Firm Profile > Clifford Chance > Paris, France

Clifford Chance
1 RUE D'ASTORG
75008 PARIS
France

Administrative and public law Tier 1

Clifford Chance is one of the market’s go-to firms for large PPP and public procurement projects. The ten-lawyer team handles an impressive workload for public and private sector entities, including many of the country’s most high-profile projects in the transport sector, such as its work as advisor of the Société du Grand Paris regarding the construction of new sections of the new Paris métro network 'Grand Paris Express'. The firm also takes on strategic matters in the aviation, road and train infrastructure sectors; including highly challenging contract performance disputes. In the energy sector, the firm advises on strategic regulatory issues and on several of France’s largest offshore wind projects. Finally, the team also assists clients with regulatory issues in relation to a number of other sectors, including the sports sector. Co-heads of the practice  David Préat and Gauthier Martin are excellent. Counsel Jean-Baptiste Merigot de Treigny is a very promising team member.

Practice head(s):

David Préat; Gauthier Martin

Other key lawyers:

Jean-Baptiste Merigot de Treigny

Testimonials

This is a team whose professionalism, technical competence, understanding of the challenges of the offshore sector are incomparable.’

‘Gauthier Martin and all of the associates with whom we work are available, attentive, pedagogical and, what does not spoil anything, very friendly.’

‘An essential and unique team. Its members stand out through their professionalism and great competence, both in terms of legal analysis and their knowledge of the sector and market practices. A dynamic team that knows how to find solutions in the interest of their client while having a global vision of the file and project.’

‘Gauthier Martin is highly available, listens to his client, shows great intellectual curiosity, which allows him to anticipate potential difficulties and risks. At the same time, he is pragmatic and with a real sense of the result. Clémence Graffan and Daphné Celet are mid-level associates who show great maturity and professionalism, which confirms the quality of the firm and team’s recruitment and training policy.’

‘They have a very strong experience in the field of concessions and PPP, and in particular on the subjects of infrastructure projects launched by the French State. In this sector, we consider that they are in the top 3 in France.’

‘David Préat is a high-level lawyer, very creative, and endowed with excellent negotiating skills. His frankness and his ability to take a stand are highly appreciated within our teams. Gauthier Martin and Jean-Baptiste Mérigot de Treigny are experienced lawyers, pragmatic and very pleasant at work.’

‘As a partner in public business law, Gauthier Martin is a particularly valuable advisor to support para-public organizations in their participation in complex public-private partnership projects because of his great legal expertise and its real understanding for economic and political issues. In addition, Gauthier Martin and his team stand out through their hard work and commitment which make them full members of a project team.’

‘The team is very available and responsive, at the forefront of matters in a quickly evolving regulatory environment. Client rendering is always very professional and easy to use.’

‘Me Gauthier Martin distinguishes himself by his proactivity and is always relevant, total commitment to the satisfaction of customer needs.’

‘The team has an exceptionally precise and in-depth knowledge of subjects in public business law and in particular of public-private partnerships. Added to this is the ability to be pragmatic in analysing situations to provide advice that is always operational and of a quality that few firms can offer.’

‘David Préat has exceptional knowledge of public business law, the institutional context and the PPP sector. His ability to analyse complex situations and to give sound and valuable advice is impressive. Gauthier Martin also has exceptional knowledge of public business law. He knows how to combine in an incomparable way the rules of law and the imperatives of his clients to provide concrete and operational answers.’

‘Clifford Chance provides us with quality and relevant advice. The team is very responsive and available. All the disputes entrusted to them have been won.’

‘David Préat and his team (mainly Daphné Celet) always listen to our comments while being proactive when necessary.’

‘The strength of the team lies in its capacity for anticipation and pragmatism in its analyses and advice. As such, the team is in contact with other lawyers of the firm who can analyse aspects that go beyond public law (European law, business law, etc.).’

‘Gauthier Martin’s legal recommendations are particularly concrete and take into account the real situations of the company to assess the risks involved. He is also very available and very responsive.’

Key clients

French Ministry of ecologic and solidarity-based transition

EDF Renouvelables

Société du Grand Paris

Eiffage Concessions

Bolloré Energie

RATP

LISEA

Vauban Infrastructure Partners

CPP Investments

French Professional Football League (Ligue de Football Professionnel – LFP)

Banking and finance: Bank regulatory Tier 1

Clifford Chance's 'expertise across its international network' makes it a popular choice for global financial institutions including HSBC, Bank of China and Citibank. Active across banking, finance and insurance regulations, the department covers a wide range of licensing and perimeter issues, prudential supervision, FIG M&A, and fintech work. The practice continues to be a key figure on matters related to Brexit and has been kept busy by mandates arising out of the Covid-19 crisis. Frédérick Lacroix leads the financial regulations group, and was notably involved in the drafting of the Brexit emergency orders for the financial sector.

Practice head(s):

Testimonials

Expertise across its international network. Always responsive.

Key clients

RCI Banque

Crédit Agricole and CACEIS

Watford Holdings Ltd.

