Clifford Chance > Paris, France > Firm Profile

Clifford Chance
1 RUE D'ASTORG
75008 PARIS
France

France > Administrative and public law Tier 1

Clifford Chance is regularly retained by leading sponsors or by the French state to assist with the country’s largest infrastructure projects. The firm is involved in several landmark projects, including in the transport area where it advises on several motorway and Parisian metro projects and in the energy field where it works on several offshore wind projects. The team is also well known for its ability to handle strategic public procurement execution and performance issues, as well as sensitive related litigation, notably in the railway area. The firm also has top regulatory expertise and regularly assists with the drafting of new regulations in innovative areas; it has been instructed to advise on various hydrogen and solar panel projects. David Préat is one of the leading names in the field; he co-heads the practice with the highly regarded Gauthier Martin. Counsel Jean-Baptiste Merigot de Treigny provides additional support.

Practice head(s):

David Préat; Gauthier Martin

Testimonials

‘The team is very mobilized, available, responsive and very respectful of its commitments, especially in terms of deadlines. It is able to adapt in terms of invoicing.’

‘Gauthier Martin shows great availability and strong commitment.’

‘Very responsive firm with very good technical skills’

‘David Préat and his team provide support on strategic decisions. Great availability, technical and argumentation skills.’

Key clients

French Ministry in charge of transport

French Ministry in charge of energy

SNCF Gares & Connexion

Société du Grand Paris

Construcciones y Auxiliar de Ferrocarriles

ASF

Eiffage Concessions

Vinci Construction France

EDF Renouvelables

Mapple Power

Eolmed

Encavis AG

Doric

Technip Energies

Bolloré Energie

RATP

French Rugby Fédération

Work highlights

  • Advising SNCF Gares & Connexions on the performance and domain occupation issues concerning the refurbishment of the Gare du Nord railway station in Paris.
  • Advising project company Parc Eolien Offshore de Provence Grand Large on the development and the financing of the floating wind offshore project Provence Grand Large.
  • Advising ASF on its discussions with the state regarding the potential construction of a motorway bypass on the West of Montpellier.

France > Banking and finance: Bank regulatory Tier 1

The Paris banking and finance regulatory team at Clifford Chance remains a force in the market, with strength advising major financial institutions, asset management companies, insurers and corporates spanning sectors including tech, telecoms, gaming and aerospace. Led by Frédérick Lacroix, who is an authority in this area, the group assists with matters ranging from banking, financial and insurance regulations and financial litigations to restructuring, FIG M&A, ESG, and resolution and prudential matters. A key figure is counsel Hélène Kouyaté, who specialises in issues regarding licensing, Brexit and capital requirements as well as more recently matters with a nexus to Covid-19.

Practice head(s):

Frédérick Lacroix

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

FIG M&A

Crédit Agricole Assurances and Prédica

Somers Group (formerly Watford Holdings Ltd.)

Cathay Capital

ING

BNP Paribas Personal Finance

Prudential requirements and resolution (CRR and BRRD)

Bank of America Europe

Crédit Agricole Corporate

Morgan Stanley Bank AG

Fintech

Onbrane

Clearing and Netting

Futures Industry Association (FIA)

Banque Centrale de Compensation (LCH SA)

Work highlights

  • Advised major banks introducing, managing and guaranteeing the tender offer of Veolia Environnement for Suez on EU prudential regulations and on certain litigation aspects.
  • Assisted Crédit Agricole Assurances (CAA), on the negotiation and sale of its subsidiary La Médicale, a French insurer for health professionals, to Generali; and Prédica, on the sale of an insurance portfolio covering life and health risks.|

France > Banking and finance: transactional work Tier 1

The team at Clifford Chance has a stellar reputation and is sought out by major domestic and international financial institutions, insurers, private equity funds, debt funds, government institutions, and corporates. Working in tandem with the securitisation group, which is headed up by Jonathan Lewis and Frédérick Lacroix, the core banking team consists of Thierry Arachtingi, who is an expert in leveraged and acquisition finance, real estate finance and debt restructuring, Daniel Zerbib, who brings strength to major matters in the infrastructure sector, Piere-Benoît Pabot Du Chatelard, who specialises in project finance and syndicated lending, Nikolaï Eatwell and Delphine Caramalli. The team is supported by counsel Maroussia Cuny. Counsel Mary Serhal departed in January 2022.

Practice head(s):

Thierry Arachtingi; Daniel Zerbib; Pierre-Benoit Pabot du Châtelard; Nikolaï Eatwell; Delphine Caramalli; Jonathan Lewis; Frédérick Lacroix

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Multi-disciplinary team capable of mobilising leading teams in various practices (financing, corporate, tax, restructuring, regulatory).’

‘Pierre-Benoit Pabot du Châtelard: excellent technician with a very strong knowledge of the latest developments in case law.’

‘First-rate team bringing together everything a client expects from his lawyer: perfect knowledge of the practice and the market, excellent negotiation skills, ability to find compromises to advance a deal while strongly defending client positions.’

‘Clifford Chance advised us in a particularly effective manner and with great pragmatism in the defence of our interests.’

‘Very nice team, very professional, well-versed in the French market.’

‘A very responsive team, with good quality at all levels, focused on delivering results.’

Key clients

BNP Paribas

Crédit Agricole

Natixis

Société Générale

Bank of America Merrill Lynch

Barclays

Credit Suisse

Deutsche Bank

Goldman Sachs

HSBC

JP Morgan

AXA

Carrefour

EDF

Eiffage

L’Oréal

Vinci

Bridgepoint

Work highlights

  • Advising the lenders on the financing of the acquisition of Equans from Engie by Bouygues Group.
  • Advising the lenders on the financing of the acquisition of the new Suez by a consortium of investors composed of Meridiam, Global Infrastructure Partners, Caisse des Dépôts et Consignations and CNP Assurances in the context of Veolia’s takeover bid on Suez.
  • Advising Parc Eolien Offshore de Provence Grand Large SAS and the joint venture between EDF Renouvelables and Enbridge on the financing of a floating offshore wind farm project off the coast of Port-Saint-Louis-du-Rhône (near Marseille) in France, with an installed capacity of 24 MW (3 SGRE turbines of 8 MW).

France > Capital markets: debt capital markets Tier 1

The Paris debt capital markets team at global firm Clifford Chance remains a force in the area, providing support on high-value, cross-border DCM transactions to major domestic and international financial institutions, investment managers, government authorities and corporates across such industries as hospitality, manufacturing, automotive, beverages, personal care products and construction. Led by expert in securities Alex Bafi, DCM market authority Cédric Burford and structured finance specialist Jonathan Lewis, the group assists with debt issuance programmes, sustainable bond issuances, structured debt issues, liability management transactions and consent solicitations. Other key figures include counsels Auriane Bijon, who has experience of sustainability matters, Olivier Plessis, who has a notable focus on investment grade and high-yield bond issuances, and Andrew McCann, who is a dual qualified in France and England and Wales.

Practice head(s):

Alex Bafi; Cédric Burford; Jonathan Lewis

Testimonials

‘Dynamic, available and pleasant team that brilliantly covers a large number of financial products. The relationship on the files is fluid, constructive, leaving the client with an impression of serenity and great professional mastery. Quotes and schedules are always respected making the service optimum.’

‘Cédric Burford is a renowned partner in the international capital market. Benefiting from a very great expertise, Cédric is a pragmatic, pro-active partner, a force, with sure and decisive judgement in the negotiations.’

‘I consider the Clifford Chance team led by Cédric Burford to be one of the best on the market.’

