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Allen & Overy Paris: a high-performance culture to assist our clients on their strategic projects.

At Allen & Overy, our pragmatic and innovative approach to each case draws on our technical expertise and in-depth knowledge of our clients’ market and business sectors. Our hard work and values have made us leaders in the field for more than 20 years.

More than just global advisors in business and finance law, we have become strategic partners to our clients. We support them in day-to-day matters and contribute to the high points of their development, be they large French or international businesses, new innovative companies, banking and financial institutions, stock market businesses, or public institutions.

Our mission is to understand, advise, and support our clients wherever they operate. 

Our experience

BNP Paribas and Citigroup

BNP Paribas and Citigroup

International Capital Markets, Tax

We advised the Joint Lead Managers (BNP Paribas, Citigroup, Barclays, Crédit Agricole CIB, Deutsche Bank and Natixis) on SCOR’s inaugural issue of perpetual fixed-rate resettable restricted Tier 1 notes for an amount of USD650m. This issue of deeply subordinated notes, intended to qualify as Tier 1 own funds for regulatory capital purposes, is the first of its kind in France under the Solvency II Directive. The notes are admitted to trading on the Luxembourg Stock Exchange’s regulated market.

Citibank, N.A. and Deutsche Bank AG

Citibank, N.A. and Deutsche Bank AG

Banque and finance

We acted for Citibank, N.A. and Deutsche Bank AG as mandated lead arrangers, Citibank Europe plc, UK Branch as facility agent, and Citibank, N.A., London Branch as offshore accounts bank on the World Bank-guaranteed Gas Supply Security Facility for Naftogaz, the state energy company of Ukraine, in the euro equivalent of USD500 million.

Government of Georgia

Government of Georgia

Project Finance

We advised the Sponsor and Project Company on the negotiation of an implementation agreement with the Government of Georgia, a power purchase agreement with ESCO (Georgia’s electricity system operator), the EPC contract with Salini Impregilo, the equity documents with Partnership Fund (owned by the Government of Georgia), the debt documentation with the lead development financial institutions (ADB, AIIB, EIB, EBRD and K-Sure) in relation to the development, construction and financing of the 280MW Nenskra Hydro Power Project on the Nenskra river in Upper Svaneti, Georgia.

HSBC Private Bank (Suisse) SA

HSBC Private Bank (Suisse) SA

Litigation

We advised HSBC Private Bank (Suisse) SA on the criminal proceedings that saw the Swiss bank negotiate with the National Financial Prosecutor’s Office (parquet national financier), the first French style deferred prosecution agreement (Convention Judiciaire d’Intérêt Public) (CJIP) to be blessed by a French Court.

Ivanhoé Cambridge

Ivanhoé Cambridge

Real Estate, Tax, Public Law

We advised Ivanhoé Cambridge, a real estate subsidiary of the Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec, on the signing with Natixis of leases covering 100% of the 90,000sq m of office space designed by Jean Nouvel at the DUO towers in Paris.

Merck Sharpe & Dohme

Merck Sharpe & Dohme

Intellectual Property, Life Sciences

We successfully represented Merck Sharpe & Dohme in one of the first patent disputes involving antibodies in France.

New Areva Holding

New Areva Holding

Mergers and Acquisitions, Energy, Public Law, 

Competition, International Capital Markets, Finance

We advised Areva SA in relation to the transfer of its nuclear fuel-cycle business (Mines, Upstream and Downstream activities) and its bond debt to Orano, as well as in relation to the capital increase of Orano subscribed for by the French State, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries and Japan Nuclear Fuel Limited.

Société Générale

Société Générale

Mergers and Acquisitions, Regulatory, Competition, Employment and Benefits, Tax

We advised Société Générale on the conclusion of an agreement with Commerzbank, a leading European manufacturer, distributor and market maker of structured and flow products as well as asset management solutions, for the acquisition of its Equity Markets and Commodities activities. The transaction includes Commerzbank’s Investment Products, Flow Products, and Asset Management businesses worldwide, including associated market making, sales and structuring capabilities. 

 
TOTAL

TOTAL

Mergers and Acquisitions, Employment and Benefits, Competition

We advised Total on the acquisition from Engie of its portfolio of upstream liquefied natural gas (LNG) assets for an overall enterprise value of USD1.49 billion. Additional payments of up to USD550m could be payable by Total in case of an improvement in the oil markets in the coming years. This portfolio includes participating interests in liquefaction plants, notably the interest in the Cameron LNG project in the U.S., long-term LNG sales and purchase agreements, an LNG tanker fleet, as well as access to regasification capacities in Europe.

Vemedia Consumer Health Belgium

Vemedia Consumer Health Belgium

Intellectual Property

We successfully represented Vemedia Consumer Health Belgium before the Paris Court of Appeal in a trademark dispute involving the Oenobiol brand.

 

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News & insights

Allen Overy refinancing A88 motorway

News: 16 DECEMBER 2020

Allen & Overy and Gide on the bond refinancing of France's A88 motorway concession

Allen & Overy advised the financial parties on the EUR 333.4 million refinancing of the Falaise - Sée section of the A88 motorway in Normandy, France, realized on 15 December.

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Publications: 25 NOVEMBER 2020

France considers retroactive solar tariffs cuts, at the risk of facing investment-treaty claims

On 13 November 2020, the French National Assembly (Assemblée nationale) approved an amendment to the draft Finance Law (Projet de loi de finances) for 2021, which seeks to implement a “targeted…

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Publications: 24 NOVEMBER 2020

Covid-19 coronavirus and global employment law: Managing your workforce throughout the pandemic – part 3

In the third in our series of webinars, members of Allen & Overy’s Global Employment team discussed the significant issues and challenges that employers need to prioritise in relation to managing and…

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Publications: 05 OCTOBER 2020

Is your contractual notice period enforceable in France?

International companies doing business in France are often baffled to find that their contractual notice periods are unenforceable.  This is due to a specific regime that requires lengthy notice to be…

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