HSBC France

Bank of China, Paris Branch

ABN Amro

Alstom

Citi

Banking and finance: transactional work Tier 1

Rated for its 'comprehensive understanding of the financial sector', Clifford Chance's banking practice is particularly active in large-cap and upper mid-cap mandates, governed by both English and French law. Representing borrowers, lenders and sponsors, the group has a strong track record in acquisition and leveraged finance, infrastructure finance and corporate lending. By way of borrower side highlights, the team notably advised Renault on the establishment of a credit facility agreement guaranteed by the French state. The department works closely with the firm's capital markets and securitisation groups, providing a seamless service for loan financings containing a high-yield element. Thierry Arachtingi, Daniel Zerbib and Nikolaï Eatwell are the key contacts.

Other key lawyers:

Pierre-Benoît Pabot du Châtelard; Delphine Caramalli; Jonathan L. Lewis; Frédérick Lacroi

Testimonials

Excellent team in France, but also able to work seamlessly with international teams, notably in Saudi Arabia.

They key strength of the practice lies in its comprehensive understanding of the financial sector. The team are strong negotiators and the partners fill you with confidence.

Thierry Arachtingi is always professional with a perfect understanding of the sector.

Key clients

BNP Paribas

Crédit Agricole

CACEIS

Natixis

Société Générale

International Banks:

Bank of America Merrill Lynch

Barclays

BTMU

Credit Suisse

Deutsche Bank

Goldman Sachs

HSBC

ING

IKB

JP Morgan

UniCredit

SMBC

AccorInvest

Airbus

AXA

Bouygues

Carrefour

EDF

Eiffage

L’Oréal

Pierre & Vacances

Ramsay Santé

SANEF

TOTAL

Vinci

3i

Apax Partners

Apollo

Ardian

Bridgepoint

DIF Infrastructure

Carlyle Group

CDC I Capital

Cinven

Clayton Dublier & Rice

Eurazeo

KKR

InfraVia

Macquarie

Meridiam

Permira

Wendel

CDC (Caisse des dépôts et consignations)

EIB

Ministry of Transport of Finance

BPI France

The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development

FIA Europe

LCH Clearnet S.A.

World Bank

Ardian Private

Debt

Ares Capital

Barings

BlackRock

Capzanine

EQT Infrastructure III<

Capital markets: debt capital markets Tier 1

Clifford Chance's debt capital market practice is an integral part of the firm's wide-ranging capital market offering. Alex Bafi, Cédric Burford and Jonathan Lewis form the lead trio, with Bafi and Burford the key debt capital market practitioners, while Lewis's core expertise lies in securitisation, structured finance and derivatives.  In addition to the three partners, the group also includes a strong roster of counsels and associates, including Auriane Bijon who specialises in capital markets and structured finance. The group assists with the full range of debt capital market instruments and has a demonstrable track record assisting financial institutions and issuers alike, making it one of the most versatile teams in the French market. Moreover, its ability to assist with English, US and French law is a key contributor to the group's exceedingly wide practice scope which includes EMTN programmes, green bonds, Rule 144A/Reg S. offerings, hybrid bond issuances and sovereign debt matters. The practice's experience advising supranational organisations, government agencies and local authorities is also particularly noteworthy.

Other key lawyers:

Olivier Plessis; Auriane Bijon; Andrew McCann; Alexander Tollast

Testimonials

The Clifford Chance team has shown itself to be especially innovative in its legal drafts in the context of a constantly evolving legislative environment.

Cédric Burford is a true professional, rigorous, with perfect mastery of both French and English law, always available and ready to innovate.

Key clients

BNP Paribas

Crédit Agricole CIB

Natixis

Société Générale

RCI Banque

Goldman Sachs

Bank of China International Holdings

Citigroup

EIB

HSBC

JP Morgan

Morgan Stanley

National Bank of Abu Dhabi

Standard Chartered Bank

Accor Hotels

Alstom

Carmila

Carrefour

Dassault Systèmes

Neopost

Pernod Ricard

Unibail – Rodamco -Westfield

VINCI

Volvo

Thales

UMG Groupe VYV

Government Authorities:

Société du Grand Paris

The Government of Sultanate of Oman

CADES

Capital markets: equity capital markets Tier 1

Clifford Chance impresses with the breadth of its practice, which handles matters ranging from IPOs, share capital increases, convertible bonds and OCEANE transactions, to block trades, public M&A transactions and private placements. Aline Cardin and Alex Bafi (who is in charge of the US securities practice in Paris), co-direct a team that houses four specialists in US securities law, one of the deepest benches in the French market. The group's caseload is predominantly international, frequently involving collaboration with colleagues abroad - most often from the Dubai, Riyadh, Amsterdam and London offices. The equity derivatives practice under the leadership of Jonathan Lewis, along with the employee shareholding practice co-led by Julien Rocherieux and Anne Lemercier, complete the office's equity capital markets offering. Gilles Lebreton and of counsel Thierry Schoen are also noted. However, former counsel Olivier Jouffroy moved to Orrick Rambaud Martel in April 2020.

