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Stephenson Harwood
48 rue Cambon
75001 Paris

Shipping finance Tier 1

Stephenson Harwood 'combines unique expertise in law and tax in France and internationally in the field of maritime financing', allowing the team to assist clients with global matters. The practice offers 'innovative solutions' to major financial institutions, ship operators and transport service providers, including BNP Paribas. Alain Gautron, who has 'a deep knowledge of the maritime sector', advised Compagnie des Pêches de Saint-Malo on the construction and financing of its new vessel Emeraude in a cross-border matter with a high value. Aude de Chavanne, formerly a counsel, left the firm in September 2019.  

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Stephenson Harwood combines unique expertise in law and tax in France and internationally in the field of maritime financing. This alliance allows them to offer innovative solutions to a wide range of situations and problems encountered.

Alain Gautron has a deep knowledge of the maritime sector which allows him to be one step ahead of his colleagues. Stéphane Salou is the essential reference in tax matters for asset financing and especially maritime financing. Ezio Dal Maso shows a great commitment which allows him to deliver high quality documentation, sometimes in very tight timing.

Key clients

BNP Paribas

Jifmar Offshore Services

Sunstone Ships

La Banque Postale

Corsica Ferries

Compagnie Fluviale de Transport (CFT)

Compagnie du Ponant


Compagnie des Pêches Saint Malo





Aviation finance Tier 3

Stephenson Harwood advises clients on pre- and post-delivery financing and restructuring of existing arrangements. The team acts on major financings and restructurings involving French banks, as well as international deals. In one highlight, the team advised Air Cote D'Ivoire on financing three Airbus aircraft and refinancing two existing aircraft, with funding from the public and private sectors of Africa Development Bank. Edward Campbell leads the practice and has particular expertise in structuring transactions in a shari'ah-compliant manner.

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Key clients

Air Côte d’Ivoire (ACI)

Lion Air Group

Merlin Aviation Holdings DAC


Avico Group


Avolon (formerly CIT)


XL Airways France

CIC (Crédit Industriel et Commercial)

Banking and finance: transactional work Tier 3

Stephenson Harwood has 'excellent lawyers with high-level skills and a dedicated approach who are very proactive and listen to clients' needs'. The firm, which has French, English and New York law capability in Paris, climbs the ranking due to the strength of its shipping and aviation finance practice. It has also built up its profile in equity bridge financing and acquisition finance, and it also provides advice on structured finance, real estate finance, factoring, receivables and private placements. Alain Gautron, Edward Campbell and the 'extremely professional and efficientYann Beckers are the lead partners.


Yann Beckers and his team are responsive, calm and demonstrate a very good knowledge of their subject, which allows them to deal with difficult clients.

Yann Beckers knows his subject perfectly. He knows how to be both firm and calm in negotiations, which favours the advancement of discussions despite the difficult issues being addressed.

Yann Beckers is a first-ranking professional with an incredible combination of technical knowledge, human qualities and great sense of the client relationship.

Beyond the exceptional knowhow in banking and finance, Yann Beckers is a warm and considerate professional who really enjoys assisting his client and will make outstanding efforts to reach the client’s objectives. I have known Yann for more than ten years and he stands out as one of the best in the practice.

The team has a deep understanding of the corporate banker’s needs and is able to propose innovative solutions in a timely fashion. It is one of the best teams in Paris and proposes adequate documentation for financing transactions in a way that suits in-house lawyers at banks and corporates clients as well.

In addition to his sound knowledge of the law, which he applies for the practical benefit of our clients, Yann Beckers has an impressive capacity to handle legal concepts and techniques to build innovative legal and financial mechanics. He is a low-profile and a very nice person who is highly appreciated for his human and sensible approach.

Edward Campbell and Maria Miller are both responsive and capable.

Key clients

BNP Paribas


DVB Bank

BPCE Group




CIT Group Inc.

Air Côte d’Ivoire



Euler Hermès


Allied Irish Bank (AIB)


Dispute resolution: Commercial litigation Tier 3

Stephenson Harwood handles a highly diverse and complex caseload, spanning banking, financial, insurance, commercial, industrial and shareholder conflicts disputes. The six-lawyer team often acts in cases involving major international components, involving Iranian, Venezuelan, Chinese and South-Korean clientele, among others. The team is also involved in several international fraud cases and also manages several disputes before African courts. Barthélemy Cousin and Nicolas Demigneux   co-head the practice. Senior associates Pierre Linais and Thibaut Gribelin are also key members.

