Firm Profile > White & Case LLP > Paris, France

White & Case LLP
19, Place Vendôme
75001 Paris
France

France > Banking and finance: transactional work Tier 1

White & Case LLP is active in high-profile large-cap mandates, notably representing LVMH on the €15bn financing of its acquisition of Tiffany & Co. A new area, both for the market, and this practice, has been advising lenders on loans guaranteed by the French state, a highlight of which was the implementation of a €4bn term loan facility guaranteed by the government for Air France-KLM. Raphaël Richard is retained by banks and other financial institutions  on both domestic and cross-border transactions. Denise Diallo is also highly regarded, in particular for his work on transatlantic finance structures.

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Testimonials

The premier team at White and Case is distinguished by its ability to intervene in a wider range of matters, including transformational transactions involving complex financing methods.

Raphaël Richard is an excellent technician and negotiator. Always calm and understanding perfectly the issues facing businesses.

Key clients

BNP Paribas

Crédit Agricole

Société Générale

Natixis

HSBC France

Morgan Stanley

Deutsche Bank

JP Morgan

LVMH

Adisseo

Vivescia

Verallia

SPIE

Engie

Suez

Tereos

Michelin

Delachaux

Bridgepoint

Cobepa

IK Investment Partners

Antin Infrastructure Partners

I Squared Capital

France > Capital markets: debt capital markets Tier 1

Capital markets heavyweight White & Case LLP remains an undoubted leader in the Paris market, not only due to the depth of its bench, but also its exceptional level of activity. Practice head Philippe Herbelin's team handles a wide array of debt capital market instruments, with EMTN programmes a particular busy line of work that includes Rule 144A/Reg S. offerings, high-yield bonds, Euro PP and hybrid bonds. Green and social bonds, as well as issuances by French clients in foreign jurisdictions - such as Yankee, Samurai and Uridashi bonds - are additional areas of expertise, as are liability management transactions, which are a particular area of strength. With its versatile team including US and English law-qualified practitioners, and the resources provided by firm's own international footprint, the practice is an excellent choice for complex cross-border matters. Other key names in the group include Séverin Robillard, Thomas Le Vert, Cenzi Gargaro and Grégoire Karila. However, high-yield and acquisition finance expert Colin Chang moved to Linklaters LLP in December 2019.

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Testimonials

‘White & Case‘s Capital Markets team is made up of partners and associates with excellent technical skills, which they put at the service of their clients with great efficiency and availability. They are very attentive to the needs of their clients and know how to guide them in their legal issues with flexibility and realism. The collaboration between the members of the team is fluid and the interpersonal skills of each makes working alongside them very pleasant.’

‘Max Turner has excellent technical skills, which he puts to the service of his clients with great efficiency and great availability. He is always attentive to the needs of his clients and knows how to guide them in their legal issues with flexibility and realism. Senior associate Tatiana Uskowa is an excellent lawyer who inspires confidence as counsel. She carries out her missions with great efficiency and also has great interpersonal skills which make the collaboration fluid and very pleasant.’

‘Diverse team able to provide services in all areas of the capital market. Partners available.’

‘Availability/responsiveness/commitment to the positions taken/quality of advice and pragmatism.’

‘Grégoire Karila and Max Turner are pragmatic partners who get involved in their file and with whom it is very pleasant to work. Petya Georgevia and Mathieu Damnon are very efficient and allow us to process our transactions smoothly.’

Key clients

Barclays

Belfius Bank

BofA Merrill Lynch

BPCE

BNP Paribas

Citigroup

Crédit Agricole

Crédit Agricole CIB

Credit Mutuel Arkea

Credit Suisse

Deutsche Bank

Goldman Sachs

HSBC

JP Morgan

LCL

Natixis

Société Générale

UBS

Air France-KLM

Air Liquide

Atos

Casino

ENGIE

LVMH

Michelin

Peugeot

Plastic Omnium

Rubis

SMCP

Sodexo

SPIE

Suez

Tereos

Verallia

Vinci

Worldline

Icade

Foncière INEA

Kaufman & Broad

Mercialys

Réside Etudes

3CIF

Agence France Locale

Agence des Participations de l’Etat

Caisse des Dépôts et Consignations

Compagnie de Financement Foncier

Republic of Cameroun

Republic of Gabon

AXA

CNP Assurances

Coface

Groupama

CNP Assurances

France > Capital markets: equity capital markets Tier 1

White & Case LLP combines Paris' deepest capital markets bench with an international network and experience in advising on the most notable market transactions, including major IPOs such as Verallia's IPO in 2019. Equity-linked offerings, convertible bonds and OCEANE offerings are other key areas of strength of the team led by practice head Philippe Herbelin. With its French, US and English law capabilities and its in-depth knowledge of the structure and workings of French and foreign regulators (including on legislative projects - for example in the context of the working group to reform the legal framework for IPOs in France), the practice remains a clear market leader.