Other key lawyers:

Olivier Plessis

Testimonials

‘Excellent team, technically competent, available and with which it is very pleasant to exchange views. Appreciable compared to other firms: sufficiently staffed team on each file.’

‘Remarkable partners: Aline Cardin and Cédric Burford, both very competent and available.’

‘Aline Cardin is an expert in her field.’

Key clients

BNP Paribas

Natixis

Crédit Agricole CIB

Goldman Sachs

CItibank

Morgan Stanley

JP Morgan

Deutsche Bank

HSBC

UBS

Barclays

Credit Suisse

ING

La Française des Jeux

Unibail – Rodamco -Westfield

Alstom

Ubisoft

Europcar Mobility Group

Jackpotjoy

Accor

Veolia

Carmila

Arkema

Scor

Apax

Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec

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Compliance Tier 1

Clifford Chance assists a prominent client base with setting up and reviewing compliance programmes, especially on French anti-corruption and anti-bribery matters. The practice also assists with the conduct of internal investigations and acts for defendants in regulatory enforcement and criminal prosecutions led by one or multiple French and foreign authorities. Thomas Baudesson and Charles-Henri Boeringer are in charge.

Practice head(s):

Thomas Baudesson; Charles-Henri Boeringer

Testimonials

The team has good knowledge of all aspects of compliance work, including internal investigations, AFA control, litigation, negotiations (CJIP) with the authorities, international cooperation with foreign authorities or aspects of stock market communication.’

‘Charles-Henri Boeringer and his team are very up-to-date on this subject and provide us with an appreciable experience.’

‘Charles Henri Boeringer with whom I have dealt directly is certainly one of the top experts, if not the most recognised expert on the Paris market.’

Key clients

Airbus

Airbus

Teva Pharmaceuticals

L’Oréal

Dassault Systèmes

Savencia

Derivatives and structured finance Tier 1

Clifford Chance combines cross-jurisdictional expertise and a dedicated regulatory team with a broad portfolio of relevant skillsets. The deep bench consists of structured finance practice head Jonathan Lewis; securitisation, factoring and structured finance expert, Julien Rocherieux; regulatory specialist Frédérick Lacroix who is the head of the financial services and asset management practice; derivatives specialist Cédric Burford and securities experts Aline Cardin and Alex Bafi. With French, US and English law capabilities and the firm's own office network, the team is a popular choice for cross-border work. The team enjoys an outstanding reputation for its role in innovative market transactions and the scope of its expertise - which includes handling commercial paper receivables, RMBS transactions and alternative market funding for infrastructure, real estate and loans by use of debt funds, as well as hedging transactions, synthetic securitisation and clearing work. Another stand-out feature is a particularly diverse client list that includes banks and financial institutions, as well as asset managers, companies and funds, but also features a number of European and other supra-national institutions along with domestic public institutions.

Testimonials

Available team that listens to our needs and is open to finding solutions tailored to our business or our requirements together.

‘Very good grasp of the documentation regarding our products and our business. Good knowledge of the regulatory texts and best market practices. Ready to pull in specialists when a problem lies outside of their own expertise.’

‘Very good relationship. Devoted. Brings clarity and solutions to complex topics. Best firm in the market for ABCP securitisation. Constructive approach. Very good ability to mobilise the other teams in the firm regarding other practice areas (tax, regulatory).

‘Strong and trust-based relationship. They always find a solution. All of their associates are extremely good. Frédérick Lacroix and Fabien Jacquemard are the motors of the team which also includes Sophie Guilhem Ducleon and Dometo Lokko. ’

‘Jonathan and Sara are always amazing to work with. They are fully devoted to the project, always available, proactive and pragmatic.’

‘Sara Samogyi has never let us down in terms of delivering high quality work on time. She’s always available to answer questions and has a very patient and friendly approach to negotiations and the issues faced along the way.’

‘Excellent team composed of excellent lawyers. Technical, creative, precise, efficient and rigorous.’

‘Julien Rocherieux has great structuring and negotiating skills, he is able to structure complex transactions in a simple way in order to best assist his clients and knows how to defy certain market practices when they don’t fit well with the legal framework, which to me is the sign of a great lawyer.’

Fabien Jacquemard is an experienced lawyer and motivated by his matters. He constantly seeks to satisfy his clients. Rigorous and technical at all times while remaining commercial, he has got a great future ahead of him and is a real pleasure to work with.’

Guillem Dardoize is an excellent associate, responsive and rigorous.’

‘The team was able to respond to our demands quickly and pertinently. They are proactive and pragmatic in solving problems.’

‘The availability and ability to listen of the teams of Julien Rocherieux and Guillaume Massole have made us gain a lot of time. The quality of the work is always excellent.’

