France

Established in 1988, Simmons & Simmons Paris is strongly established as one of France’s leading law firms. The firm is recognised for the top quality of its legal and tax expertise and its in-depth knowledge of key industry sectors, allowing it to provide a comprehensive legal service to French and international clients on all aspects of French, English, German, EU law and also on the law of some twenty African countries.
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Experience

Corporate

  • advising the subsidiary of a French bank on the acquisition of a minority shareholding in a Ghanaian bank
  • advising a Dutch banking group on the sale of its French private banking business
  • providing equity financing advice to an on-line travel service company
  • advising an Indian listed pharmaceutical group on the acquisition of the French subsidiary of an American pharmaceutical laboratory
  • advising the shareholders of a company running a specialised watch and jewellery retail network on its disposal to a major French department store
  • advising a German industrial group on the acquisition of foundry material businesses in several European countries.

Finance

  • assisting senior and mezzanine lenders on the financing of an LBO of an industrial group specialised in surface coverings
  • assisting a US based consumer credit institution with legal aspects of their consumer credit activities in France
  • advising a major French banking group on a syndicated multi-currency revolving credit facility for a Belgian group
  • advising a European banking pool on the tax lease financing of two Airbuses A340-300 for a Tahitian airline
  • advising the arranger on the sale and lease back of industrial assets owned by a French group in Germany, Switzerland, France and Poland.

Financial markets 

  • advising a sovereign on its debut eurobond issue
  • advising a French EPIC on the establishment of its EMTN
  • advising a French CAC 40 company on the forward sale for participation in another CAC 40 company
  • advising a French bank on its first synthetic CDO
  • advising a German bank on the issue of ORANE (bonds redeemable in shares) for a French CAC 40 company
  • advising a French company (originator) on a pan-European securitisation of trade receivables.

Funds and investment services

  • setting up alternative investment management companies in France
  • approval of UCITS listed outside EEA.

Projects/Energy

  • advising the sponsor on the project and financing documentation for the first independent power and water desalination plant in Algeria
  • advising the sponsor of two mining projects in the Democratic Republic of Congo
  • advising foreign investors on setting up a wind farm in France.

Dispute resolution

  • advising pharmaceutical laboratories on product liability (drugs and medical devices)
  • advising a foreign insurance company in an action for breach of contract against the subscriber of an audio-visual multi-risk insurance contract
  • defending several food manufacturers in product liability and unfair competition actions
  • advising and assisting directors, managers and financial institutions in white collar crime allegations.

Commercial

  • drafting distribution, commercial and promotional co-operation agreements for food manufacturers. drafting and advising on franchise contracts and general conditions of sale for cosmetic products
  • ongoing advice on trade mark clearance matters and on regulations applicable to the labelling and advertising of alcoholic beverages and tobacco
  • assistance to and representation of a company regarding the transfer of a software licence following a merger.

Tax / Employee incentive schemes

  • refinancing industrial assets for a major French industrial group involving several jurisdictions
  • tax structuring for foreign hedge funds.

Employment

  • advising on the modification of a 35 hours agreement.  implementing a mass redundancy scheme in an investment bank
  • assisting an American group in litigation before the Labour Court relating to a claim of sexual harassment by an employee.

Corporate recovery

  • advising on the restructuring and recovery plan of a group in bankruptcy proceedings and general day-to-day assistance to the management of the group
  • assisting the management with debt and equity restructuring for the financing of a branding group acquisition.

Real estate/Environment

  • setting up a Pan European property fund.


NB: We are precluded from disclosing client names under the Paris Bar Code