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Norton Rose Fulbright > The Legal 500 Rankings
Aviation finance Tier 1
The 'world-class' team at Norton Rose Fulbright, which is led by the 'client-focused' George Paterson, advises prominent banks and financial institutions on matters including high-value aircraft financing and leasing, regulatory elements and financing structures. The team acts for clients including BNP Paribas and Société Générale and its work frequently has a cross-border element. Sébastien Allain is also recommended for his work with banks and airlines on cross-border financing and leasing, aircraft sale, and pre-delivery financing. Marc Hamilton is also noted.
‘Client focused and driven; excellent service and always available.‘
‘Well staffed, excellent knowledge of the aviation finance industry.‘
‘The aviation team at NRF are world-class.‘
‘George Paterson is world-class: he has a solution for everything.‘
‘Always finding solutions to problems.‘
Bank of China
Bpifrance Assurance Export
Euler Hermes Deutschland AG
Export Development Canada
UK Export Finance
Industry focus: Energy Tier 1
Norton Rose Fulbright is a key player in France and Africa, especially in Cameroon, Mali, Benin, Senegal and Morocco. The 18-lawyer team advises a large client base made up of leading operators and utilities, banks, sponsors, investment funds and governments. It is involved in landmark solar, offshore wind and cogeneration renewables, hydropower and oil and gas projects, advising on regulatory, project and finance aspects. The practice is increasingly involved in strategic and innovative electricity projects, including major interconnected projects and M&A transactions. Large-scale project work in Asia is another growing line of work. Global head Anne Lapierre is a leading market figure whose top team also includes the very experienced M&A and projects expert Christophe Asselineau, Arnaud Bélisaire, Alain Malek and Simon Cudennec, who made partner in 2019. Of counsel Thomas Rabain joined Watson Farley & Williams LLP in 2019.
‘Christophe Asselineau has a deep, reputable and quite unique experience in the energy sector in Africa, combined with a pragmatic and diplomatic approach of legal and political issues. His deep sense of modesty makes him a unique asset in negotiations with public companies and senior public officials. Being qualified in both civil and common law, he is able to advise and translate issues to international in-house legal teams qualified in different jurisdictions.’
International Finance Corporation
Moroccan Agency for Sustainable Energy
Shipping finance Tier 1
The 'very available and responsive' team at Norton Rose Fulbright focuses on asset financing, primarily relating to ships, offshore equipment, port equipment, containers and port facilities. The bulk of the team's client base consists of financial institutions. In recent work, the team advised a bank on the post-delivery aspects of the €2.5bn export credit agency-backed term loan facility to finance the world's largest cruise ship, Symphony of the Seas. Practice head Christine Ezcutari and senior associate Paolo Pinna rare 'excellent professionals, very responsive and very available'. Counsel Alexandre Roth is also recommended.
‘Good team, very available and responsive. The response to our problems has been perfectly adapted.‘
‘We have worked with Christine Ezcutari and Paolo Pinna. Both are excellent professionals, very responsive and very available. Paolo Pinna has shown great mastery, diplomacy and experience in the context of a complex and sometimes intense negotiation. He was undoubtedly an asset by also showing creativity and listening to bring the parties to balanced and satisfactory compromises.‘
'The firm has bilingual commercial lawyers with great experience in aviation finance in particular and asset finance in general', remarks a client of Norton Rose Fulbright. The firm has English and French law capabilities in Paris, and is very strong in asset and project finance, though it also handles bridge financing and general corporate lending. Christine Ezcutari leads the practice and is also head of shipping for EMEA. She acts for banks on French law and international finance transactions including complex syndicated debt financings. George Paterson leads on aviation finance and leasing transactions.
‘One of leaders in renewable energy in France, with associates and counsels of high quality.‘
‘A team that is at the forefront of the renewable energy industry. It is very skilled, effective and friendly.‘
‘George Paterson provides excellent, commercially astute legal advice, which is delivered in an understated and client friendly manner.‘
Royal Bank of Canada
Compliance Tier 2
Norton Rose Fulbright advises many CAC 40 and other leading French companies as well as international corporations. The firm was recently often solicited to advise on the conducting of internal investigations regarding various accusations, including corruption and fraud allegations. The team also assisted clients with ivnestigations led by the French Anti-Corruption Agency or by the World Bank. Sanction issues are another area of strength. Christian Dargham is in charge. Also involved are Marta Giner Asins for competition and EU compliance issues and Nadège Martin for data protection compliance.