Key clients

Crédit Agricole

Natixis

My Money Bank

CIC

Credipar

EBRD

EIB

EIF

IFC/World Bank

Banco Santander

Deutsche Bank

Credit Suisse

Banque Internationale à Luxembourg

Ecobank

Morgan Stanley

Bank of America

Assured Guaranty

Coface

AXA

Covéa

CNP Assurances

Corporates

Carrefour

Constellium

Rexel

Elior

Vinci

Akiem

Dassault Systèmes

Ingram Micro

Unibail

SNCF Mobilités

Fund Managers

AEW

Pimco

Ostrum Asset Management

Mirova

Kartesia

Montefiore

Meridiam

Primonial

Zencap Asset Management

Schroder

EU, competition and distribution Tier 1

Clifford Chance frequently acts for international companies in the digital economy, pharmaceuticals, and energy sectors regarding competition law. The team is strong in state aid matters, EU public policy practice, and high-profile FCA and EU antitrust investigations. Notably, it recently launched its own digital dawn raid application to assist clients in regulatory investigations. David Tayar is highly experienced in antitrust litigation and investigations. He works alongside Katrin Schallenberg, who is involved in key cross-border merger control matters. Of counsel Michel Petite is an expert in all areas of EU regulations.

Practice head(s):

David Tayar; Katrin Schallenberg

Other key lawyers:

Michael Petite; Emily Xueref-Poviac

Testimonials

Very good knowledge of our business and excellent responsiveness from David Tayar.’

‘Clifford Chance’s Paris EU, competition and distribution law team is knowledgeable, solution-oriented, responsive, and commercially aware. The team is very experienced, notably in terms of merger control which is a great advantage when dealing with complex filings.’

‘I am particularly appreciative of the team’s knowledge, responsiveness and ability to provide solutions.’

‘A team of very great specialists, led by the excellent David Tayar, they are always available and responsive, providing very detailed analyses and anticipating risks upstream of cases.’

‘Beyond his excellent legal skills and the exceptional quality of the service provided, David Tayar is brilliant in his analyses and always provides expert advice. He always comes up with an innovative strategy to get the best results. He has a very thorough knowledge of the world of competition law which allows him to navigate with confidence in the system.’

‘David Tayar, a partner at the Paris office, gives outstanding service with deep understanding of business needs and practicality. He is sharp, devoted and super responsive.’

Key clients

Agence des Participations de l’Etat (APE)

Adobe

Airbus

Ariane Group

Arkema

BNP Paribas

Carrefour

Crédit Agricole/CACEIS

Crédit Mutuel

DGEC

Engie

Europcar

Framatome

General Electric

Hearst

Manpower

L’Oréal

Oracle

Plastic Omnium

Rexel

Sandoz

Starbucks

Shell

Tereos

Teva Pharmaceuticals Industries

Total

Industry focus: Energy Tier 1

Clifford Chance's offer is hard to beat when it comes to advising on strategic energy projects in France and overseas. The practice features very impressive resources with its large bench capable of providing high-end project, finance, public law and regulatory expertise. Matters in France include the structuring of a new nuclear regulated tariffs mechanism,  several of France’s landmark offshore wind energy projects, and strategic M&A and brownfield transactions in the renewables sector. Africa is another key region of intervention where the team is advising on a large variety of projects: renewables, biomass, power, hydropower as well as oil and gas. It is involved in several of the continent’s landmark hydroelectric projects and is also assisting with major LNG projects, pipeline and mining development projects. The practice is also mandated to undertake work in other regions, such as Europe and Central Asia, including a landmark project in Georgia. The practice is co-headed by highly regarded project and finance partners Anthony GiustiniDelphine Siino CourtinNikolaï EatwellRichard TomlinsonLaurent Schoenstein and Daniel Zerbib together with public law experts David Préat and Gauthier Martin. Emmanuel Mimin and Piere-Benoît Pabot du Chatelard made partner in 2020. Counsel Nadezhda Varbanova is also recommended.

Practice head(s):

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

Other key lawyers:

Nadezhda Varbanova

Testimonials

‘Anthony Giustini and counsel Nadezhda Varbanova are exceptional lawyers.’

‘Its members stand out for their professionalism and great competence, both in terms of legal analysis and their knowledge of the sector and market practices. A dynamic team that knows how to find solutions in the interest of their client while having a global vision of the project.’

‘Gauthier Martin is highly available, listens to his client and shows great intellectual curiosity which allows him to anticipate potential difficulties and risks. Clémence Graffan and Daphné Celet show great maturity and professionalism.’

‘In-depth knowledge and expertise of large infrastructure and energy projects combined with project finance expertise. Wise negotiators with broad experience. Strong ability to incorporate the particular business context in the advice. Very solution-oriented.’

‘Anthony Giustini has exceptional expertise in huge energy projects;  he has impressive experience with negotiations in different jurisdictions. He is a strong negotiator, bridge builder and easy to work with. Anthony sees the big picture and at the same  time focuses on details. Anthony is creative and solution-oriented.’

‘Richard Tomlinson is a very experienced lawyer. Richard’s competence and expertise with project finance and big infrastructure/energy projects was of great value and a strength of the team. Richard’s analytical skills and thoroughness are a great asset for any complex transaction and add robustness to any deal.’

‘Professional; adaptable; in-depth knowledge of subject; always puts the client first; politically savvy; ability to remain professional in complicated circumstances.’

