Gide Loyrette Nouel LLP > London, England > Firm Profile

Gide Loyrette Nouel LLP
125 OLD BROAD STREET
LONDON
EC2N 1AR
England

Finance > Derivatives and structured products Tier 3

Gide Loyrette Nouel LLP has ‘dedicated team based on a solid and stable senior team of partners and counsel who are really aware of clients’ operational constraints‘. The firm specialises in structuring, documentation, collateralisation and regulatory issues relating to derivatives and structured products across equity, credit, fixed income, fund, commodity, energy, inflation, weather, property and other asset classes, as well as handling repos and securities lending transactions. Best known for acting for French banks, the London finance group is increasingly acting for corporates across Europe on derivatives matters. Lead partner Karine Imbrosciano is ‘a dedicated lawyer always available and very easy to talk with‘.

Practice head(s):

Karine Imbrosciano

Testimonials

‘Gide has been accompanying us on an ongoing basis since several years with respect to the set up and negotiation of all derivatives related agreements.’

‘Their dedicated team is based on a solid and stable senior team (partner and counsel) who is really aware of operational constraints.’

‘Karine Imbrosciano is a dedicated lawyer always available and very easy to talk with.’

Work highlights

  • Advised Europcar Mobility Group, a market-leading vehicle leasing group, on the hedging aspects associated with the high profile restructuring of its financial indebtedness.
  • Advised a leading investment bank as hedging bank in the context of the rehabilitation work and extension of Junia Grande Ecole d’Ingénieurs campus in Lille.

Finance > Securitisation Tier 4

Gide Loyrette Nouel LLP has a deep bench of securitisation and asset-backed finance lawyers in London and Paris. Its London group is particularly active in whole-business, trade receivables, mortgage and lease securitisations, as well as CLOs. ‘Their deep understanding and expertise in securitisation is second to none and their recent focus in blockchain and tokenization, with a dedicated practice, is quite unique‘, remarks one client. Practice head Dimitrios Logizidis is ‘an exceptional talent that is thorough in his approach‘. Counsel Samir Bensaker ‘goes out of his way to ensure availability and provides ready answers to questions and practical solutions to difficulties‘.

Practice head(s):

Dimitrios Logizidis

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Their deep understanding and expertise in securitisation is second to none and their recent focus in blockchain and tokenization, with a dedicated practice, is quite unique.’

‘Ability to listen and quickly understand / elaborate new and unfamiliar concepts.’

‘The team provides excellent service, value for money and are extremely approachable. They are flexible in all respects and they are my go-to firm for all law matters.’

‘Dimitrios Logizidis is an exceptional talent that is thorough in his approach and at the end of a phone morning noon and night.’

‘Highly skilled and approachable team. Good practical and commercial perspective as oppose to debating legal technical points that add no value to the client.’

‘Samir Bensakir went out of his way to ensure availability, provide ready answers to questions and practical solutions to difficulties and clearly has a very useful repertoire of experience to fall back on.’

‘Partners are accessible, involved in the deals and responsive. They have the capacity to work with different underlying laws, including English law and French law.’

‘Dimitrios Logizidis is very knowledgeable. He is directly involved in the projects and gives value added inputs. Together with Samir Bensaker, they form a very good team with complementary skills.’

Key clients

BNP Paribas

Crédit Agricole CIB

Europcar Mobility Group

Société Générale

Work highlights

  • Acting as legal counsel of Europcar Mobility Group in the extension and restructuring of its EUR 1.7 billion whole business securitisation dedicated to the financing of its vehicle fleet in France, Italy, Germany and Spain.

Projects, energy and natural resources > Power (including electricity, nuclear and renewables) Tier 4

Gide Loyrette Nouel LLP has an international practice with a leading presence in African markets through offices in Paris, Istanbul and Shanghai. The energy team assists clients on issues such as emissions credits trading, corporate PPAs, PV projects off-grid power arrangements. Colin Graham leads the practice with experience in corporate and commercial projects while Matteo Matteucci advises financial investors and governments on cross-border mandates.

Practice head(s):

Colin Graham

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘The team works on industrial projects in the energy sector A team very available which respects the client and challenges it at the same time. A good service of billing with the draft discussed before final version.’

‘The partners highly respect the client. Very good knowledge of the sector and high operational experience particularly for the execution phase of the contract. Excellent know how. Real team spirit, which is rare for a law firm where both partners and associate may intervene.’

‘Deep level of client service, professionalism. Very sophisticated knowledge on a wide spread of topics around energy and infrastructure as well as corporate commercial. Very good, global international perspective with an anchorage in English law practice.’

‘Colin Graham is a stand up professional with total knowledge, insight, strategy, commercial and legal. Go-to-guy for complex cross border infrastructure, energy, maritime matters. No hesitation.’

