"Top player" Thierry Arachtingi is a market leader in banking and finance with expertise spanning leveraged transactions, corporate acquisitions and real estate finance. Clients confirm: "He is very experienced and interesting to work with, and has a good overview of the market."
Daniel Zerbib stands out for his work in both greenfield and brownfield infrastructure projects and debt restructuring. He advised a group of banks as lenders on the acquisition of Vinci Park.
Benjamin de Blegiers continues to grow in prominence in the banking and finance field, with notable expertise in infrastructure finance. He was involved in the structuring and financing of a stadium in Lyon.
UK-qualified James Butters is renowned for his global footprint, particularly in areas such as complex restructurings and debt finances. Also active in the corporate sphere, he handles acquisition finance, LBOs and corporate debt.
Banking and finance expert Xavier Farde is highly praised for his prowess in leverage finance and syndicated loans. One impressed client notes: "There are many things I like about him: he is very involved in deals, technically very strong and pragmatic."
Dual-qualified in France and the UK, Etienne Gentil is recognised for his work in leveraged and asset finance, as well as syndicated loans.
New York and Paris-qualified Denise Diallo has particular expertise in international transactions such as acquisitions, leveraged financings and mezzanine financings. "She is very efficient and good at negotiating complicated matters, and she understands all aspects of transactions - she is a good leader and co-ordinator," confirm impressed clients.
Raphaël Richard is well versed in acquisition finance, restructurings, structured finance and real estate finance. Clients comment: "He is a very technical guy who also has extensive knowledge of the market. He is good to have at the table advising banks."
Moscow-based Thomas McDonald is renowned for his cross-border practice with strong ties with the French branch of the firm. His expertise encompasses all areas of banking law, with a focus on asset and aircraft finance.
Qualified in France and the UK, Roderic Cork has a long-standing reputation for debt financings, acquisitions, corporate financings and restructurings. Sources note: "He is a very present and versatile lawyer."
Christophe Jacquemin is best known for advising on real estate finance and syndicated loans. He also handles structured financings. Clients observe: "He has huge experience and that is very important to us. He is very calm in negotiations and proposes new ideas when necessary."
Adrian Mellor advises both banks and borrowers on matters such as acquisitions and structured financing. He is also known for handling asset finance transactions and securitisations. He is UK-qualified and is also known for handling asset finance transactions and securitisations.
Carine Chassol's reputable practice spans areas such as asset finance and structured finance, assisting both lenders and borrowers. Clients enjoy working with her: "She understands all the files, is very commercial and always tries to find the best solution for everybody."
Julien Roux handles structured finance, real estate finance and restructurings. He assisted a group of banks, including Société Générale, with Klépierre's EUR2 billion sale of a portfolio of 127 shopping centres.
Leading name Laurent Mabilat's expertise spans the entire banking and finance spectrum, encompassing acquisitions and leveraged finance. One client enthuses: "In my view he is the best banking lawyer in France; he is very calm, thoughtful in his advice and has huge experience."
French-qualified Anne Grewlich resides in the Frankfurt office of this international firm. She is skilled in acquisition, project and structured finance, including derivatives.
Leading light Eric Cartier-Millon is extremely proficient across the entire banking and finance board, in areas such as structured finance, project finance and debt rescheduling agreements. Clients enthuse: "He is one of the best lawyers for acquisition finance - he is very well respected, always goes straight to the point and masters all the issues."
Kamel Ben Salah heads the structured finance and acquisition finance practices. His expertise lies in the areas of asset finance, real estate finance and securitisation.
Sources describe Bertrand Andriani as a "very clever lawyer." He is most proficient in areas such as leveraged and structured financings and syndicated loans.
Up-and-comer Rhéa Christophilopoulos joined the firm in January 2015. She represents private equity sponsors and debt arrangers. Impressed sources say: "She is very available and quick in understanding, with good suggestions - she drives the client in the right direction."
UK-qualified Kathryn Merryfield focuses her practice on syndicated finance and investment grade acquisition finance. She advised Alliance Automotive on the refinancing of its EUR210 million debt.
Nathalie Hobbs moved from the French to the Hong Kong branch of this global giant and still works closely with her former office. She is particularly adept at handling leveraged financings, syndicated lending and complex restructurings.
The "excellent" Emmanuel Fatôme's primary focus is real estate finance. He advised BNP Paribas on the financing to SAS des Tours du Pont de Sèvres' redevelopment and restructuring of its office complex.
Christophe Gaillard works primarily on structured finance along with derivatives and equity derivatives. Sources observe: "He is a very pragmatic lawyer and a good negotiator. He is also quite technical."
Jean-Renaud Cazali is most renowned for his work in PPP, project finance and asset financing.
Antoine Maffei focuses on asset finance and project finance, and also displays skills in capital markets.
Since publication, Antoine Maffei has retired from this practice.
Since publication, Antoine Maffei has retired from this practice.
Clients instruct department head Régis Oréal for both transactional matters and regulatory issues. They comment: "He is pragmatic, and very quick to understand our specific needs and offer a solution."
Eric Fiszelson is growing in visibility within the banking and finance field, with expertise in project finance. Clients are pleased with his work: "He is very good at understanding transactions, very pragmatic and his drafting was crystal clear."
Paris head George Paterson is most prominent in the aviation industry, where he acts for export credit agencies, banks and airlines. One client notes: "He is both skilful and a nice person; he has all the qualities you need for the job."
