My role within Wragge & Co is to provide the best service to our clients, tailored exactly to their needs. As such, I focus on client loyalty and development, maintaining a high standard of technical excellence and training junior team members to ensure they always provide excellent client service.
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Best brains in...
- The detailed arrangements of corporate law/complex restructuring
- Regulated (REIT/OPCI) specialist property investment funds
- Stock market litigation (Financial Markets Authority disputes)
Highlight of your career so far?
Setting up a regulated fund (OPCI) for a global hotel group to outsource 180 hotels for investors.
Most challenging job you've ever done?
Gaining approval from the Financial Markets Authority (FMA) for a member of a major French banking group, as a holding company authorised to manage regulated vehicles (OPCI).
What about outside France?
I advised a Dutch group in questioning the liability of the French leader of the tax advisory board. The case related to irregularity in advice during an acquisiton of companies in Austria and France.
What's your definition of going the extra mile?
For me, going the extra mile is providing a service to the client that is beyond what is expected. It's helping get them out of a difficult situation. An example relating to Stock Market Litigation is a well-known trial involving insider trading (20 people were prosecuted across Europe by the FMA). The client was sentenced to a hefty penalty of several hundred thousand euros by the FMA. We contested the decision before the Court of Appeal in Paris. After months of hard work, we managed to create doubt as to the client's knowledge of the takeover bid and the court quashed the financial penalty.
Providing creative and innovative solutions for clients is integral to great service delivery. One client wanted to set up an approved investment vehicle (OPCI) for 84 years, however the FMA only accepts a maximum term of 18 years. We negotiated with the FMA and successfully obtained its agreement on the basis of liquidity mechanisms created for the sole purpose of the case.
Best example of a creative legal solution?
The design and creation of tools allowing regulated vehicles (OPCI) to anticipate the decision of their shareholders during the closing transactions, or extensions in order to deal with liquidity requirements.