‘The team is very knowledgeable, very swift and extremely professional.’
‘The team shows excellent technique, is practical and able to provide great support to go through sensitive issues.’
‘Christian Dargham is easily reachable and very professional. He is a remarkable technician who leads his team in an efficient and inspiring manner. He always aims to provide complete and comforting support to clients.’
At Norton Rose Fulbright, Nadège Martin leads a five-lawyer team whose expertise spans IT, data protection and cybersecurity issues. The practice is instructed by a broad range of companies, including leading pharmaceutical laboratories, French banks and a major domestic energy group. Clients notably entrusted the team with the negotiation of major IT and digital project contracts, including cloud computing models, blockchain technology, and matters concerning the internet of things and artificial intelligence. The recent caseload included advising a major French bank on the negotiation of a new payment solution system contract and on several major outsourcing projects. Other work saw the practice assist with software licence audits from leading technology providers and contribute to M&A technology transactions led by the firm.
Insurance Tier 2
Norton Rose Fulbright’s well-rounded insurance practice is equally adept handling regulatory, transactional and contentious work, with a strong showing in multi-jurisdictional matters. The group acts for a raft of major domestic and international insurers, reinsurers and other insurance industry stakeholders, with a growing presence in the fintech and insurtech spheres. Leveraging its transactional capabilities and the wider firm’s global network, it has been increasingly active in Brexit-related insurance matters of late, including advising UK companies on the establishment of new European subsidiaries. Corporate and regulatory specialist Bénédicte Denis heads the team and is particularly focused on transactional risks insurance. Counsel Orsolya Hegedus, who handles a mix of contentious and non-contentious matters, is also noted.
Project finance Tier 2
Norton Rose Fulbright is recommended for its leading work in strategic energy projects in France and especially in Africa, including in Cameroon, Mali, Benin, Senegal and Morocco. The 18-lawyer team has attracted a large client base made up of leading energy producers and infrastructure providers, banks, sponsors, investment funds and governments, whom the group assists with landmark solar, offshore wind, cogeneration, hydropower and oil and gas projects. The team also has experience in advising on large-scale projects in Asia. Increasingly, the practice acts on innovative electricity projects, including interconnection projects and M&A transactions. Global practice head Anne Lapierre is a leading figure in the energy sector. Her team includes very experienced M&A and projects practitioner Christophe Asselineau, Arnaud Bélisaire, Alain Malek and Simon Cudennec, who made partner in 2019.
International Finance Corporation
Moroccan Agency for Sustainable Energy
CDC Group plc
Caisse de Dépot et Gestion
Kingdom of Morocco
Oddo & Cie
Sequa Petroleum NV
Norton Rose Fulbright provides a wide range of services, from conducting data protection due diligence in the context of domestic and international transactions to assistance with investigations conducted internally by companies or initiated by data protection authorities. The group's experience in preventing data security incidents and data breaches and mitigating the impact of such incidents and breaches through the firm's cross-border cyber incident response service is another key asset. GDPR compliance audits and assistance with the development of products and services, including those from the internet of things or artificial intelligence market, also provide a steady stream of matters for the team. Nadège Martin is the practice head.
Norton Rose Fulbright further strengthened its practice after hiring former Clifford Chance practitioner Marion Roquette-Pfister in 2018, who has strong industry-specific public law contract and regulatory expertise and assists major pharmaceutical companies with strategic files, including public procurement contracts. Also involved is competition law partner Marta Giner Asins.
Marion Roquette-Pfister; Marta Giner Asins
Insolvency Tier 3
Norton Rose Fulbright 's Philippe Hameau has extensive experience in restructuring and insolvency cases. He acts for debtors and French and international banks and investors, with recent work including a headline matter in the aviation sector and a string of significant cases in which Hameau advised the creditors. Cross-border cases involving African states is another area of expertise.
Carlsberg UK Limited
MS Mode France
Sumitomo Mitsui Banking
To re-launch its public law practice, Norton Rose Fulbright hired Marion Roquette-Pfister as partner in 2018 from Clifford Chance where she was counsel. The team advises major private companies as well as several public sector entities. The range of expertise covers public law contract and regulatory issues. In addition, the practice has in-depth expertise of the healthcare and transport sector and advises key public and private sector players on strategic matters in these sectors, including major pharmaceutical companies.
