Firm Profile > Orrick Rambaud Martel > Paris, France

Orrick Rambaud Martel
31 AVENUE PIERRE, 1ER DE SERBIE
CEDEX 16, 75782 PARIS
France

Derivatives and structured finance Tier 1

Complex structured finance transactions, particularly large securitisations of financial assets and cross-border transactions, constitute the core pillar of Orrick Rambaud Martel's structured finance and securitisation practice. Covered bonds, the securitisation of auto loans, RMBS and CMBS transactions, the securitisation of entire businesses, synthetic securitisation deals and transactions involving non-performing loans are all areas in which the team demonstrates expertise. Practice head Hervé Touraine and his team, -especially Olivier Bernard - also contribute to the development of the sector's regulatory framework in France, primarily through Touraine's role as chairman of the Securitisation Commission of Paris. In addition to an already impressive client roster that includes major financial institutions as well as corporates, the group has attracted a number of new clients recently, steadily gaining market share.

Practice head(s):

Other key lawyers:

Olivier Bernard; Carine Mou Si Yan; Judith Rousvoal

Testimonials

‘The Orrick Paris securitization and structured finance team supported us on several operations, each time demonstrating great availability as well as a great ability to respond to new issues while enlightening clients on the practices of market.’

‘Olivier Bernard combines great technical competence, availability and pragmatism. Associate Aurélien Parent is already a reliable interlocutor and a lawyer whom it is appreciable to have on your files’

‘Hervé Touraine is distinguished by his extraordinary experience accumulated over the years; he knows the securitisation market and its various players extremely well. He manages to take a step back on issues and is always constructive in the search for innovative solutions. Olivier Bernard is an excellent technician and lawyer; he now has solid experience in the securitisation market. He always remains calm, courteous and constructive in negotiations. Olivier and Hervé undoubtedly form the most competent and experienced duo in the Parisian securitisation market. They are accompanied by a well-trained and competent team and they know how to be available as soon as the need arises. Laure Seror, Olivier’s collaborator, is a talented lawyer. She is very responsive and manages her files and schedule perfectly, even when time is tight. She knows how to be very convincing in negotiations with clients and knows how to defend the interests of her client very well.’

Key clients

BNP Paribas

Crédit Agricole Corporate and Investment BankCrédit Agricole Consumer Finance

La Banque Postale

BPCE

Morgan Stanley

SANEF

Axa Banque

Natixis

Dispute resolution: Commercial litigation Tier 1

Orrick Rambaud Martel’s highly experienced team is able to deal with a broad range of highly challenging cases. Leading French and international corporations frequently instruct the firm, notably for high-stakes disputes in relation to restructuring and insolvency cases that raise highly complex corporate and restructuring law issues. The team recently won a precedent-setting victory for client DNCA, the second largest shareholder of CGG, before the Supreme Court which ruled that minority bonds holders can only challenge safeguard proceedings before French courts in a very limited number of circumstances. The practice is also handling a good amount of commercial cases, including the headline-grabbing representation of SFR in launching a €2.8bn damage claim against Orange following an anti-competitive practice condemnation of the latter by the French Competition Authority. The practice is also well versed in dealing with shareholder conflicts and corporate director liability cases. Practice head Frédéric Lalance and market-leading senior figure Jean-Pierre Martel are well known in the field.

Practice head(s):

Frédéric Lalance

Other key lawyers:

Jean-Pierre Martel

Testimonials

This firm shows good initiative and provides good advice.’

‘Responsiveness and strength of proposal distinguish this firm from its competitors.’