Key clients

RCI Banque

Société Générale

Natixis

Crédit Agricole CIB

BNP Paribas

Goldman Sachs

Bank of America Merrill Lynch

Bank of China International Holdings Ltd

Citigroup

European Investment Bank

HSBC

J.P. Morgan

Morgan Stanley

National Bank of Abu Dhabi

Standard Chartered Bank

Accor

Alstom

Carmila

Carrefour

Dassault Systèmes

Pernod Ricard

Vinci

Volvo

Tikehau Capital

The Government of Sultanate of Oman

Caisse des Dépôts et Consignations

Work highlights

  • Advising L’Oréal on its inaugural sustainability-linked public bond offering for an aggregate nominal amount of EUR 3 bn.
  • Advising the global coordinators and joint lead managers, on the issue of EUR 650m 1.25% sustainability-linked bonds due 6 April 2029 and an issue of EUR 850m 0.875% bonds due 6 April 2025 by Sanofi.
  • Advising Tikehau Capital, the global alternative asset management group, on its inaugural public sustainable bond issuance.

France > Capital markets: equity capital markets Tier 1

Clifford Chance's market-leading practice is at the forefront of high-value, cross-border matters, involving IPOs, SPACs and rights issues, where it is a popular choice for banks and issuers. It has a sizeable leadership team with the practice headed by Alex Bafi, who is an expert in US security transactions; Aline Cardin, who assists French European issuers with public and secondary offerings and corporate governance issues; Jonathan Lewis, who is a key adviser on equity derivatives, equity-linked notes and margin loans; Anne Lemercier, who specialises in compensation and benefits; and Julien Rocherieux, who also contributes experience in international employee share schemes. Olivier Plessis has expertise in SPACs and block trades.

Practice head(s):

Alex Bafi; Aline Cardin; Jonathan Lewis; Anne Lemercier; Julien Rocherieux

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Knowledge of the market and excellent track record.’

‘Alex Bafi and Olivier Plessis are very, very good.’

‘Aline Cardin is absolutely exceptional, she is always available to assist us.’

‘The great advantage of Clifford Chance is it ability to offer complete expertise: bringing experts from several geographies and practices together in the same room to solve complex problems.’

Key clients

BNP Paribas

Natixis

Crédit Agricole CIB

Bryan Garnier

Goldman Sachs

Citigroup

Morgan Stanley

J.P. Morgan

Deutsche Bank

HSBC

Barclays

Credit Suisse

Airbus

Ubisoft

Accor

Veolia

Suez

Exclusive Networks

Apax

Work highlights

  • Advising on Exclusive Networks’ $413m IPO on Euronext Paris.
  • Advised Azelis, a global innovation service provider for the speciality chemicals and food ingredients industry, and its majority shareholder EQT, on Azelis’s initial public offering and the listing of its shares on Euronext Brussels.
  • Advising the Joint Global Coordinators, consisting of Bank of America Securities Europe, Crédit Agricole Corporate and Investment Bank, HSBC Continental Europe and J.P. Morgan, on Euronext’s rights issue and share capital increase raising proceeds of  EUR 1.8bn as part of the financing of the acquisition of Borsa Italiana Group.

France > Compliance Tier 1

Clifford Chance is routinely engaged by many leading French and international companies, spanning various industries (defence, retail, manufacturing), as well as some financial institutions. It assists with the setting up of compliance programmes and risk mapping in relation to French anti-corruption, anti-bribery, ethics and anti-money laundering legal requirements. The team also assists clients facing audits from the French Anti-corruption Agency. Recently, the practice has also been sought out to advise on US, UK and EU sanctions and has been retained to act as a monitor by an international institution. The practice is co-headed by Thomas Baudesson and the excellent Charles-Henri Boeringer. The team also includes counsel Sophie Levy and Dominique Laymand, who joined as counsel in early 2022 from a previous role at Ipsen as chief ethics and social responsibility officer.

Practice head(s):

Thomas Baudesson; Charles-Henri Boeringer

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘A team of great professionals, very responsive and who fully understand business issues. The very broad practice covers criminal proceedings, internal investigations or AFA requirements.’

‘Charles-Henri Boeringer is a talented lawyer, who knows his cases perfectly. He is very responsive and gets personally involved in cases. He is very reassuring even in complicated situations.’

Key clients

Airbus

L’Oréal

Savencia

Dassault Systèmes

Teva Pharmaceuticals

LVMH

Pernod-Ricard

Work highlights

  • Successfully assisted Airbus SE in the conclusion of a judicial settlement (“Convention judicaire d’interet public” – CJIP) with the French Parquet National Financier.
  • Advising L’Oréal on the setting up of an anti-corruption programme and updating their antibribery risk map.
  • Assisting Savencia on the implementation of anti-bribery requirements.

France > Derivatives and structured finance Tier 1

The Paris derivatives and structured finance team at global firm Clifford Chance continues to lead in the marketplace, coordinating with its US securities team to provide a comprehensive service to major domestic and international financial institutions (Crédit Agricole CIB, Société Général, Credit Suisse, Bank of America, Morgan Stanley), international financial organisations (IFC/World Bank), insurers (AXA, Covéa), fund managers (Allianz, Prime Capital), and corporates across such sectors as hospitality, energy, transport, utilities, retail and beverages. Headed by practice area authority Jonathan Lewis, trade receivables expert Julien Rocherieux and financial regulation specialist Frédérick Lacroix, the team’s services also extend to repackaging, factoring, alternative financing products and real estate and equity financing. Counsel Fabien Jacquemard brings strength to matters involving ABCP conduits.

Practice head(s):

Jonathan Lewis; Julien Rocherieux; Frédérick Lacroix

Other key lawyers:

Fabien Jacquemard; Sophie Guilhem-Ducléon; Guillaume Massole

Testimonials

‘This team has an excellent knowledge of the complex legal specificities surrounding this type of financing and has a perfect knowledge of market practices. They share their skills and find innovative and pragmatic solutions to circumvent any blockages that can be encountered in this type of transaction.’

‘Fabien Jacquemard has an excellent command of fundraising and his presence and involvement in files is highly-appreciated; his pragmatism is a real asset for clients.’

Key clients

Crédit Agricole CIB

Natixis

Société Générale

IFC/World Bank

Banco Santander

Bank of America/Merrill Lynch

Banque Internationale à Luxembourg

Barclays (for Derivatives)

BNY Mellon (for Derivatives)

Citi (for Derivatives)

Credit Suisse

Deutsche Bank

Ecobank

Morgan Stanley

NatWest

AXA

Covéa

Carrefour

EDF and EDF ENR

Pernod Ricard

Rexel

Allianz

AEW

Generali

Prime Capital

Swiss Life AM

Work highlights

  • Advising the mezzanine investors (Bank of America DAC) in relation to the new EUR 1.8bn securitisation transaction arranged for the financing of the truck fleet of Fraikin.
  • Advising Carrefour Banque in relation to its public ‘STS’ (simple, transparent and standardised) securitisation of revolving credit receivables associated with its issued ‘Pass’ cards.
  • Advising Covéa in relation to the bidding process and conclusion of $3.8bn Contingent FX Hedging transactions in connection with its attempted acquisition of Partner Re.

