White & Case LLP > Paris, France > Firm Profile

White & Case LLP
19, Place Vendôme
75001 Paris
France

France > Banking and finance: transactional work Tier 1

White & Case LLP is particularly notable for handling large-cap transactions involving acquisition and leveraged finance. On the corporate financing side, the group stands out for its ability to work in close collaboration with the firm’s capital markets team, frequently acting for lenders and borrowers on financing and refinancing transactions involving capital markets products. In a recent mandate, the team advised Aramis Group on its refinancing alongside its IPO. Department head Raphaël Richard has broad expertise spanning corporate financing, syndicated lending, acquisition and leveraged financing. Denise Diallo, who is a qualified lawyer in both New York and Paris, is a key contact for transatlantic transactions involving acquisitions and unitranche financing. Counsel Sindhura Swaminathan left the firm in May 2021. In March 2022 Neeloferr Roy, formerly counsel at Linklaters , joined the firm.

Practice head(s):

Raphaël Richard

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Very good team in restructuring. In-depth knowledge of the banking market.’

‘Raphael Richard is an excellent partner.’

Key clients

BNP Paribas

Crédit Agricole

Société Générale

Natixis

HSBC France

Morgan Stanley

Deutsche Bank

JP Morgan

Tereos

LVMH

Adisseo

Vivescia

Verallia

SPIE

Engie

Suez

Michelin

Coface

Les Mousquetaires

Rubis Terminal

Cobepa

IK Investment Partners

Antin Infrastructure Partners

I Squared Capital

Fosun

Blackrock

Barings

Hps Investment Partners

Centerbridge

Redwood

Alcentra

Work highlights

  • Advised Aéma Groupe, a mutual insurer formed through the combination of Macif Group and Aésio Mutuelle, on the financing aspects of the €3.2b acquisition of Aviva France from Aviva group.
  • Advised Believe, a digital music company, on its refinancing as well as its initial public offering on Euronext Paris.
  • Acted for BNP Paribas, Deutsche Bank, Morgan Stanley and Natixis in connection with the acquisition financing of telecoms service provider Circet by ICG from Advent International.

France > Capital markets: debt capital markets Tier 1

White & Case LLP, home of Paris’s biggest capital market team, stands out through its very broad range of expertise. Practice head Philippe Herbelin and his team advise on EMTN programmes, high-yield bonds and stand-alone bonds, Euro PP and corporate hybrid bonds issues as core lines of work. Among the most active practices for issuers, the group’s caseload is highly international, with a strong practice in emerging markets, especially in francophone Africa where the team has advised on a number of sovereign and supranational matters. Olga Fedosova, who made partner in January 2022, is the key contact for matters involving CIS countries. Thanks to the firm’s international footprint and the Paris-based US-qualified lawyers, the group also excels in cross-border matters involving Rule 144A and Reg S offerings. Another area of strength are local placements in foreign jurisdictions for French issuers, including Samurai and Kangaroo bonds. Green and social bond issues are a growing line of work. In March 2022 Neeloferr Roy, formerly a counsel at Linklaters, joined the firm.

Practice head(s):

Key clients

Barclays

Belfius Bank

BofA Merrill Lynch

BPCE

BNP Paribas

BNP Paribas Personal Finance

Citigroup

Crédit Agricole SA

Crédit Agricole CIB

CA Consumer Finance

PSA Banque Finance/Credipar

Credit Mutuel Arkea

Credit Suisse

Deutsche Bank

Goldman Sachs

HSBC

J.P. 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

Work highlights

  • Advised MACIF, Aéma Groupe’s affiliate, on its €1.75bn multi-tranche issuance of subordinated debt to finance the acquisition of Aviva France.
  • Advised the underwriting syndicate on Euronext’s €1.8bn three-tranche senior bond offering, used by Euronext to refinance part of the bridge facilities in relation to the acquisition of Borsa Italiana.
  • Advised the joint lead managers and bookrunners on the 144A/Reg S offering by Banque Ouest Africaine de Développement (BOAD) of €750m 2.75% notes due 2033, BOAD’s first sustainable bond under its newly implemented Sustainable Bond Framework which is aligned with the ICMA Green Bond Principles, Social Bond Principles and the Sustainability Bond Guidelines.

France > Capital markets: equity capital markets Tier 1

White & Case LLP is known for its very deep bench of capital market experts, its strength in advising on complex cross-border matters and its track record as adviser on a number of market-firsts, with a recent example the first listing of a corporate SPAC in Europe. The group’s expertise includes initial public offerings and private placements as core lines of work. For multijurisdictional matters the practice frequently joins forces with colleagues from the London, New York and Frankfurt offices, but the Paris team also has its own English and US law experts. Practice head Philippe Herbelin continues to grow his team, with the partner promotion of Olga Fedosova and the counsel promotion of Tatiana Uskova, both in January 2022 adding further heft to the group. Thomas Le Vert, Séverin Robillard and Max Turner form the core trio of the equity capital market team.

Practice head(s):

Testimonials

‘White & Case is the French leader in capital markets with a very high quality team, always at the forefront of innovations and creative.’

‘Thomas Le Vert is available, technical and has great business acumen.’

Key clients

Barclays

Belfius Bank

BofA Merrill Lynch

BPCE

BNP Paribas

BNP Paribas Personal Finance

Citigroup

Crédit Agricole SA

Crédit Agricole CIB

CA Consumer Finance

PSA Banque Finance/Credipar

Credit Mutuel Arkea

Credit Suisse

Deutsche Bank

Goldman Sachs

HSBC

J.P. 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

Work highlights

  • Advised Believe on its initial public offering (IPO) on Euronext Paris.
  • Advised the banking syndicate composed of Goldman Sachs and BNP Paribas on the listing of Accor Acquisition Company, a Special Purpose Acquisition Company (SPAC) sponsored by Accor, on the regulated market of Euronext Paris.
  • Advised Aramis Group on its initial public offering (IPO) on Euronext Paris.

