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France: Capital Markets 2017

In this chapter, we recognise 19 leading capital markets practitioners. The featured lawyers are identified for their expertise in debt and equity capital market transactions, advising issuers and underwriters in IPOs, secondary offerings including rights issues, placements and other debt and equity issuances.

Most Highly Regarded
1. Didier Martin Bredin Prat, Paris
2. Olivier Hubert De Pardieu Brocas Maffei, Paris
3. Gilles Saint Marc Gide Loyrette Nouel AARPI, Paris

WHITE & CASE’s Paris office is its oldest in Europe and is home to three leading individuals in the capital markets space.
Philippe Herbelin heads the firm’s EMEA capital markets practice and is a respected practitioner known for his extensive experience in French securities issues.
Séverin Robillard is a prominent name in the market with an enviable list of clients including the likes of CCG, Parrott, Maisons du Monde, Nexity, Scor and BPCE.
Gilles Endréo is well versed in debt and equity offerings on the international capital market, boasting over 25 years’ experience assisting corporates and financial institutions.

Fellow international heavyweight ALLEN & OVERY also impresses in this year’s research, with three specialists singled out for praise. The capital markets team is a prominent force in the market and is particularly well known for debt and equity work.
The “superb” Dan Lauder is a debt capital markets specialist with over 20 years of experience in the European capital markets space.
Marc Castagnède’s impressive practice sees him advise listed and non-listed companies, financial institutions and investment funds on equity capital market matters.
Debt capital markets expert Hervé Ekué is a big name in the French debt market with a proven track record on high-stakes euro medium-term note programmes.

CLEARY GOTTLIEB STEEN & HAMILTON is a leading international outfit with a strong presence in the French market. The firm’s deep bench is particularly proficient in equity capital markets work, regularly acting in some of the market’s largest IPOs. The firm also sees three lawyers selected in the following pages.
Andrew Bernstein is a market-leading practitioner with a longstanding capital markets practice covering both debt and equity work. He regularly advises French companies on international securities offerings and is particularly knowledgeable on the US debt market.
Pierre-Yves Chabert stands out for his significant experience advising leading players on equity capital markets offerings and is considered by interviewees as a leader in this field.
Fabrice Baumgartner is an equity capital markets expert with significant experience advising clients on international securities offerings and structured finance issues.

Leading magic circle player CLIFFORD CHANCE is home to two nominees. The firm is known for its integrated banking, finance and capital markets practice that allows it to offer an unrivalled, comprehensive service to issuers and financial institutions.
Cédric Burford is “a go-to lawyer” in the debt and equity bond space thanks to his extensive experience acting for investment banking clients and issuers on the European bond market.
Structured finance co-head Jonathan Lewis is commended for his considerable experience in advising corporate clients, funds and financial institutions on structured finance, derivatives and securities issues.

At SULLIVAN & CROMWELL, M&A practice co-head Patrick Bonvarlet is a seasoned veteran in the French equity space, offering clients over 30 years of experience.

GIDE LOYRETTE NOUEL’s Xavier de Kergommeaux impresses market sources with his “fantastic” practice covering asset-backed finance and securitisation. He counts a number of financial institutions among his clients and regularly advises them on high-value financing capital markets transactions.

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Nominees have been selected based upon comprehensive, independent survey work with both general counsel and private practice lawyers worldwide. Only specialists who have met independent international research criteria are listed.

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