France > Dispute resolution: Commercial litigation Tier 1

Clifford Chance is sought after for challenging commercial, consumer and distribution law disputes. The firm acts for a prominent client base in that area, including high-profile retailers in business-critical cases. It notably acts in several mass disputes with high-risk precedents and in follow-on antitrust damages claims. The team also handles high-stakes commercial disputes in the TV broadcasting rights and energy sectors. Its range of expertise is considerable and also extends to corporate and product liability cases. A number of prominent banks and pharmaceutical companies are also clients. The practice is led by Thomas BaudessonDiego de Lammerville and Thibaud d’Alès.

Practice head(s):

Diego de Lammerville; Thibaud d’Alès; Thomas Baudesson

Other key lawyers:

Vladimir Maillot

Testimonials

‘Vladimir Maillot and Thibaud d’Ales are particularly effective.’

‘Advice is responsive, available and expert. We particularly appreciate their ability to quickly and sharply analyze matters as well as their procedural expertise.’

‘The dispute resolution team is available, proactive, reactive and extremely friendly’.

‘Pragmatism, rapid understanding of internal constraints and commercial issues, while their sympathy makes collaboration pleasant, in addition to being effective.’

Key clients

Carrefour

Ligue de Football Professionnel (“LFP”)

SFR

Crédit Agricole Corporate & Investment Bank

Wells Fargo Bank

Construcciones Y Auxiliar De Ferrocarriles (CAF)

Novartis – Sandoz

Pfizer

JP Morgan

AXA IM

Airbus

TotalEnergies Electricité et Gaz de France

Eckes Granini

Europcar

Kaufman & Broad

Rexel

IPSEN

BCEE

BlackRock Fund Advisors

Work highlights

  • Advised BlackRock Fund in a $68bn civil litigation proceeding initiated before the Paris Civil Court by Turkish individuals against 52 defendants, claiming they were defrauded of their assets and interests by a Turkish State entity.
  • Representing the LFP (French Professional Football League) in a very sensitive dispute regarding the TV broadcasting rights of the Ligue 1 championship.
  • Representing SFR in a major class action combining 59 customers.

France > EU, competition and distribution Tier 1

Clifford Chance is lauded for its 'extensive knowledge of merger control processes, and successfully delivers challenging, large-scale multi-jurisdictional antitrust projects'. David Tayar advised on Hitachi’s billion-euro acquisition of Thales, requiring filings in multiple jurisdictions, and Katrin Schallenberg is a key name for aviation sector clients. The team frequently handles the foreign direct investment elements of acquisitions, assisted by counsel Emily Xueref-Poviac, who has expertise in this area. Counsel Amélie Lavenir, Tayar also works on antitrust investigations and litigation, with experience handling investigations before the European Commission investigations. Of counsel Michel Petite is experienced in state aid matters, both defending and intervening on behalf of clients in litigation involving the European Commission.

Practice head(s):

David Tayar; Katrin Schallenberg

Testimonials

‘Katrin Schallenberg has good relationships with clients, she is responsive and provides practical advice.’

‘The entire Clifford Chance team (David Tayar, Clémence Carlier, Amélie Lavenir, Antoine Réco, Nivi Balaji, Sophie Scholl) is exceptional in every regard – they quickly understand competition dynamics in a highly complex industry, they have extensive knowledge of merger control processes, and they successfully deliver challenging, large-scale multi-jurisdictional antitrust projects.’

‘Team members work closely together, they work fast and are highly efficient, and they constantly produce excellent work and advice.’

‘They offer world-class competition/antitrust expertise, and they’re great to work with.’

‘David Tayar and his team truly master strategic argumentation! They’re excellent lawyers, they’ve been a pleasure to work with and will certainly be at the top of my list for the next transaction!’

‘Unparalleled intellectual horsepower, world-class competition/antitrust expertise, client-oriented, excellent communication and project management, great to work with.’

‘Outstanding individuals – David Tayar (partner), Amélie Lavenir, Clémence Carlier, Antoine Réco, Nivi Balaji, Sophie Scholl.’

‘Clifford Chance’s antitrust team is very dedicated and acts as a transaction facilitator, especially when transactions become more complex. Great proximity with customers, allowing to move forward faster, a real plus in the files.’

Key clients

Ardian

Axa

Hitachi

Permira

Sephora

Sibanye Stillwater Limited

Vauban Infrastructure Partners

Adobe

Airbus

Amundi

Ariane Group

Arkema

BNP Paribas

Carrefour

Crédit Agricole/CACEIS

Crédit Mutuel

DGEC

Electrolux

Engie

Europcar

General Electric

Hearst

Ivanhoé Cambridge

Ligue de Football Professionnel

L’Oréal

Manpower

Oracle

Rexel

Sandoz

Shell

Starbucks

Tereos

Teva Pharmaceuticals Industries

TotalEnergies

Work highlights

  • Advising Hitachi Rail on the merger control and FDI aspects of its acquisition of Thales’ Ground Transportation Systems business, concluded for over €1.5bn.
  • Advising General Electric on the complex antitrust issues of the $30bn sale of its aircraft leasing business to AerCap.
  • Advising Teva on all EU antitrust investigations concerning it, both with respect to allegations of abuse of dominance and anti-competitive agreements, which are currently pending before the Commission or the EU courts.

France > Industry focus: Energy Tier 1

The energy practice at Clifford Chance has a strong reputation for its breadth of capabilities in the energy sector, serving clients from a range of related industries, including oil and gas, mining and metals, thermal and hydro power, as well as renewables and clean hydrogen. The team is led by a host of experts: regional managing partner for Africa Anthony Giustini; Delphine Siino Courtin; Nikolaï Eatwell; head of the power and energy networks sub-group Richard Tomlinson; Milica Zatezalo-Falatar; head of public law David Préat; M&A specialist Laurent Schoenstein; Daniel Zerbib; Gauthier Martin; Emmanuel Mimin; and Pierre-Benoit Pabot Du Châtelard. The team’s complex work involves cross-border matters, particularly in Africa and Europe, an example of which was its advisory work to HyDeal Espana in relation to the large-scale full value chain project for the production, transportation and sale of green hydrogen. In addition, the group regularly assists in related high-stakes acquisitions and project expansions, often working in collaboration with the firm’s global offices to provide a full-coverage service to its international client base.

Practice head(s):

Anthony Giustini; Delphine Siino Courtin; Nikolaï Eatwell; Richard Tomlinson; Milica Zatezalo-Falatar; David Préat; Laurent Schoenstein; Daniel Zerbib; Gauthier Martin; Emmanuel Mimin; Pierre-Benoît Pabot du Châtelard

Other key lawyers:

Benjamin de Blégiers; Sohini Kar-Purkayastha; Nadezhda Varbanova; Corinne Duvnjak; Chloé Desreumaux; Keith Hauck; Nina Wu

Testimonials

‘A very professional team, which is solutions and results-oriented, gives unbiased recommendations on risks to involved parties, and is punctual with deadlines even under tight schedules. The team is very good at adapting to handle different personality types and situations.’

‘Professionalism and integrity are things not often delivered, however I can say that Clifford Chance excels in these areas. The availability of lawyers is essential and Clifford Chance make the best use of their international teams to allow for a 24-hour cover of projects, which is without doubt invaluable to us as a client.’

‘Anthony Giustini, Richard Tomlinson and Nadezhda Varbanova are all professional, knowledgeable, available, personable, whilst Nina Wu is particularly personable, patient and has great attention-to-detail.’

‘Keith Hauck is professional, knowledgeable, available, personable, patient and able to explain complex concepts simply and succinctly.’