Key clients

Corporates

Bahrain Steel

Africa50 Infrastructure Fund

Bouygues

CDC Group Plc

Eiffage

EDF

ENGIE

ENEL

Meridiam

TOTAL

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)

The Korean Development Bank

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 of Ecology, Sustainable Development and Energy

Ministry of Water Irr

Media and entertainment: Sports Tier 1

The 'unique expertise' of Clifford Chance's sports group is valued by clients who take advantage of the cross-practice expertise the firm is able to provide. Representing leading professional federations including the FFF, the LFP and the FFT, the department is often involved in high-profile matters, recently handling summary proceedings related to the annulment of the 2019/20 League 1 club championship. Yves Wehrli is the key name, typically retained on the organisation of major sports events, the sale of television broadcasting rights and other related regulatory issues. On the contentious side, partner Thibaud d’Alés is active, having represented clients in major litigation related to the Covid-19 outbreak.

Practice head(s):

Other key lawyers:

Thibaud d’Alès; Gauthier Martin; Laurent Schoenstein

Testimonials

The Clifford Chance Sports department, led by Yves Wehrli, has a unique expertise on the French market. The firm is quickly able to pull together highly competent cross-practice groups.

Clifford Chance’s contribution is always precise and they are remarkably competent.

Key clients

Fédération Française de Football

Ligue de Football Professionnel

Fédération Française de Tennis

Private equity: Fund formation Tier 1

Clifford Chance remains one of France's finest addresses for fund formation matters. In addition to a very strong primary transaction caseload, the team of practice head Xavier Comaills is also a market-leader in secondary transactions, acting for both buyers and sellers. French, Luxembourgish and pan-European funds are the group's mainstay, with private equity funds, -including venture capital, real estate, infrastructure and debt funds- accounting for the majority of instructions. Impact funds are another particularly busy line of work. The team offers in-depth knowledge of a wide range of industries, with the healthcare and technology sectors providing a significant number of mandates; and is well versed in highly complex transactions, including matters requiring the navigation through changing legal frameworks - for example in the context of Brexit. Clients also benefit from the Paris office's overall strength, especially from the powerful regulatory, corporate and finance, real estate and tax practices; as well as from the firm's international presence with experienced fund formation teams in key hubs. Counsel Marie Préat specialises in private equity funds, funds of funds and debt funds.

Practice head(s):

Xavier Comaills

Other key lawyers:

Marie Préat

Project finance Tier 1

Paris is one of Clifford Chance’s main worldwide projects hubs. The impressive practice offers a deep bench of experienced partners and counsels who are well versed in acting for all types of stakeholders; sponsors, developers, lenders and governmental and other public entities. In France, the firm is one of the-go-to-practices for large infrastructure projects and currently involved in major transport, airport, telecoms and energy projects, including many landmark offshore projects. On the international scene, the practice is particularly active in Africa and notably advising on port and airport projects as well as on many solar projects and a biomass power plant project in Côte d'Ivoire, the largest of its kind in Africa. Several landmark hydropower projects in Cameroon and Madagascar and strategic oil and gas projects are also included in the caseload. In addition to its strong focus on Africa, the team also handles work in other regions, including Europe and Asia. Anthony GiustiniNikolaï EatwellDelphine Siino CourtinRichard Tomlinson and Daniel Zerbib as well as public law experts David Préat and Gauthier Martin rank among the country's first-class practitioners. Also recommended are counsels Milica Zatezalo-Falatar and Corinne Duvnjak .

Practice head(s):

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

Other key lawyers:

Milica Zatezalo-Falatar; Corinne Duvnjak

Testimonials

‘The team has the industry knowledge and the right mix of people to secure the best standards on a project for the client.’

‘Nikolaï Eatwell has fantastic international project finance know-how and an amazing ability to provide the best advice for any given issue. He is focused on problemsolving and on efficient management of the process. He handles complex negotiations in an outstanding way. Counsel Milica Zatezalo-Falatar is a fantastic lawyer with significant industry knowledge and excellent communication skills.’

‘Anthony Giustini is exceptional and one of the top project finance lawyers globally. Counsel Sohini Karpuryastha is up-and-coming.’

‘The team is always available.’

‘Delphine Siino Courtin is an excellent negotiator who knows how to convey difficult messages. She is pugnacious and always knows how to find solutions.’

‘Very good team, responsive, expert.’

‘Professional, adaptable, in-depth knowledge of subject, always puts clients first, politically savvy, ability to remain professional in complicated circumstances.’

‘Trust has been built and a highly positive working relationship, knowing that we can fully rely on the advice being provided.’

Key clients

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

OFID

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

Bpifrance

Hermes

K-sure

SACE

UK Export Finance

BNP Paribas

CACIB

CDC

Natixis

Société Générale

Barclays

HSBC

Macquarie

Santander

Standard Chartered bank

Türkiye Garanti Bankasi A.Ş.

