Firm Profile > Shearman & Sterling LLP > Paris, France

Shearman & Sterling LLP
7 RUE JACQUES BINGEN
75017 PARIS
France

Dispute resolution: International arbitration Tier 1

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.

Practice head(s):

Emmanuel Gaillard ; Yas Banifatemi

Key clients

The People’s Republic of China

The People’s Democratic Republic of Algeria

The Arab Republic of Egypt

EssilorLuxoticca

The Ministry of Justice of Ukraine

The Republic of Lithuania

Sonatrach

Sanofi

Capital markets: equity capital markets Tier 2

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.

Practice head(s):

Hervé Letréguilly

Testimonials

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.

Key clients

L’Oréal

Orange

Bolloré

Nexans

APE

Oddo

Celeste Management SA

Saint Gogain

Wendel

Thales

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 IsautierNicolas Bombrun and of counsel Cyrille Niedzielski are key figures. Former counsel Marie Pouget joined AyacheSalama in September 2019.

Practice head(s):

Guillaume Isautier

Testimonials

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.

Key clients

ALD

Ardagh

CCI Lyon Métropole

Florac

Nokia

Robert Louis Dreyfus Family

Siparex

Société Générale

Sonatrach

Banking and finance: transactional work Tier 3

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.

Practice head(s):

Pierre-Nicolas Ferrand

Key clients

HIG & Groupe Ecore

Frostkrone Group / Emeram Capital Partners

Sociéte Générale

HF Private Debt and Deutsche Bank

Siparex

Morgan Stanley

Trail capital

Guinea Alumina Corporation

JP Morgan

HSBC

Capital markets: debt capital markets Tier 3

Shearman & Sterling LLP

Practice head(s):

Hervé Letréguilly

Testimonials

‘The department has a problem-solving approach and good availability of senior members of the team.’

Key clients

L’Oréal

Orange

Bolloré

Nexans

APE

Oddo

Celeste Management SA

Saint Gogain

Wendel

Thales

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.

Practice head(s):

Niels Dejean

Testimonials

‘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

Key clients

Altice

Coca Cola

Sagemcom

Trail Capital

Florac

Siparex

CCI Lyon

First Eagle

Schneider Electric

Société Générale

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.

Practice head(s):

Pierre-Nicolas Ferrand

Testimonials

‘The team is available and has great finance and restructuring work experience.’

Key clients

BANQUE THEMIS

ALLGAIER-GROUP

SIR

Algeria > Foreign firms Tier 1

With a strong litigation team 'driven byEmmanuel 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.

Practice head(s):

Emmanuel Gaillard; Yas Banifatemi

Testimonials

‘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.’

Key clients

The People’s Democratic Republic of Algeria

Sonatrac

The firm

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.

Department Name Email Telephone
Capital markets Hervé Letréguilly
Equity plans and management compensation Sami Toutounji
Finance Pierre-Nicolas Ferrand
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
Tax Niels Dejean
Photo Name Position Profile
Dr Yas Banifatemi  photo Dr Yas Banifatemi Partner and Deputy practice leader in Sherman & Sterling’s International Arbitration practiceHead of…
 Coralie Darrigade  photo Coralie Darrigade Partner in Shearman & Sterling’s International Arbitration practice
Prof Emmanuel Gaillard  photo Prof Emmanuel Gaillard Global Head of Disputes
 Maude Lebois  photo Maude Lebois Partner in Shearman & Sterling’s International Arbitration practice
 Mohamed Shelbaya  photo Mohamed Shelbaya Partner in Shearman & Sterling’s International Arbitration practice
 Jennifer Younan  photo Jennifer Younan Partner in Shearman & Sterling’s International Arbitration practice
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