Banking & Finance

Franklin is a well-known name in banking & finance in France, bringing deep experience to French and overseas clients on major domestic and cross-border transactions.

Our team of banking & finance lawyers offers deep experience in working with the leading financial institutions, investment funds and corporations in France, in all areas of finance.  Our sector focus includes corporate real estate, renewable energy, alternative capital and infrastructure finance.  We offer banking & finance counsel for clients, providing strategic, legal and commercial counsel on the full range of transactions. 

Real estate finance

Acquisition finance / LBOs

Debt restructuring

Renewable energy project finance

Infrastructure finance

  • Legal 500 2018: listed in Banking & finance, Energy financing and Real Estate financing: Franklin has a large team of some 18 lawyers who provide a comprehensive range of expertise including property investment, leasing, financing and tax expertise. The firm regularly represents leading international investors and recently advised on several high-profile office building and asset portfolio acquisitions; however, the practice also acts for major French banks and assists leading asset managers and high-end users with lease negotiations. […] David Blondel is the key contact for financing”.
  • Chambers 2017: what the team is known for: Active on real estate finance, development, mergers and acquisitions and leasing transactions. Represents both French and international clients in real estate activities in France. Clients often praise the high quality of service, saying: “The strengths that define the team are their market awareness, their technicality and reliability”. Notable practitioners: David Blondel is praised for his reactivity and his good skills in drafting complete and clear contract documentations”. He advises on structured finance and debt restructuring matters in relation to real estate.
  • Décideurs (Leaders League) 2017: the firm was ranked as Excellent in Project finance – Banks & Sponsors.
  • Franklin is also recommended by the Legal 500 2017 directory.