Alain Gautron > Stephenson Harwood > Paris, France > Lawyer Profile

Stephenson Harwood
48 rue Cambon
75001 Paris
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Alain is a highly established figure in France’s banking and finance sector, with vast experience working on asset finance matters. Ranked as the number one ship finance lawyer in France by the leading legal directories, he also works on all aspects relating to the transportation industry.

Alain acts predominantly in the field of asset finance (ships, corporate jets, industrial equipment, rolling stock), project finance, tax leasing, export credits, acquisition finance, securitisation and commodities financing. He has extensive experience advising banks and other financing institutions, leasing companies, sponsors and operators.

A significant part of Alain’s practice involves the structuring of complex tax-based leasing structures. Together with Stéphane Salou, he has spearheaded the development of these types of products in the French legal market.

In addition to his banking and finance expertise, Alain covers all aspects of the transportation industry including regulatory, acquisitions and restructurings.

Alain speaks English and French and is a member of the Paris, New York and Manitoba (Canada) bars. He has also contributed to the fourth edition of the leading ship finance industry handbook, Shipping Finance.

Lawyer Rankings

France > Shipping finance

(Leading individuals)

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Stephenson Harwood‘s Paris team advises most major French banks on the biggest vessel financings, restructurings, and transactions in the French market. The firm has also developed a collaboration agreement with Burgess, a yacht broker, and Hot Lab, an Italian yacht designer, to develop new financing structures for the working capital needs of Italian yacht builders. Alain Gautron is ‘an absolute market leader in his practice’ and is supported by stand-out senior associate Ezio Dal Maso.

France > Banking and finance: transactional work

Stephenson Harwood‘s team garners praise for its ‘particularly strong expertise in shipping and aviation finance‘, and it also excels in areas such as real estate finance, acquisition finance and asset finance. Working in close collaboration with the firm’s M&A, fund formation and litigation groups, the team regularly acts for leading financial institutions and corporates on domestic and cross-border mandates. The department is jointly led by Alain Gautron, Edward CampbellJeremy Grant, Yann Beckers and Laurence Hanley (who was promoted to partner in May 2021).

Paris > Droit et transport maritime: Financement maritime

(Les grands avocats du marché)

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L’équipe parisienne de Stephenson Harwood conseille la plupart des grandes banques françaises du marché dans leurs grandes opérations de financement, de restructuration et autres transactions portant sur des navires. Le cabinet a aussi conclu des accords de collaboration avec Burgess (yacht broker) et Hot Lab (concepteur italien de yachts) visant à développer de nouveaux schémas de financement.  Alain Gautron est « un grand nom du marché» . Il est secondé par l’excellent collaborateur senior  Ezio Dal Maso.

Paris > Banque et finance: Transactions

Stephenson Harwood est doté d’une «forte expertise en matière de financement maritime et aéronautique». L’équipe affiche également un fort savoir-faire sur les segments du financement immobilier, du financement d’acquisition et plus généralement du financement d’actif. Elle intervient en étroite collaboration avec les départements spécialisés en fusions-acquisitions, formation de fonds et en contentieux du cabinet. L’équipe assiste des institutions financières et des entreprises de premier plan dans des opérations de dimensions nationale et internationale. La pratique est codirigée par  Alain Gautron, Edward CampbellJeremy Grant, Yann Beckers et Laurence Hanley (qui a été promu associé en mai 2021).