France > Compliance Tier 1

White & Case LLP‘s versatile team is experienced in advising a wide range of clients, including investment funds, major US companies, and several of France’s leading banks which turn to the firm for strategic work. The practice is also developing its French corporate client base. Money laundering and anti-corruption are key areas for the team, including in cross-border matters for which the practice can draw on the firm’s international capabilities. The team assists clients with compliance reviews, audits and investigations led by relevant French and international authorities, and is increasingly solicited by clients to advise on the prevention of illegal work issues, notably in relation to the Covid-19 restrictions on working conditions. Lately, the compliance team has also being offering monitoring assistance and collaborated with the corporate team for criminal due diligence during M&A transactions. Finally, the team has been retained by a public sector entity handling international operations to assist with sensitive compliance and sanction issues. Practice head Ludovic MalgrainJean-Pierre Picca and Jean-Lou Salha are the key contacts.

Practice head(s):

Ludovic Malgrain

Testimonials

‘Jean-Lou Salha is proactive and comes up with solutions.’

Key clients

Biosynex

BNP Paribas

Crédit Agricole Group

Facebook

France > Dispute resolution: International arbitration Tier 1

White & Case LLP‘s powerhouse practice is one of the largest in the country and handles a substantial and varied caseload. The team is an established reference for arbitration concerning the world’s largest construction projects, assisting private constructors and state entities with landmark dam, port and hydropower construction projects in many parts of the world, including Panama, Chile and Georgia. Additionally, the practice is involved in several road and plant infrastructure projects, notably in Africa and the Middle East, and acts in a number of high-stakes LNG disputes concerning price adjustment issues. The high-profile team also manages commercial arbitration proceedings across a wide range of industries and issues, including disputes arisen from joint venture agreements and, in recent work, several billion-dollar disputes in the telecoms sector. The practice is co-headed by  Michael Polkinghorne and Christophe von Krause and includes the excellent Charles Nairac, Andrew de Lotbinière McDougall QCJohn WillemsNicolas BouchardieKirsten OdynskiElizabeth Oger-GrossNoor DaviesLucas De Ferrari and Rebecca Shorter. Samy Markbaoui made partner in January 2022.

Practice head(s):

Michael Polkinghorne; Christophe von Krause

Testimonials

‘One of the stand-out features of their work is the teamwork and knowledge within the teams. Whatever system it is they have, it just works, whoever is on the team and whatever the subject, you simply get first rate output every time. I have not experienced such cohesive teamwork with any other attorneys to date.’

‘Charles Nairac has the ability to retain information and recall it at exactly the right moment, a joy to watch when cross-examining witnesses. Elizabeth Oger-Gross’ New York law knowledge is exceptional, and her ability to address the audience in different ways to suit their legal knowledge is very persuasive.’

‘Very assuring and guiding. It has been our first arbitration experience and the team has been always very spot on.’

‘In-depth expertise. I was also impressed with their ability to understand technical issues, and their deep knowledge of FIDIC issues and of witness preparation.’

‘During the cooperation with the team, we received maximum service despite the restrictions due to the COVID-19 pandemic, which prevented us from direct physical communication. From my personal experience by working together on the case, I am grateful for the dedication of the whole team. I would highlight the impressive presentation and examination of witnesses and experts and the coordination of the case investigation and the selection of associates.’

‘Simply put; this is the best arbitration team I have ever worked with.’

‘Nicolas Bouchardie is a great construction specialist. He knows the industry extremely well, he is always up to date on any news in the construction field. He is creative in his way of providing alternative solutions and case management. Elizabeth Oger-Gross is the most efficient and effective partner I work with. She keeps billing under control, provides drafts in advance, and is always on top of everything.’

Key clients

PT Ventures

Lightbridge Corporation

The Republic of Georgia

Grupo Unidos por el Canal, S.A.

Inpex Operations Australia Pty Ltd

Government of Nigeria

France > Insolvency Tier 1

White & Case LLP is especially experienced in acting for bondholders, shareholders and investors, but can act for any stakeholder. The high-profile practice is mostly retained for large debt restructuring matters. The group's substantial workload includes many high-profile cases, with recent matters coming from a range of sectors, including the industrial, tourism, hospitality and retail sectors. The practice notably acted in the landmark Vallourec and Europcar matters. The team also worked on several asset takeover transactions and on cross-border cases. Practice head Saam Golshani  and Alexis Hojabr are highly recommended.

Practice head(s):

Saam Golshani

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Alexis Hojabr has very good potential; he is business-oriented  and understands perfectly the forces in presence to draw the path for solutions for his clients.’

‘Very high technique and has worked on very significant complex and innovative landmark deals; committed.’

‘Saam Golshani and Alexis Hojabr are among the very best.’

Key clients

Air Austral

KKR

Kartesia

Apollo Global Management

Hertz France

Golden Tree

Strategic Value Partners

Davidson Kempner

Centerbridge

Attestor Capital

BPI

Oaktree

Blackstone

Dream Yacht

Fortress

Angelo Gordon

Hayfin

Bybrook

Monarch

Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF)

Work highlights

  • Advised Vallourec’s ad hoc group of bondholders and RCF, led by Apollo, SVP, Bybrook and M&G, on the financial restructuring of Vallourec.
  • Advised the majority of Revolving Credit Facility (RCF) debtholders, including financial institutions and investment funds, on Europcar Mobility Group’s overall financial restructuring and subsequent accelerated financial safeguard.
  • Advised the bondholders on the financial restructuring of the Solocal Group, the leading European provider of digital solutions for SME companies.

France > Administrative and public law Tier 2

White & Case LLP is recommended for its excellent public procurement expertise. The firm is regularly retained to advise on some of France’s largest greenfield and brownfield projects, with recent work including several strategic brownfield matters involving broadband issues. The team is currently involved in various prominent projects, notably in the transport and railway sectors, assisting clients with the opening of regional lines and the awarding of large procurement contracts concerning the supply of railway rolling stock equipment. It has also been retained to advise on a landmark housing project in the defence sector. Clients also turn to the practice to resolve public procurement litigation. Finally, the team is also active in the energy sector, handling both projects and regulatory issues, notably handling work involving renewable energy players and battery storage specialists. The highly regarded Jean-Luc Champy co-heads the practice with François-Guilhem Vaissier who is recommended for his construction and energy project expertise. Senior associate Quirec de Kersauson  is a key contributor.

