Norton Rose Fulbright > Paris, France > Firm Profile

Norton Rose Fulbright
PARISEIGHT
40 RUE DE COURCELLES
75008 PARIS
France

France > Aviation finance Tier 1

Norton Rose Fulbright‘s Paris team ‘knows the industry perfectly’, advising on all matters relating to aviation finance, including regulatory matters, new financing structures, lessor trading activity, retrenchment, as well as day-to-day operations as companies respond to market developments. The practice works in close cooperation with its in-house tax and dispute resolution specialists on the financing side of aviation transactions. With many years of experience, the team led by George Paterson is ‘particularly good at innovative transaction structures’. Marc Hamilton and Sébastien Allain are integral to the team.

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Testimonials

‘Very available, knows the industry perfectly, and offers innovative solutions when necessary. Very pleasant and friendly personal contact. Excellent working atmosphere. Great confidence in execution.’

‘Very high legitimacy and recognition in the sector. Excellent working relationship with George Paterson and Sébastien Allain and great confidence in their advice.’

‘They have an enormous depth of knowledge and experience in aircraft financing directly. They are also excellent resources on additional transaction-related topics across the firm that are brought in expediently when needed – taxes, insurance, sanction, etc.’

‘Having seen so many transactions, they are particularly good at innovative transaction structures. Also, their steady demeanor is much appreciated.’

Key clients

Crédit Agricole Corporate and Investment Bank

Work highlights

  • Advised UKEF on an ECA-supported financing of two Airbus A350 aircraft for Ethiopian Airlines.

France > Compliance Tier 1

Norton Rose Fulbright assists an impressive client base that includes many CAC 40 companies and international groups. The team deals with a broad range of issues, with anti-corruption, sanctions and human rights-related matters as core parts of the caseload. World Bank compliance work, day-to-day strategic guidance and AFA audits are other areas of strength. The practice also regularly assists French clients with the conduct of internal investigations. Christian Dargham, whose expertise includes commercial and white-collar litigation, is a leading name in the field.

Practice head(s):

Christian Dargham

Testimonials

‘The team is united, responsive, professional and knows how to make itself available.’

‘My contacts are pragmatic and understand the business context.’

‘Real expertise by Christian Dargham and his team.’

‘Christian Dargham is an excellent professional, responsive and competent.’

‘Very good compliance team. Particular competence in corruption prevention and internal investigations.’

‘It was a pleasure to work with them.’

‘Christian Dargham has a wealth of experience in internal investigations. His subtlety and professionalism are matched only by his kindness.’

France > Industry focus: Energy Tier 1

Norton Rose Fulbright has a very attractive practice, both in France and globally. With experience in acting for all types of clients, including leading producers, banks, developers, public and multilateral institutions and corporations, the group is well versed in financing, project development, M&A and partnerships, and joint venture matters. The booming French practice is in high demand for solar and wind projects and transactions, for example one of France’s landmark offshore projects, and is a safe choice for innovative hydrogen and biomethane projects. Large interconnection projects and corporate PPAs are other areas of strength. The group’s strong Africa practice successfully concluded several solar projects in Chad in spite of the difficulties caused by Covid-19. In Morocco, where the team is very established, a strategic LNG project was a recent stand-out matters. Additionally, the team acts on high-profile projects in Asia. The practice is driven by the tireless Anne Lapierre. Key members Arnaud Bélisaire, Simon Cudennec and Christophe Asselineau are the other key contacts.

Practice head(s):

Anne Lapierre

Testimonials

‘The team is one of the best in France when it comes to renewable energies. We have never experienced the slightest problem. We therefore highly recommend them.’

‘Arnaud Bélisaire has always been an exceptional partner. Arnaud has excellent legal knowledge and very good negotiating skills. His knowledge of the market has always been extremely useful to us in our negotiations.’