Key clients

Air Liquide

Arcole Industries

BpiFrance

Bureau Veritas

Consortium de Réalisation

Coriolis

Crédit Agricole

Diane Wildenstein

DNCA

Elliott

ENEL

Etablissements Peugeot Frères

Eurotitrisation

GIMV

Natixis

Nvidia

Opel Bank

Production Resources Group

PwC

Rothschild & Cie

Dispute resolution: Stock market litigation Tier 1

Orrick Rambaud Martel is regularly involved in high-profile disputes pertaining to insider dealing, stock market price manipulation, misleading information and shareholder activism issues. The firm acts for major listed companies and multinational investment firms and was involved in a number of landmark disputes. It also acts in judicial recourse proceedings led against AMF decisions. Jean-Pierre Martel and Alexis Marraud des Grottes are excellent litigators.

Other key lawyers:

Jean-Pierre Martel; Alexis Marraud des Grottes

Key clients

DNCA

Elliott Capital Advisors

Iliad

Mercialys

Officiis Properties

Bastide Le Confort Medical

L’Oréal

Employment Tier 1

Orrick Rambaud Martel has enjoyed a very high level of activity advising both existing and new clients on major restructuring projects, directly or not directly linked to the Covid-19 crisis. The practice notably handled landmark work for Air France whom it assisted with several downsizing plans concerning over 2,000 employees, as well as key client AXA IM with its landmark transformation project. The team also completed major M&A work. Practice head Emmanuel Bénard ranks among the best in his field. Nadège Owen is the second key member, while Hélène Boukez was promoted of counsel in early 2020.

Practice head(s):

Emmanuel Bénard

Other key lawyers:

Nadège Owen; Hélène Boukez

Testimonials

‘Emmanuel Bénard provides excellent advice; he has a precise, calm and reassuring style and communication skills, and the ability to make legal concepts accessible to non-lawyers. He is solution-oriented and extremely available and responsive at key moments.’

‘Emmanuel Bénard and his team are excellent professionals with solid expertise in employment law. Other team members, such as Nadège Owen, are also excellent professionals with a very strong work capacity, commitment and a very good level of expertise in employment law.’

‘This firm has professionals who understand business and provide advice and solutions that facilitate choice-making. Their lawyers know how to light the way and offer solutions to reduce or avoid risks. Their professionals are endowed with a great depth of experience in many sectors and varied contexts, which makes them experienced advisers who base their advice on a wide variety of situations already experienced and supplemented by a great knowledge of business contexts. It is extremely reassuring for the client.’

‘What strikes me about lawyers in this practice is their closeness to the client and to the client’s business. It is as if they have known us forever. I know few lawyers who give me this impression of understanding everything. They have exceptional competence that I have never found in competitors and above all the ability to understand subjects as if they were from within.’

Key clients

La Banque Postale

AXA IM

La Saur

SoLocal

Crédit Agricole

BT

Trax Retail

Getaround

Splunk

Aswo

Lime

Bright Machines

Air France

Forensic Risk Alliance

Industry focus: Energy Tier 1

Orrick Rambaud Martel runs a very prominent practice in France, with the public law team active in large and innovative renewables energy work, spanning offshore and onshore wind, solar, biomass, geothermic, hydrogen and hydroelectricity projects. It is advising the French government on all of France’s landmark offshore wind projects including on the launching of a new call for tender for a 1GW offshore wind farm project in Normandy - France’s largest offshore project to date. The group also handles high-profile financings of new projects and offers experience in corporate PPA. Public law experts, senior counsel Noël Chahid-Nouraï and Geoffroy Berthon are highly recommended. On the international scene, the firm has a strong francophone African practice which assists sponsors undertaking various power, hydroelectric, solar and off-grid projects. The practice also handles brownfield work, for example in Brazil. Practice head Yves Lepage and of counsel Foucaud Jaulin are the key names for international work. Jean-Luc Champy and Amaury de Feydeau joined White & Case LLP in early 2020.

Practice head(s):

Yves Lepage

Other key lawyers:

Noël Chahid-Nouraï; Geoffroy Berthon; Foucaud Jaulin

Testimonials

‘The team led by Me Lepage and which also includes Foucaud Jaulin has extensive experience in the energy sector and OHADA regulation. Availability, humility and above all competence are elements which that I find notable in the practice.’