Practice head(s):

Jean-Luc Champy; François-Guilhem Vaissier

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Bouygues

Vinci Construction

Eiffage

Eranove

Société du Grand Paris

Coriance

Transdev

APRR

Sanef

Vinci Concessions

RTL Group

Iberdrola Renovables

Altitude Infrastructure

Basalt Infrastructure Partners LP

NGE

Aéroports de Lyon

Aéroports de Lille

Aéroports du Grand Ouest

Compagnie Ivoirienne d’Electricité (CIE)

Altitude Infrastructure

Emerging Mkts Partnership

SODECI

Chaabi International Bank Offshore (Groupe Banque Centrale Populaire)

Société Générale

Attijariwafa Bank Europe

Work highlights

  • Representing RTL Group on its entry into exclusive negotiations with Groupe TF1, Groupe M6 and Groupe Bouygues to merge the activities of Groupe TF1 and Groupe M6 and create a major French media group.
  • Representing the bidding consortium, including Eiffage and Groupe ArcadeVyv, in connection with the CEGELOG concession, consisting into the outsourcing by the French Ministry of the Armed Forces of nearly 20,000 military housing units.
  • Advising Iberdrola Renovables Energia on its bid submissions for the 1GW offshore wind mega-project in Normandy and the South Brittany’s floating offshore wind farm project (270MW).

France > Construction Tier 2

White & Case LLP advises companies across the board on construction and infrastructure, construction finance, or construction arbitration matters. The team is able to ‘address any subject, no matter how technical’ and acts for a varied client list of both major public and private entities. Representing the Republic of Georgia in parallel ICC and ICSID proceedings initiated by the Anaklia Development Consortium on the grounds of early termination of a concession for the development of a deep-water port in Anaklia, the firm demonstrated its ability to act in high-profile high-stakes matters.

Testimonials

‘A key feature of any W&C team is their ability to address any subject, no matter how technical. It always amazes me how quick the speed of comprehension of detailed technical and quantum issues is. Complex issues which have been discussed for lengthy periods between the parties are dissected and understood very quickly, allowing you to get a better understanding of the fundamental issues of a claim that need to be addressed.’

‘Charles Nairac just keeps getting better and better, his ability to cross-examine witnesses is a joy to watch (unless you are the witness!).’

Key clients

The Republic of Georgia

Grupo Unidos por el Canal, S.A.

Pathé SA

ITER

Eiffage

Groupe ArcadeVyv

Vinci Construction

Caisse des dépôts

FGIS

Katara Hospitality

Work highlights

  • Representing Georgia in parallel ICC and ICSID proceedings initiated by the Anaklia Development Consortium and one of its indirect stakeholders, Dutch businessman Bob Meijer.

France > Derivatives and structured finance Tier 2

White & Case LLP continues to shoulder one of the busiest securitisation caseloads in Paris. Asset-backed securities, including consumer loans, credit cards and auto loans, and residential mortgage-backed securities are a core part of the caseload. Additionally, counsel Emmanuel Lebaube is also experienced in securitisation derivatives and privately placed risk transfer or synthetic securitisation transactions. Philippe Herbelin heads the capital markets practice.

Practice head(s):

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Barclays

Belfius Bank

BofA Merrill Lynch

BPCE

BNP Paribas

BNP Paribas Personal Finance

Citigroup, Crédit Agricole SA

Crédit Agricole CIB

CA Consumer Finance

PSA Banque Finance/Credipar

Credit Mutuel Arkea

Credit Suisse

Deutsche Bank

Goldman Sachs

HSBC

J.P. 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

Work highlights

  • Represented Société Générale as arranger, subscriber, custodian, specially dedicated account bank, commercial sub-servicer, account bank, paying agent and cash manager, Sogéfinancement as seller, servicer and cash reserve provider and Franfinance as operational sub-servicer in relation to a €3.355bn securitisation of French consumer loans.
  • Advised BNP Paribas and Crédit Agricole CIB as arrangers, lead managers and stand-by swap counterparties in relation to a €635m residential mortgage loan securitisation by Crédit Immobilier de France Développement.
  • Advised the lenders and bondholders on the capital markets aspects on a joint venture strategic agreement between Bouygues Telecom and Vauban Infrastructure Partners for the operation of FTTH (Fiber To The Home) lines in medium-density areas, deployed and privately-funded by Orange.

France > Dispute resolution: Commercial litigation Tier 2

White & Case LLP ’s Diane Lamarche has made her reputation acting in corporate M&A and shareholder disputes, acting for companies, directors and executives, as well as investment funds. Lamarche has also been appointed by private clients for high-stakes cases and is well versed in civil liability disputes in the context of insolvencies. Competition and distribution partner Yann Utzschneider specialises in consumer, commercial and economic law litigation. He is notably acting for major retailers and distributors in high-stakes disputes such as unfair competition, breach of contractual relationships and parasitism matters. Former practice head Philippe Métais left the firm in October 2021.

Practice head(s):

Diane Lamarche; Yann Utzschneider

Testimonials

‘Diane Lamarche has great expertise, shows high availability and is very attentive to the needs of her clients. She is  pragmatic, always strives to provide solutions that suit her clients, is excellent in litigation, inspires confidence… and is very nice.’

‘Professionalism and responsiveness.’

Key clients

BNP Paribas Personal Finance

Dyson

Atol

Intermarché

BNP Paribas

Free

Amber Capital

Alec Jr Wildenstein

Deloitte

Robert Zarra (Toys’R’Us Former Director)

Mrs Cristiana Crociani and al.

Work highlights

  • Representing Intermarché in a dispute recently initiated by the French Minister of Economy before the Paris Commercial Court regarding alleged disproportionate advantages.
  • Successfully represented ATOL before the French Supreme Court (Cour de cassation) against Optical Center, a competing optical equipment retail network, in a lengthy dispute.

France > Dispute resolution: Stock market litigation Tier 2

White & Case LLP‘s Diane Lamarche offers excellent knowledge of stock market and securities rules, earning her mandates for high-stakes governance and shareholder conflicts involving leading companies. Lamarche is also retained by investment funds to assist with market abuse investigations and public tender offer disputes. She is notably acting in high-profile price manipulation AMF sanction proceedings.

Practice head(s):

Diane Lamarche

Key clients

Amber Capital

Paul de Brancion & Co.