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‘Commercial presence, proactivity, knowledge of clients, expertise.’

White & Case is the best Capital markets firm in France thanks to its 3 partners.’

‘Thomas Le Vert is by far the most successful. Available, efficient and talented.’

Cenzi Gargaro – a font of knowledge, always willing to assist and support our business, an example of how all partners should operate.

Grégoire Karila – excellent partner, practical, knowledgeable, supportive.

Paul-Grégoire Longrois – an excellent associate and rising star.

Petya Georgieva – a brilliant associate.

Key clients

Barclays

Belfius Bank

BofA Merrill Lynch

BPCE

BNP Paribas

Citigroup

Crédit Agricole

Crédit Agricole CIB

Credit Mutuel Arkea

Credit Suisse

Deutsche Bank

Goldman Sachs

HSBC

JP Morgan

LCL

Natixis

Société Générale

UBS

Air France-KLM

Air Liquide

Atos

Casino

Engie

LVMH

Michelin

Peugeot

Plastic Omnium

Rubis

SMCP

Sodexo

SPIE

SUEZ

Tereos

Verallia

Vinci

Worldline

Icade

Foncière INEA

Kaufman & Broad

Mercialys

Réside Etudes

3CIF

Agence France Locale

Agence des Participations de l’Etat

Caisse des Dépôts et Consignations

Compagnie de Financement Foncier

Republic of Cameroun

Republic of Gabon

AXA

CNP Assurances

Coface

Groupama

CNP Assurances

France > Compliance Tier 1

White & Case LLP combines strong domestic expertise and international capabilities on anti-corruption compliance issues. The group's track record includes several leading banks and companies facing French AFA-led audits, assistance with the conduct of internal investigations in the context of corruption allegations, and due diligence audits of existing compliance systems in the context of M&A transactions led by the firm. Finally, the Paris white-collar and investigation team is also involved in several multi-jurisdictional investigations led by US, UK and French financial regulatory authorities. Ludovic Malgrain is in charge of the practice. Jean-Pierre Picca is another key member. Jean-Lou Salha, who was promoted partner in January 2021, is also highly involved.

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‘Impressive striking force; they were able to building a team quickly who was responsive and has excellent writing and analysing skills.’

‘Ludovic Malgrain and Jean-Lou Salha were excellent.’

‘Ludovic Malgrain and Jean-Lou Salha’s team is responsive, efficient and innovative.’

“The relationship is fluid; I can call them for specific questions and get their opinion very easily.’

Key clients

Oberthur Fiduciaire

France > Dispute resolution: International arbitration Tier 1

White & Case LLP is looking stronger than ever. In 2020, the substantial team secured a series of new major mandates and successfully expanded its geographical reach, now handling cases worldwide. The practice is historically particularly strong in the construction sector, managing high-profile cases such as a dispute dealing with the expansion of the Panama Canal and a $5bn dispute for client Inpex that arose out of the construction of an onshore LNG processing facility in Australia. It is also involved in major other LNG, hydropower and nuclear facility construction disputes. The firm also takes on large energy-related cases, including oil and gas price review disputes, and a wide range of matters from other sectors, for example the telecoms sector. Michael Polkinghorne is in charge. Also recommended are the highly regarded: of counsel Christopher SeppäläCharles NairacChristophe von KrauseAndrew de Lotbinière McDougall and John Willems, and next generation partners Nicolas BouchardieKirsten OdynskiElizabeth Oger-Gross and Noor Davies. Lucas De Ferrari was promoted to partner on January 1st 2021, while Rebecca Shorter joined the Paris team from the London office in 2020.

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Testimonials

‘The stand-out strength is the depth of knowledge from all aspects of the team, from lead counsel to associates. The work levels are extremely high and the resulting submissions are second to none. I have no doubt that the level of cross-examination from White & Case is far superior. The team always has a deep understanding of a case allowing them to react to all possible responses without missing a beat. Charles Nairac and Elizabeth Oger-Gross are a joy to watch in action.’

