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Jean-Francois Adelle

Jean-Francois Adelle



  • Banking and Finance
  • Financial Institutions and Services

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Jean-Francois Adelle specializes in financial law, dealing in transactional and regulatory advice as well as litigation on behalf of financial institutions, investment funds and corporate groups. He heads the Finance Banking Group and the Firm s Legal Opinions Committee.

He has significant experience in debt financing transactions (club deals, bilateral and syndicated loans) in relation to acquisitions, secured lending, international trade, cash flows management, hedging contracts and asset-based finance. He has developed expertise in trust (fiducie), collateral, derivatives, issue and marketing of financial instruments. He assists his clients before State courts or arbitral tribunals in disputes relating to financial and investment transactions. His activity is largely international and includes the North and West African continent.

Author of many publications and frequent speaker in conferences on finance and banking topics, he has led Paris Europlace market committees that inspired legislative reforms on fiducie and collaterals and the ad hoc regime of security agent. He has co-chaired the Work Stream International Financing ICC Task Force on Financial institutions and international Arbitration (2016).

He is listed in Who s Who Legal in banking since 2015: Jean-Francois Adelle is a finance specialist who wins high praise from sources for his practical approach to regulatory matters and disputes across the banking sector.

Bar Admissions



- Specialized Graduate Studies Diploma of Counsel and Corporate Lawyer (DESS), University of Lorraine
- Graduate Study Diploma (DEA) in Community Law, University of Paris 2 Pantheon-Assas
- Institute of Comparative Law, University of Paris 2 Pantheon-Assas
- Sciences Po - Paris (economic and social policy section) (alumni)
- LL.M, Penn
Areas of Practice

Banking and Finance | Financial Institutions and Services

Professional Career

Significant Accomplishments

- Assisted Coface Finanz in connection with cross breeder receivables finance documentation
- Assisted BCI Mer Rouge in connection with the refinancing of corporate loans in East Africa
- Assisted Bank of America in the refinancing of the acquisition of Brandsintown by HLD Europe
- Assisted Credimundi in the refinancing of secured export loan receivables
- Assisted Assicurazioni Generali in its indirect cash pooling arrangement
- Assisted several investment firms from the United Kingdom in connection with validity and enforceability opinions of collateral management documentations
- Assisted for Eurofins Scientific in connection with several listed bond issues
- Assisted Caisse des Dépôts in the putting in place of a Fiducie
- Assisted Deerfield Management Company, L.P. in connection with the acquisition financing of Flamel Technologies
- Management trust for Caisse des Dépôts
- Assisted Clarins in the financing of the acquisition of all its listed shares and its delisting,
- Assisted Africa Merchant Bank in several financings of Sub-Saharan Africa Telecommunication Operators
- Assisted the Libyan Investment Authority in an investment litigation
- Assisted an international consortium of submarine cable operators in an action for indemnification of frozen deposit in the bankruptcy of the Bulgarian bank SVB
- Assisted SNCF and SOCRIF in a litigation against Crédit Immobilier de France related to the banking group governance structure

Professional Associations

  • International Bar Association
    International Chamber of Commerce (ICC)
    Paris Europlace, Financial law committee


- Key note speaker at the 5th Financial law seminar, Malta, « The reform of the French Civil Code law of obligations, impact on financial operations »
- Speaker at the conference «The Debt Market at the time of the Sapin 2 Law 2 » Development institute international
- Speaker at the conference “Significant progress in the competitiveness of the French financial regulatory environment” r Paris Europlace
- Moderator of the panel Funding Africa’s growth, IBA, Paris, June 2017
- Speaker at the Conference SGG / Jeantet : “securisation of investment structures of family business: the luxembourg FIAR and applications of fiducie”, February2017
- Speaker at the Conference ICC International Arbitration, Arbitration and international financing, Vienna, October 2016,


Proposal for a Directive of the European Parliament and of the Council on Credit Services, Credit Purchasers and the Recovery of Collateral
Jeantet, June 2018

Earlier this year the European Commission issued a proposal for a Directive of the European Parliament and of the Council on credit servicers, credit purchasers and the recovery of collateral (the “Proposal”)...

Reform For Funds to Provide and Purchase Loans
Jeantet, June 2017

The French market has been known to be restrictive due to the banking monopoly, which classically restricted the origination of loans and the acquisition of unmatured receivables to credit institutions and financing companies, with small exceptions. Due to the overregulation of credit institutions and financing companies, many transactions were structured abroad...

Effective on 1st October 2017, Reform of French Security Agent Law: A Mechanism as Competitive as the Security Trustee in Syndicated Loans and Secures Bond Issues
Jeantet, May 2017

Created in 2007 with a view to provide French law with a security agent regime in syndicated loans as competitive as the Anglo-saxon security trustee, the provisions of Article 2328-1 of the French Civil Code have been subject to criticism because of the legal uncertainty related to the nature of the security agent''s powers and its too limited scope...

Additional Articles

- Effective from 3 January 2018, France has taken a major step towards alternative debt financing Butterworths Journal of International Banking and Financial Law, 02/2018
- The ad hoc French security agent regime becomes peer to the Anglo-Saxon trust in secured financings, with Etienne Gentil, Latham & Watkins
- ICC report Financial institutions and international arbitration, co-author, international financing 2016,
French Law of Bonds Reform: the impact on financing transactions, Butterworths Journal of International Banking and Financial Law, 10, 2016
- "Asymmetrical jurisdiction clauses in financial contracts: France is back in the ranks", with H. Payen, Option Finance, 01/2016
- International Sanctions: What effects on financial obligations and litigation involving a party under sanction, Option Finance, with L. Mongin-Archambaud, 01/2015
- Macron Law two further steps in banking and collaborative financing, Butterworths Journal of International Banking and Financial Law, 10/2015
- Financing: The French Supreme Court refuses the possibility for credit institutions to the civil law regime of pledge over inventory, Butterworths Journal of International Banking and Financial Law, 04/2013
- International financing: recognition in French law of the trust and parallel debt, with Emmanuelle Naulais, Option Finance, October 10, 2011
- The trust in infrastructure financing, with Xavier Paper, Bank Review N ° 739, 09/2011
- Recent developments in Chinese law: openness or protectionism? with Emmanuel Meril, The International and Strategic Review, n ° 81, spring 2011
- The trust-surety, factor of competitiveness of the law of the French financing, Studies in the memory of Fernand-Charles Jeantet, Coll. Mixtures, LexisNexis - LITEC (2010)
- The fiduciary lawyer: what positioning for which markets? Right & Business Option N ° 15 of 27 January 2010

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