Firm Profile > Shearman & Sterling LLP > Paris, France

Shearman & Sterling LLP
7 RUE JACQUES BINGEN
75017 PARIS
France

Banking and finance: transactional work Tier 2

Shearman & Sterling LLP is recognised for its work in asset and real estate finance where it undertakes several large LBOs and acquisition financings every year. Representing both domestic and international financial institutions, as well as corporates, sponsors, debt funds and investment funds, the team is routinely instructed on several high-value transactions. A good example of this is its work advising the mandated lead arrangers on the financing of the acquisition of a portfolio of 31 hypermarket and supermarket properties valued at €465m. The group's partnership has also grown in size with the promotion of project finance specialist Lachlan Poustie, who represents a number of development finance institutions and is dual qualified in England and France. Pierre-Nicolas Ferrand leads the group focusing on LBO, real estate and asset financings.

Practice head(s):

Other key lawyers:

Lachlan Poustie

Key clients

Société Générale

HSBC

CACIB

Trail Capital

BECM

Natixis Securities Americas LLC

LBO France

Capital markets: equity capital markets Tier 2

The practice at Shearman & Sterling LLP stands out due to its clear international orientation, its frequent involvement in the development of French capital market law, its dedicated employee shareholding practice under the lead of Sami Toutounji, and its broad range of expertise. Practice head Hervé Letréguilly and his team assist with IPOs (including the market's most high-profile mandates), rights offerings and hybrid securities, as well as on equity-linked transactions. A stand-out feature of the practice is its experience in advising the French state on block trades. In addition, its particularly close ties with colleagues from the London and New York office allow for smooth advice across borders.

Practice head(s):

Other key lawyers:

Sami Toutounji; Séverine de La Courtie

Testimonials

‘Excellent knowledge of the legal and operational issues of ECM operations.’

‘ Excellent, very responsive team and strength of proposals.’

Key clients

Verallia

Constellium

Orange

Nexans

L’Oréal

Mergers and acquisitions Tier 2

'Ideal for advancing a deal', Shearman & Sterling LLP's industry sector strength in financial institutions, TMT, healthcare and energy, combined with its expertise across the full range of transactions, make it a comprehensive practice for clients. Matters on which the department is particularly rated include public and private M&A, acquisitions, divestitures, joint ventures and tender offers. Many of the team's top mandates also have a significant cross-border element, with the firm's offices in UK, Germany and Italy working seamlessly with the Paris-based practice. Guillaume Isautier is in charge, assisted by Nicolas Bombrun. Adding to the group's bench strength, Thomas Philippe was hired from Mayer Brown in October 2019.

Practice head(s):

Other key lawyers:

Thomas Philippe; Nicolas Bombrun

Testimonials

Brilliant team, extremely responsive and business-oriented. Ideal for advancing a deal.’

Guillaume Isautier literally carries the files from start to finish. He is extremely involved in all of his files which is always very appreciable. He gets over all blockages and having him by his side around the negotiating table is a big advantage. Very good expertise in the banking sector.

Technicality, proactivity, availability, pragmatism: Shearman ticks all the boxes and, in my opinion, offers one of the best quality of service on the Parisian market.

Guillaume Isautier appropriates his clients’ projects as if they were his own, and that changes everything: he anticipates subjects perfectly, asks himself the right questions and keeps a global vision at all times.

Key clients

Société Générale

ALD

Nokia

Florac

First Eagle Investment Management LLC

Bacardi

La CCI Lyon Métropole

Verimatrix

GL Events

Lescure Family (SEB)

Tax Tier 2

Shearman & Sterling LLP’s team handles a varied caseload, both as a stand-alone practice or complementing the M&A, private equity, financing, capital markets and international arbitration departments. The practice advises leading private equity funds and leading corporations as well as banks. It recently advised on many large transactions, including assisting Verallia with its high-profile €3.5bn IPO. It also worked on a complex structuring matter for Lyon’s Chamber of Commerce mixing public and private law tax issues. Increasingly the practice assists clients with tax audits and handles tax-related litigation. Practice head Niels Dejean, counsel Anne-Sophie Maes and associate Charles Filleux-Pommerol are highly recommended.

Practice head(s):

Niels Dejean

Other key lawyers:

Anne-Sophie Maes; Charles Filleux-Pommerol

Testimonials

‘A team of experts provide high added value. Niels Dejean and Anne-Sophie Maes are remarkable individuals from both a professional and human perspective. They are true partners.’

‘Top notch service on the technical side (strong technical advice, very granular work). Good value for money.’

‘Niels Dejean. Very technical, very granular, very strong advice.’

‘Excellent in their field of expertise. The team is always available and responsive and their advice is really at the very high end of the range in the Paris and French market.’