‘Charles Nairac stands out from a very professional crowd. His quality lies in applying his extensive knowledge with a manner that makes him very approachable. He is happy to discuss and debate issues of a case no matter how leftfield they are.’

‘Christophe von Krause is very professional, efficient and dedicated. We truly enjoy working with him.’

‘White & Case’ s practice is unique because its members’ experience is very extensive and comprehensive. The most remarkable feature is their teamwork capability. ’

‘I would mention Mr. John Willems (partner) and Ms. Yutty Ramen (associate).. I value the following qualities in these individuals: professionalism and organisation skills.’

‘Their ability to work seamlessly across teams worldwide, avoiding duplication of effort, has been extremely impressive. They have an extraordinary depth and breath of experience.’

‘The stand-out individual is, without question, Andrew de Lotbinière McDougall. He has an unerring ability to see directly through to the key elements of the case and to think strategically. He always outthinks the other side. Even more importantly, he understands how to bring and keep arbitrators onside. His advocacy is meticulously prepared and persuasive.’

‘The team is highly organised and manages contributions from internal teams and external experts in a very efficient and effective manner. The ability to coordinate a long and complex process is one of the key strengths. The team is also excellent in terms of preparation of the witnesses as well as in cross-examination of counterparties.’

‘Michael Polkinghorne is a stand-out partner in the international arbitration practice. He has a deep understanding of the arbitration dynamics and an extensive knowledge of the energy sector. He is superior in cross-examination and has created an excellent team which works with him and the client in a very efficient manner. Elizabeth Oger-Gross is also an excellent partner, with great skills and a strong dedication and commitment.’

 

Key clients

Grupo Unidos por el Canal, S.A.

Inpex Operations Australia Pty Ltd

Eldorado Brasil Celulose S.A.

PT Ventures

Hochtief

Government of Nigeria

Agility Public Warehousing Company K.S.C.

Georgia

Roads Department of the Ministry of Infrastructure of Georgia

France > Insolvency Tier 1

White & Case LLP manages a prominent caseload composed of a mix of distressed M&A and financings, debt restructuring and insolvency cases, pertaining to both listed and non-listed companies, both in France and cross-border. The practice often assists creditors, such as leading financial institutions and private equity and investment funds. Recently, it has been involved in many of the market’s landmark cases, spanning various sectors such as the retail, hospitality and real estate industries. The team also helped to negotiate several Covid-19 state guaranteed related loans (PGE). Finally, acting alongside colleagues from the firm’s international offices, the Paris team is also able to handle the French aspects of high-profile cross-border cases, notably involving US Chapter 11 proceedings. Practice head  Saam Golshani  and Alexis Hojabr are strongly recommended.

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Saam Golshani

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Key clients

Air Austral

KKR

Kartesia

CVC

Hertz France

Global media Entertainement

Whitebox

Davidson Kempner

Centerbridge

Varde

BPI

Oaktree

Silver Point

Baupost

Monarch

Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF)

France > Administrative and public law Tier 2

White & Case LLP  added new star partner Jean-Luc Champy, formerly at Orrick Rambaud Martel, to its ranks in early 2020. As one of France’s top lawyers for large domestic projects and related litigation, Champy is sought after for a series of prominent French brownfield and greenfield projects alongside sponsors; including assisting clients with high-profile telecoms, road, airport and rail projects and concession contracts. Another area of strength are tender offers for offshore wind projects. In addition, Champy is handling highly sensitive contentious matters, involving extensive negotiations with the French state in relation to tax issues or abandonment of major projects in the motorway, airport and road sectors. Second partner François-Guilhem Vaissier is also recommended and notably handles construction and energy project work. Senior associate Quirec de Kersauson  also deserves a mention.

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Testimonials

Jean-Luc Champy is an excellent professional, particularly astute and imaginative in proposing effective and innovative solutions. His in-depth knowledge of concession contracts and his understanding of the issues are  strong assets.’

‘The strength of this team is undoubtedly the great experience of Jean-Luc Champy.’