Key clients

Corporates

Bouygues

CDC Group Plc

Eiffage

EDF

ENGIE

ENEL

Meridiam

International Financial Institutions

Agence Française de |Développment| (AFD)

Africa| Finance Corporation

African| |Development| Bank (ADB)

Asian Development Bank

Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB)

DEG

EBRD

EIB

FMO

IDA

IFC

Inter-American Development Bank

Inter-American Investment Corporation

MIGA

OeEB

OFID

OPIC

Proparco

The Emerging Africa Infrastructure Fund (EAIF)

ECAs

Bpifrance

Euler |Hermes

K-sure

SACE

UK Export Finance

International Banks

Auxifip

Barclays

CIC

HSBC

Macquarie

MUFG

Santander

Standard |Chartered| |bank

Türkiye| |Garanti| |Bankasi| A.Ş.

UniCredit

French Banks

BNP Paribas

CACIB

Natixis

Société Générale

Government Authorities

Ethiopian Electric Power

French Ministry |in charge of Energy

Ministry of Water Irrigation and Energy, Government of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia

Work highlights

  • Advising Biovéa Energie and its shareholders EDF, Meridiam and Biokala on the structuring and financing of the Biovéa Project located in the town of Aboisso in Côte d’Ivoire.
  • Advising the lenders (three Development Finance Institutions) on the financing of phase 1 of the capital investment programme of a greenfield solar photovoltaic plant to be located in Chad.
  • Advising the project company in connection with a full value project for the production of green hydrogen from solar energy, its transport and use in steel and other applications in Spain.

France > Media and entertainment: Sports Tier 1

Clifford Chance‘s sports team is experienced in handling contentious and non-contentious matters. It is regularly entrusted to advise major sport leagues, governing bodies, clubs, event organisers and broadcasting companies on domestic and international matters. Counsel and former Paris managing partner Yves Wehrli, who is a specialist in corporate and commercial contracts, leads the team. Litigation is another key area of practice for the team, which regularly acts for its reputable clients in a broad range of disputes, a recent example being its representation of Ligue de Football Professionne in relation to TV scheduling changes resulting from Covid-19; Thibaud d’Alès is the key names in this space.

Practice head(s):

Yves Wehrli

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Fédération Française de Football

Ligue de Football Professionnel

Fédération Française de Tennis

Fédération Française de Rugby

Work highlights

  • Representing the LFP in a very sensitive dispute regarding the TV broadcasting rights of the Ligue 1 championship, following the default of the main broadcaster, Mediapro, in the wake of the difficulties faced by the football industry during the Covid-19 pandemic.
  • Representing the LFP in the context of a sensitive commercial litigation initiated by Groupe Canal+, in relation to the rescheduling of several football games from December 2018 to March 2019.

France > Private equity: Fund formation Tier 1

The private funds team at Clifford Chance expertly advises clients on all aspects of fund structuring and fundraising, with a focus on French, Luxembourgish, and pan-European funds. The practice is led by Xavier Comaills, who has extensive expertise working with a broad range of funds as well as secondary portfolio transactions, while tax specialist Alexandre Lagarrigue advises on LBOs and tax structuring of real estate investment funds. Counsel Marie Preat is also noted for her specialisms in the creation and fundraising of domestic and foreign funds.

Practice head(s):

Xavier Comaills

Other key lawyers:

Alexandre Lagarrigue; Marie Préat; Diane Campion de Poligny

Key clients

Eurazeo

Sagard

Vauban Infrastructure Partners

Archimed

Andera Partners

Keensight Capital

Montefiore Investment

Bpifrance Investissement

Flexstone Partners

Raise Conseil

Generali Global Infrastructure

Kartesia Management

Lauxera Capital Partners

Cathay Innovation

Cathay Capital Private Equity

Eurazeo Investment Managers

Sofinnova Partners

Kurma Partners

Blackstone

Bex Capital

Supernova Invest

Work highlights

  • Advising Bpifrance Investissement with respect to the creation of FCPR Bpifrance Entreprises 2, a fund dedicated to financing more than 1,500 French startups, SMEs and ETIs indirectly through investments in private equity funds managed by 76 mainly French management companies.
  • Advised Eurazeo on the set up and fundraising of a newly created continuation fund alongside the sale of a portion of Eurazeo’s stake in Planet, a company dedicated to payment services.
  • Advising Keensight Capital with respect to their fund Keensight Nova VI, their sixth-generation growth-LBO Fund.

France > Project finance Tier 1

The projects team at Clifford Chance, noted for its ‘market knowledge and sector expertise’, has a range of specialists at the helm; notable names include partners Anthony Giustini , Nikolaï Eatwell, co-founder of the Paris renewable energy group Delphine Siino Courtin, co-head of the firm’s power and energy networks sub-group Richard Tomlinson, Milica Zatezalo-Falatar, Daniel Zerbib, David Préat and Gauthier Martin. The practice covers the full scope of projects work across a multitude of industries, predominantly advising domestic and foreign lenders and sponsors on the structuration, implementation and negotiation of complex and high-value projects. The team’s workload is increasing in regard to advising clients on projects which meet ESG principles, as part of the sector's energy transition. Notably, the team is currently advising Biovéa Energie S.A. on the largest biomass power plant in West Africa powered by agricultural waste.

Practice head(s):

Anthony Giustini; Nikolaï Eatwell; Delphine Siino Courtin; Richard Tomlinson; Milica Zatezalo-Falatar; David Préat; Daniel Zerbib; Gauthier Martin

Other key lawyers:

Corinne Duvnjak

Testimonials

‘Standout attributes are the breadth of the team, their willingness to work to tight deadlines and their ability to manage multiple stakeholders and simultaneous workstreams, as well as their market knowledge and sector expertise.’

‘Milica Zatezalo-Falatar is a great team leader and really drives projects towards completion by understanding the dynamics of commercial and business relationships and managing diverse groups of clients towards achieving financial close.’

Key clients

A. International Financial Institutions:

African Development Bank (ADB)

Asian Development Bank

Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB)

DEG

EBRD

EIB

FMO

IFC

Inter-American Development Bank

Inter-American Investment Corporation

MIGA

OeEB

OPIC

Proparco

The Emerging Africa Infrastructure Fund (EAIF)

The |Korea| |Development| Bank

Agence Française de Développement (AFD)

Africa Finance Corporation

Emerging Africa Infrastructure Fund

FMO

OEEB

OFID

B. Government Authorities:

Ethiopian Electric Power

French Ministry of Ecology, Sustainable Development and Energy

Ministry of Water Irrigation and Energy, Government of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia

C. ECAs:

Bpifrance

Hermes

K-sure

SACE

UK Export Finance

D. French Banks:

BNP Paribas

CACIB

CDC

Natixis

Société Générale

E. International Banks:

Barclays

HSBC

Macquarie

Santander

Standard Chartered bank

Türkiye| |Garanti| |Bankasi| A.Ş.

UniCredit

MUFG

F. Corporates:

Bouygues

EDF

Eiffage

ENGIE

Meridiam

Total

Vinci

OCP

CNPC

Globeleq

Work highlights

  • Advising Biovéa Energie S.A. on the structuring and financing of the Biovéa Project located in the town of Aboisso, 100km east of Abidjan, in Côte d’Ivoire.
  • Advising the lenders on all aspects of the financing of phase 1 of the capital investments program, involving a greenfield solar photovoltaic plant with a total capacity of approximately 34,116 MWp to be located in Chad.
  • Advising the project company in connection with a full value project for the production of green hydrogen from solar energy, its transport and use in steel and other applications in Spain.

