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Norton Rose Fulbright

PARISEIGHT, 40 RUE DE COURCELLES, 75008 PARIS, FRANCE
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France

Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 2

Norton Rose Fulbright

Efficient and responsive’, the team at Norton Rose Fulbright has ‘good expertise’ and assists leading French and international banks such as BNP Paribas, Crédit Agricole and HSBC. The practice is one of the best for aviation and shipping asset finance. It also excels in project finance and also routinely handles general banking and regulatory work. It recently assisted Société Générale with a $150m revolving credit facility made available to Socar Trading. Christine Ezcutari heads the practice. Other key names include George Paterson, Marc Hamilton, Anne Lapierre, Janet Butterworth, of counsel Jean-Norbert Pontier and associate Alexandre Roth, who is ‘always available and business-minded’.

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EU competition and distribution
Other recommended firms - ranked: tier 1

Norton Rose Fulbright

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Insolvency
Other recommended firms - ranked: tier 1

Norton Rose Fulbright

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Insurance
Insurance - ranked: tier 2

Norton Rose Fulbright

Norton Rose Fulbright is regularly retained by major insurers to advise on strategic and cross-border acquisitions or partnerships. The firm notably assisted MetLife in joint venture work with AXA France Vie and acted for Allianz during the acquisition of Zurich Assurances Maroc. Bénédicte Denis heads the practice, which also deals with regulatory and litigious mandates. APICIL, Cardif and Santander Consumer France are clients. Of counsel Orsolya Hegedus is also highly active.

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Mergers and acquisitions
Other recommended firms - ranked: tier 2

Norton Rose Fulbright

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Project finance
Leading individuals:

Christophe Asselineau - Norton Rose Fulbright

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Tax
Other recommended firms - ranked: tier 1

Norton Rose Fulbright

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France: Aviation

Aviation finance
Aviation finance - ranked: tier 1

Norton Rose Fulbright

Norton Rose Fulbrightcan do everything’, according to its clients. The firm stands out for its extensive experience and is routinely retained by leading commercial banks and export credit agencies (ECAs) to advise on the largest and most complex cross-border transactions. It notably assisted Coface, Euler Hermes, UK Export Finance and HSBC with the first ECA-backed transaction for a renminbi-denominated loan made via an offshore jurisdiction. It acted for BNP Paribas and Development Bank of Japan in a yen-denominated French tax lease to finance a new Boeing 777 aircraft for Turkish Airlines, a deal backed by Export-Import Bank of the United States. The practice is headed by the ‘technically superbGeorge Paterson, who has ‘a wealth of market knowledge’. Also recommended are Marc Hamilton, who ‘remains calm under pressure’, and Alex Wass; associate Alexandra Howe is ‘a rising star’.

Leading individuals

George Paterson - Norton Rose Fulbright

Marc Hamilton - Norton Rose Fulbright

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France: Capital markets

Equity
Other recommended firms - ranked: tier 1

Norton Rose Fulbright

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France: Dispute resolution

Commercial litigation
Other recommended firms - ranked: tier 1

Norton Rose Fulbright

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White-collar crime
Other recommended firms - ranked: tier 2

Norton Rose Fulbright

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France: Industry focus

Energy
Industry focus: energy - ranked: tier 2

Norton Rose Fulbright

Norton Rose Fulbright is a leading player in the renewable energy field, where the firm advises sponsors and banks on the largest projects in France and Africa. Recent work includes acting for Impax on the sale of 11 French wind farms. The practice is also increasingly involved in large power projects in Africa, such as advising ContourGlobal on the two-stage financing of a combined cycle power plant in Cap des Biches, Senegal. BNP Paribas, the IFC and the Moroccan Agency for Solar Energy are also clients. Anne Lapierre heads the firm’s EMEA-wide practice, with Arnaud Bélisaire being co-head of the Paris team. Of counsels Véronique Bruel and Thomas Rabain are also key contributors. The firm recently hired Christophe Asselineau from Shearman & Sterling LLP; he has great experience across Africa, energy and mining matters.

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IT, telecoms and the internet
Industry focus: IT, telecoms and the internet - ranked: tier 3

Norton Rose Fulbright

Norton Rose Fulbright is ‘at the forefront of legal developments’, assisting major companies such as BNP Paribas, Carrefour and Pfizer with their telecoms, IT and data needs. Practice head Marc d’Haultfoeuille is ‘an excellent technician who knows how to adapt the legal framework to fast-changing environments’. Of counsel Nadège Martin) is ‘expert in IT contracts and delivers remarkable work’.

