Frédéric Nouel specializes mainly in M&A, real estate and financing transactions for both listed and non-listed operators on the European hotel and real estate markets and on investment funds.
Frédéric advises on headline deals for Unibail-Rodamco-Westfield, Accorhotels, ADEO (Leroy-Merlin), Icamap/Icawood, Swiss-Life, Domus-Vi, BNP-Paribas, KKR, EDF, Eurazeo, Aermont, SFL, Engie, Goldman Sachs and PSA Peugeot-Citroën.
He played a crucial role in the creation in France of non-listed REITs named OPCIs, which now represent around 90 billion euros of assets. He has developed significant expertise in investment fund creation and development of professional alternative investment funds (FIA) in all sectors of the real estate and hotel industries.
A Gide partner since 1994, Frédéric Nouel is the firm's Senior Partner and chairs the firm's Executive Committee since January 2021.
Frédéric holds a postgraduate degree (DEA) in Business Law (University of Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne, 1985) and an honours degree (Maîtrise) in Management (University of Paris-Dauphine, 1983).
Consistently ranked as a leading lawyer in major expert guides such as Chambers Europe (Band 1), Legal 500 (Hall of Fame), Frédéric is also listed among the Forbes TOP 40 Lawyers advising CAC 40 Companies in 2022, as a Thought Leader by Who's Who Legal and in Best Lawyers. He was named "Lawyer of the Year in Real Estate" by American review Best Lawyers in France 2017 and again 2020.
« [...] Enfin, le cabinet est pourvu d’une des meilleures expertises de financement immobilier du marché ; il assiste souvent des banques sur la structuration des plus importants financements du marché immobilier. Frédéric Nouel dirige la pratique, à laquelle participent également: Stanislas Dwernicki, Eric Martin-Impératori, Renaud Baguenault de Puchesse, Bertrand Oldra, Christopher Szostak, Hugues Moreau, Jean-François Levraud, Nicolas Planchot et Constantin Miliotis, qui a été promu associé au début de l’année 2020. »
Legal 500 Paris 2022 - Immobilier
« Frédéric Nouel leads a team of acclaimed real estate lawyers: Eric Martin-Impératori, Renaud Baguenault de Puchesse, Christopher Szostak, Hugues Moreau, Kamel Ben Salah, Rémi Tabbagh and Laetitia Lemercier. »
Legal 500 EMEA 2022 - Real Estate
« Frédéric Nouel "is just fantastic," according to one client, who highlights: "He is super efficient, friendly, accessible and gives pragmatic answers." He has an outstanding reputation for his work assisting real estate companies and investors with both transactions and developments of retail and office assets. »
Chambers Europe 2022 - Real Estate
« Finally, the practice fields one of the market’s most renowned real estate finance expertise, often acting for banks on the structuring of the market’s largest financings. Frédéric Nouel directs the strong practice which also includes: Stanislas Dwernicki, Eric Martin-Impératori, Renaud Baguenault de Puchesse, Bertrand Oldra, Christopher Szostak, Hugues Moreau, Jean-François Levraud, Nicolas Planchot and Constantin Miliotis, who made partner in early 2020. »
Legal 500 EMEA 2021
« Frédéric Nouel has an outstanding reputation for his work assisting investment funds and real estate companies with joint ventures and development mandates. Clients rate his results-oriented style, with one saying: "He always finds a solution to a problem and has a very good understanding of the dynamics of the deals." »
Chambers Europe 2021
« According to one client, Frédéric Nouel 'has an impressive background and knowledge in real estate. He is extremely involved in the deals and is a strong deal maker.' Nouel enjoys a solid reputation acting on complex real estate transaction mandates. He advised TechnipFMC on the negotiation of an off-plan commercial lease. »
Chambers Europe 2019
« Frédéric Nouel is one of the pre-eminent figures in the jurisdiction. He enjoys a stellar reputation for his leading work on financing and transactions across the real estate sector. »
Who's Who Legal 2019
« Gide Loyrette Nouel is praised for its ‘capability to go beyond typical real estate issues and advise on broader strategic and partnership matters’. The ‘responsive and efficient’ 50-lawyer team, which also has ‘an excellent proactive and solution-driven approach’, handles an impressive amount of high-profile investment and property finance deals each year, spanning the office, retail and logistics sectors thanks to its combination of top investment, finance and tax expertise. The group is retained by an outstanding domestic and international client base made up of top property investors and developers. Highlights included assisting Accor with the spin-off of Accor Invest; advising a sovereign wealth fund on the sale of 6-8 Boulevard Haussmann building; and acting for EDF on the sale-and-leaseback of a 250 asset and office portfolio. The team also advised landlords and tenants on lease negotiations of commercial and office spaces. The practice is headed by Frédéric Nouel. »
Legal 500 EMEA 2019