Key clients

Bouygues

VINCI

Eiffage

Eranove

Société du Grand Paris

Coriance

Transdev

France > Construction Tier 2

White & Case LLP is regularly appointed to advise on France’s Palace hotel refurbishment projects, with recent work involving a landmark hotel construction project in Cannes. Other major matters include advising on the construction of an experimental international thermonuclear project in France and a string of major public sector infrastructure projects. Public law expert François-Guilhem Vaissier is the key contact. The firm's leading international arbitration expertise complements the practice well, notably Charles Nairac 's experience.  Jacques Bouillon joined Eversheds Sutherland (France) LLP in 2020.

Key clients

Grupo Unidos por el Canal, S.A.

Bouygues

Société du Grand Paris

The Ritz Hotel Limited

France > Derivatives and structured finance Tier 2

The White & Case LLP team focuses on derivatives and securitisation matters. The group of practice head Philippe Herbelin, chief among them counsel Emmanuel Lebaube, continues to bolster its track record as advisor-of-choice on pioneering transactions, such as the first synthetic SRT under French law since 2008. Lebaube also shoulders one of the country's most prolific securitisation practices, including the majority of France's STS transactions in 2019. Asset-based securities and RMBS account for a particularly significant portion of the caseload. Covered bonds are another key specialism, while the group's integration into the firm's broader capital markets practice and international office network allow for cross-border strength and well-rounded capital market advice.

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Barclays

Belfius Bank

BofA Merrill Lynch

BPCE

BNP Paribas

Citigroup

Crédit Agricole

Crédit Agricole CIB

Credit Mutuel Arkea

Credit Suisse

Deutsche Bank

Goldman Sachs

HSBC

JP Morgan

LCL

Natixis

Société Générale

UBS

Air France-KLM

Air Liquide

Atos

Casino

ENGIE

LVMH

Michelin

Peugeot

Plastic Omnium

Rubis

SMCP

Sodexo

SPIE

Suez

Tereos

Verallia

Vinci

Worldline

Icade

Foncière INEA

Kaufman & Broad

Mercialys

Réside Etudes

3CIF

Agence France Locale

Agence des Participations de l’Etat

Caisse des Dépôts et Consignations

Compagnie de Financement Foncier

Republic of Cameroun

Republic of Gabon

AXA

CNP Assurances

Coface

Groupama

CNP Assurances

France > Dispute resolution: Commercial litigation Tier 2

White & Case LLP ’s team has great resources which allow it to deal with a broad range of matters. The impressive Diane Lamarche handles high-stakes shareholder conflicts and corporate litigation, regularly pertaining to major listed corporations. She also acts in sensitive insolvency and restructuring disputes. Competition and distribution partner Yann Utzschneider manages challenging consumer, commercial and economic law litigation, especially on behalf of major retailers and distributors in high-stakes disputes involving unfair competition, breach of contract and parasitism matters.

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Key clients

BNP Paribas Personal Finance

Dyson

Intermarché

BNP Paribas

Free

Amber Capital

Alec Jr Wildenstein

Deloitte

Paul de Brancion & Co

France > Dispute resolution: Stock market litigation Tier 2

White & Case LLP's Diane Lamarche wasted no time growing the practice since she joined from Orrick Rambaud Martel in April 2019, bringing new clients and matters to the firm. She acts for leading investment funds in high-stakes market abuse and shareholder conflict cases involving major listed companies, notably in a very high-profile stock market manipulation case and in a distinct AMF-led investigation.

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Amber Capital

Paul de Brancion & Co

France > EU, competition and distribution Tier 2

With a broad practice covering all aspects of EU and competition law, White & Case LLP is active in high-profile merger control matters, including a recent phase II case. In recent years the team has seen an increase in cross-border work, both in merger control matters involving filing in multiple jurisdictions and cartel and abuse of dominance cases with an international element. It is also highly active in state aid mandates stemming from the coronavirus crisis. Practice leader Yann Utzschneider is an expert in complex litigation and leniency proceedings. Counsel Mickaël Rivollier is experienced in investigations and proceedings relating to abusive commercial practices, while fellow counsel Estelle Jégou focuses on competition litigation, merger control, and distribution matters. The team was further strengthened by the arrival of new partner Jérémie Marthan, who has particular expertise in competition matters in the energy, finance and media sectors, from Linklaters in January 2021.

