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Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP

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Top-tier recommendations

  • France: Capital markets > Debt
  • France: Capital markets > Equity



Within Banking and finance, Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP is a second tier firm,

Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP expertly advises leading French corporations on the negotiation of large facility agreements, such as Vivendi and Rexel on the negotiation of their respective €1bn revolving credit facility agreements. The team is also busy handling major debt restructuring deals and assisted the Hellenic Republic with the restructuring of its sovereign debt. Barthélemy Faye, Valérie Lemaitre and Fabrice Baumgartner are the key contacts.

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Within EU competition and distribution, Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP is a second tier firm,

Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP’s ‘reactive team’ gets ‘to the bottom of things’ and ‘finds solutions’. It is currently involved in global investigations and regularly handles antitrust matters before the French and European authorities. The practice recently earned a landmark victory for Euro Cargo Rail in an abuse of dominant position case against SNCF in the railway freight sector. The firm also advised Dexia on state aid and is representing Henkel in the detergent cartel proceedings in France. The team also undertakes merger control work. The 12-lawyer practice includes renowned figure Antoine Winckler, ‘brilliant technician’ François Brunet, newly promoted partner François-Charles Laprévote, and counsel Frédéric de Bure.

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Within Insolvency, tier 4

Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP has strong experience in sophisticated cross-border restructuring and distressed M&A. It represented Walt Disney in the refinancing of Euro Disney’s debt. Fabrice Baumgartner, François Jonemann and Marie-Laurence Tibi are key contacts.

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Within Mergers and acquisitions, Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP is a second tier firm,

Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP advises many large French and multinational corporations including ArcelorMittal and BNP Paribas. The practice is regularly involved in France’s most sophisticated transactions and assisted Kering regarding Fnac’s spin-off. Key figures in the team include Pierre-Yves Chabert, who is regarded as being arguably France’s leading corporate adviser, as well as Jean-Marie Ambrosi, John Brinitzer, Fabrice Baumgartner and Amélie Champsaur.

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Within Tax, Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP is a third tier firm,

Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP’s nine-lawyer team is highly recommended for corporate and capital markets work. It is ‘very technical’, ‘highly responsive’ and has ‘a broad understanding of issues that goes beyond tax aspects’. The firm, which advises leading corporations and banks, assisted Kering and Fnac with Fnac’s spin-off. Anne-Sophie Coustel and consultant Pascal Coudin show ‘strategic vision’ and give ‘technical yet pragmatic advice’. Senior counsel Gilles Entraygues is one of the most respected tax experts in France. Arnaud de Brosses joined Arsene Taxand.

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France: Capital markets

Within Debt, Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP is a first tier firm,

Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP’s integrated debt capital markets (DCM) and equity capital markets (ECM) practice advises on high-end transactions including Yankee and high-yield bond offerings. Recent work includes assisting BPCE with its €1bn subordinated notes offering. Andrew Bernstein, John Brinitzer, Valérie Lemaître and Marie-Laurence Tibi are the key contacts.

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Within Equity, Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP is a first tier firm,

Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP’s integrated debt capital markets (DCM) and equity capital markets (ECM) practice brings ‘high added value and strong comfort to clients’. The team has been involved in most of the few significant recent deals, including representing Numéricable during its IPO and acting for Kering on FNAC’s IPO. The practice also advises on convertibles and has leading US law capabilities.

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France: Dispute resolution

Within Commercial litigation, Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP is a first tier firm,

Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP’s ‘excellent and dedicated’ practice is recommended for ‘sophisticated commercial litigation’ and high-end disputes involving large financial institutions or corporations, such as BNP Paribas or ArcelorMittal. Notably, the firm is acting for the EPFR (Etablissement public de financement et de restructuration) in the Tapie case. Jean-Yves Garaud is an outstanding, all-round adviser and counsel Delphine Michot is also recommended.

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Within International arbitration, Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP is a second tier firm,

Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP manages a prominent investment arbitration caseload – often acting in collaboration with other offices – concerning energy and concession issues. The firm is representing the Hellenic Republic in an ICSID dispute with a Slovakian bank regarding the acquisition of sovereign bonds. Gazprom is also a client. Claudia Annacker has ‘very strong, in-depth professional expertise’, Jean-Yves Garaud is ‘highly regarded’, and senior counsel Robert Greig is also recommended. Roland Ziadé joined Linklaters LLP.

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France: Project finance and energy

Within Energy Project finance and energy: Energy

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Within Project finance, Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP is a second tier firm,

Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP represents states or sponsors in some of the largest mining and energy projects in Africa, such as acting for Vale and VBG on the Simandou $10bn iron ore project in Guinea. Oil and gas are also strong areas of expertise and the firm is advising the Lebanese Republic on its first offshore oil exploration project. Key figures in the team include Jean-Pierre Vignaud, Barthélemy Faye and Andrew Bernstein. Gamal Abouali relocated to the Abu Dhabi office.

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