Leading individuals

Marc d’Haultfoeuille - Norton Rose Fulbright

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France: Shipping

Shipping finance
Shipping finance - ranked: tier 1

Norton Rose Fulbright

Norton Rose Fulbright assists banks and export credit agencies (ECAs), as well as some shipowners. Headed by Christine Ezcutari, the eight-lawyer team regularly advises on the financing of large carrier ships. It notably assisted Jaccar Holdings with the French tax-lease financing of four gas tankers and advised Société Générale on the financing of the CMA CGM Bougainville. Bourbon Maritime and Citibank are clients. Associate Alexandre Roth is ‘always available and business-minded’.

Leading individuals

Christine Ezcutari - Norton Rose Fulbright

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Netherlands

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Poland

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Tanzania

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United States

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Legal Developments in France

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  • The new French regulation applying to national insurance contributions for managers and shareholders

    French insurance contributions on executive and shareholder remuneration (pay + dividends) have been substantially increased by the National Insurance Funding for 2013 Act, No. 2012-1404, of 17th December 2012. Until 31st December 2012, all dividends were subject to national insurance contributions on unearned income but henceforth, under Article L136-3 of the National Insurance Code, amended by Act No. 2012-1404, certain dividends   are considered as pay received by executives and shareholders and are therefore subject to the national insurance contributions on pay. The Act also abolished the ceiling on health insurance contributions payable by the self-employed and all this means that businesses must rethink the way that they have been structured until now.
  • CHINA - PERSONAL TAXATION AND SOCIAL SECURITY : CHINESE AND FOREIGN NATIONALS ON AN EQUAL FOOTING

    The People's Republic of China has initiated an overhaul of its social security system, reformed the personal taxation regime and has extended the scope of these laws to foreigners residing in China.
  • MOROCCO TO BECOME THE LEADING FINANCIAL PLACE IN AFRICA

    The Kingdom of Morocco is supporting the ambition of becoming the leading financial place for Africa. In this context, a wave of draft laws is to be passed and implemented within the following months, amongst which, the Law No. 53.08, setting up a new financial authority, and the Law No. 54.08, reforming public offering rules, are of paramount importance to Moroccan and foreign issuers, and financial institutions.
  • ACQUISITIONS IN CHINA : ASSET OR SHARE DEAL?

    The opportunities offered to foreign investors by the Chinese mergers and acquisitions market are increasing every year: in 2010, transactions involving foreign companies came to 60.1 billion euros, an increase of 21.2% compared with 2009. Seen from the West, where markets are declining, all sectors of the Chinese economy seem to be undergoing promising development and the statistics indicate that the Middle Empire will be a lasting springboard for growth.
  • Prime de Partage des Profits

    Le dispositif L’article 1er de la loi de financement rectificative de la Sécurité sociale pour 2011 oblige les sociétés commerciales de 50 salariés et plus, dont les dividendes par part sociale ou par action sont en augmentation par rapport à la moyenne des deux années précédentes, à verser une prime à l’ensemble de leurs salariés
  • BULGARIA MARKET OVERVIEW

    Types of investors The private equity (PE) funds that are active in Bulgaria are not raised or registered in the country. Some Bulgarian PE funds were raised recently, but there are no statistics as to the sources of their funding, their number, the funds that were accumulated, etc.
  • RECENT DEVELOPMENTS REGARDING COMMITMENTS

    THE PROCEDURE IS CLARIFIED, BUT MAY COMMITMENTS APPLY WITHOUT LIMIT?
  • Landmark decision by French Competition Authority in conditioned LPG case

    cartel case closed after discovery that leniency application was largely based on forgeries and rejection of collective dominant position objection.
  • 2012 supplementary budget

    The second supplementary budget published in the Official Gazette September 19, 2011 provides for two key measures that affect the deferral of tax losses and taxation of capital gains realized on the sale of equity securities .
  • Actualité législative fiscale

    Au delà des mesures applicables à l’ensemble des contribuables (telles que la limitation du report des déficits ou la réforme du mode de calcul des plus values sur cessions de participations),le plan de réduction des déficits annoncé le 24 août dernier par le gouvernement comprend des mesures qui intéressent spécifiquement les acteurs du secteur financier.