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Yann Utzschneider

Testimonials

‘We have worked with the White & Case competition law practice in Paris (partner Yann Utzschneider, counsel Estelle Jégou, and a team of associates and paralegals). We are impressed with the profound expertise of EU and French competition law, the responsiveness and approachability of all team members, their diligence and willingness to pursue new avenues, their good understanding of our industry and the market, their case management and their initiative.’

‘Yann Utzschneider has vast expertise in EU and competition law and has provided invaluable legal and strategic advice on our case. He is a powerful speaker before the authorities and in public and has excellent connections to public authorities and academia. Estelle Jégou is very proactive, responsive and thorough, with an impressive knowledge of relevant case-law. The entire team has consistently been fully committed to our case and agreeable to work with.’

Key clients

Hertz

Casino

Crédit Agricole

Dyson

Nestlé / Nespresso

Coopération Pharmaceutique Française (Cooper)

Federation Bancaire Française

BSH Electroménager

Cdiscount

Vindemia

Fransbonhomme

Air Austral

Free Mobile

France > Industry focus: Energy Tier 2

White & Case LLP is particularly active for sponsors undertaking large hydropower and renewables energy projects in Africa., but also handles regulatory work for a key international player seeking to enter the French electricity and gas supply market in France. The group's involvement in a large-scale hydropower project in Caucasia and its assistance of lenders with the financing of a gold mine project demonstrate the team's reach beyond its core practice. Project finance partner Paule Biensan and public law expert François-Guilhem Vaissier are key names in the practice which should  benefit from the hiring of highly experienced project partners Jean-Luc Champy and Amaury de Feydeau, formerly at Orrick Rambaud Martel, during the 1st semester of 2020. The practice can also rely on a world-class arbitration practice - which is headed by Michael Polkinghorne -  which often manages top energy-related cases.

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Paule Biensan; Michael Polkinghorne

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A very experienced team in energy issues, whether in France or internationally. Strong responsiveness, with the ability to maintain quality even in an emergency. Good knowledge of industrial companies in the sector, particularly in electricity.’

‘Jean-Luc Champy is an excellent public law expert, with very good knowledge of energy law. He shows good perception of the industrial challenges of its clients and of technical issues. He demonstrates great availability. François-Guilhem Vaissie is very efficient, very responsive, and has very good knowledge of the energy sector, especially for international operations.’

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Inpex Operations Australia Pty Ltd

Government of Nigeria

Georgia

Lightbridge Corporation

Eranove

France > Mergers and acquisitions Tier 2

Buoyed by a significant hiring spree in the last two years which has included the addition of Marc Petitier from Linklaters in December 2020, White & Case LLP houses a strong M&A practice, retained by a number of major French listed companies in financial services including BNP Paribas, Crédit Agricole and Natixis. The department also excels in the energy, tech and automotive sectors, with a good track record advising on cross-border mandates. Public and private transactions are both part of the caseload, with the team being particularly active in the upper mid-cap segment. Hugues Mathez is in charge, assisted by Saam Golshani, Nathalie Nègre-Eveillard, Guillaume Vitrich, Franck De Vita, Guillaume Vallat, François Leloup and Alexis Hojabr.

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Key clients

Altitude Infrastructure

Argus Media Limited

Arval

Bluestar Adisseo

BNP Paribas

Bluestar Adisseo Company

Boussard & Gavaudan

Cardif

Casino

CNP Assurances

Cobepa

Coface

Covea

CPK

Crédit Agricole

DRT

dSPACE

Equens

Europ Assistance

Faurecia

FCDE

Financière Eurinter

FRHI Holding Limited

Groupama

Groupe Carré

Groupe Frans Bonhomme

Colisée Group

Ho Hio Hen

Huvepharma

Ingenico Group

Kingdom Holding Company of Saudi Arabia

Klépierre

Legrand

Legris Industries

Moret Industries

Mr. Bricolage

Natixis

Nestlé

Nexans

Oberthur

OncoDNA

Orange

Pernod Ricard

Puma Energy

Publicis

Roivant Sciences

Qatar Investment Authority

SAB

Sagemcom

SES-imagotag

Smartbox

Société Générale

Solocal

Swedish Steel AB

Teads

Tereos

Total Eren

Unibail-Rodamco

Vinci

Visteon

Western Union

France > Private equity: LBO Tier 2

Since December 2018, White & Case LLP has continued to ramp up its French private equity practice under the leadership of practice head Saam Golshani, whose arrival brought significant additional restructuring expertise to the practice. The team excels in transactions requiring seamless advice across practices in which the combined strength of the private equity, finance (including capital markets), tax, employment and real estate practices comes to the fore. Given the firm's wide international scope and the growth of its private equity teams in London, the US and Asia, cross-border matters are an area of particular strength. The bulk of the caseload originates in the mid-market segment. Delphin Boucher made counsel in January 2020.