Key clients

Akuo Energy

Dutch development bank FMO

Engie Green

INELFE

Masen

Mirova

RATP

Total Energies

Tullow Oil

Work highlights

  • Advised the lenders and hedge banks on the financing of the 122MW Sud Marne wind project on behalf of Hexagon Renewable Energy SA.
  • Advised Total Energies on its agreement with wpd to acquire 23% interest in Yunlin Holding, the owner of Yunlin offshore wind farm located off the coast of Taiwan.
  • Acted for Engie Green France and Mirova in relation to the refinancing by Auxifip, BPCE Energeco and Caisse d’Epargne et de Prévoyance Ile-de-France of six PV projects in France.

France > Shipping finance Tier 1

Norton Rose Fulbright‘s practice includes the financing of ships, offshore equipment, port equipment, containers and port facilities. Seeing the increasing demand for innovative financings of specialised equipment, the team has been busy advising on LPG and ethylene carriers, drill and production rigs and supply vessels, as well as specialised vessels in the offshore wind market. The firm has a keen focus on the decarbonisation of transport industries and has, for example, assisted with the financing of scrubber devices. Christine Ezcutari is the global head of transport. Alexandre Roth made partner in January 2021.

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Testimonials

‘Christine Ezcutari is available and adaptable.’

‘Good team in maritime finance. Efficient, professional and friendly.’

Key clients

BNP Paribas

Bourbon

CitiBank N.A

Crédit Agricole Corporate and Investment Bank

HSBC France

Société Générale

UniCrédit Bank AG

UniCrédit S.p.A

Work highlights

  • Advising Société Générale regarding pre-and post-delivery Bpifrance Assurance Export guaranteed facilities to finance three cruise vessels.
  • Assisting Bourbon with the shipping aspects of its restructuring.
  • Providing assistance to Citibank N.A. in relation to the ECA-backed financings of three large cruise ships.

France > Banking and finance: transactional work Tier 2

Alexandre Roth leads the banking group at Norton Rose Fulbright, which is particularly experienced in asset finance and project finance. With lawyers qualified in both French and English law, the team frequently acts for key players in the field of energy financing such as leading financial institutions and export credit agencies, including Bpifrance and Export Development Canada.

Practice head(s):

Alexandre Roth

Key clients

BNP Paribas

Bpifrance

CAFFIL

Crédit Agricole

Crédit Industriel et Commercial

ENGIE

Export Development Canada

HSBC

KFW

Moroccan Agency for sustainable energy

Natixis

Royal Bank of Canada

SFIL

Société Générale

Standard Chartered

TOTSA

Work highlights

  • Advised Natixis and Bpifrance on the €326m financing for the modernisation of the Benin electricity network.
  • Advised the Ministry of Finance of the Republic of Angola in relation to the approximately $1bn financing for the development of the Bita water production, transmission and distribution facilities, and system in South Luanda in respect of the ECA facilities.
  • Assisted the French financial institutions SFIL and CAFFIL with the purchase and refinancing of a participation in the Dogger Bank project for an amount of £191.9m.

France > Industry focus: IT and internet  Tier 2

Norton Rose Fulbright‘s technology and innovation practice is best known for its advisory work on key IT transactions such as BPO and ITO, cloud services, and other XaaS licencing models. The team stays abreast of the legal implications of new technological developments, such as new cloud computing models, blockchain technology, internet of things and AI technologies. A particular highlight was the firm’s involvement in negotiating Crédit Agricole Payment Services’ issuer agreement with Apple for the deployment of Apple Pay within the Crédit Agricole group. Nadège Martin leads the practice and is the name to note for IT-related matters.

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Key clients

Crédit Mutuel / Euro Information Telecom

Axis Communications AB

Total

Hightech Payment Systems (HPS)

Pfizer

Engie

BNP Paribas Cardif

BNP Paribas Real Estate Property Management

Crédit du Maroc

Work highlights

  • Acting as counsel for Total on the IP, data protection and IT Due Diligences and related agreements in connection with its acquisition of Blue Point London Ltd, London’s largest electric vehicle charge points network from the Bolloré Group.
  • Assisting HPS with the IT due diligences and the drafting and negotiation of the SPA and TSA in connection with the acquisition of all the shares of ICPS, a service provider for processing payment transactions held by the Mauritius Commercial Bank Group (MCB).
  • Advising Crédit Mutuel and Euro-Information Telecom, a Crédit Mutuel group company, on all telecom, IT, IP and data protection aspects (from both a contractual and regulatory perspective) in relation to the sale of Euro-Information Telecom (EIT) to Bouygues Telecom.