France > Real estate Tier 1

Head of the firm’s global real estate group François Bonteil leads the dedicated practice at Clifford Chance, noted for its host of ‘brilliant partners and lawyers’, alongside Alexandre Couturier. The team has a strong reputation for its ability to handle a broad range of real estate matters, which are frequently cross-border in nature, for such notable clients as Allianz Real Estate. Such work includes investments, sale and leaseback transactions, joint ventures, financings, restructurings, fund formations as well as acquisitions and disposals, the latter of which has been a particularly standout area in recent times, being that the team advised CNP Assurances on a portfolio of properties valued at €2.4bn. David Gérard is a particularly strong counsel in the team, noted for his ‘professional qualities’.

Practice head(s):

François Bonteil; Alexandre Couturier

Other key lawyers:

David Gérard; Karen Bortolotti; Louis-Antoine Frentz

Testimonials

‘Clifford Chance’s real estate practice features brilliant partners and lawyers. They know the market perfectly. Their work is always of high quality and meets the needs of their clients. From a billing point of view, they respect their commitments.’

‘I particularly recommend Alexandre Couturier and David Gérard for their relational and professional qualities. Always available and strong deal-makers.’

‘Alexandre Couturier is a very good negotiator.’

Key clients

AEW

Alderan

Allianz Real Estate

Arpent Capital

A|tream

Aviva Investors Real Estate

AXA IM

PineBridge| (formerly known as Benson Elliott)

BlackRock

Bouygues |Immobilier

Cale Street Partners

CDC |Investissement| |Immobilier

CNP Assurances

Colony Investment Management

Covivio

Crédit Suisse Asset Management

Cromwell European REIT

Deutsche Bank

DigitalBridge| (previously named Colony Capital)

DWS

Fortress

Gecina

Generali Real Estate

GIC

GLP

HSBC REIM

Ivanhoé| Cambridge

Kering

Klépierre

Maple Knoll Capital

Morgan Stanley Real Estate Investment

Natixis

O|reima

Partners Group

Patrizia

PGGM

Primonial| REIM

Proudreed

Richemont Luxury Group

Schroders

Swiss Life Asset Management

Total Energies

Union Investment Real Estate

Westbrook

Work highlights

  • Advised CNP Assurances on the legal aspects of the acquisition of a portfolio of more than 7,600 housing units of high environmental quality from CDC Habitat, valued at €2.4bn.
  • Advised Atream, a member of consortium with Fidera and Alcentra, on the recapitalization process of the Pierre & Vacances Center Parcs Group.
  • Advised AXA IM Alts on its partnership with Unibail-Rodamco-Westfield for the construction of the Triangle Tower in Paris.

France > Aviation Tier 2

Drawing on the firm's global presence across five continents, the experienced aviation team at the Paris office of Clifford Chance has strength in advising major aerospace manufacturers and service providers and airlines, on strategic joint ventures, complex arbitration, procurement, regulatory investigations and regional expansion and development. The team is headed by Dessislava Savova, who is a specialist in commercial alliances, internal investigatory expert Thomas Baudesson and Fabrice Cohen, who manages complex corporate reorganisations. Simon Greenberg, an experienced international arbitrator with over 20 years’ experience, provides key support.

Practice head(s):

Dessislava Savova; Thomas Baudesson; Fabrice Cohen

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘This team knows the aeronautical environment very well.’

‘Dessislava Savova has great qualities as a facilitator.’

Key clients

Air France

Airbus

Airbus Defence and Space

Airbus Helicopters

Airbus SE

AirTanker

ArianeGroup

ATR (Avions de Transport Régional G.I.E.)

Work highlights

  • Conducted multiple investigations into allegations of bribery and corruption and played a role in the successful resolution of the Airbus corruption case with the French enforcement authority, the Parquet National Financier, and in the global resolution of the case which also involved the UK Serious Fraud Office and the US Department of Justice and State Department.
  • Advising Airbus on its continued strategic, industrial cooperation with Mubadala for the development of the aeronautics industry in the UAE.

France > Data privacy and data protection Tier 2

Based in Paris, the tech, commercial and data team at global firm Clifford Chance brings experience to data privacy and data protection matters, advising major asset managers (Amundi) and multinational corporates in mining (Sibanye Stillwater), telecoms (MTN), tech (Oracle), e-commerce, motor vehicles (Honda), pharmaceuticals and video games. Helmed by Dessislava Savova (who brings expertise to data protection, cybersecurity, platform regulations and AI), the practice assists clients with disputes, data governance, crisis management, digital transformations, compliance investigation and GDPR programmes. Counsel Grégory Sroussi brings strength to cybersecurity IT matters, while senior associate Alexandre Manasterski specialises in the setting-up of strategic partnerships.

Practice head(s):

Dessislava Savova

Testimonials

‘I very much appreciated my collaboration with the teams of Clifford Chance, in particular, Dessislava Savova and Alexandre Manasterski.’

‘The team is very responsive and offered us a platform that allowed us to simplify exchanges and the production of established documents.’

‘Alexandre Manasterski is reactive and offers pragmatic solutions to the operational problems of the project. In addition, he has understood and integrated the way our society works and knows how to react, accordingly.’

Key clients

Legrand

Oracle

MTN

Amundi

Tencent

Geodis

JTEKT

Honda

Sibanye Stillwater

Work highlights

  • Assisting Legrand with the launch of home products connected with an online app controlled by users.
  • Assisted Oracle with several proceedings and initiatives around the globe against competitor’s data collection, processing and combination practices and their effects on competition in the online targeted advertising and advertising supported service markets.
  • Assisted Hitachi in respect of data protection issues arising from personal data transfers outside of the European Union to other entities of the Hitachi Rail group, as well as to third parties.

France > Dispute resolution: White-collar crime Tier 2

Clifford Chance is frequently retained by leading corporations, has a strong presence among leading banks and also defends individuals. The practice manages a prominent caseload, regularly dealing with cases investigated by the PNF (the French financial prosecuting body), as well as handlinge tax evasion and money laundering cases where it frequently defends banks. It is also defending a major company facing bribery and corruption accusations regarding activities carried out in a foreign country. The firm has a strong ability to handle matters featuring strong international components and has been involved in several cases where investigations have been jointly coordinated by several European and US regulators or authorities. The practice also has a strong track record negotiating judicial settlements, including with the French CJIP. The team is jointly led by Thomas Baudesson and Charles-Henri Boeringer. Counsel Sophie Levy provides additional support.

Practice head(s):

Thomas Baudesson; Charles-Henri Boeringer

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Global network and reputation on multi-jurisdictional cases’.

‘Charles-Henri Boeringer is an extremely thorough and thoughtful lawyer completely engaged for the success of his clients. He is fully immersed in his cases, being able to deep dive in the smallest details while always keeping in mind the bigger picture. Very strong and creative problem solver with the ability to think “outside the box” to deliver first-class strategic advice in highly complex situations. His relationships and ability to work with regulators is very powerful.’

‘Sophie Levy shows exceptional client relationship skills. Her dual competency in French and US law is extremely useful on complex cross-border cases.’

‘Charles-Henri Boeringer is an exceptional lawyer, anticipating all developments far in advance and providing outstanding but calm leadership through moments of crisis.’

‘The team is incredibly nimble – they think quickly and act quickly – giving well thought through and wise advice on both the law and strategy in highly complex situations.’

‘Charles-Henri Boehringer – wise beyond his years, and cool, calm and collected – everything you could want. A brilliant strategist.’

‘Sophie Levy – whip smart, seemingly tireless, and always calm, even in a crisis.’

‘The team is professional and very available with good expertise and a real strategic vision.’

