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Norton Rose Fulbright > The Legal 500 Rankings
France > Aviation finance Tier 1
The aviation finance team at Norton Rose Fulbright is retained by several major banks, with which it has longstanding and institutional relationships. Clients such as Société Générale and BNP Paribas benefit from the firm's ability to advise across jurisdictions and regions, as well as access to the firm's in-house tax and dispute resolution specialists. The department is well versed in the full range of financing, leasing and regulatory matters. Alternative funding continues to be a growth area for the practice, with the group recently advising on the development of an AFIC non-payment insurance product. George Paterson is dual qualified in England and France and is highly skilled in the area of export credit finance. Other key names include asset finance specialist Marc Hamilton and up-and-coming counsel Sébastien Allain.
‘Very professional, always available and capable of taking into their stride any aspect of a transaction. Lots of internal resources.‘
‘A large English law practice outside of the UK with knowledge of European, in particular French and German, regulatory requirements and other peculiarities (both legal and non-legal). The practice does not shy away from non-English law issues, but rather adopts a pragmatic and client orientated approach.’
‘The individuals are approachable and down to earth and always available.‘
‘George Paterson is an exceptional expert in the field of aviation finance; Marc Hamilton is strong in asset and export finance.’
‘There is no better aviation financing team in France.’
Bank of China
Bpifrance Assurance Export
Carlyle Aviation Partners (previously Apollo Aviation)
Euler Hermes Deutschland AG
Export Development Canada
GE Capital Aviation
Jackson Square Aviation
Nordic Aviation Capital
UK Export Finance
Norton Rose Fulbright's a large team has no shortage of work: the firm is managing an extensive workload involving both France and Africa. In France, the team provides developers and investors with project development and financing as well as corporate advice, including major wind portfolio transactions and innovative and strategic matters; such as the setting up of corporate PPA markets or major electricity interconnection projects. Abroad, the team is very active in Moroccan projects or in projects featuring Moroccan companies, often working hand-in-hand with its Casablanca office. It is also advising leading companies, developers governments and international lenders with various renewables projects in other African countries; particularly in Tunisia and Benin. Oil and gas are also key areas of strength. The practice is also involved in a giant offshore project in Taiwan. Anne Lapierre, who heads the practice globally, is a real powerhouse. She is surrounded by a top team including Christophe Asselineau, Arnaud Bélisaire and Simon Cudennec. Former counsel Eran Chvika joined Pinsent Masons LLP as a partner in March 2020.
‘The team is very focused on the objectives and very collaborative. Whenever we needed an advice they were always there.’
‘We worked with Arnaud Bélisaire and his team. They are very competent in the energy sector and always ready to provide sound legal and commercial advice.’
Moroccan Agency for Sustainable Energy
France > Shipping finance Tier 1
Transport and asset financing continues to be a core area of focus globally at Norton Rose Fulbright, which is reflected in the type of instructions received by the Paris-based team who are able to advise on both English and French law matters. The practice is particularly well versed advising on matters relating to ships, port equipment, offshore equipment and containers. It has noted an increase in demand for assistance with innovative financings of specialised equipment such as LPG and Ethylene carriers, drill and production rights and supply vessels. The team is primarily retained by financial institutions that benefit from the firm's full-service capabilities. It also advises several shipowners where it typically handles tax and corporate matters. Christine Ezcutari, who is a board member of the Women International Shipping and Trading Association, specialises in structured finance. Alexandre Roth handles domestic and international financing.
Other key lawyers:
Bpifrance Assurance Export
Bred Banque Populaire
Crédit Agricole Corporate and Investment Bank
Mauritius Commercial Bank
NYK Group Limited
The team at Norton Rose Fulbright covers general corporate lending and acquisition finance. With capabilities in both English and French law, the department is well placed to advise leading international banks and also counts a large number of export credit agencies as clients. Project financing mandates continue to be a key area for the group, notably in Africa, where it has experience working in Morocco, Cameroon, Cote d'Ivoire, the DRC, Mali and Senegal. Practice head Christine Ezcutari, who is also head of transport for EMEA, regularly acts for large European financial institutions and lessors, specialising in structured finance, and is dual qualified in England and France.
