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Norton Rose Fulbright
75008 PARIS

Aviation finance Tier 1

Norton Rose Fulbright has well-established capabilities across a broad range of asset financing work, with key recent developments for the practice including the increased implementation of French 'optimal lease' structures, as well as a growing use of innovative new funding sources for aircraft, such as insurance companies. The group's strong bench includes practice head George PatersonMarc Hamilton and Alex Wass, all of whom have an extensive track record in assisting with cross-border cases.

Compliance Tier 1

Norton Rose Fulbright shows ‘excellent technical knowledge’ and offers ‘personalised legal advice that turns into practical measures’. Headed by the ‘dedicated and efficient’ Christian Dargham, who has ‘a very high level of expertise’, the ‘available and flexible’ team ‘speaks both the regulatory and business languages and is absolutely expert in the field of ethics and compliance’. The practice advises on the setting up of anti-corruption programmes and is also assisting companies and banks with French and multi-jurisdictional investigations, notably through the conduct of internal investigations. In addition, Nadège Martin provides data protection expertise, while Marta Giner Asins is the key contact for antitrust compliance issues.

Industry focus: energy Tier 1

Norton Rose Fulbright is a popular choice for sponsors and investors in the renewable energy sector. It advises on large offshore wind projects, landmark solar projects and oil and gas and mining work. Practice head Anne Lapierre is highly regarded. Other key names include Christophe Asselineau, Arnaud Bélisaire and Alain Malek.

Leading individuals: Energy project

Next Generation Partners: Energy project

Shipping finance Tier 1

Norton Rose Fulbright primarily acts for financial institutions, and is also experienced in advising export credit agencies and shipping companies. With the French-English dual-qualified Christine Ezcutari at the helm, the practice demonstrates particular strength in structured financing and export credit financing work. Counsel Alexandre Roth is also noted.

Next Generation Partners

Banking and finance: transactional work Tier 2

Norton Rose Fulbright is especially strong in asset financing and boasts an impressive track record in receivables financing in connection with factoring, discount facilities, reverse factoring and supply chain finance. The key contacts are practice head Christine Ezcutari and Janet Butterworth, both of who focus on structured finance, project finance specialist Anne Lapierre,  asset finance expert Marc Hamilton and George Paterson, whose specialism is export credit finance. Jean-Norbert Pontier, previously an of counsel with the firm, joined Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle LLP as a partner in 2019.

Insurance Tier 2

Norton Rose Fulbright's caseload displays a good spread of transactional, regulatory and litigation work. Fintech and Insurtech instructions and mandates to assist with transactional risks insurance are stand-out specialisms. Benedicte Denis heads the practice, with key support coming from of counsel Orsolya Hegedus.

EU, competition and distribution Tier 3

The practice at Norton Rose Fulbright advises clients on sensitive regulatory investigations into cartel and other anticompetitive behaviour, dawn raids, and merger control issues with a particular focus on African jurisdictions. The team recently welcomed new public law and regulatory expert Marion Roquette-Pfister, who is particularly strong in the life sciences and healthcare sector, from Clifford Chance, and promoted Arnaud Sanz to of counsel. Practice head Marta Giner Asins has been supported by senior associate Yann Anselin in her work in the banking sector.

Industry focus: Healthcare and life sciences Tier 3

Norton Rose Fulbright fields a multi-disciplinary healthcare and life sciences team which includes competition expert Marta Giner Asins and corporate specialist Stéphane Sabatier. Also notable is of counsel Arnaud Sanz, who supports Giner Asins on the competition side of the sector.

Industry focus: IT, telecoms and the internet Tier 3

The 'special attention to detail and in-depth understanding of the needs and interests of her clients, great professionalism and availability' of Norton Rose Fulbright's Nadège Martin make her particularly popular with clients. She recently led the advice to an international retailer on the launch in North Africa of a 'smartstore', and collaborated with the regulations and investigations team to guide a real estate client through the fallout of a cyber attack which caused data breach and other complications. In other highlights, the team advised on GDPR compliance programmes, as well as IT due diligence and contractual renegotiations in the context of M&A transactions.

Insolvency Tier 3

Norton Rose Fulbright is praised for its ‘high involvement and responsiveness’ and fields ‘a knowledgeable and efficient’ team. Philippe Hameau is a well-known figure in the market.

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

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

Department Name Email Telephone
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
Photo Name Position Profile
 Christophe Asselineau  photo Christophe Asselineau
 Arnaud Bélisaire  photo Arnaud Bélisaire
 Jean-Pascal Bus  photo Jean-Pascal Bus
 Janet Butterworth  photo Janet Butterworth
 Antoine Colonna d’Istria  photo Antoine Colonna d’Istria
 Roberto Cristofolini  photo Roberto Cristofolini
 Simon Cudennec  photo Simon Cudennec
 Mathieu Dahan  photo Mathieu Dahan
 Christian Dargham  photo Christian Dargham
 Bénédicte Denis  photo Bénédicte Denis
 Christine Ezcutari  photo Christine Ezcutari
 Marta Giner Asins  photo Marta Giner Asins
 Philippe Hameau  photo Philippe Hameau
 Marc Hamilton  photo Marc Hamilton
 Laure Joncour  photo Laure Joncour
 Anne Lapierre  photo Anne Lapierre
 Godefroy Le Mintier  photo Godefroy Le Mintier
 Alain Malek  photo Alain Malek
 Nadège Martin  photo Nadège Martin
 Souâde Messaoudi  photo Souâde Messaoudi
 Karine Montagut  photo Karine Montagut
 George Paterson  photo George Paterson
 Jean-Norbert Pontier  photo Jean-Norbert Pontier
 Marion Roquette-Pfister  photo Marion Roquette-Pfister
 Alexandre Roth  photo Alexandre Roth
 Arnaud Sanz  photo Arnaud Sanz
 Alex Wass  photo Alex Wass
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Other offices : In Africa, it has alliances with firms in Kenya, Uganda, Burundi and Zimbabwe.