Davidson Kempner European Partners

Farallon Capital

Work highlights

  • Assisting Amber Capital with the management of its minority stakes in listed company Lagardère.
  • Representing four shareholders of the holding company EJ Barbier, a family-owned company holding a majority stake in the listed company EPC, in proceedings launched by the activist fund Candel & Partners.
  • Assisting Farallon Capital with the management of its minority stake in Suez SA, in connection with the hostile takeover process launched by Veolia in August 2020 on Suez.

France > EU, competition and distribution Tier 2

With offices spanning the Americas, Asia Pacific and EMEA, the competition, EU law and economic regulation group at law firm White & Case LLP  employs the strength of its global network and the experience of its team to provide comprehensive solutions for major national and international corporates. Matters include investigations, parallel civil proceedings, state aid, licensing and distribution agreements, multi-jurisdictional M&A, joint ventures, merger controls, and abuse of dominance and cartel cases. Representing clients across the transportation & infrastructure, food and beverages, tech, and energy and natural resources industries, the group’s portfolio includes an impressive list of household names. Led by competition law authority Yann Utzschneider, the group also includes merger control expert Jérémie Marthan, who made partner in January 2021, and counsels and anti-competitive practice specialists Estelle Jégou and Mickaël Rivollier.

Practice head(s):

Testimonials

‘Deep knowledge of distribution and commercial law matters in general.’

‘The White & Case competition practice provides excellent service across the whole spectrum of competition/antitrust law, making this practice truly unique on the market. It is one of the market’s go-to firms in Paris when it comes to handling complex antitrust issues or merger control cases. What makes the practice stand out is its sound knowledge of competition law, its in-depth industry experience and its strong relationship with competition authorities and regulators. The White & Case competition practice also promotes an inclusive culture within their team and beyond.’

‘Jérémie Marthan stands out among partners for his in-depth expertise, professionalism and great competence in terms of both legal analysis and knowledge of the banking sector.’

Key clients

Casino

RTL Group

BPCE

Aema Groupe

Crédit Agricole

Dyson

Nestlé / Nespresso

Federation Bancaire Française

BSH Electroménager

Vindemia

ATOL

Air Austral

Facebook

Free Mobile

Work highlights

  • Assisting RTL Group, Europe’s largest broadcaster, with the merger control process before the French Competition Authority of the merger between Groupe TF1 – the French leading TV player- and Groupe M6 (controlled by RTL Group) – its next competitor.
  • Advising Intermarché in a dispute recently initiated by the French Minister of Economy before the Paris Commercial Court arisen from allegations that the companies concerned by the writ of summons (ITM Entreprises, ITM Alimentaire International together with its Belgian subsidiary and the retail alliance AgeCore) had engaged in practices consisting in obtaining advantages from international suppliers without counterpart or manifestly disproportionate.
  • Representing Inca-a, the joint purchasing venture between Casino and Intermarché, before the General Court of the European Union, obtaining a partial annulment of the inspection decision in a judgment of October 5, 2020 and obtaining appeal.

France > Industry focus: Energy Tier 2

White & Case LLP combines strong domestic and international capabilities. The practice’s main work has shifted from conventional power and oil and gas, although the group remains active here, to clean energy work: renewables, hydropower and cogeneration projects and new types of electricity storage and hydrogen projects. The team is also assisting a sponsor with several of France’s landmark offshore projects. The Paris practice is also heavily involved in renewables and hydropower projects in Africa. François-Guilhem Vaissier and Amaury De Feydeau are the key contacts for the above. Beyond its excellent projects capabilities, the firm also has strong regulatory expertise thanks to public law partner Jean-Luc Champy, who is notably assisting several clients with sensitive renegotiations of sponsored renewables tariffs. Seasoned project finance partner Paule Biensan and arbitration partner Michael Polkinghorne co-head the practice. Corporate partner Marc Petitier brings extensive sector expertise to the table.

Practice head(s):

Michael Polkinghorne; Paule Biensan

Key clients

Lightbridge Corporation

Inpex Operations Australia Pty Ltd

Government of Nigeria

Enedis

Teréga

DIF Capital Partners

Eranove

Iberdrola Renovables

Fonds Gabonais d’Investissements Stratégiques (FGIS)

Themis Energy

Eiffage

Coriance

NGE

Sanef

Vinci Autoroutes

Basalt Infrastructure Partners LP

Compagnie Ivoirienne d’Electricité (CIE)

Work highlights

  • Representating Lightbridge Corporation in a joint venture dispute with French nuclear reactor company Framatome, a subsidiary of Electricité de France.
  • Representaing Iberdrola Renovables Energia in connection with its bid submissions for the 1 GW offshore wind mega-project in the Normandy region in France (AO4) and for the South Brittany floating offshore wind farm with a capacity of up to 270 MW.
  • Advising the Caisse des Dépôts et Consignations on the sale of its minority stake held in three biomass plants (Kogeban, Cogénération Biomasse d’Estrées-Mons et Cogénération Biomasse de Novillars) to PEARL Infrastructure Capital.

France > Mergers and acquisitions Tier 2

White & Case LLP is home to a sizeable corporate and M&A department, fielding over 500 lawyers worldwide. Its Paris office was recently bolstered by the arrival of Marc Petitier in December 2020, formerly of Linklaters LLP, who joins with over 20 years’ worth of experience in public and private M&A, sales and joint ventures, particularly those within the mid-cap and jumbo-cap segments. The team is co-led by Hugues Mathez, a veteran of many FIG and automotive sector transactions, and Saam Golshani who directs a high degree of focus to the technology space.

Practice head(s):

Hugues Mathez; Saam Golshani

Other key lawyers:

Marc Petitier; Franck De Vita; Nathalie Nègre-Eveillard; Alexis Hojabr; Guillaume Vitrich

Testimonials

‘Multidisciplinary team.’

‘Strong responsiveness and ability to adapt to contexts.’

‘Very good, solid and innovative team.’

‘Hugues Mathez: very solid and versatile. Alexis Hojabr is very good for complex situations.’

