Partner in Gide's Banking and Finance practice group, Arnaud Duhamel shares his time between Paris and London. He specialises in international capital markets and structured finance.
His experience includes IPOs, right issues, equity-linked transactions and a number of French privatisations. His field of expertise also covers international debt financing and restructuring, ranging from medium-term note programmes to senior and hybrid securities, high yield bond offerings, repackagings as well as structured financings and products incorporating derivative instruments. Arnaud contributes significantly to the Firm's finance practice in emerging markets.
He is a regular speaker in seminars in Paris and London, and is the co-author of a book entitled "Titres et emprunts obligataires" (Bond Securities and Issues), Banque Editeur (2000).
Arnaud Duhamel is regularly listed as a leading expert in capital markets and derivatives in the various international legal directories, such as Chambers, Legal 500, IFLR1000 and Best Lawyers.
« Arnaud Duhamel advises on IPOs, private placements and capital increases. He is active across the pharmaceutical and IT sectors and is praised by clients for being a deal-maker. »
Chambers Europe 2021
« Gide Loyrette Nouel A.A.R.P.I. has a core focus on French issuer IPOs, but also has in-depth knowledge of US instruments, including Nasdaq listings, Regulation S and 144A transactions. Arnaud Duhamel is the key adviser and cross-border specialist Melinda Stege Arsouze is particularly active in private placements in the US. Counsels Théophile Strebelle and Guilhem Richard provide significant support. Recent work includes acting for Lysogène and Société Générale on Lysogène’s IPO on compartment C of Euronext Paris; advising BNP Paribas on a €143m capital increase for Société de la Tour Eiffel through preferential subscription rights; and handling Gensight Biologics’ private placement to investors in the US and Europe. The team has a strong following in the biotech sector, where clients also include Erytech Pharma and Inventiva. Goldman Sachs, Jefferies and Veolia are also clients. »
Legal 500 EMEA 2018
« Arnaud Duhamel splits his time between London and Paris and assists with cross-border ECM matters, with notable expertise in US-related transactions. Sources report: 'He is highly skilled and at the same time capable of thinking out of the box and seeing the big picture.' »
Chambers Global 2018
« Gide Loyrette Nouel demonstrates strength across the board of debt capital market financings, with 144A debt transactions by French issuers and Euro private placements areas of particular expertise. The team has a largely domestic workload but also excels in complex, cross-border matters, such as the work undertaken for Groupe FNAC on the issuance of €650m senior notes, which are governed by New York law, listed on the Irish Stock Exchange and admitted to trading on the Irish Stock Exchange’s Global Exchange Market. In another cross-border highlight, the team advised Veolia Environnement on the first issuance of a panda bond by a French issuer. Domestic highlights include advising Europcar Groupe on the issuance of 144A high-yield senior notes. Other clients include Société Générale, Gecina and BNP Paribas. Practice heads Arnaud Duhamel, Hubert Merveilleux du Vignaux and US-qualified Melinda Stege Arsouze are the key names. Laurent Vincent was promoted to counsel. »
Legal 500 EMEA 2018
« Gide Loyrette Nouel A.A.R.P.I. combines ‘a high level of business acumen’ with ‘quick response times’, ‘direct access to partners’ and ‘stable teams’. The team’s strengths lie in derivatives and structured products, flanked by regulatory expertise, but the group also advises on securitisations and has expertise across all asset classes, as well as in repurchasing transactions and securities lending mandates. Paris-based Arnaud Duhamel and counsel Laurent Vincent, and London-based Karine Imbrosciano, who is ‘very client-focused’, jointly head the practice. Duhamel’s skillset in structured products and strategic equity derivatives is noted, along with his strong regional focus on sub-Saharan Africa and other emerging markets. »
Legal 500 EMEA 2018
« Arnaud Duhamel is a well-reputed Equity Capital Markets practitioner, offering further expertise in structured finance and international capital markets, and is dual-qualified in French and UK law. One client was 'delighted with his advice; he gave us his full attention and dealt with a difficult situation delicately'. »
Chambers Global 2017
« The derivatives practice is ‘extremely good, including when it comes down to tight deadlines and execution of complex transactions’; key contacts include ‘dealmaker’ Arnaud Duhamel, who ‘manages to close highly strategic transactions thanks to his very fine risk analysis’, and London-based Karine Imbrosciano, who is ‘definitely one of the leaders in French derivatives’. »
Legal 500 EMEA 2017
« Gide Loyrette Nouel produces ‘excellent and efficient work’ and ‘knows very well the standards on the banks’ side and the needs from the issuers’ side’; it has notable experience in mandates involving the public sector. The practice recently assisted the banking syndicate with Vallourec’s €480m capital increase and advised Veolia Environnement on a €700m OCEANE issuance. Arnaud Duhamel ‘shows real judgement in difficult situations rather than sitting on the fence’ and Melinda Stege Arsouze provides US expertise’. »
Legal 500 EMEA 2017
« Gide Loyrette Nouel is ‘one of the few French firms able to compete with the Anglo-Saxon firms’, for issuer and underwriter representations alike. The practice has ‘deep knowledge of French law’ and is also able to provide US law advice including with regard to private placements and US IPOs. The team recently completed a high volume of work in the life sciences sector, notably including advising DBV Technologies SA on its Nasdaq IPO. The practice also assisted the underwriters regarding Solairedirect’s IPO on Euronext Paris and Rule 144A US offering. The team is ‘highly responsive and efficient’. Key figures in the practice include Arnaud Duhamel and Melinda Arsouze, who are both 'very good advisers'. »
Legal 500 EMEA 2016
« Department head Arnaud Duhamel is a well-known name in the Equity Capital Markets field, and is seen as an experienced partner with a diverse practice. »
Chambers Global 2015
« Arnaud Duhamel works on IPOs, high-yield bond offerings and structured finance, including securitisation. He receives warm praise from clients for his ability to 'be flexible, think outside the box and come up with new ideas'. »
Chambers Global 2014