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Orrick Rambaud Martel

31 AVENUE PIERRE, 1ER DE SERBIE, CEDEX 16, 75782 PARIS, FRANCE
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Work +33 1 53 53 75 00
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www.orrick.com

France

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

Orrick Rambaud Martel

Orrick Rambaud Martelmeets the market’s highest standards for project finance and public law work’. ‘Reliable, goal-oriented and business-minded’, the eight-lawyer team is a top player for advisory and contentious work in public contracts and PPP matters. It is involved in high-profile infrastructure and transport projects and recently advised the lenders on renovation of the Luminy Campus in Marseille. Regulatory and energy work are other strong areas of expertise. The practice is jointly led by Jean-Luc Champy and senior counsel Noël Chahid-Nouraï, who ‘always provides highly rigorous advice and fine analysis that respond to clients’ needs’. Yves Lepage is another name to note.

Leading individuals

Noël Chahid-Nouraï - Orrick Rambaud Martel

Next generation lawyers

Jean-Luc Champy - Orrick Rambaud Martel

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Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 2

Orrick Rambaud Martel

Orrick Rambaud Martel strongly boosted its capabilities by hiring a team from Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP, which included new practice head Hervé Touraine, Emmanuel Ringeval and Olivier Bernard. The firm now has more than 20 lawyers in the practice to advise sponsors and banks on a wide range of needs. Highlights included assisting Natixis with a €124m pan-European facility refinancing of a portfolio of 14 logistics properties and advising the lenders on the financing of the Ports of Calais and Boulogne-sur-Mer. Also recommended are: Hervé Kensicher, Amaury de Feydeau, Jean-Jacques Essombè and Arnauld Achard. Diane de Moüy joined Holman Fenwick Willan France LLP.

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

Orrick Rambaud Martel

Orrick Rambaud Martel now has strong securitisation capability after hiring a top team from Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP. The firm is recommended for ‘highly sophisticated securitisation transactions’ and ‘innovative transactions or difficult situations where strategic, technical and diplomatic skills are required’. The team recently advised on many high-profile transactions. It assisted BPCE as arranger of BPCE’s first consumer loans ABS transaction and advised BNP Paribas on the largest European synthetic securitisation transaction of recent years. Practice head Hervé Touraine is ‘very precise, diplomatic and always considers his clients’ interests’. The ‘very efficient’ Olivier Bernard is one to watch.

Leading individuals

Hervé Touraine - Orrick Rambaud Martel

Next generation lawyers

Olivier Bernard - Orrick Rambaud Martel (securitisation)

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EU competition and distribution
EU competition and distribution - ranked: tier 4

Orrick Rambaud Martel

Orrick Rambaud Martel brings ‘very operational answers’ and is highly active on the merger control side. The five-lawyer team also handles domestic cartel cases. It assisted Apax Partners with the acquisition of InfoVista and has been representing SC Johnson before the Court of Appeal in a cartel case. Senior counsel Michel Roseau heads the practice. Philippe Rincazaux and associate Lise Damelet are also key contributors. Patrick Hubert joined from Clifford Chance.

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Employment
Employment - ranked: tier 2

Orrick Rambaud Martel

Leading individuals - ranked: tier 1

Emmanuel Bénard - Orrick Rambaud Martel

Orrick Rambaud Martel hired half of Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP’s team in 2016. The firm provides ‘state-of-the-art professional service’. The ‘extremely responsive and flexible’ 13-lawyer team is ‘a great partner for complex cases’ and is ‘very risk-focused without being overprotective’. It has extensive experience in high-profile M&A and high-level litigation, collective bargaining and restructuring expertise. The firm is involved in strategic matters, especially in the financial services sector. It assisted Mondelēz with the sale of local European brands and downsizing in France, and acted for J.P. Morgan on the reorganisation of its French Branch. The practice is jointly headed by Christine Guillot-Bouhours and recent hire Emmanuel Bénard, who is praised for his ‘technical expertise, ability to provide great insights’ and ‘incredible ability to assemble great teams’.

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Insolvency
Insolvency - ranked: tier 2

Orrick Rambaud Martel

Orrick Rambaud Martelknows all the tools’ and is ‘unique at unlocking a restructuring deal with complex parties’. The practice advises investors and lenders as creditors in high-profile matters. It is representing RBS with the approval of NextiraOne’s safeguard proceedings. The ‘smart and astute’ Saam Golshani ‘knows all the best strategies and when to be aggressive’.