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Access Capital Partners

Altitude Infrastructure

Andera Partners

Ardian

Arts et Biens

BC Partners

Boussard & Gavaudan

Bpifrance

Bridgepoint

Cardif

Carlyle Group

Centerbridge

Chequers

Cobepa

Crédit Agricole CIB

Cube Infrastructure

Davidson Kempner

DRT

Emerging Capital Partners

Enodev

Eurazeo

FCDE

Financière Eurinter

Goldman Sachs

Global Media & Entertainment Limited

Groupe Colisée

Hilding Anders

Hg

IK Investment Partners

InfraVia Capital Partners

KKR

Legris Industries

LBO France

LFPI

Nordic Capital

Oaktree Management Capital

OncoDNA

Otium Capital

Predica

Qatar Investment Authority

Sogecap

Starwood Capital

Tempocap

Tikéhau Capital

Triton

Zadig & Voltaire

Wendel

France > Project finance Tier 2

White & Case LLP strengthened its practice significantly with the hiring, at the beginning of 2020, of a top team of six lawyers joining from  Orrick Rambaud Martel, led by finance partner Amaury de Feydeau and public law partner Jean-Luc Champy. The new additions strongly enhanced the firm’s offering for domestic projects, as it was already well recognised for its international capabilities, particularly in Africa through existing partners Paule Biensan, the practice head, and public law expert François-Guilhem Vaissier. The newly combined team now offers a comprehensive practice, able to advise lenders and sponsors alike on large domestic and international infrastructure and energy projects. In France, the team is currently advising on a high number of the largest greenfield and brownfield projects, including in the telecoms, renewables energy, road and airport infrastructure projects. Abroad, the practice is mainly involved in large-scale African cogeneration hydroelectric and renewables projects.

Practice head(s):

Paule Biensan

Testimonials

A close-knit team that communicates well internally which allows for a fluid relationship with each member of the team.’

‘Jean Luc Champy is remarkable both for his advice and litigation skills. He is efficient and goes straight to the goal.’

Key clients

Bouygues

VINCI

Eiffage

Eranove

Société Générale

BNP Paribas

Crédit Agricole CIB

Santander

Banca Imi

France > Data privacy and data protection Tier 3

White & Case LLP provides general advice on privacy and cybersecurity, conducts audits, and cyber risk management for clients in the transportation, social media, pharmaceutical and luxury brand sectors. The team pulls talent from counterparts in other practices, both locally and globally, to provide full geographic coverage. Its experience includes GDPR compliance, due diligence, and joint ventures. Bertrand Liard frequently advises multinational corporates on the full range of data protection matters.

Practice head(s):

Bertrand Liard

Key clients

Facebook

Natixis

Saint Gobain

Frans Bonhomme

France > Dispute resolution: White-collar crime Tier 3

White & Case LLP has particular expertise in assisting banks and companies facing domestic and cross-border investigations from French, US or UK regulators and judicial authorities. The dedicated practice also defends several banks facing criminal proceedings and class actions in relation to fraud accusations, and acts for banks that have fallen victim to cyber fraud. Another key area of work is the defence of top executives in sensitive cases. Key members include practice head Ludovic MalgrainJean-Pierre Picca and Jean-Lou Salha, who made partner in January 2021.

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BNP Paribas Personal Finance

BNP Paribas

Facebook

Oberthur Fiduciaire

France > Employment Tier 3

Headed by Alexandre JaurettWhite & Case LLP‘s team provides key support to the firm’s corporate and restructuring teams. The practice was recently involved in several major M&A and LBO transactions. In addition, the team also worked on major debt restructuring and insolvency proceedings, such as assisting Mr. Bricolage with the implementation of a redundancy project following the shutdown of several of its stores. The practice also handled some mass litigation. Valérie Ménard was promoted to partner in January 2021.

