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Europe 2022
France Banking & Finance
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Band 3

2 Ranked Lawyers

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Banking & Finance: Financial Services Regulation - France
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Band 3
What the team is known for

Linklaters is well respected for its services across the banking spectrum, advising lenders and borrowers on acquisitions, real estate, corporate restructurings and refinancings as well as bond financing matters. The law firm represents a portfolio of clients comprising leading banks, private equity houses and major corporates. The team offers capabilities in both French and English law.

Strengths

One client remarks that the lawyers are "able to handle complex deals and are one of our go-tos," further adding: "The firm's international presence is a great asset too."

Another client highlights the firm's client service as a particular strength, describing the team as "available, responsive and detail-oriented," adding: "The lawyers have always delivered on time, even when the deadlines are very tight. It is also just very pleasant to work with them."

Work highlights

Acted for HgCapital on its unitranche debt financing in the context of the acquisition of SmartTrade Technologies.

Notable practitioners

The "fantastic" Kathryn Merryfield is dual-qualified in France and the UK. She advises both lenders and borrowers on acquisition finance, loan facilities and bridge finance. A satisfied client says of Kathryn Merryfield: "I know she will always be there and will answer my concerns," and adds: "She is very knowledgeable and a reassuring presence."

Rhéa Christophilopoulos assists with acquisition financings, state-guaranteed loan facilities and refinancings. A client remarks: "Rhéa Christophilopoulos just brings so much to the table," adding: "When I call her she will already have anticipated my question."

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Kathryn Merryfield
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Kathryn Merryfield
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Rhéa Christophilopoulos
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Rhéa Christophilopoulos
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