UniCredit

MUFG

Bouygues

EDF

Eiffage

EN

Real estate Tier 1

Clifford Chance’s enjoys an excellent reputation and continues to impress. The Paris team is retained by the largest French and international property funds to advise on the biggest French and pan-European transactions. Between 2019 and 2020, the firm has been involved in the majority of France’s most prominent deals, spanning office, tower, logistics, commercial and hotel assets. Alongside AEW, the practice advised on the sale of Towers W and PB6 both located in La Défense, and assisted Klépierre with its 10% equity investment is one of France’s largest shopping centres. The practice is also particularly well suited to handle large pan-European portfolio transactions, with a number of recent landmark deals under its belt. Finally, the team also assists clients with major financing and commercial leases transactions. Practice head François Bonteil, who also heads the firm’s global practice, and Alexandre Couturier are among the best in their field. They are supported by counsels Anne-Sophie PléKaren Bortolotti, Adeline Lefaucheur and David Gérard. Leading complementary tax expertise is also available.

Practice head(s):

François Bonteil; Alexandre Couturier

Other key lawyers:

Anne-Sophie Plé; Karten Bortolotti; Adeline Lefaucheur; David Gérard

Testimonials

‘Our satisfaction with the work of François Bonteil and Alexandre Lagarrigue is very high. I would like to particularly mention counsel David Gérard, who is very calm and particularly valuable and precise in the advice he gives.’

‘The pan-European capacity of the team as well as the effective coordination between partners and senior associates are undeniable strengths of Clifford Chance.’

‘Alexandre Couturier is available, efficient, a good negotiator and a good team leader.’

‘Excellent real estate team with incredible work power, able to meet deadlines as short as they may be. Great adaptability to clients’ needs and a dealmaker spirit during negotiations.’

Key clients

AEW Ciloger

Alderan

Allianz Real Estate

Amundi

Axa IM

Benson Elliott

Blackstone Real Estate

BNP Paribas REIM

Cale Street Partners

CDC Investissement Immobilier

Crédit Suisse Asset Management

Cromwell European REIT

Deutsche Bank

DWS

Fortress

Gecina

GIC

HSBC REIM

Icade

Ivanhoé Cambridge

Kering

Klépierre

La Française REM

Maple Knoll Capital

Partners Group

Patrizia

PGGM

Primonial REIM

Schroders

Swiss Life Asset Management

Union Investment Real Estate

Westbrook

Aviation Tier 2

Clifford Chance houses a multi-disciplinary aviation practice, whose offering spans acquisitions, joint ventures, procurement, service agreements and litigation. Notably, the team has a strong track record advising clients on PFI/PPP projects in the context of major commercial and industrial projects. The department is fully integrated within the firm's global aviation group, offering a seamless service for cross-border aviation leasing and financing work, and also works in close tandem with the projects, securitisation capital markets and tax teams to provide a holistic service for clients. Transaction specialists Fabrice Cohen, Dessislava Savova and Yves Wehrli jointly lead the practice.

Testimonials

This practice has a longstanding relationship with the Aerospace sector. Its knowledge, experience and client friendly attitude makes it a first choice when outsourcing legal work.

I commend the dedication and determination of Dessislava Savova to deliver such high quality work under extreme time pressure.

Clifford Chance offers solid expertise in diverse jurisdictions, across many countries, always offering clients a coordinated experience.

Key clients

Airbus

Airbus SE

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

Airbus Helicopters

Airbus Defence & Space

Cessna Citation European Service Center

ArianeGroup

Data privacy and data protection Tier 2

Clifford Chance is particularly noted for advising on the data and cybersecurity aspects of strategic M&A, as well as assisting with crisis management in response to data breaches, and AI regulation and ethics. The team is also experienced in matters including internal audits and investigations, as well as regulatory inquiries for clients in the automotive, insurance, energy, and aerospace industries. Practice head Dessislava Savova specialises in AI, data, and cybersecurity law.

Practice head(s):

Dessislava Savova

Key clients

Alibaba

Legrand

AXA Next

Eramet

Oracle

The Coca-Cola Company

Airbus

SMCP

Dispute resolution: Commercial litigation Tier 2

Clifford Chance's lawyer team is particularly active in commercial disputes, but is able to deal with a wide range of cases. The practice regularly acts for leading digital and traditional mass retailers involved in highly strategic disputes with suppliers and other brands. The practice also manages several commercial contract termination disputes, spanning a number of fields, including car leasing and hotel management. Finally, the team is also experienced in product liability cases, notably defending Pfizer in class-action type proceedings pertaining to one of its vaccines. Thomas BaudessonDiego de Lammerville, Thibaud d’Alès and counsel Gaëlle Merlier co-head the practice.

Practice head(s):

Thomas Baudesson; Diego de Lammerville; Thibaud d’Alès; Gaëlle Merlier

Testimonials

‘The litigation team knows its job and has a great capacity to quickly analyse key intentions and purposes of a case. They listen to their clients and advise them, pointing out exactly what may or may not be done and chances of success. The team is very pragmatic and knows its topic very well. ’

‘Responsive, efficient, to the point; the law firm you wish to have on your side at all time.’

