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Stephenson Harwood
48 rue Cambon
75001 Paris

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.

Practice head(s):

Alain Gautron

Other key lawyers:

Ezio Dal Maso

Key clients

BNP Paribas

Compagnie du Ponant

Sunstone Ships

Rubis Energie

Jifmar Offshore Services

Compagnie Fluviale de Transport (CFT)


Corsica Ferries




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.

Practice head(s):

Key clients

Air Côte d’Ivoire (ACI)

Lion Air Group


Avico Group


Avolon (formerly CIT)


BBAM Aircraft Leasing & Management

CIC (Crédit Industriel et Commercial)

Merx Aviation Servicing Limited

Macquarie AirFinance

BOC Aviation Limited

Close Brothers Limited


Acofi Gestion

Capital markets: debt capital markets Tier 2

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.

Practice head(s):


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.’

Key clients


Halyk Bank

Banking and finance: transactional work Tier 3

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.

Key clients

BNP Paribas


La Banque Postale

BPCE Group





CIT Group Inc.

Air Côte d’Ivoire



Euler Hermès


Allied Irish Bank (AIB)


BNP Paribas Agility

Insurance Tier 3

Practice head(s):


‘Responsiveness. International knowledge of the subject.’

Key clients



Société Générale

RSA Group

EDEIS (former SNC Lavalin)

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


Mercuria Energy Group

Heerema Marine Contractors Nederland SE

Navigators Underwriting Limited

RSA Luxembourg

Joseph Dirand Architecture

Degrémont France

Private equity: Fund formation Tier 3

Practice head(s):

Tiana Rambatomanga


‘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.’

Key clients

CNP Assurances


European Investment Bank

FFP Invest

Indigo Capital

Access Capital Partners

Idinvest Partners

Horizon AM

EDF Invest

Selwood Asset Management


Five Arrows Managers (Arolla)

Dispute resolution: Commercial litigation Tier 4

Stephenson Harwood

Practice head(s):

Nicolas Demigneux

Key clients

Société Générale


Kellog Brown Root


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)


SAS Degrémont France

Léon de Bruxelles


Groupe Bertrand

RSA Luxembourg

La Halle Buying Office Limited


Ciel Voyage

Transportation Partners

Joseph Dirand Architecture

Tax Tier 5

Practice head(s):

Olivier Couraud


‘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.’

Key clients


Mata Capital

Free 2 Move (formerly Mhiri Innovation)

Les Echos – Le Parisien Group / LVMH

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…
 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…
 Jean-Julien Lemonnier  photo Jean-Julien Lemonnier Partner
 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…