Credit Industriel et Commercial (CIC)
Credit Agricole CIB
Export Development Canada
Moroccan Agency for Sustainable Energy
France > Compliance Tier 2
Norton Rose Fulbright ’s Christian Dargham is very experienced in assisting French and international companies with the setting up of compliance programs, spanning anti-corruption and whistle-blowing issues, and also provides key guidance on international sanctions. Recently, he also assisted several companies facing AFA compliance audits. Matters involving sensitive fraud and corruption allegations in relation to clients' activities in France and overseas, including in the conduct of internal investigations, are another area of strength. Also involved are Marta Giner Asins on competition and EU law compliance work, as well as Nadège Martin for data protection work.
Providing clients with 'expert advice delivered in a concise and commercial style', Norton Rose Fulbright advises clients on major IT transactions, with experience including business process outsourcing, cloud service providers, and payment solution players. As part of a global offering the practice is well placed to advise on cross-border mandates and notably assisted Digicel with the regulatory and contractual elements of its deal with Free in the West Indies. Clients also benefit from the group's data protection and cybersecurity expertise. Leading the team, Nadège Martin is highly sought after for outsourcing and transactional advice by clients in a broad range of sectors such as energy, life sciences, transport and distribution.
‘Sharp skills, an ability to detect in detail the legal consequences that could arise, a keen and very precise sense of legal argumentation, a very secure organization to support the client whatever the circumstances and a wide availability for any request or question.‘
‘Detailed invoicing with a precise summary of the facts giving rise to invoicing, periodic sending of invoices with account balance, adaptation to the digital tools used by the customer.‘
‘Nadège Martin is a remarkable lawyer, very adaptable with a deep technical understanding.‘
‘Expert advice delivered in a concise and commercial style.‘
‘Willing to work with our requirements and systems.‘
Crédit Agricole Payment Services
Crédit Mutuel /Euro Information Telecom
France > Insurance Tier 2
Norton Rose Fulbright draws on its long track record of advising insurers, reinsurers, intermediaries and other stakeholders such as financial institutions to assist with contentious and non-contentious matters at the intersection of corporate and regulatory law. Practice head Bénédicte Denis draws on her extensive experience to act for major French and international clients to advise on a wide range of matters, spanning the creation of new entities, distribution and outsourcing work, the regulatory framework of passporting and permissions, and the development and implementation of new products. Transactional risks insurance constitutes a growing part of the practice. The group's litigation experience ties in well with the practice and includes professional negligence, warranties and indemnities, property and aviation-related disputes.
Other key lawyers:
‘Great expertise in regulations relating to this sector. Beyond the regulations, detailed knowledge of the market practices applied by the various players.’
‘I worked particularly with Bénédicte Denis and Diane Odier who demonstrated throughout the transaction qualities: – technicality (fine knowledge of the sector and its actors) – educational approach (explanation of the main issues to actors who are not necessarily experts) – commercial awareness (very good interactions with our team, understanding of the economic issues and good collaboration with the other counsels around the table).’
‘Bénédicte Denis: Expertise, support, availability.’
‘The corporate and regulatory insurance practice headed by Bénédicte Denis is extremely experienced, deeply knowledgeable of the sector and French market, attentive to the detail and outstanding in drafting. The team is efficient, diligent, responsive, pragmatic and client-focused. They understand our company’s risk appetite and always get the drafting right. They continually strive to ensure that I and others in the in-house team understand the range of options and legal and regulatory implications.’
‘Senior associate Diane Odier is a rising star at the firm. Not only remarkably smart, she is extremely driven, mind-blowingly fast and gives the impression that she cares about our business and protecting it. When I deal with her, I feel like I am her only client (which of course I am not)’
‘Bénédicte Denis is a legal rock star, with unparalleled attention to detail, knowledge of the French (re)insurance market and client management.‘
AnaCap Financial Partners
Norton Rose Fulbright has strength in a wide range of matters involving IT, data protection, and cybersecurity, including the data protections aspects of due diligence for international transactions, advice on cross-border data privacy matters, and general GDPR compliance. The team works closely with global cybersecurity experts, public relations experts, and ransomware negotiators. Additionally, in light of Covid-19, it has seen an uptick in instructions to advise major multinationals on health-related personal data. Nadège Martin leads the team and is noted for the data protection aspects of major IT transactions and software compliance audits.
