Allen & Overy LLP

Banking & Finance Department

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What the team is known for Well-known banking and finance practice covering a wide spectrum of matters involving both French and English law. Notable expertise in domestic and cross-border matters relating to debt refinancing, acquisition, project and real estate finance. Also offers a strong practice in financial services regulation. Extensive experience in representing banks and private equity houses as well as multinational corporations. Regularly co-operates with colleagues from the firm's corporate, real estate and tax departments.

Strengths Clients deem the firm to be "excellent for banking work," praising in particular its "quality of lawyers, depth of experience and international reach."

Another interviewee commends the team's broad experience, adding: "They are one of the big firms in the Paris marketplace - a one-stop shop for all aspects of a file."

Work highlights Advised The House of HR II on its EUR680 million leveraged refinancing and build-up debt pertaining to a dividend recap and acquiring the Redmore Group.

Notable practitioners

English-qualified Adrian Mellor regularly acts for arrangers and co-ordinators on a plethora of high-value banking and finance mandates. He is particularly adept at handling cross-border transactions spanning Europe, the UK and the US.

Brice Henry acts for multinational banks and financial services companies on a range of French regulatory matters, offering advice on Brexit-related issues and restructurings.

Singled out as a "very good technician," Jean-Christophe David is particularly proficient at handling leveraged finance matters for a portfolio of clients comprising multinational investment banks, financial institutions and private equity companies. He is also well known for his cross-border expertise.