plant. John Crothers, François Krotoff and Stéphane Vernay are strongly recommended. Michel Guénaire is a reference for regulatory work in France, where he is representing several electricity distributors including Enedis, URM, RMMS de la Réole in a mass litigation involving a large number of photovoltaic energy producers. Meridiam, EDF and Areva are also clients.

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Healthcare and life sciences
Industry focus: healthcare and life sciences - ranked: tier 2

Gide Loyrette Nouel A.A.R.P.I.

Gide Loyrette Nouel A.A.R.P.I. is involved in high-profile domestic and cross-border patent proceedings in the pharmaceuticals industry, including representing Ono Pharmaceuticals and Bristol-Myers Squibb in the French aspects of a patent dispute relating to a revolutionary immuno-oncology treatment. Grégoire Triet, Arnaud Michel, Emmanuel Larere and Raphaëlle Dequiré-Portier are all recommended. The firm also advises a number of biotech companies in financing, corporate transactions and IPOs.

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IT, telecoms and the internet
Industry focus: IT, telecoms and the internet - ranked: tier 2

Gide Loyrette Nouel A.A.R.P.I.

Gide Loyrette Nouel A.A.R.P.I. has ‘a very high level of IT knowledge’. The ‘very responsive and practical’ team deals with IT, data and internet matters. It is led by the ‘excellent’ Thierry Dor, who shows ‘high commitment to solving problems’. The firm also has strong experience of advising corporations, state entities and authorities on telecoms regulations and infrastructure projects, especially in Africa. The practice notably assisted SNCF with the deployment of a wi-fi network in trains in France. Eutelsat and the Benin telecoms authorities are clients. Olivier Cousi is the key contact.

Leading individuals

Olivier Cousi - Gide Loyrette Nouel A.A.R.P.I.

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France: Intellectual property

Patents
Intellectual property: patents - ranked: tier 1

Gide Loyrette Nouel A.A.R.P.I.

Gide Loyrette Nouel A.A.R.P.I. ‘knows how to best defend its clients’ interests’. The ‘high-level’ team is involved in domestic and multi-jurisdictional patent proceedings in electronics, mechanical products and pharmaceuticals. In one matter, it is representing Ono Pharmaceuticals and Bristol-Myers Squibb in the French aspects of a patent dispute relating to a revolutionary immuno-oncology treatment. It also obtained the withdrawal of all claims against its client Nokia (NSN) by patent troll High Point. The full-service team includes the ‘excellent litigators’ Grégoire Triet, Arnaud Michel, Emmanuel Larere and Raphaëlle Dequiré-Portier. Jean-Hyacinthe de Mitry was promoted to partner.

Leading individuals

Arnaud Michel - Gide Loyrette Nouel A.A.R.P.I.

Emmanuel Larere - Gide Loyrette Nouel A.A.R.P.I.

Grégoire Triet - Gide Loyrette Nouel A.A.R.P.I.

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Trade marks, designs and copyrights
Intellectual property: trade marks, designs and copyrights - ranked: tier 1

Gide Loyrette Nouel A.A.R.P.I.

Gide Loyrette Nouel A.A.R.P.I. provides ‘an excellent overall level of service’ and represents many prestigious French and global brands. The firm recently achieved great results in several cases. The Paris Court of First Instance notably held that the use of the name Merck on MSD’s French website infringes its client Merck KGaA’s trade mark rights. The practice also obtained a favourable judgment for Marks and Spencer plc in a dispute with Auchan regarding the client’s Simply M&S brand. A number of luxury goods companies are also clients, including Dior Couture. Key figures include Arnaud Michel, who has ‘a very high level of expertise’, and the ‘experienced’ Emmanuel Larere, who is ‘instrumental in the success of his clients’ brand protection programme in France’. Grégoire Triet - and Raphaëlle Dequiré-Portier are also recommended; Jean-Hyacinthe de Mitry was promoted to partner.

Leading individuals

Arnaud Michel - Gide Loyrette Nouel A.A.R.P.I.

Emmanuel Larere - Gide Loyrette Nouel A.A.R.P.I.

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France: Private equity

Fund formation
Private equity: fund formation - ranked: tier 2

Gide Loyrette Nouel A.A.R.P.I.

Gide Loyrette Nouel A.A.R.P.I. has ‘a very strong team’ which combines ‘speed, experience, access and quality of tremendous value’. The practice advises on fund structuring, regulatory and investment issues. It recently assisted Eiffel Investment with the creation of the first major crowdlending fund in France. Stéphane Puel is ‘an expert in asset management who provides fine analysis’. Ann Baker combines ‘responsiveness, knowledge of the local market and technical skills’.

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Venture and growth capital
Private equity: venture and growth capital - ranked: tier 1

Gide Loyrette Nouel A.A.R.P.I.

Gide Loyrette Nouel A.A.R.P.I. handles a high volume of transactions for investors and investees. Recent work includes acting for Legrand, Iris Capital and Fonds Ambition Numérique regarding their €30m investment in Netatmo, as well as advising Comuto (BlaBlaCar) on receiving a $200m investment by Insight Venture, Lead Hedge and Vostok New Ventures. Pierre Karpik is the key name in the practice.

Leading individuals

Pierre Karpik - Gide Loyrette Nouel A.A.R.P.I.

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