France > Insurance Tier 2

The dedicated insurance practice at the Paris office of Norton Rose Fulbright crafts tailored solutions to assist major banks, private equity firms and insurers and reinsurers on a diverse range of issues. These include reorganisations and portfolio transfers, joint venture transactions, strategic distribution schemes and outsourcing agreements, and regulatory permissions and compliance reviews.  The team is anchored by financial insurance sector expert Benedicte Denis, who specialises including cross-border M&A transactions, and asset and share acquisitions and disposals. The group is supported by Christian Dargham, who advises on alternative dispute resolution and arbitration.

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Testimonials

‘A sharp technical competence, an ability to back up its opinions by in-depth research.’

‘In Europe, this insurance and reinsurance team is deep, multi-jurisdictional, and very client- and industry-focused. I have found their work to be seamless across jurisdiction. I has been thorough, but also practical, timely and responsive. They seem to communicate amongst themselves very well, and to treat their people well, which has good results for the work product.’

Key clients

Allianz SE

Allianz Africa

Opera Group

Apicil Group

Swiss Re

Covéa

Bridgepoint

Work highlights

  • Advising Bridgepoint on the insurance and regulatory aspects of its acquisition of Compagnie Européenne de Prévoyance Group (CEP) from JC Flowers & Co and CHG Participations.
  • Advised Allianz SE and Allianz Africa on the sale of its shares in seven subsidiaries in Benin, Burkina Faso (Life/P&C), Centrafrique, Congo, Mali and Togo to SUNU Group.
  • Advising the Opera Group (including Opera Finance S.A.), a Luxembourg family office, which holds shares in Protegys and its subsidiary insurance company Wakam (formerly La Parisienne Assurances) on the regulatory aspects of its acquisition of an approx. 42% stake in Protegys from Swiss Re Europe S.A, thereby increasing its shareholding in Protegys to approx.. 82%, which requires the prior authorisation from the French regulator.

France > Capital markets: equity capital markets Tier 3

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AT&T Corp.

Attijariwafa bank

Attijari Titrisation

BNP Paribas

CDC Group plc

Caisse de Dépot et Gestion

Crédit Agricole

Crédit Suisse

Hightech Payment Systems

HSBC

Kingdom of Morocco

Label’Vie

Oddo & Cie

Société Générale

Work highlights

  • Advised Hightech Payment Systems (HPS), listed on the Casablanca Stock Exchange, with respect to an increase in capital reserved to managers and employees of the group.
  • Advised the US company AT&T Corp. on the subscription of various classes of warrants (bons de souscription d’actions) issued by Enensys Technologies, a company listed on Euronext Growth being under Chapter 11 proceedings (sauvegarde judiciaire).
  • Advised BCRE, a Dutch listed company, in relation to the rescheduling of its convertible bonds listed on one of the markets operated by Euronext Paris.

France > Data privacy and data protection Tier 3

Norton Rose Fulbright‘s data and IT practice has been particularly busy conducting privacy impact assessments and legitimate interests assessments, including on solutions involving AI technologies. Health-related personal data has also become a focus for the team since the start of the pandemic. Head of the practice, Nadège Martin is ‘a great professional’ and has almost two decades of experience in information technology, outsourcing, and data protection.

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Testimonials

‘A high-quality team, responsive and very pleasant to work with.’

‘Nadège Martin is both a great professional and a great person.’

‘Great availability, very pragmatic and balanced approach, development of tools to tackle the subject (e.g. Schrems II).’

‘Priority-setting, openness, pedagogy.’

Key clients

Axis Communications AB

Pfizer

Total

Work highlights

  • Advised Total on the data privacy aspects of its acquisition of Blue Point London Ltd, London’s largest electric vehicle charge points network from the Bolloré Group.
  • Assisted a media agency group which has been the victim of a ransomware attack by Netwalker affecting US and French entities with the management of the data breach.
  • Advising Axis Communications AB with regards to Citilog SAS’ compliance with applicable regulatory and data privacy requirements, in the context of the company’s sale of Citilog SAS.  

