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WFW announces arrival of six asset finance, corporate and regulatory associates in Paris.

11 November 2013

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Watson, Farley & Williams (“WFW”), a leading international law firm, is pleased to announce the arrival of six new associates in its Paris office to strengthen its existing teams: Claire Gamain (Corporate), Inès Garcia de las Bayonas (Corporate), Julien Criard (Real Estate), Gaëlle Roger-Dalbert (Regulatory), Jean-François Tournier (Finance) and James Turner (Finance).

Laurence Martinez-Bellet, partner heading the Paris office, said: “The Paris office continues to grow across the board and we are delighted to welcome these associates who will further boost the strength of our existing asset finance, corporate and regulatory practices. These new additions to the team demonstrate the significantly high levels of activity of our lawyers in the French energy and infrastructure market and enable us to respond properly to the growing demand of our clients.”

These new arrivals follow the lateral hires of 3 partners and 6 associates last year. The Paris office now comprises 33 lawyers, including 9 partners, and will celebrate its 25th anniversary in 2014.

Claire Gamain focuses her practice on restructuring and M&A transactions. She counsels investment funds and companies across a variety of sectors including energy and infrastructure.

Inès Garcia de las Bayonas specialises in corporate law and contract law, in particular regarding M&A, joint ventures and industrial projects related to the energy and infrastructures sectors. Ines also advises on public and European law.

Julien Criard focuses his practice on real estate law, public and regulatory law and, in particular in relation to the renewable energy sector. He also handles litigation matters for disputes arising out of commercial leases, construction contracts, public procurement contracts and building authorizations.

Gaëlle Roger-Dalbert specialises in public law, public procurement and regulatory matters in the energy and utilities sectors. Gaëlle has also developed expertise in competition law and advises clients on EU law matters.

Jean-François Tournier focuses in project finance and public private partnership. He predominantly advises banks (French and foreign) as well as industrials and investment funds, on a wide range of transactions including asset finance, acquisition finance and structured finance.

James Turner joined the Paris office Finance department as a solicitor in September 2013 after completing his two-year training contract with the WFW London office. His practice focuses on asset and structured finance (notably shipping and aviation), acting for and advising French and international banks and financial institutions on loan and security documentation.