Key clients

Aéma Group

Altitude Infrastructure

Aptean

Arval

BNP Paribas

Cardif

Casino

Coface

Covea

Crédit Agricole

Digital Realty

Ebro Foods

Europ Assistance

Faurecia

Global Media & Entertainment Limited

Goldman Sachs

Groupama

Catella AB

Colisée Group

Ingenico Group

Kingdom Holding Company of Saudi Arabia

Korian

Legrand

Legris Industries

Moret Industries

Mr. Bricolage

Natixis

Nestlé

Nexans

Novasep

Oberthur

Orange

Pernod Ricard

Play Communications

Primetals Technologies

Puma Energy

Publicis

Roivant Sciences

Qatar Investment Authority

RTL Group

SAB

Sagemcom

SES-imagotag

Smartbox

Société Générale

Solocal

Swedish Steel AB

Teads

Tereos

Total Eren

Unibail-Rodamco

Vinci

Visteon

Zadig & Voltaire

Work highlights

  • Representation of RTL Group, Europe’s largest broadcaster, in connection with its entry into exclusive negotiations with Groupe TF1, Groupe M6 and Groupe Bouygues to merge the activities of Groupe TF1 and Groupe M6 and create a major French media group.
  • Representation of Aéma Groupe, the French insurance mutual group gathering Aésio and Macif, which has been granted exclusivity on the acquisition of Aviva France, for a consideration of €3.2bn.
  • Representation of Europcar Mobility Group (Europcar) shareholders Centerbridge Partners, CarVal Investors, Marathon Asset Management and Diameter Capital Partners individually in connection with the tender offer for Europcar by a consortium composed of Volkswagen Group, Attestor Capital and Pon Holdings.

France > Private equity: LBO Tier 2

Benefiting from its strong cross-practice capabilities, White & Case LLP handles the full range of complex private equity transactions, frequently advising on primary and secondary LBOs, PIPE and P2P deals, stressed and distressed M&A, among other matters. The group also draws on the firm’s leading expertise in foreign direct investment in France and the EMEA region. Increasingly active in the large-cap segment of the market, the department continues to build up its strength with the arrival of Marc Petitier from Linklaters in December 2020. In January 2022, Julien Bensaid was promoted to partner, while Hugues Racovski and Alicia Bali made counsels. Saam Golshani leads the practice.

Practice head(s):

Saam Golshani

Other key lawyers:

Marc PetitierHugues Racovski; Alicia Bali; Nathalie Negré-Eveillard

Testimonials

‘This is a team that has demonstrated its ability to manage large and complicated cases, both from a legal perspective and from a commercial perspective. In terms of diversity, we notice that there are a lot of women at all levels.’

Nathalie Negre will always go the extra mile. She is very involved in the cases and is always available.’

Key clients

Access Capital Partners

Activa Capital

Altitude Infrastructure

Andera Partners

Ardian

Arts et Biens

BC Partners

Boussard & Gavaudan

Bpifrance

Bridgepoint

Caisse des Dépôts et Consignations

Cardif

Carlyle Group

Centerbridge

Chedid Capital

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

Meeschaert

Metric Capital Partners

Nordic Capital

Oaktree Management Capital

OncoDNA

Otium Capital

Predica

Qatar Investment Authority

Sogecap

Starwood Capital

Tempocap

Tikéhau Capital

Triton

Zadig & Voltaire

Wendel

Work highlights

  • Acted for Activa Capital, an independent private equity firm focused on mid-size French companies, and the senior management team of Activa Assurances Group on the sale of Activa Assurances Group to Meilleurtaux Group.
  • Represented Hg, Europe’s software investor, in connection with its investment in Septeo group, a European LegalTech based in France.
  • Advised Gapave, Apave’s sole shareholder association, in connection with the minority investment of PAI Partners.

France > Private equity: venture/growth capital Tier 2

White & Case LLP advises fast-growth companies on the full cycle of investments, including pre-investment due diligence, seed capital, growth stage financings, and sales or exits. The team has a particularly strong presence in the technology sector. The team is led jointly by Saam Golshani and Guillaume Vitrich. Associate Hugues Racovski covers a wide range of domestic and international M&A transactions.

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Goldman Sachs Growth

Gaia Capital Partners

Eurazeo

Skello

Softbank

Thinksurance

Arianee

Day Plus for Care

Upflow

Buster AI

DEE Tech

Work highlights

  • Represented Softbank in its Series B round investment of $500m in exchange for a circa 17% stake in the capital of SORARE.
  • Represented Softbank in its Series E round investment of  $400m in exchange for a circa 17% stake in the capital of CONTENT SQUARE SAS.
  • Represented Goldman Sachs Growth in its investment in BACKMARKET, alongside namely General Atlantic, Eurazeo Growth, Daphni, Financière Agache and Aglaé Ventures.

France > Project finance Tier 2

White & Case LLP advises leading banks and sponsors on projects in France and abroad. In France, the firm has been particularly active in the transport and the renewables sectors, but also acted on a large public housing project in the defense sector  as well as a number of social housing projects. The firm is also assisting a sponsor with several of France’s landmark offshore wind projects. The Paris team is increasingly sought after for French and European brownfield work and has notably been handling large broadband, telecoms towers and data center brownfield transactions lately. The Paris practice’s coverage extends to many other regions in the world, regularly collaborating with the firm’s international offices, notably in Asia and the US. Africa is a strong region of focus for the team, with Europe and Central Asia growing in importance, with matters including renewables, hydropower, oil and gas and mining projects as well as several transport projects. The team is increasingly collaborating with the Paris arbitration team to resolve project issues raised by the Covid-19 crisis. Public law partners Jean-Luc Champy and François-Guilhem Vaissier and project finance partner Amaury De Feydeau direct the team. Quirec De Kersauson and Paul Loisel were promoted counsel early 2022.

Practice head(s):

François-Guilhem Vaissier; Amaury De Feydeau; Jean-Luc Champy

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘The team has always been attentive, available and a source of proposals.’

‘They are present, available, know the market, the precedents, know how to move the lines. They always seek to improve our position without risking to jeopardise the negotiation.’

‘We particularly appreciated the commitment of the teams who have always taken into account our time constraints, and the perspective they bring to dealing with the issues we are facing.’

‘For my part, I worked a lot with Maître Vaissier with whom I have an excellent relationship given his listening skills, his great availability, his responsiveness, his professionalism and his kindness. His support was decisive in the cases he had to deal with.’

‘The project finance team has an excellent knowledge of the subjects and of practices of the various players (banks, financial institutions, delegating authority, sponsors and builders). This makes sure that all the necessary clauses for financial closing are be incorporated ab initio into contracts.’

