Herbert Smith Freehills

Banking & Finance Department

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What the team is known for Strong experience in a range of areas including acquisition finance and syndicated lending, with further expertise in projects and real estate finance as well as debt refinancing. Assists both domestic and international borrowers and lenders with cross-border operations. Offers particular expertise in African jurisdictions. Client roster includes leading investment banks and domestic corporates from the cosmetics, hospitality and food and drink sectors.

Strengths The team attracts praise for its level of expertise, with sources enthusing: "They are efficient, innovative and extremely good technically."

Clients also appreciate that the lawyers "develop very business-friendly orientation" and are also "very available to pick up where we left off and mobilise themselves for calls."

Work highlights Assisted PSA Peugeot Citroën with the renegotiation of a EUR3 billion syndicated credit facility agreement.

Notable practitioners

Eric Fiszelson is particularly well versed in representing lenders in cross-border debt refinancing and acquisition finance matters. He is also noted for his experience in handling real estate finance matters.

Clients appreciate Laure Bonin 's technical skill and determination in banking and finance matters, reporting: "She has great project management and communication skills that are really beneficial when it comes to handling a large pool of lenders and difficult borrowers."She is particularly involved in high-value corporate finance and debt refinancing mandates.

Régis Oréal frequently acts on both lender and borrower-side corporate finance transactions across the infrastructure and leisure sectors. He is additionally reputed for his experience in the French project and asset finance markets.