Key clients

Carrefour

The Kooples

Ligue de Football Professionnel (“LFP”)

Kingspan

Cessna Citation European Service Center (“CCESC”)

Comexposium

Europcar

Airbus

Cinven

Apax

JP Morgan

SFR

Pfizer

Jacob Douwe Egberts (JDE)

Royal Bank of Scotland

AXA IM

MET International

Dispute resolution: Stock market litigation Tier 2

Clifford Chance regularly acts for Standard & Poor's in relation to AMF-led investigations. The firm is also experienced in cross-border insider trading cases, including assistance with AMF-led investigations conducted for insider trading. Thomas BaudessonDiego de Lammerville and Charles-Henri Boeringer co-head the practice.

Practice head(s):

Thomas Baudesson; Diego de Lammerville; Charles-Henri Boeringer

Key clients

Standard & Poor’s

Airbus

FXCM

Fortune Legend Ltd

Dispute resolution: White-collar crime Tier 2

Clifford Chance defends leading French, Chinese, Swiss and other international banks in major tax fraud and money laundering cases. The practice recently assisted Bank of China with the signing of a settlement (CJIP) with the Paris Prosecutor office., and defended Airbus in landmark cross-border investigations involving the French, UK and US authorities on whose behalf it negotiated a €3.6bn settlement. The firm, which mainly handles financial and securities criminal cases, also acts in a high-profile drug product liability case for a leading pharmaceutical company. Thomas Baudesson and Charles-Henri Boeringer are in charge.

Practice head(s):

Thomas Baudesson; Charles-Henri Boeringer

Testimonials

‘Small team, but extremely hardworking and able. Unflappable under fire, and always deliver to high standards with charm and efficiency.’

‘Sophie Levy, Charles-Henri Boeringer, Charles Merveilleux du Vignaux are three excellent and hardworking practitioners who bring a fine team to any investigation. Charles-Henri in particular handles all situations with his usual understated charm and efficiency.’

‘They deliver impeccable quality, regardless of the complexity of a matter. They are very well connected and have access to the right people.’

‘Charles-Henri Boeringer has extensive experience and  is very quick to identify the important issues; brilliant. Thomas Baudesson is a pleasure to work with, delivers great quality and excellent project management. Associate Alice Dunoyer de Segonzac is talented, will go far.’

Key clients

Airbus

Bank of China

Industry focus: Healthcare and life sciences Tier 2

With a client list featuring some of the world's largest pharmaceutical companies, Clifford Chance continues to be involved in high-profile litigation in the life sciences sector; notably, Thomas Baudesson and 'sharp and convincing' counsel Gaëlle Merlier are representing Pfizer in a major class action suit relating to its former vaccine Meningitec. On the regulatory side, the department advises on the entire product life cycle and has developed niche expertise in the cannabis/hemp products industry. Other key names in the practice include compliance expert Olivier Gaillard and antitrust specialist David Tayar. Counsel Loïc Lemercier joined from August Debouzy in October 2019, bringing experience in a range of cross-border IP matters.

Other key lawyers:

Loïc Lemercier

Testimonials

Gaëlle Merlier is a very talented lawyer. She is very professional and passionate about her clients. She is committed to defending their best interests. She knows what she wants to achieve and she is a very sharp and convincing litigator.

Key clients

Pfizer

Sanofi

Teva

NovoNordisk

IPSEN

Ethics

Medday Pharmaceuticals

Insmed

Mérieux Equity Partners

Sofinnova Partners

ArchiMed

Kurma Partners

BTG International Germany GmbH

Merck

Nicox

Theratechnologies Europe Limited

Dassault Systèmes

Stallergenes

Sandoz

Pyxus International

Ring Holding

LFB

Sanity Group

Innovative Surgery

Zoetis

Dedalus

Mitsui

Optimed Medizinische Instrumente GmbH

Mergers and acquisitions Tier 2

Clifford Chance's Paris-based practice notably led on L'Oréal's acquisition of Clarins, supported by teams in tax, antitrust, IP and employment. With 'excellent technical and practical knowledge of the market', the department is active across a number of sectors including infrastructure, TMT and financial services. Large-cap mandates make up the bulk of the caseload although the practice is also visible on several jumbo and small-cap deals. The leadership group is comprised of Fabrice Cohen, Gilles Lebreton, Marianne Pezant, Mathieu Rémy, Laurent SchoensteinThierry Schoen and Emmanuel Mimin, who was promoted to partner in May 2020. Counsel Olivier Jouffroy left to became partner at Orrick Rambaud Martel.

Testimonials

Excellent technical and practical knowledge of the market. Fine negotiators with good listening and advisory skills.

A tight, stable, very involved and available team. Excellent knowledge of the sector and our structure over time.

Mathieu Rémy is remarkable in all aspects of his activity: legal expertise, knowledge of the sector, management of the file by combining knowledge of the smallest detail and a high level of vision, skill in negotiation.

Fun to work with, knowledgeable, easy-going, hard-working – a great team.