‘The expertise, the availability of the teams and their ability to persuade greatly facilitate negotiations and reduce delays in setting up financing stand out.’

Key clients

Compagnie Ivoirienne d’Electricité (CIE)/Eranove/Emerging Capital Partners (ECP)

Eiffage

Eranove

Iberdorla Renovables

LELP Anaklia Deep Sea Port Development Agency (Ministry of Regional Development and Infrastructure of Georgia)

Vinci Concessions

Themis Energy

Bouygues Telecom

Altitude Infrastructure

Vauban Infrastructure Partners

DIF Capital Partners

Natixis

Société Générale

Chaabi International Bank Offshore – Groupe Banque Centrale Populaire (BCP)

Attijariwafa Bank Europe

Fonds Gabonais d’Investissements Stratégiques (FGIS)

National Bank of Greece

Katara Hospitality

Transdev

Coriance

NGE

Republic of Gabon

Work highlights

  • Representing Coriance and NGE in connection with the concession relating to the cooling networks of the city of Paris.
  • Representing Iberdrola Renovables Energia in connection with its bid submission for the 1 GW offshore wind mega-project in the Normandy region in France (AO4) and for the South Brittany floating offshore wind farm.
  • Representing the lenders, including Chaabi International Bank Offshore (Groupe Banque Centrale Populaire), Société Générale and Attijariwafa Bank Europe, in relation to the $122m financing for the design, construction, development and operation of the Tri-K gold mine project located in the Republic of Guinea.

France > Banking and finance: Bank regulatory Tier 3

White & Case LLP's regulatory offering was consolidated with the arrival of Emilie Rogey in 2019 who has extensive experience advising clients ranging from small French fintechs to major US investment banks. Rogey's team works with regulated entities on a broad range of financial regulatory and compliance matters, including regulation of investment services, banking activities, fund management and payment services, market abuse, anti-money laundering and prudential and governance requirements.

Practice head(s):

Key clients

Jefferries Finance LLC

Macquarie Capital Ltd

JP Morgan

Goldman Sachs

Santander

Facebook

Klarna

Trade Republic

Qonto

Lydia

October

BNP Paribas Personal Finance

Wilmington Trust, Paris

Edmond de Rothschild

Groupe Casino

Luko

Mérieux Equity Partners

Caisse des Dépôts et Consignations

Candriam Investors Group

Credit Mutuel Alliance Fédérale (CIC)

Work highlights

  • Advising Aéma Group on the €3.2bn acquisition of Aviva France, including on the audit, negotiation of the SPAs and specific indemnities, and on obtaining the prior approval of the French regulators on over a dozen change of control files.
  • Assisted Groupe Casino with the regulatory aspects of its long-term partnership with BNPP with respect to FLOA Bank, a French fintech company.
  • Advising the German Fintech Trade Republic with respect to the launch of its mobile app in France.

France > Data privacy and data protection Tier 3

White & Case LLP specialises in bespoke privacy and cybersecurity policies, conducting audits and analysis of current policies and procedures, and offers board-level cyber risk management advisory services alongside GDPR compliance services. Bertrand Liard and Clara Hainsdorf are known to go above and beyond for their clients, anticipating their needs.

Testimonials

‘I have benefited from relevant and rapid advice. The team was very attentive which made it possible to lead to a deliverable that corresponded to our timeframe. The W&C firm also sets up very interesting webinars in the digital field in France and internationally, which I have had the pleasure of attending on several occasions.’

‘Very responsive team during calls for tenders, W&C (B.Liard and JP Picca) sets itself apart from other firms by their force of proposal. By fully understanding our needs, they are able to offer useful services that sometimes go beyond our requests without impacting the budget proposal. Their understanding of the operational reality of our organization is also appreciated.’

Key clients

Facebook

Natixis

Saint-Gobain

Frans Bonhomme

Carmignac

Société Générale

Agence Française de Développement

Loxam

Crédit Agricole Group

Work highlights

  • Assisting Facebook with pre-litigation and litigation matters affecting its social network activities outside the US.
  • Acting as counsel for Frans Bonhomme, a specialist in plastic products in the fields of sanitation, building, irrigation and public works, on a number of data protection matters including on the preparation of legal documentation, and on data protection policies and procedures.
  • Advising Saint-Gobain on the definition and implementation of its programme to become compliant with the GDPR and on follow-up actions since the programme has been in place.

France > Dispute resolution: White-collar crime Tier 3

White & Case LLP ‘s compliance and white-collar practice are closely connected as the team often advises clients on areas. The practice notably assists leading French banks with their most challenging matters, including French and cross-border money laundering, corruption and other major regulatory investigations. The team has strong know-how of fraud and corruption cases, often with major international dimensions for which the team can draw on the firm's offices abroad. Corporations and executives facing investigations, including high-profile US companies, rely on the firm, among others for high-stakes tax fraud proceedings. The practice has also been retained by a French corporation whose technology facilities were under attack. Practice head Ludovic MalgrainJean-Pierre Picca and Jean-Lou Salha make up a strong team.

Practice head(s):

Ludovic Malgrain

Key clients

BNP Paribas Group (including BNP Paribas Personal Finance)

Facebook

Crédit Agricole Goup

Work highlights

  • Assisting BNP Paribas Personal Finance in relation to criminal proceedings and complaints filed by hundreds of plaintiffs concerning a portfolio of real estate loans granted in Swiss Francs.

France > Employment Tier 3

Headed by Alexandre JaurettWhite & Case LLP‘s team works hand-in-hand with the corporate practice to assist with large M&A and private equity transactions, including IPOs. The team recently worked on two major IPOs and acted on one of France’s most high-profile mergers in the audiovisual sector. Adept at handling domestic and cross-border matters, the group is a good choice for foreign companies wishing to set up branches in France, with a recent matter coming from a fintech player, and companies undergoing reorganisations of international dimension, with the work on the reorganisation of a foreign bank a recent example. Leading French and international corporations as well as private equity funds are clients. Valérie Ménard is the second key contact.

Practice head(s):

Alexandre Jaurett

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Valérie Ménard has an excellent understanding of financial and social issues and a very good understanding of adequate negotiation tactics; very fine and precise advice.’

