Expertise

Julien Bacus is a partner in the Finance group of Addleshaw Goddard’s Paris office.

Julien Bacus is a recognized lawyer in the field of finance, capital markets and structured finance. Julien advises in respect of a wide range of financing activities in relation to a number of asset classes.  He focuses, in particular, on derivative transactions covering different types of underlying assets. Julien has more specific experience in 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's activity is also oriented towards restructuring. He advises his 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 has developed expertise with his clients in issuing debt products and various types of structured products. 

Julien is also a University Professor associated at Le Mans University (Professeur des Universités associé) where he teaches financial and corporate law. 

Experience
  • Leading international banks: advising on the regulatory aspects and legal documentation in respect of structured finance and derivatives transactions.
  • French leading banks and public entities: advising on the consequences of Brexit on their derivative documentation.
  • Leading international banks: assisting in relation to the implementation in France but also in other European jurisdiction of various regulatory obligations under, in particular, EMIR Rules.
  • Leading international banks: advising on the negotiation of variation margin and initial margin arrangements under market standard agreements (in particular ISDA and FBF) to comply with new EMIR regulation. We have worked with clients to scope the requirements and to develop standardized variation margin and initial margin documentation tailored to the requirements of our clients and of their counterparties’.
  • European Federation of Energy Traders (EFET): advising on the enforceability of contractual standards governing derivative transactions in electricity and gas and issuing the French market legal opinion in respect of EFET documentation.
  • One of the holdings of a French major corporate active in the retail food/non-food sector and its subsidiaries also retail distributors: advising, in the context of entering in May 2019 into safeguard proceedings before French courts, on the restructuring of their derivatives transactions, mainly structured in the form of forward sales and equity swaps entered into with five financial institutions.
  • Major French apparel company: advising, in the context of the opening in May 2020 of a reorganization proceedings before French courts, on the restructuring of their derivatives transactions and the consequences for the client of the termination of some of them.
  • Leading international banks: advising on litigation and pre-litigation matters relating to structured finance and derivatives transactions.
  • International institutions: advising on the drafting and implementation of specific legislation dealing with the development of financial instruments and financial markets in specific countries.
  • Leading international banks and French corporates: advising on their debt capital markets transactions (Eurobonds, Green Bonds, Euro PP, Covered Bonds, NEU CP, NEU MTN, establishment and update of EMTN Program).
  • Leading international banks: Advising on the offering under prospectus of complex products (notes, warrants, certificates…) and the negotiation and publication of related promotional material.
  • BRED Banque Populaire: Advising the Lead Manager on the first two sustainability linked Euro private placement (Euro PP) bond issues successfully completed by ORPEA with interest rates linked to social and environmental targets. This Euro PP was arranged with the Eiffel Impact Debt fund and MACSF, as co-investors.
  • BRED Banque Populaire: Advising the Lead Manager on a new Euro private placement (Euro PP) bond issue successfully completed by Groupement des Mousquetaires and listed on Euronext Access. This Euro PP, placed with institutional investors, had a total nominal amount of €103 million.
  • Ellipse Projects Consulting: Advising on the first Euro private placement (Euro PP) bond issue successfully completed by Vilogia Société Anonyme d'HLM and listed on Euronext Access. Our client advised the issuer on the set up of the Euro PP bond issue. UniCredit acted as Lead Manager. This Euro PP had a total nominal amount of €140 million.
Testimonials

Julien Bacus has been recognized for years in Capital Markets in a variety of international guides.

  • Best Lawyers 2022: Julien was named “Lawyer of the Year - France” for his “Capital Markets: Derivatives” practice. He is also recognized in the “Banking & Finance” category.
  • Legal 500 EMEA 2021: Once again, Julien was named among the “Leading individuals” in the category “Derivatives and Structured Finance” and both he and his team continue to be ranked in Tier 2. COne client notes: “his team is expert, available and pragmatic. Good knowledge of restructuring aspects”. The previous years, the legal directory quoted clients emphasizing that “his team is responsive and cost effective” and that “Julien himself brings vast experience through his prior roles in both London and Paris. Julien is a commercially focused French derivatives lawyer. He understands the products and the market and importantly the pressures faced by in house counsel.” (2020).
  • Chambers Europe/Chambers Global 2021: Like in previous years (since 2018), Julien is ranked Band 2 in the category “Capital Markets: Derivatives”. He “is praised by clients for “his charisma and wide-ranging experience”” while “one impressed interviewee says: “he is cooperative, a team player, extremely diligent and competent”” (2021). Julien “draws praise for his commercial and pragmatic approach, with one client enthusing: “He is an established and highly skilled lawyer in derivatives”” (2020).
  • IFLR 2020: Julien and the team are ranked in Tier 3 in the category “Capital Markets: Structured Finance and Securitization”.
Professional Memberships
  • Paris Europlace: member of the financial law committee and of the restructuring committee
  • Legal High Committee for Financial Markets of Paris: member of the committee on the legal feasibility of developing an interest rate derivatives clearing service in Paris
  • International Swaps and Derivatives Association: member of various ISDA committees 
  • European Federation of Energy Traders (EFET): French counsel in charge of the drafting and publication of the market legal opinion