Karine Imbrosciano heads the Derivatives & Structured Products group of Gide in London. Qualified as both a French Avocat à la Cour and English solicitor, she has in-depth knowledge of French and English law legal structuring and advisory support on a broad range of derivatives, structured repos, securities lending transactions and structured products across various asset classes (Fixed Income, Equity, Credit, Funds). Specialised in complex OTC derivatives products and structured products, Karine is experienced notably in equity derivatives and in hedging of structured finance transactions (real estate financing, project finance, covered bonds, securitisation), with a focus on the negotiation of swaps complying with rating agency criteria. Karine also has significant experience in credit derivatives (CDO, CPPI, CPDO, CFXO). Leveraging her dual qualification and broad experience of the European and UK markets, Karine has assisted many clients with the preparation and implementation of their Brexit plans for their derivatives and structured products businesses and is still working alongside those clients in a post-Brexit context.
Karine regularly advises her clients on the implementation of the new banking and financial regulatory reforms, and in particular with respect to collateralisation, clearing and reporting, as well as IBOR transition. Moreover, Karine has developed an expertise in restructuring and prelitigation/litigation procedures involving derivatives and temporary acquisitions and sales of securities, notably in the context of the Lehman Brothers insolvency.
Having graduated from HEC Business School, Karine joined Gide in Paris in 2005 and the London office two years later. Sharing her time between London and Paris, she works closely with Gide's finance teams in both offices, as well as Gide's international offices in Eastern Europe and Africa. She has benefited from a secondment to the Corporate Solutions Group of a French bank in Paris and from a one-year secondment to a leading US investment bank in London in its structured products and derivatives teams.
Recommended by Legal 500 since 2015, Karine is ranked for Derivatives and Structured Products by the Legal 500 UK, is Highly Regarded in IFLR1000 and has been recognised by Chambers Global since 2018, in which publication she has been described as "extremely knowledgeable, very reliable, has a fast turnaround and top client service".
« London-based Karine Imbrosciano is an experienced lawyer in the field of derivatives, advising financial institutions across various asset classes. She is dual-qualified in France and the UK. »
Chambers Global 2023
« Gide Loyrette Nouel LLP has ‘a dedicated team based on a solid and stable senior team of partners and counsel who are really aware of clients’ operational constraints‘. The firm specialises in structuring, documentation, collateralisation and regulatory issues relating to derivatives and structured products across equity, credit, fixed income, fund, commodity, energy, inflation, weather, property and other asset classes, as well as handling repos and securities lending transactions. Best known for acting for French banks, the London finance group is increasingly acting for corporates across Europe on derivatives matters. Lead partner Karine Imbrosciano is ‘a dedicated lawyer always available and very easy to talk with. »
Legal 500 UK 2023
« The structured finance practice at Gide Loyrette Nouel LLP is 'very responsive and provides great insight into market standard positions' ... Imbrosciano and her team are 'both technically astute and kind people to spend time and work with' ... 'Karine Imbrosciano is a very dynamic and competent lawyer. She is obviously very experienced with the negotiation of derivatives-related agreements.' ... 'Karine Imbrosciano is very dynamic and takes it very seriously to understand the needs and objectives of her clients. »
Legal 500 UK 2022
« London-based Karine Imbrosciano is an experienced lawyer in the field of derivatives, advising financial institutions across various asset classes. One impressed client comments: "She is extremely knowledgeable, very reliable, has a fast turnaround and top client service." She is dual-qualified in France and the UK. »
Chambers Global 2021