‘Valérie Ménard is a very good professional, solid, good negotiator and excellent: good support even under stress.’

‘Valérie Ménard’s experience and expertise was essential in instilling confidence in our team and management so that we could successfully manage the employment aspects of a carve-out in France. Valérie Ménard has a practical approach and her professionalism and commitment was exemplary throughout the process.’

Key clients

Ebro Foods

Korian

Goldman Sachs

Eurazeo

Gapave

Svenska Handelsbanken

Klarna

Primetals Technologies

Believe

RTL Group

Aramis Group

Faurecia

Chedid Capital

Schneider Electric

THOM Group

Oaktree Capital Management

Whop Holding

Redwood Capital

Novasep

Work highlights

  • Advising RTL Group in connection with its entry into exclusive negotiations with Groupe TF1, Groupe M6 and Groupe Bouygues to merge the activities of Groupe TF1 and Groupe M6 and create a major French media group.
  • Advising Spanish agri-food group Ebro Foods S.A. on its entry into exclusive negotiations with CVC Capital Partners VIII for the proposed disposal of the Panzani dry pasta, couscous, sauces and semolina business.
  • Advising Believe, a digital music company, in connection with its initial public offering (IPO) on Euronext Paris.

France > Industry focus: IT and internet  Tier 3

Working hand in hand with the firm's corporate team, White & Case LLP‘s IT team handles IT issues in the context of mergers and acquisitions as well as stand-alone work for both domestic and global clients. For key client Facebook, the practice handles pre-litigation and litigation matters affecting its social network activities outside the US. Given the increasing scrutiny of authorities, Bertrand Liard often advises on IT regulatory matters in the event of security breaches. Clara Hainsdorf has extensive experience in commercial litigation.

Key clients

Facebook

Natixis

Agence Française de Développement (AFD)

Aéma Groupe

OncoDNA

Tink

Loxam

Work highlights

  • Acting as counsel to Facebook around the world, including in Silicon Valley, assisting with pre-litigation and litigation matters affecting its social network activities outside the US, including regulatory matters.
  • Advising Natixis on several digitalisation and regulatory-driven technology matters, including their project on digitalisation of the workplace, the acquisition of cloud services for PRIIPs compliance purposes, as well as on privacy and personal data protection issues regarding compliance with the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA).
  • Assisting AFD, the French Development Agency, on the negotiation of several IT agreements.

France > Real estate Tier 3

White & Case LLP‘s stellar client base speaks for its expertise in real estate transactions; the firm handles work for Oaktree Capital Management, Prédica and La Française, L’Oréal, Sogecap and Marriott International. Clients are in good hands with Franck Peter as he is ‘an outstanding specialist in all areas of real estate’. Brice Engel, who co-leads the practice with Peter, is the name to note for transactional work, with a particular emphasis on the sale and acquisition of portfolio properties in Europe.

Practice head(s):

Testimonials

‘Excellent reputation, excellent knowledge of the real estate industry.’

‘Franck Peter an outstanding specialist in all areas of real estate, excellent negotiator, a facilitator with a real risk management approach.’

Key clients

ACM

Aema Groupe

Amundi

Aviva Real Estate Investors

BNP Paribas Real Estate

Caisse des Dépôts et CDC Investissement Immobilier

Cardif

Digital Realty

Financière Colisée

Foncière INEA

Foncière Raynouard

GIC

La Française

L’Oréal

Oaktree Capital Management

Prédica

Marriott International

SCI EM Lyon 2022

Société Générale Insurance (formerly Sogecap)

Sogecap

THOM Group

Vinci Immobilier

York Capital Management

Work highlights

  • Advising Korian, the leading European care services group for elderly and vulnerable people, with respect to its entry into exclusive negotiations with Colisée to sell 21 facilities and Vivalto Vie to sell 11 facilities.
  • Acting for Whop Holding as part of the sale and restructuring of a 10.000 sq. m. real estate complex located in Opéra district in Paris, through a joint venture with Mark group, a private equity real estate investment manager.
  • Assisting Archer Hotel Capital B.V. on the financing, circa €400 million pan-European portfolio of hotels. This is the largest hotel financing since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.

France > Tax Tier 3

White & Case LLP's team is in high demand from its corporate and capital markets colleagues to assist with the structuring of high-profile transactions. The practice notably advised on recent landmark M&A deals in the audiovisual and insurance sectors. It was also busy assisting banks or companies on IPOs, including the market listing of several SPAC. The team also contributes in the field of real estate tax and debt restructuring matters. Practice head Alexandre Ippolito and Estelle Philippi form a strong duo.

Practice head(s):

Alexandre Ippolito

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘A great mix of technical expertise and practical business advice.’

‘Alexandre Ippolito is a world-class tax partner who combines a great mix of technical depth and practical, real world advice.’

Key clients

Aéma Groupe

AEW Europe

Air-France KLM

Altitude Infrastructure

Antalis

Archer Hotel Capital

Arval

BNP Paribas

Boussard & Gavaudan

Bpifrance

Casino Group

Citigroup

CNP Assurances

Cobepa

Conforama

Crédit Agricole Assurances

Deutsche Bank

Digital Realty

Eurazeo

Faurecia

Financière Colisée

Financière Eurinter

GIC

Goldman Sachs

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

Neoen

Oaktree Capital Management

ORPEA

Otium

Qatar Investment Authority

RTL Group

Schneider Electric

Smartbox

Société Générale

Sogecap

Solocal

SPIE

Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation

Tikéhau

Vinci

Visteon

Work highlights

  • Advising RTL Group, along with Bouygues, TF1 and M6 on the tax aspects of the proposed combination of the two largest broadcasters in France, TF1 and M6.
  • Advising Vallourec’s ad hoc group of bondholders and RCF, led by Apollo, SVP, Bybrook and M&G, on the financial restructuring of Vallourec.
  • Advising Gapave, Apave’s sole shareholder association, in connection with the minority investment of PAI Partners.

Morocco > Foreign firms Tier 1

White & Case LLP has a long track record in high-profile mandates in Morocco and across Francophone Africa.  The practice, jointly led by Paule Biensan and François-Guilhem Vaissier, hired additional project development and finance partners in 2020, namely Amaury De Feydeau and Jean-Luc Champy from Orrick Rambaud Martel, who boost the firm’s capability in project finance in North Africa. The firm recently advised China Communication Construction Company Ltd on its $1bn investment in the development over a 2000-hectare area in Tanger.