France > Industry focus: Healthcare and life sciences Tier 3

France > Project finance Tier 3

Norton Rose Fulbright

Practice head(s):

Anne Lapierre

Key clients

BNP Paribas

Crédit Agricole Corporate and Investment Bank

Dutch Development Bank FMO

Engie Green

INELFE

Masen

Mirova

TotalEnergies

Tullow Oil

Work highlights

  • Advised the lenders and hedge banks on the financing of the 122 MW Sud Marne wind project on behalf of Hexagon Renewable Energy SA.
  • Acted for Engie Green France and Mirova in relation to the refinancing by Auxifip, BPCE Energeco and Caisse d’Epargne et de Prévoyance Ile-de-France of six PV projects in France.
  • Advising Electricity Interconnection France-Spain (INELFE) – the joint company set up by the French and Spanish electricity transmission system operators Réseau de Transport d’Électricité and Red Eléctrica de España – on a €1.8bn project to connect electricity transmission cables between Gatica in Spain and Cubnezais in France.

France > Tax Tier 3

Norton Rose Fulbright‘s Antoine Colonna d’Istria acts for an established client base of leading investment funds and financial institutions. His compact team runs a strong stand-alone practice, notably providing strategic advice to private equity funds and family offices on their tax structuring, management incentives and carried interest matters. The tax team also offers support to the firm’s transactional activity, notably in the energy sector. It recently assisted a major energy company with a large transaction. Associate Mathieu Jung also deserves a mention.

Practice head(s):

Antoine Colonna d’Istria

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Testimonials

‘Antoine Colonna d’Istria has a very high level of tax expertise; he also has a great understanding of business issues; his advice is to the point and he takes a stand.’

‘Antoine Colonna d’Istria knows the internal workings of my group very well. He is in direct contact with the key stakeholders which allows a very fluid operation and personalised advice.’

‘Antoine Colonna d’Istria has perfect knowledge and is practical in his advice. He is a real dealmaker.’

Key clients

Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co.

Deliveroo (Roofoods)

Several French banks (BNPP, SG, CACIB)

Pastacorp

Crédit Mutuel/Euro Information

Total

Akuo Energy

Bourbon Maritime

Advent International

Amundi

Work highlights

  • Advising Groupe Bourbon in the context of its financial restructuring.
  • Advised Crédit Mutuel and Euro-Information, a Crédit Mutuel group company, on the sale of Euro-Information Telecom (EIT) to Bouygues Telecom.
  • Advising French energy company TotalEnergies SE on a synthetic infrastructure agreement with Global Infrastructure Partners.

France > Insolvency Tier 4

Norton Rose Fulbright‘s practice head Philippe Hameau is often seen advising debtors. Hameau’s recent caseload features a major matter in the industrial sector, a significant case in the paper industry and a high-profile insolvency matter in the steel and aluminum sector. Additionally, Hameau offers experience in the real estate sector and in advising investors presenting asset takeover bid offers. His litigation experience is increasingly in demand for international arbitration disputes, including acting in ongoing ICC and ICSID cases.

Practice head(s):

Philippe Hameau

Testimonials

‘Philippe Hameau has great experience and excellent ability to adapt his advice and strategy to the size and the stakes of matters at hand’.

‘The team is international and therefore can respond to many issues precisely and quickly. As far as France is concerned, the team has an important network which allows it to fully understand the ins and outs of a case. Finally, the team is made up of lawyers specialising in the various fields that a company in difficulty will need.’

‘Easy to access, natural, speaking a simple language that manufacturers and business owners can understand. The relationship is easy.’

Key clients

Aigle Azur

Carlsberg

Econocom France

Fibre Excellence

MS Mode France

PitPoint

Work highlights

  • Avising Paper Excellence and its subsidiary, Fibre Excellence on Fibre Excellence’s restructuring.
  • Representing French airline Aigle Azur as part of its restructuring and subsequent bankruptcy process.