Leading individuals

Saam Golshani - Orrick Rambaud Martel

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Mergers and acquisitions
Mergers and acquisitions - ranked: tier 3

Orrick Rambaud Martel

Orrick Rambaud Martel assists many leading French and international corporations and investors. Staffed by more than 30 lawyers, the team advises small to medium-size transactions to large-cap, ranging from domestic to global deals. Highlights included advising Bourbon on the acquisition of gas transport businesses from Jaccar. The practice also handled strategic transactions elsewhere in the energy sector. Practice head Saam Golshani, Jean-Pierre Martel, Etienne Boursican, Alexis Marraud des Grottes and George Rigo are top-level advisers, as are recent arrivals Patrick Tardivy, who joined from Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP, and Guillaume Kessler, who moved from Olswang France LLP.

Leading individuals:

Jean-Pierre Martel - Orrick Rambaud Martel

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Project finance
Project finance - ranked: tier 1

Orrick Rambaud Martel

Orrick Rambaud Martel is involved in some of the largest hydropower projects in Africa and is representing Golar in one of the first floating LNG facility projects in Africa (located off the coast of Cameroon). It is also advising on renewable energy and infrastructure projects. The practice is jointly led by Yves Lepage and Pascal Agboyibor, who has ‘extensive experience and shows a fine understanding of international and local issues at stake for his clients’. Simon Ratledge, who joined from Simmons & Simmons LLP, is a strong addition for international energy projects. The practice also ‘meets the market’s highest standards for project finance and public law work’ in France, where it is a leader in the field through senior counsel Noël Chahid-Nouraï and Jean-Luc Champy for the public law aspects, as well as for the financing through the expertise of Amaury de Feydeau, who has ‘strong skills and is easily available’.

Leading individuals:

Pascal Agboyibor - Orrick Rambaud Martel

Yves Lepage - Orrick Rambaud Martel

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Real estate
Other recommended firms - ranked: tier 1

Orrick Rambaud Martel

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Tax
Tax - ranked: tier 4

Orrick Rambaud Martel

Headed by the ‘extremely efficient’ Anne-Sophie Kerfant, Orrick Rambaud Martel’s four-lawyer team often advises companies on M&A. It assisted Apax Partners with the acquisition of InfoVista. The practice is also recommended for transfer-pricing and international tax issues and is handling a major tax dispute.

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France: Dispute resolution

Commercial litigation
Dispute resolution: commercial litigation - ranked: tier 1

Orrick Rambaud Martel

Orrick Rambaud Martelknows how to solve complex and sensitive situations’. The ‘highly efficient and available’ team is involved in strategic shareholder conflicts and insolvency cases. It represents leading banks, corporations and investment funds. The firm successfully defended CDR in a complex dispute with the former managing director and shareholder of Banque Saga in connection with the sale of Banque Saga to Altus Finance; it is representing seven banks as senior lenders to Ludendo in a dispute with one creditor regarding a court-approved accelerated financial safeguard plan. CDR, Fondations Capital, Geodis and Marionnaud Parfumeries are also clients. Practice head Frédéric Lalance shows ‘excellent judgement’. Jean-Pierre Martel ranks among the market’s most notable figures. Jean-Michel Leprêtre and Marine Lallemand are also recommended.

Leading individuals

Jean-Pierre Martel - Orrick Rambaud Martel

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

Orrick Rambaud Martel

The ‘very responsiveOrrick Rambaud Martel is ‘really experienced in gas pricing dispute resolution’, with a large caseload of investment and commercial matters, with many cases relating to energy and mining matters in Europe or Africa. The firm is co-counsel to the Republic of Guinea in a $5bn ICSID arbitration launched by BSGR following the state’s withdrawal of a mining licence for the world’s largest deposit of iron ore. The practice is jointly headed by Laurent Jaeger whose ‘submissions are always very clear, structured and can be read like a story’, and Charles Kaplan, who ‘understands the underlining issues behind a price review dispute and knows the methods to solve it’.

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Stock market litigation
Other recommended firms - ranked: tier 1

Orrick Rambaud Martel

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France: Industry focus

Energy
Industry focus: energy - ranked: tier 1

Orrick Rambaud Martel

The ‘excellentOrrick Rambaud Martel has ‘high-level expertise’, shows ‘a complete sector understanding’ and ‘listens to its clients and puts itself in theirs shoes’. The firm is involved in some of the largest hydropower projects in Africa and is representing Golar in one of the first floating LNG facility developments in Africa (located off the coast of Cameroon). Beyond hydropower, other renewable energy work includes assisting the Malian government with the development of two photovoltaic plants. The practice is jointly headed by Yves Lepage and Pascal Agboyibor, who has ‘extensive experience and shows a fine understanding of international and local issues at stake for his clients’. Simon Ratledge, who joined from Simmons & Simmons LLP, has ‘great experience of African projects’. The firm also handles high-profile regulatory and energy project work in France through senior counsel Noël Chahid-Nouraï and Jean-Luc Champy.

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France: Private equity

Venture and growth capital
Other recommended firms - ranked: tier 1

Orrick Rambaud Martel

Leading individuals

Olivier Edwards - Orrick Rambaud Martel

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