THE FIRM This team enjoys an excellent reputation for its capital markets work, and is particularly renowned for its expertise in equity and derivatives, although peers note it has an increasing presence in debt matters. It maintains a broad range of expertise and a large market share, assisting both domestic and international clients. In a recent highlight, the group represented ArcelorMittal in a high-value registered bond offering. It also successfully advised Accor on the spin-off of its services business, a complex transaction which saw the team collaborating with other departments in the firm to offer a fully integrated service.
Sources say: "A dedicated, knowledgeable and efficient team."
KEY INDIVIDUALS Pierre-Yves Chabert is consistently rated by commentators as a star performer with a wealth of capital markets experience. His practice focuses on M&A and securities regulations.
Andrew Bernstein receives similar praise for his detailed knowledge of structured financing and joint ventures. He has developed specific expertise in the oil and gas sector, and counts Total as one of his key clients.
John Brinitzer is lauded for his "impressive knowledge of the high-yield bond market." He leads on a number of high-profile transactions, particularly those with a sizeable US element.
Described as "sharp and reliable," Marie-Laurence Tibi continues to make her presence felt in the corporate market. She is also well versed in US transactions and frequently advises on cross-border matters.
Fabrice Baumgartner runs a broad practice, representing international clients in a variety of capital markets issues.
Valérie Lemaitre is regarded as a "go-to lawyer for syndicated loan work." As with all of the ranked partners in this team, she is a member of the Bar in both Paris and New York.