Nixon Peabody Adds Global Finance Practice Partner in Paris

Jean-Norbert Pontier Will Lead the Firm’s Finance Practice in France

January 14, 2009 (LAWFUEL) – Nixon Peabody is pleased to announce that Jean-Norbert Pontier has joined the firm as a partner in the Global Finance Practice. Mr. Pontier will be resident in the Paris office and lead the firm’s finance practice in France. Mr. Pontier joins the firm from Lovells LLP. Previously, he worked at Sidley Austin.

Mr. Pontier focuses his practice on banking, corporate finance and structured finance, as well as investment bank and capital markets disputes, with an emphasis on complex finance structures and securitization. He has advised many arrangers, senior lenders, real estate debt funds and originators on property financing, and corporate acquisition transactions involving a variety of different underlying assets.

Arnaud de Senilhes, Paris managing partner, said, “Jean-Norbert is a great addition to our firm. His legal skills and knowledge base are impressive and complimentary to ours. Jean-Norbert’s arrival will support the build-out of our finance and private equity practices in Paris as we grow our presence in France to best serve our clients’ international business needs.”

“Jean-Norbert’s background is particularly strong in securitization, a key area of concern for our clients, but he also brings a broad knowledge in finance which will strengthen our infrastructure, leveraged buyouts and real estate capabilities,” added Mats G. Carlston, leader of the firm’s Global Finance practice and co-leader of the firm’s global strategies initiative. “Additionally, Jean-Norbert’s experience in practicing in both Paris and London, with U.S. and U.K firms, provides him added perspective and dimension – a valuable asset for our clients.”

Mr. Pontier is a graduate of the University of Paris II Panthéon-Assas and has been a member of the Paris Bar since 1994. He is also a Registered European Lawyer, registered with The Law Society of England and Wales.

About Nixon Peabody’s Global Finance Group

Nixon Peabody’s Global Finance group provides innovative counsel to clients involved in a broad range of complex financial, institutional, and corporate transactions. Nixon Peabody attorneys closely monitor changes in practices, laws, rules, and regulations that affect our clients’ industries, and help them develop effective strategies for financing and achieving their institutional, transactional, and expansion goals. Additionally, the global finance practice structures, negotiates, documents, and manages to completion all types of financial transactions.

About Nixon Peabody

Nixon Peabody LLP is recognized as a “Global 100” law firm—one of the largest in the world. With 825 attorneys collaborating across 21 major practice areas in 19 cities, including Boston, Chicago, London, Los Angeles, New York, Paris, Rochester, San Francisco, Shanghai, Silicon Valley, and Washington, DC, the firm’s size, diversity, and advanced technological resources enable it to offer comprehensive legal services to individuals and organizations of all sizes in local, state, national, and international matters.