Firm Profile > Shearman & Sterling LLP > Paris, France
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Shearman & Sterling LLP > The Legal 500 Rankings
Shearman & Sterling LLP's Paris office houses half of the firm's global arbitration team. The 50-lawyer Paris based practice handles leading commercial and investment arbitration disputes involving every part of the globe. It manages a very strong Arabic (Algeria and Egypt especially) and African caseload, and also handles a growing volume of work involving Asian parties - the firm was retained by the Chinese state to represent it in its first ICSID arbitration. The practice advises state entities, state-owned companies, investors and private corporations. The team is notably managing landmark multibillion-dollar disputes in relation to the energy, gas price and construction sectors. The practice was also recently involved in strategic M&A related disputes and is also handling a high-profile ICSID annulment proceeding before an ICSID ad hoc committee. Emmanuel Gaillard and Yas Banifatemi jointly head the firm's global practice. Other key members include Coralie Darrigade, Maude Lebois, Mohamed Shelbaya and Jennifer Younan. Newly promoted partner Benjamin Siino has particular expertise handling award enforcement cases.
Emmanuel Gaillard ; Yas Banifatemi
Other key lawyers:
The People’s Republic of China
The People’s Democratic Republic of Algeria
The Arab Republic of Egypt
The Ministry of Justice of Ukraine
The Republic of Lithuania
Shearman & Sterling LLP’s practice is well versed in both underwriter and issuer-side mandates. However, it is best known for its close relationships with corporate issuers and the firm notably represents around 60% of CAC 40 companies. Department head Hervé Letréguilly is ‘extremely knowledgeable’ and has strong experience in equity and equity-linked offerings and IPOs. Talented counsel Séverine de la Courtie is recommended for her record in advising French and European issuers on the full range of public and private offerings. The firm also stands out for its leading employee offering practice, which is led by Sami Toutounji, who is a leader in equity plans.
‘Strong knowledge and experience of the equity capital markets. Strong ability to advise within short time constraints and complex scenarios.’
‘Easy to build strong and reliable relationships with Shearman’s ECM team. Very easy to reach them. They are quick to call you back.’
‘The firm covers all legal aspects for difficult business cases: M&A, IPOs, as well as corporate law, financial law, competition. The resources allocated were suitable and the quality exceptional.
‘The team is very professional, dedicated and very reactive.’
‘Partners think outside the box when needed. They are focused on our objectives, and not on worthless negotiations or purely formal points to show they are lawyers in charge.’
‘Hervé Letréguilly is extremely knowledgeable and available for his clients. He has experience with many companies listed in France and abroad, which is a real plus.’
‘Mainly two partners: Hervé Letréguilly and Séverine de la Courtie —exceptional and fully devoted.’
Celeste Management SA
Mergers and acquisitions Tier 2
Shearman & Sterling LLP is active in domestic and cross-border transactions, with complex international transactions requiring cooperation with the firm's offices abroad standing out as a particular strength. The team's expertise spans public and private M&A and joint ventures. Acting for sellers, buyers and the management from a variety of sectors, including the banking, healthcare and pharmaceutical, TMT and energy sectors, the team has a versatile offering. Practice head Guillaume Isautier, Nicolas Bombrun and of counsel Cyrille Niedzielski are key figures. Former counsel Marie Pouget joined AyacheSalama in September 2019.
‘Good level of expertise with available and helpful partners. Very helpful updates which are tailored and focused on what we need.‘
‘A very professional, efficient and responsive team. Guillaume Isautier combines excellent legal skills with great efficiency and a commercial approach.‘
‘Nicolas Bombrun offers commercial and client-focused advice on ad hoc projects.‘
CCI Lyon Métropole
Robert Louis Dreyfus Family
Shearman & Sterling LLP handles real estate financing, structured financing, leveraged and acquisition finance both domestically and internationally. It frequently acts for French and international financial institutions, corporations, sponsors, debt funds and investment funds on such matters, and also assists with direct lending deals for hedge funds and other alternative lenders. The practice's sole partner Pierre-Nicolas Ferrand has considerable experience of acting for French and international arrangers and investors in asset, real estate, renewable energy and acquisition finance transactions. Counsel Lachlan Poustie joined from Allen & Overy LLP and he handles project finance for development finance institutions, sponsors, commercial lenders and export credit agencies.
HIG & Groupe Ecore
Frostkrone Group / Emeram Capital Partners
HF Private Debt and Deutsche Bank
Guinea Alumina Corporation
‘The department has a problem-solving approach and good availability of senior members of the team.’
