Key issues

Regardless of the type of financing you need to set up or (re)negotiate, whether you are a bank, a debt fund, an investor or a national / international company, you require assistance in structuring and completing financing arrangements, in France and/or elsewhere in the world. You face complex questions that call for deep understanding and a long-term view of each project in order to achieve its specific objectives. Whether it be negotiating and/or drafting the full range of finance documents, your needs are of a legal, operational and commercial nature, and our team can provide all the necessary expertise to assist and advise you on legal issues specific to your business.

How DLA Piper can help

Our teams provide a full range of legal advice in the following areas:

Leverage Finance
Setting up in France and elsewhere in the world:

  • Senior/mezzanine financing
  • Unitranche financing
  • PtoP
  • LBO restructuring

Real estate financing:

  • Real estate assets financing (commercial, residential, logistics)
  • Real estate securities financing (listed or unlisted)
  • Construction financing (sale before completion transactions otherwise known as VEFA)

Project finance:

  • Energy sector finance (solar, wind, hydro, geothermal, etc.)
  • Infrastructure and PPP/DSP finance (airports, social infrastructure, high-speed networks, etc.)

Asset finance:

  • Aircraft
  • Shipping
  • Industrial equipment.

Restructurings and corporate finance transactions:

  • Restructuring LBO or real estate financing
  • Acting as adviser in out-of-court settlement proceedings (ad hoc mandate, conciliation)
  • Coordination with our specialized teams (restructuring, corporate, tax, litigation)

Capital Markets:

  • Debt issuance programmes (EMTN, TCN)
  • Issuances on a standalone basis under French law or in foreign jurisdictions (Schuldschein, NSV) in liaison with our offices abroad

Regulatory:

  • Acting as advisor with respect to European and American regulations (AIFM, EMIR, MiFID 2, MiFIR, FATCA, Dodd-Frank)
  • Relationship management vis-à-vis supervisory authorities (AMF, French Prudential Supervisory Authority) and professional authorities: preparing applications for approval, controls and investigations carried out by the authorities
  • Litigation, in liaison with our specialized teams

Derivatives:

  • Framework agreements governing each market with respect to financial instruments (ISA, FBF, Euro-Master, GMRA)
  • Update thereof by way of written amendments (technical addendum, Schedule EMIR)
  • Drafting confirmations (structured and complex transactions, hedging)

General Banking:

  • Corporate bilateral and syndicated loans
  • Factoring programmes

Our team

Our Paris Finance and Projects team comprises near 20 lawyers, each of whom is experienced in their field and works regularly with our offices throughout the world. Each of our partners and associates within the Finance and Projects team focuses in one or more of the areas listed above. In addition, we set up multidisciplinary teams for all of the complex matters we work on, with a view to addressing our clients’ needs in a competent and responsive manner. Our integrated network of offices located in the various financial centres throughout the world allows us to support our French and international clients and meet their needs in best conditions.

Quotes

One interviewee highlights the firm's international network as “a key asset in cross-border deals, together with a bespoke deal-driven internal organisation.”

Clients regularly laud the team for its availability and business-oriented approach, with one source also reporting the lawyers to be “very pragmatic in their approach to matters, with a clear ability to bring in a commercial dimension.”

Clients are full of praise for Maud Manon, describing her as a “trusted adviser” and “technically flawless, pragmatic, proactive and with a clear business acumen.” She is skilled at handling leveraged acquisition finance and debt restructuring mandates, frequently acting for sponsors and lenders. Sources also report her to be “very direct and efficient.”

Chambers Europe, 2021

‘‘The team is extremely reactive, competent and sympathetic.‘‘

‘‘They always offer high quality advice with a real vision for our business.‘‘

Legal 500, 2021