Key clients

Airbus Group

APE

Ariane Group

Caisse des dépôts et Consignations

Carrefour

Compass

Crédit Agricole

EDF

Eiffage

Engie

Europcar

Geodis

Icade

Ipsen

Les Echos

L’Oréal

Mondelez

Nissan

Plastic Omnium

Predica

Rexel

Saur

Veolia

Willis Towers Watson

Omnes Capital

Private equity: LBO Tier 2

Clifford Chance strengthened its Paris presence with the partner promotions of private equity specialist Emmanuel Mimin and finance expert Pierre-Benoit Pabot du Châtelard, whose focus areas include leveraged financing. The private equity team under the lead of Fabrice Cohen and Marianne Pezant is primarily active for large- and mid-cap private equity houses as well as banks and shoulders a substantial caseload for infrastructure funds. With its broad area engagement, including the hospitality, energy, insurance aerospace, defence, healthcare and technology sectors, the practice is able to continuously remain among the most active players in France. Moreover, its international network -particularly the close ties with colleagues in its UK and German offices- make the team an excellent choice for clients seeking expertise in multi-jurisdictional transactions. Strong finance capabilities in France and abroad constitute another clear asset.

Practice head(s):

Fabrice Cohen; Marianne Pezant

Other key lawyers:

Laurent Schoenstein; Gilles Lebreton; Thierry Schoen

Testimonials

‘Excellent technical / practical knowledge of the market. Fine negotiators. Ability to defend their clients. Listening skills, ability to explain complex issues in simple terms, and quality advice.’

Key clients

3i

Apax Partners

Blackstone

BpiFrance

Bridgepoint

The Carlyle Group

Cinven

Clayton Dubilier & Rice

KKR

PAI Partners

Partners Group

Perceva

Permira

Triton

Wendel

Apollo

Ardian

Macquarie

Meridiam

Mirova

BNP Paribas

Crédit Agricole

Natixis

Société Générale

Ardian Private Debt

Ares Capital

Barings

BlackRock

LBPAM

SCOR Investment Partners

Bank of America Merrill Lynch

Barclays

Crédit Suisse

Deutsche Bank

Goldman Sachs

HSBC

IKB

JP Morgan

UniCredit

Capzanine

Omnes Capital

Tax Tier 2

Clifford Chance‘s team has high-level transactional and corporate tax expertise. The practice regularly advises leading corporations on the tax structuring of large, often cross-border transactions, with sector expertise among others in the healthcare and real estate sectors. The group advises high-profile French and international advisers on the structuring of major asset and portfolio transactions, including pan-European deals. Finally, the practice is also highly solicited to assist with the tax structuring of funds, such as property and debt funds. Eric Davoudet and Alexandre Lagarrigue direct the practice, which also includes counsel Jitka Susankova as a key member.

Practice head(s):

Eric Davoudet; Alexandre Lagarrigue

Other key lawyers:

Jitka Susankova

Testimonials

‘The team is very experienced and has a wide breadth of expertise. They are responsive and practical. They work seamlessly with teams from other jurisdictions.’

‘Alexandre Lagarrigue in particular is very involved in the detail and always comes up with practical solutions. He has very wide knowledge of the market and is able to communicate difficult concepts very well.’

Key clients

AEW

Wendel

Rexel

Carlyle European Real Estate

AXA

Orion

QIA

EDF

Amundi

Accor

Schroders

Ipsen

Primonial

L’Oréal

Engie

Spie

Dispute resolution: International arbitration Tier 4

Clifford Chance handles a high volume of ICC cases, a good portion of which involve representing a leading aeronautic company. Additionally, the practice manages both investment and commercial arbitration disputes pertaining to various sectors such as mining, finance and construction, and involving various parts of the world, including Asia, Africa and the Middle-East. Jason Fry co-heads the firm’s global international arbitration practice with London colleague Audley Sheppard QC. Simon Greenberg is another key name.

Practice head(s):

Jason Fry 

Other key lawyers:

Simon Greenberg

Employment Tier 4

Clifford Chance

Practice head(s):

François Farmine

Testimonials

‘Great expertise in employment restructuring projects.’

‘François Farmine knows our files perfectly. His advice is extremely valued and permits concrete application.’

Key clients

Amazon France Logistique

Wanzl

Von Roll

PayPal

Schaeffler

Hanon Systems Charleville

Visteon Corporation

Trèves

Pfizer

Allia (Geberit)

Visteon Electronics France

Beckman Coulter France

Fujifilm France

Insolvency Tier 4

Clifford Chance’s restructuring or insolvency was entirely renewed in 2020 after Reinhard Dammann and counsel Gilles Podeur joined Dammann Avocat and Alerion respectively, while the highly regarded Delphine Caramalli took the lead of the practice, arriving from France’s now dissolved leading boutique firm Bremond & Associés. She has extensive experience in advising all types of stakeholders on large debt restructuring and insolvency cases.

Practice head(s):

Delphine Caramalli

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

Photo Name Position Profile
 François Bonteil  photo François Bonteil François Bonteil specialises in all areas of real estate work: Real Estate…
 Reinhard Dammann  photo Reinhard Dammann Reinhard Damman advises on insolvency law, with a particular emphasis on international…
 Anthony Giustini  photo Anthony Giustini Anthony Giustini specialises mainly on project development and finance transactions in the…
 Mathieu Rémy photo Mathieu Rémy Managing Partner, Avocat à la Cour
Number of partners : 550
Number of other fee-earners : 3,300

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