‘Niels Dejean is one of the rare tax partners on the French market who is a very strong and solid tax expert with a very good experience regarding legal aspects and company law. Anna-Sophie Maes is also a strong tax expert.’

Key clients

Altice

Coca Cola

Sagemcom

Trail Capital

Florac

Siparex

CCI Lyon

Schneider Electric

Société Générale

Constellium

Verallia

Capital markets: debt capital markets Tier 3

Shearman & Sterling LLP

Practice head(s):

Other key lawyers:

Séverine de La Courtie

Testimonials

‘Excellent knowledge of legal and operational issues related to debt financing activities.’

‘Excellent and very responsive team, strength of proposals and good communication with the client.’

Key clients

Verallia

Constellium SE

Orange

Nexans

Algeria > Foreign firms Tier 1

The Paris-based international arbitration team at Shearman & Sterling LLP is often instructed by the Algerian government in disputes. Yas Banifatemi and Benjamin Siino successfully acted for the Algerian government in a dispute against Orascom TMTI, involving an award by an international arbitral tribunal. Gaillard and Maude Lebois also successfully defended a claim against the Algerian state by a Spanish construction group. Coralie Darrigade represents companies and states in arbitrations.

The firm: Shearman & Sterling LLP is an international law firm composed of 24 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 40 lawyers, advise on equity and debt offerings, mergers and acquisitions, private equity, 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; project development and finance; and tax.

Department Name Email Telephone
International arbitration Emmanuel Gaillard
International arbitration Yas Banifatemi
Public international law Yas Banifatemi
Mergers and acquisitions Guillaume Isautier gisautier@shearman.com +33 1 53 89 89 25
Private equity Guillaume Isautier gisautier@shearman.com +33 1 53 89 89 25
Mergers and acquisitions Nicolas Bombrun nicolas.bombrun@shearman.com +33 1 53 89 48 48
Private equity Nicolas Bombrun nicolas.bombrun@shearman.com +33 1 53 89 48 48
International arbitration Coralie Darrigade
Tax Niels Dejean ndejean@shearman.com +33 1 53 89 71 20
European Governance and Benefits Françoise Even feven@shearman.com +33 1 53 89 71 81
Finance Pierre-Nicolas Ferrand pferrand@shearman.com +33 1 53 89 71 77
Restructuring and insolvency Pierre-Nicolas Ferrand pferrand@shearman.com +33 1 53 89 71 77
Capital Markets Séverine de La Courtie sdelacourtie@shearman.com +33 1 53 89 81 89
International arbitration Maude Lebois
Capital markets Hervé Letréguilly hletreguilly@shearman.com +33 1 53 89 71 30
Tax Anne-Sophie Maes annesophie.maes@shearman.com +33 1 53 89 81 75
Mergers and acquisitions Cyrille Niedzielski cniedzielski@shearman.com +33 1 53 89 89 30
Private Equity Thomas Philippe thomas.philippe@shearman.com +33 1 53 89 81 70
Project Development & Finance Lachlan Poustie lachlan.poustie@shearman.com +33 1 53 89 70 80
International arbitration Mohamed Shelbaya
Equity plans and management compensation Sami Toutounji stoutounji@shearman.com +33 1 53 89 70 62
European Governance and Benefits Sami Toutounji stoutounji@shearman.com +33 1 53 89 70 62
International arbitration Jennifer Younan
Photo Name Position Profile
Dr Yas Banifatemi  photo Dr Yas Banifatemi Partner and Deputy practice leader in Sherman & Sterling’s International Arbitration practiceHead of…
 Nicolas Bombrun photo Nicolas Bombrun Partner
 Coralie Darrigade  photo Coralie Darrigade Partner in Shearman & Sterling’s International Arbitration practice
 Niels Dejean photo Niels Dejean Partner
 Françoise Even  photo Françoise Even
 Pierre-Nicolas Ferrand photo Pierre-Nicolas Ferrand Partner
Prof Emmanuel Gaillard  photo Prof Emmanuel Gaillard Global Head of Disputes
 Guillaume Isautier photo Guillaume Isautier Partner and Head of the Mergers & Acquisitions practice and Deputy Head…
 Maude Lebois  photo Maude Lebois Partner in Shearman & Sterling’s International Arbitration practice
 Hervé Letréguilly  photo Hervé Letréguilly Partner
 Anne-Sophie Maes  photo Anne-Sophie Maes Counsel
 Thomas Philippe  photo Thomas Philippe Partner
 Mohamed Shelbaya  photo Mohamed Shelbaya Partner in Shearman & Sterling’s International Arbitration practice
 Sami  Toutounji  photo Sami  Toutounji Partner
 Jennifer Younan  photo Jennifer Younan Partner in Shearman & Sterling’s International Arbitration practice
 Séverine de La Courtie  photo Séverine de La Courtie Counsel
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