France > Mergers and acquisitions Tier 4

Norton Rose Fulbright

Practice head(s):

Bénédicte Denis

Other key lawyers:

Karine Montagut; Alain Malek

Key clients

Banque Fédérative du Crédit Mutuel

Digiciel

LFIS Capital

Allianz SE

Allianz Africa

Axis Communications

TotalEnergies SE

Liberty Group

Work highlights

  • Advised Banque Fédérative du Crédit Mutuel and Euro-Information on the disposal to Bouygues Telecom of Euro-Information Telecom, the 5th French telecom operator, by Euro-Information, a group member of Crédit Mutuel, which resulted in Bouygues Telecom becoming the 3rd biggest French telecom operator.
  • Advising LFIS Capital Partners on the entry of Canadian Walter Global Asset Management (GAM), a Canadian private placement platform specialising in the field of asset management, in the capital of the French company LFIS Capital, one of the main quantitative asset management companies in Europe.
  • Advising Digicel, a Caribbean telecommunications operator, on the creation of its joint venture with the French group Iliad, owner of Free and Free Mobile, to establish a shared network in the French West Indies.

France > Administrative and public law Tier 5

Testimonials

‘Efficient, available and motivated team. Excellent responsiveness and quality production.’

‘Marion Roquette-Pfister, partner, is extremely effective. In addition to quality legal analyses, she provides high-level strategic advice to clients, which is very valuable.’

France > EU, competition and distribution

Acting for clients in major merger filings,  the antitrust, competition and regulatory team at the Paris office of global firm Norton Rose Fulbright brings experience and expertise to the practice area.

Tunisia > Foreign firms Tier 3

Norton Rose Fulbright stands out for its broad energy offering. The firm has advised on a mix of conventional and renewable energy projects across Francophone Africa, including major pathfinder renewables projects in Tunisia. It also handles M&A transactions, joint ventures and banking and finance matters. Paris-based global energy head Anne Lapierre  is well regarded for her experience in first-of-a-kind energy projects, with a focus on renewables, carbon transactions and green hydrogen projects. Casablanca-based Alain Malek is also noted.

Practice head(s):

Alain Malek; Anne Lapierre

Key clients

Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ)

Ministry of Energy, Mines and Renewable Energies of the Government of Tunisia

Work highlights

  • Advised the Tunisian Government and GIZ on the implementation of the Tunisian Solar Plan for the production of electricity from renewable energy sources and the 2030 energy strategy.

Morocco > Commercial, corporate and M&A

Norton Rose Fulbright is heavily involved in major projects in Morocco, and in associated M&A and corporate matters. It is currently advising the Moroccan National Railways Office ONCF on a strategic partnership with OCP Group. Another highlight is its work for agricultural company Comptoir Agricole de Souss on its merger with CMGP. Head of the Casablanca office Alain Malek has more than 20 years’ experience in Africa. Corporate and banking counsel Anne-Laure Bernard-Bouissieres, corporate project counsel Godefroy Le Mintier and senior associate Souâde Messaoudi all play pivotal roles in the practice.

Practice head(s):

Alain Malek

Other key lawyers:

Anne-Laure Bernard-Bouissières; Godefroy Le Mintier; Souâde Messaoudi

Key clients

Akwa Group

Banque Centrale Populaire

Bombardier

Caisse de Dépôt et de Gestion du Maroc

Compagnie Chérifienne du Chocolat

Comptoir Agricole de Souss

Hightech Payment Services (HPS)

Holmarcom

IFC World Bank

Label’Vie

Ministère de l’Industrie, du Commerce, de l’Economie Verte et Numérique

Moroccan Agency for Sustainable Energy

ONCF

PSA Peugeot

Work highlights

  • Advising the Moroccan National Railways Office ONCF, which is a Public Establishment on a strategic partnership with OCP Group.
  • Advised HPS, a leading innovative payment solutions company listed on the Casablanca Stock Exchange, on the acquisition of all the shares of ICPS.
  • Advising Compagnie Chérifienne du Chocolat (Aiguebelle) in relation to the implementation of a joint venture with OBEGI Group.

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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Financial institutions James Bateson
Energy Charles Whitney
Infrastructure, mining and commodities Dirk Trautmann
Transport Harry Theochari
Technology and innovation Sean Murphy
Life sciences and healthcare Huw Evans
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