Key clients

BMCE Bank

Groupe Banque Centrale Populaire

China Communication Construction Company Ltd. (CCCC)

Ezz Steel

Work highlights

  • Representation of China Communication Construction Company Ltd. (CCCC), as part of a Chinese consortium on its participation in the company SATT (new city development company Mohammed VI Tanger Tech, Port of Tanger) which represents a development over an area of 2.000 hectares in Morocco for an investment of $1bn.
  • Ongoing post-closing representation of BMCE Bank in the bankruptcy proceedings of the Spanish company Abengoa (sponsor) in relation to the Tchouka seawater desalination plant in Morocco.
  • Representation of the lenders, including Chaabi International Bank Offshore (Groupe Banque Centrale Populaire), Société Générale and Attijariwafa Bank Europe, in relation to the $122m financing for the design, construction, development and operation of the Tri-K gold mine project located in the Republic of Guinea.

Algeria > Foreign firms Tier 2

Operating from the firm’s London and Paris office, White & Case LLP‘s team has been very active in mandates concerning the oil and gas, construction and TMT sectors. The team is particularly strong in major arbitrations, both in a domestic and international context. The group has also worked on project finance, capital markets and restructurings. The team is led by Paris-based Christophe von Krause, who heads the firm’s EMEA Africa disputes group, and London-based Mukund Dhar, who oversees the firm’s Africa group.

Testimonials

‘W&C team’s vast experience in this country is second to none. You can rely on them in finding the right business partners in Algeria to resolve your disputes especially if you are a foreign firm.’

‘Christophe von Krause is an expert in the field. He knows the way things should be handled in Algeria and he proves to be right almost every time. He is the guy if you would like to do your legal arrangements right in Algeria.’

‘From my experiences, I am sure that White & Case LLP, as an international law firm, has great advantages of establishing an excellent team which can deal with international disputes involving many complicated issues among multiple jurisdictions. The team is composed of various excellent experts across the world who have deep knowledge on any specific field.’

‘Mr. Christophe von Krause has an outstanding ability to give his clients great confidence with his sharp insight and articulation. He is also so responsive and communicative that he is very good at quickly understanding what his client needs and getting to the point in a straightforward way. He is a highly reliable attorney who can give rays of hope to his clients.’

Key clients

ADES International Holding

Orascom TMT Investments S.à r.l (OTMTI)

Work highlights

  • Advised ADES International Holding PLC in connection with the issuance of a $325m high-yield bond.
  • Represented OTMTI, a Luxembourgish company, in its $4b claim against Algeria in relation to the unlawful expropriation of its significant investments in the Algerian telecoms sector.

Latin America: International firms > International arbitration

White & Case LLP leverages its extensive client relationships and networks across Latin America to provide high-level investment and commercial arbitration support across the region. With more than three-decades’ experience in the Latin American market the ‘committed’ international arbitration team ‘works hand-in-hand’ with clients, doing so ‘with the greatest rigour’; as a result, it has built significant scale in the region. This has enabled the practice to take on a broad range of arbitration disputes across multiple sectors, with particular strength in energy, natural resources, financial services, technology and transportation matters. The ‘deeply impressive and knowledgeableJonathan Hamilton   in Washington DC fronts the firm’s Latin American arbitration practice, with the highly respected global head of international arbitration Abby Smutny  providing further senior leadership input. ‘Excellent professionals’ Ank Santens   and Rafael Llano  (based in New York and Mexico City, respectively), are praised for their ‘deep knowledge’ and are among the many senior names on a deep roster of talent. Silvia Marchili , who divides her time between Houston and Miami, focuses on complex investment and commercial claims, while Washington DC-based Francisco Jijón  handles ICSID and UNCITRAL-governed matters and also handles commercial arbitration and litigation in various forums and arbitrations before US courts. Jorge Mattamouros  in Houston is best known for his work in Brazil’s oil and gas sector. The practice has expanded its senior ranks with the promotion of Lucas De Ferrari  (in Paris) and Sven Volkmer  (in New York) to the partnership; and that of Mariele Coulet Díaz  to counsel in Mexico City. A strong pipeline of counsel and associate-level talent includes rising star Michelle Grando  and Alejandro Martínez de Hoz  in Washington DC; Estefania San Juan  in Miami; and Madrid-based Ignacio Madalena  (primarily on Spain-LatAm related matters). Since research concluded, San Juan has been raised to the partnership, effective October 2022.

Practice head(s):

Jonathan Hamilton; Abby Smutny

Testimonials

‘Ank Santens and Rafael Llano are excellent professionals with a deep knowledge of their industry. We have a high level of trust in their advice.’

‘A committed team that works hand in hand with the client with the greatest rigour.’

‘Rafael Llano is outstanding in his strategic approach.’

Key clients

Daniel Kappes and Kappes, Cassiday & Associates (KCA)

Webuild

Red Eagle Mining

Telefónica

Rutas de Lima

Zurich Insurance Company

Zurich South America Invest

Eldorado Brasil Celulose

PT Ventures SGPS

MetLife

Mitsui & Co

Work highlights

  • Represent Daniel Kappes and Kappes, Cassiday & Associates (KCA) as claimant in an ICSID arbitration against Guatemala in relation to the suspension of operations at a mine in the country.
  • Acting for WeBuild in a treaty arbitration against Panama in connection with the high profile $5.5bn Panama Canal expansion project.
  • Represent Red Eagle Mining, as claimant, in ICSID arbitration against Colombia brought under the Canada-Colombia BIT and concerning claims of governmental expropriation of one of three gold mining concessions located in an environmental preservation zone, along with related financial losses.

Ghana > Foreign firms

White & Case LLP has a wealth of experience in the power, oil and gas and infrastructure sectors; the group also has expertise in the mining and metals, water and wastewater treatment, technology and telecoms industries. The heads of department are Mukund DharCaroline Miller Smith and Christophe von Krause, all of whom are seasoned and highly-regarded practitioners.

Key clients

Future Global Resources Limited

Helios Investment Partners

Republic of Ghana

Chedid Capital

Ghana National Petroleum Corporation (GNPC)

Deutsche Bank

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