‘The team has a real knowledge of the environment in which the projects are carried out, including the cultural context, and always seeks a pragmatic, but nevertheless rigorous solution to solve the difficult issues.’

‘Orrick lawyers bring genuine technical skill and experience, which is appreciated by all parties, not just by their clients. They earn the trust (and it is deserved) of all parties, which makes the discussion much easier. I am thinking in particular of Foucaud Jaulin and Yves Lepage.’

‘The team has local experience of the countries in which we work or seek to work and a good professional expertise on all subjects related to infrastructure concessions.’

‘Yves Lepage and his team have excellent technical knowledge of the subjects and keen business sense. Yves is much more than a lawyer for his clients, he is a business partner.’

‘Extremely knowledgeable of both legal and commercial market practices; very responsive and dependable; delivers a high quality work product on time.’

‘In-depth understanding of market practice with a huge amount of experience. Go-to firm for francophone energy transactions. The team is very user-friendly.’

‘Yves Lepage is a trusted adviser; practical and highly dependable’.

‘Jaulin Foucaud is a quality and knowledgeable counsel with in-depth market knowledge and a commercial attitude.’

Key clients

The French Government

Crédit Agricole

CDC Group Plc

ENEO

Société Générale

Voltalia

Republic of Mali

Eranove Group

Engie

Geogas LNG

Africa50

EOS Holding

Romande Energie

La Banque des Territoires (Caisse des Dépôts Group)

TERÉGA (formerly known as TIGF)

Voigt & Collegen

Administrative and public law Tier 2

Orrick Rambaud Martel’s team has extensive experience advising on major public procurement projects, including several landmark projects in the rail and metro sectors. The team is also a leading name for high-profile energy projects, especially significant offshore projects.  Finally, the practice is also recognised for its strength in complex litigation, notably in relation to major public procurements, and offers experience in managing complex issues regarding motorway tariffs. Data protection is also dealt with. The practice is now co-headed by Geoffroy Berthon, who made partner early 2020, and senior counsel Noël Chahid-Nouraï, following the departure of Jean-Luc Champy to White & Case LLP in 2020.

Practice head(s):

Geoffroy Berthon; Noël Chahid-Nouraï

Testimonials

‘Orrick Rambaud Martel’s public and administrative law team is a young, friendly and dynamic team. The team is competent and able to deal with varied and complex environments.’

‘I work with Geoffroy Berthon who is a young talented partner. An excellent technician, he is able to deliver sound advice. With a very large workforce, he is available and attentive.’

‘Effective and efficient practice, fair and rapid in its assessments and responses, measured and able to keep in mind the challenges of a project to preserve its fundamentals and its accessories.’

‘Geoffroy Berthon is a leading lawyer: his involvement, his understanding of projects, the accuracy of his interventions in negotiations, his intelligence of the situation and the excellence of his writing are major assets for a case.’

Key clients

Allianz Global Investors

Bolloré Transport & Logistics

Bouygues Construction

Caisse Des Dépôts et Consignations

DIF Capital Partners

EGIS

EOS

Fayat

French Government – Ministère de la Transition écologique et solidaire

Heuliez Bus

Icade

ICT France

Iveco

SAUR

Société Générale

EU, competition and distribution Tier 2

With experience advising leading French and international tech companies and other multinationals, Orrick Rambaud Martel has acted on several precedent-setting recent cases. The team has a broad practice spanning merger control, high-profile antitrust litigation, and investigations, as well as particular strength in follow-on damages claims, state aid, and EU regulatory matters. Practice leader Patrick Hubert is highly experienced across all areas of French and EU competition law. Marie-Laure Combet was promoted to partner in 2019 and has notable expertise in cartel investigations. Counsel Malik Idri specialises in abuse of dominant position cases with a focus on regulated sectors.