Key clients

Argo Clean Energy LLC

Delta Offshore Energy

Edvance SA

Electricite De France

PowerChina Huadong Engineering Corporation

Work highlights

  • Advised EDF on the design of a generation III nuclear reactor in Sizewell.
  • Advised Edvance in the context of the negotiation of a professional services contract.
  • Advised Delta Offshore Energy on the development of a 3,200 MW gas-to-power project in Vietnam to be supplied by an integrated LNG import project.

Projects, energy and natural resources > Oil and gas Tier 5

The ‘very competent, responsive, knowledgeable and helpfulGide Loyrette Nouel LLP has a strong track record in transactional work in Africa and is also known in the market for its disputes expertise. Colin Graham heads the team and is a name to note for corporate and commercial projects work.

Practice head(s):

Colin Graham

Other key lawyers:

Matteo Matteucci

Testimonials

‘The team is very competent, responsive, knowledgeable and helpful’. 

‘I had not known them in the past but have learned to lean on them quite heavily for not only the direct matters as to which the original work was scheduled but also for support’.

‘Each of the attorneys we have dealt with has been helpful and well experienced for the work’.

‘The team works together well even from different offices, as is key in our world today’.

‘Colin Graham is a great LNG lawyer who has helped immeasurably in putting together contracting and operational structures for us on the LNG side’. 

‘Matteo Matteucci has stepped in as a corporate lawyer to assist on some rather complex shareholder and governance matters’. 

‘The team is passionate about energy issues, both willing and eager to go to the details of the problem, and supported by deep energy sector background knowledge’.

‘Colin Graham has an exceptional experience in LNG matters’.

Key clients

Delta Offshore Energy

Port Edward LNG

TotalEnergies

PGNiG

PKN Orlen

Work highlights

  • Advising Delta Offshore Energy on the development of a 3,200 MW gas-to-power project in Vietnam to be supplied by an integrated LNG import project.
  • Advising Port Edward LNG Ltd with respect to the drafting and the negotiation of English law offtake agreements for containerised LNG to be produced in Canada for export to China.
  • Advised Total SA on ongoing operational and dispute avoidance issues with regard to their LNG portfolio in Latin America.

Dispute resolution > International arbitration Tier 6

Gide Loyrette Nouel LLP‘s ‘very strong‘ London arbitration practice focuses on both commercial and investment disputes, predominantly in the international energy and infrastructure sectors. London IDR head Rupert Reece specialises in international arbitration proceedings concerning joint ventures, construction contracts, aerospace, and international commerce; and counsel Hannah McIrvine is the firm’s insurance arbitration specialist in London. ‘Brilliant lawyer‘ and international investment and commercial arbitration expert Saadia Bhatty was promoted to partner in July 2022.

Practice head(s):

Rupert Reece

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘The Gide team is a very strong cross-border team, with various outstanding lawyers in both the Paris and London offices – a particular focus on Africa-related disputes and industries.’

Top-notch lawyers who are specialised in disputes and international investment treaty matters.

Gide’s ability to navigate the waters between French and English on matters involving civil law and common law, and complex issues of international law, make them particularly stand out.

‘Very strong in commercial arbitration and a pleasure to work with – fully up to speed on the latest legal developments.’

‘Saadia Bhatty is a leading international arbitration practitioner and rising superstar – very smart, knows everything about international arbitration and everyone working in international arbitration, finds practical solutions for difficult problems, and speaks French, Urdu and English fluently.’

‘Saadia Bhatty is a brilliant lawyer- well versed in both civil law and common law, as well as a sharp and responsive person who is a true joy to work with.’

Saadia Bhatty’s breadth of experience in Africa and input are very valuable – great ability to articulate complex issues clearly, and she is always very well prepared and meticulous.

‘Saadia Bhatty’s dedication and commitment are commendable.’

Key clients

China Railway 18th Bureau Group Company

Hope Services

The Islamic Republic of Mauritania

Powerchina Huadong Engineering Corporation

Work highlights

  • Acting for a consortium of Chinese Contractors in two arbitrations against a Vietnamese state-owned company, which concern a contract for the design, engineering, and construction of tunnels for a hydroelectric project.
  • Acting for US-based Hope Services (as claimant) in an ICSID arbitration against the Republic of Cameroon (brought under the 1986 USA-Cameroon BIT).
  • Acting for the Islamic Republic of Mauritania in an ICSID arbitration, which relates to an agreement for the exploitation of a copper and gold mine.

France > Private equity: venture/growth capital

Gide Loyrette Nouel LLP remains a go-to firm for venture and growth capital transactions, acting for investors, start-ups and mature companies alike. The team offers a comprehensive range of services, including drafting and negotiating investment and shareholders’ agreements, issuing convertible securities, and employee profit-sharing plans. The team is led by trio Pierre Karpik, David-James Sebag and Louis Oudot De Dainville who bring extensive expertise in the technology and healthcare sectors to the table. Private investments in public equity is another area of strength.

