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France: Banking 2016

The French banking sector is experiencing turbulent times. In August 2015, the Bank Recovery and Resolution Directive was ratified into French law, which requires banks to show that they have the appropriate resources to maintain activities that are essential to financial stability. Forthcoming legislation from the French government is also expected to make changes to the pecking order of bank creditors in times of financial difficulty, improving depositor protection and generally reinforce the stability of the banking system overall.  Amid legislative reform, shares for the bank Société Générale dropped by 12 per cent in a day, prompting fears that France could be the trigger of another recession in the Eurozone. Against this backdrop our research highlights 16 individuals below.

Bredin Prat stands out with an impressive three listings in this chapter. Alexander Blackburn has a “very successful national and international banking practice”. He is “highly esteemed” by clients and peers for his ability to “keep in mind the bigger picture whilst focusing on complex legal details”.  Alongside him, Raphaële Courtier is an “exceptionally skilled practitioner”. She is recommended for her ability to “tailor her advice to meet clients’ business needs”. They are joined by Samuel Pariente, “a consummate professional” who has “a fantastic work ethic and a no nonsense approach”.

Gide Loyrette Nouel garners two listings. Jean-Guillaume de Tocqueville heads the financial services practice, and impresses clients with his “vast and intricate knowledge” combined with “strong commercial acumen”.  He advises banking and financial institutions on regulatory matters and financial markets regulations and litigation, including investment services, banking and investment management issues. The “exceptionally talented” Eric Cartier-Millon is extensively experienced in banking law. Specialising in structured finance and project finance, he is known for “providing unique insight” into complicated issues.

Charles-Henri de Pardieu at De Pardieu Brocas Maffei is described as “a powerhouse of knowledge”. He is particularly praised for his “strong analytical skills”, which has given him “wide acclaim in the market”. Alongside him, Antoine Maffei stands out out for his “tireless commitment and energy”. He has built up a “stellar practice” through being “acutely aware of clients’ business needs”.

From White & Case, Philippe Herbelin has “a wealth of industry experience”. He specialises in international finance, and French securities and stock exchange matters, and is known for his “deep commercial insight”.

Herbert Smith Freehills’ Régis Oréal has over 15 years’ experience advising on transactional finance and regulatory issues. Described as “incredibly knowledgeable and articulate”, a focus of his practice includes advising banks on financing renewable energy and tax-driven projects.

Laurent Mabilat of Ashurst is highly regarded for his expertise in leveraged finance transactions. Clients describe him as “a good operator with a strong commercial mindset”.

The “excellent” Patrice Doat at Linklaters is a “leading figure” in the industry. He represents both leading US and European investment banks in complex banking transactions, and he is praised by them for his “clear, direct and effective” approach.

Colin Millar from Simmons & Simmons is seen as “a dedicated professional” He “expertly advises” financial institutions and corporates on a wide range of finance transactions, including corporate and acquisition finance, and bond issues.

At Norton Rose Fulbright Christine Ezcutari regularly acts on behalf of large European financial institutions and lessors. She is praised for her “close attention to detail” and “client-centred approach”.

Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton’s Pierre-Yves Chabert comes highly recommended for his “ability to get straight to the heart of complex financing transactions” and for “keenly protecting clients’ best interests”.

From Dentons, Philippe Max advises on domestic and international banking and finance transactions specialising in structured finance, real estate finance, acquisition finance and securitisation. He is described as having “vast experience” of the sector, and praised for his “technical know-how”.

Etienne Gentil at Latham & Watkins is a “thoroughly impressive lawyer who inspires confidence in clients”. He has substantial experience in the industry, having built up “a long track record of excellence and achievement”.

The “superb” Jean-François Adelle at Jeantet Associés is known for offering “a personal service” and “a high standard of client care”. He is praised for his expertise in acquisition finance transactions, especially in Africa.

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