Jean-Francois Adelle – v3




Jean-François 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).

Significant experience

  • 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

Member of

  • International Bar Association (IBA) – Officer and treasurer of the Banking law committee
  • International Chamber of Commerce (ICC)
  • Paris Europlace, Financial law committee (chair of the fiducie and security law committee – 2003 – 2011)
  • Association européenne de droit bancaire et financier (AEDBF)


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


  • 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