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Addleshaw Goddard continues its development with the arrival of Julien Bacus, as partner, accompanied by Charles Tissier, counsel.


Addleshaw Goddard is expanding its finance practice in France with the appointment of a four-strong Paris-based team, led by Julien Bacus who was Head of the European Financial Institutions Group at Dentons. The hires follow the recent arrival of competition partner, Michaël Cousin, at the beginning of September, bringing the total lawyer headcount in Paris to nearly 40.

The team advises financial institutions, investment funds, fintech and corporates on a broad range of finance and banking related matters, specifically capital markets with a particular emphasis on derivatives and debt capital markets. Julien is also an experienced restructuring lawyer, and has worked on several high profile assignments including Rallye and Casino holdings, Vivarte and Camaïeu.

The team is also active in relation to complex structured finance transactions and has experience of advising corporates, investment funds and credit institutions in respect of corporate finance, acquisition finance, syndicated loans and sustainable finance. Charles has also experience in the development of blockchain, crypto assets and securities token deals which are at the forefront of the team's regulatory practice.

Rémy Blain, Head of Office at Addleshaw Goddard in Paris said: 

"Recruiting a leading team in finance has been one of Addleshaw Goddard’s goals since our arrival on the French market in February. The arrival of Julien and his team meets this objective and the obvious need to cover the financing needs of Addleshaw Goddard’s clients, not only in Paris for our French clients, but also for the clients of our various offices. Julien brings his in-depth knowledge of financial institutions, which is an indispensable asset for the firm and an additional growth lever.” 

Julien Bacus added: 

"I know the Addleshaw Goddard teams for a long time and I share their sense of collective work and cohesion. So joining them seemed obvious to me. I am delighted to participate in this ambitious entrepreneurial project and to work in cooperation with the corporate team and other offices – including the London office – with a view to continued internationalization and building on my strong relationships with the financial institutions.” 

Notes to editors

Julien Bacus, began his career with Allen & Overy before joining Ashurst where he created the Capital markets practice, arriving at Dentons in 2018. His practice focuses on debt products and various types of structured products and he is a recognized lawyer in the field of finance, capital markets and structured finance. In addition Julien has a specific focus on derivative transactions covering different types of underlying assets, documenting these types of contracts as well as advising on issues relating to netting, collateral, the role of clearing houses and the implementation of new regulations applying to these products. Julien also advises clients in financial difficulty on the restructuring of derivative transactions and on pre-litigation matters. In addition, he has extensive experience in the hedging of financing transactions (LBOs in particular) as well as financial regulation. Julien was recently appointed a full professor in Banking and Finance Law associated with Le Mans University (Professeur des Universités associé).

Charles Tissier is a recognized lawyer in the field of finance and structured finance and has recognized expertise in capital markets transactions, including debt capital markets and derivatives instruments. He has developed a strong expertise in domestic and complex cross-border financial transactions and disintermediated financing and regularly advises financial institutions, borrowers and investors at all stages of the structuring or restructuring transaction, and of the drafting and negotiating of complex financing transactions. Charles also advises on fintech, blockchain and cryptocurrency assets.

Charles Tissier, Counsel also from Dentons, and Inès Yahya, Associate are accompanying Julien.