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White & Case LLP

19 PLACE VENDÔME, 75001 PARIS, FRANCE
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Work +33 1 55 04 15 15
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Fax +33 1 55 04 15 16
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www.whitecase.com

France

Administrative and public law
Administrative and public law - ranked: tier 3

White & Case LLP

White & Case LLP is recognised for its PPP expertise. Advising sponsors or lenders, the practice recently advised on a number of high-profile road and transport tender offers. It assisted Vinci with the A45 motorway project and advised the lenders to Vinci regarding the A355 motorway project. Jacques Bouillon heads the practice. Jean-Paul Tran Thiet left to establish JPTT & Partners.

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Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 1

White & Case LLP

White & Case LLP’s team is made up of ‘highly technical professionals who have deep market knowledge and experience and are very responsive and available’. Most often advising banks, the 16-lawyer team is particularly excellent in LBO and acquisition finance, and ‘probably has the best experience in the French market for post-IPO transactions’. It also handles some major asset finance work. Highlights included acting for the mandated lead arrangers on a €1.35bn senior financing for FNAC in connection with the acquisition of Darty. Practice head Raphaël Richard is ‘remarkable’. Denise Diallo has ‘great technical skills in various types of products’. Samir Berlat is also recommended.

Leading individuals

Denise Diallo - White & Case LLP

Raphaël Richard - White & Case LLP

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Derivatives, structured finance and securitisation
Other recommended firms - ranked: tier 1

White & Case LLP

Next generation lawyers

Emmanuel Lebaube - White & Case LLP (structured finance)

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EU competition and distribution
EU competition and distribution - ranked: tier 3

White & Case LLP

White & Case LLP’s ‘very responsive and efficient’ team has ‘deep knowledge of competition law’. The firm recently boosted its capabilities by hiring a team from Gide Loyrette Nouel A.A.R.P.I., led by Yann Utzschneider. The practice handles domestic and multi-jurisdictional merger control work and is also involved in several of France’s leading cartel cases. It is assisting Arval with the acquisition of GE Capital’s European fleet management activity. Also recommended are counsels Orion Berg and the ‘very responsive, precise and efficient’ Juliette Goyer. Jean-Paul Tran Thiet left to establish JPTT & Partners.

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Employment
Other recommended firms - ranked: tier 1

White & Case LLP

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Insolvency
Insolvency - ranked: tier 3

White & Case LLP

White & Case LLP represents investors, commercial parties and lenders. Recent mandates include advising the lenders during Gérard Darel’s insolvency proceedings. Céline Domenget-Morin heads the practice.

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Mergers and acquisitions
Mergers and acquisitions - ranked: tier 3

White & Case LLP

The ‘reactive and efficientWhite & Case LLP has ‘a well-organised team’ of over 40 lawyers which assists many leading French and international corporations or investors. The firm has particular strength in the property and banking sectors, as well as cross-border deals. Highlights included assisting Orange with its acquisition of a 65% stake in Groupama Banque, as well as advising FRHI, Qatar Investment Authority and Kingdom on the $2.9bn sale of FRHI – the parent company of luxury hotel brands Fairmont, Raffles and Swissôtel. Hugues Mathez heads the practice in which other names to note are Vincent Morin, Franck De Vita, Nathalie Nègre-Eveillard, the ‘technically excellent’ Guillaume Vallat, Eric Laplante and François Leloup, who is acknowledged for his ‘great interpersonal and negotiating skills’.

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Project finance
Project finance - ranked: tier 1

White & Case LLP

White & Case LLP shows ‘a great level of expertise and an overall understanding of the technical and commercial aspects of a deal’. The firm ranks among the best players for infrastructure PPP projects. It recently assisted the arrangers with the A28 French toll road refinancing; the practice also undertakes international energy and infrastructure project finance work, especially in Africa. It assisted SENAC with the Dakar new toll road and advised the lenders on a 146MW solar plant project in Chile. Paule Biensan heads the practice, in which Jacques Bouillon, Victoria Westcott and François-Guilhem Vaissier are also recommended.

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Real estate
Real estate - ranked: tier 2

White & Case LLP

White & Case LLP shows ‘a tremendous sense of client service’ and provides ‘real added-value advice’ on large, sophisticated investment and portfolio transactions. It notably assisted CBRE Global Investors with the €1.3bn sale of a shopping mall portfolio in France and Belgium. Klépierre and Predica are also clients. Frank Peter and Brice Engel are the practice co-heads.

Leading individuals

Frank Peter - White & Case LLP

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Tax
Tax - ranked: tier 2

White & Case LLP

White & Case LLP advises on the market’s largest M&A, property and capital markets transactions, such as assisting Arval with the acquisition of GE Capital’s European fleet management activities and advising the banking syndicate on Airbus’ sale of its remaining 23.6% stake in Dassault Aviation. Practice head Norbert Majerholc and Alexandre Ippolito are the key contacts in the six-lawyer team.