Key clients

Airbus

Bank of China

A commercial bank’s former CEO

Work highlights

  • Successfully assisting Airbus SE with the signing of a French judicial settlement (“Convention judicaire d’interet public” – CJIP) with the French authorities.
  • Assisting Bank of China with a criminal investigation for tax fraud money laundering.
  • Defending the former CEO of a commercial bank in criminal proceedings relating to alleged money laundering and tax fraud offences

France > Industry focus: Healthcare and life sciences Tier 2

Clifford Chance acts as counsel for a broad range of clients, including pharmaceutical laboratories, financial investors, medical devices manufacturers, as well as manufacturers of cannabis-based products. The team is jointly led by Thomas Baudesson, David Tayar and Olivier Gaillard. The practice’s compliance expertise was strengthened by the arrival of Dominique Laymand as of counsel from an in-house in February 2022. Gaëlle Merlier left the firm.

Practice head(s):

Thomas Baudesson; David Tayar; Olivier Gaillard

Other key lawyers:

Dominique Laymand; Laurent Schoenstein; Marianne Pezant

Key clients

Andera Partners

Mérieux Equity Partners

Theratechnologies Europe Limited

Viatris

ArchiMed

Creadev

Dassault Systèmes

Dedalus

Ethics

GSK

Innovative Surgery

Insmed

IPSEN

Kurma Partners

LFB

Merck

Mitsui

Nicox

NovoNordisk

Optimed Medizinische Instrumente GmbH

Pfizer

Pyxus International

Ring Holding

Sandoz

Sanity Group

Sanofi

Sofinnova Partners

Stallergenes

Teva

Zoetis

Work highlights

  • Advised international private equity firm Cinven on an agreement with Germany-listed Life Sciences giant Bayer AG to acquire its Environmental Science Professional (BESP) business for a total enterprise value of USD 2.6 billion (approx. EUR 2.4 billion).
  • Advising Teva Pharmaceuticals on all EU antitrust investigations concerning it, both with respect to allegations of abuse of dominance and anticompetitive agreements, which are currently pending before the Commission or the EU courts.
  • Representing Pfizer in individual employment litigation lodged by current or former employees concerning various claims, including the representation of Pfizer before French judicial Courts and the negotiation and preparation of settlement agreements.

France > Mergers and acquisitions Tier 2

Clifford Chance is routinely involved in big-ticket deals within the retail and consumer goods, healthcare, telecoms, defence and aerospace, financial services and infrastructure industries. A key point of differentiation for the practice is its expansive international footprint, which renders it a go-to for foreign investment matters, stemming from the EU and globally. Managing partner Mathieu Rémy is a leading figure for cross-border public and private M&A, in addition to joint ventures, meanwhile Fabrice Cohen serves as a go-to for several high-profile corporates and is especially formidable when it comes to M&A, securities law, private equity deals and reorganisations. Beyond partner level, counsel Marine Jamain is building a prominent reputation for transactions within the energy and infrastructure fields.

Practice head(s):

Fabrice Cohen; Benjamin de Blegiers; Gilles Lebreton; Emmanuel Mimin; Marianne Pezant; Mathieu Remy; Laurent Schoenstein

Other key lawyers:

Emmanuel Mimin; Marine Jamain

Testimonials

‘The team works very well together and across multiple jurisdictions.’

‘Marianne Pezant is the partner who is the lead on our matters. She is very service oriented and smart.’

‘High quality support. Lots of listening. A lot of professionalism at every step of the process.’

 

Key clients

Airbus Group

APE

Ariane Group

Mannai Corporation

Amundi

Caisse des dépôts et consignations

Carrefour

Compass

Crédit Agricole

Crédit Agricole Assurances (Prédica)

EDF

Eiffage

Engie

Europcar

Geodis

Icade

InfraMed Infrastructure

Ipsen

Les Echos

L’Oréal

Mondelez

Nissan

Pernod Ricard

Plastic Omnium

Rexel

Saft Group

Sanofi

Saur

TotalEnergies

Veolia

Willis Towers Watson

Work highlights

  • Advised the Consortium composed of Meridiam, Global Infrastructure Partners and the CDC Group (Caisse des Dépôts et Consignations and CNP Assurances) on the acquisition of the new Suez.
  • Advising Hitachi on its agreement to acquire Thales’ Ground Transportation Systems business.
  • Advised Crédit Agricole Assurances on the disposal of La Médicale to Generali.

France > Private equity: LBO Tier 2

Clifford Chance‘s multidisciplinary team advises leading financial institutions, including large and mid-cap private equity houses, banks, and specialised infrastructure funds. Practice co-head Fabrice Cohen specialises in private equity transactions as well as domestic and cross-border M&A, with strong expertise across the aerospace and defence, consumer retail, and healthcare sectors. Joint team lead Marianne Pezant is noted for her advice on the corporate aspects of private equity investments, and expertise in fund formation. Emmanuel Mimin is another name to note.

Practice head(s):

Fabrice Cohen; Marianne Pezant

Other key lawyers:

Emmanuel Mimin; Benjamin de Blégiers; Gilles Lebreton; Laurent Schoenstein

Testimonials

‘The team is very cohesive and works across multiple jurisdictions.’

‘Marianne Pezant is the lead partner we have worked with. She is very service oriented and smart.’

‘Invoicing adapted to the needs of the customers, excellence and reactivity of the collaborators.’

‘Aggressive, shrewd and technical understanding of business issues and being able to take risks.’

Key clients

3i

Apax Partners

Blackstone

Bpifrance

Bridgepoint

Cathay Capital

The Carlyle Group

Cinven

Clayton Dubilier & Rice

KKR

PAI Partners

Partners Group

Permira

Triton

Wendel

Apollo

Ardian

Macquarie

Meridiam

Mirova

Omnes Capital

DIF Infrastructure

Marguerite

Eurazeo

Vauban Infrastructure Partners

InfraVia Capital Partners

BNP Paribas

Crédit Agricole

Natixis

Société Générale

Ardian Private Debt

Ares Capital

Barings

BlackRock

LBPAM

SCOR Investment Partners SE

Bank of America Merrill Lynch

Barclays

Crédit Suisse

Deutsche Bank

Goldman Sachs

HSBC

IKB

JP Morgan

UniCredit

Capzanine

Work highlights

  • Advised PAI Partners on the €2.75 billion disposal of the Asmodee group to Embracer Group AB.
  • Advised Vauban Infrastructure Partners on its investment in a joint venture with Bouygues Telecom relating to the acquisition of fiber optics (FTTH) lines in French medium dense areas (AMII zones) in France through a system of cofinancing of non-returnable temporary rights of use.

France > Tax Tier 2

Clifford Chance is a strong name for transactional tax issues, especially in the M&A, private equity and property fields. The team advises on the structuring and reorganisation of complex and large transactions. In the field of real estate tax, the team also has strong expertise and assists leading names in the field with the market’s largest investment and partnership transactions. The practice is co-headed by Eric Davoudet and Alexandre Lagarrigue, and also includes promising counsel Pierre Goyat. Former counsels Jitka Susankova and Omar El Arjoun left the firm in 2022.

Practice head(s):

Eric Davoudet; Alexandre Lagarrigue

Testimonials

‘Small team, homogeneous but multidisciplinary which is both rare and very valuable from the customer’s point of view.’

‘Skills, multi-disciplinarity, availability and good quality of listening. Alexandre Lagarrigue and Pierre Goyat are remarkable’.

‘Very high technical expertise, very high availability.’

‘Excellent team.’

