Banking & Finance

Ranks Legal 500 EMEA – Banking & Finance 2015/2021

Legal 500 EMEA 2021: Banking & Finance (Band 1)

Best known for its real estate finance practice, the team at De Pardieu Brocas Maffei is instructed by lenders on innovative mandates including setting up a ‘green-loan’ financing for the development of a low-carbon campus. It predominantly acts for leading French and international banks and debt funds active in the mid-cap LBO market, with the department’s core strengths lying in corporate financing, syndicated lending, leveraged financing and acquisition financing. Christophe Gaillard leads the banking department and Olivier Hubert heads the capital markets practice. Emmanuel Fatôme is noted for his work in the real estate financing space. Testimonials: ‘Highly recognised team.‘ ‘Christophe Gaillard is an excellent technician and able negotiator and has always performed highly on mandates. He is always calm regardless of how complex the matter.‘ ‘We appreciate the team’s professionalism, close proximity to its clients and the breadth of its expertise.‘ ‘Christophe Gaillard’s team is one of the best in the sector. Technically excellent, with great negotiation skills and a good understanding of the market.‘ (2021)

Legal 500 EMEA 2015/2020: Banking & Finance (Band 2)

The banking team is one of the best, if not the best, in the market‘, says a client of De Pardieu Brocas Maffei. The firm has a deep bench with 11 partners, and its core strengths lie in real estate finance, corporate financing, syndicated lending, restructuring financing, and acquisition and leveraged financing for large French and international banks and debt funds. Christophe Gaillard, who handles syndicated loans and acquisition finance, and capital markets partner Olivier Hubert lead the practice. Emmanuel Fatôme is a key name in the corporate finance and real estate financing market. Testimonials:My main contact is Christophe Gaillard who is the first choice for clients in this sector. He deserves this recognition for the combination of his many qualities but also due to the team around him, in which each member is a very good professional.‘ ‘I work mainly with Christophe Gaillard and his team. Christophe is an excellent lawyer who brings together a very high level of technical skill, a good understanding of business issues and good negotiating skills. He knows how to surround himself with colleagues of different levels of seniority who are very involved in the matters and who understand them very well.‘ (2020)

De Pardieu Brocas Maffei has particular strength in real estate finance, alongside longstanding experience in acquisition and leveraged finance, especially in the mid-cap leveraged buyout market, general lending and refinancings. Yannick Le Gall advised Tikehau Capital on a €115m facility agreement with Conforama Group aimed at financing development projects in France and abroad. Christophe Gaillard, who jointly directs the practice with Olivier Hubert, assisted BNP Paribas with the financing of senior debt for the acquisition of Quadran by Direct Energie. The firm also acted for BNP Paribas and Crédit Agricole Corporate and Investment Bank on the financing of LaSalle Investment Management’s €100m acquisition of a Paris office building from RTL Group. Other key practitioners include structured finance specialist Corentin Coatalem, while the team has recently been bolstered by the promotions of Sébastien Bouiller de Branche and Katia Belhiteche to partner and Nicolas Bricaire to counsel. (2019)

De Pardieu Brocas Maffei’s expertise includes syndicated and acquisition financing, real estate and asset financing, project and structured finance. The team has experience in an array of sectors, with asset finance capability in the maritime, aeronautics and military sectors among others and project finance specialisms including infrastructure and energy, as well as transport and telecoms. Christophe Gaillard heads the ten-partner team, with Corentin Coatalem, Olivier Hubert, Yannick Le Gall and real estate expert Emmanuel Fatȏme also key contacts. Recent work includes advising a consortium of seven banks on the financing of a €400m revolving credit facility for OVH, as well as assisting the same banks with the debt refinancing as part of OVH’s global expansion strategy, and assisting French agricultural group Terrena with its €630m inaugural syndicated loan. In the acquisition finance space, the practice assisted BNP Paribas with the financing of the senior debt concerning Altrad’s acquisition of Cape. The group also acted for the European Investment Bank on the €500m financing for the construction of 13,000 intermediary housing units. Eramet, Bastide and Aareal Bank are also clients. (2018)

De Pardieu Brocas Maffei excels in property finance transactions, where it advises investors and lenders. The practice acted for ING and Natixis on the financing of the Celsius portfolio acquisition and assisted Blackstone with financing the acquisition of GE’s real estate assets.Corporate and acquisition finance are other areas of expertise. Emmanuel Fatôme and Guillaume Rossignol are highly rated, as is the ‘iconicPierre Gebarowski, who ‘brings very strong technicality, ability to find practicable solutions and very reliable timing for complex financings’. Corentin Coatalem, Christophe Gaillard and Yannick Le Gall are also recommended, as is regulatory expert Olivier Hubert. (2017)

De Pardieu Brocas Maffei’s ‘highly efficient and available’ 30-lawyer team has ‘very good expertise’ and a strong practice acting for banks; it dominates the market for property finance work. It also advises on regulatory, corporate finance, project finance and acquisition finance transactions, and handles litigation. Recent highlights include assisting Axéréal with a €150m private placement issuance and a €775m syndicated loan. Olivier Hubert heads the regulatory team, while the ‘superb’ Emmanuel Fatôme is in charge of the property finance practice. Pierre Gebarowski, Guillaume Rossignol and Paul Talbourdet are key names for property finance work. Jean-Renaud Cazali, Corentin Coatalem, Christophe Gaillard and Yannick Le Gall handle other types of finance work. (2016)

Recommended for its ‘listening abilities and efficiency’ and ‘good quality work’, De Pardieu Brocas Maffei A.A.R.P.I’s 28-lawyer team advises lenders on corporate, PPP and banking deals. It assisted Casino with obtaining a €1.2bn syndicated credit facility. Corentin Coatalem, Christophe Gaillard, Olivier Hubert, Yannick Le Gall and Antoine Maffei are the key figures along with property finance experts Emmanuel Fatôme, Pierre Gebarowski, Guillaume Rossignol and Paul Talbourdet. (2015)