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Compliance - ranked: tier 1

Norton Rose Fulbright

Norton Rose Fulbright provides ‘an excellent level of service including responsiveness, creativity and a reassuring approach’. The practice has particular experience in conducting internal investigations pertaining to corruption and money laundering allegations. Leading French and international corporations and banks are clients. The team is assisting Bombardier with an internal investigation into alleged bid-rigging and corruption practices. The practice also advises on the setting up of compliance programmes, risk assessment issues and in the context of international governmental investigations. Christian Dargham is noted for ‘his great knowledge of compliance, as well as his availability and discretion’.

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Christian Dargham - Norton Rose Fulbright

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

Norton Rose Fulbright

Norton Rose Fulbright’s Marta Giner Asins impresses with ‘strong expertise and availability’ in the antitrust and competition field and has substantial experience representing clients in contentious mandates. Recent highlight work includes defending HSBC in the EURIBOR cartel pertaining to the manipulation of the European benchmark used when pricing bank lending and of counsel Arnaud Sanz is currently working alongside Giner Asins to assist Pfizer with potential competition law issues arising from its commercial policies and an FCA investigation into alleged anticompetitive behaviour. On the non-contentious side, the group advised a major player in the electric power industry on competition aspects of a proposed joint venture, and assisted a household name in the luxury sector with the implementation of its regulatory compliance programme.

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Insolvency - ranked: tier 4

Norton Rose Fulbright

Norton Rose Fulbright advises creditors, investors and debtors and recently assisted Fra SCI with its insolvency proceedings. Philippe Hameau is ‘incredibly talented’.

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Insurance - ranked: tier 2

Norton Rose Fulbright

Norton Rose Fulbright handles a balanced mix of corporate, regulatory and dispute-related work. The team has experience in advising on the setting-up of new entities, strategic distribution schemes and outsourcing agreements, but is also adept at handling regulatory mandates relating to permission and passporting issues, compliance and the development of new warranties and indemnity insurance coverage. Practice head Bénédicte Denis recently advised AIG Europe on four warranty and indemnity transactions, including reviewing due diligence and transaction documents and assisting with the legal aspects of the underwriting process. Other work includes advising Apicil Group on its fintech partnership with AXA Seed factory and start-up Fundshop, aimed at developing white-label asset and investment management software for financial institutions, and handling Allianz’s €244m strategic acquisition of the Moroccan subsidiary of Zurich. Other clients include Cardif, Santander Consumer France and AnaCap Financial Partners.

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Mergers and acquisitions
Other recommended firms - ranked: tier 2

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Project finance
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Other recommended firms - ranked: tier 1

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France: Aviation

Aviation finance
Aviation finance - ranked: tier 1

Norton Rose Fulbright

Norton Rose Fulbright is highly active across a broad array of aviation financing instruments, with experience including aircraft lease structures, export credit agency financings, sale and leaseback agreements and Japanese operating leases. The team has particular strength in cross-border instructions, regularly involving more than one foreign jurisdiction. Asset finance specialist Alex Wass assisted Export Development Canada with the financing of four aircraft for Canadian airline Chorus, which were intended for lease to a subsidiary of Iberia. George Paterson acted for BNP Paribas on a complex combined French tax lease and US-EXIM-backed financing of five aircraft for SunExpress. Marc Hamilton, who has expertise in French optimised lease structures, advised CIC on the financing of four Airbus aircraft for Turkish Airlines involving several international banks. Crédit Agricole, Export Credits Guarantee Department and Euler Hermes are other clients.

Leading individuals

George Paterson - Norton Rose Fulbright

Marc Hamilton - Norton Rose Fulbright

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France: Banking and finance

Transactional work
Banking and finance: Transactional work - ranked: tier 2

Norton Rose Fulbright

Norton Rose Fulbright’s team is particularly strong in transport-related asset finance, but also handles general banking, acquisition finance and structured finance, and has significantly developed its equipment and trade finance practice. Christine Ezcutari heads the practice; aviation specialist and key practitioner George Paterson is an expert in export credits; Anne Lapierre, who co-manages the firm’s Casablanca office, is especially active in the energy sector; and solicitor Janet Butterworth focuses on structured trade and commodities finance. Highlights included advising Bpifrance Assurances Export on an enhanced guarantee programme for a refinancing of approximately €171m by SFIL and Caisse Française de Financement Local concerning the construction contract financing for electrical substations in Egypt between the Egyptian Electricity Transmission Company and General Electric France. The team also assisted a pool of seven banks including Crédit Agricole Corporate & Investment Bank with a €750m rail financing. Euler Hermes, Natixis and HSBC are also clients.

