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Stephenson Harwood Offices
48 rue Cambon
Stephenson Harwood > The Legal 500 Rankings
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.
‘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.‘
Jifmar Offshore Services
La Banque Postale
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.
Air Côte d’Ivoire (ACI)
Lion Air Group
Merlin Aviation Holdings DAC
Avolon (formerly CIT)
XL Airways France
CIC (Crédit Industriel et Commercial)
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 efficient' Yann 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.‘
CIT Group Inc.
Air Côte d’Ivoire
Allied Irish Bank (AIB)
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.
Kellog Brown Root
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
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
Private equity: LBO Tier 4
GDE Groupe Ecore
Real estate Tier 4
‘The team is highly reliable.’
Zoku International BV
Archer Hotel Capital
Groupe Galeries Lafayette / Citynove
Stephenson Harwood > Firm Profile
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.
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