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘The team is very agile, adapts to all types of cases (expectations, timing, invoicing) in order to be able to deal with promising cases early and follow them over the long term from the start to large potential exits.’

‘Exceptional speed, clarity and quality of service.’

‘Paul Jourdan-Nayrac was the main contact. Very experienced and pragmatic and provided an overall great service.’

‘Dedicated team. Very aware of tech news and excellent advice in terms of benchmarks and market trends in addition to consulting expertise. Support for young companies with an acceptable level of fees and invoicing facilities. Attention to the client and expertise are the two differentiating points.’

‘100% committed to their clients – a real advisory role and not just legal expertise, it supports the development of the company at every stage with as much commitment and motivation as ever. Excellent reading of the protagonists on large operations and puts the interests of the company above all.’

‘Responsiveness, proactivity in exchanges with the target company, flexibility in fees, knowledge of the market and the industry, management of an investor pool in an agile way.’

‘The team: High degree of professionalism – Strong expertise in early stage Venture Capital – Strong negotiation skills – Very strong brand/degree of credibility in the space.’

‘Worked closely with Louis Oudot de Dainville – very positive, pragmatic, sharp, meticulous/attention to details, dedicated, strong expertise.’

Key clients

Idinvest Partners

Balderton Capital

Temasek

Partech Partners

Bpifrance

Highgate Ventures

Cathay Innovation

Eurazeo

Ventech

Allianz

ISAI

360

BlackFin

General Catalyst

Accel Partners

Blossom Capital

Samaipata

Heartcore

New Alpha

Odaseva Technologies

Spendesk

Doctolib

Younited Credit

Launchmetric

Openclassrooms

Meero

Kili Technology

Naïo Technologies

MWM

Happytal

Sinovation Ventures

Local Globe

Sensory Odyssey

Leeway

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Work highlights

  • Advised Temasek on the $355m funding round of ManoMano, Europe’s leading online home improvement company, led by the Californian growth and cross-over fund Dragoneer.
  • Advised Temasek on the funding round of Alan, a France-based licensed health insurance company.
  • Advised Younited on its €140m funding round from Goldman Sachs and Bridgepoint.

France > Dispute resolution: International arbitration

Gide Loyrette Nouel A.A.R.P.I. often acts for international companies facing disputes in relation to Africa, with recent work including matters in relation to Algeria, Nigeria, Egypt and Cameroon, especially ICC arbitration proceedings, but also investment arbitration disputes, notably acting for the state of Mauritania in a mining ICSID case. The scope of the practice also extends to disputes in relation to Eastern Europe. The caseload frequently features disputes arisen from infrastructure, construction, shareholders and consultancy agreement issues. Carole Malinvaud, who is increasingly sought after as an arbitrator and is the vice chair of the ICC Court and on the ICSID panel of arbitrators, Christian Camboulive, Alexandra Munoz and the London-based Rupert Reece are the heads of the practice.  Also recommended are counsels Sacha Willaume and the London-based Saadia Bhatty.

Other key lawyers:

Sacha Willaume; Saadia Bhatty; Thomas Dauvillier

Testimonials

‘Excellent command of both arbitration techniques (cross-examination of witnesses and experts in particular) and pleading (quality of expression). Very effective.’

‘Excellent complementarity of the teams between French and Anglo-Saxon profiles.’

‘Carole Malinvaud is an excellent lawyer as arbitrator; she is very fair and very reasoned. She judges well.’

‘Very good knowledge of the sector (construction/infrastructure) and the dynamics of the region (North Africa). Good team diversity and very good collaboration with the experts.’

‘Alexandra Munoz is impressive: very competent and at the same time sensitive and humble, with the experts and with the client. Good dynamics and team spirit, which makes it easier for everyone.’

‘A team that adapts perfectly to our needs, who understood our activity and our company. The team members have a perfect understanding of each other.’

‘Christian Camboulive has deep knowledge, provides fine analysis and is very responsive.’

‘Carole Malinvaud is an excellent lawyer who has an astounding knowledge of her cases which she dominates down to the smallest detail. She is both one of the best counsel and one of the most sought after arbitrators. Christian Camboulive is a very precise, very fine lawyer who is a remarkable litigator. Among the talented associates of this team, I will point out Thomas Dauvillier who is very promising and has great analytical skills and a strong capacity for work.’

Key clients

Hope Services LLC

International Chamber of Commerce

The Islamic Republic of Mauritania

PowerChina Huadong Engineering Corporation Ltd

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Samir Bensaker photoMr Samir BensakerBased in Gide’s London office, Samir advises international financial institutions, investment funds…