‘Alexandre Lagarrigue is an excellent lawyer, very educational. He always finds solutions and is very involved in the outcome.’

‘Very specialized and professional team which works in close collaboration with the M&A team which is very appreciable. Great skill in the structuring of French or foreign investment funds in particular.’

‘Quite responsive.’

Key clients

AEW

Atos SE

Rexel

RedTree Capital

AXA

Eurazeo

QIA

EDF

Amundi

Accor

Schroders

Ipsen

Primonial

L’Oréal

Engie

Amundi

Spie

Oreima

Axel Springer

DWS

IREIT Global

Pernod Ricard

BlackRock

TotalEnergies

Work highlights

  • Advising Atos on an ambitious group spin off into two publicly listed companies.
  • Advising Mannai Corporation on the disposal of Inetum to a group of investors led by Bain Capital Private Equity.
  • Advising the French Rugby Federation on the long-term strategic partnership between Six Nations Rugby and CVC.

France > Dispute resolution: International arbitration Tier 3

Clifford Chance is entrusted by the world’s largest corporations. The group has a strong reputation for handling a high number of strategic cases in the aviation sector and has recently expanded its client and case portfolio to other areas. The practice is notably handling several very large mining disputes in Africa and Brazil, including acting in one of the largest arbitration cases in the mining field in terms of financial amounts claimed. While the team is proficient in both investment and commercial arbitration, the commercial dispute caseload is particularly strong and includes various matters including a high-stakes case in the defence sector. The team also has particular know-how dealing with matters raising sensitive corruption issues and breaches to the international public order. Practice head Jason Fry and Simon Greenberg are both highly regarded. The team also includes counsels Karolina Rozycka, Marie-Isabelle Delleur and Alexis Foucard.

Practice head(s):

Jason Fry

Testimonials

‘The team is very well organized and delivers legal services in a very professional manner. Jason Fry is a very good leader and his expertise is very well respected by arbitration tribunals. This team offers a commercial vision and delivery to budget’

‘Jason Fry takes a hands-on approach to cases and is always directly involved in all steps relating to the case. Jason shows great leadership.’

‘Cooperation within various jurisdictions; extensive experience and perfect time management’.

‘Simon Greenberg has outstanding knowledge and experience. He always comes with new solutions and ideas in respect of further steps which enables clients to adopt the best strategy for their disputes.’

Key clients

Avima Fer Congo S.A.

Greyridge Iron Holding Inc.

Barclays

Eckes-Granini

Modern Arab Construction

MMCS Strategic 1

NSC Global

Octavia Ltd

Odebrecht Latinvest S.à.r.l.

POSCO E&C

SAFIEC

Work highlights

  • Representing POSCO E&C in a US$2bn ICC arbitration in one of the largest international commercial arbitrations emanating in relation to South Korea, in connection with the development and construction of Songdo, a new “smart” city near Incheon, Seoul.
  • Representing AVIMA IRON ORE LIMITED, GREYRIDGE LTD and AVIMA FER CONGO in a high-profile ICC arbitration recently initiated against the Republic of Congo following the revocation of Avima’s mining license on spurious grounds.
  • Representing ODEBRECHT LATINVEST S.À.R.L. in an ICSID arbitration initiated against the Republic of Peru in relation to the termination of a concession contract to build and operate a pipeline for the transport of natural gas in the South of Peru.

France > Dispute resolution: Stock market litigation Tier 3

Clifford Chance assists rating agency Standard & Poor’s in several AMF-led investigations, while also defending a former banker in an insider trading case. The practice also acted for the banks in the high-profile Suez-Veolia takeover battle. The practice is co-headed by  Thomas BaudessonDiego de Lammerville and Charles-Henri Boeringer

Practice head(s):

Thomas Baudesson; Diego de Lammerville; Charles-Henri Boeringer

Key clients

Standard & Poor’s

Airbus

FXCM

Work highlights

  • Representing the banks in the context of Veolia’s hostile tender offer on Suez.

France > Insolvency Tier 3

Clifford Chance regularly assists creditors, including banks, in complex restructuring and insolvency cases. The practice has recently been involved in several landmark cases in the hospitality and retail sectors, including multi-jurisdictional restructuring matters. The practice also successfully assisted Arcelor with the acquisition of the Ascoval and Hayange steel production plants, a deal which generated a number of competing bids. The experienced Delphine Caramalli heads the practice, and counsel Marie Crumière also contributes.

Practice head(s):

Delphine Caramalli

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Great responsiveness and technical skills. Rigor. Reactivity’

‘Creativity, responsiveness, business sense and agility. The team is well balanced, young, dynamic and very sharp. Everyone on the team is performing well.’

‘Delphine Caramalli shows charisma and intelligence. She has incredible energy and brings sophisticated thinking to the most complex situations. She is very creative and brilliant.’

‘Marie Crumière is a great professional and technician; she is solid, efficient and precise.’

Key clients

ATREAM

ing

Vivarte

Vivarte

Ligue Professionnelle de Footbal

ARCELOR MITTAL

Bnp Paribas Fortis

Kidiliz Italy

Work highlights

  • Advising Atream, a member of a consortium with Alcentra and Fidera, on the restructuring of the Pierre & Vacances group.
  • Representing ING, as lender, in relation to the difficulties and sale of GEFCO Group to CMA CGM.
  • Advising the largest group of lessors on the restructuring of Lion Air.

France > Employment Tier 4

Clifford Chance

Practice head(s):

François Farmine; Anne Lemercier

Other key lawyers:

Ekaterina Zaboussova-Celsa; Emmanuel Maudet

Testimonials

‘Very professional team, expert in international employees share ownership plan. The team is always reflecting on innovative ideas to improve efficiency from the employer’s perspective but also from the employee’s perspective, looking at change in local regulations and best practice.’

‘Anne Lemercier and Ekaterina Zaboussova-Celsa are very responsive, and even pro-active in anticipating issues or discussions They perform accurate and relevant analysis, easy to read for a non legal expert and conclusive’.

‘François Farmine’s team is extremely fast and precise in the answers it provides. It allows its clients to benefit from unfailing support, while respecting deadlines that are sometimes extremely short.’

‘Emmanuel Maudet deserves a particular distinction for his responsiveness and his capacity for practical thought allowing particularly wise advice.’

‘Very good management of restructuring projects.’

‘The team shows availability, responsiveness, adaptability, ability to listen, taking a step back. The advice and drafting of agreements show great rigour. The team really stands out for its ability to listen, its resistance, its resilience and its human-oriented approach. The mode of collaboration is innovative and adapted.’

‘François Farmine is to be acknowledged for the rigour of his advice, his reactivity, the precision of his analyses, his adaptability, and his great ability to listen to the client.’

‘Well-organised team, reactive with a high technicality’.

Key clients

Unilever Group

Amazon France Logistique

Pfizer

Hoogwegt

Mollie

Morgan Stanley

Wanzl

Schaeffler

Hanon Systems Charleville

Visteon Corporation

Trèves

Visteon Electronics France

Hitachi

Amundi

PAI -Asmodee

Sibanye Stillwater Limited

Work highlights

  • Assisting the Unilever Group with the implementation of a worldwide reorganisation of its activities relating to the Beauty and Personal Care Products.
  • Assisting Amazon with various court proceedings relating to collective labour relations, in particular relating to multiple strike actions triggered by trade unions across several sites in France.

