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Managing Partner: Jérémie Duhamel
Number of lawyers: 6
Languages: English, French

Firm Overview:
DUHAMEL is a French independent law firm that has an extensive practice in banking and finance law. The firm has developed a first-class expertise in funds structuring and financial services. The firm works in particular with clients from USA, Canada, UK, Continental Europe, Middle East and Asia.

DUHAMEL provides robust legal advice as well as accompanying its clients in litigation cases. The firm also has an extensive network of legal and business partners enabling it to intervene efficiently in many foreign jurisdictions.

Main Areas of Practice:
Banking & Finance: Financial Services Regulation:

DUHAMEL provides a full range of legal services to financial institutions, assisting clients with all legal and regulatory issues involved in establishing and operating in France. The firm has regular contacts with the French Financial Market Authority and the Prudential Supervisory Authority. The team assists to financial institutions (banks, investment firms, asset managers, insurance companies) on all aspects of their business, including regulatory matters and transactions. The firm’s lawyers advise clients on drafting banking, insurance and financial contracts, AML and internal control related procedures, licensing files, etc.
Key Clients: BNP Paribas Cardif, Julius Baer, Samsung, Swiss Life Asset Management, York Capital Management.

Investment Funds:
DUHAMEL advises management companies and investors on the structuring and restructuring of a wide range of funds (hedge funds, real estate, venture funds, infrastructure funds, debt funds). Jérémie Duhamel has regular contact with the French Financial Market Authority (AMF) on all matters relating to licensing management companies, setting up investment funds, and distribution schemes. The firm advises many of the most prominent asset managers. DUHAMEL’s investment funds practice has assisted many international clients (based in USA, UK, Germany, Spain, Saudi Arabia, China, Korea, etc.) in their investments in French funds. The firm is especially well-recognised in France for its expertise in real estate funds and private equity funds.

Private Equity Funds:
DUHAMEL provides customised advice on the structuring, authorisation and servicing of private equity funds (venture, LBO, distress, etc.). The team assists on the drafting of legal and governing documents, carried interest schemes, negotiation of purchase agreements, etc.
Key Clients: Colliers International Investment & Asset Management, Northwood, HIG Capital, Mirabaud Asset Management.

Real Estate Funds:
DUHAMEL provides clients with legal advice combining an extensive knowledge of the funds industry and an in-depth know-how on regulatory issues. The firm provides advices throughout the entire lifecycle of real estate investment funds, from inception to implementation. DUHAMEL lawyers assist clients on the choice of the appropriate vehicle, the structuring, drafting of the legal documents and negotiation of the key agreements. The firm has been involved in some of the largest deals on the French market, in particular on the Greater Paris project which aims to develop the largest urban region in Europe.
Key Clients: EQT Real Estate, Principal Real Estate, M&G, STAM, Helaba.

Dispute Resolution: Financial Litigation:
DUHAMEL has experience in representing domestic and international clients at all stages of contentious matters. Its lawyers have a recognised expertise in disciplinary procedures before the French financial authorities (AMF and ACPR) and the court proceedings. Examples of recent disputes:
■ Litigation over the acquisition and the management of a large pan-European real estate portfolio
■ Representing an insurance company in a litigation against international banks
■ Advising a management company facing a control initiated by the French regulator
Key Clients: insurance companies, mutual insurance companies, investment funds, asset management companies, investors.