Practice head(s):

Patrick Hubert

Other key lawyers:

Marie-Laure Combet; Malik Idri

Testimonials

Patrick Hubert has remarkable experience in competition law at a European and global level.’

‘Patrick Hubert has a remarkable experience in all the subjects which concern us, he is always available, very present on the files and his collaborators are always of high quality and rigour.’

‘The team’s strength is its in-depth expertise across mergers, antitrust and state aid – the team’s knowledge of French law, combined with their deep knowledge and contacts with the European Commission, means that the advice that they provide to clients is exceptionally high quality.’

‘I would definitely highlight Marie-Laure Combet as Orrick’s stand-out partner on competition matters. She has in-depth experience of all aspects of French and European competition law, and significant experience in litigation before the European courts. In particular, she excels on state aid matters, and is one of the top names in France in this area. Marie-Laure also stands out for understanding the clients’ perspective, whilst at the same time, she is able to communicate complex matters in terms that can be clearly understood by clients.’

‘Orrick’s practice in competition law is unique in that it is distinguished by the personality of Patrick Hubert, a recognized expert in competition law in Paris and Europe. Before becoming a lawyer, Patrick held the position of General Rapporteur of the Competition Authority and had a career in the public service, which gives him a unique knowledge of competition authorities that is not shared by the most of his counterparts in other firms. Through his deep and rich experience in the field and his varied professional experience, he brings innovative solutions to his clients and understands the challenges, including in terms of strategy, with which his clients are confronted.’

‘Marie-Laure Combet, a new partner in her team but who has worked with Patrick for many years, has extensive experience in competition law having worked on large-scale cases concerning cartels, abuse of a dominant position, mergers and financial aid.’

Key clients

AXA REIM France

iQera

EDF

Goldman Sachs

Naturex

Randstad

Royal Mail Group Ltd

SFR

Syma

Biogaran (Servier Group)

Chantiers de l’Atlantique

Private equity: venture/growth capital Tier 2

Orrick Rambaud Martel gained a new partner with the promotion of Olivier Vuillod in January 2020 and attracted a number of new clients despite the challenges presented by the onset of the Covid-19 crisis. The firm's French desk in Silicon Valley, its longstanding experience in domestic and cross-border matters and the well-rounded nature of its practice (that includes advising on both investor-side and target company-side mandates), make the team a highly popular choice for the full range of venture and growth capital transactions. The lead trio consists of Benjamin Cichostepski and senior counsel Olivier Edwards (who splits his time between France and California) - the pair co-heading the Silicon Valley French desk; and Vuillod, the 10-strong team's most recent partner addition.  

Practice head(s):

Benjamin Cichostepski; Olivier Edwards; Olivier Vuillod

Testimonials

‘This team offers a wide range of legal skills. Able to adapt to all levels of their interlocutors, the Orrick team (and Olivier Edwards in particular) is always very appreciated by the managers which is one of the reasons why I recommend them systematically. Their knowledge of the practices and players in the world of VC in France and the USA makes them an essential adviser for any ambitious start-up or unicorn.’

‘I mainly work with Olivier Edwards and his team (including Olivier Vuillod and Etienne Boursican). Olivier is a fount of legal knowledge. Plus, he literally knows VCs all over the world (whom he has often worked with in his long career). Supported by a team of very high-level specialists, Orrick has a team with which I try to work as often as possible.’