Key clients

Exxon Mobil

Kellog Brown Root


Société Générale

SNC Lavalin


SG Kleinwort Hambros bank (CI) Limited

Baltic International Bank

Wells Fargo Bank Northwest Trustee

Jinwang Europe and Hunan Jinwang Bismuth Industrial Co.

Banque Européenne d’Investissement (BEI)


Léon de Bruxelles

SAS Degrémont France


Insurance Tier 3

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Société Générale

Société Générale Bank & Trust

EDEIS (ex SNC Lavalin)

Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering Co., Ltd (DSME)

Joseph Dirand Architecture

Mercuria Energy Group

Heerema Marine Contractors Nederland SE

Navigators Underwriting Limited

RSA Group

Private equity: Fund formation Tier 3

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Key clients

Indigo Capital


FFP Invest

Malakoff Médéric

Private equity: LBO Tier 4

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Key clients

Siaci Saint-Honoré

GDE Groupe Ecore

AD Education

Real estate Tier 4

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‘The team is highly reliable.’

Key clients

Zoku International BV


Archer Hotel Capital

Primonial REIM

Groupe Galeries Lafayette / Citynove


Tax Tier 5

Stephenson Harwood

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Stephenson Harwood is a law firm with over 1000 people worldwide, including more than 170 partners. Our people are committed to achieving the goals of our clients – listed and private companies, institutions and individuals.
Comprising ten partners and thirty lawyers, across a range of transactional and contentious disciplines, the Paris office provides to both French and international clients, legal and tax support combining high technical skills with a very pragmatic approach.

From its prominent position in banking and asset finance, the office has developed its capabilities in the areas of corporate, real estate and tax law and offers a litigation practice with particular expertise in insurance and the African region.

Our lawyers fully understand our clients business needs and the issues and risks they face. We pride ourselves on providing business minded and pragmatic advice. Many of our lawyers are qualified in multiple jurisdictions, which ensures a seamless, efficient service on cross-border transactions.

We represent many leading international banks, investment funds, directors and managers, general corporates, ship owners, airlines, rail operators and leasing companies.
We provide a broad range of services including asset finance, project finance, acquisition finance, private equity, investments, mergers and acquisitions, real estate, insolvency and restructuring, litigation, insurances and tax law.

We share an entrepreneurial and innovative vision of the profession. Thanks to our expertise and in-depth knowledge of the market, we embrace a facilitating vision for each new case and are focused on creating value. Synergies with the other offices in the network offer the advantages of an international firm while keeping the agility and flexibility of a Paris office close to its clients.

Department Name Email Telephone
Managing Partner Nicolas Demigneux +33 1 44 15 80 00
Business Development Executive Débora Freitas +33 1 44 15 81 96
Photo Name Position Profile
 Yann Beckers  photo Yann Beckers A banking and finance partner with a focus on acquisition, real estate…
 Guillaume Briant  photo Guillaume Briant A corporate M&A partner in the Paris office, Guillaume advises public and…
 Edward Campbell photo Edward Campbell An asset finance partner with a particular focus on aircraft finance, Edward…
 Olivier Couraud  photo Olivier Couraud Olivier Couraud’s practice covers the tax aspects of a wide range of…
 Barthélemy Cousin  photo Barthélemy Cousin Barthélemy is a litigation expert specialising in international commercial disputes. He is…
 Nicolas Demigneux  photo Nicolas Demigneux A litigation expert, Nicolas specialises in general commercial and insurance litigation, arbitration…
 Alain Gautron photo Alain Gautron Alain is a highly established figure in France’s banking and finance sector,…
 Jeremy Grant  photo Jeremy Grant Jeremy’s practice covers capital markets, structured finance and banking. He has over…
 Tiana Rambatomanga photo Tiana Rambatomanga Tiana is a partner and head of the investment funds practice in Paris. She…
 Pierre-Nicolas Sanzey  photo Pierre-Nicolas Sanzey Real estate partner in the Paris office, Pierre-Nicolas is recognised as an…