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France: Capital markets

Other recommended firms - ranked: tier 1

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France: Dispute resolution

Commercial litigation
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White-collar crime
Other recommended firms - ranked: tier 1

Norton Rose Fulbright

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France: Industry focus

Industry focus: Energy - ranked: tier 2

Norton Rose Fulbright

Norton Rose Fulbright has strong expertise in advising lenders and sponsors on energy projects. The 20-lawyer team is involved in many power and renewable projects in Africa such as assisting the Moroccan Agency for Sustainable Energy (Masen) with solar project NOOR Midelt Phase I (400MW hybrid projects), and Total with the feasibility of an LNG re-gasification infrastructure project in Ivory Coast. The practice also advises on renewable projects in France and is assisting RTE with France-UK's 220km Fab Link electricity interconnection project. EMEA energy practice head Anne Lapierre is well recognised. Also recommended are Alain Malek, Christophe Asselineau and Arnaud Bélisaire.

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Healthcare and life sciences
Industry focus: Healthcare and life sciences - ranked: tier 3

Norton Rose Fulbright

Norton Rose Fulbright’s ‘excellent’ team was kept busy in 2017: the recommended Marta Giner Asins recently advised Pfizer on competition and antitrust issues with regard to its commercial structure and, on the corporate side, Stephane Sabatier is acting for a major German biopharmaceutical group in the contemplated merger of two of its subsidiaries as part of its efforts to reorganise its French operations. The team also continues to handle intellectual property and tax aspects of Roche’s acquisition of Marseille-based biotechnical company Trophos. Of counsel Arnaud Sanz is also a key contact.

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IT, telecoms and the Internet
Industry focus: IT, telecoms and the Internet - ranked: tier 3

Norton Rose Fulbright

Nadège Martin recently made partner and leads the technology and innovation department at Norton Rose Fulbright: she has broad experience in acting for public and private sector clients in litigation, contractual negotiations, e-commerce agreements and data protection. The group regularly defends major international corporations and financial institutions against software copyright and infringement claims brought by developer companies such as Adobe, Microsoft and Oracle. Other recent work highlights include successfully representing clients in several criminal cases against hacker group Anonymous as well as handling e-reputation, cybersecurity and data breach matters. Other key clients include American Express, Carrefour and El Telecom.

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France: Shipping

Shipping finance
Shipping finance - ranked: tier 1

Norton Rose Fulbright

Norton Rose Fulbright has particular experience in export credit financings, but also advises its bank and shipowner client base on asset and acquisition finance, corporate lending, tax lease transactions and structured finance. The team handles a significant number of ship financings, especially cruise vessels and cargo ships, including LNG vessels, container vessels and VLCCs, but also assists with the financing of offshore and port equipment, containers and port facilities. Recent work includes advising Société Générale on the recourse financing of ten medium-range tankers for Oman Shipping Company. Other clients include BNP Paribas and Bourbon Maritime. Practice head Christine Ezcutari is the main contact. Alexandre Roth was promoted to of counsel in May 2017.

Leading individuals

Christine Ezcutari - Norton Rose Fulbright

Next generation lawyers

Alexandre Roth - Norton Rose Fulbright

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    The People's Republic of China has initiated an overhaul of its social security system, reformed the personal taxation regime and has extended the scope of these laws to foreigners residing in China.

    The Kingdom of Morocco is supporting the ambition of becoming the leading financial place for Africa. In this context, a wave of draft laws is to be passed and implemented within the following months, amongst which, the Law No. 53.08, setting up a new financial authority, and the Law No. 54.08, reforming public offering rules, are of paramount importance to Moroccan and foreign issuers, and financial institutions.

    The opportunities offered to foreign investors by the Chinese mergers and acquisitions market are increasing every year: in 2010, transactions involving foreign companies came to 60.1 billion euros, an increase of 21.2% compared with 2009. Seen from the West, where markets are declining, all sectors of the Chinese economy seem to be undergoing promising development and the statistics indicate that the Middle Empire will be a lasting springboard for growth.
  • Prime de Partage des Profits

    Le dispositif L’article 1er de la loi de financement rectificative de la Sécurité sociale pour 2011 oblige les sociétés commerciales de 50 salariés et plus, dont les dividendes par part sociale ou par action sont en augmentation par rapport à la moyenne des deux années précédentes, à verser une prime à l’ensemble de leurs salariés

    Types of investors The private equity (PE) funds that are active in Bulgaria are not raised or registered in the country. Some Bulgarian PE funds were raised recently, but there are no statistics as to the sources of their funding, their number, the funds that were accumulated, etc.

  • Landmark decision by French Competition Authority in conditioned LPG case

    cartel case closed after discovery that leniency application was largely based on forgeries and rejection of collective dominant position objection.
  • 2012 supplementary budget

    The second supplementary budget published in the Official Gazette September 19, 2011 provides for two key measures that affect the deferral of tax losses and taxation of capital gains realized on the sale of equity securities .
  • Actualité législative fiscale

    Au delà des mesures applicables à l’ensemble des contribuables (telles que la limitation du report des déficits ou la réforme du mode de calcul des plus values sur cessions de participations),le plan de réduction des déficits annoncé le 24 août dernier par le gouvernement comprend des mesures qui intéressent spécifiquement les acteurs du secteur financier.
  • Réforme fiscale

    À la une Parmi les mesures annoncées par le Premier Ministre dans le cadre du plan de réduction des déficits, deux d’entre elles sont susceptibles d’affecter de nombreuses entreprises