Key clients

Acinq

Airbus Ventures

Alan

Algolia

Ambler

AnotherBrain

Astanor

Atlantic Bridge

Bellman

Blossom Capital

Bpifrance

Cathay Capital

Checkmyguest

Dataiku

Diamond Edge Venture

Five Seasons Venture

Gitguardian

Hardware Club

Ibanfirst

Illicopro (Matera)

Inato

Iris Capital

Jow

Kaiko Challenger Deep

Kowffice

Kreos Capital

Lalilo

Livestorm

Luko

Majelan

Monisnap

NGP Capital

Pegascy

Raise Capital

Saagie

Serena Capital

ShipFix

Shipup

SimpliField

Sorare

Strapi

Virgil

Volta Medical

Xange Private Equity

Zyl

Project finance Tier 2

Orrick Rambaud Martel combines excellent French and African project abilities. In France, the team advises sponsors and lenders on large road, building and rail infrastructure projects. It is notably assisted the winning consortium with the awarding of the Olympic Village construction project in Paris. The team is also heavily involved in energy projects as adviser to the French state on several offshore projects. In Africa, the practice acts for sponsors, lenders and state entities on various airport, road, power, hydroelectric and solar projects. It is notably advising Eranove on several projects. Project partner Yves Lepage, the expert public law duo composed of senior counsel Noël Chahid-Nouraï and Geoffroy Berthon, who made partner in 2020, finance partner Carine Mou Si Yan and corporate partner Patrick Tardivy are the key contacts. Of counsel Foucaud Jaulin is also involved. Jean-Luc Champy went to White & Case LLP and Nicholas George to Dentons in 2020.

Practice head(s):

Yves Lepage; Carine Mou Si Yan; Patrick Tardivy

Other key lawyers:

Noël Chahid-Nouraï; Geoffroy Berthon; Foucaud Jaulin

Testimonials

‘Orrick Rambaud Martel has long experience in project financing in many sectors. The team is responsive, professional, agile and expert.’

‘Yves Lepage and Foucaud Jeulin are very attentive, proactive and very responsive.’

‘The team has rich experience in complex international operations. Their professional capacities no longer need to be demonstrated, their ability to always offer pragmatic advice in all situations as well as their human qualities make them a real asset in difficult negotiations.’

‘Orrick Rambaud Martel’s team is solid and capable of dealing with varied and complex environments, particularly in Africa.’

‘Geoffroy Berthon is a young talented partner. An excellent technician, he is able to deliver sound advice. He is available and attentive.’

‘Efficient and effective team, fair and quick in its assessments and responses, measured and able to keep in mind the challenges of a project to preserve its fundamentals and its accessories.’

‘Geoffroy Berthon is a first-rate lawyer: his involvement, his understanding of projects, the accuracy of his interventions in negotiations, his understanding of the situation and the excellence of his writing are major assets for a project.’

Key clients

3i Group Plc

The French Government

Caisse des Dépôts et Consignations (CDC)

Republic of Mali

Société Générale

Colas

Africa50

Fayat

Voltalia

Aéroports de Paris

ENEO

Eranove Group

Icade Promotion

La Banque des Territoires

Eurofiber

TERÉGA

Banking and finance: transactional work Tier 3

Orrick Rambaud Martel fields a practice which is particularly active in the infrastructure finance sector. The department is also active in acquisition finance, debt refinancing and restructuring mandates. Hervé Touraine leads the group from Geneva. Emmanuel Ringeval left the practice.

Practice head(s):

Testimonials

Financing requires both technical knowledge and market understanding as well as a pragmatic approach. Orrick possesses all these assets.

Key clients

Biom’up

Amundi Asset Management

Louis Dreyfus Company

Groupe Bertrand

Equinix Hyperscale 1 Holdings BV

Fraikin

BNP Paribas

Société Générale

la Banque Postale

Crédit Agricole Corporate and Investment Bank

Oaktree

Dispute resolution: International arbitration Tier 3

Orrick Rambaud Martel‘s strong team manages a busy investment and commercial arbitration caseload. The firm recently received a series of new ICSID mandates. Although the group most often acts for investors, it was recently retained by the Democratic Republic of Congo to assist with a $60m ICSID dispute with a Kuwaiti investor in the telecommunications sector. In commercial arbitration, the practice manages a varied range of cases, including a golf and hotel project in the Middle-East. Michael Bühler, who serves as global co-head of the firm’s international practice, and Charles Kaplan are the key names in the practice and both regularly also seat as arbitrators. Also recommended are Nicole Dolenz, and associates Tunde Oyewole  and Anne-Sophie Gidoin. The Geneva-based Charles Adams is the other co-head of the practice.

