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, Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne and Paris II Panthéon-Assas universities.
Laurent Vincent is recommended in Capital Markets and Derivatives by international legal guides Legal 500 (as Next Generation Partner), Chambers Global / Europe, Best Lawyers in France and IFLR1000.
« Laurent Vincent assists domestic financial institutions and corporates with bonds issuance. One client enthuses: "He is a very competent lawyer," and adds: "He was firm, clear and persuasive in his negotiations with counterparties and their lawyers, he was very responsive. He is clearly going the extra mile. »
Chambers Europe 2021
« Gide Loyrette Nouel A.A.R.P.I. remains among the most active debt capital market practices in Paris thanks to a broad range of expertise which includes the most complex deals, such as those involving private placements in the US and in Europe, Rule 144A/Reg S. matters, high-yield offerings and hybrid financings, in addition to more vanilla deals. The group's experience assisting with the issuance of 'Panda', green, social and ESG bonds is a key contributing factor to its continuous success. The French giant houses a strong raft of renowned practitioners, first-and-foremost practice heads: Hubert Merveilleux du Vignaux, Melinda Stege-Arsouze (a specialist in US securities law), Arnaud Duhamel and Laurent Vincent - all of whom have earned the trust of major corporations, governments, alternative capital providers and leading financial institutions alike. »
Legal 500 EMEA 2021 | Debt Capital Markets
« Gide counts one of France's most renowned structured finance experts among its ranks. De Kergommeaux is particularly active regarding public-sector loan company mandates and building society-related work. Arnaud Duhamel and Laurent Vincent co-lead the derivatives practice, which has a strong focus on equity derivatives and financing. Overall, the group shoulders an impressive caseload -often including innovative transactions- and is consistently visible among those legal practices shaping the regulatory framework in France - regarding covered bonds, for example. In addition to its strong presence in France, the firm also offers derivatives and structured finance expertise from its London office where Dimitrios Logizidis and Karine Imbrosciano frequently cooperate with their French colleagues to assist with cross-border matters, often pan-European in nature. Counsel Clément Vandevooghel, a former legal counsel at Natixis, specialises in structured finance. Under the name of Gide 255, the firm's innovation team, the practice has assisted several clients in connection with collateral tokens and on applications of these tokens to derivatives structures. »
Legal 500 EMEA 2021 | Derivatives, structured finance and securitisation
« 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. [...] 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 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. [...] 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