Christine Ezcutari specialises in structured financing and has experience in both English and French law.
Hervé Kensicher offers expertise in real estate financing and restructuring, and advises both lenders and borrowers. Sources recognise his experience: "He has very good technical skills when it comes to real estate finance."
Amaury de Feydeau is most active in real estate and project financing, securitisation and restructuring.
Diane de Moüy has expertise in project and asset finance, especially in the energy and infrastructure sectors.
Arnaud Fromion is very accomplished in corporate, telecom and acquisition finance. One of his clients enthuses: "I have been working with him for a long time and find he is commercial enough for the client - he is a good technician in all matters."
Pierre-Nicolas Ferrand handles real estate finance, project finance and acquisition financing. He is also adept in restructurings.
Emmanuel Ringeval handles matters such as restructuring and leveraged financing, advising clients including financial institutions and equity funds.
Michel Quéré is experienced in matters such as acquisition finance and structured finance. He is described as "very pragmatic, always available and able to propose new solutions." He also represents borrowers and investors in real estate finance.
Frederic Gros advises clients such as banking institutions and investment funds on an international level. He specialises in project financing, structured financing and financial litigation.
Diane Sénéchal is adept in matters such as LBOs and strategic acquisitions. Clients say: "She is great at very difficult subjects in both French and English, and very efficient in working on financings with foreign banks."
Isabelle Maury remains a well-known name among French banks. Her extensive practice covers acquisition and syndicated finance, as well as debt restructuring.
Managing partner Jean-Philippe Lambert specialises in real estate finance and environmental law. He deals with transactional and regulatory matters and is also a strong litigator.
Jean-Pierre Lee's practice encompasses structured finance, real estate finance and securitisations.
With almost 20 years of experience, Olivier Jauffret is considered to be excellent at handling the full range of banking and finance matters, especially LBOs and takeover financings.
Michael Foundethakis wins accolades from his clients: "We like working with him because he is very responsive and attentive. He always tries hard to find solutions and has a deep knowledge of the market." He previously worked in the firm's Munich office and has extensive experience in advising German clients.
Raphaële Courtier's impressive practice in banking law covers acquisition finance, real estate finance and project finance. One impressed client states:"I think highly of her; she is very dynamic."
Samuel Pariente joins the rankings this year as a reflection of his activity in the market and growing visibility amongst peers. He focuses on acquisition and project financing, in addition to restructuring. Sources say he "is really prepared and can analyse different ways of doing things." He is admitted to the New York Bar.
Philippe Max works both domestically and internationally on matters such as acquisition finance and project finance. He is also well known in the structured finance and asset finance areas.
Jean-Marc Allix has a real focus on project finance and PPP, and is also active in real estate finance, asset finance and structured finance.
Jennifer Hinge has a strong background in banking and finance, with a specific focus on mezzanine funds, restructuring and refinancing. Clients enjoy working with her: "She is outstanding - optimistic and dynamic."
Jonathan Nabarro is an experienced practitioner who is primarily active in areas such as leveraged finance and debt restructuring.
Paul Lombard is adept at handling debt restructurings. One client was particularly satisfied with his service, saying: "There is a synergy when we work together – I trust him and I feel he is an expert in this domain."
Olivier Tordjman of AyacheSalama has over 20 years of experience in the market and is most active in LBO financings and equity restructurings. His client roster is comprised of banks and financial institutions.
Valérie Lemaitre of Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP works on both corporate and financial transactions with a focus on structured financings and leveraged transactions. She is a member of both the New York and Paris Bars.
Martin Lebeuf of Darrois Villey Maillot Brochier is an excellent practitioner with a strong background in banking and finance, particularly in corporate financing.
Sylvie Perrin of De Gaulle Fleurance & Associés is most active in the energy and transportation sectors. Her practice encompasses asset and project finance.
Veronique Collin of DLA Piper UK LLP heads the projects and finance department, specialising in real estate finance, asset finance and securitisations. Her clients include investment funds and credit institutions.
Maude Manon of DLA Piper UK LLP acts primarily for financial institutions on acquisition financings. She is also instructed by sponsors, debtors and creditors.
Sophie Perus of Eversheds LLP specialises in asset and structured finance and the financing of restructurings. One client enthuses: "She is excellent - she understands what we are looking for in transactions and is extremely thoughtful and analytical."
Jean-Maurice Gaillard of Archers is a known name in this field, with a focus on real estate finance.
Jean-Marc Zampa of Holman Fenwick Willan France LLP works primarily on syndicated loans, acquisition finance and export finance.
Olivier Vermeulen of King & Wood Mallesons enters the rankings this year following excellent feedback emphasising his ability to form solid relationships and his skills in defending his clients. His practice covers structured finance and debt restructuring.
Colin Millar of Simmons & Simmons LLP has expertise in transactional banking, with a particular focus on LBO transactions.
Alain Gautron of Stephenson Harwood is a recognised practitioner with particular expertise in asset and project finance, export credits and acquisition finance.
Edward Campbell of Stephenson Harwood is a member of the Paris, New York and UK Bars. His expertise spans a wide range of financing matters, with a focus in the financing and leasing of ships and aircrafts.
Foreign Experts (Based Abroad)
Ondřej Peterka of Peterka & Partners works in Prague, specialising in acquisitions and banking and financial law. He regularly appears in French courts.