Practice head(s):

Charles Adams; Michael Bühler

Other key lawyers:

Charles Kaplan; Nicole Dolenz; Tunde Oyewole; Anne-Sophie Gidoin

Testimonials

‘Quick response, deep knowledge of the market and high legal standing. Availability even at short notice.’

‘Charles Kaplan demonstrates profound experience and skills, especially in  terms of strategy and tactics. His activity as an arbitrator is fundamental in preparing cases. He also fully understands clients.’

‘Michael Bühler is an excellent lawyer with great experience and good reputation in the world of international arbitration.’

‘Nicole Dolenz has excellent understanding of complex technical matters.’

‘Very good ability to grasp issues and to hold solid legal positions to influence the resolution of disputes.’

‘Charles Kaplan is available and impactful.’

‘Charles Kaplan and Tunde Oyewole are in the details of the case at any given time and work on the submissions themselves. Therefore quality in details is very high as there is no loss of information down the road from the window dressing partner to the back office working associate and vice versa. The team members are easily reachable and matters which need further discussion are openly discussed and turned around for the best solution possible. The drafting is always well ahead of the deadline and can therefore be reviewed in peace by the client. They provide clear strategies with pros and cons clearly identified and invite the client to actively participate in solution finding.’

‘Charles Kaplan and Tunde Oyewole are both extremely smart and stand out in their field with detailed knowledge of the commercials underlying the case. Since both are multilingual in speaking and able to read even more languages, they are often able to pick details up that might have been lost with a translation. Client suggestions are not brushed away, but freely discussed for benefit purposes. Their work is very effective which holds costs in check.’

Key clients

Democratic Republic of Congo

Gazprom

OHADA

ENGIE

Nexans

Total

Enel

Tamagot Bumi and Bumi Mauritania

Safran (Groupe)

Voigt & Collegen

Mergers and acquisitions Tier 3

Orrick Rambaud Martel occupies a prominent place in the tech, telecoms, energy and infrastructure sectors, often acting on transformational mandates, which includes advising Saur on its acquisition of the Nijhuis Industries. Inbound and outbound transactions are routinely undertaken, as are public and private M&A deals. The department is most active in the mid-cap and large-cap segments, and is retained by domestic and global corporations including BT, Euro Disney and AXA IM. Olivier Jouffroy arrived from Clifford Chance in April 2020, bringing with him a broad corporate practice. Patrick Tardivy, Jean-Pierre Martel and George Rigo lead the team.

Other key lawyers:

Olivier Jouffroy

Testimonials

Technical, reactive. available and commercial.

Patrick Tardivy has very good knowledge of retail and is very good at negotiation.

Excellent technical level, expertise and experience of the team, particularly in stock market law.

Alexis Marraud des Grottes: always available and providing sound advice.

Fast, efficient and service-minded.

Olivier Jouffroy is an outstanding adviser for M&A and private equity. He is hard-working and efficient and exceptionally service minded.

Key clients

Assystem

Auchan

AXA IM

BT Group Plc

EOS Holding

EPF & FFP

Euro Disney

Getaround

Groupe Bertrand

Hemeria

Jaguar Network

Mercialys

Michelin

Naturex

Nexeya

Saur

SIB (Société d’Investissement Bastide)

STOA S.A.