‘The team has long term expertise and has a broader knowledge than data privacy which expands to general IT and IP matters, including litigation which is very useful for the management of security incidents.’
Norton Rose Fulbright advises pharmaceutical, medical device and biotech companies on every stage of the product life cycle, covering IP, regulatory and transactional work. Marion Roquette-Pfister, who specialises in public law and regulatory matters, represents clients in negotiations with public authorities relating to market access. Marta Giner Asins is the key contact for antitrust issues.
France > Project finance Tier 3
Norton Rose Fulbright’s Marion Roquette-Pfister leads team that has excellent regulatory expertise in the healthcare sector. The practice assists leading pharmaceutical companies and was highly sought after as advisor on the supply of essential drugs and masks during the Covid-19 pandemic. Beyond healthcare, the practice also shows strong public procurement expertise. It is particularly involved in the transport sector where it assisted a leading private company with a major public procurement contract in the rail transport sector. Associate Benjamin Jothy also provides strong support.
Other key lawyers:
‘Exceptional responsiveness, excellent legal reliability even on the most complex public procurement law subjects, very friendly contact. Lawyers are familiar with the corporate world and understand the needs of businesses. The advice is very pragmatic.’
Association Pour le Progrès de la Biologie Médicale (‘APBM’)
Autorité de Régulation des Transports
Ministère de la Transition Ecologique (French Ministry of Transports)
TOTAL MARKETING France
Tokyo Electron Ltd
France > Insolvency Tier 4
Norton Rose Fulbright‘s Philippe Hameau is well known in the field and appointed by debtors, lenders and investors. He is regularly involved in high-profile cases, but also acts in small matters. He has recently been involved in several key matters in the retail and oil industries as well as in Aigle Azur's restructuring and subsequent bankruptcy. Associate Guillaume Rudelle is also noted.
Carlsberg UK Limited
MS Mode France
Sumitomo Mitsui Banking
‘Very strong PE, corporate finance and regulatory team which can offer a one-stop-shop for complex transactions. The team is strong across all levels and we are always confident of great service at value for money.‘
‘Bénédicte Denis is highly impressive – both with regard to her technical skills and commercial negotiations. Time and again she focuses on the most important points of risk and value for us and fight for us on them.‘
‘Responsive and rigorous.‘
‘Its strength lies in its international network and the legal analysis of documents provided is thorough and relevant.‘
‘Availability, efficiency and attention to detail.‘
‘Professional, united, interactive, proactive and efficient team.‘
‘They are able to create a relationship and an excellent working/collaboration climate, which generates trust.‘
Banque Fédérative du Crédit Mutuel
AnaCap Financial Partners
Allianz SE & Allianz Africa
France > Tax Tier 4
Norton Rose Fulbright's tax team runs a strong stand-alone practice, but also advises on the structuring of M&A and finance transactions managed by the firm. Lately, the tax team was involved in several large M&A, private equity and real estate transactions. It notably advised several prestigious leading private banks with the sale of their headquarters and assisted with management tax incentive plans. Practice head Antoine Colonna d’Istria is highly regarded.
Antoine Colonna d’Istria
Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co.
Several French banks (BNPP, SG, CACIB)
Crédit Mutuel/Euro Information
Tunisia > Foreign firms Tier 3
Norton Rose Fulbright covers matters in North Africa from its offices in Casablanca and Paris, where it focuses on a range of M&A and cross-border transactions. Practice head Alain Malek, who also heads the Morocco office, has extensive experience in infrastructure and natural resources projects. Counsel Anne-Laure Bernard-Bouissieres focuses on corporate and banking matters, and counsel Godefroy Le Mintier specialises in M&A.
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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