Mr Christian Taylor > Simmons & Simmons > Paris, France > Lawyer Profile

Simmons & Simmons
5 BOULEVARD DE LA MADELEINE
75001 PARIS
France

Work Department

Corporate / TMT /Africa

Position

Christian is a member of the corporate and mergers and acquisitions groups in our Paris office. The core of his practice consists of advising on private mergers and acquisitions and joint ventures, with an emphasis on the TMT sector. Most of Christian’s work is cross-border, often involving investments in France or in other French-speaking countries (particularly in Africa). Christian qualified as a solicitor in England and Wales in 1996, and is registered with the Paris bar. He practises both French and English law. His recent work includes: advising Areva on its partnership with KEPCO (Korea Electric Power Corporation) by which KEPCO took a 10% indirect stake in the Imouraren uranium mine in Niger; advising MTN Group on its acquisitions of mobile telecoms operators in Congo Brazzaville and Ivory Coast and advising Ecocem Materials on its joint venture with ArcelorMittal for the production of environmentally friendly cement.

Career

Christian became a partner of Simmons & Simmons in 2007. Prior to joining Simmons & Simmons, he spent over ten years at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer in London and Paris. Christian has been permanently based in Paris since 1998, and is fluent in French.

Languages

English and French

Lawyer Rankings

Paris > Fusions-acquisitions

Simmons & Simmons est pourvu d’une équipe « très diligente et capable de traiter les situations les plus compliquées ». La pratique du cabinet est particulièrement réputée pour son expertise dans quatre secteurs clés: la gestion d’actifs et les fonds d’investissement ; les institutions financières; la santé et les sciences de la vie ; et les télécoms et les nouvelles technologies. Le cabinet développe également sa présence dans le domaine du private equity suite à l’arrivée de  Jérôme Patenotte et de son équipe en provenance de Gowling WLG. La pratique est dirigée par Christian Taylor et comptabilise quatre associés, parmi lesquels Simonetta Giordano dont l’activité est axée sur les secteurs de la santé, des sciences de la vie, de l’énergie et des biens de grande consommation. Moody’s et Black Rock figurent au premier plan dans le portefeuille de clientèle.

France > Mergers and acquisitions

Simmons & Simmons‘ team is ‘very diligent and able to handle complicated situations‘. Best known for its work in four key sectors – asset management and investment funds, financial institutions, life sciences and healthcare, and TMT – the firm is also increasingly strong in the private equity space with the arrival of Jérôme Patenotte and his team from Gowling WLG. Christian Taylor now leads a four-partner practice, in which Simonetta Giordano focuses on deals in the healthcare, life sciences, energy and consumer goods sectors. Moody’s and BlackRock are among the firm’s key clients.