TRAX Retail

Zodiac

Private equity: LBO Tier 3

Practice head(s):

Patrick Tardivy

Other key lawyers:

Olivier Jouffroy

Key clients

3i Infrastructures

Advent International 3i

Capzanine 3i

AXA Reim 3i

CNP Assurances 3i

DIF Capital Partners

EOS Holding

Impax Asset Management

LBO France

Malakoff Médéric

Schröders

Société Générale Insurance

TVM Capital Life Science

Tax Tier 3

Orrick Rambaud Martel‘s team combines two strong fields of expertise: well-established transactional tax expertise which regularly advises on the structuring of M&A, private equity and financing transactions led by the corporate team, with Anne-Sophie Kerfant and Charles Briand as the key names, and a strong stand-alone activity, developed by Laurent Olléon, a former Conseil d’Etat’s member who joined the ranks in 2018. Olléon assists leading French companies with complex advisory and controversy work, such as assessing companies’ tax risks or success chances of recourses that could be initiated against the French administration. He also assists with tax controversies and recently worked on several matters concerning local tax matters.

Practice head(s):

Anne-Sophie Kerfant

Other key lawyers:

Charles Briand; Laurent Olléon

Testimonials

‘Strong technical and innovative abilities.’

‘They meet all of our professional requirements.’

‘Anne-Sophie Kerfant and Olivier Vuillod have absolutely all the qualities I am looking for.’

‘The strength of Anne-Sophie Kerfant and her team probably lies in their transversal tax culture, ranging from transactional to asset management, including litigation and venture capital.’

‘Anne-Sophie Kerfant is a very bright, thoughtful and innovative lawyer. She knows how to choose the right solution and is a fine strategist.’

‘Laurent Olléon immediately found his place among the best tax practitioners in Paris and is very appreciated not only by his colleagues, but also by his clients.’

‘Their motivation and creativity to find solutions, not problems, is a strength.’

‘Maître Laurent Olléon is a former public rapporteur at the Conseil d’Etat. He is technically very, very good. Moreover, he is extremely pedagogical.’

‘Maître Olléon is very available.’

Key clients

Carrefour

Danone

Hachette Livre

Veolia Environnement

Vivendi

Akiem

Dassault Systèmes

Axa-REIM France

BPCE Group

BT Group

Cisco Systems

DIF

Equinix Hyperscale 1 Holdings BV

montanSOLAR GmbH

Natixis

Société Générale

SNCF

Tenergie

Toulouse Football Club

Advanced Accelerator Applications

Advent International

Air Liquide

Assystem

BCBG Max Azria

Biom’Up

DRT

Dufour Yachts

Ferroglobe

Hivy

Kosc

Naturex

Nexeya

Renault

RTE

Wildenstein

Capital markets: equity capital markets Tier 4

Orrick Rambaud Martel

Key clients

Scor

Accor

Bryan Garnier & Co

PrimaryBid

Sequans Communications

Metabolic Explorer

Emova Group

Elior

The firm: Founded in San Francisco 150 years ago, Orrick is a leading global law firm with a particular focus on serving companies in the technology, energy, infrastructure and financial sectors. The firm is recognised worldwide for delivering the highest quality, commercially oriented legal advice.

France – Our Paris team, known as Orrick Rambaud Martel, is one of the premier international law practices in France. Our team is called on by the largest French and international financial institutions, infrastructure funds, CAC 40 companies, high-growth startups and international companies. Clients turn to our team on the deals, projects and disputes that are shaping the French economy.

Our leadership in the French market dates back a decade, when we combined with Rambaud Martel, one of Paris’s pre-eminent corporate law firms.

Corporate and Tech

We have played a role in many of the most innovative French corporate transactions of recent years. We advised Alstom’s board on the $13.5 billion sale of the company’s power generation business to General Electric, one of the most complex and closely watched M&A transactions in France, which was named European M&A “deal of the year” by IFLR. The Peugeot family turned to our Corporate team for a $3.4 billion (€3 billion) capital raise that involved a joint venture with China’s Dongfeng Motor Group. And L’Oréal sought our advice on its $6.8 billion (€6 billion) stock buyback.

