Sharon Lewis > Hogan Lovells (Paris) LLP > Paris, France > Lawyer Profile

Hogan Lovells (Paris) LLP
17 AVENUE MATIGNON
CS30027
75378 PARIS
France

Work Department

Financial Services

Position

Partner, Head of Financials Institutions, Paris

Career

Sharon is a partner, based in Paris and London, and the Sector Group Leader of the Finance, Insurance, and Investment at Hogan Lovells. Sharon is also the Global Head of Financial Institutions and Insurance Sector, the first woman in the firm to be appointed in the role of Head of Finance.

Sharon advises on the full range of capital markets transactions, including several award-winning and industry firsts in debt capital markets, derivatives, securitization, repackaging, and other structured products, corporate bonds, and equity-linked offerings. She has extensive banking experience, particularly in the fields of structured finance, secured lending, loan restructuring, and debt trading. Sharon also has a strong practice in automotive-related financing, insurance-linked securities, energy-related lending, and debt restructuring.

Languages

French, English

Memberships

Franco-British Lawyers Society

European Solicitors’ Group

Education

First Class Honours in English and French Law, University of Paris XI (Paris Sud)

LL.B., University of Kent

Lawyer Rankings

France > Capital markets: debt capital markets

Hogan Lovells (Paris) LLP offers French and English law expertise, making it a popular choice for multijurisdictional matters in Europe, as well as a track record of advising on cross-border matters involving the US. Under the lead of Sharon Lewis and Vincent Fidelle  the team acts for banks, funds and corporates, with its very active practice in high-value debt issuances a key feature. In line with the firm’s sector positioning, the group is well versed in advising on matters from the insurance and reinsurance, shipping and transport, energy and automotive sectors.

France > Derivatives and structured finance

(Leading individuals)

Sharon LewisHogan Lovells (Paris) LLP

Hogan Lovells (Paris) LLP combines sector expertise, especially in the automotive and transport sectors, with English and French law capabilities and expertise in structured finance and securitisations as well as derivatives. The caseload includes the establishment of programmes for structured products and securitisations, and the structuring, negotiation and documentation of OTC derivatives. Repapering projects are also handled. Since the start of the Covid 19 crisis, the practice has increasingly advised on derivatives matters arisen from liquidity problems and restructurings. Thanks to the firm’s international presence, the Paris team is a very good choice for multijurisdictional matters, in particular pan-European ones, but also matters involving Asian jurisdictions, the US and Australia. The team frequently attracts innovative transactions, for example involving new EU securitisation regulations. Sharon Lewis heads the finance, insurance and investment practice as well as the global financial institutions and insurance sector group, and is the key contact for structured finance. Katia Merlini  leads the structured products and derivatives practice. Laura Asbati made partner in January 2022.

France > Insurance

The insurance department of the Paris office of global law firm Hogan Lovells (Paris) LLP combines the expertise of its team with the scale of its worldwide network to assist major major insurers, reinsurers (Allianz, Aviva, AXA, Zurich, Chubb) and financial institutions on a wide range of transactional and regulatory insurance matters. These include M&A, disposal of assets, joint ventures, group reorganisations, portfolio and business transfers, insurance products and licensing requirements. The group is led by practice head and corporate insurance expert Sébastien Gros, with Sharon Lewis in charge of the insurance securitisation practice, and counsel Ghina Farah providing key support, among others when advising e-money and payment institutions.

Paris > Marchés de capitaux: Obligations

Hogan Lovells (Paris) LLP offre des expertises reconnues en droit français et anglais, ce qui en fait un conseil très apprécié pour le traitement des dossiers paneuropéens ou impliquant les États-Unis. Evoluant sous la direction de Sharon Lewis et Vincent Fidelle  , l’équipe assiste des banques, des fonds d’investissement et des entreprises. Elle intervient régulièrement dans des opérations d’émission portant sur de hauts montants. A noter, la pratique rejoint le positionnement sectoriel du cabinet et intervient notamment dans les domaines de l’assurance et de la réassurance, du transport, de l’énergie et de l’automobile.

Paris > Titrisation, dérivés et financements structurés

(Les grands avocats du marché)

Sharon LewisHogan Lovells (Paris) LLP

Hogan Lovells (Paris) LLP combine des compétences en droit anglais et français en matière de financements structurés, de titrisations et de produits dérivés. Le cabinet est très présent dans les secteurs de l’automobile et des transports. Il intervient sur l’élaboration de programmes de produits structurés et de titrisations, ainsi que la structuration de produits dérivés OTC. La crise de la Covid 19 a aussi amené le cabinet à traiter des sujets de liquidité et de restructuration de dérivés. L’équipe parisienne, qui peut prendre appui sur la plateforme internationale du cabinet, est recommandée pour les dossiers internationaux, notamment paneuropéens, mais aussi présentant des composantes asiatiques, américaines et australiennes. L’équipe est régulièrement mandatée pour intervenir dans des opérations innovantes, concernant notamment de nouvelles réglementations européennes en matière de titrisation. Sharon Lewis , qui dirige le pôle finance, assurances et investissement et le pôle mondial dédié aux institutions financières et au secteur de l’assurance, est recommandée pour les financements structurés. Katia Merlini   dirige la pratique de produits structurés et de dérivés. Laura Asbati a été promue associée en janvier 2022.