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.
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
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
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
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.
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
Intellectual Property, Life Sciences
We successfully represented Merck Sharpe & Dohme in one of the first patent disputes involving antibodies in France.
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.
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.
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
We successfully represented Vemedia Consumer Health Belgium before the Paris Court of Appeal in a trademark dispute involving the Oenobiol brand.
News & insights
Publications: 30 MARCH 2020
The Covid-19 pandemic and its consequences are having a major and sudden impact on economic activities and in particular the conditions in which contracts are being performed.Read more
Publications: 28 FEBRUARY 2020
Some FAQs on the rights and obligations of the employer with regards to Covid-19 coronavirus and employees.Read more
Publications: 15 NOVEMBER 2019
Following on from the first German anti-anti-suit injunction issued a few weeks ago in the Nokia v. Continental case, the Paris First Instance court did just the same in IPCom v. Lenovo.Read more
Publications: 25 SEPTEMBER 2019
A more detailed version of this article was first published in the Journal of Intellectual Property Law and Practice (Volume 14, Issue 10, pages 754-760)on 20 September 2019 and can be found here.Read more
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