We’re also the leading firm in France’s tech market, advising on venture financings and some of the most noteworthy strategic combinations. The French digital marketing software company Neolane called on us for its $600 million sale to Adobe. We advised the restaurant booking platform La Fourchette on its acquisition by U.S.-based service TripAdvisor. And when aerospace, defense and security multinational Thales acquired Bay Area data protection solutions provider Vormetric, it turned to us.

Energy & Infrastructure

Our Paris team is recognized for pioneering work in the energy and infrastructure sector. Recent examples include an innovative sea urbanization project that will increase the size of Monaco, the first bond-financed public-private partnership in France for the Cité de la Musique, and the first project finance transaction in France under the new Juncker Plan for the ports of Calais and Boulogne-sur-Mer. We’ve also advised on many French renewable energy projects, including the financing and acquisition of wind farms and solar power facilities.

Africa

Our Africa practice is based in Paris and London. The team advises governments, corporations, private equity funds, major development banks and other lenders on project financings and M&A and private equity transactions. We play an active role in some of the most significant and innovative projects underway on the continent. We represented the Golar Group’s affiliates in a floating liquefaction project in Cameroon – the first in Africa and one of the first in the world. In addition, we play a role in virtually every major mining project underway in Africa. We are also helping our clients develop Africa’s telecoms infrastructure, tech and fintech markets. Where necessary, we act for our clients in dispute resolution, and we have prevailed in some of the largest international arbitration matters in the market.

Finance

Our Finance teams act for the leading French and international banks, alternative credit providers, private equity funds, and other corporate borrowers.

Our Structured Finance and Securitization partners have advised on many groundbreaking transactions in France and Europe, including in the area of covered bonds, corporate structured bonds, and the establishment of dedicated origination and refinancing platforms. We also participate in drafting securitization and structured finance legislation and regulations in France. A member of our team is a founder and General Secretary of the Paris Structured Finance Institute (IFSP).

In addition, our Paris lawyers have advised companies on some of the most significant recent restructurings. We advised EuroDisney’s board on a €1 billion restructuring. Club Med turned to us for guidance on a $1.1 billion take-private transaction. And we guided leading wine and spirits company Belvédère Group in negotiating a comprehensive restructuring. We also advised Davidson Kempner on the restructuring of the bank debt of aviation industry leader Latécoère.

Dispute Resolution and Employment

We regularly appear before France’s highest courts and before arbitral tribunals, such as the International Chamber of Commerce, the Swiss Chambers of Commerce and the London Court of International Arbitration. In what The American Lawyer called a “mega win,” our Paris team recently secured a €440 million judgment for the French government entity Consortium de Réalisation in a highly publicized case known as “L’Affaire Tapie.” We also act for the Republic of Guinea in investor disputes, including a $5 billion ICSID arbitration brought by the mining giant BSGR – one of the largest pending arbitrations in the world.

Our Employment team is especially known for representing international companies in French employment matters, including employee representation, collective bargaining, collective redundancies, and mergers and acquisitions. We have a strong record in collective litigation.

Our Office and Our Community

Located in the heart of the city on Avenue Pierre 1er de Serbie, our Paris office occupies a building that previously served as the headquarters of the French Employers’ Federation (MEDEF). Through our long-standing partnership with the European American Chamber of Commerce, we regularly host conversations with leaders of Europe’s civic, cultural and business institutions.

Our Paris lawyers provide pro bono counsel to individuals and nonprofit organizations such as the World Wildlife Federation, RARE, Planet Action, and the Institute for Brain and Spinal Cord Disorders, a research center that one of our lawyers has helped lead since its inception. As part of our Orrick Cares initiative, our Paris team runs together in races that benefit causes such as Action Against Hunger, the Sir John Golding Rehabilitation Centre and breast cancer research.

Department Name Email Telephone
Office Leader Patrick Tardivy ptardivy@orrick.com +33 (0)153537500
Office Leader Emmanuel Bénard ebenard@orrick.com +33 (0)153537500