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France: Aviation

Aviation finance
Aviation finance - ranked: tier 2

White & Case LLP

White & Case LLP provides ‘a great level of service’. The team, which has ‘in-depth industry knowledge’, advises banks and lessors. It recently assisted BNP Paribas and ICBCL with the JOLCO financing of four Boeing 737 aircraft for Transavia. Practice head Victoria Westcott gives ‘reliable advice’ and is ‘a great negotiator when discussions are difficult’. Of counsel Thomas McDonald is another name to note.

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France: Capital markets

Debt
Capital markets: debt - ranked: tier 1

White & Case LLP

White & Case LLP provides ‘outstanding overall service’; it is widely regarded as the ‘very best’ in France in terms of its ‘first-rate strength-in-depth, exceptional response times’ and extensive experience. The team has a strong underwriter and manager-side practice and also advises issuers on the market’s largest and most complex matters. Highlights included assisting a banking syndicate with Total’s €1.7bn hybrid bond issuance and acting for the joint bookrunners on Europcar’s €125m high-yield issuance. ‘DCM guru’ Gilles Endréo is recommended for complex transactions. Cenzi Gargaro has ‘unmatched experience and is very helpful and extremely knowledgeable’. Séverin Robillard, Thomas Le Vert and high-yield expert Colin Chang are also highly recommended; Grégoire Karila was promoted to partner.

Leading individuals

Cenzi Gargaro - White & Case LLP

Colin Chang - White & Case LLP (high-yield debt)

Gilles Endréo - White & Case LLP (debt capital markets)

Philippe Herbelin - White & Case LLP (equity capital markets)

Séverin Robillard - White & Case LLP

Thomas Le Vert - White & Case LLP

Next generation lawyers

Véronique Delaittre - Linklaters (debt capital markets)

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Equity
Capital markets: equity - ranked: tier 1

White & Case LLP

White & Case LLP has a substantial market share, thanks to its ‘strength-in-depth and across-the-board expertise’. The firm has ‘unmatched experience’, ‘a strong and deep bench of senior associates’ and ‘a very strong team, plugged into the latest issues, which efficiently runs transactions and is unequivocal in its advice’. The practice is routinely retained by banks to advise on top IPOs, rights offerings and convertibles transactions. Highlights included assisting the banking syndicate with Maisons du Monde’s €380m IPO. The practice includes three ‘equally talented’ partners: practice head Philippe Herbelin, Séverin Robillard and the ‘highly skilled and reliable’ Thomas Le Vert.

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France: Dispute resolution

Commercial litigation
Dispute resolution: commercial litigation - ranked: tier 3

White & Case LLP

Headed by Philippe Métais, White & Case LLP’s nine-lawyer team is particularly strong in the banking sector, where it is involved in a number of liability cases. These include representing BNP Paribas Personal Finance in handling some 1,500 civil claims in the Helvet Immo case. The practice also handles commercial litigation.

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International arbitration
Dispute resolution: international arbitration - ranked: tier 1

White & Case LLP

White & Case LLP’s ‘lawyers have far-reaching legal knowledge and extensive experience’. The team ‘always has a level of resources available to meet the requirements necessary to cope with high-value dispute resolution proceedings’. The practice is involved in several of the world’s largest ICC cases and has particular strength in the energy and construction sectors. The firm’s investment caseload is also growing. It is notably representing Engie in an ICSID dispute with Hungary under the Energy Charter Treaty. Elizabeth Oger-Gross is ‘very thorough and efficient in examining witnesses’, Christophe von Krause is ‘convincing, has excellent analytical abilities and a flexible and enthusiastic spirit’, and Andrew de Lotbinière McDougall is ‘extremely skilful at extracting the essential points in real time in the courtroom’. Michael Polkinghorne heads the practice, in which the other partners to note are Christopher Seppälä, Charles Nairac, John Willems, Nicolas Bouchardie and recently promoted partner Kirsten Odynski.

Leading individuals

Christophe von Krause - White & Case LLP

Christopher Seppälä - White & Case LLP

Michael Polkinghorne - White & Case LLP

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White-collar crime
Dispute resolution: white-collar crime - ranked: tier 2

White & Case LLP

The ‘very professional and efficientWhite & Case LLP has particular experience of representing banks before French courts or in the context of international and multi-jurisdictional investigations. The practice’s varied caseload includes defending a European aircraft manufacturer in the Rio-Paris crash proceedings. Michel Beaussier heads the practice. Ludovic Malgrain is ‘an astute lawyer with a practical approach to resolving complex white-collar crime issues effectively’. Jean-Pierre Picca is another name to note.

Next generation lawyers

Ludovic Malgrain - White & Case LLP

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France: Industry focus

Energy
Other recommended firms - ranked: tier 1

White & Case LLP

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France: Private equity

LBO
Other recommended firms - ranked: tier 1

White & Case LLP

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France: Shipping

Shipping finance
Other recommended firms - ranked: tier 1

White & Case LLP

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