Celeste Management SA
Tax Tier 3
Shearman & Sterling LLP’s compact team provides key support to the firm’s other practices on complex M&A, private equity, finance and capital markets transactions. The team also advises leading corporations on their tax restructuring projects. Practice head Niels Dejean, counsel Anne-Sophie Maes and associate Charles Filleux-Pommerol make up the strong team. Recent highlights include advising a leading French bank on the tax aspects of a significant transaction and assisting a company with its IPO.
‘A great team made up of very knowledgeable people who are very responsive, proactive and always deliver high-value advice’
‘Niels Dejean is more than excellent’
Insolvency Tier 4
Shearman & Sterling LLP's Pierre-Nicolas Ferrand assists debtors and banks in refinancing and restructuring situations. The practice is involved in several major matters in the textile sectors and is also managing several cross-border cases.
‘The team is available and has great finance and restructuring work experience.’
Algeria > Foreign firms Tier 1
With a strong litigation team 'driven by' Emmanuel Gaillard, Shearman & Sterling LLP’s practice is ‘distinguished by its skills, diversity, technicalities and control’ of a variety of practice areas in Algeria. The firm has considerable experience in a range of spheres: international arbitration, M&A transactions, public international law, and project finance among others. Its diverse client roster includes companies from the energy and natural resources, construction, infrastructure and telecoms sectors, with expertise assisting public bodies and the Algerian state. Yas Banifatemi, Coralie Darrigade, Maude Lebois and Benjamin Siino are other names to note.
Emmanuel Gaillard; Yas Banifatemi
‘With a litigation team driven by Emmanuel Gaillard, Shearman & Sterling is distinguished by its skills, diversity, technicalities and control of the areas of intervention. It is the same for the corporate and Antirust teams with whom I enjoy working, and with which each exchange is richer than the one that precedes it.’
The People’s Democratic Republic of Algeria
Shearman & Sterling LLP > Firm Profile
Shearman & Sterling LLP is an international law firm composed of 20 offices worldwide and 850 lawyers. The firm has been advising many of the world’s leading corporations and financial institutions, governments and governmental organisations for more than 140 years. The firm’s lawyers are committed to providing legal advice that is insightful and valuable to clients. This has resulted in groundbreaking transactions in all major regions of the world.
Established in 1963, the Paris office is both the firm’s oldest non-US practice and its third-largest office. It is a principal part of the firm’s European network and distinguishes itself by a remarkable international reach, notably in Latin America, Africa, Eastern Europe and the Middle East. The office advises on matters of French, US and international law.
The firm’s corporate practices, composed of approximately 30 lawyers, advise on equity and debt offerings, mergers and acquisitions, LBO transactions, and international joint ventures, acquisition finance, leveraged buyout financings, structured finance, management incentivisation, tax restructuring and transfer pricing. The firm handles both domestic transactions and cross-border transactions having a major French component, as well as international transactions.
The international arbitration team, which comprises over 50 lawyers, has represented companies, states and state-owned entities in arbitration proceedings under the rules of all major international arbitral institutions, subject to over 100 governing laws or international instruments. The team acts as counsel for investment, energy, construction, business combinations, financial, and general commercial disputes. The team is regarded as one of the world’s finest.
Areas of practice
Shearman & Sterling’s areas of practice include: international arbitration; public international law; capital markets; mergers and acquisitions; private equity; banking and finance; equity plans and management compensation; restructuring and insolvency; and tax.
|Capital markets||Hervé Letréguilly|
|Equity plans and management compensation||Sami Toutounji|
|International arbitration||Emmanuel Gaillard|
|International arbitration||Yas Banifatemi|
|International arbitration||Coralie Darrigade|
|International arbitration||Jennifer Younan|
|International arbitration||Maude Lebois|
|International arbitration||Mohamed Shelbaya|
|Mergers and acquisitions||Nicolas Bombrun|
|Mergers and acquisitions||Guillaume Isautier|
|Mergers and acquisitions||Cyrille Niedzielski|
|Private equity||Nicolas Bombrun|
|Private equity||Guillaume Isautier|
|Public international law||Yas Banifatemi|
|Restructuring and insolvency||Pierre-Nicolas Ferrand|
|Dr Yas Banifatemi||Partner and Deputy practice leader in Sherman & Sterling’s International Arbitration practiceHead of…||View Profile|
|Coralie Darrigade||Partner in Shearman & Sterling’s International Arbitration practice||View Profile|
|Prof Emmanuel Gaillard||Global Head of Disputes||View Profile|
|Maude Lebois||Partner in Shearman & Sterling’s International Arbitration practice||View Profile|
|Mohamed Shelbaya||Partner in Shearman & Sterling’s International Arbitration practice||View Profile|
|Jennifer Younan||Partner in Shearman & Sterling’s International Arbitration practice||View Profile|