TOTAL MARKETING France
Tokyo Electron Ltd
Other key lawyers:
‘The team is extremely commercial and practical’.
‘Christian Dargham consistently provides high quality advice and is very good at analysing difficult legal challenges’.
Emerisque Group (MCS)
Mergers and acquisitions Tier 4
‘Client focused and result oriented.’
Real estate Tier 4
Crédit Agricole CIB
Tax Tier 4
The highly experienced Antoine Colonna d’Istria leads the team at Norton Rose Fulbright, which advises leading insurers, investment funds, banks and companies. The practice handles a broad range of tax matters, including in relation to corporate and property transactions, and advises insurers on tax guarantees in the context of corporate transactions. The team also assists banks during financing transactions and provided tax advice on France’s first initial coin offering (ICO). In addition, the practice advises private clients and handles litigation.
Antoine Colonna d’Istria
‘The tax team has strong expertise and presents well all the tax topics and legal risks associated with the new innovative crypto-currency area’
Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co. (KKR)
Norton Rose Fulbright > Firm Profile
The firm: Norton Rose Fulbright is a global law firm. We provide the world’s preeminent corporations and financial institutions with a full business law service. We have more than 4,000 lawyers and other legal staff based in more than 50 cities across Europe, the United States, Canada, Latin America, Asia, Australia, the Middle East and Africa.
Areas of Practice: Recognized for our industry focus, we are strong across all the key industry sectors: financial institutions; energy; infrastructure, mining and commodities; transport; technology and innovation; and life sciences and healthcare. Through our global risk advisory group, we leverage our industry experience with our knowledge of legal, regulatory, compliance and governance issues to provide our clients with practical solutions to the legal and regulatory risks facing their businesses.
Wherever we are, we operate in accordance with our global business principles of quality, unity and integrity. We aim to provide the highest possible standard of legal service in each of our offices and to maintain that level of quality at every point of contact.
Norton Rose Fulbright Verein, a Swiss verein, helps coordinate the activities of Norton Rose Fulbright members but does not itself provide legal services to clients. Norton Rose Fulbright has offices in more than 50 cities worldwide, including London, Houston, New York, Toronto, Mexico City, Hong Kong, Sydney and Johannesburg. For more information, see nortonrosefulbright.com
Offices: We have offices in the world’s most important business, financial and regulatory centres and are active in strategically important growth markets. Our offices are located in Amsterdam, Athens, Austin, Bahrain, Bangkok, Beijing, Brisbane, Brussels, Calgary, Canberra, Cape Town, Casablanca, Dallas, Denver, Dubai, Durban, Frankfurt, Hamburg, Hong Kong, Houston, Istanbul, Jakarta (in association with Norton Rose Fulbright Australia), Johannesburg, London, Los Angeles, Luxembourg, Melbourne, Mexico City, Milan, Minneapolis, Monaco, Montréal, Moscow, Munich, New York, Ottawa, Paris, Perth, Piraeus, Port Moresby, Québec, Rio de Janeiro, Riyadh (in association with Mohammed Al-Ghamdi Law Firm), San Antonio, San Francisco, São Paulo, Shanghai, Singapore, St Louis, Sydney, Tokyo, Toronto, Vancouver, Warsaw and Washington, DC. In Africa, we have alliances with firms in Kenya, Uganda, Burundi and Zimbabwe
Number of partners (worldwide): 1,000+
Number of other fee-earners (worldwide): 2,000+
Total staff: 7,500+
Global Key Contacts
Financial institutions: James Bateson
Energy: Anne Lapierre and John Mauel
Infrastructure, mining and commodities: Nick Merritt
Transport: Harry Theochari
Technology: Nick Abrahams
Life sciences and healthcare: Stacey Martinez and Randy Sutton
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United States: International Arbitration
Published: December 2019
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South Africa: Bribery & Corruption
Published: July 2020
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Top Tier Firm Rankings
- Banking and finance: transactional work
- Industry focus: IT and internet
- Project finance
- Capital markets: equity capital markets
- Data privacy and data protection
- Industry focus: Healthcare and life sciences
- Administrative and public law
- Dispute resolution: Commercial litigation
- Dispute resolution: White-collar crime
- Mergers and acquisitions
- Real estate
- EU, competition and distribution