France > Industry focus: IT and internet  Tier 4

Clifford Chance

Practice head(s):

Dessislava Savova

Other key lawyers:

Alexandre Manasterski; Alexander Kennedy; Grégory Sroussi

Testimonials

‘A very committed team with very high-quality work. Among the strengths and assets, I would highlight a strong capacity for work and reaction as well as an ability to deal with global work with various ramifications and legal impacts.’

‘Alexander Kennedy is noteworthy for the quality of his contractual analysis and his recommendations.’

‘I very much appreciated my collaboration with the teams at Clifford Chance, in particular Dessislava Savova and Alexandre Manasterski, who show real expertise and a pragmatic approach.’

‘Alexandre Manasterski has a multi-faceted expertise in commercial law, new technologies and personal data, which makes his profile and his work particularly attractive for companies operating in the digital, tech and innovation fields.’

‘Dessislava Savova is an extraordinary and excellent lawyer.’

Key clients

Amundi

Airbus

Crédit Agricole Assurances

Legrand

Sephora

Sibanye Stillwater Limited

Spotify

Tencent

Twitch

Nissan

MTN

Work highlights

  • Working in close cooperation with Legrand central projects team for the worldwide launching and implementation of a project, in particular with respect to the design and deployment of the legal strategy and with respect to e-commerce.
  • Advising Sephora regarding a breakthrough cooperation that sees Sephora become Zalando’s strategic partner for prestige beauty on Zalando’s online platform for numerous countries in Europe.
  • Assisting Airbus in connection with Urban Air Mobility-related issues and projects, including as regards the entire related eco-system.

Tunisia > Foreign firms

Clifford Chance retains its strong presence in Tunisian transactions, particularly on the projects side where it is widely recognised as a leader in energy and infrastructure matters. The team is also equipped, both through its local experience and its global firepower, to advise on M&A, private equity, restructuring and regulatory work. Jointly led by Ouns Lemseffer and counsel Corinne Duvnjak, out of Casablanca and Paris respectively, the Francophone Africa group additionally draws on the senior expertise of Casablanca managing partner Mustapha Mourahib. Paris-based Delphine Siino Courtin is highly regarded for her record in projects throughout Francophone Africa.

Practice head(s):

Ouns Lemseffer; Corinne Duvnjak

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

TAV Tunisie S.A.

African Development Bank

Honoris Holding Limited

International Finance Corporation

EBRD

Work highlights

  • Advised TAV Tunisia and its shareholders on its complex debt restructuring.
  • Advised AfDB and IFC on the 100 MW photovoltaic solar power plant in Kairouan.

The firm: Clifford Chance is one of the world’s pre-eminent law firms, with significant depth and range of resources across five continents. As a single, fully integrated, global partnership, it prides itself on its approachable, collegial and team-based way of working. The firm always strives to exceed the expectations of its clients, which include corporates from all the commercial and industrial sectors, governments, regulators, trade bodies and not-for-profit organisations. It provides them with the highest quality advice and legal insight, which combines the firm’s global standards with in-depth local expertise.

Types of work undertaken
Capital markets: the capital markets practice concentrates on securities transactions and other products sold into the capital markets. The practice is founded on a full-service US and UK securities law capability, complemented by local securities law expertise in each of the key financial centres. It provides practical, integrated legal advice covering the full spectrum of global capital raising activities including public and private domestic and international offerings of traditional debt and equity securities as well as convertible and other derivative and structured securities.

Corporate: the corporate practice handles some of the world’s largest and most complex M&A transactions. It combines global transaction capability with a full service of English, US and civil law expertise in the key financial centres across Europe, the Americas and Asia Pacific. In addition to mainstream M&A, the firm also encompasses leading specialist practices in: commercial contracts, competition and antitrust, communications, energy, healthcare, financial institutions, funds, investment banking, insurance, media and technology, and private equity.

Finance: Clifford Chance’s finance practice is the leading international finance practice of any law firm. The practice provides highly commercial and practical advice across the full spectrum of financial products including syndicated lending and leveraged and acquisition finance, asset finance, derivative products, project finance, financial regulatory, insolvency, restructuring and structured finance.

Litigation, dispute resolution and risk management: the firm has experience in virtually all segments of the business and financial markets across multiple jurisdictions. The lawyers work with clients to resolve disputes efficiently and effectively – whether through arbitration, litigation or other techniques.

Real estate: Clifford Chance’s leading real estate practice offers UK, European, Asian and US real estate capability. The practice advises the real estate industry’s leading players on the entire property ‘life-cycle’ from the initial acquisition, development, leasing, joint venturing and financing through to the final exit, as well as tax structuring, PFI/PPP, corporate outsourcing, planning, environment and litigation.

Tax, pensions, employment and incentives: Clifford Chance has one of the world’s largest international tax groups within a single law firm. The firm is uniquely placed to provide leading edge advice to clients, and the practice is structured on an integrated global basis. Local tax groups within the practice work closely with areas such as securitisation, securities, M&A, corporate restructuring, private equity, real estate and funds.

The pan-European VAT group advises on all areas of VAT and has particular strength advising on novel and complex issues in the structured finance, financial services, corporate finance and real estate sectors.

The team of experienced employment, employee benefits, ERISA, immigration and pensions specialists work with clients from a wide range of sectors to address local and cross-border issues.

International offices:Abu Dhabi, Amsterdam, Bangkok, Barcelona, Beijing, Brussels, Bucharest, Casablanca, Dubai, Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, Hong Kong, Istanbul, Jakarta*, London, Luxembourg, Madrid, Milan, Moscow, Munich, New York, Paris, Perth, Prague, Rome, São Paulo, Seoul, Shanghai, Singapore, Sydney, Tokyo, Warsaw, Washington, D.C., Riyadh**

*Linda Widyati & Partners in association with Clifford Chance

**Clifford Chance has a co-operation agreement with Abuhimed Alsheikh Alhagbani Law Firm in Riyadh

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Thierry Arachtingi photo Thierry Arachtingi Thierry Arachtingi specialises in banking and finance, with a particular emphasis on…
Alex Bafi photo Alex Bafi Alex advises corporates, private equity investors and investment banks on complex and…
Thomas Baudesson photo Thomas Baudesson Thomas Baudesson specialises in commercial litigation and more particularly commercial contracts, corporate,…
Charles-Henri Boeringer  photo Charles-Henri Boeringer  Charles-Henri Boeringer specialises in white collar crime matters. Over the last few…
François Bonteil photo François Bonteil François Bonteil specialises in all areas of real estate work: Real Estate…
Cédric Burford photo Mr Cédric Burford Cedric Burford has a particular expertise in debt and equity-linked bond issues,…
Xavier Comaills photo Mr Xavier Comaills Xavier Comaills specialises in the formation and fundraising of private equity investment…
Delphine Siino Courtin photo Delphine Siino Courtin Delphine Siino Courtin specialises in projects and project finance, particularly in Africa…
Reinhard Dammann photo Reinhard Dammann Reinhard Damman advises on insolvency law, with a particular emphasis on international…
Nikolaï Eatwell photo Nikolaï Eatwell Nikolaï Eatwell specialises in Project, Project Finance and Export Credit transactions, particularly…
Jonathan Lewis photo Mr Jonathan Lewis Jonathan Lewis specialises in securitisation, structured finance, banking, derivatives and real estate…
David Préat photo Mr David Préat David Préat advises public and private entities as well as financial institutions…
Mathieu Remy photo Mathieu Remy Managing Partner, Avocat à la Cour
Daniel Zerbib photo Mr Daniel Zerbib Daniel Zerbib began his career as a securitisation lawyer (CMBS, trade receivables)…
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