The Banking & Finance practice consists of specialised teams from our offices around the world, each of which is considered to be a leader in its respective market:
Members of our Banking & Finance practice advise banks, financial institutions, investment funds, insurance companies, asset managers and large corporate clients in their day-to-day transactions, as well as, with respect to judicial and disciplinary procedures. We also counsel professional associations and sovereign states in drafting local legislation and on the regulatory aspects of their activities.
Both in France and internationally, Gide is ranked among the best law firms in this practice area by Chambers, Legal 500 and IFLR1000, with team members regularly mentioned as leading experts.
In addition, Gide was recognised as "French Law Firm of the Year" at the IFLR Europe Awards in 2013 for its first tier expertise in banking and finance.
‘Best in class’, Gide Loyrette Nouel has ‘in-depth knowledge and ability to react quickly on any competitive bid or process’ in property finance. The practice advises banks on the market’s largest transactions and assisted BNP Paribas and CACIB with the €410m financing of the acquisition of Tour First in La Défense. Rémi Tabbagh ranks among the market’s top advisers in the sector, along with the ‘extremely well-known’ Kamel Ben Salah. The 57-lawyer practice has a broad range of other expertise, advising lenders, corporations and sponsors on acquisition finance, asset finance and project funding. Other highlights included assisting the senior lenders with the financing of Partners Group’s buyout of Foncia, as well as acting for FNAC on financing the acquisition of Darty. Eric Cartier-Millon is a leading figure. Also recommended are counsel Thomas Binet and recently promoted partner Laetitia Lemercier.
Legal 500 EMEA 2017
Leading banking and finance practice with solid expertise across the financial sector, covering structured, corporate, acquisition and real estate finance. Impressive client base comprising international banks, private equity and sovereign funds. Also recognised for its prominent activity in the financial services regulatory field. Strengths 'The firm's main strength is that they have solid knowledge on legal matters and enough resources to provide support in a timely manner.' 'They are very reactive and pragmatic, they don't complicate things and they very much listen to what clients have to say.'
Chambers Europe 2017
The banking and finance practice at Gide is one of the finest in France, and had a very busy period over the last 12 months. Notable transactions include work for the Lactalis Group in connection with its €5 billion refinancing. Another large cap transaction saw the firm represent Veolia Environment in connection with the establishment of a multicurrency revolving facility. A further transactional highlight was work for car hire company Europcar, as it sought to refinance its debt in connection with its IPO on the Euronext Paris. Finally, in acquisition finance the firm represented the lenders in connection to the financing for the acquisition by Swiss investment fund Partners Group, Eurazeo and Bridgepoint of French real estate group Foncia.