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Key clients

Advanz Pharma

Allianz

Altor Equity Partners

BC Partners

Bpifrance

Centerbridge

Cobepa

Conforama

CPK

Davidson Kempner

Delachaux

Deutsche Telecom

Eurazeo

FSN Capital

Goldman Sachs

GSO Capital Partners LP

Hg Capital

Investindustrial

Karen Millen

KKR

Konecranes

Kraton Polymers Netherlands

Les Dérivés Résiniques et Terpéniques (DRT)

Manzanita Capital

Marriott

Mr. Bricolage

MVCI

Nestlé

Novasep

Oaktree Capital Management

Orange

Outbrain

Primetals

Saudi Arabian Oil Company (Saudi Aramco)

SES-imagotag

Solocal

Soundhound

Sun Chemicals

Swedish Steel AB

Svenska Handelsbanken

Verallia

Visteon Software Technologies

Western Union

France > Industry focus: IT and internet  Tier 3

White & Case LLP's practice advises on the full range of transactional IT issues for a diverse client list, including multinational corporates, PE firms and start-ups. Well-known for its expertise in the area of data protection, the team is also adept at handling litigation, notably advising Facebook in relation to several contentious matters outside of the US. As part of an integrated full-service global offering, the department is able to  call on experts from competition, IP and corporate practice groups in 16 countries, which include the UK and Germany. Practice head Bertrand Liard, whose 'client-centric approach' is particularly valued, is a skilled litigator. Clara Hainsdorf is a key contact for IP, e-commerce and commercial contracts work.

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Bertrand Liard has a particularly appreciable client-centric approach. With his team, he offers his expertise in a relevant and pragmatic way.

Key clients

Facebook

Natixis

Agence Française de Développement (AFD)

SES-imagotag

OncoDNA

France > Real estate Tier 3

White & Case LLP ’s team is sought after for the market’s largest investment and corporate real estate transactions. The practice assists a prominent client base of French and international investors as well as property developers and major hospitality brands. The team recently advised on multiple landmark office property deals and assisted Prédica and La Française with a joint venture agreement with Unibail Rodamco Westfield regarding their common investment in a new real estate company owning a €2bn French commercial malls portfolio. The highly regarded duo of Franck Peter and Brice Engel leads the team.

Practice head(s):

Franck Peter; Brice Engel

Key clients

ACM

Amundi

Aviva Real Estate Investors

BNP Paribas Real Estate

Caisse des Dépôts et CDC Investissement Immobilier

Cardif

Financière Colisée

Foncière INEA

GIC

La Française

Oaktree Capital Management

Prédica

Marriott International

SCI EM Lyon 2022

Société Générale Insurance (formerly Sogecap)

Sogecap

Vinci Immobilier

York Capital Management

France > Tax Tier 3

White & Case LLP’s practice has excellent transactional tax expertise. The tax team works alongside the firm’s finance, corporate, property, debt restructuring and insolvency practices to advise on the structuring of major transactions. The group was recently in high demand, acting on numerous high-profile transactions. It notably advised on the structuring of one of the market’s largest LBO transactions when acting for Cobepa on its acquisition of Gerflor Group. The practice also has strong-know in real estate tax and provides strong support in major distressed M&A transactions. Practice head Alexandre Ippolito and Estelle Philippi are highly recommended. Norbert Majerholc left in December 2019 to join Marvell.

Practice head(s):

Alexandre Ippolito

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

AEW Europe

Arval

BNP Paribas

Boussard & Gavaudan

Bpifrance

Casino Group

Citigroup

CNP Assurances

Cobepa

Conforama

Crédit Agricole Assurances

Eurazeo

Faurecia

Financière Colisée

Financière Eurinter

GIC

Groupe Carré

IK Investment Partners

Ingenico Group

JP Morgan

Klépierre

Legrand

Legris Industries

Marriott

Mérieux Equity Partners

Meyer Bergman

Michelin

Moret Industries

Mr Bricolage

Natixis

ORPEA

Otium

Qatar Investment Authority

Smartbox

Sogecap

Solocal

SPIE

Tikéhau

Vinci

Visteon

France > Aviation

Kennedys has a firm focus on insurance and liability litigation and a range of expertise related to the aviation industry, where it is regularly instructed in French law matters. Aurélia Cadain leads the carriers’ liability practice and Nicolas Bouckaert is the key contact for aerospace product liability matters. The department is also well versed in transport and cargo claims and is typically retained by airlines, aerospace manufacturers and insurers.

Practice head(s):

Testimonials

The lawyers at Kennedy’s are strategically minded and are well able to tackle technical problems.

