Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP

Banking & Finance Department

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What the team is known for Well-reputed team moving up this year's rankings on the back of strong market feedback. Offers expertise on acquisition financing and debt restructuring. Frequently acts on cross-border mandates, often alongside its international offices. Also handles leveraged financing transactions. Advises clients from the retail, pharmaceutical, infrastructure and energy sectors, in addition to a number of banks, private equity houses and asset managers.

Strengths Clients report: "In addition to technical expertise, the lawyers also consistently exhibit a commercial mindset and have good market-wide insights."

The team also wins praise for its client-focused approach with sources hailing it as "very easy to work with and solution-driven with great communication."

Work highlights Assisted SAUR with the EUR1 billion acquisition by EQT Infrastructure of HIME, the holding company of SAUR.

Notable practitioners

Laurent Mabilat advises investment funds and banking groups as well as French corporates on debt financing, restructurings and acquisition finance. He is notably active across the manufacturing, retail and energy sectors and impresses clients with his "technical expertise, commercial mindset and ability to negotiate."

Marc Perrone moved from Linklaters to Freshfields in January 2020. He attracts attention for his skill in asset management and banking and finance regulation. Clients report that "he is, without a doubt, one of the best lawyers I know," before going on to add: "He has a very fine knowledge of his field, is an excellent negotiator and is fully available, which shows how much he cares about the interests of his clients."

The "technically excellent" Stéphanie Corbière continues to climb the rankings thanks to glowing market endorsement. She tackles an impressive caseload of high-profile corporate finance mandates in the infrastructure and pharmaceutical arenas and attracts praise for her "flexibility, dedication and good communication skills."