Banking & Finance: Financial Services Regulation - France
What the team is known for
The law firm boasts a well-known banking and finance practice covering a wide spectrum of matters. The team has notable expertise in cross-border debt refinancings, leveraged acquisition, project and real estate finance and displays further capabilities in investment grade financings. The lawyers also offer a strong practice in financial services regulation, covering banking, asset management and insurance regulatory matters. Allen & Overy's team has demonstrable expertise in advising international financial institutions on the establishment of French affiliates.
Clients report: "They are very established and experienced, they are able to give good advice and know the market very well. If I have a question on a transaction or even a broader legal point, I would always be happy to pick up the phone to them," and add: "The firm's presence throughout Europe is a benefit too, the lawyers use their network very well."
Another client remarks that "the team's expertise in financial regulation inspires great confidence," adding: "Allen & Overy's lawyers are astute in guiding as opposed to simply answering a question."
Advised a banking syndicate led by BNP Paribas on an EUR8 billion refinancing and extension of credit facilities for Sanofi.
Brice Henry heads Allen & Overy's financial regulation practice and enjoys a strong reputation in the market. He assists with various regulatory matters, including post-Brexit transitions and EMIR procedure compliance. He acts for banks and corporate entities on both domestic and international mandates. A client describes Brice Henry as "extremely knowledgeable and adept at guiding us towards the right solution, as well as very pragmatic and solution-oriented."
Jean-Christophe David is recognised for his expertise in a variety of cross-border finance mandates, including leveraged financing, revolving credit facilities and refinancing. His clients roster includes banks, corporates and private equity firms. A source describes Jean-Christophe David as "excellent and a very good technician."
English-qualified Adrian Mellor is experienced advising domestic and cross-border clients on acquisition finance, restructurings and state-guaranteed loans in the context of COVID-19.