Jones Day adds Christine Van Gallebaert and associates to Paris Banking & Finance Practice

Tuesday, March 28, 2017 - 15:17

The global law firm Jones Day has announced that Christine Van Gallebaert has joined the Firm's Banking & Finance Practice as a partner in its Paris Office. Associates David Aumain and Bassem Caradec are accompanying Ms. Van Gallebaert to Jones Day.

Ms. Van Gallebaert has extensive experience serving the Paris market in asset-backed financings, which include securitization, covered bonds and debt funds.

"Christine and her team bring us significant securitization and debt funds experience which will enhance our strong transactions capabilities in Paris and throughout Europe," said Sophie Hagège, Partner-in-Charge of Jones Day’s Paris Office. "In particular, we anticipate great synergies with our Banking & Finance, notably in derivatives, leveraged and acquisition, regulatory, fund formation and Capital Markets teams."

Ms. Van Gallebaert has assisted clients in the formation of a number of covered bond issuers for both French and multinational banking groups, and in the securitization process of various financial assets. She has counseled debt funds investing in small and medium-sized enterprise (SME) loans and in emergent crowd-lending platforms. Ms. Van Gallebaert also set up the first French debt fund authorized as a "European Long Term Investment Fund" by the French Market Authority for the purpose of granting loans directly to French SMEs. More recently, she advised on the restructuring of several covered bonds issuers. Ms. Van Gallebaert is recognized among the best securitization lawyers in France by Chambers GlobalChambers Europe and The Legal 500 EMEA guides.

Mr. Aumain and Mr. Caradec also have extensive experience in securitization transactions, including debt funds investing in SME loans and infrastructures projects, and have worked with bank debt portfolio assignments.

"Christine is a great addition to our practice in France and enhances our structured finance global team that can serve our corporate and banking clients in all of our 10 European offices" said Alban Caillemer du Ferrage, Co-Leader of the Firm's global Banking & Finance Practice. "She has worked on numerous high profile transactions and her experience will significantly contribute to our One Firm Worldwide culture and ability to advise our clients everywhere on a very broad range of asset classes and transactions types."