Nicolas Bouckaert is highly experienced with an excellent strategic vision.

Very good communication skills, willing to listen and learn.

Morocco > Foreign firms Tier 1

White & Case LLP ‘can boast an extremely strong project finance team with excellent sector knowledge‘, according to one of its clients. The firm’s Africa group focuses predominantly on project finance and development. Its recent work included playing a key role in the 850 MW Integrated Wind Energy Programme in Morocco, where it acted on behalf of ENEL and NAREVA. Paule Biensan  and François-Guilhem Vaissier in Paris are among the key partners. Clients describe them as ‘responsive, flexible, very smart and experienced‘.

Practice head(s):

Paule Biensan

Other key lawyers:

François Guilhem-Vaissier;

Testimonials

‘White and Case is the only American firm that has such a very strong knowledge and experience of the Moroccan market. They have strong expertise in project, finance and M&A.’

‘Paul Biensan and François Guilhem-Vaissier are outstanding lawyers. Responsive, flexible when it comes to find accurate solutions to close a deal, very smart and experienced.

‘White & Case can boast an extremely strong project finance team with excellent sector knowledge. We are very satisfied with the way the work has been conducted and the team is very highly recommended. ’

‘Paule Biensan is recommended for her excellent sector knowledge and negotiation skills.

Key clients

BMCE Bank

Banque Centrale Populaire

ENEL

NAREVA

Algeria > Foreign firms Tier 2

White & Case LLP handles its Algerian caseload from its Paris office, working on complex dispute resolution matters. Practice head Christophe Von Krause has a particular focus on the construction and infrastructure and energy sectors, while the firm also advises clients from the oil and gas, power, chemicals and telecoms sectors.

Practice head(s):

Christophe von Krause

Key clients

OTMTI

Latin America: International firms > International arbitration

White & Case LLP ’s deep bench of talent and extensive global international arbitration network provide Latin American clients with ‘sophisticated strategic thinking’ and a ‘practical, service-oriented touch’. The firm’s scale allows it to handle a broad range of Latin American arbitration disputes across multiple sectors and jurisdictions in the both investment and commercial arbitration segments. With a 30-year presence in the Latin American market, the practice has built up a strong reputation and particular sector expertise in energy, natural resources, financial services, technology and transportation among other industries. Washington-based practice head Jonathan Hamilton stands out for ‘exceptional strategic insights’ and ‘tactical know how’. ‘Outstanding professionalsRafael Llano Oddone in Mexico City and Ank Santens in New York are noted for expertise in construction disputes, and energy and infrastructure, respectively. Next generation partner Silvia Marchili, who splits her time between Miami and Houston, works on both commercial and investment arbitrations, while Jorge Mattamouros has carved out an impressive track-record in the oil-and-gas sector in Brazil. Paris-based associate Lucas De Ferrari was promoted to partner in January 2021. However, associate Juan Pablo Hugues moved to Foley Hoag LLP in September 2020.

Practice head(s):

Jonathan C. Hamilton; Abby Cohen Smutny

Testimonials

‘Sophisticated strategic thinking, without losing a practical, service-oriented touch. Have taken a lead role on a very complex matter and have shown great strategic thinking, as well as skilled coordination with local counsel in Latin America.’

‘Very practical and service-oriented. They give straight, honest advice in a manner that can be use commercially.’

‘Jonathan Hamilton is outstanding in a lead role on arbitrations.’

‘Strong and competent professionals for complex commercial arbitration.’

‘Ank Santens and Rafael Llano are outstanding professionals, providing sound and pointed advice that is useful both for in-house counsel and the investment teams.’

‘White & Case has made significant investments in developing price competitive teams for Latin America without compromising on  quality.’

‘Jonathan Hamilton has exceptional strategic insights and tactical know how. He gets inside the head of the arbitrators and understands what they want to understand in order to present to them the information they need to determine the case. He is unwavering in his desire to win and every minute he invests is about how to drive the case towards a successful outcome.’

Key clients

PT Ventures SGPS

Eldorado Brasil Celulose

Grupo Unidos por el Canal et al

TECO Guatemala

Daniel Kappes and Kappes, Cassiday & Associates (KCA)

Zurich Insurance Company and Zurich South America Invest

The Republic of Peru (multiple disputes)

MetLife

Red Eagle Mining

Telefónica

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