Kamel Ben Salah, partner in the Gide Banking & Finance practice group in Paris, mainly advises banks and financial institutions on structuring, drafting and negotiating complex transactions in real estate financing, refinancing and restructuring. He specialises predominantly in real estate asset finance, corporate financing (especially involving real estate listed companies) and project financing.
Kamel Ben Salah has advised various financial institutions, whether acting as arrangers or lenders, on setting up financing for investment funds, listed companies, SIIC and OPCI. These transactions mainly concern financing or refinancing of single or portfolio assets (office buildings, hotels, logistical hubs), shopping centres and companies or groups of companies, primarily real estate listed companies. He advises arrangers and subscribers in respect of the first mortgage-structured bonds in France.
Kamel Ben Salah is regularly ranked as a leading banking and real estate finance expert in the various international legal directories, such as Chambers, Legal 500, IFLR1000 and Best Lawyers in France.
« '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. »
Legal 500 EMEA 2017
« Kamel Ben Salah offers particular specialism in matters involving asset and real estate finance. He receives praise from clients for being 'an expert in his field, capable of providing legal advice both oral and written in English and French.' »
Chambers Global 2017
« Described as 'very strong in this area,' Kamel Ben Salah specialises in real estate finance and is highly regarded for his work in this area. He advises on the drafting, negotiation and structuring of complex transactions; additionally, he has substantial experience in leveraged leasing and acquisitions. He represents different types of clients with particular expertise in acting on behalf of banks. »
Chambers Europe 2017
« Kamel Ben Salah is a pioneering figure for real estate finance. Clients appreciate his wise judgement, extensive experience and commercial awareness. »
Chambers Europe 2016
« Kamel Ben Salah is widely regarded as a 'fantastic' real estate financing lawyer and is frequently seen acting for lenders. He advised a group of banks on financing Olayan Financing Company's acquisition of a EUR750 million real estate portfolio. »
Chambers Europe 2015
« Gide has ‘very strong expertise and knowledge in the property and hotel fields’. The practice assisted CACIB with the financing of Blackstone’s acquisition of the Concorde Saint-Lazare Hotel. The highly experienced Kamel Ben Salah and Rémi Tabbagh are the main contacts, in the 56-lawyer team, which is known for its ‘efficient advice and swift execution’ of corporate and acquisition financing deals. »
Legal 500 EMEA 2015