Firm Profile > Stephenson Harwood > Paris, France
Stephenson Harwood Offices
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Stephenson Harwood > The Legal 500 Rankings
Shipping finance Tier 1
Stephenson Harwood acts on major vessel financings and restructurings in the domestic and international market, working in close tandem with the firm's offices in key maritime jurisdictions such as China, London, Dubai, Piraeus, Singapore and Seoul. Retained by several leading French banks including BNP Paribas and CIC, it provides advice relating to the full range of asset finance matters. Alain Gautron, who sits on the Board of Directors of the French Maritime Institute, a French think tank involved in determining policies for the future development of industries related to the maritime sectors in France, leads the department. He is assisted by senior associate Ezio Dal Maso, who is well versed in all areas of commercial shipping, cruises, super yachts and business jets.
Other key lawyers:
Ezio Dal Maso
Compagnie du Ponant
Jifmar Offshore Services
Compagnie Fluviale de Transport (CFT)
Caisse d’Epargne Ile de France
Aviation finance Tier 2
Stephenson Harwood acts on major aircraft financings involving French banks, where the firm's network of offices in key aviation jurisdictions facilitates international transactions. Other work for the team includes acting as French counsel on asset-backed securitisations and representing operating lessors in relation to operating leases, financings, sales and leasebacks. Department head Edward Campbell is qualified in England, New York and France, and as well as his broad transactional expertise, is experienced in structuring deals on shari-ah based principles.
Air Côte d’Ivoire (ACI)
Lion Air Group
Avolon (formerly CIT)
BBAM Aircraft Leasing & Management
CIC (Crédit Industriel et Commercial)
Merx Aviation Servicing Limited
BOC Aviation Limited
Close Brothers Limited
Since the October-2019 arrival of Jeremy Grant as practice head at Stephenson Harwood, the firm has become a popular choice for debt capital market matters in Paris. The dual-qualified (France / England and Wales) Grant and his team are very well versed in cross-border matters, on which they regularly collaborate with their colleagues from offices abroad (notably those in London, Singapore and Hong Kong). Clients also benefit from the group's experience in matters involving the other Paris-based departments, such as real estate, fund formation, and finance.
‘Jeremy Grant and his team are not only capital market experts, including the regulatory framework and related matters, but are also able to operate under very tight deadlines and to deliver exceptionally good work even in sensitive times. We have worked with several renowned law firms and have never been as satisfied as we are with Jeremy Grant and his team.‘
‘Jeremy Grant is an outstanding counsel in the best sense of the word. Responsive, connected, creative and close to the constraints and interests of his clients, particularly on related regulatory issues. Jeremy is definitely the lawyer you want by your side on your debt issues.’
Stephenson Harwood stands out for its 'excellent coordination between European desks', which is enhanced by the firm's ability to field English, New York and French law capabilities from its Paris office. Best known for its expertise in shipping and aviation finance, the department has also developed a highly regarded equity bridge financing and acquisition finance practice. Alain Gautron is the key contact for aviation finance and Edward Campbell is a go-to name for shipping finance. Structured finance specialists Yann Beckers and Jeremy Grant make up the rest of the leadership group.
‘Excellent coordination between European desks.‘
‘Yann Beckers is patient with his clients and quickly ascertains their needs.‘
‘Alain Gautron is a very smart, impressive and prominent lawyer focusing on complex cross-border shipping transactions, financings and restructurings.
‘Best firm for the shipping financing.‘
‘The team was of great help in the negotiation of complex financing for two of our investment funds. They helped us from the very beginning in early negotiations and were key in providing the required legal advice and documentation in an efficient manner.‘
‘Yann Beckers’ extensive experience allowed us to negotiate in a pragmatic manner without wasting time on unnecessary legal debates.‘
‘Stephenson Harwood is very professional and brings elevated attention to the client.‘
La Banque Postale
CIT Group Inc.
Air Côte d’Ivoire
Allied Irish Bank (AIB)
BNP Paribas Agility
Insurance Tier 3
‘Responsiveness. International knowledge of the subject.’
EDEIS (former SNC Lavalin)
Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering Co., Ltd (DSME)
Mercuria Energy Group
Heerema Marine Contractors Nederland SE
Navigators Underwriting Limited
Joseph Dirand Architecture
‘An efficient, available and pragmatic team.’
‘Tiana Rambatomanga is always reachable and her expertise in the world of investment funds makes her an invaluable adviser for an investor.’
European Investment Bank
Access Capital Partners
Selwood Asset Management
Five Arrows Managers (Arolla)
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)
SAS Degrémont France
Léon de Bruxelles
La Halle Buying Office Limited
Joseph Dirand Architecture
Tax Tier 5
‘Excellent value for money; advices is appropriate and response time is well adapted.’
‘Olivier Couraud is recommended for his overall understanding of problems and his ability to explain tax matter to non-specialists.’
‘Olivier Couraud is clearly outstanding; he goes beyond the ‘traditional’ tax advice and he seeks to understand other tax systems to determine the best strategies. In my experience very few lawyers do that as fluently as he does.’
Free 2 Move (formerly Mhiri Innovation)
Les Echos – Le Parisien Group / LVMH
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.
|Yann Beckers||A banking and finance partner with a focus on acquisition, real estate…||View Profile|
|Guillaume Briant||A corporate M&A partner in the Paris office, Guillaume advises public and…||View Profile|
|Edward Campbell||An asset finance partner with a particular focus on aircraft finance, Edward…||View Profile|
|Olivier Couraud||Olivier Couraud’s practice covers the tax aspects of a wide range of…||View Profile|
|Nicolas Demigneux||A litigation expert, Nicolas specialises in general commercial and insurance litigation, arbitration…||View Profile|
|Alain Gautron||Alain is a highly established figure in France’s banking and finance sector,…||View Profile|
|Jeremy Grant||Jeremy’s practice covers capital markets, structured finance and banking. He has over…||View Profile|
|Jean-Julien Lemonnier||Partner||View Profile|
|Tiana Rambatomanga||Tiana is a partner and head of the investment funds practice in Paris. She…||View Profile|
|Pierre-Nicolas Sanzey||Real estate partner in the Paris office, Pierre-Nicolas is recognised as an…||View Profile|
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