Admitted to the Paris Bar in 2008, partner Laurent Vincent specialises in structured finance and capital markets and has recognised expertise in structured products. He regularly advises financial institutions and French and foreign corporates on their issuance, investment, debt-rating and liability management transactions.
Laurent also has a strong expertise in derivatives, structured products and related regulatory and post-market issues. He notably assists financial institutions and commercial companies with the structuration and documentation of their derivative transactions, repos/stock-lending transactions and on the regulatory and documentation issues associated with clearing. More generally, Laurent advises on a wide range of securities issues and on various aspects of stock markets and financial regulations.
Prior to joining Gide’s Capital Markets team, Laurent worked for seven years within the International Capital Markets team of a Magic Circle law firm. He holds an LL.M. in Commercial and Financial Law (2008) from King’s College London, a Master's Degree in Banking and Financial Law (2006) and a Master's Degree in Business Law (2004) from the University Paris II – Panthéon-Assas. Laurent also holds teaching positions in various master degrees of Sciences Po Paris and Paris II – Panthéon-Assas University.
Laurent Vincent is recommended in Capital Markets and Derivatives by international legal guides Legal 500 (as Next Generation Partner), Best Lawyers in France and IFLR1000 2018, 2019 & 2020.
« The team at Gide Loyrette Nouel A.A.R.P.I. ‘knows the ins and outs of the industry’, which is evidenced by its ability to land key roles on many of the most high-profile debt capital markets deals to hit the market. In a headline example, Hubert Merveilleux du Vignaux (‘a key player in the French bond market’) was selected to advise SNCF Réseau on the takeover of €35bn worth of debt by the French government as part of the reform of France’s railway system. The comprehensive practice handles the full spread of matters, from standard capital markets deals through to heavily structured transactions, including hybrid deals, private placements, high-yield offerings and covered bonds. Merveilleux du Vignaux jointly heads the team together with Arnaud Duhamel and Melinda Stege-Arsouze. Highly rated partner Laurent Vincent is an ‘excellent expert in his area’. »
Legal 500 EMEA 2020 | Debt Capital Markets
« Gide Loyrette Nouel A.A.R.P.I.’s structured finance practice forms a key part of one of the largest banking and finance offerings in France. The team is best known for its experience in equity derivatives and risk management transactions, where it routinely represents French and multinational banks, financial sponsors and companies. Among its other strong suits, the firm also houses robust expertise in securitisation and covered bonds. Xavier Chassin de Kergommeaux is an ‘outstanding lawyer’ and is sought after by French building societies and public-sector loan companies for his specialist knowledge in asset-backed finance, securitisations, covered bonds and structured finance. Arnaud Duhamel jointly heads the practice alongside de Kergommeaux and has a focus on equity derivative transactions and equity financings. Laurent Vincent, who made partner in 2020, is held up for his ‘spectacular expertise on all derivative documentations’. »
Legal 500 EMEA 2020 | Derivatives, structured finance and securitisation
« Laurent Vincent 'is always able to provide technical as well as business-oriented advice on both debt and derivatives matters'. »
Legal 500 EMEA 2019 | Debt Capital Markets
« Gide Loyrette Nouel A.A.R.P.I. provides 'a great platform to handle complex cross-border transactions for French clients'and 'delivers a great service'. The 'responsive', 'dedicated' team is noted for its 'very constructive ideas'. Equity derivatives are the group's mainstay, but it also demonstrates strength in advising on securitisation matters and covered bonds. In addition to assisting Arélia with the derivatives aspects of the new Paris courthouse refinancing, including developing a hedging structure, it also assisted Europcar with the extension of its car fleet securitisation programme, increasing the programme's aggregate amount from €1.3bn to €1.7bn. Arnaud Duhamel, who gives 'valuable input when implementing innovative solutions', and Xavier Chassin de Kergommeaux head the practice.Counsel Laurent Vincent 'always goes the extra mile'. Idinvest Partners, Crédit Agricole Corporate and Investment Bank and Bouygues Bâtiment International also count among the team's clients. »
Legal 500 EMEA 2019 | Derivatives, structured finance and securitisation